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  1. 1. 1     DESIGNED & PRINTED BY PRINTWAREHOUSE TELEPHONE: 0208 441 4482 Station. Full steam ahead for step-­free access. Trent Park. State of Play Forthcoming events. Coffee (and fun) at the Hairdressers. Sept. 30th. 10.00am Rosalyn Oakes demonstrates semi-­permanent make-­up. October 12th 6-­8pm Hadley Wood Fireworks. Sunday November 6th John Leatherdale Lecture. October 28th see page 8. An Orchestra for Hadley Wood? Susan Geeson needs musicians. See back page SEPTEMBER2016ISSUE ‘Challenge in the Mist’ by Graham Turner. The young Richard, Duke of Gloucester (the future King Richard III) looks apprehensively through the mist at the Lancastrian army. He commands the Yorkist right flank. (www.studio88.co.uk) THE BATTLE OF BARNET WHAT HAPPENED ON 14TH APRIL 1471 Discovering Our Heritage A TALK IN MEMORY OF JOHN NORTHAM FRIDAY 30th SEPTEMBER 7:30 for 8:00 pm St Paul's Church, Camlet Way, Hadley Wood Speakers: John Hall, Sam Wilson (battlefield archaeologist), Mike Noronha (Barnet Museum) £5:00 entry Light Refreshments Battle of Barnet. The story continued
  2. 2. 2 PRELUDE TO THE BATTLE The July issue of the News set the scene for the Battle of Barnet. Based on a talk given by John Northam at the Oxford and Cambridge Club, it recounted how in 1470 King Edward IV of York fled to the Low Countries, leaving the saintly Henry VI of Lancaster to be restored to the throne by the Earl of Warwick, known as “the Kingmaker” and the most powerful man in England. On the 14th of March 1471 Edward returned from exile. He landed in the mouth of the Humber with only 1,200 men and marched on London, building up the Yorkist army on the way. Warwick was caught by surprise and outmanoeuvred. Soon Edward had seized London and captured Henry VI. Two days later on Easter Saturday Edward marched out of London taking Henry along as a hostage for the final showdown with the Lancastrian forces under Warwick who had eventually marched south and decided to do battle. The stage was set for the Battle of Barnet on a misty Easter Day 1471. In this special issue the story of the battle is told by three eye witnesses – a soldier who fought for the Yorkists, a German merchant living in London at the time, and a Lancastrian knight writing home to his mother after the battle. Unusually for the Wars of the Roses there are as many as twelve contemporary or near contemporary accounts. These three accounts have been selected because they give a graphic and very personal description of the battle, and show how for a moment in England’s history Barnet became the focus of attention at home and abroad. This issue also includes articles on ‘Arms and Armour’ and the “Aftermath and Legacy’ of the battle. If you are interested in learning more about the battle, please read the paper published in John’s memory on the websites of the Hadley Wood Association (www. hadleywood.org.uk) and the Barnet Museum (www. barnetmuseum.co.uk) or attend the talk “The Battle of Barnet, discovering our Heritage” on Friday 30th September when Sam Wilson will give an update on the archeological survey of the battlefield. John Hall This near contemporary account (‘The Arrival of King Edward IV in England’) gives an idea of what a victorious Yorkist soldier experienced on the day. It is unashamedly partisan in its support of King Edward, air brushes out the saintly King Henry VI who was a prisoner of the Yorkists, and because of the thick mist which severely restricted visibility on the battlefield is light on the detail of the battle dispositions of King Edward and the Lancastrian army commanded by the mighty Earl of Warwick Two maps indicate how the opposing armies were lined up when battle was joined at about 5:00 am, and then about three hours later when the battle suddenly tipped in favour of King Edward. The battle dispositions at Barnet at about 5:00 am on Easter Day A Yorkist soldier’s account from the battlefield
  3. 3. 3 Tailoring and repairs by experTs PaintingandDecorating ServicesInteriorandExterior HOMELINE H: 01992302867 M: 07775972211 Mattbarrett71@live.com Mr M.Barrett DIARY Barnet, Easter Saturday, 13th April, 1471 DIARY Barnet, Easter Day, 14th April, 1471 “The night before the battle could hardly have been colder or more miserable. As darkness fell we rode into Barnet, chasing some well-armed enemy scouts through the “At long last birdsong announced that dawn had arrived. We fastened our armour and readied ourselves for the battle. But instead of seeing our enemy in full view, the thickest mist you can imagine enveloped us like a shroud. It was difficult enough to recognise our own lads let alone the enemy. But King Edward would not be deterred by a morning haze. He had a score to settle with Warwick - the upstart who dared to call himself “Lieutenant of England.” So between 4 and 