LETTER FROM THE TRUSTEES OF THE HADLEY WOOD ASSOCIATION
Thank you to all our members
We have reached the end of a good year 2017/8 for the Association, and look forward to a stronger fulfilment
of our charitable purposes in our new year 2018/9 (beginning 1st October).
At the AGM on 14 November, we shall present reports on our activities (regular management, special
projects and campaigns), finances (a reasonably balanced outcome), shared users of the Centre and affiliates,
and plans for the future.
We also expect to mark the 50th anniversary of the Centre in appropriate ways at the AGM, although the
main celebration is the Fireworks on Sunday 4 November - our big annual fundraising event.
Activities over the last couple of months have included continuing efforts on Crime Prevention (with the
police base proposal progressing alongside positive developments with Neighbourhood Watch and Hadley
Wood Security), and Treegate with implementation of Network Rail commitments (the Consultation event is
fixed for 17 October) and our participation (Robert Wilson with Francesca Caine/ Hadley Wood Rail User
Group) as invited community consultees in the ministerial Varley Review on Network Rail Vegetation
Our Regular Management has included a steady programme of repairs to our aging Centre. A review of the
Car Park during the school run shows that, as a new term starts, there are too many cars and some
inconsiderate even dangerous use. The Trustees have decided, with agreement of the Headmistress, to
reintroduce the rule that school run cars display our HWA car park permit to ensure that use is limited to
those paying for membership of our Association. This also applies to the Pre-School run.
We take the opportunity to thank all our members, those loyal for many years and those new this year, for
their vital support - by their subscriptions and, for many, by their volunteer involvement in community
For those readers who have not yet joined as members, we look forward to your applications in advance of
our AGM. For those whose subscription payments have lapsed, we invite a new application so that we have
Greater Data Protection regulation (GDPR) compliant contact details.
We invite all those willing to help with our activities, or have ideas for suitable community projects, to let us
know. We are also looking for new Committee Members particularly Events & Fundraising, Centre &
Grounds and Local Affairs (including Planning).
The Trustees of the HWA
Assisted Travel 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
SCHOOL RUN CAR PARK NOTICE
The Trustees are reviving the requirement to display a Car Parking Permit on cars used for
dropping and collecting children from Hadley Wood School and the Pre-School.
This is to provide some control at times when the car park is overfull.
All users for the school run must be paid members of the Association.
New Member Application Forms (for those not already members) and Car Parking Permits can
be collected from the Office at the Centre.
REMINDER TO ALL USERS
The car park is private and for use only by members and authorised users. No commuter
parking is permitted, even for members. All use of the car park is at drivers own risk and
extra care must be taken in the restricted space especially during the school run.
Trustees of the Hadley Wood Association.
Hadley Wood Association 50th Anniversary Fireworks
Sunday 4th November
Doors open an 4.30pm Fireworks at 6pm
Funfair rides, street food, licensed bar, music
and rain shelter
Tickets will be available at Londis from early October
YOUR CHANCE TO QUIZ GTR’s TIMETABLE TEAM
at HADLEY WOOD RAIL USER GROUP’s next meeting also on Wednesday 17th October
at the HWA Centre at 8.00pm
FORTHCOMING EVENTS IN HADLEY WOOD
Hadley Wood Association AGM November 14th
At the Hadley Wood Association Centre (far end of the tennis courts Crescent East)
Remembrance Sunday St Paul’s Church November 11th
A special service will be held at St Paul’s Church on November 11th to remember the end of World
War 1 one hundred years ago. A Book of Remembrance will be available at the Church for families to
enter their contributions and recollections of the war. There will also be a Remembrance Flower
Festival and the unveiling of a newly commissioned Remembrance Board to honour those individuals
from this Community who gave their lives in in both World Wars. On November 9th there will be a
slide show and lecture by David Harbott and John Leatherdale featuring Hadley Wood during the
TREEGATE CONSULTATION WEDNESDAY 17th OCTOBER
HWA CENTRE 5.30-8.00pm
Hadley Wood Association with HWRUG
invite residents and rail users to meet Network Rail with the Tree Council.
