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July / August 2017 Edition Issue 37

Past Times • James Henry Leigh Hunt, poet

Palmers Greenery • Three years on

Fire Safety • Landlords and tenants, what you need to know

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welcome It's fair to say that summer has arrived in Palmers Green! We were pleased to hear that Hazelwood School raised over £8,000 at their summer fete in June. It was a pleasure to sponsor this event and the Hazelwood Greek School summer fair. There is an excellent local community in Palmers Green and it's great to see everyone coming together to support the schools. This month we congratulate our new MP Bambos Charalambous and we bid a fond farewell to David Burrowes, read both of their articles on page 6 of our magazine. Spring is always a hive of activity for property market and over recent weeks we have moved many people in, out and around the area in agreeing both new sales and lettings. The summer months are a popular time to move as there is a better chance of dry weather, therefore making a stressful move that much easier. We have had an influx of potential buyers and high quality professional tenants registering with our office looking for good quality homes. So, If you are thinking of selling your home, or you have a property that is due to become available to rent then please call me for your free valuation on 020 8882 7888. Here are just a few of our happy clients.

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Don't forget the Palmers Green Festival at Broomfield Park on Sunday 3rd September, we look forward to seeing you there. Have a lovely summer


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A view from City Hall

by Joanne McCartney AM

Democracy is a wonderful thing E: Tel: 020 7983 5524 I have written before about the government’s proposed cuts to schools’ funding and the damage this is already having on our education system; proposed funding changes would have the greatest impact in London. Parents across our city had already become active campaigning citizens before the election was called, holding meetings to discuss and campaign against the proposed cuts, and questioning politicians of all parties on their plans. Parent groups organised local marches and activities to highlight their objection to the plans. It was heartening to see and had a huge impact. As I write we await the contents of the Queen’s Speech, but we hope that these proposed cuts to our schools will be scrapped, as we hope further planned cuts to our emergency services will be too. Congratulations to our newly elected MP, Bambos Charalambous, who I have known for many years as a hardworking local councillor and friend. He will be an excellent advocate for our area and its people.

More in Common Yesterday, 18th June, I spoke at a Great Get Together event to mark the anniversary of Jo Cox MP’s death. Over 120,000 events across the country took place where we celebrated Jo’s belief that we have more in common than that which sets us apart, and that we are united. Those sentiments and beliefs are ever more important now as we deal with the aftermath of the most appalling events that have taken place in our city over the past few months. The response to Jo’s murder and these other recent hate attacks has been to unleash an outpouring of love and solidarity, where people of all backgrounds stand together united against extremism and hate, showing the best of us, the best of London.

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Democracy is a wonderful thing. At regular intervals (and sometimes when we don't expect it) we get to choose our government, whether national, regional or local. As politicians we hope our manifesto will find favour; that our values and ideas reflect those of our electorate. The very recent general election was no exception. Called unexpectedly and at short notice the Prime Minister asked for the public’s support to give her a clear mandate to deliver a hard Brexit. The public had other ideas. Knocking on doors across Enfield & Haringey it was clear that many people were worried about leaving the EU and what it would mean for the economy, environmental protections and future opportunities for our young people. But in the main, local people primarily wanted to talk about the state of our public services - the resources to our emergency services, care services and cuts to education.


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Past Times... James Henry Leigh Hunt by Joe Studman, local historian Find out more about Enfield's local history on one of Joe's walks, turn to page 28 for more information. The next time you walk down Southgate High Street have a look between numbers 41 & 43 and discover a blue plaque erected by Southgate District Civic Trust to commemorate the birthplace of James Henry Leigh Hunt.

press had referred to the future George IV as "An Adonis of Loveliness" but Hunt called him “corpulent gentleman of fifty... A violator of his word..., a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps”. Refusing to make a public apology Hunt landed in Gaol for two years. Prison increased his veneration however, and he received letters from Shelley and visits from Charles Lamb. He was given a hero’s welcome on his release and Keats dedicated a poem to the event. Hunt was now in his element mixing with London Literati and becoming intimate with both Shelley and Keats.

Hunt’s grandfather claimed descendants from Royalists who fled to Barbados after The Civil War. Leigh Hunt's own father had to flee Philadelphia for his loyalist views in 1775 leaving behind a pregnant wife and three sons. When she caught up with him he was an impoverished preacher in London. Fortunately The Duke of Chandos, one of the few who was impressed by his sermons, offered him a position tutoring his son in Southgate. It was here that our James Henry Leigh Hunt was born in 1784 and named after his father’s pupil. His inherited Bajan good looks were offset by his forefathers mendicity. A precocious child, he was sent to Christ’s Hospitallers School where a speech defect prevented him studying for the church or law. He became a theatre critic and his independent reviews established him as a writer. However it was his forthright views that got him in trouble with the establishment. He avoided censure for his attacks on George 111 and military floggings but when he libelled The Prince Regent his fate was sealed. The

When Shelley moved to Italy in 1818 he invited Hunt to join him there to edit a magazine with Byron. Hunt’s perennial poverty delayed his departure for three years. He finally embarked from Blackwall in November 1821 with his wife Marianne, five offspring and their pet goat all crammed into a small cabin. Unfortunately after departure a storm brew up and the Hunts were dashed from one side of their cabin to the other. After five days they saw dry land and pulled into the haven of .........Ramsgate! They finally met Shelley on July 1st 1822 seven months after setting out. They fell into each other's arms but tragedy struck and Shelley was drowned within weeks of their reunion. Hunt was left relying on the parsimonious Byron who had no

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affection for Hunt or his dysfunctional family. Byron decamped to Greece where he died in 1824 and Hunt was forced to return to London in 1825 where he repaid Byron by penning a less than flattering biography of the poet. This and other projects failed to erase his penury despite pensions from Mary Shelley and Lord John Russell. His nadir was when Dickens, who at first admired Hunt, lampooned him with his character Herbert Skimpole in Bleak House. Despite Dickens protestations everyone recognised the source of the character. James Henry Leigh Hunt died in 1859 living to a relatively ripe old age compared to the early demise of the great talents he mixed with 35 years earlier. He generated conflicting opinions amongst his contemporaries who revered his company but as Thomas Carlyle said "Hunt was to be used with discretion". Leigh Lodge, later known as Eagle Hall was badly shaken by bomb damage in the second world war and was demolished in 1941. The road adjacent to the Southgate Fire Station now bears his name, Leigh Hunt Drive.

