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LI FE January 2015 Edition Issue 23

Past Times • The Walker Family and Arnos Grove

Getting Fit in 2015 • North London Fitness

Enfield Landlord Licensing Scheme • Quashed by the High Court

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Arnos Grove, May 20th 1784

welcome A very happy New Year to all our readers. You will see from the majority of our articles this month that our columnists are focusing on 'a New Year, a new start' for 2015. The same could be said for the local property market, the recent reforms in Stamp Duty outlined by George Osborne saw stamp duty cut for 98% of UK house buyers. In fact buyers of properties under one million pounds are likely to save in excess of £4,000, a welcome boost to the property market in the new year. Traditionally January is a very busy time for valuations as people, over the Christmas period, think about moving; whether it be to gain more space, downsize or looking to move into new school catchments in the coming year. Please contact us for a FREE valuation, we are always happy to discuss your options or, if you are thinking about letting your property this year Anthony Webb have a specialist team dedicated to property management. We can take care of all aspects of the lettings process, giving you peace of mind that your property is in good hands. I would like to thank Constantinos Regas who single-handedly took on Enfield Council and won, to prevent an additional and selective landlord licensing scheme, which would have applied to all private rented property in the borough. Anthony Webb Estate Agents were behind Constantinos, rallying local landlords and helping to raise the funds required to fight the case, read more on page 13. I was fortunate enough to visit the N21 St Nicholas Festival in December with my children. The atmosphere was amazing, the number of stalls on offer was impressive and the entertainment and food all added to the festive cheer. Anthony Webb also popped along to the Hazelwood School Pop Up restaurant at the end of November. We joined 100 diners, enjoyed a 4 course meal, live entertainment and are pleased to report that the event raised £1,800 for the school. If, like me, you feel you already need a holiday take a look at page 13. Scott's Travel, in Southgate, who have been in business for over 80 years, talk about the benefits of booking your perfect get away with a trusted local travel agent.

Tony Ourris Director / Editor at Large

Martin McKelvey Office Manager

Jonathan Hicks Senior Sales and Lettings Negotiator

Susan Babaie Senior Sales and Lettings Negotiator

Nick Fitzsimons Senior Sales and Lettings Negotiator

Panayiota Kyriakides Administrator

John Constantine Property Management

Kat Georgiou Property Management

Anthony Georgiou Administrator Assistant

Robert Hicks Administrator Assistant

Finally, during this month Palmers Green bids farewell to Westlakes our local hardware store. We wish them well in their retirement and look forward to covering the history of the premises in our February magazine.


Tony Ourris Director Anthony Webb Estate Agents

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Ellie Sales Magazine Editor

Contents Getting Fit and Healthy in 2015 by Gail Hadley ..3 The Walker Family and Arnos Grove by Richard Starling ..........................................4-5 Councillor's Corner by Bambos Charalambous ...6 Parliamentary Comment by David Burrowes MP .......................................6 FOR SALE – Hazeltree Lodge .............................7 Love Your DoorStep by Emma Rigby ...................8 Hazelwood School by Steve Kelly & Nathalie Muller ........................8 FOR SALE – The Grove.......................................9 FOR SALE – River Avenue..................................9 Why Network? by Julia Sonack .........................10 Your Local Family Law Specialists by Christina Pieri ..............................................11 Mark and Co Solicitors by Mark Periklis ...........12 High Court quashes Enfield Landlord Licensing Scheme...................13 Scott's Travel by Lloyd Collier & Mark Prior ......13 Anthony Webb Sales Offer................................14 FOR SALE – Crawford Gardens........................15

TO LET – Selborne Road...................................15 Warda restaurant review by Ellie Sales .............16 Baskervilles Tea Shop Blog by Diane .................17 Savour the Season by Ailsa O'Shea ...................17 TO LET – Arnold Gardens .................................18 TO LET – Firs Lane............................................18 Fabulous Hair Trends for 2015 by Kiri ..............19 Alexia Says New Year, new you! .......................19 Pensions Unshackled by Jan Thompson ............21 What's On.........................................................22 Talkies Community Cinema by David Williamson .........................................22 Learning a new language by Laura Scaramella .........................................23 Palmers Green Tales by Jenny Bourke ...............23 Drapemasters Interior by Julia Sondack ............24 Property Matters Move With Us........................25 British Heart Foundation...................................26 Your Legal Questions Answered by Fariz Uvais....................................................27 Creative Exchange News ..................................28

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Getting Fit and Healthy in 2015 by Gail Hadley Gail is the owner of North London Fitness. Gail is a qualified Personal Trainer & Nutrition Advisor and has been running outdoor fitness classes in Broomfield Park for 5 years as well as training local clients on a one-to one basis.

Parties, eating good food, having those extra few drinks and spending time with loved ones. So you didn't really need that second helping or the extra round of drinks but hey, it was Christmas . And anyway, starting January 1st the new you will be here. Starting then, you will get fit and healthy. This will be your New Year's Resolution. Sound familiar? It probably does if you're one of the many people who find themselves feeling physically sluggish and carrying excess unwanted weight at the turn of the year. Research has shown that the most popular New Year's Resolution is to lose weight, whilst 1 in 5 of us resolve to exercise and improve our fitness.

provide a great workout. And you get the added benefits of fresh air and a year round changing landscape to look at. Exercise is great for the mind too - you'll have more energy and an increased sense of wellbeing which especially helps during the winter months. Just taking the family out for a walk at the weekend is a great way for the whole family to get involved.

Here are some top tips to help you achieve your fitness goals for 2015.

For many, the road to health isn't an easy one and we encounter lots of roadblocks. Lack of time, family obligations, work commitments, procrastination and lack of energy and motivation are just a few of the culprits that jump in our way. A recent report from Public Health England found over one in four women and one in five men do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a week, so are classified as ‘inactive’ and that physical inactivity is the fourth largest cause of disease and disability in the UK. But exercise doesn't have to be the allconsuming, gruelling endeavour that people often think it is. To stick with it, it has to be fun and enjoyable and we need to like where we're exercising. Enfield has some fantastic open spaces with beautiful natural features that can

Don't go it alone Getting fit can be lonely when you're just starting but joining a group can bring numerous benefits. Classes are typically more fun and make the time go quicker. Making that 'appointment' means there's less chance of bailing out. Working out with others has a whole social aspect and makes you part of a community who will support and cheer you on even if you're not feeling up to it. If group exercise isn't for you working with fitness professional will provide the planning and motivation to keep you on track.

Moderation not deprivation! Many who resolve to lose weight decide to cut out entire food groups, telling themselves they cannot have certain foods. This can set you up for failure as it feels like a punishment before you've even begun and by mid-January it's probably already on next year's resolution list.

A much wiser approach to attaining your goal is working on the 80/20 rule - 80% of the time you stick to healthy, nutritious food and 20% you're allowed a treat. Taking just 15 minutes at the weekend to plan your food for the week will make all the difference in making the right choices. Make time for you Many adults juggling work and family life find it difficult to justify taking time for exercise, as that’s time that could be spent with family, running errands or getting ahead at work. If you fall into this mindset, it’s time to give yourself permission to exercise. This “me” time will not only boost your health on both physical and emotional levels, but it will provide an excellent example for your children on how to lead a healthy lifestyle. If you’re not feeling fit and healthy, you won’t be able to take care of the rest of your obligations, or your family, so let go of any feelings of guilt you have about taking time to workout. Little and often Technology is more and more dominant both at home and at work encouraging us to sit still for long periods of time yet government guidelines for physical activity recommend 150 minutes or 2½ hours a week of moderate intensity activity per week. An easy way to achieve this is to do 30 minutes, 5 days a week in bouts of 10 minutes or more. Incorporate activity daily by making simple changes; walk up the escalators instead of standing still, get away from the desk and take a brisk walk at lunchtime, get off the train or bus a stop early and walk the rest of the way and start using the stairs instead of the lifts. Even doing the housework with a little bit more gusto will all add up!

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Past Times The Walker Family and Arnos Grove by Richard Starling Richard Starling is the founder of a popular Facebook local interest and history page, Winchmore Hill and Palmers Green Memories email Richard at Isaac Walker Junior and Sophia, the sister of John Donnithorne Taylor, inherited Arnos Grove in 1853. But at the age of 59, just before they moved into the estate in October 1853, from their home in Southgate House (later to be Minchenden School), Isaac died. His widow Sophia and their twelve children moved into Arnos Grove, with John their eldest son, becoming head of the household.

