artsdepot has been nominated once again for Best Neighbourhood Theatre in the Love London Awards 2010! They won the award last year, so it would be good to win again this year.

They provide a varied programme of theatre, music, dance, comedy and visual arts for over 60,000 visitors, and 5,000 participants from all walks of life take part in their courses, classes and education and outreach projects. You may have seen In the Limelight, the theatre project for older people with dementia, on BBC News or in The Times recently. As the only professional arts venue in the borough, they’re an excellent resource for Barnet and beyond.

Every vote counts if they are going to stand a chance against very stiff competition and note, voting closes Friday 11th April.

You can place your vote here:

Andrew Taylor – editor

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Spike Milligan show

A really wonderful event, without risking the congestion charge or parking problems  brought to you by the Spike Milligan Statue Fund

An evening of Song and Laughter.

April 18th at the Middlesex University  Campus, The Burroughs, Hendon, NW4 4BT

The programme will include performances from Maureen Lipman; Victoria Wood; The Angels of Kaos Choir……a local choir who have already supported us at the very successful open air event at Avenue House in June 1996; Jesse Buckley; Jane Milligan (Spike’s daughter), a professional singer to be accompanied by Ben Goddard (currently playing the lead in “The Mousetrap” no we do not know who dunnit); Ian Cameron on trumpet and Barry Booth on piano.

There will be an auction of books by Bill Wyman and Sir Ranulph Fiennes who, together with Maureen Lipman and Jane Milligan, are patrons of The Spike Milligan Statue Fund.

Start: 7.30pm
Tickets £15 from David Smith 8883 4154 or Barbara Warren 8346 5258. You can also buy on-line using PayPal see the “add to cart” button on our website. Price includes interval juice and wine drinks,

See web site for details of statue etc.

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Celebrating Barnet’s Volunteers

Celebrating Barnet’s Volunteers
at the Fourth Barnet Community Volunteer Awards

Date: Thursday, 25th March 2010
6. 00 pm onwards
Hendon Town Hall, Committee Room 1 and 2, The Burroughs, Hendon NW4 4BG

Recognising Barnet’s invisible working force is the drive behind the Barnet Community Volunteer Awards. There are 1000’s of volunteers across London’s second largest Borough giving their time, sharing their skills and helping to make a difference to our Community.

The Awards will be presented by the Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Brian Coleman. They are a way of acknowledging the hard work and effort put in by all the volunteers within the London borough of Barnet who have completed a minimum of 100 hours of volunteering within the last year. Volunteer Centre Barnet (VCB), which is part of CommUNITY Barnet, is responsible for delivering this programme.

The fourth Award ceremony will take place on 25th March 2010 when 317 volunteers from 37 different organisations in Barnet will be receiving their certificates. The oldest volunteer receiving an award is 88 and the youngest is 16 so proving that age is no barrier to volunteering! A 99 year old Award winner in 2009, Amy Jones, has been quoted as stating, “one doesn’t do voluntary work to get the recognition for it. I have had a good life … so I thought I should give something back sometimes.” Her statement embodies the spirit of the Barnet Community Volunteer Awards.

Barnet Volunteer Awards Coordinator, Misha Bhatt-Shibu, said: “Everywhere we look, volunteers play a significant role in our daily life either as volunteer police, carers, mentors or youth workers. Barnet Community Volunteer Awards signify the important contribution made by all the volunteers in Barnet. It is our way of saying thank you to all the volunteers for their time, effort, commitment and for the difference they make.”

We are very grateful to Barnet Council for allowing the use of the Town Hall free of cost for this prestigious award ceremony.

For more information contact Gill Devey, Marketing and Communications Officer at Community Barnet on 020 8364 8400 ext 211 or email

To know more about Volunteer Centre Barnet or CommUNITY Barnet please visit or call us on 020 8364 8400.

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en10ergy limited

I learned of an interesting company started up by well-meaning people in Muswell Hill. I believe they were concerned with climate change (which, with me, the jury is still out) but as the idea is to husband the world’s resources I certainly thought I would include their prospectus in this blog. Not so much to invite you to invest, more to give a detailed explanation of what they are about.



A first for North London

en10ergy limited is a social enterprise company registered with the Financial Services Authority on 30 October 2009. It is technically an Industrial and Provident Society [reg. no 30824 R] but it is like a trading company in having members who are shareholders and who are not liable for its debts. On the other hand its activities are not carried on for the benefit of the shareholders, but for the benefit of the community. There has never been anything like it before in Muswell Hill and it is a first for North London. To help us spread its benefits we invite members of the public to invest in en10ergy by buying £1 shares that are not transferable and can be sold back only after three years. The expectation would be of a social dividend rather than financial reward.

Our mission

The detailed aims of the company are set out in Rule 2 of the set of rules registered with the FSA. Very broadly, through two main strands of activity, the aims are to protect and improve the environment

By promoting and investing in renewable energy installations and

By reducing carbon emissions and energy waste within Muswell Hill.

