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  1. 1. INSIDE THIS MONTHS ISSUE Graham Sharp, Chairman of the HWA, retires. Hadley Wood Association’s new Board of Directors. John Northam, Gareth Evans and Donald Kinloch. Remembered Councillor Jason Charalambous reports Stairfree access to HW station. Francesca steps up the pressure New Kitchen at HW Primary School Julia Redburn. Profile Primary school children. Poets! And we never knew it. Letters. Fireworks pets squirrels and telecom masts Forthcoming events DESIGNED & PRINTED BY PRINTWAREHOUSE TELEPHONE: 020 8441 4482 JANUARY2015ISSUE HADLEYWOODNEWS
  2. 2. Graham Sharp retires from the HWA Graham Sharp has been a resident of Hadley Wood since 1956. Throughout his working life his local interests have been the Hadley Wood Golf Club (Captain in 1974 President in 1995) and since 2006, the Chairmanship of the Hadley Wood Association. In this role he has overseen many improvements to the Centre and its 2 associated Pre-school, Dance school, tennis, football and bridge clubs. Under his supervision upgrades to the main hall and its flooring resulted in a steady flow of bookings and earned the everlasting gratitude of Janice Salmon the Principal of the Dance school. The front of the building has been much improved by new cladding and, most importantly he raised funds for the complete upgrade of the Association’s car park; thus facilitating its use by parents of children at the Primary school. He has responded tirelessly to residents appeals for help with intrusive local developments, neighbour’s transgressions and car parking problems etc. In the process he has become a well known figure at Enfield Council’s sometimes baffling Planning committee. All this he has managed with characteristic humour backed by a steely determination to keep the HWA financially stable and successful. At the AGM in November last he and Rod Armstrong announced their retirement as Directors and Trustees of the HWA passing on the mantle to the Rev. Rupert Mackay, Liz Snape and Bernadette Jackson (see below). On behalf of this community and the HWA we would like to offer him our sincere appreciation and thanks for all he has done for the Hadley Wood Association Centre and its widely enjoyed green spaces. The new Chairman of the Hadley Wood Association is the well known and popular Vicar of St Paul’s Church. Born in France, (but not French), he lived in Portugal until 8 years old and then joined the English boarding school system at Bilton Grange, Rugby. This was followed by Shiplake College, Henley on Thames where a passion for rowing and boating along with flying kept him busy. Leaving school in the 1980’s he went straight to work at Baring Brothers in the City, but (he claims) was not there when it went bust! After working in fund management companies around St James in his late 20’s he began to consider the possibility of working within the church. With this in mind he started work at St Helen’s Bishopsgate and becoming involved in running camps for young people. In the 90’s he met and married his American wife Hillary who now works as an English teacher at Queenswood school. They have 4 children, Victoria, Jamie, Nick and Lexi and are currently very proud of Victoria who made it to Cambridge this September to read classics. Rupert did his Church of England training at Oak Hill, Southgate and then Knutsford, Cheshire. He and Hillary moved to Hadley Wood just over 10 years ago where he became Vicar of St Paul’s Church. They love living in this friendly community. He enjoys running with his Yorkie Bella and Sam his labrador in Trent Park. He is happy to serve the local community as a trustee to the Hadley Wood Association. Liz Snape MBE Liz, Dave and their two daughters have lived in Hadley Wood for 8 years consider themselves relative newcomers! Liz works for UNISON the public service trade union as a political lobbyist and has just finished a ten year term of office on the Health and Safety Commission. She is currently serving on the Government's Commission on Youth Unemployment. Always interested in supporting community organisations she looks forward to playing her part as a new Director and Trustee of the Hadley Wood Association our village hall. Bernadette moved to Hadley Wood in 2007 and is a resident of Crescent East. She currently holds a number of non executive roles. She is Chair of Poplar Harca, a housing and regeneration organisation which owns and manages approximately 10,000 homes in East London. She has also been a non executive within the NHS for the last 7 years and is currently a Director and Chair of Audit for Barnet NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, and a non executive director of North London Estates Partnership, a private public partnership that develops and manages property within the healthcare sector. Bernadette is also a Trustee of St. Paul’s Way Trust School in Tower Hamlets and a Governor of Bancrofts School in Woodford Green. Married to Duncan, a hospital The Rev. Rupert Mackay Bernadette Jackson doctor, she has two teenage boys and can be seen in all weathers walking her dog Chester around Hadley’s fields and woods. She admits to being a terrible cook though this problem is offset by Duncan’s ability (being Australian) at the BBQ. She has been a member of the HWA committee for the last four years, is now a director/trustee and strongly believes in the importance of village halls (like the HWA) in creating and developing a sense of community.
