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  • Geoffrey Wheeler with some of his many drawings, photographs of reproductions of events and characters involved in the Wars of the Roses and the 1471 Battle of Barnet
    Jul 17, 2017

    Captivating images of Battle of Barnet

    Barnet History 337
    An unrivalled display of images of Richard III, from his role in the 1471 Battle of Barnet until his death in 1485 at…
  • Ian Johnson (right) astride the trailer of his electric engine, on his miniature railway line at his home in Wood Street, Barnet. With him at the controls is Derek Smith, a fellow member of the North London Society of Model Engineers
    Jul 13, 2017

    Wood Street’s miniature railway

    General News 375
    Generations of Barnet children have enjoyed a trip on the miniature railway that circles the Wood Street garden of Ian…
  • The Wellhouse mini roundabout
    Jul 13, 2017

    Hazardous road junction gets mini-roundabout

    Road Improvements 718 18
    Six months to install a mini-roundabout – an entry perhaps for the Guinness Book of Records – but worth the wait if…
  • Years of hard work by Derek Epstein and Jo Vargas on show when their garden opens to the public in July
    Jul 03, 2017

    Accolade for Normandy Avenue garden

    General News 683
    A 120ft garden at a traditional Edwardian semi-detached house in Normandy Avenue, Barnet, has secured recognition from…
  • Home Cooking, one of the bands, that entertained hundreds enjoying an afternoon of jazz on Hadley Green
    Jul 03, 2017

    Perfect weather for jazz afternoon

    General News 446 3
    Enthusiasts and local residents gathered in their hundreds on Hadley Green for a picnic lunch and Sunday afternoon of…
  • Teenage Markets come to Barnet
    Jun 23, 2017

    Teenage Markets come to Barnet

    General News 378
    In recent years Barnet Market has been a shadow of what it once was, but a life-line is at hand. Imaginative plans are…
  • Roger Newell is hoping to demolish a semi-derelict lock-up that has blighted Union Street for many years
    Jun 19, 2017

    Make-over for historic Union Street

    Restoration & Rejuvenation 772 5
    Plans to replace a semi-derelict vacant shop that has blighted Union Street for many years will go a long way towards…
  • Quizmaster Curtis Gallant (left) holding the answers close to his chest, together with Tony Barnes, one of the organisers of Manorside’s street part in memory of Jo Cox
    Jun 19, 2017

    Manorside's Great Get Together

    General News 348
    Manorside, High Barnet, joined thousands of other communities around the UK in holding a street party in a memory of…
  • Chris Nightingale beside the 1935 blue Riley sports car that was refused access to the Spires shopping centre. Next to them is a 1951 Grey Lady Alvis
    Jun 11, 2017

    Classic car show snubbed by Spires

    General News 972 2
    Barnet High Street was lined with well-wishers cheering on the 30 classic cars that made their way to the market and…
  • Richard Jupp gives a demonstration of medieval gunnery at Barnet’s first medieval festival
    Jun 11, 2017

    Barnet's first medieval festival

    General News 728 1
    A posse of Barnet police officers was on hand when members of the Medieval Siege Society gave a gunnery demonstration…
  • Brake Shear House development delayed and possible changes to the agreed planning consent
    Jun 07, 2017

    Delay to High Street redevelopment

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    Barnet High Street’s historic Brake Shear House complex, which is boarded up ready for demolition, has gained a…
  • Ben Dillon (left) and Mark Raggett, art director for The Crown series being produced at Elstree Film Studios,  standing beside a Jaguar Mark 1 featured during a scene when the Queen visits the Jaguar car factory
    Jun 05, 2017

    Barnet’s link to the The Crown

    General News 830
    Providing period cars featured in the hit television series, The Crown – being filmed at Elstree Film Studios,…
  • Inner courtyard of New Ground, the women’s co-housing complex in Union Street
    May 29, 2017

    Success for “stubborn but steadfast” women pioneers

    General News 814
    An 18-year struggle by a group of “ageing, stubborn but steadfast” women reached its grand finale with glasses of…
  • The Medieval Siege Society at Sandwich Medieval Festival last year. They will be providing demonstrations at our Medieval Festival in Barnet on Sunday, 11th June
    May 23, 2017

    Barnet’s Wars of the Roses celebration

    General News 920
    Barnet’s first medieval festival is to be held at the Old Courthouse Recreation Ground at the rear of Barnet Museum on…
  • Dick Elms, vice chair and trustee, took visitors through the video recording wildlife at the Environment Centre
    May 15, 2017

    Popular Centre now fully booked

    General News 495
    A blood-sucking leech, a dragon fly nymph, a baby newt and a back-swimmer water boatman were just some of the aquatic…
  • The Mayor of Barnet, Councillor David Longstaff, with the Mayoress Gillian Griffiths, is thanked for his support for the Open Door project by the Bishop of Stepney, the Right Reverend Adrian Newman
    May 15, 2017

    Drop-in centre opens at Christ Church

    General News 519
    After almost a decade spent planning, campaigning and fund-raising, the Bishop of Stepney, the Right Reverend Adrian…
  • The Duke of Gloucester at Barnet Museum. From left to right, Mike Noronha, trustee Barnet Museum; Martin Russell, Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London; the Duke of Gloucester; Mike Jordan, chair of the trustees
    May 11, 2017

    Duke backs local history campaigners

    General News 2085
    On his first visit to Barnet, Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, was on the warpath at the 1471 Battle of Barnet –…
  • Arkley war memorial -- “a simple yet dignified Celtic cross
    May 08, 2017

    Special protection for local landmarks

    General News 595 1
    Three Barnet war memorials – at Arkley, East Barnet and Monken Hadley Common – have been given the added protection of…
  • John Barnett’s Alvis Grey Lady from the early 1950s was one of the elegant cars on display at the 2016 show
    Apr 28, 2017

    Barnet’s classic cars on parade again

    High Street The Spires 772
    Cameras, smart phones and tablets will be out in force to capture images of the many much-admired and much-loved models…
  • Paola Sachia opened his carpentry and joinery workshop at Meadow Works six years ago
    Apr 28, 2017

    Will jobs go for flats?

    Planning 1253 9
    Up to forty jobs might be lost if planning permission is approved for the construction of two blocks of flats on the…
  • 384 at bus stop on High Street
    Apr 23, 2017

    Petition to halt cuts in 384

    General News 644
    Transport for London is facing concerted opposition to a proposed reduction from 15 minutes to 20 minutes in the…
  • The High Street looking north
    Apr 19, 2017

    High Street - proposed improvements

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    CHIPPING BARNET HIGH STREET – PROPOSED PEDESTRIAN IMPROVEMENTS: BARNET COUNCIL PUBLIC CONSULTATION, 28 MARCH – 20 APRIL…
  • Helen Giles, project co-ordinator for the programme to develop and promote the Battle of Barnet
    Apr 18, 2017

    Battle of Barnet project co-ordinator

    General News 574
    Helen Giles, who has wide experience as a museum curator and consultant for numerous heritage projects, has been…
  • Barnet's Physic Well
    Apr 18, 2017

    Brighter future for Barnet’s physic well

    Restoration & Rejuvenation 1646
    After years of neglect and decay, Historic England has commissioned a detailed survey of the work required to repair…
  • High Street seen from the Post Office
    Apr 13, 2017

    For and against wider High Street pavement

    High Street The Spires 1047 18
    Members of Chipping Barnet Town Team have given their backing to Barnet Council’s plans to widen one side of the High…
  •  New owners of Whalebones House, Paddy Shanahan and Helena Boland, are seeking advice on how to protect an historic Barnet landmark.
    Apr 07, 2017

    Wanted: Advice on protecting Barnet’s whalebones

    General News 666
    Preserving two massive jaw bones from a ninety-foot-long blue whale is just one of the challenges facing the new owners…
  • Apr 06, 2017

    Roadworks herald faster broadband

    Broadband 426 3
    Virgin Media is to offer homes and businesses in High Barnet a rival broadband service after long-standing complaints…
  • Chris Robertson, healthy living instructor, organised a fashion parade at the High Barnet hub for young carers
    Apr 05, 2017

    Playtime for “invisible” carers

    General News 259
    A two-hour session of play and activities once a month at the Sense Touch Base, just off Barnet High Street, is a…
  • The handiwork of High Barnet’s graffiti artists is visible above shops such as Specsavers and Greggs’.
    Mar 24, 2017

    Graffiti artists’ head for heights

    High Street The Spires 369 5
    Graffiti daubed on walls and the sides of buildings in and around High Barnet has become an increasing eyesore in the…
  • CAMRA’s David Fenton pointing to the forlorn sign “This pub matters” – the only remaining reminder of what was once the White Lion public house
    Mar 18, 2017

    Last orders at famous Barnet hostelry

    General News 586 4
    Another of Barnet’s historic public houses, the White Lion in St Albans Road, has closed, and local residents fear that…
  • Wellhouse junction traffic
    Mar 15, 2017

    Barnet’s phantom mini-roundabout

    Road Improvements 542 3
    Contractors working on the installation of a mini-roundabout at one of High Barnet’s most hazardous road junctions have…
  • The Library will close over the summer months to convert a large part into commercial office space
    Mar 15, 2017

    Library facing summer closure

    General News 482 3
    Chipping Barnet library will operate on a partial self-service basis during April and May before closing again on…
  • Michael King, a founder member of the Barnet Poetry Group, with new member Anita Butler, and on his left Jane Strange
    Mar 15, 2017

    Petticoats and poetry

    General News 351
    Barnet's WEA* is launching its first-ever one-day Summer Saturday courses in May, 2017.;They are being held at the…
  • Whalebones in the sunlight
    Mar 07, 2017

    Housing proposed for Whalebones

    Planning 849 20
    Building houses on the fields around Whalebones, between Wood Street and Barnet Hospital, has possibly moved a step…
  • High Barnet’s super-size smart telephone kiosk – an eyesore say its critics
    Feb 25, 2017

