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Hadley Wood News July 2016


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Hadley Wood News July 2016

  1. 1. 1DESIGNED & PRINTED BY PRINTWAREHOUSE TELEPHONE: 0208 441 4482 INSIDE THIS MONTHS ISSUE Battle of Barnet. Part 1 Changes at the Bridge Club Wildflower Meadow Station Cuttings Hadley Wood School’s Summer Fete The Queen’s Birthday tea party Retail opportunities at the Station Book review. Long Distance Flyer by Kenneth T. Ward JULY/AUGUST2016ISSUE HW’s wildflower meadow
  2. 2. 2 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 The Battle of Barnet To mark the current archaeological survey being carried out of the battlefield site, the focus of this Hadley Wood News and a subsequent special issue in September is on the Wars of the Roses and in particular the Battle of Barnet. Anyone interested in the battle needs some understanding of this tumultuous period of English history and the series of bloody battles fought in the fifteenth century between the Houses of Lancaster traditionally fighting under the red rose and York under the white rose. Battles which brought together in mortal combat three kings, Edward IV, Henry VI, and the future Richard III. With regard to the location of the battlefield we know from these accounts that the battle took place in fields half a mile to, say, one mile north of Barnet. We read about how the opposing armies were camped on either side of the St Alban’s road and how hedgerows and a marshy hollow featured in the battle. But the exact location has for long been a matter of dispute between military historians. For this reason and to raise pubic awareness of one of the most important battles in The 15th century ‘Game of Thrones’ An essay based on a talk given by John Northam in 2014 at the Oxford and Cambridge Club, Pall Mall. With gratitude to Jill Northam and John’s family for making these lecture notes available and for giving permission to publish them here. The Battle of Barnet, discovering our Heritage – a talk in Memory of John Northam by John Hall and battlefield archaeologist, Sam Wilson. Friday, 30 September An Illustrated History of Hadley Wood – a talk by John Leatherdale with photographs compiled by him Friday, 28 October At 8:00pm St Paul's Church, Camlet Way, EN4 0EN with refreshments Part 2 can be read in a special September edition of the Hadley Wood News. It will tell the story of the battle in the words of eyewitnesses, and look at the aftermath. If you are interested in learning more about this momentous event, please read the paper to be published in John Northam’s memory on the website of the Hadley Wood Association ( and the Barnet Museum (www.barnetmuseum. or attend the local history talks advertised elsewhere in this issue. An update on the project to survey the site will appear in the Special Edition in September and can also be followed on the website of the Barnet museum.
  3. 3. 3 Tailoring and repairs by experTs PaintingandDecorating ServicesInteriorandExterior HOMELINE H: 01992302867 M: 07775972211 Mr M.Barrett the wars of the Roses, the site is being investigated by a team of experts. But first one myth should be dispelled. The opposing sides did not fight under the badges of red and white roses, despite the famous but wholly fictional scene in Shakespeare’s Henry VI where rival leaders pick red and white roses for their followers. In fact the noblemen had their own individual personal badges the white rose being only one of many badges used by the Yorkists. The confusion between the multifarious badges had a key role in the outcome of the battle of Barnet. The Wars of the Roses are generally considered to have started in 1455 with the first battle of St Albans. There were really four wars – the first from 1455 to 1460 with attempts to control the government of the royal household; the second from 1460 to about 1464 with the Yorkist Edward IV securing the throne; the third battle was in 1471 at Barnet. ThecauseofthisthirdbattlewasEdward’s chief backer the Earl of Warwick who could not accept the erosion of his early influence on Edward. Two events in particular caused a final breakdown between the two men. First Edward fell in love with and married a pretty young widow, Elizabeth Woodville, when Warwick was planning a political marriage with a French princess. Secondly Edward was going his own way in foreign policy. Warwick favoured an alliance with the French king but Edward was moving towards a connection with the Duke of Burgundy. From late 1468 Warwick planned a coup d’état. He formed two unlikely alliances; first he persuaded Clarence the elder of Edward’s two brothers to join him and secondly he went to France and after begging forgiveness from his erstwhile deadly enemy Margaret of Anjou agreed a plan with her to drive out Edward IV and restore Henry VI to the throne. In September 1470 Warwick returned to England with a landing in Devon. Edward by then in Doncaster panicked and took himself off into self-imposed exile in the Low Countries. Henry VI was released from the Tower and in yet another turn of events in this extraordinary story of musical chairs restored to the throne. But before long Edward was to return from exile and face Warwick at Barnet.Edward IV's march to Barnet The Hadley Wood News is published and delivered every two months commencing January each year. The deadline for submitting articles to the Editor ( is the last day of the month preceding publication.