Arnos Grove, built 1723. Bought by Isaac Walker 1777

The Walkers of Southgate made their home at Arnos Grove, on Cannon Hill, Southgate from 1777 to 1918. Their influence on village life was considerable and spanned 4 generations and 141 years. Isaac Walker Senior was already a wealthy linen draper when he bought Arnos Grove in 1777. The purchase made him a neighbour of the Taylors. The families were already linked by both being related to Walker Gray, a Vyell Edward ‘Teddy’ Walker

Quaker brandy merchant who owned Southgate Grove (later called Grovelands). John Vickris Taylor had married a Miss Donnithorne in Fetcham in 1797. Their eldest daughter, Sarah Sophia, was born around 1801 at her parents’ home in Palmers Green. Naturally, the Walkers and the Taylors, as neighbours, relatives and business partners, mixed socially and it was no surprise to anyone, when in 1823, Isaac Walker Junior married Sophia Taylor. They had seven sons and five daughters. Both the Walker’s of Southgate and the Taylor’s of Grovelands story and wealth started in the brewery business. The Hare and Harford brewery was in Limehouse from 1745. Hare left the business in 1792, with John Vickris Taylor from Southgate joining the brewery in 1796. Harford and Taylor ran the brewery until Harford's death in 1803. In 1816 Isaac Walker junior, aged just 22, was made a partner by Taylor and the brewery was named Taylor Walker, a porter brewer. Starting from a small eighteen century brew house, the brewery eventually covered more than seven acres.


The Walker family and John Donnithorne Taylor, with their untold wealth continued to acquire land, after Isaac’s death, to add to their estates and demolishing large houses that were on them to create their own 'green belt'. They wanted the area to remain as it was relatively quiet and unspoilt. This enlarged the estate from 100 acres in 1819 to 300 acres by 1900. During this period Edward Walker had extensive refurbishment carried out in Arnos Grove making it the first house in Southgate to have the luxury of electricity. The Walkers not only made a name for themselves in business and community matters, but the sons Present day plaque at, what was known as, Arnos Grove

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Chapel Field c.1900

Southgate Cricket Club V The Villagers, 1889

Christ Church and Cricket

were soon to be famous in the cricket world. There had been no great family tradition of sporting achievements, but the seven Walker brothers acquired their love of cricket during their school and university days; the three eldest having attended Cambridge, whilst the remaining attended Harrow School and Russell who attended Oxford.

that date. Both the United AllEngland team and the MCC would visit Southgate to take on the brothers and their team, one can hardly imagine the crowds of spectators that sometimes numbered up to 10,000, that would flock to the Chapel Fields (now the Walker Ground) to witness these great matches. There was a carnival atmosphere; the youngsters would get in the ground early to get a good vantage point. Admission was free. The famous brass band of the 2nd Life Guards provided the music. Marquees and tents lined the ground, gaily bedecked with flags and bunting, providing shade from the sun and dispensing a variety of refreshments. The gentry would be in their finery for these special occasions, the ladies conspicuous in their crinoline dresses, sporting brightly coloured parasols. The mass of the crowd, from all walks of life and all parts of London, added to the hubbub of excitement. Travel to the ground for those whom were not local, was on special trains run by the Railway Company to Colney Hatch Station (now New Southgate). Southgate was soon to become the Mecca of cricket.

Christ Church built in 1862, still serve to remind us of their contribution to local life, long after the passing of the Walkers. They were wealthy benefactors who cared for the village and its people and came to be highly respected, not only for their generosity, but also for their willingness to be involved in local community life. The Walker’s family grave is in the cemetery at Christ Church and in the grounds stands the Minchenden Oak, said to be the largest oak tree in England, perhaps 800 years old.

The three eldest brothers originally played for the Southgate Albert, the village team, on the bumpy Chapel Fields wicket until John Walker had the ground re-turfed in the early 1850s. Undoubtedly perhaps, the greatest cricketer of all the brothers, was Vyell Edward 'Teddy' Walker, who took 10 wickets in an innings on three occasions, he excelled in all departments, including captaincy, and his even temperament and quiet modesty, his kindness, his generosity of spirit and sense of fair play, were all reflected, too, in his private life. The brothers founded the Southgate Cricket Club in 1855, a Middlesex team in 1859, the official Middlesex County Cricket Club in 1864 and were instrumental in establishing the home of the county at Lords in 1877. In 1859, the first match played by the Middlesex team was held in Southgate against Kent, who were defeated by 78 runs. Although Test Cricket only started in 1877, four of the brothers played in the United All-England Eleven prior to

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Their cricket ground, Chapel Fields in Waterfall Road Southgate became the Walker Cricket Ground in 1907 and is maintained by the Walker Trust to this day. All five Walker daughters married however all seven sons did not, possibly due to their love of cricket. John Walker died at Arnos Grove in 1885 aged 58 and Edward died in 1906 in his 69th year. In 1907, the chancel in Christ Church was dedicated to his loving memory and the sedilia erected in his honour by friends and relatives. The Walker Ground, Walker Hall School For Girls And Infants built 1840, The Village School For Boys built in 1810 and

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With Edward’s passing, only Russell of the seven brothers now survived and he lived at North Villa in Regents Park. John Donnithorne Taylor had died and all his land had been put up for auction in the great sale of 1902. In 1918, Russell sold out to Lord Inverforth a friend of Sir Thomas Lipton, another Southgate resident. He donated the beautiful entrance gates to Grovelands in Bourne Hill and by 1928 the estate was split up and, once again, the Council wisely stepped in to purchase 44 acres, which became Arnos Park. In 1975, the Legal & General Group bought Arnos Grove and decided to call it Southgate House. It is now owned by Beaumont Care Community. Images supplied by Enfield Local Studies and Archive


Councillorʼs Corner by Cllr. Bambos Charalambous Food Banks Tel: 020 8351 1362 January has never been my favourite month as, with the excesses of the festive period over, some of us try to shed some of those extra pounds we have put on over Christmas and the New Year at the gym or at zumba classes while we also try to tighten our belts financially as our spending spree manifests itself into a bigger than expected number on our bank balance or credit card account as slowly normality returns. Parallel to this set of events, there is one thing that is sadly becoming more normal day by day and that is the rise of the food bank. People are having to resort to food banks as a means of helping them not go hungry and it is a sad state of affairs that they are needed in modern Britain today. In December 2014 the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger and Food Poverty produced a report called ‘Feeding Britain’ in which they identified a number of factors that help explain why people are turning to food banks. The report says that the essentials that we all need to spend money on to survive are food, housing costs and utility costs. It

further points out that not only has the price of food increased by 47% in the ten years since 2003, and the cost of fuel increased by a staggering 153.6% over the same period, but rents have also increased by 30.4% in that decade. In contrast wages only rose by 28% during the same time. The rise in costs of food, housing and utilities is only part of the problem; the report goes on to mention a need to help some people with basic skills such as budgeting and acknowledges that some people have to rely on food banks for a whole array of reasons ranging from delays in benefits being processed, personal debt and the sudden loss of earnings to substance misuse and addictions.

and local charities and community groups in helping collect and distribute food for food banks, if we are to ensure that food banks do not become a permanent feature of our society we need to ensure that food, housing and utility prices do not continue to outstrip wages and that those with complex needs are properly supported. We also need to ensure that supermarket chains and big retailers throw less food away and give more of that food to organisations willing to help those who need to access food banks. I sincerely hope that need for food banks is a temporary measure and that we can slowly return to a happier balance in the near future.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the most reverend Justin Welby, was reported to have said that although less serious, the plight of the family that turned to a food bank shocked him more than the terrible suffering in Africa because it was so unexpected. Without wishing to detract to the tremendous work done by local churches, other religious organisations

Parliamentary Comment by David Burrowes MP Reasons to be cheerful

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Last month was a great time to be reminded of the great individuals and community groups who do so much for other people. St Monica's, Enfield Lions Club, Ruth Winston Centre, Southgate Chamber of Commerce and Southgate Housebound and Disabled Association immediately come to mind for their Christmas lunches and parties for the elderly and vulnerable in Palmers Green and Southgate. One individual and organisation which I wish to single out is Elena Sideri-Costa, Managing Director of St Mark’s Social Education Service. I went to their Christmas show again this year and it was extraordinary. Young adults with significant autism, guided by skilled and patient carers, sang, spoke and performed brilliantly. Elena is a Palmers Green resident who has through sheer force of personality, hard work and determination established St Marks as one of the best providers of respite and care for parents of autistic adults not just in Enfield but the UK. Last month also brought a bunch of good news. I have been calling for the urgent care centre at Chase Farm to be extended like the urgent care centre at North Mid. I have met with the Health Secretary, NHS London and local GPs and asked the Prime Minister in the Commons to agree the need for an extension of


hours, particularly over this winter period. I am pleased that the decision has finally been made to now open Chase Farm urgent care centre between 8am and 10pm and North Mid's urgent care centre is open between 8am and 12pm alongside the 24hr A&E. A review is now taking place over the next 5 months to determine whether there is clinical evidence to support my campaign for 24hr urgent care at the new re-built Chase Farm Hospital. I am convinced we need more out of hours and urgent care to relieve the A&E pressures and I would be interested to hear your views. One of the big issues for part of my constituency, particularly in Palmers Green, Bowes and Southgate Green near the A406, has been the plan by the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) to develop a massive waste management site on Pinkham Way. Thankfully following a concerted campaign we convinced the NLWA to shelve their plan. However, the plan is not completely off the table until the decision is made for an alternative site for waste management. Now the NLWA is consulting in the Edmonton EcoPark being the preferred site. If Edmonton is confirmed as the location then Pinkham Way's future away from waste is secured. Please complete the survey on my website

so I can ensure NLWA hear your views on Pinkham Way. Finally, our high streets are the economic life blood of our community so I was pleased that the Autumn Statement gave them reasons to be cheerful. The doubling of the Small Business Rate Relief is being extended again. The inflation-linked increases in business rates will be capped at 2 per cent. The discount for high street shops including cafes will increase to £1,500, which is a 50 per cent increase. The Chancellor has also announced a full review of the structure of business rates before the Budget 2016. We need the Council to become more responsible for the level of business rates rather than being a tax collection agency for Government. We also need business rates to be more sensitive to the huge impact of high rates on the viability of the high street. We now need Enfield Council to use their local discretion to cut business rates and increase opportunities for more parking. I continue to press for free short term parking on the high street, and want to ensure that the proposed Enfield Cycle Lane is revised to take account of local shops' and residents concerns. Best wishes for a peaceful New Year.

