The Enfield Society

Diary of events from January 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
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
Saturday 27 January, 10:00 – 17:00, Edmonton Green Library
Enfield Literary Festival : reading books. Workshops and talks. Details and booking at
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
Friday 9th February, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
Romans beyond Rome; four towns in the western empire by Ian Jones, EAS. [EAS]
Sunday 11th February, 1 to 4 pm, St Pauls Church, Church Hill, N21 1JA
Give and Take Day. A Give and Take Day is a type of exchange event where people can bring any household item(s) that they no longer want. These items are then offered for free to anyone who would like them. You don’t need to bring something in order to take something else. There is a set ‘giving’ time, before the ‘taking’ begins. For details see
North London Waste Authority has been running Give and Take Days for a number of years. Last year, our events were attended by around 700 residents who brought along with them almost 14 tonnes of materials for reuse – that’s about the same weight as 8 cars! Give and Take Days help ensure that items which are still in a good condition are not just thrown away but offered for free to those that need them.
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
Wednesday 24th February, 2pm
Visit to Christ Church, Southgate. A guided tour, coffee and biscuits, and then a talk about the church and its windows. The visit will last about one hour. There is a charge of £4 – a donation will be made to the church. For further information call or text 07757 414363 or email [EHHS]
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
Friday 9th March, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
Fulham Palace revealed – residence of the elite by Alexis Haslam (MCIfA), Community Archaeologist, Fulham Palace. [EAS]
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]
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]
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.
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]
Friday 8th June, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
The Enfield Archaeological Society Presidential Address by Harvey Sheldon [EAS]
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]
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. [EAS]
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.
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]
Friday 9th November, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
Walbrook Mithras Temple reconstruction by Sophie Jackson, Director of Research and Engagement, MOLA. [EAS]


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