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April Edition Issue 14

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Past Times • Winchmore Primary School

Lessons from Mr Selfridge

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• Evolving high streets

Mini-Holland • Will it kill the high street?

Image from Fond Memories of Winchmore Hill, Alan Dumayne

Winchmore Primary School (now known as Highfield Primary School)

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welcome There’s a spring in the step of the housing market as it enters the traditional moving season. Nationally, the average asking price of property coming to market hit a new record high of £255,962. This is up by 1.6% (+£3,998) on last month and 6.8% (+£16,251) on last year. Here in Palmers Green we have seen a lot of activity within recent months, with houses selling quickly for record prices. This Easter, Anthony Webb are offering a 10% reduction on our sales fee so please pop in to see us if you are considering selling your property, see page 14 for more details.

Special thanks to Enfield Local Studies at the Dugdale for all their support in helping us compile our popular historical articles. The Enfield Museum are currently presenting a free exhibition marking the centenary of the First World War, see page 19 for more details.

I would like to thank those that donated an Easter egg to our appeal on behalf of Noah's Ark Children's Hospice. They have their annual Easter Eggstravaganza at Capel Manor starting Friday 18th April, see page 19 for more details. Palmers Green's own Easter Egg hunt, organised by the Green Lanes Business Associations, will be held on Saturday 12th April, this is a great way for families to have fun and support our local high street. Pick up an entry form from our office and at the same time you will get a FREE chocolate egg and a FREE balloon.

In Past Times this month we visit Highfields Primary School, formally Winchmore as they too celebrate their centenary. I wish you all a lovely Easter.


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Lessons from Mr Selfridge by Helen Osman ....................................................3 Green Lanes Business Association by Costas Georgiou ...............................................4 Love Your DoorStep by Emma Rigby .....................4 The Fox Lane Residents’ Association by Andy Barker ......................................................5 Lakes Estate Conservation Area by Colin Younger ...................................................5 Past Times, Winchmore Primary School .................6 Highfield School, present and future.....................7 FOR SALE – Wauthier Close .................................8 Mini-Holland, will it kill the high street .................9 Anastasia Lodge..................................................10 Councillor’s Corner by Bambos Charalambous ..................................11 Parliamentary Comment by David Burrowes MP ........................................11 Social Media by Garry Kousoulou .......................12 FOR SALE – Crawford Gardens ..........................13 Anthony Webb Testimonials ................................14 Anthony Webb Showcase....................................15 Baskervilles Tea Shop blog by Diane ...................16 Hair Loss by Kiri from Fabulous Hair Company....16 Savour the Season by Shelley Shapir ...................17 Palmers Green Tales by Jenny Bourke ..................17 What’s On, Local Events......................................18 Talkies Community Cinema.................................18 Easter Activities with Noah’s Ark ........................19 Isle of Wight Produce by Karen Attrill..................19 Enfield at War museum .......................................19 Palmers Green Jewel in the North by Suzanne Beard ...............................................20 TO LET – Devonshire Road .................................21 Russdales Flooring by Russell Davies ..................22 TO LET – Empire Avenue ....................................23 Drapemasters by Julia Sondack ...........................24 TO LET – Conway Road ......................................25 Charity in the Community, Cypriot Elderly...........26 Your Legal Questions Answered by Fariz Uvais ...27 Creative Exchange Network................................28

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Lessons from Mr Selfridge by Helen Osman Founded in 2009, a not for profit community portal for the N21 postcode. Helen has spent a career in business development and marketing consultancy; helping major companies develop new products and respond to changing market trends. Ten years ago we were taking our films down to Boots to be developed. In 2002 only 5% of people in the UK owned a digital camera, only 37% were using the Internet and a mere 170,000 households had broadband. That great time waster Facebook wasn’t launched until 2004 and none of us had ever heard of a smartphone. What a long way we have come in a decade. A decade ago, our local suburban high streets were already under threat; suffering from competition from out of town shopping centres, whilst online shopping was still in its infancy. What will they be like in another ten years, boarded up and redundant or re-emerging, as the centre of our local communities? At the moment it could go either way. What about the Portas Report? Two years ago the Government and councils told us that they were committed to implementing Mary Portas’s suggestions for breathing life back into our local high streets. It’s all gone very quiet, not a lot has happened since. Despite the criticism levelled at Mary Portas, (that she was more interested in Brand Mary than saving our high streets), the report and subsequent TV series did point to a fundamental problem, that most local high streets are unappealing, selling stuff that local residents just don’t want to buy. Many of them are in a time warp, their customers’ wants, needs and desires have changed but they haven’t. These days the residents of Palmers Green and other local communities are spoilt for choice, so local retailers must face up to reality - perhaps learn some lessons from Mr Selfridge? Retailing is constantly evolving, indeed in the 1970s department stores went out of fashion. Evans and Davies, Palmers Green’s own

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department store closed in 1980 and even Selfridges went through a difficult decade, before a major investment in the early nineties, creating the exciting retail emporium we know today. Yet the principles of retailing have remained the same since Mr Selfridge opened his store back in 1906. Retailing is about enticement, providing customers with products they want and need, but also products they didn’t know they needed, but want when they see them. The customer is always right. Retailing is about creativity, innovation, strong design, entertainment, fresh ideas; appealing to our senses and emotions - summed up by the term ‘retail theatre’. It is what could lure people back to our local high streets, encourage them to ‘dwell’ – hang around and spend money? It’s a fallacy to think that shoppers just want cheap prices. What shopers want is value and perceptions of value are not just based on the lowest price. What have Baskerville’s in Palmers Green, Agha Home Interiors in Winchmore Hill and Holtwhites in Enfield have in common? These business owners understand what their customers want, provide somewhere pleasurable to shop, stocking products which you can’t find on every corner. These are places that people like return to and to talk to their friends about.

Great personal experiences can’t be bought on the Internet. Indeed IBM is predicting a return to local shopping in the next five years. To quote: “Savvy retailers will use the immediacy of the store and proximity to customers to create experiences that cannot be replicated by onlineonly retail”. That is the key – “savvy retailers” perhaps Enfield Council should have a ‘retail theatre production’ team to help local businesses become more alluring, to invest wisely in strong design, find gaps in the market, give local customers more reasons to shop locally? Strong independent businesses can be a catalyst for positive change, bringing more exciting businesses and shoppers back into the high street. According to the BBC, having a local Waitrose can also be highly beneficial for other local businesses and also for house prices. So Palmers Green, it is an encouraging sign that your high street is on the way up. There is plenty to be optimistic about, our high streets are not beyond salvation, but it will require some investment and local residents have to play an important part in any regeneration. A local economy is symbiotic, an eco system, in which the assets, ie the value of the businesses, our houses and our quality of life are all enriched if we support each other.

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Green Lanes Business Association By Costas Georgiou The GLBA is excited to announce that the Annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday 12th April 2014. This years event is being sponsored by Bennett Walden Estate Agents. Children under the age of 12 will be able to collect entry forms from all businesses who are members of the GLBA, all entry forms must be filled in and handed in at Bennett Walden Estate Agents situated at 54 Aldermans Hill, Palmers Green, London N13 4PP by 3.30pm. There will be a first prize of Kurio Touch tablet and the following 30 runners up will receive an Easter egg each. Please take this opportunity to step back out onto your local High Street in Palmers Green on the day, enjoy the atmosphere & festivities and remind yourself of what is available on your doorstep.

