The Enfield Society

Diary of events from September 2017 onwards

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2nd Wednesday of each month, 12.30-1.00pm, St Mary Magdalene Church, Windmill Hill
Lunchtime music recital
Until 7 January 2018, Dugdale Centre.
Terrific Toys: made and played in Enfield: exhibition at Enfield Museum.
Wednesday 6 September
Footpath walk: Woodland Walk. Meet 10.33 Bayford Station (10.20 train from Enfield Chase). Car drivers can meet group at 10.45 near Farmer's Boy in Brickendon Green – please park considerately and NOT in pub car park.

About 7.5 mile circular walk via the varied woodland scenes of Cowheath, Broxbourne, Pembridge and Bencroft Woods. Might be muddy in places. Bring lunch or pub food probably available in Wormley West End. No shorter option. Leader: Mick Spinks
Friday 8th September, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall.
Forty Hall: hidden secrets – archaeological monitoring of refurbishment work 2012-14, by Neil Pinchbeck, EAS [EAS]
Saturday 9 September
Footpath walk: St Albans Heritage Weekend. Meet 10.30 St Albans City Station. Either by Thameslink trains at 09.54 or 10.04 from St Pancras International Station (platform B). Check for engineering works. Or by 84 bus from Potters Bar Station at 09.25 or 09.39. NOTE: car parking difficult at/near station.
6 to 7 mile circular walk via some of St Albans green spaces and visiting some of the historic properties participating in this weekend's open days event. Bring lunch or food available. Shorter option. Contact on day of walk ONLY: 07490 480 251 (no voicemail facility). Leader: Stuart Mills
Tuesday 12th September, 8pm, Jubilee Hall.
German kings and the Holy Roman Empire – a talk by Robin Blades, followed by light refreshments and the Branch AGM. [HA]
Saturday 16 September
Footpath walk: Hainault Forest.Meet 10.03 Hainault Station. Either join Dave on 08.52 train from Enfield Town, or meet him at Liverpool Street station (platforms 1-3) to catch 09.34 Central Line train (arrives Hainault at 10.03). Then group will travel by 150 bus to Brocket Way for walk’s start.
Using some newly opened paths, a varied 9.5 mile linear walk initially via Hainault Forest Country Park (with coffee stop) to Havering-atte-Bower for lunch stop and option to end by bus. Then with long distance views into Kent and London via Bedfords Park (Essex Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre – café/toilets) and Raphael Park to finish at Romford TfL Rail Station. Bring lunch or pub food available. Details: (020) 8366 2242 or 07948 204 025. Leader: Dave Cockle
Monday 18th September, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
A palace on the hill: a story of many parts. An illustrated talk by Dr Jim Lewis on the history of Alexandra Palace.
Wednesday 20th September, 7.45 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall.
Chase Farm Schools Part 2 – hospital, by Frank Bayford. [EHHS]
Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th September, Town Park
Enfield Town and Country Show We need assistance in both setting up and taking down the stand and people prepared to undertake a two hour session on the stand engaging with visitors wishing to purchase Society publications and membership. If you would be interested in helping, please contact Bob Fowler – TES Publicity by telephone on (020) 8363 5732, or email
Saturday 23rd September, 2pm.
Visit to Enfield Court (Enfield Grammar Lower School). Details will be provided later.
Tuesday 26th September, 10:00 for 10:30, Jubilee Hall
The forgotten houses of Tottenham, by Valerie Crosby.
In this talk Valerie Crosby, Archives Assistant at Haringey Archives and life-long resident of Tottenham, will trace the history of some of the long-lost, splendid houses that once stood in Tottenham’s former rural landscape. Valerie will illustrate her talk using photographs and paintings from the historical collections held at Bruce Castle.
Wednesday 27 September
Footpath walk: Epping Forest Stroll. For tea/coffee before start, meet 10.15 onwards at Café Delice, 141 Station Road, Chingford (100 yards from train/bus stations). If not, be at bus station by 11.00. Currently, 313 buses have 21 mins frequency and about 30 mins journey time from Enfield Town.
