Winter 2020 Palmers Green and Southgate LIFE magazine

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Palmers Green


LIFE Winter 2020 Edition Issue 47

• Past Times The factory that became a village A history of The Royal Small Arms Factory in Enfield • The new Enfield Landlord licencing scheme How will it affect local landlords? • The 23rd Scouts Group Join us at our Jumble Sale!

The Lewis Gun assembly line, Enfield

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welcome The property market is forecast to bounce back in the New Year as the decisive election result releases the pent-up demand of buyers that have been waiting for stability before they make their move. At Anthony Webb we noticed an increase in traffic to our website and people contacting us looking to buy from the very next day after the election result. The large Conservative majority was described by one broker as a ‘massive adrenaline shot’ for the property market - with home sales projected to rise - however the same may not be said for house prices. It’s important to be realistic when selling your home as property priced correctly will sell quickly and often for a better price than overpriced properties that can linger on the market for months. The New Year is now forecast to see sellers potentially pulling forward plans to put their homes up for sale during the traditional busy spring period. Therefore, if you are thinking about selling it would be wise to get ahead of the competition and call in a trusted local agent. They will be able to advise you on current market values, marketing strategies and help you get on the move! If you would like a market appraisal please contact our experienced team on 020 8882 7888. 2020 marks an important milestone for Anthony Webb as we celebrate 20 years in business. It’s fair to say that recent years have been tough with the political and economic uncertainty. We are extremely grateful for the support of our clients that have enabled us to continue serving the community. We hope that 2020 is a prosperous year for all.



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The history of the 23rd Scout Group in Fox Lane, N13 by Sarah Brandi For more information contact Sarah, Group Scout Leader, or see the notice board in the Burford Church Hall foyer Joe Wright, a resident of Grovelands Road, love of scouting was inspired by Baden Powell’s ‘Camp for Boys’ on Brownsea Island in the summer of 1907 and the publication of “Scouting for Boys” in 1908. In 1908 Joe saw a boy in the new scout uniform on Finsbury Park Station and asked him where the Troop met and gave him his name and address to pass onto his leader. He was contacted by the Scout Leader and joined the Scout Troop as an Assistant Scout Leader in 1908. Back then the Troop met in Bounds Green. Joe continued working with the Bounds Green Troop whilst the Congregational Church in Fox Lane was being built, which Joe had joined whilst worship was being held in the Church Hall. In the summer of 1910 the boys in his Bible class informed him they wanted to be Boy Scouts and him to be their Scout Master. He told the troop leader in Bounds Green and it was agreed he could set up the 2nd Palmers Green Scout Group at Congregational Church, Fox Lane. There were 2 Scout Groups in Fox Lane, one at St. Georges Presbyterian Church, set up in 1920 and the other at the Congregational set up in 1910. In 1973 these two churches amalgamated to become The United Reformed Church. This meant the Scout Groups

also had to merge and became the 23rd Southgate Scout Group as we know it today. Over the last 100+ years thousands of boys, and now girls as well, have benefited from being members of our Scout Group. We have catered over the years for youngsters from 6 to 20, now 6 to 18 years of age, who have met every week to learn life skills, importance of community, enjoy adventurous activities, camps and lots more. You name it we will do it if possible. Scouting aims to be adventurous without being hazardous, fun and challenging without being dangerous. The activities the youngster take part in have changed with the passage of time to reflect the present society but the basic aims are still the same as they were in 1907 when this largest youth organisation in the world was founded by Baden Powell. All I can say is we must be doing something right as we still have over 100 youngsters through our doors each week, I think the phrase is ‘voting with their feet’. We invite the community to join us at our next Jumble Sale - Saturday 28 March from 2.30pm at Church Hall on the corner of Fox Lane/Burford Gardens, N13.

Boys going to camp in 1923

The Scouts today, learning to wire a plug

Southgate Photographic Society by Kevin O'Neill View their exhibition between January and March in our gallery Today, most of us are photographers with phones in their pockets, and naturally some would like to develop photography further as a pastime. Our phones and cameras have capabilities that would make a professional photographer of 20 years ago green with envy. The question is, once you’ve chosen your implement, what do you want to do with it? Southgate Photographic Society has been helping members to answer that question since 1938. We meet once a week on Tuesdays in term time, as well as organising photo walks and social events. In a friendly social setting, we work on improving our pictures via a mixture of critiqued competitions, workshops, lectures, walks and many cups of tea. Help is always available on technical or creative challenges, making learning photography easier and more stimulating than following a book or online tutorial. One of the advantages a photo club has over social media is access to external judges to get useful, impartial feedback on our images. We work with projected images and prints. Members are not obliged to show their work until they are comfortable with it, and our evenings accommodate beginners and experienced photographers alike, so everyone learns at their own pace. You can learn a lot from listening to other people’s images being critiqued and the occasional lively argument once the judge has left! The 2020 programme is now on our website and we have speakers covering landscapes, astronomy, macro, travel and street photography.

We reserve some nights to bring in our cameras and work on some of the topics we’re learning about. Experienced members will also hold workshops and Q&A sessions on subjects such as post-processing techniques, or printmaking. We have a set of studio lights which we use as a learning tool for portrait photography. We will also compete against other North London clubs and will have a sprinkling of social occasions during the year from dinners to pub evenings to coffee mornings at home. A year’s membership is only £75. We meet in the upstairs hall to the rear of the St Paul’s Church in Winchmore Hill, where there is ample parking. Tuesday meetings are between 8 and 10pm, with a tea break in the middle.

You can reach us at, and you can see our programme and our pictures at or via We welcome anyone who is interested to drop into a couple of meetings and check us out. Hope to see you soon!

