The Enfield Society


Diary of events


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. (Except August)
Until 6th January 2019 Hidden Treasures of Enfield: Revealing Broomfield House and Park
You can find the exhibition at the Dougale Centre (Enfield Town) in the ground floor gallery. Now open and running until 6th January 2019. Opening Hours are Monday to Saturday: 10am - 6pm, Sunday: 10am - 6pm. Free entrance. You can also find a detained article on the House in our Newsletter issue 211. You can find a list of all Enfield Museum's events on their web-site.
Thr 15th Nov.
Footpath Walk: Battersea to Barnes. Meet 10.34 Battersea Park Station (10.30 Southern Epsom Downs train from Victoria mainline station—usually from platform 9). 7 mile linear walk full of contrasting scenes. From the on-going Thames-side redevelopment areas in Battersea and Wandsworth (including the power station), to the 200 acre Victorian Battersea Park, sections of the Thames Path and finally the Beverley Brook, ending at Barnes Station. Shorter options. Bring lunch or many cafes/pubs at Putney lunch stop. Details: 07904 193 098. Leader: John West
Monday 19th November, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
Markets, fairs and festivals of Enfield. This illustrated talk by Joe Studman will include the history of the markets and festivals we still enjoy today. We will also discover the “Enfield Bonfire boys”, “The Cheese Fair” and how Enfield drew thousands to its pageants and marts.
For more information see pages 6-7 of Enfield Society News no. 210, Summer 2018 - publication date 15th May 2018.
Wednesday 21st November, 2.30pm, Jubilee Hall
They came in their millions: the forest excursionists by Dr Chris Pond. [EHHS]
Thursday 22nd November, 2.30pm, Visit to Warburton's Bakery Brimsdown
Warburtons have kindly agreed for Enfield Society members to visit their Bakery at 112, Millmarsh Lane EN3 7XG (Ten minutes walk from 191/307 bus terminus) on Thursdays 22nd & 29th November at 2.30pm. The visit will include a presentation of the baking process, question/answer session, Coffee and cake will be served as well as a tour of the bakery. The visit will last ninety minutes and there is a (minimum) donation of £1.00 to Cancer Research UK. The visit will be restricted to twelve places on both Thursdays for health and safety reasons with a maximum of two tickets per applicant. To obtain free tickets for this interesting visit please send an e-mail message to heritagewalks@enfieldsociety.org.uk or leave a message on the Jubilee Hall voicemail service at 020 8363 9495.
Sat 24th Nov.
Footpath Walk: Hampstead Heath. Depart at 10.15 from Lauderdale House cafe, Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill. The Waterlow Park bus stop outside Lauderdale House is 5 mins by buses 143, 210 and 271 from Archway Station (Northern Line) or about 20 mins by 210 bus from Finsbury Park Station. About 7 mile walk across the Heath and environs with an attractive mix of late Autumn scenes, ending at a point convenient for return transport. Shorter options. Bring lunch or food available. Contact on day of walk only: 07490 480 251. Leader: Stuart Mills
Saturday 24th November, 7.30pm, St Stephen's Church, Village Road
Southgate Symphony Orchestra concert, A Fantasia of Pomp. Songs and Voices, (Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Parry). Tickets £12/£10 (concessions) from 12 The Glen, EN2 7BZ, phone 020 8363 9029.
Tue 27th Nov, 10am for 10.30am, Jubilee Hall
Finding Enfield’s fallen by Martin Lambert. It is 100 years since the end of the Great War and yet there still more clues to our past that history is giving up. Martin Lambert is a battlefield tour guide and has researched many of Enfield’s war dead. In this talk Martin will tell us how we can look deeper into the information we have on our war dead and show us how we can learn about our own relations.
Wednesday 28th November, 2.30pm, Jubilee Hall
Talk: Enfield in the Great War by local history speaker and guide Joe Studman. The First World War ended this month a hundred years ago. The topic has been well researched by Enfield Historians and this presentation shares their findings. £3 per person payable at the door. No need to book. Doors open 2pm.
Thursday 29th November, 2.30pm, Visit to Warburton's Bakery Brimsdown
Warburtons have kindly agreed for Enfield Society members to visit their Bakery at 112, Millmarsh Lane EN3 7XG (Ten minutes walk from 191/307 bus terminus) on Thursdays 22nd & 29th November at 2.30pm. The visit will include a presentation of the baking process, question/answer session, coffee and cake will be served as well as a tour of the bakery. The visit will last ninety minutes and there is a (minimum) donation of £1.00 to Cancer Research UK. The visit will be restricted to twelve places on both Thursdays for health and safety reasons with a maximum of two tickets per applicant. To obtain free tickets for this interesting visit please send an e-mail message to heritagewalks@enfieldsociety.org.uk or leave a message on the Jubilee Hall voicemail service at 020 8363 9495.
Thr 29th Nov.
Discovery Walk: Winter Wetlands. Meet 10.30 near Victoria Line entrance at Tottenham Hale Station. Depending upon the migratory season in 2018, this 2.5 to 3 hour walk will hopefully give an opportunity to see a variety of North European/Artic Circle birds stopping over on the Walthamstow Wetlands reservoirs. If required, bring lunch or food available at the information centre or nearby Ferry Boat Inn. Contact on day of walk only: 07425 136 628. Leader: Margaret Redman
Saturday 1st December, 10am, Litter clean-up in Edmonton
Our next litter pick will be meeting at Montagu Road, Edmonton N9, opposite Montagu Recreation Ground. We plan to tackle the footpath that runs alongside Salmons Brook through to Edmonton Green (Plevna Road). The 192 bus runs from Enfield Town to our meeting point.

