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LI FE July Edition Issue 17

Past Times • Palmers Green & Stevie Smith

Anthony Webb • Announcing our new Lakes Estate & Southgate branch

Palmers Greenery • A new community café in Broomfield Park

Stevie Smith, with permission of the Estate of James MacGibbon


welcome As property prices in our area continue to rise, now is a good time if you are considering selling your property. So what's causing this boom? According to Savills between 2007-2012 half the number of people who would normally have brought, didn’t. Buyers are now rushing in but people are still reluctant to sell. Therefore 2.5 million extra buyers have been looking to buy a home within the last 18 months rather than spread over the past seven years. The current property demand has encouraged me to open a second branch located on Aldermans Hill (previously Patersons). Having established ourselves as Palmers Green’s trusted estate agents over the past 15 years, we are looking to expand our market west of Green Lanes into the Lakes Estate and towards Southgate. The new office will be conveniently located opposite Broomfield Park and will continue to offer a fresh approach and unrivaled service for all your property needs, whether selling, renting or buying locally. We are currently busy restoring the old shop back to its former glory and look forward to opening in early July. We are already taking new sales instructions on at an exclusive introductory offer (see page 3 for more details).

You may also have noticed that we have changed the name of this magazine to encompass Southgate and we look forward to including historical articles in future issues from N.14! Now that summer has arrived Anthony Webb are also busy supporting local community events including the Palmers Green Shopping Carnival on 5th July and the N.21 Super Sunday on 13th July, see page 20 and 21 for more details. Enjoy the good weather and pop into to say hello if you are passing our new office.

Tony

Tony Ourris Director Anthony Webb Estate Agents Anthony Webb supporting local schools, charities and local action groups to enrich our community

Contents

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

Martin McKelvey Office Manager martin@anthonywebb.co.uk

Nick Fitzsimons Senior Sales and Lettings Negotiator nick@anthonywebb.co.uk

Susan Babaie Senior Sales and Lettings Negotiator susan@anthonywebb.co.uk

Panayiota Kyriakides Administrator

John Constantine Sales and Lettings Negotiator john@anthonywebb.co.uk

Sevda Aksu, Administrator Assistant sevda@anthonywebb.co.uk

Anthony Georgiou Administrator Assistant

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

Anthony Webb – Introducing our Lakes Estate & Southgate office .................3 Green Lanes Business Association by Costas Georgiou ....................................4 Love Your DoorStep by Emma Rigby ...........4 FOR SALE – Riverway................................5 Councillor’s Corner by Bambos Charalambous ..........................6 Parliamentary Comment by David Burrowes .....................................6 Past Times, Stevie Smith by Katherine Gallagher...............................7 FOR SALE – Rayleigh Road .......................8 The Food Gatherer by Emma Lundie ...........9 Broomfield School ....................................10 Hazelwood School....................................10 FOR SALE – Ashbourne Lodge.................11 FOR SALE – Crestbrook Place..................12 FOR SALE – Wauthier Close ....................12 Palmers Greenery community cafe ...........13 Oakthorpe School.....................................13 Anthony Webb Testimonials .....................14 Anthony Webb Showcase .........................15 Baskersvilles blog by Diane ......................16 Nutrition & Wellbeing ................................... by Christina Symeonides ..........................16 TO LET – Chimes Avenue.........................17 Music review with Lester Clayton.............18 Fabulous Hair Company by Kiri.................18 Jewel in the North by Suzanne Beard .......19 What’s On Local Events............................20 Talkies Community Cinema ......................20 Palmers Green Tales by Jenny Bourke .......21 N21 Super Sunday....................................21 Russdales Flooring by Russell Davis .........22 Primal Health Tennis.................................23 Drape Masters by Julia Sondack ...............24 TO LET – Lodge Drive & Osborne Road....25 Fostering in Enfield...................................26 Your Legal Questions Answered by Fariz Uvais ...........................................27 Creative Exchange Network .....................28

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Green Lanes Business Association by Costas Georgiou, costas.georgiou2@gmail.com This month the Green Lanes Business Association (GLBA) are very excited to announce the arrival of the long awaited Landmark Clock. The black clock, which has three faces and stands 5.5metres tall, has been installed at The Triangle, at the junction of Aldermans Hill and Green Lanes. We hope it will become a landmark that will draw more people to the area. Most of Palmers Green’s shops were built in 1904 and we want to commemorate the 110th anniversary of our area with this landmark. The clock’s design is the result of collaboration between the GLBA, Mark Leaver, of the Enfield Business and Retailers’ Association, and graphic designer Kareen Cox incorporating aspects from the local area, buildings and the history of Palmers Green. The body of the tower was manufactured by Dave Plummer, of Triangle Metal Works, which is based just around the corner in Green Lanes, while the clock has been made by the Hawkins Clock Company, in Peterborough. The project has been funded through the council’s Residents’ Priority Fund. The clock comes four years after the chestnut tree which stood in The Triangle had to be felled because it was dying. Palmers Green has been promised a replacement tree however this has

been delayed due to planned works on The Triangle. We are still campaigning and working with the London Borough of Enfield to get another tree for The Triangle and will keep you up to date on any new developments. On Saturday 5th July 2014 GLBA hosts the Palmers Green Shopping Carnival. We will have a full update and review of the day in next month’s issue. As it currently stands, the GLBA are hoping that the day will bring dry weather and dare we say some sun, and that everyone will take the time to appreciate our brand new layout which will see the event stretch from Hazelwood Lane, up to The Triangle and along Aldermans Hill. There will be two music stages as well as other events and entertainment for all the family to enjoy. The GLBA is still awaiting for the consultation period to begin regarding the proposed Mini Holland Scheme and we will keep readers updated with any developments and our campaign plans.

Love Your DoorStep by Emma Rigby www.loveyourdoorstep.co.uk Visit us on facebook When I heard that this particular issue of the Palmers Green & Southgate LIFE Magazine would be dedicated to the esteemed local poet, Stevie Smith I was very pleased, because it also reminded me how important art and culture is to society, as it helps to weave the fabric of our communities. Poetry, music, literature - all the arts help to inspire us; helps us to be creative and different. Arts and culture helps us make a place, creates businesses and give communities traditions. Where would we be without our poets, writers, painters, sculptors…? I tell you where we would be, we would all be very dull, living very boring lives. So with this thought in mind, I invite everyone living in the area to celebrate and participate in this summer’s programme of the Enfield Festival. There is so much to do and I know that we will be spoilt for choice by the Enfield Councils Leisure and Culture Team who is

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To know more about everything happening on your doorstep visit the Enfield Festival and Events website at www.enfieldfestivals.com you will not be disappointed.

now in its second year of working with local community organisations such as Artstart; Ziggy's World Jazz Club; The Funky Festival; Niburu Media and yes us here at Love Your Doorstep to deliver these wonderful activities such as the Edmonton & Enfield Town Show Festivals. Enfield is not just becoming the busiest place in London this summer, but also the best place to be, as the borough plays host to over 1000 festivals and activities! There is live music in the park, arts, crafts, vegetable growing competitions, sports galore, out-door theatre, travelling circus, acrobatics and even a civil war battle!

I shall leave you with these thoughts as we head into our Enfield’s festival period…to become the creative, innovative and imaginative citizens that our businesses and government demands we need to willingly expose ourselves to new ideas. A vibrant arts and culture community is the easiest way to make this possible. Living and travelling abroad is a great way to do this, but for most of us that isn’t a practical reality. Arts and culture on our home turf offer us the chance to “bombard” our brain with new stimulus without leaving town. So, who needs a holiday when it is all happening here in the area and here’s a lemonade toast to the wonderful festivals and times ahead of us in Enfield.

