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Overnight road closures in Palmers Green from 22nd October

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Resurfacing work in Aldermans Hill at the junctions with Green Lanes and Cannon Hill will require overnight closures of these junctions beginning at 8pm on 22nd October.  There will be consequential diversions on bus routes 121, 299, W6 and N91.

See the notice below for details.

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"Gordon Ramsey"stops off for breakfast

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Customers eating breakfast at Heritage Tea and Coffee in Southgate were surprised to find themselves in the company of a famous TV chef this week - except that "Gordon Ramsey" turned out to be lookalike Martin Jordan.  "Gordon" was visiting the cafe, along with the Deputy Mayor of Enfield, Patricia Ekechi, to present its owner, Colin Johnson, with an award for Enfield's Best Breakfast 2015.  His cafe had won the most recommendations from members of the public taking part in the campaign being run to raise money to help Young Adult Carers (aged 16 to 25).

Gordon Ramsey lookalike at Heritage Tea and Coffee"Gordon" prepares to tuck in at Heritage Tea and CoffeeThe next port of call for "Gordon", the Deputy Mayor and representatives of Enfield Carers' Centre was Baskervilles Tea Rooms in Aldermans Hill.  Baskervilles are donating £1 to the charity for every breakfast they sell on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Other participants in the fundraising campaign include Emma Cooper - herself a carer, looking after a six year-old disabled son - who will be hosting a breakfast at home on Saturday 18th October.  Enfield Council has done its bit by hosting breakfasts at the Civic Centre and encouraging its staff to donate.  Statistics show that three out of every five people are carers, so many council employees know just how difficult juggling a job and caring responsibilities can be.

"Gordon" and the Deputy Mayor visit Baskervilles"Gordon" at BaskervillesPamela Burke, Enfield Carers Centre Chief Executive, comments: "We really appreciate the cafés who supported our campaign and also Emma for giving her time and energy to our charity.  Unpaid carers need services like ours and all the money we raise will support them. Having “Gordon” and the Deputy Mayor support our campaign was the icing on the cake, or should I say the butter on our toast!”

It's not too late to make a donation:  just text CCBB00 £2 to 70070. 

For more information about Enfield Carers' Centre see

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Talkies Community Cinema expands into Winchmore Hill

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Talkies - the pop-up cinema with a difference - is expanding its reach to take in Winchmore Hill and is looking for volunteers in N21 to help choose films and find venues.

talkiesbannerTalkies Community Cinema showed its first film two years ago this month and has been attracting large audiences ever since.  Its events in Palmers Green (at the Fox, Baskervilles and the Intimate) and in Southgate (at St Monica's Parish Centre and at Christ Church) have frequently sold out.  it has also been showing foreign-language films at the Dugdale Centre in Enfield Town, where the raked theatre seating ensures that everyone can see the subtitles.  Now it is looking to fill in the gap between these localities by holding screenings in Winchmore Hill during its Spring 2015 season.

As well as screening classics, rarely seen newer films and locally made films, Talkies events often have special elements  - food and drink, live music, introductions by film professionals or fancy dress themes.  At this month's showing of the original version of The Phantom of the Opera at Christ Church, there will be live music played on the church organ and the church will be candlelit.

The driving force behind Talkies is David Williamson, who set it up shortly after retirement, but he is assisted by a dynamic team of volunteers.  David is now looking for additional volunteers from N21.  In particular, he would like to know what films local people would like to see and where they would like to see them.

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Unplugged Sundays at St Monica's

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For the past couple of years every Friday evening has seen St Monica's Parish Centre on Cannon Hill transformed into "St Harmonica's Blues Club" - three hours of excellent music, swift service of very reasonably priced drinks, and a great sociable atmosphere.  Starting this month, the same venue will be open on Sunday evenings too for "Unplugged Sundays at St Monica's".

unplugged sundays st monicasThe Sunday night gigs have been set up by Sharon Crowe and Colin Hook, the music loving team who run the Parish Centre and can be found behind the bar on Friday nights.  The formula for Unplugged Sundays is a simple one - they invite some of their favourite musicians to play in the intimate atmosphere of their welcoming bar.  The music will range from Irish folk to rock and everyone is welcome to come along.

