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Palmers Green LI FE

February Edition Issue 12


Anniversary Edition

Image supplied by Enfield Local Studies and Archive

A quaint pub in the country, The Woodman, 1925

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AnthonyWebb Your Personal Palmers Green Estate Agent

welcome It has been a year since our first edition of Palmers Green LIFE, and a busy one at that. Thanks to all our readers, we hope you have enjoyed watching the magazine develop and grow over the last twelve months. In January we unveiled our "Art on the High Street" gallery at Anthony Webb Estate Agents (page 3). Our launch night was well attended by members of the Creative Exchange, contributors to our magazine, local residents and our business community. Our aim is to provide a space for local artists to display their work for everyone to enjoy, please feel free to pop into our office to take a look or pick up a copy of our magazine. This month sees the addition of two new columns, the Green Lanes Business Association and Love Your DoorStep (page 4), both of which strive to bring people together to improve our community. Suzanne Beard tells the interesting story of the long forgotten Truro House and Past Times visits The Woodman Pub.

Last month the team at Anthony Webb visited Vadi, a local Turkish restaurant on Green Lanes, read our review on page 16. Congratulations to Joe Donouzjian (aged 6) who won £30 worth of Skate Attack vouchers in our December competition. If you are considering selling or renting your property please do get in touch we will be happy to help you.

Tony Tony Ourris Director Anthony Webb Estate Agents

Anthony Webb supporting local schools, charities and local action groups to enrich our community


Tony Ourris Director / Editor at Large

Martin McKelvey Manager

Nick Fitzsimons Sales & Lettings Negotiator

Susan Babaie Sales & Lettings Negotiator

The Team

John Constantine Sales & Lettings Negotiator

Panayiota Kyriakides Administrator

Anthony Georgiou Admin Assistant

Ellie Sales, Magazine Editor

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Art on the High Street Gallery opening ..3 Green Lanes Business Association ............................................4 Love Your Door Step - Emma Rigby........4 Past Times – "The Woodman Pub" ........5 Councillors Corner by Bambos Charalambous .....................6 Parliamentary Comment by David Burrowes MP ...........................6 Jewel in the North – Truro House ...........7 Broomfield House Trust ..........................8 The Only Place for Pictures.....................9 FOR SALE – Dryden Road ...................10 FOR SALE – Broomfield Lane ..............11 Testimonials and 1st Anniversary .........12 Successful Moves .................................13 Baskervilles Blog by Diane ...................14 Tales of Palmers Green by Jenny Bourke ...................................15 Savour the Season by Julie Perryman ...15 VADI Restaurant...................................16 What’s On ............................................17 Talkies Community Cinema..................17 TO LET - Doveridge Gardens................18 News From Hazelwood School.............19 Fabulous Hair by Kiri ............................19 Drape Masters by Julia Sondack ..........20 Property Matters ..................................21 Charity – Leukaemia Cancer Society ....22 Your Legal Questions Answered by Fariz Uvais .......................................23 Creative Exchange Network.................24

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On Wednesday 15th of January Anthony Webb launched our Art on the High Street gallery The gallery marks the collaboration of Anthony Webb and the Creative Exchange (a network of local artists). The purpose of our gallery is to provide local artists with a space to exhibit their work on the high street and we invite the public to come into our offices and enjoy the art on display. The launch party was attended by members of the Creative Exchange, local councillors Bambos Charalambous and Martin Prescott, Costas Georgiou from The Green Lanes Business Association, Emma Rigby from Love Your DoorStep and Mark Leaver our Town Centre Manager, alongside local residents and members of the local business community. In the relaxed environment Helen Lee was successful in selling a number of her paintings and the evening was well received by all those that attended. It was a unique event on our high street and we were grateful for all the support we received.

Martin McKelvey, Susan Babaie and Costas Georgiou

Anthony Webb continue to support the Creative Exchange in a bid to reinforce our brand within the local community. If you are considering selling or renting your home please contact us we will be happy to help you. During March Richard Crutchley, a local photographer, will be exhibiting at our gallery see page 24 for more details. Ellie Sales and Bambos Charalambous

Paul Everitt, Emma Chapman, Emma Rigby and Claudeth Whyte

Helen Lee and Tony

Garry Kousoulou and Emma Rigby

Dan Maier and Christina Stavrinides

Martin Prescott, Helen Lee and Bambos Charalambous

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Green Lanes Business Association Firstly, I’d like to begin by wishing you all a Happy New Year. Over the Christmas period I was complemented on the Palmers Green Lights – this is something that makes me, as Chairman of the Green Lanes Business Association (GLBA) and the rest of my committee very proud. The GLBA likes to do what it can to boost this traditional and residential shopping area working alongside the London Borough of Enfield. 2013 was a tough year for most of our shopkeepers/traders; we saw several businesses close down – mainly due to unaffordable overheads with Business Rates and utility bills being a major factor in this among other things. On a positive note, we have also welcomed new businesses into the area and this is very encouraging. Although I can understand it is difficult to do all your required shopping in this area – particularly with online shopping being so competitive and appealing – if you would like to see your local retail area continue to tick over and be successful, I strongly urge you to try and shop locally as much as you can. We have independent pharmacies, greengrocers, newsagents, dry cleaners, numerous hair and beauty salons and too many coffee and eating establishments to mention located all along the High Street. While we can all step into a supermarket and find most of our weekly domestic requirements, try and support the small business owner and sole traders. The GLBA constantly brainstorms to see how we can help local trade by putting on seasonal events to attract people to the area. On special occasions we encourage shopkeepers to advertise special offers, tasters and give discounts. The local High Street cannot survive without the support from the Palmers Green residents. I’d like to invite you all to step out onto Palmers Green’s High Street and take

a wander along the shops, really try to notice what is actually on your doorstep and available to you. A small business that recently closed down and whose presence is sorely missed by its regulars told me that there were people still coming in after 9 years of being open and stating; ‘Oh, I live down the road and have done for the last 5 years and I never knew you were here, how long have you been here? Are you new?’ – These individuals were usually shocked to hear that the business had been open over 8 years. Perhaps if people were more aware of what was actually on their doorstep, more businesses would flourish, and rather than being faced with empty units, everything would be occupied and outside traders would be fighting to get into a spot in Palmers Green. The GLBA is looking forward to things being finalised with the proposed landmark clock which will be located at The Triangle, we feel it will add a nice touch to the area and complement its history in an elegant way. Our next big event which we have coming up and is always organised by us is the Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Look out for details about this exciting day that the children enjoy so much in an upcoming edition of Palmers Green LIFE. Let’s work together as a community and really make the effort to support our local shopkeepers in 2014.

