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Hadley Wood News September 2017


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Hadley Wood News September 2017

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Hadley Wood News September 2017

  1. 1. 1 The Hadley Wood Association (HWA) the Heart of Hadley Wood If you value the open space and the beautiful environment of Hadley Wood If you or your children are members of the tennis, football or bridge club If your child attends the Pre-School If you use the HWA car park to ‘drop-off’ the children at school or walk the dog through our fields and woods If you enjoy the annual fireworks If you want to build a stronger Community and strengthen the voice of Hadley Wood If you are a member of our ‘partners’, the Neighbourhood Forum, the Rail User Group, and the Security Patrol If you simply love Hadley Wood PLEASE JOIN the HWA! The HWA is facing some big challenges The lease for the open space is running out and needs renegotiating. Our case for renewal (with Enfield Council), will be considerably stronger if we represent the majority of households The costs of maintaining the Centre building and grounds are increasing, but our income is static. PLEASE JOIN US AND SAFEGUARD OUR ENVIRONMENT Tel. HWA 0208 449 7193 (mornings only) Membership £50.00 per annum AGM 22nd November 8.00pm At the Hadley Wood Association Hall Crescent East (end of the tennis courts) See page 7 for details
  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 Obituary. Brian Kern It was a cold and snowy day in March when Brian moved with his young family into Camlet Way. Richard was just 2 years and Nigel 6 months old. It was a real DIY move as we had very little furniture and decided to move ourselves. However the rented van broke down and we had to borrow another one at the last minute! The family soon settled in and began to make contacts– first with the playgroup and then the Hadley Wood Association in which Brian became involved-going to the social events, bonfire building and guarding against premature lighting! These were happy and eventful years in Hadley Wood-off to the boat we kept at Hayley island on a Friday night –we even had the boat at home on the driveway over one winter so that Brian could refit the galley and ‘heads’. Membership of the golf club came next and there were always model aircraft to be built during the winter months and flown (and repaired) in the Summer. Retirement from the Antique trade followed in 1998 and Brian was roped in to help refit the HWA Centre loos and Peter’s office. At about this time Brian fulfilled his great ambition and joined the Volunteers at the Mosquito aeroplane museum– now de Havilland Heritage Centre– and became very involved in the restoration of the prototype Comet fuselage. This was the only surviving example of the square windows type. As he had been a de Havilland apprentice at Leavesden his knowledge was invaluable and when ill health prevented him from being physically involved he would be on hand to give advice and to source much needed parts. He will be greatly missed by his family and by his many friends who have been so supportive over these last few months. Pam Kern
  3. 3. 3 Jeremy Platten and the Whitechapel Bell Foundry Whitechapel’s famous foundry was first established in 1570. Since then it has made bells which are now used all over the world. It’s most famous are the Liberty Bell in America cast in 1752 as a symbol of the United States Independence and in 1858 the foundry manufactured the thirteen and a half ton Big Ben ringing from the North tow- er of the Houses of Parliament. Others include the bells of Westminster Abbey and more recently the Bell of Hope which was sent as a gift from the people of London to the city of New York after the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001. Knowing that Jeremy had retired at the same time as the foundry closed (shame) it seemed a good moment to meet him and learn about his contribution to its bells. Jeremy was born in Chase Farm hospital in 1949 subsequently living at 40 Beech Hill Avenue in Hadley Wood. His father was Chief Clerk of Enfield, a very prestigious position similar to today’s leader of the Council. Jeremy and his sister (who became a GP in Huntingdon) went to Primary school at Botany Bay along with the other children from Hadley Wood. His family were very musical and it quickly became apparent to both them and his piano teacher (Miss Moseley of Parkgate Avenue.) that Jeremy had perfect pitch. This, according to Wikipedia ‘is a rare auditory phenomenon characterized by the ability of a person to identify or re-create a given musical note without the benefit of a reference tone’. Play or sing a note, tap a wine glass or ring a bell and Jeremy will tell you which note it is. Thus it was that in 1966 Jeremy, accompanied by his father, took the train from Hadley Wood to Moorgate and thence by tube to the Whitechapel foundry to apply for the post of tuner. There he was interviewed by Douglas Hughes father of the recent owner Alan. Jeremy was shown around the foundry by Ernie Oliver the foreman and principal bell tuner, members of whose family had worked at the foundry for the previous 200 years! Jeremy’s job involved first polishing the newly cast bells and then tuning them. This was done by removing small amounts of metal from the inside of the bell using a lathe, a procedure which required great skill in bringing each bell to it’s correct pitch. How many bells have passed through Jeremy’s hands and benefited from his skill is difficult to imagine. Probably thousands. It seems a shame that these skills are not to be used anymore but a daily commute to Whites bell factory in Appleton near Oxford seemed too far. He now spends his time enjoying retired life in Hadley Wood, walking, folk and modern sequence dancing, and is a key member of the bell ringers at St Mary’s church Monken Hadley. St Mary’s eight bells (made in Whitechapel) can be heard every Sunday morning and evening as well as during practice on Tuesday evening. To ensure there is no favouritism he also polishes the brass at St Pauls! 500 years of History. 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