About 2 to 2.5 mile circular walk on edge of Epping Forest with comments on landscape and geology. Please respect Norman's pace during this gentle relaxed stroll. Contact on day of walk ONLY: 07984 813 636. Leader: Norman Coles
Saturday 30 September
Footpath walk: Chilterns. Meet 10.15 Wendover Station (09.27 Chiltern Railways Aylesbury train from London Marylebone Station). Check for engineering works.
About 7.5 to 8 mile hilly circular walk in splendid scenery with long distance views on the edge of the Chilterns via Coombe Hill, Chequers Estate, Whiteleaf and Dunsmore. Lunch stop in Whiteleaf Village (bring lunch or pub food probably available) from where possibility of ending by using either nearby hourly trains or more frequent buses to Aylesbury Station. Details: (020) 8882 3602 or 07534 433 578. Leader: Martin Langer
Wednesday 4 October
Footpath walk: Pymmes Brook Trail. Meet for prompt start at 10.20 at the seats beside the war memorial a few yards from the 307 bus stop in East Barnet Village (currently journey time of about 25 mins from Enfield Town).
An attractive 2 to 2.25 hour linear walk, mainly following the Pymmes Brook, via green open spaces and through Oak Hill and Arnos Parks, to end in Broomfield Park. Shorter option. Contact on day of walk ONLY: 07931 963 086. Leader: Monica Smith
Saturday 7 October
Footpath walk: North Downs in Surrey. Meet 10.20 Merstham Station. Either travel with Dave on 08.35 train from Enfield Chase, changing at Highbury & lslington for King’s Cross, or meet him at St Pancras International Station (platform A) for 09.24 Thameslink Three Bridges train. Buy Off-Peak Single ticket from Coulsdon South to Merstham (return journey within Freedom Pass/Oyster coverage). Check for engineering works.
7.5 to 8 mile linear walk in attractive and wooded downland scenery that retains a remote feel despite being close to South London. Hilly in places. Lunch stop near Mugswell – bring lunch or pub food available. Afterwards, via Kingswood Golf Course and Banstead Wood to end at Chipstead Station. Possibility of ending at Kingswood Station. Details: (020) 8366 2242 or 07948 204 025. Leader: Dave Cockle
Tuesday 10th October, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
The best of intentions: Britain’s part in the origins of the Arab- Israeli conflict, by David Blair, Daily Telegraph. [HA]
Wednesday 11 October
Footpath walk: Wickedness and Water. Meet 10.30 at 107 bus stop at Borehamwood & Elstree Station ((09.56 Thameslink train from St Pancras International Station – platform B). Alternatively, by 307 bus to Barnet Church (34 mins journey time from Enfield Town) and then by 107 bus from Barnet Church (a further 42 mins). The group will then travel together from B & E Station by bus for 5 mins to walk’s start in Elstree Village.
A varied 5.5 to 6 mile walk starting with a murder before viewing wildlife and sailing on Aldenham Reservoir and a representation of Winnie-the-Pooh’s 100 Aker (sic) Wood. Bring lunch or pub food available. Shorter option. Contact on day of walk ONLY: 07946 729 053. Leaders: Vanessa & Margaret
Friday 13th October, 19:30 for 20:00, Jubilee Hall
Medieval kremlins and monasteries on Russia’s Golden Ring, by Stephen Gilburt.
Several well-preserved historic towns, often with fortified enclosures (kremlins), to the north and east of Moscow, such as Vladimir and Suzdal, have been important in the history of Russia, particularly between the 12th and 16th centuries, before the rise of Moscow to pre-eminence. Many of the monasteries and churches have fine stone carvings, icons and wall paintings. After neglect and desecration during the Soviet period, 1917-91, they have now been restored and re-opened for worship. (Joint meeting with Enfield Archaeological Society.)
Saturday 14 October
Footpath walk: Old Marylebone to The Roundhouse. Meet 10.15 Edgware Road Station (Circle or Hammersmith & City Lines only – NOT Bakerloo Line).
6 mile linear walk. Historic squares, lesser known side streets and fine buildings (including that housing the Wallace Collection) in the morning and, after lunch, the contrast of Regent's Park and Primrose Hill, ending at The Roundhouse, Camden Town. Shorter options. Bring lunch or food available. Details: 07904 193 098. Leader: John West
Thursday 19 October
Footpath walk: Waterways and Olympic Park. Meet 10.30 Limehouse DLR Station – about 25 mins from Highbury & Islington Station via London Overground to Shadwell and changing onto DLR, or about 5 mins on DLR from Bank Station).
