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Hadley Wood News - December 2020

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HWA TRUSTEES LETTER . AGM + APPEAL + ARBORICULTURE
Our ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING was duly held by Zoom
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The Station Garden
I’m glad to report that our local station is about to be “adopted” by the HWA!
Some two years ago, ou...

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Station Cuttings: Let the train take the Christmas strain!
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Hadley Wood News - December 2020

  1. 1. 2 HWA TRUSTEES LETTER . AGM + APPEAL + ARBORICULTURE Our ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING was duly held by Zoom on 10th November, with about 40 members attending; the Chairman’s Report, Treasurer and Club reports are on the website. We had short contributions from our partners HW Rail User Group and Hadley Wood Security. A busy year for all, including the challenges of Covid which continue with Lockdown2 and Tiers ahead. News of vaccines gives hope that by Easter, and surely by the next AGM, we can be meeting in person at the Centre with all activities resumed. In the meantime, our remarkable spirit across Hadley Wood to be good neighbours through a difficult winter will continue to be shown, keeping everyone in contact with someone and providing practical support. The success of a Zoom AGM has prompted the idea of regular HWA ZOOMCHATS for discussion of community interest subjects as one way to socialise as well as be informed. We have had to emphasise to members at the AGM, and take the opportunity of our Hadley Wood News delivered to all residents to repeat, that Covid has had a major negative impact on our finances with the loss of our main revenue from use of the Centre and the cancellation of Fireworks, our main annual fundraiser We have some cushion of reserves, so there is no immediate cash crisis, but the reserves must be restored and maintained for several purposes to enable us to continue as a healthy Association providing benefits to the community. We need financial support from residents. We need to raise £5 - 10,000, to replace loss of Fireworks revenue and equivalent to about half our membership revenue. We have launched our FIREWORKS APPEAL asking members (if they can) to give a voluntary supplement to their subscriptions (which we are still keeping unchanged after nearly twenty years). A good flow of donations have already been received - most at £40 or £60 (about the subscription level) and several at £100. With the sponsoring initial donation of £500 from Statons,by end of November we have reached £2,500 and look forward to at least doubling that. See box below for payment details. PLEASE JOIN YOUR FELLOW MEMBERS WHO HAVE ALREADY DONATED. For residents who have not yet joined as members, whether as newcomers or as one of the many who have never quite got round to it, PLEASE JOIN. (Membership Form in this edition to make it easy.) One hundred new households can take us up to £10,000! There are so many reasons to be members (including Londis and other discounts); an important one is to increase the strength of our voice when representing Hadley Wood in Planning and other Local Affairs. Planning is presenting a high volume of issues, not just the press of planning applications (some major like Barchester and TfL Cockfosters) but also strategic (but short notice) consultations on potential housing developments on green belt (closed) and a new one on Enfield’s proposed Blue and Green Strategy (just opened until 5 January:https://letstalk.enfield.gov.uk/ blue and green). Our Neighbourhood Forum redesignation should be in place shortly and that needs new energy to push it on through final consultation to the referendum. We have a good number of people involved in planning matters, but need more if we are not to be overwhelmed. GOOD ARBORICULTURAL NEWS. Our Treegate Campaign in 2018 was needed to stop our station becoming Hadley (No) Wood as Network Rail cut down all trees on our railway cuttings and were about to remove them from the tunnel tops. We stopped them just in time (and they removed the dangerous fence top spikes). You may recall the packed meeting at the Centre when Network Rail managers apologised and promised to change their ways (which they have, through the Varley Report launched by the Rail Minister at our station) and mitigate damage here by a Hedgerow Replanting Trial and replacement trees of better varieties on the embankments; and a Station Garden. Our replacement trees were actually planted during November, varieties of Field Maple, Wild Service and Crab Apple to bring us colour and berries for the birds. The Trial has been surveyed - see report in this edition. The Station Garden is again ready to plant and we have new promises of concluding the access agreement - see report. All to look forward to as Hadley Wood Association plays its part in National Tree Week and meeting environmental concerns. Robert Wilson, Chairman Hadley Wood Association Fireworks Appeal. Please make payments to: Hadley Wood Association ref. Fireworks Appeal, Unity Trust Bank 60-83-02 Account 20423751 NB. Unity Trust are not a part of the interbank account payee checking system; do not be put off. Gift Aid applies