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Councillorʼs Corner by Cllr. Bambos Charalambous Network Rail’s New Southgate Expansion Plans Cllr.bambos.charalambous@enfield.gov.uk Tel: 020 8351 1362 Mobile: 07812 673075 As a daily commuter from Palmers Green station I know only too well how busy the train journey can be at peak times. The tube lines are also just as crowded during the rush hour. London’s population grew by over a million in the last ten years but the current available public transport is full to capacity at peak times and sometimes struggling to cope. What is to be done? They should build more train and tube lines to deal with this problem I hear you say! This is exactly what they did in the early 1930s when the Piccadilly line was extended from Finsbury Park to Cockfosters to overcome congestion and which gave us the beautiful, iconic and now listed Art Deco stations of Arnos Grove and Southgate designed by architect Charles Holden. Proving that there is often no need to reinvent the wheel Network Rail are currently working on two schemes to improve travel and deal with the overcrowding that many of us experience on a

daily basis. The schemes are Cross Rail 1 going East to West from Shenfield to Reading through central London (due for completion in 2018) and Cross Rail 2 which is planned to run North to South from Cheshunt to Epsom with a spur shooting up to Alexandra Palace. The exciting news for us locally is that Network Rail are planning to extend the spur from Alexandra Palace to New Southgate station and are consulting on this right now. This will mean more capacity on existing lines and faster journey times with New Southgate to Euston estimated to take 17 minutes and to Victoria 21 minutes being just two examples. I know that the New Southgate proposal will potentially have huge benefits for many people with a N11 postcode but the knock on effect on other parts of western Enfield are huge and the scheme will no doubt have a ripple effect on other areas too. The increased usage of New

Southgate station will also benefit local traders in the area. It is not very often that you get a winwin situation like this but this is one of those rare occasions. Network Rail are consulting on the New Southgate proposal right now with a closing date for the consultation of 25 July 2014. The full details can be found on line at https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/crossrail/june -2014/ and the e-mail address for the consultation is crossrail2@tfl.gov.uk. I will be actively supporting the scheme for the reasons outlined above and I hope that you will do the same. Whilst we may not get a station of the design and quality of Charles Holden’s masterpieces, there’s nothing to stop us from asking. If you want to contact me about this or any matter then please get in touch.

Parliamentary Comment by David Burrowes MP Quality Health Care for Everyone www.davidburrowes.com

I was wanting to visit North Middlesex Hospital's A&E to see how the new expanded facilities are shaping up, but I did not expect my ruptured appendix to give me first-hand experience last month! I am immensely grateful to all those involved in my care at North Mid and am now very much on the mend. It was certainly a challenging day when I was in the A&E, which I understand was the busiest ever with over 600 patients. I was just one of those patients and was able to see the reality of the huge pressures on our local A&E. Better ways need to be found to reduce the proportion of patients (approx. 60%) who turn up at A&E but don't actually need to be there. A key focus has to be on primary care and to increase access to GPs, particularly out of hours care. I will be giving this issue close attention over the coming months. Quality healthcare is important at all stages in our life. Many constituents contact me expressing

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concerns about end of life care and wanting their relatives to receive holistic care outside of a hospital and preferably at home. In Palmers Green we have a fantastic day care centre on our doorstep at Barrowell Green run by North London Hospice. We now need to use it to its full potential and provide more nurses supporting patients in their last days at home. Like other hospices North London Hospice relies mostly on donations and needs more support. I am therefore organising a charity cricket match at Winchmore Hill Cricket Club on 11th July from 5pm. Do come along to cheer or heckle my team of assorted local club cricketers against a Winchmore Hill team. There will be family fun activities, BBQ, and a raffle and auction with great prizes. All are welcome and entrance is free but bring some cash to support the important work of North London Hospice. My charity sport involvement should be less

controversial than last month when I took part in a half time penalty shoot-out at Ledley King's Charity Testimonial at White Hart Lane. It was all going well until the commentator announced to the crowd that I am an Arsenal fan! I have been used to the odd boo in my time but 35,000 boos and a chorus of "miss it" was something else! Having played the panto villain for a few minutes I managed to slot the ball past Spurs legend goalie Tony Parks. Apologies to all those Spurs fans present for my 'hushed finger' celebration but it was a special moment for a lifelong Arsenal fan! Finally, over the summer months I will be taking my advice surgery on the road. Whilst the usual drop in surgery at Palmers Green Barclays branch will continue on the last Saturday of the month (excluding August) between 9.30am to 11.30am, check out my website www.davidburrowes.com for details of where my mobile surgery will be located.

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Palmers Green & Stevie Smith (1902-1971) by Katherine Gallagher Katherine Gallagher has five full-length poetry collections, most recently Carnival Edge: New & Selected Poems (Arc Publications, 2010) – ‘its natural territory, the exotic and unknown, the fringe and carnivalesque’. - Poetry Review. In 2002, she was Co-organiser with Joanna Cameron, of the Palmers Green Stevie Smith Centenary Poetry Festival:’ Ten Days with Stevie Smith’. In 2012, her poem ‘The Year of the Tree’ was featured on the Guardian Poem of the Week Blog. www.katherine-gallagher.com

If you mention Palmers Green, people will often say, ‘Stevie Smith’ or ‘Not waving but drowning’, and quote a few lines of that much-loved, famous poem. Stevie Smith (born Florence Margaret Smith in 1902), was nicknamed ‘Stevie’ because her fringe resembled that of the jockey Steve Donaghue. As a writer, Smith is noted for her sad eccentricity and mischievous humour, often giving a familiar acerbic twist on common songs, myths, nursery rhymes and hymns. Her fame is world-wide, reaching far beyond perhaps what she might have imagined. That’s pretty amazing for a small, thin, unobtrusive woman -- at once witty and original, lovable and formidable as many have described her, but who happened to be one of the most remarkable of 20th century poets. Her biographer, Frances Spalding, notes that when asked for biographical details, Smith summed up her life: ‘Born in Hull. But moved to London at age of three and has lived in the same house ever since.’ That house, 1 Avondale Road, N.13, is still there, mostly unchanged except for an English Heritage blue plaque unveiled on the 16th September, 2005 by one of her admirers, the then Poet Laureate Andrew Motion. An account of this plaque ceremony which drew people from as far away as Cardiff was detailed by Anne Bryan, a Stevie devotee who organises a remarkable Stevie Smith website. http://www.strangeattractor.co.uk/stevie.smith.index.htm The following statement from Anne Bryan’s website captures much of why Stevie Smith is an enigma but also very popular.

“Stevie Smith is frivolous yet serious, an expert

tightrope walker whose poems are both devastating and bracing, childlike yet sophisticated; they celebrate life and death, love and anger, fables and truth. Her semi-autobiographical, 'Novel on Yellow Paper', was an instant success in the 1930's and she became popular again in the 60's for her readings on the radio and on stage.” Some critics have considered her work to be lightweight, but she has had many admirers – prominent among them, Sylvia Plath who confessed herself to be a Smith addict, and wrote that Stevie was one of the poets who were 'possessed by their rhythms as by the rhythms of their own breathing’. Seamus Heaney was also an admirer. It is pleasing to hear that Faber & Faber are preparing a completely new edition of the complete poems (currently out of print) with previously unpublished poems and notes added -- due for publication in autumn, 2015. Stevie Smith (1902-71) lived at 1 Avondale Road, N13 until her premature death from a brain tumour in 1971. She celebrated the house (‘a house of female habitation’) in her poem ‘A House of Mercy’, and it is now a place of pilgrimage for Stevie admirers worldwide. She was sometimes critical of Palmers Green, ‘dear suburb of my infancy’ as she called it, but she loved it too, its green spaces, especially Grovelands Park, and often mentioned it in her work - eight books of poetry and three novels. At the same time, her refusal to leave this North London suburb seemed to many to enhance her eccentricity. Above all, Palmers Green was the home of her beloved Lion Aunt and where she found much inspiration and the quiet needed for her creativity . She said of poetry, ‘The human creature is alone in his carapace. Poetry is a strong way out.’ It became her life.

