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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:

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 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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Pg&s life july 2014  

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