See the plans for the limited final tree cutting and the replanting
including the “Hadley Wood Trial” Ask for explanations
NSPCC Christmas STOP and SHOP
The Barnet Appeals Committee are pleased to announce that they will once more be
holding their very popular ‘NSPCC CHRISTMAS STOPAND SHOP’ on the evening of
Thursday 22nd November from 7.00 until 9.00pm and the morning of Friday 23rd
November, from 10am until 1.00pm.
Back in March, the Treegate Campaign organised by HWA and HWRUG was successful in
stopping complete devastation of trees along the railway through. By June, we had persuaded
Network Rail to come to a public meeting to apologise for the extreme devegetation, and to
make commitments for the proportionate completion of tree felling works and significant replanting based
on Tree Council expertise and consultation with the community. NOW WE MUST HOLD THEM TO
During the summer, HWA have worked with Network Rail and Tree Council on implementation. Most
important, Network Rail have held to their commitment to resume works only after consultation : which
specific trees will be felled, what replanting. As time passed in developing the plans, it became clear that
works would only resume in the New Year, but decisions are needed within October to order plants and
instruct contractors. We have therefore been able to enjoy a summer with all the preserved trees around the
station and on all tunnel portals, and no new disturbance of wildlife alongside the railway through Hadley.
Consultation event. The focus now is to complete the plans ready to present to the community, which Net-
work Rail have agreed to do at HWA Centre on Wednesday 17 October. The format will be like a
“Public Information Meeting” with display boards. Network Rail managers and Tree Council will be there
to explain and hear feedback. This is not a rerun of the Public Meeting but Network Rail have said that their
plans are subject to community approval, so this is more than just information.” The date was chosen as the
only one all concerned could do, and follows a “Lessons Learned” session during the day organised by
Network Rail with Robert Wilson and Francesca Caine asked to attend the project team, contractors and
Tree Council. HWRUG have arranged their next meeting with GTR’s timetable team to follow on the same
evening.– See details on Page 3. The Treegate Consultation session has been organised to start at 5.30pm
and finish at 8.00pm. We hope this allows HWRUG meeting attendees to participate in the Consultation if
they can come along earlier and that parents and others will find the earlier start time convenient.
Detailed Plans. We were able to give some indication of likely works in the last July/August edition of HW
News. We now have draft plans prepared by the contractors - see page opposite. These plans give details in
note form, but further explanation can be obtained on 17 October. Robert Wilson and John Leatherdale can
also help, and we aim to contact in advance those most concerned - particularly Parkgate and those next to
the Station. The plans are not final or complete; preparation and discussion with Network Rail and the Tree
Council continues. Two big outstanding issues are the proposed Tree works for the sensitive Conservation
Area by the Station, and the promised plans for replanting north of the Station with the “Hadley Wood Tri-
al” (and community involvement in the planting). However the good news is that we are already seeing the
preservation of nearly all trees on tunnel portals, some special replanting by Parkgate and ground prepara-
tion of the area for the Station Garden (volunteers still needed to join Rod Armstrong). We are pressing
Network Rail to ensure we get a full Trial area and more replanting on other banks. We are also seeking
attention to geotechnical conditions (to mitigate flood and slippage risks) and due attention this time to
ecological concerns. If you want the best scale of replanting, we shall need our community to show Net-
work Rail on 17 October the strength of our views. They need to be encouraged to give us a full mitigation
for the “extreme devegetation”. Please come to the event and express your opinion. If you cannot come,
please share your thoughts with Robert Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or others of the
Treegate team. We shall pass them on.
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Station Cuttings: Railway Reviews are like buses…
Now there are three of them at once! No surprises in the rail regulator’s interim report on the May Time-
table debacle published on 20th
September, just confirmation of the systemic industry-wide failures that meant
that “they all did it”. No surprise either that yet another governmental review has just been set up to look into
the franchising model, but let’s hope that GTR survives to deliver the 4 trains per hour (tph) they promised.
