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Palmers Green LI FE May Edition Issue 15

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Mini-Holland • Locals have their say

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Conway Recreational Park, 1905

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welcome According to the National Association of Estate Agents, increasing numbers of buyers are willing to pay more than the asking price to secure their dream property. Its latest report indicates that the supply of housing on the market has fallen for the sixth consecutive month resulting in a 10 year low. As a result, in the UK, 19 per cent of properties sold for more than the asking price in March, nearly three times the figure in September 2013. In Palmers Green we are continuing to find that demand is out stripping supply and homes are being snapped up on “open days” at over the asking price. At Anthony Webb we specialise in selling property in the local area, our experienced staff can help guide you through the process and help you achieve the best possible price for your home in the shortest possible time. If you would like any advice or simply a chat, we would be delighted to hear from you. This month in our Past Times article we tell the story of the Conway Recreational Park. Anthony Webb are proud to sponsor their centenary celebrations on Sunday 29th June, find out more on page 7. Another exciting community event to come to Palmers Green is the Devonshire Road “Street Play” project on Sunday 1st June,

hopefully the first of many. Read all about their interesting story on page 3. Enfield council’s “Mini-Holland” cycle scheme continues to divide opinion amongst residents and local businesses. Personally I am against the scheme as it is set out at present, I believe it will have detrimental effects for our High street. See our opinion piece on page 13 and have your say.

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Tony Ourris Director / Editor at Large tonyourris@anthonywebb.co.uk

Martin McKelvey Office Manager martin@anthonywebb.co.uk

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Anthony Georgiou Administrator Assistant

Ellie Sales, Magazine Editor ellie@palmersgreenlife.co.uk

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Stopping traffic to let children play ............3 Green Lanes Business Association by Costas Georgiou ....................................4 Love Your DoorStep by Emma Rigby ...........4 FOR SALE – Cranley Gardens ....................5 Local Elections............................................6 Past Times, Conway Rec N14 ......................7 FOR SALE – New Park Avenue ..................8 FOR SALE – Rayleigh Road .......................8 FOR SALE – Hawthorne Avenue ................9 Hair Loss by Kiri from Fabulous Hair Company ..........................................10 Social Media by Garry Kousoulou .............10 FOR SALE – Park Avenue.........................11 News from Hazelwood School..................12 Mini-Holland your opinions matter ..........13 Anthony Webb Testimonials .....................14 Anthony Webb Showcase .........................15 Baskervilles blog by Diane ........................16 Savour the Season by Jason Sutton ..........16 Palmers Green Jewel in the North by Suzanne Beard ....................................17 What’s On, Local Events ...........................18 Talkies Community Cinema ......................18 Palmers Green Tales by Jenny Bourke .......19 Drape Masters by Julia Sondack ...............20 FOR SALE – Eaton Park Road ..................21 Russdales Flooring by Russell Davies .......22 TO LET – Conway Road ...........................23 TO LET – Hamilton Crescent ....................24 Property Matters by Kate Faulkner ...........25 Charity in the Community, Stroke and PAT ....................................................26 Your Legal Questions Answered by Fariz Uvais ...........................................27 Creative Exchange Network .....................28

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Stopping traffic to let children play Did you play out on the street as a child? It was commonplace in the 1970s and earlier; but now it's rare to see children out on the pavement near their homes, skipping or hopscotching or chatting to friends. Parents' fears of traffic and 'stranger danger' have driven children indoors. Outings tend to be only when adults have time to act as escorts in the park, or on play dates. The result? A generation who have little freedom, independence, exercise, and who – like their parents – often don't know their own neighbours. However, a scheme to change this trend is gathering momentum across the country. As residents of Devonshire Road in Palmers Green, we are proud to be the first street in Enfield to officially become a 'play street'! Our road will close to traffic for a couple of hours on Sunday 1st June, the first of a series of monthly closures to allow street play. Aiming to bring residents together – and to see the street as a social space, not just a rat run or a car park – the year-long programme is supported by Enfield council, who have granted us a 'Temporary Street Play Order'. Neighbours will act as stewards, redirecting traffic and only allowing residents' cars in and out at walking pace. Devonshire Road residents first organised a road closure for play in 2011, and again in 2012 for a street

party. On both occasions children were let loose with scooters, pavement chalks and skipping ropes. One neighbour says, 'It was amazing. The children were so excited to have the freedom of the whole road to play in, and I finally made friends with a neighbour who I didn't know, even though we'd lived opposite each other for ten years.' Another mum said, ‘I can’t believe that my son spent a whole afternoon running around on the street instead of playing on his XBox.’ After a difficult debate in the street with passionate opinions for and against, a vote involving every household returned a large majority in favour of the temporary play street order. The idea comes from 'Playing Out', an initiative started by two mums in Bristol four years ago. It quickly spread, including into London. London Play, a charity that promotes active outdoor play for children, has also supported residents in their efforts to establish regular play events. Many London boroughs already have such schemes – in Hackney, nearly 20 streets hold regular play street closures; Waltham Forest, Southwark, Haringey and others also have regular events; and London Play have advised almost every London borough in the last 12 months. They hosted a national conference in November last year, attended by Mayor Boris Johnson and MP Diane Abbott, and Devonshire Road residents were invited to address the delegates.

We hope that this idea will spread and inspire other streets in Palmers Green and the rest of the borough. Organising our play street has not only given our children a fantastic taste of freedom and fun outdoor exercise, but it’s been a powerful catalyst for friendship among neighbours, including those without children. We never dreamt before we started this that any street in London could become such a friendly place.

To hear more about the idea or to find out how you can organise your own play street, please get in touch: contact Richard Crutchley (bethsaysboo@gmail.com) or Clare Rogers (chocrogers@hotmail.com). You can also find lots of information at the Playing Out website, www.playingout.net.

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Green Lanes Business Association by Costas Georgiou I would like to thank all the families that joined in the fun at this year’s Palmers Green Easter Egg Hunt. A contrast to last year where blizzard conditions of -1c made the event a little less popular. Thirty Easter Eggs were placed in shop windows of businesses in Green Lanes and Aldermans Hill where up to 100 local children under the age of 12 accompanied by Parents/ Guardians donned their sunglasses in search for them. Thank you to Mark Brinkley, the owner of Bennett Walden Estate Agents, 54 Aldermans Hill, Palmers Green for sponsoring the event. The Mayor of Enfield, Councillor Chaudhury Anwar MBE presented the prizes, the winning child, Antony from Park Avenue N13 won the 1st prize, a Kurio Touch Tablet and 30 runners-up took home an Easter Egg. Green Lanes Business Association along with EBRA (Enfield Business & Retailers Association) organise these events to support our local businesses & to raise the awareness of how vibrant Palmers Green town centre is. The next event for your diaries is The Palmers Green Shopping Carnival on Saturday 5th July 2014 which will have a music theme where there will be local dance groups performing, bands playing with side shows, a bouncy castle & much more. If you have a talent and would like to get involved in the festival please contact me on 07943 198 198.