Stevie and her ‘Lion Aunt’ Madge taken at 1 Avondale Road

‘Ten Days with Stevie Smith’. As Festival coorganiser, with Joanna Cameron from Palmers Green Bookshop, our idea was to draw attention to Smith’s poetry and novels – especially for those who may not know her work. Festival events, taking place mainly in St. John’s, were a mixture of talks, poetry readings, events for children, Hugh Whitemore’s play ‘Stevie’, and a ‘Stevie’ walk around Palmers Green featuring places with a Smith connection, all well-attended with enthusiasm and interest. On the 22nd September, we had all gathered at 1 Avonndale Road for the finale, a little sad because it was nearly over. Suddenly with a mixture of serendipity, BBC’s Poetry Please and Festival planning, we heard Stevie’s great voice thundering down Avondale Road: ‘Nobody heard him the dead man’ from ‘Not Waving but Drowning.’ Breathtaking. It was magical. She then read two more favourites: ‘The Galloping Cat’ and ‘Tenuous and Precarious’. Stevie was back in Avondale Road.

Palmers Green celebrated that life with a ten-day Festival of events from 13th – 22nd September, 2002,

POEMS BY STEVIE SMITH© Not Waving but Drowning (1957) Nobody heard him, the dead man, But still he lay moaning: I was much further out than you thought And not waving but drowning.

Autumn He told his life-story to Mrs. Courtly Who was a widow. ’Let us get married shortly’, He said. ‘I am no longer passionate, But we can have some conversation before it is too late’.

Poor chap, he always loved larking And now he’s dead It must have been too cold for him his heart gave way, They said

I Remember It was my bridal night I remember, An old man of seventy-three I lay with my young bride in my arms, A girl with t.b. It was wartime, and overhead The Germans were making a particularly heavy raid on Hampstead. What rendered the confusion worse, perversely Our bombers had chosen that moment to set out for Germany. Harry, do they ever collide? I do not think it has ever happened, Oh my bride, my bride.

Oh, no no no, it was too cold always (Still the dead one lay moaning) I was much too far out all my life And not waving but drowning.

She wrote occasional witty pieces such as this excerpt from O Happy Dogs of England O happy dogs of England Bark well as well you may If you lived anywhere else You would not be so gay

Pictures and Poems with permission of the Estate of James MacGibbon

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The Food Gatherer by Emma Lundie, Founder of The Food Gatherer Winner of The Enfield Innovation Awards 2012 www.thefoodgatherer.com sign up to the mailing list at: hello@thefoodgatherer.com Last month saw the launch of The Food Gatherer. A brand new online local food shopping hub and home delivery service, exclusively for The London Borough of Enfield, including Palmers Green. The Food Gatherer enables you to shop from the best of our borough’s independent specialist food shops and producers via thefoodgatherer.com and then have the prepared produce collected and delivered to your door, all in one shop!

So why do we need this service? We’re lucky in the borough of Enfield to have some great specialist shops with shopkeepers who really know the produce they’re selling and their customers. Sadly, despite best intentions, many of us don’t shop in them as often as we might - why? Often, there simply isn’t enough time, the opening hours may not suit our working lives and the shops are widely spread across the borough. The prospect of parking can put us off making that effort too. Conversely, supermarket shopping is easy and ordering online is for many of us a hassle free option and is a fast growing retail trend.

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It seems to me that in order to compete and keep our high streets alive shops will have to adapt to changing lifestyles and habits of residents, but for most shops, offering online shopping and home delivery isn’t an option with often limited manpower and resources. This is where The Food Gatherer steps in. By bringing our local shops together and harnessing the power of the internet The Food Gatherer can offer that convenience of online shopping and deliver the foods from your local shops and producers to your homes and workplaces. When you order via The Food Gatherer you also get great quality food and drink, much of it locally produced. Imagine receiving your order of fresh artisan bread from the award winning Holtwhites’ Bakery, fresh vegetables – some locally grown at Forty Hall Farm, fantastic quality meat from Peatchey butcher in N21 and delicious Turkish foods such as hummus, meatballs and bulghur rice – handmade by Ebru, who learned how to cook from her mother, growing up in Palmers Green and then turned her knowledge and passion for food

into a food business. Doesn’t that sound tempting? The Food Gatherer has had terrific support from both shops and residents and our pioneering Food Gatherer shoppers are embracing the service wholeheartedly. One customer, Dani Gavriel told us;

“I absolutely love the whole concept. The site has enabled to me to do my shopping without having to get into each store where parking and time can be an issue. I enjoyed selecting items from my local butcher, baker and food suppliers and the website is very user-friendly. The service was 10/10 and I’m already excited about my next order!” So, I invite you to take a look at our site www.thefoodgatherer.com and meet more of The Food Gatherer’s shopkeepers and I hope you will be local shopping with us soon. You can also join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for insider info, great recipes and meet new shopkeepers as they join us too!

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Broomfield School participates in the Big Debate Broomfield School, Wilmer Way, London, N14 7HY www.broomfieldschool.co.uk local Member of Parliament, David Burrowes. The panel members consisted of, in alphabetical order: Daniel Anderson for the Labour Party, Douglas Coker for the Green Party, Alex Georgiou for the Conservative Party and Matt McLaren for the Liberal Democrat Party.

On the 3rd April, Broomfield School held its first ‘Big Debate’. This was a ‘Question Time’ style event in which local politicians were grilled prior to the local elections on the 22nd May. This event was part of the school’s commitment to preparing its students to play a hugely positive role in our community and wider society by helping them to understand the political dimension to our lives and encouraging them to participate in this. Some one hundred pupils and students from Years 7 to 13, including those studying G.C.S.E. Citizenship, gathered together in the school’s assembly hall to ask questions of a panel of local politicians. In the Chair was School Governor and

Before the debate began, the panel members were each given two minutes to introduce themselves and to say a little about their political influences and allegiances. Then began the debate, and there were some taxing questions.

Some questions were to do with local issues: Dhillon asked, “If you are elected to be one of the local councillors for the Southgate Green Ward, how would you help to improve the local area?” Ozan asked, “We have to wait for a bus at an extremely dangerous bus stop, often waiting for quite some time. What more could be done to improve public transport in this area?”

Other questions were had broader implications. Whitney asked, “In sociology lessons, we have watched numerous examples of abuse in care homes or hospitals. What can be done to improve

the care given to vulnerable people in these situations?” Shalan asked, “In the Scottish referendum 16 year olds are going to have the right to vote. Do you think this should be extended to general and local elections?”

And one or two questions had universal significance. For example: Akram asked, “Is £90 too much to pay for an England shirt?” The panel members were each given an opportunity to respond to each question and then there were some tough follow-up comments and questions from the floor. Our thanks go to the panel members and Chair for what was a stimulating and thoroughly enjoyable morning. One Year 11 pupil said afterwards that she now intended changing to ‘A’ level Government and Politics when she returns to the sixth form next year. We now look forward to next year’s Big Debate.

News from Hazelwood Schools by Ellie Sales – PTA Chair Hazelwood School On Sunday, 8th June Hazelwood School hosted a Brazilian themed Summer fete. We were blessed with good weather and the school and local community turned out to support our event which was sponsored by Anthony Webb Estate Agents. The crowds were entertained by a live Brazilian band with singers alongside dancers dressed in Brazilian carnival costumes, a Capoeira display (a Brazilian martial art which combines elements of dance) was a highlight for many of the children. The pupils also took part in a masked carnival parade accompanied by Hazelwood’s own HazeSamba drumming troop. Parents were able to enjoy Pimms and homemade Rum Punch. We also had an excellent selection of delicious food made by our parents which included some authentic Brazilian recipes. Our home-grown gardening stall was an impressive sight with a large variety of plants all grown from seed at very reasonable prices. The gardening stall alone raised over £1,000 towards our impressive £8,500 profit for the School.