There will be a variety of music played from Irish folk music to Rock.  Bookings for October and November are:
  • 19th October Harmonica Dave and Steve
  • 26th October Jessie Thomas and friends
  • 2 November That Blue Patch
  • 9 November Chris and Ed
  • 16 November- Craft fair so no music
  • 23 Nov Haunting AD
  • 30 Nov Dave Barnes

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Boogie-ing to transform the "Tin Tabernacle"

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If you travel to Bowes Park station, walk up the stairs from the platform and turn right (towards Bounds Green), the first building you encounter when leaving the station is Shaftesbury Hall, a former chapel now known locally as the "Tin Tabernacle".  It's a rare survivor of a type of metal self-assembly church that sprang up the Victorian era, but is now in a state of disrepair.

tin tabernacle bowes parkShaftesbury Hall aka the Tin TabernacleSince 1974 the Tin Tabernacle has belonged to North London Samaritans, who bought the site in order to use it as a call centre for their life-saving activities, but also as a community asset for wider use.  However, attempts at partnerships with private developers to redevelop the site fell through because of local opposition to the idea of demolishing the former chapel and building new flats to provide the necessary finance.  Three years ago the Samaritans changed tack and decided to redevelop the site themselves, retaining the original building but completely refurbishing it to modern standards.  In 2013, after consulting the local community about its views, the Samaritans applied for and received planning permission for their proposed refurbishment.

The main outstanding obstacle to completing the project is, of course, money - of the order of £200,000.  It is hoped that the BIG Lottery will be one source of funds, but other fundraising efforts are also underway.  Next weekend, for example, there will be a special concert at the Dugdale Centre by Great British Boogie, an offshoot of the celebrated ENJO English Jazz Orchestra, which rehearses in Southgate and other North London localities.

Iris Ederer sings with Great British BoogieGreat British Boogie works with smaller band formats, trios and quartets up to a full ten-piece ensemble, playing a range of jazz-centric material, including boogie-woogie, blues, gospel, R&B, ska styles and more.  The Great British Boogie Gala Night on 18th October will feature local vocalists Iris Ederer and Andy Harris and all profits will go to the Tin Tabernacle project.

For more information see the North London Samaritans website and Bowes and Bounds Connected.

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Bid for money to restore Broomfield Park Garden of Remembrance

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In the centenary year of the outbreak of World War One, the Friends of Broomfield Park are hoping that money will be made available for the restoration of the Park's Garden of Remembrance, which has fallen into serious disrepair.

remembrance garden pond 1930sRemembrance Garden pond with fountain (1930s)The bid for money is a joint project by the Friends and Enfield Council.  At the request of the Friends the Council last month applied to the War Memorials Trust for a grant of up to £30,000 to restore the remembrance garden.

Opened by Earl Jellicoe in 1929, the centrepiece of the Garden is a memorial cairn, originally constructed of 280 stones but later extended. Other features are a pond, ornamental pergola and seats made from timber from HMS Dido.

remembrance garden pond 2014The pond in 2014 without the fountainThe planned restoration work covers five areas:

  1. remembrance garden temple roof damageIvy growing through the roof of the TempleWorld War 1 memorial temple. Urgent repairs are required to the roof as the slates have loosened (because of weathering and ivy growth) allowing water to get in and damage the decorative oak ceiling and inner stone walls which contain the granite tablets.
  2. Memorial cairn:  Some of the individual stones (up to twenty) are broken as a result of weathering and need to be repaired or in a few cases replaced.
  3. remembrance garden temple water penetrationWater penetration into the TemplePaved area in front of memorial.  The York-stone paving slabs and steps down to the pond are uneven and a hazard and have been poorly patched over the years. The broken slabs need replacing and the whole area needs to be relaid with the correct type of cement.
  4. The pond and fountain:  The fountain no longer exists and the plinth is damaged and both need to be rebuilt according to the original design (shown in the 1930s photograph). The flagstones around the edge of the pond are in reasonable condition but need to be re-cemented to match the paved area above.
  5. Handrails for disabled access:  Access to the War Memorial is along a path under a pergola with steps which are difficult for disabled people. Two handrails are needed  to improve access and it is proposed to use wood that matches the original pergola.