    Tardis sparks fury

    High Street The Spires 700 8
    Plans to improve one of the busiest stretches of Barnet High Street by planting trees, and providing benches and cycle…
  • George O’Connor ready with a slice of lemon cake to go with his afternoon cup of tea
    Feb 24, 2017

    Barnet’s royal pastry chef

    General News 513
    Celebrations for the Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee, marking her 65 years on the throne, brought back fond memories for…
  • The derelict Marie Foster home
    Feb 17, 2017

    Derelict eyesore gets worse

    Restoration & Rejuvenation 685 5
    Yet again NHS Property Services appears to be in a state of indecision about the future of the derelict Marie Foster…
  • Miriam Nyarko (14) sang Beyonce’s Crazy in Love for the float from the Susi Earnshaw Theatre School
    Feb 04, 2017

    New Year’s Day parade success

    High Street The Spires 533
    Pupils of the Susi Earnshaw Theatre School from the Old Bull, High Barnet, were guests of the Mayor of Barnet,…
  • Mayor of Barnet, David Longstaff, tries his hands at making Pizzas with the Red Lion’s Matt Baker
    Feb 04, 2017

    Red Lion re-opens

    High Street The Spires 888 6
    Mitchells and Butlers say they have created ten new jobs following the conversion of the Red Lion public house into a…
  • East Barnet war memorial
    Feb 04, 2017

    Protecting war memorials

    Consultations 516 1
    East Barnet war memorial is one of tens of thousands across the country that is being considered by Historic England…
  • Theresa Villiers joins Barnet Society committee members before her annual question and answer session. From left to right, Gail Laser, vice-chair, Theresa Villiers and Frances Wilson, minutes secretary
    Jan 27, 2017

    Theresa Villiers MP under fire

    General News 715
    A ready supply of lively and forthright questions kept the politics and views of the Chipping Barnet MP Theresa…
  • The internal courtyard of the proposed school
    Jan 26, 2017

    Underhill super school rejected

    Planning 1041 9
    Barnet Council’s planning committee has voted unanimously to reject plans to build a massive all-through academy school…
  • The built-out pavement will extend from the Post Office to the entrance to the Spires Shopping Centre
    Jan 22, 2017

    Widening High Street pavement

    High Street The Spires 1017 9
    A plan to widen the pavement on one side of Barnet High Street, from the Post Office to just beyond the entrance to the…
  • A last-minute attempt by the Barnet Society to challenge the loss of community space was unsuccessful
    Jan 22, 2017

    Library protests ignored

    Planning 596 5
    Downsizing of the Chipping Barnet Library – with much of the floor area being converted into commercial office space –…
  • Project Coordinator needed for the Battle of Barnet
    Jan 22, 2017

    Wanted: Battle project co-ordinator

    General News 634
    The job of promoting and explaining the Battle of Barnet of 1471 is to be undertaken by a project co-ordinator whose…
  • Eric Lucas, who died in 1996, author of the first Rambles Round Barnet published in 1948
    Jan 06, 2017

    Barnet’s footpath pioneer remembered

    General News 537
    After years of uncertainty answers have finally been found to questions about the identity and motives of an early…
  • Chipping Barnet MP Theresa Villiers
    Jan 04, 2017

    Free to speak her mind?

    General News 553
    After what for her personally – and for the rest of the country – has been a momentous political year, the Chipping…
  • John Brown in his studio
    Jan 04, 2017

    John Brown

    General News 523
    Two sculptures by the noted Barnet sculptor John Brown are due to appear in Steven Spielberg’s most recent science…
  • The Red Lion Public House
    Dec 28, 2016

    Red Lion closing for re-launch

    Restoration & Rejuvenation 1150 3
    High Barnet’s landmark public house, the Red Lion at the top of Barnet Hill, will be closed for most of January so that…
  • Dr Alice Roberts presents the BBC4 program 'Digging for Britain'
    Dec 21, 2016

    BBC4 joins hunt for Barnet battle site

    Barnet History 893
    Two promising pointers towards locating the precise site of the 1471 Battle of Barnet were examined in the final…
  • Barnet Museum's future is assured
    Dec 16, 2016

    Barnet Museum’s future assured

    Barnet History 514
    After years of uncertainty about its future, Barnet Museum is finally being promised security of tenure – a 125-year…
  • Construction underway of a 100-seat extension to Barnet’s Roman Catholic Church
    Dec 16, 2016

    Extra seating in Roman Catholic church

    Restoration & Rejuvenation 717
    As work continues constructing an extension to the Roman Catholic church in Union Street, Barnet, mass and other…
  • Theresa Villiers, the Chipping Barnet MP, with fellow Arkley residents to re-launch the Arkley Protection Group. From the left to right, Mrs Villiers, David Press, Simon Ross and Sasha Capocci
    Dec 12, 2016

    Green Belt prices soar

    General News 813 1
    There has been another indication of the growing commercial interest in, and rising value of Barnet’s Green Belt land –…
  • The read in at Chipping Barnet library in the hope of changing the Councils decision to remove this facility
    Dec 06, 2016

    Outrage at library closure

    General News 961 3
    Outraged Barnet book lovers staged a mass read-in outside the closed front doors of Chipping Barnet Library to…
  •  Councillor David Longstaff, Mayor of Barnet, opening Barnet Christmas Fayre. From left to right, Councillor Longstaff, Chipping Barnet MP, Theresa Villiers, the Mayoress of Barnet Gillian Griffiths, Councillor Lisa Rutter
    Dec 04, 2016

    High Street packed for Christmas Fayre

    High Street The Spires 703
    Brilliant sunshine and crystal blue skies put some added sparkle into the annual Barnet Christmas Fayre which filled…
  • Sadiq Khan - preparing a plan for London
    Dec 02, 2016

    Tell Sadiq Khan our priorities

    General News 541
    The Barnet Society is taking full advantage of an opportunity to influence the re-drafting of the London Plan by the…
  • Residents and library users have until Thursday 15 December to register their objections
    Nov 29, 2016

    Can planning objections save Chipping Barnet Library?

    General News 955 10
    If residents are prepared to back a mass campaign of objection, the Barnet Society believes there might still be a…
  • Hadley Highstone is the sole local reminder of the Battle of Barnet
    Nov 29, 2016

    Lottery win for Battle of Barnet

    General News 757
    A grant of almost £100,000 has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the cost of promoting and celebrating…
  • Chipping Barnet Library
    Nov 22, 2016

    Chipping Barnet Library closure

    General News 1289 21
    Barnet Council is being urged by the Barnet Society to postpone the two-month temporary closure of Chipping Barnet…
  • Robin Bishop beside the green space in front of the Old Red Lion public house where two additional trees would complete the row of trees that line Barnet Hill
    Nov 09, 2016

    More trees strengthen High Barnet’s welcome

    Restoration & Rejuvenation 701
    Completing the majestic row of Norway Maple and London Plane trees that line Barnet Hill – and provide such a…
  • Junction at Wood Street and High Street
    Nov 08, 2016

    Junction change confusion

    Road Improvements 1322 14
    A traffic management experiment at the junction of Wood Street and Barnet High Street is causing a headache for some…
  • Jessica Vamathevan and Ralphie at Café Nero
    Nov 01, 2016

    Dog frendly shops needed

    General News 804 2
    “Well-behaved dogs welcome” is the message that dog lovers are hoping they will hear from more and more of the cafes,…
  • Victoria Recreation Ground, is to be transformed by a new leisure centre and floodlit tennis courts
    Nov 01, 2016

    Bats’ at risk in New Barnet

    Planning 790
    Bats, owls, wrens and hedgehogs are among the species that nearby residents fear might be disturbed or even lost…
  • The former Barnet Football Club stadium at Underhill
    Oct 27, 2016

    Opposition to Ark Academy

    Planning 903 1
    The Barnet Society has joined other local organisations and groups – together with many nearby residents – in lodging…
  • Maria Brenton, consultant to the Union Street co-housing project, with new resident Janet Wood.
    Oct 18, 2016

    Leading the way in housing for older women

    General News 1225 1
    When a group of 26 women move into their new homes in Union Street, Barnet, at the end of November they will be making…
  • Church Passage before the library was built
    Oct 13, 2016

    The bustle of Barnet 120 years ago

    Barnet History 1471 5
    A unique, almost-forgotten tape recording gives a fascinating eye-witness account of every-day life in Barnet at the…
  • Dog walker Lisa Young with birdwatcher David Martens both oppose the campaign for a natural burial ground
    Oct 06, 2016

    Bird watchers and nature lovers fight burial ground plan

    Planning 1102 7
    Local residents, bird watchers and nature lovers are joining forces to step up their campaign against plans to develop…
  • Maria Wright helps her son Derek with the new greenhouse at the Pavilion study centre
    Sep 30, 2016

    Green fingers for schoolchildren

    Restoration & Rejuvenation 708
    In a first for schools in the London Borough of Barnet, the Pavilion study centre in Meadway, High Barnet, is offering…
  • Dom with a recently fined motorist on the High Street
    Sep 21, 2016

    Dom puts Barnet’s parking wars on the spot!