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Past Times... How Britain was unprepared for World War Two by Jim Lewis Today’s researchers might think it remarkable, given Hitler’s territorial grabs in Europe following WW1, that during the inter-war period the now famous Royal Small Arms Factory at Enfield Lock had not developed any new weapons. There was really only one piece of development at this government-controlled armoury that had begun in 1926 with a long and drawn out programme of trials and upgrades of the latest version of the Lee Enfield rifle. This new upgraded weapon was finally approved in November 1939 (the same month that Britain declared war on Germany). The weapon became known as the Short Magazine Lee Enfield (SMLE) No 4, Mk 1. Ironically the rifle was never mass-produced at Enfield Lock as the design was shipped out to other factories to be manufactured, although some of these weapons found their way back to Enfield Lock for correction and inspection by skilled armourers.

Unprepared and under equipped During the inter-war years, the British government had taken its eye off the ball and had seemingly ignored the increasing popularity, by armies around the world, for automatic weapons over the traditional boltaction magazine rifle. For many years there had been debates in British military circles, going back as far as the mid-19th century when the single shot breech-loading Snider rifle was introduced (his weapon was a modification of the muzzle loading Enfield Pattern 1853). Here traditionalists in the military had argued that troops at the front would fire away too much ammunition because the weapons had superior loading power to what had been available before. This outdated point of view seems to have prevailed for some time and may have been partly responsible for government’s reluctance to allow the Enfield Lock armoury

The Lewis Gun assembly line, Enfield


to develop the latest series of automatic weapons. There was also the problem of treasury officials holding tightly onto the purse strings of government as they wished to keep a cap on spending within State-owned companies. So, this was the unsatisfactory state of play at the beginning of the Second World War which forced Britain to quickly purchase vast quantities of the Thompson submachine guns from America to bridge the weapon gap so that her poorly equipped troops could at least be given a fighting chance. Later, in 1941, when America entered the war the supply of the Thompson submachine gun became scarce as manufacturers in the USA came under government pressure to equip her own military.

Others were produced with an open curved butt made from metal, while a deluxe version sported a wooden butt.

The Sten gun The Sten gun, a family of 9 mm submachine guns, was designed by Major Reginald Shepherd and Harold Turpin. STEN derives its name from the first letters of the designer’s surnames and the first two letters of Enfield. Shepherd had been Inspector of Armaments at the Woolwich Arsenal and Turpin was a Senior Draughtsman at the RSAF at Enfield Lock, so both men had first-hand experience of arms design and production.

The Sten entered service in 1941 and saw extensive use with the British and Commonwealth forces. In the mid-1940s, during the Battle of Dunkirk and in the subsequent troop evacuation, the Allies had lost considerable numbers of small arms. The timing of the Sten’s introduction could not have come a moment sooner as the gun helped replace some of the weapons that had been lost or abandoned on the beaches of France when the flotillas of assorted craft arrived to take the exhausted troops home to safety.

The Sten gun was an Enfield designed weapon by Reginald Shepherd and Harold Turpin

For over one hundred years, arms in the government ordnance factories had been made from first-class materials to exacting quality standards but due to the government’s unpreparedness for war the British armed forces had been left ill-equipped. Now there was an urgent need for large numbers of an automatic weapon that could be manufactured quickly in small workshops, virtually anywhere, from a range of cheap materials by a less skilled workforce – the Sten gun fitted the bill perfectly. Shepherd and Turpin’s gun was made from simple stamped metal parts and had a thirty-two round magazine that was horizontally mounted. The weapon had been specifically developed for troops engaged in close combat so there was no need for extensive trials to test long-range accuracy. Over the years there were many different versions of the Sten manufactured and modified. Some having a butt that was no more than a length of pipe with a curved welded piece designed as a shoulder support.

Photo of mainly women canteen staff at RSAF c1918

This example of Britain’s unpreparedness to defend itself in time of war is not unique as research has shown that government had made similar mistakes during the Napoleonic and Crimean wars.

To find out more a copy of Dr Lewis’s new book, The Factory That Became a Village, the History of The Royal Small Arms Factory at Enfield Lock, can be obtained from Libri Publishing Limited ( and all good bookshops.

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Parliamentary Comment by Bambos Charalambous MP

New Parliament – Same Priorities Parliament: 020 7219 3460 Constituency Office: 020 8882 0088 472 Green Lanes, Palmers Green, London N13 5PA It is an honour and a privilege to be reelected as your Member of Parliament for Enfield Southgate. It is a humbling experience and I will repay the faith and trust the local community has put in me. My weekly advice surgery will be up and running again. The issues that constituents raise with me informs what I raise in Parliament. Just as I have led and spoken in debates on issues such as Windrush, autism, investment scams, climate change and EU settled status application problems - all issues directly highlighted by casework, I will continue to keep raising the broader political issues in Parliament which affect my constituents every day. These priorities remain unwavering - to get reinvestment we so desperately need in our public services which have been stretched to breaking point. I have

continuously spoken up about crime and will hold the Prime Minister to account on his promise of increased police numbers. As a school governor at two local schools and having spoken to parents, governors and staff when visiting schools I know only too well that they are struggling with their finances. Teaching assistants and other staff have been made redundant, non-test based subjects are being cut and parents are being asked to contribute to their children’s education. It is little short of a miracle that school standards have been kept so high. It is the dedication of our public sector workers that is so apparent in such difficult times. In December 2019, the National Health Service reported that every one of the 118

major Accident & Emergency Units in England failed to meet their target of seeing patients within 4 hours. This is on top of record delays in finding beds for the sickest patients. Anyone who has been to A&E at North Middlesex Hospital recently will know how busy it is. The wider political landscape will be dominated by Brexit for the years ahead. I will do whatever I can to ensure that EU and UK citizens’ rights are protected and that as many of the benefits we get from being a member of the EU are not squandered away. I will work hard to support all my constituents and speak up for them together with my amazing staff. I look forward to serving you over the years ahead with integrity and humility.