  4. 4. 4 DORCHENA ITALIAN DESIGNER KITCHENS BEDROOMS &BATHROOMS INTERIORS Tel: 01707 663 738 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
  5. 5. 5 Neighbourhood Forum update At the forum meeting in June, a sub-committee was established to apply for funding and to appoint a Planning Consultant to help us draft the Neighbourhood Plan and to facilitate the public consultation. We have made great progress over summer, and in late August we received notification that our funding application has been approved (subject to formal acceptance). In parallel we have undertaken a tender process and received two very good proposals. By the time you are reading this we hope to have appointed the preferred consultant, and also advertised the next Forum meeting. We have developed an outline project plan, although this will need to be validated once the Consultant has reviewed the work we have already completed and identified any missing information. The target is to prepare our first draft Neighbourhood Plan by the end of November, ready for something like 6-8 weeks of pre- consultation. It is only after all this feedback is assessed and the plan edited, that it will be submitted to Enfield Council, for independent examination. This is OUR Neighbourhood Plan. The Consultant will build upon the work we have already undertaken in our workshop, questionnaire, our meetings and our draft outline of policies. The draft plan will be circulated to the forum members for comment and amendment, and later versions will be subject to local consultation. And finally, Enfield Council is required to hold a referendum, with the plan needing a simple majority to be adopted. Our Neighbourhood Plan will enable our community to play a much stronger role in shaping the local area and in influencing and supporting new development proposals. This is because our plan sits alongside the Local Plan prepared by Enfield Council, and decisions on planning applications will be made using both the Local Plan and the Neighbourhood Plan. Our plan will set out a positive vision on how the community will develop over the next ten to twenty years. And our plan will include planning policies that will help deliver that vision. Amongst the benefits are; It can protect areas from types of change. It can influence new building design. It can protect our open spaces. It enables the local community to retain more of the money collected from development (CIL), to spend on local projects. It enables us to protect the things we value the most. It enables us to manage change more effectively, to encourage developers to build what our community needs, and to influence where and what development should happen. We are looking forward to gaining the feedback and support of the whole community as we continue this process. David Harbott The Autumn 2017 clothes sale! Dawn Ledgard Events….. Beautiful clothes at amazing prices! Do you shop in stores like House of Fraser, John Lewis, Fenwicks and smaller exclusive ladies retail outlets? Then you should come and see our extensive range of NEW, DESIGNER LADIES TROUSERS, JEANS, CORDS, SEPARATES, JACKETS & JEWELLERY Wednesday 25th October 2017 10am until 3.30pm THE HADLEY WOOD ASSOCIATION CENTRE 7 CRESCENT EAST, HADLEY WOOD, EN4 0EL (behind the tennis courts & near the station) MANY LABELS INCLUDING MONARI, SIGNATURE, ZELE, CISO, BRANDTEX, MARBLE AND LOTS MORE TOO! Everyone is welcome. Bring your friends, come for a coffee & browse in a relaxed atmosphere! £1 entrance & commission from your sales to Cherry Lodge Cancer Care Reg Charity No 1011629 – please come & support a great and much needed local charity! For more info 01344 454423 or 07790326981
  6. 6. 6 Station Cuttings: “fantastic” response but it’s not in the bag yet…. GTR’s Head of Strategic Planning returned to the Rail User Group’s July meeting to confirm that the initial off-peak weekday timetable proposal for Hadley Wood had been doubled, thanks to what he called “fantastic” local re- sponse. He has submitted to the DfT a week- day service of 4 tph, which would be the most frequent here for as long as anyone can re- member. ***Please support the RUG and remember that these are still only pro- posals, and that late nights and weekends have yet to be published for consulta- tion.