  3. 3. 3 Medivet Cockfosters 020 8275 0330 121-123 Cockfosters Road, Barnet, Hertfordshire, EN4 0DA Call for details on how to register Clean Spacious Air-conditioned Operating Theatre X-rays Dental Workshop Laboratory Ultrasound Endoscopy Advanced Anaesthetic Monitoring Geriatric Care Hair Removal Before the Summer YAG Laser with Amazing Results More Safe, Permanent & Efficient than other treatments currently available PilatesTeacher - PersonalTrainer Established lower back specialist EASING YOUR BACK PAIN WITH PILATES Pilates can both alleviate existing back problems and prevent future ones. No matter what your age or condition, Pilates will work for you! Make a difference in your life today! Contact Stuart on: 07787 552326 Or email: If you're looking for dramatic changes in the way your body looks, feels and performs. If you want to improve flexibility, strength and agility, muscle tone, and become less prone to injury...Then you're about to discover how you can do all this, quickly and easily, with your One to One Pilates session! Remembered We are sad to report the recent deaths of three longstanding residents of Hadley Wood, all of whom made a huge contribution to this area, its residents and the pleasant environment we know today. John Northam John was born in 1935 and grew up in Totteridge. He attended Highgate School and went on to study law at St John's College, Cambridge. It was at Cambridge that John met Jill and they were married in 1960 at St Andrew's Church on Totteridge Lane. Having started their married life in Camden, John and Jill moved first to Cockfosters and then in 1967 to Hadley Wood. Their family home was in Crescent East from where all four children, Nick, Phy, Chris and Tim, attended Hadley Wood Primary School. Unusually John spent his entire working career with the same legal practice. Having, as an articled clerk, joined Jaques & Lewis, he went on to become Managing Partner for many years, subsequently overseeing the merger of Jaques & Lewis with the national firm of Eversheds in 1994. John was always fully involved in the Hadley Wood community being Captain of the Golf Club and then becoming a founder member of the Board and then its Chairman for seven years. He was also a member of Southgate Round Table and a Trustee of St Paul's Church, the Hadley Wood Association and Barnet College of Further Education. He always maintained close links with Highgate School and served as President of The Old Cholmelian Society – John and Jill returned with friends and family to Highgate School in 2010 to celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary. Following his retirement from the legal profession he thoroughly enjoyed his time working for more than 10 years with the Citizens Advice Bureau in New Barnet. Chris Northam Gareth Evans Gareth was born in the Hampstead Garden Suburb, a man always proud of his Welsh heritage. He was educated at St Paul’s Boys School where he gained his love of the classics, was an accomplished boxer and where he became Head boy. He left school with a place at Cambridge which he deferred so that he could enlist in the Navy in 1942. During World War Two he was a t: 020 8449 2687 32 Crescent West
  4. 4. New Year message from David Burrowes MP What buildings or land do you value in our local area? Maybe it's an open space or the local shops. You will recall several years ago the unsuccessful battle we had to keep a local post office and more recently concern about the potential loss of the dry cleaners. The problem comes when there are plans to sell and the public are the last to hear about it – usually only when a planning application has been submitted. Under the Localism Act 2011 there is a 'community asset register' which allows groups like HWA to apply to the Council for a building or land to be registered. You will probably not have heard about this register because until I prompted Enfield Council last year there was no process published on their website. In fact there are no community assets registered across the whole borough. This needs to change so that the community is told first about the sale of much loved buildings or land, and has a right to bid. It does not need to be owned by the council but can't be a residential property. You just need to demonstrate that the land or building is much loved by the community and has a social value. Once the asset is registered the nominating group will be notified as soon as there is a plan to sell. Residents would then have 6 months to come up with an