Lots to look forward to in 2020 by Councillor Joanne Laban email Conservative Member for Highlands Ward

Christmas is a time for visiting family, exchanging gifts and having a well-earned rest for many of us here in Enfield. After being involved in the recent general election, I certainly enjoyed the time away from work during the Christmas period. I want to take this opportunity to thank those who worked throughout Christmas, in particular, our doctors, nurses, ambulance teams, firefighters, and police officers. We should also think about members of our military services who work to keep our country safe who are often miles away from home at Christmas.


We should also thank those who have worked in retail and hospitality over December and the New Year. There was a time when many businesses shut down for Christmas, but this is no longer the case. I went to a local independent restaurant in Enfield with my family on Christmas Day . The restaurant staff made the occasion very special, but I recognise the inconvenience opening on Christmas Day is for many of those who are working. When the Christmas lights come down and we enter the new year, it often seems depressing. However, we can look forward to

a year of commemoration and celebration. We will be commemorating 75 years since the end of World War II by saying thank you for those who fought and died for the freedoms that many take for granted today. The Olympic Games will be held in Tokyo this summer and we wish Team GB every success. Closer to home, we can look forward to the many spring and summer festivals held each year for everyone to enjoy. Finally, I want to wish readers, a very happy and prosperous new year.

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Enfield Veg Co. local seasonal veg delivered every week to Palmers Green We are a local, organic veg bag delivery scheme run by Forty Hall Farm in north Enfield. When you sign up to become a member, you receive a weekly supply of fresh seasonal vegetables. Simply choose what size bag you want from the three sizes available: small (£7 per week), medium (£10 per week) or large (£13 per week). What’s in our veg bags? The contents of the bags vary every week depending on what is in season, but we usually include a mix of more everyday veg (things like potatoes, carrots and onions) with seasonal treats. In the summer this includes salad items such as tomatoes, mixed salad bags, courgettes and cucumbers. In the winter expect to see veg like pumpkins, beetroot, winter greens and root veg. Everything is organic and locally grown, with the majority of produce coming from Forty Hall Farm in Enfield. How does it work? The bags are packed on a Wednesday morning and are available to collect from one of our pick-up points from 3pm the same day. At the moment, we have ten pick-up points: Forty Hall Farm, Capel Manor College, Baskerville’s Tea shop (Palmers Green), Enfield Town Library, Stantons Coffee House(Bush Hill Park), Grange Park Primary School, King’s Head pub (Winchmore Hill), Civic Centre (Enfield), Crescent Road (Barnet), Millfield house (Edmonton). Why should I sign up? There are loads of great reasons to sign-up for one of our veg bags:

• We are a not-for-profit enterprise, which means we don’t have shareholders or anyone else making a tidy sum. Any surplus we make is reinvested to help us pursue our aim of making fresh organic food more easily and readily available in Enfield. • We pride ourselves on offering produce with zero food miles. When possible, our veg bags contain produce grown on Forty Hall Farm in Forty Hill, Enfield. This means you’re getting veg direct from the producer, which reduces costs and carbon emissions. We never use produce that has been flown or shipped from outside the UK. • Don’t panic, it’s organic, and certified by the Soil Association. This means food that is produced in ways that benefit people and the environment. • Our veg is super fresh. Buying direct from local farms means our veg travels from the fields to your fork very quickly, and is often packed on the same day that it is picked. This means it tastes better and keeps longer. For more information and to sign up to receive your veg bag, visit our website or contact

A view from City Hall

by Joanne McCartney AM

Public Services must come first E: Tel: 020 7983 5524 After a decade of austerity which has seen funding slashed for local council services, policing, schools and the NHS, the Government needs to step-up and restore much needed funding and resources. These concerns have been raised time and time again by local residents. I am sure our three Enfield MPs will fight for these vital services in Parliament and I will do the same in my role as Assembly Member and Deputy Mayor of London. I will also continue campaigning for an improved service on the Great Northern train line and its devolution to TfL, so that my constituents can enjoy a more frequent and more reliable service. EU Londoners online hub As I write this, it looks certain that we will unfortunately leave the EU on 31st January. I will do all that I can to push for a very close relationship with our EU neighbours and I firmly believe that this is in London’s and the UK’s best interests. I am particularly concerned about EU Londoners who have not yet secured their status here and have been raising this concern with the Mayor at our regular Question Time meetings. For EU Londoners who need to apply


for ‘settled-status’ (or pre-settled status), I would advise visiting the Mayor’s EU Londoners Hub at Here, there is a lot of good advice in a variety of EU languages and sign-posting to information events and organisations that can help with the process. Winter rough sleeping campaign The increase in the numbers of people rough sleeping on our streets is a national shame. This is due to the Government failing to tackle the root causes, including a lack of genuinely affordable homes, welfare reform and cuts to health and social services. Last year, 8,855 people were sleeping rough in London, more than double a decade ago. The Mayor of London has doubled GLA funding which has provided additional beds in shelters, created a Rapid Response team operating in 24 Boroughs and made changes to the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP), meaning that council services open their doors to rough sleepers more often. There are also 100 contactless donation points across the city and funding raised will be split between 29 charities working with homeless people in the capital. If

you are aware of anyone sleeping rough and you are concerned about them please contact Streetlink London – an online reporting service who will ensure that they reach out to offer support. I have used this service and found it simple and easy to use. London Assembly Investigations The London Assembly scrutinises the work of the Mayor and matters of importance to Londoners. We investigate and make recommendations to the Mayor and other bodies on how their policies could be improved to make London better. Current investigations are examining: the impact of green space on health; affordable home ownership; loneliness in London; domestic abuse; and inclusive and accessible transport. Full details and information about how you can send in your views can be found at

Joanne is the London Assembly Member for Enfield & Haringey and is the statutory Deputy Mayor of London.