Love Your DoorStep by Emma Rigby Visit us on facebook I feel privileged to be asked by Palmers Green LIFE magazine to write this column. I'm Emma Rigby the owner and founder of Love Your DoorStep an award winning community and business platform here in the borough of Enfield that came out of the ashes of the London riots in 2011. I started my life in Palmers Green 12 years ago, arriving from New Zealand and what was immediately apparent to me was the deep sense of community here. One of our main purposes at Love Your DoorStep is to put local people in touch with local products and services via our online platforms; supporting local businesses is high on our agenda. We are very proud that we now have over 600 local businesses signed up to us and a

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community of over 7,000 local people. Our platform is full of local news, information, ideas and crucially everybody is so supportive of each other. Together we have found missing people, solved community problems, nabbed thieves and looked after people who need help. Recently, you may have heard two beautiful local independent stores closed their doors in the borough. Ruby Blu in Southgate, and Papolyn in Winchmore Hill. They were bursting with beautiful products and were every essence the soul of their wonderful owners. With one in seven high street shops in the UK now lying empty, the pressure remains intense following the recession which has changed people's spending habits, but we have also changed the way we shop.

At Love Your DoorStep we are on a mission to save the high street and I personally feel a oneyear business rate holiday for these owners could and would make a huge difference. Saving our high streets means we also invest and look after our community. Anyone who has walked down their high street and seen boarded-up buildings where shops once stood understand what an eye sore this is and how it can effect a community. As a community if we grow, learn and work together, we will only go in one direction. I hope if you are not a Love Your DoorStep business you will consider joining us, as we are here to support you. Equally would welcome any local people who have not joined, as we are a big, friendly community ready to welcome you!


Past Times in Palmers Green ... The Woodman Situated in the heart of the country, records show that the modest cottage was built around 1730 in what was then a quiet country lane. In front of the inn, to the west, were the spacious grounds of Southgate House (later to become Minchenden School) and the village of Southgate. To the east was the old village pound and Clappers Green Farm, which lay between Dog & Duck Lane (now Bourne Hill) and Fox Lane. In front was the open countryside of the Old Park estate and to the rear of the inn were the beautiful grounds of Grovelands owned by the Taylor family who lived in the big mansion overlooking the lake. In 1868 Henry Wale, a retired police sergeant, applied for and was granted a licence to serve ale in his front room, and so The Woodman was born. Henry Wale remained the landlord until 1893 when Henry Reed, a retired lock maker, and his wife Caroline took over. After Henry’s death in 1924 Caroline carried on until her own death in 1948 at the age of 96. Preserved in very close proximity to The Woodman in the middle of the triangular patch of grass that marks the junction of Fox Lane and Bourne Hill stands an innocuous small fenced area. You may have driven past it without even noticing it was there but this is actually what remains of the local pound. Used to detain stray animals, owners could secure their release by payment to the keeper, or pinder, according to a set scale of charges. If an animal had to be impounded for eight hours or more it had to be fed and watered and these costs formed part of the payment, for example a pail of water, feed and hay costing the princely sum of eightpence. In addition there may be a claim from one of the villages regarding damage caused by the animal whilst straying. The pinders were required to decide if the animal had caused the damage and their decision was always final.

The Woodman c.1925 (Enfield Local Studies and Archive)

The Pound looking down hill towards Woodman 1903 (Enfield Local Studies and Archive)

The pound appears to have been well used with reports of goats, donkeys, pigs and cows being detained, the last official entry being for a pig kept in the summer of 1904. Later that same year nine gipsy horses were impounded but, refusing to pay their dues, they were released unlawfully by their owners. The last pinder was Henry Reed, landlord of “The Woodman”, who held the office from 1897 until the pound’s closure in December 1904. Happily even without the pinder the pound has been preserved.

The Woodman Today Inside the front door, you will see the small bar that has only recently been moved back to create a larger area. The low-beamed room adjacent to the bar, once a separate home, retains some of its original features. Within the bar area there is a selection of photographs showing The Woodman covered in ivy as it was in those early years.

The Woodman today

The Pound today

improvements to the pub both inside and out. They have succeeded in creating a more modern feel whilst still managing to retain The Woodman’s unique character, atmosphere, charm and most importantly its history. Keeping up the spirit of the Reeds, today The Woodman is proud to offer a selection of real ales, beers, ciders, wines, spirits, cocktails, soft drinks and cocktails alongside an extensive menu incorporating pub classics and modern English dishes, with sharing platters for informal dining and a classic Sunday roast. The kitchen is open Monday-Friday: 12pm-3pm, 6pm10pm, Saturday: 12pm-9pm, Sunday: 12pm-7pm to book a table please call 020 3674 7008 or visit their website The Woodman has remained a popular landmark and an integral part of our local community so why not sample some of the local coach house spirit by popping in and enjoying a drink.

The current landlord Simon Davison, with his wife Carly, has made vast

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Councillorʼs Corner by Cllr. Bambos Charalambous Tel: 020 8351 1362

Since 2012 local authorities including Enfield have been responsible for promoting Public Health and one of the biggest challenges we face today is obesity. Many of us work hard and for long hours in demanding jobs and in addition may have an equally demanding family life with children or adults to care for or a busy personal life. It is not surprising therefore that we all do too little exercise and find ourselves snacking or eating at odd times and before we know it, thanks to the demands of modern life, we discover ourselves putting on weight. In the latest available published figures 23.2% of the Enfield’s population was classified as overweight which is at the higher end of the London average. What is worse is that Enfield had the highest figures in London for child obesity for reception children in 2010/11 with 14.6% of 4 year olds arriving at primary school classed as obese.

Why should this be of concern to us? Obesity has a significant effect on life limiting conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes and with a quarter of the borough’s population at potential future risk this will have a very significant effect on health care for an obese population in the future. So what can we do to try and solve this problem? There are two parts to this equation, diet and exercise and we need to get smarter with both. It is amazing how many of us are ignorant about the content of food. For example orange juice is often regarded as a staple ingredient for breakfast for many people but it still has a high sugar content and has 42 calories per 100ml. Sugar however consumed is still sugar. Product labelling can also be confusing, for example a typical label of a 200g tub of houmous might tell you how many calories in a 50g serving but not tell you the calories in a full tub. Quite simply we need to watch what we eat, educate ourselves as

to what exactly we are putting in our mouths and consider whether we should be eating less. We are on average 3 stone heavier than we were in the 1960s and aside from what we are eating we seem to be exercising less than ever before. National guidelines suggest that we should all be doing 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity five times per week. It’s often difficult to find the time to do any physical activity but this could be as simple as going for a daily walk around the block or else getting off a stop earlier and walking the last bit of your journey. The bottom line is that unless we take action to address obesity we could be storing up a time bomb for the future for all of us. We need to change our habits and attitudes to food and exercise and eat healthy and get active. You never know, doing so might just save your life.

Parliamentary Comment David Burrowes MP

This last month I have had the opportunity in Parliament to speak about Palmers Green on a number of occasions. I have been highlighting the need to support high streets like Green Lanes which are the lifeblood of our community. In my last article I wrote about my Help4Highstreets campaign which continues to gain support. One of the big problems our high streets face is the proliferation of betting shops. It seems like as soon as there is a vacant shop, betting companies are first in the queue to step in. The issue is not so much the traditional betting on horses, dogs and football but the magnet of high stakes of the Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs). Since the last Government in 2005 relaxed the rules for licensing and gambling, (which effectively opened the door to FOBTs) there has been a dramatic

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increase in betting shops in places like Palmers Green. There has also been an increase in problem gambling.