alternative plan. A valued community asset is of course our local hospital. Chase Farm Hospital can now look to a brighter future with the redevelopment due to start in January. I have made sure that £29 million of the £120 million is being spent from next month to get all existing services in modern buildings. There will also be a new school and housing on the surplus land, with the proceeds of sale being ploughed back into the 4 Royal Navy officer on destroyers accompanying merchant ships sailing to Russia on the dreaded Arctic convoys. Although he was reluctant to talk about the war he did admit to a liking for waves over 40 feet high as the German submarines harrying the convoy could not use their periscopes! He was very proud to receive his Arctic Star medal last year. Typically he said that he didn’t really deserve it and that the Merchant Navy were the real heroes. After the war Gareth went to Cambridge to study Classics. After getting his degree he started his career at London Underground, quickly moved onto British Rail ferries and finished as planning director at Sealink. He met and married Anne, a St. Thomas’s nurse in 1957 subsequently enjoying the arrival of their three children Richard Mark and Jane, living first in Lancaster Avenue and then Kingwell Rd. Tragically Mark passed away with leukaemia before his 21st birthday. Gareth was a stalwart of Hadley Wood life being a founder member of the Hadley Wood Association and eventually it’s Chairman. He took great delight in helping to organise the annual firework display. He was also a devoted member of St Paul’s church and was proud to be a warden, trustee and a key member of the church committee. Rod Armstrong Don Kinloch Don was born in 1930 in Ayrshire Scotland. He qualified as a doctor at Glasgow University in 1953. After graduation he joined the Parachute regiment as a medical officer and took part in an expedition to Alaska ascending four previously unclimbed peaks in the Mount Mckinley range as well as conducting medical research there into nutritional care. He was a fine mountaineer skier and sportsman with a great love for music and was an accomplished accordion player. After posts in Glasgow Oxford and Edinburgh he gained Membership of all three Colleges of Physicians (Edinburgh, Glasgow and London)eventually being appointed Consultant Physician at Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield specialising in Gastroenterology there publishing several scientific papers. He was responsible for setting up Chase Farm’s gastroenterological suite. Living in Hadley Wood with his wife Avril and son Andrew, Don was a very popular member of both tennis and golf clubs. A great lover of nature, the outdoors and particularly mountains he inspired us all by continuing to enjoy all of these pleasures even after suffering a heart attack and then a severe stroke whilst skiing in Alpe d’Huez in 2002. Avril and Don moved back to Scotland during his last years. Hugh Dinwoodie hospital and primary care. After years of empty promises it's good that Chase Farm has received investment to secure its future. As you put dates in your 2015 diary why not plan to come for a tour of Parliament with me on 5th February or 12th March at 6.30pm. Finally the inaugural Enfield Southgate Golf Cup at HWGC is on 20th March. If you want to join in please contact me for details. Best wishes for the New Year. David Burrowes MP 020 7219 5414
  5. 5. 5 Dr Keith Garber Dr Andrew Halmer Dr Alvise Marin All aspects of general dentistry offered throughout the week including Saturday morning appointments Please contact our reception 16 Crescent West, Hadley Wood, Barnet, Herts, EN4 0EJ Tel: 020 8441 0257
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  12. 12. 6 Tel: 01707 663 738 DORCHENA INTERIORS ITALIAN DESIGNER KITCHENS, BEDROOMS BATHROOMS Patients on the NHS list are excluded All aspects of general practice covered. Same day and weekend appointments @ Hadley Wood or local Private Hospitals Big Chef, little chefs... When the Government published the new National Curriculum, we quickly realised that there was a big focus on developing the children's practical skills and independence. We knew that we needed a children's kitchen, because one of the best ways of doing this is through cooking. In fact, cooking develops a wide range of skills. Obviously there is maths in all the careful weighing and science in the 'irreversible changes', but there is also a lot of reading and writing in the following and developing of recipes and social skills in the cooperation and careful hygiene involved. The children have already had the chance to learn some history through cooking war time 'rationing' recipes and geography when they tried out some international dishes during our 'multicultural week'. When we asked West Lodge to lend us a chef, we hadn't expected the 'main man', but Head Chef Wayne Turner took time out of his busy schedule to come and officially open our new Children's Kitchen. Chef tossed pancakes for a group of our budding mini- chefs and told them about how he started out on his professional journey. We were glad to have the chance to ('# - ) '('# #% !'%,
