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Hadley Wood News June/July 2017


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Hadley Wood News June/July 2017

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Hadley Wood News June/July 2017

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  2. 2. 2 ”The Original Garden Maintenance Company” Est in 1974, The ENGLISH GARDEN Company Ltd. has been caring for trees and gardens in North London and Home Counties for four decades; we were the first and remain the leaders. Calling on a regular set day and time, we never miss, no matter the weather; we have helped transform our client’s gardens into some of the finest in the UK. Our bespoke vehicles allow us to bring the garden centre to your door, providing our clients with all year round colour and the latest varieties in bedding, plants, and garden materials. Don’t just take our word for it; see what our customers have to say: “English Garden Company offers a highly professional, friendly, reliable and efficient service. They have maintained our garden for many years - visitors always comment on how lovely it looks and we take immense pleasure from it. EGC are always willing to help and nothing is too much trouble for them. I have no hesitation in highly recommending them. “Mrs. W – Hadley Wood 01707 645069 Over 100 Hadley Wood residents gathered at the station on a warm and sunny Friday 26th May for the official opening of the accessible step free entrance to the northbound platform. In his very entertaining opening speech, Will Pike, a wheelchair user owing to the 2008 terrorist attack at the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai and now a disability campaigner for the charity Inclusion Barnet, spoke passionately about the impact of initiatives of this sort on people’s lives. He was preceded by GTR’s Programme Manager and prime mover in this project, Andrew Sidgwick, and by Chair of the Rail User Group Francesca Caine, their speeches punctuated by the occasional train, each heralded by Will waving a flag. (George Ste- phenson would have approved). Francesca thanked the several repre- sentatives of GTR present for their great help in providing not only the new entrance, the first on this route within Greater London, but also the many other improvements made to our station through collaboration with the Rail User Group. Complimentary refreshments were provided and Thymari opened its doors for everyone to sit, eat and relax. Raffle prizes generously provided by all our local businesses were awarded, the proceeds going to Inclusion Barnet, the local deaf and disabled people’s organisation which works towards a more accessible society for all. The construction of this step free entrance and other improvements to the station were the result of hard work by the Rail User Group, great leadership by Francesca Caine and strong support from residents. Hopefully a foretaste of things to come. Rod Armstrong Assisted Travel. Need assistance now to travel by train to or from Hadley Wood? Telephone GTR’s helpline 0800 058 2844 or telephone 0800 975 1052 giving as much notice as possible Hadley Wood Station’s new accessible Step Free entrance Opening ceremony.
  3. 3. 3 St Martha’s School has announced it will become Mount House School, from September 2017. Matthew Burke will continue as Head of the School supported by the Senior Management Team. Mount House School will be led by a new company formed by a team of experienced education professionals and backed by Albion Ventures. The School will have a new Executive Principal, Toby Mullins, who has over 20 years’ school leadership experience who will be the School’s strategic lead. Since the amalgamation of the Sisters of St Martha with the Sisters of Charity of St Jeanne Antide in 2015, it was agreed the Sisters could no longer retain the trusteeship of St Martha’s School. In considering a number of potential buyers, the Sisters selected the group backed by Albion Ventures to establish Mount House School. As the School will no longer be owned by the Sisters of St Martha, it will be renamed, the name Mount House coming from the historic house on the site. It will retain its ethos and will continue to welcome pupils from all religious backgrounds, as well as those who are not religious, as St Martha’s always has. More families will now be able to benefit from a Mount House School education as coeducation will be introduced from September 2018. There is growing interest in coeducation locally and nationally and parents are increasingly seeking a School that can serve both their sons and their daughters. The move to coeducation will be phased in gradually over five years and every year group will have both boys and girls by September 2022. Investment in facilities will begin over the summer to create an enhanced learning environment, benefitting all the pupils and staff. Over the course of the next year there will also be significant investment in the school’s sporting provision. One of the primary aims for the new School will be to build on St Martha’s much-valued ethos and atmosphere and to sustain it for the future. The School will continue to value every pupil as an individual; discovering and nurturing distinct talents within a friendly, supportive environment. Mount House School will provide outstanding teaching and learning, innovative sports provision, and an extensive co-curricular programme as part of an excellent, caring and well-rounded education. Matthew Burke, Head, and Toby Mullins, Executive Principal, will be happy to answer further questions you may have regarding the future plans for the School. Please contact them via the Head’s PA, Mrs Marianne Naismith, on to make an appointment. There will be a School Open Day on Saturday 30th September at 10am and all prospective families are warm- ly welcomed to see the School and meet the Mount House School team.
