The Enfield Society

Diary of events from July 2018 onwards

The Enfield Society events are in black — Enfield Council events are in greenOther events are in red

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2nd Wednesday of each month, 12.30-1.00pm, St Mary Magdalene Church, Windmill Hill
Lunchtime music recital
Sunday 1st July, 12 noon to 6 pm, Forty Hall.
Music on the lawn – a fund raising event for conservation, organised by the Friends of Forty Hall Park. £6.
Wednesday 4th July, 10-11am, Myddelton House.
Gardeners’ coffee morning – as for 6th June. £10.
Thursday 5 July.
Broomfield Park Stroll. For tea/coffee before the walk, meet 10.15 onwards in Morrisons supermarket café in Alderman's Hill, Palmers Green (opposite station). If not, be at Palmers Green Station for start at 11.00. About 2 mile walk in Broomfield Park with commentary on the geology and landscape, the trees and history of the park. Please respect Norman’s gentle pace. Contact on day of walk ONLY: 07984 813 636. Leader: Norman Coles
Friday 6th July, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
The Geoffrey Gillam Memorial Lecture. Geoffrey of Monmouth’s London: from New Troy to Lud’s Town by John Clark, Medieval Curator Emeritus at the Museum of London and Honorary Reader, UCL Institute of Archaeology. (Joint meeting of Enfield Archaeological Society and Edmonton Hundred Historical Society.) [EAS][EHHS]
Sunday 8th July 3-5.30pm, Hilly Fields.
Bandstand concert: ENJO – Jazz/Swing.
Tuesday 10th July 1-1.30 pm, Dugdale Centre.
Enfield’s railway history. Part one: Lea Valley Line. Museum Lunchtime Taster Talk by Dave Cockle, Free.
Saturday 14 July.
Footpath walk: Weald Country Park. Meet 11.17 Brentwood Station. Either travel with Dave on 09.52 train from Enfield Town or meet him at Liverpool Street mainline station for 10.40 TfL Rail Shenfield train. About 6 mile linear walk, initially through quiet residential roads with interesting buildings, to reach South Weald hamlet and the former deer park of Weald Country Park with over 500 acres of woodland, meadows and open grassland. After lunch via Green Belt countryside and the Ingrebourne Way to end at Harold Wood TfL Station. No shorter option. Note: as lunch stop will be at Weald Country Park café which only has a limited range of hot snacks, you may wish to bring your own lunch. Details: (020) 8366 2242 or 07948 204 025. Leader: Dave Cockle
Thursday 19 July.
Footpath walk: Rib Valley. Meet 10.05 Hertford North Station (09.44 train from Enfield Chase).
About 8.5 mile walk through scenic and varied countryside with good views via Chapmore End and Tonwell, with a lunch stop after 5 miles in Wadesmill, and then passing Thundridge Old Church to end in Ware (for return by bus to Hertford). Option to finish in Wadesmill by using 331 bus to Ware/Hertford. Bring lunch or food available. Contact on day of walk ONLY: 07490 480 251 (no voicemail facility). Leader: Stuart Mills
Saturday 21st July, 2 - 3pm, Myddelton House.
Walking in the footsteps of Mr Bowles. £5.
Tuesday 24 July.
Footpath walk: Enfield Countryside. Meet 10.35 Crews Hill Station (10.29 train from Enfield Chase).
About 6.5 mile linear walk via Crews Hill golf course and field paths to Botany Bay (option to end), then along the Jubilee Path to Hadley Road for a lunch stop at Ferny Hill Farm café. Note: Please ensure you remove muddy boots or cover with bags before entering the café. After lunch through Trent Park. Details: or (020) 8360 0282. Leader: Roy Nicholls
Friday 27th July 10 am, Dugdale Centre (first floor).
Archives in Focus: family history sources for Enfield with John Clark, Local Studies Officer. £3. Advance booking advisable.
Saturday 28 July.
Footpath walk: Mid-Herts. Meet 10.00 near ticket office at Welwyn North Station. Due to revised timetables from Great Northern, the Cambridge train from Finsbury Park mainline station now departs at 10.00, calls at Potters Bar Station at 10.13, and arrives at Welwyn North Station at 10.30, NOT as shown in the TES newsletter.