We hope to have more news on the landmark clock to be placed at The Triangle and we look forward to updating you on this next month and how we plan to celebrate Palmers Green's new arrival! In the meantime, a further date for your diaries is the upcoming Palmers Green Shopping Carnival, scheduled to take place on Saturday 5th July 2014. We're hoping to add some new and exciting twists to this years event and as a result we are looking for acts who would like to showcase their talents on the day, if this is you or someone you know please do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss this further: you can call our Chairman Costas Georgiou on 07943 198 198 ASAP!

Also if anyone is interested to have a pitch as a stallholder please get in touch - spaces are limited and it will be first come first served. PLEASE NOTE: should you wish to have a stall you will need to bring your own gazebo, tables, chairs etc, if you need help with any of this we will see if we can help you in any way.

Love Your DoorStep by Emma Rigby Visit us on facebook Love Your DoorStep is an usual business, in the sense that we are a female workforce, where the majority of us within the team are working mums who have children of school going age. Being a mum of two young children myself, where one is in primary school I know only too well how important our schools are within our community. I am always very proud of all our schools within the area, especially as our borough did exceptionally well on the Primary School League 2013 table and that all our schools rank high. This means that our children are being given a head start in the journey of life and Enfield could potentially be producing the next generation of innovators, leaders and ‘game-changers’.

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Schools play a pivotal role in our communities, it is where many of us come together, make friends, hang out together at school events, class birthday parties, fetes and all those other ‘rock and roll’ events (you know what I am talking about). This is exactly why Love Your DoorStep is working with schools locally. We have teamed up with schools in the Enfield area, to support and promote our local schools - one of the linchpins of our great community. We want parents of schools who run a business to join us! We have 8,000 local people talking in real time on our facebook group and it’s a great place to find out what's going on locally as well as find quality local businesses on your DoorStep. Join us as a member of the community on our

facebook group by searching theretodoandwheretofindstuff/ and tap into this useful resource. Importantly, as parents who have businesses sign up, they will be able to give back to their local school, as we at Love Your DoorStep will give 5% per cent back to the school of your choice from the annual joining fee from businesses. If anyone is interested to know more, then do contact us and we will put you in-touch with Natalie Sadri, Love Your DoorStep’s School Ambassador.

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The Fox Lane & District Residents' Association By Andy Barker – Chairman - Tel: 020 8882 3434 E-mail: The Fox Lane & District Residents’ Association was formed in 1978 and represents the interests of residents living in the area bounded by Bourne Hill N13, The Bourne, High Street N14, Cannon Hill N14, Aldermans Hill N13 and Green Lanes. An area covering parts of the Council electoral Wards of Palmers Green, Southgate, Southgate Green and Winchmore Hill. We hold General Meetings every two months at which current topics of local interest and concern

are discussed, often with appropriate representatives from the Council or the Police, and where members have the opportunity to ask questions and express any concerns they have. We also invite speakers, of interest, from the local community where possible. Each December we hold a popular and wellattended Christmas event, which includes free food and drink and the chance to bid for something at our Charity Auction.

We currently have over 580 member households but are very keen to increase membership in order to be able to continue to present a strong representative body. We are particularly keen to attract younger members and those with young families. Membership is only £5 per year for each household . If you would like to join us, please contact: Membership Secretary, FLDRA, 26 Lakeside Road, Palmers Green, London N13 4PR

Neighbourhood Watch - URGENT INFORMATION. Please read as this may affect you & your Household Insurance. For some time now the Neighbourhood Watch, covering the same area as that of The Fox Lane & District Residents' Association, (FLDRA) has recognised that it has not been the most effective means of providing information to residents and coordinating local activity.

getting an overview of the whole area is not easily possible. Allied to which is that with the aid of new technology, the Police, and other bodies, are able to provide information, updates etc. at a much earlier stage than N.Watch are able to do.

The Fox Lane & District Residents’ Association (FLDRA) has agreed to liaise with the Police to provide training packages for those who wish to set up local Neighbourhood Watches in their immediate area in the future.

When the Watch was established, this was the best approach available with support from the police. And many residents made a very active contribution. However policing and technology have moved on.

Regretfully, therefore, it has been decided to terminate the operation of this particular Neighbourhood Watch. Both the Watch and Residents committees would like to thank everyone who has helped make the Watch the success that it was, for such a long time.

If you, and/or your neighbours are interested in setting up a N.Watch in your immediate area, please contact us.

It has long been recognised that the area in question, bounded by Green Lanes, Bourne Hill, The Bourne, High St. N14, Cannon Hill and Aldermans Hill is too large to function effectively as a Neighbourhood Watch area. Not only is too large to run as one, but it also covers 4 different police wards and local policing teams. So

The Police agree that more ‘local’ Neighbourhood Watches, ie. just one or two streets, are much more effective.

Helping preserve Palmers Green's Edwardian heritage by Colin Younger Chair, Lakes Estate Conservation Area Study Group If Palmers Green is a “Jewel in the North”, one of the main reasons is its beautiful Edwardian housing stock, and the area with the richest collection of such houses is the Lakes Estate, which experts have rightly referred to as “the quintessence of middle-class Edwardian suburbia". In 2010 it received official recognition with the setting up of the Lakes Estate Conservation Area, (area shown above) the purpose of which is to prevent changes that would threaten the Estate’s unique character and enhance it where possible. The basis of this recognition is the Lakes Estate Conservation Area Character Appraisal which sets out in detail, street by street what is important, and what was under threat. Most of the buildings in the Conservation Area were built in a short period, between 1905 and 1914, giving the area a coherent and consistent feel. However, the overall effect isn’t monotonous because of the variety of decorative elements

incorporated into the houses. It’s the mass of domestic detail which is so important to the feel of the area (and some would say what helps properties to maintain their value). In order to protect the Conservation Area, Enfield passed what I known as an Article 4(2) Direction which removed “permitted development” rights. Planning Applications now have to be approved before work begins on most external features of properties (houses, flats, and shops). In particular, anything effecting roofs, chimneys, windows, doors, front gardens, garden walls, and external house walls, needs approval. Work on trees and the erection of satellite dishes visible from the street

also needs approval. Unapproved changes may after, appropriate examination and due legal process, need to be removed. The LCASG or “Friends of the Lakes Estate Conservation Area” is a residents’ group which works in conjunction with Enfield Council to preserve and enhance the Estate’s character. Members of LCASG (which stands for Lakes Estate Conservation Area Study Group) help the Council consider whether changes are compatible with the conservation area principles, and is represented on the Enfield Conservation Advisory Group which covers all 22 Enfield Conservation Areas.

LCASG has its own pages on Palmers Green Community website ( detailing this at greater length. If you live in the Conservation Area, and are interested in becoming a “Friend of the Conservation Area”, you can read more about it operates and use its contact page to get in touch. You can use the same website to find links to the Lakes Estate Conservation Area Character Appraisal and other relevant guidance on the Council’s own website.