GTR has again apologised to its passengers for the disruption caused by the May timetable, and said they
have already contacted over 60,000 Season Ticket holders to offer up to a month’s travel cost in compensa-
tion over and above the regular money they can also claim. This Additional Industry Compensation Scheme
will be extended to other passengers so we recommend that everyone checks it out.
GTR also say that their Thameslink and Great Northern services are now “back on track” with over 87% on
time in the latest week. You may also have noticed a new note on their app, “Further Service Additions”,
detailing additional long-distance services that are currently being phased in, though regrettably none will call
here. We have invited senior members of the Timetable Team to the next Rail User Group meeting on
October at 8pm at the HWA Centre (straight after the Treegate consultation meeting held
jointly with the HWA) to discuss their plans for achieving our full 4 tph metro service. Please come along
and show them how much this means to Hadley Wood.
HWRUG has also co-signed a letter from several Great Northern rail user groups to the Minister, DfT and all
local MPs demanding a fares freeze in 2019 in view of the appalling service passengers have had to endure.
Several of these MPs followed this up with the Minister personally: please lobby ours to do likewise.
Now to the third railway review, in which Hadley Wood was invited to participate: the Ministerial
Review into “all aspects of Network Rail’s approach to vegetation management”. Thanks to the
hard-fought Treegate campaign led
jointly by HWRUG and the HWA and
extensively reported in this magazine,
Robert Wilson and I were invited by the Railway
Safety and Standards Board to give evidence to
this “expert led” Review and join a workshop to
develop its draft recommendations. Treegate’s
tree-felling experience will form a case study.
The Review is expected to call for root-and-
branch reform and culture change in Network
Rail. We also persuaded them to consider one
aspect of track safety that had been strangely
overlooked: the impact on risks below the ground
(landslip and flood) from extreme devegetation
above it. This was prompted by the complete
devastation Network Rail wreaked northwest of
the station on the slope of London Clay, a notoriously unstable substance. Despite the Review’s “all aspects”
remit, geotechnical safety issues had not been considered – but they are now! And we have also managed to
secure expert advice on local flood risk and landslip. The Ministerial Review is expected to be published in
mid-October with significant reference to Hadley Wood.
Francesca Caine, Chair, Hadley Wood Rail User Group
The devastated slope behind our landslip sleuths. 17th September
Kingwell Road Street Party
‘Why don’t we have a street party’?
That throwaway remark uttered at a
Neighbourhood Watch meeting set
the ball rolling. And so it was that
on Sunday 16th September the
clouds parted, the sun shone,
Kingwell Road was closed, and
residents gathered for a fun
afternoon. Neighbours provided an
abundance of food and drink,
including an excellent barbeque.
Entertainments included a bouncy
castle, face painting by Reanne of
Colourful Fun, steel pan music from
Abdul Williams, and a tug of war
(odds versus evens). A raffle – to
cover expenses including the cost of
the council permit – was drawn by
our special guest, PC Carl Bliss.
Many thanks to those people who
donated prizes. A massive thank
you to the Street Party Team – Sash,
Jolene, Daisy, Miranda and Maria –
who organised the event. And to all
those neighbours who got together
to enjoy the September sunshine.
Hopefully we’ll have another street
party in 2019.
If you want to organise your own go
to Enfield Council’s website and get
a Street Party Application Pack.
You don’t need a Jubilee or a Royal
Wedding as a reason to hold a street
party. Just think of it as a
celebration of community spirit!
Hadley Wood Apiary
August was a busy time at the beehives, because it is when we see the fruits of all the hard work of the bees
and take the honey harvest. The two hives that were in production yielded some 50kg (100lbs) of honey. I
must admit that this was more than was expected, given that the prolonged dry weather that we enjoyed over
the summer was causing plants to produce less nectar in their flowers. The resulting honey is very dark and
flavoursome, which I think maybe from the abundance of blackberries in the area.
Honey is taken in August to give the bees a chance to build up some winter reserves before autumn sets in.