Thanks to all the businesses who advertised in our Summer fete programme and to the local community for its support. Special thanks go to Papa John’s Pizza who donated 12 pizzas, Yasar Halim for donating food, Elite Feet Football training, Josh & Ben from Primal Health Tennis Club and Anthony Webb. Thanks also to all the parents and staff who helped on the day and made the fete such a success. HPSA would like to wish all our year 6’s good luck as they move onto secondary school. Enjoy the Summer and we look forward to welcoming all our new starters in September.

There were also plenty of games and activities that kept the children busy all afternoon. You can view more photos of the fete on the school's website at www.hazelwoodschools. org.uk/brazilian-summer-fete

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A Community Café for Broomfield Park Did you ever stroll through Broomfield Park and wonder why such a popular and much loved park doesn’t have a café? Did you ever wish for a nice little place in the park where you can grab a cuppa, meet with friends, or give the kids a snack? Well, we certainly did – and decided to do something about it. Now, at last, Broomfield Park has its café back –twenty five years after the one in Broomfield House burned down. Thanks to support from the Friends of Broomfield Park and other groups, a grant from the Enfield Residents Priority Fund and a lot of hard work we opened the hatches of the Palmers Greenery for the first time at the beginning of June – and have been blown away by the phenomenal support and positive feedback from the community. We’re sure this enthusiasm is partly because people are just so delighted to have something in such a lovely spot, but we also hope it’s because of the nature of the Palmers Greenery, as we are a park café with a difference! Firstly, we are entirely powered by volunteers – the Palmers Greenery really is a community café run ‘by the community for the community’ and everyone on shift is giving their time and skills for free. We have met the most wonderful, dedicated bunch of women (and a few men!) since putting the call out for volunteers and a shift is not only a great way to meet other lovely local people but also to ‘give something back’ for a few hours a week or month. We think that there’s a special vibe because we’re a social enterprise, the surplus we make will be directly reinvested back into Broomfield Park which is ‘win-win’ for the council and the community. It means that at a time when council money for parks is stretched, we will have funds for, and a direct say in, the sorts of park improvements the community want – funding for more flowers, better signs, new equipment – you tell us what you’d like.

As regular customers of other park cafes and having talked to lots of other people, we were pretty sure that we could do things a bit differently if we started from scratch in Broomfield Park. So, we based our starting menu on the sort of food we like to eat ourselves and give our children – affordable, good quality, locally-sourced, seasonal and home-made. We are dog friendly too and welcome well behaved dogs on leads. We have wonderful locally sourced canine treats and water bowls for your four legged friends. Finally, given our beautiful surroundings, we couldn’t bear the thought of polystyrene cups discarded and strewn about the grass. All of our disposables are entirely compostable and we have full composting and recycling facilities on site. Extra smiles to those who come back to put the right waste BEFORE

in the right bins! We are ambitious for the Palmers Greenery - it has the potential to be so much more than a park cafe. We want to bring old and young together, reach out to vulnerable groups and provide a platform for local people to gain valuable skills and work experience. We want to open more often and for longer, so are always looking for new volunteers. If you want to get involved, please fill in our survey at: www.friendsofbroomfieldpark.org/cafe.php

Looking forward to seeing you in Broomfield Park soon – Sarah, Ema and the Palmers Greenery Team NOW

The Palmers Greenery is located adjacent to the tennis courts and is currently open Wednesdays and Weekends (10.00am-4.30pm)

Oakthorpe School proud to report that they have been awarded 'Teaching School' Status Oakthorpe Primary School, Tile Kiln Lane, Palmers Green, N13 6BY www.oakthorpe.enfield.sch.uk Oakthorpe Primary School is located on a quiet lane off Chequers Way in Palmers Green and is a 3 form school at present with 531 pupils. It is an excellent school and has been held as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted for many years.... most recently we are proud to say we have been awarded 'Teaching School' Status. This is a wonderful achievement and recognises the skills of our staff and their commitment to high standards of teaching and learning. Oakthorpe has been selected by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) to become a national teaching school – an important role in raising standards in schools. Teaching Schools take a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession, identifying leadership potential and providing support for other schools. Oakthorpe was one of only 200 schools in England to be granted teaching school status in the latest designation round. Oakthorpe will work in partnership with Eversley Primary School to form an alliance and together with other partner schools and the Institute of

Education, will ensure high quality school-led initial teacher training and professional development opportunities for teachers at all stages of their career. Teaching Schools are all rated as ‘outstanding’. They raise standards through school-to-school support, engage in research and development, and ensure that the most talented school leaders are spotted and supported to become successful headteachers. Oakthorpe's 'legendary' Summer Fete will be held on Thursday 17th July 6-10pm. It's a fun packed evening of entertainment on the outdoor stage, DJ, Bar, BBQ, Stalls, games, fairground rides and much more... all ended with a spectacular fireworks finale! This year they will be celebrating everything 'carnival' with the pupils performing on stage to the sounds of Brazil! Always known to draw huge crowds and creates great community atmosphere.... as well as helping the school raise much needed funds. Extra thanks must go to Anthony Webb Estate Agents for sponsoring the event and for their continued support.

This event is open to the whole community. Entrance is £3 per adult and children under 11 are FREE!

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Summer Jam What could be more summery than strawberries and the crop this year is better than ever. I was always in charge of the strawberry patch when I was little and had great fun thinking of ways to use them up. With the extra harvest this year making jam is a great way to use up the strawberries from your patch that are a bit bashed or small. It’s not as difficult as it seems and it will mean you have the taste of summer that will last until the dark winter months (if you make enough!). To help out we have a new range of jam making equipment and lots of lovely Kilner jars and labels, so pop in and see us. This recipe makes about 1.5 Kg or 3 lb of jam. Covering the strawberries with sugar overnight will keep the strawberries whole. Ingredients 1kg/2 lb Strawberries, 1.1kg/sugar, juice of one lemon, knob of butter

1. Hull the strawberries with a small knife and wash them well. Layer them in large pan and cover them with the sugar and leave overnight. 2. Place the pan over a low heat and slowly bring to the boil trying not to stir too much as this may break the strawberries. When boiling add the lemon juice and turn up the heat and boil vigorously for about 10 minutes. Take care it doesn’t boil over! 3. Remove from the heat and test by spooning a little juice onto a chilled plate, allow it to cool then push it. If it forms a crinkled skin then it is ready. If not allow it to cook for another 5 minutes and test again. Repeat this process until its ready. 4. Remove from the heat and stir in a knob of butter to disperse any froth and pour into dry clean jars that have been heated in a moderate over for 5 minutes. Seal with a waxed disc and cover. Label when cool.