I am pleased to confirm that the GLBA (Green Lanes Business Association) finally received planning permission in April for our BRAND NEW, landmark 3- face clock to be placed at the triangle at the end of May, start of June. This exciting project has taken years to come to fruition following the felling of the old oak tree on the Triangle. I will keep you posted on further developments regarding our formal unveiling of the clock. I have been the Chairman of the GLBA for the past 19 years in which time I have been successful in implementing positive change in Palmers Green. This year I have decided to run as an Independent candidate for the Palmers Green ward as I believe that this position, should I be elected, will enable me to continue to pursue my commitment to the community. I am campaigning to improve the variety of businesses on our high street and reduce the number of betting shops, push for 30 minute free parking to help regeneration as well as fighting to keep our current parking that may be under threat due to the new “Mini-Holland” proposal set out by Enfield council. You can vote for me at your local polling station on Thursday 22nd May.

Love Your DoorStep by Emma Rigby www.loveyourdoorstep.co.uk Visit us on facebook As you read this, we will all have seen Easter come and go and this Easter, has been magnificent across the borough. Why? Because once again the business and local community came up trumps and collected over 1,600 Easter eggs for the local Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice appeal. I would like to make a special mention of Vic Smith Beds and Hobs Salon for not only collecting the most eggs but for getting into the spirit of things. All our businesses and people have once again proved how generous they are and that ‘community love’ is part of Enfield’s DNA. Another, special ingredient that we have oodles of in our locality is innovation! We have a long history of

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manufacturing and this area was once known as ‘London’s workshop’. Our strong industrial heritage lives on and the borough remains home to a number of large high-tech businesses and leading brands. Enfield is home to a tremendous breadth of businesses across all sectors and sizes…from pop up restaurants, yoga, cutting-edge beauty businesses to quirky coffee shops. This year I was asked to be a judge on The Borough of Enfield Innovation Competition 2014, which is now in its fifth year. During this time the competition has seeded new businesses, products and social enterprises, including Love Your DoorStep who was

a winner in 2013; and this year’s winners are worthy ones: Cyclefox.com, Beads & Bobbins, GBEMI. We have so much to be proud of…did you know that for example the first colour televisions were manufactured in Enfield or that the first ever cash machine was installed here? There is a plaque outside Barclays, in Enfield Town to commemorate this achievement. Enfield’s rich innovative legacy lives on. Enfield is still a hot house for great business ideas and true innovators, which all play their part in helping to regenerate our high streets and continue to invest in our futures.

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Conway Rec N14 The ‘Open Space' with an ‘Odoriferous Pond’ that became a Public Park

In 1908, the local paper, The Recorder noted: “Not far from Arnos Grove and the village of Southgate, the builders have found an ideal spot upon which to erect houses according to the most recent modern ideas. Southgate is one of the healthiest districts in this country … People are flocking in...” 'In 1902 the British Land Company (BLC) bought 130 acres from the sale of the Taylor Estate and house-building soon began. However, one piece of land remained undeveloped – 2.25 acres located between Cannon Road and Conway Road, N14 which in the years 1911 -1915 were rarely out of the local news.

In 1913 they again offered the land to the Council, but now local residents were petitioning the Council to buy in order to “construct a path for better ease of access” in one direction to the parish church, shops (and the Cherry Tree Inn!), and in the other, a shorter route to “Palmers Green Station and the business district”. Residents of Selborne Road also wanted a footpath to save the long walk to the railway station, but the developer of their road was adamant he wouldn’t sell land unless he could build on the Conway Road frontage. The BLC would not agree to this. There ensued a long saga of endless council meetings where councillors wrangled over the wisdom of purchasing such a hazard. BLC’s asking price of £600 was beaten down to £450, but the sale did not go through without many a hitch. The colourful details of Council meetings and Reports can be read in The Recorder. One meeting was even held at the Conway site – imagine the dozen or so members of the General Purposes and Lighting Committee, and the Parks and Open Spaces Committee standing on a warm September evening in 1913, all in their stiff collars, dark suits and bowler hats, with the malodorous wafts from the pond drifting across!

“Conway Pond, ours at Last” read The Recorder’s headline. “Amid cheers, possibly ironical, the Southgate Council received the news that the Local Government Board had at last sanctioned the acquisition of the famous Conway Road site and its odoriferous pond.” Thanks to the intransigence of the BLC in refusing to allow building on the site, a lovely piece of green space remains in Conway Road.

Daily Mirror Cartoon by D K Haselden 1916

Map of area in 1912 after house building.

In 1904 a road, planned to cross the site and join Cannon Road to Conway Road, was abandoned owing to the extensive and swampy pond at its centre. Residents of the surrounding highly desirable houses soon experienced the pond’s mighty stink and giant mosquitoes. The site was a health hazard: in 1911 the Medical Officer reported that, “a nuisance existed in Conway Road by reason of the foul condition of a pond on the property belonging to the BLC”. It was dangerous – several people, including ‘a servant’, fell in the water. Residents demanded action. The Council ordered the BLC to fence in the land and abate the stench. In 1906 the BLC had offered the land to a local developer who balked at the high price. However in 1911, wanting rid of its troubling plot, the BLC offered it to the Council as an “open space” for less than half the amount; the Council declined “with thanks.”

Mr T Melville. A worthy Councillor who helped to purchase Conway ‘open space’

Finally the decision was made to purchase the land and construct, pave and light a path between Conway and Cannon Roads and clear out “the famous pond.” Not everyone agreed: “It is a bad bargain at any price”, said Councillor. Frost; “it is simply throwing away £500, and there will be a continual charge to the district to keep it in order.” He objected to spending “so much for the sole benefit of people in the immediate neighbourhood” when so near to Broomfield Park and The Green. Eventually the purchase did go through and the final conveyancing was signed for £532-7-6d (equivalent to £52,000 today).

In 1916, however, in response to the war effort and the demand for self-sufficiency in food, 19 allotments were created on 1.5 acres of the land, which remained until 1923. The popularity of tennis in the 1920s led to the formation of the Conway Road Tennis Club which continues to lease this level land; the stone coping round the pond was constructed when its courts were laid out.

