The Enfield Society

Diary of events

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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.
Tues 18th Sept.
Trent Park Stroll. For tea/coffee before the walk, meet 10.00 onwards at House Café in Chalk Lane opposite Cockfosters Station. Note: should this mainly voluntary staffed café be closed, then meet at Miracles café in nearby shop parade. About 2 mile circular walk in Trent Park with comments on landscape, geology and trees. Please respect Norman's gentle pace. Contact on day of walk only: 07984 813 636. Leader: Norman Coles
Wednesday 19th September, 7.45 for 8pm
Meeting of the Edmonton Hundred Historical Society, subject to be confirmed later.[EHHS]
Sat 22nd Sept.
Footpath Walk: Essex Uplands. Meet 10.09 Grange Hill Station (Central Line). Either travel with Dave in front carriage of 08.52 train from Enfield Town to Liverpool Street mainline station (arriving 09.25 at platform 2), or join him on Liverpool Street Central Line platform for the 09.34 Central Line train to Chigwell (via Hainault and Grange Hill). 8 mile entirely rural linear walk with stiles through undulating countryside with good views over the Roding Valley via Abridge for lunch. Bring lunch or cafes/pub available. After lunch, a steady climb up from River Roding on the Three Forests Way to Lambourne End and into Hainault Forest Country Park to end with a short bus ride to Hainault Station (Central Line). No shorter option. Details: (020) 8366 2242 or 07948 204 025. Leader: Dave Cockle
Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd September: London Open House
The Enfield Society has provided financial support to allow a number of buildings in the Borough to be opened for the event. Amongst this years list members may find the Dujardin Mews Walk (Saturday) of interest as it featured in TES Newsletter 209 (Spring 2018). In all 19 buildings are sheduled to be open in the Borough.
Monday 24th September, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
Intimate memories. An illustrated talk by Geoff Bowden on the history of the Intimate Theatre, Palmers Green, since it was established as a professional plyhouse in 1935 under the guidance of John Clements. Among the stars who have appeared there are Richard Attenborough, Roger Moore, June Whitfield, Nicholas Parsons, Arthur Lowe, David Bowie, Patricia Hayes, Penelope Keith, Richard Todd, Noele Gordon, Tony Blackburn, Anthony Hopkins, Kenneth Williams, Tyrone Power, Bob Hoskins, Charlie Chester, Stephen Fry, Cleo Lane, Jessie Matthews and June Bronhill.
Geoff has also written a fascinating illustrated book on the various fortunes of the theatre and its performers.
Tuesday 25th September, 10.00 for 10.30, Jubilee Hall
Memories of Chase Farm. Part 1: The Schools by Frank Bayford. Frank Bayford was Pharmacist at Chase Farm Hospital before retiring. In this talk Frank will describe how schools came to be established in the early days at the Chase Farm site and how the children were looked after. The talk will include anecdotes and reminiscences of people involved with the schools. Frank will talk about the schools in the first half of the talk and follow this with photographs.
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]
Wednesday 26th September, 2.30pm, Jubilee Hall
Talk: Suffragettes and the Women's Movement Presented by local history speaker and guide Joe Studman. Palmers Green was a hotbed of WSPU activity and Enfield boasted an early female candidate once the vote was secured for women in February 1918. Mrs Barrass in Edmonton had been prominent in local affairs in the early decades of the 20th century. More a celebration than a talk. £3 per person payable at the door. No need to book. Doors open 2pm
Wednesday 26th September, 7.30pm
Talk: A brief illustrated presentation on the Edmonton Heritage Trail will be given by Sam Abelman, Heritage Officer of Enfield Council. The meeting will be at All Saints Church Hall, Church Street, Edmonton.
Sat 29th Sept.
