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Letter from the Trustees of the Hadley Wood Association. New Year progress and new issues.
We have made progress over the last couple of months since our January Newsletter Report with our main projects,
tackled some further subjects and battled with “events”. The trustees have met monthly. We have appointed Gill
Henley as HWA Secretary to help us with formal matters including meeting records and action lists, compliance and
insurance, Company Secretary returns. She is also helping with our website management. Our financial affairs are in
good shape. David Harbott has presented our quarterly management accounts and our budget, which are in reasonable
balance. Louise has been equipped with QuickBooks for much better accounting, with a new computer and help from
Julie Nedza and Gill. Louise continues to manage successful hall hires with repeat and recommendation bookings.
We have our first wider Committee meeting on 20 March with our Treasurer (David Harbott) now joined by Richard
Walker (Membership and Publicity). Lisbeth Wirth is also joining us, fresh from her initiatives on car parking and the
clean up day. We are still looking to cover other roles at least including Centre & Grounds, and Local Affairs
(including links to Councillors and Enfield, Neighbourhood Planning Forum and Conservation Area Group etc). The
Committee will look to progress a deeper look at our budget (which has little provision for repairs or replacement of
the Centre, or better support for planning and other community concerns). We should be able to complete preparations
connection with lapsed members, recruitment of all car park users and generally marketing the importance of HWA to
protect and promote Hadley Wood. We shall consider our role on wider community issues for example Crime (now
being raised as a very current issue). We need a fresh start on Events and fund raising, with a new generation Social
Committee. There is an imminent event opportunity with our important anniversary in June: the Centre was opened
50 years ago. We plan an event on Saturday 9th June (see page 8).
Several outside events have had an impact on Hadley Wood and shown the need for a strong community response. We
have found a great spirit to join efforts for the general good. On Planning, we continue to suffer multiple threats of
inappropriate developments with blocks of flats, back fill houses and cumulative flood risks. We now have the
looming additional impact of Sadiq Khan’s Draft London Plan. This hit us with no effective consultation. David
Harbott (representing our Neighbourhood Planning Forum) with HWA support has organised responses to London. He
has also led deputations to Enfield senior officers, again with HWA support, with some success to obtain
commitments to engage with Hadley Wood issues such as flood risk from cumulative overdevelopment.
The Rail User Group still show the way on community efforts, with Francesca Caine to the fore on the step free
access and timetable campaigns, recently opening the door for HWA to adopt the Station.
STOP PRESS:TREEGATE. A major joint effort between HWA and RUG is currently being made to mitigate the
bulldozer impact of Network Rail “improvement” works to ‘devegetate’ the cuttings (proposed new Station name:
Hadley No Wood) and install new high fences with dangerous and obtrusive “rotary spike” topping. Many individuals
(including John Leatherdale, Joycelin Hobman, David Harbott and Rod Armstrong) have been involved as we battle
the contractors and Network Rail and struggle to get constructive support from Enfield. As usual, Cllr Anne-Marie
Pearce has given valuable help joined by another local Cllr Elaine Hayward (of Slopers Pond Farm which is directly
affected north of Wagon Road). We have given some effective resistance. We cannot stop necessary track resilience
works to reduce tree and leaf fall and trespass, which is ultimately to our benefit, but we may limit some of the damage
and gain replanting, and fight the prison camp aspect of the new fencing. We have forced Network Rail to meet us (22
March) and stop installing the fearsome rotary spikes until then. We have primed Enfield to limit devegetation in the
Conservation Area immediately south of the Station, and are trying to keep the larger trees behind the platforms. We
hope to get restoration if not improvement for the swathes cut through our open space near the new fence and the
designated wildlife corridor. We have been in touch with our MP and councillors, other local residents associations
along the line and Sustrans who put in our National Cycle Path. There was a gross failure by Network Rail to consult,
contrary to stated policy and undertakings given to David Burrowes as MP after a similar problem at Grange Park a
few years ago.
We may yet need to raise a petition and organise a public meeting. There is a lot to do, and we welcome all support.
