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Palmers Green



May / June 2016 Edition Issue 30

Cypriot Wine Festival • Alexandra Palace 25 and 26 June

Homelessness in Enfield • Year round assistance for the homeless

NEW Palmers Green Community Art Gallery • Supporting local Artists

The Cherry Tree, one of the oldest Inns in the area

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welcome According to the Nationwide Building Society the average UK house price has exceeded ÂŁ200,000 for the first time last month, and a typical home in northern England now costs less than half of one in the south. Across the UK generally, the year-on-year rate of house price growth accelerated to 5.7%, the fastest pace since February 2015. A 3% stamp duty surcharge for buyto-let investors, which came into force on 1 April, would have contributed to this price rise. Over the last two months in Palmers Green we have seen a rush of new properties coming onto the rental market, this is due to the fact that more landlords than normal bought before the 31st March deadline to avoid the additional stamp duty tax. Despite this we have not seen a decrease in demand from tenants. I feel the local rental market is still very strong and I predict that rental prices will continue to rise over the year. If you are an existing landlord or have a property that you are considering letting out and want a current rental valuation please do not hesitate to contact a member of my team. This month we say goodbye to Anthony. He has become a valued member of our team over the past 4 years. We wish him luck as he takes up a new position, having recently qualified, as a quantity surveyor in September for Brookfield Multiplex, a leading UK contractor. I am very proud of the fact that he chose a career path in the property industry after joining Anthony Webb as a Saturday person and now he will be working for the firm that was involved in building Wembley Stadium. We will miss you Anthony. We would like to congratulate Talkies on their outstanding Here Film Festival, a real cultural delight, organised solely by volunteers. It was a pleasure to be able to support them through sponsorship. We are also supporting Hazelwood School in their fundraising by sponsoring their Summer Fete on Saturday 12th June. Pop down to enjoy a petting zoo, a Brazilian band, a second hand bike shop, games, bouncy castles and much more, it's definitely an event not to be missed this summer in Palmers Green. Please also save the date for the Palmers Green Shopping Festival that will be held on Saturday 2nd July, it's a great opportunity for the local community to come together and celebrate our high street. Finally, May sees the launch of our new Community Art Gallery, find out more information on page three.


Tony Ourris Director Anthony Webb Estate Agents

Tony Ourris Director / Editor at Large

Martin McKelvey Office Manager

Lee Sargent Senior Sales and Lettings Negotiator

Theo Kyriacou Sales and Lettings Negotiator

Maria Stafford Property Manager

Emily Berry Property Manager

Panayiota Kyriakides Administrator

Anthony Georgiou Administrator Assistant

Contents The new Palmers Green Art Gallery ....................3 Anthony Webb Properties FOR SALE .............3 The end of an era - Cobblers Corner ...................4 Homelessness in the Borough of Enfield by Fr Stephen ......................................................4 Past Times The Cherry Tree by Gary Boudier ........5 Councillor's Corner by Cllr Bambos Charalambous ............................6 Parliamentary Comment by David Burrowes MP .......................................6 Anthony Webb Properties FOR SALE & LET ..7 Love Your DoorStep by Emma Rigby ...................8 Enfield Chamber Orchestra by Sally Issacs ..........8 Kidz Biz has changed........................................10 Raking it in by Jan Thompson ...........................11 Palmers Green Alice Nursery.............................11 Cypriot Wine Festival & Business Expo 2016.....................................12-13 How to gain possession of your property when things go wrong ...............................................14

Buying property in a limited company by Alex Chrysostomou ...........15 How to prepare for your move by Safe Removals..............................................16 Opatija by Mike Prior at Scott's Travel ..............17 Anthony Webb Properties FOR LET ..............18 Discover a rare luxury by Fabulous Hair Company ...............................19 Living with back pain? Amatsu Therapy ...........19 Creative Exchange News ..................................20 Palmers Green Tales..........................................20 Bringing job opportunities to our community, Home care Preferred.........................................21 Talkies Community Cinema...............................22 News from Broomfield Park..............................22 In the Garden with Paul Knight ........................23 Capel Manor Open Day ....................................23 Zebras Childrens Club C.I.C ..............................24 Your Legal Questions Answered by Fariz Uvais....................................................25 Chapman Pieri Special Feature ....................26-28

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

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The new Palmers Green Community Art Gallery by Tony Ourris I am very excited to announce the launch our new Palmers Green Community Art Gallery this May at our office on Green Lanes. Over the years Anthony Webb have always supported local artists both in the magazine, in our office space and through our sponsorship with the Creative Exchange and, following our recent office refurbishment, we have launched the new Gallery. It is free for artists to exhibit, we only request that a 10% commission of any sale is donated to a local charity. I invite you to pop in at any time to view the artwork on display and support our fabulous local talent.

It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to Kelly O'Gorman, our first exhibitor. Kelly first graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a Bachelor of Arts in 3D Modelling and Animation; from here she continued her studies with a Masters Degree in Digital Practices in Design, graduating in 2004. However it was after graduation that a desire to escape the computer and return to hand drawn imagery, led her to start on her journey as a visual artist. Kelly’s elaborate doodles entice the viewer into another world, not always apparent at first glance. Her work is an insight to her thoughts and imagination; this coupled with her immaculate drawing skills is the reason we have chosen Kelly as our inaugural artist.

Kelly says "It all began with a small picture I drew 15 years ago (aptly entitled Doodle) which was blue biro on a sheet of A4 paper. I came across this drawing 10 years later and it really stemmed from there. My work is mainly black ink on paper or board, it seems to have got a lot more colourful lately, I suppose it’s a reflection of what’s happening in my life at that time. As I work in ink straight to paper, there’s no room for error, but if something unintentional happens I just go along with it and the artwork takes its own direction. The process of creating a picture has its up and downs, when it's going well it’s great, then other times I may feel like I've lost it and it’s not going to work, but I keep going and it always comes together in the end. My influences are varied, but at the moment I'm taking a lot of inspiration from the natural world and also old ephemera or objects of curiosity that I come across through my parents second hand shop."



To find out more bout Kelly please visit her web site If you are an artist or know someone that may wish to exhibit please ask them to e-mail me, Tony at or call me on 020 8882 7888.



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The end of an era for Cobblers Corner by Ellie Sales I am sure many Palmers Green residents will recognise Zack Kadis, known fondly by his friends as Akis. For the past twenty years Zack has successfully run Cobblers Corner located at the top of Hedge Lane. Unfortunately he will be closing his doors for the last time in the coming month. I popped in to catch up with Zack and find out a little more about why, at the age of 52, he has decided to close the business. Did you always want to be a Cobbler? No, in fact in my teens I was keen on Judo and at the age of 16 I came 3rd in England’s Judo Championship. After leaving school I trained as a hairdresser and spent my youth working in local salons. In my late 20’s I wanted a change of career and was offered an apprenticeship here at Cobblers Corner, with its previous owner Costas Georgiou. I am very thankful to Costas, he was a great mentor, as was his wife Angela who was a teacher at my school. Costas spent two years training me on the skills required to be a cobbler, now considered a dying trade, and I took over the lease of the shop in 1996. How has the business changed over the last 20 years? I was fortunate to inherit a great client base, something that I continued to build over the years. With many loyal customers I gained great satisfaction bringing old shoes and handbags back to life. Repairing is only part of the job, polishing up shoes and bags is just as important. My business has been impacted over the years by relatively minor changes such as the re-location of a bus stop that

was previously on Hedge Lane to around the corner. This decreased my footfall and had a negative effect on my business, as did the introduction of parking restrictions along the high street many years back. People’s attitude to repairing shoes has also changed a great deal over the last twenty years. Nowadays people throw out shoes that could easily be repaired in favour of new ones, perhaps because shoes are cheaper. I have often donated shoes, sometimes very expensive ones, to the local homeless and local charity shops. I am thankful to all my loyal customers, without whom I would have considered closing the shop sooner.

What plans do you have for the future? I am looking forward to taking a break although I have already started volunteering at the Cancer Research shop in Palmers Green. There is a great mix of people that volunteer of all ages and nationalities and I hope to gain employment working for the charity in the future. Do you have any parting words? I would like to pay special thanks to my family, my three lovely children and my beautiful wife of 16 years, Irene who has supported me and continues to do so at this difficult time. Farewell Palmers Green I will miss you all. Zack at work, credit: Jim Obee

Why have you now decided to close? Ultimately I am closing due to poor health, I have recently developed a lung condition that is exacerbated by the fumes generated from the glues and rubber I use in the shop. What will you miss here in Palmers Green? I love Palmers Green and continue to live locally, I will miss all my customers, many of whom have become my friends and I will miss the freedom of running my own business.

