POTTERS BAR COMMUNITY NEWS - Sept 2004
Community News is distributed door to door in Potters Bar, Little Heath and Brookmans Park.

Please note that the following is a fairly crude formatting of the articles for which we apologise with no photos.  But it may be better than nothing for those who do not get a paper copy.
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Managing Committee
Roads with No Deliverers
Advertisers
Brookmans Park wins Village Competition
Marching Blues win ‘Gold’ at World Championships!
Bar Bounce Back!
Car Boot Sales and Flats
Broadway/Mutton Lane Junction Improvements
Potters Bar Choral Society Welcomes New Members
Nepal/North Mymms Friendship Link
Charity Race Night
Art Deco Exhibition
The Day That Changed Our Lives
Celebrate Volunteering!
Plastic Recycling
WEA Classes
Working in the Community - The Centre Manager
Parkfield Surgery Extension Opens
Wood Green Operatic Society
New Drama for All in Potters Bar!
Parkfield Patient Group
Hatfield and District Music Festival
Fifty Plus
Your Community Needs YOU
Memory Lane Singing Club
Potters Bar Theatre Company Report
Potters Bar Carnival
Rotary Swimmers raise over £7,000 for Charities
Science Challenge to be Annual Event
Rainbow Island
Potters Bar’s Leading Hospice has Special Visitor.
Cherry Lodge Antiques Fair
2004 Volunteers week
Who was Billy Low?
The Potters Bar Society Walks
Funny comments
St John Ambulance hits the Fundraising Trail
Potters Bar Flower Club
The Way He Used To Live
Keep on Moving
Francais in Potters Bar
Elm Court Car Boots
Hertsmere Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership
Fancy some free golf?
Potters Bar Society Social Evenings
Library Services
Want to help Amnesty International?
Fun Day
Happy Birthday Peter, I’ve bought you a tractor
Help for People Who Need Care at me
Oakmere Youth and Community Centre
Postcards from Potters Bar
Managing Committee

Joint Editors
Ann Harrison 657379 Margaret Ohren 655013
Advertising
Judith Pelikan 654222 (10am-6pm Monday to Friday), Joy Stovell 655464
What's On
Gill Connell 851445
Chair
Geoff Rose 653135
Treasurer and Distribution
Peter Weaver 850147, John Godfrey 653992, Peter Silverthorne 655464

Potters Bar Community News Annual Timetable
Publication date 1st March 1st June 1st Sept 1st Nov
Text copy date 1st Feb 1st May 1st August 1st Oct

Roads with No Deliverers:
POTTERS BAR, CRANBORNE ROAD, WILLOW WAY (parts of), ASHWOOD ROAD (parts of), BEECHWOOD AVENUE, FIRS LANE, HOLLY DRIVE, SERVICE ROAD, ST JOHNS CHURCH, ST MARYS CHURCH, HAWKSHEAD LANE,
BROOKMANS PARK, (offers to do a part of these roads welcome) THE AVENUE, BRADMORE WAY, PARK CLOSE, PINE GROVE, ASH CLOSE, THE DRIVE, KENTISH LANE,

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Brookmans Park wins Village Competition
This annual competition is for villages with a population under 5,000, and Brookmans Park has won the 2004 Information Technology (IT) category in the Council for the Preservation of Rural England - Hertfordshire Society, Village of the Year competition. On 1 July the Chairman of North Mymms Parish Council, Bob Horrocks, was presented with a certificate by Chris Brierley, Vice Chairman of CPRE-Herts Soc at an awards ceremony held at County Hall. The main sponsor of the national competition, Calor, presented their own certificate at a ceremony at Redbourn on 24 July. The village will now compete in the national Calor Village of the Year competition under the IT category, for which the national winners will receive their awards in London on 7 December. The village has high expectations of winning the regional stage, which carries a £500 award, and is hopeful of winning the £1,000 national prize.

For the County competition, 16 Hertfordshire villages and 28 schools competed under one or more of the various categories. North Mymms Parish Council decided to enter Brookmans Park in the IT category because it met all the requirements. The village has the six-year old website www.brookmans.com which has won New Statesman's website awards many times. In addition, last September Chancellor's School gained its Specialist School Status for Maths and IT enabling it to provide free tuition to local clubs, organisations and businesses.