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Past Times in Winchmore Hill ... Up until the turn of the 20th century there was relatively little building development around the Highfield Estate as the Taylor family of Grovelands Park were able, with their massive landholdings, to operate their own private green belt policy. In the mid eighteen-nineties some houses were built in Middle Lane (Station Road) but it wasn’t until the Taylor Estate was sold in 1902 that development started at a pace. By 1914 much of the Highfield Estate and the Eaton Park Estate had been covered with middle class housing and a new shopping parade (The Broadway) had been built in Green Lanes besides the tram way. During this time of rapid development Edmonton's schools became severely overcrowded but the education committee, mostly for financial reasons, was slow to provide new schools. Eventually the pressure became too great, mainly due to new regulations requiring class sizes to be kept below 60 pupils, and as a result a new school had to be built. Records show that the new school was commissioned at a cost of £10,000 and was designed by Mr. H G Crothall. At the time it was very well received, described in the ‘Palmers Green Recorder’ as “surely the last word in school construction”. Further investment continued with the building of ‘Winchmore Council School’, as it was originally known, in Highfield Road. A mixed juniors and

infants' school, it was opened by Colonel Bowles, Chairman of the Middlesex Education Authority (a position that he held for 18 years) on March 28th 1914. Under reorganisation in accordance with the Hadow Report, seniors occupied the first floor and juniors and infants the ground floor of the same building. Records show that in 1919 the school was attended by 297 pupils and originally the boys and girls were segregated with separate entrances and playgrounds. In 1932 a secondary department was added which later became a secondary modern school. The seniors moved to a new site across the road in 1956 (Winchmore School). In 1973 there were 426 juniors and 250 infants on the roll. Discipline was important and the punishment book can still be found at the school covering the period 1939-81 detailing every stroke of the cane administered by the Head Master. In its pages you will quickly notice it is missing one thing…girls names!. The reason for this? The answer is obvious of course…it was because the girls were not permitted to be caned as they were considered less unruly than the boys! One of the previous pupils, David Scarff, recalls, “Mr Martin was the Headmaster there during my time at the school (1956-1960), he seemed a fairly nice man but mumbled so that at Speech Days/Carol concerts etc you couldn't actually hear what he was saying!”. Mumbling your speech? Sounds like a caning offence!

Woodwork classroom circa 1950

The junior school is now known as ‘Highfield Primary School’ and it celebrates its centenary this month. To celebrate a century of education the pupils are performing stories spanning the life of the school, as well as creating a time capsule that will be opened in 50 years time. The school is also creating its own museum exhibiting artefacts from Highfields past, present and future to tie in with the grand opening of their new ultra modern extension housing the new reception classes and a courtyard. We can see from over a hundred years ago that the pressure of numbers is not a new phenomenon however the recent expansion has taken Highfields to a three form entry school, once again accommodating the growing population of our borough.

Winchmore a personal story by David Scarff David Scarff presents a Sunday night programme at Radio Enfield which he has presented for the last 44 years at Chase Farm Hospital "I attended Winchmore Infants and Junior School from 1955-1960. I remember them as very happy years and of course everything was taught without the aid of computers or even calculators. The staff that made the biggest impression on me, and who I still remember nearly 60 years later were Mrs Bassett (the Infants Head Teacher who looked very stern but was actually very kind), Mr Martin (the Junior Headmaster, an inoffensive chap who mumbled at Speech days and Christmas carol Concerts so no-one could hear what he was saying), Mr Cuthbert (teaching mainly maths and everyone was frightened of him – he reminded all pupils he was the only teacher with a bright red door which meant danger!!), Miss Malone (a very kindly teacher who also taught music), Miss Moore (seemed to be shorter than most of the pupils) and Mr Goldsworthy (who towered over everyone – must have been 8 feet tall at least!). We had assembly every day in the Junior school preceded every day by the playing of a 78rpm gramophone record usually Bach, Beethoven or Mozart. The highlight of the Junior school year was the annual Carol Concert in the school hall, usually held over 2 nights with the choir sitting in front of the stage where the nativity scene was enacted. I was delighted to be asked one year to sing a verse of “The Holly and The Ivy” solo which worried my

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parents no end in case I forgot the words! (I didn’t). In the Infants, the school hall was used for “Music & Movement”, a 15-minute programme relayed from the BBC Home Service over the large speakers fixed to the top of the walls. This was where, for example, we pretended to be trees being blown in the wind, and then leaves rushing around the hall rather like the Joyce Grenfell “Nursery School” monologue. Great fun. I joined the recorder group (that was the extent of the school orchestra in those days) and I’m sure we must have performed at a concert at some point, or even the Carol Concert, but can’t remember that: probably because I didn’t have to worry about learning the words.

We had our one-third of a pint of milk at morning break: the school caretaker carefully piercing the silver bottle-top for the straw using a sharpened lead pencil – there were no health and safety issues on this at the time. There wasn’t a school tuck-shop on site but luckily there was a small sweet shop called Sinclair’s just a few yards away from the school in Highfield Road (near the Green Lanes end) which sold Spangles, sherbet dabs, Smarties, blackjacks and all the other sweets which were popular at the time. I became a prefect in the last year at the school, but sadly never rose to the heights of becoming Ink-well monitor. It all seems like only yesterday….."

Classes from the early 80’s Do you recognise your class mates? Courtesy of Iain Dickson

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Present and future at Highfield School

by Louise Cater, Assistant Head

development of fun, challenging and creative opportunities for children, balanced with a relentless drive for ever-improving standards. Over the last 3 years, our Year 6 results in the core subjects of English and Mathematics have been significantly above the national average, with progress judged as good to outstanding.

Highfield Present:

Our Values are:

Highfield is a successful school which serves the local community of Winchmore Hill. We are very lucky to have a vast amount of field space which makes our school site a very special place. There are currently 540 children on roll with their ages ranging from 3-11. We are a very cohesive and inclusive school and we aim to ensure that every member of our school community is equally valued. We provide quality education for all our children. We expect children to work hard and achieve high standards in their work and behaviour. Our staff provide a secure but exciting atmosphere in which to develop a joy of learning. We are proud of our achievements as a whole school and the achievements of every one of our pupils. We firmly believe education is a partnership between pupils, parents/carers and staff and so look forward to working with you in support of your child’s progress. We will give, and expect in return, a total investment into your child’s future. We believe in working in partnership and valuing ALL members of the community, celebrating their diversity and achievements – our motto is, “Together we can achieve more.” Our aim is to provide a welcoming, safe and stimulating learning environment, accessible to all. Whilst our last Ofsted in February 2011 was very successful, we are neither complacent in attitude nor action. Our school improvement priorities are always focused on ensuring the continual

✔ To instil a love of learning. ✔ Everyone deserves to receive a high quality education. ✔ We treat each other with empathy, kindness and are polite to each other.

Centenary Celebrations: This term every year group has been exploring a different historical decade in Highfield’s history as part of our ‘Let’s Celebrate’ topic, in the build up to 2 days of celebration on 1st and 2nd April. On Tuesday 1st April we will be turning back time to experience an Edwardian School Day. The children will experience what school was like for their predecessors – with separate entrances and play areas for boys and girls, lessons based on the 3R’s, an Edwardian lunch and drill instead of PE lessons, (although teachers please note, on this occasion the use of the cane will not be tolerated).

tea party. Weather permitting, at the end of the day we will all gather together in the playground to sing a specially composed Highfield song and release helium balloons with our wishes for the future. Each class will contribute to a time capsule – not to be opened for 50 years, which will be placed on display in a sealed glass cabinet in our new reception area, linking the old and new buildings.

Highfield Future: In recent years Highfield Primary has admitted additional pupils through the use of temporary buildings. Construction work is now reaching completion to provide permanent buildings to allow the school to accommodate 3 forms of entry. A new high quality entrance space for all visitors will link to the existing building connecting old with new in a sympathetic way, and respect the lines and ornate features of the existing building. The new teaching block will be positioned to improve external access and play space for the Early Years. The new block will include a Nursery, three Year 1 classrooms, three Reception classrooms, three Year 2 classrooms, an entrance space and associated reception. Groups of children and staff have already been on guided site tours – we can’t wait for it to be open to everyone!