Homelessness in the Borough of Enfield by Fr Stephen at St John's Church I have been a Vicar for 12 years, four of those at St John's Church. Prior to being a Vicar I was a nurse working in Intensive Care at St Bart's Hospital. I had wanted to be a Vicar since I was 13 and went into nursing to gain experience of working with people first. To me it's all about showing God's love in action. On January 4th this year Churches Together in Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill (CTPGWH) ran a Winter Night Shelter at the St John the Evangelist Church Hall. Some time back David Burrowes, our MP, held a meeting for local people who were interested in looking at the issue of Homelessness in the Borough of Enfield. At the time Enfield was one of only six London boroughs that didn't run a Winter Night Shelter. So after lots of planning we were finally ready to start shopping. After some fundraising to buy the air beds, bedding, toiletries etc. and having put a request out to local churches and on local community websites for volunteers we were ready to go. There were seven churches around the borough used as shelters and the number of guests per night was set as 12, based on the size of the smallest venue. We hosted the guests on a Monday night. The guests would arrive and warm up over a hot welcoming drink, or head straight for the shower. An hour later the food was ready. Three courses, soup, main and desert. The volunteers and guests


eat together. The guests were usually very tired from walking around all day and would usually get ready for bed straight after dinner. In the morning they were given breakfast and the Church Hall was once again prepared to become a nursery. We had over 60 volunteers during the three months the shelter ran. They either set up the beds, the dining area and dinner, stayed overnight or came in the morning to sort breakfast and to clear everything up. Then all the bedding and towels were taken to the local laundrette ready for the following week. During the shelter season half of the guests, at various points, were housed which meant additional homeless people could join the shelter. On behalf of CTPGWH I would like to say a big thank you to each of the volunteers, who were people from local churches and people of no faith, all working together for the benefit of those in need in the local community. A special thank you to Jenny Godfrey and Catherine Holton for coordinating everything.

Since the winter night shelter season finished, just before Easter, there have been four different people sleeping in the porch of my church porch. This proves that homelessness isn't just a problem in the cold winter months, but a problem that affects people all year round. The next step in developing the winter night shelter is to try and create support all year round for local homeless people. To that end we are going to try and work with developing The Enfield Homeless Resource Centre. For this we will need to fundraise. If you would like to contribute to the fundraising please contact me via email

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The Cherry Tree by Gary Boudier Information in this article is based on a book written by local historian Gary Boudier. Gary also runs a popular historical facebook group called Enfield Past & Present in Photos. The Cherry Tree is one of the oldest Inns in the area and is thought to date back to the late sixteenth century. Over the years it has seen many changes to its façade, at one time it had 17th century weather boarding, 18th century brickwork, 19th century windows and 20th century porches and extensions. One thing remains, its position in the community as a great meeting place. The Cherry Tree, and the Green, used to be in the hamlet of South Street. Until 1806 South Street and Southgate were separate communities, but by mid-1820’s they merged and South Street became High Street. The site of the Cherry Tree was owned by the charitable trust of Valentine Poole, which was established to benefit the poor of Barnet and there are rental records of the Cherry Tree going back to 1721. It was noted for its skittles alley, a traditional pub game played with nine pins, and was used by several friendly societies, the first being the Loyal Britain society, which met there from 1800 to 1833. The Inn was an important post coach inn; coaches would drive through the entrance on the left into the courtyard for their passengers to disembark and enjoy refreshments and overnight accommodation whilst the horses would be stabled ready for the coachmen to resume their journey north the next morning. During the 1860s it was a favourite destination for east end traders, they would make their way to the inn for tea in the gardens, and at the same time, pigeon shooting matches would be arranged. Captain Wade, a retired sea captain who was landlord in 1888, was responsible for planting a cherry tree on the ‘island’ in front of the building after being confronted by a customer who had wanted to see the 'cherry tree' that the inn was named after. The tree stood for 57 years until, in October 1941, it was blown over by a gale. A well known character in his day was blind Phillip Irish the Ostler who looked after the horses at the inn. It was claimed that he could name the owner of the horse by running his hands over the animal’s head. He was in great demand on foggy nights because he knew the district so well that customers would ask him to guide them home, he also went to the train station to guide passengers home for a small fee, it was noted the he could earn up to £3 a night, a job he retained for over 20 years.

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In 1895 the owner of the inn, George Bolton, sold out to the Highbury Beer Co. They in turn sold the freehold too Taylor Walker & Co. in 1920 another famous local connection as the Walker family lived at Arnos Grove just down the lane. By 1897 Henry Bray was the new landlord, he established and ran a well-known local horse bus service, as the first motor bus service to the village did not arrive until 1912. In the latter part of the 1890s the interior was simple, but had character. The assembly rooms next door were also owned by the Cherry Tree and after meetings the patrons would retire to the inn for a drink. At the time these were the only public rooms in the village. To the rear two new long rooms had been built side by side, the left was a billiard room, whilst the right was a billiard and lounge room. Selborne Hall was to the rear left-hand side. And behind this was the bowling green which continues to operate to this day.

Famous for its Skittles Alley

An important coach house inn

It soon earned a reputation as meeting place for the older generation where pleasant gatherings of interest occurred. During 1927 Taylor Walker disposed of their interest in the inn and received a consideration of £55,141. Over the years the rear of the Cherry Tree is where changes have been most conspicuous. In January 1947 the inn was gutted when a fire broke, repaired and remodelled internally by 1972 the Saddle Room was built onto Selborne Hall, with the front bar being named Stocks Bar and the saloon named as the Anvil Room, with the restaurant becoming The Forge. A few years later during 1978 the inn had improvements undertaken at a cost of over £80,000 this included Selborne Hall, The Forge Restaurant, The Saddle Room which was an ancillary function room and the Selborne Bowling Club. Selborne Hall could seat about 200 people it had its own bar, foyer and cloak room. The forge restaurant was eye catching for its old fashioned fire place containing an open grill and surround, the old anvil and the bellows. A kids wacky warehouse occupied Selborne Hall for a time before it was demolished and replaced by a Travel Lodge. There are few more quintessentially English experiences than supping a pint of ale in a centuries-old public house, where the walls could tell you stories, do pop in for a pint.

The Duchess Pond since filled in

The Cherry Tree in the 1960's

Present day


Councillorʼs Corner by Cllr. Bambos Charalambous If music be the food of love… Tel: 020 8379 2653 Four years ago on the summer solstice I spent the day in Toulouse en route to the Pyrenees. After leaving my suitcase in my hotel room, I decided to take a walk around the City. There are times in your life when you unexpectedly come across things that truly wow you and this one of those happy occasions. 21 June is World Music Day and in France they really go to town and pull out all the stops for this celebration of music in what they call ‘Fete de La Musique’ and Toulouse was no exception. Quite literally, on every street corner in the city centre there were bands playing rock ‘n’ roll, soul, blues, swing, heavy rock, disco, electronica, jazz, pop, classical and much more. I saw a blues trio playing in front of a boulangerie, whilst people where doing their shopping, a rockabilly band furiously playing their guitars on a street corner, a string quartet seemingly effortlessly putting Brahms through his paces in a local public garden and so on. My experience in Toulouse reinforced my view of how the arts and culture can enrich and illuminate our lives and in the process make us feel better, rouse us, cheer us up, amaze us, inspire us, comfort us and sometimes even be a

companion. We are so lucky in Palmers Green to have such an incredible array of artistic talent. Whether you love your comedy and are a regular at the Fox on the first Friday of the month, or else your rhythm & blues at The Vintage Blues Club at St Harmonicas on Cannon Hill, or even theatre and music at Chickenshed ten minutes away or Millfield Theatre, or the Dugdale there is something for everybody. We even have our own wonderful local film club, ‘Talkies’ which recently showcased some short films made in Palmers Green at their HERE Film Festival. As well as being a member of the audience some people choose to participate and we have some excellent community choirs locally as well as a number of local dance groups too and we have seen their talents at places like the Palmers Green festival over recent years with the corner of the lawn behind Broomfield House being transformed into a wonderful salsa party as the sun sets on a lovely late Sunday afternoon. There are a number of extraordinary people who either work selflessly to ensure that there are cultural events going on locally or who create art

themselves. We should all be thankful for all the volunteers and stewards as well as the organisers of things like the Palmers Green festival and Palmers Scream who are the unsung heroes in making events happen. Next time you’re looking for something cultural to do, I highly recommend you try looking locally and who knows where that might lead you too? One thing’s for sure; our local art and culture are vibrant and thriving and we need to ensure that that they continue to flourish. Please support your local art and cultural. The community enjoying salsa at Broomfield Park's Palmers Green Festival 2015

