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Hadley Wood News November 2017


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Hadley Wood News November 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 Letter from the Chairman Please may I take this opportunity to invite you to the Hadley Wood Association AGM on Wednesday 22 November at 8pm, at the Centre, to hear of some new developments as well as reports of this year’s activities and finances. It will also be an opportunity for members views, ideas for the future and volunteers for activities and management. There are many opportunities for us as well as the constant need for protection against inappropriate development. We need to plan for a new Centre and renewal of the Lease. We have lively planning and rail affiliates as well as a thriving tennis club, pre-school and other users of the facilities. There is much more we can do to support and extend such community spirit if we have active members. The Association currently has the minimum three trustees but no other formal executive structure. The trustees wish to set up a wider involvement in management, probably with a management committee to manage the many responsibilities of the Association more effectively and develop its vision for the future. A number of individuals have been helping informally over the last months and it would be good to expand this group. The trustees will set up a new management committee after the AGM, but will welcome views and especially volunteers for management involvement. Please contact me at before, or after the AGM if you are interested, with your particular area of experience. This is for non-trustees, but additional trustees can also be appointed. Formally the Association needs to appoint a new trustee to maintain the minimum of three. Trustees retire in rotation and can be reappointed at the AGM. Sadly the retiring trustee this year, Bernadette Jackson is unable to continue due to other commitments. Bernadette has been an extremely valuable trustee helping us put in place some important principles of governance and good charitable practice. I have particularly valued her professionalism at meetings as she quickly grasps the issues and comes to a workable friendly solution - thank you very much Bernadette for your many years of service. The trustees would like to recommend Robert Wilson as the new trustee for appointment at the AGM and would welcome other nominations. Robert has lived in Hadley Wood since 1986, currently in Crescent East. He is a solicitor, now non-practising, having retired last July after several decades as a partner at international commercial law firm Holman Fenwick Willan (including time as Finance Partner on the Management Committee and then Senior Partner). Robert has been helping the trustees over the last months with law related matters such as preparation for lease renewal and with shared user agreements, with the benefit of many years familiarity with Hadley Wood as well as exercising his legal experience. We shall welcome Robert’s closer involvement in running the Association. We look forward to seeing as many members as possible at the Centre on 22 November at 8 pm and if you are interested in becoming a member of the HWA then please contact Louise in the office on 0208 449 7193 or by email at Rev.Rupert Mackay AGM. Wednesday 22nd November 8.00pm At the Hadley Wood Association Hall Crescent East Agenda Minutes of the last meeting and matters arising Chairman’s report. Financial report Reports from Clubs (tabled) The Hadley Wood News Membership Election of Officers Under Article 29 of the Company’s articles, one third of the Directors must apply for re- election each year by rotation Nominations for positions as Officers should be forwarded to the Chairman, The Rev. Rupert Mackay AOB Meet your Councillors The cover and most photos are by John Leatherdale. Thanks also to Ian MacCabe (Gresley Society )for his photo on Page 5.
  3. 3. 3 AssistedTravel Need assistance to travel by train to or from Hadley Wood? Telephone GTR’s helpline 0800 058 2844 - Textphone 0800 138 1018 giving as much notice as possible GTR’s Assisted Travel line is available every day, 07:00 to 22:00, except Christmas Day Hear it from the horse’s mouth! GTR’s Head of Strategic Planning with the latest on the 2018 Timetable and Presentation of £1,000 cheque to the CEO of Inclusion Barnet Hadley Wood Rail User Group St Paul’s Church, EN4 0EN 8pm on Wednesday 15th November The Common It is probably safe to assume that everyone reading this article is familiar with Hadley Woods, or to give it its proper name Monken Hadley Common. It is also a pretty safe bet that very few people are aware of the fact that the Common is managed and maintained entirely by volunteers and receives no funding from either central or local government. Apart from a few rent and wayleave agreements and occasional money received for granting rights to filming etc., the Common is reliant on local people supporting our small charity, “Friends of Hadley Common”. The charity makes grants for the management of the Common that are deemed to be of benefit to the local community. Historically, these have included grants for the: biannual grass cutting of the large open area to the east of Camlet Way, work of tree surgeons to keep the woods safe, the refurbishment and maintenance of the large white gates on the roads that mark the boundary of the Common, a new tool shed for the team of volunteers who go out every week clearing litter, ditches and paths as well as a longer term projects set out in the Management Plan. More information, and an application form for becoming “A Friend” can be found on The Friends website at... If you, your children or your children’s children have been/are/or will be a user of the Common or you feel it’s worthwhile protecting and preserving what most people believe to be a valuable local amenity, our treasurer would be delighted to hear from you. Further information on the history, management and plans for the Common can also be found on the Common’s website – Roger Headey