  2. 2. 3 The Station Garden I’m glad to report that our local station is about to be “adopted” by the HWA! Some two years ago, our train operator GTR told the Rail User Group about their “Station Adoption” scheme, which can benefit the local community in a variety of ways, such as adding flower displays or other artistic projects to the station to improve the experience for all. HWRUG involved the HWA in early meetings to discuss the possibility of creating a Station Garden for which a start-up grant of £500 was offered by GTR. The HWA decided to take up the offer and after some delays the adoption and licensing process is finally getting underway. Huge soil filled boxes ready for planting were installed behind the northbound line platform in Summer 2019 by Network Rail as part of their “Treegate” reparations to our community. But access had still not been granted so these became overgrown with a variety of weeds and wild flowers whilst negotiations continued. These are now almost complete and the boxes have been dug over and cleared up by Yorkshireman John Keeley (left), one of Network Rail’s staff and an extremely helpful and key figure in this saga. A small group of Hadley Wood residents have offered to lead on this project and discussions are now taking place about what to plant. Thanks to HWRUG’s Passenger Benefit Scheme bid to GTR, an essential water supply will be delivered in the Spring behind the northbound platform. Though this project has taken a long time to get going, it is clear that staff from both GTR and Network Rail have worked hard to make it happen. The HWA invites all local residents to take an interest in this initiative. Let us know if you might be able to help with gardening, ideas or donating plants. Contact the Editor at rodarmstrong@btinternet.com Harry the Butcher’s ad here please.
  3. 3. 4 Station Cuttings: Let the train take the Christmas strain! By the time you read this, the second national lockdown will have given way to Tier 2 restrictions for London and therefore the opportunity to use the trains for your Christmas shopping and leisure trips. Do let the train take the strain. Independent testing has proved that our one-year-old 717s are squeaky clean; mask compliance is good; and there’s plenty of space on board. But industry research also shows a big perception gulf between those currently travelling, 85% of whom feel safe, and those who haven’t yet travelled but are only 43% confident. If that’s you, give it a try, even if only to New Barnet and back. Reopened restaurants, retail and leisure venues need us all to do our bit to help their struggling sectors, and we can now reach many parts of central London by changing on to Thameslink trains at Finsbury Park without the need to resort to the Tube. Leisure sector recovery will support the recovery of both the railway and mental health. At a well-attended Rail User Group Zoom meeting with GTR executives on 18th November, we had confirmation that the accessible toilet we bid for under GTR’s Passenger Benefit Scheme is going to be delivered in the New Year. This is great news for Hadley Wood as a whole and we may even be able to squeeze other amenities out of our allocated funds. We’ve told them that we intend to spend every penny, if you’ll excuse the pun. If you or anyone in your Christmas bubble needs to use LNER trains between Scotland, the North-East and London after Christmas, be warned that they’ll start and end at Peterborough between 27-30 December while the major remodelling works continue at King’s Cross. LNER tickets will be valid on GTR services between Peterborough and London. Also watch out for the impact of King’s Cross’s planned weekend closures in the New Year and always check before you travel. But those weekends with rail replacement bus services at Hadley Wood do offer us the unintended benefit of transport to Cockfosters and walks in beautiful Trent Park! What might the New Year bring? The pandemic is forcing the rail industry to “reimagine the purpose of the railway”. Safety and confidence have soared up the list of customer priorities. Future commuting may take the form of fewer days’ travelling to collaborate, rather than daily just to sit at a desk. Stations may turn into community hubs. Hadley Wood Rail User Group will continue to represent the interests of our community to the rail industry and we look forward with optimism to its new customer-focussed initiatives as it works to win passengers back. Francesca Caine, Chair, Hadley Wood Rail User Group www.hadleywood.org.uk/railway TRAVEL ETIQUETTE IN COVID TIMES Research shows that public confidence in using public transport is directly related to the use of face coverings. TfL’s new campaign strikes to the heart of the matter. Always wear a face covering over your mouth and nose for your entire journey, unless you are exempt. It is now the law that you must wear a face covering when travelling in England on public transport. This applies across all transport premises and vehicles. Wear yours to protect your fellow passengers! On means on! What else you can do to travel safely. Everyone can help reduce the spread of coronavirus and illnesses causing germs by continuing to practise good hygiene, habits like sanitising their hands. Plan ahead. Use the National Rail Enquiries or Thameslink On Track app for our trains and the TfL Go app for London Transport journeys while on the move. TfL Go app provides real-time information, including live 'next bus' and step-free accessibility information, and help on the quiet times. An Android version of the app will be released in the coming weeks. TfL’s other travel tools include their walking distance Tube map, Journey Planner and Facebook Travelbot.