    High Street The Spires 1798 2
    The Barnet Society’s long-running campaign to try to secure a short period of free parking at the 63 parking meter…
  • Peter Wanders is celebrating thirty years trading at his shoe shop
    Sep 16, 2016

    Barnet’s two oldest shops

    High Street The Spires 1704 3
    Years of friendly rivalry over which shop in Barnet High Street has the longest record of continuous service seems to…
  • Sam Wilson, military archaeologist, shows Dorothy Cohen, the medieval penny that was found with metal detectors in the latest search of a likely site of the Battle of Barnet
    Sep 16, 2016

    Medieval finds excite Battle of Barnet military archaeologists

    Barnet History 1928
    After an extensive search with metal detectors a highly-experienced team of military archaeologists has unearthed a…
  • Unanimous show of hands residents decide Underhill is an inappropriate site for a school of 2,000 pupils
    Sep 06, 2016

    Residents revolt over super-size school

    General News 2424 10
    After facing a barrage of complaints and criticism over proposal to build a new school for almost 2,000 pupils on what…
  • Paula Gabb proud owner of Milly, the feisty feline
    Sep 02, 2016

    Milly the cat puts road safety first

    General News 2805 3
    In the feline appreciation stakes there is currently no contest in determining High Barnet’s most sociable – and safety…
  • Scaffolding in Union Street is about to be removed
    Aug 22, 2016

    Ground-breaking housing for women

    General News 1790 1
    After months of construction work, the last remaining scaffolding and hoardings are about to be removed from 25 new…
  • TalentEd has yet to finalise plans but hopes to support Totteridge Academy's Year 10 students next year
    Aug 11, 2016

    Retired teachers help students to graduate

    General News 746
    Nine pupils from Totteridge Academy have been awarded special commendations by the educational charity TalentEd which…
  • Usain Bolt in the latest Virgin Media advertising
    Aug 10, 2016

    Virgin Media to offer ultra fast broadband

    Broadband 1379 4
    Virgin Media hopes to be able to offer its ultrafast broadband network to 40,000 homes and businesses across the…
  • Nichola Peasnell, chair of the Barnet Guild of Artists (left), shows the Chipping Barnet MP Theresa Villiers an oil painting, Staithes Sunrise, chosen as the poster illustration for the Guild’s 68th annual exhibition
    Jul 28, 2016

    Harbour scenes capture attention at artists’ exhibition

    General News 1063
    Well over 300 members, friends and supporters attended the preview of the Barnet Guild of Artists’ 68th annual…
  • A two-storey H&M fashion store due to open in spring 2017
    Jul 27, 2016

    H&M fashion store to open in spring 2017

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    After mounting concern about the recent loss of leading retailers, High Barnet’s shopping centre has received a shot in…
  • Each surface of Richard Warmisham’s bureau de l’agent has a story tell
    Jul 11, 2016

    Furniture designs go on show

    General News 943
    After a career switch from his previous job as a political researcher, an aspiring High Barnet furniture and cabinet…
  • Andy Banks's Westfield; Jayne Evans's Rover MPI Cooper; T and H Motor's Bentley
    Jul 11, 2016

    Classic cars never lose their appeal

    General News 847
    Support for Barnet Market’s annual classic car show has proved so strong that it has become a showcase event for the…
  • Barnet Museum volunteers Margaret Luck (left) and Pat Alison examine pottery and masonry fragments
    Jul 11, 2016

    Insight into lost hamlet of Kitts End

    General News 1239
    Fragments of pottery and tiles found during an excavation of land within Wrotham Park has confirmed that the hamlet of…
  • The Spires - the latest proposal
    Jul 05, 2016

    Spires upgrade a Brexit casualty?

    High Street The Spires 1377 11
    An announcement that had been expected in early June about a go-ahead for the Spires shopping centre redevelopment has…
  • View of Ark courtyard - the only playground currently proposed for 600 primary pupils
    Jun 27, 2016

    Barnet Society criticisms of Ark Pioneer Academy

    Planning 1949 2
    While we welcome educational use of the site, particularly if coupled with community access to the Academy’s indoor and…
  • Dominic Littlewood, presenter of Dom on the Spot, interviews Dave Williams who had been fined £55
    Jun 25, 2016

    Parking wars returns

    High Street The Spires 1959 2
    High Barnet’s notoriety as a hot spot for parking fines is to be featured yet again on national television. Footage for…
  • Lime Grove
    Jun 17, 2016

    Rambles Round Barnet Updates 17th December 2016

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    Re-closure of Lime Grove Footpath
  • Proposed south facing car park of the Ark Pioneer Academy school
    Jun 16, 2016

    Ark say extra school places needed

    Planning 1845 1
    Planners and consultants representing the proposed Ark Pioneer Academy to be built on the site of the former Barnet…
  • Medieval military artist Graham Turner with his painting Challenge in the Mist. From left to right, Mike Noronha, curator, Barnet Museum; Graham Turner; and Fiona Jones who is leading the museum’s bid for financial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
    Jun 13, 2016

    A misty Easter Sunday morning, just north of Barnet

    General News 1255
    A print of Graham Turner’s celebrated painting of a young Richard III looking apprehensively across towards the…
  • Shawn Moore, construction director, at the Elmbank housing development, says the steep gradient of the site, looking across Dollis Valley, presents quite a challenge
    Jun 10, 2016

    Elmbank development: a challenge

    Planning 1791 1
    Building houses and apartment blocks along a narrow, sloping 3.9-acre site, where the land falls sharply by 15 metres,…
  • Architect Barnaby Johnstone (left) with trustee Mary O’Toole and the charity’s chief executive Ru Watkins
    Jun 08, 2016

    New plans for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice

    Planning 1703
    A radical redesign has been unveiled of the proposed new Noah’s Ark children’s hospice to be built at the environment…
  • The Spires - latest perspective
    Jun 06, 2016

    Still no news on major fashion store for Spires

    High Street The Spires 1273
    A final go-ahead for construction work on a £7 million upgrade for the Spires shopping centre continues to depend on…
  • Map of proposed new Controlled Parking Zone
    Jun 01, 2016

    High Barnet’s CPZ to double in size?

    Road Improvements 3010 13
    Residents are being consulted about the possibility of a massive extension to High Barnet’s controlled parking zone to…
  • Peter Stebbings with newspaper cuttings of the death of Alexander Litvinenko’s after radioactive poisoning.
    May 31, 2016

    Russian spy’s poisoning and Barnet Hospital

    General News 1360
    The tenth anniversary of the poisoning with radioactive polonium of the former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko brings…
  • Rosie Inman-Cook, manager of the Natural Death Centre, points to where the first burials would take place
    May 23, 2016

    A new nature reserve for Barnet?

    General News 2204 5
    A 50-acre green space, open to the public from dawn to dusk, would be one of the suggested benefits of the proposal to…
  • East Barnet Old Grammarians
    May 19, 2016

    Appeal for amateur footballers

    General News 1715
    A football team for former East Barnet grammar school boys that has expanded over the last sixty years to become a…
  • A response to plans for the Ark Academy School will be prepared by Robin Bishop (left), who leads the Barnet Society’s planning and environment team, and Peter Bradburn, who advises on transport issues
    May 19, 2016

    Staggered start times at massive new school

    Planning 2697 11
    The Ark Academy network says it intends to work with planners at Barnet Council to try to meet local anxieties over…
  • The proposed natural burial ground north east of Barnet Gate Lane and north west of Mays Lane
    May 13, 2016

    Arkley farmland - a site for natural burials?

    General News 1338 1
    An environmentally-friendly natural burial ground might be developed on farmland backing on to Barnet Gate Lane,…
  • Undaunted by a downpour from left to right, Kirsty Johnstone, Susan Gough and Gabriella Widman
    May 12, 2016

    Was Kitts End closest to the Battle of Barnet?

    Barnet History 1868 2
    A survey to assess the size and shape of the lost hamlet of Kitts End could assist the ongoing archaeological…
  • Visualisation of the proposed Brake Shear House development
    May 09, 2016

    Critical times for building in Barnet

    Planning 2096 3
    The combination of planning relaxations, housing demand, property prices and uncertainty as to Council intentions makes…
  • The dis-used stadium fenced off and awaiting approval to become the site of super-sized new academy school
    May 08, 2016

    New academy school plans on display

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    After a year’s delay, and a dearth of information, public exhibitions are finally being arranged to allow public…
  • The bench before and after
    May 03, 2016

    Bench done. Now tackle the graffiti!

    High Street The Spires 1260
    “The boys dun good” was the general consensus of passers-by as three High Barnet seniors spent 16 man hours giving the…
  • The beacon-lighting team, L to R, Sebastian Evans, Bill Morris, Mathew Lloyd-Winder and Quentin Carruthers
    Apr 22, 2016

    Queen’s birthday beacon at Monken Hadley

    General News 1593
    High Barnet’s claim to be the highest spot between London and York meant it was ideally situated to take part in the…
  • Derek Epstein (left) of the Barnet Society and Gordon Massey, chairman of the Barnet Residents Association, hard at work washing clean the Church Passage bench.
    Apr 22, 2016

    Community action spruces up Church Passage bench

    General News 1138 2
    Three volunteers spent the morning washing down and scrubbing clean the long, architecturally-designed teak bench that…
  • King George V Playing Field – the Council believe, a 'low quality, low value' link in the Dollis Brook green chain
    Apr 19, 2016

    Threat to our green landscape

    Planning 2279 8
    A lot of new housing is coming to Barnet over the next few years. In the Council’s Housing Strategy 2015-25, it…
  • Andy Dalton, from York, demonstrates techniques for producing relief mono prints at a workshop
    Apr 18, 2016

    Barnet’s artists publicise work

    General News 1174
    Local residents will get more opportunities to view the work of members of the Barnet Guild of Artists if arrangements…
  • Michael King, a founder member of the Group, to his right is Anita Butler, and to his left Jane Strange
    Apr 17, 2016

    Barnet’s love of poetry

    General News 1202
    Celebrations surrounding the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death gave an added impetus to the monthly…
  • The new Barnet environment centre at the Byng Road nature reserve
    Apr 11, 2016

    Environment centre red-scissor opening

    General News 1558
    Schools in and around Barnet are already queuing up for their pupils to visit the Byng Road nature reserve and its new…
  • Barnet remains top spot for a hair cut
    Apr 08, 2016

    Barnet still a cut above

    High Street The Spires 1214
    Barnet is living up to its fame in Cockney rhyming slang: a survey shows there are more hairdressing salons in the…
  • Blue-whale jaw bones dating from the 1930s stand at the Wood Street entrance to the Whalebones estate
    Apr 05, 2016

    Threat to Whalebones receding?