Brookmans Park impressed the County-level judges with its 'comprehensive and user-friendly web-site', the IT training provided by Chancellor's School, and the public internet access available at the village library. Local businesses have also contributed to the IT aspect of village life. On the walls of the Parish Council office are numerous certificates won by Brookmans Park and Welham Green under the old 'Best Kept Village' rules, and the new certificate will now join them.
Bob Horrocks 653713

Marching Blues win ‘Gold’ at World Championships!
At the World Marching Showbands Championship last weekend, The Marching Blues came through their heat to win a Gold medal and a place in the final, just two weeks after winning the European title at Midsummer Norton.

In the finals on the Sunday they went on to win their division, and were placed 11th in the world, amongst all styles of bands! The Far Eastern bands did exceptionally well with a Japanese band the overall winner, and bands from Thailand and Taiwan in second and third places.

The Marching Blues scored particularly high with their music, certainly beating all other UK rivals. Their music included the tunes ‘Macarthur Park’, the up-tempo ‘Its Raining Men’, a comedy routine to a piece called ‘Blueridge Reel’, the melodic tune ‘The Wind Beneath My Wings’, a great swing arrangement incorporating the classic 'Sing, Sing, Sing' with ‘Cantina Band’ from Star wars, and culminating in the dramatic ‘Throne Room Finale’ also from Star wars.

Strong support travelled from Potters Bar and around to cheer on 'The Blues' and the stadium erupted every time Ian McDermott threw his spinning mace high in to the air, successfully catching it every time! Ian's performance won him third place in the title for Best Drum Major in the World!

The Marching Blues performance was so high that they have now gained automatic entry into the World Music Championships held every four years, the next being 2005. This contest is even more important to the Marching Blues as the music emphasis is higher rather than the choreography, and in 2001 a gold medal eluded them by just half a point!!

The Marching Blues who are proud of the fact that they 'know how to party' and have a good time socially at the same time as achieving such high standards, are always keen for musicians aged from 12 to 40 plus to join them playing brass, woodwind, flutes, and percussion.
Call Terry Barnes on 01707 650652 for more details.

Bar Bounce Back!
In its first league season, and only three seasons after reforming the disbanded club, Potters Bar Hockey Club walked away with the East Men's Hockey Division 8 title in season 2003/2004. Potters Bar were beaten only once in 18 matches, scored 65 goals against just 19 conceded, and finished a massive 15 points clear of the league runners up, Bishops Stortford.

Potters Bar Hockey Club was originally formed in the years immediately after the war. However falling numbers in the late 90's brought about what subsequently turned out to be very much a short term closure. A few elderly stalwarts from earlier days organised a number of "friendlies" during the 2001/2002 season and the involvement of increasing numbers of player's sons enabled a few more to be played in the 2002/2003 season, and the return to the league followed.

For the new season starting in September, the Club will be organising two sides, the newly promoted 1st XI playing home matches on the Astroturf at Dame Alice Owen School, the newly formed 2nd XI on the grass at Potters Bar Cricket Club in The Walk. To do this, the club is seeking new members including beginners. With the age range of the current membership spread between the 62 year old goalkeeper and the 13 year old right winger, they can find a position for anyone. So if you learnt to play hockey whilst doing National Service in the 60's or on the local school playing fields in the 21st century, why not ring Cliff Hawkins, the Club Secretary, on 01707 658011 and he will provide you with some Saturday afternoon exercise throughout the winter. Alternatively, check out the new website www.pottersbarhc.co.uk where you will find plenty of information.
Ladies wishing to play hockey please contact Anne Piggott on 653543.

Car Boot Sales and Flats
Report from North Mymms District Green Belt Society

Car Boot Sales have been held on Sundays from 20 June on a field off Swanley Bar Lane, Little Heath. Although the field is in the Green Belt, the land owner has what is legally called 'General Permitted Development Rights' allowing these sales to be held for up to 14 days a year without having to obtain planning permission. The entrance is away from most of the houses and, so far, there have been no traffic or noise problems with all cars parked on the field and away from houses on Orchard Way. The highways authority and police are aware of this use of the land.

