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The Carols on the Green event, held on 19th December on Winchmore Hill Green, was a great success, hundreds of people attended.  Local restaurants provided delicious food and drink and we sang Christmas carols for an hour, led by the band and choir from St Paul’s Church.  £1,000 was raised from donations from local businesses who advertised in the programme, which covered the cost of all the new beds bought for the Winter Night Shelter for local homeless people, which started on 8th January and runs until the end of March.  In addition, £1,474 was collected at the event, from donations from those attending, for the national homelessness charity CRISIS.

Our thanks go to all the local businesses that supported and all those who attended and gave so generously.

Lindsay Kennelly and Susan Chambers

St Paul’s Church, Winchmore Hill

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Monday, 15 January 2018 20:43

Transform a life in 2018

Volunteer youth

 Transform a life in 2018

Working with young offenders is a challenging and moving experience. As part of the Enfield Heroes campaign, Enfield Council is looking for volunteers to help in their rehabilitation. We are looking for more people to get involved, particularly working with youth offenders.

If you have a skill – for example in car engine maintenance, jewellery making, hairdressing, basic IT or gardening – you could really make a difference to a young person’s life.

There are some fantastic reasons to become a volunteer. Not only could you help the community, volunteering can be fulfilling and reduces stress, you get the chance to give something back to those in need. It’s an opportunity to pass on your expertise to others while developing as a person.

If you have a few hours a week to spare, volunteer and transform a life today.

To find out more go to or type “Enfield Heroes” in the search function on the homepage. Follow us on Twitter @EnfieldCouncil #EnfieldHeroes.


It’s too important to forget


Enfield Council is supporting ‘Reduce Your Risk’ Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (22-28 January 2018)

Book an appointment for a free cervical cancer screening test if you have received an invitation letter for cervical screening, and you’re registered with an Enfield GP practice.

It is now easier than ever to have a cervical cancer screening test in Enfield, at a convenient time and location to suit the busiest of lives.

Primary Care Access Hubs can be found at Evergreen Primary Care Centre in Edmonton, Carlton House Surgery in Enfield North and the Woodberry Practice in Winchmore Hill. To book an appointment call 03000 333 666 during Hub opening hours: 6.30pm - 8pm weekdays and 8am - 8pm Saturdays and public holidays.

You can also book an appointment directly with your GP/practice nurse at your usual surgery during their opening hours.

Cervical cancer screening tests save lives.

To find out more about cervical cancer and what you can expect in a screening test, go to the NHS website: 

Enfield Council’s Healthy Enfield website also has lots of information about your health, as well as information on support groups and charities. Please go to:

Cervical Screening

Friday, 12 January 2018 14:01

Sad News from Paradise Wildlife Park


Paradise Wildlife Park Ambassador for 20 years

PWP RockySome extremely sad news from Paradise

We are incredibly sad to announce that Rocky, our eldest and dearly loved Amur Tiger, has passed away just week’s from his 20th birthday.

Rocky had been unwell for some weeks and after extensive consultations with our specialist vet, Dr. John Lewis, the decision was made to put him to sleep yesterday afternoon, 11th January 2018 – the unenviable task falling to Mark, our local vet at Highfield Practice.

Rocky arrived at Paradise Wildlife Park nearly 20 years ago when he was just a little cub. He was collected from a travelling circus in Ireland at 2 weeks old after his mother rejected him at birth weighing only 2lbs. Our owner Peter Sampson and Rachael hand reared him, ably assisted by Colin, Martin, Nick and several others. They all saw Rocky as part of their Family and spent so much time together they got to know each other’s habits & moods. If certain laws were not put in place, Peter would have still been going in with him!

Rocky has been an ambassador for Paradise Wildlife Park since he was 6 month’s old. He had such an amazing character and nature, people travelled from all over the world to see him and to take part in his big cat experiences. In fact, over the years Rocky helped us to raise 100’s of thousands of pounds for conservation work and for charities in the UK and beyond.

Rocky lived the last 4 years with two beloved tiger companions, Aleena and Siberia. These sisters seemed to regard Rocky as an older brother and absolutely adored him – many a night spent cuddling and playing together.

In the wild, Amur Tigers live from 8 to 12 years, in captivity they can live up to 20 years, a milestone Rocky would have reached in just a few weeks’ time.

Rocky leaves an amazing and deeply personal legacy at Paradise Wildlife Park which we’re sure will shine for years to come.