The total cost of the work would be £40,000, meaning that if the bid is successful a further £10,000 will be needed - either from the Council or through a fundraising campaign.

Susan Younger, who is leading the project on behalf of the Friends of Broomfield Park, points out that while Enfield Council is planning to spend an estimated £50,000 on a new war memorial, it has been neglecting the existing memorial and remembrance garden in Broomfield Park, noted for its unique architectural design.

Your breakfast can help look after young adult carers

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raise a toast to britains carersEnfield Carers Centre is raising money for a Young Adult Carers Project to help 3000 young people in Enfield looking after someone in their family with an illness or disability.

Help us raise funds by hosting a breakfast during 17-19th October. Invite your friends and family to enjoy a delicious breakfast and make a donation.

Why not have a special theme to make your breakfast fun?

Contact us and we can supply you with placemats, recipes, invitations and other publicity material for free!

Another way you can get involved is by nominating your local café if you think they make the best breakfast. The winning café will receive an award by a surprise guest on Friday 17th October for Enfield’s Best Breakfast.



  • Baskervilles Tea Shop, 66 Alderman's Hill, N13
  • Café Bono, 742 Hertford Road, EN3 6PR
  • Chef’s Kitchen, 76 Chase Side, EN2 6NX
  • Coffee Sense, 28 The Green, Winchmore Hill, N21
  • Heritage Coffee & Tea Company, 7 The Broadway, N14
  • Harris & Hoole, 10 Chase Side, N14
  • Kiva Coffee House and Brasserie, 344 Green Lanes, N13
  • N9 Café, 33 North Mall, Edmonton N9
  • Munchiez Café, 10 The Concourse, Edmonton Green N9
  • Music Shop & Art Café, 29-30 The Town, EN2 6LU
  • Sizzlers Café, 812 Hertford Road, Enfield EN3 6UE
  • Southgate Cafe & Grill, 18 The Broadway, N14
  • Star Café, 256 High Street, Ponders End EN3
  • Treacles Tea Shop, 14 The Green, Winchmore Hill, N21

Britain’s Best Breakfast is a national fundraising campaign hosted by Carers Trust, the largest charity for unpaid carers.  The campaign will help raise money to support unpaid carers and give them a break from their caring role and to encourage people to wake up to the realities of caring. There are nearly 30,000 unpaid carers in Enfield alone. Three in five of us will become a carer at some point in our lives. Most of us will know a carer.

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Singing the "Greek Blues" to help leukaemia sufferers

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The haunting Greek musical style Rembetika (the "Greek Blues") will be the theme of a trilogy of events - two concerts and a film - which will be raising money for the Leukaemia Cancer Society, starting this month.  And appropriately enough, given the large Greek-speaking presence in our area, the first two events in the Trilogy of the Greek Blues will be taking place locally.

The Trilogy begins with Rembetika and Beyond - A Journey into the Greek Blues, a concert at the Millfield Theatre given by Martha D Lewis and Eve Polycarpou, with special guest singers and musicians.  This will be "an evening of nostalgic music celebrating our heritage", and will include songs from the second event - the new film My Sweet Canary.

My Sweet Canary is an exuberant musical and cinematic journey to uncover the story of Greece’s best known and best loved Rembetika singer, Roza Eskenazy. A journey that will take three musicians from Istanbul to Thessaloniki and Athens following the musical trail she left behind. It’s a journey into a world that has largely vanished but whose sounds continue to echo throughout the Mediterranean Basin.

The UK Gala Premiere of My Sweet Canary will take place at Cineworld Enfield on 6 November, with proceeds going to the Leukaemia Cancer Society.  The following day it will open in selected Cineworld venues in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Brighton.

The third element in the Trilogy is another concert, but this time presenting a 21st Century interpretation of Roza Eskanazy's music.  Homage to Roza, to be held at Kings Place (near Kings Cross station), will find Martha D Lewis in the company of celebrated Jazz and World Music performers, including drummer Jack DeJohnette.