  4. 4. 5 LONDIS 26 Crescent West Newspaper and magazines DELIVERY One months free delivery offer for new Hadley Wood customers Please contact us on tel. 07512412011 or 02084402293 Valentino’s ad here please. AssistedTravel Need assistance to travel by train to or from Hadley Wood? Fill in the assisted travel booking form online Telephone GTR’s helpline 0800 058 2844 - Textphone 0800 138 1018 giving as much notice as possible. Email assistedtravel@greatnorthernrail.com GTR’s Assisted Travel line is available every day, 08:00 to 22:00, except Christmas Day
  5. 5. 6 Roy Taylor. Obituary Roy was the eldest of three brothers, he was born in 1932 - at that time his parents were living in Islington, but soon after his birth the family moved to Bounds Green. There he went to Bounds Green School and then to Trinity Grammar School. His education was somewhat interrupted by the war - he was evacuated twice, first briefly to Suffolk, then to Carnforth on Morecambe Bay - but came back when he gained a place at Trinity. After gaining his School Certificate, Roy went to work for an insurance company until he was conscripted for National Service. He was posted to Millbank as a clerk in the Medical Corps, from where he commuted daily from home. He was later posted to Sandhurst for the remainder of his two year military service. A keen cricketer, both at school and club levels, Roy found that Sandhurst gave him the ideal venue to pursue his sport, both there and at North London Cricket Club. After demob Roy went back to the insurance company, but after a year he was offered a job at a sugar brokers, J.V. Drake, which he accepted. Starting at the shipping department at Drakes, Roy soon graduated to sales. The company later amalgamated with two other private companies, and Roy was offered a seat on the board, so he became a director of Woodhouse, Drake and Carey and part owner. A private company, J.V.Drake was purchased by an Indian firm in 1986, and although he was scheduled to remain there for a couple of years, he retired after six months. Roy played cricket most weekends until 1978, when he discovered golf. He became Captain of Hadley Wood Golf Club in 1992 and on his retirement he helped to organize the Juniors for several years. He then became involved with the Hadley Wood Association as Membership Secretary and was invited to join the committee of Hadley Wood Golf Club. He was a keen bridge player from about 1973 and became Chairman of the Hadley Wood Bridge Club in 1990. He also ran the Men's bridge matches at the golf club for many years. Always an Arsenal supporter, Roy was a season ticket holder until 2015, but continued to follow them on television. He played golf until his second stroke in 2013, but continued to enjoy competitive bridge for another couple of years. He died peacefully at home with his family on November 23rd. Pat Taylor
  6. 6. 7 ACCURO LOGISTICS / ALPHA CARS our Local Car + Delivery Service At this difficult period for everyone, the team here at Accuro and Alpha hope that all our customers who we have been serving for the past 19 years have kept healthy and safe. We would like to tell you that: Accuro and Alpha have remained operational throughout the pandemic and will continue to do so. ALL our vehicles are sanitized after every journey and the drivers who are operating do wear masks. We can transport up to 2 passengers at a time from the same household in a saloon/estate car and up to 4 passengers at a time from the same household in a people carrier (MPV). All passengers from the age of 5 and over are required to wear masks/face covering when in the vehicle. To help the community we offer doorstep collection, shopping click and collect, dry cleaning, pick up/ drop off, prescriptions and parcels. We would welcome any suggestions from the community that we could possibly implement to help make life easier for you to obtain your supplies. ACCURO 020 8447 3777. ALPHA CARS 020 8447 1000 Leigh’s ad in here please