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Parliamentary Comment by Bambos Charalambous MP

Being your new member of Parliament for Enfield Southgate Tel: 020 7219 3460 On Thursday 8 June 2017 I was elected your new member of Parliament for Enfield Southgate. It is a huge honour and privilege to have won the support of the majority of voters and I have already started doing casework and attending community events. People have asked me what’s it like being a new MP and I’ll do my best to give an insight here. Being at Westminster is very much like starting your first day at a new school where you meet new friends and learn new ways and discover your new surroundings. As with all new starts there are a number of things that have taken some getting used to. The first thing has been getting used to a new work environment. Most MPs have offices in the very modern Portcullis House which is directly above Westminster tube station. MPs get an allowance to run their office and which covers stationery, equipment and separately staffing. New MPs have to wait weeks, sometimes months to get allocated an office and in the interim new MPs have to find

space to work in. At the time of writing I am still without an office but luckily I have been able to secure a temporary perch in another MP’s office. The other place I will often be required to attend is the House of Commons chamber which is so familiar with its green benches and dark veneer wood and yet so odd with its unusual procedures such as turning with your back to the chamber at prayers before debates. Another thing that I am getting used to is that more people recognise you than ever before and you are sometimes asked for selfies which although I find it flattering to think that anyone would want a selfie with me I am always happy to oblige. A further thing is that I now get lots of media requests ranging from interviews with the print media to live radio and television. I seem to have had slightly more interest than some of my new colleagues but many of the new MPs seem to be asked to do media requests,

primarily because we are all new. Finally, although I was used to getting casework e-mails, letters and phone calls as a councillor the volume is significantly higher and every day the casework comes thick and fast. I try to answer them as quickly as possible and as thoroughly as I can. As with all elections one person’s triumph is another person’s defeat and I pay tribute to David Burrowes dedication to Enfield Southgate and his 23 years of public service first as a councillor and then as an MP. All MPs try to the best they can for their constituents I know that David worked hard for his constituents in his time MP. I want to thank everyone who voted on 8 June 2017. I know that there are big expectations on me as the new MP and I will work hard to ensure that all the people of Enfield Southgate are well served by having me as their MP.

A note from David Burrowes by David Burrowes

Thank you May I thank the people of Enfield Southgate for the privilege and pleasure of representing you as MP for 12 years. It is a great constituency full of great people, associations and concerns. Thank you also for the 20634 electors who voted for me on June 8th. This election was the third time in 20 years when a big swing has unseated the incumbent Enfield Southgate MP. Each time the result raised serious questions for the losing party and, as I said at the count, for the Conservatives we need to develop an agenda full of hope, aspiration and compassion. We need to reflect and listen to the result, and get ready to return to the fray for the local Council elections next year. I congratulate Bambos Charalambous on


his victory and wish him well in his service of our local area. I would like to say thank you for all the kind messages that I have received since the election, particularly those from across the political spectrum. In a time in politics of division and discord, what gets less attention are the times when politicians work on a cross party basis, such as when we opposed extending Sunday Trading and secured support for refugees, relationships education and preventing homelessness. Given the new Parliament's arithmetic there will be a need for more cross party working in the national interest.

and look forward to new opportunities to serve our community. Finally can I thank my staff who have given such loyal service for countless constituents, and especially Jane Kelly who has worked tirelessly for me for 12 years in my constituency office. David Burrowes Former MP for Enfield Southgate 2005-2017

I now look forward to spending more time with my wife and children, who have been such a great support. I will continue to champion social justice causes like recovery from addiction and homelessness,

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The Palmers Greenery, three years on by Sarah Cotton It's been three years since you opened the cafe in Broomfield Park, how do you feel the Greenery has added to our community? Aside from being a much needed park facility, the Greenery has brought a village feel to Palmer Green and different people together. Volunteer Katharin says: 'I find that people generally come to us with a friendly smile and an enthusiasm to support our efforts. Some like a chat, while others come to enjoy the peace and quiet. Whatever else is going on in the world, a hot drink and a slice of sticky cake seem to help make everything a little better for a short while, at least.' What are the challenges of coordinating a voluntary project such as this? Juggling family, work and life in general with both the expected and unexpected that the Greenery throws at us. Also, growing our team of reliable, committed volunteers is an ongoing challenge. We need 12 volunteers every week to cover 6 shifts to stay as we are and that is a big ask of a core team of 40. We are constantly looking for more people to join the team to reduce the pressure on existing volunteers and allow us to open for longer during the Summer months. Without everyone giving their time and skills for free we couldn't put money into the

park which is also central to the project.

You always have a great range of freshly baked cakes who are your suppliers? We get such great feedback from customers about our bakes, which is a great source of pride for us all. All of our bakes are homemade by local bakers who are unbelievably committed. If someone is looking to volunteer what can they expect and how are they supported? We try very hard to support everyone who expresses an interest in doing shifts with at least two 'shadow shifts' with experienced volunteers. On these shifts, a new volunteer will be shown how things are done and we explain the ethos behind the project - it isn't just about serving tea and coffee. What happens to the funds you raise at the café? We are currently appealing for applications from the public as we are offering grants of up to £1,000 to any group or individual seeking to enhance Broomfield Park and the park environment for the community. We have £5,000 in total that we are looking to re-invest into the park.