All Enfield Society members are welcome to join our working party. Personal protective equipment will be provided along with plastic sacks and litter pickers but you do need to wear stout footwear. We expect to be on site for a couple of hours. If you wish to come, please e-mail cleanerneighbourhoods@enfieldsociety.org.uk or telephone me on 020 8366 2242 to make sure that we have enough equipment.

Saturday 1st December: Tree planting at Stagg Hill
As part of this project and as part of the Mayor' initiative to plant trees, on Saturday 1st December it is proposed to plant 100 saplings on land at Stagg Hill. Starting at 10 am meet and briefing, finishing no later than 4 pm (could be earlier depending on amount of participants, weather, and if all trees are planted) Location: Slopers Pond Farm, Stagg Hill, EN4 0HL If you are able to help please contact trees@enfieldsociety.org.uk. Light refreshments will be provided and facilities are available. Please bring own lunch.
Sunday 2nd December: Mass tree-planting in Edmonton
Enfield Council are working with the organisation Trees for Cities to plant 3,000 young trees (called 'whips') on Sunday 2nd December between 10am and 3pm at Montagu Road Recreation Ground, Edmonton, and volunteers are being sought to help this great endeavour. If you would like to take part, please register on-line. This event is part of a huge mass tree-planting being organised across London over the weekend of 1st and 2nd December when 25,000 trees will be planted.
Sunday 9th December 10am - 4pm, Myddleton House
The Willow Christmas Fair. Join us in the historic Myddelton House for a mind, body and spirit Christmas fair. Experience a range of holistic therapies including crystal healing, reflexology, psychic tarot readings and massage. After indulging in your treatments, why not explore our Christmas market where you can find a fantastically festive range of goodies such as crystals, arts and crafts, vegan treats and more! Free entry.
Tuesday 11th December, 10.00 for 10.30, Jubilee Hall
Dickens and Christmas by Dr Tony Williams, plus post-talk quiz and mince pies.
Christmas figures in Dickens’s works all through his career, from ‘Sketches by Boz’ and ‘Pickwick Papers’ to ‘Great Expectations’ and ‘Edwin Drood’. It is, nevertheless, ‘A Christmas Carol’ which helped to establish Dickens’s position as the pre-eminent writer about Christmas from 1843 onwards and which has a very powerful imaginative hold on us and a special place in our culture. He followed Christmas Carol with a short series of other Christmas Books and Christmas Stories and was well aware of the special status he had at Christmas.
Dr Tony Williams is Past President of the International Dickens Fellowship and Associate Editor of the Fellowship’s journal, The Dickensian. He is a frequent speaker on Dickens in this country and overseas. In this talk he will explore Dickens’s reputation as a continuing central part of our Christmas festivities.
Wednesday 12th December, 7.30pm, All Saints Church Hall, Edmonton
Lost Buildings of Edmonton an illustrated presentation by Joe Studman. After the presentation there will be an open discussion on activity/plans for the Edmonton and Eastern Enfield Group for 2019.
Saturday 15th December, 7.30pm, St Stephen's Church, Village Road
Enfield Choral Society performs a selection of Christmas music, songs, traditional carols and readings. Tickets £10 from 07538 538486 or tickets@enfieldchoralsociety.org.uk
Wednesday 19th December, 7.45 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
Christmas traditions by Howard Whisker. Wine and nibbles will be served.[EHHS]
Tuesday 8th January 8pm, Jubilee Hall
The Goths and the Roman Empire by Dr David Gwynn (Royal Holloway, University of London) [HA]
Monday 21st January, 7.30pm for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
Walking in London, an illustrated talk by Peter Aylmer. London is a great place for walkers, if you know where to look—and if you know what to look for, once you get there. Peter’s guidebook Walking in London, published by Cicerone Press, deliberately seeks out some of the 13,000 species that inhabit its parks and gardens, rivers and heaths—the London Wildlife Trust helped Peter put the guide together. But that diversity couldn’t be possible without a wide range of open spaces, and Peter will also tell of how Londoners created arguably the greenest large city on the planet, often in the face of opposition from the powerful.

