January 18, 2021
Safeguarding the swans is currently top priority for Darren Knott

Appeal to dog owners: breeding season starting for swans and wildfowl

People walking across the Shire London golf course during lockdown are being urged to act responsibly after repeated reports of swans and geese being harassed by dogs running off the lead.
January 07, 2021
Chipping Barnet's war memorial was unveiled on 3 April 1921, just before the 1921 census

Barnet historians eager to see 1921 census - and getting ready for 2021

Family historians keen to research the lives of people living in Barnet in the 1920s have only twelve months to wait before the release of the much-anticipated 1921 census and its wealth of information about life in the aftermath of the First World War.
January 05, 2021

New brasserie opens as lockdown hits High Street

Just as the New Year lockdown was announced, the proprietors of High Barnet's newest brasserie, Botannika, went ahead with their planned opening -- offering a take-away menu and a range of bread and cakes.

Barnet's Poor Clare nuns plan delayed 50th birthday party in 2021

Dec 30, 2020
Sister Francisca (right), the Mother Abbess of Barnet Poor Clares, with Sister Rosaria
Lockdown and self-isolation have imposed few significant changes in the daily life of the nuns of the enclosed order of Barnet Poor Clares who this year are…

End of an era in New Barnet: au revoir, Chez Tonton 1

Dec 22, 2020
Eric and Claudine Michel, proprietors of Chez Tonton, with head chef Hubert Champion (right)
A New Barnet institution, the French restaurant Chez Tonton has closed after 37 years -- an emotional farewell for proprietors Eric and Claudine Michel, who…

From inspiration to realisation: the greening of Barnet Hill

Dec 21, 2020
David Lee with volunteers hard at work in 1999 planting London planes and Norway maples on Barnet Hill
At the close of 2020, after one of the bleakest years for High Barnet in recent living memory, the long wait for spring should be relieved by the recognition…

Wide support for 'NHS heroes' at Barnet Hospital coping with virus emergency

Dec 18, 2020
Gifts, donations and volunteering at Barnet Hospital are being co-ordinated by the Royal Free Hospital Charity by volunteer manager, Louise Bellass (left), and community fund raiser, Carla Bispham
Boxes of chocolates, gift bags - and volunteering to have on-line chats with lonely dementia patients - are just some of the many ways in which residents have…