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I have been raising this issue with Ministers and in Parliament on a regular basis. For example recently I asked the Local Government Minister why Enfield Council had not used powers to limit the number of betting shops. In his response the Minister stated that he hoped Enfield Council would do more to curb the impact of betting shops by applying for new "article 4" powers. We therefore must keep up the pressure on the Council to make sure that no more betting shops are allowed to open in Palmers Green. Please visit to support the campaign.

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the constituency and over the next few months, I’ll be out and about taking my mobile surgery on Arnos Grove to Enfield Town. I also have a regular drop-in surgery on the last Saturday in each month on the 1st floor of Barclays in Palmers Green. If you have any issues or concerns that you would like to raise with me, then please do pop along to one of these surgeries. Details will be available on my website at

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Palmers Green Jewel in the North The Truth About Truro Suzanne Beard of Palmers Green Jewel in the North gets to the bottom of a Palmers Green mystery Sometime in the 1890s the house came into the possession of Frederick Penberthy Colliver who lived there with his wife, three sons, and four servants - a nurse, housemaid, cook and coachman. According to Colliver’s grandson who wrote to us recently, two of the sons may have been born in the house and all three of the Colliver boys went on to be mentioned in dispatches in World War One. They moved to Chaudon house in Hemel Hempstead late in the 1890s and the property was for a short time occupied by George H Frank.

Truro House 1973 (Enfield Local Studies and Archive)

One of the most frequent enquiries to the Palmers Green Jewel in the North website relates to Truro House, the building which stands on the corner of Oakthorpe Lane and Green Lanes. It seems like Truro House has always invited curiosity and like all good stories, it is shrouded in mystery. No one seems to know exactly when Truro House was first built, but we do know that in 1673 the triangle of land between Green Lanes, the New River and what is now Oakthorpe Lane was occupied by a public house. Owned by Enfield brewers Beckett and Ostliffe, the pub was at various times known as the Three Nightingales, the Rose, and finally the Kings Arms. The last publican to be granted a licence at the Kings Arms was George Airs in 1817 and in 1828 the property was put up for auction. Around this time it seems likely that the land came into the possession of Sir Thomas Wilde (1782-1858), the first Baron Truro, who lived at Bowes Manor to the south and was Lord Chancellor 1850 to 1852. (There is a blue plaque to Wilde at 2 Kelvin Avenue marking the location of Bowes Manor). If so, Alderman Thomas Sidney (1805-1899) – Whig politician, tea merchant and Mayor of London from 1853-4 - was the next owner. Sidney was responsible for laying out Palmerston Lane in the 1870s, which at the time was on the western edge of the Bowes Manor estate. However, even though the building seems to have been named after Baron Truro, there is little or no evidence of either Wilde or Sidney actually living there. The reason? Apart from having perfectly acceptable accommodation at the Manor, Truro Cottage, as it was then, was probably simply too humble an abode for your Big-Whig-about-town. Records of a Truro Cottage begin appearing in directories and post office books in 1861, when Elizabeth Ward is known to have lived there, followed by Charles Foster in 1867 and William Morris, a stockbroker, who occupied the building for much of the 1870s and early 1880s. The first mention of a Truro House comes with the occupancy of Thomas Reynold Roberts, a draper from Islington who had a shop at 222 Upper Street and is known to have lived at the Palmers Green site from at least 1886. It seems possible that he remodelled the building on a grander scale, resulting in its rebranding from cottage to house.

1898 saw the beginning of the most definitive and certainly the most stable period in Truro House’s history, a notable one hundred year occupancy by a single family, the Davises. George Davis was a civil engineer. His wife Marie Henrietta Charlotte Davies was French and Davis’s own middle name was Emile; perhaps this gives us a clue as to why the apparently already ‘French’ appearance of the house appealed to the family and the style of the renovations they undertook in the years that followed. George was a founder of Davis and Timmins screw manufacturers, who continued to trade until the 1960s, with works in Brook and Clarendon Road in Wood Green and premises in Kings Cross and Walthamstow. Davis died of a stroke in 1922 and when his wife also passed away in 1936, the property passed to their daughter Charlotte Davis. She lived at Truro House in the company of her French housekeeper, Mlle Florence Zanotti until she died in 1995 at the grand old age of 98. In 1973 Charlotte sold the eastern part of the land for the building of Honeysuckle House - up until that point the freehold still spanned the full triangle formed by Green Lanes, Oakthorpe Lane and the New River. In 1975 Truro House was given a Grade 2 listing by English Heritage. I have heard people say that Miss Davis liked to keep herself to herself. Perhaps there will be people reading this article who remember her? Graham Dalling used to tell the story of how, when the Enfield Local Studies Team were based in Palmers Green Library, he and David Pam went knocking on the door, only to be sent away with a flea in their ear. In April 1999 the freehold of the house and land was sold to Rainbow Properties. It could have been the end of Truro House, but instead this is where things get particularly interesting. When in 2000 Rainbow applied to build a number of 3 story villas to replace the stable block, English Heritage investigated the history of the house and gardens. What they found and recorded in their report is remarkable: A sitting hall. A panelled drawing room with hidden drawers and cupboards. Stained glass with chivalric motifs and mottos. A rare early use of concrete mouldings. The alterations of the 1900s, said English Heritage, “can be compared favourably with other interiors of the Arts and Crafts movement.” There was also a ‘near-unaltered scheme of interior decoration of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century’ including a Toile de Jouy wall in the north west bedroom (toile

Truro House 1977 (Enfield Local Studies and Archive)

is a decorating pattern in which a complex scene, usually with a pastoral theme, is printed on a white or off white linen background). The original gardens had changed little since the ordnance survey map of 1867. Traces of curved terrace to the south of the building can still be clearly seen, as can most of the formal paths shown [in 1867]. The most exciting discovery was that “elements of timber framing and brick noggin, more commonly associated with eighteenth century form of construction, have been exposed in the upper floor landing and in the cellar” which may have been part of the old Kings Arms structure from its last rebuilding in 1775. So parts of Truro House are nearly 250 years old. The overall conclusion: Truro House is a building from the 1830s, built in an uncluttered ‘old French’ style, enlarged and remodelled in the 1890s, and modernised in the early part of the twentieth century, since when it has been largely untouched. The interior, say English Heritage, is “a rare and important survival, worthy of further study.” And so we come to Truro House in 2014. Overgrown, looking a bit sorry for itself, hanging in limbo. It is in private hands, has some level of protection and is a monumental building with open land leading down to the New River, Palmers Green’s other forgotten wonder. An application for listed building consent for restoration of Truro House, and construction of two blocks of flats in its grounds (near the New River), was submitted to the Council in November 2008 but appears never to have been decided. In my perfect dream of Palmers Green, the gardens would be restored and opened to the public, with access to the new river, and the house would be opened as the community centre that everyone says they would love to have for the area.

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Broomfield House Trust

Q. What’s the historical significance of Broomfield House? A. Originally built in the mid-sixteenth century, its inhabitants included a Lord Mayor of London. The House (and Park) have been in public hands since 1903 when it was bought by Southgate Council to preserve it from the housing which was rapidly expanding across north London. It is the last example of a large house in its parkland open to the public in the area. There are almost 375,000 listed buildings in England. Broomfield House is listed as Grade ll* which puts it in the top 8% of these listed properties.