On Wednesday 2nd April we will be celebrating in style. Parents/carers will be invited to visit the Highfield Museum, with exhibits from every decade since 1914 by each year group (including a museum shop), Highfield’s present and information on the soon-to-open expansion. Parents and carers will be able to watch their children perform a song and dance from the historical era they are studying and join us for a

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High Street Parking might disappear under Mini-Holland scheme!!! The ‘Mini Holland’ scheme is a government funded concept brought to the forefront by London Mayor Boris Johnson that individual boroughs across London had to bid for last year. Many London Borough of Enfield (LBE) residents, landlords, shop keepers and business owners may be unaware that LBE won their bid for this scheme. In doing so LBE have been allocated around £30 million of funding for this proposed project, which if it goes through will be expected to run along Green Lanes from Palmers Green through Winchmore Hill until Enfield Town shopping centres and Edmonton Green. All information is available to the public to download and read at LBE’s website: The ‘Mini Holland’ scheme is aimed at improving cycling networks across the whole of London. Targeted improvements would be – reducing overcrowding on public transport, roads, pollution and parking demands. This may be a good thing environmentally and cycling and walking are good for your health, but there may also be downsides. Overall, to create a “pedestrian friendly environment…by removing traffic and installing separate bus and cycle lanes”, it is highly likely that Pay & Display parking bays will be removed on both sides of the High Streets outside the local shops. This leads onto some of the negative points of this scheme 1. How will NO PARKING affect business and retailers? 2. Where are customers expected to park – consider the fact that not all areas mentioned above have access to convenient car parks?

3. Where car parks are available what will parking charges be like? 4. How will bus lanes be compromised? 5. How are deliveries to businesses expected to be made? 6. Traffic is likely to be forced down residential roads which are currently congested enough as it is. What is the impact of this? There are some very clear pros and cons on the matter at hand and a lot to consider and for everyone to be aware of. LBE have scheduled June or July 2014 for consultation on this matter. As this project stands, currently funding has been won by the council and plans are being prepared but as yet there is nothing concrete.

We are not anti cyclists, but we are PRO community and thriving local shopping centres. Cyclists are welcome to our shopping centres but cycle lanes must not destroy our shopping centres.

We want to make it easier to use our local shops, not harder As your local Town Centre Management (EBRA) and business associations collectively, we are keen to know your views on the proposed ‘Mini Holland’ which will run through several town centres as mentioned above. Please also express views if you are a resident around the town centres or a regular shopper. 1. Were you aware of the ‘Mini Holland’ scheme prior to reading this article? 2. Consider the possible affects it could have on the following;

• Parking • Homes

Feel free to jot down your ideas and views and drop them into:

• Anthony Webb Estate Agents 348 Green Lanes, Palmers Green, N13 • The Brassware Company, 719-721 Green Lanes, N21

• Residents • Businesses and retail • Schools

3. What are your thoughts and/or views?

• Emma Claire 62 Church Street, Enfield, EN2 or please drop us an email at:

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

At the time of writing local teenager and pupil at Oasis Academy Hadley, Yashika Bageerathi has had an 11th hour reprieve from being deported to Mauritius following a failed asylum appeal. Hopefully the 100,000 plus people who like me have signed the on line petition and the fabulous campaign organised by the school will make the Home Office change their mind and allow Yashika and her family to stay in Britain. There is an old adage that the best test of a civilised society is the way it treats its weakest members. It may therefore surprise you to learn that in Enfield there are presently potentially dozens more people in a similar situation as Yashika, people who have had their application for asylum turned down and whose immigration status has not yet been resolved and who are in limbo awaiting deportation. As a consequence of their immigration status this group of 105 families have no recourse to public funds which means that

they are not entitled to welfare benefits or public housing and are destitute and at the mercy of the Council or charity to help them. Some have been waiting in this state of uncertainty for almost 5 years. Enfield Council and all councils have a duty under the National Assistance Act 1948 to advise those with no recourse to public funds and help them find a solution to their destitution. At present the projected cost to the Council for this assistance for the financial year 2013/14 is over £1million. Enfield is not alone in being in this situation and the Government know about this problem but are doing nothing to help local councils deal with it. The Government’s choices are simple – they can either instruct the UK Border Agency Enforcement and Removals Unit to deport these families or else they can let them stay. By choosing to do nothing however the Home Office know that they are placing a burden on local authorities who are providing a safety net for those families. The

Government should properly fund local authorities who are picking up the cost of their indecision. They have no excuse for not doing so. There is also a human cost in all this uncertainty because in waiting in this state of limbo families are building up community links and establishing friendships. Some might argue that the families not knowing what will happen next is tantamount to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. If the Government decide to deport all 105 families in Enfield and all others in this situation then they can expect many more campaigns like Yashika’s to prevent their deportations. I am proud that in Enfield we ensure that we provide for those who are destitute and have nowhere else to turn to and fulfil our part of the test of being a civilised society in Enfield; let’s see if the Government can pass their part of the test as to what’s expected of them.

Parliamentary Comment David Burrowes MP

Unpacking The Budget Last month the big Parliamentary and Economic event was the Budget. At its heart was support for savers as The Chancellor announced that ISAs would be made simpler by merging the cash and stocks ISAs into a single New ISA. The annual ISA limit will increase to £15,000 a year – for either shares, or cash, or a combination of both. There will also be a new pensioners' bond to take advantage of a special interest rate of up to 4%. This came alongside helping people to keep the money they work so hard to earn. The Chancellor announced that the Personal Tax Allowance will rise to £10,500 in 2015/16. This means a tax cut for 25.4 million people; by April 2015, a typical basic rate taxpayer will pay £800 less income tax a year. There was also announced a fundamental reform of the taxation of defined contribution pensions. From April 2015 the Government will legislate to

remove all remaining tax restrictions on how to access defined contribution pension pots. This means that no one will have to buy an annuity if they don’t want to. Those who still want the certainty of an annuity, as many will, will be able to shop around for the best deal. There will also be no punitive 55% tax rate if you try and take more than your tax-free lump sum. The Chancellor also announced the Government’s support to get Britain building – so that more people have the economic security of owning their own home. This support includes extending the Help to Buy equity loan scheme for new homes until 2020. This could mean 120,000 new homes. The Budget also included a fund to help small developers access finance; consulting to give people wanting to build their own home the right to request a plot from their council; and a fund especially for estate regeneration to help turn

around some of the most deprived housing estates in the country. The message behind the Budget was clear. The Government’s long term economic plan is working and helping support more people who want to work, save and secure their future. There are now a record number of people in work, especially women and young people. I am also pleased that there was support for the low paid, with an above inflation increase in the minimum wage alongside the increase in the personal tax allowance threshold. Income inequality is at its lowest level for 28 years. If you would like more information about the Budget and how it will affect you, your family or business please contact me at Best wishes David Burrowes MP