  4. 4. 4 DORCHENA ITALIAN DESIGNER KITCHENS BEDROOMS &BATHROOMS Tel: 01707 663 738 INTERIORS Problem dog packs The Management Committee of the Common and the Curators who are responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of the Common have been increasingly concerned during the last three years about the increase in commercial dog walking on the Common and the irresponsible behaviour of some of these dog walkers. Typically, with no sign of a dog lead or a poo bag in evidence, these dog walkers have a pack of 6 – 10 dogs “under their control” Generally this activity takes place in the vicinity of the car park at the foot of Bakers Hill, close to the railway line, as the walkers are able to park their vehicles there. There have been a growing number of complaints from members of the public, including elderly walkers on their own, people walking their own pet dog and families with young children, who have felt intimidated or have found their enjoyment of the Common spoiled by the presence of large, noisy groups of dogs. Dog faeces are also an increasing problem. The local community police have been alerted to these issues but, despite their action, there has been no appreciable improvement. The curators have been made aware of four incidents, including one in September, when a commercial dog walker was badly bitten while trying to separate two of the dogs in her charge. The Management Committee resolved that an approach should be made to Barnet Council with a request that it take action. A number of local authorities have made dog control orders under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005. A briefing note and supporting papers were prepared which were submitted to the councillors for High Barnet Ward and I had a meeting with Councillor Wendy Prentice and Councillor David Longstaff on 21st October 2017. They informed me that there is already an administration motion, which is to be considered by the Council at its full meeting this week, proposing that the Environment Committee should be requested to investigate the introduction of Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) under the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. If approved, these could limit the number of dogs an individual can walk at any one time as well as empower the Council to grant licences for commercial dog walking. The committee would undertake a statutory consultation and make contact with interested parties. It is to be hoped that progress can soon be made to control the problem and the curators will respond to the consultation at the appropriate time. Bill Boyes, Clerk to the Trustees of Monken Hadley Common
  5. 5. 5 “Portillo Moment” for Flying Scotsman’s Designer Hadley Wood Rail User Group decided in 2016 to commemorate the world famous locomotive engineer Sir Nigel Gresley at his home station of the 1920s. They joined forces with The Gresley Society Trust to design and fund a decorative plaque to adorn the station forecourt and planned a launch event with fun for all the family on 7th October 2017. Over 300 people turned out to see Hadley Wood’s former MP turned television railway personality, Michael Portillo, return here to unveil the plaque in the Arena – transformed for the day from the old railway yard by Bill Morris! We were honoured by the presence of many distinguished guests, including two of Michael’s successors at Westminster, two Mayors and Sir Nigel’s grandson, Ben Godfrey, with his daughter, Nina. Philip Benham, Chairman of The Gresley Society, said, “The fact that Sir Nigel Gresley was a commuter from here makes Hadley Wood particularly special and I’m delighted that the Hadley Wood Rail User Group have wanted to mark this particular period in his life. It’s a great pleasure to see so many people here. This station has vastly improved since the days when I was Area Manager in the 1980s – particularly the improvements in access for those who might not find moving around so easy,” in a reference to our new step free entrance, opened in May by Great Northern in response to a Rail User Group campaign. Unveiling the plaque in a highly entertaining speech, Michael Portillo remarked, ‘‘Sir Nigel Gresley is a name that still provokes an extraordinarily emotional response. When I travelled on Flying Scotsman last year, there were so many people in the crowds to greet it that there were police to control them; but the police who were meant to be controlling the crowds were actually photographing the train. These locomotives were superb pieces of engineering and they do seem to capture our imagination in the most extraordinary way.” Children from our two local primary schools at Hadley Wood and Monken Hadley also played a starring role. Pauline Hazelwood, Associate of the Guild of Railway Artists, chaired the judges of