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Palmers Green Protests! by Ruth Donaldson, Hazelwood parent Hundreds of parents and children marched through the streets of Palmers Green on Saturday 27th May to protest against school funding cuts. The fun, family friendly procession set off from Hazelwood Schools and marched to Broomfield Park, drawing lots of attention to themselves on the way. Children jumped at the opportunity to get creative, producing amazing posters and placards that described all the things they love about their school. One inventive pupil even took it a step further by performing a rap at the Triangle! They received a great reception from the local community, with plenty of cars and buses tooting their horns in support. Although the event was organised by parents from Hazelwood school, schools from across the borough were represented. Bambos Charalambous, our newly elected MP for Enfield Southgate, joined in the march, alongside representatives from the Liberal Democrats and the Green party. David Burrowes (Conservative) also attended the post-march picnic to speak to parents about their concerns. The key issue parents are campaigning against is the cut in per pupil levels of school funding.

This means that the average funding each school receives per child is due to fall in real terms by £27m across Enfield over the next 3 years. An independent research body, the Institute for Fiscal Studies, estimated that under current government plans, the level of per pupil funding will fall by 7% from 2015/16 to 2021/22. This was reported widely in the national media including the Daily Telegraph on 26th May 2017. All of this is already resulting in cuts to teaching staff, increased class sizes and less subjects being offered to pupils. Latymer School in Enfield has written to all parents asking for regular cash donations to make up the “very significant financial shortfall.” The organisers, who were a small group of Hazelwood parents, said they had never been involved in organising anything like this before. However, they felt driven to act by the feeling that parents could really make a difference. Organiser Ruth Donaldson said, “We felt

compelled to do something by the thought of what these cuts will mean for our children. This is not a distant political debate, this is something real that is happening on our doorstep that we can all do something about. A common theme across the posters and placards seen on the march was that children need to be seen as an investment that should be nurtured and not a cost to be cut. Whilst this is all very concerning, we also feel energised by the reception to the march, and the realisation that parents can make a difference. We are just six working parents who organised this in two weeks. If anyone else is interested in helping us take this forward we’d love to hear from them.”

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The Importance of Preparing Children for Secondary Transfer by Miss Rizzo, Headteacher, Grange Park Prep School At GPPS we believe it is our responsibility to prepare children for secondary transfer and to support parents through this process. We are not an academically selective school on entry (can you really assess a 3-4 year old child?) because we feel it is much more important to have parents who are fully supportive of their child’s education and will work with us to get the very best out of them. In preparing for secondary transfer, both parents and child with the teacher’s support must create mutually agreed and realistic targets. The word ‘realistic’ is crucial here, however counterintuitive it may feel. Obviously, there is nothing wrong with aiming for the highest possible results or the “best” schools, but it is important for this ambition to be tempered with a realistic perspective of what the child is likely to achieve. Irrespective of this choice we believe all children should be fully prepared and ready for secondary school. Support of parents begins with an informal information-giving session in Year 4 and providing a list of schools with dates of open days, entry process details and exam dates. We like to encourage our parents to visit schools, with their children from Year 4 so they can begin to understand which type of school would be suitable for their child. This

may be a local state, grammar or an independent school. In Year 5 we meet with parents to offer general advice on looking at and shortlisting schools. We also outline the demands of Year 5 and what parents can expect in the way of homework and timetable changes. Later in the year we meet with parents again on an individual basis to discuss in detail their child’s progress, subject areas their child needs to work on, their school choices and how to support their child through this period. We have timetabled lessons for Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning. From January in Year 5 through to Year 6 we hold weekly afterschool classes for children to sit past exam papers from a range of schools in Maths and English; we analyse the results to identify which areas require revising. The summer exams in Year 5 & SATs in Year 6 are

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Meet the Trollied Dollies by Ellie Sales Time to say a big warm ‘Hello’ to Trollied Dolly! A colourful, fun and fabulous women’s fashion label born and bred in Palmers Green. Founded by local sisters Louise and Nicole (pictured top left) and designed totally in-house from their N13 studio, the Trollied Dolly label produces a beautiful selection of vintage inspired designs with a playful London twist! The emphasis at Trollied dolly is on clothes to have fun in and to feel fabulous in. Whilst looking bright and beautiful about town you can also rest assured they are manufactured in an ethically sound environment in a small family run establishment. Having worked with the likes of ASOS, House of Fraser and Debenhams over the years Trollied Dolly has grown organically into the distinctive London brand it is today, available at selected stockists worldwide and also direct from their website. Despite their success, being active in the local community has always been important to the design duo and last month the brand helped to raise funds for the local Hazelwood School by hosting a fashion show debuting the brand new summer collection. Modelled exclusively by Mums from the school the event was a roaring success with the Mums looking utterly fabulous in the clothes and a great Prosecco fuelled time was had by all!! The Hazelwood mums are now rocking the school run in bright and beautiful Trollied Dolly outfits! Time to spread the word to the rest of Palmers Green and support this local brand whilst getting a little dose or wardrobe brilliance for yourself!

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Fire safety in shared or rented accommodation and a Landlords responsibility by Tony Ourris Did you know that people who live in rented or shared accommodation are seven times more likely to have a fire? The most important action you can take is to ensure you have a working smoke alarm on each level of your property. Landlords are required to install an alarm on each floor of the property, normally located in the hallway. Landlord’s obligations to keep your home safe from fire. If you live in privately rented accommodation, your landlord has to meet certain safety obligations under the law these include: • Making sure all gas and any electrical appliances they provide are safe to use and in good working order. • Gas appliances must be checked by a registered Gas Safe engineer every year. • Electrical appliances must carry the British Safety Standard sign.

• Your landlord must ensure furnishings are fire resistant and meet safety regulations. • Your landlord must show you safety certificates so that you can see when gas and electrical appliances were last checked. • Under the 2004 Housing Act, your landlord must ensure there are adequate escape routes in the property. Be extra careful with electrics • Avoid overloading sockets; keep to one plug per socket. • Use a proper adaptor if using a non UK electrical appliance. Never put two prong plugs into three prong sockets.

