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Archived Articles January 2018 todate

Take off for teenage market 1

Jan 09, 2018 High Street The Spires
Campaigners for Barnet’s teenage market, (from left to right), Kit Carter who represents Friends of Barnet Market on Barnet Town Team; Chris Nightingale, of Friends of Barnet Market; and Bob Burstow, Secretary of Barnet Town Team
The launch of Barnet’s teenage market – planned for Easter Saturday – is a step closer with the purchase of…

The Sallet

Jan 15, 2018 General News
Hilary Harrison, a member of the Battle of Barnet project team, looks on as trustee Michael Noronha tries out a medieval helmet newly acquired by Barnet Museum.
A replica of a late medieval helmet of a kind worn by a knight or man-at-arms at the 1471 Battle of Barnet is…

Whalebones. Is this the future? 1

Jan 15, 2018 General News
Houses and flats are being built at Elmbank just a few hundred yards from the smallholding in the woods and farmland at Whalebones.
A group of residents campaigning to stop housing development on the Whalebones farmland are investigating…

Mothers and babies fight back 1

Jan 18, 2018 General News
Mums and their babies join a protest meeting to halt the closure of the Barnet Breastfeeding Support Service
Young mums and their babies were out in force at a protest meeting to try to force Barnet Council to abandon…

Final farewell to Barnet FC 10

Jan 18, 2018 Barnet Football Club
Final farewell to Barnet FC
Almost five years since Barnet Football Club played its last game at Underhill, its stadium off Barnet Lane…

Your Vision for Barnet

Jan 22, 2018 General News
Leading Barnet councillors and candidates will be lining up to answer residents’ questions at the Barnet…

High Street’s “ghost advertisement” 3

Jan 31, 2018 High Street The Spires
The ghost advert as seen from the pavement
High Barnet’s most prominent “ghost advertisement” – high up on a side wall in the High Street – is creating…

The house that Fred built 1

Feb 01, 2018 General News
Retired architect Fred Hobart and the house he designed and built with his father
Sitting right in the middle of a typical Barnet street of Edwardian homes is an eye-catching 1960s modern…

Barnet girls celebrate votes for women 1

Feb 09, 2018 General News
Pupils at QE Girls’ School joined (from left to right) Chloe Smith, Minister for the Constitution; Theresa Villiers, MP for Chipping Barnet; and Violet Walker, headteacher, QE Girls’ School
Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ School, Barnet, played its part in the celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of…

Physic Well to be restored

Feb 15, 2018 General News
Mike Jordan (centre) chair of Barnet Museum’s trustees, was on hand with volunteers Dennis Bird (left) and Bob Langley to answer visitors’ questions
Years of uncertainty about the ownership of Barnet Museum and the future of Barnet’s historic physic well…

Plea to restore drinking fountain 2

Feb 19, 2018 General News
Peter Wanders is leading a campaign to get water reconnected to the historic Hadley Green drinking fountain.
A campaign has been launched to restore to full use Hadley Green’s historic water fountain, an ornate…

Council election candidates go head to head

Feb 23, 2018 General News
Robin Bishop, chair of Barnet Society, opens the election hustings.
A deep, sometimes noisy divide opened up at the Barnet Society’s election hustings over a wide range of…

Why no upper deck for Barnet Hospital car park? 9

Feb 28, 2018 General News
Barrnet Hospital Car Park
Forcing Barnet Hospital to build an upper deck over its car park is one option that should be considered by…

The Mayor of London New London Plan 1

Mar 04, 2018 Planning
Land around High Barnet Station is likely to be built over for high-density housing if the Mayor of London's draft London Plan is adopted. The site could include the car and container parks, and possibly space above the station and sidings.
Over the last 18 months, Sadiq Khan has been consulting Londoners about aspects of a new London Plan. It sets…

Keeping the High Street tidy 1

Mar 09, 2018 General News
High Street road sweeper Douglas Shrubb in the Fitzjohn Avenue car park
Keeping the High Street in High Barnet spick and span gives veteran road sweeper Douglas Shrubb so much…

High Barnet’s hedge-layers in action

Mar 13, 2018 General News
David (left) and John Sawkins working on the double-brush Hertfordshire hedge
A double-brush Hertfordshire hedge – re-laid in a way passed on by a Romany gipsy who lived at Welham Green –…

Foundation bricks laid at Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice

Mar 18, 2018 General News
Champak Mistry of Barnet Rotary Club (left) preparing to lay a foundation stone with Punyapriya Singh, Noah’s Ark’s senior community engagement manager
Fund raisers from across north and central London laid foundation bricks at a ceremony at the construction…

Multi-storey car park planned 1

Mar 21, 2018 Planning
Barnet Hospital car park
A new masterplan for the future redevelopment of the Barnet Hospital site is in preparation and it does…

Death of popular organiser of Barnet art exhibitions

Mar 21, 2018 General News
Fred Howett (left) with Nichola Hunt, chair of the Barnet Guild of Artists, admiring a water colour of the Whalebones stable block by the late Miss Gwyneth Cowing who promised that the guild would have the continued use of its studio on the Whalebones estate.
Fred Howett, a long-standing member of the Barnet Guild of Artists, who helped to organise regular and…

High Street banners

Mar 27, 2018 General News
One of the banners painted by volunteers at Barnet Museum (from left to right) Margaret Luck, Hilary Harrison and Mike Jordan, chairman of the museum’s trustees
Replica copies of four of the heraldic banners of the dukes, earls and knights who fought in the 1471 Battle…

Swimming pool appeal 2

Mar 30, 2018 General News
Jim Collis (far right), has helped to teach over 2,000 children to swim in his 20 years at the school. With him are swimming supervisor Josie Snowdon and parent Simon Cohen who is helping with fund raising
Cromer Road Primary School’s swimming pool – where countless hundreds of Barnet children have learned to swim…

Opportunities for Barnet’s challenged youngsters

Mar 30, 2018 General News
Cake maker Lisa-Marie Chandler demonstrating techniques for turning out rose whirls on cream cup cakes
Hands-on experience in a great variety of trades, sports and occupations was all part of a careers day…

Busy start for Barnet’s teenage market 1

Apr 02, 2018 High Street The Spires
Queen Elizabeth’s Boys’ School pupils Kai Sethna (centre) and Hugh Westcott (right) have launched a business selling designer street wear. Helping them man their stall was Thomas Mgbor
A bumper crowd of well-wishers and Easter Saturday shoppers turned out for the opening of the first Barnet…

Market exits for hotel 1

Apr 04, 2018 Barnet Market
Stall holders at Barnet Market hope the switch to a site closer to the Spires will boost trade
If planning approval is given, a Premier Inn hotel and restaurant is to be built on the historic St Albans…

Demolition eats away at local landmark 3

Apr 09, 2018 Planning
Demolition in progress at Mill Hill
Buildings around the iconic headquarters of the former National Institute for Medical Research on the…

Re-living the Battles of St Albans and Barnet 2

Apr 11, 2018 Barnet History
Gunnery from the time of the Wars of the Roses was a highlight of events at the 2017 Tea in the Park
Scenes from the battles of St Albans (1461) and Barnet (1471) – two of the engagements in the Wars of the…

A hotel worthy of historic site 14

Apr 19, 2018 Barnet Market
Premier Inns says its new hotel will blend in well with terraced houses in Chipping Close
Nearby residents have been given an assurance that the design of the new Premier Inn planned for the historic…

Topping out for hospice atrium

Apr 20, 2018 General News
Ru Watkins, chief executive of Noah’s Ark, with two of the hospice team, Nicky Gowlett (left) fund-raising events manager and Jules Adams, specialist carer.
A ceremony was held at the construction site of the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice in Byng Road, Barnet, to…

Spires deny closure rumours 7

Apr 26, 2018 General News
H & M in The Spires
Footfall in the Spires shopping centre is up by over 50 per cent in the first three months of this year –…

A Premier Inn with a difference? 42

Apr 27, 2018 General News
Computer generated photo of the new Premier Inn
A computer-generated image shows the proposed Premier Inn hotel and restaurant to be built on the site of…

Conservatives sweep back to power in Barnet

May 04, 2018 General News
Richard Cornelius, Conservative leader, celebrating his party’s success in seeing off Labour’s challenge for control of Barnet Council.
Barnet Borough Council is back firmly under Conservative control after the Labour Party failed to make its…

Heraldic banners for High Street

May 08, 2018 High Street The Spires
Hilary Harrison, a member of the Battle of Barnet project team, and Barnet Museum trustee Michael Noronha, with the newly-painted Henry VI banner
The coat of arms of Henry VI is the latest to be painted as part of the Battle of Barnet Project – and it is…