Nutrition and Wellbeing Think before you fork it up! by Christina Symeonides, FNTP Nutritionist aka Food Guru@edibleNRG Why are we not making time for the most important substance in our lives? FOOD When did it become acceptable to live on fast foods, ready meals and takeaways? Have we become a culture of ‘plastic food’ lovers? What’s happened to the real food? The stuff that grows naturally, the animals that roam freely, homemade food that’s served on a plate at the dinner table and gosh, whatever happened to drinking just plain old water?! Food is our lifeline, it is what fuels us to perform efficiently both mentally and physically. It is a substance we consume to provide nutritional support for our body. It is usually of plant or animal origin, and contains essential nutrients such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins vitamins or minerals. If we know this why are we feeding ourselves other substances full of sugars, salts and fats that don’t provide the nourishment our body needs to function well? Instead it is making us fatter and fatter plus having a detrimental effect on our health. Future predictions are frightening. With obesity at a record high The World Health Organization (WHO) regards childhood obesity as one of the most serious global public health challenges for the 21st century. The forecast is gloomy with the risk of developing diabetes, high cholesterol, high

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blood pressure, coronary disease and cancer, higher than ever before. By 2050 some parents will be burying their own children – we seriously need to do something about this! Here’s the good news, we can improve our eating habits by making a few simple changes: • Plan – Don’t wait until you are hungry to decide what you are going to eat, this is when we make bad choices. Take a packed lunch to work, not only is it healthier but so much cheaper. • Make a shopping list – think ahead what you will be eating for the next few days. You are far more likely to eat well if you already have the ingredients. • Keep your diet varied – Eat something different each day, not only is this appetising but you are more likely to get all the nutrients your body needs. • Protein, carbohydrates, vegetables/salad – at every meal you should have a portion of each. As an easy guideline divide your plate into thirds. • Fruit – so good for us and there is so much to choose from. Eat fruit first thing in the morning and avoid it straight after food as it has a different digestive process. • WATER – This is so over looked yet so important to our body function. Ideally drink 1.5 litres a day. Sip regularly throughout the day except when you are eating, keep

solids and liquids separate. Remember your body is approximately 65% water keep it that way! • Eat little and often – snack between meals if you are hungry, don’t have just one big meal. Eating regularly increases your metabolism rate and regulates sugar levels providing you with the energy you need. edibleNRG is taking on a huge challenge to promote better eating habits for 13-20 year olds. We want to encourage, educate and empower young people to ditch the regular consumption of fast foods, fizzy or energy drinks and make better food choices. We are really excited to be working with Exposure a local charity that provides media services by young people. Merging our expertise, knowledge and experiences Munchit better will be the voice of young people, encouraging participation and interaction through creative media, workshops and events. Munchit better launching September 2014 Meanwhile get involved! We welcome any comments, suggestions or questions. Twitter @edibleNRG @munchitbetter @ExposureOrg www.ediblenrg.co.uk www.exposure.org.uk Photo credit: Stefanie Apergis, 14 years old

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Music Review Lester Clayton Presents...Stella & The Shakes Lester Clayton is a Palmers Green based songwriter who has supported Ed Sheeran, Just Jack, Lemar and Pete Doherty amongst others, and runs various music nights across London which supports the development of local original music at the grass roots level. Stay up to date with Lester on www.facebook.com/LesterClaytonMusic and on Twitter @LesterClayton for information about live shows and news. Good music should be celebrated, and we are very lucky in Palmers Green and North London to be blessed with an endless stream of local musical talent. There are countless number of gigs, open mic nights and jam sessions across London every week, and it is great to see musicians getting a chance to meet and play together and hone their skills. What is also nice to see, is local bands starting to make serious waves in the music industry. One such band is Stella & The Shakes. What a band needs to open doors in the Music Industry (apart from Talent) is a good live sound, a good online presence and a good live following, which Stella and her

band most certainly have after winning The London Big Busk Competition. The final piece of the music puzzle is to have a good record, so I was intrigued to hear Stella's new EP 'Shake It Up’. The first thing I noticed when listening to the EP was that Stella's vocal range draws you in, you immediately find yourself feeling what she feels, wanting to know more about the story she is telling, and more importantly you find yourself singing along. It's as if you already know the songs, as if they have been around for years. It is Timeless. Her songwriting on the first 3 songs is a cross between Norah Jones, Van Morrison and

Adele. The First Song - 'Make Music' is charming and inviting, 'Hold My Hand' is a feel good soul song, and 'Sleep,' my favourite on the EP, starts slowly and slightly haunting, and develops and builds into a powerful ballad that could easily be heard as the next James Bond Theme. The EP ends on a Rock n Roll Number and the EP's namesake 'Shake It Up' which, if you have seen her live shows, you will have come to love Stella & The Shakes for not letting the older music die, but it’s the Soul songs where Stella really comes into her own, and where you really get to know her personality and hear the strength of Stella & the Shakes'

songwriting ability. The EP is understated in a way that keeps you wanting more, that draws you in just enough to want to hear the next verse or chorus and the musicians and production team need to take credit for that. There is always a fear of a band over playing, and a producer over producing, but The Shakes, who are made up of Jack Gillen on guitar, Will Jackson on Drums, Lyle Holloway on Bass and Ruth Betteridge and Helen Cooper on backing vocals, with Guy Jackson on production, do a great job of getting across each songs character and dynamic, whilst letting the music breathe and sound organic. The only down side to the EP is that it is too short, I want to hear more, I want a whole album. This EP is good. And the Industry needs to take note. Best Song - How Do You Sleep Best Lyric - ''Tell me how you sleep at night, knowing you have the power to make it right, tell me how you sleep at night, when you leave the world to decay''

To find out about when The 'Shake It Up' EP will be released, and to keep up to date on upcoming shows and news head over to www.facebook.com/StellaAndTheShakesOfficial You can see Stella & The Shakes live at Southgate Festival on July 19th.

UV Protection for Your Hair by Kiri from Fabulous Hair Company 382 Green Lanes, N13 5PD Tel:020 8886 7070 Hello. Before we start to look into this month’s article I would like to congratulate Antony Webb on the opening of their new premises and thank them for their continuous support to the local communities. It is companies and individuals like Tony that make Palmers Green such a wonderful area to live in. We have had a few highs and lows with the World Cup, but as it draws to a close we can all look forward to a lovely, hopefully hot, summer. Some of us will get away, others will enjoy the summer nearer to home, but wherever there is sunshine we need to protect our hair from the sun’s rays, as much as we need to protect our skin. We are all aware of the risks we face by exposing our skin to the sun's rays. While skin cancer isn't a concern for your hair, the sun can damage your hair with prolonged exposure. UVA and UVB rays have the power to damage the hair from the cuticle to the inner structure of the hair.

Signs of sun damage to your hair can include: • Faded hair colour; • Dry, brittle hair; • Broken or split ends; • Frizzy hair; and • Weakened and thinning hair. If your plans include lots of fun in the sun, consider protecting your hair from the damage of UV rays with these tips...

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Hats Off! Actually, keep the hat on! The best way to protect your hair from the sun's rays is to block the exposure to the sun. Whether you decide to put on a baseball cap or don a wide brimmed beauty, most hats provide 100% protection from the sun's rays. Of course, if portions of your hair hang out of the hat, you'll want to protect that in other ways!

Protect with Style Many styling aids, leave in conditioners and hair sprays have an SPF included in them! While I've heard varying opinions on how high the SPF should be for your hair, it seems that the general consensus is to use an SPF of 10 to 15 in hair products, with SPF 12 being a very popular choice with many hair product manufacturers.

UV Protection Shampoos & Conditioners While I think the idea of shampoos and conditioners with SPF are pretty great, in reality they just aren't the best option. Anything that you rinse off your hair may not leave behind enough SPF to protect your hair from the sun. Make sure you are using a professional salon brand. Look for a range with a deep cleansing shampoo, intense hydrating conditioner and a conditioning spray with sun screen you can spray into your hair to keep topping up your sun protection. In our salon we use and recommend the Paul Mitchell SUN collection. Not only will it protect your hair from the sun, it will also help reduce colour fade and treat the hair at the same time.