• Don’t use heaters for drying clothes and keep them a safe distance away from curtains and furnishings • Inform your landlord immediately if you are concerned about the electrics in your property. If you notice burn marks around plugs or cables for example. • Don’t fix faulty electrics yourself. Inform your landlord or call a qualified electrician. • An extension lead or adaptor will have a limit to how many amps it can take, so be careful not to overload them to reduce the risk of fire. Appliances use different amounts of power – a television may use a 3 amp plug and vacuum cleaner a 5 amp plug for example.

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Should I repair or replace my fence? by Mick Lawton your local Palmers Green DIY Doctor Mick is a specialist painter, decorator and carpenter with a building and property maintenance company based in Palmers Green. Questioning whether to repair or replace your fence? Many homeowners start out by weighing the costs. Repainting or repairing a fence is cheaper and easier than an all-out replacement—at least in the short term. Sometimes, replacing your fence is the better choice. Wooden Fence problems with easy repairs As a natural material, wood can be a little more damage-prone than synthetic materials. The elements can take their toll, and insects, moisture, footballs and other environmental factors may affect your wood fence. Signs your fence need repair include discoloration, warping, or splintering. If you notice these things, you should carefully inspect your fence to determine the cause of damage and if you can mitigate it. To repair your wood fence, you can patch small holes and cracks with wood filler or putty. For warping or more severe damage, it’s best to replace the affected boards completely. The downside of both of these repairs is that they will be visible, at least for a while. Wood filler can be concealed if you paint your fence but will otherwise show forever. A new board

will likely look different in colour but may weather in time to a similar colour as your old fence. If your fence will be painted after repair, neither of these options have drawbacks! When it’s better to replace your fence instead of repairing If you find any of these repair options to be too daunting, you can always opt for a replacement. There are times when replacing a fence makes more sense because amounts of the time, money, and effort required to repair it are too great. If your fence needs a major overhaul, here’s a good rule of thumb: if you have to replace more than 20% of the fence panels, it’s time to replace the entire fence. Keep in mind that replacing fence posts is also more difficult and expensive than replacing panels because the posts need to be dug out of the ground, and often, they’re mounted in

cement. If you have several fence posts in need of replacement, consider an entire fence overhaul. If your fence is very old, it may have simply worn out its lifespan, believe it or not, with proper maintenance, your fence should be expected to last anywhere between 20 to 50 years, depending on the material. If your fence is older than you are, it’s probably time for a new one! Maintain your fence so you don’t need to replace it! You should always stick to the recommended maintenance for your fence to make sure it lasts as long as possible. For wood fences, this often includes staining and sealing annually or every other year. If it’s time for a change, call me today for a quote to replacement your fence!

If DIY is not for you or your property requires painting or redecorating please call me. I'm both local and affordable. Visit my website to see examples of my work Contact me on 07985 412 599.

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Italy and its food etiquette: when in Rome do as the Romans do by Laura Scaramella In Italy, eating is not a trivial matter, Italians don’t consider food as a means for survival, but as one of the pleasures of life. Food is related to joy and it is to be enjoyed with friends and family. Eating is part of the culture as much as Michelangelo and Galileo are. Let’s see a few things that you can expect when going to Italy. About meals (pasti): Italians eat quite late compared to the British, so expect a restaurant to start getting busy at around 8.30. However, if you are hungry early, you can always enjoy a lovely ‘aperitivo’ before your meal. This is a drink, for example a glass of chilled prosecco, accompanied by nibbles such as bruschetta, olives, cheese, etc. Regarding the menu always ask for the specials as these will be the freshest items offered and it is what most Italians will order. About wine (vino): Wine is drank and savoured with the meal, it complements and completes it. Beer and soft drinks are usually drunk with pizza.

About coffee (caffè): When you ask for coffee, you will be served an espresso. If you try to order an item from the Starbucks menu, for example, Frappuccino you will probably be met with a question mark on the Barista’s face. If you order a ‘macchiato’ you’ll get an espresso with a drop of milk, or milk foam. Italian terms for a coffee are espresso, cappuccino and macchiato. Italians drink cappuccino only for breakfast or in the morning and never after meals. About parmesan (parmigiano): Usually cheese is not mixed with fish and seafood dishes. Italians don’t sprinkle parmesan on pizza, which is made with mozzarella. Just go with the flow and have it when it is offered. About ice-cream (gelato): When looking

for ice-cream in Italy, look for ‘produzione propria’ or ‘artigianale’ which means that it is made on site with natural ingredients. When in Italy relax, take your time to enjoy, blend in and try to use the beautiful language (la bella lingua). Italians are very forgiving when people try to speak Italian to them and appreciate the effort.

Whether you’d like to learn the language to get by or are more ambitious, at Parla Italiano we have an Italian course for you. Please get in touch by calling Laura on 07941 092593 or email:

10 Reasons to learn German: by Gabriele Trinczek

German is worth learning since it’s very flexible, practical, and expressive. Don’t get discouraged by its complexity, you don’t need to learn it perfectly but with enough practice, your language knowledge will extend to further horizons. Waiting politely until someone has letter of every noun begins with a 1It was Einstein’s first language. 5First finished their sentence is a virtue! capital. Why is that good? Because it makes reading faster and easier: German can be so subtle: the beauty of for German speakers have Organgen, Bananen, Aprikosen sind mein 9 2Jobs German is to express an idea in its exploded in recent years. Lieblingsobst. deepest complexity with only 1 word: sich and German share 60% of their vergengenwärtigen = to refresh a past German declensions are adopted from 3English vocabulary, so you can already speak idea and apply its value in the present; 6 Latin languages and there are merely and understand German before you even mitdenken = to actively think in a start learning it: house, loyal, hunger, gold, bed have the same meaning in both languages. is spoken in over six 4German continents: 100 million native speakers,

and it’s the officical language in Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein and Belgium.

four cases, whereas Latin has six!