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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. With a modern and forward-thinking approach, their team of highly qualified legal experts are all committed to giving you the very best advice and exceptional service. Fariz is on hand to answer your legal queries, please send your questions to Fahri LLP, 1268a High Road Whetstone, London N20 9HH or by email to

Last issue I wrote about evicting tenants using the section 8 route for rent arrears. But what happens once you have finally evicted the tenants? What do you do about the money they left owing? The good news is that the money judgment is initially valid for 6 years (but can be renewed to remain valid). You may decide that you want to let the dust settle before trying to recover any monies owed to you. Once you have decided that you want to proceed, it is sensible to firstly undertake some due diligence – Did they have high value possessions? Did the tenant have a guarantor? If there was a guarantor

and judgment was also awarded against them, then you can enforce the judgment against them personally for the debt left by the tenant. If there was no guarantor and little is known about the tenant, then there is the option to undertake an asset and address trace. This way you not only find where they are now residing but also whether enforcement would be worthwhile. There are then several options open to you, the most common of which are: If you know where they are working, you could enforce the judgment via an attachment of earnings where an amount set by the court would be deducted from their salary.

their bank account, however, do bear in mind that there is no way of knowing how much is in the account or choosing which day the account is frozen. If you have their new address you could send enforcement agents who would attempt to seize goods up to the value of the debt outstanding. Vehicles on the premises owned by the debtor could also be seized and sold at auction (providing they are free of finance). Trying to recover money owed by your previous tenant is not an easy task and cannot be only time consuming but also a stressful process. As always, it is advisable to speak with a professional to ensure the most cost-effective route is pursued.

If you have their bank details, you could apply to the court to freeze

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Why personal service still matters by Rebecca Berzins, Travel Counsellor Around 50% of people now book their holiday via the internet without ever consulting an expert. You may ask, with so much information readily available online, why does a personal travel service still matter in 2020? Let’s face it, your holiday time is precious. It’s often something you will look forward to throughout the year. It could be a treat to celebrate a special occasion or perhaps a realisation of a long-held dream. It may simply be time to switch off and relax, to spend time doing what you love whilst enjoying time with loved ones. Most people only take one holiday a year, if that, so why would you leave your treasured holiday plans to chance? The choice of holidays online can be overwhelming and doubts over whether review sites can be trusted often sends people into a spin. I find that most people who contact me do so either because they don’t have the time to research their trip themselves or because they’ve looked online and want someone to help them cut through the noise, whilst also taking the hassle of organising everything out of their hands. If you speak to me, as an experienced Travel Counsellor, there is a guarantee that you will be taken care of from the outset. I understand that everyone’s holiday needs are different. It’s important that, rather than reading reviews written by someone who may have totally different priorities to your own, that you speak with a professional who takes the time to get to know what you do and don’t like. I then ensure that your holiday is selected and tailored just for you. I have access to recommendations from within our network of travel experts and will use local knowledge

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alongside industry contacts to recommend a holiday based on what’s right for each person’s unique set of needs and budget. Having someone to speak to is always invaluable – to listen to ideas, explain the finer logistics and talk through anything you’re unsure of. I can help with complex itineraries including transfers, car hire, private guides, trains, ferries and local transport wherever needed. All the details such as online check-ins, restaurant reservations and excursion arrangements will be taken care of, making it a truly stress-free experience. The personal service doesn’t end once the booking is made. It’s reassuring to know that someone is always looking out for you; for instance, keeping abreast of Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice and world events that could impact travel plans. Every booking is financially protected by the unique Travel Counsellors Financial Trust meaning your money is financially secure – no ifs, no buts.

according to plan, it can also be helpful to have someone to turn to when things don’t go quite to plan. For instance, when Thomas Cook collapsed in 2019 customers who’d booked online were left searching for answers whereas every Travel Counsellors client was contacted within a matter of hours with alternative arrangements already in place. With a 24/7 Duty office you really are in the safest possible hands. As your local Travel Counsellor, I have over 15 years’ experience within the travel industry. Now living and working in Palmers Green I love being part of our community. In these uncertain times why entrust your precious holiday plans to anyone else.

Whilst we always hope your holiday goes “Rebecca was fantastic from start to finish. Everything from understanding the brief, giving us options, checking on specific requirements with the hotel and her swift and clear communication. Will definitely use her again for our next holiday!” Benjamin

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Learning a language: It only takes a 1000 words by Laura Scaramella of Parla Italiano The other day, I came across this bit of information which I thought was really interesting: it only takes a 1000 high frequency words to understand most of what is said ordinarily in a foreign language, in fact between 80% and 95% of what is said.

Considered from a complete beginners’ point of view, it makes learning a language less daunting and very achievable. This information was in fact part of a British Council campaign a few years ago. However, we know that a language is made up of a vast amount of lexis; it is estimated that the Italian language has around 470,000 words and if you think that this is a great deal, consider that the English language is estimated to include around 1 million! So why is it possible to get by in a language with only a 1000 words?