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  15. 15. 7 My I start by extending my best wishes to Rev. Rupert Mackay in taking on the leadership of the Hadley Wood Association, and to offer my heartfelt thanks to Graham Sharpe and Rod Armstrong for their exemplary work with the Association over the years. Together with my colleagues, Anne-Marie Pearce and Michael Lavender, I have been working to address a number of issues of local concern, which we have been dealing with. To summarise: · Given their recent difficulties with their premises I was pleased to support Mr and Mrs Modi of Take 7 Dry Cleaners and hope that they can continue to provide their much valued service to the local area. I am working with the Council to look at improvements to the Hadley Wood shopping parade. I think the street scene could benefit from enhancement and hope that, despite stretched Council budgets, some attention can be given. Together with David Burrowes MP, local resident Francesca Caine and my ward colleagues, I am supporting discussions with GTR about providing step free access at Hadley Wood train station. In relation to the recent removal of many attractive trees in HW, particularly along the Crescent, I was advised that this was due to basal decay, and that new trees are scheduled to be planted next year in similar locations, and more widely across the ward. A new mobile phone mast application is looming for Bartrams Lane, and I look forward to working closely with the HWA and local residents in requiring a proposal that is primarily sympathetic to the area. Parking remains a big issue, and the outcome of the consultation for yellow lines at the Lancaster Avenue end of Duchy Road remains uncertain. I have asked the Council to introduce measures as soon as possible to improve safety at this dangerous junction. The former Middlesex University campus in Trent Park is back in the headlines as it is reportedly for sale once more. I am working closely with the Council and Park groups Update from Councillor Jason Charalambous dealing with a number of problems faced by Trent Park, and I am keen to ensure that any buyer respects the listed buildings and cherished environment in which it is located. I am also keeping an eye on the Cat Hill development, where noise disturbance from building works is a major issue, and am in discussions with the Council to ensure the developer abides by the rules. Finally I want to mention the Enfield Residents Priority Fund, where generous grants are available for community projects. I supported the popular Trent Park walks in a recent successful application, and as there are still funds available for this financial year’s allocation. I encourage ideas to come forward (see Enfield Council website for details). The dates of our next ward forum and surgeries are advertised on the Council website and, as always, please do contact me, or my colleagues, if we can be of assistance with Council related matters. Finally may I take this opportunity to thank everyone who has kindly offered their support. I would also like to wish all readers a very happy and prosperous New Year. Cllr Jason Charalambous, Cockfosters Ward WINDOW CLEANING SERVICES Includes Frames, Sills, Doors and Conservatories 6 or 8 Weekly Cleans or One off Clean References available. All work guaranteed A Local Small Company Based In Barnet Tel. 0208 441 8100 or 07861 764 994 email: Bridge Club The Bridge Club based at the Hadley Wood Association Centre continues to thrive. New members are always welcome. The picture shows the winners of the Friday Bridge Club Christmas party competition at THE Golf Club on THE 29th November. Winners: Tessa Pearce, John Pople, Arnold Eaton and Elizabeth Reid. On the left is Pat Taylor and Judy Rennie. For details of Bridge Club evenings (Tuesday and Friday) contact Norman Heaton on 01707658320 or Roy Taylor on 02084494531.
