The Enfield Society

Diary of events from June 2017 onwards

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2nd Wednesday of each month, 12.30-1.00pm, St Mary Magdalene Church, Windmill Hill
Lunchtime music recital
Until 7 January 2018, Dugdale Centre.
Terrific Toys: made and played in Enfield: exhibition at Enfield Museum.
Tuesday 6 June
Woodland Walk. Meet 10.33 Bayford Station (10.20 train from Enfield Chase). Car drivers can meet group at 10.45 near Farmer’s Boy in Brickendon Green, but please park considerately and NOT in pub car park.
About 7.5 mile circular walk via the constantly changing woodland scenes of Cowheath, Broxbourne, Pembridge and Bencroft Woods. Might be muddy in places. No shorter option. Bring lunch or pub food probably available. Leader: Mick Spinks
Thursday 8th – Saturday 10th June, 7.30pm, Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar.
Macbeth: Verdi’s opera based on the play by Shakespeare. Box Office 01707 645005.
Thursday 8th June, 19:30 for 20:00, Jubilee Hall
Annual General Meeting of The Enfield Society, followed by a talk on An architectural history of Trent Park Mansion, by Natasha Brown, a Chartered Architect who has worked on many Grade I and Grade II* Listed buildings, and who is advising Berkeley Homes as a conservation consultant on Trent Park.
Friday 9th June, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall.
Liquid assets: interpreting the prehistoric finds from the Thames, by Jon Cotton, EAS Vice-President. [EAS] Monday 12th to Sunday 18th June, 10am to 4pm daily, in the stable off the cafe courtyard at Myddelton House Gardens. Jill’s botanicals: an exhibition of watercolours of plants and flowers in botanical detail, by Jill Kidger. Works and greeting cards for sale. All proceeds will go to projects in Myddelton House Gardens.
Saturday 10 June
North London viewpoints. Meet 14.30 at The Gate P.H., Barnet Road, Arkley (near junction with Hendon Wood Lane). Current 107 bus schedule is every 15 mins and takes 12 mins from Barnet Church to pub.
About 3 hour linear walk through Green Belt countryside and Mill Hill Village, ending at Totteridge Village. Shorter option. Details: or (020) 8360 0282. Leader: Roy Nicholls
Monday 12th to Sunday 18th June, 10am to 4pm daily, in the stable off the cafe courtyard at Myddelton House Gardens.
Jill’s botanicals: an exhibition of watercolours of plants and flowers in botanical detail, by Jill Kidger. Works and greeting cards for sale. All proceeds will go to projects in Myddelton House Gardens.
Thursday 15 June
Discovery Walk: Morden Hall Park. Meet 11.00 Colliers Wood Station (Northern Line). Route follows the River Wandle via sites of medieval industry to enter this 125 acre National Trust green oasis for lunch. Bring lunch or food available.
After an extended lunch stop, you have option of a short guided walk in the parkland and wetland areas. Otherwise, and independently of the group, you can spend more time in the outstanding rose garden, snuff mill, Victorian stable yard, garden centre etc. For both options, you return from nearby Morden Station (Northern Line). Maximum mileage for today is 4.5 to 5 miles. Contact on day of walk ONLY: 07946 729 053. Leaders: Vanessa & Margaret
Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th June
Open Squares Weekend, organised by London Parks & Gardens Trust. Over 230 private, secret and little known gardens and squares, most not normally open to the public, can be visited in 27 London boroughs. Tickets (£13 in advance, £15 on the day) allow an unlimited number of visits on both days and include a colour guidebook. See for details.
Monday 19 June
Epping Forest Stroll. For tea/coffee before start, meet 10.15 onwards at Café Delice, 141 Station Road, Chingford (about 100 yards from bus/train stations). If not, be at bus station by 11.00. Current 313 bus schedule shows 20 mins frequency and about 30 mins journey time from Enfield Town.
