The Enfield Society

Diary of events from April 2017 onwards

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2nd Wednesday of each month, 12.30-1.00pm, St Mary Magdalene Church, Windmill Hill
Lunchtime music recital
Tuesday 4 April.
Lea Valley Waterways. 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 calls at intermediate stations.
About 7.5 mile circular walk following the River Lea via Dobbs Weir to lunch stop at Rye House (with option to end) and then return to Broxbourne via the New River. Bring lunch or pub food available. Contact on day of walk ONLY: 07506 334 019. Leader: Peter Mackey
Friday 7th April, 20:00, Jubilee Hall
Enfield archaeological fieldwork in 2016, by Martin Dearne, preceded by the AGM of the Enfield Archaeological Society. [EAS]
Saturday 8 April.
Pilgrim’s Way. Meet 10.41 Dorking Station (09.54 South West Trains Dorking train from Waterloo mainline station or at 09.58 from Vauxhall station).
A repeat of this attractive walk but hopefully without-the rain of last time! About 7.5 mile circular walk in lovely scenery below the North Downs with good views and option to end after about 4 miles from Wotton lunch stop. NOTE: one long, steady climb (but not steep) in morning. Bring lunch or pub food available. Details: (020) 8882 3602 or 07534 433 578. Leader: Martin Langer
Tuesday 11th April, 8pm, Jubilee Hall
Fun in the Victorian West End of London – a talk by Professor Rohan McWilliam (Anglia Ruskin University) [HA]
Wednesday 12 April.
Commons and River Thames. Meet 10.50 North Greenwich Station (Jubilee Line). Suggest travel from Highbury & lslington on either 10.12 or 10.19 London Overground train to Canada Water, then Jubilee Line.
Initially following the Thames Path to the Thames Barrier, then via parks, commons (Woolwich, Plumstead and Winns) to enter ancient woodlands, before ending at a station. Full route about 7 miles but some shorter options. Bring lunch or food available.
Details: or (020) 8360 0282. Leader: Roy Nicholls
Bank Holiday Monday 17 April.
From the Lea to the Rib. Meet 10.30 Ware 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 (calls at intermediate stations).
9 mile circular walk with good views in the attractive scenery of the River Rib valley via Thundridge and Wadesmill villages. No shorter options. Bring lunch or pub food available. Contact on day of walk ONLY: 07490 480 251. Leader: Stuart Mills
Wednesday 19th April, 7 for 7.30 pm, All Saints Church Hall, Church Street, Edmonton.
A history of street photography in London through the collections at Bishopsgate Institute, by Stefan Dickers, Special Collections and Archives Manager, Bishopsgate Institute. (Joint meeting with Edmonton Hundred Historical Society.)
Saturday 22 April.
River Thames from Windsor. Meet 10.21 Windsor & Eton Riverside Station (09.28 South West Trains Windsor train from Waterloo mainline station or at 09.32 from Vauxhall).
7.5 mile linear walk following the Thames from Windsor via the Great Park, Old Windsor and Runneymede, ending at Staines Station. No shorter option. A great wildlife corridor with significant historical content. Bring lunch or food available. Details: 07904 193 098. Leader: John West
Saturday 25th April, 10:00 for 10:30, Jubilee Hall
Notting Hill by Stuart Harvey.
In this illustrated talk Stuart will take a look at the personalities and events of Notting Hill’s varied relatively recent past, including villains, politicians and exceptional everyday people who dramatically changed life in the area.
Thursday 27 April.
Gordon Hill to Crews Hill – the long way! Meet 10.05 Gordon Hill Station (10.00 train from Enfield Chase) for a 7.5 mile linear walk.
Via Hilly Fields to Forty Hall (toilets and coffee break), then New River to site of Temple Bar. Lunch stop at nearby De Vere Theobalds Estate Hotel (bring lunch or food available) BUT PLEASE have change of footwear or plastic bags to cover boots before entering hotel. Afterwards via Old Park Ride to Crews Hill Station by about 16.00. Contact on day of walk ONLY: 07946 729 053. Leaders: Margaret & Vanessa
Bank Holiday Monday 1 May.
Stort Valley. Meet 10.30 Harlow Town Station. Either 09.44 London Overground train from Southbury Station, changing at Cheshunt for 10.18 Greater Anglia Cambridge train, or by direct train from Tottenham Hale at 10.10 (first stop Cheshunt). Buy return to Sawbridgeworth if ending at lunch.
8.5 mile circular walk via the varied scenes of the River Stort (Navigation) with locks, marshes, nature reserves and Pishiobury Park. Sawbridgeworth lunch stop. Bring lunch or food available. Details: 07973 747 454. Leader: Nigel King
Thursday 4 May.
Discovery Walk: Dickens’ London. Meet 10.30 inside Tottenham Court Road Station (Central/Northern Lines) near exit 4.