Q. Why is it important to the community? A. Until badly damaged by fire in 1984, Broomfield House was a much loved community focus with a café, museum, art gallery and baby clinic. The plan is to re-open it to the public as a community hub, with a café and rooms, including a small cinema, and a room with a sprung dance floor, which could be hired by local groups. It could also accommodate small weddings and there could be space for educational use, particularly by local school groups. Rooms would be available for art exhibitions and historical displays.

individuals or companies with Enfield links would pledge such support.

Q. What about the Stableyard?

A. Although a series of fires has badly damaged the House, it is restorable according to expert advice. Salvaged sections of the murals and stairs, and much original joinery (doors, window cases, shutters etc) and various artefacts that were in the house at the time of the original fire have been in store ever since. The fire revealed previously hidden historically important parts of the House which could be made visible.

A. Our original vision was that the House and the Stableyard, (which is itself Grade II listed) should both be developed for public use. However, both the Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund want to focus on restoring the House. We believe that the Stableyard has great potential as a multi-purpose art, educational, environmental, and horticultural centre, supporting the House and Park. For example, the various arts initiatives launched recently in the area suggest that a small group of artists’ studios and some larger display spaces could provide a start-up avenue for creative businesses while still allowing public access. But concepts for the Stableyard have not been worked through, and options are still very much open.

Q. How will the community benefit from the restoration?

Q. What about the rest of the Park?

A. In the proposed rebuilding and operation of the House there would be employment, apprenticeship, training, and volunteering opportunities for local companies and residents. Restoring the House will re-establish the historical centrepiece of Broomfield Park, already one of the most used Parks in Enfield as the literally thousands who visited the Palmers Green Festival in September will testify. (As evidence, over a thousand people were counted visiting the community run Conservatory.)

A. We also want to improve the rest of the Park. The lakes were once the centrepiece of a rare Baroque water garden, elements of which might be restored and redeveloped. The Remembrance Garden might also benefit from re-investment. Such further work could assist in Broomfield Park attaining the coveted “Green Flag” status.

Q. Is it restorable?

Q. How much will it cost? Where is the money to come from? A. The estimated rebuilding costs are £6.4m. Our joint Enfield Council and Broomfield House Working Group bid for £4m went to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) national Board with a supporting recommendation from HLF officers. Part of their recommendation was that we should get a development grant element of £300,000. Unfortunately, on the day that it was considered the Board felt that £4m was too large a proportion of their available funds. After further discussion, we now believe that a bid to the London HLF Committee for £2m would be likely to succeed. However, in addition to an Enfield Council pledge of £1m, we need additional major donors to broaden the funding basis of the project, and we are working on this. It would be wonderful if

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Q. How could this development be funded? A. We would approach the Heritage Lottery Fund under the “Parks for People” scheme once the House is under restoration, which is an essential preliminary step. There are a number of other potential sources for specialist funding in these areas that we would also approach.

Q. Who is behind the scheme? A. The main two community groups which made up the Broomfield House Working Group are the Friends of Broomfield Park (who already operate the restored Conservatory, the Community Orchard and the Greenery pop-up café) and the Broomfield House Trust (a registered Charity). These groups continue to work together with Enfield Council on this project. More can be found at



“The Only Place For Pictures” by David and Teresa ... a touch of Islington in Palmers Green On the 31st March 1996 “The Only Place For Pictures” opened for business. Not in a shop, but in a function suite at the Royal Chase Hotel, Enfield. After 20 years of working for other people in feature film production and advertising and marketing, we decided that it was time to launch our own business. We spent 3 months sourcing a wide range of high quality attractive prints and framing them in a way to show them off at their best and now was the moment of truth! We advertised our “picture sale” at the Royal Chase, people responded very positively and nearly 18 years since we sold our very first picture, we still remember that great feeling making our first ever sale on that day (thank you Pan and Sheila). After several more equally successful events at local hotels and venues including: “The Old Cherry Tree, Southgate, “The Only Place For Pictures” found its first permanent home when in just 3 weeks we transformed the old car showroom on The Green at Winchmore Hill into our very first store. Here as well as selling pictures, we broadened our offering to include bespoke picture framing, greetings cards and photo frames. We always knew that this venue was going to be a temporary one, as the premises were due to be demolished to make way for the apartments that now occupy the site opposite 21 The Green. Whilst at The Green, we made many new friends, who formed a very loyal local customer base for us. During this time we were on the lookout for new premises and found our new “home” at 216 Upper Street, in sunny Islington! Soon after opening there we started our own picture framing workshop and broadened our range of greeting cards and started to sell designer lead gifts. The good folk of Islington have shown us great loyalty over the years, as well as providing a challenging market place to satisfy. Having loved living in Palmers Green for over 25 years, we had always felt that there was the opportunity to introduce what we had achieved in Islington, to our local neighbourhood. In November 2004 we opened at 358 Green Lanes, opposite The Fox, right in the middle of Palmers Green, and at the same time we moved our bespoke framing operation to a large workshop behind the store to service local customers and the Islington store.

Exterior of our Palmers Green store

It was great to see new faces, as well as old customers from our days at “The Green” Winchmore Hill and neighbourhood friends and fellow parents from our children’s schools, cubs, brownies and scouts. Our range of pictures continues to get broader and more interesting, with recent additions including some wonderful Tintin posters, a fun range from Ham of amusing animal silk screens, including the Bouncing Bunny! (the mind boggles) and a diverse range of movie and celebrity images from various archives.

We attend numerous trade shows, private views and scour far and near to cherry pick our range of gifts, to make sure they are attractive and affordable and a pleasure to give and receive. The range of photo frames and Nielsen readymade frames can provide an instant solution for customers with time and budget constraints, and the bespoke picture framing onsite workshop continues to grow with recent projects for Pizza Express and charity exhibitions at Somerset House, as well of course as customers’ treasured images and artwork, canvases, memorabilia and sporting mementos such as football shirts and medals. We love living and working locally and are proud of introducing a touch of Islington to Palmers Green. We thank you very much for your continued support for the last 18 years and look forward to welcoming new and old friends during 2014.

Bouncing Bunny picture being framed

Exterior of our first store in Winchmore Hill (complete with our 2 children)

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This month we are celebrating our 1st Anniversary issue of Palmers Green LIFE. Over the past year we have been fortunate enough to meet lots of different community groups as well as keep you up to date on local news from Broomfield Park, the Palmers Green Triangle development, various schools, community projects as well as local history through our various contributors to the magazine. We hope you have enjoyed all our blogs and historical articles (thanks to Kate Godfrey at the Enfield Local Studies and Archive for supplying information and images). We welcome any comments and suggestions for future issues. The magazine has increased our awareness locally and introduced new business to our agency. If you are considering selling or renting your home we would be pleased to hear from you. Don't take our word for it, our clients depend on us to know the market inside out and provide exceptional customer service. We do our best to meet and exceed their high standards. Here's what our clients say about us.