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I was talking to Julia Redburn about her past life as an actress and dancer and her present career as a Pilates instructor. I asked her where it all started. She comes from this area. Her Grandma had the fish and chip shop in Barnet. White and Whyatts. Does anybody remember it? Her mother had a lovely voice and she and Julia’s father, an impresario, organized and performed in Variety shows and Pantomimes for several years at many of the well known theatres in the South of England. Julia and her brother (Peter Duncan of Blue Peter fame) were clearly destined for a career on the stage. By the age of 12 years she was studying Drama and Dance at the Italia Conti stage school in Clapham. Whilst there she was auditioned and selected for the Grange Hill School series on TV playing Tricia Yates’s elder sister. TV commercials followed. She was an Asda girl for three years and by the age of 18 was a member of the dance group Hot Gossip performing on shows with Kenny Everett, Jimmy Tarbuck Paul Daniels, Stanley Baxter and Michael Barrymore. About this time she met Chris who was then bass guitarist and singer for Kenny. They married and eventually reached Hadley Wood in 1994 via Southgate. Their two children Tom and Sophie are following in the family footsteps. Sophie in San Francisco and Tom with the Rusty Suns band. Any highlights? ‘Well’ says Julia ‘Stevie Wonder did sing to me for my birthday’. There was a black and white photo on the wall to prove it (see right) along with many other interesting shots of the Pop Scene at that time. Julia looking sensational. I asked whether it was her dancing training which lead to her interest in Pilates and the classes she now runs. ‘Absolutely’ she replied ‘Joseph Pilates was married to a ballet dancer and must have learned a great deal about muscle control and balance from her. We were taught Pilates when I was learning to dance. Nowadays I am an absolute believer in Pilates exercises as a way of keeping supple and fit. They are suitable for any age and it is not uncommon to have an eighty year old practising the exercises alongside an eighteen year old’. Thinking of older patients I have looked after who were so stiff and weak that they were unable to stand up after a fall it was easy to understand the value of this discipline. What are the classes like? ‘All abilities, all ages and all fun’. She replies laughing. ‘Why not try some?’ Trying to look simultaneously as supple and as fit as possible I declined on the grounds of being too busy. What a liar. 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To be held at Hadley Wood Golf Club. Fund raising for David Burrowes MP election campaign. Details from If you have information that you would like to include on the Notice Board in the next Hadley Wood News (coming out March 18th) please email by March 4th NEWS Howard Marshall Dentistry has an offer of 50% off a hygienist visit when Home Whitening Treatment is purchased until the end of February 2015. Call 020 8441 0257 for details or call into the surgery at 16 Crescent West Gillian Henley NOTICE BOARD
  17. 17. 9 Frostbite A glistening full moon, a lamp above the sky; searching around the dark grey land, giving away its special shine. A poor icy lake, frozen solid, prisoners of water under the icy sheet; isolated – no one to play with, hoping for a ship, maybe a fleet. The fast whirling wind, a giant breathing; running wild, waking everyone sleeping. A warm crackling fire, fighting a war; a boaster – angry, we all hear its roar. W. Cecil Hadley Wood Primary School. Annual Arts Trophy Hadley Wood and Wingate Football Club The Football season 2014/15 is moving fast. Our first match of the season was back in September 2014 which saw a record number of teams (19) for our club. The youngest team is our Under 7s and the eldest are Under 15s. Teams will continue to train up until July with matches throughout the season. Some improvements have been made to the grounds, with a new set of 9-a-side goals to replace the ones that were broken. Also a new sign has been installed at the top of Bartrams Lane to dissuade parents from driving down the lane and parking by the grounds gate. Jonathan Wynne Email: Tel: 02084471661 / Mob: 07798776248 12 Crescent West, Hadley Wood, Herts, EN4 0EJ B Beware of cheap imitations w one to one fitness E Winter Hunger The wind lifted me up into the snow coated trees Where I danced to the rhythm of the winter breeze Swaying to the sound of the frozen air I see no food or water anywhere Hungry nights back in the nest Must keep trying the price is no rest Further and further look I must Time is running out; it’s nearly dusk Another day of searching in vain Cold and hungry again and again A gust of wind, on the snow From beneath, a red glow Holly berries, tasty and small I won’t go hungry after all. Madeleine McEnery In December the finals of the school’s art trophy were held in the main hall. This year’s theme was Winter Poetry. Eleven finalists from year 1 to year 6 read out their poems to the whole assembly and a panel of awestruck judges. The finalists were George Charalambous, Casper Askew, Francesca Wroniak, Dhruva Kawathekar, Jago Michael, Yasmin Hayes, Archie Phillips, Christina Angeli, William Cecil, Madeleine McEnery and Jasper Wax. Deciding on the winner was extraordinarily difficult. The standard was very high and the ages of the children had to be factored in before a decision was made. Finally the very deserving William Cecil was awarded the trophy. Madeleine McEnery was an outstanding runner up. The remaining excellent finalists were all awarded medals and certificates. William’s poem ‘Frostbite’ and Madeleine’s Winter hunger follow.