About 2 to 2.5 mile circular walk on the edge of Epping Forest with comments on the landscape and geology. Please respect Norman’s pace during this gentle relaxed stroll. Contact on day of walk ONLY: 07984 813 636. Leader: Norman Coles
Tuesday 20th June at 7.15pm
Summer evening visit to Cattlegate Farm, Crews Hill. The Williams family have kindly agreed for The Enfield Society to visit their farm at Cattlegate Road, EN2 8AU on Tuesday 20th June at 19:15hrs for a couple of hours.
The visit will specifically look at two “Green” businesses which have been set up on the farm: The visit will be restricted to fifteen places for health and safety reasons and a maximum of two tickets per applicant.
To obtain free tickets for the visit please send an email message to or leave a message on the Jubilee Hall voicemail service at (020) 8363 9495. This event is now fully booked, but you can contact us if you would like to be put on the waiting list for any cancelled places.
Saturday 24 June
Mole Valley. Meet 10.35 Leatherhead Station (09.54 South West Trains Dorking train from Waterloo mainline station or at 09.58 from Vauxhall Station). NOTE: buy Off-Peak Day Return from Boundary Zone 6 to Dorking (or Box Hill & Westhumble if ending at lunch).
About 7 to 8 mile linear walk in scenic countryside following the River Mole as it cuts through the North Downs near Box Hill, ending at Dorking Station. Option to end after about 4.5 miles at Westhumble lunch break. Bring lunch or pub food available. Details: 07973 747 454. Leader: Nigel King
Tuesday 27th June, 10:00 for 10:30, Jubilee Hall
The secret listeners of Trent Park, by Helen Fry.
Bugging the Nazis in WW2: a very secret war: During WW2, 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 and 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 give some of Hitler’s most closely guarded secrets, including discussions about V1 (‘doodlebug’), V2 and atomic bomb programme. For over 60 years the secret listeners (German-Jewish émigrés who had fled Hitler) who bugged the conversations, 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 deceptions of WW2.
About Helen Fry: Historian Dr Helen Fry has written numerous books on the Second World War with particular reference to the 10,000 Germans who fought for Britain, and also British Intelligence and espionage. Her book The M Room: Secret Listeners who Bugged the Nazis has been optioned for feature film, and was the subject of the Channel 4 documentary Spying on Hitler’s Army. Helen has appeared in numerous TV documentaries and in live interviews with Huw Edwards in Normandy for the BBC’s coverage of the 70th anniversary of D-Day. She has written over 20 books, including Spymaster: the secret Life of Kendrick; Freuds’ War; From Dachau to D-Day; and Churchill’s German army. Her new research is focusing on espionage, WW2 and the Cold War.
Tuesday 27th June, 11:30, Barclays Bank, Enfield Town
Cash machine anniversary. Enfield Council and Barclays Bank PLC will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the world’s first cash machine. The Council have asked St. Anne’s Catholic Girls School to sing – they have a wonderful gospel choir – and the bank will providing some entertainment, cakes and coffee. Enfield Society members and volunteers who are interested in the heritage of Enfield Town may like to attend, or at least pass by.
Wednesday 28 June
Back to the Romans. Meet 10.20 Broxbourne Station. Either 09.44 London Overground train from Southbury Station, changing at Cheshunt for 10.09 Greater Anglia Hertford East train, or by direct train from Tottenham Hale at 09.55 which also stops at intermediate stations.
About 8.75 mile circular walk from the New River to Ermine Street via parkland, farmland, Haileybury College, nature reserves and ancient woodland. Possibility of ending at Hertford Heath lunch stop. Bring lunch or pub food probably available. Contact on day of walk ONLY: 07490 480 251. Leader: Stuart Mills
Wednesday 28th June. 7 for 7.30pm at Bruce Castle Museum, Lordship Lane, Tottenham N17 8NU.