Spires to host press ups endurance event

May 08, 2018 High Street The Spires
Limbering up for their world record attempt at an endurance press up relay race, Sonny Reneti (left), supermarket assistant at Waitrose, and Shaun Wall, Spires shopping centre manager
An attempt to set a new world record for endurance in performing press ups is to be the highlight of a fun…

“What’s a selfie?” – asked Fred, 94, next birthday

May 08, 2018 General News
Fred Jarvis
Before Selfies is the title of a collection of photographs taken during the lifetime of Fred Jarvis, Barnet’s…

Barnet’s classic cars sign up for Armed Forces Day

May 17, 2018 High Street The Spires
Bertie, a rare 1920s Bentley owned by Paul and Pina Griffin, will be one of the star attractions
Barnet’s annual Classic Car Show on Saturday 30 June is to be bigger and better than ever before – and will…

Barnet’s royal wedding street parties

May 21, 2018 General News
Enjoying the barbecue at the Old Fold View royal wedding street party were, (from left to right), cook Matt Fellows, one of the organisers, Angela Spatz with baby Grace, and neighbour Anushka Pisano
Old Fold View was one of several roads in and around High Barnet that was closed off to traffic so that…

Wars of the Roses banners for Barnet High Street

May 22, 2018 High Street The Spires
Heraldic banners, already on display in the Spires, will line both sides of Barnet High Street in the lead-up to the Barnet Medieval Festival from June 9-10.
If Barnet Council gives approval, 26 hand-painted heraldic banners are to be hung along Barnet High Street to…

Barnet Market & Premier Inn - An opportunity slipping away 12

May 27, 2018 Planning
 Stapylton Road pocket park – improvements are needed in and around it
The Barnet Society supports the current planning applications for both a Premier Inn and relocation of the…

Taste the flavour of Barnet’s medieval festival

May 31, 2018 Events
Hopscotch sweetshop, in High Street – which is selling a specially-prepared blend of Battle of Barnet tea –  had a visit from members of the Medieval Siege Society. From left to right, Michael and Alice Kentish, Chris Farncomme (King Edward IV), Liz Bowman, Jenny Mix, Linda Godden, Peter Grande and Tracey Jackson.
A cup of Battle of Barnet tea or a pint of Battle of Barnet bitter are just two of the tempting offers that…

A makeover for Chipping Barnet High Street 12

Jun 04, 2018 High Street The Spires
Visualisation looking north from Moxon Street. (The buildings are not the actual ones.)
A three-week public consultation has opened on a new scheme of improvements to the High Street – and it’s…

Developers to unveil plans for housing at Whalebones 4

Jun 05, 2018 Planning
An image issued by the developers shows the Whalebones woods and fields divided up into three plots to be used for residential development and new public green spaces.
After months of speculation about the future of the Whalebones estate of woods and fields in Wood Street,…

Wars of the Roses banners transform Barnet High Street

Jun 05, 2018 General News
Heraldic banners from the Yorkist army flutter from lamp standards in High Street Barnet ahead of this weekend’s Barnet Medieval Festival
Barnet High Street is flying heraldic banners from the Wars of the Roses to promote the town’s first-ever…

Whalebones: up to 180 homes plus green spaces 7

Jun 08, 2018 Planning
The master plan for redeveloping the Whalebones estate indicates the large field to be used for housing and the two smaller fields that would be designated as green spaces open to the public.
A development plan for the woods and fields around Whalebones in Wood Street, Barnet, proposes the…

Keeping in touch with High Barnet Police 3

Jun 08, 2018 General News
Barnet Police safer neighbourhood team’s two dedicated ward officers, PC Daniel Bhogun (left) and PC Nick Onslow
After the closure of High Barnet’s police station in November last year, the local safer neighbourhood police…

Battle of Barnet re-enactment – a weekend to remember

Jun 17, 2018 General News
A medieval canon fired the first round at the opening of Barnet Medieval Festival by Martin Russell, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Barnet
Such was the enthusiastic response to a real-life re-enactment of the Battle of Barnet that military…

Medieval Festival treated “appallingly” by Barnet Council 3

Jun 17, 2018 General News
Council David Longstaff (far right), guest speaker at the Barnet Society’s annual general meeting, was welcomed by the chair, Robin Bishop (left) and the vice-chair Gail Laser
Charging £3,000 to hang heraldic banners from 26 lamp standards in Barnet High Street was condemned as the…