Our everyday language is actually quite simple and incredibly predictable. Therefore, we can predict the language used in a wide range of basic situations by the context and therefore, a few key words can reveal the meaning of full sentences. That is why the more confident a student is and the more s/he will try to understand also by predicting the meaning. If however, even acquiring a 1000 words feels daunting and you feel like you are forgetting the new words as fast as you are learning them, let me give you a few tips on how to learn them more effectively. First of all, language has

meaning in context. This means that it is more effective to learn new words presented in a dialogue or text or by recording them in families rather than randomly. Also, reading lists over and over is not an effective way of remembering these. Words needs to be ‘anchored’ within your existing knowledge. This is easier that it sounds and it can be fun. For example let’s take the word ‘cucchiaio’, which means spoon, the first part of the word is pronounced as in ‘cook’ so here we would suggest to think of a cook with a spoon in his hands. In our classes we teach these techniques and more.

Our new classes starts in January. For more information please email:, phone me on 07941 092593 or visit

Small School – Big opportunities Palmers Green High School Your local independent school for girls aged 3-16 years 104 Hoppers Road, London N21 3LJ Tel: 020 8886 1135 Senior School years really matter and they come at a time when your daughter is maturing into a young adult. From our own experience, we know that the road ahead is full of opportunities which are both exciting and daunting in equal measure. We are here to guide your daughter along her way to success in an environment where she is well-known, understood and looked after as an individual.

Are numbers important? We believe so. Palmers Green High School has small class sizes throughout the Senior School for reasons which include: • maximising the time a teacher can spend with each girl • ensuring that all work is marked in detail • enabling everyone to be both supported

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and challenged.

Should my daughter join clubs and teams? We believe so. Palmers Green High School is renowned for providing excellent academic success and impressive levels of value added. We encourage participation in activities such as STEAM, to be creative, musical, artistic and sporty to develop skills that complement their GCSE results. Is exercise important for my daughter? We believe so. Palmers Green High School dedicates a significant amount of time to physical activity. We have exclusive use of the sports facilities at the Walker Sports Ground and the younger girls swim at Southgate Leisure

Centre. In the later years, the girls use Southbury Leisure Centre where they can play badminton, basketball, swim, trampoline, spin and so much more.

Should you come and visit us to learn more? We believe so. To book your personal tour please call 0208 886 1135 or email



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Will the local authority help fund your care in old age? Autumn Gardens and Anastasia Lodge Care Homes and Day Care Services have offered specialist care for older people in Southgate and Winchmore Hill for 30 years. To find out more about their services please visit or contact 020 8344 2600 a needs level that requires a care home placement. This needs level can be quite high; where you consider you require a care home placement but the local authority does not, you are likely to have to fund a care home placement yourself or through a third-party such as a loved one. Another option in this scenario, where support is required, is to attend day care services. Also, even if the local authority consider you meet the needs level for them to fund a care home placement, the local authority may only be willing to fund a particular amount, and this amount varies from one local authority to another. If the funding the local authority offers you is not sufficient to fund the cost of the placement in your preferred care home, a top-up fee will need to be arranged via the local authority.

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The first step in accessing support from your local authority is to request a free ‘needs assessment’, to establish what level of care is required. After the needs assessment, if the council decides that you have eligible needs for a placement in a care home, they will then arrange a ‘financial assessment’ (also known as a ‘means test’). This will look at your capital (savings and assets) and income to determine whether you are eligible for financial support towards the cost of your care. (Please note that where NHS continuing healthcare is required, this is funded by the NHS, and is not currently means tested.) How the means test works across England and Northern Ireland For the financial year 2019-20, if your total capital is: Less than £14,250: you may be entitled to maximum support from the local authority. You are unlikely to have to contribute from your capital, but you may be expected to contribute from your income. More than £14,250, but less than £23,250: you may receive some support from the local authority but are likely to have to contribute also. More than £23,250: you will have to pay the full cost of your care as a self-funder. If you have less than £23,250 in capital, but a

weekly income that is considered high enough, you may also have to pay all of your fees. If you’re being assessed for 24 hour care in a care home and you own your own home, its value will usually be counted as part of your capital. However, there may be exceptions, such as if your partner continues to live in your home after you move into a care home, or if you have a disabled relative living in the home. Rules for couples A person being assessed should be treated as an individual. So if you’re married or living with a partner, only the income of the caredfor person should be taken into account in the financial assessment. If you share a savings account with another person (partner, family member or friend), only the part of the caredfor person should be considered. Please be warned that there are rules about ‘giving away’ assets. If you have a private or occupational pension and have a partner still living at home, 50% of your pension may be disregarded from your income assessment. Other considerations Local authorities only pay for a placement in a care home once they have assessed during the ‘needs assessment’ that someone has reached

With all this in mind, if you are considering a care home placement for yourself or a loved one, or may be in the future, we recommend you visit local cares homes, find out what costs are involved and the types of care they offer. When a care home placement is required, it can often be very taxing both on your time and your emotions. Also, preferred care homes can often have waiting lists for placements. It is always advisable to start learning about the process and your options sooner rather than later, so if the time comes and help is required, you are ready and you are more likely to be able to access your preferred placement. With over 30 years’ experience delivering specialist care in Southgate and Winchmore Hill we can help you understand your care options. For an impartial chat or to book a visit to our care homes please contact us on 020 8344 2600. Autumn Gardens and Anastasia Lodge provides residential, dementia and palliative care, and Autumn Gardens also provides nursing care. Both homes offer long and short-term placements. We also offer Day Care Services, a flexible approach to supporting you looking after a loved one on a day to day basis, and also a free monthly memory club. To find out more or book a free taster session please email

Disclaimer: Information in this article should not be construed as legal advice and is offered for information purposes only. It would be sensible to speak to a financial advisor to clarify your personal funding situation.