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Baskervilles Tea Shop Blog by Diane We have had such a mixed January, some really wet miserable days and other beautiful sunny but chilly days, perfect for a long walk. These winter months can be hard going keeping the kids amused. With half term coming fast I thought I would include a really fun (but messy) activity to keep the kids busy. This recipe is very easy, quick and versatile.

Shortbread Biscuits (will make approx 24) • 250g butter • 110g caster sugar • 360g plain flour

1. Heat the oven to gas mark 5 (190C) 2. Beat the butter and sugar together until smooth 3. Stir in the flour to get a smooth paste

Biscuit alternatives For dairy free biscuits use Stork block margarine instead of butter. For Gluten/wheat use half ground almonds and half Doves GF plain flour to replace the flour and 2 tsp Zanthum Gum (although they can be a little fragile).

Icing options Glace icing 100g (4oz) icing sugar - sieved 15ml spoon (1 tbsp) water

4. Turn onto a floured work surface and gently roll out until the paste is 1cm thick 5. Cut into rounds (or use any shape cutter you like) 6. If you want plain shortbread biscuits sprinkle with caster sugar 7. Bake in the oven for 15-20 mins or until pale golden 8. Leave on the baking tray for a few minutes 9. Transfer to a wire tray to cool

Use a little boiling water to melt the sugar thoroughly and then add more water gradually, stirring after each addition until you’ve reached the desired consistency. Only add a little water at a time as it is easier and more economical to thin glace icing by adding more water than to thicken it by beating in more icing sugar. You can add food colouring/pastes or gels to make any colour your children want. To cheat, make white icing to cover the biscuits and buy little tubes of coloured icing to decorate, most supermarkets sell them. Use whatever you have available to decorate, rainbow sprinkles, mini marshmallow, jelly beans or any type of sweet or chocolates.

Rolled fondant icing This can be great to create different icing shapes. You can make it, but it is quite reasonable to buy. Roll out on a board dusted with icing sugar. Remember to keep the board and the rolling pin clean otherwise the icing will pick up all the little pieces of biscuits etc. Use food colouring/pastes or gels to make different coloured icing. This will keep for a couple of weeks if wrapped up in cling film.

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Palmers Green Tales by Jenny Bourke We are on facebook Email us at

will be to enable the tales to be accessible to those who are interested and perhaps to have a paper edition to sit alongside the website at a later date. At the end of 2013 the site holds some wonderful memories, firstly, Norman talks about coming to Palmers Green as a child, teenager and young man, why it was an important place for him, how he enjoyed playing in Broomfield Park, messing about with boats and the shops and cinemas he frequented.

The witches' hat, now banned, taken in the late 1940s.

Then we hear from a wonderful friendship group who have remained in contact for 40 years. Most of them got to know each other when their children were young and when time allowed continued to meet up. As most are now retired they now try to meet weekly.

All of the tales on Palmers Green Tales feature people who spent time in and around Palmers Green. Our first aim is to create a bank of film and sound recordings, which feature interesting tales, oral histories. We have chosen the word tale, as they will always be from a personal point of view and are the more interesting for being so. Our second aim

There has been a wonderful tradition of a pantomime presented by the parents of Hazelwood Schools to the children and local residents. It has been a tradition as long as we can remember, for at least 30 years but no one can remember its’ beginnings, please help us out here. We have memories from Moira and Chrissy.

We then have the wonderful memories of Mike Barnard. He was brought up very close to Broomfield Park which he and his brothers considered to be their personal playground, especially during World War 11. The group organising the project would be interested to hear from those with stories to tell and from those with technical expertise in using wordpress, short film making and editing.

Rehearsal of a pageant to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Savour the Season by Julie Perryman

Pancakes with Fruit Compote & White Chocolate When it comes to pancakes I usually think of the classic toppings but when I was asked to write this months recipe that could be used for both valentines day and pancake day on the 4th of March, my favourite combination came to mind, raspberries, blackberries and white chocolate. Pancakes are quick and easy to make and with this delightful combination of toppings takes them to another level, the warm white chocolate sauce and the sharp fruit compote poured over a hot pancake are both indulgent and delicious, perfect for valentines day. Ingredients Pancake mixture • 110g/4oz plain flour, sifted • pinch of salt • 2 eggs • 200ml/7fl oz milk mixed with 75ml/3fl oz water • 50g/2oz butter

To serve White chocolate sauce • 250ml/9fl oz single cream • 1 vanilla pod, split lengthways • 100g/3.5oz white chocolate, chopped

Fruit compote • Frozen forest fruit mixed bag • Brown Sugar

Pancake Method Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl with a sieve held high above the bowl so the flour gets an airing. Now make a well in the centre of the flour and break the eggs into it, then whisk in the eggs. Next gradually add small quantities of the milk and water mixture, still whisking, then whisk once more until the batter is smooth. Now melt the 50g/2oz of butter in a pan. Spoon 2 tbsp of it into the batter and whisk it in, then pour the rest into a bowl and use it to lubricate the pan. Now get the pan really hot, then turn the heat down to medium and, to start with, I find 2 tbsp is about right for an 18cm/7in pan. It's also helpful if you spoon the batter into a ladle so it can be poured into the hot pan in one go. As soon as the batter hits the hot pan, tip it around from side to side to get the base evenly coated with batter. It should take only half a minute or so to cook; you can lift the edge with a palette knife to see if it's tinged gold as it should be. Flip the pancake over with a pan slice or palette knife - the other side will need a few seconds only - then simply slide it out of the pan onto a plate.

Fruit compote and white chocolate sauce Simmer the fruit in the saucepan on the hob until the fruit starts to soften; stir gently now and again just enough so that the fruit does not stick to the pan; do not allow it to burn. Add a few spoonfuls of water as the and then add your sugar not too much at first, taste the fruit as you add the sugar so that you do not make it too sweet or leave it too tart.Once the fruit has softened but before it turns to a pulp or goes too mushy it is done and you should remove it from the heat to cool. For the sauce, place half of the cream and the vanilla pod into a pan and heat until the mixture is warm but not too hot when touched with a finger. Take off the heat and remove the vanilla pod. Add the white chocolate and stir until melted. Stir in the remaining cream. To serve, pour over warm forest fruit compote and drizzle over the warm white chocolate sauce and then abandon all virtues thoughts and devour shamelessly. Any left over Fruit compote will last 2 days in the fridge and can be mixed to natural greek yogurt.

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VADI Restaurant

a taste of Turkey on our high street In January the team at Anthony Webb visited Vadi restaurant situated at 430-434 Green Lanes, perhaps the most popular Turkish restaurant in North London. It was a great opportunity for us to get together after Christmas in a casual environment. There were 6 of us all with different tastes in food and the extensive selection at Vadi didn’t disappoint.