The Trustees of the Hadley Wood Association
Remembered. Stella Ross Collins. 1913 –2018
Stella Ross Collins nee Stewart was a distinguished resident of Hadley Wood. She was
the granddaughter of a local Church minister and the daughter of a local doctor. She
attended Queenswood girls school representing Hertfordshire at tennis whilst still a
pupil. Her love of and ability in tennis continued. Later she became Vice President of the
Herts County Tennis association, a post she held for over 25 years. She subsequently
became a Governor of Queenswood school and played a leading role in many local
activities including 10 years as a magistrate. For over 60 years she was actively involved
in the NSPCC. In 1984 she was made an Honorary Member of its Council. In 2000 she
was made MBE for her work with the NSPCC
In 1934 she married Leslie and with their three children lived for many years in Hadley Wood. Her husband
Leslie was also deeply involved with the local community and with others, gained permission and support
from Enfield Council in 1968 to build the Hadley Wood Association Centre. This Residents Association has
been at the centre of Hadley Wood’s Community activities ever since. In 1999 Stella published her book
‘Christmas’ which described the traditions, celebrations and food across Europe. The book was published by
Kyle Cathie Ltd and included a personal message from the Queen and the then Prime minister Tony Blair.
All her royalties went to the NSPCC.
She is remembered here by two previous residents of Hadley Wood.
‘I first met Stella in 1942, when she told my mother that she could take me to school in Arkley in her small
car, in spite of having six other children. Until that time, she had taken the children in her pony and trap.
When the doodlebugs started, it was Stella who organised a teacher to come to her home, Trewithien, in
Beech Hill so we no longer had to run the gauntlet of bombs dropping on the way to school. After the war, the
Ross Collins family bought Camlet House where they held wonderful children’s parties. Stella was a born
hostess and made the parties such fun. Later on I was invited to the tennis parties she organised on their grass
court. I also remember Stella singing every Sunday in the choir at St. Paul’s Church. My last memory of her
is being greeted on her 100th
Birthday with the solicitous words “And how is your dear Neil” this referred to
my husband who was in a care home’.
‘ My earliest memories of Stella are at the Mulberry tearooms in Cockfosters during the Second World war.
She and my mother met there and became friends. When my family moved to the Cockfosters Road in 1947,
the family friendship deepened and my mother and Stella were united in fundraising. I remember mountains
of Christmas pudding mixture being stirred in the big white sink at Coombehurst by those doughty ladies.
Camlet House was always open for the enjoyment and pleasure of the local community. Perhaps the most
memorable event was the Conservative Associations Coronation Ball, Black ties for the gentlemen, brocade
evening dresses for our mothers and acres of tulle for the young ladies, It really was a stylish event. Stella had
a lovely singing voice and was, I believe, a member of the famous Luton Girls Choir as well as at St Paul’s
church. I had the privilege to attend both her 80th
and her 100th
birthday celebrations; both these parties
reflected the tremendous love and respect that all Stella’s friends held for her. It was a joy that she was so full
of vim and vigour particularly at her 100th
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Station Cuttings PEOPLE POWER: 4 TRAINS PER HOUR
We have just had confirmation that the
Rail User Group’s intensive campaign
since Autumn 2016 has paid off: Hadley
Wood is set to enjoy a full 4 trains per
hour “metro” service every day of the
week by this year-end, thanks to our
effective consultation with the train
GTR is about to deliver the biggest
change to UK rail in a generation through
the RailPlan 20/20 programme which
you’ll see increasingly publicised in the
media and around the network.
Most of our service improvements will be
realised from the next timetable change
on Sunday 20th
May and full details will
be published in the next edition of this
magazine. This success is down to a true
community effort and I’d like to thank everyone who made the effort to attend RUG meetings, sign
petitions, count footfall and submit online responses in GTR’s three-phase consultation exercise over the
best part of two years. The next challenge will be to encourage usage of these greatly improved services and
promote sustainable travel. And whenever you use the station, please remember to Tap Every Time - that
includes Freedom Passes as well as all other tappable ticket types - otherwise your journey is invisible at
Hadley Wood and our all-important footfall figures will continue to be under-recorded!
But just when we thought we could relax, Network Rail sprang “Treegate” upon us at the end of February.
Their rationale is sound – to make the railway as resilient as possible to support the significant increase in
rail traffic arising from RailPlan 20/20 – but, as you’ll read elsewhere, their execution is devastating to our
rural environment. The RUG’s extensive contacts in the rail industry and national and local campaigning
groups have been urgently pressed into service and we are working hard with HWA colleagues to negotiate
with Network Rail to mitigate the full awfulness of their proposals and demonstrate yet again the strength of
Hadley Wood’s “people power”.
Francesca Caine, Chair, Hadley Wood Rail User Group www.hadleywood.org.uk/railway
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Hadley Wood Clean Up Day
Environmentally conscious local
residents did their bit for Hadley Wood
when they got together on Saturday 10th
March to take part in this year’s local
litter pick, supported by the Hadley
Wood Association. It was lovely to see
lots of younger residents joining in and
encouraging to see how engaged they
were in learning about the negative
impact of litter on the environment and
how they can protect their local area in
the future, for the future!