Howards & Sons Ltd: from quinine to aspirins, the history of the Howard pharmaceutical company 1797 to 1961, by Richard Morris. (Joint meeting with Friends of Bruce Castle.) [EHHS]
Thursday 29th June
Heritage walk: Enfield Town. To obtain free tickets for this evening walk, please send your contact details, including your telephone number and a stamped addressed envelope, to Enfield Town Heritage Walk, Jubilee Hall, 2 Parsonage Lane, Enfield EN2 0AJ, stating how many tickets you would like (maximum 4) or send an email to and the tickets will be sent to you by email.
Monday 3 July
Discovery Walk: Kensington & Holland Park. Meet 10.35 Queensway Station (Central Line). About 3 hour linear walk ending at Holland Park Station via Kensington Gardens and Palace, Royal Kensington, Campden Hill and the Japanese Garden in Holland Park. Shorter options. There may be the possibility of visiting the ex-Derry & Toms roof garden. Contact on day of walk ONLY: 07931 963 086. Leader: Monica Smith
Friday 7th July, 8pm, Jubilee Hall
Archaeology up at the Mill (Digs at Upminster Windmill 2016), by Les Capon. (Geoffrey Gillam Memorial Lecture. EHHS/EAS joint meeting.) [EHHS] [EAS]
Saturday 8th July, 10.00 onwards, Winchmore Hill Green
N21 Festival Fancy Fair 2017. See for details.
Saturday 8 July
Thames Estuary Path (Part 3). Meet 10.27 Pitsea Station. Either join Dave on 08.52 train from Enfield Town, or meet him at Liverpool Street mainline station for 09.43 c2c Shoeburyness train. If Crossrail works occur, Dave will take group to Fenchurch Street Station to catch 10.02 Shoeburyness train, arriving 10.41 at Pitsea. NOTE: buy Super Off-Peak Day Return from Upminster to Leigh-on-Sea (or Benfleet if ending at lunch).
8 mile linear walk with a mix of marshes, country parks, river scenes and wide open spaces, ending at Leigh-on-Sea Station, from where the quaint old fishing village of Leigh is only 5 mins walk away. Bring lunch or food available. Details: (020) 8366 2242 or 07948 204 025. Leader: Dave Cockle
Thursday 13 July
Over the Heath. Meet 10.35 Archway Station. Either Northern Line from High Barnet or Euston or about 17 mins by 210 bus from Finsbury Park Station (Wells Terrace bus station). About 6 mile linear walk via Highgate Village and Hampstead Heath, ending at a convenient point for return travel. Shorter options, including from lunch stop at Kenwood House (café or bring lunch). Details: 07973 747 454. Leader: Nigel King
Saturday 15th July, 6.30pm St Andrew’s Church, Market Place, Enfield Town.
Organ recital. Admission free – donation to Church Fabric Fund.
Tuesday 18 July
Discovery Walk: Notting Hill. Meet 10.40 Notting Hill Gate Station (Central Line). 2.5 to 3 hour linear walk through parts of an increasingly affluent, yet cosmopolitan area, with architectural contrasts and of course Portobello market. Shorter option. Details: or (020) 8360 0282. Leader: Roy Nicholls
Saturday 22 July
North Downs. Meet 10.23 Guildford Station (09.45 South West Trains Haslemere & Portsmouth via Woking train from Waterloo mainline station or at 09.52 from Vauxhall Station).
About 7.5 to 8 mile circular walk in attractive countryside 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 Lunger
Wednesday 26 July
Summer in the Forest. Meet 10.45 Theydon Bois Station (Central Line – about 33 mins from Liverpool Street).
8.5 mile linear walk through the northern part of the Forest and via Copped Hall Park, Woodredon Estate and the Green Ride, ending at Chingford bus/rail stations. A mix of woodland and open spaces with some rough tracks. No shorter options. Bring lunch or food available. Details: 07904 193 098. Leader: John West
Thursday 3 August
Discovery Walk: Enfield’s Waterways & Industrial Past. Meet 10.15 on eastern side of Brimsdown Station level crossing. Either 191 or 307 buses from Enfield Town, or 09.55 Greater Anglia Hertford East train from Tottenham Hale.