Parliamentary Comment by David Burrowes MP A Rebel with Causes

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Westminster: 020 7219 5414

It’s been a rebellious time for me in Parliament since the last edition! I am proud of my Government's achievements: turning the economy around and helping more people into work, as well as significant reforms to welfare and education. However if I think the Government is not acting in my constituents best interests, and not sufficiently helping the vulnerable I will speak out. You will probably know of my opposition to increased Sunday Trading for large shops. I was pleased to lead a cross party coalition of MPs to defeat the Government. I wanted to stand up for small businesses, families and shop workers who did not want to change the current compromise. The Government tried to suggest relaxing Sunday Trading laws would support the high street but most local shops whom I spoke to did not agree and want more help with business rates and parking. I am relieved that Parliament voted to still keep Sunday special. Like buses sometimes the need to rebel comes in quick succession. To my surprise the budget


included an unfair cut to disability Personal Independent Payments. When it comes to welfare, there’s no denying that the Government has a difficult task: to maintain sound public finances in the face of growing spending pressures such as in the welfare budget. But when families with a disabled individual are vastly more likely to endure poverty than other families, we need to handle any changes to disability benefits with great care. We need to ensure there is a focus on reform rather than cost cutting. In my mind the prospect of cutting capital gains tax for the relatively wealthy whilst cutting disability benefits was unacceptable. This time it did not need a vote but only statements to the media and discussions with colleagues, as well of course the resignation of Ian Duncan Smith, to convince the Government to drop the proposed changes.

children are some of the most vulnerable to exploitation and trafficking. In February 2016, children accounted for more than one third of all refugees and migrants to Europe, compared with just one in 10 in June 2015. Europol estimate that 10,000 lone children have gone missing. I am pleased that the Government has responded by agreeing to provide refuge for 3000 more children at risk of exploitation, and additional resources and expertise to provide safety for children in Europe.

The following week after Easter, I led a debate in Parliament on the subject of unaccompanied child refugees in Europe. I have had a longstanding interest in this issue and over the last couple of years have called on the Prime Minister to expand the programme to resettle Syrian refugees. Lone

Finally we have the EU Referendum on June 23rd and I want to encourage all constituents to engage and be informed about this historic vote. I am therefore hosting a public meeting at St Monica's Intimate Theatre on June 10th at 7pm . All welcome!

And so to next month when I will be challenging the Government on issues ranging from lone children refugees, immigration detention and the sale of knives to children. I will let you know in the next article how I got on or visit my website for a quicker update.

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Love Your DoorStep by Emma Rigby Get connected with Love Your DoorStep

It is spring-time and a time of new beginnings and change, and change is certainly a foot for London, where on 5 May when we vote for the new Mayor that we want to run our city. While Love Your DoorStep is non party political and we don’t advocate one party, it is important for all Londoners to vote because it means we are engaged with our great city, and the changes that we vote for do effect where we live. Talking of where we live, our local shops, traders and markets need us to shop local to keep our community vibrant. Recently, on our platform a strong and positive conversation broke out about the state of Enfield’s high-street and the sad demise of many independent shops. Both shopkeepers and local people are concerned and Love Your DoorStep is working hard to reinvigorate our local shopping areas, working with local businesses. It is important that we all work together, because shop-keepers cannot turn things around on their own. If you are interested to know more or be part of the conversation, please do join in the discussion on our facebook

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up a fundraising page. Well, what can I say…the community have been incredible and worked together to support Lawrence. Over £1,000 has been raised and this local business is back on its feet! Thank you to everyone who donated. platform, working together can mean so many things. Here’s a wonderful story… Last month, one of our local businesses, tree surgeon, Lawrence Thor-Stephen, who runs Thor Trees was sadly burgled while on a job in Southgate. His wallet containing £700, keys, laptop and tablet were all stolen from his van leaving Lawrence devastated. His diary was also stolen and Lawrence had no record of where he was supposed to be over the next few weeks. This burglary really affected Lawrence’s business, as he was forced to try to contact his clients, while new customers where calling him to find out where he was – not great. So, when we at Love Your Door Step HQ heard of Lawrence’s plight we wanted to do something and so we told the community all about Lawrence’s ordeal and set

There are lots of great community stories like this happening all the time on the Love Your DoorStep platform, from people finding tube passes and trying to reunite it with owner to others helping pet owners find their missing pets. Yet one of the main things we do, is help you find what you are looking for, from our local business community, whether it is that emergency manicure, birthday cake or last minute venue hire, we do it! We get about three posts a minute, all of which are serviced and answered in real time. It works so well, because at Love Your DoorStep we are a loyal and local team working for local business and the needs of residents. It’s a great partnership and goes back to my original point - we must all keep working together!

Enfield Chamber Orchestra by Sally Isaacs Enfield Chamber Orchestra grew out of the well-known Enfield String Players, and continues a lively tradition of over 70 years of bringing music to the London Borough of Enfield. Members of the orchestra include music teachers, students, retired professionals and charity workers and all bring a wide range of skills and enthusiasm to the group. Their conductor, Martin Smith, has made a huge impact on the playing style of the ensemble, with a varied and interesting repertoire that has kept players on their toes and audiences enraptured. Their leader is Sarah Colley, a local violin teacher and professional musician. It is not unusual for members of the orchestra to play prominent solo parts, and in the past few years the group has been delighted to provide the opportunity for some of the younger members to play solo concertos with the orchestra - all good experience for them before they go on to music college and, in some cases, a professional music career.

Their last concert, in March, included Beethoven’s 3rd piano concerto with YaYi Tian, who is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music, as the spirited young soloist. The ensemble has introduced many new works to the public, including a number of compositions by local composer Frank Bayford who is Patron of the Orchestra. Additionally Enfield Chamber Orchestra has enjoyed having had the opportunity to work closely with the International Children’s Voices of Enfield for their Christmas concerts. The next opportunity to hear this excellent local group will be on 18th June at 7.30 pm at Enfield

Baptist Church (Cecil Road, Enfield, EN2 6TG) when their concert, entitled “Summer Celebration” includes Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Wind in E flat, K 297b. This popular work features the young soloists Rebecca Whitehouse (oboe), James Gilbert (clarinet), Daria Phillips (bassoon) and Jordan Wilson (French horn). All of them are either students or former students of Latymer School in Edmonton; Rebecca is currently on a gap year before starting at the Royal College of Music, and James is going to the Royal Academy of Music in September. They are also all members of the Enfield Young Symphony Orchestra.

Enfield Chamber Orchestra values its association with so many young people but realises that they move on, and there are always places for new players in the strings and some of the wind sections. If you want an incentive to pick up your instrument again after leaving it languishing in a corner, or want to join a local orchestra after leaving University or college, why not get in touch with the Enfield Chamber Orchestra? They would love to hear from you! They rehearse on Monday evenings in Oakwood and you can find out more from their website at, or by calling the secretary on 020 8360 4980.


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Raking it in by Jan Thompson Contact Jan on 07568 321207 or email Jan Thompson Partner of St James’s Place Wealth Management, is based locally in Winchmore Hill and is inviting local residents to discover the simple yet highly effective steps you can take to preserve and protect your wealth. Preserving and protecting your wealth surgeries are being held locally by appointment on 25th and 26th May 2016 from 10-5pm. All surgeries last approx 40mins and are held in the strictest confidence and without obligation.

Record Inheritance Tax bills in the last tax year are a timely reminder of the need for good estate planning. It is not just because of David Cameron’s family that Inheritance Tax (IHT) planning has been in the news recently. Figures released by HMRC confirm that, in the last tax year, the government benefited from IHT to the tune of £4.6 billion1. It is the first time annual revenues have exceeded £4 billion and represents a 21% increase on the amount of tax paid in the previous tax year. The income received by the Treasury from IHT has soared by 70% in the last five years.1 Analysis by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) suggests that the number of estates on which IHT has to be paid has quadrupled since 2010². The OBR believes that more than 40,000 estates will be liable for the tax this year.