A particular highlight of the afternoon
was the community spirit it evoked, and
everyone enjoyed meeting neighbours
and friends over delicious and well-
deserved cakes and refreshments
afterwards. PC Steve Douglas and PC
Richard Ellerby, our community police
officers, also attended the event and it
was lovely to be able to discuss with them their thoughts and observations regarding the Hadley Wood area
The enthusiastic team of volunteers collected over 30 large bags of rubbish from local roads, the area around
the tennis courts, the HWA car park and the path leading into Bartrams Field through the woods. A laptop,
two car registration plates, a car bumper, numerous helium gas canisters, two large bags of dirty nappies and
several bags of fly-tipped birthday party rubbish by the association hall were just some of the unusual items
found by the volunteers during this year’s litter pick.
Littering is not a small problem. It seems that is has gradually become more acceptable for people to drop
litter and in recent years, litter has been somewhat more of a common sight in Hadley Wood.
‘Keep Britain Tidy’ recently wrote that ‘litter is one of the first signs of social decay. If we don’t care about
litter in our street, our parks or on our high streets, we are unlikely to care about the other environmental
issues that negatively impact on our lives, our community and our society”.
People should be proud of the areas that they live in. The responsibility to clean up Hadley Wood and keep it
clean and healthy lies with each and every one of us. Please do your bit in 2018 and think before you drop.
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URGENT - CALL TO ACTION
based on the email Francesca Caine sent to the Hadley Wood Rail User Group list on 18 March
This is to ask for offers of help and knowledge to support our whole community in negotiations with
Network Rail on 22 March to mitigate the worst excesses of the current unexpected trackside works.
If we cannot achieve satisfactory mitigation, these works will change the face of Hadley Wood for
What’s happening here?
Network Rail have struck again at the trackside environment in Enfield Borough. Without notification to
the RUG, the HWA, the Neighbourhood Planning Forum or the Council, workmen armed with chainsaws
have started to fell all the trees and vegetation near the station and install ferocious rotary spikes on top of
the boundary fencing along a national cycle path. Just walk up from the step free entrance to see the
devastation. They plan to complete within March.
Why are they doing this?
They have a duty to maintain railway resilience and protect the track from all potential obstructions. Both
Hadley Wood’s location on the East Coast Main Line and the increased services inherent in the Rail Plan
20/20 programme raise the importance of track protection here. But their plans appear to be far more
extensive than a handful of local residents were given to understand.
Has Network Rail done this before in Enfield?
Yes: Grange Park, Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill have all suffered from NR’s “devegetation” in
recent years and campaigned to ameliorate the damage to the local environment and secure agreement to
replanting schemes. We are taking advice from the campaign lead.
Has Network Rail fulfilled its promises?
No. Our former MP David Burrowes has provided the following undertaking he received from NR after
“Network Rail does appreciate that the mistakes we made in the past (Grange Park for example) will have
an effect on our lineside neighbours opinion of us. We have and are still learning from those mistakes.
When we propose any large scale vegetation works on railway land which could affect the aesthetic view in
the local area in Mr Burrowes constituency we will follow our procedures by informing him and other
parties, including residents well in advance of our plans in order that any concerns can be taken into account
as well as providing any additional information.”
Only those residents living within 100m of the track were sent a notification letter. If you should have had
one and didn’t receive anything, please tell us!
What have we done so far?
We have arranged a meeting with Network Rail and got them to stop all work between the tunnels until
then. However works may still continue by Waggon Road and behind Parkgate and Newman’s Way.
What can we all do now?
Clearly we as a community need to be as well-prepared as possible to have any hope of achieving a better
outcome for Hadley Wood. That means contributing ideas and expertise, assembling evidence both here
and from the public domain, engaging useful contacts etc as a matter of urgency. Please don’t leave it to
everyone else to fight this battle! Once mature trees have gone, they’re gone for ever. And extension of
the rotary spikes already installed at the top of the cycle path would make Hadley Wood look like Alcatraz.
What can YOU do? Send Francesca and Robert Wilson (leading for the HWA) your ideas and offers of
help. Please consider the following areas (NB not an exhaustive list):
> Environmental knowledge – trees, birds, bats, wildlife etc > Surveying and railway knowledge
> Risk and impact assessment > Research and writing skills
> Town planning and associated information, perhaps through previous planning applications or disputes
> Useful personal contacts and influencers - environmental, political, rail industry, press and publicity
There’s no time to lose. Please keep your eyes and ears open for NR activity and help preserve
Hadley Wood’s valuable rural environment for the benefit of us all.