  4. 4. 4 Station Cuttings: Step Free✓2018 Service? Two key railway items to report this time: usage of the new step free entrance; and Phase 2 of GTR’s 2018 Timetable Consultation. We were delighted by the turn-out for the opening ceremony for our new entrance. The event also raised £735 for the local accessibility charity Inclusion Barnet. Huge thanks to the Event Committee of Gill Henley, Lisbeth Wirth, Kate Ferguson and Jenny Shearsby and all their helpers. Grateful thanks too to every single one of our local businesses for their generous raffle prizes and to The Little Flower House and Wyevale for providing lovely flower tubs and hanging baskets which continue to adorn our station. They are looked after by our new Train Dispatchers, Sally, Ryan and Earl, along with an unexpected addition: the handsome station cat! The entrance is in increasing use but the RUG’s work is not yet done. We are in active discussions with GTR about permanent signage, better lighting in the lane to Crescent West, and effective briefing of their staff at Potters Bar, on trains and in the Assisted Travel team. Please tell everyone you know who may find the new amenity beneficial – not just those with mobility issues but with bags, buggies and bikes too. And at last you can invite Great Aunt Ida to visit again! How to use it? You’ll find information on our website on the new Step Free Travel page. Will people be able to board a train in a wheelchair? Yes, using GTR’s Assisted Travel scheme (see banner on page 2) to arrange use of the staff- operated train-to-platform ramp. How can people arrive at Hadley Wood from the North? Continue to use GTR’s Assisted Travel scheme (see banner) to arrange suitable assistance, eg a complimentary cab from Potters Bar. What if people want to go into London? To quote GTR’s poster: “Passengers requiring step free access wishing to travel southbound from Hadley Wood (ie towards London) are welcome to travel from platform 4 to Potters Bar, in order to change to a southbound service. This routing only applies to passengers requiring step free access and making southbound journeys from Hadley Wood, and does not permit exiting the station at Potters Bar.” And our very own Gill Henley has also produced a circulatory timetable which is available from the ticket office or the RUG website and is displayed at the entrance on Platform 4. Turning to the service itself, in May, RUG represent- atives were invited to meet GTR’s Head of Strategic Planning, Phil Hutchinson. He told us that, thanks to the RUG’s tremendous response to the Phase 1 consultation, GTR’s timetable team have proposed to the DfT the full 4 trains per hour off-peak service for Hadley Wood. As announced at the opening ceremony, the date of the next RUG meeting has been moved to 11th July to enable Phil to come back to Hadley Wood to explain and discuss the proposals as ratified by the DfT. These were published on their website at the end of June when Phase 2 of the official consultation began. Please come along on the 11th to demonstrate to GTR the strength of support for our train service. After that, we shall also need to send them our individual and collective responses to the actual proposals by 27th July - even if you find them satisfactory! Francesca Caine Chair, Hadley Wood Rail User Group SAVE THE DATE: SATURDAY MORNING 7th OCTOBER 2017 Michael Portillo will unveil the RUG’s plaque to Sir Nigel Gresley on the station forecourt RAIL USER GROUP - CHANGE OF DATE: 11 JULY 2017 Hadley Wood RUG Meeting with GTR’s Head of Strategic Planning on Tuesday 11 July at 8.00-9.00 pm at St Paul’s Church, Crescent East to discuss GTR’s latest 2018 Timetable Proposals followed at 9.00-9.30pm by RUG Business Meeting
  5. 5. 5 The St Paul’s Church Father’s Day Dog Show On a beautiful but extremely hot Sunday after- noon, the trees of St Paul’s large garden provided a very welcome cool arena for the neighbourhood dogs to show off their charms. Rupert, ably assisted by Ozlem, Laura and Stacey from Wood Street Veterinary practice in Cockfosters, watched as small medium and large dogs of assorted colours and shapes were paraded around, each trying to catch the judge’s eye. The judges considered and deliberated and eventually the rosettes were handed out - which the very proud owners were prepared to wear even if their canine friend rejected the honour. Waggiest tail went to Meko in Camlet Way, Most appealing eyes to Betty, a stunning win by the Staton family, Most handsome male to newcomer Chewie of the Mangan family, Prettiest female to Amber from Arkley, Best veteran to Bruno Brin whose owner fraternised with the judges, best puppy to Har- ry who is a recent member of the Ward family and Best trick went to Poppy from the Politzer family from Barnet. There were no major scuffles and indeed hardly a bark was heard! Too hot or perhaps it showed the quality of dog one gets in Hadley Wood; respectable, charming and well mannered!! The overall ‘Hadley Wood Hound of 2017’ went to ‘Lexi’ belonging to the proud owners, Karen and Jon, with their children Amy, Chloe and Isabel. (See above). Once the categories were completed attention was turned to cups of tea, glasses of cool drinks and delicious home made