Conway Lawn Tennis Club 1st season 1926

The remainder of the open space is now a park that local residents can enjoy, with a safer, sweeter smelling, wildlife pond!

The Friends of Conway Rec are holding their centenary celebration, combined with ‘The Big Lunch’, on Sunday June 29th from 1-5pm at the Tennis Club and in the Park on Conway Road N14. Edwardian dress optional. All are welcome to join this community event.

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Hair Loss by Kiri from Fabulous Hair Company Hello, I hope you are all well and had a good Easter. Spring is definitely in the air and this month I am going to continue with last month’s subject about hair loss, the causes and remedies. This is the second part and if you missed last months article you can download a copy from our website or email me and I will send you a copy. Listed below are the different types of hair loss and I will conclude this subject next month with possible remedies.

Different types of alopecia Hair loss comes in a number of different forms. Listed below are the main types of hair loss and the characteristics of each type. • Alopecia Areata Used to describe hair loss occurring in patches anywhere on the body. • Alopecia Totalis Total loss of the hair on the scalp. • Alopecia Universalis Total loss of all hair on the body. • Alopecia Barbae Loss of facial hair (for a man) especially in the beard area. • Alopecia Mucinosa A type of alopecia which results in scaly patches. • Androgenetic Alopecia Also known as male pattern baldness. It is a thinning of the hair to an almost transparent state, in both

men and women. It is thought to be a hereditary form of hair loss. • Traction Alopecia Traction alopecia is usually due to excessive pulling or tension on hair shafts as a result of certain hairstyles. It is seen more often in women, particularly those of East Indian and Afro-Caribbean origin. Hair loss depends on the way the hair is being pulled. Prolonged traction alopecia can stop new hair follicles developing and lead to permanent hair loss. • Anagen Effluvium Chemicals such as those used to treat cancer generally cause this hair loss. Initially it causes patchy hair loss, which often then becomes total hair loss. The good news is that when you stop using these chemicals the hair normally grows back (usually about 6 months later). Other drugs also can cause hair loss. Many medicines used to treat even common diseases can cause hair loss.

• Scarring Alopecia A form of alopecia which leaves scarring on the area of hair loss. • Telogen Effluvium A form of hair loss where more than normal amounts of hair fall out. There is a general 'thinning' of the hair. Unlike some other hair and scalp conditions, it is temporary and the hair growth usually recovers. If you have any questions that need answering quickly, please email me at kc@fabuloushaircompany.com 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 www.fabuloushaircompany.com and click the Facebook icon to Like.

Social Media and protecting children online by Garry Kousoulou With the boom of both social networking sites and smart phones in recent years our children are able to connect with the wider world and communicate with friends instantly at the touch of a button. But even in the safety of your own home this virtual world can be dangerous and parents need to understand how their children are interacting on social networking sites, and be sure their children know what to do if they experience a bad or dangerous situation. Keep it private Don’t post anything on a social networking site which gives your real name, address, school uniform, phone number or which will allow a stranger to contact you in real life. Make sure you don't ID your friends either. Website such as Chatroulette, Tinychat, Omegle - and even the more innocent looking ones - such as Club Penguin and Moshi Monsters all may have predators waiting to pounce. Children can innocently and accidentally end up face to face with pornographic material and people doing inappropriate things. Protecting your tweets Did you know your child can be bullied at home? With the boom in social media, you could be sitting in your front room and still receive abuse from bullies at school or work. On Twitter you can choose to protect your tweets so that people can only follow you if you approve them first. This can help to remove certain people from trying to talk to you online.

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Location settings Many social networks like Facebook and Twitter allow you to post your location each time you tweet or post a status update.

• Don’t get into an argument or post offensive material • Don't get involved in others’ arguments online, this is called flaming and it can get nasty.

Inappropriate behaviour If anyone makes your child uncomfortable or embarrassed online, then leading a conversation between you and your children is important. I see it all the time; children are on social networks but have not told their parents. We need to face it social networking is a way of life for the young. It's particularly important to let your kids never to meet up with anyone who they have met online, if anyone suggests that they do this is a MASSIVE danger sign.

Social media is a fantastic way to keep in touch with friends, learn lots about news and current affairs. Used in a positive way it can be a research tool, a way to self publish a topic you are passionate about and an invaluable tool to find a job and network.

You can report bullying or abuse Facebook - click on their profile, then on the 'message' button dropdown and you will see the option to 'unfriend'. You can also block a person this way. Twitter - to remove or block someone on Twitter, click on the button with a head icon on it next to the ‘Follow’ button on a user’s profile. If you click on this you will see a menu with the options to BLOCK the user to prevent them from seeing your profile, and vice versa, and you can also REPORT FOR SPAM, which will alert Twitter to any users who are abusing the service.

Important Message to parents; Social media is here to stay - so come out of your comfort zone and learn what the kids are up to!

Garry is the owner of an award winning opticians, Good Looking Optics, in Enfield Town, he contributes part of the success of the practice down to the use of social media

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News from Hazelwood Schools by Ellie Sales Congratulations to all those that were allocated a reception place at Hazelwood School for 2014, we look forward to welcoming you in September. If you can’t wait that long we are holding our Summer Fete on Sunday 8th July between 12-4pm sponsored by Anthony Webb Estate Agents. This event is open to the community and we welcome all new starters to come and enjoy our Brazilian themed event, including free entertainment; Brazillian band, Brazilian dancers and a Capoeira display alongside games, crafts and plenty of food. Our fete’s are always well attended and a great way to get to know the school and its community. Our School Gardens Hazelwood school is positively blooming, thanks to the metropolitan public garden associations' kind donation of bulbs as part of its Bulbs for London campaign. Bulbs for London is an MPGA initiative in collaboration with Taylors Bulbs of Holbeach, a leading UK bulb company. The bulbs were not available until the very end of the planting season and so had to be planted as soon as they were received. Luckily for Hazelwood, the mild weather allowed for all the bulbs to be planted by the children during gardening club. Hazelwood has its very own growing corner, wildlife

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garden and (thanks to the MPGA's 'planting in the playground' scheme) numerous playground planters. These amazing outdoor spaces along with strong parental involvement have allowed Hazelwood to run a very popular gardening club during school break times. Hazelwood school is working with the RHS's campaign for school gardening and after a very successful 'get your grown ups growing' event last year have schedule another event to coincide with this years national gardening week (14th-20th April). One of the activities planned, is the planting of sunflower seeds as part of the RHS Britain in Bloom 50 years celebration. The sunflowers will be planted at the front of the school, so keep an eye out for them towards the end of the summer!

children will learn more about where food comes from, the impact of seasons, and develop entrepreneurial skills by selling their food directly to shoppers in Waitrose outlets.

