North London Hospice brings a village fête to Avenue House

We’re getting the bunting out for the North London Hospice summer fête at Avenue House on Sunday 24 July.

There will be entertainment for children of all ages including maypole dancing, storytelling, Morris dancers, a bouncy slide plus many traditional games and stalls. We also hope to have members of the Saracens Rugby team in attendance who will pose for photos with fans for a small Hospice donation. There will also be bric-a-brac and second-hand book stalls for the adults.

Avenue House will be manning a BBQ and selling refreshments from their café to raise funds for the Estate maintenance.

This is the second year we’ve held our annual fair at Avenue House and we are delighted to be involved once again with such an important and historic part of Finchley’s heritage.

Anita Brien, Community Fundraiser is ‘really looking forward to a fun-filled day where adults and children alike can enjoy themselves in the sunshine in such beautiful surroundings while supporting Hospice care.’

The gates open at 1:00pm and the fun will go on until 5:00pm. Entrance is £2 per adult and 50p per child to help raise funds for the hospice.

North London Hospice provides free end-of-life support for 1200 patients and their families in the boroughs of Enfield, Barnet and Haringey. We are only partially funded by the NHS and rely on donations from the community to fund the care for 3 out of every 4 patients.

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N3 Planning request for a house in N3 converted into three flats and extensions up and back..

The following new planning applications have been received:

13 Wentworth Park, London, N3 1YE (F/02199/11)

Conversion of property into 3no self-contained flats following single storey rear extension and extension to roof including wrap-around dormer to facilitate a loft conversion.

More information:

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What to do with the kids in the summer holidays.

Photo of Don Pepper



By Don Pepper

Summer is approaching as are the school holidays when parents pull out their hair trying to find things to do with their offspring! To help out we are going to be running a series of articles on family days out that are in easy reach of Finchley.

Set in the beautiful countryside around London Colney ‘The Willows Farm Village’ offers a great day out for all of the family. The fairground area especially the rides tend to be aimed mainly at younger children however, the activities will appeal to children of all ages, (I’m 60 and loved it).

The Willows photo

As you enter the gates there is a barn with ‘Captain Chickens Egg Dodge’, this is a paint-ball type game firing soft woollen eggs from cannons, and will probably thrill the dad’s even more than the kids. Continuing around the barn, there are piglets, Guinea pigs, goats and many other cuddly animals.

On leaving the barn there is a fairly sizeable children’s fairground as well as farmyard animals on display. This is also where you get the stunning scenery of the Colne Valley. Although the river running along the bottom of the fairground is only a stream at this point, there are two lakes behind this that are open for fishing and provide some lovely walks. There are also a number of other country walks that you can take from the farm.

Among the amusements are a workout play area, Frisbee golf, tree house adventures and Tristan the Runaway Tractor, (a commentated tour of the farm.

The Willows photo

Among the farmyard animals on display, there are a number of unusual animals on display including Reindeer, Wallabies, Tortoises and my particular favourites Alpacas, a relative of Llamas. There is a falconry containing exotic species, including owls and vultures. They have daily flying displays some of the birds

The Willows photo

The farm also specialises in educational activities in a fun way. As well as the falconry display, they have farmyard ferret fun, sheep-stakes, animal handling and much more.

The farm itself has a number shops in the grounds, including a fab farm shop.

Prices: adults £12:50, children £13:50 and children under two free – Yes, this IS correct!

Although this may sound a bit pricey, compared to other better known tourist attractions such as London Zoo, Madam Tussaudes or The London Eye, there is so much to do that I thought it good value for money.

The Willows photoFor eating and drinking

There is a reasonably priced cafe/restaurant in the farm village, a McDonalds as you enter London Colney and at least three nice pubs, all do food in London Colney proper.

The Willows photoGetting there by public transport.

Bus 84 goes from New Barnet Station to St Albans and can be picked up in High Barnet from the bus-stop opposite High Barnet Station.

Monday to Friday every 15 minutes, Saturday every 20 minutes but Sunday is only an hourly service and runs about half past the hour every hour. The journey from Barnet takes approximately 30 minutes.

Alight at the first bus stop as you enter London Colney, walk back to the roundabout, turn right and follow the signs. Be careful of the roads in this area, they are a bit dodgy.