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Love Your DoorStep by Emma Rigby New Year’s Resolutions

Now that Christmas is over and the New Year has just begun lots of people are back into their normal daily routine, but with one exception. New Year’s Resolutions! Have you made any? According to statistics, the two top resolutions are to lose weight and to get fit. Also at the top is wanting to eat more healthily. We are lucky in Enfield, because we have plenty of local businesses that will help us to keep up our new year’s resolutions throughout the year. In our Directory under Dance Schools, Fitness Classes and Gym we have a huge selection of people who will help you to get fit and lose weight at the same time. The variety is enormous and there is something for everyone from Belly Dancing, Boot Camp and Boxing to Salsa, Yoga and Zumba. If you look under Health and Nutrition, you’ll find Weight Management, Nutrition Specialists, Slimming Clubs and Diet Programmes. There are also Personal Trainers and Sport

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categories for getting fit and losing weight. Statistically, New Year’s Resolutions around losing weight are often set aside pretty quickly, and if the whole process seems to be too much of a challenge, we have some businesses listed under the category Hypnosis. Taking better care of our bodies and helping us to feel better fits in here too. It could mean any one of the Holistic Therapies in our Directory, one of the businesses under Mind, Body and Soul, Massage might fit the bill or even Beauty and Cosmetics. For many women it is getting a new hairstyle. Once again the Lyds Directory can help you choose from one of our 22 Hairdressers. Painting & Decorating or Home Improvements are also on many people’s list of New Year’s Resolutions but sometimes they don’t get done. Maybe we get started and we don’t find the time to finish, or something comes up which stops

completion of the project, or we just don’t even get started as we keep putting it off for yet another day; so it is always good to know that there are professionals around who can pick up where we left off to get the job done. More Holidays and/or more Travel might be something you might want to work towards in 2015 and these too are categories in our extensive Directory. Some people are determined to learn something new in 2015. If it’s a new language you want to learn, then both French and Spanish lessons are on offer in our Directory. If children need help they can be motivated to want to learn and do well in all of their school work. Whatever your have on your list of New Year’s Resolutions for 2015 we most definitely have something in our Directory to help you on your way to keeping them this year. Make 2015 the year you stick to your New Year’s Resolutions with the help of Lyds!

Hazelwood School By Steve Kelly & Nathalie Muller Joint PTA Chairs at Hazelwood Primary School Hazelwood Lane, Palmers Green, London, N13 5HE ‘Tis the season to be jolly, and it’s been a jolly good year at Hazelwood in 2014. The children have excelled in and out of school across sports, drama and in the gardens with a recent Gold award of the Queen Elizabeth Cup at the Guildhall for their efforts in our wildlife and growing gardens. 2014 ended with the Christmas Bazaar and school Pantomime. The Bazaar sponsored by Anthony Webb, with fantastic donations from so many of our local businesses, was a great success enjoyed by the school and wider community. The community vibe that Hazelwood has is, without doubt, one of its strong points and allows the children to flourish in a very relaxed and happy atmosphere. One of our parents works for Santander in Southgate and through match funding, along with three other members of staff working on stalls at


the Bazaar, Santander has matched the amount raised by these stalls, resulting in a record amount raised at this year's event of over £11,000. Parental involvement is very high at Hazelwood and our "We Made It" team were a great success selling Christmas crafts they made in their spare time. We also had some budding entrepreneurs from Year 6 as the three classes competed to sell original festive wares to the Bazaar

Santander Southgate helped raise additional funds for Hazelwood at our Christmas Bazaar

audience. The school pantomime "The Lion, The Witch and the Flat Packed Wardrobe" a collaboration between parents and teachers was inevitably a roaring success and provided a happy ending to our school year. 2015 will see the school build on the success of their Ofsted award of 'Good' achieved through our children, an active Governing body and a wonderful team of teachers led by headteacher Miss Ross. HPSA the schools’ parent teacher body had a full programme of events throughout the last academic year raising over £30,000 to support the learning environment of the school with the school-wide implementation of interactive whiteboards. Next term more events are planned, we will keep you posted and hope to see you along the way.

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Why Network? by Julia Sondack

Often walking into a room full of strangers can be a little daunting for most of us, let alone standing up and talking in front of them – so why do I do it? As an interior furnishing business we have embraced the role of social media in helping us to build our network. We are able to quickly upload photos of curtains we have hung, blinds we have installed or furniture that we have recovered. Through social media we are able to share theses images with our contacts on various sites and build up our profile, successes and receive recommendations. However alongside this we also realise the great importance of face to face representation. We have treated networking and the time we spend on it as our best customer for over 12 years now. We are happy to rise early for a meeting that starts well before our working day. One of the local groups we attend is The Gold Table Business Club meeting on the first Wednesday of each month at Bush Hill Park Golf Club. Put simply it works for us. By building relationships with the members we have been able to expand our network beyond just the group members and Enfield itself. In our business we are constantly looking for new clients as once works are complete for an individual client, they are unlikely to need our services again for several years. We build upon our relationships and trust over time gaining access to the group’s members own

networks, who in turn can refer and trust us to do the work. Because we are such firm believers in networking giving us results we don’t just stop at one local group. I also attend a Ladies group in Enfield called The Athena Network. Again I have gained some wonderful work and great business contacts from the ladies of this group and in fact the whole Athena Networking region of Enfield and South East Herts. As our business is not limited to the Enfield area we have taken our networking into central London, here we belong to a group called The Doyle Club which is a property related networking group and I belong to another ladies networking group with the rather unusual name of Sister Snog. We find that networking in town opens up more of our target audience particularly in terms of high end merchandise and commercial work. At all of these meetings we attend we are able to ask for specific introductions to companies and organisations, both by name and type, for example architects, who we are trying to get to know. We often find that through asking for these introductions members realise they know someone who would benefit us and they are happy to introduce us to their contact and help us

gain that business. Of course networking groups are not for everyone but in the competitive modern business environment, they can often give you an advantage and a foot in the door where you may not have otherwise had that opportunity. I would recommend that anyone thinking of joining a networking group should visit a few in their local area or where they would like the business to come from in order to find one that suits your business style and aims. An important piece of advice I would also offer upon visiting these groups is not to look at selling your product or service to the people in the room but rather to be willing to share your contacts, help others and keep an open mind as to who those people may be able to put you in contact with in order to increase your business. So what about a New Year’s networking resolution, can you think of a good reason why not to network? 12 TOP TIPS FOR NETWORKING If you’re feeling a little edgy about networking then plan well and remember these thoughts: 1. ‘I’m a nice person who is going to be accepted in this room’ 2. ‘I’m as good as the next person’ 3. ‘I’m a generous person of giving spirit’

4. ‘Yes, I am a little nervous but hey so are most’ 5. ‘I’m going to be friendly, courteous and polite’ – everyone warms quickly to a person with these attributes 6. ‘I’m going to smile, keep eye contact and shake hands’ 7. ‘I’ll pretend to act like the host, talk to people on their own and introduce people to one another’ 8. ‘It’s a business event so everyone is here to meet new contacts – including me!’ 9. ‘I’m going to spend more time being interested and asking questions of others than talking about myself’ 10. ‘I’m going to look positively for potential opportunities and follow them up’ 11. ‘If at the end of the day all else fails – I’m gonna fake it till I make it’ 12. ‘I’m going to have a good time!’ – you really can, learning from and helping others USEFUL LINKS:

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Your Local Family Law Specialists Separation Agreements (also known as a Deed of Separation) by Christina Pieri Hi there, how are you? I hope you all enjoyed the festive season and are now looking forward to the year ahead. We are now into January and it’s a pretty hectic time for us family lawyers. January is one of our busiest months with a number of clients having called in December to make appointments to meet with us this month. Understandably, clients prefer to wait and get “Christmas over and done with” before formally instructing a Solicitor to deal with their family matters. This month I thought I would touch on the issue of entering into a Separation Agreement as I have found that more clients consider entering into this type of Agreement as a pre-cursor to divorce. Sometimes, for religious, financial or other reasons, parties prefer to formally separate rather than immediately rushing into divorce proceedings. What is a Separation Agreement? A Separation Agreement (“Agreement”) is entered into when parties decide to live separate and apart but are not ready to commence divorce proceedings. It essentially prepares the ground work for divorce and can help avoid disagreements between you later on. The Agreement sets out future wishes and arrangements and can possibly

negate the need for costly proceedings.