    Planning 1224
    Any planning application to build houses on the 14 acres of woods and farmland at Whalebones – between Wood Street and…
  • Derelict nurses’ home at Elmbank now being demolished
    Apr 05, 2016

    Bulldozers move in at Elmbank

    Planning 1228
    Work has finally started at the Elmbank site, opposite the Arkley public house, to demolish derelict nurses’ homes that…
  • Dominic Barker, of the University of Southampton, at work with his magnetometer in Wrotham Park. Sam Wilson (right) is the archaeologist leading the Battle of Barnet survey and excavation.
    Apr 01, 2016

    Search for Battle of Barnet chapel

    Barnet History 1452
    A series of test pits are to be dug on land inside Wrotham Park as part of an investigation to locate the possible site…
  • The Cruciform building at the NIMR
    Mar 21, 2016

    Another historic building to be converted for housing

    Planning 3813 3
    Barratt London have released the first details of their plans to build up to 450 homes in and around the site of one of…
  • Visitors queuing to descend the original steps to see the tanks of mineral spring water
    Mar 21, 2016

    A peep inside physic well

    Barnet History 1241
    Visitors queued up for opening time at Barnet’s historic well house – not for a drink, but a rare chance to descend the…
  • From L to R: Maura Howells, Brigid Horgan, the day centre organiser, Daphne Korner and Molly Stebbings
    Mar 21, 2016

    Day centre 40th anniversary

    General News 1233
    Chipping Barnet’s popular day centre for the elderly – with a waiting list for places – celebrates its 40th anniversary…
  • With  planning permission, demolition of the Brake Shear House complex could start by the end of the year
    Mar 10, 2016

    Affordable workshops a priority for Brake Shear House site

    Planning 1671 2
    A joint approach is being made by local groups to try to ensure that the new office block to be built as part of the…
  • Barnet’s physic well looking worse for wear, rotting timber supports and graffiti on the walls
    Mar 08, 2016

    A chance to see – but not to taste

    Barnet History 2283 1
    Barnet’s historic physic well, visited by Samuel Pepys, will be open to the public on Saturday 19 March offering a rare…
  • Aubrey Rose outside Monkenholt once the home of Dame Cicely Saunders
    Mar 08, 2016

    Blue plaque for hospice pioneer

    General News 1682
    A campaign is being launched to persuade English Heritage to award one of its renowned blue plaques to the Hadley Green…
  • Mar 01, 2016

    Updates for ‘Rambles Round Barnet'

    Rambles 1161
    Part 1 Walk 3 Section 2: Trotters Bottom to Saffron Green 31st May 2016
  • Embank development to go ahead
    Feb 26, 2016

    Go ahead for 114 homes on Elmbank

    Planning 1996 2
    Planning approval has finally been given for the demolition of one of High Barnet’s worst eyesores, the derelict blocks…
  • Deputy head Kim Price and assistant head teacher Kevin Mathews at the Pavilion Study Centre
    Feb 26, 2016

    Woodland project helps vulnerable children

    General News 1283 2
    A woodland project at Barnet’s centre for vulnerable and excluded school children is hoping to qualify for a £12,000…
  • Blue Badge Fraud in Barnet is going unchecked
    Feb 23, 2016

    Barnet Blue Badge fraud

    Services 1690
    Barnet a hot spot for lost and stolen disabled badges...but a woeful response. More blue disabled badges were lost or…
  • Jennifer Ford, head of drama at Queen Elizabeth’s Girl School, with Frankie Stanley (centre) who took lead role as Maria, and Melissa Dieter as Captain Von Trapp
    Feb 13, 2016

    QE Girls “alive with the sound of music!”

    General News 1847 5
    Seventy pupils spent six months preparing and rehearsing for a spectacular production of The Sound of Music at Queen…
  • Serena Rushton of Stop the Over Development of Arkley outside the Elmbank site on Barnet Road
    Feb 09, 2016

    Arkley residents against Elmbank project

    Planning 3353 17
    SODA – Stop the Over Development of Arkley – is a new campaign group established by local residents to campaign against…
  • Simon Smith, clerk to the visitors (trustees) of the Jesus Hospital Charity
    Feb 08, 2016

    Right-to-buy almshouses put to rest

    Barnet History 2053 4
    A question mark hanging over the future ownership of Barnet’s many historic almshouses has finally been resolved after…
  • Peter Mason, who will be 80 in April, has run a small holding on farmland at Whalebones since 1962
    Feb 01, 2016

    MP steps up fight to save Whalebones

    Planning 1775 3
    Opposition is mounting to the possibility that 14 acres of woods and farmland at Whalebones, between Wood Street and…
  • The hunt is on: Sam Wilson (right) project supervisor for the Battle of Barnet archaeological investigation with metal detecting volunteer, Eric Weinrabe at work in fields off Kitts End Lane last autumn
    Feb 01, 2016

    New site of Battle of Barnet?

    Barnet History 1985 2
    Farmland to the west of Wrotham Park, alongside Kitts End Lane and the St Albans Road, is emerging as a likely site of…
  • Sky News’ senior correspondent Ian Woods (left) interviews Ken Rowland, organiser of fibre4barnet, together with cameraman Tom Radburn
    Jan 25, 2016

    Sky reports Barnet's broadband fiasco

    Broadband 1668
    High Barnet’s dire broadband service was highlighted by Sky News when it featured a campaign by a cross-party group of…
  • Steve and Julie Pankhurst
    Jan 21, 2016

    The end of Friends Reunited

    General News 1972 6
    The sun sets on the Barnet inspired networking site. Friends Reunited, the social networking website created in the…
  • Boring picture - perhaps.  But not for residents waiting for improved broadband
    Jan 20, 2016

    BT finally to honour promise?

    Broadband 1952 7
    One by one, High Barnet is being provided with the additional telephone cabinets that are needed to supply fast…
  • Junior doctors Emily Vaughan and Rithesh Veettil rallying support outside the Spires shopping centre
    Jan 13, 2016

    Signatures by the hundred in support of junior doctors

    Services 962
    Junior doctors from Barnet Hospital spent their strike day collecting signatures in support of the British Medical…
  • Terence Atkins with choristers
    Jan 13, 2016

    Former choristers pay tribute to Barnet church organist and choirmaster

    General News 1411 1
    Maintaining the great musical tradition of Barnet parish church has been the outstanding achievement of Terence Atkins,…
  • The 107 bus route is currently under threat from closure
    Jan 08, 2016

    107 bus route under threat

    Services 2944 1
    The future operation of the 107 bus service, which has stops in High Barnet on its route between Edgware and New…
  • The new centre nears completion
    Jan 03, 2016

    New environment centre almost completed

    General News 1227 1
    Finishing touches are being added to the newly built, eco-friendly Barnet Environment Centre in Byng Road, ready for…
  • The Spires’ upgrade could result in the loss of the Coffee Bean’s garden seating area
    Jan 03, 2016

    What future for café gardens?

    High Street The Spires 1756 12
    A guarded welcome has been given by the Barnet Society to plans for a £7 million upgrade for the Spires shopping…
  • Music teacher Paul Nathan conducing QE Girls’ school orchestra and choir
    Dec 18, 2015

    Concert rounds off 2015 at QE Girls

    General News 1453
    A seasonal concert that drew on the great range of musical talents at Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ School, Barnet, rounded…
  • Gail Laser of Love Barnet is shown the plans by James Winpenny, Hunter Real Estate
    Dec 12, 2015

    Spires £7 million upgrade

    High Street The Spires 4233 9
    A two-storey, 24,000-square-foot new fashion store – replacing four existing shop units – will become the centrepiece…
  • An aerial view of the woods and farmland around Whalebones Park
    Dec 08, 2015

    MP willing to confront bulldozers

    Planning 1881 1
    Responding to fears about the possible zoning for housing of the woods and fields around Whalebones Park, the Chipping…
  • Jade Andrews (15), and Rashaan Shahe (14) led the procession from the Bull Theatre
    Dec 07, 2015

    Mayor of Barnet praises Museum

    General News 1347
    Barnet Museum – and its role in leading the Battle of Barnet project – was singled out for praise by the Mayor of…
  • The Barnet Museum, Wood Street
    Dec 04, 2015

    Barnet Museum plans rejected

    Planning 1626 1
    Volunteers at Barnet Museum say they are shocked and dismayed that after months of discussion Barnet Council’s planning…
  • Peter Mason 79, with his poultry flock, has been farming at Whalebones for the last 50 years
    Dec 01, 2015

    Whalebones trustees reassurance

    Planning 2593 9
    Trustees for the Gwyneth Cowing estate have given an assurance to the Barnet Society that any development of Whalebones…
  • Whitings Hill
    Nov 30, 2015

    20 years old and growing fast

    General News 1210
    Twenty years ago this December, the first of two tree plantations was inaugurated at Whitings Hill to commemorate the…
  • Whalebones Park stretches westwards for 14 acres from the junction of Wood Street and Wellhouse Lane
    Nov 20, 2015

    Whalebones Park to go for houses?

    Planning 5870 37
    Whalebones Park, a 14-acre stretch of fields and woods between Barnet Hospital and Wood Street, is about to be…
  • Clovelly Cottage. A commemorative plaque was fixed to the right of the door, but now only the mounts remain
    Nov 20, 2015

    A Barnet business start up that changed the world

    Barnet History 2062
    It is not well enough known that British cinema was born in Chipping Barnet 120 years ago. Moving images were then as…
  • Superfast broadband for Barnet
    Nov 17, 2015

    New super fast broadband for Barnet?