About 6 mile linear walk from Limehouse Basin via waterways into the Olympic Park that will show the impressive changes and “greening”of the area since the 2012 Olympics. Possible shorter option. Bring lunch or food available. Contact on day of walk ONLY: 07506 334 019. Leader: Peter Mackey
Tuesday 24 October
Footpath walk: Conservation Countryside. Meet 10.15 Bayford Station (10.00 train from Enfield Chase). Car drivers can meet group at 10.25 in Bayford Village – please park considerately and NOT in pub car park nor in residents private parking opposite pub.
About 7.5 mile circular walk in pretty countryside with lunch stop in Little Berkhamsted. Bring lunch or pub food available. Also village shop. Details: 07973 747 454. Leader: Nigel King
Saturday 28 October
Footpath walk: Westerham, Chartwell and Kent Hills. Meet at Hayes (Kent) Station to catch 246 bus at 10.42 to Westerham Green. Currently Southeastern trains to Hayes are from Charing Cross at 09.32 and 09.47 or from London Bridge at 09.40 and 09.55, arriving at Hayes at 10.14 and 10.33, but check for engineering works.
Note: travel at front of train as exit is well beyond train’s stopping point and bus stop is on opposite side of road outside station, near Costa.
About 7 mile circular walk over varied terrain with great views from the wooded hills at about 700 feet above sea level near Chartwell, before returning via the lovely Squerryes Estate. Hilly in places. No shorter option.
There will be an extended lunch stop at Chartwell (National Trust) to allow time to visit the beautiful gardens and/or house. Admission free for those with N.T. membership cards but no charge for entry to picnic area, café, shop and toilets. Bring lunch or wide range of food available in café. Contact on day of walk ONLY: 07490 480 251 (no voicemail facility). Leader: Stuart Mills
Tuesday 31st October, 10:00 for 10:30, Jubilee Hall
Healthy eating – a different view, by Philip Ridley, Director, Weston A. Price Foundation.
Philip will discuss the principles of healthy traditional diets identified in the pioneering work of Dr Weston A. Price. The talk will include slides from Dr Price’s travels around the globe during the early 20th century. Dr Price’s conclusions about diet were based upon his first-hand experience of the food choices and food preparation techniques of healthy non-industrialized peoples from around the world and his work continues to radically challenge the established orthodoxy.
Saturday 4 November
Footpath walk: South London Commons. Meet 10.30 Streatham Station (09.48 Thameslink Sutton train from platform A at St Pancras International Station but check for engineering works). Alternatively, Victoria Line to Brixton, then either bus 109, 118 or 250 from bus stop P to Streatham Station (15 to 20 mins journey time).
7 mile linear walk through a mix of open spaces and with sites of interest via Tooting Bec and Wandsworth Commons, then Wimbledon Park to end at Wimbledon Station. Shorter options. Bring lunch or food available. Details: 07904 193 098. Leader: John West
Wednesday 8 November
Discovery Walk: Clubs, Royalty and Government. Meet 10.30 near exit into the Park at Green Park Station (Victoria, Jubilee and Piccadilly Lines). About 2.5 hour linear walk initially through the Piccadilly area with exclusive shops and historic clubs, then via St James's Palace and Park (coffee stop) and part of Whitehall to end in Trafalgar Square. Shorter options. Contact on day of walk ONLY: 07780 615 954. Leader: Sara James
Friday 10th November, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
A glimpse of the Black Death at West Smithfield, by Don Walker, MoLA Osteologist. [EAS]
Tuesday 14 November
Footpath walk: Epping Forest. Meet 10.30 Chingford Bus Station. Currently 313 buses have 21 mins frequency and about 30 mins journey time from Enfield Town. About 6 mile circular walk through the late Autumn colours of the Forest via High Beach. No shorter option. Bring lunch or food available. Contact on day of walk ONLY: 07946 729 053. Leaders: Vanessa & Margaret
Tuesday 14th November 2017, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
The British Jewish experience of the First World War, by Paula Kitching. [HA]
Saturday 18 November
Footpath walk: River Thames and Richmond Park. Meet 10.30 in entrance/ticket office foyer to Richmond Station. Either by South West Trains train from Vauxhall mainline station (frequent service and journey time of 16 to 23 mins) or by London Overground from Highbury & lslington Station (47 mins journey time). Check for engineering works.