The Agreement can cover issues such as:i) Living in the Former Matrimonial Home; ii) Child arrangements; iii) Payment of child and/or spousal maintenance; iv) Division of funds/assets/separation of bank accounts/payment of debts/selling of matrimonial property/other financial matters; v) Arrangements for who should commence divorce proceedings in the future and who should be responsible for the costs and vi) any other related financial matters. The Agreement essentially paves the way for future divorce and helps you adjust both emotionally and financially to such a major change in your life. Before entering into an Agreement, both parties should seek independent legal advice and exchange full and frank disclosure of their financial positions. Solicitors need a clear picture of the parties’ finances before advising on the terms of the Agreement. Are Separation Agreements legally binding? Entering into a Separation Agreement cannot prevent a

party making an application to the Court for a financial order on divorce. That said, the Court may decide to make the Agreement binding. The Court will look at all the relevant factors and decide how much weight should be placed upon the Agreement. The factors include, but are not limited to, the conduct of the parties leading up to the Separation Agreement and their subsequent conduct, whether the Agreement was entered into freely, whether the parties had the benefit of legal advice and whether they had a full appreciation of the implications of the Agreement. The Court would not bind the parties to the Agreement if it thought it was unfair to do so. The implications of entering into an Agreement should be explained to you by your Solicitor. Both parties should seek independent legal advice before entering into such an Agreement and ultimately if and when the Agreement is placed before the Court, the Judge will decide whether or not the Agreement should be upheld. If you require advice on Separation Agreements or any other related family matters, please don’t hesitate to call us to arrange a fixed fee initial consultation for just £75 plus VAT.

Should you require any further information, please give us a call here at Chapman Pieri Solicitors on 020 8882 9850 to set up an Initial Consultation or alternatively you can email us at: Please have a look at our website where you will find a lot of helpful information: Address: Southgate Office Village, Block C, Ground & First Floors, 284B Chase Road, Southgate, London, N14 6HF.

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Mark and Co Solicitors by Mark Periklis Conveyancing: What’s it all about? 452 Green Lanes, Palmers Green, London, N13 5XD Tel: 020 8920 9999, Fax: 020 8447 9078 In my last article I spoke about the qualities of a solicitor and their interactions with the client.

be relevant. It is effectively a Contract that runs with the land and not the individuals that come and go.

relevant as it may reveal an obligation for the upkeep of the local parish church.

The Government “Autumn Statement,” if anything may provide a much-needed boost to the first time buyer and the benefits will be felt in the New Year as purchases and completions take place.

4) Fixtures, Fittings and Contents Form: Simply what is remaining and what is going in the property. It is done on a room by room basis

11)Notices: These may not show up in the search but in other documentation. This will tell us if the property is subject to a Compulsory purchase order. This is where the property will be purchased either under legislation or the Local Authority. Therefore, why buy property that may have to be sold to the Local Authority?

So it may be a completely appropriate time to talk about the real “nuts and bolts” of conveyancing and what property lawyers really do. It is not as dry as it seems as property law encompasses all aspects of living and ownership and is still the biggest investment and obligation a person is likely to have. So knowing a bit about the process and perhaps saving money on property purchasing might be a compelling argument at this time. It’s a new year; it’s time for a fresh start to change old ideas and perceptions of conveyancing. So let’s talk about context. Simply put conveyancing can be compared in methodology to a Sherlock Holmes investigation of a mystery. Where asking the questions elicits answers and asking the right question will uncover what has been going on in the property history and its past transactions and incarnations. Some of the tools and resources of this specialist trade are listed below: 1) Title Deeds or Office Copy Entries:- These define the property and is divided into three parts, the Address, the owners or proprietors of the property and any charges. This is a snap shot in time of the property.

5) Property Information Form: This will include information about boundaries, disputes, party walls, rights of way, gas, water, electricity, telephones and other services 6) Leasehold Property information Form: If the property is leasehold there will be information regarding the freeholder service charges, ground rent and any future charges, problems with freeholders. 7) The searches: Local authority search tells us about any planning on the property, any side or rear access, if the road outside the property is private or publicly maintained. It can, depending on area, include Conversation area issues and any planned developments in the vicinity plus many more interesting factoids about the area. 8) Water search: this used to be part of the local authority search but now has its own important place of its own. This can tell us about sewers in the area. If it’s a new-build then the private sewers will be owned by the properties and may be adopted as a public sewer in the future.

2) The Contract: Will include the price of the property and address. These have to be congruent with the Title Deeds

9) Environmental search: This tells us about flood plains, radio mast for cellaur activity, landfill, licenses that our needed by Petrol Stations and surgery’s for keeping and disposal. This search tells us about current and past containment land and past industrial land use.

3) Lease: If the property is leasehold then this would

10)Chancel Check: Less importance now but still is

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12)Disputes: These may not be logged anywhere but can be liability that can devalue the property. The above is a very, very basic investigation. There are more questions and areas of importance but suffice for the sake of brevity they are not simple to explain. I have written a book* which is more extensive on this subject and where there is room to delve further into the mystery. Like all great mystery’s it can reveal many false turns, roadblocks and hidden agendas. Ironically conveyancing, for what is, on the face of it, a boring undertaking, lays the richness and complexity of human property ownership from one person to another. The more interesting the mystery, be it problematical or technical, the greater the opportunity in discovering a property bargain. After many years in the Conveyancing field a patterns emerges which provides, clarity, if ever there was doubt, at the endeavours, ingenuity, creativity and interest of the human spirit in making their mark in their life which is translated into the property that they live in and own. For me there can be no more interesting endeavour where property provides a canvas that captures so many facets of the human psyche. *The Insiders Guide to Buying Property in Difficult Times (ISBN 978-1-905493-26-5), Mark Periklis

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High Court quashes Enfield landlord licensing scheme On 11 December 2014, the High Court quashed (cancelled) Enfield Council's additional and selective licensing schemes, which would have required all private rented property in the borough to be licensed from 1 April 2015. The fee would have been £250 or £500, for a 5-year licence. Licence conditions included the banning of commercial vehicles from driveways, requirements to display the licence and various other documents and an obligation on the landlord to investigate antisocial tenants. The council also had the power to require additional works, which could have gone way beyond any legal requirements. Any breach by the tenant or landlord could have resulted in the landlord receiving a £5,000 fine and criminal record. In his handed down judgment, His Honour Judge McKenna said that "the implementation and operation of an unlawful designation is a continuing unlawful act". He found that Enfield Council had failed to consult the persons who should have been consulted (including in the 6 surrounding boroughs) and did not consult for the required time. At the end of the hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice, HHJ McKenna refused permission for Enfield to appeal against the decision. At the time of going to press, the council indicated that they were planning to appeal directly to the Court of Appeal. Constantinos Regas is the landlord of just one property, which is in the borough. He brought the David and Goliath case against the council after repeatedly speaking against the proposals at council meetings. Most recently he spoke at the Council's cabinet meeting of 12 November, where he warned the council's cabinet that a judge at the permission stage of the proceedings, in early October, had already found that part of the scheme was "arguably unlawful" and that the council should not go ahead with it.

Speaking after the judgment was handed down, Constantinos said "I have always maintained my view that good housing standards are a human right. But Enfield Council have not gone about this the right way. Consultation is not a technicality. It is a legal requirement and an integral part of democracy. The council have accused tenants of being antisocial and have sought to criminalise landlords for tenants' behaviour. The Council have now been found acting unlawfully. The Council's Cabinet and senior officers have demonised tenants, defiled democracy and disgraced themselves. They threw good money after bad in defending this case, despite me putting them on notice in June that they were not acting properly. The citizens of Enfield should welcome the resignations of the entire cabinet and senior officers." Constantinos also said: "I want to thank everyone for their financial and practical support. I also want to thank our barristers for their advocacy and our local MPs, David Burrowes and Nick de Bois for their assistance. I want to encourage landlords to improve housing standards in the borough, without a licensing scheme. That includes the biggest landlord in the borough - the council itself - which was exempt from the scheme." What lessons does the judgment hold? Other boroughs will be examining whether they have lawfully introduced their own property licensing schemes. But there are wider lessons for other consultations. Enfield Council are currently conducting preliminary consultations on "Quieter Neighbourhoods", around Fox Lane, Connaught Gardens,

Haselbury Road, Wolves Lane and Main Avenue. These are separate from the Mini Holland (Cycle Enfield) plans. Constantinos is not a lawyer but initially represented himself. He was then crowdfunded by other landlords and instructed barristers directly for the final trial. The judgment in R(Regas) v London Borough of Enfield is available online, with further information at Quieter Neighbourhoods Commenting on the proposals, Constantinos - a former scrutiny adviser to House of Commons committees, including transport - said "Clearly the Quieter Neighbourhoods survey does not meet the second Sedley consultation principle because there isn't enough information for intelligent consideration of the council's plans. Any further development will require more consultation. My case adds something to those requirements on who should be consulted. It is peculiar that the council is only seeking the views of residents in the proposed "quieter neighbourhoods". Roads are part of a network and any changes will obviously impact surrounding neighbourhoods, so any consultation should be wider. What residents really should be asked is whether it is right for the council to spend millions on marginally improving nice streets, potentially at the expense of essential services for the most vulnerable people in our community."