    Broadband 1480
    A possible scheme to deliver superfast broadband to High Barnet via a wireless network was greeted enthusiastically at…
  • Barnet Society’s planning and environment chair, Robin Bishop, inspects Wrenbridge’s plans for new houses and offices on the Brake Shear House site. From left to right: Markus Geiger, Barnet Society; Jessica Stewart, Wrenbridge public relations; Robin Bishop; Jeff Wilson, director, Wrenbridge; J-J Lorraine, architect
    Nov 16, 2015

    Gated housing planned off High Street

    Planning 2700 10
    Plans for a five-storey block of flats and a three-storey office block are the main features of an extensive…
  • Nov 15, 2015

    Rambles Round Barnet Updates Nov 2015

    Rambles 1073
    Lime Grove Footpath Reopened
  • Nov 13, 2015

    Barnet Fayre 2015

    General News 2086
    Over 100 stalls will line the High Street and the courtyard outside Barnet College for the annual Barnet Christmas…
  • Mrs Katy Rawlings cleans an Elizabethan silver sixpence unearthed on farmland off Kitts End Lane
    Nov 12, 2015

    Battle of Barnet coins found

    Barnet History 1903
    A medieval silver farthing that might have been in use at the time of the Battle of Barnet of 1471 is the most dramatic…
  • The photograph shows the trees on 16th February 2016
    Nov 02, 2015

    Rambles round Barnet booklet and geotourist.com updates

    Rambles 1142
    Correction: ‘Rambles’ Vol. 2 Walk 5 (ii) Paragraph 5. The additional information in italics refers to ‘..an inwardly…
  • Ozgur Titizoglu and Barnet’s long-lost dairy maid
    Nov 01, 2015

    Painted tiles depicting dairy maid date from 1910

    Barnet History 1557
    When workmen removed the last wooden panels covering up tiling on the walls of 89 High Street, Barnet, they were able…
  • Getting on his high horse: Nick Jones, Barnet Society Chair, arguing for free parking on ITV’s Parking Wars
    Oct 28, 2015

    Barnet Society wins parking review

    High Street The Spires 2257 5
    Barnet Council has finally agreed to review its parking charges along Barnet High Street following a campaign by the…
  • From left to right: Christine Bateson (sister), Jenny Chapman, David Chapman (son), Laura Woods (daughter), Andy Woods and Claire Chapman
    Oct 28, 2015

    Hadley Green oak tree for former MP

    General News 2081
    An oak tree in memory of the former Chipping Barnet MP Sir Sydney Chapman has been planted on Hadley Green, beside the…
  • The White Lion, St Alban's Road
    Oct 28, 2015

    Fight to keep White Lion

    General News 1982 1
    Renewed uncertainty about the future of the White Lion on St Albans Road has led to a successful bid to persuade Barnet…
  • Violet Walker, head teacher, with pictures from her time as a pupil in the 1970s
    Oct 18, 2015

    Challenging time for new head of Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ School

    Services 4923
    Violet Walker, the new head teacher at Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ School, has every justification for her assertion that…
  • The former British Legion hall with Checkalow Tiles in the background
    Oct 18, 2015

    Housing to replace dilapidated buildings

    Restoration & Rejuvenation 2241 4
    The purchase by a property company of Barnet’s former British Legion hall at the corner of Moxon Street and Tapster…
  • One of the two Victorian measuring jugs
    Oct 18, 2015

    Barnet jugs found in Formby

    Barnet History 1273
    Two Victorian measuring jugs from a former public house in High Barnet have turned up mysteriously in the archives of…
  • Dairy maid painted on wall tiles discovered recently decades after they were last seen
    Oct 12, 2015

    Dairy maid reappears

    Barnet History 2370 1
    A set of painted wall tiles revealed during building work at 89 High Street Barnet depict a dairy maid holding her…
  • room 89 open for business
    Oct 12, 2015

    Showcase reopens

    Restoration & Rejuvenation 1677 1
    Number 89, the community-run pop-up shop selling local arts and crafts that was in the High Street until a few months…
  • Lesley Graham with rubbish removed from neglected woodland
    Oct 12, 2015

    New future for abandoned Meadway woodland

    Restoration & Rejuvenation 1631
    Teachers, parents and volunteers are hard at work trying to convert an area of neglected woodland into an outdoor…
  • Oct 05, 2015

    North London Waste Plan

    Services 1371
    Some six or seven years ago the Barnet Society was solidly involved in the early public discussion and consultation on…
  • Rambles Round Barnet
    Oct 02, 2015

    Smartphone app for Barnet Ramblers

    Rambles 1715
    Walkers who have enjoyed following the popular trails featured in the Barnet Society’s Rambles Round Barnet guides are…
  • The late Dr Gillian Gear
    Sep 30, 2015

    Death of historian who championed Barnet Museum

    General News 2721 7
    Dr Gillian Gear, who fought a heroic battle to save and maintain Barnet Museum when Barnet Council withdrew its…
  • Dr Glenn Foard, Huddersfield University’s celebrated military archaeologist
    Sep 29, 2015

    Battle of Barnet metal detecting starts

    Barnet History 2567
    A training weekend for local metal dectorists in a freshly ploughed field off Kitts End Lane has kicked off an…
  • Ken Rowland, Fibre4Barnet campaigner, beside BT cabinets excluded from the latest promised upgrade
    Sep 29, 2015

    Fibre4Barnet seeks support

    Broadband 2139 1
    Fibre4Barnet, the pressure group set up by Ken Rowland to try to force British Telecom to complete the rollout of…
  • Brake Shear House
    Sep 23, 2015

    High Barnet cottage industries to go

    High Street The Spires 3424 6
    Almost 30 small businesses and workshops with premises on land behind Barnet High Street may have to relocate within…
  • The reprieved oak tree
    Sep 22, 2015

    Oak tree reprieved

    Planning 1261
    After a determined campaign by local residents the “mighty oak” of Whitings Road has been saved from the axe.
  • Parking Wars on ITV
    Sep 10, 2015

    Parking Wars

    High Street The Spires 2303 1
    The Barnet Society's campaign for a 30 minute free parking period in the High Street is featured in the latest series…
  • Sep 03, 2015

    Barnet Market’s longest-running stall

    Barnet Market 1876
    “Pineapples, two for a pound!” – father and son David and Tyler Bone have both been shouting out prices for fruit and…
  • Mrs Villiers said the upgrading of six of the nine cabinets identified by Barnet Society was an important step
    Sep 03, 2015

    British Telecom to upgrade broadband

    Broadband 3503 15
    After months of campaigning by the Barnet Society, British Telecom have finally given an assurance that it will improve…
  • Banners similar to those displayed in Tewkesbury could be seen on Barnet's High Street
    Sep 01, 2015

    Barnet to match Tewkesbury’s banners?

    Barnet History 1914 1
    Decorating the High Street with the banners of medieval noblemen might be one of the ways to celebrate the anniversary…
  • Hanging baskets are not supported by Barnet Council
    Sep 01, 2015

    Barnet’s hanging baskets

    High Street The Spires 1366
    Barnet High Street has been bedecked once again with flowering hanging baskets. But please do not be fooled into…
  • Queen Elizabeth's Girls’ School
    Aug 28, 2015

    Queen Elizabeth's Girls’ School

    Barnet History 2177
    Queen Elizabeth I’s charter of 1573 provided for ‘boys and youth’, but it was not until 1888 that Barnet got a school…
  • Barnet Market circa 1800
    Aug 21, 2015

    Demolition could reveal medieval market

    High Street The Spires 1896 1
    If permission is granted to demolish the empty After Office Hours bar next to the Bull Theatre, the Barnet Society says…
  • Whittings Road Oak tree
    Aug 05, 2015

    Ancient oak tree might be spared

    Planning 1915 2
    A campaign to save what has been dubbed the “mighty oak” of Whitings Road has made significant progress.
  • After Office Hours to be demolished stands next to The Bull
    Aug 05, 2015

    Homes to replace High Street shops

    High Street The Spires 2904 1
    Two High Street premises will be extended to include flats if planning permission can be obtained from Barnet Council –…
  • Will Virgin Media step in?
    Jul 29, 2015

    Broadband - will Virgin Media step in?

    Broadband 3166 3
    After endless delays and broken promises by British Telecom, High Barnet residents without high-speed broadband are…
  • The Spires is to have a £7 million upgrade
    Jul 27, 2015

    £7 million upgrade for the Spires

    High Street The Spires 3181 5
    A Canadian investment fund is the new owner of the Spires shopping centre in High Barnet, having paid £40 million for…
  • Work is well underway on 25 new flats for older women in Union Street
    Jul 09, 2015

    Union Street residents annoyed

    General News 3680 5
    Two new housing developments are changing still further the appearance of Union Street in High Barnet, which in recent…
  • Barnet's new countryside headquarters green roof
    Jul 09, 2015

    Green roof for countryside headquarters

    General News 1465
    A living roof planted with sedum is one of the eco-friendly features of the new Barnet Environment Centre, which is…
  • The Poplar trees to be felled on St Albans Road
    Jul 08, 2015

    Old Fold Manor Golf Club proposed landscaping works

    Planning 1732
    The Club’s application for major re-landscaping has been submitted to the planners. The Barnet Society is minded to…
  • The barns at Brent Lodge Farm
    Jul 01, 2015

    Town and Country free-for-all

    Planning 2470 1
    You’d think that planning controls in the Green Belt and Conservation Areas would be stricter than elsewhere. No longer.
  • Re-enactment of medieval battlefield scenes by the Milady De Mowbray re-enactment group
    Jun 30, 2015

    The Battle of Barnet Project

    Barnet History 3316 2
    A re-enactment of scenes from a medieval battlefield was the highlight of the official launch of the Battle of Barnet…
  • Members of the 1st Barnet Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association 2014 at their 2014 annual camp at Chichester
    Jun 29, 2015

    Bargain hunters boost Boys’ Brigade

    General News 2935 1
    High Barnet’s biggest and best jumble sale – that is the proud boast of the 1st Barnet Boys’ Brigade and Girls’…
  • George Tranda beside the 100-year-old oak tree in Whitings Road which Barnet Council intend to fell
    Jun 25, 2015

    Tie a yellow ribbon

    General News 1873
    A yellow ribbon is tied around the trunk, and the words “save me” have been sprayed onto the bark of a healthy 100-year…
  • Barnet Society’s President Aubrey Rose (left) welcomes Simon Marsh, research officer of the Battlefields Trust, Theresa Villiers, MP, and Howard Simmons, also of the Trust, who is advising Barnet Museum
    Jun 22, 2015

    New finds may throw light on Barnet’s history

    General News 1830 1
    When work starts in October on a survey and excavation to find the site of the Battle of Barnet of 1471, local…
  • Hanging baskets on the High Street
    Jun 20, 2015

    Needing some warmth

    High Street The Spires 1446
    Barnet High Street is once again bedecked with flowering hanging baskets – their arrival was delayed by the late spring…
  • Pitches of the former Barnet Cricket and Hockey Club would become playing fields for the new Ark Pioneer Academy that is planned for the site of the former Underhill stadium
    Jun 13, 2015

    Underhill stadium: site for new six-form-entry academy school

    Planning 10764 14
    Barnet Football Club’s vacant stadium at Underhill is to be demolished to make way for a proposed new free school – Ark…
  • Derelict flats that once provided accommodation for nurses at Barnet Hospital have been an eyesore for years
    Jun 13, 2015

    100 new houses planned

    Planning 3487
    Work could start as early as January next year on High Barnet’s largest housing development since the opening of the…
  • New eateries on the High Street, Carluccios, Patisserie Joie de Vie, Kriszta and Melange
    Jun 01, 2015

    Is the tide turning?