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Social Media is the best thing since sliced bread for small businesses Twitter is a fantastic marketing tool for business in this day and age, and it’s free! If you are Tweeting for business make sure that your profile is complete, the display picture is either a professional headshot or you or a company logo. Don’t be an egg! All information must be put in; website, location, keywords – make sure you are found by your preferred audience. Your Tweets should be at least one of these three things; Engaging, Entertaining, or Informative. If they are none of these, then delete that Tweet. You have a maximum of 140 characters per Tweet, but if you’re looking for someone to jump on to that conversation, leave a few characters so people can respond. Use Twitter more for conversation and listening – nobody listens to the person who walks in the rooms and tries to sell you something! Trying to start a conversation with your followers can be one of the trickier tasks on Twitter, but the most effective. Creating conversation leads to your followers being able to trust you and therefore will listen or share a message when you have a promotion or deal. Using the word “please” can go a long way. I’m serious, I’ve split tested Tweets in my time and I’ve used the terms “Retweet” and “please Retweet”, and guess which got more response? The question I get asked most is “how do I get people to follow me” and it’s simple – follow them first. If you have a business in Enfield doesn’t it make sense to follow people who are also in Enfield? If you see another business online from your area, doesn’t it make sense that people that follow them are from the same area? Twitter does have its own following rules, however. You cannot follow over 2,000 people if you do not have over 2,000 people following you yourself. Once you have passed that milestone you can follow as many people as you would like, but make sure to keep your ratios in mind. Now let’s be realistic, not everyone will follow you back. Roughly 1/3 will follow back. I live by this rule; I follow you – if you don’t follow me back within a week I unfollow you. This is a great way to keep your ratios near enough the same. You can advertise on Twitter, which means you can send your tweet out to the world and make it seen by the people you want to target. You can pick a location, a gender, a time. You can be as specific as you want! I can send out a message to all the mums in Enfield just on their way back from the school run. One of the best tips I can give you for Twitter is this, do not post anything you wouldn’t like to see on the front page of the newspaper. And the same goes to all social media platforms. People find and recruit individuals for jobs on Twitter now. One of the first thing a possible employer does today is Google your name, so be careful what you post!

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Simnel Cake Broomfield Park looks lovely at Easter time from the shop with the leaves returning to the trees and the flowers blooming. Simnel cake has been eaten since medieval times at Easter as both a rich, sweet treat and a symbolic ritual. The fruit cake is topped with eleven marzipan balls to represent the eleven apostles of Christ, minus Judas. You can make your own almond paste but I always use the ready-made as it is just as good and saves a lot of time and effort – the golden or natural are equally as good. • • • • • • • • • • • •

500g Ready-made marzipan 175g/6oz butter or margarine 175g/6oz soft brown sugar 3 free-range eggs, beaten 175g/6oz plain flour Pinch salt ½ tsp ground mixed spice (optional) 350g/12oz mixed raisins, currants and sultanas 55g/2oz chopped mixed peel ½ lemon, grated zest only 1-2 tbsp apricot jam 1 free-range egg, beaten for glazing

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Roll out a third of the almond paste to make a circle 18cm/7in in diameter and reserve the remainder for the cake topping. Preheat oven to 140C/275F/Gas 1. Grease and line a 18cm/7in cake tin. For the cake, cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs until well incorporated and then sift in the flour, salt and mixed spice (if using) a little at a time. Finally, add the mixed dried fruit, peel and grated lemon zest and stir into the mixture. Put half the mixture into a greased and lined 18cm/7in cake tin. Smooth the top and cover with the circle of almond paste. Add the rest of the cake mixture and smooth the top leaving a slight dip in the centre to allow for the cake to rise. Bake in the preheated oven for 1¾ hours. Test by inserting a skewer in the middle - if it comes out clean, it is ready. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool on a wire rack. Brush the top of the cooled cake with the apricot jam. Divide the remainder of the almond paste in half; roll out a circle to cover the top of the cake with one half and form 11 small balls with the other half. Place the circle of paste on the jam glaze and set the balls round the edge. Brush the cake topping with a little beaten egg. Preheat the grill to high. Place the cake onto a baking tray and grill for 1-2 minutes, or until the top of the marzipan begins to brown. Alternatively, lightly heat the cake topping using a cook's blow torch, until the marzipan is golden-brown.

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Hair Loss by Kiri from Fabulous Hair Company Hello I hope you're all well and looking forward to Easter. For the next couple of months the subject is all about hair loss, the causes and remedies. As this is a large topic I have decided to break this down over the next two months. Firstly let us talk about what hair loss is, followed by a list of the different types of hair loss, who it effects and why; and lastly if there are any remedies available. What Is Hair Loss? Hair grows everywhere on the human skin except on the palms of our hands and the soles of our feet, but many hairs are so fine they're virtually invisible. Hair is made up of a protein called keratin that is produced in hair follicles in the outer layer of skin. As follicles produce new hair cells, old cells are being pushed out through the surface of the skin at the rate of about six inches a year. The hair you can see is actually a string of dead keratin cells. The average adult head has about 100,000 to 150,000 hairs and loses up to 100 of them a day; finding a few stray hairs on your hairbrush is not necessarily cause for alarm. At any one time, about 90% of the hair on

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a person's scalp is growing. Each follicle has its own life cycle that can be influenced by age, disease, and a wide variety of other factors. This life cycle is divided into three phases: • Anagen – active hair growth that lasts between two to six years • Catagen – transitional hair growth that lasts two to three weeks • Telogen – resting phase that lasts about two to three months; at the end of the resting phase the hair is shed and a new hair replaces it and the growing cycle starts again. As people age, their rate of hair growth slows.

Next month I will list the different types of hair loss especially androgenic alopecia (male/female pattern baldness), which effects over two-thirds of the male population, including myself and a third of the female population. 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 travelsize styling products. Just go to our website at and click the Facebook icon to Like.



Savour the Season by Shelley Shapir

Cook, baker, and trouble maker (oh, and Lorraine's Taste Off Finalist!) find her blog at

The Tale of the Nanaimo Bar It has been a really whirlwind, crazy time around this house. And it all started with a phone call.

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A couple of weeks ago I received a call from a producer at the Lorraine Kelly Show. A recipe I had sent in was chosen to be in the top 8 of a competition for an original 'sweat treat'. A competition that I had totally forgotten I had entered!

Blast forward two weeks: I have been to Manchester, made it to the finals, gotten used to having a camera following me about, met some wicked people, fed the hoards at the Ideal Home Show and been on live television twice. Now, I did not actually WIN said competition, but I have enjoyed every minute This recipe is a firm favourite amongst Canadians, and one that I make to bring a bit of 'home' to my little English family.

Topping: • 240g plain chocolate • 60g butter

Base: • 125g butter • 62.5g granulated sugar • 6 tbsp cocoa powder • 1 egg, slightly beaten • 1 tsp vanilla • 375g digestive biscuits, crushed • 250g desiccated coconut

Base; Melt butter in heavy saucepan. Make sure it is big enough to hold all your base ingredients without too much sloppage. Stir in sugar and cocoa until smooth. Take off the heat. Whisk egg with vanilla and stir into butter mixture. Stir in digestives, coconut.

Filling; • 3 tbsp Bird's Brand custard powder • 84g butter • 1/4 cup milk • 750g icing sugar


Press evenly over a 9 inch square pan and chill to set approx 20 mins.