There is no better way to obtain unbiased travel advice than to contact a local trusted independent travel agent by Lloyd Collier and Mike Prior, Directors Scott’s Travel, 3-4 The Broadway, Southgate, N14 6PJ Tel: 020 8882 0141 Established in Southgate since 1935, Scott’s Travel pride ourselves on offering a truly personal one to one service. This personal touch is invaluable to our clients and has undoubtedly been the key to our success over the last 80 years. SCOTT'S HISTORY In 1935 Peter Scott opened for business as a Travel Agent at 3, Broadway, Southgate, opposite the tube station, under the trading name of SCOTT'S TRAVEL BUREAU. This was long before the age of mass travel/tourism and its main business was the sale of rail and coach tickets and as local agents for Cunard White Star, (to USA), Union Castle Line Scott’s Travel, 1990 (to South Africa), P&O (to Australia) and other main shipping companies. In 1960, when international travel/tourism was beginning to take off, and with the advent of package holidays, the business was purchased by David Roberts, a young Chartered Accountant living locally, who owned a shipping business in The City. He rapidly added the coveted International Air Travel License (IATA), in those days difficult to obtain, and Scott's became a founder member of The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), now recognised as the professional body

representing the main travel trade in the UK. In 2004 a government ATOL license was added to conform with legislation necessary to protect the public from financial loss due to the collapse of airlines/tour operators, although it is the proud boast of Scott's that they had always refunded from their own resources any loss suffered by clients who had booked through them. SCOTT'S TRAVEL TODAY According to new research by ABTA over the past 12 months there has been a shift away from booking directly with service providers', most notably, to booking with a local travel agent. Mark Tanzer, ABTA Chief Executive said: “It is encouraging to see more holidaymakers using travel professionals to book their holiday. When family finances are tight we know that they are also looking for that extra security that booking with a travel agent can bring. People may also perhaps be realising that DIY holidays are time consuming to put together and full of pit falls, and, value having a professional retail travel agent do the hard work for their holiday.” At Scott's Travel we offer a high degree of efficiency, security and personal service seldom matched by other retail travel agents, and this reputation has spread far beyond the immediate locality so that our client base now spreads not

only across the UK but also internationally, and is increasing annually despite strong competition from direct marketing and the internet. Our client list includes professional firms, educational establishments, public corporations as well as private travellers and clients looking for value for money air travel, holidays, hotels, travel insurance, etc., etc. The high percentage of repeat bookings and recommendations are testament to many years of customer satisfaction. Scott’s Travel, today

Our widely travelled and well trained staff ensure that our clients receive the best firsthand knowledge and advice possible when booking their travel arrangements. So whatever your destination, we will work on your behalf to create your perfect holiday or business travel.

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Crawford Gardens Palmers Green, N13 4 bedrooms, through lounge, kitchen bathroom, shower room, garden

ÂŁ550,000 Freehold




beautifully presented three/four bedroom 1930's built house located in a quiet residential turning off Hedge Lane. The property, which is conveniently situated for Palmers Green's shops and transport facilities, benefits from a spacious through lounge with doors to a garden, a modern kitchen, a contemporary bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, a modern en-suite shower room to bedroom four, fitted wardrobes, gas central heating, double glazing with bespoke shutters, off street parking for two vehicles and a well maintained 65ft rear garden. An internal inspection is essential to fully appreciate this lovely family home.


three bedroom ground floor maisonette situated in this most desirable turning between Fox Lane and Southgate Green. The property benefits from a spacious living room, two large double bedrooms and one large single bedroom, a kitchen with appliances, a bathroom and one en-suite shower room, gas central heating and a patio garden. The property, which is within easy reach of Palmers Green's mainline station and Southgate's underground station and shops, is offered part furnished and is available now.

Selborne Road Southgate, N14 3 bedrooms, living room, kitchen bathroom, shower room, garden

ÂŁ1,400 per month

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Fantastic Lebanese food on our doorstep by Ellie Sales Warda Lebanese Restaurant 22 The Broadway, The Bourne, Southgate, N14 6PH Telephone: 0203 583 3438 Email: Opening times: 11:30 am - 11:00pm Mon-Sun. Saturday 11:30 - 12:30. heading to London to work at Mayfair’s Noura and Fakhreldine restaurants, renowned as London’s oldest and most glamorous Lebanese restaurant. In 2012 Pierre, and Alex left Fakhreldine to open their own restaurant in Southgate. Pierre’s passion was to continue to serve unique food, marinated in the finest spices, cooked in the traditional ways with sophisticated presentation.

Having never experienced Lebanese dining I was looking forward to our office night out at Warda restaurant on The Bourne, Southgate. Opened in 2012, the exterior is welcoming with its olive trees and Warda – a girl’s name that means ‘rose’ in Arabic – has an understated and contemporary interior. Neutrally decorated in browns and creams, it has comfy booths, good-sized tables, large lampshades and a stylish bar counter at the rear. On the night that we visited, traditional music was being played and the kitchen was visible from our table adding to the authentic ambiance. Once seated we were offered a colourful plate of salad, crunchy crudités and sharp, vinegary pickled chillies. Whilst the team perused the menu I took the opportunity to chat with the owner Pierre. Pierre has an extensive 30-year background in Middle Eastern cuisine having previously worked in Paris for 15 years at the critically acclaimed Noura and Fakhreldine restaurants, before

We allowed Pierre to guide us in our menu choices and opted for the set menu, Mezze 8 (£27) that included, amongst its 8 starter dishes, hoummos, baba ghanoush, tabboule, falafels and soujouk (pan fried homemade Lebanese spicy sausage). To this selection we added calamari and fatayer, baked pastry triangles filled with spinach, onions and pine nuts (without soggy bottoms may I add!). We devoured the tangy, deeply smoky baba ganoush studded with a scattering of garnet-red pomegranate seeds, and the spicy sausage was quick to disappear as the flavour combinations were moorish. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their entrees. Moving on to the main course, the Mixed meat grill comprised of one each of lamb kafta (minced lamb kebab), taouk (marinated chicken cubes), lahim meshue (cubes of lamb), served with a portion of vermicelli rice, an onion and herb salad and delicious pungent toum (a light foam like garlic sauce). Bought to the table covered in flatbread, to keep the kebabs warm, this dish maintained the high standards and fabulous flavours.

Pierre and Alex

and cinnamon rolls that went down a treat with our traditional Lebanese coffee and mint tea. I must also add that, on Pierre’s recommendation, we ordered a bottle of Lebanese white wine, Reve Blanc 2011. Crisp and dry it was a perfect accompaniment to our food. The menu also consists of other family favourites such as slow-cooked lamb shoulder, king prawns and sea bass. For vegetarians there are two slow-cooked main courses on the menu (also available as mezze): moussaka, and bemieh (okra in tomato sauce). There is a separate vegetarian mezze section with a wide choice; plus all the dips, salads and side dishes are meat-free. The restaurant welcomes families, offers business lunches and operates a delivery/take away service. Warda also cater for private parties both on and off site.

The desserts were well-proportioned, mouthful-sized freshly made baklava

Why not pop in a give them a try, with a special offer of a dinner for 2 and a drink for only £30, it would be a shame not to!

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Baskervilles Tea Shop Blog by Diane Baskervilles Tea Shop, 66 Aldermans Hill, N13 4PP 020 8351 1673 Mon-Sat 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Sundays and Bank Holidays 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Orange Cranberry With Christmas over it is time to detox and cut back a bit. Muffins are the perfect solution as they are lighter than cake but still taste beautiful. January is also the season for oranges and the best time for making orange marmalade if you can get hold of Seville oranges. They are difficult to buy in the supermarkets these days and the only place I have found them is from a specialist greengrocer. Orange and cranberry flavours naturally go together. This recipe comes from the US and is a good use for some of that cranberry sauce most of us have left over from Christmas dinner – and it makes them even sweeter. Rather than leave your left over sauce to slowly move to the back of the cupboard until you throw it away in mid-summer, why not use a bit and enjoy it now? You can also use fresh or frozen cranberries but they will need tossing in flour before going into the mixture. Making muffins has been made much easier with the use of muffin cases so I recommend using them here. Enjoy! Ingredients: Makes 12 Muffins • • • • • • • • • •

250g plain flour 1½ teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 125g butter 125g granulated sugar 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract zest of 1 orange 115ml milk 250g fresh or frozen cranberries (defrosted) or 150g cranberry sauce. For the orange glaze: • 2 tbls of orange juice • 125g icing sugar

1. Preheat oven to 190°C. Put muffin cases in a baking tray. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. 2. In a separate bowl mix together fresh cranberries and 2 teaspoons of flour to coat cranberries. If using cranberry sauce, simply skip this step. 3. Cream together butter and sugar until lightened in colour - about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time and mix in vanilla and orange zest. Gently fold in flour mixture, alternating with milk. Stir until just combined. Fold in cranberries and scoop mixture into prepared muffin cases, filling about ⅔ to ¾ full. Bake until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 20-30 minutes. 4. Prepare orange glaze topping by stirring together the juice and icing sugar until well-combined. 5. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly. Drizzle each one with orange glaze. Place onto a plate to finish cooling or serve slightly warm.