Please feel free to share any lovely photos and memories you have had over the past 20 years with him.

From all of us, the keepers, staff, family and friends of Paradise Wildlife Park/Zoological Society of Hertfordshire, we will miss you Rocky.

Friday, 12 January 2018 12:02

Book Swap 2018!

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Book Swap logo high res 2Discover’s London Children’s Book Swap taking over London

Over 40 venues across London will be celebrating Discover’s London Children’s Book Swap’s seventh birthday on Saturday 10 February, when all their doors will open to anyone wanting to recycle children’s books – and give children new books to read.

A love of reading shared - such a simple idea that was created by Discover in 2012, who continue to encourage and build this exciting free annual event across London. Bring an old book to your closest London Children’s Book Swap venue and pick up a different book to take home for free.

To take place at Forty Hall in Enfield Saturday 10th February 12 – 3pm.

Forty Hall, Forty Hill, Enfield, EN2 9HA

For one day only, literally thousands of books will be swapped in an action packed day of free activities at over 40 venues, across 15 London boroughs, working with and using the ideas developed by Discover. Some of the venues include: Soho theatre. Institut Français Kensington, Charlton House, Polka Theatre Wimbledon, Southbank Centre and The Deptford Lounge.

This year’s theme will be The Gruffalo, with Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s character visiting book lovers across the city on the day.

Discover always works closely with each of the venues taking part, and to get the ‘starting pool of books to swap’ rolling, Discover will be taking donations of books to distribute amongst all the venues involved in London Children’s Book Swap. Interested in making a book donation?  Then contact Sophie Waddy at Discover Children’s Story Centre:  or 020 8536 5568.

Come out on Saturday 10 February 2018 with a book to swap and be part of the biggest ever London Children’s Book Swap.



Twitter: @LDNChildBkSwap / #LDNChildrensBkSwap / Website: for participating venues and events.

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Thursday, 11 January 2018 17:08

What's On in Enfield 11th - 21st January 2018

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Planet Play returns to Chickenshed for the Spring Season. Tales from the Shed are back too!




The Dugdale Musuem is home to Terrific Toys: Made & Played in Enfield until April 15th.

FOOD & DRINKBurns night beehive

Enjoy Sunday Lunch at Stephens House Sunday 14th January.

The Beehive are hosting Burns Night on Thursday 25th January.



The Dudale Centre hosts the exhibition Women at Work 8th-20th January.



DJ Howies presents Music Quiz - Just Number Ones at The Beehive Thursday 11th January.

Ziggy’s ‘World Connections Night’ Double Bill at the Dugdale Friday 26th January.



Millfield Theatre will be home to Platinum Performing Arts Urban Panto – Superheroes and the Lost Fairytale 5th-21st January.

T.E.O present Dick Whittington to Winchmore Hill 11th-13th January with proceeds going to North London Hospice.



Enfield Scrutiny Committee hold a meeting on the Budget proposals for next year at the Civic Centre Thursday 18th January.

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018 21:10

Back to School - Choose School Meals

Back to School - Choose School Meals

Help your child have the best start to their school day, by signing them up to a healthy, nutritious meal.

There’s research that shows children concentrate much better after a healthy school lunch.

Enfield Council’s Healthy Eating campaign is encouraging young people to eat more healthily and increase take-up of school meals.

Enfield Catering Service serves around 20,000 meals a day. Parents and pupils can be assured that the Service provide meals of a consistently high quality. Meals are freshly cooked on site using high quality and ethically-sourced ingredients so that they can provide the best possible standards of nutrition.

To register for school meals, contact your child’s school.

All pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are eligible for free school meals. Children from families that receive certain benefits or on a low income may also be eligible for free school meals.

For more information about school meals and free school meals visit our website

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018 21:02

Direct Debit – Never forget a payment

Direct Debit – Never forget a payment

Over 67,500 Enfield residents choose to pay for Council Tax by Direct Debit. Join them and find peace of mind.

Paying Council Tax by Direct Debit can help you spread the cost of your payments and means your bill will always be paid on time. Direct Debit keeps you in control, is a guaranteed service and you have the right to cancel at any time.

With Direct Debit, your payment is automatically withdrawn from your account each month which means you will never forget a payment. Direct Debit is the easiest way to make sure Council Tax, housing rent, business rates and other payments are paid on time, safely and securely.