See also this article on the Parakiaki website.

Venues and dates

  • Rembetika and Beyond:  14 October at the Millfield Theatre, Edmonton.  28 October at Komedia Brighton
  • My Sweet Canary:  Gala Premiere at Cineworld Enfield, 8pm on 6 November. UK release 7 November at selected Cineworld venues.
  • Homage to Roza:  23 Nov 2014 - Kings Place London, Box Office: 0207 520 1490

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Make a will in Free Will Week

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Free Will Week 6-10 October 2014

North London Hospice is offering you the chance to make or amend a will for free, as long as you include a gift to North London Hospice.

To take advantage of this offer you must:

  • • Include a gift to North London Hospice in your Will
  • • Complete a pledge form for North London Hospice records

Contact Jennifer Sheehy, Legacy Campaign Manager on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for an information pack.

Your gift will ensure North London Hospice continues the work in your community.

Firs Farm finds Friends

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Despite being part of a big city, we're certainly not short of green space in Palmers Green and around.  Broomfield Park, Arnos Park and Grovelands Park immediately spring to mind, but the smaller patches of green are also very important.  Firs Farm Playing Fields is an excellent example of a smaller, but very attractive "green lung".  Like the bigger parks, it now has its own "Friends", a group being set up by local resident Toni Guiver.  The Friends of Firs Farm have their own Facebook page and are holding a meeting this Wednesday inside the park both to talk about the Friends group and its ideas for the park and to discuss an important project which we describe below (take a torch with you - it will be dark by the end of the meeting).

If you're interested in the future of Firs Farm but can't make the meeting you can contact Toni at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by writing to her at 253 Firs Lane, N21 2PH.

Restoring a buried river

In recent years the trend has been away from obsessively tidying up and trying to control nature, so we're seeing more areas where grass is allowed to grow tall and there's a new wildflower meadow in Broomfield Park.  What's more, it's now realised that the attempt to control nature doesn't always work as we expect.  We now know that canalising rivers and streams to increase their rate of flow, or burying them beneath the ground, can cause flash floods of residential areas and pollution of the river Lea, which is used both as a leisure destination and to extract drinking water.  The new strategy is to slow down streams and create soakaways, which absorb water and filter out the pollutants before they reach the bigger rivers.  The newly created wetland areas are also attractive in terms of flora and fauna.

One such project is the restoration of the stream that runs through the woodland part of Grovelands Park, being run jointly by Thames 21 and Enfield Council.  Less well known is a similar scheme in Firs Farm Playing Fields.  The Firs Farm Playing Fields River Restoration Project began this year and there will be second phase in 2015.  It involves bringing back to the surface a buried stream running along the north side of the park, near to the boundary with Edmonton Cemetery.

The Firs Farm River Restoration Event will include briefings by council officials and provide a chance to air your views about the future of Firs Farm.  Meet at the entrance gate opposite 253 Firs Lane at 5pm on Wednesday 1st October.

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New Neighbourhood Watch sets up Facebook page

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The new Neighbourhood Watch that was set up to cover Park Avenue and New River Crescent was formally registered with in June.  It has its own Facebook page for communication between residents of these two streets.

Pamela Ramatohul, the Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator, is inviting anyone living in Park Avenue, New River Crescent or adjacent and neighbouring roads to join the Facebook Group.  You can go straight to the page by clicking here or type in 'Neighbourhood Watch: Park Avenue and New River Crescent' to find the group.  Then request membership and Facebook message the group (Pamela) telling her which road you live on.  Once your membership is accepted, you will be able to post messages on the timeline, share information and complaints and suggestions, ask questions, keep up to date with the latest happenings in your neighbourhood and basically be involved.

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Autumn Shed - performance skills for 5-12 year olds

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This year's Autumn Shed at Chickenshed runs from 27th to 31st October and is suitable for 5 to 12-year olds (Year 1 and upwards).  The cost is £130 (50% discount for siblings).  Hours are 10am to 4pm.

Participants at this week-long event will explore and develop a wide range of performance skills through workshops that involve drama, dance, singing and story-making. Parents and friends will be invited in on the final afternoon to see a performance.