Footpath Walk: Knole Park and Ightham Mote. Meet 10.35 Sevenoaks Station (10.00 Southeastern Tunbridge Wells train from platform 6 Charing Cross mainline station which also stops at 10.07 at platform 6 London Bridge mainline station). With great views from the Greensand Ridge, this 8 to 8.5 mile circular walk joins two National Trust properties via ancient parkland and woods. Hilly in places. No shorter option. Lunch stop at Ightham Mote cafe/picnic area (no admission charge) with perhaps time for a quick visit to the gardens or house (bring nt ticket). Note: If anyone wants only a short walk, option to leave group near Knole House for visit to house, café etc and then make own way back to Sevenoaks Station. Details: (020) 8882 3602 or 07534 433 578. Leader: Martin Langer
Wed 3rd Oct.
Discovery Walk: Regent's Park and Camden Railway Heritage. Meet 10.30 Great Portland Street Station (Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City Lines). A morning walk through Regent's Park and a climb up Primrose Hill for views across London. Bring lunch or eat in one of the many cafes in nearby Regent's Park Road. Then a route following the Camden Railway Heritage Trail ending near Chalk Farm Station (Northern Line). Shorter options. Contact on day of walk only: 07425 136 628. Leader: Margaret Redman
Sat 6th October
Cleaner Neighbourhoods Group: litter pick Meet 10am at Turkey Street station. The group will be cleaning the footpath which runs from Winnington Road alongside the Crematorium to the Cambridge Road. If sufficient volunteers turn up the group may also clean the footpath which runs along the North bank of Turkey Brook towards the Station. Contact Dave Cockle (020 8366 2242) or by e-mail.
Thr 11th Oct.
Footpath Walk: Lee Valley Country Park. Meet 10.54 Cheshunt Station (10.44 London Overground train from Southbury Station or 10.40 Greater Anglia Cambridge train from Tottenham Hale). Note: for coffee/tea before the walk, arrive by an earlier train and visit the nearby YHA Lee Valley facility (about 5 mins walk from Cheshunt Station—over level crossing and after 200 yards left into YHA). The Group will then meet you at 11.05 at the YHA’s entrance gate. 5.5 to 6 mile circular walk with an attractive mix of waterways, lakes and meadows. Lunch stop in Waltham Abbey, from where option to end. Bring lunch or cafes/pubs. Contact on day of walk only: 07506 334 019. Leader: Peter Mackey
Monday 15th October, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
The Bloomsbury Group. This illustrated talk by Janet McQueen will explore the lives, loves and humour of a group of artists, writers and intellectuals who gathered at the Bloomsbury home in London of Thoby Stephen in the early 20th century. They included Vanessa and Clive Bell, Roger Fry, Duncan Grant, Virginia and Leonard Woolf, Lytton Strachey, David Garnett, Desmond and Molly MacCarthy, Maynard and Lydia Keynes and E. M. Forster.
The home of Vanessa and Clive Bell and Duncan Grant at Charleston, and Monk’s House, where Virginia and Leonard Woolf lived, were visited on an Enfield Society coach outing in 2014.
Thr 18th Oct.
Footpath Walk: River Wandle Trail. Meet 11.00 near ticket office at East Croydon Station. Travel from either London Bridge or Victoria mainline stations by any fast train to destinations such as seaside resorts, Reigate/Three Bridges, Horsham, Uckfield etc—these have journey times of between 15 to 20 mins to East Croydon. The group will then have a short tram ride to start of walk in Wandle Park. About 6.5 mile linear walk following the Wandle, via parks, green spaces and sites of early industrial revolution water mills, before entering the National Trust's Morden Hall Park estate (no admission charge) which has restored mill buildings, stables and gardens, plus a nursery/cafe. Walk ends at nearby Morden Station (Northern Line). Shorter options. Bring lunch or food available. Details: or (020) 8360 0282. Leader: Roy Nicholls
Wed 24th October, 2.30pm, Jubilee Hall
Talk: A brief history of Southgate by Joe Studman. Two villages on the edge of The Chase become dominated by The Walker family in the 19th centry and when they die out the underground comes and changes everything. £3 per person, payable at the door. No need to book. Doors open 2pm.