Press-ups helping worthy causes

Jun 17, 2018 General News
The Spires’ team had to complete 20,000 press-ups in the fastest time.
Two teams of keep-fit enthusiasts entertained shoppers at the Spires shopping centre with a marathon session…

Care home for elderly to replace Barnet eye-sore 1

Jun 20, 2018 Planning
The old Marie Foster building on Wood Street
After lying abandoned and derelict for years the former nurses’ home in Wood Street, Barnet, is to be…

Barnet’s classic cars joined by vintage armoured vehicles

Jun 29, 2018 High Street The Spires
Mike Jordan’s 1930s MG J2 parading in Barnet High Street
Barnet’s annual Classic Car Show on Saturday (30 June) is to be a joint display alongside vintage armoured…

Best ever Barnet Classic Car show

Jul 01, 2018 High Street The Spires
Classic cars arriving at the Army Reserve Centre in St Albans Road in support of Armed Forces Day
A joint display of classic cars and vintage armoured vehicles drew record crowds to the fifth annual Barnet…

Queen’s representative at QE Girls’ summer fair

Jul 01, 2018 General News
Martin Russell, Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Barnet, was guest of honour at QE Girls’ summer fair. (from left to right), Rebecca Hanley, chair of QE Girls’ trustees, Martin Russell, Royden Gothelf, chair of QE Girls’ Trust, and Violet Walker, headteacher
To help celebrate the school’s 130th anniversary, pupils at Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ School, Barnet,…

£22 million care home for Marie Foster site 1

Jul 04, 2018 Planning
David Roe, head of land and planning for Signature Senior Lifestyle, with an artist’s impression of the £22 million care home
Local residents and nearby businesses are to be consulted over a plan to build a 100-bed care home for the…

When Barnet pioneered multiple sclerosis care 2

Jul 04, 2018 General News
Marie Foster Centre, Wood Street – now occupied by “resident guardians”, short-stay tenants who have rented rooms while the building awaits demolition
Most High Barnet residents are familiar with the Marie Foster Centre – awaiting demolition for redevelopment…

Raydean Road houses – a tribute to modernism

Jul 11, 2018 General News
Raydean Road’s square, flat-roofed houses were built in 1935
A row of square, flat-roofed houses in Raydean Road are among the buildings in and around Barnet that are…

Site needed for Battle of Barnet sculpture 2

Jul 11, 2018 General News
Barnet Sculptor John Somerville
A competition to find the best possible site for a three-metre high bronze sculpture to commemorate the…

Restoration plea for Hadley Highstone obelisk

Jul 26, 2018 General News
Battle of Barnet obelisk at Hadley Highstone
A campaign to restore the obelisk at Hadley Highstone that commemorates the Battle of Barnet, is one of a…

Founder remembered at arts exhibition 1

Jul 26, 2018 General News
A portrait of founder Gwyneth Cowing and some of her paintings are admired by Nichola Hunt, chair of the Barnet Guild of Artists and guild secretary Bryan Polikoff
Barnet Guild of Artists’ 70th annual summer exhibition is dedicated to its founder, Gwyneth Cowing, who in…

Angry reaction over exclusion from Barnet Hospital CPZ 4

Aug 01, 2018 General News
Kings Road and Grimsdyke Crescent are two of roads which the residents fear will now become an unofficial car park for staff and visitors at Barnet Hospital
Residents in four roads that were hoping to be included in the new Barnet Hospital controlled parking zone…

Premier Inn - What next? 19

Aug 06, 2018 Planning
Barnet Market – site of the proposed Premier Inn
The controversial proposal to build a Premier Inn on the former Barnet Market site has been rejected by…

Sketch for new Battle of Barnet oil painting

Aug 17, 2018 General News
Graham Turner’s preliminary sketch for his oil painting depicting the 1471 Battle of Barnet
The stunning success this summer of the first-ever Barnet Medieval Festival – which the organisers are…

Premier Inn – market place confrontation 7

Aug 19, 2018 Planning
Chris Nightingale, of Friends of Barnet Market (right) told development director Simon Shaw he supported plans for the Premier Inn hotel on condition there was a guaranteed new site for Barnet market
Residents of Chipping Close were out in force to express their continuing opposition to the construction of a…

Sporting history for Barnet rugby

Aug 25, 2018 Barnet History
The 1919 line-up for Barnet Rugby Football Club for its inaugural match against St Barts in a rented field at the bottom of Barnet Hill
Barnet might have lost its football club, but another of the town’s sporting traditions is still making…