  7. 7. 8 Hilary Jane Nunn nee Brazil Hilary Nunn, who has died aged 76, was happily involved in Hadley Wood life since she first moved here with her husband, Robin, in 1973. They and their 3 children, Lynda, Alison and Andrew moved into 1 Lancaster Avenue, which was rather a wreck and many years were spent renovating it into a wonderful family home. Hilary was involved with the Hadley Wood play group when Andrew was young and she then managed the Hadley Wood Association Centre and grounds for 8 years and was also St Paul’s Church Secretary. Hilary and Robin became formidable bridge players closely involved with the Tuesday and Friday bridge clubs at the HWA Centre for 40 years. Hilary was on the Friday Club committee for 26 years, responsible for organizing refreshments and food for events and parties. Hilary was a very social member of Hadley Wood golf club where Robin was Captain in 1995 and she and Robin have a wonderful gang of friends they have known now for over 45 years. Hilary was Secretary of the WI for 10 years and last year became President. She had great ideas for trips and events which were, sadly, mostly thwarted by Covid and lockdown. Hilary was born in Birmingham in 1944. With a severe disability to her right leg and foot which required major surgery as a young child her parents did not expect her to marry. In those days having a disability often meant not marrying and indeed expectations of her achievements were low. The family, including her older sister Susan, moved to Purley in Surrey and Hilary won a place at Purley County Grammar School. Her great friends from that time have met up every year for the last 20 years and they all came to Hilary and Robin’s grand Golden Wedding party in 2019 along with over 80 other family and friends. After secretarial college Hilary went to work at a boys prep school in Sloane Square. A teacher colleague introduced her to Robin who was a widower with two small daughters aged 3 and 4. Never one to avoid a challenge, Hilary married Robin and 9 months later was a mother to 3 with the arrival of her son Andrew. With Andrew still a toddler, the family moved to Sierra Leone, West Africa with Robin’s job and a fun few years of expat lifestyle followed. Whilst there Hilary took on the job of Head Mistress of Tower Hill primary School in Freetown. Sierra Leone was a beautiful if troubled country to live in. Hilary’s love of bridge and ability to help and encourage beginners took her and Robin on 17 ocean cruises as Bridge Hosts with Fred Olson. Annual trips to Australia to visit Andrew and his family in Brisbane and many bridge holidays meant Hilary was very well travelled. Hilary’s cheery, chatty and positive ability to make friends means she leaves behind so many friends. Hilary also leaves behind 3 Children, 3 Granddaughters and 6 Grandsons and her adored husband Robin. The Nunn family
  8. 8. 9 Eric Pearce the son of a bus driver from Wood Green was born 92 years ago and died last month after many happy years living in Hadley Wood. During his National Service he assisted in the Berlin airlift during the cold war. On his return he worked as a post boy for Britain Press which published a number of local newspapers and within 10 years he was the youngest Managing Director of a public company, which was eventually sold to the Haymarket group. He went on to buy and develop ‘Jonathan Wren,’ the specialist City recruitment company. He was not a man to work in an ivory tower as he never had his own office taking the view that it was always important to be amongst the staff. Eric’s wisdom was to set an alarm clock for his meetings, so that they did not drag on and food was never allowed, so as to ensure meetings were always effective. Boating along with gardening were his great passions of life. He helped establish the “East Coast Sailing Trust” which enabled young people to enjoy sailing holidays on the Thames barge, ‘Thalatta’. Eric was an enterprising man yet had a cheeky youthful grin. He had that God given desire for relationship and to be in the company of his fellow man. He will be greatly missed by his daughter Fiona from his first marriage with Joan who predeceased him. Two years ago he married Sandra who will also greatly miss him. They first met when Eric came to visit her in her dress shop in the Parade in Hadley Wood. So as he would say to his grandchildren, Archie and Jamie, “Cheerio Chaps!” The Revd. Rupert Mackay’s Tribute to Eric Pearce On October 11th, Kiki our cat went into our back garden, as she normally does, but when we called for her she didn’t come running back in. She was gone. We leafleted everywhere, walked along