Savour the Season by Ailsa O'Shea owner of Crafty Chefs

Kids of all ages love cooking, let’s make some Banana Bread! As a Mum of two, I love cooking with my children and realise how important it is to educate a healthy eating regime at a young age. I have been running Crafty Chefs Cooking Workshops and Parties since 2013, with my passion for good home cooking I show children how quick & easy it is to make good fresh food and let them take control. Even fussy eaters can be persuaded to try new foods if they get involved in making it as well. Our Saturday Kitchen Workshops are tailored to educate & experiment through tastes and smells. Measuring ingredients helps children understand metrics and the science in recipes. The cupcake and biscuit decorating workshops give children the chance to be creative and learn different icing techniques. Kids of all ages love cooking; they love the feel of food in their hands, the sense of satisfaction they get from making something themselves, but mostly they love eating it at the end. If the children are bored why not try cooking together? Here are some handy tips to help you have lots of fun and an easy recipe to try.

• Let the children get involved preparing the ingredients, washing the dirt off the potatoes is great fun and teaches the children about where food grows. • Get children stirring, rolling and (safely) chopping. They love being hands on rather than on the side-lines watching the action. • During the summer months, you could visit a PYO farm and then cook with your produce when you get home. • Remember your kitchen will get messy; be prepared for this then it won’t be as stressful! • Wash hands lots and keep the little people away from sharp knives and boiling water. Children who cook not only learn a great skill for adult life but also have a much stronger awareness of which foods are healthy, and which are not. Cooking is a life skill! Crafty Chefs help encourage children to learn about food and explore new flavours, in a fun and educational way whilst building confidence and encouraging independence. We offer a range of Cooking, Chocolate, Cake & Biscuit Decorating Parties which are a nice alternative to your usual birthday party.

BANANA BREAD Ingredients • 50g (2oz) butter or dairy free margarine • 50g (2oz) caster sugar or soft brown sugar • 100g (4oz) self-raising flour • ½ teaspoon baking powder • 1 very ripe banana What to do: • Get an adult to heat the oven to 165C/325F/Gas Mark 3 • Grease the loaf tin • Mash the bananas • In a bowl cream the butter and sugar • Add the flour and baking powder, mix well • Add the bananas and blend well • Pour mixture into the loaf tin Get an adult to put the tin in the oven for 25 mins. Use a fork or knife to check if the banana bread is cooked by sliding it into the middle if the loaf, if it comes out clean your banana bread is cooked! Tel: 07771 875 939 Facebook: Twitter: @CraftyChefsBarn Do you have a family recipe to share? Please contact us at

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one double bedroom converted flat located on the 1st floor of this 1920s built house. The flat, which is close to Palmers Green's shops, restaurants and transport facilities, consists of a spacious living room, modern kitchen and bathroom, double bedroom and gas central heating. Single person or couples only. The flat is offered furnished and is available from 1st February 2015.

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well presented three bedroom end of terrace house situated in this popular residential turning off Hedge Lane. The property, which is close to Palmers Green's shops and transport facilities, benefits from a spacious through lounge, a kitchen/diner, a ground floor modern shower room, a first floor bathroom, laminate floors, gas central heating, off street parking for several cars and large rear garden. The property is offered part furnished and is available now.

Arnold Gardens Palmers Green, N13

Firs Lane Palmers Green, N13

1 bedroom, living room kitchen, bathroom

3 bedrooms, through lounge, kitchen/diner, shower room, bathroom, garden

ÂŁ950 per month

ÂŁ1,650 per month

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Hair Trends: What's Hot in 2015 by Kiri from Fabulous Hair Company Fabulous Hair Company 382 Green Lanes, N13 5PD Tel:020 8886 7070 I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and is looking forward to the year ahead. Looking back, last year has been a year of messy up-dos, braids and pony tails with a twist. Guys rebelled by growing their hair longer and sporting full beards. So what is new for this year? Boho Waves: Loose care free waves reminiscent of the 60’s hippie era. Currently a catwalk favorite especially with Chanel and Valentino. Easy to do and looks great with an accessory. Mixed Materials: Anything goes from a bright coloured hair band to pieces of leather. Fendi recently styled their model’s hair with leather feathers. Just remember to be playful and colourful to finish off any style. Messy up-dos: This look can be worn every day or perfect for a night out, it oozes subtle glamour and charm. For those who are a fan of up-dos, I recommended letting plenty of loose locks fall around the face, when pinning hair up. Braids, Plaits & Twists: There is a braid for everyone. Twisted rope braids and cornrowed buns are the rage right now, while fishtail braids intertwining with bright coloured ribbons create a lot of fun. Big Soft Buns: Look out for Japanese inspired SumoKnots this year.

Out of water: For a good example of this look no further than Tulisas hair on the X-Factor semifinal in December. This look can vary from very wet to slightly damp. My personal thought Tulisas was too wet and prefer to see a mixture of textures with a wet/Gelled root and a dry matt finish mid-lengths and ends. The right product is essential for this look, Paul Mitchells Super sculpt for a wet look roots and a dry spray wax for the ends is my favorite choice. Bombshell Blowouts: Big polished bouncy blowouts referencing iconic sex symbols like Raquel Welch and Brigitte Bardot. Use plenty of rollers for this popular look. Pony Tails or Long Tails: I mentioned ponytails as an easy to do look in last month’s Christmas issue, Ponys are here to stay they are a catwalk favorite with many of the big fashion houses, no two pony tails are the same you can wear them high or low, tight or loose, add an interest to your ponytail for a modern look. Short choppy hairstyles: will be much edgier in 2015. Add a long fringe to a short pixie cut for

something different and dare I say we might see a soft feminine Mohawk. A great salon tool for short cuts is a razor, used correctly can create wonderful texture as well as soft and cool wispy hair ends. Short asymmetrical hairstyles can change your look greatly. The advantage of these trendy hairstyles is that they’re superbly versatile. Fringes: Contrasting fringes. For long hair a short choppy fringe and a longer softer fringe for short haircut adds a different dimension to any style. Next month we will have a look at hair colour trends for 2015. If you have any questions that need answering quickly please email me at and I’ll get back to you soon as I can. If you enjoyed my article let us know, like us on facebook and we’ll enter you in our monthly competition for a chance of winning 1 of 10 Paul Mitchell in salon Awapuhi Wild Ginger Keratin treatments worth £25. Just go to our website and click the facebook icon to like.

Alexia says… New year, new you! by Alexia Charalambous

Happy New Year! Wow, 2015. It’s crazy how the years fly by. And you may be already thinking time for a change, a new adventure, a new direction or just even a new diet plan! Whatever it is you have set to do, keeping focussed in achieving your goal is hard nonetheless. A week into 2015, you may already want to call it a day. Below are some simple strategies and tips for you to follow to get you on the path for change or achieving your goal. Write it down Something that is written down makes it just that little more memorable. It could be written on a post it and taped to your fridge door, logged in a diary or even a note on your Smartphone. Ensure it is somewhere visible so that you are reminded of it daily. Steps toward your goal If you have a goal that is out of reach at the moment (e.g. a move to Australia, a new home in the outer Hebrides, auditioning for Britain’s Got Talent), begin thinking about small steps you can take in achieving the main goal. Give yourself 3 smaller, achievable goals and say WHEN you will achieve them by. Set a date and log it onto a diary or calendar. Reward yourself If you have planned to make use of that gym membership and you have managed visiting once a week, then reward yourself with a slice of cake or glass

of wine or two at the weekends. Do not be too hard on yourself, it’ll only bring you down and you will lose motivation. Something small each day Is there something you can do every single day that works towards your goal? Perhaps something first thing in the morning or last thing at night? It will really help with staying focussed as it’s happening every single day. It will drive you on and get you towards your goal faster.

preventing you from getting to your goal? Or someone? Have you overloaded yourself? Give yourself until the end of March – that’s 3 full months of working towards your goal – and reassess the situation. If you need support working towards a goal, please contact me and I can discuss a strategy and coaching approach appropriate to you as an individual.

Using affirmations This may sound a little cheesy or new age but affirmations are great to keep you believing in yourself and your achievements. What are there? Affirmations are positive statements such as, ‘I am confident and good at what I do’, ‘I am beautiful inside and out’ or ‘I will take up Ballroom and Latin dancing by Easter’. You can simply write them down, record them or say them in the mirror – that is the most powerful way of getting them to sink in. Review and evaluate When things are a little tough, take a step back and evaluate what you are doing. Is there something

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Pensions Unshackled by Jan Thompson Contact Jan on 07568 321207 or email Jan Thompson Partner of St James’s Place Wealth Management, is based locally and is inviting local residents to discover the simple yet highly effective steps you can take to preserve and protect your wealth. Preserving and protecting your wealth surgeries are being held locally by appointment on 28th & 29th January 2015 from 10-5pm. All surgeries last appox 40mins and are held in the strictest confidence and without obligation.

