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Halt of High Street clutter 3

Oct 30, 2019 Planning
Planners stop the installation of more phone boxes with digital advertising
Applications to install another three super-size phone boxes with illuminated advertising panels in Barnet…

Volunteers kept busy at Totteridge Academy community farm

Oct 25, 2019 General News
 Preparing a flower bed was the challenge for the Slane family. From left to right, Ollie Slane (7), Sarah Alun-Jones, Grow’s outdoor learning manager, Isla Slane (11) a pupil at Totteridge Academy, and Mrs Anne Slane.
A community farm being established next to Totteridge Academy held a well-attended half-term family day when…

Charges planned for green garden waste bins 6

Oct 22, 2019 Services
Charges planned for garden waste bins
Barnet Council is asking for the views of residents on plans to introduce an annual charge for the…

Two blocks of flats abandoned and instead trees to be preserved 9

Oct 22, 2019 Planning
Plans for a block of flats facing Meadway and another facing Barnet Hill have been abandoned and replaced with an undertaking to preserve the “mature and high-quality trees” alongside the pathway
Transport for London and developers Taylor Wimpey have reduced significantly their original plans to…

New location for annual art show 1

Oct 20, 2019 General News
Ken Rowland (left), chairman of Barnet Residents Association; Gillian Griffiths, chairman of the Barnet Guild of Artists; and Councillor David Longstaff
A new venue and an impressive entry of paintings and drawings has provided a boost for the 71st. annual show…

Petition to fight cuts to Barnet nursery schools 1

Oct 20, 2019 General News
Parents, teachers and residents are supporting a campaign against further cuts to Barnet schools and nurseries
Parents at three nursery schools in the Barnet Early Years Alliance have joined a campaign to try to get…

First night success for drama group

Oct 20, 2019 General News
Love and War finale (from left to right) Siobhan Dunne, director and producer, Susi Earnshaw, artistic director, Bull Theatre, Pina Griffin, cast member
After establishing themselves as The Bull Players a yeaFirst night success for High Barnet drama groupr ago,…

Step back in time at Monken Hadley Son et Lumiere

Oct 17, 2019 General News
From left to right, Claire Fisher, dramatist and drama producer; rector, the Reverend Dr Thomas Renz; Charlie Fisher, who has the part of Captain Tempest-Hicks; and production manager, Katie Morris
Final rehearsals and editing are underway for a Son et Lumiere production at Monken Hadley Church which will…

Residents’ anger over loss of pedestrian walkway 3

Oct 11, 2019 General News
The wall built over a pedestrian  walkway to the Byng Road environment centre, playing fields and allotments
Barnet Council is investigating complaints by local residents that the newly opened Noah’s Ark Children’s…

Hasty removal of historic Barnet sign 10

Oct 03, 2019 High Street The Spires
Gary Murphy, licensee of the Mitre, and the Historic Barnet sign before it was deemed hazardous for pedestrians
A Barnet Museum information sign that told the history of the coaching taverns that once lined Barnet High…

Pay phones on the march in Barnet High Street 3

Oct 03, 2019 High Street The Spires
Approval has already been obtained to replace the phone box in front of KFC in Barnet High Street with a new phone kiosk featuring an illuminated display screen for advertisements
Another three telephone boxes with illuminated advertisements are being proposed for Barnet High Street –…

Busy season for refurbished Bull Theatre

Oct 01, 2019 General News
Susi Earnshaw, Artistic Director of the Bull Theatre and founder of the Susi Earnshaw Theatre School
A packed programme of productions has been lined up for the coming months at the Bull Theatre, High Street,…

The Ark, Barnet: “best children’s hospice in the world”

Sep 26, 2019 General News
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, opened the Ark children’s hospice in Byng Road, Barnet, with Rose Charles (centre), and her daughter Sophie, who cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony.
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, officially opened the Ark in Byng Road, Barnet – the new £8.5 million…

Minis on parade at Barnet’s classic car show

Sep 23, 2019 General News
Celebrating sixty years of the mini was one of the attractions at the sixth Barnet Classic Car Show. Chris Nightingale (left) with Derrick Haggerty, owner of a red 1960 Austin Seven mini, one of only around 100 still in working order.
Some last-minute polishing and then bonnets were up, engines ready for inspection, as enthusiasts crowded…

New centre for swimming and keep fit 2

Sep 09, 2019 General News
New Barnet Leisure Centre and Library at the Victoria Recreation Ground
New Barnet’s new leisure centre and library – complete with a 25 metre six-lane swimming pool and a…