So you may see the bees in September on late flowering plants. If you want to give the bees a bit of a boost
then put off trimming your ivy until it has finished flowering, it is one of their main sources of food late in
the season. Honeybees do not hibernate and keep warm in the winter months by staying in a tight cluster
around the queen in the hive. The cluster is quite warm in fact, around human body temperature, and they
maintain this by flexing their wing muscles to generate heat. They dip into their honey stores to keep them-
selves fed, perhaps leave the hive from time to time to go to the toilet (they are remarkably hygienic animals)
and perhaps gather a little water.
The honey has now been put into jars and will be available for sale soon, so the bees will be able to pay their
subs as members of the HWA! Buying local honey is a great thing to do, some people find it helps with hay
fever and pollen allergies, but it is delicious and you can enjoy it on your toast in the safe knowledge that you
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Hadley Wood Neighbourhood Watch Progress report
Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) continues to take hold across Hadley Wood. More than
half of our roads now have NHW schemes, and we thank all of our Road Coordinators for
helping us to achieve this. Residents who belong to NHW schemes receive information –
via WhatsApp and email – about suspicious vehicles, people, and activities from the police
and from other residents, and are able to act upon this information. Residents who don’t
use WhatsApp or email receive information by letter drop. The transmission of
information is coordinated by Hadley Wood Watch, the umbrella organisation for NHWs
in Hadley Wood.
As a result of having the network of NHWs in place the police are now able to work very
closely with us, and have increased police patrols and presence in the area. We benefit from more effective
policing, and the police benefit by having so many more eyes and ears on the ground. Unfortunately there
still remain a number of roads not covered by NHW schemes. To make our Hadley Wood NHW network
fully effective we need complete coverage. The roads not signed up to NHW are Beech Hill, Camlet Way
(and all their side roads), Beech Hill Ave, Wood Ride, Newmans Way, Covert Way, and Cockfosters Road.
If you live in one of these roads and would like to help set up a Neighbourhood Watch please get in touch. It
is not an onerous task. We can guide you through all the stages, and will provide full support once the NHW
scheme is established. Please contact Simone or Richard at: firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss further.
Finally, the monthly Cockfosters Police Newsletter includes lots of information about crime prevention and
details crime statistics for the previous month. If you would like to receive the Newsletter, please email the
Cockfosters Safer Neighbourhood Team at: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org .
And remember that you can telephone the Cockfosters Police Team on: 0208 721 2688
Simone Strauss and Richard Walker (Hadley Wood Watch)
The Barnet Appeals Committee are pleased to announce that they will once more be holding their very
popular ‘NSPCC CHRISTMAS STOP AND SHOP’ on the evening of Thursday 22nd November from 7.00
until 9.00pm and the morning of Friday 23rd November, from 10am until 1.00pm. There is a minimum
donation of £4 on the door on the morning of the 23rd or £5 on the door on the evening of the 22nd. This
entry charge, which will go directly to the charity, will include a glass of Bubbles and Canapes in the
evening and Coffee and homemade bakes in the morning. The event will be held at 4 Newmans Way,
Hadley Wood. Please bring a friend and get an early start on your Christmas shopping…you will be
supporting a very worthwhile and relevant cause. If you would like more information or you would like to
know more about the work of the NSPCC or the Barnet Appeals Committee please contact Susan How on
Bill came to Hadley Wood in 1968, having spent much of his childhood in North West
London. He loved the green space and semi-rural outlook he found living in Bartrams
Lane. In 1972 Bill married Joycelin and their daughters, Amanda and Penny born in 1973
and 1976, completed the family.
Bill was a regular commuter to work in London. He was a life-long civil servant and had
great satisfaction as a senior administrator of Britain’s programmes of overseas aid.
He joined the Hadley Wood Association soon after coming to live here. To Bill, the
HWA was the way in which the community and benefits he loved could be maintained
and protected for all. He also believed it was important to participate actively. For many
years he organised Sports Day in Bartrams Lane field. Little did he know one year that as
he marked out the field the night beforehand, his younger daughter was munching her
way through wild flowers in the upper part of the field – fortunately to no ill-effect. He
enjoyed regular HWA Quiz Nights and was renowned for his general knowledge. Indeed,
one time, having answered the first question (correctly), he remarked “and the second
question will be …..”. His table laughed uproariously as he proved as adept at predicting
the question! After retirement, Bill was a mainstay of the Local Affairs Committee for many years before becoming
HWA representative on the Monken Hadley Commoners committee.