Established in 2011, Vadi is the second restaurant in the chain, the first restaurant having opened in Enfield in 2007. Situated on Palmers Green high street, the impressive triple shop frontage draws you into a welcoming busy restaurant, open seven days a week 9.30am till midnight. We were met by the manager Levent and were quickly seated at a table in the upper part of the restaurant. The restaurant is spacious and light with the kitchen and an impressive refrigerated display clearly visible from our table adding to the atmosphere which is very relaxed, casual, and families with young children are always welcome. Soon after being seated our drinks order was taken, with only two of us

drinking alcohol we ordered the house red and white wine and the rest of the team ordered soft drinks. While we perused the menu we were presented with Vadi’s complimentary starters of hot pide and sac breads, mixed salad, garlicky cacik, and ezme (a winning dish of roasted aubergine mashed with olive oil, fresh tomato, green herbs and hot pepper) and a lovely roasted onion and mushroom salad. After a long day at work everyone tucked into the starters which were soon replenished at the sign of any empty plates. We decided to go straight for the main course having enjoyed the free starters and ordered a variety of dishes from the traditional chicken shish, fresh lamb ribs, adana kebab, sea bass (unfilleted) to the iskender, all dishes are accompanied by a choice of either rice, couscous, salad, or French fries. House specials include their lamb and chicken doner kebab as well as yougurtlu (yoghurt) shish. Everyone really enjoyed their meal, Susan particularly liked the seasoning on the sea bass. All our dishes were served hot and at the same time, the freshly marinated meat was tender and succulent and our plates were returned empty, however for all those unable to finish their meal Vadi do offer

a doggy bag service! They also have a good selection for vegetarians including Turkish pizza and a kids menu. Despite the busy restaurant the service was excellent with friendly and efficient staff and tables were turned around quickly as more diners entered the restaurant. We were all too full to order desserts which include rice pudding, however again we were presented with complimentary baklava and fresh fruit. Tony ordered a Turkish coffee to ensure he stayed awake on the drive home! After a second round of drinks the bill arrived and came to £96, we all felt that we had excellent value for money (after all Tony was paying!) The wines were good value, the food was abundant, delicious and true to its Turkish roots, the service was friendly and quick. The restaurant is suitable for business lunches/dinners as well as family get togethers or a date night. They have a special offer Monday to Friday 12-4pm with main courses starting from as little as £5.99.

We will definitely be returning...

Vadi seats 100 but we still recommend booking on 020 8882 2228. They also offer a take away menu that you can pick at the restaurant. See their full menu online at

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Local Events Whatʼs going on in and around Palmers Green If you have an activity to list here please get in touch at Palmers Green Farmers Market Every Sunday 10-1pm Palmers Green Train Station car park The Buggy Network We are working networking parents that bring our children with us to play whilst we work. We meet up in different areas of Enfield and Barnet every week. Our Baskervilles meetings are every third Tuesday of the month from 9.30-11.30. Call Eve for details 07521 679 142 Kings Market - Community Farmers Market Southgate Every Sunday 11-3pm Ashfield Parade, Southgate London N14 5EH Locally produced foods and street foods made and grown by your local farmers, bakers and cooks for you to enjoy Bish Bash Bosh Weekly drumming workshops at

Hazelwood School, N13 5HE Tuesday Evenings Hand drumming from 6-7pm and samba drumming from 7-8pm. Both are open to adults and secondary school children and they are supported by the Enfield Residents Priority Fund, so the fee for each class is only £4 for waged participants and £2.50 for unwaged. email Southgate Photograph Society Meet every Tuesday at Howley Hall, St Pauls Church, Church Hill, Winchmore Hill London N21 1JA For more information email: The Adoramus Orchestra and Choir Concert Palmers Green United Reformed Church, Fox Lane Saturday 8 Feb at 7.30pm

It's an all-Beethoven programme Egmont Overture, Choral Fantasia and the Eroica Symphony. Tickets cost £16 (£10 for children) available from or phone 07816 998308. North London Yoga Studio 4 Vera Avenue, Grange Park N21 1RA A brand new studio in Grange Park, London N21 that caters for people of all ages and abilities. Whether you are just looking for a gentle stretch or want to challenge yourself a bit more and tone up, we’ve got something for you. Enfield Night Hike Friday 27th June 2014 Everybody Active In Enfield A 15k night time walk around the Borough which raises money for local cancer charities The Nightingale Cancer Support Centre and Barnet and Chase

Farm Hospitals Trust. The walk starts and finishes at the Enfield Civic Centre. The entry forms are available to download now at For more information please contact the London Borough of Enfield's Sports Booking Team on 020 8379 3762 (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm) Enfield Croquet Club Enfield Croquet Club is situated in Bush Hill Park adjacent to the tennis courts. The nearest park entrance is at the southern end of Cecil Avenue, Enfield, EN1 1PS FREE Croquet Training Course this April Free training and free use of equipment will be available on the following Saturday mornings with a 9.45am meet for a 10.00am start. April 5th, 12th, 19th (which is the Easter weekend) and 26th.

David Williamson Tickets available at Anthony Webb's offices Leading up to Valentines Day we present two very different musical films, the first a high octane, rip-roaring story about a trans-sexual rock singer and the second an all time classic based on Romeo and Juliet. February at Talkies is a month of romance and tragedy, with not a Valentine’s message in sight!




Last month we carried out a survey about Talkies’ first year. We were bowled over by your positive reaction:

“I think you've done a brilliant job, and am really pleased I can see great films locally….” “The atmosphere is always good and it's great to have local events.” Tickets for local events are available from Anthony Webb Office and Annita’s Café on Palmers Green Station or online at

HEDWIG, was a boy named Hansel in East Berlin, who fell in love with an American G.I. and underwent a sex-change operation in order to marry him and flee to the West. Unfortunately, nothing worked out quite as it was supposed to….. Tickets £5 from Dugdale Centre 020 8807 6680 or Onine from Talkies website

Buoyed by Robert Wise's dazzling direction, Leonard Bernstein's score, and Stephen Sondheim's lyrics, WEST SIDE STORY remains the most iconic of all the Shakespeare adaptations to visit the big screen. Tickets £5 Book online from Talkies website or buy direct from Anthony Webb or Annita’s at Palmers Green station

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News from Hazelwood Schools by Ellie Sales We are pleased to announce that Hazelwood Schools have moved up in the league

tables, having a good to outstanding school in our community in the near future will have a positive impact beyond the perimeter of the school. As a parent at the school it is an exciting time to be on this journey of improvement. Nicky Ross Head at Hazelwood Schools tells us more. Last year our year six pupils made outstanding progress throughout their journey from key stage one and the junior school is ranked within the top 2% of schools in the country in terms of progress.

Recently the Primary League Tables for London were published in the Evening Standard in which Hazelwood Junior School moved up the table to take 7th place out of 59 schools in Enfield. This is a fantastic outcome for our schools which reflects on our hard work, dedication and commitment to school improvement.

to secure attainment levels similar to that in maths. Hazelwood are developing innovative ways to improve children’s enjoyment of and achievement in writing.

Hazelwood schools have undergone a great deal of change in the past couple of years and we are now seeing the impact of the new initiatives introduced. All the staff work extremely hard to ensure that they provide the best possible opportunities for children to learn, grow and develop.