Shop closures and conversions changing town centre 7

Aug 27, 2018 High Street The Spires
Barnet Antique and Vintage Centre could become a house in multiple occupation offering nine self-contained rooms with two communal kitchens
High Barnet’s struggling High Street shopping centre is facing fresh challenges: another two national chains…

New plans for Brake Shear House

Aug 30, 2018 Planning
Visualisation of proposed development by BroadwayMalyan (architects)
A new planning application is in for the Brake Shear House site. The design has good and weak points, so the…

Hefty council tax bill for High Street cash machine 11

Sep 04, 2018 High Street The Spires
Barnet Council has issued a £6,000-plus council tax demand for proprietor Vince Gadhavi
Offering High Barnet residents and shoppers a free-to-use cash machine is proving an expensive nightmare for…

Unruly street drinkers troubling High Street shoppers 6

Sep 12, 2018 High Street The Spires
Richard Cornelius, leader of Barnet Council fielding questions at an Engage Barnet event at the Bull Theatre
Problems caused by uncontrolled street drinking in High Barnet and rough sleeping in shop doorways along the…

Premier Inn - Take Two 15

Sep 17, 2018 Planning
Visualisation of proposed hotel from Bruce Road (by ica architects)
Premier Inns have submitted a new planning application. The design has been improved since its first scheme,…

Putting the Battle of Barnet on the map for historical tours

Sep 23, 2018 General News
Alison Weir with the chairman of Barnet Museum, Mike Jordan (right), and Dennis Bird, talks organiser for the Battle of Barnet Project
A heartfelt plea for the creation of a visitors’ centre or historic trail to mark the site of the 1471 Battle…

Town centre “rabbit hutch” rooms plan withdrawn

Sep 26, 2018 Planning
Withdrawal of plan to convert Barnet Antique and Vintage Centre into a house in multiple occupation offering nine self-contained rooms with two communal kitchens
A highly-controversial plan to convert empty retail premises just off Barnet High Street into a house in…

Shopkeeper's victory in council tax row 3

Sep 29, 2018 High Street The Spires
Vince Gadhavi with the revised zero demand from Barnet Council
Barnet Council has backed down from its decision to charge a High Street newsagent an extra £1,800 a year in…

London Buses: Typical - two consultations come along at once 5

Oct 03, 2018 General News
What do these changes mean for the residents of Barnet?
The Barnet Society have been asked to comment on the proposal by Transport for London (TfL) to change the…

Reviving Barnet High Street with a children’s play area

Oct 05, 2018 High Street The Spires
oanne Merchant, mother of two, has ambitious plans for a High Street children’s play area.
Creating a play area for children combined with space for community activities in the centre of High Barnet…

Care home to replace Barnet’s blot on the landscape

Oct 08, 2018 Planning
Image of new care home’s main entrance in Cattley Close
A planning application has now been submitted to Barnet Council for a large-scale private care home for the…

Pledges needed for Medieval Festival

Oct 17, 2018 General News
Volunteers rallying support from left to right, Dennis Bird, Hilary Harrison, Howard Simmons, Margaret Luck, Susan Skedd and Dorothy Cohen
Volunteers hoping to organise a repeat of this summer’s Barnet Medieval Festival are rallying support for…

Historic almshouses tradition thriving

Oct 17, 2018 General News
Winifred Gale, aged 98, the oldest resident in the 56 almshouses and Simon Smith, clerk to the visitors.
Seven new almshouses for women aged over 50 – currently under construction in Potters Lane – are continuing a…

Plea to save historic plaque

Oct 23, 2018 General News
The plaque in the Marie Foster building looking rather sad
Barnet’s pioneering role in the development of care for young people suffering from multiple sclerosis has…

TfL Bus Changes: Turn these plans round at the next stop! 10

Oct 26, 2018 General News
384 bus negotiating Strafford Road, High Barnet. TfL would switch it to Salisbury Road.
After carefully weighing members’ and readers’ – often differing – points of view on the changes proposed by…

Looking for answers - The Great War casualties

Nov 01, 2018 General News
St Mark’s Church, Barnet Vale
St Mark’s Church, Barnet Vale, is launching an appeal to find out more about the families and relatives of…

Accolade for High Street campaigner 5

Nov 02, 2018 General News
Gail Laser interviewed by Dom Littlewood for his 2016 BBC programme, Dom On the Spot, that featured Barnet’s parking
Gail Laser, founder of Love Barnet, has won national recognition for the decade she has spent working…