It has a lot of funny false friends with English: bad = evil / das Bad = bathroom; boot = shoe/das Boot = the boat; gift = the present / das Gift = poison.


Attention to very end is essential: German word order is fairly rigid and in most sentences the verb is placed at end.


teamwork for a common cause; Fingerspitzengefühl = the ability to deal with sensitive issues in accordance with the circumstances. German countries are a beautiful 10 holiday destinations and the gratification of saying in German “Ein Bier bitte” is second to none.

New German 5-week introductory courses for complete beginners, starting September 2017. Please contact Gabriele on 07930 923435 or e-mail or visit my website

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he property is ideally located for both Wood Green underground station and Bowes Park mainline station, with Green Lanes’ shops, restaurants and bus routes a short walk away. Benefits include a living room with laminate floor, a fitted kitchen with appliances and doors to garden, a spacious bathroom and a double bedroom with fitted wardrobes and ensuite shower and gas central heating.

well presented two bedroom flat located minutes' walk to Palmers Green's shops, restaurants, bus routes and mainline station (Moorgate). This character flat is situated on the first floor of this 30s built block and retains the original wood block parquet flooring. Benefits include a spacious living room with duel aspect windows and wood burner, modern bathroom, kitchen with door to roof terrace and stairs down to private communal gardens, loft space, double glazing and gas central heating.

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ERY SPACIOUS FLAT IN GREAT LOCATION. A three bedroom ground floor flat located in this quiet cul-de-sac location off Cannon Hill. Benefits include a large entrance hall, a spacious living room, modern kitchen, family bathroom, an en-suite shower room to master bedroom, one further double bedroom and one small double bedroom, double glazing, gas central heating, secure entry phone system and communal gardens.

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OUR BEDROOM/TWO BATH HOUSE TO LET. A well presented end of terrace house located off Hazelwood Lane close to Palmers Green's shops, and mainline station into Moorgate. A spacious living room opening to a beautiful kitchen/dining space with appliances and doors to garden. The first floor offers two double bedrooms, one with a balcony overlooking the New River, one good size single bedroom and a modern family bathroom. The converted loft boasts a double bedroom and shower room.

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How to save corporation tax by Alex Chrysostomou Alexander Associates, your local accountant 24A Aldermans Hill, Palmers Green, London N13 4PN Tel: 020 8882 6611 Fax: 020 8882 6621 Email: Website:

Since April 2016 owner managed businesses are being taxed more on the earnings they extract from their company from the new dividend tax regime. As a result, there is even more focus on offering advice on how to extract your earnings in a more tax efficient way. One way of doing this is to maximise the pension contributions made from the company. We have recently been working with an owner managed company who had excess profits and were averse to drawing out more dividends and paying the extra ‘new’ tax. The first step was to maximise the pension

contributions that the company made for the two directors - £40,000 each, leading to a corporation tax saving of £16,000. We also looked at how to maximise the tax efficiency of the pension contributions and concluded on using the pension scheme to buy a commercial property that the company could operate from (note that a pension scheme cannot buy a residential property). The company can then pay the rent of the commercial property directly into the pension scheme and this will be create a further corporation tax deduction for the company. The added advantage is that the

rent being paid into the pension scheme faces no income tax, so not only is the pension fund growing every year, the company is enjoying a perpetual tax saving. In conclusion, excess profits can be used to make employer pension contributions which are a tax-free benefit and deductible for the company. Better results can be achieved if the pension purchases the commercial premises and lease it back. Any advice on pension contributions and setting up pension scheme (SIPPs or otherwise) should be discussed with a financial 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.

Introducing fine artist Dorrele Morgan This exhibition entitled, The Magical Clown Defies The Reality Of Simulation by fine artist Dorrele Morgan was previously exhibited at Mario's cafe, Kentish Town in April 2017. It was a huge success as work was sold and admired by Mario's customers. The Magical Clown Defies The Reality Of Simulation is now on tour and will be traveling to Anthony Webb Estate Agents in Palmers Green in July to August where the work will be exhibited on their office walls. Most of my work comes from childhood memories and my love the natural world. I first became aware of nature from about the age of three. The first thing I discovered was a tree. I was so excited that I started twirling around in a circle and danced beneath the tree. It was such a joy that as I span around I fell to the ground and burst into fits of laughter, I felt spritually connected to the tree. My Clown images were created from an experience at 10 years of age when my father took my sisters and I to the circus for the first time. I was fascinated by the magic of the circus, but at the same time overwhelmed by the vivid colours and abstracted shapes of the clowns face. Generally as an artist I am a colourist and my imagination is a high point in my work, so this image was ideal in bringing these aspects together. How it all started Originally I worked for Fortnum and Mason in the

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confectionery department. It was there I discovered my creative flair, producing elaborate packaging decorated with flowers and ribbons for customers such as The Royal Family. I also created stunning window displays for the department using my artistic skills. One of my proudest achievements was winning a t-shirt design competition, where the t-shirt design was to be used for Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Association. The winning t-shirts went on sale at the museum shop at Wimbledon. I have been staging solo exhibitions and taking part in numerous group exhibitions since 1998 to date. My biggest exhibition entitled, Vision of Paradise Nature's Haven, was a solo show at the Dugdale Centre, Enfield in 2015. It was a retrospective of many of my work throughout the years. At the moment I am a mature partime student studying for a fine art degree at The University of Hertfordshire and will graduate in 2018. I have continued to take part in solo and group exhibitions while at uni, which has helped me to stay focused and develop my work. Future plans are to set up a studio after graduation and make further progress.