Everyone is welcome regardless of experience.

For details visit the Chickenshed website.

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Introducing the Enfield Veg Co

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The latest addition to our Community Directory is the Enfield Veg Co, whose mission is to provide us with locally grown, super-fresh organic vegetables, which it delivers once a weed to four pick-up points, one of which is in Palmers Green - Baskerville's Tea Shop.  We'll let them introduce themselves.

enfield veg bagIntroducing the Enfield Veg Co.

Enfield Veg Co. is a local, organic veg bag delivery scheme run by Forty Hall Farm in north Enfield. The Farm is part of Capel Manor College. 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 the 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 Wednesday. At the moment, we have four pick-up points: Forty Hall Farm (Forty Hill); Capel Manor College (Bullsmoor Lane); Baskervilles Tea Shop (Palmers Green) and the Civic Centre in central Enfield. The pick-up points are self-service so you can collect your bag whenever suits you, up until Thursday evening.

Why should I sign up?

There are loads of reasons to sign-up for one of our veg bags. Here are some of them: 

  • 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.
  • Local food means greater transparency. We will always tell you exactly where your veg has come from, so you always know exactly what you’re eating, where it has been grown and who has grown it.

Find out more

For more information and to sign up to receive our veg bags, visit our website or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Changes to Enfield Residents' Priority Fund

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Enfield Council has publlshed information about changes to how the Enfield Residents' Priority Fund (ERPF) will operate over the next year.  The criteria for assessing applications have changed and emphasis is being placed on tackling deprivation in the ward in question.

During 2013/14 one of the most notable uses of the ERPF was to fund the erection of the new clock at Palmers Green Triangle.  If the "addressing deprivation" is to be more rigidly imposed in future, it seems unlikely that a similar application would succeed this year (unless deprivation in that case referred to people who could not afford to buy a watch).

The following text is taken from the Enfield Council website's Residents' Priority Fund page.

The ERPF is continuing in 2014/15 with a total fund of £700,000, which will continue to be distributed to wards based on their relative deprivation, with the most deprived wards having larger allocations. The key ERPF application criteria remain the same. All applications must demonstrate that:

    • They address one or more forms of deprivation within the ward
    • They have measurable effect on the ward
    • There is evidence of wide ranging support from local residents

To ensure that as many groups and residents as possible are able to benefit from the ERPF and bring real improvement to the communities and neighbourhoods new additional criteria have been added.

    • No single application to a ward may exceed £5,000
    • Applications covering more than one ward will be considered, providing that the amount from each ward does not exceed £5,000
    • Organisations may only have one application approved from a ward’s allocation for the year
    • Proposals must not duplicate existing Council / Voluntary and Community Sector provision
    • Applications for match funding will be accepted

The revised Enfield Residents’ Priority Fund 2014/15 Guidance provides full details of the criteria and application process.Four Enfield Residents’ Priority Fund Cabinet Sub Committee meetings are planned for 2014/15 at which applications will be considered. If you would like further information or a Word version of the application form please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Broomfield Park goes Gold

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Ahead of their quarterly open meeting next week, the Friends of Broomfield Park are celebrating their favourite green space's two Gold awards in this year's Enfield in Bloom competition.

The Park won Gold in the Best Maintained Park category, while one of its most interesting features, the Broomfield Community Orchard, won Gold in the Innovative Growing Space category.  Another Broomfield Park attraction, the Broomfield Conservatory, was awarded Bronze for its Exceptional Horticultural Contribution for the Local Community.

palmers greenery community cafeCredit for the Park's gold award is shared among the (these days very small) team of gardeners and other council employees on the one hand, and the Friends on the other.  As well as keeping up the pressure on the Council to look after the Park, the Friends themselves have been tending various parts of the Park, including the new wildflower meadow, the sensory garden and the Dipali Memorial Garden.  They have also been heavily involved in restoring the Garden of Remembrance in time for the WW1 commemoration.