You may have noticed the 'Sold' signs at the San Felice restaurant at Bell Bar, opposite the Dutch Nursery. The new owners gained planning permission in May 2004 to convert the building into eight flats. Externally the main difference will be several dormer windows in the roof because of a loft conversion for the eighth flat. Also the car parking will be reduced to 12 spaces to comply with the Council's parking standards. Although the building is in the Green Belt this was considered to be an acceptable conversion of an existing building.

What you may not be aware of was two planning applications in the last year to demolish the house at 2 Georges Wood Road, Brookmans Park and erect a block of six large flats. Both the North Mymms District Green Belt Society and North Mymms Parish Council objected to both applications on the grounds that these flats would be completely out of keeping with the area. In addition, the property is very close to the junction of Georges Wood Road and the A1000, with Kentish Lane forming a dog-leg crossroads. The Society and Parish Council were very concerned that there would be only nine off-street car parking spaces, which was certain to cause on-street parking very close to this busy junction. Fortunately the District Council decided to refuse permission.
Bob Horrocks 653713

Broadway/Mutton Lane Junction Improvements
- A Lesson in Consultation?
By the time you read this, road work on Broadway/Mutton Lane Junction changes should have started. Local Councillors and Potters Bar in Focus (PBiF) have worked hard to influence the design of the scheme. You will soon be able to judge our success or otherwise. In November 2002 Mouchel, the privatised highways design division of Herts County Council presented their proposals to local Councillors and PBiF for consultation.

Little progress was made in the following six months. To encourage it PBiF made their own presentation to Councillors. Mouchel’s response in October 2003 at last retained the pedestrian refuges and the Broadway parking as shops on the East side agreed to give up 3 feet of their own pavement width. But still a lack of improvement for the Baker St right hand turn.

Early in 2004, Mouchel appointed a streetscape architect to design the street furniture side but rejected a meeting and perhaps this led to the present cluttered designs that seem to take little notice of the Action Plan. But other things were looking-up. Hertsmere agreed £105,000 for improvements allowing for new selected street columns strong enough to take Christmas Lights.

At a Wyllyotts exhibition in May 2004 the public was more interested in the lack of improvements to the Baker Street right hand turn, than the detail of the street furniture. There is talk about a review of this problem in 6 months time. PBiF is sceptical given that there was the same talk for the High Street / Mutton Lane junction. However we hope residents will appreciate the changes even if they were not all to PBiF’s liking. We have tried. And lets hope that the new lighting columns will soon be adorned with Christmas Lights - which few would disagree with. Tom Shirley,
Chairman, Potters Bar in Focus Town Centre Group.
01707 652088. Tom@tomshirley.co.uk
A fuller description of the junction changes on www.pottersbar.org/junction

Potters Bar Choral Society Welcomes New Members
September 7th sees the start of rehearsals for the PBCS new season at St John’s Church Hall, Baker Street and again we have something for everyone’s taste. On Saturday December 11th we will perform a Christmas Concert with the Portobello Orchestra at the newly refurbished St John’s Church. Our main classical concert will be on March 5th 2005, and will include John Rutter’s Requiem and the Poulenc Gloria. Then, by way of a complete change in style, we will be singing excerpts from The Mikado and The Geisha on May 14th 2005 at the Tilbury Hall. This year saw the death of our founder and life-president Dorothy Langmaid. She initiated the principles by which we still operate - always aiming for a high standard but most of all, making sure that singing is fun. We are very grateful for her energy and her contribution to the musical life of Potters Bar. We always welcome new members and do not audition, asking only for regular attendance at rehearsals. Rehearsal tapes are available to those who do not sight-sing. Why not come along without commitment? - potential members can attend rehearsals free of charge until they have decided whether to join. Rehearsals are every Tuesday at 8pm.
For further information ring Gary Brook on 01707 642393, e-mail pbchoral@yahoo.co.uk or visit www.geocities.com/pbchoral.

Nepal/North Mymms Friendship Link
Our project for the next two years will be to raise money to ‘Buy a Bed’ at Green Pastures Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre in Pokhara.