*** So please take nothing for granted and be pre- pared to keep up the pressure until the actual services are finalised and published. You can sign up to “Inside Track”, GTR’s Stake- holder extranet, to receive their official up- dates straight to your inbox, as well as infor- mation about planned engineering works that may affect your journey: Other visitors and news in brief: Plans are “in train” for Michael Portillo’s visit to unveil the RUG’s plaque to eminent Hadley Wooder Sir Nigel Gresley on Saturday 7th October – see page 7. Three elected representatives have visited the station in recent weeks to meet RUG members and see our new step free entrance for themselves, ready to help spread the word to those who most need this amenity: The Right Honourable Theresa Villiers MP (above), an active supporter of our timetable campaign; Joanne McCartney AM, Deputy Mayor of London; and our new MP for Enfield Southgate, Bambos Charalambous (third from left front row). The RUG continues to work with GTR and our Station Manager to obtain enhancements to the station. You may already have noticed a new Welcome sign, noticeboard and litter bins, and we particularly want much better signage and lighting for the new entrance. And finally, courtesy of the HWA, look out for transfor- mation of the overbridge! Francesca Caine, Chair, Hadley Wood Rail User Group 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
  7. 7. 7 . Sir Nigel returns to Hadley Wood One of Hadley Wood's most eminent residents of the 20th century is to be commemorated at a Rail User Group event for all the family at the Station next month. Sir Nigel Gresley was one of Britain's most famous steam locomotive engineers and erstwhile President of the Institution of Mechanical Engi- neers. He lived in Hadley Wood from 1923 to 1929 when he was Chief Mechanical Engineer of the London and North Eastern Railway. Sir Nigel was the designer of perhaps the most iconic steam locomotives ever, Flying Scotsman, the first to be officially recorded at over 100 mph in passenger service, and Mallard, which still holds the rec- ord for the fastest steam locomotive in the world, at 126 mph. His engines were shining examples of both aesthetic and mechanical elegance. Hadley Wood Rail User Group has partnered with The Gresley Society to fund a permanent memorial to Sir Nigel at his old home station. It will be unveiled on Saturday 7th October by the television railway personality and former MP for our constituency, Mr Michael Portillo. Our two local primary schools will be participating through art and music, and the winners of the RUG's art competition on the theme "Trains - Past, Present and Future" will be announced. Pauline Hazel- wood, a leading member of the Guild of Railway Artists and judge of the art competition, will pre- sent her illustrated story books for children based on the exploits of a group of narrow-gauge steam engines, together with a model railway layout and other amusements for younger visitors. There will also be a raffle and silent auction in aid of Inclu- sion Barnet, a heritage display by Barnet Museum, HWA memorabilia of Hadley Wood and our station and railway-related goodies ideal for early Christmas purchase. Refreshments will be provid- ed by the WI and you can even Guess the Weight of the Train Cake! Everyone is welcome to gather at the station be- tween 1000 and 1100 on Saturday 7th October to enjoy the attractions. The formal proceedings will begin shortly after 1100 and the event concludes at 1230. Francesca Caine AGM. Wednesday 22nd November 8.00pm At the Hadley Wood Association Hall Crescent East (end of the tennis courts) 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
  8. 8. 8 The History of Hadley Wood on display at the rail station Sally Taylor recently joined the GTR team at Hadley Wood station, assisting passengers on and off trains and providing a customer-friendly service. She worked as a postwoman in Hadley Wood in the 1980s, driving Graham Barnett and other posties to and from their beats and delivering in Parkgate herself. Later she worked as a Special Police Constable and a Street Warden in Welwyn Garden City. Casting a fresh eye over the station she thought something should be done to brighten up the walkway over the bridge. Looking at the Hadley Wood Association website she saw the slide shows that record the history of Hadley Wood and contacted Louise Houston at the HWA Centre to ask if prints could be made to decorate the walkway. The HWA was only too willing to help and the station manager, is seeking approval to cover the modest cost of printing. We hope the pictures will be in place before Michael Portillo comes to unveil the plaque to Sir Nigel Gresley on 7th October. In anticipation Sally has set about cleaning the windows over the bridge.! John Leatherdale Richard Walker There must be something about Hadley Wood and its environs that attracts writers. Not content with Kingsley Amis and Anthony Trollope working up in Monken Hadley, our small London suburb now houses several authors. Richard Walker came to Hadley Wood in 2012 via Oxford and Aberystwyth Universi- ties – with a PhD in zoology from the latter – teaching at Camden School for Girls and Highbury Grove School, and then a progression into writing non-fiction books while living in Kentish Town, Chelsea and then Fulham. Over the years he has written or contributed to over 100 beautifully illustrated children’s books, most – but not all – involving natural history or the human body, and published by the likes of Dorling Kindersley (DK), Kingfisher, and Walker Books. Eyewitness Activity: Nature Ranger (DK), for example, describes outdoor activities such as how to track animals or trap bugs. The Way We Work (Walker Books), co-authored with renowned illustrator and MacArthur fellow