We are also excited to announce that our children will be taking part in Waitrose’s national ‘Grow and Sell’ initiative. In association with the Waitrose farm on the Leckford Estate, “Grow and Sell” aims to inspire over 100,000 children across the UK to grow their own produce during the summer months. The

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Mini-Holland your opinions matter The new Enfield cycle scheme “Mini-Holland” has prompted a lot of conversation on local social media sites and local business forums over the past month, whether you are FOR or AGAINST the project one thing is certain it is simply not just black and white. Enfield Council's Mini Holland Bid document* outlines plans to remove the majority of the parking between Enfield Town and Broomfield Lane (south of Palmers Green), to put a 2 metre wide cycle 'superhighway' down both sides of the road. A public meeting was held on Thursday 24th April at the Intimate Theatre, chaired by David Burrowes, with Costas Georgiou representing Palmers Green businesses, to explain to local residents and businesses what Enfield Council is proposing to do along Green Lanes. The meeting was packed with around 120 attendees including council candidates, cycling lobbyists and a few worried business owners and local residents. The formal consultation won't take place until after the local elections, however as this bid had cross party support, it is important that people are aware now of what is proposed and think about the impact it could have if it goes ahead as described, when voting. Read what locals have to say regarding the proposed scheme.

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“If we can encourage cycling it will make Enfield a much more attractive place to live. Yes, segregated cycle lanes would be ideal...and we need improved public transport, but something is better than nothing. The only reason it may not work in Enfield is the determination some people have to stop it. I want more alternatives to driving, I want to see our borough doing its bit to cut pollution and I hope people can embrace a bit of positive change. Of course some people have no choice but to drive, but for those of us who do have a choice, this is great news and I hope it goes ahead.” Elly Zaniewicka - Freezywater

“Whilst I like the idea of making things easier and safer for cyclists in Enfield it must not be at the expense of our high streets. There are many groups that a bicycle will just not be practical. How would a mum with 1 or more kids be able to come to our shops? How would a mum with a new-born in a pram come on a bicycle? How would someone picking up their dry-cleaning take their items home on a bicycle? Would someone want to go home on a bicycle after spending a few hours and plenty of money having their hair done? These are some of many examples. I really feel that removal of our pay and display parking spaces will cost us our high street. I would assume that the occupants of any cars parking on the high street would spend on average £10 per visit which means that each parking space is worth at least £25,000 per year.(Based on 8 occupants per day, 6 days a week) There are 85 pay and display spaces in Palmers Green , therefore local shops could lose over £2 million per year at a time where they are already struggling to survive. What would replace the shops if they closed down due to lack of parking? More betting shops or just derelict empty shops covered in graffiti? We have already lost plenty of customers to the retail parks and supermarkets. Mini-Holland will be the final nail in the high streets coffin.” Tony Ourris Anthony Webb

“Retailers tend to fear that parking restrictions arising from cycle improvements will damage their trade, but they should be reassured that their fears are unfounded. Research conducted into similar schemes in central London and in cities like Bristol show that while customers arriving by bicycle spend less on each visit to the shops, they visit more frequently and actually spend more over a month than drivers. Opinion surveys also tend to show that retailers consistently overestimate the importance of car-borne customers to their trade - the proportion of customers arriving by car is in fact lower than they think.” Paul “I'm a mum, a local shopper and a big fan of PG High Street (I live on Devonshire Road). I strongly believe that local shopkeepers have nothing to fear and everything to gain from the Mini Holland scheme. I've been asking around, and a lot of research points to massive benefits to shopkeepers when town centres are more geared towards pedestrians and cyclists, even at the expense of drivers - strange but true. One 2011 study by Bristol City Council found exactly that. Building cycle tracks have helped businesses in the US, including New York - one study found a 50% increase in sales when a protected bike lane went in (as well as injuries halving).* For me personally, I know I will spend more time - and therefore more money - on the high street when I see it as a safe place to be as a pedestrian or on bikes with my kids. I'm sure, like me, Palmers Green businesses want our town centre to be attractive and safe for everyone I'd therefore urge them to give their close attention to the significant research done on this subject, and consider putting their weight behind the Mini Holland scheme. “ Clare Rogers - Palmers Green

*https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/americabikes/pages/211/attach ments/original/1351785187/2012-10-measuring-the-street.pdf

“Oh dear ... Just think how long all this will take and the total chaos the roads will be while it's done ... Enfield will be a no go zone .. Watch all the bikes vanish when it gets cold and rains ... The key is cheap public transport ... If bus fares were cheap and buses felt safe the rush to use them would reduce so much traffic ...” Jackie Drewett “As for it being "Little Holland" we are nothing like Holland, our roads are nothing like Holland and Holland is FLAT! I think most people realise that the 'consultations' held by the authorities when controversial matters like this occur, that will affect the people greatly, are no more than public relation exercises, which in the end allow them to put on their report that the people were consulted. The fact of the matter is that the authorities will do whatever they want regardless of the peoples wishes and needs (I cite what has happened to Chase farm hospital as a recent example). It is the sad truth that we, the people, have to suffer the consequences of the authorities bad decision making!” Roger - Enfield

* http://www.enfield.gov.uk/downloads/file/8765/enfield_councils_mini-holland_proposal

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Baskervilles Tea Shop Blog by Diane 66 Aldermans Hill, N13 4RE 020 8351 1673 mail@baskervillesteashop.co.uk www.baskervillesteashop.co.uk

Lemon Curd In May, we can finally, touch wood, be confident that the warm weather will be with us and we can enjoy the outdoors. Our garden at Baskervilles Tea Shop has burst into colour and more people are coming to sit and enjoy the tea and tranquillity. What better treat in this weather than a freshly baked scone with our home-made lemon curd? We received a huge number of compliments about our lemon curd on Mother’s Day so I thought I should share the recipe. It’s really easy to make as long as you keep an eye on it as it cooks. Lemon curd is always a hit with the kids and it’s gluten free so can be enjoyed by all the family.