If you know of any great family days out that are within in fairly easy reach of Finchley and would like us to cover this then contact or even better, if you would like to have a go at writing about your favourite family day out, contact the editor at
The Willows photo

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3 people sentenced to total of 48 months. Possessions (£100,000) stolen from Windsor Road, N3

Three people have been sentenced to a total of 48 months in prison for their part in the taking of £100,000 worth of possessions from a residential premises on Windsor Road, N3 on October 6, 2010.

On 4th May 2011 at Wood Green Crown court found the following guilty of:

  • Hannah Burling (5/10/87) from Basingstoke was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment suspended for 18 months for Laundering The Proceeds of Crime (£8,950) – four months imprisonment suspended for 18 months, and 100 hours unpaid work within 12 months.
  • Darrell Neequaye (2/6/86) already detained in HMP Pentonville was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment for Transferring the Proceeds of Crime (£8,950) and Converting the Proceeds of Crime (£3,000)
  • A 17 year old man (Suspect 2) from Friern Barnet Road was given 27 months detention at a young offenders institute and three months consecutive – 30 months imprisonment for burglary.

Darrell Neequaye and “suspect 2” committed the high value burglary where a safe was stolen containing a large sum of money, jewellery and watches.

The victim of the burglary told police that he had gone to work that day and returned home to find the doors to the back of his property had been forced open and his home ransacked. A safe, which would ordinarily have required five or six people to carry it, had been stolen along with the contents, £50,000 cash which the victim stated were his employees wages. The safe also contained his wife’s jewellery and two Cartier watches. A further £5,500 was stolen from bedside drawers.

An operation was conducted by officers from Colindale Police Station using various intelligence sources to connect the defendants to the offence.

Only a few hours after the burglary “suspect 2” was seen holding large quantities of money and wearing one of the stolen watches on his wrist.

On 23rd October 2010 “suspect 2” was charged with the burglary after large quantities of items of stolen property were found at his address during a search.

Also found were several pairs of trainers of which one pair matched footprints found at the scene of the crime, and two wheelie bins were seized with all of their contents and conveyed to Colindale police station, where they were searched and found to contain approximately thirty-eight (38) items of property which have been identified as belonging to the victim, stolen during the burglary. Items relating to another burglary were also found.

He remains on remand for burglary at another location.

A further search warrant was executed at the home address of Darrell Neequaye on 26 October 2010. Police found documents relating to the purchase of over £3000 worth of watches and jewellery, bought on the day following the burglary, and photos of Neequaye holding items of stolen property.

On 29 October a warrant was executed at a location on Brahms Road, Basingstoke the home address of Neequaye’s girlfriend, Hannah Burling. Details relating to several bank accounts in Ms Burling’s name were identified which had received substantial cash deposits that could not be explained. Burling was arrested on suspicion of money laundering.

A money laundering investigation ensued revealing almost £17,000 going through the account, and the purchase of an Audi A3.

Neequay was caught on CCTV with Burling depositing and withdrawing money from the account at a bank in Basingstoke.

Crime Squad Detective Inspector Yvonne Brown said: “This has been a complex and challenging investigation requiring a lot of skill and patience by the investigating officers. Many items of property were recovered, each piece painstakingly examined, documented and enquiries made to trace it’s origin. I am immensely proud of my team whose sheer determination has resulted in these convictions”.

“This group were organized in their criminal activities, and although they took a very large amount of money and jewellery, they will not be allowed to benefit financially. I am confident their arrest has prevented other offences”.

The effect of burglary on victims can be traumatic and long-lasting. This result demonstrates the resolve of Barnet Police to continue to use all available tactics and resources to prevent and detect burglary, and those who cause harm to our community”.

Are you a member of the Big Finchley? Yes, it is different to the Big Society! Easier too!

I read, over the weekend, an interesting piece and would like to share it with you:

During my second year of nursing school our professor gave us a quiz. I breezed through the questions until I read the last one: “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?” Surely this was a joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Before the class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our grade. “Absolutely,” the professor said. “In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello.” I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy. ~Joann C. Jones

Surely, I thought, this would come under what we are hoping to achieve in Finchley – which is Community Spirit.

Community spirit isn’t just being a volunteer, it is saying a cheerful good morning to a neighbour. It’s pushing their mail all the way through the door when you know they are away. It’s getting some shopping for a sick neighbour. And, of course, it is knowing everyone’s names, even those who you may consider beneath you. Remember, the only person who you should look down upon is someone you are offering a helping hand up!