Don't Forget These Final Tips Half the battle of protecting your hair from the sun happens when you're not even in the sun! • Clarify! If you're using a UV protection in your hair, don't forget to use a clarifying shampoo once a week. SPF will build up on your hair shaft and a clarifying shampoo can remedy that. For lots of build up, try a super clarifying treatment. • Protect Your Part! Use full strength SPF directly on your scalp where you part your hair. The scalp's direct exposure to the sun in that manner can burn and peel! Hit your ears with the sunscreen as well! • Maintain Moisture! Weekly deep conditioning treatments will help keep the damage by the sun at a minimum. Because the sun breaks down the hair's protein

(keratin) it’s important to use a deep conditioning treatment with protein or keratin. • Just Say NO! To alcohol, peroxide, lemon juice, and "sun activated hair lightening" products. Check the labels and stay away from hair products that contain high levels of alcohol or peroxide. And please, do not try to lighten your hair using lemon juice or other sun activated hair lightening products. These products will cause your hair to dry out faster and will speed the process of damage caused by the sun. 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.

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Our Great Scott and a little bit of India which is forever Palmers Green Suzanne Beard of Palmers Green Jewel in the North tells the story of Palmers Green born Paul Scott, winner of the Booker Prize.

Like any other place with a reasonable sized population, Palmers Green has had its fair share of famous people, in particular writers. Most people know that PG was home to Stevie Smith for most of her life, but less celebrated is Paul Scott, writer of The Jewel in the Crown, part of his Raj Quartet. Scott, by then living in Hampstead, won the Booker Prize in 1977 with his sequel to Raj, Staying On. Scott was born on the 25 March 1920 in the upstairs front bedroom of his parents’ house at 130 Fox Lane. His father, a Yorkshire man, had come to London two decades earlier, and worked as a commercial artist to the fashion trade alongside his unmarried sisters (their studio was a three story Edwardian gabled building called Wyphurst in Southgate High Street). The Scott family, says biographer Hilary Spurling, allowed themselves the luxury of feeling they were a cut above the neighbours – Tom Scott was the only ‘professional’ man at their end of Fox Lane. The hauteur however was masking something rather different. Scott’s mother Frances, a women who herself had creative ambitions, came from the wrong side of the tracks - the dreaded south London - was the daughter of a labourer and had a sister who was in service. Frances was apparently acutely, almost obsessively aware of their precarious social standing in their new posh suburb. Safe to say, her sister wasn’t a particularly welcome visitor. Before we allow ourselves to think Frances odd, we need to bear in mind that the hard work involved in maintaining a veneer of respectability in Palmers Green of the 1920s seems to have been all consuming and frankly exhausting. It wasn’t unusual for neighbours who couldn’t pay the bills to suddenly disappear having done a moonlight flit. Other crimes which could lead to being hounded out included such horrors as eating in the kitchen, or doing the washing at the weekend. Palmers Green was new, and its residents new newly respectable. Risk showing it and lowering the social tone - and you were out. Scott later often said that the social divisions he found when he first journeyed to India in 1943 were little different from those he remembers from his childhood in Palmers Green: “When I lived there we were as aware of social distinctions as they were in Mayapore.”. He did what any good writer would do, and put them in his books. For India, read Palmers Green. Scott’s Palmers Green childhood was up and down. He and his brother were initially educated at a prep

school linked to Winchmore Hill Collegiate School, in a hall just a few steps away from their house (probably Amberley Hall which was on the north side of Fox Lane, now demolished). But the Scotts were forced to leave Fox Lane in 1933, as the depression hit, and moved in with the aunts at Wyphurst, causing all kinds of family tension. By 1934 financial difficulties meant that Paul had also to leave school, though he was not yet quite 15, and forced by his father to become an accountant. In June 1939, finances improving, the family moved again, first to Cannon Hill – father and son celebrated with a pint in the Cherry Tree - then back to Palmers Green, to 63 Bourne Hill, on the south side of the road near the covered reservoir. Paul’s room in Bourne Hill was at the front, above the garage you can still see today – he spoke of it as the room where he ‘really began to write’. It was also where he met the poet Clive Sansom and his wife Ruth, who lived next door in a flat at no 61 Bourne Hill. The Sansoms weren’t your typical neighbours. At the time Scott met them, they were rehearsing a part sung, part spoken recital of T S Elliot’s The Waste Land. Scott and the Sansoms became extremely close, and were to have a considerable effect on his early life and writing, sharing ideas and their latest work in a slightly intense and claustrophobic threesome. Scott joined the army as a private soldier in July 1940, as the bombs fell on Southgate. Though far from the worst hit in London, one hundred and 18 bombs and two mines fell on Southgate in October 1940 alone, including one which hit and demolished two houses in Fox Lane. Later that year, tragedy struck when Scott’s aunts’ house, Wyphurst, was destroyed by a time bomb which had lain unexploded in the house. Both of his remaining aunts were killed, one outright, the other as a result of her injuries. Meanwhile, Scott rose to lance corporal, but was busted back down to private in early 1941, following a mysterious incident which Hilary Spurling indicates was probably related to a sexual indiscretion with another soldier and caused a near nervous breakdown. His life changed with a posting to India as an officer cadet came in February 1943 – he eventually rose to Captain in the Indian Army Service Corps. The war over, Scott returned to London in 1946 and resumed work as an accountant before becoming a literary agent, representing Arthur C Clarke, Elizabeth David and Mervyn Peake among others. He published his first novel, Johnny Sahib in 1952.

From 1960 he devoted himself to writing entirely and began work on the Jewel in the Crown, the first novel in the Raj Quartet, at his home in Hampstead in 1964. The story, beginning with the rape of Daphne Manners and its consequences, is set against the background of the partition of India and the creation of Pakistan, one of its key themes, life as an outsider in your own country, just has his family had been in PG. Scott struggled for most of his career to make money from his novels, plays and poetry and often supplemented his income with journalism. Though The Raj Quartet is the work for which Scott eventually achieved greatest fame, it was his last novel, Staying On, for which Scott achieved widespread recognition, with the award of the Booker Prize in 1977, just a year before his death. Six years later, the Raj Quartet was made into a 14 part TV series under the title Jewel in the Crown by Granada TV; it continues to be one of the most highly rated television dramas series of all time, and made actor Charles Dance famous. Scott died in 1978, aged just 57, following a struggle with cancer of the colon and the effects of a longstanding difficult relationship with alcohol. By that time he had not lived in Palmers Green for many years, but his parents appear to have remained here, possibly into the 1960s. Tom Scott died in 1958, and Frances in 1969.

For more about Palmers Green history and people, visit www.palmersgreenn13.com or ‘like’ us on Facebook. And if you have any Palmers Green stories, please get in touch.

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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 Palmers Green Farmers Market Every Sunday 10-1pm Palmers Green Train Station car park King’s Market – Community Farmers Market Every Sunday 11-3pm Ashfield Parade, Southgate, London, N14 5EH www.kingsmarketn14.co.uk Palmers Green Shopping Carnival Palmers Green Town Centre 11-4pm Live music, stalls and activities for the kids Open Air Theatre - Shakespear’s Merry Wives of Windsor 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th July 7.30pm Old Ashmolean Rubgy Club, The Bourne N14 6QY Shakespeare’s hilarious FAMILY comedy 'The Merry Wives of Windsor’ in which Paul Gladwin will be recreating the role of Sir John Falstaff, which he played for Principal in both Henry IV parts One and Two. Tickets www.millfieldtheatrecompany.com David Burrowes Charity Cricket Match in Aid of North London Hospice 11th July Starts at 5pm Winchmore Hill Cricket Club, The Paulin Ground, Ford’s Grove, Winchmore Hill, London N21 3ER