The approaching changes to pension legislation will create both opportunity and possible confusion. This year, the Chancellor has proposed some surprising, but very welcome, changes to the rules on how pension benefits can be accessed. The changes being lined up have been largely well-received, but those eligible to take advantage of the new rules may be confused by the number of choices available. There are two big changes. The first one relates to the way people can take benefits at retirement and means that people will be able to take the whole of their fund as one lump sum if they choose. The other change is to do with the way pension benefits are taxed on death. The two of these together have acted as a game changer in terms of overcoming some major reservations that have previously discouraged people from investing for their retirement through a pension rather than something else. In the first of two articles, Andrew Stokes, Head of Pensions at St. James’s Place, explains how the changes will affect the way in which pension benefits can be taken. What do the changes mean for an individual who, let’s say, has a pension fund of £100,000? The changes enable everybody to take out whatever they like from their pension in one chunk. Whether or not they should is a different matter. At the moment people can do this if their fund is very small – less than £30,000 – or if their fund is very large and they have a guaranteed pension in payment of £12,000 a year. The changes mean that people with a fund size of, say, £100,000 now have the same flexibility. One thing we have to remember is that all of these flexibilities don’t remove the need for people to

be responsible. It’s why getting advice is more important than ever. What are the tax implications if someone took the whole £100,000 in one year? Let’s assume the individual has no other income to begin with and they are going to take the £100,000 as a one-off lump sum (known as an ‘uncrystallised funds pension lump sum’). The first £25,000 (i.e. 25% of the fund) is paid as a taxfree cash amount. The remaining £75,000 is taxed as income. Using the rates that apply from April 2015 this means: Tax rate First £10,500 0% Next £31,785 20% Remaining £32,715 40% After deducting the tax, the individual receives £80,557. And that’s for them to live off for the rest of their life? Precisely. Average life expectancy for a 65-yearold male is 83, and the most common age of death for men is 86 (source: ONS – November 2014), so if they’re taking their benefits in their mid-60s they might have to make that money last 20 years or more. Do these changes signal the death of annuities? No, annuities still very much have a role to play. They remain the only way to guarantee a pension income for life. For an awful lot of people that certainty is hugely important – more important perhaps than the flexibility that will be offered under the new rules. I often talk about an annuity essentially being your salary, the income you can rely on, and drawdown being a bonus. So no, I don’t see it as the death of annuities, but I do see them changing.

The government has said it wants everybody who’s a member of a defined contribution pension scheme to get free guidance. What do you think the impact of that is going to be? Guidance is fine in that it will help people understand what they can do, which is a useful first step. But what most will want to know is what they should do, which is what advice is about. It will mean that those people who want to do things for themselves – who are happy to get information – will be facilitated and will be able to make those decisions. But that’s not the reality for most people. I think most people want advice. Do you think the need for retirement planning has changed? No, quite simply because the average size of a pension pot is still very small. The Association of British Insurers reported that 60% of people who retired in 2013 had a pension fund of less than £30,000; 30% had less than £10,000. With numbers as small as that, changes in the way you take your benefits won’t really make a big difference. But what the changes should do is prompt action by people who want to invest for their retirement. That need hasn’t changed. The levels and bases of taxation, and reliefs from taxation, can change at any time. The value of any tax relief depends on individual circumstances.

To receive a complimentary guide covering wealth management, retirement planning or Inheritance Tax planning, produced by St. James’s Place Wealth Management, contact Jan Thompson of St. James’s Place Wealth Management on 07568 321207 or email

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Local Events Whatʼs going on locally in Palmers Green & Southgate If you have an activity to list here please get in touch at Tai Chi - improving your health First Lesson FREE Every Friday 9.45am to 10.45 am Bush Hill Park Enfield Step by Step Tai Chi for any age. Gentle way to stay fit and healthy. Build your immune system, relieve stress, Improve your posture, coordination and balance Contact: Gulay 07751 850590 Facebook : taichi enfield London

Sat & Sun matinees at 2.30 Signed performances on Thursday and Sunday Intimate Theatre, Green Lanes, N13 4DH To buy tickets, please call 0844 414 2731 or email, like us on, or follow @stmonicaplayers

Chasamba Dance Fitness Class with Elaine Every Tues morning 10.15-11.15am at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Winchmore Hill N21 3JF A partner-free dance fitness class that uses popular dances from the World of Ballroom & Latin American eg. Cha Cha, Samba, Quickstep etc.....suitable for any age & fitness level!! £1 first class...£6 thereafter - pay as you go. For more info, contact Elaine on 07702 437101 or

Meeting of the Friends of Firs Farm Thursday 22 January 7.30pm - 9.00pm Winchmore School, Laburnum Grove, N21 3HS Tales from the Shed 2015 Friday 23 January 11.30am Chickenshed, Chase Side, Southgate, N14 4PE Friday and Saturdays. Friday 23rd January – Saturday 21st March Fri 11.30am, Sat 10am & 11.30am - £6 (free to babies under 6mths) Age: 0-6 years Running Time: 60mins. Vibrant, interactive theatre shows that are perfect for young children. Saturday Shed - Performance workshops for young people Saturday 24 January Chickenshed, Chase Side, Southgate, N14 4PE 24th January – 21st March (8 weeks not inc. Saturday 7th March) Ages 5-8yrs 10am – 11am & 9-12yrs 11.15am – 12.15pm Cost: Pay As You Go: £6 per session

Wassailing in Broomfield Community Orchard Sunday 18 January 1.30pm - 4.00pm Community Orchard, Broomfield Park, N13 4HE

ST HARMONICA’S JANUARY 2015 LINE UP 6 Cannon Hill, London Southgate N14 7HG From 8pm Friday January 9th Giles Hedley and the Aviators. Giles is a regular on blues festival and club circuits in England and the continent Friday January 16th The magnificent Professor Redhair Band Friday January 23rd Eric Ranzoni Trio. Eric Ranzoni performs regularly in many venues in London and the UK, with frequent stints abroad. Since 2009 Eric Ranzoni is also the European pianist for Chicago singer Mud Morganfield, eldest son of Blues legend Muddy Waters. Friday 30th January Burns Night with Alan Craig and The Disclaimers. One of the most fun nights of the year at the club. Not exactly Blues but certainly entertaining.

Jazz at Chickenshed - Julian Marc Stringle presents 'It's Clazzical' Friday 30 January 7.00pm Chickenshed, Chase Side, Southgate, N14 4PE Tickets: £15 adv | £17 Friday 30 January, 7pm support act (45mins), 8.30pm main act (3hrs)

St Monica's Players present Aladdin Thursday 22 January until Sunday 25 January Thurs-Sat evenings at 7.30

Do you enjoy having a local pop-up cinema? Do you think it is a great benefit to our communities? Then please become a "Friend of Talkies" which will help us to keep bringing you great events at low prices. Check out the ‘Friends’ web page at

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EXCITING TIMES AHEAD! 2014 was a great year at Talkies, with some amazing events – with many sold out.



One year on from our first comedy short film night we once again team up with LOCO to bring you great new comedy short films from the glittering talent of the UK's young film makers.

2015 will be just as stimulating, including more local people introducing their own work, a film festival, big ideas for Halloween and another live music improvisation to a silent film classic in the autumn.


Chris Shepherd did such a brilliant job last year that we asked him again to host the event.

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A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox.

Animation provides a limitless canvas for creativity. Hosted by local animator and director Phil Davies, the evening will screen amazing films, some gothic, others funny and all enthralling.

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Motivation and fun: the crucial elements for learning a new language by Laura Scaramella Have you ever thought how great it would be to start learning a new language, but never really did anything about it? Perhaps you were not sure where to start from or thought that you were never good at languages at school, or perhaps you have tried and have been disappointed. I’m a teacher of Italian to adults at Parla Italiano, I have taught students for many years and I have noticed how many students have been surprised about how much methodology has moved on and now enables people to learn quicker, to really speak the language even from lesson one. Long gone are the days when you needed to learn by heart words and conjugation, without ever using them in class. In learning a language there are four different skills (speaking, listening, writing and reading) and each needs to be exercised in order to be learnt. So if your main goal is to speak then your class should be mostly focused on enabling you to speak and provide you with opportunities for doing so. There are two elements that are crucial for learning: the first one is motivation. Learning is a process and as with anything else, the more you put in the more you get out. If you want to learn, first of all identify why you want to learn and then get specific, this

will help to strengthen your will. For example if your motivation is to be able to speak the language on holiday, focus on this and specify to yourself exactly what you want to accomplish with it, what are the situations that you want to feel comfortable with the language, whatever level you would like to achieve, etc. There are many different types of motivation, for example understanding a new culture or to be able to speak to family and friends or simply to socialise. Whatever your goal is, there is now an added benefit recently proven by psychologists' and linguists' research. This is that learning a language is a true workout for the brain and that learning a new language changes your brain network both structurally and functionally. Like physical exercise, the more you use specific areas of your brain, the more it grows and gets stronger. This is why it is

never too late to learn and it can be beneficial to the young as well as to the older students. The second crucial element for learning is to have fun and be able to relax. We know that the more people are able to lose themselves in the process then the more the brain is capable of absorbing and processing information. For example a lesson could be aimed at having students play a chosen game in the target language. In order for the student to have fun, the teacher has to plan and carefully structure the lesson so that all the necessary language has been provided to enable the student to put it into practise and play. When somebody is absorbed by what they are doing they are able to relax and also speak without feeling so self-conscious. Find your motivation and find a class that gives you a chance for fun and your doubts about learning will be a thing of the past.

