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Sunday 9 June 2019 11.30 am – 5.00 pm
Many beautiful, private gardens open
Hadley Wood Association Trustees Letter
The summer is a time to enjoy our open space walking through the woods, playing on our
Bartram’s Lane field, tennis tournaments and our welcoming bar and garden area. The Acoustic
Growlers was a most successful event to launch our new cooperation with the Tennis Club, great
music and socialising plus fundraising. I hope our members are making the most of these
Association facilities as well as supporting our role to protect this part of our environment at the
heart of Hadley Wood.
Maintaining the grounds and improving the Centre take a lot of our attention. More help will be welcome. As an
example, having persuaded Network Rail to restore our woodland paths, we now need volunteers to keep them
open and fight back the encroaching brambles and nettles. Dog walkers: please take your secateurs (or scythes)
with you but take care.
Over the last months, we have made great efforts to promote Security, complete the Treegate campaign and
support HWRUG’s continuing efforts to obtain a proper service. We continue to build our membership and
database. We are making good progress with our Centre Upgrade project.
Our current focus is on Local Affairs, a core activity of the Association to protect and promote Hadley Wood.
There are many live threats to face, and other local organisations needing support. It is striking how our actions
and profile in rail, security and planning combine to help us contribute to other campaigns.
We had a full attendance (and good bar takings) for the community meeting called for the Draft Neighbourhood
Plan - which has been run with such energy and attention by David Harbott over the last year. Representatives of
other local associations emphasised the importance of asserting our local role in planning and other matters
controlled by the Council, who need to be strongly challenged if we are to have our views taken into account. The
meeting welcomed the presentation of the draft plan and we had some lively debate on enforcement of planning
decisions, the arguments for and against gated properties for security (as well as local character) and other
aspects. Now is the time for everyone to make their contribution with comments to David Harbott (see website)
before he does the hard work of preparing a final plan. By the time of this meeting on 10 July, several other local
affairs had to be raised. One is the proposal to modernise the governance of Monken Hadley Common (including
Hadley Woods) - John Hall explained the strange history and the need for a new Act of Parliament: see (website)
and the call for responses by 30th August. Others are the TfL proposal to build a tower of flats on the Cockfosters
Station car park, eliminating all car parking as well as overwhelming Cockfosters Road even more (see website
for campaign) and the hugely overcrowded events being licenced by the Council at Trent Park in August.
The most immediate concern has been the Local Government Boundary Commission for England report on
Enfield recommending that Hadley Wood be split away from Cockfosters Ward and made part of “Ridgeway”
which is largely Chase Farm and the area towards Enfield Town Centre. This flouts the requirement for
community links and would destroy our current Ward policing which has become such an integral and welcome
part of our local security. We have been playing our part to lead and coordinate opposition to these shocking
recommendations, with Hadley Wood Watch and the Security Committee, with the church, other local
associations and our councillors (who are strongly opposed and fighting to retain our current Ward). Submissions
had to be returned by 5 August, too late for this edition, but there has been a lot of publicity by our meeting, our
HWA MAILs, the Councillors letter to all residents and through HW Watch and others. We believe we have a
good chance of keeping Hadley Wood with Cockfosters if sufficient individuals have submitted responses in
addition to our HWA and other organisation submissions.
We appreciate the support for these activities from many of our members. We continue to look for new members
(and full updated information including email contacts for existing members). A Membership form is on Page 5.
Robert Wilson. Chairman of the Hadley Wood Association.
Ready to Plant. Join up!
The smart new garden area at the Station by the step free access has been
built for us “ready to plant” by Network Rail as part of our Treegate
campaign. The beds are raised to avoid us digging into underground cables
and incidentally makes the gardening much easier. Go and look! We are
completing the paperwork with GTR (as part of their Adopt the Station
scheme) and Network Rail (it is their land and they must authorise access).
GTR will provide initial funds (£500) for planting. Our Editor, Rod
Armstrong, is leading a team to decide what to plant and establish a rota of
volunteers to tend the Garden. Now the project is a reality, we invite anyone
interested to get in touch with Rod (firstname.lastname@example.org) with
ideas, plant offers and readiness to help. With the beds ‘on a plate’ for us the work needed may be much less than
originally thought. Robert Wilson
Tel: 01707 663 738
525 Live Son et Lumiere film shoot and Tickets for Sale
and Saturday 22nd
saw a lot of activity around
Monken Hadley Common and the
woods, as the 525 Live team
turned both into a film location.
There was an astonishing level of talent– over 100
people with production, technical, catering and acting
responsibilities. There were three broadcast camera
units including an Aerial Drone Unit, capturing
dramatic scenes for the November 525 Live show.