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Celebrate the 50th
Anniversary of the opening of the Hadley Wood Association Centre in June
In June 1968 Mr Leslie Ross Collins, President of the recently formed Hadley Wood Association opened the
new Centre. The HWA had been formed a year or two earlier to manage the open space, leased from Enfield
Council, provide additional amenities and represent the interests of the local community. £20,000 was raised
by grants and local subscription to build the Association Centre, which replaced the small thatched tennis club
pavilion. Plans are afoot for an event at the Centre for HWA to celebrate fifty years of its use, ranging from
Grand Balls to Ploughman’s lunches, serious community meetings to children’s parties, regular activities
including pre-school, dance and bridge, and an extended bar area shared with the tennis club as its clubhouse.
There will be lunchtime refreshments and a pictorial exhibition of life in Hadley Wood. Individual clubs and
users can showcase themselves for new recruits, along with other affiliates and local groups. This is an
opportunity to launch a project for a new Centre. We shall be delighted if the event catches the imagination of
the community to have a wider range of activities (a revived sports day?), food and entertainment. Robert
Wilson has been leading discussions with potential organisers and participants and is putting together an event
Committee. Any ideas and volunteers welcome.
Diary Date: Saturday 9th June Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Leslie Ross Collins opening the HWA CentreHadley Wood Tennis Club circa 1950 The HWA Centre today
HISTORY TALK ON GENERAL WILLIAM BOOTH St Paul’s Church March 16th
General William Booth the founder of the Salvation Army lived in Hadley
Wood for many years and the opportunity to learn more of the life and
works of this famous former resident filled the church with current
residents and their friends.
The evening started with half an hour of music played by a dozen
members of the Salvation Army Brass Band from Hendon which was
lively and stirring and then John Hall gave an outstanding ‘multi media’
presentation on “God’s General – his life and times.”
Converted into the
Christian faith at the young
age of 15 William Booth devoted his life to God and to the
service of God’s people in particular the poor and the
destitute. Rather than becoming just a local Methodist pastor
Booth centred his work on helping those unreached by formal
churches and thus founded the Salvation Army in May 1878.
We all greatly appreciated John’s thorough research and he
was able to illustrate his talk with many photos, past and
present, of Hadley Wood. Additionally he had found some
amazing video clips of the General ‘in action ‘ preaching to
huge crowds; as well as incredible footage of his funeral
passing through packed London streets. Finally we were
taken back in time over
100 years to hear a
cracked but still clear recording of the General’s own voice.
Major Mark Rose a current member of the Salvation Army then updated
us with the current work he and his soldiers are doing around the world
today. Tea and coffee and delicious home-made cakes were later served
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Towards the end of 2016 there was a spate of burglaries in Kingwell Road and
other parts of Hadley Wood. Unsurprisingly this created considerable fear and
anxiety in the community. It also sparked the creation of a Neighbourhood Watch
in Kingwell Road, now celebrating its first anniversary. An import from the USA,
Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) was first set up in the UK in 1982. Today NHW is
one of the UK’s largest voluntary movements covering around four million
households. Its aim, put simply, is to make our homes and communities safer, and
to reduce crime. The strength of NHW comes from residents carrying out simple
tasks including getting to know neighbours; reporting suspicious activity to the
police; sharing information on recent local crimes with neighbours, to increase
vigilance and crime prevention awareness; checking on vulnerable neighbours after
an incident; and discussing ongoing crime concerns with neighbours.
At the moment Kingwell Road NHW is the only existing Neighbourhood Watch in
Hadley Wood and the vast majority of residents are ‘signed up’ to the scheme. As NHW co-ordinator I
liaise with our local Cockfosters Safer Neighbourhood Team at Southgate Police Station, and use email to
pass information about crime prevention to, and receive information from, neighbours. Residents also use
WhatsApp as a quick way to report suspicious behaviour, air concerns, and generally look out for each
other. And we don’t feel inhibited about when and how to call the police.
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Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice laid the first brick at The Ark hospice
building in Barnet on 16th
March. Noah’s Ark families, the community,
funders, corporate supporters and local residents came together for a
celebratory event at the future hospice site.
The Ark is the first children’s hospice building in North and Central
London serving the boroughs of; Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Islington,
Haringey and Hertsmere. There are over 1,200 babies and children with
life-threatening or life-limiting conditions in the area but, tragically, no
children’s hospice building.