The boost to the Treasury’s coffers is a timely reminder of the damaging effect death duties can have on families’ plans to create and pass on wealth, and also that there are perfectly legitimate ways of mitigating IHT through foresight and careful financial planning. The lifetime gifts made to David Cameron by his mother are a case in point. Heir loss: While most assets have risen in value since 2009, the IHT nil-rate band has remained fixed at £325,000 per person (£650,000 for couples), so it’s not surprising that the number of families paying IHT has risen. The OBR reports that housing assets now account for around half of the value of estates notified for probate, highlighting the impact

that rising property prices have had on IHT receipts “At the heart of this problem remains the simple fact that IHT is a voluntary tax,” says Tony Müdd, Divisional Director, Tax and Technical Support at St. James’s Place. “The Treasury relies on inertia, ignorance and people’s reluctance to confront the issue. The result is the record level of revenue generated last year, money which could instead stay in the family to support future generations.” Home help: In his Budget last summer, Chancellor George Osborne announced the introduction of a new main residence nil-rate band for the main home when it is bequeathed to a direct descendant. This new band will add £100,000 to the threshold from

April 2017, and will rise in stages to £175,000 in the 2020/21 tax year. In the meantime, IHT receipts are expected to rise to £5.6 billion per year by 2020/212, despite the concession for home owners. “The latest figures illustrate the continued threat of IHT,” says Müdd. “The introduction of the main residence nil-rate band will certainly help families reduce their liability to IHT, but it needs to be considered alongside fundamental estate planning such as writing a Will, establishing trusts where appropriate, and making use of annual exemptions like gifting.” 1 HMRC, April 2016 2 Office for Budget Responsibility, March 2016

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

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Cypriot Wine Festival & Business Expo 2016 The Cypriot Wine Festival & Business Expo organised by Parikiaki Cypriot Newspaper in London, will be held at Alexandra Palace’s Great Hall on

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th June 2016 The festival has gone from strength to strength throughout the years and has established itself as a major event in north London. Visitors will have the opportunity to taste Cypriot products and experience the vibrant presence of the Cypriot community in Britain. The business exhibition will include the majority of the most successful businesses of the Cypriot community, all well established in their domain and some having indeed developed into household names in the country. We are extremely excited to announce that headlining this year’s entertainment programme is Greek musical phenomenon George Dalaras. George Dalaras has done possibly more than anyone else to bring Greek music to a worldwide audience. He has released 85 personal albums while he has participated in more than 70 recordings! The sales of almost all of his albums have reached gold and platinum status, many times exceeding the 200.000 copies.

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A fun packed weekend for all the family!

His albums Asia Minor and 50 Years of Rebetiko were are the two milestones in his career, officially establishing the first gold (50.000) and platinum (100.000) albums in the Greek record industry. Other albums including Latin and My Songs have reached or exceeded 500.000 copies, an unprecedented achievement for the Greek market. According to latest calculations, his total sales in LPs, cassettes and CDs have exceeded 15.000.000 copies. Dalaras is set to give two great performances over the two-day extravaganza with songs from his vast catalogue of hits.... Ilie Mou Se Parakalo, Itan Pente Itan Exi, Tou Kato Kosmou Ta Poulia, Pou’nai Ta Hronia, Lionoun Ta Niata Mas, Tora Klais Yiati Klais, Kardia Pligomeni, Ta Matoklada Sou Lamboun, Ta Fantasmata, Sto’pa Ke Sto Xanaleo, An Iparhi Logos, Ta Veggalika Sou

Matia, Sou Axize Kaliteri Agalia, Mia Vradia Sto Leverkouzen, Ki An Se Thelo, E Thalassini, Kali Tihi, Luna Rossa....and hundreds of others! As there is extremely high demand for the legendary singer’s two performances, you have the opportunity to reserve guaranteed seats, bringing you closer to the action - call 07740 438 453 or 020 8341 5853. The Cypriot Wine Festival & Business Expo will also see appearances from community support acts, Cypriot dancing, contemporary dancing and lots more to be announced in due course. There will be over 100 stands exhibiting at the event and of course plenty of food and wine! There will also be a kid’s corner complete with bouncy castle and children’s entertainer to keep the little ones amused.

Entrance is £8 (adults), £5 (senior citizens / students / children aged 11-17) and FREE for children under the age of 11.

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How to gain possession of your property when things go wrong by Tony Ourris For many Landlords finding a good tenant is worth his/hers weight in gold. But what happens when things go wrong? The team at Anthony Webb are trained to ensure that all current legislation and industry standards are met to gain possession of privately rented property as quickly as possible for all our managed landlords. There are two main routes private landlords can take to regain possession of their property under the Housing Act 1988:

fixed term. For tenancies that have a break clause in them the notice can be served providing that the date you state you require possession is not before the date specified in the break clause.

• Section 21 gives a landlord an automatic right of possession without having to give any grounds (reasons) once the fixed term has expired

If your tenant paid a deposit, you cannot use Section 21 unless the deposit has been protected in accordance with the tenancy deposit schemes.

• Section 8 allows a landlord to seek possession using grounds such as rent arrears and anti-social behaviour. In all cases you must give your tenant written notice of your intention to regain possession. The length of the notice depends on which one of the above notices is served. We can advise you which route you should take and if we manage the property we will complete all the required paperwork.

Section 21 You cannot use Section 21 to gain possession of your property during the fixed term. You can serve the Section 21 notice, providing the date you state you require possession is not before the end of the

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You must give at least 2 months’ notice in writing if you are using Section 21. If the fixed term has expired the notice must end on the last day of the rental. If the tenancy has become a periodic tenancy then again 2 months’ notice must be given. You will need to give more than 2 months’ notice if the fixed term has expired and the gap between the dates that the rent falls due is more than 2 months (eg a quarterly rent). Last year in October many changes came into effect regarding tenancies. One of the changes is that the Section 21 form has completely changed. If the tenancy is from 1st October 2015 then the 2 months’ notice can be served on any date after the fixed term whereas if the tenancy is from before 1st October 2015 then the 2 months’ notice must be served on a rent date.

Section 8 You can seek possession at any time under Section 8 but if you are seeking possession during the fixed term, you can only use Section 8 if the tenancy makes provision for the tenancy to be ended on the ground for which you are seeking possession. The notice you must give if you are using Section 8 varies from 2 weeks to 2 months depending on the ground(s) you are serving the notice under. In the unfortunate event, in both cases above, the tenant refuses to leave then you will need to apply to the courts for a ‘possession order’. There may also be the need to go back to court to apply for a bailiff. As a client of Anthony Webb’s management service then the above notices are all part of our comprehensive service. Having an experienced agent at hand to help you through this process can help alleviate any stress caused. If you are a landlord and need advice, even if you do not currently use our services, we will be happy to talk to you. Please contact a member of our team on 020 8882 7888. Disclaimer: Please note that the above information has been simplified for this article and should not be considered as legal advice.

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Owning property in a Limited Company by Alex Chrysostomou Alexander Associates 24A Aldermans Hill, Palmers Green, London N13 4PN Tel: 020 8882 6611 Fax: 020 8882 6621 Email: Website: Alex loves business and gives regular presentations to those wanting to learn about the accountancy and tax part of running their own business. He helps break down the barriers that people face in running their own business and how to maximise their earnings. The biggest enjoyment that Alex gets from his role as an accountant is to work with people from all walks of life and most importantly helping them with their money.

Question: Given the new tax changes around buying investment properties, is it better to by properties through a limited company from now on? What are the tax implications around the stamp duty and other changes recently introduced? Answer: There has always been advantages and disadvantages in owning a property in a company and given the recent changes in tax rules around

owning investment properties, the question on whether to now start owning a property in a limited company requires more thought. As a reminder, the main changes to buying investment properties are that 1) you now have to pay an additional 3% stamp duty on the purchase of a second (or more) home, 2) the wear and tear allowance of 10% deduction of gross rent has been abolished, and 3) from 2017 onwards, if you’re a higher/additional rate tax payer, the mortgage interest relief is capped to the basic rate of tax. These changes effectively mean that we are paying more tax on our buy to let investments than ever before. Before deciding on whether to buy a property through a limited company or not, it is important to be aware that the new additional 3% stamp duty impacts properties bought through a company, so there’s no getting away from this unfortunately!