cakes by Sally team - perhaps next year it was suggested we should have a Pimm’s tent! Refreshments were all consumed either under the shade of the trees or in the cool of the church where each windowsill has a flower arrangement in a copper dog bowl surrounded by dog biscuits! Hillary welcomed the neighbours and friends who had gathered for this happy occasion explaining why the church had put on this event. Rupert thanked the helpers and everyone for coming and promised to put a date in the diary for next year. Do join us in 2018. (Pictures P.6) History of Hadley Wood – poster and slide show A large poster describing the history of Hadley Wood has been produced and is on display at the Hadley Wood Association Centre (size: 625 x 880mm landscape). It has been compiled by John Leatherdale and printed by Clive Coote and a limited number is being sold at £25 each to raise funds for the Hadley Wood Association. John has also compiled a pictorial slide show, based on the talk he gave in St Paul’s Church last October entitled An illustrated history of Hadley Wood, the story of a development that nearly failed. This can be found on the Hadley Wood Association website under ‘New Gallery’. Copies can be obtained from
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  8. 8. 8 Remembered Freda Jerwood passed away peacefully at home on 28 May. She reached the great age of 97 and had lived in Hadley Wood since 1960 when she and her husband, Arthur, moved into her mother-in -law's house along with their three daughters, Valerie, Susan and Carol. Freda was born in Guelph, Ontario and lived in Canada for the first 12 years of her life. Her parents had emigrated in 1919, but returned to England in 1932. On leaving school, she trained as a secretary and during the war years she worked for the Ministry of Health. She married Arthur in 1949 having met on a tennis court at Alexandra Park; she and Arthur were both keen tennis players and played competitively for the teams at Hadley Wood Lawn Tennis Club in the 60s and 70s. In later years Freda took up golf and played at Old Fold Manor. Freda embraced all that Hadley Wood had to offer and was a founder member of Hadley Wood WI in 1960 becoming its President in the early days. Her organisational skills were soon utilised on various local and County committees over many years; she was a most efficient and innovative Home Craft Secretary en- couraging and guiding less gifted members into taking part in County competitions. She attended nu- merous classes on upholstery, flower-arranging, lampshades, dress-making and soft toys. Freda was also very skilled at staging and presenting exhibits and shared her knowledge and skills with others. Freda worked hard for charity, supporting not only the WI fund-raising events, but also the NSPCC and RNLI with door to door collections and summer lunches in the garden, coffee mornings and bridge drives. She opened her beautiful garden to raise money for the NSPCC and latterly in 2010 for Ovarian Cancer Action. She also supported the WRVS by delivering meals on wheels in Barnet for the elderly well into her seventies, but decided to call it quits when a lot of her clients were younger than she was! Freda was member of the Hadley Wood Association, the Horticultural Society and the Theatre Club; she made friends easily wherever she went, and she was a loyal and kind friend to many. She was devoted to her family and took an interest in the many things they did throughout her life. She had a great sense of humour and could laugh at herself and with others. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Margaret Floyd It is with deep regret, we report the death of Margaret Floyd on the 22nd April 2017 after a prolonged illness. Margaret, Tony and their three children came to Hadley Wood in 1971. During the past forty years, Margaret played a prominent part in the life of Hadley Wood, being a member of the Association, the Tennis and Bridge Clubs and the Hadley Wood Golf Club. She was an active member of the Women’s Institute and was President from 2001 for three years. Margaret will be sadly missed by her many friends who, we are sure, will cherish memories of her infectious humour and remember their friend whose love of life was indomitable. HADLEY WOOD SECURITY SERVICE CONTACT Caroline at or pick up a leaflet from Londis
  9. 9. 9 Spring Clean up Hadley Wood’s green spaces and (some) streets are looking a lot better following the Great Clean Up day on May 20th . Thanks to the efforts of local residents Dawn Wellings, Lisbeth Wirth, Hannah Destro and Alexandra Whiter, a large group of supporters turned up on the day armed with black sacks and litter pickers. The Rev. Rupert Mackay, Chairman of the Hadley Wood Association presided and no less than three policemen from the Cockfosters and Southgate Safe Neighbourhood team dropped by in support. The area around the Hadley Wood Association building and tennis courts, the car park, the path over the railway bridge down to Bartrams Lane field, Bartrams Lane itself and the Crescent were all cleaned up. More than 30 black bags were filled with rubbish. Well deserved refreshments followed afterwards in the HWA Centre. Many thanks from us all. DORCHENA INTERIORS ITALIAN DESIGNER KITCHENS, BEDROOMS & BATHROOMS Tel: 01707 663 738