School farm at Totteridge Academy 2

Sep 04, 2019 General News
Educational manager Lucy Hollis (left) and farm and outdoor learning manager Sarah Alun-Jones
A school and community farm in a six-acre field next to Totteridge Academy is a step closer to being…

Design of quality proposed for whalebones – so why does the Barnet Society oppose it? 5

Aug 22, 2019 Planning
Masterplan of Whalebones development (Architects: Pollard Thomas Edwards)
A planning application (19/3949/FUL) has been submitted to build 152 new homes and a replacement artists’ and…

Plans for attracting High Street shoppers and visitors 6

Aug 19, 2019 General News
Work is underway to widen the High Street pavement between the junctions with Union Street and Salisbury Road
Construction work has started on the pavement build outs in Barnet High Street – an improvement which…

Classic car show with a view 2

Aug 19, 2019 General News
Vintage and classic cars to fill the top floor of the Spires’ car park
Barnet’s annual classic car show has a new venue this year – the vast open top deck of the NCP car park at…

Eyesore on point of demolition 1

Aug 15, 2019 General News
Demolition contractors have moved into the Marie Foster site
High Barnet’s long-standing blot on the landscape, the derelict nurses’ home on the Marie Foster Centre site,…

Boosting High Barnet’s bat population

Aug 06, 2019 General News
Dick Elms, vice chair of Barnet Environment Centre, with one of the bat boxes to be installed on the Byng Road nature reserve
Barnet Environment Centre is planning to install three bat boxes to help increase the biodiversity of the…

Barnet’s knife bin for saving lives 4

Jul 31, 2019 General News
The knife bin in Union Street
A large bin for the safe disposal of all bladed weapons and instruments has been installed in Union Street,…

Healthy walks exploring Barnet’s historical heritage

Jul 28, 2019 General News
Councillor Caroline Stock, Mayor Barnet, complete with her mayoral chain, in Sanders Lane Mill Hill on the route of Barnet Council’s first healthy heritage walk.
Councillor Caroline Stock, Mayor of Barnet – and the borough’s wellbeing champion – launched the first of six…

High Barnet SOS: Save Our Swifts 1

Jul 23, 2019 General News
Delivery of leaflets and advice on installing nest boxes for swifts is being co-ordinated by ornithologist David Martens. From left to right, Mr Martens, Robin Bishop, Alex Coltman and Tim Friend
Swifts swooping and squealing high overhead have always been a regular sight in parts of High Barnet, but…

Hadley Woodland Bathing 1

Jul 22, 2019 General News
Hadley Wood in the evening
It's 6pm on a Friday evening, the week has been a challenge, I’m tired and looking forward to the calm of the…

Proposed Playing Fields Hubs are serious threat to green belt 9

Jul 14, 2019 Planning
Barnet Playing Fields – The box indicates the probable bulk of the proposed building
The Council’s proposed master plan for Barnet and King George V Playing Fields, and especially its building…

A new Act of Parliament needed to safeguard Hadley Common 1

Jul 08, 2019 Green Belt
Hadley Common
Hadley Common, thought to be the seventh largest stretch of common land in Greater London, might soon be…

Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice to offer state-of-the-art care

Jul 08, 2019 General News
Alison Goodman, director of fund raising, in the atrium of the new Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice
After years of fund raising, office and care staff have moved into The Ark – the new, purpose-built home of…

Stop Barnet Council From Gagging Residents 3

Jul 06, 2019 General News
The London Borough of Barnet’s Council Chamber
The Barnet Society invites you to sign the Change.org petition below. Although the subject may seem outside…

Kick starting High Barnet’s budding entrepreneurs 1

Jul 04, 2019 General News
Those giving advice to potential entrepreneurs were Gail Laser (centre) of Love Barnet. Molly Sobol (left) is establishing a start-up in handicrafts and beauty products and Kayleigh Flattery (right) is hoping to grow her print design start-up
Business advice, digital training, even possible mentoring, were all on offer at the first Barnet Business…

Residents criticise “inhuman” conversion to studio flats 2

Jun 29, 2019 Planning
Plans have been submitted to convert Intec House in Moxon Street into 107 studio flats
A plan to convert a three-storey commercial warehouse in Moxon Street, High Barnet, into a complex of 107…

A fond farewell from generations of loyal customers

Jun 29, 2019 General News
James Freeman’s last day of trading at Victoria Bakery
Customers queuing out into the street, a free donut with every purchase and champagne for the staff – a great…