There were 11 locations, kindly enabled by the
Monken Hadley Common Management Committee –
stretching from deep in Hadley Woods, to the
Common, and even on top of the church tower. The
idea is not only to film scripted dramatic sequences as
part of the shows narrative, but also to capture the
diverse groups that make up our local community set within the context of our beautiful environment. Telling the
story of over 1000 years of local history there were Battle of Barnet
soldiers alongside medieval monks. First World War troops
saluting Girl Guides. Bull Players alongside Barnet Classic Car
Club while the Barnet Guild of Artists worked at their easels.
So, where and when do we see the product of all this hard work?
Well, the video material will be weaved, alongside live drama,
lights and music, into the extravaganza that is the 525 Live Son et
Lumiere taking place in church between 19th
Tickets are available from www.ticketsource.co.uk/525-live
They are selling fast, so please make sure you get in early to book
the best seats!
Hadley Wood Association Security Committee
Contact Information for the HWA Security Committee:
Hadley Wood Association email@example.com
Hadley Wood Security: firstname.lastname@example.org
Neighbourhood Watch: email@example.com
Hadley Wood Primary School
Headteacher at Hadley Wood Primary School Ms Beverly Benson retires at the end of this
term. She kindly allowed me an interview and told me something about her journey as a
teacher. From an early age she wanted to teach. However after leaving school her father
insisted on work experience in fields other than teaching. One post was at Honeywell
computers, an experience which shaped her subsequent determination and ability to use
computers as a teaching aid in the classroom. Amongst Hertfordshire primary schools Beverly
pioneered the use of the computer in the classroom. Hadley Wood school’s excellent IT centre
reflects her long held, and now widespread, belief that today’s children should be computer
literate at an early age. Her experience in teaching started at Boreham Wood middle school,
continued with Cranborne Primary and then with acting headships at South Mymms and Trent
School, before her appointment 8 years ago as Headteacher at Hadley Wood.
I asked her whether there had been any special achievements during these years. “I think the
school now provides a kinder environment” she replied. “I was strongly influenced by the
teaching of Dr Neil Hawkes, introducing monthly ‘values’ to the children such as honesty and tolerance. This approach
really took root here and we see much better behaviour amongst the children, especially towards each other. The
children help us choose the values for the coming year at our annual ‘Parliament’. It helped us to reach our major
objective during the years of primary education, which was to teach children how to be ‘confident, capable and caring’.
What about downsides? “Funding!” Beverly replied
emphatically. “Every year sees a reduction in our budget and,
as for everyone else, there is a constant battle to make the
funds stretch. Our Friends of Hadley Wood school are a
tremendous help, but there are still far too many creative
opportunities which we are unable to deliver”. We talked
about retirement. . “I will miss teaching and especially this
school but I have three lovely new grandchildren. After 40
years as a teacher, it will be good to put my family first. Plus
I want to spend some quiet time in my pottery studio.” Pottery
and sculpture are her hobbies, which she shares with her
husband. Both are clearly very talented. Retirement beckons.
It is time for the morning assembly and for me to leave. I
manage one last question. “What about a message for the
next generation of teachers?’ “Remember that pupils are
children” Beverly replies “They need to have a childhood”.
Walking back home across the field I reflect on the enormous contribution people like Beverly make to our children’s
lives. Nowadays education is not just a question of teaching, but includes looking after children with special educational
needs, emotional difficulties and language problems. I hope she knows how much we have appreciated her kindness,
professionalism and ability.
Station Cuttings: “It isn’t good enough”!
Not my words but those of Tom Moran, Great
Northern’s (GN’s) new Managing Director, in
his message published on GN’s <Train Crew
Availability> webpage on 18th
July where he
promised that “improving the situation is (his)
number one priority”. And it was no accident
that Tom’s first rail user group meeting was
here with us on 24th
June, resulting from our
formal complaint about the poor service at half
Many new faces appeared to help fill the church
for Hadley Wood Rail User Group’s
(HWRUG’s) introductory meeting with Tom and
our stakeholder manager Patrick Ladbury, both of whom are new to the rail industry. We prefaced the discussion
with an outline of Hadley Wood’s unique circumstances of Isolation, Oyster and Accessibility, and repeated our
two basic asks: that GTR run the published timetable reliably and tell us straight away if there’s unavoidable
disruption so we can replan our journeys; and expedite the delivery of the daily 4 tph metro service we were
promised with effect from May last year, 2018.
Tom abbreviated his presentation in favour of questions from the floor. There was lively debate about the
continuing, inexcusable shortage of drivers and the inadequacy of customer communications at times of
disruption. Tom promised us better and more timely information and has since set up online prior warnings and
explanations of reduced service (and don’t forget to claim Delay Repay for any delays of 15 minutes or more).
