One in four violent crimes in Barnet happen behind closed doors

Barnet press release

Poster campaign launched to tackle under reporting of domestic violence

A major poster campaign has been launched urging victims of domestic violence and people suspicious that a crime is being committed to report it.

The striking posters which state ‘One in four violent crimes in Barnet happen behind closed doors’ were put on display across the borough last week.

The posters encourage victims of domestic abuse, or anyone who knows of someone suffering, to contact the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

The launch of the joint campaign between Barnet Council and police came in the same week as White Ribbon Day (Thurs Nov 25) which forms part of an international campaign aimed at ending violence against women.

In 2009/10 1,415 domestic violence offences were reported to police in Barnet – down 10.2 per cent on the number brought to the attention of officers during the previous 12 months. This represented a five-year low in reporting.

Figures from the British Crime Survey 2008/09 estimated that one in 16 women, or six per cent, will be domestic violence victims at some point in their lives.

Cllr Joanna Tambourides, cabinet member for community safety and cohesion, said: “Domestic violence is often associated with alcohol, and we know the number of cases can peak around Christmas and New Year.

“Sadly these crimes often go unreported. The fall in numbers of offences being reported to police doesn’t give a true reflection of the scale of the problem. I urge anyone who is a victim of domestic violence, or is concerned that their friend, relative or neighbour is a victim, to report it before it is too late so we can offer them support and advice.

“We are working closely with the police and other partners to provide support. For example the council provides help through our sanctuary project coupled with a range of advice and advocacy services.”

Chief Superintendent Neil Basu, head of Barnet Borough police, said: “Barnet borough is committed to supporting the victims of domestic violence. The Domestic Violence Support Service, an independent charity that aids the high-risk victims of domestic crime, now has an office within our police station from which they carry out their excellent work.

“We have a dedicated police team to ensure the prosecution of domestic violence offenders is both thorough and robust. I can assure our residents that Barnet borough police will use all its expertise, strength and determination to help the victims of this appalling crime and bring the offenders to justice.”

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Museum brings Christmas past to life

Barnet Press Release

Visitors to the Church Farmhouse Museum (Greyhound Hill, Hendon) this festive season will be able to delve into a bygone era and explore the origins of many Christmas traditions.

The Museum on Greyhound Hill, Hendon is holding its popular ‘Christmas Past’ exhibition from Monday 6 December to Thursday 6 January 2010, shining a light on how the traditions which we consider to be part and parcel of a typical British Christmas came to be.

The museum’s 1850s dining room will be decorated for a Victorian celebration, with explanations about how many modern day festive traditions such as decorations, crackers and even the exchange of presents were either invented or introduced to this country from abroad by the Victorians.

The traditional Christmas tree, a German custom, was virtually unknown in Britain until it was introduced to the Royal family by Queen Victoria’s German born husband, Albert, in the 1840’s, after which it become the candle-lit centre piece of every Victorian upper and middle-class living room.

Around this time the mince pie also began to be made without real meat, turkey replaced goose for dinner and presents were exchanged on Christmas day instead of at New Year.

Many now familiar Christmas carols started to be translated from German or Swedish and man-made decorations replaced holly and ivy to ‘deck the halls’.

This year’s exhibition will also showcase a selection of modern Christmas cards, especially designed for the museum, by the calligraphers of the North London Lettering Association, along with a special Christmas trail for children through the museum’s Victorian rooms.

The Church Farmhouse Museum is open:

Monday – Thursday: 10am – 1pm; 2pm – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 1pm; 2pm – 5.30pm
Sunday: 2pm – 5.30pm

The museum will be closed from the afternoon of 24 December to 26 December 2010 and 1 January 2011.

For more information call: 0208 359 3942 or visit their website.

Amongst her other interests, the events editor of the Finchley Arrow is the secretary of the “Friends of Church Farmhouse Museum“.

*** Blue text has been added by the editor.

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December’s editorial has now been published

The December editorial has now been published and can be reviewed by checking the 1 Editorial link along the top of this website.

Andrew Ampers Taylor (Editor)

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December events have now been published

The December events have now been published and can be reviewed by checking the 3 Events lead along the top of this website.

Pam Taylor (Events Editor)



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Wine Tasting event raises £930

The Finchley branch of Majestic Wine was the setting for a recent fundraising event in aid of the Mayor of Barnet’s Charity Appeal.

Event organiser, Cllr John Marshall said “I was delighted to be asked to organise a fundraising event for the Mayor’s Appeal which is supporting Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice and Camp Simcha, both of these local charities do excellent work in our community. The event was enjoyable and a great success, raising £930 for the Appeal. Thank you to Ian Whiscombe and his staff at Majestic for their help on the night”.

For further details about future fundraising events, information about both charities and how to get involved with the Mayor of Barnet’s Charity Appeal 2010-2011, please visit or telephone Joan Lipkin-Edwards on 020 8455-0029.

Photos of dignitaries present

From left to right: Rosie Daniels; Cllr John Marshall; Ian Whiscombe (Manager, Majestic Wine, Finchley); Deputy Mayoress of Kingston; Deputy Mayor of Barnet (Cllr Lisa Rutter); Mayor of Barnet (Cllr Anthony Finn); Deputy Mayor of Kingston (Cllr Ken Smith JP) and Mayor of Haringey (Cllr Eddie Griffith)


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Catcher in the Quiz

Don Pepper

by Don Pepper

Over a loud speaker came an announcement introducing the host Harry Ainsworth, followed by loud canned applause. Harry Ainsworth appeared, a somewhat smarmy character, singing and walking around the pub shaking customers hands and greeting them. The persona was that of a game show host who can make some people cringe.

The quiz started with canned music, canned cheering and laughter. It consisted of eight rounds, with five questions in each round. There was a general knowledge round and a sports round, but most of the quiz was based on music, cinema and TV.

The quiz is held every Tuesday night at The Catcher in the Rye, 315 Regents Park Road and starts at 9pm.

I took part in the quiz and scored abysmally, although I was playing on my own and my team name is ‘Crap at Quizzes’. Personally I felt it was aimed at a younger audience than myself ( I am getting on a bit), but I still found it to be great fun. The host was extremely funny, and after only a short while he had the audience eating out of his hands.

My description of a quiz night as a show may sound a little strange; yes, you do answer questions in teams, but on the whole it is a theatrical performance by the host. Harry Ainsworth, as played by Garth Cruickshank, was a character of Garth’s invention that won him a Perrier Award at the 2001 Edinburgh Festival.

It is probably the most unusual pub quiz I have ever attended. I would recommend it to anyone young enough at heart to be able to answer questions on modern pop music, who watches a lot of TV and visits the cinema more than once every couple of years.

Photo of Harry Ainsworth

Quiz host Harry Ainsworth

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Finchley Artist exhibits locally

There is a nicely framed collection of prints of Finchley from Mari I’Anson’s book (which was recently published by The Finchley Society) on the walls of Finchley Central’s Bites cafe. These prints would make an affordable and acceptable gift for Christmas,  or one to keep for yourself!

‘Mari I’Anson’s Finchley Sketchbook‘ covers the whole of the Finchley area and depicts many interesting buildings and public places in the area. So, you can enjoy a coffee and snack whilst taking in this small exhibition. Your editor has a copy himself and callers are always picking it up and thumbing through.

Bites cafe is at 362 Regents Park Road, just around the corner of Station Road.

Contact Mari on 020 8346 7011 if you want to know more about the prints.

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