The Enfield Society

Diary of events from April 2018 onwards

The Enfield Society events are in black — Enfield Council events are in greenOther events are in red

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2nd Wednesday of each month, 12.30-1.00pm, St Mary Magdalene Church, Windmill Hill
Lunchtime music recital
Bank Holiday Monday 2 April.
We regret that this walk has been cancelled because of the forecast of severe weather conditions.
Footpath walk: Bulbourne Valley. Meet 10.52 Hemel Hempstead Station (10.21 London Northwestern Railway Milton Keynes service from London Euston mainline station). Note: By car exit A41 at first junction north of M25 (signed Hemel Hempstead) and follow signs for Boxmoor/station.
8 to 8.5 mile circular walk. ln morning an attractive and fairly level 3.5 mile route following the Grand Union Canal into Berkhamsted for lunch stop and option to end. Bring lunch or food available. Then about 4.75 to 5 mile fairly hilly but very scenic Chiltern route with a mix of farmland, woods and downland. Leader: Mick Spinks
Wednesday 4th April and three following Wednesdays and Saturdays, 09.45, Bush Hill Park
Croquet course. Fancy a game of croquet? If you enjoy sport, but no longer have the same stamina or reflexes needed for other games, then croquet could be just what you’re looking for. In April 2018, Enfield Croquet Club is offering six days of free introductory courses in Bush Hill Park: your chance to discover this deceptively simple outdoor game, played at walking pace in a relaxed atmosphere, that both men and women can compete in on an equal footing.
The course runs on every Wednesday and Saturday between 4 and 21 April inclusive (a total of six sessions on Wednesdays 4, 11 and 18, and Saturdays 7, 14 and 21 April) and could lead to the offer of club membership. We’ll meet each day at 9.45 for a 10am start; the sessions will last about two hours and finish around 12 noon. The coaching team will be led by skilled and experienced players, and all equipment is provided free. All you need are flat shoes, such as trainers, and clothes suitable for the weather on the day.
We recommend a minimum of two sessions, but you are welcome to attend as many as you wish. Registration is essential: to ensure a place please email our secretary, Marian Cuckson, at
Tuesday 10 April.
Footpath walk: Thames Scenes. Meet 11.00 at main entrance to platform 1 Kew Gardens Station. Either by London Overground (about 40 mins from Highbury & Islington) or by District Line. Toilets on platform 1.
7 mile linear walk with constantly changing river scenes, historic buildings, open spaces and a bishop’s palace, ending at Putney Bridge Station. Shorter options including from the lunch stop in the Hammersmith area. Bring lunch or food available. Contact on day of walk ONLY: 07506 334 019. Leader: Peter Mackey
Tuesday 10th April, 8pm, Jubilee Hall
The distinctiveness of British Socialism? The Free Churches and the Labour Party by Professor Peter Catterall (University of Westminster) [HA]
Friday 13th April, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
The excavations and fieldwork of Enfield Archaeology Society 2017 by Dr Martin Dearne and Annual General Meeting of the EAS. [EAS]
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th April, 59 Church Hill, Winchmore Hill, London, N21 1LE, 1-5 pm
Art exhibition (painting, drawing, photography and mixed media) work inspired by Quaker experience. Free entry and refreshments.
Saturday 14 April.
Footpath walk: Chilterns. Meet 10.39 Great Missenden Station. Either by direct 09.57 Chiltern Railways Aylesbury train from London Marylebone Station, or by 09.26 Metropolitan Line train from King’s Cross St Pancras changing at Amersham. Buy Off-Peak Day Return from Amersham to Wendover.
7 to 8 mile linear walk through beautiful countryside amongst rolling Chilterns hills, ending at Wendover Station. No shorter option. Hilly in places and some sections muddy after heavy rain. Lunch stop at The Lee – pretty village used in “Midsomer Murder” filming. Bring lunch or pub food available. Details: 07973 747 454. Leader: Nigel King
Monday 16th April, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
That magic lantern : Dickens and London, by Tony Williams. In this illustrated talk Tony Williams will explore some of the ways in which this greatest writer of the city found his inspiration in the metropolis. “London”, Dickens wrote to fellow-novelist Edward Bulwer Lytton in February 1851, “is a vile place”. He also acknowledged how important it was to his creative processes. On 30th August 1846 he wrote to his friend John Forster about the difficulties he was experiencing with his writing of Dombey and Son, “in the absence of streets … A day in London sets me up again and starts me. But the toil and labour of writing day after day, without that magic lantern is IMMENSE!!” ((Joint meeting with the Edmonton Hundred Historical Society.)