the brook and in the woods, and hired a Thermal Imaging camera. We even contacted psychics, remote viewers, dowsers and animal communicators to see if they could help locate her! After 7 traumatic weeks of grieving but also not giving up, we got a call from our next door neighbours to say a black and white cat had flashed past their legs into their studio! We went there to find a skinny Kiki hiding behind a desk. We think she must have survived on bugs and rain water for most of the 7 weeks and ran into their house thinking it was our house. She’s making a full recovery, although she’s so skinny her sister doesn’t recognise her! We have the perfect Christmas present! The Cooper Family
  9. 9. 10 Hadley Wood Watch – Who we are and What we do As reported in previous editions of Hadley Wood News, Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) has gone from strength to strength over the past three years. NHW is all about getting people together with their neighbours to reduce crime, make Hadley Wood safer, and at the same time strengthen community spirit. We do this in partnership with our local Police Safer Neighbourhood Team and with Hadley Wood Security. Like any rapidly expanding organisation, NHW needs management and coordination. Many parts of London, including Brent and Hammersmith and Fulham, have borough-wide Neighbourhood Watch Associations. Backed by the local Council and the Police, these associations support and help develop existing NHW schemes, set up new NHW groups, and promote and coordinate crime prevention initiatives. In Enfield, unfortunately, no such borough-wide support exists. That’s why Simone and Richard set up Hadley Wood Watch (HWW). HWW provides a focal point for the growing number of Neighbourhood Watches in Hadley Wood. It supports and manages the coordinators who run NHW on a street-by-street basis, and administers the WhatsApp and email groups that work so effectively to report and prevent crime. HWW also encourages the setting up of new NHW schemes. Such is its success that not only is all of Hadley Wood covered by NHW but so is most of Cockfosters; the latter now has its own coordinating group called Cockfosters Watch. The intention now, supported by the Police, is to use the pioneering work of Hadley Wood Watch as a model to roll out, ward by ward, across the Borough of Enfield. Setting up hundreds of new NHW schemes throughout the borough should result in a significant decrease in crime, not forgetting all the other positive benefits. If you live in Hadley Wood and want to join your road’s Neighbourhood Watch Scheme please contact us at hadleywoodwatch@gmail.com or call 07389 710 777. .Richard Walker, Hadley Wood Watch and Kingwell Road Neighbourhood Watch Locked out Earlier this year, a member of Hadley Wood Security, living in Parkgate Avenue, returned home in the afternoon only to find that they had been locked out of their home. In a panic they sourced a locksmith on line to gain entry to the property. The locksmith arrived and carried out a lock replacement; then came the shock. The locksmith charged the resident £1,180. Not having much of a choice the resident paid and put this down as a bad experience. Several weeks later the resident called the HWS Patrol to discuss a separate issue and mentioned his ‘locksmith’ experience during the conversation. The patrol immediately inspected the work carried out and reported this to management. Given the nature of this issue we took a proactive approach as we believed our client had been unfairly treated and taken advantage of. With permission from the resident, joint efforts from both the HWS Patrol officer, Andy, and MLB Management, we began conducting covert enquires with the company who carried out this work. This included requesting a quotation for a like-for-like service. The company quoted £352.00 inc VAT, an £840.00 difference to what they had charged our resident. This was unacceptable. With this damning evidence MLB Management made contact with the locksmith company to give notice of the ongoing investigation and gave them the opportunity to settle this prior to MLB taking further action. We were pleased that the company agreed to refund our client the difference in full to prevent further action. Words of advice have been given to the company in question with regards to overcharging for works in the future. Ahmet Izzet