Solar panels

There are two large grant-funded projects in Muswell Hill in which en10ergy limited has an interest. The first concerns the installation of major solar panel arrays on suitable large buildings in Muswell Hill, including schools, social housing and Marks and Spencer’s. This is funded by Low Carbon Communities Challenge, with support from Haringey Council. The intention, subject to contract, is that en10ergy should have a major role as purchaser and installer of solar equipment on Marks and Spencer and other large buildings (but not the schools) with a prospect of receiving a net income from 2011 onwards of about £5K a year from the sale of solar-generated energy and the feed-in tariff. The intention is that surplus income should be re-invested for the benefit of the community

The reduction of carbon emissions and waste in the Low Carbon Zone

The other major project concerns the Muswell Hill Low Carbon Zone (LCZ) and it is funded by the Greater London Authority. Haringey council is in the lead, supported by the Muswell Hill Sustainability Group, British Gas and other interested organisations. The Zone comprises parts of the Broadway (St James’s Church to the roundabout) and roads to the south of it, including Church Crescent and Springfield Avenue. The role of en10ergy is facilitative: it will assist in obtaining the commitment of Zone residents and businesses to reducing carbon emissions and waste by 20.12% before the summer of 2012: solar panels are an option.

Retro-fitting the rest of Muswell Hill

These two major projects are funded and should lead to significant energy savings by the introduction of renewable energy (solar panels) and an intense programme of retrofitting within the Low Carbon Zone. There is, however, much more to be done outside the Zone. The

residential area in and around Muswell Hill is full of old houses that are extremely wasteful of heat; and domestic heat loss is thought to represent 27% of the United Kingdom’s carbon emissions. Many residents have contacted us with requests for advice on how to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. We want to be able to respond to them and to help and encourage others to put out less carbon and to reduce their bills. A good response to our share offer will enable us to do so.

What shares are available?

The £1 shares are on offer to individuals over the age of 16 and to businesses. The Rules require the purchaser to buy at least 10.The maximum holding by an individual is 20,000. Purchase in joint names is possible and so is purchase on behalf of nominees who are under 16 years old. The shares may not be transferred but may be sold back to the company after three years with 180 days’ notice in writing. These points are explained in greater detail in the Rules.

Why buy?

The shares do not offer a financial return but they do confer the benefits of membership, the most important being the right to vote at general meetings and thus influence the conduct of business and the governance of the enterprise. Shareholders have one vote each, whatever the size of their shareholding.

Will my money be safe?

As with any other shareholding the investment is only as safe as the company and it would be sensible to seek advice from an Independent Financial Adviser before investing. There is a risk that en10ergy may have to be dissolved at some point in which case some or all of the investor’s money may have to go to pay creditors. But the Board of Directors (names and addresses below) has confidence that the enterprise will prosper having regard to the following circumstances (which may, of course, change):

  • We have received encouragement and support from Haringey Council including a Green Innovation Award of up £9,300.
  • We have no overheads at present (our officers are all unpaid).
  • Even before the launch we have received £1700 as payment for shares.
  • Financial risk is minimised in relation to solar panel installations through grants to en10ergy: and the sale of renewable energy is expected to yield about 5K a year from 2011 onwards.
  • We intend to reserve an appropriate portion of the solar panel income to pay back those who wish to surrender their shares after 3 years and to re-apply the rest in further carbon reduction work.

Dr Alan Morton,
76 Twyford Avenue, East Finchley, London N2 9NN

Ms Cara Jenkinson
18 Kings Avenue, Muswell Hill London N10 1PB

Professor Frederick Fitzke
64 The Avenue, Muswell Hill, London N10 2QL

All enquiries to Peter K J Thompson (Secretary)
Web: En10ergy Limited – Email:
9 Hillfield Park, Muswell Hill, London N10 3QT

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artsdepot needs your support

Last year, public votes helped North Finchley’s artsdepot win Best Neighbourhood Theatre at the Love London Awards, beating out a number of other big-name venues! Nominations are now open for the Love London Awards 2010, and artsdepot is seeking public support once again to defend their title.
artsdepot, located in the heart of Tally Ho Corner, is a truly unique resource for residents of Barnet and surrounding boroughs. Along with a vibrant and varied arts programme featuring performers as diverse as Ricky Gervais and the Balletboyz, artsdepot also runs numerous education and outreach projects in the local community. A recent theatre project for older people with dementia, In the Limelight, has been featured in The Times. There are also regular courses and classes in dance, music, art and writing, which over 1,700 people take part in every year.
The nomination round closes this Friday 19 Mar, and the top ten nominees will then be shortlisted for public voting. artsdepot needs your support to make it through the first round. You can nominate artsdepot here: the-love-london-awards

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Phoenix Cinema event

This event came in far too late for the March issue, but we thought it looked really interesting. Pam and I will be going and we thought it worthwhile putting it on the blog in case others might want to go.

100 years cinema in East Finchley the story of the Phoenix
Date: 17 Mar 2010
Time: 8:00 pm
Contact: or 0208 883 8114
Location: North Bank/Methodist Church, Pages Lane, Muswell Hill, N10
Cost: Free
The history of the Phoenix and the restoration plans, which start next month . The speaker is a film historian who has investigated the history of the cinema

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Beyond this post

All the posts after this post are a small selection of the articles which have appeared in The Finchley Arrow previous to the March issue. It is not complete and neither is it meant to be complete. However, above this post, starting from April, we will post most of the articles a month after they come out.

And, from time to time, we will publish other items of information. But most important, when we get information to late for one issue, but would be out of date for the following issue, we will post it here.


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