Filling; I tend to leave the butter out overnight before, so it's easier to beat butter with a

of it, and the joy of being immersed in a foodie life. The other, and probably most amazing part of this experience has been the incredible out pouring of support: from everyone at school, my darling class, from neighbours, and local businesses. It has been both surprising, and wonderful to be embraced so whole-heartedly! Of course, it is rather a bump back down to earth now. I became rather accustomed to some of the perks laid on, particularly the joy of having a car service fetching me all over town. I may start riding in the backseat whilst Hubbie takes the wheel, just to relive the bliss. Wandering the streets, back on home ground, I have had more than a few requests for my recipe, so here goes. I may take a little break from making Nanaimo Bars, personally. But making approximately 1000 of them in 10 days would probably have the same effect on most people! wooden spoon until light. Beat in custard powder and milk. Gradually beat in sugar. Spread over chilled base and let set in fridge. You cannot imagine the state of my kitchen after this step. Talk about that sloppage! Spread over the chilled base, and chuck back in the fridge to set for about another 20 minutes.

Topping; Melt together chocolate and butter, stir until smooth. Let cool down for about 5 minutes. Spread in even layer over the other two layers. Do it fairly quickly, as the chocolate has a tendency to thicken up once it hits the colder layers. Pop it back in the fridge. After about 20 minutes, take it out and score the top, and cut with a hot knife. (dip the knife in boiled water, then dry on kitchen towel). Leave to chill until

you need them, but at least 15 minutes. Options; If you are not a big coconut fan, swap in your fave nuts, chopped coarsely. I have also had these made with a cereal base, so you could substitute Corn Flakes, Rice Crispies, or some such. And if the dark chocolate is not to your liking, or you happen to have a very serious sweet tooth, swap it out for milk chocolate. These delightful, moreish little devils will be happy in the fridge for 5 days, or the freezer for 2 months. Eat them as you temperature makes for a slightly gooier treat, chilled has a nice firm bite. I like them frozen, personally. Assuming your teeth can take it, try that one!

Palmers Green Tales by Jenny Bourke Email us at February and March have been very busy for Palmers Green Tales. We have uploaded a compilation of films made during the late 60’s and 2 interviews with Ralph Hutchings and one with Jacques Wajnrych. Please log on to and ensure you follow our blog so

you receive updates as and when. John Sollis, our busy filmmaker and editor, and I were busy filming an interview with Betty Martin this morning. She remembers the gas lamps being lit at Hazelwood School, electricity being installed in her house in Osborne Road and the Palmadium.

From left to right Moira Foster, Sue Stafford, John Sollis, Trisha Sharpe, Martin Jenkins, Jenny Bourke and Tony Ourris

Top right is a group picture of the committee which supports the development of Palmers Green Tales. The only person not present was David Williamson. We were lucky enough to interview Costas Georgiou, chairman of the Green Lanes Business association, this morning. Costas has had a very

busy life, arriving in the UK with £15 in his pocket, he managed to build up a number of diverse businesses and he really takes care of the interests of everyone who lives and works in Palmers Green, hear about how he is currently trying to get Enfield Council to listen to the views of everyone who lives here.

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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 Easter Egg Hunt Saturday 12th April Every Sunday 10-1pm Palmers Green Train Station car park Kings Market - Community Farmers Market Every Sunday 11-3pm Ashfield Parade, Southgate London N14 5EH Selborne Bowling Club A really friendly bowling club, situated at the rear of the Old Cherry Tree car park. Why don't you try it out and make some new friends? It's a great way of keeping fit and active too. There's free coaching and initially all equipment may be borrowed. Interested? Just ring Eric on 07766 743 233 or Louis on 07721 612 326 to arrange a visit. Enfield Veg Co. Our aim is to make locally-grown,

organic produce more accessible to people living in Enfield. We want to provide high quality fresh food that doesn’t cost the earth. We’re pleased as punch to announce our new collection point in Palmers Green. Starting on Wednesday 19th March, our veg bags will be available to collect from Baskervilles one of Enfield’s loveliest tea shops. email us at call us on 07713 488501 Poetry in Palmers Green Saturday, 12 April, 6.45 for 7.15 pm at the Church Hall, 1 Bourne Hill, London N13 4DA opp. carwash. Readers: Christopher James, Gordon Meade, Sharon Morris, Cheryl Moskowitz, Peter Phillips, Kaye Lee. Open mic. Refreshments. Compere: Myra Schneider. Books for Sale. A Night to Remember - Stevie Smith terrain. Parking in nearby streets. 329 bus from Wood Green.

Members of local band, The Vintage, started the Blues Club on Friday evenings at the Waiting Rooms Cafe at Palmers Green Station on Friday evenings nearly 10 years ago. 4 years ago we relocated to St Monica's Parish Centre on Cannon Hill, hence the name, St Harmonica's Blues Club. Often described as North London best kept Blues secret, it's now run by three of us, Dave Thomas, Simon Bennett and John Crowther and is attracting some of the best acts in the Blues, not just from the London area but nationally and internationally. Every Friday starting at 9.00am you can enjoy the best Blues in an atmosphere very similar to that of the great R&B clubs of the sixties, Studio 51, Crawdaddy and Eel Pie. Admission is free, yes free (although we will sell you a membership card for £2.00 which lasts for the whole of 2014), the bar is incredible value we just ask that, when the hat comes around, that you contribute towards the musicians' fees. All in all it's a very cheap night out, guaranteed to lift your spirits and a great way to start the weekend. Find out more at

David Williamson Tickets available at Anthony Webb's offices We are not screening at the Dugdale Centre in April so we only have one film this month “Sunshine on Leith” at the Fox in Palmers Green. April 23rd is St George’s Day, so to avoid any hint of English nationalism at Talkies we thought we would have a Scottish evening! Local musician Alan Craig will lead the charge with his band The Disclaimers giving a Scottish feel before and after the film. We also thought we would spice up the evening with a bit of an England/Scotland thing, maybe a quiz, possibly even a referendum! Who knows we might sway the course of British history! Sign up to our mailing list, book tickets and see the full programme for all Talkies events at:

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Sunshine on Leith is based on the sensational stage hit of the same name, featuring music by pop-folk band The Proclaimers. The film follows the stories of Davy and Ally, who have to re-learn how to live life in Edinburgh after coming home from serving in Afghanistan. Both struggle to learn to live a life outside the army and to deal with the everyday struggles of family, jobs and relationships. Live Music to match the mood before and after the film from our local outpost of Scotland, THE DISCLAIMERS Tickets £5 Book online from Talkies website or buy direct from Anthony Webb or Annita’s at Palmers Green station



Easter Activities with Noah’s Ark

Isle of Wight Produce by Karen & Keith Attrill,

Easter Eggstravaganza at Capel Manor Gardens Start date: End date: Time: Location: Venue: Contact: Details:

Friday 18 April 2014 Saturday 19 April 2014 11am – 4pm Enfield Capel Manor Gardens, Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield, EN1 4RQ Fundraising Team: 020 8449 8877

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Come and spend the day at Noah’s Ark’s annual Easter event at the stunning Capel Manor Gardens in Enfield. This perfect family day out will see you follow the Easter egg trail around the beautiful gardens and collect your chocolate Easter egg at the end* There will also be plenty of activities and entertainment so you can make a day of it. On both days there will be the traditional Easter egg trail, Egg ‘n Spoon races, face painting, arts & crafts, an Easter-themed pop-up photo studio, plus a special guest appearance from Baxterbear! *subject to supplies

Easter Treasure Hunt at Brent Cross Shopping Centre Start date: 7th April 2014 End date: 1st April 2014 Time: 10am – 6pm Location: Hendon Venue: Brent Cross Shopping Centre, Prince Charles Drive, London, NW4 3FP Contact: Fundraising Team: 020 8449 8877 Details: Come along and join the Easter treasure hunt at Brent Cross Shopping Centre during the Easter holidays.