David Macaulay, takes a light-hearted but comprehensive look at the human body. As does the even quirkier Dr. Frankenstein’s Human Body Book (DK) in which the eponymous hero helps his laboratory assistant assemble a new human being from assorted body parts. I asked Richard how he worked. ‘Normal working hours’ was the reply. No writing into the night or at a local café as per J.K.Rowling for him. ‘But’ he points out, ‘writing for children is not easy. You must be scientifically accurate and up-to-date, and be able to explain things simply and succintly’. That he does this extremely well is clear by the long list of his popular books on the internet or from Amazon. Now living in Kingwell Road with his wife Teresa, and with two grandsons a few doors away, Richard is still writing but is taking an increasing interest in the community. After a spate of burglaries in his road he was much involved with the formation of Kingwell Road Neighbourhood Watch. He is also an active member of the Rail User Group and is taking a keen interest in the Hadley Wood Association. Already a good and effective neighbour, I suspect here is a future pillar of this community. Rod Armstrong
  9. 9. 9 Development issues Trent Park Enfield's planning committee recently granted permission for the redevelopment of the former Middlesex University campus in Trent Park for 262 residential units (including 58 affordable), with all heritage features, including the landscape to be fully restored, returning the site to its former glory as the country estate of Sir Philip Sassoon. Most importantly, permission was granted for a Museum across the ground floor and basement of the important Grade 2 listed mansion. Readers will be aware that this has been the subject of a long and challenging campaign that I launched in 2014, and I am delighted that the Trust I now chair can now proceed with the establishment of a world-class museum at this historic site. The Prince's Regeneration Trust backed museum will highlight the critical role Trent Park played in World War Two, described by Historic England as being on par with Bletchley Park, as well as the pre-war Sassoon-era of the site. It will also serve as an educational resource with school visits being an integral part of our vision. I would like to thank the countless local people who have backed the campaign over the past three years - we could not have succeeded without you. We still have hurdles to cross, including fundrais- ing a significant sum to succeed, but together with our fantastic team I am optimistic that within a few years we will be up and running and be a huge asset to our area. To learn more about Trent Park's extraordinary and important history, as well as our plans, visit our website at Cllr Jason Charalambous, Chairman, Trent Park Museum Trust A Group formed to help protect and enhance the Hadley Wood Conservation Area Hadley Wood Conservation Area covers the earliest parts of Hadley Wood, built in the late nineteenth/ early twentieth century, and includes most of Crescent East and West and a short part of the northern side of Lancaster Avenue (as far as number 33). This area was designated a Conservation Area in 1989 and Enfield Council has particular controls over planning in place with the intention to preserve and enhance this historic suburb. Enfield Borough has 22 Conservation Areas and operates a Conservation Advisory Group that meets monthly to review and provide advice to the Council on planning and development in these Conservation Areas. This group has representation from volunteers living across many of the Conservation Areas who have formed 'Study Groups' for their particular area. In the past the Southgate Civic Trust has taken on the role of representing Hadley Wood Conservation Area - but the Trust is based in Southgate and they not able to keep such a close interest in Hadley Wood as would local residents. Southgate Civic Trust contacted the Hadley Wood Neighbourhood Forum earlier this year to encourage the formation of a Hadley Wood Conservation Area Study Group. This Study Group will review and provide comments to Enfield Council on planning applications in the Conservation Area and participate in the Conservation Advisory Group meetings to guide Council Planning and development decisions in the area. Given the ongoing pressure on the Conservation Area by development schemes, this group provides an opportunity for local residents to have a stronger voice regarding the protection and enhancement of the Conservation Area than they would as individuals. If you are interested in joining the group or would like more information please contact me, on Lewis Temple