About 7 mile walk in the Autumn scenery of Richmond Park and the River Thames. Shorter option. Bring lunch or food available. Details: 07973 747 454. Leader: Nigel King
Monday 20th November, 19:30 for 20:00, Jubilee Hall
River Lea or Lee from Luton to Leyton, by Richard Thomas.
A journey from the source of the river at Luton to Old Ford lock in London, with various digressions en route. The talk covers the history and development of the Lee Navigation with modern photographs and contrasting early 20th century postcards. That section of the river which flows through eastern Enfield and Edmonton will be covered in more detail.
Thursday 23 November
Footpath walk: North Mymms Park. Meet 10.38 Brookmans Park Station on Welwyn-bound platform NOT at car park entrance (10.13 Welwyn train from Finsbury Park or at 10.35 from Potters Bar Station).
About 6 to 7 mile circular walk through varied farmland with hidden geological features, Royal Veterinary College land and North Mymms woods and parkland. Lunch stop in South Mimms Village. Bring lunch or pub food available and option to end by bus return to Potters Bar Station. Leader: Mick Spinks
Tuesday 28th November, 10:00 for 10:30, Jubilee Hall
Urban orchards and edible landscapes, by Jo Homan. Jo works with the Urban Orchard Project and with Edible Landscapes London (ELL), based at Finsbury Park. ELL trains volunteers to propagate plants which are then given away to community food growing projects. The Urban Orchard project works with communities to plant, manage, restore and harvest orchards in urban areas. Jo will talk about her work organising and running training sessions for volunteers for both these projects and recent successes in creating “ lush cities across the United Kingdom swathed in fruit and nut trees”.
Tuesday 12th December, 10:00 for 10:30, Jubilee Hall
A brief history of pantomime, by Marlene McAndrew. From the Greek pantomimi through to Marie Lloyd, panto horses, cows and geese, ’orrible pies in ’orrible kitchens, all-join-ins and “He’s behind you!” – a lively look at the origins and development of Britain’s best-loved entertainment.
Tuesday 30th January, 10:00 for 10:30, Jubilee Hall
Dabs & DNA catch criminals, by Chris Truran. Chris joined the Metropolitan Police in 1975 and worked as a Scenes of Crimes Officer (SOCO), working in central, north and north west London for over 38 years. During his career Chris examined over 25,000 crime scenes ranging from shop-lifting to murder. When he first started examining crime scenes DNA was in its embryonic stage. This talk will cover the development of fingerprint evidence from the first burglar being arrested using fingerprints to the development and use of DNA in 1984 and will include the Stephen Lawrence, James Hanratty and Brighton Bombing cases. The talk includes 2 short videos.
Tuesday 27th February, 10:00 for 10:30, Jubilee Hall
Iceland – a circular tour, by Anne and John Wallington. In this talk Anne and John will show slides of some of the sites and the scenery of the interior plus some of the flora and fauna of this fascinating volcanic island that is characterised by sand and lava fields, mountains and glaciers.
Tuesday 27th March, 10:00 for 10:30, Jubilee Hall
Albertropolis, by Stuart Harvey. Stuart Harvey presents another of his illustrated talks this time visiting the origins of the Science and Arts park in SW7 and some of the people associated with this area, including Sir Francis Galton, Bruce Bainsfather and Sir Henry Cole.
Tuesday 24th April, 10:00 for 10:30, Jubilee Hall
The Enfield Brewery, by Rahul Mulchandani. Enfield Brewery is an independent brewery established in Edmonton in 2016, making the Enefeld range of craft beers and lagers using ingredients sourced only from within England. Rahul will talk about the challenges and successes in setting up this great new local enterprise – and why the beer is called Enefeld! There will be a free tasting after the talk.


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