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Trends for 2020 by Kiri from Fabulous Hair Company Fabulous Hair Company 382 Green Lanes, N13 5PD Tel: 020 8886 7070 44%: The percentage of women would give up wine for a year in exchange for beautiful hair colour every day for a year, according to recent research! In the last article we spoke about the increase of women wanting to stop colouring their hair and accepting natural grey hair, then this pops ups and all of a sudden I realise that colouring is here to stay so with that in mind let us look at some of the colour trends for 2020. Rooty Balayage This is a super-natural, blended, root that is perfect for anyone who wants lowmaintenance sun-kissed colour. If you want to keep your colour effortless and simple this year, ask your stylist to leave your roots natural or melt your highlights with a root melt for a seamless, gradient look. In terms of maintaining the look, it's all about keeping your hair healthy post-bleach session. Forever

Blonde from Paul Mitchell is the ideal home maintenance shampoo & conditioner. Dip-Dyed Ends This is an easy way to lean into the pastel hair colour trend without completely committing yourself to the

look. Enter dip-dyed ends. Dip dye is very, very popular especially because you can try different techniques and colours. If your hair is not light enough, you will have to bleach your hair before dyeing it your desired pastel shade. The one thing to keep in mind is that pastel colours fade quickly, so if you want the colour to stay fresh, be prepared to get a touch up every few weeks.

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 or follow us on Instagram and we will enter you in our monthly competition for a chance of winning a Paul Mitchell in-salon Lavender Mint Mineral Mask treatment worth £25. Just go to our website, and click the Facebook/ Instagram icon to follow and a chance to win a Fabulous hair treatment.

What is your “Camino”? by Nicola Forward, your local Amatsu Practitioner Many are drawn to walk El Camino de Santiago de Compostela, taking on its physical, mental and spiritual challenge and I have recently had the privilege of working with one such walker, Maureen. As she began to prepare herself she suddenly started having problems with her knee. It felt “tight” when bending, ached at night, disturbing her sleep and it was stiff and painful walking downstairs. Her GP confirmed that her knee was fine, just inflamed, and advised rest and topical pain relief. She tried this for some time, but it didn’t really help and her Camino was beckoning! She asked me if Amatsu could possibly help. Amatsu is a body therapy that uses a unique combination of touch, gentle pressure and natural movement, with the client fully clothed. Its roots are in Japan and, together with a detailed knowledge of Western anatomy and physiology, Amatsu is a truly holistic therapy, viewing each client as a

whole person and not, in this case, just a knee problem. I worked gently to align Maureen’s body and integrate her knee into a balanced walking pattern. After her first session Maureen reported, “my knee is easier, not perfect, but I am walking down stairs normally now.” Unfortunately we only had two more sessions before she needed to leave for her journey. The Camino is a hard physical challenge and Maureen did have a problem with her knee, but on her return says, “I believe that with Nicola’s help I was able to achieve my goal. As well as the Amatsu, she gave me some good advice and some simple movements to do for myself.” Four months on, walking has become a major part of Maureen’s life and she

says, “I will carry on seeing Nicola as I feel that even if my original problem is better, I want to make sure that I am keeping my whole body well in the hopes of avoiding any future issues.” We all have our own Camino, not necessarily a walk, but our own personal goal. What would be your goal for 2020?

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In the garden with Paul Knight Make the most of your front garden this year! Contact Paul on 07957 942728 A front garden can be a thing of beauty, not just a drab area of concrete with bins on, right in front of your house. It can be an eye-catching place full of plants and shrubs that add interest all year round. Of course you have to take into account the practical issues of where to put the bins and bike stores etc. but this can be accounted for in designing the garden. Even in a small front garden there will be space for a few choice plants and possibly even a small tree that will soften the appearance of the property and, collectively the neighbourhood, whilst creating a natural environment for birds

and insects. A good front garden will really enhance the appearance of any property and will add value too. It is the entrance to your home and its style should reflect you and the property style so materials for the structure should be chosen carefully. If you are installing a new front wall, choose the type of brick carefully. It doesn’t have to match the of your house and you do not want a wall that stands out too much as your eye will be drawn to the wall rather than the garden within. A simple bin surround constructed with trellis and climbing plants will disguise the bins but still gives you easy access to them. The garden path is an important aspect and the materials for the path can match the materials in the rest of the garden or they can differ, for example have a tiled path with a separate area of paving. If you are installing a driveway or

parking area, bear in mind that the design and materials should be carefully considered, along with the overall design. Drainage is also very important, as the surface needs to be permeable so the excess water does not run into the street. Plants will soften and enhance any home. Whether your garden is in sun or shade there are lots of plants that can thrive. Window boxes also add a splash of colour and can change with the seasons and a climbing rose, Wisteria or many other climbers will look amazing trained on the front of the house. Happy New Year!

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2020 New decade paint trends by Mick Lawton your local Palmers Green DIY Doctor You can transform an entire room with paint in a couple of days and it provides a whole new opportunity to give your house a new look. This could be creating a calming space, or making it feel more modern.

Let’s take a look at some 2020 trends: Dulux Colour Of The Year is ‘Tranquil Dawn’. It reflects a growing desire to understand what it is to be human at a time when advances in technology are making us feel increasingly disconnected from each other. Farrow & Ball have added sixteen new colours to their paint chart as part of a collaboration with the Natural History Museum. The new colours have been inspired by shades found in a rare and

archive book that the Natural History Museum holds, which depicts colours from the natural world. ‘Duck Green’, a match for the colour of a Mallards neck, is an intense jewel green which feels modern, yet retains that heritage look Farrow & Ball are famous for. Monochrome is also making a comeback. Popular in entrance hallways you can paint walls white and woodwork, including the stairs themselves,

black. It’s a modern spin for a traditional hallway that turns it into a contemporary space, which also feels quite timeless. If you’re thinking about a new look for 2020 I hope this article has given you some inspiration, please contact me for further advice or a decorating quote.