the Rail User Group’s Art Competition on “Trains - Past, Present and Future” and the winners received their awards from her and Michael Portillo. Their artwork is now on display on the platforms. Monken Hadley Choir gave a captivating performance of a song specially written for the occasion, celebrating Flying Scotsman’s iconic journey from King’s Cross to Edinburgh through Hadley Wood. Visit our new web page to hear the soundtrack and see a “John Leatherdale Special” slideshow. Other attractions included the Gresley Society and North London Society of Model Engineers, Barnet Museum, the Hadley Wood Association and refreshments by Hadley Wood WI. The RUG also ran three competitions which raised £1,000 for Inclusion Barnet, the local deaf and disabled people’s organisation which works towards a more accessible society for all, chosen for its affinity with the station’s step free entrance. Our cheque will be presented to the CEO at the next RUG meeting on 15th November. Huge thanks to all the local businesses and to the Gresley Society, Barnet Museum, Hornby and the National Railway Museum for their generous raffle prizes, to Julie Hall for the Flying Hadley cake, and to the fantastic Event Committee of Gillian Henley, Christine Jenkins, Richard Whitton, Lisbeth Wirth, Anne- Marie Pearce, Bill Morris and John Hall, who all threw themselves into the preparations that made everything go like clockwork! Everyone using the main entrance can now greet Sir Nigel as they pass: his plaque was installed in its permanent location in a ceremony performed by Hadley Wood’s resident Gresley Society member, Eric Pearce, in the presence of the plaque donors. A permanent reminder of a great Hadley Wooder! Francesca Caine AssistedTravel Need assistance to travel by train to or from Hadley Wood? Telephone GTR’s helpline 0800 058 2844 - Textphone 0800 138 1018 giving as much notice as possible GTR’s Assisted Travel line is available every day, 07:00 to 22:00, except Christmas Day
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  8. 8. 8 Station Cuttings: Last Chance to Influence the 2018 Timetable Now that the excitement of Michael Portillo’s unveiling has died down and the plaque to Sir Nigel Gresley adorns the station entrance, it’s time to focus our collective energy on what we still need to do to get the best possible train service in the brand new timetable. GTR’s Timetable Project Manager came to the Gresley Unveiling (and won a raffle prize!) and once again we’ve invited their Head of Strategic Planning back to address the next Rail User Group (RUG) meeting. We still await final confirmation of the improved weekday proposal of 4 trains per hour, and we expect to hear a preview of the third and final phase of their 2018 Timetable Consultation, the equally important but unpublished proposals for late night and weekend services. Please join us on Wednesday 15th November at 8pm at St Paul’s Church. The bigger the turn-out, the stronger our voice. You can also sign up to “Inside Track”, GTR’s Stakeholder extranet, to receive official updates straight to your inbox. Phase 3 Consultation will run until year-end and it’s essential to maximise the responses from Hadley Wood to keep our needs firmly on GTR’s radar. Please bear in mind that nothing is certain until the timetable is actually published! Other news in brief: While our station manager Martin Brown continues treatment for his illness, his experienced colleague James Gillett has stepped into his shoes and initiated a month’s trial to keep the ticket office open to provide warmth and shelter for waiting passengers. Please use it and give us your feedback. And RUG has achieved good permanent signage for the step free entrance and inclusion of the southbound circulatory route in TfL’s Accessible Journey Planner. We continue to press for better lighting and traffic management in the lane leading to Crescent West. Further enhancements will depend on usage, so please spread the word about the new entrance and the Assisted Travel Scheme that together enable step free travel in both directions. Full details are in the RUG’s new Pocket Guide on our webpage Francesca Caine Chair, Hadley Wood Rail User Group Joe Runchman Hadley Wood resident Joseph Runchman has outlined how Barnet can make the most of its status as the location of one of the key battles in the Wars of the Roses. In Commemorating the Battle of Barnet, a special report compiled in his own time over the course of more than a year, he set out how Barnet could learn from the example of Leicester’s tourism bosses in capitalising on the discovery of Richard III’s body in the city. Joseph, a year 13 pupil at Queen Elizabeth’s School Barnet, plans to study History at university. He first offered to become a volunteer at the museum after his interest was piqued when he attended a lecture on the Battle of Barnet held at Hadley Wood’s St Paul’s Church. He has also been involved in the search for the oft-disputed precise location of the Battle of Barnet, volunteering for the recent archaeological digs at Kitts End Farm. “I found the dig fascinating and I’m hoping that good finds will bring fresh impetus and another focal point. We will never be lucky enough to have a ‘king in the car park’ scenario, but knowing where the battle took place will help to drive interest and generate a larger commemoration.” To leverage support for his findings, he presented the report at a special event at Barnet Museum, where