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Hadley Wood News May 2016


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Hadley Wood News May 2016

  1. 1. 1DESIGNED & PRINTED BY PRINTWAREHOUSE TELEPHONE: 0208 441 4482 MAY2016ISSUE WHAT’S ON IN JUNE Tennis camp May 31st to June 3rd Hadley Wood Primary School Fete June 12th 1230 to 4.00pm Royal Tea Party June 12th St Pauls Church gardens from 4.00pm Rail User Group June 13th 7-8.00pm at St Paul’s Church Hall Neighbourhood Forum June 13th. To follow RUG meeting as above Trent Park development. Public Meeting June 16th. Christ Church Cockfosters. 7.00pm Cherry Lodge Cancer Care Arts and Craft Fair June 18th 11.00am–4.00pm St James Church, 71 East Barnet Rd, EN4 8RN
  2. 2. 2 Tailoring and repairs by experTs ASSISTED TRAVEL. Need assistance now to travel by train to or from Hadley Wood? Telephone GTR’s helpline 0800 058 2844 or textphone 0800 975 1052 giving as much notice as possible Painting and Decorating Services Interior and Exterior HOMELINE H: 01992302867 M: 07775972211 Mr M.Barrett Obituary John Clifton John Clifton was born in 1939 and brought up in North London. He originally came to Hadley Wood with his parents in 1959 moving into Kingwell Road. He and Sue were married in 1967 and they moved back to Hadley Wood in 1968, where they remained until 2007. During the years that the Clifton family lived in the area John played a major part in local activities. Around 1976 John introduced football for the juniors on Saturday mornings at Bartrams Lane, and quickly a competitive team was formed playing other local junior teams. John was part of the original sports day committee which was formed in 1975. He also helped organise and run the Hadley Wood fireworks night for many years. The Hadley Wood association was very much part of his life and he served as the chairman of the Centre and Grounds committee for a long time. John was always very keen on sport. He was an enthusiastic squash player who managed to beat the majority of his Hadley Wood opponents. He was also an avid Spurs supporter where he held a season ticket for very many years. During the summer months he pursued his love of cricket, and was a member of the MCC. Many people will remember John from his dog walking days. The family had a total of 4 Labradors over their years in Hadley Wood, and he always had a story about one or other of them. (Some may say that he was an irresponsible dog owner!). As time went on and John's family grew up he became a member of Hadley Wood Golf Club, where he spent many happy days. For about 10 years John organised and ran the snooker section at the club and this was something that he thoroughly enjoyed. John's working life was centred around his family business which was connected to the print and paper trade. The company is now in the hands of his son Tim. John retired fully in 2004 and he and Sue decided that they wanted to travel during their retirement. They were lucky enough to see a great deal of the world together and also to spend many months of the year in their apartment in Majorca. Sadly in 2013 John was diagnosed with motor neurone disease and a little over a year later he was unable to travel at all. John's brave and dignified 3 year fight ended peacefully at home on March 18th. A loving husband, father and grandfather, and a man with many friends. He will be much missed. The Clifton family North London & Hertfordshire’s leading Independent Catholic School Girls aged 11–18 Contact our Admissions Team for details on our multiple Open Mornings & Evenings or for a Personal Tour “This is where I belong” St Martha’s School, Camlet Way, Hadley Wood, Barnet, Hertfordshire EN4 0NJ Tel: 0208-449-6889 | | St Martha’s
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South Sudan, and what was formerly Southern Sudan, has known little apart from war and oppression for over a hundred years, from colonial forces – both British and Egyptian – and from the Northern regime in Khartoum. This has had an especially deleterious effect on education, and female literacy, in particular, is shockingly low. A statistic that is frequently rolled out is that more girls die in childbirth than reach the end of primary school. (Because of the disruption caused by conflict, many children do not actually start primary school until their teens). Whether that statistic still stands up to scrutiny is debatable but you get the idea. The schools I have visited could not be further removed from my experience of education in North London. Particularly in the parts of the country most affected by war (predominantly the Greater Upper Nile Region in the north, which also happens to be home to the country’s largest oil reserves), the schools have no textbooks, no pens, no chairs, no blackboards, no toilets, definitely no computers and often no building at all. The majority of the teachers are volunteers, as government salaries have not reached many of these places since the current conflict broke out in December 2013. In areas where salaries are paid, they are equivalent to about $10 a month. The obstacle facing anyone trying to do anything about this situation (and there are many) is that the country is in political and economic freefall. The government spends more of its budget on the military than anything else (another legacy of decades of war and an indication of the paranoia by which it is gripped); fuel is prohibitively expensive for normal people thanks to collapsing oil prices and an unfavourable trade agreement with Sudan; and the South Sudanese Pound, which used to be tied to the dollar at an official rate of 3:1, has fallen from 17:1 when I first arrived to 42:1 at its worst, rallying recently but showing no signs of stabilising. A considerable proportion of ordinary people are not being paid, or are being paid so little as for it to be worthless, and in a country that depends on imports many basic essentials are out of reach. Radical reform of the governance of