    High Street The Spires 4095 4
    After a run of closures over recent months, the High Street now offers several new restaurants and cafes. The…
  • May 16, 2015

    Broadband Alternative

    Broadband 2078 1
    Barnet residents who cannot get high speed broadband from British Telecom have been offered an alternative solution…
  • Slow broadband makes life difficult for many
    Apr 29, 2015

    Broadband campaigners prove their case

    Broadband 2623 3
    A street-by-street survey conducted by local residents has demonstrated overwhelming support for a campaign to persuade…
  • Of seven local primary schools, Foulds was the most heavily oversubscribed
    Apr 21, 2015

    Campaign for new primary school

    Services 4505 12
    All seven primary schools in High Barnet and Underhill have again been oversubscribed, leaving 32 children without an…
  • The Old Red Lion now closed
    Apr 17, 2015

    Old Red Lion campaign continues

    General News 2550 1
    Barnet Council has been accused by supporters of the Campaign for Real Ale of acting in an underhand way in rejecting…
  • The old nurses home
    Apr 14, 2015

    Boarded-up: one sorry sight to go

    Restoration & Rejuvenation 5034 3
    One of High Barnet’s worst eyesores, the derelict former nurses’ home opposite the Arkley public house, is to be…
  • Rotting timbers in Barnet’s historic well house point to years of neglect by Barnet Council
    Apr 13, 2015

    Physic well at risk?

    Barnet History 2100 1
    Torchlight tour of Barnet’s historic physic well but is another historic building at risk? Local residents had a rare…
  • Apr 11, 2015

    A six-horse race for Chipping Barnet

    Election 2015 3086 1
    Six candidates have been nominated for the Chipping Barnet constituency in the general election on Thursday 7 May – a…
  • George V
    Apr 01, 2015

    George V plaques

    Barnet History 1719
    Barnet Society member Sheila Durchslag has issued an alert over two missing George V plaques from the entrance to the…
  • BT engineer installing new Broadband cabinet
    Mar 31, 2015

    Broadband campaigners go street-to-street

    Broadband 2921 5
    High Barnet residents without access to a fast broadband connection are canvassing their neighbours in the hope of…
  • St Albans Road trees
    Mar 24, 2015

    Golf course landfill plan: questions that need answering

    Planning 2567 1
    A scheme to re-landscape much of the Old Fold Manor Golf Club at Hadley Common that involves felling mature trees along…
  • The Battle of Barnet
    Mar 24, 2015

    Battle of Barnet investigation go-ahead

    Barnet History 2980 1
    Military archaeologists from Huddersfield University hope to start work in May surveying the possible site of the…
  • The Old Red Lion
    Mar 15, 2015

    The Old Red Lion - CAMRA steps in

    General News 2806 4
    Barnet Council is being urged by the Campaign for Real Ale to prevent the demolition of the Old Red Lion public house,…
  • From left to right, Jonathan Supran, secretary of the Barnet Society: Gail Laiser of Love Barnet, vice-chair of the Society; and James Freeman, managing director of the Victoria Bakery
    Mar 13, 2015

    Barnet Council says no to free parking – but campaign goes on

    High Street The Spires 4844 3
    A joint attempt by the Barnet Society and the Barnet Times to persuade Barnet Council to introduce a period of free car…
  • Public access is currently denied to the former Barnet Cricket Club pavilion and its playing field at Underhill
    Mar 04, 2015

    New facilities planned for Barnet football and cricket

    Barnet Football Club 2534
    Barnet Council is being asked to give its support to a bid to re-open Barnet Cricket Club pavilion at Underhill and to…
  • Older Women’s Co-housing of Barnet celebrate the start of construction after a campaign that began in 1998
    Mar 03, 2015

    UK's first purpose-build co-housing starts in Barnet

    Planning 6455 6
    A group of feisty women, happy to be renowned for their stubbornness, gathered in Union Street, Barnet, for a ceremony…
  • Some areas in High Barnet still suffer from appallingly slow broadband speeds
    Mar 02, 2015

    Visiting BT executive to resolve broadband speed fiasco?

    Broadband 5172 3
    British Telecom has promised to send an executive to High Barnet in mid- March to meet the Chipping Barnet MP, Theresa…
  • The Hyde, Church Passage
    Feb 27, 2015

    A legacy for Chipping Barnet

    General News 2308 1
    At a time when Barnet’s library service is threatened with savage cuts, The Hyde Institute in Church Passage is a…
  • Bell ringers at Barnet parish church take a pause after concentrating on Grandsire Triples
    Feb 24, 2015

    Church bells floating over Barnet

    General News 2049
    Sunday mornings are quite a rush for the bell ringers of High Barnet. At 9 a.m. they meet up at the Parish Church of St…
  • Broadband speeds in some areas of High Barnet are unacceptably low
    Feb 23, 2015

    Broadband battle goes on

    Broadband 2332 3
    Andrew Dismore, London Assembly member for Barnet and Camden, has stepped in to try to badger British Telecom to…
  • Mark and Wendy Oliver beside the temporary classrooms of Valley Pre-School
    Feb 22, 2015

    Dollis Valley’s nursery school to close

    Services 6014 6
    Valley Pre-School, a community-run nursery for children on the Dollis Valley estate, is appealing to Barnet Council for…
  • The Old Red Lion public house is to close
    Feb 19, 2015

    Last orders at the Old Red Lion

    General News 11413 16
    Another of High Barnet’s oldest public houses is to close – the Old Red Lion, at the bottom of Barnet Hill, is to serve…
  • Roger Aitken signing the petition at the Christmas Fair with Robin Bishop, Mary Carroll and Teresa Kelly
    Feb 15, 2015

    2,500 back free parking campaign

    High Street The Spires 3904
    Almost 2,000 people visiting shops and other premises in the High Street have signed the Barnet Society’s petition…
  • Club members with plans (l to r) Paul Grant, project leader; Robin Loader, past chairman; and Derek Seeley
    Feb 09, 2015

    Plans for Barnet golf course

    Barnet History 3541 2
    Consultations have started on proposals to redevelop part of the course of the Old Fold Manor Golf Club, across land…
  • Councillor Dean Cohen
    Jan 26, 2015

    Busting Councillor Cohen’s “myths”

    High Street The Spires 2611
    Petition forms distributed by the Barnet Society to around 100 shops and other retail premises along the High Street…
  • At your service at the Tea Station from left to right, Sophie Theophanous, Sara Conway and Annie Hussain
    Jan 23, 2015

    Catering skills of Barnet students put to test

    General News 2035
    Catering and tourism students from Barnet and Southgate College are gaining work experience at High Barnet’s newest…
  • The Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Hugh Rayner, helps with the spadework
    Jan 23, 2015

    Work starts at last at Byng Road’s eco-centre

    Restoration & Rejuvenation 2965
    After years of campaigning and fund-raising, work has finally started on the construction of new headquarters and…
  • Trustees from left to right: Dennis Bird, Carla Herrman, archivist Dr Gillian Gear, co-curator, Mike Noronha
    Jan 14, 2015

    Another round for Battle of Barnet funding

    Barnet History 1883
    Barnet Museum is to take the lead in a fresh application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant towards the cost of…
  • Guns & Smoke refused planning permision
    Jan 12, 2015

    Guns & Smoke refusal

    Planning 4435 2
    Planning vote goes against Guns & Smoke. Guns & Smoke, a new American-style bar and grill opposite Barnet parish…
  • The Da Capo Concert Band
    Jan 07, 2015

    Da Capo Concert Band

    General News 1581
    Rehearsals have begun at the Barnet parish church of St John the Baptist for the first of this year’s concerts by the…
  • Robin Bishop, with Alex Marshall (centre) and Terri-Ann Williams, looking north across the green belt
    Jan 04, 2015

    Green belt stars in students’ TV documentary

    General News 1967
    High Barnet’s much-coveted green belt is to be featured in a seven-minute television documentary being filmed by…
  • Hadley Hounds latest victim of parking fiasco
    Dec 16, 2014

    Parking claims another casualty

    High Street The Spires 4681 4
    High Barnet’s “impossible” parking controls are forcing another independent trader out of the High Street.
  • Some local residents think its illuminated sign is garish but others have welcomed the new venture
    Dec 15, 2014

    Planning shoot-out for Guns & Smoke

    Planning 3368 1
    Guns & Smoke, the new American-style bar and grill opposite Barnet parish church, faces what looks like being a…
  • Children enjoying the rink
    Dec 15, 2014

    Skating – a Christmas treat

    Events 1611
    A children’s skating rink was one of the many attractions at the two-day Christmas in the Park at the Old Courthouse…
  • From left to right: Sir David Brewer, Lord Lieutenant of Greater London; Michael Gear (husband); Tim Gear (son); Gillian Gear; Chris Gear (son); General Lord Dannatt, Constable of the Tower
    Dec 15, 2014