2.5 to 3 hour linear walk connecting places and buildings associated with characters in Dickens’ novels and in his life from childhood onwards. Coffee break in Covent Garden area. Walk ends at St Paul’s Cathedral with many nearby optional lunch facilities. Shorter options. Contact on day of walk ONLY: 07780 615 954. Leader: Sara James
Wednesday 10 May.
Watling Chase. Meet outside entrance to Sainsbury’s at London Colney Fields Retail Park (close to 84/84A bus stop), ready to start at 11.00. Toilets/café in store. At TES news copy date, 313 buses depart Cecil Road, Enfield Town, at 08.59, 09.21 & 09.42 (arrive Potters Bar Station at 09.28, 09.47 & 10.07), with 84/84A buses from PB Station at 09.41, 09.56, 10.11 & 10.26 (journey time 14 mins). Check on internet closer to walk date.
About 7.5 mile linear walk from the River Colne via part of the Timberland Trail to Shenley Park Café for lunch stop/picnic and possible option to end (return to start by bus). Then remote field paths to Ridge, ending in South Mimms Village for 84 bus. Leader: Mick Spinks
Saturday 13th May
Guided heritage walk around the Clay Hill area. Those wishing to travel there by public transport should catch the W10 bus which leaves from outside Enfield Town Post Office in Church Street at 1.25 pm. It is planned that St John the Baptist Church, which dates from 1857, will be open from 1.30 pm for those who would like to see the interior and a specially arranged display relating to its history. (It is possible, although unlikely, that the church might not be accessible on 13th May, if there is a late booking for a wedding. If you would like to check, please telephone Stephen Gilburt on (020) 8363 0031 nearer to the date.)
The walk will start outside the church at 2 pm and will pass those places mentioned in the articles on Clay Hill in Enfield Society News 204 and 205. The walk will conclude at Stratton Avenue, from where the W10 bus may be taken back towards Enfield Town at about 3.45 pm, or the 191 bus may be taken from the stop by the Forty Hill roundabout.
To obtain free tickets for the walk, please send your contact details, including your telephone number and a stamped addressed envelope, to Clay Hill Heritage Walk, Jubilee Hall, 2 Parsonage Lane, Enfield EN2 0AJ, stating how many tickets you would like (maximum 4) or send an email message to and the tickets will be sent to you by email.
Monday 15th May, 19:30 for 20:00, Jubilee Hall
London’s railway termini. Part 2: south and west. An illustrated talk by Roger Elkin. Following Roger’s interesting presentation last year, this talk will cover Paddington, Victoria, Charing Cross, Waterloo, Blackfriars, Cannon Street and London Bridge, as well as trains which have left from those stations.
Wednesday 17th May, 8pm, Jubilee Hall
A child’s war: growing up in WW2, by Mike Brown. [EHHS]
Thursday 18 May.
Arnos Park & Pymmes Brook Stroll. For tea/coffee before start, meet 10.00 onwards at Costa Coffee in Bowes Road, close to Arnos Grove Station. If not, be at station by 10.45.
2 to 2.5 mile linear walk in Arnos Park and beside Pymmes Brook with comments on the landscape and geology, ending with buses back to start or Southgate. Please respect Norman’s pace during this gentle relaxed stroll. Contact on day of walk ONLY: 07984 813 636. Leader: Norman Coles
Bank Holiday Monday 29 May.
Chiltern Scenes. Meet 10.32 Amersham Station (09.57 Chiltern Railways Aylesbury train from London Marylebone Station).
About 8.5 mile linear walk in attractive scenery via Old, Amersham, Misbourne Valley, Little Missenden, beech woods and chalk stream valleys, ending at Chesham. No shorter option. NOTE: please bring lunch as likely to be only drinks and snacks available. Contact on day of walk ONLY: 07490 480 251. Leader: Stuart Mills
Tuesday 30th May, 10:00 for 10:30, Jubilee Hall
The life of a local photographer: exhibitions, commissions and project work, by Elizabeth Devonshire.
Local resident Liz Devonshire will talk about her work as a professional photographer and her on-going project ‘Childs Play’. She will also show us some of the photographs she has had accepted for exhibitions over the past few years.
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.
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 deception 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.
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.
Friday 7th July, 8pm, Jubilee Hall
Archaeology up at the Mill (Digs at Upminster Windmill 2016), by Les Capon. (EHHS/EAS joint meeting.) [EHHS] [EAS]
Saturday 8th July, 10.00 onwards, Winchmore Hill Green
N21 Festival Fancy Fair 2017. See for details.
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”.


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