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If you arent familiar with the show, four hosts take it in turns to hold a dinner party for the three other contestents. The person who hosts the evening voted the best wins £1000. More than 800 shows have been made, spanning 24 series and counting.

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Bim’s and Baskervilles provide home comforts on BBC 1

BK_FamilyPalmers Green institutions Bim’s Kitchen and Baskervilles feature on James Martin’s Home Comforts on BBC1 tomorrow afternoon (Monday) at 3.45.

The programme focuses on small artisan producers who make their products from home. Bim’s Kitchen were filmed just before Christmas, making their award winning African Baobab Chilli Jam,  before decamping with the film crew to Baskervilles tea room, who stock their products, for a tasting with some customers.

We haven’t seen a preview,” says Nicola Adedeji, who runs Bim’s Kitchen as a family business with husband James (Bim), “It will be interesting to see which bits of a whole day of filming they use in the 3 min film…!”

If you havent yet tried Bim’s Kitchen’s products, there is rather a treat in store for you. My bap at the Palmers Green festival is still fresh in my mind.

Bim’s use ingredients native to or commonly used in Africa like baobab fruit, cashew nuts, alligator pepper, cubeb and hibiscus flowers amongst others, to make easy-to-use sauces and condiments. Reading through the mouth watering recipes on their website this evening has made me a tad unsatisfied with our choice of tea, and Baskervilles closed an hour ago.  Boo. But they are open again tomorrow. Hurrah!

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Bounds Green is over the hill

The Guardian’s ‘Let’s move to…’ on Bounds Green is published this very day:

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There are thousands of Palmers Green stories – and one of them is yours

Do you remember the Black and White Café? Have afternoon tea in Evans and Davies? Buy your undies in Grout’s, or your butter hewn from a big slab in Sainsbury’s?

Those were some of the memories and stories shared by local residents at a special event hosted by the Ruth Winston Centre in conjunction with Talkies Community Cinema a couple of weeks ago as part of the Palmers Green Festival celebrations.

IMG_0612[1]The aim was to look at what Palmers Green was like 50 years or more ago, and the way in which Palmers Green, and our feelings about it, have changed. Once with a reputation for being rather snobby and high falutin’, Palmers Green is now busier than many of its neighbours, excitingly  multicultural, and, in the words of Ralph Hutchings, one of the introductory speakers, ‘definitely on the up’ – a far cry from the 60s when ‘you couldn’t get a decent kebab!’.

The event has now given birth to a new oral history project.

“We have yet to agree a title, but the emphasis will be firmly on ‘now’ as well as ‘then’”, says former Hazelwood teacher Jenny Bourke who is coordinating the project team, which includes Palmers Green Jewel in the North. “The aim is to talk to as wide a range of people as possible, of all ages and from all parts of the community”.

Here are just a few of the many topics the team would love to know more about

  • Do you remember your first impressions of Palmers Green? How has it changed?
  • Can you help us piece together more of the story of Truro House?
  • Do you recall a gymkhana being held in Broomfield Park?
  • Did you have any notable, famous or infamous neighbours or stories about your own street?

“If you took part in the event, the team will be back in touch soon, “says Jenny. “But we’ll also be asking for more people to come forward with their local memories later in the year – we hope as many people as possible will want to be involved.”

But you don’t have to wait until then. If you are a Palmers Greener, old or new, we would love to hear your stories about Palmers Green, whether it be from of 1963 or something that happened just last week.

“We are keen to hear from everyone, but as we are looking in particular at the last 50 years, it  would be great to hear from some people who were actually born in 1963!”

A website will be set up in the New Year, but in the meantime you can contact the project group by emailing

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A beautiful day in Palmers Green …

Palmers Greeners gather round the bandstand for an afternoon of music
The sun was out, the sky was blue … thousands of people flocked to the Palmers Green Festival for a day that was so good it took us half the week to recover.

Palmers Green Jewel in the North were there with a joint stall with local history compadre Joe Studman’s Jaywalks, as well as a display of fascinating old views of the area and publications from Southgate District Civic Trust.

Thank you to everyone who came to say

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David Cooper of SDCT deep in conversation with Joe Studman of Jaywalks

hello – it was great to meet so many wonderful people – and thank you in particular to the Palmers Green Festival team for all the hard work which went into such a brilliant event (I am sure we don’t know the half of it!).

If you signed up for information about Jaywalks, the oral history project Rock n Roll Enfield, or to receive our articles about Palmers Green, we will be back in touch very soon.

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Come and see us at the Palmers Green festival

The sun is shining, the forecast is good, and tomorrow  is the Palmers Green Festival. The big day runs from 12 til 7, and there will be food, a fun and entertainment. and nearly 100  stands.

Palmers Green Jewel in the North  and Joe Studman of Jaywalks have a stand in the community area. We will be talking about Palmers Green history and people, Joe’s new local history course  – the first to be run in the area  for more than 30 years – and the new Rock n Roll Enfield oral history project.

But you dont have to talk to us  about any of  those. We’re just looking forward to meeting you all. Why not pop along and say hello, and pick up one of our Palmers Green Jewel in the North bookmarks?

2013-08-17 12.30.23For more information about the festival programme, visit the festival website