• Grated zest and juice of 4 large lemons. • 175g/6oz butter at room temp cut into chunks • 175g/6oz castor sugar • 4 large free-range eggs • 1 level dessert spoon of corn flour

Directions: Lightly whisk the eggs in a large saucepan then add all of the other ingredients. Using a balloon whisk continuously whisk over a medium heat until the mixture comes to the boil and thickens. It should only take 10 minutes so don’t leave it alone. Lower the heat and simmer for a couple of minutes than remove from the heat. Pour the lemon curd into sterilised jars and cover. It will keep for several weeks in the fridge.

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Savour the Season In Pursuit of the Perfect Yorkshire Pud by Jason Sutton from the New River Restaurant Nothing elicits an ‘Ahhhh’ like the arrival of Yorkshire puds at a table. They are just eggs, flour and milk/water but I was surprised at the variation in recipes; some add two eggs to 250g of flour, while some add six! I decided to get a bit Heston! After a week of research, these are my findings: • Whisking the flour INTO the milk/egg mix breaks all the rules but seems to ensure a lump free batter. This whole ‘make a well in the flour and gradually draw in the eggs’ only works if you have a huge bowl and arms like a navvy. I have neither. • DO leave your batter to stand. It seems that longer is better for batter and the result is lighter, crisper puds. I've started making my batter the day before I need it. I'm guessing the starch cells in the flour swell. This seems to be true with sponge cakes too. • 180°C seems to be the best temperature. Much hotter and the edges of the pud start to char before the centre has risen. • IT is critical that the oil is very hot before you add the batter. • The bigger the baking tin, the bigger the risk of collapse. I use a non stick 12 hole fairy cake tin. • Yorkshires bake and rise according to rules of physics not yet discerned by science. Interestingly, some chefs tells you not to use the two central holes of a 12 hole tin to allow for better air circulation. There may be something

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in this. • Ignore any instruction that tells you a Yorkshire pudding can be baked in less than 20 minutes. Prue Leith indicates 15 mins at 200°C. I can only assume this is a typo. So this is my final recipe. Much will depend on the microclimate of your oven, on the size of your eggs, on your success with mixing the actual batter. But you'll probably end up with something crispy and edible that a passer-by would regard as a Yorkshire pudding. Heat the oven to 200°C. Put the pudding tin in the middle of the oven for about ten minutes until very hot.

half fill each cake hole (they're not called cake holes are they!?) and replace the tin in the oven. reduce the heat to 180°C and bake for approx 25-35 minutes depending on how much sog you like. 25mins for soft and yielding with a crunchy top, 35 for completely crisp. This amount of batter will make at least 24 Yorkshires, maybe as many as 30. They will all be eaten, if not during the meal, then afterwards, probably by a drunk person, with microwaved gravy. You know who you are. Jason is chef at the New River Restaurant, the Palmers Green supper club. www.newriverrestaurant.com

Whisk 4 eggs with 300ml milk. With the whisk running, add 250g plain flour in a smooth, continuous action. Add a very generous pinch of salt, a couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil or beef dripping and a big pinch of mustard powder (more like half a dessertspoon). You can leave out the mustard but I urge you to try it, especially if the puds are to accompany roast beef. Whisk until smooth, something like gloss paint. Put a dessert spoon of oil/dripping in each cake tin hole. Ladle enough batter to

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Where dinosaurs roamed, old ghosts groaned, and skaters found their home Suzanne Beard of Palmers Green Jewel in the North tells the story of Weir Hall, Tatem Park and evidence of prehistory found in Palmers Green just over 100 years ago. We are lucky enough to have lots of green space in and around Palmers Green: Grovelands Park, Broomfield Park and the secluded open spaces tucked away behind houses. There is one park which gets less attention than the others but has perhaps the most amazing story of them all - one that is intrinsically linked with the story of Palmers Green Tatem Park, at the bottom of Hedge Lane was formally opened by Mrs E A Young, Chairman of the Edmonton Urban District Council to great fanfare on 8 May 1937. The new park had been designed at some considerable cost by Thomas Mawson, a wellrespected landscape architect and the first president of the Landscape Institute, and included undulating grounds, a state of the art playground, a boating pond and a world class skating track, around which steep grassed banks formed a green amphitheatre. The new park was an exciting prospect for the children of Edmonton and Palmers Green. Reported the local paper: “A host of children…made straight for the playgrounds, the cycling track and the paddling and model yachting pools without waiting for the completion of the [opening] ceremony, and the speeches which followed were punctuated by their excited shouts and happy laughter.” The park was the fruit of a partnership between Southgate Borough Council and Edmonton Urban District Council, a fact so astounding to the local populace that it was described as a ‘romance of local history.’ Instead of competing for the park, as they looked set to do, the two local authorities had been persuaded by Alderman Ingram to jointly contact the Harman sisters who owned the land with proposals for a new park. The approach was successful, and the elderly Harmans agreed to donate the land provided that under no circumstances should it ever be used for any purpose other than as an open space or recreation

ground. And as the only surviving relatives of James Tatem, the last owner of Weir or Wyer Hall, of which the lands were once part, they asked that the park be named Tatem Park as a permanent reminder of their family. Once a prominent local landmark, Weir Hall had stood close to the junction of today’s A10 and North Circular roads and is known to have existed as early as 1340, when it was the property of the Wyerhalle family who had large estates in the area under Edward III. In 1610, it became the home of George Huxley, a merchant haberdasher of the City of London, who appears to have got it for a knock down price. Not much is known about the hall itself, though it appears to have been a moated, stately pile, particularly following Huxley’s extensive rebuilding, refurbishments and repair. It is also thought that the house may have come under attack in the civil war – the walls are said to have borne the marks of musket fire. The male line of Huxley’s ran out in the 1750s, and the property passed to Thomas Huxley’s daughter Sarah, and then on to relatives the Tatems in the 1800s. The hall is said to have been in a state of some dilapidation by then, and neither James Tatem nor his son appears to have lived there. The house was demolished in 1818 but still continued on in local legend. There is a story of a cook who murdered another servant, a bricked up haunted room, and sightings of a spectral white dog. The landscaping of the new park may have been due to the talents of Mawson, but the sunken shape of the park and undulating banks were the product of other processes. At the end of the nineteenth century the land which was to become Tatem Park had housed brick kilns which made the very brick which was used to build Palmers Green. The local council had also previously leased the land to dig gravel for local roads. But excavations brought far more to the surface than just building material – as the digging went deeper, through topsoil, clay and then gravel, new layers of geological strata were revealed, containing mysterious finds deposited from the ice age. The news of the discovery of mammoth bones hit the national press in 1913 – the full tally from excavations included the skeleton of a mastodon, remains of Indian and African elephants, a picture of a reindeer engraved on a mammoth tusks, flints and bone tools, the skeleton of a Longirostris (a kind of dolphin), and a skeleton of a Magatherium, a bear like large land mammal.