Please join us for a private viewing of Dorrele's exhibition at Anthony Webb on Wednesday 19th July from 7.30pm to 9.30pm

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Discover your local area with JAYWALKS Sunday Afternoon Guided Walks

Sunday July 16th 2017 WINCHMORE HILL Meet Winchmore Hill Station 2pm A walk around the village encountering persecuted quakers, murdered PM’s a sprinkling of ghosts and histories of some of the important buildings. Sunday 22nd October 2017 SOUTHGATE Meet Southgate Tube 2pm Southgate Station to Southgate Green via the back alleys meeting The Walkers, Cuthberts Seeds, Southgate House, Arnos Grove and The Cherry Tree. Sunday 17th December 2017 PALMERS GREEN Meet Palmers Green Station 2pm Meet Billy Biscuit, visit Loch Melville and hear about the elopement in a laundry basket. Walks last 90 minutes and will cost £5.00 per person. No need to book just turn up

LOCAL HISTORY COURSE AUTUMN 2017 Forty Hall will be hosting my next Local History course starting on: Wednesday 4th October 7pm This 10 week course will be an introduction to the history of Enfield, Edmonton and Southgate. Each session will consist of two 30/40 minute illustrated talks. The first presentation will be a chronological history of Enfield including Roman, Elizabethan and its impact on the Electrical Industry in the 20th century. The second will explore a specific area or topic in the borough including Enfield Chase, Winchmore Hill & Edmonton. No previous knowledge is required and the course will aim to entertain as well as instruct Cost will be £50.00 for the ten week course. Book direct with Forty Hall at Should you have any further questions feel free to phone, text or email me. 07875 537295 WWW.JAYWALKS.CO.UK

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Summer Hair Tips for 2017 by Kiri from Fabulous Hair Company Fabulous Hair Company 382 Green Lanes, N13 5PD Tel:020 8886 7070 Welcome: This August Fabulous Hair celebrates 20 years trading in Palmers Green, we have seen many changes over the last 20 years but nothing bigger than the new cycle lane, even though all our lives have been disrupted in one way or another I’m sure it’ll be worth it in the end. I’m for one looking forward to the new a look Palmers Green High Street, let us hope it doesn’t have too much of a negative impact on the high street shops, traffic and parking! Let us look at ways you can protect your hair in the sun be it while you are on holiday or enjoying the lovely weather we are currently experiencing. A Hat is Best! Covering up your hair is by far the best way to protect your hair from the sun. It gives you maximum UV protection, it will also help your scalp retain moisture and as a bonus it will stop the wind from tangling your hair and help reduce colour fade, if you’re not a lover of hats try a scarf instead. Hair Masks. Why not slick your hair back with a conditioning mask while you’re on the beach it will act as a sun block and a barrier to salt water and chlorine found in swimming pools. My

favourite is a Marula mask for maximum hydration and repair. Hair Oil. Oil and water don’t mix, use a few drops of oil to prevent salt water and Chlorinated water penetrating your hair. I recommend Paul Mitchells Awapuhi Treatment Oil or Marula oil. If your hair is prone to turning slightly green in the pool (chlorine doesn’t turn your hair green, Algecide which stops algae from growing in pools, does). Try using a good Chelating shampoo. Shampoo 3 from Paul Mitchell is your

perfect product to remove unwanted minerals from your hair and if you don’t have one at hand try sparkling mineral water the fizz will help remove anything clinging onto the surface of your hair and finish with an overnight conditioning mask. There are many more ways to prevent damaging your hair in the sun but I only have a limited amount of space so please visit our website or Facebook page for a more comprehensive article on how to look after your hair in the sun.

If you have any questions that need answering quickly, please email me at and I will get back to you soon as I can. If you enjoyed my article let us know, like us on Facebook and we will enter you in our monthly competition for a chance of winning 1 in 10 Paul Mitchell in-salon Awapuhi Wild Ginger Keratin treatments worth £25. Just go to our website and, or click the Facebook icon to Like.

New Mum? I’m here for you by Nicola Forward, your local Amatsu Practitioner. So your little one has arrived and you’re getting down to the serious business of looking after this tiny, helpless bundle. You are probably very tired from lack of sleep and you may be feeling somewhat overwhelmed by your new responsibilities. Lifting and twisting with heavy bags, babe and buggy can make your back ache. You might be having to be ever more inventive to find a comfortable position for the seemingly endless feeding and changing which can result in stiff neck and shoulders. Everyday tasks seem to take longer to complete and you may be feeling emotionally fragile and quite vulnerable as you navigate this temporary new you. And there never seems to be any time for you anymore! Ginny called me when her daughter was nine months old and by then she was feeling really frustrated saying, “I feel really down and old. My body is not able to carry out the simplest thing and I’ve always been so well, so fit and strong!” She described a “belt of pain” across

her lower back that meant that even walking and sitting comfortably felt impossible. An Amatsu session uses touch, pressure and natural movement to gently realign your physical body, working to release any twists and torsions that may have developed helping to restore your natural craniosacral rhythm to calm your nervous system. It doesn’t matter how easy or difficult your time through pregnancy and delivery has been or how far away from your birth plan it has led you - the important thing is that you are both here now, safe and sound. And Amatsu can help to settle you both physically and emotionally so that you are in the best possible state to look after your baby and

enjoy your time together. After a series of weekly Amatsu sessions Ginny’s body began to regulate itself and we have been able to extend the time between sessions. Ginny calls Amatsu her “Miracle Me Time” saying, “it feels so relaxing and while it sorts out my body I get a little of my own time, which is so precious to me now.”

I am sure as a Mum of a little one you can identify with that! Amatsu can be gently restoring…and most importantly – just for you. Mobile: 07720 81 01 01 Email: I run a special “3 for 2” Introductory Offer for Amatsu Virgins. Call me to discuss Amatsu and you - invest in your own “Miracle Me Time.”