5 o'clock the King commanded his army chaplains to say prayers for the men. Committing his cause and quarrel to Almighty God, he ordered a general advance, banners unfurled and trumpets blasting out the call to battle. How we set on the enemy. First our lads hit them with a hail of arrows, cannon balls and shot from our Flemish handguns. Then at another trumpet blast we hurled ourselves forward in furious hand to hand combat. And how the enemy resisted our attack blow for blow. There was no doubting their courage, nor ours as the enemy archers and gunners peppered us with arrows and shot. To be honest, there was no way of telling Page  3   Delete  the  runner  at  the  bottom  of  the  page  stating  ‘  The  Hadley  Wood  News  is   published  etc  and     insert  the  Royal  Free  advert  attached  above.  It  is  supposed  to  be  a  half  page  ad   and  I  asked  for  it  to  be  130x  190  but  it  has  come  as  a  portrait.  No  time  to  ask  for   town and out into the countryside towards St Albans. After a month on the road with King Edward’s army we had hoped that we might lodge overnight in Barnet, but no such luck. Instead the King ordered us to dismount half a mile beyond the town and take cover in the fields. We could just make out a line of distant hedgerows behind which we were told the enemy were camped led by that traitor, the Earl of Warwick. As we crouched close to the damp soil, we were commanded on pain of death to keep total silence and not make any noise that might give away our position to the enemy. To add to our misery, Warwick’s cannon thundered at us throughout the night, making sleep impossible as the cannon balls whizzed overhead. At least our silence meant that the enemy gunners were firing blind, and mercifully all their shot missed, thudding harmlessly in the fields behind us.”
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General Dentistry Dental Implants Cosmetic Braces Hygienist Smile Makeover Please contact our reception 16 Crescent West, Hadley Wood, Barnet, Herts. EN4 0EJ Telephone 0208 441 0257 A German merchant’s letter from London This fascinating account of the Battle is provided by a young German merchant living in London at the time, Gerhard von Wesel. He was an alderman at the Steelyard, the headquarters of the Hanseatic League located where Cannon Street station stands today. Three days after the Battle Gerhard reported to the City authorities in Cologne, to whom he was accountable, what he saw on the streets of London and picked up from conversations with eye witnesses. The following letter is based on a much longer newsletter reporting on the crisis in England; and from a young man aged 28 it shows a touching sensitivity for ‘the pity of war.’ ft in my body, I snatched a few London and St Paul’s. How our ” ___________________________ tter from ung German merchant living in man at the Steelyard, the nnon Street station stands today. uthorities in Cologne, to whom he and picked up from conversations ch longer newsletter reporting on hows a touching sensitivity for ‘the A German merchant from the Steelyard by Hans Holbein A German merchant from the Steelyard by Hans Holbein 17th April 1471 The Civic Authorities, Imperial Free City of Cologne Gentlemen, I am fit and well as I trust you are, and bring you momentous news from London. As you know, the country has for some time been ruled by King Henry and the Earl of Warwick, but about a month ago it so happened that King Edward returned from exile, landing in the Humber with a band of about 2,400 men. With amazing speed he marched on London, gathering more support, and and before long was leading an army no less than 15,000 strong. On Maundy Thursday, King Edward entered London, riding through Cheapside to St Paul's at the head of a grand procession, and, when he reached the Bishop of London's Palace, he arrested King Henry. Events moved quickly. On Easter Eve, Edward received news that the Earl of Warwick was advancing on London from Coventry with a large force behind him. King Edward immediately mustered his army, numbering about 20,000 men, in St John's field near Smithfield, and at about 4pm rode out towards St Alban's, taking his prisoner, Henry, with him. At around 7pm that evening Edward’s army clashed with Warwick's vanguard near Hornsey Park. The two sides chased each other in the dark as far as a village called Barnet, ten miles from London; and it was there, one mile beyond the village, beside the highway to St Albans on a broad green plot that Warwick set up camp. King Edward's people, not really knowing in the pitch black where the enemy was, also set up their camp on the other side of the same highway, just opposite the Lancastrian army in a hollow and marsh. All night long Warwick’s artillery thundered as the gunners directed their fire towards Barnet, but overshooting