Through it’s longstanding work (over 50 years) with leprosy patients, Green Pastures has everything for patients with neurological disorders, well established physiotherapy and occupational therapy units, an orthopaedic appliance centre, a counselling department, a resident surgeon, a well trained staff used to working and empathising with neuro-disabled people. Patients now admitted to the clinic include people suffering from spinal cord injuries and cerebro-vascular accidents (such as stroke and traumatic brain injuries); patients needing prostheses and even some wounded in the current conflict with the Maoists. Green Pastures also provides paediatric plastic surgery and rehabilitation. Many people in Nepal suffer from spinal injuries, and from the stigma, economic deprivation and marginalisation related to disability. 30% of disabled people in Nepal do not receive any kind of treatment. GPHRC is the only hospital for rehabilitation of patients in the Western region of Nepal. The work of tertiary care and long-term rehabilitation is not so popular with large Donor Agencies, but the leadership wanted to stay true to the I.N.F. (International Nepal Friendship) vision, helping the marginalised, responding to the new needs of Nepal. Green Pastures is now nationally recognised as a rehabilitation centre. Please help us ‘Buy a Bed’ it will cost about £1000.

A date for your diary. Saturday September 18th 2004 Quiz Night and Supper at Brookmans Park United Reformed Church 7.30pm. Tickets £5.00 available mid August.
Any enquiries or offers of help with fundraising or donations to Mary Briggs 01707 653627

Charity Race Night
Potters Bar 41 Club is holding a Race Night on Saturday 25th September at Tilbury Hall, Darkes Lane, Potters Bar. The proceeds are to go towards the Annual Christmas Party for the elderly of Potters Bar and District to be held in December. The party started in the 1960’s and was originally funded and organised by Potters Bar and Brookmans Park Round Table but this club closed down in the late 1990’s and since then Potters Bar 41 Club has taken over, initially with some sponsorship from local businesses. However this is no longer available, so it is hoped that a significant contribution to the £500 required will be raised at the Race Night.
For further details and tickets priced at £7 each (including ploughman’s supper) contact Rob Loader 01707 651380

Art Deco Exhibition
What does Art Deco mean today? The high life, ocean liners gliding across a moonlit sea, with the clink of cocktail glasses drowned by the jazz coming through open portholes or perhaps a Busby Berkeley spectacular showing at the local Odeon.

Or maybe it means the General Strike, the Great Depression or the rise of fascism.

Whatever the resonances, the new exhibition at the Potters Bar museum in the Wyllyotts Centre aims to cover most aspects of Art Deco from architecture to jewellery, with photographs, drawings and exhibits of ceramics by famous names of the period.

Opening hours are Tuesday and Wednesday 2.30-4.30pm, Saturday 11am-1pm, all day on the Sundays when the Antiques Fair is held. The exhibition runs until January 2005 and admission is free.
Arnold Davey 654179
Hon Curator

The Day That Changed Our Lives
D Day, the 60th Anniversary.

At 7.30 on the morning of the 6th June this year my ferry inched into the dock at Ouistreham exactly 60 years after the allies landed on the eastern end of Sword beach. The young men, some only eighteen years old and some their first time in action, as they waded ashore were met by mortar bombs, shells, machine gun and rifle fire. On my ferry many veterans now in their eighties stood silently looking along the beach with their own memories and thoughts about mates who didn’t come back from the greatest invasion ever mounted. The veterans had come back to take part in ceremonies across Normandy in towns and villages. During the next few days I was able to attend several of them, some taking place at the time the place was liberated. The services and tributes were very moving and were attended by the Mayor, villagers of all ages and often young school children who talked with the veterans, shook their hands and thanked them for their freedom. I talked to several of these brave men and listened to their experiences. Who knows what the world would be like today had they not succeeded.
Geoff Rose

Celebrate Volunteering!
29th September at Allum Lane Hall, Borehamwood 12.30 - 2.00pm Compact Awareness event Voluntary Sector Forum in collaboration with the Hertsmere Compact Plus Development Group. An opportunity for front-line staff from both voluntary and statutory agencies to find out about the Compact approach to working. 2.00 pm - 6.00 pm. Fun, food and festivities to promote the work of local voluntary organisations in a unique and fun way.
Hertsmere Community Voluntary Support (CVS) 0208 207 4504

Plastic Recycling
Facilities to collect plastic bottles have been withdrawn by Hertsmere Borough Council after a risk assessment was carried out. The Environmental and Community Portfolio holder Morris Bright stated ‘This confirmed that the emptying system was so unsafe as to necessitate the immediate withdrawal. Because of the net system used, a great deal of contaminating material was also being dropped off, adding to the risks, the cost and in some cases compromising the recyclability of the other materials used.’ Plastic waste can now only be recycled in Potters Bar at the Cranborne site.