Thursday 19 April.
Footpath walk: Ash Valley. Meet 10.30 St Margaret’s Station. Either 09.44 London Overground train from Southbury Station, changing at Cheshunt for 10.09 Greater Anglia train, or by direct 09.55 Greater Anglia Hertford East train from Tottenham Hale Station, which also stops at intermediate stations.
6.5 to 7 mile circular walk in conservation countryside via Wareside village (lunch stop and option to end by returning to Ware by bus). Bring lunch or pub food available. Contact on day of walk ONLY: 07946 729 053. Leaders: Vanessa & Margaret
Saturday 21st April, St. Paul’s Church, Church Hill, Winchmore Hill, N21 1JA, 7.30pm
Southgate Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert. Beethoven Violin Concerto, Brahms Serenade No.1 in D. Conductor: Andrew Brown, Soloist: Award-winning Scottish violinist Michael Foyle.
Tickets: Adult £14.00 Concession: £12. Call 020 8363 9029 to check booking. Advance tickets for members of the Enfield Over 50s Forum £10. Call Monty Meth 020 8882 1303.
Tuesday 24 April.
Trent Park Stroll. For tea/coffee before the walk, meet 10.00 onwards at Church House Café in Chalk Lane (opposite Cockfosters Station). If not, be at Cockfosters Station for start at 11.00. NOTE: should this mainly voluntary staffed café be closed, then meet at Miracles café in nearby shop parade.
2 to 2.5 mile circular walk in Trent Park with comments on the landscape and geology and perhaps seeing some bluebells in the woods. Please respect Norman’s pace during this gentle relaxed stroll. Contact on day of walk ONLY: 07984 813 636. Leader: Norman Coles
Tuesday 24th April, 10:00 for 10:30, Jubilee Hall
The Enfield Brewery, by Rahul Mulchandani. Enfield Brewery is an independent brewery established in Edmonton in 2016, making the Enefeld range of craft beers and lagers using ingredients sourced only from within England. Rahul will talk about the challenges and successes in setting up this great new local enterprise – and why the beer is called Enefeld! There will be a free tasting after the talk.
Saturday 28 April.
Footpath walk: River Great Ouse Valley. Meet 10.23 Huntingdon Station (09.28 Great Northern Peterborough train from Finsbury Park mainline station – does NOT stop at Potters Bar). Buy Super Off-Peak Day return from Boundary Zone 6 to Huntingdon. Car drivers can either park at Huntingdon Station (OS Grid Ref TL233716) or at the Clock Tower in Houghton Village (OS Ref TL282722).
Roy will catch a bus from station to Hartford Marina and then walk into Houghton Village (arriving about 11.15-11.30 at Clock Tower).
About 7.5 mile circular walk following the Ouse into St Ives town for lunch stop. River meadows and the pretty villages of Hemingford Abbotts and Grey. Option to return by bus from St Ives to Huntingdon. Details: or(020) 8360 0282. Leader: Roy Nicholls
Wednesday 2 May.
Discovery Walk: Old Walthamstow with visits to William Morris Gallery and Vestry House Museum. Meet 10.30 Walthamstow Central Station (near Victoria Line entrance foyer).
About 3 mile circular walk in this historic London village with visits to these interesting museums. Full route ends mid-afternoon after lunch stop near the Vestry House (nearby cafes etc) but can be ended earlier as Walthamstow station only 10-15 mins away at all times. Contact on day of walk ONLY: 07946 729 053. Leaders: Vanessa & Margaret
Bank Holiday Monday 7 May.
Footpath walk: Chilterns. Meet 10.31 Chorleywood Station ticket office entrance. Either 09.26 Metropolitan Line train from King’s Cross St Pancras or 09.57 Chiltern Railways Aylesbury train from London Marylebone Station.
8 to 8.5 mile linear walk in attractive countryside with good views via Chalfont St Giles village (used in “Dad’s Army” filming) for lunch stop, ending at Amersham Station. No shorter option. Hilly in places. Bring lunch or food available. Contact on day of walk ONLY: 07490 480 251 (no voicemail facility). Leader: Stuart Mills
Friday 11th May, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
The Roman dead and the sarcophagus from Harper Road, Southwark by Ireneo Grosso – Site Supervisor, Pre-Construct Archaeology Ltd. [EAS]
Saturday 12 May.