the Yorkist troops. As dawn broke the opposing armies could just about make each other out but at that moment a thick mist descended and enveloped them so that neither side could see the other clearly. King Edward’s army opened fire and so furious was the shooting that more than 10,000 arrows still lie broken on the field of battle. The Lancastrians fought manfully and broke the Yorkist line, chasing 3000 of their people back to Barnet – although nobody seemed to notice because of the mist. In the confusion King Henry was freed by some of Warwick's men and tried to escape along the road to St Albans, but was soon recaptured. At last at about 8am the fighting tipped in favour of the Yorkist army and King Edward won the field. He forced the Lancastrian army to retreat, killing the Earl of Warwick and his brother, the Marquis Montagu, and leaving countless knights and gentlemen dead or wounded. Many nobles lost their lives that day on both sides, and I have carefully noted down their names. As for the ordinary soldiers, they suffered terrible injuries in the fighting, mostly to the face and upper body – a truly pitiable sight. London in the meantime was gripped by rumour and counter rumour. As Easter mass
  6. 6. 6 020 8449 2687 Crescent West Laser Hair Removal More Safe, Permanent and Efficient than any other treatments currently available Suitable for All Skin Tones WINDOW CLEANING SERVICES Includes Frames, Sills, Doors and Conservatories 6 or 8 Weekly Cleans or One off Clean References available. All work guaranteed A Local Small Company Based In Barnet Tel. 0208 441 8100 or 07861 764 994 email: bugodx3@gmail.com A Lancastrian knight’s letter home From a 15th century manuscript 'Le livre des faits d'armes et de chevalerie’. Perhaps how Margaret Paston would have read the letter from her son. From a 15th century manuscript 'Le livre des faits d'armes et de chevalerie’. Perhaps how Margaret Paston would have read the letter from her son. was being celebrated a great hue and cry went up that Warwick had won the field with Edward captured and his brothers, Richard of Gloucester and Clarence, killed. Many Londoners were dismayed while others rejoiced privately, and at this street fighting broke out among the young men. We were well and truly scared as every peace loving German would have been. But eventually the true news came that the Yorkist army had won, and a little later that Easter Day King Edward arrived in London bringing Henry back as prisoner. Then we saw a miserable spectacle. Those who had gone out to battle the previous day with fine horses and healthy bodies returned the next day with sorry nags and bandaged faces, some without noses, and bodies sorely wounded. In the afternoon Edward rode in triumph to St Paul’s and presented at the north door two banners, badly torn by missiles. On Easter Monday around 7pm the bloodied bodies of Warwick and Montagu were brought to St Paul’s and there displayed, semi-naked, on the stone floor of the nave for everyone to see. Thousands of Londoners filed past the corpses so that nobody could be in any doubt about who was the victor. People I have spoken with say that never was there fought in England during the last hundred years a fiercer battle than at Barnet field this Easter Day. I remain your obedient servant, Gerhard von Wesel 'The death of Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick' by James E. Doyle 18th April 1471 Lady Margaret Paston, Caister Castle, Norfolk Dearest Mother, Please do not worry. Thank God, my brother John is alive and well, and in no danger of death. But he has been injured by an arrow in his right arm below the elbow, and I have sent him my surgeon who has dressed the wound and says that young John should be recovered very soon. As for me, I am pleased to report that my life is in no danger and I am not a prisoner. But the losses have been terrible. Of two other brothers who fought with us at Barnet, one was killed and the other survived. Some of our leaders have been sent to the Tower and others were killed on the battlefield. The Earl of Warwick, our commander, and his brother, the Marquis Montagu, are both dead, and many leaders on both sides have perished. I must mention that young John needs money urgently. I have done everything I can to support him financially, but I have run out of money myself, so can you please help him. I know how desperate you must be for news and cannot wait to see you again. But until then please do not breathe a word about this letter to anyone. My life and freedom depend on it. Your loving and dutiful son, John mention that young John needs money urgently. I have done everything I support him financially, but I have run out of money myself, so can you e help him. w how desperate you must be for news and cannot wait to see you again. ntil then please do not breathe a word about this letter to anyone. My life eedom depend on it. oving and dutiful son, 'The death of Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick' by James E. Doyle