  10. 10. 10 My name is Silviu Vulc and I am a resident here in Hadley Wood. I am a boxing coach original- ly from Deva in Romania. I will be starting weekly boxing classes on Sundays at 10am at the One-to-One Fitness Centre starting from Au- gust and will be available for private lessons. My background is that I am a former Romanian Olympic Boxing Team Coach. I spent my early career boxing in Romania before moving to Russia to train Mixed Martial Arts with the Red Devil Sport Club. My team mates were Fedor and Alexander Emelianko (two big names in the sport of MMA). I spent three years there, training and fighting Mixed Martial Arts. After this I returned to Romania having earlier taken some boys from the local orphanage in my home town and taught them boxing for free. I took them to fight with the Olympic Team when I took up a post as Boxing Trainer for the Romanian Olympic Team in Bucharest. In fact one of my students was the only person to ever defeat the now WBC World Champion Anthony Joshua. Over the years I have spent most of my time and energy coaching others in boxing and MMA around the world including time spent in Russia, Romania and England. I held the position of head boxing Coach at Phuket Top Team in Thailand and am now Head Boxing Coach at the London Fight Factory in Old Street teaching lawyers, businessmen, actors, amateurs and professionals the art of Boxing. I have videos on youtube. If you would like to see what I do, go to youtube silviu vulc - Yahoo Video Search results. Call me on 07795 909848 or email me Assisted Travel. Need assistance now to travel by train to or from Hadley Wood? Telephone GTR’s helpline 0800 058 2844 or telephone 0800 975 1052 New Books On the Toss of a Coin (by Michael Wise) Michael Wise FDS,RCS is a specialist in both oral surgery and restorative dentistry. He has now retired following a very distinguished career. ‘On the Toss of a Coin’ describes his journey following a very serious acute illness, from admission to the UCH Intensive Care unit, then the Royal Free Renal unit through to his eventual recovery. The story starts in January 2009 when Michael, a fit active and healthy working man quite suddenly developed severe septicaemia and toxic shock. Admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at UCH he spent ten days in an induced coma receiving respiratory support and drug treatment to correct his low blood pressure. He survived this stage though at the price of total kidney failure. He recounts his progress through dialysis to kidney transplantation. The book is full of interest and humour. His insights into current medical care, the importance of support from friends and family as well as the details of dialysis, renal transplantation and kidney donation would be of great interest to anyone facing a similar challenge as a patient or family member. The book should be mandatory reading for anyone deciding to practice doctoring, nursing or running a hospital. Or even politicians. For more information go to Beyond the Rainbow (by Aubrey Rose) Aubrey Rose OBE, CBE. celebrated his 90th birthday last year. Lawyer, author, human rights activist, past Deputy Chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality and environmentalist, this is his most recent book. Beyond the Rainbow is an account of his experience with the world of the spirit. Following the death of his son the book recounts his visits to well- known healers and the help this gave him. He himself has also been a healer. The author clearly recognizes that for many people the issue of spiritual phenomena is challenging but he describes his experiences calmly and clearly. For those interested in his approach to loss and healing this book written by a highly-respected local man would be a good starting point. Published by Lennard Publishing (07803-155475) Price £12.50
  11. 11. 11 Letters to the Editor Dear Editor Although not a local resident I discovered Hadley Wood’s meadows back in 2008 and have since walked around them a few times each year to enjoy the birds, plants and other aspects of Natural History. I am particularly interested in butterflies which I watch and record. I am not an expert entomologist, just a member of the Herts and Middx branch of Butterfly Conservation. Your fields are an especial delight at this time of year and by midsummer even more so when several species can be seen fluttering about among the grasses and along the hedgelines nectaring on the flowering brambles, Knapweed, ragwort etc. Altogether I have seen 24 different species in Hadley Wood’s little haven, which is an excellent total and very cheering when moths, butterflies and bees are in overall decline in many areas. It just shows what a decent habitat can do! Among my records of sightings are Marbled Whites, Ringlets, Peacocks, Purple Hair- streaks, Painted Ladies Small Coppers and Common Blues though Gatekeepers and Meadow Browns are more common. Also the beautiful Cinnabar daytime moths whose eggs are laid on Ragwort. Thank you so much Hadley Wood for your lovely meadows. Best Wishes Diane Andrews.
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