We are extremely fortunate to have such wonderful children attending our schools. They are by far our greatest asset. Our pupils are engaged and motivated learners who want to do their very best in all aspects of school life and we are committed to ensuring each and every child reaches their full potential.

Hazelwood continues to achieve extremely well in maths and have made exceptional progress in writing. Writing continues to be our focus and our aim is

Working in partnership with parents, we will move our schools forward with a view to achieving an Ofsted good and outstanding in the near future.

Colour Trends for 2014 by Kiri from Fabulous Hair Company Hello and welcome back. Last month we covered hair styles for 2014, this month; let us take a look at colour trends for the year ahead. If you missed any of my previous articles, they can be found on our website or email me @ and I will email you a copy.

Colours for 2014 Reds are always popular and will be on fire again in 2014, and not only the vibrant mail box reds we have seen for the last couple of years. We will see a lot more variety of reds this year with rich copper reds, deep crimsons and light strawberry blondes making their mark. The secret to red hair colour that doesn’t fade is hair health. Keeping the hairs protein, moisture, and pH levels balanced is optimal for long lasting red hair colour. Like reds, blondes are here to stay and the trend for this year is to warm your blondes with a sandy caramel tone, apricot blondes are hot right now, just check out Bella Thorn. This year, golden hues are on trend. Why not try a honey blonde, a perfect balance between blonde & brown just ask your stylist for advice! Peek-a-Boo is something we’ve been pushing in the salon for a while

now and this is the year when all over block colours make way to colours in panels. This can be done in a subtle way for a natural multidimensional look or strong shades are used when contrast is needed to create a statement for an on trend look. Ombre/dip dyes were huge in 2013 and will only get more popular in 2014. Ombres will be much creative than they were last year and I look forward to seeing how adventurous we all get. I have added a face book album showing some great colours, just go to and take a look. If you have any questions that need answering quickly, please email me at and I will get back to you soon as I can. If you have enjoyed my article, let us know by liking us on facebook and we will enter you in our monthly competition for a chance of winning one of many Paul Mitchell travel size styling products. Just go to our website at click the facebook icon to like.

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How to Achieve a Great Looking Home... By Julia Sondack, Drapemasters Interior Furnishers

Without burdening your bank balance is a skill. We aim to help you shop smart, make sure purchases are worthwhile, prudent and not for the short term. The following words of advice will indicate where you can get away with parting with a few less pounds, whilst still achieving a great design – led look. SPEND ON…Curtain making and fitting. An experienced Interior Furnisher, such as Drapemasters (020 8360 3082) will ensure all fabrics are suitable for the application; follow through with correct fitting, allowing their maximum effect and potential to be realised. They guide you within in your spending plan as well as point out the areas you could make savings. SAVE ON…The fabric. Wonderful designer fabrics are available; however, if adhering to a budget savings can be made. Akin to the fashion world, top designs are reproduced by well priced fabric houses, thus similar looking fabrics in the mid price ranges (£25 £50/metre), as opposed to top end (£80-£300/m) can be found. TIP – still want that amazing designer fabric at £99/m? Consider roman blinds instead of curtains – they use far less fabric! SAVE ON…Buying new curtains by updating your existing. Good quality curtains can be updated and altered - handy when moving or if sun – damaged along the leading edges. Just add contrasting borders – the effect can be stunning! TIP – Styles of dressing can also affect price – a pair of eyelet curtains have less fullness than that necessary for traditional headings – further fabric savings! SPEND ON…The sofa. Choose a classic design for longevity in a hard wearing upholstery fabric. A good frame and construction is all important. A quality sofa will live forever and when it comes to a change in décor all you need to do is reupholster it in a

complimentary fabric – again a matter your interior furnisher can help you with. TIP – Invest in stain protection of your new sofa – it will help you keep it looking good longer! SAVE ON…Cushions and accessories. Available in abundance in the high street and supermarkets – they stock some great little accessories - up to minute with their colours and concepts. These are also items that you can afford to change more frequently to create a new look. TIP – To create a more luxurious feel - pile your cushions high rather than just popping one or two at each end of the sofa – you can afford to do this when they are such great bargains!

SPEND ON…Carpeting areas of heavy traffic. Again, frequent replacement should not be necessary if good choices are made at the onset. Hard wearing carpets such as a twist pile, with, a high wool to synthetic ratio, should be used for main tread areas - hall, stairs and landing. No matter what quality carpet you are buying always invest in a good underlay and expert fitting. TIP – a no shoe policy with whipped and bound mats from the off cuts to entrance areas will definitely prolong the life of your carpets! SAVE ON…Carpeting areas with fewer footfalls. Redressing the balance, it is possible to spend less on bedroom carpets. You could use manmade velvets or saxonys; they give a luxurious look and feel underfoot.

TIP – Stain guard all your carpets – if you have a spillage it gives you time to clear it up!

SPEND ON…That designer wall paper you’ve been lusting after but use wisely; for greater impact create a feature wall behind the bed or around a fireplace in the dining room. This way you would be unlikely to need more than 3 rolls as opposed to 10 or more for a complete room. Complimenting paint or plain paper could be used for the rest of the room. TIP – Again some great designs are available in the medium priced ranges – try Harlequin or Villa Nova – both available at Drapemasters. SAVE ON…Decorating costs by doing some of the preparation yourselves – you may well enjoy stripping that old paper off - very therapeutic! Now you have the knowledge to spend wisely we wish you success in your purchases and above all plenty of fun creating your stylish interiors!

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Property Matters House prices to rise by 8% in 2014, says Halifax Hilary Osborne at reviews the property market

House prices will end 2014 between 4% and 8% higher than they start the year, but it is “too early to talk of a housing bubble”, the UK’s largest lender Halifax has said. Further economic recovery and continued low interest rates should support the market, according to Halifax, but several factors – including continuing pressure on household finances – should limit the increase. The lender has reported a 7% increase in prices in the first 11 months of 2013, which puts the average UK house price at £174,910 at the end of November. An 8% increase would push this up by more than £1,000 a month to £188,903, which is still some way from the £199,612 peak recorded in August 2007. Halifax’s chief economist, Martin Ellis, said: “Despite the recent gains, house prices remain 12% below their August 2007 peak, and transactions in 2013 are still around a third below the average for 2006 and 2007. “House prices are also lower in relation to earnings, with the average price currently 4.8 times average annual earnings compared with a multiple of 5.8 in 2007. There is little sign of the excessive behaviour associated with a house price bubble at present.”

Unless a large number of homes come on to the market, house prices will rise further in 2014, experts say.