At home, he enjoyed reading, crosswords and puzzles, and watching sport, particularly cricket and rugby. Bill’s
family grew as 5 grandchildren arrived and he was delighted they felt equally at home in Bartrams Lane as he did.
Although his mobility and general health declined in recent years, his death in early August was a shock. His steady,
calm approach to life will be much missed.
Joycelin Hobman and daughters Amanda Wilson, and Penny Hobman
NANCY BLISHEN : 1920 - 2018
Our mother Nancy Blishen, was born on 20th April 1920. Her parents,
Geoff Smith and May Pope, met during the First World War when he was
sent to Wargrave in Berkshire to recover from wounds received at Gallipo-
li, and was nursed by May. The family moved to Whetstone, then on to
Mays Lane in Barnet, near the Barnet football ground.
Mum attended Queen Elizabeth's Girls School as a scholarship girl. Little
did she know that her future husband, Edward, was attending the Boys
School up the road. They met through amateur dramatics - Nancy was said
to be a very talented actress - and were married at Monken Hadley Church
They lived in digs for the first years of their marriage - then, in 1952, they
came to Hadley Wood with friends and saw the old railway hotel at 1,
Crescent West, next to the station. Alone, they could not have afforded it -
but it was large, with a substantial garden, orchard and stables, and three
storeys, so between the three families they bought it and lived on one floor
each. Back in those days there was still an air-raid siren and a blue police
box at the top of the railway slope.
In the early 1960s a local builder approached them. He wanted to knock
down the old house and build shops and flats. In exchange, he would build
three separate houses, to the families' own design, at the bottom of the
garden, on what became Bartrams Lane. Our dad, Edward, school master,
author and international broadcaster, died there in December 1996, so mum
lived on alone in the house for nearly 22 years until June this year.
Mum was active in the W.I. She was a lovely, cheerful woman, a great conversationalist and story teller. Many of
her W.I. friends remember the "poetry and prose teas" where Nancy would recite poems from memory and tell stories,
even when her sight and hearing were failing. She was a marvellous mimic, and her acting abilities were always put
to good use. She was determined to live at home for as long as possible, with the help of wonderful carers, and she
largely succeeded. She had a very strong heart and a strong will and it was only when she became too ill that she
eventually moved to a nursing home in Stansted, very close to where Nick lives.
She remained herself right to the end - usually cheerful, often very funny, still full of concern and love for others. She
told us that she would really like to fall asleep and not wake up - and she got her wish, on the morning of Sunday
September 2nd, so that as much as we felt great sorrow at the loss of an extraordinary woman and wonderful mother,
we also felt happy that she had died peacefully and fulfilled. She will be greatly missed, and we are sure that there are
many in Hadley Wood, and others who have moved away, who will share our sense of loss, but be glad that they
knew Nancy Blishen.
Jon & Nick
The Lodge at Hadley
Wood Golf Club
Driving up Beech Hill just
before you reach the en-
trance to the Golf Club there
is an old Lodge on the left
just inside the drive to the
clubhouse. It was originally
the Lodge to a large Mansion
house built by Francis Rus-
sell in 1781 on the site of the Enfield Chase (once a royal hunting
ground in the reign of Henry V). The Mansion and its Lodge are
now Grade 2 listed buildings but while the house has been kept in
very good condition by the Hadley Wood Golf Club, the Lodge
has deteriorated. Proposals to upgrade it have failed because of its
position in the Green Belt and its historical connection. However
in 2013 Enfield Council removed the Lodge from the Green Belt
and now planning permission is being again sought by HWGC to
upgrade the house and build another close by. The architects
Smith and Maloney have put forward proposals which will main-
tain the historic nature of the Lodge and they can be reviewed
on the Enfield planning site ref 18/03088/FUL. Below is an
artists impression of what this site might look like if accepted.
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