I looked on Google for some more sayings that fit this bill – but as an act of kindness, for those who consider this all poppy-cock – there are only additional sayings beyond this point and you can move on now. But others may like to read on.

The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines. ~Charles Kuralt, On the Road With Charles Kuralt

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak. ~Epictetus

One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind. ~Malayan Proverb

Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree. ~Marian Wright Edelman

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~Leo Buscaglia

A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses. ~Chinese Proverb

There is no effect more disproportionate to its cause than the happiness bestowed by a small compliment. ~Robert Brault,

Be thoughtful of others and you will not be shy, for they are incompatible addictions. ~Robert Brault

The best way to knock the chip off your neighbour’s shoulder is to pat him on the back. ~Author Unknown

Because that’s what kindness is. It’s not doing something for someone else because they can’t, but because you can. ~Andrew Iskander

If thou art a master, be sometimes blind; if a servant, sometimes deaf. ~Thomas Fuller

If we cannot be clever, we can always be kind. ~Alfred Fripp

One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him. ~Booker T. Washington

The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you. ~John E. Southard

Getting money is not all a man’s business: to cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life. ~Samuel Johnson

The more sympathy you give, the less you need. ~Malcolm S. Forbes

Always carry with you a little reasonable doubt, should you meet someone who needs to be found innocent. ~Robert Brault,

There are no traffic jams when you go the extra mile. ~Attributed to both Zig Ziglar and Dr. Kenneth McFarland

Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. ~James Matthew Barrie

Don’t cast a shadow on anyone unless you’re providing shade. ~Terri Guillemets

I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again. ~William Penn

The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own. ~Benjamin Disraeli

Something that has always puzzled me all my life is why, when I am in special need of help, the good deed is usually done by somebody on whom I have no claim. ~William Feather

I soothe my conscience now with the thought that it is better for hard words to be on paper than that Mummy should carry them in her heart. ~Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

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Football Frolics with Ray Parlour in the Wingate and Finchley FC Lounge

By Ayisha Khan

Ray Parlour entertained a packed lounge of football fans at Wingate and Finchley FC as he reminisced about his days in Arsenal’s golden boy wonder team of the last decades.

The former Arsenal midfielder, nicknamed the ‘The Romford Pelé’, trailed through a succession of dressing room tales and wind-ups from his time at the club from 1988 to 2004, in which he won the League Cup, four FA Cups, three Premier League Championships and ten England caps, playing alongside Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, Tony Adams, Ian Wright and Patrick Vieira.

Perhaps the most memorable figures were his maverick team-mates Martin Keown and Tony Adams. Parlour joked about how he had once duped Keown into thinking that a delivery man was a £14 million signing from Bayern Munich and watched Adams do the FA Cup live draw in a drunken state fresh from the pub.

He also spoke about his time under managers Glenn Hoddle, Kevin Keegan and Arsène Wenger. Parlour begrudged Hoddle leaving him off the 1998 England squad after he had apparently offended his faith healer Eileen Drewery, and described Keegan’s racing nights, when the manager had fooled the squad into betting £330,000 on a non-live horse race. But the most comedic portrayal was that of Wenger, whom he nicknamed ‘Inspector Clouseau’ after he had once burnt himself in the shower and ripped his underpants, although went on to praise the manager’s player signings.

Parlour, now a football pundit on BBC Talksport, also took questions from the audience. He said, “[I] love Arsenal. They’re a great club, seriously. I’ve been there for many, many years – [I’ve] loved every minute. I was gutted when I left, I really was.”

An influential player in Arsenal history, Parlour’s 32 goals contributed to a club whose achievements to date stand at 3 double wins and an uncontested record of being the only English side to have completed an unbeaten season. Parlour’s own personal favourite was scoring in the 2002 FA Cup final when Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-0.

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Police: Have you seen this man?

Police are appealing for assistance to trace a 20-year old man missing from Barnet.

Photo of the missing personAbubakar Mohidden was last seen between 9:20am and 09:55am when he left his home address on Wiggins Mead, NW9.

Abubakar is 5′ 5″ tall and of medium build. He has Downs Syndrome and is unable to communicate by speech.

Abubakar is not believed to have any money with him.

Anyone who has seen Abubakar is asked to contact the Missing Persons Team at Barnet on 020 8733 5146 or 0300 123 1212 quoting ref: 11MIS013431.

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