  7. 7. 7 ARMS AND ARMOUR The use of artillery in the Wars of the Roses (by Graham Turner © Osprey Publishing) 15c plate armour, a heavy burden The Battle of Barnet opened with an exchange of arrows and artillery shot. In the Wars of the Roses cannon were used differently in mainland Europe. On the other side of the Channel cannon proved their worth in siege warfare battering down walls of castles and towns with huge stone and iron projectiles at a range of around 1500 to 2000 metres; however the Wars of the Roses were characterised by pitched battles rather than sieges. Loading a gun was laborious and it had to be cleaned after every round, slowing things down even more. A good gun crew fired no more than 10 shots in an hour. In the Wars of the Roses it was customary to fire just one or two volleys before troops engaged in the melee of close combat. In addition to cannon artillery was supplemented by the use of hand guns. At Barnet according to the chroniclers Edward had as many as "three hundred of Flemmynges with hande-gonnes." What they achieved on the battlefield is uncertain, but Barnet was probably the first occasion when hand guns were deployed in a major clash of arms on English soil. Arrows would have been shot from a 6 foot longbow probably made from yew. It was a difficult weapon to use also requiring great strength to draw it; lethal at 150 metres – at that range it could penetrate armour. Maximum range was about 400 metres. A proficient archer could shoot 10 or 12 arrows a minute. The longbow Telephone GTR’s helpline 0800 058 2844 or Textphone 0800 975 1052 giving as much notice as possible ASSISTED TRAVEL Need assistance now to travel by train to or from Hadley Wood? was used to devastating effect by English archers against the French in the Hundred Years War at Crècy and Agincourt. Then according to the accounts of the battle the opposing armies “came to hand strokes”; this was close quarter hand to hand fighting which took up most of the battles. The common soldier would have worn a metal helmet and possibly armour to protect part of his face and neck while body protection would have consisted of a padded tunic. A knight would have worn plate armour ideally encasing all his body comprising many small plates strapped together to allow maximum movement. The weight of the armour must have had implications for combat efficiency. One historian has estimated that it weighed between 50 and 70 pounds roughly the load carried by an infantryman in World War One. It was common practice in the Wars of the Roses for men at arms to dismount and fight on foot using their horses only to ride to or escape from a battle. Standard weapons would have been daggers and swords varying from short swords about 60 cm long up to massive 110 cm long two handed broadswords. As armour became more sophisticated so the weapons became nastier – battle axes and maces with hooks and spikes; iron balls attached to a staff by a chain designed to crush both the armour and the man inside. A particular nasty weapon was the pole axe – a shaft up to 180cm long topped by a sharp curved blade on Weapons used in hand to hand combat
  8. 8. 8 one side and a claw on the other with a spike on top. Men would have soon become exhausted in this type of fighting which is one reason why most battles lasted only a few hours. The discovery of mass graves at the site of the battle of Towton shows just how brutish the warfare was with bodies showing huge gashes and head fractures. The letter from the German merchant, Gerhard von Weisel, mentions soldiers badly wounded in the face and upper body The ferocity of fighting at close quarters Aftermath and Legacy Lonsdale Service’s free local financial planning seminars prove popular Three weeks after the battle an army assembled by Margaret of Anjou, the wife of Henry VI, was also defeated by Edward IV at Tewkesbury where her son was also killed. Henry VI died soon afterwards in the Tower whether executed or of natural causes we shall never know. Barnet and Tewkesbury marked the end of the demise of the Lancastrians. Edward had brilliantly destroyed his enemy by exploiting their weaknesses and divisions. To round the story off, Edward died in 1483 and was succeeded as king by his brother Richard III, who as Duke of Gloucester had commanded the Yorkist right flank at Barnet. He became desperately unpopular and was killed at Bosworth in 1485 by Henry VII who seized the throne as the first Tudor king and sealed the new dynasty by marrying Elizabeth of York. Without the decisive defeats of the House of Lancaster at Barnet and Tewkesbury, the Tudors may never have had the opportunity to seize the throne and