Note: because the walk uses two lines (i.e. returning from Hertford), buy a Super Off-Peak Day Return to Stevenage from Boundary Zone 6 and NOT from a specified station. Buy in advance from a staffed ticket office as many ticket machines are unable to issue such tickets.
About 8 mile linear walk via a mix of tracks and field paths in pretty countryside with small villages, ending at Hertford North Station. No shorter option. Lunch stop in Tewin. Bring lunch or pub food available. Details: (020) 8882 3602 or 07534 433 578. Leader: Martin Langer
Sunday 29th July, 2pm, starting at Southgate Station
Heritage walk. This is a walk dominated by the Walker Family of Arnos Grove. We travel from the underground station to Southgate Green via side roads and footpaths, with a visit to Christ Church.
The walk is free of charge, but as places are limited you will need to obtain a ticket in advance. This will be posted to you if you send your name and contact details, with a stamped addressed envelope, to Heritage Walks, The Enfield Society, Jubilee Hall, 2 Parsonage Lane, Enfield EN2 0AJ. Alternatively click here to send an email message to, saying how many places you want, and your booking will be acknowledged by email.
Wednesday 1st August, 10 - 11am, Myddelton House.
Gardeners’ coffee morning – as for 6th June. £10.
Thursday 2 August
Footpath walk: Chilterns. Meet 10.30 Chalfont & Latimer Station. Either 09.26 Metropolitan Line train from King's Cross St Pancras or 09.57 Chiltern Railways Aylesbury train from London Marylebone Station.
8 mile linear walk through classic Chiltern scenery, woodland and nature reserves via field paths, tracks and small lanes, ending at Chesham Station. No shorter option. Hilly. Some paths muddy after heavy rain. Lunch at Ley Hill – bring lunch or pub food available. Details: 07904 193 098. Leader: John West
Saturday 4th August, 6 - 8pm, Myddelton House Gardens.
Open Air Theatre: A woman of no importance, by Oscar Wilde, from £12
Sunday 5th August 3-5.30pm, Hilly Fields.
Bandstand concert: The Blue Rays – Old School Blues.
Wednesday 8 August
Footpath walk: Epping Forest – part of The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. Meet 10.30 Chingford Bus Station (at copy date 313 buses at 09.21 and 09.41 from Church Street, Enfield Town).
About 7.5 mile circular walk through varied Forest landscapes, mainly on paths/tracks. Option to end after 4 miles from lunch stop at The Woodbine, Honey Lane (buses to Waltham Cross). Bring lunch or pub food available. Contact on day of walk ONLY: 07946 729 053. Leaders: Vanessa & Margaret
Sunday 12th August, from 12 noon, Chase Green
Working party. On the morning before our FoCG Summer Picnic (see details below), we will also be having a working party to clear more of the unwanted saplings, brambles and nettles in the wooded area of Chase Green.
If you are over 18 and are willing to lend a hand, please let Robert know on email so that he can organise the work. Bring your own tools (secateurs, loppers, spade etc). Anyone who volunteers for the working party will be rewarded with a FREE CUP OF TEA [Friends of Chase Green]
Sunday 12th August, 10:00 – 12:00, Chase Green
Picnic. The Friends of Chase Green invite you to spend a relaxing, family day out on our beautiful Village Green. For all local residents, their friends and families. Bring your own food & drink, chairs, blanket, games, balls, musical instruments, etc. [Friends of Chase Green]
Tuesday 14th August 1-1.30 pm, Dugdale Centre.
Boys and girls come out to play - Chase Farm tapestry and cup remnant. Museum Lunchtime Taster Talk by Joe Studman. Free
Thursday 16 August
Footpath walk: River Thames. Meet 11.00 Putney Bridge Station (District Line).