  18. 18. 10 Dear Editor I have just had a telephone call from a resident who lives in Lancaster Avenue. Somebody knocked on his door last night claiming to be raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital. He said that he was collecting on behalf of a friend's son and asked for a donation. The gentleman declined to give cash at his front door. He has telephoned Great Ormond Street this morning who have said that they have no details of this man and would not send people to collect money door to door. The gentleman suggested that you might like to put an article in the Hadley Wood News to warn people about this. Lisa Winston. Manager Hadley Wood Association Dear Editor I would like to draw your readers’ attention to an online petition to stop Barnet Council carrying out their threat to close some libraries and to reduce library services across Barnet. Libraries are a valuable community asset and provide a wide range of services beyond simply lending books: story reading for children, reading groups for adults, internet access, a quiet place for young people to study as well as a source of community information. When I told my English friend living in Australia about the plans to reduce library services she was shocked. In Australia, libraries are thriving and have transformed themselves into community centres with play areas, free wifi, cafes, support services and training rooms. Surely this is the kind of model that we too should aspire to. If we allow our valued library service to be run down, it is unlikely that libraries would ever be recreated again. Please go online and sign the petition. closure-of-barnet-libraries Kate Ferguson Hadley Wood Neighbourhood Planning Forum Update In December last year we held an open Forum meeting in the beautiful surroundings of the golf club. Around 20 people came along and we agreed details of how we should be set up, the area we should cover and so on. Our application to be recognised as a formal Planning Forum is now being submitted to London Borough of Enfield. If they are happy with all the details they will publicise the application and then decide to recognise us or not. Hopefully 2015 will see the birth of our very own Forum and then we can start to draw together ideas for a Neighbourhood Plan to set out improvements and planning policies for our neighbourhood. A few details of our application The Forum now has over 40 members from across the area. We officially need 21 and are now way past this point. Anyone who works or lives in the area can join. If you are interested in joining please email for more information. All Forum members will be able to discuss and vote on emerging ideas for our plan at meetings held a couple of times a year. We have also set up a working committee with 13 people on it made up of Forum members who want to be more involved. This group will do the donkey work, assessing the character of our area, drawing up draft policies and so on. The Forum and the Hadley Wood Association would work together in close collaboration, with the new Association Chair being on the Forum and vice versa. We have decided on an area which includes all the residential roads in Hadley Wood plus open land fronting on to these. LB Enfield will let us know if they are happy with the boundary or not. We WILL NOT be looking at individual planning applications, these are dealt with and decided by London Borough of Enfield and their planning committee. However we WILL be able to draw up policies for the borough to use when considering future applications. Creating a neighbourhood plan will take some time, at least a year from now. The more people who want to get involved with doing the work needed the quicker the process. Once we have a draft plan, everyone in the area, irrespective of whether they are on the Forum or not, will be able to vote on whether the plan should be adopted or not. Esther Kurland
  19. 19. Letters Dear Editor Hadley Wood serves dog owners well, with entrances to our wonderful common from Covert Way and Parkgate, as well as the football pitch and the green field where the fireworks display took place. As a result, many people here have a dog. I'm proud to be seen with our family's amiable, now elderly, border collie walking the streets of Hadley Wood at least twice every day. Since he arrived nearly thirteen years ago, our family have feared the period from mid October to mid November, with loud fireworks seemingly going off every evening. This year we tried him on a course of tranquillisers as prescribed by the vet. On the main evening of Diwali, as I set off with him for our early evening constitutional, there was an explosion so loud that I thought a bomb had exploded, followed by similar bangs for most of the evening. It sounded more like all-out war than a Festival of Light. Needless to say, whatever benefit the tranquillisers may have had wasn't enough for the task, as the dog scuttled home terrified to sit shivering under the bed. But that was as nothing compared with the formal bonfire display put on by the Association. Even from our double-glazed house towards the top of Crescent East, this was Armageddon. The dog spent the entire display hyper-ventilating, his heart racing so fast that we were worried he wouldn't make the end. If that level of reaction is replicated in many other pets in Hadley Wood, to say nothing of the small animals and birds