Community Sport

25 July: Olympic torch lights up Palmers Green

The Olympic Torch will be passing through Palmers Green on the afternoon of 25 July.

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.

For more details visit the London 2012 site.

Planning and open spaces

Village green preservation society

Haringey Council has received an application to register part of the Pinkham Way site (formerly Friern Barnet sewage works) as a town or village green in an attempt to halt proposals for a massive waste plant., according to Bowes and Bounds Green Connected.

Haringey wrote to local residents in a letter dated 29 May giving details and asking for responses by 20 July. The application is being made on the basis that the land has been used by a ‘significant number of local residents for a period exceeding 20 years prior to July 2010 as for lawful sports and pastimes as of right’.

If successful, registration of the land as a town or village green would protect the land, making it, amongst other things, a criminal offence to do anything that would stop use of the land for recreation and enjoyment. Which is about right isnt it?

Details can be viewed on the Haringey Council website  – presumably anyone may respond.  For more details of the campaign against the waste site, and likely impacts on all of us if it goes ahead, visit the Pinkham Way Alliance website.

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A windy Palmers Green was lit up on Saturday by the annual Palmers Green shopping Festival. Attractions included Punch and Judy, a steel band, turkish dancing, performances from local schools…and this

SOUP ukulele club at the festival

The SOUP ukulele club. Based at the Drill Hall Enfield, SOUP play everything from Gus Kahn to The Kinks, as a quick trawl on You Tube will attest.


Palmers Green Community Festival rescheduled to September

Palmers Green Festival has been postponed, amid fears that going ahead following recent wet weather could cause damage to the park.

The decision follows visits to the park and discussions with major stall holders.

“Due to the recent record breaking wet weather and more heavy rain forecast over the coming days the Grade 2 listed grounds of Broomfield Park are incapable of supporting the Palmers Green Community Festival on Sunday 24th June without risking significant damage, ” says today’s statement from organisers.

“With over 60 stalls requiring vehicular movements, a fun fair, several large vehicles including a double decker youth club, mobile DJ Van and library, as well as over 20 bands with their musical instruments, the grounds of the waterlogged park simply wouldn’t cope.”

The festival will now take place on Sunday 2nd September so that the huge voluntary effort and goodwill of the local community will not be wasted.  The Festival Committee is  contacting all stallholders, bands, potential visitors, other stakeholders and partners, and is asking for help in making sure everyone is aware of the postponement.

“If you were planning to come along, or had notified others of the date, could we ask that you do all you can to notify them of the necessary change in circumstances.”

Volunteers, to assist with the revised planning and fulfilment of the Festival on 2nd September will be very extremely welcome. Further details will be available on Or contact: .


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Poets read at the festival

Poetry in Palmers Green are hosting a special evening of poetry on 23 June as part of the N21  and Palmers Green Festival weekend. The evening will be introduced by Jayne Buckland, Enfield’s poetry loving former mayor, and compared by Joanna Cameron. Four poets are featured.

  • Kevin Crossley-Holland is a renowned poet and historical novelist for children who lives in Norfolk. His New and Selected Poems Mountains of Norfolk was published in 2011.
  • Penelope Shuttle lives in Cornwall. Sandgrain and Hourglass (Bloodaxe 2010), the most recent collection by this acclaimed poet, was a Poetry Book Society recommendation. Unsent: New and Selected Poems 1980-2012 is due this autumn. She is the widow of famous poet, Peter Redgrove.
  • Katherine Gallagher, born in Australia, has lived in North London since 1979. The fifth collection of this well known poet is Carnival Edge: New & Selected Poems (Arc 2010). She was co-organiser of the 2002 Palmers Green Stevie Smith Centenary Festival, and is running another event on Stevie Smith in Palmers Green on 30 June – see elsewhere on this site for details.
  • Myra Schneider lives in Arnos Grove. Her most recent full collection is Circling The Core (Enitharmon 2008). Second Light Publications has just brought out her pamphlet What Women Want. Other publications include books about personal writing.

The event is being held at St John’s Church Hall and starts at 7 for 7.30.Further info: Katherine Gallagher: 020-8881-1418  Myra Schneider: 020-8886-1329 For further news visit Poetry in Palmers Green’s Facebook page


Public – or is it?

The Guardian is launching a new database of privatised public spaces in Britain, amid fears about creeping privatisation, in which streets and open spaces are being redefined as private land after redevelopment.

The project will look at open spaces, from streets and city squares to village greens, beaches and riverbanks, where there’s a reasonable expectation that the space might be public. Readers are being asked to look at redeveloped spaces in their area, find out as much detail as possible, and add details to an online notice board.

While the obvious fear is a land grab of the public realm by private companies, the realities of a site can be complex. Private investment can revive run-down public areas and sometimes spaces were also not previously genuinely public. The project aims to map developments and find out more.

For more information visit