They also advised us to use the National Rail Enquiries site in journey planning, as it contains more service
information than the Thameslink app. The particularly unreliable weekend service also came in for criticism as
GN seem at present to be incapable of running even the timetabled 2 trains per hour. We reiterated Hadley
Wood’s dependence on the train service and our concern that unreliability had the unfortunate effect of driving
people away from attempting to use it.
As for our promised full metro service, Patrick said that GN will bid for the full 4tph weekday slots with effect
from May 2020. That is, however, two full years later than originally committed and there’s no doubt that
HWRUG will need to keep up the pressure on GTR to ensure that it happens. We were delighted that several new
members joined at the meeting and we invite all readers to join to strengthen our collective voice for as long as
we need to campaign for decent services here. You can find the membership form on our website or email
HWRUG at firstname.lastname@example.org to request one. And it’s free!
Services over the coming months are also impacted by two large Network Rail engineering projects, the cleaning
of the Northern City Line tunnel (into Moorgate) and King’s Cross remodelling. There will be no trains at all
over the August bank holiday. Replacement buses will run between Hadley Wood and Potters Bar
northbound and Cockfosters and Oakwood tube stations southbound.
On the plus side, Tom assured us that all the new Class 717 trains will be in service by the end of October; and
HWRUG has submitted ideas to benefit local rail users under GTR’s Passenger Benefit Fund, set up in recognition
of last summer’s timetable meltdown. And if you’re travelling to an airport over the summer, do check out
journey options to Heathrow via Finsbury Park and the new lifts down to the Piccadilly Line; Luton via
Finsbury Park and St Pancras; and Gatwick direct from Finsbury Park.
All in all, though, it seems that HWRUG can’t take its foot off GN’s gas any time soon. We continue to work for
improved train services and amenities for Hadley Wood and we particularly welcome the contribution of the
members of our new steering group.
Happy holidays and safe travels to all.
Francesca Caine, Chair, Hadley Wood Rail User Group
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Supervisor Judy Quickenden
Tel: 020 84496089/07754179884 (term time only)
Having fun and learning
whether it be a planning a
Teddy Bears Picnic or role-
Hadley Wood Pre-school and Playgroup has played a key role in the nurturing and development of young children
in the area for many years and being located within the Hadley Wood Association Centre, is at the core of the
Following our very successful 50th
Anniversary Party last year we have been building on our success and have
undertaken a number of incentives this year. We are very keen to promote the health and wellbeing of all our
children and you may have seen us running on the front lawn, taking part in races, playing football or rounders or
indeed in the tennis courts practising ball skills to encourage any budding Wimbledon players.
We have signed up to the Mayor’s Healthy Early Years London Award scheme and are about to complete the
Bronze Award through which the children have learned about healthy eating and the need to exercise. Our pre-
school children will shortly be moving on to ‘Big School’ and during the two years they will have spent with us,
they have encountered many different activities to broaden their understanding of the world, to achieve the best
they can and prepare them for the next step on their learning journey.
We wish our pre-school children every success in the future and please come and visit us at any time.
Obituary Barry High OBE
Barry was born on 15th
June 1917 in Nelson, New Zealand. In NZ time he
would have been 102 on the day of his death. He returned to England when
he was three years old and went to the City of London school. Leaving aged
fourteen he pursued a career as an apprentice carpenter and bricklayer,
forming his own business when he was only twenty.
He was called up in 1941 and joined the Royal Engineers serving in Burma on
road construction and installing Bailey bridges. He held the rank of Major
and was decorated for his services. Barry met Peggy in the Cock Hotel in
Cockfosters and married her in October 1942. Subsequently Barry High Ltd
became one of the larger Building Contractors in the area working from
offices, joinery works and yard in Potters Bar. The company contracted to
national companies, banks, housing trusts, such as Peabody and Guinness, in
refurbishing their housing stock and in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s built new
housing for Local Authorities in Potters Bar, Hatfield, Welwyn Garden City
He started developing properties in the Hadley Wood area in the early 1950s
building houses in Beech Hill, Camlet Way, Corbar Close, Walmar Close and
most of Kingwell road. He built the shops and flats in Crescent West and
started the housing development at the rear of Coombehurst, off Cockfosters Road known as Coombehurst Close.
Barry was a fine and competitive golfer and played regularly with Peter Salmon, who was also a former President of
the Club. He was instrumental in improving Clubhouse facilities over many years. Barry achieved an OBE in
recognition of his tireless charitable work, one of which was donating a lifeboat to the Ilfracombe RNLI lifeboat
station. He was a remarkable man and achieved much in his long lifetime. He will be sorely missed.