England would have continued for longer in the shadows of the medieval age. At a more tangible level, the Wars of the Roses have left behind a rich and varied legacy. From a national perspective Henry VI founded Eton school and King’s College Cambridge, reflecting his commitment to education. In Barnet there are many permanent reminders of the Wars. In the nineteenth century a new suburb was built known as New Barnet. The developers obviously had an eye to history as all the road names reflect the Wars of the Roses. There is Lancaster Road, York Road, Bosworth Road, Edward Road, Henry Road, Warwick Road and many others including Woodville Road after Edward IV’s wife and Margaret Road after Margaret of Anjou and rather confusingly a Boleyn Road; either the builder ran out of names or got his history muddled. The trend has continued into the twenty first century with a new block of flats named Clarence Court after Edward IV’s brother. And finally and rather presciently there is a Leicester Road which reminds us today of the discovery of Richard III’s skeleton under a car park and where the Wars of the Roses ended. 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Can I have flexibility around future income levels in retirement? How do I provide for later life? The Lonsdale Estate Planning seminar held in North London on April 13th was appropriately timed given the newspaper headlines on inheritance tax following the announcement of David Cameron’s financial affairs. Over 35 guests enjoyed the Estate Planning presentation and lunch at Hadley Wood Golf Club hosted by the Lonsdale Services Barnet team. The main focus of the presentation was inheritance tax planning options including: gifting & exemptions, trusts, charity donations, life assurance and business property relief. On 7th June 2016 Dr David Stubbs, Macro Strategist at J.P.Morgan Asset Management joined our Barnet team as a guest speaker at our European Union referendum seminar - to Brexit or Bremain, held at Hadley Wood Golf Club. Over 40 guests, many of them clients of our North London office enjoyed afternoon tea before listening to Dr Stubbs’ presentation. Simon Prestcote, chartered wealth manager, Barnet said: ‘Feedback from all our seminars has been really positive, and we’ve had a mix of clients and local Hadley Wood residents attend. We organised our financial planning seminars in response to client feedback. We realised that not everyone understands the new rules or how they will change so we’ve started organising seminars to educate our clients and other local people who are interested. We plan to host further inheritance tax planning seminars so please contact myself or Daniel Stansall on 020 8275 1160 if you would like to come along.’ The Financial Conduct Authority does not regulate tax advice, trusts or estate planning. Lecture An Illustrated History of Hadley Wood By John Leatherdale Friday 28th October At 8.00pm St Paul’s Church, Camlet Way, EN40EN With refreshments
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  10. 10. 10 Exec cars, Pilates, English Garden Comp Dentist, West Lodge Park, PE Tinsley, Up Hertford TV, Lonsdale, Alphablocks and S New ads. Sash Widows.Dovetail. Double box (appro Green Science. Single box to come (6x6) Royal Free Clinic. Half page. To come Montessori. Double box (9x6) see below   Another  ad  for  a  box.  As  small  as  possible  compatible  with  being  readable. Established 10 years - coming to Hadley Wood - new for October 2016!!! Classes for children aged 5-12 Free trial lesson Flexible - you choose your classes Call Caroline on 0208 882 9009 www.createtheatreschool.co.uk it’s your choice! 25% off first term with this advert Almost two years ago, shortly after getting elected as a Cockfosters councillor, I took a walk around Trent Park with the local conservation group. As I approached the daffodil lawn I was stunned – in front of me stood a majestic Georgian country house, which I had never seen before. The mansion had recently been vacated by Middlesex University and was owned by a Malaysian-based university who were facing financial woes. It was fenced off, appearing fragile and forlorn. My curiosity caught hold and I began asking my guides: who built it? Who lived here? What is its story? “This was a prisoner of war camp in World War Two,” said one, and “before the war Churchill and royalty used to visit,” replied another. At the time this sounded unbelievable but as soon as I left, I immediately sought out the history of the site and was overwhelmed with what I discovered. This was not just a prisoner of war camp, but an MI 19 (no, I didn't know that existed either) intelligence gathering prison for the most senior captured German Generals, including it is alleged, Rudolf Hess. It was a prison of luxury, befitting the senior rank of those captured – such was the