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Win a ticket to Southgate’s secrets!

Another picture of Joe!

Local tour guide and storyteller Joe Studman will be leading the latest in his walking tours of the area on Sunday 19 August.  Entitled Welds, Walkers and Watering Holes, the walk starts at 2.30 at Southgate Underground station – further information from Joe at

Joe has kindly given Palmers Green Jewel in the North two tickets to give away. To enter, all you need to do is tell me where the weather vane which once stood on the Weld Chapel is now located. As usual, the answer is somewhere on this website.

Answers to palmersgreenn13@btinternet.comby 12 noon Friday 10 August please. The winners will be the first two correct answers randomly picked from the proverbial hat.

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We must save the Woodman!

The Woodman – under threat

The excellent Woodman pub on Bourne Hill is under threat  of closure from Marston’s breweries.

The Woodman is the oldest pub in Palmers Green and one of the last remnants of a more rural age in the area. The building dates from 1727 and ale has been sold at the Woodman for nearly 150 years.

The pub still retains its old world atmosphere, has a cheery welcome from a committed staff and does delicious food – the generous Sunday lunches are particularly recommended. In winter, there are cosy fires. In summer you can sit out in the shady garden under the trees.

Enfield community group Love your doorstep have set up a petition to show the community’s displeasure  at the threat to a local community pub. Please sign  – and make sure you go the Woodman soon.

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Holding the (Olympic) torch for Palmers Green

Are you ready for Wednesday? The Olympic torch relay will be in Palmers Green in just a few days!

The relay is due to start from the roundabout at the junction of Waterfall Road and Oakleigh Park Road at 3.16pm, before heading  up Waterfall Road to Southgate Green. From Southgate Green it will go  up the High Street. At Southgate Underground Station, it will turn into The Bourne passing the entrance to Grovelands Park and on into Bourne Hill, turning onto Green Lanes at St John’s Church and heading on up to Winchmore Hill Broadway. After the Ridgway, it will turn into Church Street and on into Edmonton, Tottenham, and Hornsey. The day finishes with an evening celebration at Alexandra Palace.

The Barnet/Enfield/Harringey section is one of the last before the Olympic opening ceremony on the 27 July. In all, 24 runners will carry the torch on the Enfield stretch of the route, aged from 13 to 81. Runners include commonwealth 800 metres finalist Darren St Claire and Jack Otter of Chase Side Enfield, who was seriously wounded in Afganistan in 2009, and lost both legs and an arm.

The youngest on the Enfield section will be Lauren Englefield 13, James Horrex, 14 and Palmers Green student Katka Pikhartova 14.  The oldest will be Alzheimer’s campaigner and local althlete  Derek Wood 81. You can see nominations for the amazing and inspirational people who will be Olympic torch bearers at . There are also further details of the route and live updates on the main Olympic site.

St John’s church will be offering refreshments in the afternoon, on a day which at last looks like it could be a scorcher!

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Broomfield Park cafe by the end of the year?

The new community cafe for Broomfield Park could be open by the end of the year, according to the Palmers Greenery team.

The new cafe will be in the Doll’s House toilets immediately to the west of the boating lake. Over 150 people have already signed up as volunteers to help get the cafe up and running, and £35,000 has been secured from the Council for start-up, refurbishment, stock and volunteer training.

As the site is a park asset, the Council needs to progress the next steps, but the aim is to open before the end of 2012. Meanwhile the priority is building awareness and support says Sarah Cotton from the Palmers Greenery volunteers.  

On Friday 27th July there will be a gathering of volunteers and well wishers for a group photo for the media at 2pm at the Palmers Greenery site. All are welcome, and its hoped that people will come along with a picnic and make an afternoon of it, weather permitting.  There will also be a Palmers Greenery stand at the Palmers Green Festival on 2 September, and a Facebook page has been set up for the latest news .

“This is an exciting initiative that will be great for Broomfield Park and the wider Palmers Green area, but will depend on as many people as possible getting involved. We would love it if you were able to join us on the 27th or at the festival.”

For more information visit

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Dangerous times for Pinkham Way

The Pinkham Way Alliance has called for local residents to rally round amid fears that plans to build a giant waste incinerator may be pushed ahead, despite widespread objections from local people.

A recent hearing of the North London Waste Plan (NLWP)  was suspended. We also recently reported on an application to Haringey Council to get part of the Pinkham Way site (formerly Friern Barnet sewage works) registered as a town or village green.

Now is not the time to be complacent, say the Alliance.

“We don’t yet know whether the suspension of the North London Waste Plan (NLWP) hearing will just delay it until autumn, or lead to the plan being thrown out,” said Bidesh Sarkar, Chair of the Alliance in a recent communication to supporters. “However, either of these outcomes signal what is now a very dangerous period for our campaign”.

“There’s now a real risk that the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) will try to push forward the planning application for a massive facility at Pinkham Way regardless of the waste plan. If this happens, it is likely to be soon.”

The NLWA owns the Pinkham Way site, and has been forging ahead with a multi-billion pound procurement process for dealing with waste in north London, now at an advanced stage.

“If the procurement is stopped, it’ll be hugely problematic for the authority.”

The Alliance has drawn attention to the importance of the site in terms of biodiversity, as well as the health risks, odour and noise associated with locating the plant in a densely populated area.

Haringey Council has stated that the planning application is ‘on hold’ until after the inspector’s final hearing for the NLWP. The Alliance is seeking to establish that this is the case and is taking legal advice. However, this is costing money and the Alliance is seeking donations

The next fundraising event will be on Sunday 8 July, at St Andrew’s Church on Alexandra Park Road at 4pm when the Galitzin Chamber Ensemble will perform famous works by Strauss and Kodaly and Schubert’s Trout Quintet. The concert will feature pianist Sam Haywood, who was a finalist aged 13 on BBC Young Musician of the Year and has since gone on to an international career. Tickets are £10 and can be booked on the events section of the Pinkham Way Alliance website.

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Dont miss tomorrow’s Fancy Fair

There really can have been few festivals that have been put on with such energy, commitment, joy and sense of fun and heritage as Winchmore Hill’s N21 Festival. The tireless organising committee put on a programme of 120 events in the course of a single week, including talks, films, exhibitions, parades and classes.

History boards put up all over Winchmore Hill for the N21 festival

I have attended just a few, but all have been wonderful, warm and fascinating, including Graham Dalling’s talk on Southgate before the first world war, Joe Studman‘s entertaining exploration of the Dark Side of Winchmore Hill (perhaps I will stay down here where its safe in PG)  and a wonderful show of films about the area. Many are being repeated in the coming weeks having sold out. Check for more details.

The festival ends tomorrow, with the Winchmore Hill Fancy Fair. The day will start at 10 O’clock with a grand opening, with the Mayor of Enfield, David Burrowes MP and some of Winchmore Hill’s 98 and 100-year-old residents. There will be stalls, performances, a chill out zone and children’s area, and much more. See the Fancy Fair section of the N21 site for more details.

And see you there.