The Enfield Society

Diary of events from December 2017 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
Until 7 January 2018, Dugdale Centre.
Terrific Toys: made and played in Enfield: exhibition at Enfield Museum.
Wednesday 6 December
Footpath walk: Hertfordshire Border. Meet 10.05 Crews Hill Station (10.00 train from Enfield Chase). About 7 mile linear walk (which could be muddy in places) via tracks, field paths and Northaw Village (lunch), ending at Potters Bar Station. Bring lunch or pub food available. Shorter option by use of 242 bus. Contact on day of walk ONLY: 07946 729 053. Leaders: Vanessa & Margaret
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 12 December
Footpath walk: North-east from Bayford. Meet 09.59 Bayford Station (09.46 train from Enfield Chase). Car drivers can meet group at 10.15 near Farmer’s Boy in Brickendon Green – please park considerately and NOT in pub car park.
7.5 to 8 mile circular walk on tracks, minor lanes and some field paths through pleasant countryside and nature reserves. Lunch stop in Hertford Heath (bring lunch or pub food available) from where possible shorter option by using bus to either Broxbourne or Hertford Town (but NOT back to Bayford). Leader: Mick Spinks
Saturday 16 December
Footpath walk: Christmas themes in St Albans. Meet 10.30 St Albans City Station. Either by Thameslink trains at 09.54 or 10.04 from St Pancras International Station (platform B). Check for engineering works. Or by 84 bus from Potters Bar Station at 09.25 or 09.39. NOTE: car parking difficult at/ near station.
A day of contrasts. In the morning a semi-rural and parkland walk of about 3.75 miles.
After lunch, the group returns to the Cathedral area because, apart from Christmas lights in the City centre, St Albans has two special events which you will have the opportunity to visit independently. The Cathedral grounds have a large colourful festive Christmas market with a wide range of stalls for that last minute gift! The Cathedral itself has “Carols on the Hour” – each carol service is about 30 mins (last one at 16.00) and are led by the Cathedral Choir and local choirs. They are very popular and, with about 1000 attendees at each service, an amazing atmosphere is created in this magnificent building as everyone is encouraged to join the singing.
Note: It is 10 mins walk from the Cathedral to the City centre from where frequent buses to City Station depart and the 84 bus starts. Bring lunch or food available. Contact on day of walk ONLY: 07490 480 251 (no voicemail facility). Leader: Stuart Mills
Thursday 28 December
Footpath walk: Hertfordshire River Valleys. 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 train from Tottenham Hale, which also stops at intermediate stations.
NOTE: Check for engineering works - Greater Anglia may be subject to a temporary timetable over this holiday period.
About 6.5 mile linear walk with attractive river scenes via Ware (lunch stop) and ending at Hertford. Bring lunch or food available. Details: 07973 747 454. Leader: Nigel King
Thursday 4 January
Discovery Walk: River Thames and Chelsea Harbour. Meet 10.40 Westminster Station (Jubilee Line from Green Park or Circle Line from Liverpool Street).
About 3 hour linear walk via Chelsea with an attractive mix of gardens, historic buildings, River Thames and the modern development of Chelsea Harbour. Route ends at Imperial Wharf Station (London Overground) from where there are optional lunch facilities, including at a large supermarket café about 400 yards further along the river terrace. Shorter options. Contact on day of walk ONLY: 07506 334 019. Leader: Peter Mackey
Tuesday 9th January 2018, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
Jeremy Bentham – philosopher, reformer, radical by Dr Louise Seaward (University College, London) [HA]
Wednesday 10 January
Footpath walk: Panshanger Estate/Hertford. Depart at 10.15 from entrance of Hertford North Station (09.46 train from Enfield Chase).
About 7 to 8 mile circular walk with lunch stop in Hertford Town. Bring lunch or food available. The longer morning section includes paths within Repton’s 1799 Panshanger Estate which may be muddy in places, whilst after lunch there will be a shorter route via Hertford’s green spaces. Contact on day of walk ONLY: 07490 480 251 (no voicemail facility). Leader: Stuart Mills
Saturday 13 January
Footpath walk: Architecture, open spaces and River Thames. Meet 10.45 Stamford Brook Station (District Line).
6.5 mile linear walk, initially via Bedford Park Arts & Crafts Estate, then through the grounds of Chiswick House and along sections of The Thames path to end at Barnes Bridge Station. Shorter options. Lunch stop in the Kew Bridge/Green area. Bring lunch or food available. Details: 07904 193 098. Leader: John West
Monday 15th January, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
Enfield Power Station: a century of generation, an illustrated talk by Grant Browning, Performance Engineer. (Joint meeting of the Enfield Society with the Edmonton Hundred Historical Society)
Tuesday 16 January
Short Walk: Eastern Enfield open spaces. Meet 10.30 at entrance to Albany Leisure Centre, Hertford Road, Enfield Wash (buses 121 & 279 stop outside and 191 in nearby Eastfield Road/Bell Lane). 3.5 mile linear walk on good condition paths, initially via Albany Park and Prince of Wales footpath, then along the Lee Navigation to end at Ponders End Lock/Wharf Road for 313 bus return to Enfield. Shorter option. Contact on day of walk ONLY: 07931 963 086. Leader: Monica Smith
Saturday 20 January
Footpath walk: Essex Country Parks. Meet 10.14 Brentwood station. Either join Dave on 08.52 train from Enfield Town or Meet him at Liverpool Street National Rail station for 09.40 TfL Rail Shenfield train.