“Tenacity” of local publican helps other landlords

Jun 20, 2019 General News
Gary Murphy in the cellar of The Mitre with a letter from the British Pub Confederation praising his “courage and tenacity”
High Barnet publican Gary Murphy, landlord of The Mitre for the last ten years, has won a significant victory…

Residents oppose tube station flats 2

Jun 20, 2019 General News
Residents crowded into St Mark’s Church when Gaynor Bond and Kim Ambridge launched a protest group to oppose the housing development
Well over 100 residents attended a meeting at St Mark’s Church to launch a campaign to oppose Transport for…

New housing planned for High Barnet tube station 58

Jun 13, 2019 Planning
Transport for London engagements spokesman Patrick Clark points to the blocks of flats that would be built alongside Barnet Hill on land both to the north and south of High Barnet tube station
Transport for London has commissioned plans for the construction of over 450 new homes on land around High…

Barnet is now London’s go-to medieval festival 3

Jun 11, 2019 General News
Smoke and fire at the Festival
Barnet’s second medieval festival proved such a success that the organisers are confident they have laid the…

Closure of historic Barnet bakery 10

Jun 11, 2019 High Street The Spires
Mr Freeman, who is retiring at the age of 60 at Victoria Bakery
Victoria Bakery, a High Barnet institution for well over half a century, is closing down after the retirement…

High density housing for High Barnet station? 16

Jun 03, 2019 Planning
High Barnet Station from the east. Will the development be over the tracks – or the greenery?
According to a circular being distributed around Chipping Barnet, proposals are being developed to ‘improve’…

Battle painting unveiled at Spires’ celebration

Jun 01, 2019 General News
Keith West and his painting of the victorious King Edward IV at the 1471 Battle of Barnet
A new oil painting depicting the 1471 Battle of Barnet by local painter Keith West was unveiled in the Barnet…

Surplus flowers don’t go to waste

Jun 01, 2019 General News
Ursula Stone is hoping to expand Flower Bank, a pioneering New Barnet project for making use of unwanted supermarket flowers
A pioneering New Barnet project for re-using supermarket flowers that have passed their sell-by dates is…

Heraldic banners promoting Barnet Medieval Festival

May 28, 2019 High Street The Spires
Medieval artist Graham Turner at work on his oil painting of the Battle of Barnet
Wars of the Roses heraldic banners, which are on display the full length of Barnet High Street, will provide…

Barnet gift shop scoops up top prize 1

May 26, 2019 High Street The Spires
Louise Rolfe with her award for the independent gift retailer of the year for shops inside the M25 motorway.
After 18 years of hard graft building up custom for her Barnet High Street gift shop, former actress Louise…

Farming experience for Totteridge Academy 3

May 26, 2019 General News
Two swarms of bees are the first arrivals at a school farm which is being established at Totteridge Academy under the care of charity farm manager Sarah Alun-Jones
A school farm to be established in a 5.8 acre-field next to Totteridge Academy, in Barnet Lane, is to start…

Monken Hadley road closure until late July

May 26, 2019 Road Improvements
Dr Thomas Renz, rector of St Mary’s Monken Hadley, is shown the site of the 33ft deep shaft that will have to be dug beside the historic gates – a task that project manager Mark Lusher says presents considerable challenges given the number of historic and listed buildings nearby
Motorists face a ten-week closure of the road through the historic gates at Monken Hadley in order to allow…

Soloists past and present at QE Girls’ service 1

May 13, 2019 General News
Guest soprano Penelope Martin-Smith with fellow vocalist, year-8 pupil Akua Nkansah at QE Girls’ School commemoration day service
Among the highlights at the annual commemoration day service for Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ School were vocals…

New Barnet campaign to save community hub 1

May 07, 2019 General News
Ros Howarth is helping to organise a fund-raising appeal to save a New Barnet church for community use
Residents of the New Bevan housing estate in New Barnet face a daunting race against time to try to raise…

Learning more about dementia and palliative care

May 01, 2019 General News
A training session at the North London Hospice. From left to right, Ilona Zielonka, Ann Ryan, hospice practice educators Fran Watson and Kate Phillips
An education programme aimed at widening public understanding of dementia and palliative care is being…

Greater choice for High Barnet school children 8

Apr 26, 2019 General News
Ark Pioneer Principal Aishling Ryan
Working together with other local primary and secondary schools and welcoming the involvement of community…