About 6 mile linear walk with Thames scenes via Barnes Elms and Common, Barnes Village (for lunch) and then the riverside path to cross Hammersmith Bridge, ending at Hammersmith Station. Shorter options including from lunch stop. Bring lunch or food available. Contact on day of walk ONLY: 07506 334 019. Leader: Peter Mackey
Sunday 19th August, 6 - 8pm, Myddelton House.
Music at Myddelton: Classics in the gardens, from £9
Tuesday 21 August
Footpath walk: North-East from Bayford. Meet 10.12 Bayford Station (09.59 train from Enfield Chase). Car drivers can meet group at 10.25 near Farmer’ Boy in Brickendon Green – please park considerately and NOT in pub car park.
7.5 to 8 mile circular walk on tracks, minor lanes and field paths through pretty countryside and nature reserves. Lunch stop in Hertford Heath (bring lunch or pub food available) from where possible to finish by using bus to either Hertford or Broxbourne (but NOT back to Bayford). Leader: Mick Spinks
Bank Holiday Monday 27 August
Footpath walk: Chess Valley. Meet 10.25 Chorleywood Station near ticket office entrance. Either 09.26 Metropolitan Line train from King’s Cross St Pancras or 09.57 Chiltern Railways Aylesbury train from London Marylebone Station.
8 to 8.5 mile circular walk in attractive Chiltern countryside with a varied mix of farmland, woods and river valley scenes. Hilly in places. No shorter option. Lunch stop in Sarratt Village – bring lunch or pub food available. Contact on day of walk ONLY: 07490 480 251. Leader: Stuart Mills
Saturday 1st September.
Footpath walk: Essex Country Parks. Meet 10.47 Brentwood Station. Either travel with Dave on 09.22 train from Enfield Town or meet him at Liverpool Street mainline station for 10.10 TfL Shenfield train.
7.5 mile linear walk via Thorndon Country Parks through woodland and undulating farmland with long distance views into Kent, ending at Shenfield Station. Option to finish from lunch stop at The Green Man pub in Herongate. Bring lunch or pub food. The final mile of route goes through the exclusive residential estate of gated mansions in Hutton Mount. Details: (020) 8366 2242 or 07948 204 025. Leader: Dave Cockle
Friday 7th September, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
Exploring the material culture of Roman London by Michael Marshall, Senior Finds Specialist (Prehistoric and Roman), MOLA.[EAS]
Saturday 8th September, 09:30 - 18:30 approx.
Coach trip to the National Trust property of Ickworth in Suffolk. For details and booking form see
Wednesday 19th September, 7.45 for 8pm
Meeting of the Edmonton Hundred Historical Society, subject to be confirmed later.[EHHS]
Monday 24th September, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
Intimate memories. An illustrated talk by Geoff Bowden on the history of the Intimate Theatre, Palmers Green, since it was established as a professional plyhouse in 1935 under the guidance of John Clements. Among the stars who have appeared there are Richard Attenborough, Roger Moore, June Whitfield, Nicholas Parsons, Arthur Lowe, David Bowie, Patricia Hayes, Penelope Keith, Richard Todd, Noele Gordon, Tony Blackburn, Anthony Hopkins, Kenneth Williams, Tyrone Power, Bob Hoskins, Charlie Chester, Stephen Fry, Cleo Lane, Jessie Matthews and June Bronhill.
Geoff has also written a fascinating illustrated book on the various fortunes of the theatre and its performers.
Tuesday 25th September, 10.00 for 10.30, Jubilee Hall
Memories of Chase Farm. Part 1: The Schools by Frank Bayford. Frank Bayford was Pharmacist at Chase Farm Hospital before retiring. In this talk Frank will describe how schools came to be established in the early days at the Chase Farm site and how the children were looked after. The talk will include anecdotes and reminiscences of people involved with the schools. Frank will talk about the schools in the first half of the talk and follow this with photographs.
Friday 12th October, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
Bugging the Nazis in WW2: Trent Park’s secret history by Dr Helen Fry, Historian. [EAS]
Monday 15th October, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
The Bloomsbury Group. This illustrated talk by Janet McQueen will explore the lives, loves and humour of a group of artists, writers and intellectuals who gathered at the Bloomsbury home in London of Thoby Stephen in the early 20th century. They included Vanessa and Clive Bell, Roger Fry, Duncan Grant, Virginia and Leonard Woolf, Lytton Strachey, David Garnett, Desmond and Molly MacCarthy, Maynard and Lydia Keynes and E. M. Forster.