Footpath walk: North Downs. Meet 10.33 Guildford Station (10.00 South Western Railway Portsmouth via Woking train from Waterloo mainline station – does NOT stop at Vauxhall).
On a substantially different route and, hopefully, without the incessant rain encountered last year, a 7.5 to 8 mile circular walk with good views via Albury (lunch stop) in the Tilling Bourne Valley. Hilly in places. Option to return to start by bus from Albury. Bring lunch or pub food available. Details: (020) 8882 3602 or 07534 433 578. Leader: Martin Langer
Wednesday 16th May, 7.45 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
Copped Hall: the restoration of a Georgian mansion by Vic Knope. [EHHS]
Thursday 17 May.
Footpath walk: Knole House and Park. Meet 10.51 Sevenoaks Station (10.15 Southeastern Hastings train from Charing Cross or at 10.23 from London Bridge mainline stations).
A circular walk based upon the ancient parkland of Knole Park (National Trust) and surrounding countryside. Bring lunch or food available from the N.T. café. In afternoon option to either view the house or join a walk. Admission charge to house show-rooms for those who are not N.T. members. If walking AM and PM, then about 7.5 miles in total. Details: 07973 747 454. Leader: Nigel King
Sunday 20th May
Enfield Market Charter Fayre, arranged by the Old Enfield Charitable Trust in association with the Enfield Town Residents’ Association.
As well as featuring a varied ensemble of musical artists performing on the bandstand, this will also encompass craft stalls, art and photographic exhibitions, poetry recitals from local creative talents, a well-being area and a children’s grass area in St Andrews Church featuring pony rides, face painting, story telling and the like. A varied selection of food and drink will be available throughout the day.
Monday 21st May, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
The secret listeners of Trent Park by Helen Fry. (As many people were unable to get into Jubilee Hall on 27th June 2017 this talk is being repeated as part of the evening programme.) During WWII British Intelligence bugged the conversations of over 10,000 German prisoners of war at three clandestine stately houses. Trent Park was reserved for Hitler’s Generals and in an astonishing turn of events, they were housed there in luxurious conditions which turned out to be one of the greatest deceptions of the wartime. Lulled into a false sense of security, the Generals relaxed and became unguarded in their conversations. They inadvertently began to reveal some of Hitler’s most closely guarded secrets. For over 60 years the secret listeners never spoke about their work, not even to their families. They died, little knowing that they, alongside Bletchley Park, shortened the war by up to 4 years. Having worked through the declassified files, historian Dr Helen Fry sheds light on one of the little-known, but greatest deception of WWII.
Wednesday 23 May.
Discovery Quiz in Covent Garden area. Something for everybody including family groups.
Meet 10.30 at the main front entrance to St Martin-in-the-Fields overlooking Trafalgar Square (about 5 mins from Leicester Square (Piccadilly & Northern Lines).
This fun event should last no more than about 2.75 hours and through observation will give you the chance to find places/objects of variety and interest. Walking is limited, so may be time to visit some building en-route or even have a coffee.
Please do not cheat by using the internet!
The party will be divided into smaller groups with a “quiz master”, returning to the start for answers and perhaps lunch in the Crypt café. Coordinator: Mick Spinks
Bank Holiday Monday 28 May.
Footpath walk: Contrasts. Meet 10.30 Westferry Station (DLR).
A varied 6 to 7 mile linear walk via some modern developments, including Canary Wharf (for toilets), Heron and South Quays, which contrast with older parts of the Isle of Dogs and on to Greenwich for lunch. Bring lunch or food available. In afternoon John visits Greenwich Park and Blackheath Common, ending at the nearby station for return to London Bridge or Waterloo. Shorter options. Details: 07904 193 098. Leader: John West
Tuesday 29th May, 10.00 for 10.30, Jubilee Hall
London recorded by camera: street photography in the East End, by Stefan Dickers, Special Collections and Archives Manager at the Bishopsgate Institute. The East End of London has played a central role in the development of photography and the social conditions of the area and its people have fascinated generations of photographers in their work. This talk will explore the development of street photography from the 1850s, when fledgling photographers attempted to catch the flourishing docks and shipyards of the Isle of Dogs, to the work of their contemporary counterparts, using the extensive collections on London History held at the Bishopsgate Institute.
