Electric go-karts and a bouncy castle were just two of the attractions at a free fun evening to attract new recruits to the 1st Barnet Boys' Brigade and Girls' Association.

New Barnet's distinctive - but badly discoloured - war memorial is one of six within the borough which is to be cleaned and restored by Barnet Council.

After having missed out for so long on the thrill of attending live performances a treat is in store with the return this summer of five open-air shows by Theatre in the Park at Oakhill Park, East Barnet.

The future of 33 Lyonsdown Road New Barnet hangs in the balance as the last the property guardians have left the villa. This locally listed building has been threatened with demolition by its owners, Abbeytown Ltd, who unsuccessfully applied to build a five-storey block of flats on the site.

Community action to clean and oil the extra long bench in Church Passage has spurred Barnet Council to act: its street scene department has carried out a power wash of a section of the paving to remove grease and grime left by accumulated food stains.

Celebrations to mark this year's 550th anniversary of the Battle of Barnet will gain added impetus next month with the release by the Royal Mail of eight commemorative stamps illustrating scenes from the Wars of the Roses.

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The  Spring edition of the Barnet Society newsletter is now available to non-members.

 Distributed in paper form by a team of volunteers to all our members, it's a vital insight into life in and around Chipping Barnet. It is also a wealth of interesting and thoughtful local content.

As a society, there's lots of work to do that we try to fit in alongside our jobs, and other interests. We are keen to encourage new generations to join us; making sure we best represent the people who live in our area of Barnet.

With environmental conservation such a strong topic; we'd like to perhaps, try and do more practically to support the enviornment locally. As we have done for 75 years, we try to ensure that as and when development takes place (and indeed, it is inevitable that some has to)- it conserves, complements or appropriately contrasts the heritage we have, rather than dominating or destroying it. But we would like to do more.

If you have time to write and an interesting idea or topic for an article of local interest, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If we possibly can we will provide support to authors (proofreading, reviewing drafts, discussing ideas).

If you have an interest in conservation, the local environment and heritage: please consider joining the Barnet Society, or making a donation to help us keep doing what we do.