    Dr Gear invested with the Order of the British Empire

    General News 1689
    Dr Gillian Gear, Barnet Museum’s archivist, was invested with the Order of the British Empire at a ceremony at the…
  • Jon Supran (left) and The Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Hugh Rayner, signing the free parking petition
    Dec 08, 2014

    Mayor signs parking petition

    High Street The Spires 2849 1
    The Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Hugh Rayner, has signed up to be kept informed of progress in the Barnet Society’s…
  • Gary Cooper (left) and Gerry Bates beside the former cricket field
    Dec 04, 2014

    The “Bees” could return

    Barnet Football Club 9915
    A campaign to get Barnet Football Club to return to the town in a new purpose-built stadium is to be stepped up, after…
  • Theresa Villiers MP, Gordon Massey (Chair of BRA) and Councillor David Longstaff all oppose the petition
    Nov 26, 2014

    No to free parking say Council and MP

    High Street The Spires 4145 5
    Councillor David Longstaff has joined Mrs Theresa Villiers MP and Gordon Massey, chairman of Barnet Residents…
  • Nov 22, 2014

    Two more shops forced out of High Street

    High Street The Spires 12315 11
    Another two independent traders are being forced out of the High Street by a combination of high rents and the chronic…
  • Wellhouse Lane junction of Wood Street accident black spot
    Nov 21, 2014

    Accident black spot proposal

    Road Improvements 2331
    A mini-roundabout and an additional zebra crossing are being proposed by Barnet Council to improve road safety for…
  • Barnet High Street 2014
    Nov 17, 2014

    Barnet is nearly a ghost town

    High Street The Spires 2616 3
    The depth of local anger, frustration and even despair at the damage being inflicted on Barnet’s shopping centre is…
  • Last years Christmas Fair
    Nov 17, 2014

    Packed programme for Barnet Fair

    High Street The Spires 2388
    A packed programme has been arranged for this year’s Barnet Christmas Fair on Sunday 7 December when, instead of…
  • Theresa Villiers MP being welcomed by Gordon Massey, chairman of Barnet Residents Association
    Nov 10, 2014

    Police baffled by High Barnet’s parking

    High Street The Spires 5056 1
    Theresa Villiers, MP for Chipping Barnet, who is Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, admits that that even her…
  • High Barnet needs another nine additional cabinets to complete the roll-out of high-speed broadband
    Nov 10, 2014

    Dire broadband speeds to stay, warns MP

    Broadband 4033 9
    The Barnet Society’s campaign to force British Telecom to complete High Barnet’s roll-out of high-speed broadband will…
  • Nov 03, 2014

    Police to act on blue badge abuse

    Services 10066 4
    After a rising number of complaints about blue disabled badges being used unlawfully by motorists, High Barnet Police…
  • Peter Mason is 78 but has no intention of retiring from his farm in Wood Street
    Nov 03, 2014

    Barnet’s Old MacDonald’s Farm

    General News 10225 3
    For the last 50 years Barnet children have needed to go no further than Wood Street to catch a glimpse of a scene that…
  • Nov 03, 2014

    SOS our town centre is dying

    High Street The Spires 10548 11
    The Barnet Society is launching a Save Our High Street appeal: our town centre desperately needs more shoppers and we…
  • On the Christmas train
    Oct 28, 2014

    Barnet Fair 2014

    High Street The Spires 3053
    Once again the communities of Barnet come together on the first Sunday in December, to celebrate the huge diversity of…
  • Sir Sydney Chapman
    Oct 23, 2014

    Former Barnet MP dies

    Events 5117 2
    Family, friends and constituents have been paying tribute to Sir Sydney Chapman, the former Conservative MP for…
  • Loyal customers shocked to read the bailiff’s notice on the front door of the Oasis coffee shop
    Oct 20, 2014

    Another independent trader closes

    High Street The Spires 5102 3
    Saturday shoppers queued up in disbelief to read a bailiff’s notice posted on the front door of the Oasis coffee shop…
  • The new gold leaf on the Roman numerals shining bright in the autumn sunshine
    Oct 14, 2014

    Telling the time once again

    Restoration & Rejuvenation 4596
    Barnet church has its clock back at last! For almost a month High Barnet residents looked in vain when needing to check…
  • Similar house design to the proposed 105 Camlet Way
    Oct 14, 2014

    Building on the fringe

    Planning 3018
    Green Belt surrounds Chipping Barnet on three sides, and the Barnet Society was founded in 1945 to protect it. As…
  • Philip Patenall and his son Matthew, with Sue Bird, vice-chair of Friends of Barnet Countryside Centre
    Oct 14, 2014

    Rare flowers from Totteridge

    Restoration & Rejuvenation 3976 1
    Work is well underway preparing the ground for planting a wild-flower meadow which will become a major new attraction…
  • Councillor Hugh Rayner, Mayor of Barnet, presenting Annette Chmiel with the Centenary Cup
    Sep 28, 2014

    The bees knees

    Events 8679
    Honey from hives at Friern Barnet allotments scooped the top prize at the 100th annual show of Barnet District…
  • Interior of the new shop at 89 High Street
    Sep 14, 2014

    Opening of High Street showcase

    High Street The Spires 15606 1
    Love Barnet’s pop-up shop at 89 High Street promoting locally produced crafts and goods had what the staff said was a…
  • Marchers outside Barnet Hospital
    Sep 07, 2014

    Marchers against NHS privatisation

    Services 2107
    Chants of “Our NHS, your NHS” echoed around the Wellhouse Lane entrance to Barnet Hospital as the People’s March for…
  • Guns and Smoke, promises to be a new venue at the heart of High Barnet’s conservation area
    Sep 01, 2014

    Guns & Smoke: too quick on the draw?

    Planning 7646 11
    Guns & Smoke, a new American-style bar and grill at the heart of the High Barnet conservation area, is announcing that…
  • Balloons, games and cups of tea were all on offer
    Sep 01, 2014

    Barnet Police Station’s open day

    Services 31799 1
    Face-painting, games, balloons and cups of tea were among the attractions at Barnet Police Station’s open day as a full…
  • An artist’s impression of the new complex of flats for older women
    Aug 31, 2014

    Ground-breaking project for older women’s housing

    Restoration & Rejuvenation 15628 8
    Work is about to start in Union Street, just off Barnet High Street, on the construction of twenty-five flats for older…
  • The body of King Richard III, discovered in a council car park in Leicester, is to be buried in Leicester Cathedral
    Aug 22, 2014

    Plans for a heritage trail for the Battle of Barnet

    Barnet History 4266
    A Battle of Barnet heritage trail starting at Hadley Highstone is just one of the ambitious plans for providing a…
  • Julian Stewart takes no more than a minute to find one out of thousands of items he stocks in Bargain Buys
    Aug 21, 2014

    Four candles please

    High Street The Spires 2725
    “Four candles please” – a regular request at Bargain BuysBargain Buys is High Barnet’s answer to the decline of the…
  • Barnet Museum is one of the few remaining community museums in Greater London, run by volunteers
    Aug 15, 2014

    Battle of Barnet dig could enhance the role of Barnet Museum

    Barnet History 2441
    Barnet Museum is drawing up plans for a possible extension to its Wood Street premises and a programme of community…
  • “Where is she?” . . . Steve Leveridge, education officer of the Barnet District Beekeepers Association, looking for the queen in a 50,000-strong bee hive at the Association’s High Barnet apiary
    Aug 04, 2014

    The busy bees of Barnet

    General News 3696
    Barnet’s bee population – and the borough’s beekeepers – are in very good shape thanks to the enthusiasm and good…
  • From left to right Robert Colgate, Mrs Jenny Harrold, Mrs Sarah Housden and Ms Heather Colgate
    Jul 26, 2014

    Milestone for the almshouses

    Barnet History 2249
    Descendants of the family that established the Thomas Watson Cottage Homes, which are tucked away at the end of…
  • Shameful excuses from BT mean slow internet speeds for many properties in High Barnet
    Jul 18, 2014

    High Barnet’s third-world broadband service

    Broadband 8813 14
    British Telecom reworks its ever-lasting litany of excuses and is finally being forced to admit to internet customers…
  • Christ Church School is being extensively renovated to provide a drop-in facility for the elderly
    Jul 16, 2014

    New beginning for former schoolhouse

    Restoration & Rejuvenation 7692
    After raising the staggering sum of half a million pounds, work has started on the first phase of an ambitious project…
  • Thomas Watson Cottage Homes in Leecroft Road
    Jul 04, 2014

    The generosity of Barnet’s benefactors

    Barnet History 6396
    Tucked away at the end of Leecroft Road, unseen by many local residents, are the Thomas Watson Cottage Homes, which…
  • Dr Gillian Gear, Barnet Museum’s archivist (far left), with Mrs Theresa Villiers, MP for Chipping Barnet, Martin Russell, Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Greater London, and Mike Noronha, co-curator of the museum
    Jun 30, 2014

    Barnet Museum’s garden party brings history to life

    Barnet History 3516
    Two local history projects connecting Barnet’s past to the present day have been officially unveiled at Barnet Museum…
  • Carluccio's to open next summer in the revamped Spires
    Jun 27, 2014

    Carluccio's opening date set

    High Street The Spires 10141 1
    Facelift for the Spires to be finished by the spring ready for Carluccio’s restaurant to open next summer. Building…
  • The new Hadley Wood Hospital without the additional two floors
    Jun 20, 2014

    New private hospital for High Barnet

    Planning 44140
    Even before the completion of its fitting out, an application has been made for planning permission to almost double…
  • Foulds Primary School - one of three High Barnet primary schools where demand for places exceeds supply
    Jun 19, 2014

    Petition for new primary school in High Barnet

    Services 17552 11
    Parents of children due to start school from 2016 onwards are being urged to sign a petition to support a campaign to…
  • John Bye preparing meat at Butcher’s Hook, the last remaining butcher’s shop on Barnet High Street
    Jun 16, 2014

    Where have all the butchers gone?