Friday 1st June, 2pm
Visit to Theobalds Farmhouse Garden, Crews Hill. A private tour of this organic prize winning garden, including tea and cake. £13 per person. Click here for details, but the visit is now fully booked and no more places are available.
Saturday 2 June.
Footpath walk: Langdon Hills, Essex, and nature reserves. Meet 10.49 Laindon Station. Either travel with Dave on 09.22 train from Enfield Town to Liverpool Street mainline station (arriving 09.55 at platform 2) from where he intends to catch 10.13 c2c Shoeburyness train from Platform 18. Travelcard/ Freedom Pass boundary is Upminster. Note: in event of Crossrail works affecting services, then Dave will take group to Fenchurch Street Station for Shoeburyness train.
A hilly 6 mile circular walk over the Langdon Hills and Westerly Heights via Plotlands, Lincewood, Willow Park and Marks Hill Nature Reserves (coffee/toilet break at Essex Wildlife Centre). Bring lunch or pub food available at Langdon Hills Country Park. Details: (020) 8366 2242 or 07948 204 025. Leader: Dave Cockle
Wednesday 6th – Saturday 9th June, 7.30pm (Sat Matinee 2.30pm), Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar
Die Fledermaus. Southgate Opera presents Johann Strauss’s much loved comic operetta. Box Office 01707 645005.
Friday 8th June, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
The Enfield Archaeological Society Presidential Address by Harvey Sheldon [EAS]
Thursday 14th June, 7.30 for 8 pm, Jubilee Hall
Annual General Meeting of The Enfield Society. A formal notice of the meeting will be enclosed with the Summer newsletter.
The meeting will be followed by a talk by Richard Knox-Johnston, chairman of the London Green Belt Council, on the many current threats to London’s Green Belt and what should be a much more positive future. Refreshments will be served between the formal meeting and the talk.
Tuesday 26th June, 10.00 for 10.30, Jubilee Hall
The forgotten and untold history of Ponders End from 1935 to 1950, by Colin Francis. Colin Francis is undertaking archival and oral history research into the lives and experiences of people living in the Ponders End area of Enfield pre, during and after the Second World War. The focus of this talk will be on developments between 1935 and 1950. Colin is gathering untold and forgotten stories of Ponders End together to add to the stories of people from other parts of the Borough. The project has an intergenerational theme enabling people of different age groups from this culturally diverse area to work together.
Friday 6th July, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
The Geoffrey Gillam Memorial Lecture. Geoffrey of Monmouth’s London: from New Troy to Lud’s Town by John Clark. (Joint meeting of Enfield Archaeological Society and Edmonton Hundred Historical Society.) [EAS][EHHS]
Friday 7th September, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
Exploring the material culture of Roman London by Michael Marshall, Senior Finds Specialist (Prehistoric and Roman), MOLA.[EAS]
Wednesday 19th September, 7.45 for 8pm
Meeting of the Edmonton Hundred Historical Society, subject to be confirmed later.[EHHS]
Monday 24th September, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
Intimate memories. An illustrated talk by Geoff Bowden on the history of the Intimate Theatre, Palmers Green, since it was established as a professional plyhouse in 1935 under the guidance of John Clements. Among the stars who have appeared there are Richard Attenborough, Roger Moore, June Whitfield, Nicholas Parsons, Arthur Lowe, David Bowie, Patricia Hayes, Penelope Keith, Richard Todd, Noele Gordon, Tony Blackburn, Anthony Hopkins, Kenneth Williams, Tyrone Power, Bob Hoskins, Charlie Chester, Stephen Fry, Cleo Lane, Jessie Matthews and June Bronhill.
Geoff has also written a fascinating illustrated book on the various fortunes of the theatre and its performers.
Tuesday 25th September, 10.00 for 10.30, Jubilee Hall
Memories of Chase Farm. Part 1: The Schools by Frank Bayford. Frank Bayford was Pharmacist at Chase Farm Hospital before retiring. In this talk Frank will describe how schools came to be established in the early days at the Chase Farm site and how the children were looked after. The talk will include anecdotes and reminiscences of people involved with the schools. Frank will talk about the schools in the first half of the talk and follow this with photographs.