Relaunch of the Pymmes Brook Trail In conjunction with the South East Walker newsletter and the issue of an information book on the route written and published by local resident Colin Saunders, this weekend’s two walks cover the full extended route from High Barnet to its new ending at Tottenham Hale. Colin is well known in the walking community with many titles to his name, including those on the London Loop and the Capital Ring.

Sat 27th Oct.
Footpath Walk: Pymmes Brook Trail Part 1: High Barnet to Arnos Grove. Either meet Colin at High Barnet Station (Northern Line) from where he will depart at 10.00 to join Dave's group in The Spires, or, join Dave near Waitrose/toilets at the rear of The Spires Shopping Centre off High Street, High Barnet, from where the combined group will depart at 10.15. Note: allow 30 mins by 307 bus from Enfield Town to either High Barnet Station or the 307 stop near Barnet Church (then 10 mins walk to the Spires). About 6 mile linear walk linking Hadley Green and Monken Hadley Common with the open spaces of Oak Hill Park and then the Waterfall Walk beside the Pymmes Brook before ending at Arnos Park and the short link to Arnos Grove Station. Shorter options. Details: (020) 8366 2242 or 07948 204 025. Leader: Dave Cockle
Sun 28th Oct.
Footpath Walk: Pymmes Brook Trail Part 2: Arnos Grove to Tottenham Hale. Meet 10.30 Arnos Grove Station (Piccadilly Line). About 7 mile linear walk following the Pymmes Brook Trail via open spaces including Amos and Broomfield Parks, Millfield House and Pymmes Park, before Colin then uses the new section of the trail to enter the Lee Valley Regional Park where the Pymmes Brook joins the River Lee. Walk ends at Tottenham Hale Station. Shorter options. Details: 07768 453 159. Leader: Colin Saunders

Tuesday 30th October, 10.00 for 10.30, Jubilee Hall
The Golden Road to Samarkand, an illustrated talk by Stephen Gilburt. In the 7th century central Asia was conquered by Arabs and the people converted to Islam. In the late 14th century the area was ruled by Tamurlaine. By the late 16th century there were several independent Muslim Khanates. Cities such as Khiva, Bukara and Samarkand still had palaces, mosques with minarets, madrassas (Koranic teaching schools), bazaars and caravanserai (inns where merchants could stay while travelling on the Silk Road between China and eastern Mediterranean ports). These cities grew rich on the manufacture and trade in cotton and silk cloth, carpets, ceramics, artifacts made from metal and wood, and jewelery, which were transported in camel caravans along the Silk Road. Central Asia was conquered by Russia in the 19th century and since 1991 has been split up into independent republics such as Uzbekistan.
Thr 1st Nov.
Footpath Walk: Beane Valley. Meet 10.11 Watton-at-Stone Station (09.44 train from Enfield Chase). 7 to 8 mile figure-of-eight walk in unspoilt countryside with an attractive mix of woods, farmland and river scenery. Option to end at lunch stop in Watton village. Bring lunch or food available. Leader: Mick Spinks
Saturday 3rd November, Jubilee Hall
WWI in the Edmonton Hundred. EHHS day conference. [EHHS]
Friday 9th November, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
Walbrook Mithras Temple reconstruction by Sophie Jackson, Director of Research and Engagement, MOLA. [EAS]
Sat 10th Nov.
Footpath Walk: Bayford. Meet 10.28 Bayford Station (10.14 train from Enfield Chase). 6 to 6.5 mile circular walk through pretty conservation countryside via Little Berkhamsted. Bring lunch or village shop/pub food available. Note: Please remove muddy boots or cover with plastic bags before entering the pub. Leader: Mike Cranstone
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]
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
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.
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
Tuesday 27th November, 10.00 for 10.30, 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.
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 folloWednesday the 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 19th December, 7.45 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
Christmas traditions by Howard Whisker. Wine and nibbles will be served.[EHHS]
Tuesday 29th January, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
My 39 years at Covent Garden Opera House, by Georgie Perrot.
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.


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