Park. It’s likely that the finds dispersed far and wide without ever being recorded, and indeed, there are probably a few homes in Edmonton and Palmers Green who unbeknownst to them, still have a relic of prehistoric times just a few feet away from their front door. Heather has long hoped that they will one day all be tracked down and exhibited to the public. In 1945 Edmonton Council bought adjoining waste land on the corner of Hedge Lane and the Great Cambridge Road to create the more formal Hollywood Gardens and the two parks became united in 1983 to create one continuous urban oasis from the traffic of the Great Cambridge Road. The roller skating track has recently been refurbished and has a modern, record breaking surface which plays host to many international and British championship races. In the park, the emphasis is on wildlife conservation and meeting the needs of children and families in the area. The hard working Friends of Tatem Park are currently in discussion with Enfield Council about the possibility of a new dinosaur themed playground to commemorate the history of the area. Like all friends groups, they aren’t short of enthusiasm but need more members who would be interested in helping them take the park into the next phase of its long life, and in particular help with fund raising and conservation. If you would be interested in getting involved why not get in touch? Email me at palmersgreenn13@btinternet.com and I will pass on your details.

These are just the finds we know about, however. “Workers in the gravel pits would take their finds home with them and use them as garden ornaments!” says Heather Frost of Friends of Tatem

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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 ellie@palmersgreenlife.co.uk

Trent Park Walks Trent Park’s exciting, FREE new walks programme and tours, developed and managed by Black Rainbow Events, will be led by experts with a wide range of subjects offering something for all ages. From April to October, the walks will cover subjects such as the history of Trent Park, evening bat activity, bird watching, survival and nature’s food walks and ending with a spooky Halloween tour. During ‘Love Parks Week’ (25th July to 3rd August) you will be blown away on a walk that follows the London LOOP footpath from Trent Park to Forty Hall, which will be co-led by a relative of Guy Fawkes himself! Alan Mitellas, Founder of Black Rainbow Events said “These events are all free. Bring everyone

along and join in these tours, a great way to spend a Sunday in beautiful surroundings, learn something new, and it won’t cost you a penny.” Leaflets are available in all Enfield libraries and the Enfield Civic Centre. The leaflet can also be downloaded from www.enfield.gov.uk or you can email enquiries to: blackrainbowevents@gmail.com 1st Annual Enfield Choral and Orchestral Festival Enfield’s first ever festival of classical music curated by Dr June Keyte MBE and Christpher Keyte 3rd May - 11th May at Palmers Green United Reform Church Tickets available from the Dugdale Tickets: 0208 807 6680 www.enfieldfestivals.com Skewbald Theatre Company proudly present their first Festival of Children’s Theatre in Enfield Town at The Dugdale Centre

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From 25 May - 1st June at the Dugdale Tickets: 0208 807 6680 Forty Hall - Music in the Park – Free live music and bring a picnic www.enfieldfestivals.com/event/details/music-in-thepark-free-live-music-and-bring-a-picnic/ Sunday 1st June 1-6pm Bring along a picnic and enjoy a fine variety of music performed by local artists. Children’s activities include face painting and headdress-making whilst mums and dads can enjoy the Pimms tent, with summer refreshments. Details at: www.fortyhallestate.co.uk/whatson/events/music_on_the_lawn Hazelwood Schools Brazilian Fete Sunday 8th June 12-4pm Hazelwood School, Hazelwood Lane, N13 5HE A great family day out with free entertainment including music and dancers, bouncy castles, games, crafts, food and plenty of fun for all! Mum2mum Market Baby and Kids Nearly New Sale Saturday 7th June, 2-4pm Highlands Village Hall, Florey Square, N21 1UJ

Tickets available at Anthony Webb's offices Buy your tickets early before they run out! NO - TUE 13 MAY 7.45, DUGDALE CENTRE, ENFIELD The year is 1988 after 15 years of Pinochet's dictatorship. The regime thinks that in a climate of increasing prosperity the electorate will want them to continue. With limited resources and under the constant scrutiny of the despot's watchmen, a young advertising executive hired by the opposition devises a bold plan to win a referendum and free their country from oppression.

Talkies is built entirely on the enthusiasm and commitment of volunteers; they introduce films, play live music, organise projection, take tickets on the door, design posters, market events, sell tickets – the list goes on. Even if you only have limited time, if you are interested in getting involved we want to hear from you. Check out the volunteers page on our website. ALL TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE:

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DJANGO UNCHAINED – WED 21 MAY 7.45, THE FOX, N13. Quentin Tarantino’s seventh film as writer and director is a deliciously indulgent pulp odyssey. It nods at the spare, brutal spaghetti Westerns made in Europe – but this film was shot on another continent, and might as well be set on another planet.

TSOTSI – THURS 19 JUNE 7.45, DUGDALE CENTRE, ENFIELD. Chweneyagae's powerful performance carries this simple yet searing tale of a shantytown teenager's redemption. Tsotsi is a teenager without feelings, hardened by his tough Johannesberg life. After Tsotsi hijacks a car, he finds that there is a baby on the back seat. The next six days bring about a change in him that couldn't be foreseen.

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Palmers Green Tales by Jenny Bourke We are on facebook www.facebook.com/groups/331208790354294/ Email us at palmersgreentales@gmail.com www.palmersgreentales.com We hope you are enjoying watching the interviews on our website, we are certainly getting lots of positive feedback face to face, it would be great to see more followers online though. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s simple to become a follower just click on where it says say hi and accept where it asks you to follow. We hope you like the interviews with Betty Martin and Costas Georgiou, two great personalities who know a lot about Palmers Green. We had a great audience when we spoke about the website at the Fox Lane Residents association and will be doing the same thing at the new U3A on 28th May at 2pm, at the Intimate Theatre, hope to see you there. This month we are building on our focus on local personalities and how they shape our area and we will be interviewing Gonul Daniels. We will be learning all about SWEAT and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fight for local school places for children who live between Green Lanes and Southgate. I was shocked to hear recently how difficult it is for local families to gain school places for their children and how some families are having to make very difficult decisions about schooling, making choices between, travelling long distances on a daily basis, moving house or

