Thursday, 13 July 2017 13:09

Wood Street’s miniature railway

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Generations of Barnet children have enjoyed a trip on the miniature railway that circles the Wood Street garden of Ian Johnson, a well-known retired doctor and skilled model engineer, famed his collection of model steam engines.

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Monday, 03 July 2017 15:52

Accolade for Normandy Avenue garden

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A 120ft garden at a traditional Edwardian semi-detached house in Normandy Avenue, Barnet, has secured recognition from the National Garden Scheme – a long-held ambition for the owners.

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Monday, 03 July 2017 15:42

Perfect weather for jazz afternoon

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Enthusiasts and local residents gathered in their hundreds on Hadley Green for a picnic lunch and Sunday afternoon of music at the sixth annual Jazz on the Green, organised by Hadley Residents Association.

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Friday, 23 June 2017 10:14

Teenage Markets come to Barnet

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In recent years Barnet Market has been a shadow of what it once was, but a life-line is at hand.  Imaginative plans are being promoted to use the site for a monthly market place where teenagers can set up stalls and present live entertainment.

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Monday, 19 June 2017 14:32

Manorside's Great Get Together

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Manorside, High Barnet, joined thousands of other communities around the UK in holding a street party in a memory of the murdered MP Jo Cox.

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Sunday, 11 June 2017 17:38

Classic car show snubbed by Spires

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Barnet High Street was lined with well-wishers cheering on the 30 classic cars that made their way to the market and bandstand to take part in the fourth annual show held by the Barnet Classic Car Club.

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Sunday, 11 June 2017 00:00

Barnet's first medieval festival

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A posse of Barnet police officers was on hand when members of the Medieval Siege Society gave a gunnery demonstration in support of Barnet’s first medieval festival.

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Monday, 05 June 2017 18:48

Barnet’s link to the The Crown

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Providing period cars featured in the hit television series, The Crown – being filmed at Elstree Film Studios, Borehamwood – is just one of the many commissions for a Barnet supplier of vehicles for film and television productions.

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An 18-year struggle by a group of “ageing, stubborn but steadfast” women reached its grand finale with glasses of champagne and canapes all round to celebrate the opening in High Barnet of the UK’s first co-housing project for seniors.

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 14:52

Barnet’s Wars of the Roses celebration

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Barnet’s first medieval festival is to be held at the Old Courthouse Recreation Ground at the rear of Barnet Museum on Sunday 11 June.

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Monday, 15 May 2017 22:39

Popular Centre now fully booked

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A blood-sucking leech, a dragon fly nymph, a baby newt and a back-swimmer water boatman were just some of the aquatic fauna on display for children visiting Barnet Environment Centre’s spring open day.

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Monday, 15 May 2017 22:18

Drop-in centre opens at Christ Church

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After almost a decade spent planning, campaigning and fund-raising, the Bishop of Stepney, the Right Reverend Adrian Newman, led the celebrations to mark the completion of a £1.3 million drop-in and activity centre at Christ Church, in St Albans Road, Barnet.

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Thursday, 11 May 2017 09:28

Duke backs local history campaigners

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On his first visit to Barnet, Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, was on the warpath at the 1471 Battle of Barnet – five centuries later his namesake was back in the town joining the fight to preserve Barnet’s historic legacy.

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Monday, 08 May 2017 13:28

Special protection for local landmarks

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Three Barnet war memorials – at Arkley, East Barnet and Monken Hadley Common – have been given the added protection of listed building status after a review conducted by Historic England.

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Sunday, 23 April 2017 20:19

Petition to halt cuts in 384

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Transport for London is facing concerted opposition to a proposed reduction from 15 minutes to 20 minutes in the frequency of the 384 bus from Quinta Drive, Barnet, to Cockfosters.

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 16:40

Battle of Barnet project co-ordinator

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Helen Giles, who has wide experience as a museum curator and consultant for numerous heritage projects, has been appointed project co-ordinator for the programme to promote and explain the Battle of Barnet of 1471.

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Preserving two massive jaw bones from a ninety-foot-long blue whale is just one of the challenges facing the new owners of Barnet’s historic Whalebones House, one of the town’s oldest residences surrounded by woods and fields that are now threatened with redevelopment.

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 08:16

Playtime for “invisible” carers

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A two-hour session of play and activities once a month at the Sense Touch Base, just off Barnet High Street, is a lifeline for children who are often isolated at home caring for sick or disabled parents.

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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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