WEA CLASSES
Music Appreciation: Wednesdays 10am - 12 noon beginning 29th September 2004 at Potters Bar United Reformed Church, Darkes Lane.
Autumn 10 weeks: Bach, Handel and the Age of Enlightenment.
Spring 10 weeks: Three Centuries of Programme Music.


Literature: Thursdays 10am - 12 noon beginning 30th September 2004 at Potters Bar United Reformed Church, Darkes Lane.The influence of family on character and relationships.

Rocks, Minerals and Fossils: Thursdays 2pm - 4pm beginning 30th September 2004 at St. John’s Methodist Church, Baker Street. Practical introduction to common geological materials.

Each course lasts 20 weeks and costs £73. For further information ring Daphne Sandilands 01707 654079. If you intend joining a course but cannot attend the first meeting, please ring before 27th September. Week beginning 27th September contact Jean Dand 01707 659464.

Art in the 18th Century: Mondays 2-4pm, starting 27th September 2004 at St. John’s Methodist Church, Baker Street. Featuring: The British “Golden Age” of Hogarth, Reynolds, Gainsborough and Co; Images in Italy; Rococo to Neo-Classicism in France; Goya in Spain and other highlights of the era. Everyone welcome - For information ring Jackie Marks MA on 020 8361 9616.

Working in the Community - The Centre Manager
As Centre Manager of Wyllyotts, Ginny Williams has overall responsibility for the theatre, cinema, function rooms, bar and café, and the staff working in the Centre. It is ultimately Ginny who decides which shows, films, exhibitions and other activities are to be run. She confers with other theatre managers, her team, and the Wyllyotts focus group for feedback and suggestions, but as it is she who is answerable for their success or failure, this is the part of the job that she finds `scary` as there is no formula for picking winning shows.

Ginny joined Wyllyotts in 2000 as Marketing Manager, but after Chris Jordan, the former General Manager, left in 2001, Ginny applied for his job.Her previous experience as director of a trade association in central London involved organising various events, public relations, booking entertainment and catering. Together with her ability for organising and negotiating, thinking up new ideas, and sensing what will work, Ginny was thus well qualified for the post of Centre Manager.

What Ginny finds most enjoyable about her work is that she has a well established, supportive team of local people and a pleasant working atmosphere. She enjoys negotiating shows with the many promoters who contact her each day, and the challenge of trying to maximise income. The least satisfying aspect is dealing with the mountains of paperwork that is now so necessary with the increased demands of health and safety legislation and employment law.

Ginny firmly denied any rumours that Wyllyotts was closing. With many bookings confirmed for 2005 and beyond, the Centre is going from strength to strength. So, what ideas does she have for the future at Wyllyotts? Since the café and bar have been refurbished, theatre seats replaced, and the programme of shows and other events is full, it is hard to see what further improvements could be made. Ginny has applied for funding to update the telephone system and web-site so that booking will be easier, and she would like to see more lunch-time activities, such as concerts or a book club. The café has facilities for serving hot food, and it is proposed that some hot food should be available before shows for a trial period from September. Activities for children between 9 and 14 are another area that Ginny would like to develop, as well as strengthening the community choir that began earlier this year. The course of Ginny’s work has not been without nail-biting episodes. One year, Prince Charming was stuck in traffic on the infamous M25 whilst the audience was settling down for the beginning of the pantomime. Only after the director of the show had donned Prince Charming`s costume did she arrive. On another occasion, just prior to the performance by the RAF Squadronaires, there was evidence of someone having climbed into the ventilation ducting to gain access to the theatre. Fearing some kind of terrorist attack this caused a huge police presence around the building complete with sniffer dogs.