etiquette of the time and the nature of the deception. It was designed to put the prisoners at ease. There were microphones in the lamp shades, billiards table and trees. Undercover intelligence agents mixed with the prisoners to get conversations moving in the right direction. An ‘M Room’ in the basement where the ‘Secret Listeners’ – mostly German Jewish refugees who had fled Nazi Germany, recruited by the intelligence services as they understood the German language better than anyone else – sat with headphones listening and recording the conversations in the floors and grounds above. They listened to the prisoners talking about the atrocities the Nazis were committing, including those against their own people, in the country they had been forced to flee. It is hard to imagine how harrowing an experience that was – young men and women, who were told little about the nature of the work they were doing, but must have recognised their purpose in helping defeat the Nazis. And what a purpose indeed! Information was gathered that potentially saved countless lives by significantly shortening the war. Vital intelligence gained in May 1943, included definitive evidence of the development of Hitler’s V-­2 rocket at an army research centre in Peenemunde. Churchill ordered its destruction, and within three months the RAF began their attack, slowing down the production of this devastating weapon and buying enough time for the allies to launch the D-­Day offensive. In the words of Lt Col St Clare Grondona ‘Had it not been for the information obtained at this centre, it could have been London and not Hiroshima that was devastated by the first atomic bomb.’ The story of this site does not stop however with its role in winning the war. In the 1920s and 30s it was the home of Sir Philip Sassoon, scion of the Sassoon and Rothschild fortunes – a politician, socialite and networking supremo. At Trent Park he entertained the A-­listers of the era, including Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill, Edward Prince of Wales, Wallace Simpson, Lawrence of Arabia and the artist Rex Whistler (whose murals still adorn the walls). This was an estate where politicians could gather in secret and consider matters of national importance, with leading figures from the arts to the armed forces. As a keen aviator (one of his planes is currently being restored) and Under-­ Secretary for Air, Sassoon is beginning to be recognised for playing a key role in ensuring the RAF were prepared for the battles ahead. He died three months before the outbreak of war – his ashes scattered from the air over his estate. He managed to avoid witnessing the German officers driven to his front door, lounging in his stately rooms, and his former bedroom used as the office of the chief spymaster Col Kendrick. This is an immensely powerful narrative of a house which in the Victorian era was owned by the austere Bevan family, Quakers who founded Barclays Bank; morphing into a socialites’ playground that exemplified the elite’s excessive revelry of the 1920s. However, as the era of frivolity came to a shuddering halt, it ended up in the hands of the War Office to serve the nation. Classified documents revealing its importance were released just recently. The Secret Listeners, sworn by the Official Secrets Act, mostly took their harrowing experiences to their deaths. One of only two survivors, 97-­year-­old Fritz Lustig, who served at Trent Park’s sister site and now lives in Muswell Hill, has joined Dr Helen Fry (the historian whose book ‘The M Room’ has helped bring the story of Trent Park alive) and myself on the campaign trail to establish a museum within the mansion to tell its extraordinary story. The Future of Trent Park House: A Museum for the Nation e  Consultation   w  step-­‐free  entrance!    The  Rail  User  Group  (RUG)   R’s  Local  Development  Manager,  to  its  August  meeting   here.    Andrew  expects  the  works  on  the  northbound  side   r  and  January,  and  you  can  find  his  full  presentation  on   d.org.uk/rail-­‐user-­‐group.   elated  initiatives,  including  potential  landscaping   nhancements  to  the  approach  lane.    And  here’s   der:  further  suggestions  for  “pop-­‐up”  businesses  to  be   ementary  to  the  existing  businesses  in  the  Crescent   Ferguson  katejacobrosa@hotmail.com    with  your  ideas    these  premises.    Thanks  too  to  everyone  who  has    to  commemorate  notable  locomotive  engineer  and   ey,  which  is  now  in  production.   n  has  begun  for  the  major  2018  changes  when  the  Great    their  services  to  Gatwick  and  Brighton.    A  full  brief  and    to  individuals  on  GTR’s  website  but  we  can  influence   bers  of  their  Roadshow  Team  come  to  the  next  RUG   er  at  7.00-­‐8.30pm  in  St  Paul’s  Church.    