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by Julia Sondack, Drapemasters Interior Furnishers Julia@drapemasters.co.uk www.drapemasters.co.uk Wool is storming its way back and riding high in the flight to authenticity, provenance and environmental consciousness. Very much in vogue, traditional tweeds, plaids, checks and tartans are making a huge comeback for spring. Yes - they have been recoloured, refreshed and updated being in high demand not just in the realms of fashion as worn by the likes of Madonna and promoted by Downton Abbey, but also in the soft furnishings and interiors world. And the very best bit is that some of these are actually from British sheep and are still woven and produced in this country! In addition to the fabulous look wool lends to furniture and drapes there are also many benefits and unique properties that it possesses: 1. Wrinkle resistant - It has a natural crimp that allows it to return to its shape even when stretched by up to 30%. 2. Balanced thermal insulation properties - Meaning it is warm in winter and cool in the summer. 3. Hypoallergenic - Resistant to bacteria, mould and mildew that can trigger allergic reactions. 4. It absorbs harmful pollutants - As well as absorbing these it also retains them. It’s estimated when used in interiors they can help purify the air for up to 30yrs. 5. Dust mites don’t like wool - Not favourable for the little mites’ survival due to microscopic pore structure. Great for asthma sufferers. 6. Anti – static - Low static because of natural fibres thus

does not attract lint and dust as easily – stays cleaner longer. 7. Easily cleaned - The outside surface of fibre consists of overlapping scales which means dirt sits on surface and therefore easily removed. 8. Naturally flame resistant - Difficult to ignite, low flame spread and heat release. 9. Naturally renewable fibre - Each year sheep grow more! 10. Eco – friendly and sustainable - Naturally biodegrades, entirely renewable and sustainable. 11. Quality built in - Naturally resilient fibre giving a lifetime of quality. It is well worth seeking sound advice on how to use wool in furnishings. Drapemasters will ensure flawless fitting is carried out after making your curtains and blinds, safeguarding manufacturers’ warranties and will delight you with their extremely high upholstery standards.

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Quality Floors Expertly Fitted LOCALLY by Russell Davies – Russdales Flooring Price Match Guarantee and North London’s Amtico Specialist Wood floors have become the must have thing for modern busy houses with the benefits of a beautiful natural look with each piece being as individual as the tree it came from. The options available are endless, with thicknesses from 14mm to 21mm, widths from 120mm to 300mm, fixed lengths to random lengths, natural oiled or lacquered finishes, as well as a host of colours, from fresh white washed to rich dark ebony. Which one will be the perfect match for your individual room or hallway? With endless styles to choose from, one of the biggest advantages of real wood is the ability to re-sand when it gets damaged or looks a bit tired. Below are some of our Top Tips for looking after wood floors: • Always have a barrier mat at the front and back doors to trap dirt as it comes into the house. • Put felt pads under chairs and tables to stop scratches when they are moved. We’ll give you

an initial complimentary FREE pack of these after we’ve installed your floor. • Never get the floor too wet • Sweep floors daily and only wash when really necessary • Real wood floors should not be the first choice for wet areas A real wood floor can last 20 years or more if looked after and we will offer a standard 20 year guarantee too. At Russdales we have a wide range of styles and finishes to choose from 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 wood 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 wood finishes 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. Bring in your room sizes and we’ll be able to give you as rough estimate there and then. We actually do a bit more than just real wood floors 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 www.russdales.co.uk/portfolio.

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Property Matters Kate Faulkner is one of the UK’s leading property analysts Visit her at www.propertychecklists.co.uk

What is a normal market for London and what a bubble really looks like! The latest headline from the Evening Standard claims London is in the 'biggest bubble ever' with regards to property prices. As usual, this is pure sensationalism based on no evidence at all, bar some comments from the Prince of Wales, Shelter and a broker, coupled with research from the Discovery Channel.

• There was a view that property prices would always go up

But in 2014 things are very different:• Self certification mortgages will go when MMR comes in, in April • Most mortgages are now repayment

Personally, I prefer to trust organisations like the Land Registry which has property prices going back to 1995 online, sold property prices which go back to 2000, and companies who know their data, such as Savills and Hometrack.

• 95% is the highest you can typically secure for a mortgage

So what's a normal market for London and outside of London?

• People know prices can come down as well as go up

On average, London prices, since 2000 have increased by 7% year on year, so that's throughout a boom and a crash. The highest increase year on year was 29% which happened in April 2000. Outside of London, since 2000, property prices in most areas have increased by around 6% per year, again throughout a boom and crash. The highest increases year on year were 42.7% which happened in Liverpool, in July 2004! What’s a bubble? Well this is classed as a time when prices are increasing at an 'unsustainable rate'. In other words, properties are being sold at artificially high prices, and something is going to happen which will burst the bubble and bring them down.

• The new build properties previously sold at huge costs are now being sold for up to half the price

There is also five years of pent up demand - and buyers who have saved far more than would have done in a normal market, so it's not a massive surprise that there is so much demand in London while prices are being seen to rise. But this excess demand is short term - it is likely to last a year or so, perhaps even slowing by the end of 2014. So in reality, things are VERY different in 2014 versus 2007 and the Evening Standard article doesn't explain any of these differences. And when you look back in history, the price increases related to a bubble were 30% plus year on year, so we are nowhere near these kind of levels. Does this mean these price rises are sustainable?

In 2007, this included:• Interest only mortgages • Self-certification mortgages were rife, with no checks • Mortgages being offered at 125% of their value • New build properties being sold in city centres at twice the price existing properties were selling for

No it doesn't, but it does mean the rise in prices is unsustainable, which is very different to there being a bubble. Price increases in London are expected to slow down come 2016/2017 to around 3%, away from the current 5-10% we are seeing.

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Charity in the Community Stroke survivors ‘Stroke & PAT’ their way to improved health with animal assisted therapy Lottery funded ‘Stroke and PAT’ project offers highly innovative, and motivating, therapeutic opportunities for stroke survivors to incorporate PAT dogs into their rehabilitation treatment programme. It is a collaborative venture between the national charity Pets As Therapy, founding Director of Stroke Rehab Dogs, Sallie Bollans, and the Ruth Winston Centre, London N13. Sallie, who is also an active member of the Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS), has used PAT dogs in Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) to work with stroke patients within the NHS for 8 years. Initially inspired by working with PAT dogs Izzy, Arthur, Scrumpy and Blue, Sallie is now keen to develop the initiative to reach stroke survivors within the community. Pets As Therapy have worked closely with her to gain lottery funding, and Sallie has founded Stroke Rehab Dogs to develop the ‘Stroke and PAT’ project. The referral led service will be based in the Ruth Winston Centre, a community centre in Enfield which has been working with the Stroke Association to facilitate a monthly Stroke Advice Clinic. Sallie said, “I started working with the founding PAT team, Paula and her English Setter/Collie cross, Izzy, 10 years ago. During this time, I have observed the positive benefits that the presence of a dog can produce within a multi-disciplinary therapy programme in neurological rehabilitation. The impact is so positive, that I was inspired to partner with Pets As Therapy, to start the Stroke and PAT project. I wanted to provide innovative and motivating therapeutic opportunities for stroke survivors of all ages and backgrounds who have specific rehabilitation goals, and who would benefit from the beneficial effects of working