the guests included local MP Theresa Villiers, the Leader of Barnet Council, Cllr Richard Cornelius, other council representatives and representatives of the museum. After the report presentation, Joseph said: “It was a really good experience presenting to people in those positions and it went very well – I think they were receptive.” Museum trustee and curator Michael Noronha said, “Three things in particular strike me about Joseph’s work: first, he showed a high degree of creativity and imagination to think of the project and fit it into his subject interests of Economics and History; secondly, he showed a great deal of persistence and diligence in carrying out the task; and thirdly, the output was well argued and very well presented.” For more information on the Battle of Barnet visit the Barnet Museum website:
  9. 9. 9 Christmas at St Paul’s Church, Hadley Wood We will be holding our full program of events to which all the community will be most welcome, whatever your beliefs. The children’s Nativity will take place on December 17th at 10:30 am when the birth of Jesus will be narrated with the children joining in, dressed up in various costumes that will be available on the day - no auditions required and multiple roles are accepted especially if everyone wants to be Mary! In the evening of the 17th at 7 pm there will be our candle lit Festival of Lessons and Carols, followed by a warm glass of mulled wine and mince pies which is always a wonderful social event catching up with local friends. The traditional highlight of our year is always on Christmas Eve when Christmas celebrations begin with Christingle Services at 4 pm and 6 pm when we light Christingle oranges and sing carols by candle light. Later there is a small but faithful Midnight Communion at 11 pm. Finally, on Christmas Day, there will be a family Communion at 10:30 am which has all the fun of the day along with remembering the most important birthday the world has every experienced. It would be wonderful if you can join us at one of these events, and in the meantime I would like to take this opportunity to wish you in advance a very Happy Christmas! Revd Rupert Mackay, St Paul's Church Hadley Wood St Paul’s Church, Hadley Wood, Christmas 2017 You are warmly invited to the following events Sunday Dec.17 10.30am All age Nativity Service 7.00pm Lessons and carols followed by mulled wine and mince pies Sunday Dec 24. Christmas Eve 9.30am Holy Communion 4.00pm Christingle Service by Candlelight followed by traditional refreshments 6.00pm Christingle Service by Candlelight Bring the whole family to enjoy Christingle Oranges and hear the Good News of the real meaning of Christmas 11.00pm Midnight Communion Monday Dec 25. Christmas Day 10.30am Family service with Lord’s Supper Window Cleaning Services Includes Frames Sills Doors and conservatories 6 or 8 weekly Cleans or One Off Clean References available All works guaranteed A Local small company based In Barnet Tel. 0208 441 8100 or 07861 764 994
  10. 10. 10 Take Seven Take Seven Dry Cleaners continues to go from strength to strength with the Hadley Wood Community’s support, a community we are proud to be a part of. We cannot thank all our customers enough who continue to support our current operating model of collection and delivery dry cleaning services. For those who prefer the ability to visit us in-store we are excited to announce we will soon be located in new premises at a very convenient location for the Hadley Wood Community, details to follow shortly. We will also continue to provide a collection and delivery service for those customers who prefer that method of engaging with us. As we design our new store and operations your feedback on what would work well for you is welcomed. Please email with any suggestions. Sharad and Bhati Modi 02084418332/07488706600 Boundary Commission Re- drawing the borders of parliamentary constituencies for elections to Parliament is carried out at regular intervals usually about every 8 to12 years. The number of constituencies in London have to be reduced from 73 to 68 and by law every constituency must contain between 71,031 and 78,507 electors. London’s boundaries have just been re-drawn and revised. Our proposed boundaries are shown left with Hadley Wood occupying the top end of a banana shaped constituency enclosing Enfield Southgate Monken Hadley is in the Barnet constituency. or You can then access the consultation section Tug of War Hadley Wood’s annual tug of war will be held on the Railway bridge on New Year’s Day 2018 at 11.00am. This year’s organisers are Amanda and Neale Haynes who have promised a family friendly fun get-together at which everyone is welcome. The two photos show the 2012 and the 1912 events. The dress code is up to you but whilst the 1912 outfits would be absolutely acceptable they could prove impractical. For more details contact
  11. 11. 11 Having worked for a number of years at the Ritz hotel in London I became accustomed to seeing afternoon tea served in beautiful china. This summer after helping organize a 60th birthday tea celebration I saw a potential gap in the market to hire out tea and coffee services to local people in Hadley Wood and the surrounding areas. I would be happy to enhance your occasion with beautiful china which I will deliver to you pick up and also do the washing up! For more information please contact Mobile 07710409138
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