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David Williamson Coming up at Talkies…. FOX UPDATE AND A PICNIC IN THE DARK… If you haven’t yet heard, there will be a public consultation about The Fox PM on JULY 4 at the Fox. Get along to have your say. Talkies believes the shape of the function room, is unsuitable for entertainment. The good news is that we should be able to use The Fox as a venue until late autumn at least. Other good news is that our annual ‘Family Picnic in the Dark’ – this year with Jurassic Park is on the last Friday of the school holidays – September 1st. Check our website for the full autumn programme with lots of great screenings.




In association with The National Autistic Society, the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA at the leading edge of the feminist and civil rights movement, whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space.


More great world cinema at The Dugdale centre in Enfield. A young Afghani refugee in Iran channels her frustrations and seizes her destiny through music after her family tries to sell her into a marriage.


Broomfield Bowl becomes the setting for one of the


JURASSSIC PARK all time classics - Jurassic Park. Talkies annual BROOMFIELD PARK BOWL

picnic in the park in the dark on the last Friday of the school holidays. Come in your dinosaur onesy!


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 Susan Mehmet and myself have been making a film about the Apiary in the Broomfield Park Orchard. I have often visited the Orchard during its lovely open days and enjoyed the honey sold by the volunteers, but have been a little wary of going too near the bees. However we were very pleased to hear about how the hives are looked after and how necessary they are, indeed bees ensure our plants and crops are pollinated and consequently that we are fed. The team of volunteers, led by Kim Lumley work very hard to ensure that the hives are safe so the bees can carry on their good work. They also talk to schoolchildren about their work.

Here is a group of children from Hazelwood being shown by Kim Lumley, how beekeepers work and protect themselves. A picture of one of the hard working bees,

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you can just see the pollen on the bee’s legs. The Pollen and nectar are taken back to the hive as food for the bees which remain in the hive. Bees work as a team, each with their own particular role within their community. This ensures every bee is busy fulfilling their function, whether it’s being queen bee and laying lots of eggs or a forager, busily looking for food to bring back to the hive. Lastly, a picture of some of the hives in the

orchard, with adult voluntees looking after them. Bees thrive in cities due to the lower use of pesticides and the abundance of a diverse range of flowers and plants available for them to feed from.

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In the Garden with Paul Knight The Secret Garden Contact Paul on 07957 942728 or visit his website That notion of secrecy, mystery and enclosure is still, for me, a vital ingredient of my ideal garden. In larger gardens it is relatively easy to create an air of intrigue, with curving paths leading off at angles or diving behind hedges to emerge at a secret summerhouse, shaded seat or secluded glade of trees. But even a smaller space can have a quiet corner tucked away; somewhere to sit with a glass of wine on a summer's evening, or a scented enclosure filled with flowers. The key is not to give away all your garden's secrets at first glance. Gardens that are instantly "readable" can easily become boring, while the suggestion of something hidden invites exploration. In a long, narrow town garden, there's scope to divide the space into a series of smaller, square "rooms", which are not only easier to design and plant, but can each have a different character. But even in a tiny plot, screening one corner with a hedge or, if you're too impatient to wait for box or yew to grow, a panel of woven willow or trellis with climbers scrambling up it, can

create that crucial feeling of enclosure. You can enhance the feeling by framing the opening with a metal or trellis arch, and place an attractive seat inside; you could even commission a simple bench from a local artist or craftsman, perhaps with your initials or a fragment of a poem inscribed on the back. If space really is at a premium, there are a few more tricks guaranteed to conjure up an air of mystery. Mirrors work instant magic, their reflections suggesting hidden worlds beyond, and are especially effective when framed by something resembling a doorway. False doors work a similar spell, maybe with a small window, glazed with mirror, at the top - any old skip-find, painted up and framed in wood, will do. These are simple tricks, but gloriously effective: the first visitor to my London garden after I'd installed a large mirror, its edges obscured by climbers, on the back wall, asked, "Gosh is that another part of the garden through there?" So perhaps I got my own secret garden in the end, even if it was only through artifice.

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Free Cakes for Kids Enfield All children love a cake on their birthday Some families find it hard to provide one Free Cakes for Kids Enfield can help! Free Cakes for Kids Enfield is a service for families who find it difficult to provide a birthday cake for their child. It’s a true community project with, at its heart, a dedicated group of enthusiastic (and very talented!) amateur bakers who donate their time and baking skills to bring joy to some of the borough’s children. In these times of austerity, more and more families are struggling to keep their heads above water. Often, the approach of a child’s birthday can fill them with dread, as they wonder how they are going to manage to make their son or daughter’s day special.

And that’s where Free Cakes for Kids Enfield comes in. How does it work? Free Cakes for Kids Enfield is part of the nationwide Free Cakes for Kids network, which was started in 2008 specifically to make sure that children don’t go without a cake on their birthday. We have built connections with many Enfieldbased agencies who work with local families who are struggling for various reasons, such as domestic violence, financial difficulties, caring responsibilities or health issues. These organisations refer children to us as their birthday approaches and our wonderful team of volunteers ensures that every child we hear about receives a delicious, beautiful, home-

made birthday cake. What difference does a cake make? Everyone loves cake, but birthday cakes are extra special, and having one made especially for you can make all the difference. It also creates a centrepiece for a celebration with family and friends. Would you like to join the Free Cakes for Kids Enfield team? Free Cakes for Kids Enfield was started in June 2014. It took us nearly two years to reach the 100 cake milestone, just another nine months to hit 200 and now, only three months later we’re fast approaching the 250 mark! When we started the group, we had three

volunteers. We now have 40 – some of whom bake regularly, others less frequently. There’s no obligation to bake a certain number of cakes – volunteers offer to bake a cake as and when they can. But with the number of referrals increasing every month (in May we baked 18 cakes!), we’re always delighted to welcome new members to our team. So if you enjoy baking and decorating cakes, and have a bit of time to spare, contact us to find out more about volunteering with Free Cakes for Kids Enfield – we’d love to hear from you! And even if you can’t bake, there may be other ways in which you could help such as delivering the cakes, supporting our fundraising efforts and simply spreading the word in Enfield about our work.