The Community Orchard and Conservatory are both run entirely by Friends of Broomfield Park volunteers, as is the most recent addition to the Park, the long awaited Palmers Greenery community cafe, where the home made cakes, friendly service and reasonable prices have proved a great hit with visitors to the Park.  This Sunday the Greenery will host David Rennie's Water Game - great fun for all ages.

To find out more about the numerous projects that the Friends are working on, and to provide your own ideas and feedback, why not go along to the quarterly Open Meeting on Thursday 2nd October at the Ruth Winston Centre?  (Incidentally, the Ruth Winston Centre was another award winner in this year's Enfield in Bloom.)

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Enfield Carers Centre's Best Breakfast Campaign

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Enfield Carers Centre has contacted Palmers Green Community asking for help from our readers for its Best Breakfast Campaign, which will take place in October.  A good opportunity for those of us who are fortunate enough not to have carer responsibilities (at the moment anyway) to help this organisation provide its invaluable support to those who need it.

britainsbestbreakfastDear Friends in Palmers Green,

Many of our registered carers live in N13 so it’s great to see that community spirit in N13 is live and kicking in the form of your website. 

Who are we?

Enfield Carers Centre supports people living all over the borough who are looking after a partner, family member (whether adult or child) or close friend with a disability or illness, whether long term or life limiting.  The last census in Enfield revealed that there are over 30,000 residents caring for someone and national statistics show that although less than 3 in 10 people think they will become a carer, actually 6 out of 10 of us will be carers!  We’re not talking about those who do care work for a living.  We’re talking about the unsung heroes who simply get on with the daily (sometimes thankless) task of looking after a loved one.

We support carers young and old (currently the youngest is 6 years old and cares for his Mum who’s a single parent with MS) and there’s no upper age limit.  I’ve attached copies of past newsletters to give you an idea of our activities.  We will soon have no future funding to continue our young carers support project and so we’re campaigning for help.  Have a look at our Facebook and Twitter sites (see the links below) to get more of a feel of what we’ve been up to lately.

What are we doing?

We are organising a national fundraising campaign with our affiliated body Carers Trust (formerly Princess Royal Trust for Carers).  The campaign is for Britain’s Best Breakfast and the idea is to encourage people to host a breakfast to raise money for young carer activities organised by Enfield Carers Centre or donate the money they would have spent on breakfast during the weekend of 17-19 October 2014.  The Carers Trust website gives more details.

How can Palmers Green Community website help?

There are three main things you can help us with:

  1. We need to spread the word about our campaign and encourage people in N13 to host a breakfast and donate money to Enfield Carers Centre.
  2. We also need to recruit willing volunteers to help us approach outlets that sell breakfast e.g. pubs, cafés, restaurants, supermarkets and ask them to display our PR material and encourage their customers to make a small donation to Enfield Carers Centre for young carers. Our Volunteer Co-ordinator is Helen Watson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she’ll be happy to speak with you in more detail about this, once you’ve had a chance to think about the contents of this email.
  3. Please also have a think about what could be done at Palmers Green Community Website to raise awareness about Enfield Carers Centre, with people living in Palmers Green, who may not have previously recognised themselves as “a Carer”, but who could benefit from some additional, free support such as: counselling; respite breaks; training; wellbeing workshops; support groups; befriending services etc.

 I look forward to hearing from you and to working in partnership with Palmers Green Community Website more closely so that we can help “hidden” carers in Palmers Green.

Kind regards,

Pamela Burke
Enfield Carers Centre
Britannia House
137-143 Baker Street
T: 020 8366 3677
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Helping people recover through their own creativity

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studio306The newest addition to our Community Directory is Studio 306, which is a community interest company based in the Chocolate Factory, Wood Green.  Studio 306 helps people to recover from mental health problems by empowering them to use their creativity.  Specialised tutors teach them, helping them to rediscover forgotten skills, learn new ones and boost their confidence in four creative disciplines:

  • ceramics - produced using stoneware slip and earthenware clay and featuring bright and bold designs
  • sterling silver jewellery - twisted, hammered and bent into intriguing pieces
  • textiles - bags, cushions, hats, scarves, fashion accessories and soft furnishings created using materials sourced locally including colorful silks, linens and velvets.
  • screen printed products - including greeting cards and fabrics.

