Saturday, 18 March 2017 07:45

Last orders at famous Barnet hostelry

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Another of Barnet’s historic public houses, the White Lion in St Albans Road, has closed, and local residents fear that it might be converted into flats or even demolished to make way for a new housing development.

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 19:32

Library facing summer closure

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Chipping Barnet library will operate on a partial self-service basis during April and May before closing again on Monday 5 June for extensive internal construction work over the summer months to convert some of the building into commercial office space.

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 18:37

Petticoats and poetry

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Barnet's WEA* is launching its first-ever one-day Summer Saturday courses in May, 2017.;They are being held at the recently-opened Hope Corner Community Centre in Mays Lane (185 Mays Lane, EN5 2DY)

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Friday, 24 February 2017 16:56

Barnet’s royal pastry chef

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Celebrations for the Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee, marking her 65 years on the throne, brought back fond memories for former Buckingham Palace pastry chef, George O’Connor, who lives in sheltered housing in Barnet.

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Friday, 27 January 2017 10:10

Theresa Villiers MP under fire

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A ready supply of lively and forthright questions kept the politics and views of the Chipping Barnet MP Theresa Villiers firmly under the spotlight at her annual question and answer session with members of the Barnet Society and other local associations.

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Sunday, 22 January 2017 17:23

Wanted: Battle project co-ordinator

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The job of promoting and explaining the Battle of Barnet of 1471 is to be undertaken by a project co-ordinator whose appointment has been made possible by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Friday, 06 January 2017 12:23

Barnet’s footpath pioneer remembered

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After years of uncertainty answers have finally been found to questions about the identity and motives of an early pioneer in the continuing task of defending the footpaths and green spaces that mean so much to members of the Barnet Society.

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Wednesday, 04 January 2017 11:35

Free to speak her mind?

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After what for her personally – and for the rest of the country – has been a momentous political year, the Chipping Barnet MP Theresa Villiers, will be the guest of the Barnet Society at our annual question and answer session at 3pm on Friday 20 January.

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Wednesday, 04 January 2017 10:33

John Brown

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Two sculptures by the noted Barnet sculptor John Brown are due to appear in Steven Spielberg’s most recent science fiction adventure, Ready Player One, which is being filmed in Birmingham and at the Warner Studios in Leavesden.

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Monday, 12 December 2016 17:07

Green Belt prices soar

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There has been another indication of the growing commercial interest in, and rising value of Barnet’s Green Belt land – just as Arkley residents step up their campaign against local farmland being developed as a natural burial site.

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Tuesday, 06 December 2016 23:28

Outrage at library closure

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Outraged Barnet book lovers staged a mass read-in outside the closed front doors of Chipping Barnet Library to demonstrate their dismay and anger at the downgrading of a much-loved community asset.

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Friday, 02 December 2016 15:58

Tell Sadiq Khan our priorities

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The Barnet Society is taking full advantage of an opportunity to influence the re-drafting of the London Plan by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan – and local residents are being urged to add their voice to the case we are making.

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Tuesday, 29 November 2016 17:12

Can planning objections save Chipping Barnet Library?

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If residents are prepared to back a mass campaign of objection, the Barnet Society believes there might still be a chance to limit, if not prevent, the downgrading of Chipping Barnet Library.

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Tuesday, 29 November 2016 17:11

Lottery win for Battle of Barnet

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A grant of almost £100,000 has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the cost of promoting and celebrating the 1471 Battle of Barnet.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2016 18:29

Chipping Barnet Library closure

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Barnet Council is being urged by the Barnet Society to postpone the two-month temporary closure of Chipping Barnet Library planned to take effect as from Monday 5 December in order to allow time for further consultation on the building alterations and redundancies that have been proposed.

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Tuesday, 01 November 2016 10:10

Dog frendly shops needed

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“Well-behaved dogs welcome” is the message that dog lovers are hoping they will hear from more and more of the cafes, restaurants and public houses along the High Street in High Barnet.

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016 17:49

Leading the way in housing for older women

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When a group of 26 women move into their new homes in Union Street, Barnet, at the end of November they will be making a small, but truly historic contribution towards alleviating the country’s chronic housing shortage.

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Tuesday, 06 September 2016 16:02

Residents revolt over super-size school

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After facing a barrage of complaints and criticism over proposal to build a new school for almost 2,000 pupils on what was formerly the Barnet Football Club stadium, the Ark Academy network admitted its plans were “not yet a done deal”.

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Friday, 02 September 2016 10:06

Milly the cat puts road safety first

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In the feline appreciation stakes there is currently no contest in determining High Barnet’s most sociable – and safety conscious – cat.

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Monday, 22 August 2016 10:24

Ground-breaking housing for women

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After months of construction work, the last remaining scaffolding and hoardings are about to be removed from 25 new flats in Union Street, Barnet – the UK’s first purpose-built co-housing project for seniors.

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Thursday, 11 August 2016 10:08

Retired teachers help students to graduate

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Nine pupils from Totteridge Academy have been awarded special commendations by the educational charity TalentEd which enlists retired teachers to help pupils from low-income households to develop self-awareness and study skills.

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Well over 300 members, friends and supporters attended the preview of the Barnet Guild of Artists’ 68th annual exhibition which continues at Christ Church, St Albans Road, until Saturday 6 August.

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Monday, 11 July 2016 12:55

Furniture designs go on show

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After a career switch from his previous job as a political researcher, an aspiring High Barnet furniture and cabinet maker is gaining recognition at a series of craft and design shows.