For information on paying Council bills by Direct Debit go to:

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Monday, 08 January 2018 13:42

3 Great Bands to perform at Charity Music Concert

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Three of the Mayor of Enfield's favourite bands will perform Live In Concert at Millfield Theatre on Saturday January 27th to raise funds for her charity Enfield Cares.

Red Sky July, Van Susans and JFK Blues have all confirmed they will perform for Cllr Christine Hamilton's charity concert. Cllr Hamilton is a huge fan of Live Music and regularly attends the concerts of all three bands. She is delighted that they will join together to form one great night of music.

Red Sky July is husband and wife duo Ally Mcerlaine (guitarist in Texas) and Shelly Poole (one half of Alisha’s Attic) along with former model Charity Hair (The Alice Band). Red Sky July’s sound is a hazy blend of Alt-Country and Americana and they have been added to the playlist on BBC Radio 2 as well as appearing on a whole host of radio and TV slots. The band have supported artists such as; Sheryl Crow, Steve Earle, 10CC, Tom Jones, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Jools Holland. Festivals they have performed at include Glastonbury, Isle of Wight and T in the Park.

Red Sky July released their third album ‘The Truth and The Lie’ in March 2016. Recorded in their own studio, the band were joined by Grammy nominated, Nashville based singer songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman (Elton John, Neil Diamond, Willie Nelson). On release the album debuted in the top 3 of the Official UK Country Charts and garnered rave reviews and airplay. Renowned for Sound heralded it as “a modern country masterpiece.” The album has received critical acclaim across the board from the likes of The Guardian, Maverick Magazine, Guitarist, Daily Express, R2 and BBC Radio 2 to name but a few.

Van Susans are a Pop/Rock band residing in London’s leafy suburbs. Consisting of Olly Andrews, Will Showler, Holly McLatchie and brothers Rob Dullaway and Ed Dullaway, the group have a burning passion for melodic harmonies and tales of love and heartbreak, accompanied by both beautiful acoustic rhythms and assertive electric guitar riffs.

Van Susans are signed to the independent label, Beatnik Geek Records and cite classic mid-nineties/early noughties bands such as Jack’s Mannequin, Jimmy Eat World, Something Corporate, Dashboard Confessional, Jamie T and Incubus. Their line-up includes the usual lead/backing vocals, guitars, keyboards and the occasional sounds of a violin played by Holly. In the run up to their debut release, the band spent their days writing and touring relentlessly, performing at established venues like London’s Indigo 2 and Clapham’s Grand.

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JFK Blue is a stylish rock/blues band with a fresh take on well-crafted rock and blues, with stirring songs and superb musicianship. These are musicians with one aim - to play their style of blues and rock with freedom of expression, not to get hung up on genres but to play music that they like. In doing so their music is contempory yet has a retro feel which brings familiarity and joy.

People have commented that they have a Southern Rock sensibility combined with melodic songs with great hooks.

The Current Band is:

Chris Elliott – Guitar and Lead Vocals
Iago Banet - Lead Guitar
Leslie Fleischman – Bass Guitar
Sol Ezra – Drums, Percussion and Vocals



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Thursday, 04 January 2018 18:10

What's On in Enfield 4th - 14th January 2018

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Dugdale Women at WorkEXHIBITIONS

The Dugdale Musuem is home to Terrific Toys: Made & Played in Enfield until April 15th.

The Dudale Centre hosts the exhibition Women at Work 8th-20th January.



Enjoy Sunday Lunch at Stephens House Sunday 14th January.



Oral History Project Voices from Forty Hall Estate holds the next session Tuesday 9th January.




Just Number Ones - Music Quiz with DJ Howie at The Beehive Thursday 11th January.


Ziggy’s ‘World Connections Night’ Double Bill at the Dugdale Friday 26th January.



Do your bit for nature at Forty Hall’s Conservation Work Party Sunday 7th January.



The last couple of day’s of Chickenshed’s amazing Rapunzel which ends its run on Saturday 6th January.

 Acorn Theatre bring Sleeping Beauty to the stage with proceeds supporting Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice.

 Millfield Theatre will be home to Platinum Performing Arts Urban Panto – Superheroes and the Lost Fairytale 5th-21st January.

T.E.O present Dick Whittington to Winchmore Hill 11th-13th January with proceeds going to North London Hospice.


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