There are however other advantages to owning an investment property in a company, the main one being that the rental profits are taxed at 20%, rather than 40%/45% if you’re a higher/additional rate tax payer. With the new dividend rules, you can pull out £5k dividends each tax year from the company, which, if you own the property say with your spouse, can potentially give you £10k of tax free income. Before everyone starts transferring their properties into companies, there are a couple of other matters to consider. Firstly, if you transfer properties you own into a company, there may be a capital gains tax liability due. Also, if there is an outstanding mortgage on the property, you will have to check with the lenders whether they will accept to lend on the property when owned through a company. In this instance, it’s always best to consult with a mortgage adviser.

If you have an accounting question for Alex please e-mail him directly he will be happy to assist you, alternatively Alexander Associates offer an initial free consultation please contact them to find out more. Disclaimer: The information provided in this article should not be construed as legal advice and the information is offered for information purposes only. You should always seek advice from an appropriately qualified accountant on any specific accountancy enquiry.

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How to prepare for your move by Safe Removals of Southgate 020 8888 3917 Every move can be a huge stress for you as well as for your family. To help smooth the process we have put together a few tips to help you get ready for your big day.

It is a good idea to pack a special box for the first night at your new home. You can be too tired to unpack straight away.

Start your packing at least a month before moving. You will be surprised how many things can be hidden in your wardrobes and storages. Now you will have to move all of them however it is a perfect time to get rid of things you don’t need any more. Begin your packing with things you don’t need on a daily basis such as seasonal clothes, family memories, paintings or house decorations. Closer to the date you can start packing things you use more often. Of course your kitchen, bathroom and things you use on a daily basis will have to wait till the last day. Do not move rubbish Moving is the best time to get rid of things you don’t need any more. Get two large boxes – one for things you want to throw away, the other one for things you can give away to charity or to people you know. If you can’t decide about a certain thing, try to

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remember when was the last time you used it. If you can’t even remember that it’s definitely a thing you don’t need at your new home. Anything unneeded, old or damaged shouldn’t go to your new place. Don’t forget that they say moving into a new place is like starting new life and you don’t need to start it surrounded by rubbish reminding you about the past.

boxes. The second type is very useful to move clothes from your wardrobe – not only is it quick but you will not need to iron them after the move so again you save time. Usually removal companies give you two options – you can buy them so there is no rush with unpacking as the boxes stay with you. However a lot of companies would rent them for a while and then take them back.

Get proper boxes It’s very important to get proper boxes – they can’t be too small and they can’t be too large as well. If you chose too small, you will end up with millions of boxes and your move will take ages. However too large boxes will be too heavy to carry and you will get quickly tired. Don’t forget that there is a difference between moving one box and fifty boxes. Professional removal companies like Safe Removals can supply you with proper boxes and hanging

Don’t forget to mark When packing boxes it's a very good idea to mark them or even put a list of things which are inside. It will be easier to sort them out when you arrive at your new place and will save you a lot of time. You also should think about a “first-night box” – the most important things like tooth brush, tooth paste, towels as well as your coffee and favourite mug.

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Opatija, the Queen of the Adriatic by Mike Prior Director at Scott’s Travel 3 Broadway, Southgate, N14 6PJ Tel: 020 8882 0141 Croatia, situated on the stunning Adriatic Sea, could be described as one of the most beautiful countries in Europe. Its unique location, deep cultural roots, incredible history, and Mediterranean climate make it ideal for getting away from the stresses and strains of modern day life. The island of Hvar has become a fashionable destination which welcomes international stars like Beyonce and Tom Cruise and the walled city of Dubrovnik is protected as a UNESCO heritage site and a favourite destination for cruise ships. North towards Italy is the Istria peninsula, well known for its wine, cheese and leisurely lifestyle. However, I want to share with you the alluring town of Opatija located in the Kvarner Bay, in the North of Croatia, at the foot of the Mount Ucka. The centre of the Riviera, Opatija is surrounded by numerous small towns and villages, from Volosko to Lovran, connected by a stunning ten kilometre seafront promenade known as Lungo mare. In the past doctors would prescribe a trip to Opatija as a cure-all for a variety of illnesses, so much so that the Austrians built a direct train line from Vienna to Opatija in 1873 to enable the swift transportation of its dignitaries to the exclusive resort. On the back of this tradition the region has developed into a world class wellness centre. I was instantly struck by Opatija’s distinctive architecture that evokes the times that are long gone by, but whose traces are still present at every turn: the town's historic and modern hotels and villas surrounded by perfectly manicured parks and fountains, still today exude the 19thcentury aristocratic charm. Whilst enjoying a walk along the Lungo mare you can stop and descend the steps at various points into the crystal clear and turquoise blue waters. Although there is no beach the water is relatively shallow and calm, and you can enjoy a swim followed by a drink on one of the many sun loungers that line the promenade, an ideal way to relax and recharge your batteries. For those wanting to explore further afield you

can take a short boat ride to the island of Krk and visit its cobbled Medieval towns and Cathedral. Croatian prices are surprisingly reasonable, expect to enjoy a full meal in a beautiful restaurant by the sea for around 10 euros. I dined at the small family owned Ruzman, located down a lost side street, and I would certainly recommend a visit if you are looking for a traditional rustic meal at a great price. For evening entertainment, I recommend visiting the beautiful terrace of the Hotel Kvarner, which was built in 1884 as the first hotel in the town. The newly refurbished terrace hosts attractive musical and stage performances. If you are a lover of jazz, then Opatija is the place to visit every year on the first weekend in July. Since 2003, at this time of year the town plays host to the Liburnia Jazz Festival, with a programme tailored to meet the expectations of even the most demanding audiences. Croatia, in general, is quickly becoming a travel hotspot and until recently most visitors to Opatija were perhaps considered middle aged, but that too is beginning to change with an influx of younger couples and families, particularly from the country's capital, Zagreb, a 90-minute drive away. Opatija also benefits from its own micro climate, with mild winters and gorgeous spring and summer seasons, it really is a holiday destination of elegance and style! With flights available on budget airlines to the city of Rijeka, followed by a 40 minutes cab ride

costing around £25, Opatija is very accessible. Take a look at these two great 4 star packages I have put together and contact me if you would like to book or discuss other options for visiting Croatia.

Austro-Hungarian Architecture

Direct flights are on Tuesdays and Saturdays from May through to the end of September. Prices based on a long weekend Saturday to Tuesday, please contact me for a 7 night price for those wishing to stay longer. Stansted / Rijeka 17th Sep 1250 / 1615 Rijeka / Stansted 20th Sep 1640 / 1755

4* Hotel Kvarner with a sea-view room and breakfast


4* Hotel Bristol with a sea-view room and breakfast


(Both prices include a checked piece of baggage) Note transfers would be paid locally approx. £25 each way Lungo mare promenade

Stunning views of the bay

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LE T TO Hazelwood Lane Palmers Green, N13

Pringle House Highlands Village, N21

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First floor converted flat One double bedroom Flexible furnishings Utility bills included Tenant pays council tax

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Three month let only Two bedrooms Offered fully furnished Living room & dining area Allocated parking space

£1,300 per calendar month

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Living with back pain? by Nicola Forward your local Palmers Green Amatsu practitioner Does it wake you when you turn over in bed at night? Or perhaps you dread that pain when you try to move to get out of bed in the morning? You may feel better once you’ve got moving a bit and a warm shower always helps. Some days it seems to linger all day long and you just can’t seem to relax, other days you barely notice it. And then there are those days when you simply move slightly differently and you get that sharp jab of pain reminding you that the problem really hasn’t gone away. Do you wonder if you’ll ever be free of it…or will it get worse?

back pain. Some of my clients know why their back hurts, but often they really don’t know why their back “went” the first time. This is because pain can be the end result of a long and gradual process. Our bodies automatically make compensations and adjustments to reduce our discomforts, setting up a complex set of adaptations and it may take years to “grow” into the posture that finally causes your pain.

Perhaps you’ve taken painkillers or maybe you’ve tried exercises to strengthen particular muscles but nothing changes. You may even have had a scan and been told that everything is “normal.”

“Amatsu is a different approach to pain,” says present client, Mary. “I now have a clearer understanding of how my body works and what has been the cause of my pain.”

What then? If you still have pain, then Amatsu may be able to help you.

Amatsu is a unique and gentle realignment process based on the Japanese “whole person” approach to health. It is a physical therapy using touch and movement, but with no cracks or crunches, and you lie on my treatment couch fully clothed.