Peter is chair of the London group of the Long Distance Walkers Association. He brings a wide variety of perspectives and comparisons to walking in London, having walked most of England’s National Trails and created his own walks from south to north of each of Wales, England and Scotland. He is also the author of the Cicerone guide Walking in Essex. Joint talk with [EHHS].

Wednesday 23rd January 2.30pm, Jubilee Hall
The Dark Side of Enfield by Joe Studman. £3 per person.
Tuesday 29th January, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
My 39 years at Covent Garden Opera House, by Georgie Perrot. During her long career at Covent Garden Opera House Georgie worked in a variety of roles, mostly in the Costume Department but latterly working as Administrative Assistant to the Directors of the Opera House. During this time she met many of the famous performers from the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet and says she will be ‘shamelessly name-dropping’ during her talk! Georgie will also display some of the fabulous costumes used in performances at the Opera House along with a pair of Darcy Bussell’s shoes.
Tuesday 12th February 8pm, Jubilee Hall
The Transformation of America 1870-1920 by Professor Lawrence Goldman (St Peter’s College, Oxford) [HA].
Monday 18th February, 7.30pm for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
Waterways Wonders, an illustrated talk by Richard Thomas. A tour of some of the engineering marvels around the waterways system. We visit Foxton inclined plane, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Harecastle Tunnel, Anderton Lift and the Bingley Five Rise Locks among other perhaps not quite so well known.
Wednesday 20th February 8pm, Jubilee Hall
Evacuees in WW2, part 2 by Mike Brown. [EHHS].
Thursday 21st -- Saturday 23rd February 7.30pm, Wyllyotts Threatre, Potters Bar
La Traviata. Southgate Opera presents Verdi's much loved opera. Box Office 01707 645005.
Saturday 23rd February 2.30pm, Wyllyotts Threatre, Potters Bar
Come & Sing The Mikado with Southgate Opera. Box Office 01707 645005
Tuesday 26th February, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
The history of quilling by Judith and Christine Hughes. Quilling is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. Judith and Christine will describe the history of quilling from when paper was first invented through to the modern day. They will talk about some of the famous people who have been involved in this art form and show examples of quilling that they have produced. There will be an opportunity to buy items they have made.
Wednesday 27th February 2.30pm, Jubilee Hall
Charles Lamb in Enfield & Edmonton by Joe Studman. £3 per person.
Monday 18th March, 7.30pm for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
Who was Sir Christopher Wren? an illustrated talk by Stuart Harvey. Stuart continues his series of interesting talks with this one on Britain’s most famous architect who was responsible for St Paul’s Cathedral and many churches in the City of London as well as buildings for Oxford University and the Royal Naval College at Greenwich. Edmonton and Eastern Enfield Group.
Wednesday 20th March 8pm, Jubilee Hall
EHHS AGM and talk by Dr Jim Lewis.
Tuesday 26th March, 10am for 10.30am, Jubilee Hall
Endangered Wildlife: urban biodiversity and our disappearing living heritage by Michael Priaulx, Swift Conservation. The wildlife with which we’ve shared our towns and cities for centuries is disappearing fast. Swifts, sparrows, and starlings are all now officially “endangered” in the uk as we deck our gardens and convert our lofts. But find out how we can easily help these and other species, especially relevant now London is the World’s first National Park City.
Wednesday 27th March, 2.30pm, Jubilee Hall
The New River by Joe Studman. £3 per person.

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