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As a not-for-profit company, all the profits from the sale of products goes straight back into the collective.

Studio 306 products are designed and produced to high commercial standards and are sold in prestigious outlets in the West End, as well as at craft markets and through the online crafts retailer Etsy.  They are also on sale at the annual Open Studios event at the Chocolate Factory, which this year runs from 14th to 16th November.

To find out more about Studio 306 visit its website or watch this short film.

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Join the Pumpkin Plod to help sick children and their families

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Noah's Ark Children's Hospice, the locally based charity that helps look after very sick children and their families, is organising an event with a difference this Hallowe'en - a Pumpkin Plod in which people of all ages can participate.

The Plod, on the afternoon of 25th October, starts and finishes at the delightful Waterlow Park, half way up Highgate Hill (famous for Dick Whittington).

Start the day at 2pm with Hallowe'en themed activities before plodding through the streets of Highgate, dressed as pumpkins, to help raise awareness of Noah's Ark Children's Hospice. Then put on your best pumpkin costume or wear your brightest orange outfit and be a part of our pumpkin parade! Face painters will help to transform our walkers into fantastic pumpkins before the walk will begin at 4pm from Waterlow Park and lead out onto Highgate Village.

pumpkin plodAll ages welcome!

Registration fees:

  • 12 years and OVER: £15
  • 5 - 11years olds: £7.50
  • Children under 5 years old walk for FREE
  • Family option: £35 (2 adults walking with 2 children under the age of 12 years old).

For more information, contact Gina on 020 8449 8877 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Symphonic Tots: new classes start next week

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Symphonic Tots - Mondays at Baskervilles

Weekly 40 min classes cover all areas of the early years foundation stage.

Class sizes are small to maintain quality and interaction with every child and carer, chance to try a small instrument and develop active listening skills. Quality percussion kits for each child, orchestral instruments are introduced by Marianne and her team of professional musicians throughout the course, alongside live Cello & Kodaly Method musical training.

Symphonic Tots was created by professional musician and teacher Marianne Tyler Brown Live Harp, Cello, Violin, Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Trumpet, French Horn with mini instruments to try for this course alongside quality percussion kits and lots of fun!

Book early for current rates for our next 5 week course at Baskerville's Tea Shop Palmers Green Sept 22, 29 Oct 6,13, 20! Come and try a class first! Other venues/days also available please see our website!

Baskervilles Tea Shop, 66 Aldermans Hill, Palmers Green, N134PP

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£7.50 (1st child) £4.50 (siblings)

Monday mornings starting at  10.15 & 11.00 am

0 months to 5 years


PG Festival 2014 - a tremendous success!

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pg festival on the dancefloorWow, what a wonderful Festival!  Thanks to the brilliant team of organisers and helpers, stallholders and the public, who turned up in droves and joined in the fun (especially the dancing).

pg festival volunteers with mayorThe Festival organisers estimate a turn out of nearly 10,000, ranging from babes in arms to those of us who are enjoying our "third age" and truly reflecting our diverse community.

pg festival enfield voluntary actionA new feature this year was the Community Friendship Zone, organised in conjunction with the Ruth Winston Centre. Yvonne Quiqley, manager of the Centre, commented that the Community Friendship Zone had been “a wonderful place for people to come and gather information and advice from a number of organisations in the borough and hopefully solved some of their needs and those of their loved ones. The Community Friendship Zone was  an excellent opportunity for us to work together to break isolation and engage with the older community in the hope of encouraging them to join in an activity or group across the borough and seek the companionship they need.  We look forward to carrying on our work throughout the year together on many projects.”

pg festival dance demonstrationThe Festival would not have been possible without the support of local sponsor, Winkworths estate agents, and the huge team of volunteers who turned out on the day.  One volunteer from Palmers Green, Amrit Sagoo, said, “I volunteered at this superbly organised event, right down to the softly shining sun!  It was good to part of it but more than that to give something back even if only my time to a place where I’ve lived for almost 12 years.  A big well done and thank you to all those involved.” 

(Oops, nearly forgot to mention the ice cream!)

Photographs:  Phil Rogers

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