with companion animals. I am thrilled to have finally launched the project.” Pets As Therapy, Chief Executive, Lisa Coles said “We are very excited by the new ‘Stroke & PAT’ initiative. Sallie has been working with PAT dogs for several years to help stroke survivors and it is great to have the opportunity to offer it to a wider audience beyond the hospital environment.” Research has suggested that introducing a companion animal into the therapy session can result in patients feeling "more at ease, more communicative and motivated to engage in therapy" (Boris Levinson - "pet-facilitated therapy"1969). Based on the power of the human-animal bond, AAT can be utilised by Occupational Therapists, Speech, and Language Therapists, Physiotherapists and Psychologists to facilitate improvements in the five functional domains of physical, emotional, and psychosocial health, cognitive function and communication skills. It offers patients a unique opportunity to relearn everyday skills without realising the full extent of the effort being exercised, and, due to the non-confrontational nature of the interaction, anxiety levels decrease and the patient can feel encouraged to be creative and spontaneous. AAT also enables stroke patients to express assertiveness and to take control of a situation instead of playing a passive role, by allowing them to be the ‘carer’ of the needs of the dog. Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is defined as a "goal directed intervention where there is a specific therapeutic end in mind, such as improvement of language skills, increased attention

span or to increase awareness of sensation and body position where the animal plays a key role in meeting the specific criteria." (Gammonley et al., & The Delta Society 1997). Pets As Therapy is a national, community based charity, founded in 1983, providing therapeutic visits to establishments such as hospitals, hospices, special needs schools, nursing and care homes from volunteers with their pet dogs. Today there are over 5,000 active PAT dogs working throughout the UK. Every week visiting PAT teams bring comfort and companionship to 1,000’s of people, both young and old, by giving them the opportunity to interact with one of these calm and friendly pets. Pets As Therapy also work with practitioners to help people overcome dog phobias and have a programme called Read2Dogs, founded in 2010 to help children in classroom settings improve their literacy skills as well as increasing their confidence and enjoyment of reading. Pets As Therapy receives no government funding and relies totally on the generosity of supporters. The Big Lottery Fund, the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery. The Fund is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK. Since its inception in 2004 we have awarded close to £6bn. The Fund was formally established by Parliament on 1 December 2006.

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Your Legal Questions Answered by Fariz Uvais Fariz Uvais is a consultant in the law firm Harper & Odell. Write in and ask your legal questions. Fariz will try and answer your questions in Palmers Green LIFE each month. Send your questions to Harper & Odell, 61-63 St John Street, London EC1M 4AN or by email to farizu@yahoo.com.

I have a tenant who owes me £1800 in rent arrears. I had an AST drawn ten months ago, he said that he would pay a deposit, none was received but I accidently put on the contract that he had paid a deposit. The contract expires in July and I certainly don’t want him there after that date. I am willing to forfeit the rent if it means getting him out. I was thinking of putting £800 in a deposit scheme of my own money, registering this with the Government deposit scheme, and then going via the Section 21 accelerated possession proceedings route. What is the best way of dealing with this tenant? I am assuming that the monthly rent is £800, in which case the tenant is over two months in arrears of rent. Therefore, you are able to serve a Section 8 notice (under the Housing Act 1988) giving him two weeks’ to pay the rent arrears and if he fails to do so, then issue possession proceedings immediately thereafter. The advantages of

taking this route are: firstly, there is no need to wait until July to initiate possession proceedings, you may do so two weeks after service of the Section 8 notice; secondly, you will be able to obtain a judgment against the tenant for the rent arrears; and thirdly, you will be able to get a possession order if there is at least two months’ rent in arrears as at the date of the Court hearing. The problems relating to the rent deposit are not relevant to this route. Please note that a Section 8 notice must be given in a prescribed format and therefore it would be sensible to obtain professional help in having one prepared. If you still wish to proceed under the Section 21 route, then it is certainly not advisable to put your own money into a tenancy deposit scheme and to pretend that the tenant has given a deposit when in fact he has not. You will have to explain to the Court that the note on the contract was in error and that a deposit was never paid. It would then fall on the tenant to produce evidence to the contrary, which of course he would be unable to do.

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The Open n Studios and an nd Art Trail Trail gears g up for its s third spectacular specta acular year! Sat 7th & Sun S 8th June 10.30am – 6pm Meet 44 creatives creatives s showing exquisitely exquisittely made contemporary cra aft and original works wo orks of art craft in 25 venues. This June, for the thir third d year running, artists, de designers esigners and JYHM[ZWLVWSLPU:V\[ONH[LHUK7HSTLYZ.YLLU^PSSVWLU[OLPY JYHM[ZWLVWSL PU :V\[ONH H[L HUK 7HSTLYZ .YLLU ^PSS ^ VWLU [OLPY This studios to the public. Th his popular local event is FREE. F open around there Artists’ studios will be op pen for you to wander ar ou und and ther e design You’ll will also be art and desig gn on show on local high str sstreets. eets. Y ou’ll o artists direct from be able to meet the ar rtists and makers and buyy dir ect fr om There are more exhibitors greater them. Ther e ar e mor e ex xhibitors and an even gr ea ater variety of year.. Handmad Handmade furniture, sculpture work this year de fur niture, e basketry and sculptur e will knitwear, millinery,, be on show as well as knitwear k r, lighting, textiles and a millinery WS\ZÄULHY[JLYHTPJZNSHZZHUKSLH[OLY^HYL>L^PSSHSZVOH]L WS\Z ÄULHY[ JLYHTPJZ NSHZZ N HUK SLH[OLY^HYL>L ^PSS HSZVOH]L some new tucked-away explore y venues for you to explor e – discover a X\PYR`H^HYK^PUUPUNVMÄJLZWHJLPU:V\[ONH[L[OH[»ZOVZ[PUN X\PYR`  H^HYK^PUUPUN VMÄJL V ZWHJL PU :V\[ONH[L[OH[» [ Z OVZ[PUN creatives… four cr eatives…

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