Friday 12th October, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
Bugging the Nazis in WW2: Trent Park’s secret history by Dr Helen Fry, Historian. [EAS]
Monday 15th October, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
The Bloomsbury Group. This illustrated talk by Janet McQueen will explore the lives, loves and humour of a group of artists, writers and intellectuals who gathered at the Bloomsbury home in London of Thoby Stephen in the early 20th century. They included Vanessa and Clive Bell, Roger Fry, Duncan Grant, Virginia and Leonard Woolf, Lytton Strachey, David Garnett, Desmond and Molly MacCarthy, Maynard and Lydia Keynes and E. M. Forster.
The home of Vanessa and Clive Bell and Duncan Grant at Charleston, and Monk’s House, where Virginia and Leonard Woolf lived, were visited on an Enfield Society coach outing in 2014.
Tuesday 30th October, 10.00 for 10.30, Jubilee Hall
The Golden Road to Samarkand, an illustrated talk by Stephen Gilburt. In the 7th century central Asia was conquered by Arabs and the people converted to Islam. In the late 14th century the area was ruled by Tamurlaine. By the late 16th century there were several independent Muslim Khanates. Cities such as Khiva, Bukara and Samarkand still had palaces, mosques with minarets, madrassas (Koranic teaching schools), bazaars and caravanserai (inns where merchants could stay while travelling on the Silk Road between China and eastern Mediterranean ports). These cities grew rich on the manufacture and trade in cotton and silk cloth, carpets, ceramics, artifacts made from metal and wood, and jewelery, which were transported in camel caravans along the Silk Road. Central Asia was conquered by Russia in the 19th century and since 1991 has been split up into independent republics such as Uzbekistan.
Saturday 3rd November, Jubilee Hall
WWI in the Edmonton Hundred. EHHS day conference. [EHHS]
Friday 9th November, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
Walbrook Mithras Temple reconstruction by Sophie Jackson, Director of Research and Engagement, MOLA. [EAS]
Monday 19th November, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
Markets, fairs and festivals of Enfield. This illustrated talk by Joe Studman will include the history of the markets and festivals we still enjoy today. We will also discover the “Enfield Bonfire boys”, “The Cheese Fair” and how Enfield drew thousands to its pageants and marts.
For more information see pages 6-7 of Enfield Society News no. 210, Summer 2018 - publication date 15th May 2018.
Wednesday 21st November, 2.30pm, Jubilee Hall
They came in their millions: the forest excursionists by Dr Chris Pond. [EHHS]
Tuesday 27th November, 10.00 for 10.30, Jubilee Hall
Finding Enfield’s fallen by Martin Lambert. It is 100 years since the end of the Great War and yet there still more clues to our past that history is giving up. Martin Lambert is a battlefield tour guide and has researched many of Enfield’s war dead. In this talk Martin will tell us how we can look deeper into the information we have on our war dead and show us how we can learn about our own relations.
Tuesday 11th December, 10.00 for 10.30, Jubilee Hall
Dickens and Christmas by Dr Tony Williams, plus post-talk quiz and mince pies.
Christmas figures in Dickens’s works all through his career, from ‘Sketches by Boz’ and ‘Pickwick Papers’ to ‘Great Expectations’ and ‘Edwin Drood’. It is, nevertheless, ‘A Christmas Carol’ which helped to establish Dickens’s position as the pre-eminent writer about Christmas from 1843 onwards and which has a very powerful imaginative hold on us and a special place in our culture. He followed the Carol with a short series of other Christmas Books and Christmas Stories and was well aware of the special status he had at Christmas.
Dr Tony Williams is Past President of the International Dickens Fellowship and Associate Editor of the Fellowship’s journal, The Dickensian. He is a frequent speaker on Dickens in this country and overseas. In this talk he will explore Dickens’s reputation as a continuing central part of our Christmas festivities.
Wednesday 19th December, 7.45 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
Christmas traditions by Howard Whisker. Wine and nibbles will be served.[EHHS]
Tuesday 29th January, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
My 39 years at Covent Garden Opera House, by Georgie Perrot.
Tuesday 26th February, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
The history of quilling by Judith and Christine Hughes. Quilling is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. Judith and Christine will describe the history of quilling from when paper was first invented through to the modern day. They will talk about some of the famous people who have been involved in this art form and show examples of quilling that they have produced. There will be an opportunity to buy items they have made.


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