Winchmore Hill String Concert Saturday 12th July 7.30pm Winchmore Hill Methodist Church Green Lanes, N13 4EP Contact www.enfieldfestivals.com International Voices of Enfield Sunday 13th July 3pm United Reformed Church, Fox Lane, N13 4LR Tickets £10 children free Contact keytemusic@gamil.com Handmade @ Forty Hall EN2 9HA Sunday 13th July 12-5pm – Free Entry Enjoy a traditional craft day with a host of demonstrations. Children can get involved, a perfect family day out N21 Super Sunday Sunday 13th July 11-3pm @ Woodcroft Wildspace Fun for all the family at this community event Middlesex Keep Fit Association Summer Over 50's Classes Starts July 15th at 8 pm then weekly at 730 pm till August 26th

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St Andrew's Hall Silver St EN1 3EG (free parking) Only £5:00 just arrive and bring a friend! A not for profit Association, we support local charities. Any questions call Sue on 020 8882 8443 That Blue Patch playing some mellow acoustic favourites Sunday 13th July from 8pm St Monica's Parish centre, (St Harmonica;s Blues Club) 6 Cannon Hill N14 Two musicians, several instruments and quirky arrangements. In the bar - or perhaps the garden! Noah’s Ark- Rainbow Run Sunday 20th July at Allianz Park, Greenlands Lane, Hendon, London, NW4 1RL. Gates open at 11.00am. It's a 5k fun run with a difference. Start the race dressed in white. At various points along the route our Rainbow Squad will throw coloured powder over the runners! We are also recruiting for the Rainbow Squad, so your friends and family can donate £5 to be on the squad and throw coloured powder along the route! Visit www.noahsarkhospice.org.uk. Registration is only £15 for runners over 12 years old and £6 for runners under 12 years.

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LOVE IS IN THE AIR!

RUST AND BONE

Whilst quite a diverse selection, all of our next three films have a romantic theme. France is the setting for Rust and Bone and Le Week-end, but sandwiched inside this filmic baguette is a British classic celebrating its golden anniversary this month. So if you have had a hard day’s night chill out at the Fox for a cracking night which includes live music and Beatles quiz.

An utterly absorbing love story, Rust and Bone is a tale of a miraculous friendship which evolves into an enthralling and moving romance, wonderfully acted by Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts. French with English subtitles.

A number of you have asked for Dugdale tickets to be sold in Palmers Green. Your wish is our command - you can now buy tickets (£5) for ALL screenings from Anthony Webb office or Annita’s café on the station platform. ALL TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE:

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A HARD DAY’S NIGHT WED 23 JULY THE FOX N13 7.00 bar, live music, quiz 7.45 main feature Talkies, in partnership with Second Sight Films is proud to mark the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles 1964 seminal feature film, restored, remixed and now in glorious high definition. Live Music before and after the film, a Beatles quiz and, of course, an opportunity to dust off that Beatles’ wig and jacket.

LE WEEK-END TUE 12 AUGUST 7.45 DUGDALE CENTRE, ENFIELD In this magically buoyant and bittersweet film, Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan play a long-married couple who revisit Paris for a long weekend for the first time since their honeymoon, in hopes of rekindling their relationship or, perhaps, to bring it to an end.

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Palmers Green Tales by Jenny Bourke www.palmersgreentales.com www.facebook.com/groups/331208790354294/ Email us at palmersgreentales@gmail.com Many thanks to everyone who took the time to give us some great feedback last month, I have made the website slightly easier to navigate this month, so people can easily find the films which most interest them. Please go online and take a look. We hope to upload our two latest films by the middle of July. I am also posting some wonderful photos from the Southgate Photographic Society, if anyone has any more interesting photos please get in touch. The first of the films is about Talkies founder David Williamson. He shares with us his great interest in film and how he intends to get the whole community talking, not only about film. We all know how David and everyone involved with Talkies have made our community a more interesting and fun place in which to live. See page 20 for the latest Talkies events. Our second film is about St Harmonicas and features John Crowther. St Harmonicas is a great Blues venue and features wonderful bands every Friday night at the St. Monica's Parish Centre on Cannon Hill N14, www.thevintage.org.uk, John talks about his early interest in music and how that developed, his meeting with Dave Thomas, his involvement with the Hazelwood pantomime, the formation of the Vintage and setting up St Harmonicas. So two different stories this month but with a similar theme, local people helping to enrich our society, many thanks to them both.

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LIFETIME GUARANTEE on their Signature range and 25 years on their Spacia range. Other features of this designer flooring is that it is perfect for underfloor heating, more impact resistant then wood or ceramic and very easy to maintain

Amtico is a luxury vinyl tile that is water resistant and can come in many designs including wood, stone, ceramic and abstract as well as in many sizes. This gives you the choice of creating a bespoke floor and with its border options, you can replicate complicated parquet designs or just add a feature design to the perimeter. There are 80 pre-set designs to choose from in the Spacia range and 180 in the Signature range, so there should be something for everyone.

In our showroom we display all of the Spacia range with large samples and 100 of the Signature range. Walk into our showroom and you will also experience what it’s like under your feet as our floor is all Amtico in many different designs.

Amtico themselves are this year celebrating 50 years of providing leading flooring solutions. To mark this achievement they are now offering a

Russdales are the main North London authorised dealers and installers so our installations come with a full warranty and guarantee. We also offer full site inspection and sub floor preparation, so from the moment of choosing your floor to installation all works handled by our professional and experienced in-

house team, so no delays from outside contractors. 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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As our name suggests, we are committed to helping people access and enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle. With modern life we are lucky enough to no longer hunt for our food or fight for our survival, so sport has emerged as the best way for us to keep our minds and bodies fit and healthy. 10-years-old, the court size, rackets and balls don't change; so 12-year-olds can team up with their Granddad, and play against their mum and dad. Wheelchair players can compete with and against able-bodied players, and beginners could step on court with people who have been playing all their lives. We can think of no other sport that presents these opportunities as matter of course.

There are lots of great sports for people to play, and we encourage people to try as many as possible. However, tennis really does cater for any and all situations. You can play for fun with friends or family, you can compete in either singles or doubles, or as part of a team. So whether you are looking for a new activity for your 4-year-old or have recently retired and want to try a new sport, you can come down to one of our venues; there will be professional, enjoyable and high-quality sessions for you to try. One of tennis's unique attractions is what we like to call its 'mixability'. Essentially it means that anyone can play with anyone. As soon as you are more than

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For children under the age of 10, Tennis has been adapted into 'Mini Tennis'. This tailored approach enables players to develop vital skills and techniques at an early age and offers the perfect introduction to the sport, with all the fun and energy of the real thing. We pride ourselves on being able to offer a personal, friendly and reliable service, as well as guaranteeing organised and enjoyable sessions. Our enthusiastic and professional team of coaches can cater for all players regardless of age or standard. From our own 'Little Hitters' program for toddlers, Rusty Racket sessions for people who have been away from the game for a while, high-standard performance players or people with disabilities at our weekly disability tennis session.

those who can't already play, and people who can't play think lessons are for those who already do. We believe tennis lessons are for anybody who wants to learn a new skill or develop an existing one. We have venues in Southgate (N14), Palmers Green (N13) and Enfield (EN1), with lots of sessions running throughout the week, at weekends and during the summer holidays. We are sure that whoever you are, and whatever you aim to achieve from sport, the Primal Health Tennis Academy can help you on your way. Who knows - perhaps the next Andy Murray or Serena Williams may be from North London. If this has piqued your interest, please check out our website www.ph-tennis.co.uk or give us a call on 07787 392 622 - we're always happy to talk tennis!