Ellis said that another year of growth at the current rate would not be enough to create a bubble, pointing out that between 2001 and 2004 there were double digit increases each year, and that overall prices increased by 150% in the eight years leading up to 2007. “The authorities, primarily in the form of the Bank of England’s financial policy committee, are also on guard to implement measures to dampen the housing market should signs of overheating materialise.” The main story of 2013 has been the widening divide between activity in London and the rest of the country, with most house price indices showing headline rates of price inflation being driven by double digit increases in the capital. Ellis said he expected the gulf to reduce in 2014, as all regions saw price gains and potential buyers become more stretched in London. The income multiples needed to buy in London are already at a record high, and this should constrain further rises, Ellis said. Halifax’s prediction is broadly in line with other commentators who have suggested that a growing appetite for properties, boosted by an improving economy and government schemes like Help to Buy, will drive up prices in 2014 unless a large number of homes come on to the market. An increase in interest rates could also have an impact, but Halifax said it expected the base rate to remain at 0.5% until the end of 2014. At the end of 2012 the bank predicted that house prices would remain broadly flat this year, with movement expected to be between a 2% fall and a 2% rise. Ellis said the stronger than anticipated market had been driven by a number of factors: “Low interest rates, and higher consumer confidence due to the increasing evidence that a sustainable economic recovery may now be underway, are helping to stimulate housing demand. “Schemes such as Funding for Lending and Help to Buy also appear to have boosted demand.”

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Charity in the Community THE LEUKAEMIA CANCER SOCIETY Promoting awareness of the biggest killer of Children, Teenagers and Young Adults of Children, Teenagers & Young Adults in the UK. Many patients reach a stage when their only hope of treatment is a bone marrow transplant. It is every parent’s nightmare. Your child needs a bone marrow transplant, but because of your ethnic background there are no suitable donors available. The Leukaemia Cancer Society co-ordinates and arranges awareness drives to help increase the representation and ethnic diversity on the Bone marrow Register. This year, Leukaemia Cancer Society (LCS) is celebrating 20 years of saving lives. In the last two decades, the blood cancer death rate has dropped dramatically. But, Cancer, already the biggest childkiller disease in the UK, is on the increase. Most people would say “it’s ONLY Leukaemia, that’s curable”. Speak to a family who has lost a Child, Teenager or Young Adult to Leukaemia and they will tell you otherwise. Leukaemia is an aggressive Cancer requiring aggressive treatment and the biggest killer

2014 sees the launch of MED APPEAL. LCS will be working with the Mediterranean community to raise awareness and recruit new donors. This group is greatly underrepresented on the register and people are dying as a result. Please help our efforts by encouraging your family, friends or colleagues to help promote/participate in the charity’s awareness generating events. Better still; why not arrange a recruitment drive at your work place? It is very simple! Please contact us for further details.

Over the past 20 years, the charity has grown from a small memorial organisation into the life-saving charity it is today, a charity dedicated to fighting blood cancer on every front - research, bone marrow/stem cell recruitment, support, information and campaigning. To celebrate our birthday, and the strides we've made together, we are planning a few major events including a Celebratory Charity Ball. Details of all events and how you can help, can be found on our website. We need your support. Your sponsorship, donations, participation, and volunteer efforts will help us continue fighting back against the disease. Cancer affects us all. We can all help. TEL: 020 8374 4821 Office: 118 Myddleton Road, N22 8NQ Charity Registration Number: 1040984

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Your Legal Questions Answered by Fariz Uvais Fariz Uvais is a partner 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 own a leasehold flat in a converted house where the freeholder owns and lives in the ground floor flat. The sale of my flat fell through because the freeholder did not provide consent to the new purchaser to sub-let, even though in the lease allows it and states that the freeholder’s consent shall not be unreasonably withheld. I myself have been sub-letting it for the last 7 years. The freeholder also took far too long to respond to the Leasehold Questionnaire sent by the prospective buyer's solicitor, and when it eventually did arrive some of the answers were incorrect. All this caused me to lose the sale, as the buyer's Mortgage provider would not proceed. I have since re-let the flat but still need to sell. What options do I have in these circumstances? The freeholder has no legal relationship with the prospective buyer and therefore owes no duties to provide consent directly to a prospective buyer. However, where the tenant makes a written application for consent to a

prospective transaction, there are statutory duties imposed on landlords in relation to consents for underlettings. It would be sensible for your solicitor to remind the landlord of these statutory duties if there is any unreasonable delay on the part of the landlord to cooperate. You refer to the leasehold questionnaire and I am assuming that this is The Law Society “TransAction form TA7”: Leasehold information form. This form must be completed by you as the seller, not the landlord. There maybe information that you do not have, such as anticipated service charge expenditure but unless there is an obligation in the lease for the landlord to provide this information quickly, he is under no duty to do so. If the landlord fails to provide information related to insurance then there are obligations in the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 requiring the landlord to provide insurance information which may be helpful to you. Even straight forward transactions can be made complicated by certain parties to the transaction acting unreasonably and in these circumstances you will need the assistance of an experienced conveyancer to guide you through to bring the transaction to an effective conclusion.

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Creative Exchange News We’re delighted to announce our first members’ event of the year will be an evening at Mary Marmery’s ceramic studio on Wednesday 26th February. For more info on this and how to join the network: Our get-togethers are bi-monthly and include talks, workshops and “safaris” (visits to members’ studios).

Who’s Who at CE… find out about the people who make it happen over the next few months… Christina Stavrinides is an ideas person and was the brain behind the felt-making workshop at Spin City launderette at last year’s Open Studios. She also delighted the public with her soap and teapot making workshops at Baskervilles in 2012. Like the rest of the CE committee, Christina has a day job. She’s an Education Consultant to secondary schools, also providing arts workshops for clients such as Enfield Council, IKEA and Lichfield Council. Before setting up her own business, she was Head of Creative Arts Faculty at Hackney Free School. Christina is the mastermind behind the social media promotion of CE and Open Studios which is instrumental to our success. “I first met Dan Maier in 2011 and was immediately inspired by her vision of celebrating creativity in our area. I was excited to find we shared the same beliefs so I volunteered to help. Most of my professional career has been in Hackney where there is already a thriving arts scene, so being part of a new team developing an arts community locally was a big motivator. I’m inspired by so many people I’ve met through the network and feel we are developing a valuable creative hub that is beneficial to all.”


Visit the exhibition at Anthony Webb’s office: 348 Green Lanes Palmers Green N13 5TJ (corner of Hazelwood Lane)

This month’s artist: Richard Crutchley Wednesday 12th February – Monday 10th March Mon – Fri: 9am – 7pm, Sat: 9.30am – 5pm “I love taking photographs, and always dreamt of selling my pictures. “My business, London Letters, came out of a visit to Chicago in 2011. It’s an amazing, diverse, ornate city – a playground for architects. I was inspired when I saw CHICAGO spelt out using found elements of the cityscape – stonework, street furniture, public realm – and thought it was a fantastic way to see the city portrayed. I started hunting in London. “It became an obsession. I travelled all around the capital, through most of the 33 boroughs, taking snaps and building alphabets. Found letters were accompanied by unusual and distinctive fonts, street art, shop signs, mosaics. “I produced a set of alphabetic postcards first, and have gradually branched out to greetings cards and prints, but the sky is the limit. People tell me they love the images for all sorts of reasons – the colours, the textures, reminders of familiar places and memories. They make people see and think differently. “For me, it is all about London’s diversity, London’s communities. Despite complaints that everywhere looks the same, everywhere doesn’t. Everywhere is different. We should cherish that – cherish the ordinary, wallow in the things that we couldn’t be without, that we never even noticed.”


Please mention this article when contacting Richard

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Palmers Green Life | February 2014

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