Happy New Year!

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MAKING WAVES An in-depth documentary celebrating the art of film sound designers.





Laurel and Hardy, the world's most famous comedy duo, attempt to reignite their film careers through a UK tour.

Romantic sparks fly between the daughters of two opposing Kenyan politicians.

Talkies’ suburban film festival starts with Mike Leigh’s ‘Life is Sweet’ shot in Enfield. Local actor Angus Barnett hosts ‘Jellyfish’ and producer Hannah Mann introduces ‘Eaten By Lions’. Six new short films shot in the area premiere in the festival, which concludes with our 200th event screening ‘The Blues Brothers’ with live music intro from local musicians from St Harmonicas Blues Club. SAT FEB 22 WATERHOUSE HALL N21

LIFE IS SWEET Comedy about the everyday dreams and disasters of an Enfield family in Thatcher's Britain.




Sarah is a teenage carer, whose talent for comedy transforms her troubled life.





The ever-popular Talkies’ commissions by talented young makers, creating the 2020 batch short films located Palmers Green.


Celebrating our 200th event, a cinema classic – with live music beforehand and plenty of black ties and hats!

When Pete and Omar lose their beloved Gran they go in search of Omar's estranged father.


Palmers Green Tales by Jenny Bourke Find us on Facebook and look for Palmers Green Tales and ask to join the group. Our twitter address is @PGTales We started Palmers Green Tales in 2013 and during the last 6 years we have made over 60 films about life in Palmers Green. We have learnt a lot during that time. Christine Lalla helped me make the films at the beginning and then John Sollis took over the filming for a few years and then Susan Mehmet took over the editing and the photography and I learnt how to film using my ipad. We all tried to make the films as short as possible but that did prove tricky as everyone we filmed was so interesting. I am afraid I am very guilty as I find people fascinating and their endeavours are amazing. The films have been seen by thousands of people over the years and we were supported by Anthony Webb our local estate agents in Palmers Green, many thanks Tony. Looking back we have filmed some amazing stories about both the past and the present. Ian Puddick, the subject of one of our more recent films, set up Old Bakery

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Gin, after buying a derelict shop and finding an illicit gin still. Old Bakery Gin now supplies to Buckingham Palace, embassies and hundreds of other outlets, with Harrods amongst them. One of our most popular films was put together by John Sollis of film made by Jacques Wajnrych, with a soundtrack of lovely 60s music. The film shows Palmers Green and Broomfield Park during the late 60s and early 70s with some lovely shots of Broomfield House. We also told the stories of some residents of Palmers Green, such as Betty who went to Hazelwood Lane School before the Second World War. I was contacted by Lord Astor about Betty, who has since sadly died, as her father had worked for the previous Lord Astor and the family had been evacuated to Hever during the war. We also made films about Talkies our wonderful community film organisation which has spread into lots of venues throughout the borough and St Harmonicas which has also grown, and is now firmly established at the Southgate Club.The Orchard, Conservatory and Bee Keeping in Broomfield Park and the Conway Road Rec. We

hoped to encourage young artists such as Annahita Hessami a stained glass artist. We were delighted to hear of the successful bid of the local Netball club, as they will now be able One of her pieces to continue to play in Broomfield Park when their courts are resurfaced next year. We really enjoyed filming there and our last film was about the pop up park-let and playstreet in Devonshire Road. Great to hear the council are going to make a permanent park-let there. All of these will continue to be available on our website We have always encouraged other filmmakers to share films on our site but only have two of those, one about Pete who runs Nordic Walking in many locations throughout the borough and Sally who teaches tai chi. It has been a busy time and if anyone would like to take over the film making please get in touch.

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Local lady wins ‘Women who make London great’ accolade! To mark the centenary of the first women in the UK winning the right to vote, and to drive forward gender equality across the city today, the Mayor launched a year-long women's equality campaign: #BehindEveryGreatCity. Women make extraordinary contributions to their communities and the city they live in, but they’re not always recognised. That’s why the Mayor of London created the Hidden Credits campaign - a crowdsourced celebration of fantastic women from all backgrounds.

The next Palmers Green project that Claude is currently involved with is a youth provision project, coordinated by at St Johns church, inclusive to all. In its early stages it aims to provide young people with a space to socialise and offer support to local families. Look out for more details of this exciting new initiative in the spring. Claude said ‘I have lived in Palmers Green for over 20 years. During this time I have been an active member of the community, my boys both having attended local schools. I am honoured to have been recognised by the Mayor of London Assembly and I look forward to continuing to support my local area.’







Claude Whyte, a local Palmers Green resident was recognised by the campaign as one of the ‘Women who make London great’. Claude a mother of 3 children and 4 grandchildren, runs two businesses from home, a marketing/project management company and is a director of the family business. Having been an active member of the Hazelwood School PTA for 10 years she is also co-founder of the Palmers Green Action Team (PGAT) who successfully brought over 4,000 people to the Palmers Green high street at their Vintage Flea in November 2019. The PGAT were formed by a group of active residents who want to improve the high street and make our

community a nicer place. Their launch event was the Spring Clean Palmers Green, a community high street clean-up project back in May 2019. You can find out more about them on their facebook and Instagram page: @PalmersGreenActionTeam.