Physic Well visitors rekindle childhood memories

Apr 23, 2019 General News
David Richards and Pat Hicks fulfilled a lifetime’s ambition to descend the twelve steps to the underground tanks filled by spring water at the historic Barnet Physic Well.
Several visitors at the first open day of the refurbished Barnet Physic Well fulfilled a lifetime’s ambition…

Starring roles for former Barnet schoolgirl

Apr 16, 2019 General News
Allie Munro stars as a feminist super hero in Vulvarine, the fifth production of the Fat Rascal theatre company
After-school drama classes at the Bull Theatre provided an all-important source of inspiration for a Barnet…

Reminder of High Street "great conflagration”

Apr 10, 2019 High Street The Spires
Three shops in Barnet High Street – next to Barclays bank – were destroyed in the “great conflagration” of 1908 when firemen complained they had been hampered by a shortage of water
Yet another change of owner of a Barnet High Street shop with a distinctly checkered history, has evoked…

Months more traffic disruption at Monken Hadley 6

Apr 10, 2019 General News
Trafic queues at Monken Hadley
Thames Water are warning that it will probably be the end of July before there is a final end to the…

Granite sculpture divides opinion 8

Apr 05, 2019 General News
The Family, a large granite sculpture, by Finchley sculptor Drew Edwards, may look like this at Chipping Barnet Library.
An alcove in front of Chipping Barnet library has been chosen as the potential site of a large granite…

When I Grow Up idea wins business award

Apr 04, 2019 General News
Mother of two Joanne Merchant with the judging panel for Barnet entrepreneurs’ award.  From left to right, Sharniya Ferdinand, Vanessa Fernandes, Joanne Merchant, Steve Leverton, Terry Magennis
A business plan for opening a combined space for a children’s play area and community activities in Barnet…

Coats of arms the length of Barnet High Street

Apr 01, 2019 General News
A rampant lion is the centrepiece of Sir John Marney’s heraldic banner, one of 70 to be displayed this summer in Barnet High Street. From left to right, Geoffrey Wheeler, historian and photographer, who researched Wars of the Roses coats of arms, Hilary Harrison, who co-ordinated the painting, and volunteers Irene Nichols and Gwyneth Hibbett
Twice as many Wars of the Roses heraldic banners will be hung from lamp standards along Barnet High Street…

High Street offers new trading opportunities 1

Mar 29, 2019 High Street The Spires
Tracie Murchison (left) and Petra Patrick believe the Pink Shop offers creative businesses a valuable High Street outlet
Injecting fresh life into High Barnet’s distressed High Street is a challenge for retailers, but two women…

Accommodation for nurses: old and new

Mar 26, 2019 General News
Barnet Hospital’s former nurses’ home is currently protected by scaffolding and barriers due to its dilapidated state
Barnet Hospital’s first nurses’ home, now used for offices, is celebrating the 90th anniversary of its…

Anti-litter spring clean-up 1

Mar 23, 2019 General News
Nanna Blomquist preparing for a spring clean-up of High Barnet litter
Plans for a spring clean-up of litter has attracted hundreds of promises of support after mother-of-three…

Security to be withdrawn from some parks & gardens 1

Mar 23, 2019 General News
Old Court House Recreation Ground
Barnet Council’s latest cost-cutting proposal is to end the long-standing practice of locking up gates to…

Barnet Beyond Brexit -Saving our green spaces 2

Mar 23, 2019 Green Belt
Chipping Barnet’s Green Belt. Purple dots represent proposed housing developments in it.
Chipping Barnet is surrounded on three sides by Green Belt – virtually unspoiled open countryside from Hadley…

Concerns re new academy school 4

Mar 08, 2019 Consultations
Ark Pioneer Academy, built on the site of the Underhill football stadium, opens in September
Ark Pioneer Academy, High Barnet’s new secondary school opening in September, has started holding drop in…

Help at Spires for heart attack victims 1

Mar 07, 2019 General News
Fern Golder, centre administrator at the Spires shopping centre, is among staff trained in resuscitation techniques.
Staff and sales assistants at the Spires shopping centre are keen to publicise the location of a…

Demolition to start soon at Marie Foster site 4

Mar 01, 2019 General News
Marie Foster Centre was opened by the Duchess of Gloucester in 1973 and was the first of its kind in the country to care for young people with multiple sclerosis
Resident guardians who have had temporary homes in the former Marie Foster Centre in Wood Street, Barnet, are…