  10. 10. 10 New books by Hadley Wood authors THE PREQUEL:IT HAPPENED HERE John Kingston, a Hadley Wood resident for over 45 years, has crafted a chilling story in three volumes which assumes that the assassination of President Kennedy in November 1963 was not only planned but was the catalyst for the long feared invasion of Western Europe by the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact. The 450 page first volume concludes with the "Origins of the Conspiracy" which begins in Tsarist Russia in 1914 and ends in a San Francisco Post Office thirty years later. Volumes Two and Three recount the collapse of democratic government in Britain, the re-emergence of the Soviet Union following a limited United States nuclear strike, but concentrates on events in the United Kingdom as militant Trade Unions fail to overthrow the government but create a situation where the extreme Right gain public support resulting ultimately in a Right Wing government led by a figurehead President Oswald Mosley. A rigged Referendum banishes the Monarchy and book three ends with the British people crushed and left without hope. The book can be purchased either from Amazon or the ‘Lulu’ websites. ( In the Search engine enter– THE PREQUEL: IT HAPPENED HERE. (ISBN 980995570306) Hadley Wood’s wildflower meadow. Started three years ago by the Hadley Wood Association in conjunction with Hadley Wood Primary school our wild flower meadow flourishes along with its bees and butterflies. In case you would like a look in the Spring, start at the HWA car park (where the schoolchildren are set down each morning) and walk up the field ahead between the HWA Centre and the Primary school. The path crosses this field diagonally passing the site of the annual bonfire. Walking through the line of trees on the left hand side of the field you come to an open area before entering the woods over the railway. A field is to your left. Its top half has been left untouched for comparison. The lower half is the meadow. This half was ploughed and tilled, it’s soil ph and nitrogen content measured then sown with an appropriate collection of wild flower seed from a reputable seed merchant. Each year the field is cut and neither herbicides nor fertilisers (widely disliked by wild flowers) are allowed anywhere near. The results have been promising though setbacks have occurred. One (setback) in particular was the wide- spread growth of yellow ragwort, a plant poisonous for horses and much disliked by farmers. Given the absence of any horses in the area it was not really a problem but there were concerns raised by some residents and so we removed most of it, leaving a few ragworts for the Cinnabar moths to lay their eggs. Otherwise the meadow was covered by white Ox-Eye daisies interspersed by a variety of wild flowers including Birds foot trefoil, buttercups, ragged robin, agrimony, vetch and self- heal. Creation of a meadow is a slow process. Experts promise ten years of hard work and disappointment. However the main intention was to help and support our failing bee population and to provide a source of biological interest for the schoolchildren. This much seems to be progressing well. So far so good. This year the meadow has been sown with red field poppy seeds. If you have any good quality wildflower seeds to spare feel free to scatter or plant them in a shallow scrape wherever you can find a space. Bring the kids along, remember where you sowed your seeds but be prepared for a subsequent no show in Spring. Tell them that seeds, like some children you know, do not always do what they should! Rod Armstrong
  11. 11. 11 Letter to the Editor Thanks and opportunities from Inclusion Barnet Dear All, I’m writing to thank the traders and residents of Hadley Wood for the fantastic sum of £735 donated to Inclusion Barnet following the raffle to mark the grand opening of Hadley Wood railway station’s new accessible entrance. As a small charity, contributions like this mean a huge amount to us, and will go towards a project to make opportunities to take part in sport and physical activity more accessible to disabled people in Barnet. Inclusion Barnet is a Deaf and Disabled People’s Organi- sation, which means that the trustees and most of the staff have lived experience of disability. We value this experience, and where possible use it to deliver our services through a model of peer support. This means that we try to work in a person-centred and empowering way, and don’t claim expertise over the people we work with. We are involved in a wide range of projects, including the local Wellbeing Hub, Hate Crime aware- ness training and a Safe Spaces scheme, the ‘Into Sport’ project and peer support brokerage. We also believe that disabled people have a huge amount of experience which can benefit everybody, to which end we are leading on the delivery of two libraries (East Barnet and South Friern, in partnership with the London Borough of Barnet) and also a local giving scheme, both projects to benefit, involve and support the whole community. Please do get in touch if you would like to support or volunteer for either of these projects at East Barnet Library is a short bus ride or walk from New Barnet Station, one stop away from Hadley Wood. It would be great to have more Hadley Wood residents involved as it is clearly a community capable of great things – I was really impressed by the way in which the Hadley Wood Rail User Group ran such a great campaign to get the accessible platform installed – a great achievement which will make a real difference to many people, and make the platform more accessible for everyone. Thank you again to all the businesses that gave raffle prizes and all the people who bought tickets, your support is enormously appreciated and makes a real difference. With many thanks and best wishes Caroline Collier, CEO, Inclusion Barnet St Paul’s Church Hadley Wood Sunday 1st October 2017 10.30 am Harvest Festival Family Service all dry or canned food donations, or supermarket gift vouchers will go to Mill Grove – a Christian children’s home the service will be followed by a bring and share lunch, to which all are welcome
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