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Let the Sun Shine... by Julia Sondack, Drapemasters Interior Furnishers Julia@drapemasters.co.uk www.drapemasters.co.uk As much as we love to see a little sunshine in the UK there are a few disadvantages. Namely it can interrupt our work, rest and play as well as cause damage to our interior furnishings and furniture. In this article we aim to give you some wonderful window treatment solutions for controlling the light entering your rooms to suit your lifestyle and achieve maximum comfort. Points to consider: The main thing to consider is how you want to use the room. Do you need the light simply diffused as in the case with glare on a TV or computer screen or do you need it to be totally blocked out for sleep? Or something between the two offering more control as the sun moves throughout the day? What sort of look or mood are you trying to create in the room, strong and bold, soft and subtle or rich and vibrant? Do you want the windows and their treatments to be a focal point of the room or to follow the flow blending with existing furnishings? Light Diffusers: Sheers offer one of the greatest methods of light diffusion and can be soft and diaphanous voiles, lending an ethereal feel to a room, or, could be clean cut and contemporary such as sheer roller blinds - made from a stiffened sheer fabric. The ranges of sheers now available are extensive from simple plains and colours through to patterned, printed and embroidered. Ultimate Control: If you need to control the amount of light entering the room, which may of course vary as

to the time of day, then blinds and shutters are definitely products you should look at. Being slatted they enable you to control the amount of light entering the room and the angle in which it enters. They also have the advantage of either folding back away from the window as in the case of shutters or stacking above the windows as with venetian blinds. Thus leaving the window entirely exposed if that’s desired. Sleep Tight: Blackout options in curtains and blinds are superb for a good night’s sleep without the interruption of those early sun rays. All curtain fabrics and roman blinds can be blackout lined and there are many options in pleated and roller blinds which can be blackout as well. In order to avoid any light seepage a pelmet or lambrequin can be used above or around the dressing. What to do next? Drapemasters offer free advice on all these products as well as a full interior design service. We will come out and measure your windows, show you samples and recommend the best solution for your situation following through with flawless fitting, safeguarding all manufacturers’ warranties. We will

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Change a life and start your fostering story… Enfield Council is always looking for foster carers who can look after children for short and longer periods; a few days, weeks, months and for some children, several years. Foster carers are part of a team and work alongside social workers, children’s parents, teachers, health and other professional’s to look after children and think about the plans for their future. All sections of the community are welcome to find out more. People are not expected to have any particular qualifications or to be from a certain background. What is expected is a real interest in caring for children and young people and the space in your home plus time in your life to foster a child. To become a foster carer you are taken through several stages of preparation. Enfield Council’s Fostering Manager, Ian Langley, says, “We do this because the children who need fostering have had difficult experiences and need understanding and knowledgeable adults who are able to care for and support them. Children or young people aged 0-18 year’s old living in

Enfield who experience a serious family breakdown to the point where their own family cannot care for them may need fostering. “Single children, children with disabilities, brothers and sisters, younger and older children may need fostering at any time so we want to have good foster families available who can step in and care for these children when they need it most.” Fostering is well respected and supported in Enfield. Carers are trained, invited to meetings and received payment and allowances for the young people in their care. Fostering has its rewards After refusing to foster for many years, one carer eventually agreed to look into it. “When one of my children moved away from home I had a spare room

in my house. My friend asked me again if I would consider becoming a foster carer. I agreed to find out more. I never knew that so many young people go through so many difficulties. I wanted to help and 21 years later I am still fostering! “I foster teenagers. They often remind me of my own experiences as a teenager. It can be very challenging, you give them alternative ways to deal with things and it’s as if they don’t want to know. “But when they have left and return to visit me with flowers they often quote me and I am always amazed that they had in fact been listening. It feels good being able to give them a positive experience of parenting. “Even now when I doubt myself and when the work is hard, I am reminded of how much they need me. Like me, you may never feel really sure if fostering is for you but until you go to

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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 was involved in a car accident earlier this year and I am intending to make a personal injury claim against the driver at fault for the accident. I contacted a solicitor last week hoping for a “no win, no fee” arrangement but was told I would have to give them 25% of my compensation if the claim was successful. They said it was to do with the new laws, which have made it impossible to recover my costs from the driver at fault. Is this correct? Until 1st April 2013, if a personal injury compensation claim was successful, the person making the claim usually received 100% of any compensation award, as the personal injury claim solicitors were able to recover their ’success fees’ from the unsuccessful defendant. Solicitors charge this success fee

mainly in order to cover the cost of any unsuccessful No Win No Fee cases they take on. Since April 2013 it is no longer possible to claim the “success fee” from the unsuccessful defendant. Therefore, the “success fees” is now paid out of the compensation that is recovered. However, in personal injury cases, the success fee that the solicitor may charge must not exceed 25% of the compensation received by the successful claimant, excluding any compensation for future care and loss (which must be paid to the claimant without any deductions). In an attempt to partially offset the effects of this change, the new regulations also implemented an across the board increase in general damages recoverable by the successful claimants by 10%. The base costs are still recoverable from the unsuccessful defendant, but these costs are also subject to strict regulatory limits.

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Creative Exchange News Wheely good! The Open Studios & Art Trail has another successful year... On Saturday and Sunday the 7th and 8th of June art and design lovers in their hundreds enjoyed the Art Trail around Southgate and Palmers Green. Undeterred by the rainstorm on Saturday and blessed by sunshine on Sunday, they came from as far as Watford, Wales, Harrow, Hertfordshire and Cornwall. More retailers got involved this year and all reported benefits to their business. Becca at Venture Photography said: "We love getting involved in community events and there was a real buzz at our studio. The artwork in the window generated lots of interest in the lead up to the event and we met lots of locals who said they'd always wanted to come in and this gave them the excuse. It’s great that people now know more about what we do."

Making heads spin on Green Lanes Denise of Westlakes with artist Clare Roels

Workshops went down a storm again – proving art is good for the soul and brings people together. Exhibitors were delighted to meet the public and made excellent sales. Here’s what visitors said: “Really enjoyed the art trail. So much so that we dedicated our whole weekend to it… purchased quite a few pieces so our home will look all the more beautiful.” “…such a brilliant event – every exhibitor is showing the most high-quality products. We love it.” “Brilliant! So well organised. As a local I had quite low expectations and was thrilled to see the extent, variety and organisation to be so excellent. Thanks for a great two days!” “Amazing local talent and inspirational pieces, it has made me wish to seek out my inner creative soul!” “A fantastic way to walk around our high streets.” “A breath of fresh air!” “We need things like this to unite our communities!”

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Next event: The Designer Craft & Art Fair on 16 November. All exhibitors under one roof. email: info@openstudios.uk.com to join our mailing list or for an application form to exhibit. Deadline: 21st July

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

This month’s artist: RON HEWITT Wednesday 16th July – Tuesday 12th August Monday – Friday: 9am – 7pm, Saturday: 9.30am – 5pm I first started looking at things in an odd way while growing up in a village in the Scottish borders. Then, as a student in Edinburgh, I would take pictures of fish on fire escapes and other oddities. The infatuation gradually faded as work and life took over, but now I can’t stop looking at things. We live in a very visual world where taking a photograph is as common as blinking, where selfies are ubiquitous and people snap the food on their plate. So does a photograph have any value any more? Well, no – such is the volume of images around us that we scarcely see anything with our jaded, “so what?” eyes. But then occasionally you see a photograph that stops you in your tracks and everything comes into – ahem – focus and the combination of light and composition and subject somehow becomes greater than the sum of its parts. That’s when you know you’ve seen a good photograph. That wow factor is something I’ve been looking to achieve since my love for photography was rekindled five years ago. My exhibition shows a selection of work reflecting the things that interest me, that make me see things with fresh eyes – whether it’s graffiti on walls or car parks in Wood Green or Kenwood House, I hope there are images that make you pause and ponder. All prints are available to buy – email me at rhewit63@yahoo.co.uk if you’re interested. And if you want to see more of my work, go to my flickr pages at https://www.flickr.com/photos/fishy4/ Please mention this article when contacting Ron

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Anthony Webb's Free community magazine featuring historical local articles, local blogs and stories of special interest alongside homes for...