As an Amatsu Practitioner I see many people with

The assessment techniques I use allow me to build up a picture of your individual body pattern and identify areas of imbalance in your body so that I can begin to gently bring you back to your natural poise. After a short series of regular sessions, client, Victoria, comments “I can feel a big difference in how I stand and walk and you have helped me understand how I can make a few simple changes to my everyday life to stay pain free. I now have more energy to go about my daily life.”

If you think you’ve tried everything and you still have pain, why not try Amatsu? You can call me for an informal chat about Amatsu and you. Mobile: 07720 81 01 01 Email: And you could benefit from my special offer of “£10 off” all your sessions during the month of May by quoting this article. Make May the month you tackle your back pain!

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Creative Exchange News Good looking glass! Friday 13th May will be lucky for some this year as a queue is already forming for our next event and tickets are limited. Creative Exchange organises regular “Studio Safaris” (behind the scenes studio visits) where artists and designers talk candidly about their careers, giving inspiration and valuable insights. Glass artist Ruth Berenbaum is both exceptionally talented and incredibly modest. She specialises in designing and making stunning glass pieces using the technique of flameworking. She creates beautiful and baffling jewellery and, in collaboration with a design partner, stunning light installations for restaurants, hotels and private residences. Ruth uses borosilicate glass, designed for the scientific industries, to which she adds lustres and other surface finishes. A true innovator, her experimental approach to this historic craft process results in exceptional pieces. We are delighted that Ruth has agreed to open her Palmers Green studio for us, where she will take us through her processes and talk about her career working on bespoke commissions. See more of her work at: & Places are limited and this event is already proving popular so contact us asap to secure a place. Price: £10 for non-members and £5 for members plus booking fee. Tea and coffee included. NEW THIS YEAR! Monthly Meet-ups at Baskervilles Tea Shop – an informal way of meeting other creatives working locally. NEXT EVENT: Saturday 2nd July at 2pm – William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow: tour and sketching afternoon in the house and garden. For more info on any of our events:

Palmers Green Tales by Jenny Bourke or just go to Facebook and look for Palmers Green Tales and ask to join the group Our twitter address is @PGTales John Sollis and I were very lucky this month as we were able to interview Ellie Sales. Those of you who know Ellie will understand how busy Ellie is and how lucky we were to speak to her about all her activities. It is Ellie we have to thank for how organised and readable the magazine, Palmers Green and Southgate Life is, as she edits it. Ellie is chairperson of the parent teacher association at Hazelwood School, HPSA and she volunteers at Woodcroft Wildspace and the St Monica’s playgroup. She manages to fit this in alongside her professional work with Anthony Webb and other local businesses such as Scott’s Travel. She has lived locally all her life and is a familiar figure as she attends local events. Ellie makes the very valid point during her interview that the magazine is so Ellie with her three children, two of which attend

useful to local businesses and voluntary groups as they gain recognition in the much read local magazine. Interestingly, Ellie’s interview had been viewed about 140 times before it was written about, which is the usual number of views after the magazine is published. Our most popular you tube film to date is made up of clips taken during the late 60’s and early 70’s in Broomfield Park by Jacques Wajnrych, it has received nearly 1600 views, view it at It is very interesting as I go around Palmers Green and Southgate, most people I talk to read the magazine and comment on the articles. Usually in a very positive way, indeed I met someone on the tube recently who I taught with 20 years ago and she said she found both the magazine and our website interesting.

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Bringing job opportunities to our community by Ken Waterhouse MORE jobs are being created locally thanks to the growth of local care agency Home Care Preferred. Managing director & founder Ken Waterhouse explained, “When we started the business in 2012 we had just two people in the office and a handful of care staff. We now have a team of twelve people at our office based in Winchmore Hill and over seventy care staff supporting local people. This number is growing month by month” The encouraging news is that Home Care Preferred is recruiting care team members on a weekly basis to assist with supporting new clients. Monica Murphy, the HR & Recruitment manager at Home Care Preferred commented, “In addition to care workers we also have an exciting opportunity for someone to develop our Brain Injury service. We would love to hear from people who have supported this client group and who are interested in an exciting managerial position. Home Care Preferred is also about to launch its franchise business and this

will bring further commercial and job opportunities both locally and within London and the Home Counties.

For more information on employment

Nav Dhar, Franchise Manager at Home Care Preferred explained, “I worked as the Care Manager at our Winchmore Hill branch for 3 years and I now have the opportunity to develop our services to other locations with franchise owners who share our passion for providing high quality support in the neighbourhood. It’s a great company to work for with real opportunity to develop your career in the sector”.

for franchise information

opportunities please contact: monica@homecare or

Home Care Preferred; Tel: 020 8364 3670 or 49 Station Road, Winchmore Hill, London N21 3NB

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HERE FILM FESTIVAL is Talkies’ annual celebration of local talent and 2016 was a brilliant year. Six events in April featured local directors, writers and actors, introducing and talking about their work. Talkies is especially proud of the emerging talent showcased this year. Anthony Webb was our local sponsor in 2016, supporting all the events in Palmers Green. A BOY FROM SUBURBIA – BOWIE NIGHT The festival opened to a packed hall at the Fox, N13 with a special tribute to the late great David Bowie. With a live set from local musicians, the night featured the work of emerging film maker Artemis Szekir-Rigas, with her documentary Should Be On By Now about the tribute band Absolute Bowie.

AMY WINEHOUSE – A SOUTHGATE GIRL The brilliant talent of Amy Winehouse first emerged as she was growing up in Southgate. Clips of her teenage years were shown in the Oscar– winning film AMY, screened at Chickenshed Theatre. Local director Asif Kapadia joined us to talk about how the film was created. BEYOND PEPPA… Palmers Green actor Richard Ridings put in an appearance as Peppa’s Dad when local animation guru Phil Davies showed examples of work from his company and told a story about a meeting in The Cherry Tree pub in Southgate where the idea of Peppa Pig was born. The rest, as they say, is history!

SO MUCH LOCAL TALENT…. The festival featured much more local talent: Oscar nominated director Ian Barnes, Downton actor Jeremy Swift and TV scriptwriters Paul Mari and Jason Sutton not only featured in events during the festival but gave generously of their time and experience to support young film makers for our proudest achievement…. TALKIES SHORT FILM COMMISSIONS: Four film makers, four ideas, one challenge: to shoot the work in our locality. The result: four brilliant short films that are set to win awards on an international stage. The premiere was the closing event of the festival and was just one of many sell-out nights. It was the perfect end to an outstanding celebration of what great talent we have around us. A special thanks goes to all of the volunteers who have given freely of their time to make the festival successful. website:

Broomfieldʼs Wildlife Pond and Community Growing Space are taking shape by David March, The Friends of Broomfield Park Visitors to Broomfield Park may have noticed that the Friends of Broomfield Park have started work on two important projects: to create a wildlife pond and community growing space in an area behind the tennis courts. The growing space, with its raised planting beds is a space where people of all ages, especially school children and older people, can work together and grow their own healthy food. There will be events and training demonstrations in the growing space and visits to other growing spaces. The wildlife pond is part of a plan to improve biodiversity in the park (such as with the recently established wildflower meadows) and it will provide a habitat for many species of plants, invertebrates and amphibians. Frogs and other amphibians will help control garden pests in the

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growing space, and flowering water and marginal plants will provide additional nectar and pollen for bees. There will be a viewing platform from the raised area of the former croquet lawn which is next to the pond. Access will be provided for school visits and it will be possible to pond-dip from an area projecting into the pond. On Big Dig Day on the 16th April volunteers planted a hedge with native plants such as Blackthorn, Hazel, Crab Apple and Hazel to protect the pond and provide a windbreak. Although the basic shape of the pond has been

dug, work will be needed to ‘puddle’ the clay base and to consolidate the clay bank around it before it can be tested to see whether it is watertight. The Friends would like to hear from local people and organisations who may be interested in getting involved in both the pond and growing space projects: from their design and construction, the planting plan, to their future care and maintenance. For information visit

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In the Garden with Paul Knight Designing a garden: Part 1 Contact Paul on 07957 942728 or visit his website The type of garden you design/evolve for yourself should depend on the demands you make of it. Long before you start sketching or designing, let alone setting spade to earth, you must ask yourself what is you want for you and your family. Your garden must depend on your family’s lifestyle. This provides much food for thought for all the possible requirements for the family, considering their different ages, likes and dislikes.

different as those of a kitchen and a sitting-room and their characters should reflect this. The front garden is usually a place for display, whereas the rear garden is used and looked upon by you and your family throughout the year.