Nicki Styles, mother of 18 year old Brandon who is supported by
Noah’s Ark, said: “I see the new hospice building as a place to come
together as a family and know that you will get high quality care and
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our lives. Where we all understand the realities and nuances of living with seriously ill children and young people.”
The new state-of-the-art hospice building will offer a range of children’s palliative care services that are not currently
available, including; sensory, music and wet play rooms, overnight stays to help manage a child or young person’s
symptoms and 24-hour end-of-life-care, including specialised care for new-born babies.
Dr Rachel Black, Director of Care at Noah’s Ark, explained the significance of the day: “Laying the first brick is a
momentous step. The hospice building will provide another important way to offer care alongside our established
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Letters to the Editor
A number of neighbours have asked me report the spate of very unpleasant burglaries over the last 2-3 weeks
in Camlet Way and Beech Hill and the surrounding roads. These burglaries are happening during the day or
early evening, sometimes when the houses are occupied and invariably entail the breaking down of doors or
windows to gain entry. I personally know of 4 in Camlet Way over the last 3 weeks and Simon Lester of
Hadley Wood Security Patrol told my friend (who was signing up with his car patrol service) that there have
been 11 burglaries over the last 10 days, which is the worst he had known it in 14 years. The police have
visited me twice in the last week asking me whether I have seen anything. Another one was reported
yesterday in Warner Close, making it 12.The reason for this missive is that I wanted to sound you out about
the possibility of the Hadley Wood Association making representations to the police about enhanced police
patrols/presence in the area, or at least to request a meeting. I can assure you it would be very well attended. If
this fails maybe the Association could contact our councillors or local MP. Obviously we can do this as
individuals but we thought it might carry more weight if requested by the Association. Until these men are
apprehended they are just going to keep going and residents can only “self help” up to a point…. cameras,
lights, alarms, security patrols…we are running out of ideas!
My best wishes and thank you
Thank you for passing on the letters you received about the surge in burglaries in Hadley Wood over the past
two months. According to the Metropolitan Police’s own figures there were 15 burglaries in Cockfosters
Ward in January 2018, including four in Hadley Wood – three in Beech Hill and one in Broadgates Avenue;
and nine burglaries in Cockfosters Ward in February 2018, including six in Hadley Wood – three in Camlet
Way, two in Parkgate Crescent, and one in Covert Way. I understand, anecdotally, that since the beginning of
March there has been a burglary in Warner Close; in addition, three burglars were arrested by the police in
Waggon Road on March 13th. This increase in the burglary rate is obviously concerning. In the light of these
recent burglaries in Hadley Wood some residents have told me that they are concerned about a lack of police
patrols, rapid response, and follow-up investigations. It is important that we feel we can rely on our police
force, and we should definitely feed back any concerns we have to senior officers and to local and national
politicians. I think personally it would be incredibly useful to discuss our concerns at a public meeting
between residents and the police – held, say, at the Hadley Wood Association centre – in the near future.
However it is worth bearing in mind that, like other public services, the Metropolitan Police has been affected
by austerity. In the last round of spending cuts, the Met’s funding was reduced by £600 million. By 2022 – by
which time Enfield and Haringey borough forces will have been consolidated into a single Basic Command
Unit – a further saving of £325 million must be made, with a loss of 30,000 officers across London. Although
the Met is aspiring to make itself more efficient, these cuts will inevitably affect us in terms of day-to-day
policing. So what can we do? I think there are four strands to this. Firstly, ensure that our homes are safer by
improving security, getting crime prevention advice from the police or independent sources if necessary.
Secondly, engage with the police so that they know what we want, and we know what they are doing. Thirdly,
use private security patrol services to act as a further deterrent and protection. Last but not least, work
together as a community, through schemes such as Neighbourhood Watch, to increase awareness about crime
Richard Walker, Kingwell Road Neighbourhood Watch
Having read the HW Resident letter in the last edition of the HW News may I make a few points
Regarding the paragraph about gardeners. It should be made clear that blowing leaves from a private property
on to the street is classed as littering and is against the law. You may be aware that there are serious problems
with the sewers in this area and that blockages caused by leaves is a contributing factor. Enfield council
should be contacted and urged to take action by any resident seeing this. Often an email to the offending
gardening company is enough to stop it happening. Secondly the Building works paragraph.
It is illegal to carry out building works after 1pm on a Saturday and all day Sunday.
Again, contacting the company is often enough but the council should be informed if this proves insufficient.
I have had some success in stopping these forms of anti-social behaviour but more people need to be aware
that they have the law on their side when considering action.
Perhaps you could make this clearer in a future edition of the magazine.
Keep up the good work.