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LUCKY SEVEN! The 2nd January 2020 marks seven years to the day that Karen and I first opened the doors to Chapman Pieri Solicitors. Running the Practice has been both challenging and rewarding in equal measure, and we are very proud of our Team and what we have achieved together. Since 2013, we have helped literally thousands of clients to settle their family disputes and during that time, we have grown to eight plus family law solicitors and a number of support staff. Who knows what the next seven years will bring? The plan is to continue to provide specialist services in the field of family law, and to be the very best at what we do. As they say, don't just take our word for it, have a look at our testimonials. Visit,

“Thank you” to all our past, present and future clients, and of course thank you to our wonderful staff, as we could not have done it without you!

What is Parental Alienation and is it happening to me? – by Kristina Nickoli Firstly, let me say that I hope everyone enjoyed the Christmas and New Year holidays. Most of our enquiries following the holidays are about children, as the holidays are some of the most difficult times to agree arrangements for children, with an ex-partner. It’s understandable that you’d want to spend special occasions with your children and it’s also understandable that as a result, this can sometimes be the cause of disagreement between parents. How do you share one special day between two parents? Whether you are still living together in the house, or you have just moved to separate homes, you need to find the right balance of time for the children to spend with each of their parents. Generally, it is considered best for a child to spend quality time with each of their parents, and for both parents to encourage and support it. The only reason to limit a relationship between a child and a parent, is for their protection from harm.

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In recent years, “parental alienation” has been gaining recognition in the media and in the Court. The term is fairly new to the Courts and so there isn’t yet a unified definition but it is the idea of one parent intentionally refusing or limiting contact between the child and their other parent; trying to ruin the relationship between them. The point here, is that there would be no good, or justified reason to keep a child away from a parent. If you are worried that your child is at risk of physical or emotional abuse, you should absolutely do what is necessary to take them out of that environment and stopping a child from spending time with a parent who is a potential danger in this way, is important. However, equally important is making sure that they have a good relationship with their parent, even if you as the adult parents have a difficult relationship. The focus should always be, the impact your actions are having on the child. It has been made very clear by the Court that they will take Parental Alienation seriously, because it can have such a negative impact on a child. Whilst every case is different, in some of the most serious cases, the court has completely changed a child’s living arrangements because of the risk of Parental Alienation. The Court wants to be sure that

whoever is caring for the children, has the children’s best interests at heart, rather than being motivated by a relationship breakdown or financial gain, as is sometimes the case. So, when considering the arrangements for the children, you must put them first. Consider what they would want. Before you apply to the Court, to decide the arrangements for you to spend time with your children, you should first try to reach an agreement some other way. If it is proving difficult to do directly between you as parents, you can have those discussions through a mediator or correspondence through solicitors. If all else fails, you can then apply to the Court to decide what the arrangements should be. There is no one right answer to deciding arrangements for children but whichever approach you take, the decision should be made with the best interests of the children at the forefront. You can find more free and helpful guidance for separated parents at which is an independent website operated by Cafcass (which stands for Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service). For more detailed and specific advice for your case, you can meet with one of our specialist family lawyers.

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What you need to know about Child Maintenance – by Rene Panayiotou As we all know raising children is no easy feat particularly when it comes to meeting their day to day expenses. It is for this reason that the majority of separated parents will quickly become familiar with the term “child maintenance”. Many of you may not know that child maintenance is in fact a legal requirement for a non-resident parent, which can either be calculated voluntarily between the separated parties or through the governing body known as the Child Maintenance Service. It is therefore important to understand whether you are the paying party or the receiving party as well as the factors that are taken into account in determining how much maintenance is payable as well as understanding what expenses can be accounted for. Which party am I? The paying parent or “non-resident parent” has to be the biological parent of the child and is classed as the party whom the child does not predominantly reside with if at all.

The receiving person or “person with care” surprisingly does not have to be the biological parent of the child or even have legal parental responsibility for the child. The receiving person can be a sibling or a friend as long as the person predominantly lives with the child and provides care for the child on a day-to-day basis. Factors that are taken into account The assessment of child maintenance is based upon the gross weekly income of the non-resident parent prior to deductions of income tax or national insurance contributions. However, contributions to an occupational or private pension scheme are deducted. The percentage of the gross weekly income depends upon various factors such as: 1. The number of children of the family; 2. The number of nights the children of the family reside with the non-resident parent. 3. Whether the non-resident parent has other children that he/she is financially responsible for. As recently as this time last year, a new regulation was introduced which enabled the child maintenance service to take an 8%

notional income from the net value of any non-income generating asset worth over £31,250 owned by the non-resident parent and include it within their child maintenance calculation. This means that even if the nonresident parent is not generating an income, if the non-resident parent has capital or nonincome generating investments (not including their family home) these can be accounted for. Conversely the non-resident parent can also ask for special expenses to be accounted for in potentially varying the child maintenance downwards. A few of these special expenses include; contact costs for seeing the child such as travel expenses and accommodation that exceeds £10, boarding fees if the child attends a boarding school and the nonresident parent is paying towards the “boarding” aspect of the fees and mortgage payments towards a property that used to be the family home but now houses the child and resident party. If you are a parent going through a separation, the above information is likely to be applicable to you. For further information about child maintenance and child arrangements, please call 0208 882 9850 to arrange a fixed fee consultation with one of our family law specialists.

Chapman and Pieri Solicitors are here when all avenues have been exhausted and you need professional support to help you navigate what may be a very emotionally challenging time ahead. We have a team of experienced family lawyers chosen for their warm approach to help you through your journey. If you want to speak to a solicitor please call on 020 8882 9850. We offer a no obligation initial consultation for £75 plus vat.

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