You may not be able to afford the completed garden that is planned due to the cost of building walls and terraces at this stage but that is unimportant as long as you get the design and plan of action correct and work slowly towards its completion.

Gardens with a similar layout can feel completely different depending on there location. Enclosed town gardens can seem much smaller than the same size garden in a rural, open setting. But it is the very fact that you have a private, outside space within a tight urban mass that makes the town garden so attractive to use in the summer and to look at throughout the year.

Many homes will have more than one garden, with an area in the front of the house and an area to the rear. These areas have totally different functions, as

Your garden design will of course depend on your individual taste, and how you have designed and decorated the inside of your house as your garden will become an immediate extension of it. Your taste maybe traditional or modern but the initial controlling influence of your design is the location of your housetown, country or the vast suburban areas in which most people live.

We can design and build a garden that you will love. See our range of bespoke garden furniture at our new website.

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Zebras Childrens Club C.I.C by Harriet and Jamie Harriet Piercy and Jamie Ashton recently celebrated the 1st anniversary of Zebras Childrens Club, a social club they created for special needs children located in Enfield. Visit their website for more information. We, the Co-Founders and Directors of Zebras Childrens Club C.I.C, are also parent/carers of a child aged 9.5 years old with Autism and Learning Disabilities, whom unfortunately received a late diagnosis, only two years ago. Having been through many years struggling with main stream school, we eventually took the brave decision to withdraw our son and educate him at home. After 18 months he finally received a diagnosis and we are now lucky enough to receive home visits from an Educational Psychologist and he has been given a speech and language assessment. He has the mental age roughly of that of a four year old child. We were told that if his behaviours, which at the time which were challenging, didn't improve the only future he would have was a care home and medication. We continued home schooling, and still do today, and began to notice changes and developments, all be it slow ones, with our son’s behaviours. We both decided that it would be wonderful to start a small place where children like our son could come and play together, learning through play, life skills approach, which is what we are teaching our son at home and are witnessing such marvellous results from. And so the hard work had begun, and with the

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support only from each other, patience and determination on Saturday the 21st of February 2015, Zebras Childrens Club C.I.C was opened to the public. Nick De Bois M.P kindly gave up his time and officially open the club for us. Our son benefits from socialising, making friends, friends he never had at school, learning to accept other people, being around adults, just even getting out of the house. Whereas he had been house bound and crippled with daily anxiety. Zebras Childrens Club C.I.C has been going from strength to strength. Receiving funding from Enfield Council, gaining valuable sponsorship from Metaswitch Networks who continue to support us, working in partnership with Enfield Voluntary Action, Ponders End Community Trust, F.C Enfield, and most of all providing a service for over 25 families who all

are committed to attending and all state that there is nothing else like this around where their children can be accepted, develop, and have leisure and fun without judgement. The club helps parent and carers too as they have a chance to talk and share their experiences. Recently we had a visit from Anna Kennedy OBE (as pictured) who was delighted with the organisation, she is a very inspirational women and it was amazing how her life mirrored ours and so many people who live with Autism on a daily basis. We were delighted to recently celebrate our first year of opening on Saturday 20th February with our service users and their families. We are proud also to have recently opened a service for Adults called ZAG- Zebras Adult Group, which provides individuals with a chance to socialise, develop and enhance existing skills, have fun and enjoyment and become connected with themselves and others in a relaxed safe environment. We have high hopes for our adult group, this session takes place Fortnightly on Tuesdays 11.00 till 1.00pm and costs ÂŁ6.50. Our future plans are to develop a modest leisure/day centre for those with disabilities to use our unique services, a place where our son and others can work, gain Independence, and learn life skills.

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Your Legal Questions Answered by Fariz Uvais Fariz Uvais is a consultant in the law firm Harper & Odell. Write in and ask your legal questions. Fariz will try and answer your questions in Palmers Green LIFE each month. Send your questions to Harper & Odell, 61-63 St John Street, London EC1M 4AN or by email to I own a flat in a house which has been converted into 6 flats and five us would like to buy the freehold. We have informally approached the freeholder with this in view, but have been informed that he does not wish to sell the freehold. I am informed that we have a legal right to buy the freehold, so can you please explain how we may do this? An initial matter that needs to be resolved between the five leaseholders who are intending to purchase the freehold is how all of you wish to hold the title to the freehold once it is acquired. As there are five of you who will be participating, my advice is for you all to incorporate a Right to Enfranchise Company (RTE Company) for this purpose. Secondly, as there are costs consequences to all prospective enfranchising leaseholders, it would be sensible, before anything is done, for all the leaseholders to enter into a Participation Agreement. This will make each leaseholder’s obligations clear and legally bind all the

prospective participants to fully engage with the process to see it through to a successful conclusion. In this agreement it is important that clauses covering the following are included: • • • • • •

Obligations of the RTE Company Matters concerning the Initial Notice Representations and warranties Covenants Default indemnity Qualifying tenants not party to the Initial Notice • Professional advisers Once the above two steps are completed, you will be in a position to initiate the statutory enfranchisement process. The steps of this process are set out below: An initial Notice is served on the freeholder, which includes the premium price you are proposing to pay for the freehold title. The sum put forward will be based on the figure provided by your surveyor.

Once a notice is served, the freeholder has two months to serve a counter notice. Within this period, the freeholder may require the participating leaseholders to prove their title. After service of the counter notice, you have 6 months to negotiate a premium price and/or terms of the transfer of the freehold title. The negotiations will be primarily carried out between the two surveyors. If a premium price is not agreed within this period, an application to the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) to determine the terms of the purchase of the freehold must be filed and the Tribunal will determine the terms at a hearing. Lastly, you should be aware that once the initial notice is served on the freeholder, the participating leaseholders will become obliged to pay the freeholder’s reasonable surveyor’s fees and legal fees. If the fees they claim are excessive, you have the right to apply to the Tribunal to review those costs and to reduce them to a reasonable level.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article should not be construed as legal advice and the information is offered for information purposes only. You should always seek advice from an appropriately qualified solicitor on any specific legal enquiry.

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Introducing our team Hi there, how are you all doing? We are all well here at Chapman Pieri Solicitors, keeping exceptionally busy with family law matters. It was my bright idea for a couple of us to write something about ourselves this time round rather than writing about family law but on reflection it may be a bit of a struggle for me to find something remotely interesting about my life, but here goes:Career Work life began very differently and dates back to 1982 when I got a job working in a Police Station for 5 years. I then owned a boutique with my sister in Bethnal Green selling clothes and lingerie. I have also lived and worked both Cyprus and Crete so I am a well-seasoned lawyer! My lawyer life began in Limassol, Cyprus in 1995 when I worked as a receptionist/legal secretary. I then moved back to the UK and worked as a legal secretary/legal assistant. I then decided to work Christina Pieri during the day study at home in the evenings whilst bringing up 2 young children. This is why it took me the best part of 10 years to finally qualify as solicitor. Let me tell you, it was not easy and there were many times I just wanted to give up but with the support of family and friends I finally “got there”! A typical day consists of me getting to the office just before 9am and leaving before 8pm. I always pop into the office during the weekend either dealing with my cases or sorting through some business management stuff. Never a dull moment around here! It’s still difficult to balance work and family life because of the hours and the intensity of my work. I am a Family Law Accredited Specialist and this particular area of law is where emotions play a huge part – especially when there are children involved. Here at Chapman Pieri Solicitors we all care enormously about our clients and strive to achieve the best possible result for each and every client that instructs us.

Family I am from a very traditional Greek Cypriot family but made in London! It really is a big fat Greek family as my mother is one of 8 siblings and my father was one of 5 although

Separation and Parenting Agreements This is my first article for Palmers Green & Southgate Life in my capacity as a fully qualified solicitor – after 6 ½ years and a lot of sleepless nights! This month I thought that I would write about issues concerning children. Resolving the arrangements for children upon separation can be difficult to do. At Chapman Pieri Solicitors, we always aim to help parties reach an agreement if at all possible in order to avoid costly, lengthy and stressful Court proceedings. Martha Koumbas

I am often asked whether an agreement reached between the parties is legally enforceable. The simple answer is that unless an agreement is recorded in a Court Order, then it is not. It is possible to send to the Court what is known as a ‘Consent Order’ setting out the agreement reached however, the Court has a duty to follow a ‘No Order Principle’. What this means is that the Court must start from the position that no Order shall be made unless the Court ‘considers that doing so would be better for the child than making no Order at all’. As a result of this principle, the Court is unlikely to endorse such an agreement unless a formal application has first been filed with the Court.