The home of Vanessa and Clive Bell and Duncan Grant at Charleston, and Monk’s House, where Virginia and Leonard Woolf lived, were visited on an Enfield Society coach outing in 2014.
Tuesday 30th October, 10.00 for 10.30, Jubilee Hall
The Golden Road to Samarkand, an illustrated talk by Stephen Gilburt. In the 7th century central Asia was conquered by Arabs and the people converted to Islam. In the late 14th century the area was ruled by Tamurlaine. By the late 16th century there were several independent Muslim Khanates. Cities such as Khiva, Bukara and Samarkand still had palaces, mosques with minarets, madrassas (Koranic teaching schools), bazaars and caravanserai (inns where merchants could stay while travelling on the Silk Road between China and eastern Mediterranean ports). These cities grew rich on the manufacture and trade in cotton and silk cloth, carpets, ceramics, artifacts made from metal and wood, and jewelery, which were transported in camel caravans along the Silk Road. Central Asia was conquered by Russia in the 19th century and since 1991 has been split up into independent republics such as Uzbekistan.
Saturday 3rd November, Jubilee Hall
WWI in the Edmonton Hundred. EHHS day conference. [EHHS]
Friday 9th November, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
Walbrook Mithras Temple reconstruction by Sophie Jackson, Director of Research and Engagement, MOLA. [EAS]
Monday 19th November, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
Markets, fairs and festivals of Enfield. This illustrated talk by Joe Studman will include the history of the markets and festivals we still enjoy today. We will also discover the “Enfield Bonfire boys”, “The Cheese Fair” and how Enfield drew thousands to its pageants and marts.
For more information see pages 6-7 of Enfield Society News no. 210, Summer 2018 - publication date 15th May 2018.
Wednesday 21st November, 2.30pm, Jubilee Hall
They came in their millions: the forest excursionists by Dr Chris Pond. [EHHS]
Tuesday 27th November, 10.00 for 10.30, Jubilee Hall
Finding Enfield’s fallen by Martin Lambert. It is 100 years since the end of the Great War and yet there still more clues to our past that history is giving up. Martin Lambert is a battlefield tour guide and has researched many of Enfield’s war dead. In this talk Martin will tell us how we can look deeper into the information we have on our war dead and show us how we can learn about our own relations.
Tuesday 11th December, 10.00 for 10.30, Jubilee Hall
Dickens and Christmas by Dr Tony Williams, plus post-talk quiz and mince pies.
Christmas figures in Dickens’s works all through his career, from ‘Sketches by Boz’ and ‘Pickwick Papers’ to ‘Great Expectations’ and ‘Edwin Drood’. It is, nevertheless, ‘A Christmas Carol’ which helped to establish Dickens’s position as the pre-eminent writer about Christmas from 1843 onwards and which has a very powerful imaginative hold on us and a special place in our culture. He folloWednesday the Carol with a short series of other Christmas Books and Christmas Stories and was well aware of the special status he had at Christmas.
Dr Tony Williams is Past President of the International Dickens Fellowship and Associate Editor of the Fellowship’s journal, The Dickensian. He is a frequent speaker on Dickens in this country and overseas. In this talk he will explore Dickens’s reputation as a continuing central part of our Christmas festivities.
Wednesday 19th December, 7.45 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
Christmas traditions by Howard Whisker. Wine and nibbles will be served.[EHHS]
Tuesday 29th January, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
My 39 years at Covent Garden Opera House, by Georgie Perrot.
Tuesday 26th February, 7.30 for 8pm, Jubilee Hall
The history of quilling by Judith and Christine Hughes. Quilling is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. Judith and Christine will describe the history of quilling from when paper was first invented through to the modern day. They will talk about some of the famous people who have been involved in this art form and show examples of quilling that they have produced. There will be an opportunity to buy items they have made.


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