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  5. 5. 5 Station Cuttings and Commemorative Plaque We expect sight of plans for the new step- free entrance to the northbound platform ready for discussion with GTR management in the next RUG meeting on Thursday 18 August at 7pm at St Paul’s Church Hall. Do come along and contribute to the best possible design.  In the meantime, there are four main themes to report.  Thanks to our Station Manager, the station has been redecorated and a picture of the Flying Scotsman at Hadley Wood hung in the ticket office.  A new flower trough now brightens up the forecourt, beautifully planted by Sarah of The Little Flower House, and the RUG noticeboard has been moved to the ticket office window.  There is the possibility of retail opportunities at the station entrance.  See Kate Ferguson’s article on page 7.  The RUG has given unanimous support for a colourful vitreous enamel plaque to commemorate Sir Nigel Gresley and his iconic locomotives here at the station entrance.  Local funding will be matched by The Gresley Society, with whom we co-designed it. If you’d like to contribute and add your name to the donors’ certificate, please email  I represented HW RUG at GTR’s Stakeholder Conference on 15 June where our step-free access petition presentation featured on the photo/publicity stands. Two topics may be of particular interest to Hadley Wood passengers.  Firstly, GTR’s timetable consultation will begin in July The Mary Beale Restaurant Enjoy delicious food in beautiful surroundings.We pride ourselves on using as much locally sourced and seasonal ingredients as possible. Weddings, Private Parties and Celebrations West Lodge Park is the perfect venue to host your celebration.Whether you choose from one of our inclusive packages or tailor your event yourself, our banqueting facilities and expertise are hard to beat. YOUR COUNTRY RETREAT WEST LODGE PARK Cockfosters Road, Hadley Wood, Herts, EN4 0PY. T: 020 8216 3900 Email: 7 0 YEARSOFTHE B EALE FAMILY AT W ESTLODGEPAR K•1945 - 2015• 13245-Beales_WLP_HWN_1114.indd 1 21/11/2014 16:25 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 Now open evenings and weekends! General Dentistry Dental Implants Cosmetic Braces Hygienist Smile Makeover Please contact our reception 16 Crescent West, Hadley Wood, Barnet, Herts. EN4 0EJ Telephone 0208 441 0257 and all stakeholders and passengers will be invited to comment on the proposals. The RUG will discuss them and a full brief and consultation paper will be available to all on GTR’s website. Secondly, GTR confirmeditsplanstointroducenewrolling stock on our services to Moorgate from December 2018, a £200 million investment replacing today’s 40 year old trains.  The brand new Siemens Class 717s (pictured) will have six through cars, creating a brighter and more pleasant experience and improving security, 2x2 seating, air-conditioning, power points and the latest real time passenger information systems. They are also fully accessible internally and compliant with disability legislation.  You’ll find further information about the new trains and the current performance challenges on the RUG website at communications.html Francesca Caine With Larry Heyman at GTR's Stakeholder Conference Telephone GTR’s helpline 0800 058 2844 or Textphone 0800 975 1052 giving as much notice as possible ASSISTED TRAVEL Need assistance now to travel by train to or from Hadley Wood?
  6. 6. 6 HWS Summer Fete On Sunday 12th of June, Hadley Wood School hosted an amazing Summer Fete. There were a variety of different activities and attractions. These included: a 4x4 Bentley; Shetland pony rides, and an incredible BBQ selling a variety of different foods for all attendees to eat. Despite the rain, the ponies were still happy to trot along and raised a ton of money for the school. Tom Cook (Luca in Year 6’s Dad) raised £175 by completing the ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) Ice Bucket Challenge. Some Year 6 Students set up a “Knock Down the Cans” stall which was very successful and raised £30 for the school. Alongside the Cans Stall, the Sweet Tombola was a brilliant accomplishment and it sold out within the first hour. The Raffle was popular and gathered many people to hear the announcements for the prizes. The most wanted prize was the Ray Ban Sunglasses and the Donut Making Machine. Guy Cecil (William in Year 6’s Dad) was the brilliant DJ for the music at the fete. “Walking on Sunshine” was a hit and an enjoyable crowd pleaser as well as performances from the choir and Lemon Jelly. The Pimms Stall was run by Melina Marneros, Toni Toro and Juliet Bairfelt and Our local celebrations to mark the Queens 90th Birthday St Paul’s church hosted a double event on Sunday June 12th to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday. First, in the bunting surrounded church gardens, we enjoyed the Dog Show at which many participants of all shapes, colours, ages and sizes turned up - bringing their owners with them. Despite the fact that all corgis were able to have a free entry the only corgis to turn up were 2 helium filled corgi balloons who pottered around on their cardboard legs during the afternoon. We are most grateful to Wood Street vets at Cockfosters for coming and judging for us so that many rosettes were handed out and worn proudly during the afternoon. Categories included to waggiest tail, most appealing eyes, best puppy, looks most like owner, best trick, and Jeffery was the overall Hadley Wood Hound of 2016. Elsewhere in the garden the children were playing several old fashioned games such as Splat the Rat, Shove Halfpenny, Coconut Shy etc and they could also decorate biscuits in a royal fashion. This was followed by a delicious home there were also plenty of other art and craft, jewellery and fashion stalls run by the parents. A special thanks to the Year 6 children who helped out by handing out various drinks and Ice Lollies (all for money of course!). Overall, the HWS Summer Fete was very enjoyable and successful, even without the bouncy castles due to the weather! We hope that lots of money was raised for our next school project. Luca, William and Kristian, Year 6 Hadley Wood Primary School made tea attended by over 100 people in the Church Hall which had also been decorated very patriotically and where large numbers of sandwiches, scones, cakes, jelly and ice cream disappeared rapidly. Tea was accompanied by a small jazz trio and after the Minister Rupert Mackay had spoken briefly about the Queen’s clear Christian faith the whole hall stood to sing God Save the Queen. Hadley Wood had definitely marked Her Majesty’s birthday “right royally!” Jill Northam
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