There will be a Memorial Service on Saturday 14th September in Blockley, Gloucestershire
Tony How and Maurice Coxall
Hadley Wood Neighbourhood Plan – update July 2019
Over 60 members of the Hadley Wood Neighbourhood Planning Forum and local
residents attended the recent meeting, hosted by the Hadley Wood Association on
Key plan policies were presented and discussed in turn, using photographs (many by
our local historian John Leatherdale) to illustrate ‘best practice’. Excellent feedback
was received with strong endorsement of policies to protect the green belt and open
spaces, retain mature trees and avoid an excessive loss of garden space to hard
standings. There was also support for improved drainage to be a mandatory element
of all development and for space to be retained/increased between detached
properties to maintain views between buildings, to avoid virtual terracing and to
protect the local character. On this last point we will review the draft policies to take
into account buildings that have been
previously extended to the boundary. There
was also support for mandating higher
standards in the content of planning
applications so that neighbours can appreciate
the full impacts of proposals; this would
require applications to include details of
boundary treatments, hard standings, drainage,
tree protection and replanting, rather than to
treat these important features as a ‘condition of
approval’ and therefore not part of consultation
The draft policy on front boundary treatment
(walls and fences) was the subject of debate,
where the aspiration to maintain open frontages
and low walls was seen as a potential
restriction on the security of the property.
Further work will be undertaken on this point.
There are some streets where gated frontages
are already common and more appropriate. There are also many smaller streets where a new proliferation of gated
frontages would impact character and interactions between neighbours. There may be a need for street by street
There was also a lengthy discussion on the lack of enforcement action by Enfield Council, and a query whether
Neighbourhood Plan policies would be any more effective. The Hadley Wood Association and the Hadley Wood
Neighbourhood Planning Forum are well aware that this is a key issue. We believe that an approved NP would
certainly strengthen our communities influence with Enfield Council. But we know that much more needs to be done,
and we continue to raise the issue of enforcement in our regular meetings with Enfield Council Officers and our elected
Councillors. The level of access that we have to Enfield Council Officers is a clear reflection of the benefit of Hadley
Wood being a designated Neighbourhood Planning Area, even before we have an approved NP.
And in their closing statements Jon Herbert (Troy Planning), Peter Gibbs (Friends of Trent Park) and Colin Bull
(Cockfosters Residents Association) all passionately encouraged Hadley Wood residents to support the Neighbourhood
Plan, agreeing that it would significantly strengthen our local voice when dealing with the Council.
The full presentation is now available on the Hadley Wood Association website.
HWA Security Committee
As most residents are aware, Hadley Wood Security has funded the ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) and
CCTV project, installed in the Hadley Wood area for the benefit of all.
I want to reassure people that this project is to be used to Prevent, Detect and Deter crime.
The project has been fully signed off by the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office.)
Access to this system is restricted to a very small number of people and the system automatically records login, search
and download activity. In addition to this, I will be the keeper of records of all searches, downloads, police requests and
vehicles added to the ANPR system. PC Carl Bliss
Alan Lawrence Hairdressers would like to offer all HWA members a 10% discount on any of their products
when having your hair done, on sight of your HWA membership card.
Robbery on the 399!
A local resident, having shopped in Waitrose, took the 399 bus back to Hadley Wood. Two women who had been
behind him at the Waitrose checkout, also boarded the bus. One sat next to him.by the window and pushed past
him to get off. Later he was contacted by his bank to say that his card had been used twice to withdraw money at
Cockfosters. The resident realised that the woman behind him in the Waitrose.queue must have noted his card pin
number whilst paying and then followed him and stolen it on the bus. This is not the first time that this sort of
crime has been committed on the 399. and our community police tell us that this is typical of endemic organised
crime perpetrated by slick thieves often in pairs, who travel around on buses to pick out their victims. BEWARE!
Friday 9th August West Lodge Park Hotel
A night of swing music with the Paul Jaffa House Band playing memorable songs from the thirties and forties.
£71.00 per person (payable at time of booking) Reception at 7.00pm. Tel. 020 8216 3909 or visit website
Tuesday 10th September A very Secret War presented by Dr Helen Fry
St Paul’s Church Hall, Crescent East, Hadley Wood at 7.30 pm
Dr Fry will be speaking to Hadley Wood WI about the role of Trent Park during the second World War.
Everyone is welcome. There will be a visitors entry fee of £3 which includes refreshments.
Friday 20th September West Lodge Park Hotel
Murder Mystery Evening £69.00 per person (payable at time of booking) Reception at 7.00pm.
Tel.020 8216 3909 or alternatively visit our website www.westlodgepark.co.uk
Sunday 3rd November Hadley Wood Association Fireworks
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