who make their homes in the vicinity, then I doubt that the pleasure the display gives can possibly be worth the anguish caused. My discussions with other dog owners indicate a bad reaction in many cases. I wish that our government, in common with many others around the world, would ban private fireworks. They are now far too powerful and noisy to be set off in builtup areas, indeed in any place where sentient beings are settled. Public events, though contained within a brief period of time, are just as distressing. I know how much hard work goes into organising our fireworks evening and it is the only community event which brings all residents together. Our family, perhaps thoughtlessly, used to enjoy it until we got the dog. I would like to ask the Association if they could think of another event which could achieve the same end, and if readers have any good ideas. Yours sincerely, John Uttley Dear Editor TREE RAT MENACE.I have with interest read Mr. StephenBlackburn’s article condemning the GreySquirrel. He seems to be convenientlyforgetting that the Red is also of the samefamily and the difference is the colour. Onehundred years ago the Red had a bountyfor its destruction and 65,000 were culled.They are not saints. They not only damagetrees but they are very partial to eggs and amenace to many birds and farmers. If wecull the Grey Squirrel our next generationwill still not be able to see the Redeverywhere in the United Kingdom as easily as the Grey. The Grey, I agree should nothave been introduced to this country butthey are now here and we should let themstay. They cannot be solely heldresponsible for the decreasing numbers ofthe Red. The Red makes a tasty morsel topredators like the Red tailed Hawk andGreat Horned Owl. They are also very proneto the disease SQPV. I have a wildlifegarden and I have no complaints about theGrey. I have a small squirrel feeding boxinto which a small quantity of nuts are puteach morning and it is a pleasure to seethem feeding. Yes, no others are allowedinto the garden as he or she feels mygarden is its domain and feeders are notinterfered with. He buries the excess inmy handsome lawn and I am grateful forthe aeration holes – my lawn is neverwater logged. The holes are sooncovered by the next manicure. I feel theyare the first easy step introduction forchildren to wildlife. Observing theirbehavior and antics has always beenpleasurable for the housebound, infirm,elderly and children. They are highlyintelligent, fascinating, entertaining, avery good source for seed dispersal,and a form of food for predators. Aninteresting article titled ‘Is culling ofGrey squirrels a viable tactic toconserve Red squirrels’ by StephenHarris, Carl D Solebury GrazellaFossa from the University of Bristol. Ihope that this article helps to changeMr Blackburn’s mind with regard tothe Grey. Too much money is beingspent trying to tackle this issuebearing in mind that the ‘Red’ is nolonger the original red. Dr.Marie Anand, Fairgreen East, HW (Our sincere apologies go to anyreaders who were upset by lastmonth’s article about squirrels.Editor) 11 Dear Editor Poor mobile reception means more masts. Many of the residents in Hadley Wood struggle with poor reception on their mobile phones, which can probably only be solved by constructing more masts. In the past the telecommunications companies simply applied for planning permission to site masts where it suited them and hoped to neutralise any objections from the neighbourhood on the grounds of need. Telefonica and Vodafone, who have recently agreed to share a network, have decided to consult the community about a new mast they would like to put up beside Hadley Wood railway station, before submitting the planning application. This gives the community the chance to influence the design and location of the mast before the plans are finalised. In the past the Hadley Wood Association has had some limited success in modifying telecom engineers’ plans through consultation. This time the Association is going to work with our three local councillors to discuss the proposals with the telecom companies in the hope that a solution can be found which is reasonably satisfactory for all concerned. The last time a major new mast was proposed in the area was in 2004 when O2 wanted to build a mast on the roof of the flats at No.30 Crescent East which would have been a real eyesore in the Crescent Conservation Area and from Bartrams Lane field and the Green Belt, with a large number of residents living less than 100 metres away. Discussion between O2 and the Association identified the least worst location for a mast would be on high ground more than 200 metres from any residential houses in the line of trees along the northern boundary of Bartrams Lane field. It was also agreed that the mast should be disguised as an artificial conifer tree. The mast was going to be shared by O2 and Orange but never materialised.The Hadley Wood Association and our three councillors are ready to meet Telefonica/Vodafone to discuss the matter and propose that an artificial tree mast at the previously agreed site should be taken as the starting point for negotiation. We would also like the mast to be shared with another network to avoid yet more masts being needed in the area. A public meeting would be held at the HWA Centre to discuss the proposals. John Leatherdale
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