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all his family remained in Cyprus. My extended family are all very close and I say with some confidence that we would do anything for each other, especially during difficult times which we all go through at some point in our lives. I am the middle of 3 sisters so had an older sister to look up to (and to go out with!) and a younger sister to bully (just joking!). Our mother lives locally so I get to spend time with her when I am not working, which these days is unusual as even with 5 solicitors on-board we are incredibly busy with the majority of clients been personally recommended to us. I was divorced some years ago but am now very happily remarried to an aircraft engineer and between us we have 4 children and a female cat called Stavros. Our 2 girls live in sunny Brighton whilst our 2 boys live here in North London. Like me, my husband has 25 first cousins so just to give you an idea of our social life by 30th July 2016 we would have attended:1 engagement party 3 weddings 5 christenings & numerous birthdays And yes, it is all very costly and time consuming but hey ho there is nothing we love more than a great big fat Greek function where we all dress up, dance, drink and eat loads! On Sundays, I go and watch my teenage son play football whilst hubby acts as the linesman and gets abused by all and sundry–all very nice and par for the course I suppose when you are acting as an official in a children’s football match! I then try and drag my Mum over to ours for Sunday lunch which my husband would have invariably cooked as it is a well-known fact amongst my family and friends that I am far better at eating than I am at cooking so my role is restricted to washing up, which for some strange and unknown reason, I absolutely love, but please don’t tell anyone!

So, what is the cheaper, less formal alternative? It is possible to enter into a ‘Parental Agreement’. Whilst a Parental Agreement is not legally binding, it can go some way in showing the parties’ positions if an application is subsequently made to the Court. A Parental Agreement is a written document which set out the agreed arrangements for the children and the support that both parties agree to put in place for them. The document is signed by both parties. Parental Agreements are a good way to establish the ground rules that will be put in place moving forward and can be beneficial for the children themselves who are likely to worry about what will happen when their parents are no longer together. Children need as much security and stability as possible upon separation. Having a Parental Agreement makes the arrangements for the children clear and consistent which can only be beneficial for both parties and the children also. Such Agreements are likely to go some way in terms of avoiding misunderstandings in the future and are a good way of trying to maintain good relationships between separating couples. Both parties have control over what is contained in the Agreement and drafting up the Agreement requires them to work together in some way and in the children’s best interests. Here at Chapman Pieri Solicitors, we can advise and assist you in drawing up a Parental Agreement in order to provide a structure in terms of the future arrangements for your children. Please give us a ring on 0208 882 9850 in order to set up an initial consultation for a fixed fee of £75 plus VAT.

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The Family Law Specialists Pre-Nuptial Agreements and Their Impact on Divorce Settlements When splitting financial resources upon divorce, the Family Court has a wide discretion. Any children of the family will always be the Court’s first consideration. There are a number of factors that the Court must take into account including the financial resources that are available, the needs of the parties, Karen Chapman their respective ages and their contributions towards the marriage whether financial or non-financial. However, the Court must also consider “all of the circumstances of the case”. What is a Pre-Nuptial Agreement? A Pre-Nuptial Agreement is a formal contract entered into prior to marriage. The Agreement can regulate the parties’ financial arrangements during marriage but in particular upon separation or divorce. Primarily, a Pre-Nuptial Agreement is entered into in the event of marriage breakdown in order to try and preserve a party’s assets. Does the case differ if the parties have entered into a Pre-Nuptial Agreement? A Pre-Nuptial Agreement is a relevant factor for the Court, but there is never any guarantee that the terms of that Agreement will be followed by the Court. In England and Wales, Pre-Nuptial Agreements are not directly legally binding. However, the Court will attach significant weight to the terms of such Agreements as long as the following conditions are met: 1. Both parties should disclose their assets and liabilities and their general financial circumstances to one another in advance of the Agreement being entered into. This is usually done by way of an Appendix to an agreement.

It’s all about me! Hello readers. For this publication we have decided to give you a break from the law and share with you how we all ended up working together as family solicitors. I have lived and worked in North London for most of my life. I grew up in Tottenham and I have mainly worked in north London. After a short detour, following my A levels working in the City, I took the traditional university route to becoming a solicitor. Marion Foley Next year will mark my twentieth anniversary as a solicitor. I remain as enthusiastic now as when I first started about the law and I care just as much about my clients and the outcome of their cases. I met my husband nearly thirty years ago in the final year of my A ‘levels. During one of our early dates, he asked me what I wanted to be once I finished my exams. I told him that I wanted to be a solicitor. I delayed applying to university choosing a job in the City instead but after two years in banking I realised it was not for me and I decided to follow my ambition. It was my tutor in the third year of my degree that encouraged me to go for the solicitor’s exams. I have not looked back since. Applying in a practical way what I had learnt at university was the making of me. My legal education suddenly fell into place and made sense. A strong work ethic handed down to me by my parents coupled with the skills acquired working in the city helped me to quickly adapt to and thrive in a challenging but exciting legal environment.

2. The Agreement should be entered into with the provision of independent legal advice to both parties. This assists in showing that both parties understood the implications of the Agreement before entering into it. 3. The Agreement must be entered into freely by both parties. 4. The Agreement should be fair. In order for an Agreement to be fair, recognition should be given to amending the terms of the Agreement after a period of time; what may be fair after a marriage of 2 years will not necessarily be fair after a marriage of 20 years! Consideration should be given to what would be considered fair if the parties were to have children, in the event that they do not already. It is recommended that Pre-Nuptial Agreements should only last until the birth of the first child of the family or for up to a period of five years to enable both parties to review the terms of the Agreement therefore making it more likely that those terms will be upheld by a Court. 5. The Agreement should be entered into some time before the marriage takes place and ideally at least 3 weeks prior to the wedding. Here at Chapman Pieri Solicitors we understand that discussing Pre-Nuptial Agreements with your soon to be husband or wife is not the most romantic of things but having such discussions is often a good idea so both parties have the opportunity put their financial cards on the table from the outset. If you are thinking about entering into a Pre-Nuptial Agreement or if your partner is thinking about entering into such an Agreement, it is important that you each seek independent legal advice early on. Please call the office on 0208 882 9850 if you would like to make an appointment with one of our family solicitors. For some reason, we have had an influx of Pre-Nuptial Agreement instructions, more than we have seen for some years.

Very early on in my career I knew that I wanted to work in an area of law where I could directly interact with people. Choosing family law as a specialism was a natural career move for me. As family lawyers, we are often asked how we cope working in an emotionally challenging environment. It's true that on first meeting, many clients are distraught following the breakdown of their relationship. They can be full of anger and hate because of what they have been through. However, over time we watch clients recover from a break up and by the end of the process, most clients are in a much better place from when they first arrived and strong enough to move on with their lives. After twenty years in practice I still take great satisfaction knowing that I have helped someone come through a painful period in their lives. Experience has taught me that most clients want a quick and cost effective resolution to their break up. Emotions can get in the way of settlement and my job is to encourage clients to put aside angry feelings and to concentrate on what can realistically be achieved. Being honest with clients from the outset is crucial to managing expectations and ensuring that costs are not unnecessarily wasted. My job is to maximise a settlement without wasting precious time and money. Over my twenty years of practice I have worked exclusively in family law. My particular specialism is divorce and financial settlements but I also act for separated parents who cannot agree arrangements for their children. If you are thinking about separating but need some initial advice about where you would stand on divorce, come in and see me. The cost of an initial consultation is just £75 plus vat.

At Chapman Pieri Solicitors, we offer a no obligation, Fixed Fee Initial Consultation for £75 plus VAT and ask you to allow at least one hour for the meeting. We will ensure that the advice you receive is both practical and realistic. There is no beating around the bush when you come to see us. Even if you decide to do things yourself, taking some initial advice before embarking on the process is best. Should you require any further information, please give us a call here at Chapman Pieri Solicitors on 020 8882 9850 to set up an Initial Consultation or alternatively you can email us at: Please have a look at our website where you will find a lot of helpful information:

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