This  is  a  unique   Hadley  Wood’s  train  services  face  to  face,  so  please   long  to  make  your  views  heard,  or  else  email  them  to   ail.com.   oup   t  Paul’s  Church,  including  a  presentation  and  discussion   dshow  Team   m  at  St  Paul’s  Church  Hall   use:  A  Museum  for  the  Nation   ter  getting  elected  as  a  Cockfosters  councillor,  I  took  a   e   ry   y   ng   ,   y   L to R. 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  12. 12. 12 To download a copy of this and/or previous issues of Hadley Wood News, please visit www.hadleywood.org.uk The Hadley Wood Association 7 Crescent East Hadley Wood Herts EN4 0EL 8449 7193 hadley.woodassoc@btconnect.com www.hadleywood.org.uk The Hadley Wood News is published every two months. It is a community publication with the objective of bringing local news, views and events to the residents and friends of Hadley Wood. It is non-profit making with any surplus going to the Hadley Wood Association (HWA) for the direct benefit of residents. Content is produced voluntarily with the make-up, printing and distribution paid for by advertising. Thank you to all our advertisers, without whom this magazine would not be possible. If you would like to contribute to a future issue or receive updates via email, please contact the Editor and Publisher. The HWA and anyone associated with the content of this newsletter cannot accept any responsibility for the accuracy, claims or views expressed. The Hadley Wood News does not represent or endorse the accuracy or reliability of any of the advertisements or other information accessed directly or indirectly from this publication, nor the quality of any products, services, information or other materials displayed, purchased or obtained by anyone as a result of an advertisement or any other information or offer in connection with those products, services, information or other materials.Hadley Wood News shall not be responsible for any errors or omissions contained in any advertisement or other information within this publication. The Publisher reserves the right to amend, abridge or reject any copy supplied for publication. E&OE HWA September 2016 HADLEY WOOD £3,500,000 HADLEY WOOD OFFICE 020 8440 9797 HADLEY WOOD £1,695,000 HADLEY WOOD OFFICE 020 8440 9797 Mock Tudor detached Family home 5 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms 4 Reception Rooms Private Rear Garden HADLEY WOOD £3,650,000 HADLEY WOOD OFFICE 020 8440 9797 Stunning Interior Designed Detached Family Home 5 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 4 Reception Rooms Spectacular Indoor Swimming Pool HADLEY HIGHSTONE £3,150,000 HADLEY WOOD OFFICE 020 8440 9797 Circa 1860 Grounds In Excess of 1 Acre 5 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 3 Reception Rooms Stable Block Garaging HADLEY WOOD £1,795,000 HADLEY WOOD OFFICE 020 8440 9797 Chain Free Well Detached Family Home 4 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 2 Reception Rooms Integral Garage Circa 7600 sq ft Detached Period Home 8 Bedrooms 8 Bathrooms 6 Reception Rooms Extensive Plot Behind a Gated Frontage HADLEY WOOD £3,200,000 HADLEY WOOD OFFICE 020 8440 9797 Georgian Style Detached Residence 7 Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms 4 Reception Rooms Self Contained Guest Suite/Staff Apartment A Hadley Wood Orchestra. Are You Out There? Orchestral instrumentalists are invited to form a local orchestra in Hadley Wood I am a local musician/teacher/conductor, and eager to form, ( from scratch ), a new chamber orchestra, to provide weekly rehearsals during term time in St. Paul's Church hall. We would work towards public performances when the ensemble feels ready as well as having lots of fun and satisfaction from playing together! The typical sections are needed: Wood wind: flutes 1, and 2, Oboes 1, and 2, Clarinets 1, and 2, Bassoons 1, and 2 Horns: 1, and 2, Brass: Trumpets 1, and 2, Percussion: Timpani Strings: Violins 1, and 2; violas; cellos; double bass. The minimum playing level is aimed at grade 6, or its equivalent, so to ensure a working technical foundation. All ages are welcome. We would begin with well known, and accessible repertoire of the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods. 20th century material if financially viable. There would be a termly subscription per member to cover costs of music hire, roles within the Orchestra etc. Anyone who is interested in adopting a secretarial/managerial role, please mention that too, as we would also need those skills! Rehearsal time could take place during daytime or the evening according to preferences. Please state a selection of possible times during the week which would suit you. If you are interested, and feel that you can offer your commitment to such a project, then please contact: Susie Geeson: susiegeeson@hotmail.com Tel 07796442064