Rambles Round Barnet Update 29th June 2019

Mar 01, 2019 Rambles
Darlands Conservation Trust The previous update of 20th December 2018 referred to the Trust that had been set…

Bid to resume Battle of Barnet archaeological dig 2

Feb 25, 2019 General News
Liz Bown, chair of the Barnet 1471 Battlefields Society, and committee member Ed Jones, are working on plans for a wreath laying ceremony at Hadley Highstone to commemorate those who fell at the Battle of Barnet of 14 April 1471.
Plans are afoot – if funding can be obtained from the Heritage Lottery Fund – to re-start an archaeological…

Barnet Beyond Brexit - Update

Feb 25, 2019 General News
On 29 March the UK is likely to withdraw from the EU. What impact will this have on High Barnet, New Barnet,…

Fourth-generation family pitch at Barnet Market

Feb 25, 2019 General News
Forth generation Bones
David and Tyler Bone are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the opening of the family’s fruit and vegetable…

Trustees plan lasting memorial to Barnet philanthropist 4

Feb 19, 2019 General News
Richard Powles, trustee of the Gwyneth Cowing estate, on the steps of the artists’ studio that she had built in 1961 for Barnet Guild of Artists.
Trustees for the fields around Whalebones, where just over 150 new homes are planned, say they believe the…

Millie to live on in bronze

Feb 14, 2019 General News
John Somerville in his Wood Street studio
Barnet sculptor John Somerville, who has captured the image of countless rock stars and writers, is facing…

Barnet Beyond Brexit 3

Feb 09, 2019 General News
For our spring public forum, the Barnet Society has arranged for an expert panel to answer questions of local…

No shortage of demand for donated food

Feb 05, 2019 General News
Chipping Barnet foodbank volunteers Harold Williams and Monica Phelps prepare food items ready for distribution
Chipping Barnet foodbank is currently experiencing a spike in demand following the introduction of universal…

Plans for memorial to Millie, High Barnet’s feline celebrity 3

Feb 04, 2019 General News
Paula Gabb and Millie in happier times
Well over £1,200 has been donated already by well-wishers towards the cost of a memorial to the 17-year-old…

Samaritans reaching out to prevent suicidal thoughts

Jan 31, 2019 General News
Volunteers John Pyatt and Jacky Bishop ready to help at North London Samaritans’ new call centre
From its new call centre at Bowes Park, volunteers from the North London Samaritans are stepping up their…

Full house at Barnet homeless night shelter

Jan 29, 2019 General News
Preparing to serve an evening meal at the night shelter for the homeless at St Mark’s Church, Barnet Vale. From left to right, John Hay, Geoff Nicholson and the Reverend Tristan Chapman
Every Sunday this winter St Mark’s Church, Barnet Vale, becomes a night shelter for the homeless – “our…

Campaigning to save traditional public houses 1

Jan 22, 2019 General News
Gary Murphy, landlord of The Mitre, promoting his array of ales and craft beers
Gary Murphy, landlord at one of High Barnet’s highly-rated real ale pubs, the Mitre, is preparing for the…

Barnet Band celebrates its transformation from brass to wind 1

Jan 16, 2019 General News
Barnet Band, with conductor Ian Brookman, is holding an anniversary concert featuring music from the last 13 decades
Barnet Band, originally the High Barnet Foresters’ Brass Band, which started performing in 1889 – with just…

Barnet Councillors’ pledge to tackle rough sleepers and street drinkers 8

Jan 10, 2019 General News
Councillors Lisa Rutter (left) and Alison Cornelius examining a sleeping area of one of the rough sleepers outside Chipping Barnet Library
Chipping Barnet Residents Forum has been given an assurance that Barnet Council will take action to remove up…

Sociable feline stars on social media 6

Jan 08, 2019 High Street The Spires
Safety-conscious Millie regularly stops the traffic at she uses the zebra crossing from Chipping Barnet Library to the Spires Shopping Centre
High Barnet’s most precocious feline – Millie, the 17-year-old tabby that has made a name for herself at the…

Barnet’s FA Cup run excites former fans 2

Jan 08, 2019 Barnet Football Club
Tony Swingler guards his Underhill pitch mementos – “The Green, Green Grass...of Barnet FC
Barnet’s shock 1-0 defeat of Sheffield United – to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup – has re-awakened…

Keep Barnet Clean Campaign 6

Jan 03, 2019 General News
Keep Barnet Clean poster
“Don’t be mean, keep Barnet clean” is the message on posters which have been appearing outside parks and on…