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Monday, 11 July 2016 12:10

Classic cars never lose their appeal

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Support for Barnet Market’s annual classic car show has proved so strong that it has become a showcase event for the increasingly-popular Barnet Classic Car Club.

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Monday, 11 July 2016 07:47

Insight into lost hamlet of Kitts End

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Fragments of pottery and tiles found during an excavation of land within Wrotham Park has confirmed that the hamlet of Kitts End did exist during the 1471 Battle of Barnet – and that in fact there was probably habitation there as early as the 11th century.

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A print of Graham Turner’s celebrated painting of a young Richard III looking apprehensively across towards the Lancastrian army at the 1471 Battle of Barnet, is to go on display at Barnet Museum to help promote the current archaeological survey to determine the precise site of the battlefield.

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Tuesday, 31 May 2016 10:13

Russian spy’s poisoning and Barnet Hospital

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The tenth anniversary of the poisoning with radioactive polonium of the former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko brings back memories for an ex-Barnet journalist who reported on the role of Barnet Hospital in the story surrounding one of London’s most alarming assassinations.

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Monday, 23 May 2016 12:43

A new nature reserve for Barnet?

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A 50-acre green space, open to the public from dawn to dusk, would be one of the suggested benefits of the proposal to establish a natural burial ground on farmland behind Barnet Road and Barnet Gate Lane, Arkley.

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Thursday, 19 May 2016 12:20

Appeal for amateur footballers

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A football team for former East Barnet grammar school boys that has expanded over the last sixty years to become a community-based amateur football club, has been celebrating the performance of its top players.

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Friday, 13 May 2016 14:40

Arkley farmland - a site for natural burials?

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An environmentally-friendly natural burial ground might be developed on farmland backing on to Barnet Gate Lane, Arkley, and Mays Lane, if there is local support, and planning permission can be obtained.

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Friday, 22 April 2016 17:47

Queen’s birthday beacon at Monken Hadley

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High Barnet’s claim to be the highest spot between London and York meant it was ideally situated to take part in the lighting of beacons to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.

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Friday, 22 April 2016 17:40

Community action spruces up Church Passage bench

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Three volunteers spent the morning washing down and scrubbing clean the long, architecturally-designed teak bench that is beside the gardens in Church Passage, just off Barnet High Street.

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Monday, 18 April 2016 11:16

Barnet’s artists publicise work

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Local residents will get more opportunities to view the work of members of the Barnet Guild of Artists if arrangements can be made to increase the number of public displays of their paintings and other art forms.

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Sunday, 17 April 2016 19:26

Barnet’s love of poetry

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Celebrations surrounding the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death gave an added impetus to the monthly gathering of the Barnet Poetry Group when members spent an April Saturday afternoon discussing the playwright’s many soliloquies and speeches.

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Monday, 11 April 2016 10:18

Environment centre red-scissor opening

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Schools in and around Barnet are already queuing up for their pupils to visit the Byng Road nature reserve and its new eco-friendly environment centre after its official opening by leading benefactor Janet Hulme of the Hadley Trust.

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Monday, 21 March 2016 10:09

Day centre 40th anniversary

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Chipping Barnet’s popular day centre for the elderly – with a waiting list for places – celebrates its 40th anniversary in June.

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Tuesday, 08 March 2016 11:30

Blue plaque for hospice pioneer

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A campaign is being launched to persuade English Heritage to award one of its renowned blue plaques to the Hadley Green home of the late Dame Cicely Saunders, the Barnet-born founder of the hospice movement.

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Friday, 26 February 2016 11:38

Woodland project helps vulnerable children

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A woodland project at Barnet’s centre for vulnerable and excluded school children is hoping to qualify for a £12,000 award from Tesco’s Helping Hands initiative.

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Saturday, 13 February 2016 17:50

QE Girls “alive with the sound of music!”

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Seventy pupils spent six months preparing and rehearsing for a spectacular production of The Sound of Music at Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ School, Barnet.

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Thursday, 21 January 2016 12:04

The end of Friends Reunited

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The sun sets on the Barnet inspired networking site.  Friends Reunited, the social networking website created in the back bedroom of a semi-detached house in Barnet, has finally closed down after being left with only “a handful” of active members.

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Maintaining the great musical tradition of Barnet parish church has been the outstanding achievement of Terence Atkins, its organist and choirmaster for the last 40 years.

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Sunday, 03 January 2016 11:02

New environment centre almost completed

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Finishing touches are being added to the newly built, eco-friendly Barnet Environment Centre in Byng Road, ready for its official opening in the spring.

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Friday, 18 December 2015 17:59

Concert rounds off 2015 at QE Girls

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A seasonal concert that drew on the great range of musical talents at Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ School, Barnet, rounded off the year, and also the first term of the new headteacher Mrs Violet Walker.

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Monday, 07 December 2015 12:22

Mayor of Barnet praises Museum

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Barnet Museum – and its role in leading the Battle of Barnet project – was singled out for praise by the Mayor of Barnet Councillor, Mark Shooter, when he opened the annual Barnet Christmas Fayre.

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Monday, 30 November 2015 12:24

20 years old and growing fast

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Twenty years ago this December, the first of two tree plantations was inaugurated at Whitings Hill to commemorate the Barnet Society’s 50th anniversary; the second followed in January 1996.  

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