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Archived Articles January 2019 todate

Greater choice for High Barnet school children 7

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 3

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 6

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 2

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 3

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…

Bid to resume Battle of Barnet archaeological dig 1

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 2

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…