About our talks

A regular programme of talks is arranged by the Enfield Society at Jubilee Hall. These are free to members and non-members are welcome to attend for a modest charge (typically £1 per meeting).   Refreshments will be available and our sales counter will be open. Jubilee Hall, 2 Parsonage Lane, is near the junction with Chase Side and there is an access ramp for wheelchairs.

Talks either take place during the day or in the evening.  You can check our events calendar for all talks, or just the daytime talks or evening talks.

Other organisations also meet in Jubilee Hall—if you are interested in booking the hall, please see our Jubilee Hall for hire page for details.

If there is a particular subject you would like to see covered at our meetings, or if you know of someone who can speak on a particular topic, please contact the meetings organiser or use our contact form or leave a telephone message with Jubilee Hall.

Next Enfield Society talks

Jan
28
Tue
My Father, Station Master @ Jubilee Hall
Jan 28 @ 10:30 am

Talk by by John Green. An anecdotal account of John’s father’s career as a railway station master, first in Lincolnshire then at Gordon Hill, Northumberland Park, then re-opening the Southbury Loop in the days when railway stations had signalmen, booking clerks and porters and steam trains were the norm.

Feb
17
Mon
Lost Buildings of Enfield @ Jubilee Hall
Feb 17 @ 8:00 pm

Talk by Joe Studman. Enfield Palace, Durants Arbour, Burleigh House, Percy House, Enfield Assembly Rooms, Prounces House, Zion and Chase Side Chapels, Gentleman’s Row bothy, Cecil Road farm as well as several 17th and 18th century inns and 20th century cinemas are among the many interesting historic buildings in Enfield which have been demolished. Many of these and others will be illustrated in Joe’s talk.

Feb
25
Tue
Re-generating the Eco-Park: a win-win approach to waste disposal in North London? @ Jubilee Hall
Feb 25 @ 10:30 am

Talk by Trudi Axtens and Ursula Taylor, North London Waste Authority.  For 50 years there has been a waste disposal site at the Edmonton EcoPark that has diverted more than 21 million tonnes of non-recyclable waste that would otherwise have gone to landfill. The current energy from waste facility is now nearing the end of its useful life and plans for its replacement have been progressing since 2014, with proposals for a new facility that will be far more efficient than the one it is replacing. Perhaps more importantly though in these energy-conscious times, the new energy recovery facility will not just be cleaner but will also produce up to 78 megawatts of low carbon energy each year to supply electricity and heat for up to 127,000 homes. Using waste to generate energy will lead to carbon savings equivalent to 215,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year when compared to the alternative of sending it to landfill. That’s like removing 110,000 cars off of the road. Work on the site began in early 2019 and in this talk Trudi and Ursula will describe the project’s progress and how the facility, when completed, will make a major contribution to managing the non-recyclable waste collected in north London and to achieving the Government’s target of ‘Net Zero’

Meetings of other local Societies at Jubilee Hall

Enfield Archaeological Society (EAS)

Visitors are very welcome (£1.50 per person). See www.enfarchsoc.org.

Edmonton Hundred Historical Society (EHHS)

Talks are free to members; there is a charge of £1 per head for visitors. See www.edmontonhundred.org.uk.

Historical Association (HA)

Visitors to meetings of the North London Branch are welcome for the small charge of £1.00 per person. More details from the Branch Secretary, Robin Blades (020 8368 5328), Associate Membership available for £5 a year for an individual or £8 a year for a couple. robin.blades@outlook.com.

Below is a listing of the next six talks taking place at Jubilee Hall which may include The Enfield Society, EAS, EHHS, HA as well as talks for which an entrance fee is normally charged to everyone attending.

Jan
22
Wed
Treason Plots & Murder @ Jubilee Hall
Jan 22 @ 2:30 pm

Talk by Joe Studman. The 17th century saw a series of plots against The Crown many of them involving Enfield people and places. Doors open 2pm. £4 per person.

Jan
28
Tue
My Father, Station Master @ Jubilee Hall
Jan 28 @ 10:30 am

Talk by by John Green. An anecdotal account of John’s father’s career as a railway station master, first in Lincolnshire then at Gordon Hill, Northumberland Park, then re-opening the Southbury Loop in the days when railway stations had signalmen, booking clerks and porters and steam trains were the norm.

Feb
11
Tue
Parliament and the Life of the Nation in the 18th Century @ Jubilee Hall
Feb 11 @ 8:00 pm

Talk by Professor Julian Hoppit (UCL). An Historical Association meeting, visitors welcome £1 each.

Feb
14
Fri
Sri Lanka, Traders, Temples and a Tooth @ Jubilee Hall
Feb 14 @ 8:00 pm

Speaker to be confirmed.  An Enfield Archaeological Society meeting, visitors welcome, £1.50 each.

Feb
17
Mon
Lost Buildings of Enfield @ Jubilee Hall
Feb 17 @ 8:00 pm

Talk by Joe Studman. Enfield Palace, Durants Arbour, Burleigh House, Percy House, Enfield Assembly Rooms, Prounces House, Zion and Chase Side Chapels, Gentleman’s Row bothy, Cecil Road farm as well as several 17th and 18th century inns and 20th century cinemas are among the many interesting historic buildings in Enfield which have been demolished. Many of these and others will be illustrated in Joe’s talk.

Feb
19
Wed
The Bayeux Tapestry @ Jubilee Hall
Feb 19 @ 8:00 pm

Talk by Mike Brown. An Edmonton Hundred Historical Society meeting.  Visitors welcome, £1 each.

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