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Your Legal Questions Answered

by Fariz Uvais

Fariz Uvais is a Consultant Solicitor at Fahri LLP based in Whetstone North London. Write in and ask your legal questions. Fariz will try and answer your questions in Palmers Green LIFE each month. Send your questions to Fahri LLP, 1268a High Road Whetstone, London N20 9HH or by email to Tel: 0203 813 8457 I have received a few enquiries recently from people who have suffered from scam transactions. The route to reclaiming your money will depend on how you paid the scammer. 1) I used a bank transfer If you've been caught out by a complex and convincing scam which has resulted in you transferring your money into another bank account than you should contact your bank immediately. The bank can try and recover the funds once they are notified. You could also have grounds to complain if somehow the bank has contributed to the fraud or if they've failed to try and recover the funds properly. If your bank refuse to offer you a refund, or only offers a partial refund, you have a couple of options:

• Make an official complaint with the bank - but be aware that banks have up to 8 weeks to deal with an official complaint. • Inform the bank that you will escalate your complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service. • You should also contact the police, a crime number will usually help your claim. 2) I paid using Paypal Order not delivered: If the scammer has taken payment for an item through PayPal and then hasn’t sent, you should be covered by PayPal Buyer Protection. But there are some exceptions and time limits on lodging a claim. In some cases scammers set up convincing looking PayPal payment forms which actually just gather your bank details. In these cases you have no protection under the PayPal Buyer Protection Scheme. Fake PayPal payment page: This is because PayPal aren’t part of the transaction; the

scammer has just used their branding without their knowledge to make fraudulent activity look legitimate.

Seller protection: Where a scammer pays through PayPal, takes delivery of the order, and then claims that they didn't receive it and makes a claim through PayPal Buyer Protection or Section 75. If you’re caught by this scam you’ll probably want to make a claim under Paypal Seller Protection. But this has conditions and requirements particularly around the delivery address that's used and the seller having proof of delivery. In some instances the scammer will be aware of these rules and will specify a different delivery address, or collect in person. In this case you won't be covered by seller protection because you've not met the condition of posting the item to the account holder’s registered address.

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Introducing our team .... The Family Law Specialists

Christina Pieri

Karen Chapman

Marion Foley

Mena Ruparel

Martha Koumbas

Rene Panayiotou

Peter Vassila

Kristina Nickoli

Hi there, my name is Kristina Nickoli and I am the new addition to Chapman Pieri Solicitors specialist team of family lawyers. I qualified as a solicitor in October 2016 although I do have a number of years’ experience working in law under my belt. I am very much looking forward to working in Chapman Pieri Solicitors niche family law practice as they are well known in the local area and beyond. They also enjoy an excellent reputation for their assurance to get clients the best result possible and their client focussed service. I am the Committee Chair of Hertfordshire YResolution. Resolution is an organisation of over 6,500 family law professionals who are committed to reaching a constructive resolution to family issues. If you or anyone you know needs family law advice, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 020 8882 9850 or via email There are now six solicitors all of whom practice exclusively in family law on a day-to-day basis so there is always someone here who is able to guide and advise you through the procedure of separating/divorcing. The Chapman Pieri team consists of: • • • •

Karen Chapman – Director/Solicitor Christina Pieri – Director/Solicitor Marion Foley – Director/Solicitor Mena Ruparel – Solicitor Consultant

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Martha Koumbas – Solicitor Kristina Nickoli – Solicitor Rene Panayiotou – Trainee Solicitor Peter Vassila – Paralegal

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SOCIAL MEDIA AND DIVORCE…. THINK TWICE! In today’s society where most people’s main means of communication is through social media, we often post on Facebook, Tweet, Instagram or Snapchat without giving a second thought as to what we are sharing about ourselves and our lives on the internet for all to see. When it comes to divorce, it’s really important that you think twice. What you share about yourself on social media can be used against you within divorce and children’s proceedings and it may be easier than you think to incriminate yourself. Moreover, criticising your ex online may result in you being shown in a bad light and will do nothing but increase the tension between you, your ex, your family members and friends who no doubt will be the first to defend their loved ones. So let’s go back to my first point, incriminating yourself. You may be doing something completely innocent like posting about a much needed retail therapy session or holiday that you have been on. Whilst I think that we can all admit that what we portray online is not always the reality, it’s very easy for something to be taken out of context. Therefore, always think twice before posting as what you do not want is for your true financial position to be represented falsely and used against you when it comes to the often messy process of divorce.

social media is really not the place to express your emotions. Speaking to a family member or a close friend is a far better way to try and deal with what you are going through. Secondly, whether or not your ex is on social media, the chances are that they and/or their family members and friends are going to see what you have posted. Maybe that’s what you want. However, be wary as anything you post may later be used against you in an attempt to try and portray you badly. Moreover, criticising your ex is likely to just increase hostility which you may find results in your ex engaging spiteful tactics throughout your divorce which they may not otherwise have. So, broadly, my advice would be to follow one rule. Think twice before posting on social media when going through a divorce and do not post anything that you are not prepared for the whole world to see.

Badmouthing your ex online is a massive no-no, whether directly or indirectly. Let’s be real, when you are aware of someone’s situation, it’s not difficult to work out who they are referring to when they post indirect comments. Firstly, doing so is not going to make you feel any better about the breakdown of your marriage and At Chapman Pieri Solicitors, we offer a no obligation, Fixed Fee Initial Consultation at £150 plus VAT. You will receive excellent advice from one of our experienced team. Should you require any further information, please give us a call here at Chapman Pieri Solicitors on 0208 882 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: Address: Southgate Office Village, Block D, 286 Chase Road, Southgate, London, N14 6HF.

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