To all our friends and customers in Palmers Green. We would like to thank you for all the support you gave us during our 10 years selling Isle Of Wight produce on Sundays at the farmers market. We started our own business at Palmers Green and it became our favourite market of the week. We regarded all of you as friends. Due to Keith now having a long term health problem, we are no longer doing any markets as Keith is taking early retirement. Thank you very much and we miss everyone. Good luck to all the stall holders still going strong. Yours sincerely Keith and Karen

28 March 2014 – 11 January 2015 Enfield Museum presents a FREE exhibition marking the centenary of the First World War.

Enfield Museum The Dugdale Centre, Thomas Hardy House 39 London Road, Enfield EN2 6DS FREE admission, exhibition open from: Friday 28 March 2014 to Sunday 11 January 2015 Monday - Friday 9am-5pm; Sunday 10am-1pm

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Palmers Green Jewel in the North Still hair today: Mr Mann’s artistic English salon Suzanne Beard of Palmers Green Jewel in the North tells the story of one of Palmers Green’s oldest businesses “Haircutting Shampooing Shaving Saloon’.”


“The unusual thing about this shop is that it also served as my grandfather’s studio as he was a prolific artist. Customers took in their photos or pictures they wanted turned into a painting, I have 9 of them – 7 on the walls and 2 in the cupboard (they are of me as a young child!). One is dated 1947 and all are signed “Mann”.

Andreas Sallas

We are getting used to constant change in Palmers Green. Shops come and go. Nail bars and betting shops seem to spring up overnight But delve further and you will find that there are still a few shops in exactly the same use in 2014 as they were one hundred years ago. We have now lost C A Phillips art shop and picture framers, run by the same family for 94 years until it closed in 2012. But honourable survivors include Seward’s funeral directors and WH Smith, both still in exactly the same premises they were in the early days of Palmers Greens Edwardian expansion and in exactly the same line of business. Andreas Sallas’s salon at 480 Green Lanes is another survivor. There’s been a hair salon on the same site, opposite St John’s Church, since before the First World War. Andreas bought the business in the 1970s and held on to its fixtures and fittings including the original ironwork and bowed windows until the shop was hit by a car some years ago. The driver was uninsured and Andreas’ insurance company refused to pay for restoration but Andreas still keeps the interior simple and classy in keeping with the shop’s old dignity. His 40 years in business means that many of the boys whose hair he first cut in the 70s now bring their own children in.

By kind permission of Elizabeth Hodgson

In the corner of Andreas’s salon there is a picture taken in the 1920s of a man and a boy standing proudly in front of the shop, then called Mann’s, the English Hairdresser. Andreas’ theory is that the unusual stress on English was because of the war - Mann was a common German name, and foreign sounding businesses could be vulnerable in the atmosphere of patriotic fervour.

“Frank Mann was married to Florence May and they had two sons (both now deceased) – my father, Leonard Francis (born 1910) and his younger brother Jack. My father became known as “Bill” and he played rugby (Saracens) and sang in choirs etc., later he held a senior post with the Northmet, which became Eastern Electricity and was based at Northmet House (formerly Arnos Grove in Southgate) for some years – I have memories of Christmas parties there and the impressive staircase. I have a couple of slides of the work being carried out on the frescoes on the ceilings (I hope they are still there).” Does anyone have Frank Mann’s pictures still hanging in their house, or remember visiting for a short back and sides? Elizabeth would love to know.

The picture was presented by Mrs Elizabeth Hodgson, granddaughter of the original owner Frank John Mann, now living in Barnet but with vivid memories of her family’s time in Palmers Green.

Mann’s hair salon today

“My grandfather, Frank John Mann lived in Hoppers Road and his hairdresser shop, now 480 Green Lanes, was formerly 52 ‘Promenade’ ” remembers Elizabeth. “My grandfather worked almost to his death in 1959/60. The shop had an interesting frontage with wrought iron – the sign above the door read

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Quality Floors Expertly Fitted LOCALLY By Russell Davies – Russdales Flooring Price Match Guarantee and North London’s Amtico Specialist As the days are getting longer and more light shines into our homes, we suddenly notice that some areas are not looking as good as they used to. Marks on paintwork are highlighted, scratches and scuffs on wooden floors cannot be ignored any longer and carpets that looked good enough for the winter hibernation, just don’t make the grade. So for many of us, our thoughts start to turn to the smartening up of our homes. Spring is here! The first area you will notice is the hallway and stairs, as this is the hardest working area of our homes and sets the tone for the rest of the house. It’s what your visitors see first when you welcome them into your home. So to add impact, you could consider laying down one of many striped carpets on your stairs. You could either use a bold or a subtle stripe to achieve the effect needed and the stripes will certainly complement any hardwearing hard wood floor that you may have in your hallway, be it wood, laminate or tiles. The carpet can be either fully fitted or made into a traditional

runner with the addition feature of some amazing stair rods or without. The choice is yours and we will be happy to advise on what would work best for your individual property. If you were to go for a bold stripe, it can sometimes be hard to imagine the impact you are able to achieve. By simply picking out a particular colour that reflects a favourite picture or painting or maybe compliments a stained glass window, it will look stunning. Top Tip for you; Striped carpets also have the added benefit of hiding most marks that can occur in a busy household to make your hallway always look good! At Russdales we specialise in striped carpets and stair runners and have a wide portfolio of photos of the floors that our reliable in-house team of professionally trained and highly experienced fitters have installed. The photos will give you added confidence of what certain carpets can look like and you will find them both on our website

and our Facebook page. Before you make any decisions we can bring a range of samples to you and offer general advice as to what will suit your style of living for all areas of your home. There are some amazing stripes out there and it’s really about how bold and different you want to be! As your local flooring specialist, our showroom is based on Green Lanes, within easy reach of Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill, so pop in and see us. We actually do a bit more than just carpets and also offer you a Price Match Guarantee. So for all your flooring needs be it Carpet, Wood, Amtico or Laminate, make Russdales your first port of call to be able to complete your spring clean. Like our Facebook page today and discover some great inspirational ideas, flooring tips and offers on Facebook - russdalesfloooring and more examples of our work at

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Fresh Design Flavours ... By Julia Sondack, Drapemasters Interior Furnishers

New life is being breathed into interiors this time of year and it’s inspirational and hopefully motivational to all those seeking to create their perfect interiors. A trend which is ubiquitous this spring/summer is the use of pastels and florals. They can be used in many a different manner depending on your style. They do not have to be sugary sweet or too country cottage you can adapt them to your own tastes. Soft lilacs, pale greens and blue hues with smatterings of pink can give a calm, sophisticated and timeless charm to any home. Pastels and florals are extremely versatile and can be used in various room schemes from stylised retro to vintage ditsy prints and everything in between. You can achieve a great eclectic look by layering with different floral mixes or adding in some candy stripes, plains or patchwork. For a more sophisticated look why not try plain pastels with the wonderful new Ikat fabric designs which are also making a big splash in the fabric world? If your tastes are more traditional there are gorgeous embroidered silk florals which work beautifully as

classic curtains on handsome poles with soft pastel velvets on your sofas. Why not finish this look off by dressing your sofas with some fabulous floral cushions? The key to all design schemes is to adapt them to your own comfort level and lifestyle. Take the elements you like and use them to add interest and wit to your home. And, if you need any help along the way then do feel free to contact Drapemasters Interior Furnishers for design, manufacture and installation of curtains, blinds, upholstery, cushions & throws. For further inspiration and advice please contact Julia or Lee at Drapemasters, designers, suppliers and installers of Interior Furnishings on: or call on: 020 8360 3082



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Charity in the Community Cypriot Elderly and Handicapped Group (Enfield) Also known as Cypriot Elderly and Disabled Group (Enfield) Office 4 Community House 311 Fore Street N9 0PZ Charity registration number 1065781 Email: Tel: 020 8373 6374 The Cypriot Elderly and Handicapped Group (Enfield) also known as the Cypriot Elderly and Disabled Group (Enfield) supports local older Cypriots and Cypriots with a disability in our community.