    High Street The Spires 4728 2
    Just imagine the bustle and activity of 1898 when such was the competition in the High Street of Barnet that shoppers…
  • Jun 15, 2014

    Yet more BT delays

    Broadband 23982 2
    British Telecom has been forced to admit that there will be another lengthy delay in providing a fast broadband service…
  • Could the school do more to celebrate its local connections?
    Jun 04, 2014

    Queen Elizabeth’s Boys’ School – an academic hothouse at the expense of local boys?

    Services 34999 4
    Around 2,000 boys from across London and the Home Counties are again expected to apply to study at Barnet’s…
  • Wood Street's whalebones are 75 years in situ and still in good shape
    Jun 03, 2014

    Wood Street’s whalebones - 75 years in situ

    Barnet History 8497
    Seventy-five years ago workmen from a local building contractor, W. Foster & Sons, were asked to complete a highly…
  • Tony and Dorina, their son and daughter, Giuliano and Angela, continuing a family tradition at Dory’s cafe
    Jun 03, 2014

    Dory’s cafe: a Barnet institution

    High Street The Spires 12798 3
    When customer satisfaction is the only protection against the tsunami of change that is sweeping through so many of…
  • Last match at Underhill
    Jun 02, 2014

    Barnet stadium for sale

    Barnet Football Club 3951
    Underhill stadium, home ground of Barnet Football Club for over a century, is to be sold. News that the club’s chairman…
  • Glenn Foard
    May 27, 2014

    New bid for Battle of Barnet excavation

    Barnet History 2727
    Glenn Foard, a celebrated military archaeologist, is to spend a day assessing the prospects for a new bid to obtain…
  • 34 bus at top of Barnet Hill
    May 27, 2014

    34 bus route too costly to extend

    Services 7665 1
    Transport for London has turned down a suggestion by the Barnet Society that by slightly extending the final…
  • The derelict Marie Foster home on Wood Street
    May 14, 2014

    Abandoned Marie Foster home could become GP surgery

    Restoration & Rejuvenation 6860 1
    Feasibility study begins on future use of abandoned Marie Foster Home: could it become the site of a new GP surgery for…
  • Gail Laser (centre) with Samantha Wrightson, and Daniel Wrightson
    May 12, 2014

    Pop-up to encourage revival

    High Street The Spires 7146 1
    One of the many vacant frontages along Barnet High Street is about to get a new lease of life as a pop-up shop where…
  • Proposed new-look entrance for The Spires
    May 02, 2014

    Preview - The new look Spires

    High Street The Spires 4273
    New look for Spires shopping centre: a continental cafe-style culture for Barnet High Street?
  • Covered with yet another facade
    May 01, 2014

    Swiss chalet cladding off but saga goes on

    Planning 2992
    Barnet Council has promised that a heritage officer will carry out an inspection in Church Passage in the “very near…
  • High Barnet traffic mayhem
    Apr 29, 2014

    Loads of cash to improve Barnet’s traffic bottleneck

    Services 21678 1
    Barnet Council has almost £150,000 available which could be spent immediately on improving the road junction at the top…
  • Carluccio’s will take the lease left by WH Smith
    Apr 23, 2014

    Plans go in for Spires’ facelift

    High Street The Spires 5204
    A restaurant with an outside seating area will become part of the High Street frontage of the Spires’ shopping centre…
  • If the No. 34 terminated at the Arkley public house The Red Lion stop could be used for other buses
    Apr 19, 2014

    New bus stops for High Barnet

    Services 8823 1
    A new layout for High Barnet’s bus stops could benefit passengers and speed up traffic flow. Transport for London has…
  • Both new and established stalls are at Barnet Market
    Apr 02, 2014

    Events at Barnet Market

    Events 2804
    The Friends of Barnet Market have orgainsied a series of events this Spring to encourage new shoppers to visit the…
  • Mrs Theresa Villiers, Chipping Barnet MP, with Ken Rowland of Salisbury Road, Barnet, one of the many local residents without a fast broadband connection
    Mar 29, 2014

    British Telecom on the spot

    Broadband 6696 4
    The Barnet Society pinpoints the sites of missing telecoms cabinets needed to deliver a fast broadband service. The…
  • Could Barnet be turned into a must-visit boutique shopping town?
    Mar 29, 2014

    Barnet a boutique shopping town?

    High Street The Spires 3097
    An imaginative array of ideas for reviving Barnet’s shopping centre was outlined at the Barnet Society’s annual…
  • The Band in the 1930's
    Mar 19, 2014

    And the band played on...

    Events 4468
    Barnet Museum is staging a display of instruments and memorabilia belonging to Barnet Band, thought to be the oldest…
  • 'Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn'
    Mar 19, 2014

    Age shall not weary them

    Barnet History 3582
    Local historians are busy researching the lives of Barnet men who lost their lives in the First World War. The aim is…
  • Angela Morris inspecting her rain gauge.
    Mar 10, 2014

    Wet, wetter, wettest

    Weather 15341
    After collecting High Barnet’s rainfall figures since the 1980s, a Barnet family can say without hesitation that this…
  • Boris Johnson  Mayor of London
    Mar 06, 2014

    Battle of Barnet dig - will Boris intervene?

    Barnet History 3622 1
    Hopes have been dashed of getting approval for an early start to an archaeological excavation to determine the precise…
  • The twin Spires will stay
    Feb 24, 2014

    Twin spires to stay

    High Street The Spires 7245 7
    A controversial plan to demolish the twin spires to provide a new entrance to the Spires shopping centre has been…
  • The twin spires have gone in this proposal
    Feb 14, 2014

    Now The Spires without the twin spires

    High Street The Spires 56192 44
    Two designs for a new High Street entrance to the Spires shopping centre – one of which would be without the two…
  • Theresa Villiers tackles BT over High Barnet broadband fiasco
    Feb 06, 2014

    MP tackles BT but is High Barnet any the wiser?

    Broadband 5414 5
    A long-awaited meeting between Theresa Villiers MP and senior executives of British Telecom has still left unanswered…
  • The Green Belt
    Jan 27, 2014

    Green belt “critical to the health” of Barnet

    Planning 4998
    Barnet has probably more to thank the politicians and planners of the 1930s and 1940s for than any other town in north…
  • Rambles Round Barnet
    Jan 15, 2014

    Rambles Round Barnet Updates

    Rambles 2478
    Members will recall that a previous update on 11th September 2013 referred to the closure of the Totteridge…
  • Battle of Barnet
    Jan 15, 2014

    Backing for Battle of Barnet dig

    Barnet History 5113
    A final decision is expected by the end of January on the extent of financial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund…
  • Swiss Chalet Cladding
    Jan 15, 2014

    Church Passage Swiss Chalet to go

    Planning 8417 6
    A planning inspector has ordered that unauthorised timber cladding must be removed from the frontage of retail premises…
  • Barnet Physic Well
    Jan 08, 2014

    Barnet’s historic physic well now sad and forlorn

    Barnet History 24002 10
    Is Barnet in danger of losing another historic link with the past? The well house protecting the town’s famous physic…
  • Barnet High Street
    Jan 06, 2014

    The changing face of Chipping Barnet

    Planning 5011 5
    Like much of the south-east of England, Chipping Barnet is seeing a rapid rise in home extensions and offices being…
  • Imfamous Barnet resident Ronnie Biggs
    Dec 18, 2013

    Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs dies

    General News 4810 1
    Ronnie Biggs, who spent the final years of his life at the Carlton Court Care Home in Bells Hill Barnet, has died at…
  • MP Theresa Villiers
    Dec 15, 2013

    Theresa Villiers opposes golf course landfill

    Barnet History 2619
    Local residents who are against plans for tree-felling and landfill on the site of Old Fold Manor Golf Club off Hadley…
  • Moxon Street Car Park
    Dec 03, 2013

    One hour free at Moxon Street car park

    Road Improvements 30488 4
    After sustained pressure from local traders and community groups, Barnet Council has agreed to provide a sizeable…
  • All the fun of the fair
    Dec 02, 2013

    The best ever Barnet Christmas Fair

    Events 4303
    All the fun of the fair filled the High Street for the annual Barnet Christmas Fair, which many judged was the most…
  • ASDA and TfL claim that conjestion at the car park will not increase
    Nov 23, 2013

    Will grocery collection add to Tube station congestion?

    Road Improvements 11117 2
    Transport for London say its decision to allow Asda supermarkets to use High Barnet tube station for its…
  • The building in Church Passage
    Nov 22, 2013

    Church Passage cladding: An inspector decides

    Planning 10591 9
    A planning inspector has now been appointed to consider the objections made by the Barnet Society and other local…
  • Rambles Round Barnet
    Nov 20, 2013

    Rambles Round Barnet Part 2

    Rambles 2701
    Rambles Round Barnet 2 went on sale for the first time at the Christmas Fair on Sunday 1st December 2013. It was…
  • Barnet Fair in the High Street
    Nov 17, 2013

    Town centre to be transformed

    Events 7101
    Local shops and businesses are pulling out all the stops to ensure a spectacular line-up of events and attractions for…
  • Stall holder back on refurbished market site
    Nov 14, 2013

    Market re-opening: just the kind of celebration High Barnet needs

    Barnet Market 9414
    Celebrations along the high streets of Britain have been few and far between in the last few years, so the official…
  • Waste not: under proposals, landfill would be used to 're-contour' the course and up to 60 poplar trees felled
    Oct 29, 2013

    Golf club wins first round in new Battle of Barnet

    Barnet History 13590 1
    If planning approval can be obtained, Barnet Council will allow landfill to be used to re-contour a golf course at…
  •  Collector at work early morning
    Oct 25, 2013

    Bin There?

    Services 11295 2
    New recycling service: an eyewitness report from a Barnet Society member. High Barnet householders have been told they…
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