New Italian beginner classes to open in January 2015 in Palmers Green N13, more details on For more information write to or phone Laura on 07941 092593.

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Palmers Green Tales by Jenny Bourke or just go to Facebook and look for Palmers Green Tales and ask to join the group twitter : @PGTales Email us at I hope you will enjoy our interview with Tony Ourris, Director of Anthony Webb Estate Agents. Tony is involved with so many community projects, he started and supports this magazine, Palmers Green and Southgate Life, he supports lots of school fundraising activities, local charities, the local Designer Craft fairs as well as running his own independent Estate Agency Anthony Webb. Tony is also an active part of the Green Lanes Business Association. We interviewed him in his lovely new Southgate & Lakes Estate office which he has restored to its former glory on Aldermans Hill. Our plans for January are to interview some young local musicians who grew up in Palmers Green, we are interested in what they think about their childhood here and what local activities they took part in. Then John Sollis and I are talking about making our films at the U3A on Wednesday 28 January at 2pm. I think it’s at the Intimate Theatre but please check with the U3A, (University of the third age), nearer the time. John will be showing some extracts from our interviews. He shoots the films and then edits them, adding music when and where it suits the subject. Unplugged Sundays continue at St Monica’s Parish Centre on Cannon Hill. Sundays have a chilled vibe and start at 8pm. 11 January it will be Jesse and Sky, 18 January Dave and John and 25th January It’s that Blue Patch, see them here

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Shutters are simply stylish... by Julia Sondack, Drapemasters Interior Furnishers Whatever your décor, shutters are definitely a window dressing to be considered, whether for a period home, cool city pad or for contemporary modern living they will add an exciting dimension to any scheme. Simply put we think shutters are as big a contender now for window dressings as curtains and blinds for 4 main reasons:Privacy An ideal choice that does not sacrifice valuable daylight whilst keeping out prying eyes. Insulation and Noise Reduction They provide an extra layer of insulation at your windows thus reducing noise levels from a busy street as well as shaving a little of your fuel bill.

Light Control A perfect solution for controlling light, they can be fully opened and folded back or when closed the louvres can be angled according to the sun’s position. You can even choose the option of operating the top half independently from the bottom. Versatility Many properties particularly period homes have beautiful feature windows which although look gorgeous can be tricky in terms of shapes and sizes. Opting for bespoke shutters enables you to have them made to fit windows of almost any shape or size and is a great way to accentuate, flatter and focus on these lovely features.

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Join the nation in the fight against heart and circulatory disease with the British Heart Foundation by Stephanie Davenport British Heart Foundation 395 Green Lanes, Palmers Green, Enfield, London, N13 4JG

BHF is urging the residents of Palmers Green to show support for Wear it. Beat it. on 6 February, 2015The nation’s heart charity is urging people in Palmers Green to help save lives by holding a Wear It. Beat It. event on 6th February 2015. Last year, the BHF volunteer fundraisers helped raise £25 million. Their time and efforts help to save and improve the lives of those affected by heart disease. Did you know that one in four of our loved ones are lost to heart and circulatory disease each year? It kills more women than men and is responsible for almost 160,000 deaths in the UK each year, an average of 440 people each day. There are currently 7 million people in the UK living with heart and circulatory disease. On 6 February, the BHF is asking the nation to join the fight for every heartbeat and show their support by wearing red and hosting an event to fund life saving heart research. Whoever you are doing it for, and whatever you decide to do, it’s easy to take part. Whether it’s hosting a red dinner party, organising a

red themed quiz, going all out in head to toe red, or simply showing a splash of red by painting your nails a scarlet shade, the BHF is urging you to get involved. You will find all the tools you need to help you plan a spectacular red fundraiser when you sign up for your free fundraising kit at The kit includes posters, stickers, recipe ideas and redthemed quizzes. Stephanie Davenport Local fundraising manager at the BHF, said: “Wear it. Beat it. is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to come together to fight against heart and circulatory disease. By organising a fundraising event on 6 February, you will be helping us to raise much-needed funds for our life saving research. Our cutting –edge programme of research is powered by your generosity and support. Every pound raised will help make a massive difference to the millions of people living with these conditions.”

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Your Legal Questions Answered by Fariz Uvais Fariz Uvais is a consultant in the law firm Harper & Odell. Write in and ask your legal questions. Fariz will try and answer your questions in Palmers Green LIFE each month. Send your questions to Harper & Odell, 61-63 St John Street, London EC1M 4AN or by email to I am a live-in landlord. I had a short term tenant who rented a room in my flat, no tenancy agreement was signed, but by an exchange of emails we agreed that either party could terminate the tenancy by giving the other one month’s notice. I took a one month rent deposit. By email we agreed that the deposit can be used as last month’s rent. The tenant only gave me two week’s notice and he moved out. He is now demanding the deposit back. I did not use a deposit holding scheme because it was very short term. Am I within my rights to hold on to the deposit and keep it as the last month’s rent? Since you were a live-in landlord, the person who rented the room is treated as a lodger. Generally, the notice period is determined by the way in which the rent is paid. Therefore, if the rent is paid weekly, then either party can end the tenancy by giving the other one week’s notice and similarly, if the rent is paid on a monthly basis, then one month’s notice must be given. Since you were a live-in landlord and you say that there was no signed tenancy agreement, the tenancy deposit scheme requirements applicable to Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreements would not apply in your case.

However, whether or not you are entitled to retain the deposit in lieu of the last month’s rent depends on a few additional factors. You say the tenant gave you two week’s notice and he moved out, but you have not said whether or not he paid you rent for those two weeks, and as previously mentioned, if the rent was paid on a weekly basis, generally only one week’s notice is sufficient for either party to terminate the tenancy. This raises the question as to whether or not the terms agreed by an exchange of emails created a legally binding agreement. One party cannot impose conditions on another by email and simply assume that the other party has agreed to those terms. It would be necessary to consider the contents of the emails exchanged between yourself and the tenant before he came to occupy the room to determine whether or not a binding agreement had been made, which gave you the right to set off the deposit in lieu of the last month’s rent. If there was an expression of willingness by the tenant to accept your condition in his reply to your email, you will be on firmer footing to do so. On the other hand, if there was no response from the tenant to your email in which you proposed this condition, your position becomes more uncertain.

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Creative Exchange News New Year resolutions - will 2015 be the year you want it to be? How many of us use January 1st as a marker to secretly declare we want change but then fail on delivery and end up making the same resolution 12 months later... One of the main reasons for our resolutions to fail by the end of February, some say, is because we have made no public declaration or commitment, meaning we would lose face by not accomplishing our goal. Someone holding you to account can be a great support in realising your ambitions. And of the most often voiced ambitions is the perceived Nirvana of being self-employed. It sounds like paradise where “your time is your own… no boss dictates what you do…” But being self-employed is one of the toughest jobs in itself. It’s not just about the flexibility to organise your hours to suit you and to do what you really want to do, but inevitably you have to do take on several other roles that previously were not your responsibility. It follows that your hours are much longer. The majority of self-employed designers and artists spend on average 50% of their time doing their creative work (if they are lucky) and the other 50% doing sales, marketing, admin, book-keeping and all the stuff that most of us are really not interested in – and that's before you even try to have a life! Being in denial about these other roles often means ending up with too much on your plate, not doing things as well as you could and losing focus. Many self-employed creatives work alone and tend to become isolated, losing the creative sparks that come from a social (work) environment. One of the great things about the Creative Exchange network is meeting people in similar situations, with similar goals, who are brimming with ideas and can share ways of working and combatting the challenges. Our bi-monthly events are very sociable to enable these exchanges and you don’t have to be a member to come along, but do join our mailing list to receive advance notice about them: Whatever stage you're at in your career, if you're serious about setting up a creative business in 2015, or taking your existing business to the next level, you may like to consider this workshop: “GETTING AHEAD - How to focus your energy, manage your time and get results” on 30th January at Craft Central in Clerkenwell. You’ll get great tips on conquering procrastination and how to strategically plan your year to give you the best chance of making 2015 the one you want it to be. Let this be your New Year’s resolution, you’ll enjoy it more that the post-Christmas diet! For more info and to book: If you’re interested in joining the network, email:

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