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  11. 11. 12 In aid of St Mary’s Essendon Essendon Gardens Open Day (off B158, AL9 6AJ) Sunday 9 June 2019 11.30 am – 5.00 pm Many beautiful, private gardens ope HADLEY WOOD HEDGEROW TRIAL” - an update from the Tree Council Harriet Rix. Science & Research Project Manager to the Tree Council explains the innovative hedgerow trials on the embankment between the cycle path and railway. In partnership with Network Rail the Hadley Wood Association and Hadley Wood Rail User Group, the Tree Council launched a trial in 2018 to reinvigorate lineside vegetation management along a stretch of the rail side at Hadley Wood Station. We were able to make a socially- distanced visit last week. We believe that this trial is unique in the UK; it tests three methods of hedge establishment, whip planting, natural regeneration, and planting from seed. The plots were rabbit-wired off, but otherwise no maintenance has been carried out since planting, by design. Approach one - promising signs from whip planting Walking up from the gate, we were struck by the impressive growth of the whip-planted section of the hedge. In this area the success rate was superb – particularly in light of the very dry spring and summer– they were at 6 ft and had a 98% survival rate – beautiful specimens and almost a hedge. Approach two – natural regeneration We left the second set of beds to regenerate naturally from seeds in the soil bank. After two years, the beds given over to natural regeneration showed only a few tree seeds had survived in the seed bank. Under a thick layer of brambles one plot showed 2 seedlings of sycamore, one of hawthorn and one of blackthorn (about 20cm tall) and the other 2 oaks and 3 hawthorn (about 20cm). We wait to see whether more dormant seeds will add to this in the coming years. Approach three – planting from seed The patches of hedge planted from seed showed the most interesting results. We tried two types of ground preparation. The seed which showed the greatest rates of germination and growth had been carefully planted; this was where the ground had been prepared with a rotovator, the soil then pushed to the side, the seed sown in the central strip, and the soil pushed over the top before watering. Here the seed had germinated thickly and all species planted (Field Maple (Acer campestre); Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa); Hawthorn (Crategus monogyna); Dogwood (Cornus sanguine); Dogrose (Rosa canina); Wayfaring Tree (Viburnam lantana)) were growing strongly under a covering of bramble, reaching a height of 20 cm and a very high density. The second method consisted of the ground being prepared with the rotovator, the soil being raked, seeded, watered and raked again to mix the seed. This method had a lower seed germination rate and showed an interesting species bias. While the mix planted was identical, hawthorn had come up more strongly in areas where brambles had shaded the ground, whereas in areas where grass was dominant, dogwood had come up more strongly. This could reflect the underwood property of hawthorn, which means the seedlings are adapted to shade, whereas dogwood tends to grow as a pioneer species across chalk grassland. We also planted some standards of smaller-growing trees to add variety to the rail side. Unfortunately, some of these struggled, and 5 birch and 1 crab apple had died (partly as a result of deer damage). These have been replanted with 5 wild service and a crab apple tree. In all, after two years the slope is green and shows some species richness, though much of this is dog rose and wild bramble. However the trials themselves are providing valuable evidence to help inform hedgerow planting on and off the rail side. Harriet Rix, Science & Research Project Manager. Tree Council
  12. 12. 13 Barnet Museum 2021 Calendar Our special edition 2021 calendar commemorates the 550th anniversary of the Battle of Barnet The calendar {price £10.00) is now available from Waterstones and directly from the Museum via calendar@barnetmuseum.co.uk
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  14. 14. 15 The In Design House to be completed (sorry Nathan!)
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