On Wednesdays we meet at Community House – 311 Fore Street London N9 0PZ – we socialise, have talks, tea coffee, play bingo and also participate in chair based keep fit from a qualified instructor.

Established in 1986 our goal is to help prevent isolation and depression, promote independence and wellbeing, provide information and guidance and act as an enabling and referral agency. The charity relies on volunteers and a small grant from Enfield council, donations and fund raising events, to run activities and provide services. We arrange 56 trips each year to churches, monasteries, the seaside and charge members cost price. We also have parties – Christmas dinner and dance, Easter party, birthday parties, kathara Deftera party, souvlakia party – any excuse for a party!

We are a friendly lot and if you want to join our club or know someone maybe a mother, grant mother, somebody you care for, maybe a neighbour who may benefit from our activities then please just come along to any one of our drop in centres. You will be made most welcome and if you decide that you want to become a member, then its just £5 a year.

We currently run 3 clubs a week. On Mondays we are at Ruth Winston Centre – 190 Green Lanes Palmers Green London N13 5UE, 12.30pm until 3.30pm. We have discussions, we socialise, have tea, coffee, and play bingo. On Tuesdays we meet at Reardon Court – 26 Cosgrove Court, London N21 3BH, where as well as socialising, tea and coffee, at 1pm we enjoy a nourishing hot 2 course meal.

Once you are a member we can help you with transport needs to and from our clubs as well as help with interpreting and filling in forms, we act as a referral agency and help you with any social security, disability entitlements you may be entitled to. We are also members of the Enfield over 50’s Forum– and that entitles our members to even more benefits and subsidies. If you would rather speak to someone before attending then please leave a message on our answerphone on 020 8373 6374 then either Mike will call you back and speak to you in English or Maroulla ( the chair) will call you back and

speak to you in Greek. All the above activities and organisation takes time and money and we are always looking for volunteers who may be able to spend a few hours each week to help. For example can you spend a few hours at one of our drop ins helping with tea, coffee or rearranging chairs and tables. Maybe you can help with taking the minutes at our monthly meeting either in English or in Greek. We are hoping to create and maintain a web site – with face book and twitter – can you help with that? Are you good at fund raising? Are you a professional who can maybe commit to 2- 3 hours a month and offer you legal or accounting or translation services for free? Whatever your skills or commitment we are sure you can be of benefit. If you are interested then please call us 020 8373 6374 and we will get back to you straight away. Our priority is to contact as many Cypriots in the community as possible who may be able to benefit from our activities if you are reading this article and know of anybody who this may be of interest then please pass it along – if you want this article or our leaflet in Greek then please phone/email and we will arrange it.

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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 have recently found out that my mother owns a timeshare property. If, and when she dies, do the fees or any costs in relation to it, fall on myself. If that is the case what steps can I take to avoid that situation? Firstly, you may wish to ask your mother if she has made a will and if she has, whether or not she has designated that you should inherit the timeshare property. The simplest way to avoid any problems relating to potentially owning the timeshare property is to request that your mother makes a will and specifies that the timeshare property is to be passed on to a different beneficiary. She should take proper legal advice on how this should be done because the possibility of you inheriting the property may still remain if, for instance, the specific beneficiary dies before you; unless such eventualities are dealt with properly. The second alternative is to enquire whether or not your mother still uses the timeshare property or intends to continue doing so in the future. If she is no longer using the timeshare, she may be better off simply selling it and using

the proceeds during her life time. However, should you inherit the timeshare property you may become responsible for the fees and costs relating to it. This is because in most instances timeshare agreements survive 'in perpetuity' and therefore the terms and conditions of the timeshare agreement remain binding on anyone who inherits it. Even if the beneficiary does not want the timeshare, he will still be liable for paying the yearly maintenance costs and any fees. Some timeshare agreements have a clause which requires the company to buy back the timeshare in the event that the original owner dies. Therefore, it would be sensible to carefully read the terms of your mother’s timeshare agreement to determine whether or not this will apply in your case. If there is no such clause then the beneficiary is entitled to reject the inheritance of the timeshare. This means that the timeshare and the liability for the maintenance fees remain with the estate. However, if you are a beneficiary and executor, rejecting the gift would not relieve you of all responsibility as you will continue having to perform these duties on behalf of the estate in perpetuity.

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Creative Exchange News Next event: Presenting your Products to Attract Customers – for Designer-Makers & Retailers A talk by Dan Maier covering the Principles of Visual Merchandising. An absolute must for anybody wanting to know how to stage and present merchandise to catch the shopper’s eye. Relevant for shops, stalls at craft fairs, trade show and markets. Monday 28 April 7.00pm–9.30pm at Baskervilles Tea Shop, 66 Aldermans Hill N13 4PP Price: £10 for non CE members; £5 for CE members and retailers participating in the Art Trail. Places are limited so is booking essential:

Who’s who at CE... the people who make it happen… Dan Maier set up and ran the first Open Studios & Art Trail in 2012. The network for creatives grew from this event with last November seeing the birth of a sister event - the Designer Craft & Art Fair. Alongside managing Creative Exchange and its events, Dan also runs her own design practice based in Southgate providing window displays for retailers. Her portfolio includes displays for Harvey Nichols, Heals, Wallis, Liberty and Peter Jones. Her lighting designs sold for over 10 years through UK retailers and abroad. When Dan stopped production, she was asked to mentor designer-makers, which she now does both privately and through Arts organisations. She’s helped over 400 people build their businesses. Dan’s USP is a rare combination of creativity and business nous, which is why her workshops and one-to-one sessions are so popular. People like to learn from someone who’s been there and done it and can prepare them for what they’re likely to encounter. “When you run your own business, it’s often so demanding it’s hard to take time out to review or think strategically. Seeing a coach or attending a workshop can really help. I’m hoping creatives and retailers, both established and new, will come to my talk on the Principles of Visual Merchandising and be inspired.” Business advice: Design services: email:

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

Sarah Core PGL I joined the CE network after visiting their Designer Art and Craft Fair in 2013. This vibrant, creative community brings together enthusiastic practitioners who produce high-quality and diverse work and I have already been able to find new audiences through my membership. I've been working with clay/ceramics for five years making a range of objects from public sculptures to luxury homewares, most recently completing a BA (Hons) in Ceramic Design at Central St Martins College of Art and Design. I am endlessly inspired by clay's potential, diversity and accessibility and my practice reflects this. I deliver consultations, conceive and deliver my own workshops and am often inspired in my studio work by the participation projects that I run. I have exhibited at Pangolin London in their season of Sculptural Ceramics and have worked extensively with winners of the Crafts Council's 2013 Craft Skills award, Clayground Collective, in their mission 'Project Clay'. I am delighted to be showing my range of luxury tableware at Anthony Webb. I sell small-scale pieces through curated online stockists, at art fairs and in open studios. Feel free to contact me, without obligation, to discuss commissions –

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