South Sudan, however, seems unlikely as long as the current political elite remains in power. However as I write this, the entire country is holding its breath to see if Dr Riek Machar, the leader of the opposition, will return to Juba, having fled the capital when fighting broke out in December 2013. His return is the first condition for the implementation of the faltering peace agreement which was signed in August 2015. After a week of frustrations and false starts, the US has announced that it is scaling back its support for the country. It seems that peace, once again, is on hold. Despite all this, I love it here. I work with people who have lived through realities I find it impossible to imagine and still take the time to share their experiences and knowledge with a privileged white girl from North London. Many speak seven languages (there are over 60 local languages spoken in South Sudan, and most people I know speak English and Arabic). All are passionately committed to the future of their country. I am involved in running a choir made up of girls from Confident Children out of Conflict – a A far cry from Hadley Wood: journeying from Crescent West to South Sudan This time last year I had barely even heard of Juba, the city that I now consider, partially at least, to be home. It turned out not a lot of other people had either – when I told one friend where I was going she asked whether I was sure I didn’t mean Cuba. The entire country, in fact, was a bit of a mystery, having mostly evaded the attentions of the international press since its formation in 2011. South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, is apparently still so new that a surprising number of banks, online retailers, even airlines, don’t recognise it in their country dropdown lists. I was going to this little-known East African nation because of a contact I had made through singing in a choir, who runs a consultancy – Charlie Goldsmith Associates – which implements programmes to build better systems in what are known as Fragile and Conflict-Affected States. The biggest programme it currently works on, and the one that most appealed to me, was called Girls’ Education South Sudan. It was quite a departure from my previous PR job in London, and, having read up on the conflict that continues to imperil the country, it took me quite a while to be sure I wanted to go. But eventually
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  6. 6. 6 The Hadley Wood Neighbourhood Planning Forum Our Planning Forum met again in April. Around 40 people attended and there was a good discussion.  Work to draw together a description of the existing character of Hadley Wood carries on. We are doing this to create evidence that will support any specific planning policies we might want for our area.  As an example, if a street does not have tall front walls and gates at the moment we might want a policy saying that these structures should only be up to 1 metre high. Front boundaries like this would retain a good relationship and easy visibility between the street and the buildings.  Elsewhere homes might be well set back from the street or already have 2m high front boundaries.  For these areas further larger front walls or railings might be appropriate, but maybe with greenery included. The next stage is to start to write our policies.  Most of these will be about individual new build homes and extensions. The intention is not to stop people being able to develop, but to ensure it is done in a way that responds to what residents value about the area. Policies might cover roof, side and rear extensions, infill development, front garden and boundary treatments, landscaping and so on. One particular issue that often comes up is the question of how much space should be left between the side of one building and its neighbour. Maybe more than is often left at the moment. The Forum is also going to have to tackle some difficult issues. As we enjoy the peace and greenery of our neighbourhood, there is a very high demand for homes in London and the South East, and pressure on all areas to deliver more.  This means planning, generally, is charged with finding viable sites.  Although the green belt that surrounds us gives protection, we are not exempt from the current national focus on housing growth and we will have to properly consider and maybe discount (or not) a variety of options for our area.  I can see some heated discussions ahead. Everyone is welcome to join the forum!  Email Esther Kurland Chair, Hadley Wood Neighbourhood forum Tel: 01707 663 738 DORCHENA INTERIORS RIORS LTD - U ITALIAN DESIGNER KITCHENS, BEDROOMS & BATHROOMS Dorchena Interiors Ad:Layout 1 08/03/2014 17:52 Pa For your car Full interior shampooing Detailing and waxing Regular Mini Valets Alloy wheel repair Patio and Driveway cleaning Call 07973-272347 or 0208440-5135 ASSISTED TRAVEL. Need assistance now to travel by train to or from Hadley Wood? Telephone GTR’s helpline 0800 058 2844 or textphone 0800 975 1052 giving as much notice as possible Join us to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday at a Royal Tea Party on Sunday, 12th June, 2016 in St. Paul’s church gardens Afternoon tea from 4pm Tea ticket £5 on the day preceded by a RIGHT ROYAL DOG SHOW at 3pm (entry £4, all corgis free!) TRADITIONAL GAMES In honour of Her Majesty’s birthday the first 25 tea tickets will be FREE Apply to Claire in the church office Tel: 020 8447 0448 Email