2.5 to 3 hour linear walk with industrial history, open spaces, waterways and new footpaths. Then across Rammey Marsh to enter Lee Country Park and end at Cheshunt Station. Shorter options. Details: (020) 8366 2242 or 07948 204 025. Leader: Dave Cockle
Tuesday 8 August
Discovery Walk: Monuments and Gardens (Part 2). Meet 10.40 Westminster Station (Jubilee line from Green Park or Circle Line from Liverpool Street). Linear walk viewing more Central London statues and monuments and, with this being summer, those located in both public and limited access gardens (such as Inner Temple), probably ending in The City. Shorter options. Bring lunch or food available. Contact on day of walk ONLY: 07506 334 019. Leader: Peter Mackey
Saturday 12 August
Royal Thames. Meet 10.42 Hampton Court Station (10.06 South West Trains Hampton Court train from Waterloo mainline station or at 10.10 from Vauxhall). A varied 7 mile linear walk with wildlife and royal connections via Hampton Court Park, The Thames Path and Teddington Weir, ending at Teddington Station. Option to end at lunch stop in Kingston town centre. Details: 07904 193 098. Leader: John West
Thursday 17 August
Hadley Common, Trent Park and Merryhills Way. Meet 10.30 outside Waitrose in The Spires shopping centre off High Street, High Barnet – allow 10 mins walk from 307 bus stop near Barnet Church (about 30 mins by 307 from Enfield Town).
6 to 7 mile linear walk via Monken Hadley Common and Hadley Woods with lunch stop in Cockfosters (Church House Café in Chalk Lane or nearby Miracles café). Then Trent Park and Merryhills Way to end on bus route near Jolly Farmers, Enfield Road. Shorter options. Contact on day of walk ONLY: 07946 729 053. Leaders: Margaret & Vanessa
Tuesday 22 August
Mid-Herts. Meet 10.44 Watton-at-Stone Station (10.20 train from Enfield Chase) for about 7.5 mile circular walk in attractive countryside with a mix of both woodland paths and Woodhall Estate farmland. Lunch stop in Tewin. Bring lunch or food available (pub or village shop/café). No shorter option. Leader: Mick Spinks
Bank Holiday Mon 28 August
Chilterns. Details in next newsletter. Leader: Stuart Mills
Friday 8th September, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall.
Forty Hall: hidden secrets – archaeological monitoring of refurbishment work 2012-14, by Neil Pinchbeck, EAS [EAS]
Tuesday 12th September, 8pm, Jubilee Hall.
German kings and the Holy Roman Empire – a talk by Robin Blades, followed by light refreshments and the Branch AGM. [HA]
Monday 18th September, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee HaLL
A palace on the hill: a story of many parts. An illustrated talk by Dr Jim Lewis on the history of Alexandra Palace.
Wednesday 20th September, 7.45 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall.
Chase Farm Schools Part 2 – hospital, by Frank Bayford. [EHHS]
Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th September, Town Park
Enfield Town and Country Show We need assistance in both setting up and taking down the stand and people prepared to undertake a two hour session on the stand engaging with visitors wishing to purchase Society publications and membership. If you would be interested in helping, please contact Bob Fowler – TES Publicity by telephone on (020) 8363 5732, or email
Saturday 23rd September, 2pm.
Visit to Enfield Court (Enfield Grammar Lower School). Details will be provided later.
Tuesday 26th September, 10:00 for 10:30, Jubilee Hall
The forgotten houses of Tottenham, by Valerie Crosby.
In this talk Valerie Crosby, Archives Assistant at Haringey Archives and life-long resident of Tottenham, will trace the history of some of the long-lost, splendid houses that once stood in Tottenham’s former rural landscape. Valerie will illustrate her talk using photographs and paintings from the historical collections held at Bruce Castle.