A 7.5 mile linear walk to Shenfield via Thorndon Country Parks with a mix of woodlands and undulating farmland. Shorter option to finish at Herongate where the lunch stop will be in The Green Man pub. The final mile, on the outskirts of Shenfield, passes through Hutton Mount, an expensive residential estate of gated mansions. Details (020) 8366 2242 or on the day 07948 204025. Leader: Dave Cockle.
Wednesday 24 January
Footpath walk: London villages and open spaces. Meet 10.48 Denmark Hill Station (10.39 Southeastern Dartford train from Victoria mainline station).
7 mile linear walk via Ruskin Park, Dulwich Village (one of London’s oldest villages having been founded by Saxon charter), Dulwich Park, Horniman Museum (lunch stop), Sydenham Hill Woods, nature reserve and Wells Park, then Victorian dinosaurs in Crystal Palace Park to end at Crystal Palace Station. Shorter options. Bring lunch or food available. Details: 07973 747 454. Leader: Nigel King
Saturday 27 January
Discovery Walk: Spitalfields and Hoxton. Meet 10.30 at entrance to Platform 1, Liverpool Street mainline station.
Roy will highlight remarkable changes that have taken place over the last 200 to 300 years on a route full of interest from Spitalfields to Hoxton. Lunch stop near Geffrye Museum (food available). Many shorter options. Details: or (020) 8360 0282. Leader: Roy Nicholls
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.
Thursday 1 February
Footpath walk: Royal Parks. Meet 11.05 Teddington Station (10.31 South Western Railway train from Vauxhall mainline station).
About 6.5 mile walk initially via the parkland and woodland gardens of Bushy Park to Hampton Court (lunch stop), then a mix of Thames riverside and Hampton Court Park. Shorter option. Bring lunch or food available. Leader: Mick Spinks
Wednesday 7th to Saturday 10th February, 7.30pm, Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar
Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore by Southgate Opera. Also Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets at or 01707 645005.
Wednesday 7 February
Footpath walk: Winter waterways. Meet near Victoria Line entrance at Tottenham Hale Station for prompt start at 10.20.
About 7 mile linear walk following the River Lea and Lee Navigation towpath northwards to end at Cheshunt Station. The route is on good surface paths for winter conditions and with shorter options. Bring lunch or food available. Contact on day of walk ONLY: 07946 729 053. Leaders: Vanessa & Margaret
Tuesday 13 February
Footpath walk: Enfield’s Green Belt. Meet 10.15 at bus shelter on The Ridgeway near entrance to Chase Farm Hospital. About 4.5 mile linear walk on tracks and paths in attractive countryside via Clay Hill and the Whitewebbs/Forty Hall Estate. Walk will end by 13.00 near Forty Hall, from where you could take the opportunity to use the Hall’s café and/or visit Myddelton House Gardens to see their snowdrop display. Contact on day of walk ONLY: 07490 480 251 (no voicemail facility). Leader: Stuart Mills
Tuesday 13th February, 8pm, Jubilee Hall
Queen Anne by Dr David Smith (Selwyn College, Cambridge) [HA]
Saturday 17 February
Footpath walk: North Downs. Meet 10.14 Coulsdon South Station. Either travel with Dave on 08.35 train from Enfield Chase, changing at Highbury & Islington for King’s Cross, or Meet him at St Pancras International Station (platform A) for 09.24 Thameslink Three Bridges train. Check for engineering works.
7.5 to 8 mile linear walk in lovely downland scenery with long distance views, woodland and hidden valleys, ending at Caterham Station. Hilly in places. No practical shorter option. Lunch stop at remote pub near Whitehill Tower – bring lunch or food available. Details: (020) 8366 2242 or 07948 204 025. Leader: Dave Cockle
Saturday 24 February
Footpath walk: Mid-Herts. Meet 10.04 near ticket office at Welwyn North Station (09.40 Peterborough train from Finsbury Park mainline station or at 09.50 from Potters Bar). Check for engineering works.
Note: because you will be travelling on two lines (returning from Hertford), buy a Super Off-Peak Day Return ticket to Stevenage from Boundary Zone 6 and NOT from a specified station. Buy in advance from a staffed ticket office as many ticket machines unable to issue such tickets.
About 8 mile linear walk via a mix of tracks and field paths in pleasant countryside and small villages, ending at Hertford North Station. No shorter option. Lunch stop in either Tewin or Bramfield. Bring lunch or pub food probably available. Details: (020) 8882 3602 or 07534 433 578. Leader: Martin Langer
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.
Thursday 1 March
Footpath walk: Chilterns. Meet 10.30 Chalfont & Latimer Station. Either 09.26 Metropolitan Line train from King’s Cross St Pancras or 09.57 Chiltern Railways Aylesbury train from London Marylebone Station. Note: Freedom Pass not valid before 09.30 Mon-Fri for travel from a station between Gordon Hill and Finsbury Park.
8 mile linear walk through classic Chiltern scenery, chalk woodland and nature reserves via field paths, tracks and minor lanes in the Chess Valley, ending at Chesham Station. No shorter option. Hilly in places. Some muddy paths after wet weather. Lunch stop at Ley Hill – bring lunch or pub food available. Details: 07904 193 098. Leader: John West
Tuesday 13th March, 8pm, Jubilee Hall
Animals, demons and magic in the Middle Ages by Dr Sophie Page (University College, London) [HA]
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 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]
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.
Tuesday 12th June, 7.30pm
Tour of West Lodge Park Hotel and art collection, Hadley Wood. This meeting will be at 7.30pm followed by a buffet. Booking details from Secretary of the Historical Association, North London Branch. [HA]


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