  7. 7. 7 Dear Editor Proposed parking restrictions Ref TG52/130 Residents close to the junction of Crescent East and Lancaster Avenue have recently received a consultation document from Enfield council. The document proposes to extend the double yellow lines further down either side of Lancaster Avenue, close to the junction of Crescent East. The aim of which is to reduce obstruction and/or congestion that may occur as a result of vehicles being parked inconsiderately or in an obstructive manner. I am aware of two serious accidents in the past several years at this junction as cars have come round the corner too fast and wide from Crescent East into Lancaster Avenue, hitting parked cars on either side of Lancaster avenue. I have therefore written to Enfield Council supporting the yellow line extension but also noted that I believe a pedestrian island/refuge in the middle of Lancaster Avenue at the junction with Crescent East is also necessary. In isolation, I believe the yellow line extension could actually allow drivers to take the corner wider and faster, resulting in more accidents. The only way to slow drivers and to make sure they don't cut across lanes at the junction is to also have the island/refuge. The island/refuge is also important as this is a wide crossing and if you are crossing from the East side of Lancaster Avenue to the West side, it's very difficult to see traffic in either direction. Having spoken to a traffic safety consultant this would be relatively cheap to implement. Ensuring safety at this junction is important. Hadley Wood school is but a short distance away and this route is used by many families on a daily basis. It's also a dropping off point for numerous school buses. To discuss proposals phone Craig Gough, Traffic and Transportation, Enfield Council on 020 8379 3566. Alex Evans Dear Editor Just a quick email to say how much I enjoyed the Gresley-focussed March edition of the HW News. The article by John Leatherdale was particularly apposite not only in terms of the mainline return of Flying Scotsman, but also because, on the 5th April this year (the 75th anniversary of Gresley's death) a statue to him was unveiled on the new concourse at Kings Cross. I was instrumental in the commissioning of this statue (and particularly the selection of Hazel Reeves the sculptor). However, I was also one of the three Gresley Trust Council members who resigned following the high-jacking of the project by those close to Gresley's surviving grandchildren. One of the key defences, by those who came to dislike the intended presence of a mallard at Gresley's feet, was that he preferred to see his wildfowl at the end of a gun. So John Leatherdale's line that, following the death of his wife, Gresley somehow found solace (my words) in his time at Salisbury Hall with his ducks, further challenges this view. Indeed, every biographer of Gresley has picked up on this same strand of his affection for birds. One of my earliest learnings about his streamline A4 pacifics was that they were, in the main, named after powerful birds of flight. A further coincidence is that the remaining pages of the March issue concerned the Mosquito aircraft and the museum at, of all places, Salisbury Hall. Well done! Nigel Dant Letters Dear Editor Whilst walking around Hadley Wood it is impossible to missthe abundance of discarded water bottles in the gutters, inthe woods and all the open spaces. Why can the joggers notmanage to either find a bin or take them home to recycle. Most ofus teach our children not to discard litter – clearly these joggersmissed out. Please joggers have some respect for our attractiveenvironment. Disgusted Hadley Wood resident Dear Editor In 2000 Hadley Wood rallied and successfully fought a campaign against a plan from GNER to build a parkway station with extensive bus and car parks on the Green Belt farmland to the North of Waggon Road. The Green Belt at this point is just one mile in depth and is the narrowest of any point around London This is why the campaign received so much support even from outside Hadley Wood and across London because development on the belt at this point would be seen as a breach in the dam. There was and is a fear that Hadley Wood could ultimately join up with Potters Bar and the M25 would become the de facto London boundary. It was THE major factor in the success of the campaign. At a recent meeting of the newly formed Hadley Wood Planning Forum, I was alarmed that it was suggested that the North side of Waggon Road was 'incomplete' as far as housing is concerned. Also as it is outside the boundary of the Forum it was mooted that it was not of their concern. I would be dismayed if Hadley Wood Planning Forum should suggest that the North side of Waggon Road be developed. It is a very dangerous proposition and precedent and from the information above it is something that the Planning Forum should in fact be fighting against and not offering to the Council on a plate. Yours faithfully Alan Nicholls The Hadley Wood News is published every two months. It is a community publication with the objective of bringing local news, views and events to the residents and friends of Hadley Wood. It is non-profit making with any surplus going to the Hadley Wood Association (HWA) for the direct benefit of residents. Content is produced voluntarily with the make-up, printing and distribution paid for by advertising. Thank you to all our advertisers, without whom this magazine would not be possible. If you would like to contribute to a future issue or receive updates via email, please contact the Editor and Publisher. The HWA and anyone associated with the content of this newsletter cannot accept any responsibility for the accuracy, claims or views expressed. The Hadley Wood News does not represent or endorse the accuracy or reliability of any of the advertisements or other information accessed directly or indirectly from this publication, nor the quality of any products, services, information or other materials displayed, purchased or obtained by anyone as a result of an advertisement or any other information or offer in connection with those products, services, information or other materials.Hadley Wood News shall not be responsible for any errors or omissions contained in any advertisement or other information within this publication. The Publisher reserves the right to amend, abridge or reject any copy supplied for publication. E&OE HWA May 2016
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