Friday 13th October, 19:30 for 20:00, Jubilee Hall
Medieval kremlins and monasteries on Russia’s Golden Ring, by Stephen Gilburt.
Several well-preserved historic towns, often with fortified enclosures (kremlins), to the north and east of Moscow, such as Vladimir and Suzdal, have been important in the history of Russia, particularly between the 12th and 16th centuries, before the rise of Moscow to pre-eminence. Many of the monasteries and churches have fine stone carvings, icons and wall paintings. After neglect and desecration during the Soviet period, 1917-91, they have now been restored and re-opened for worship. (Joint meeting with Enfield Archaeological Society.)
Tuesday 31st October, 10:00 for 10:30, Jubilee Hall
Healthy eating – a different view, by Philip Ridley, Director, Weston A. Price Foundation.
Philip will discuss the principles of healthy traditional diets identified in the pioneering work of Dr Weston A. Price. The talk will include slides from Dr Price’s travels around the globe during the early 20th century. Dr Price’s conclusions about diet were based upon his first-hand experience of the food choices and food preparation techniques of healthy non-industrialized peoples from around the world and his work continues to radically challenge the established orthodoxy.
Monday 20th November, 19:30 for 20:00, Jubilee Hall
River Lea or Lee from Luton to Leyton, by Richard Thomas.
A journey from the source of the river at Luton to Old Ford lock in London, with various digressions en route. The talk covers the history and development of the Lee Navigation with modern photographs and contrasting early 20th century postcards. That section of the river which flows through eastern Enfield and Edmonton will be covered in more detail.
Tuesday 28th November, 10:00 for 10:30, Jubilee Hall
Urban orchards and edible landscapes, by Jo Homan. Jo works with the Urban Orchard Project and with Edible Landscapes London (ELL), based at Finsbury Park. ELL trains volunteers to propagate plants which are then given away to community food growing projects. The Urban Orchard project works with communities to plant, manage, restore and harvest orchards in urban areas. Jo will talk about her work organising and running training sessions for volunteers for both these projects and recent successes in creating “ lush cities across the United Kingdom swathed in fruit and nut trees”.
Tuesday 12th December, 10:00 for 10:30, Jubilee Hall
A brief history of pantomime, by Marlene McAndrew. From the Greek pantomimi through to Marie Lloyd, panto horses, cows and geese, ’orrible pies in ’orrible kitchens, all-join-ins and “He’s behind you!” – a lively look at the origins and development of Britain’s best-loved entertainment.
Tuesday 30th January, 10:00 for 10:30, Jubilee Hall
Dabs & DNA catch criminals, by Chris Truran. Chris joined the Metropolitan Police in 1975 and worked as a Scenes of Crimes Officer (SOCO), working in central, north and north west London for over 38 years. During his career Chris examined over 25,000 crime scenes ranging from shop-lifting to murder. When he first started examining crime scenes DNA was in its embryonic stage. This talk will cover the development of fingerprint evidence from the first burglar being arrested using fingerprints to the development and use of DNA in 1984 and will include the Stephen Lawrence, James Hanratty and Brighton Bombing cases. The talk includes 2 short videos.
Tuesday 27th February, 10:00 for 10:30, Jubilee Hall
Iceland – a circular tour, by Anne and John Wallington. In this talk Anne and John will show slides of some of the sites and the scenery of the interior plus some of the flora and fauna of this fascinating volcanic island that is characterised by sand and lava fields, mountains and glaciers.
Tuesday 27th March, 10:00 for 10:30, Jubilee Hall
Albertropolis, by Stuart Harvey. Stuart Harvey presents another of his illustrated talks this time visiting the origins of the Science and Arts park in SW7 and some of the people associated with this area, including Sir Francis Galton, Bruce Bainsfather and Sir Henry Cole.
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.


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