Ginny would be glad to hear from prospective choir members, and anyone who would like to join the dozen other members of the theatre focus group who meet to discuss ideas and offer feedback to Wyllyotts two or three times a year. She can be contacted on 01707 645005, or by e-mail at ginny.williams@hertsmereleisure.co.uk.
Joy Stovell

Parkfield Surgery Extension Opens
The doctors at Parkfield are pleased to announce the opening of our new extension by the Mayor of Hertsmere, Mr Eddy Roach on Monday 28th June 2004. After six months of building work we now have two additional consulting rooms downstairs and two more clinical rooms upstairs, as well as a new administration room. We are very pleased with our new spacious rooms, which we badly needed.

We now have four nurses working here at the surgery, and one of the downstairs rooms will be used as an additional nursing room. Some of our patients will know we now welcome to our practice GP Registrars. A GP Registrar is a fully qualified doctor who has already completed two years of hospital training, and one further year of general practice training is needed in order to become a GP.

Our new upstairs rooms are used for visiting doctors, counselling and private physiotherapy. We are hoping to extend the range of services on offer in our upstairs clinical rooms. If you know of anyone who provides health related services such as acupuncture and aromatherapy who would be interested in hiring one of the rooms at Parkfield Surgery to provide their services, please ask them to speak to Brian Eastwood, Practice Manager at Parkfield Medical Centre on 01707 651234.

Wood Green Operatic Society
WGOS recently received the runners-up trophy given at the annual awards of the National Operatic and Dramatic Society (NODA) for the London area. This was awarded for their outstanding chorus work in the musical “Liza of Lambeth” performed at the Wyllyotts Centre, Potters Bar. NODA is the main representative body for amateur theatre in the UK and the 16 London reps are each responsible for 12-14 societies performing up to 4 shows a year. It was therefore against some very strong competition that Wood Green Operatic Society received the “Kathleen Oyler Award” for their chorus work and they are thrilled to have their hard work recognised in this way. “Liza” was directed by award winning director John Hebden and the society is delighted that John will be working with them again for “Gypsy” which will be at the Wyllyotts Centre from 19th- 23rd October 2004. Tickets for “Gypsy” can be obtained from the WGOS ticket secretary on 020 8360 5288, Monday - Friday between 10am and 4pm.

New Drama for All in Potters Bar!
ActOne is proud to be an *inclusive* company, and we specialise in integrating young people and adults from any background, disabled and mainstream, and whatever their skill

The company runs two weekly schools: DramaBase in Potters Bar and DanceBase are projects for people of any ability with an interest in dance or drama. CommunityBase is ActOne's community arm, and runs regular projects for other groups. DramaBase (4-10yrs) is an inclusive drama school. We aim to equip each student with skills that are useful not only in the theatre but also in many aspects of school, work and social life. Parents and friends are invited to attend a performance or showcase at the end of each term and once a year we will mount a full production. These performances provide students with the opportunity to learn about all aspects of staging a show gaining a good working knowledge of the theatre as a whole. ActOne DramaBase is held at the Elm Court Youth and Community Centre, Mutton Lane, Potter's Bar, EN6 3BP
For more information on any ActOne project please contact Suzie Scambler on 07890 539 230 or email to suzie@actonetheatreco.com
Please visit our website at www.actonetheatreco.com

Parkfield Patient Group
With over 12,500 registered patients, Parkfield Medical Practice is one of the largest in Hertsmere. It has a very active Patients Participation Group (or PPG) which was formed some six years ago. To date we have raised sufficient funds to purchase such major items as a blood pressure monitor, a cardiac event monitor, and three fully electrically-operated examination and treatment couches as well as many smaller items including nine electronic sphygmomanometers (for quick and accurate blood pressure testing), ear thermometers, digital scales and baby scales etc. In addition two computers have been purchased to enable the nurses to have quick access to records, and a contribution of £1,000 was made towards a vital signs monitor which, added to the Health Authority’s grant, made the purchase possible. Parkfield is now one of the best equipped medical centres in the area.

The PPG is a registered charity open to patients registered with Parkfield Medical Centre.. Apart from the annual membership fee, which is very modest at £1 per person or £2 per family, funds are raised by social functions such as a quiz night, visits to places of interest, raffles etc. The Group has also received some very generous donations, which in some cases are in memory of a loved one.

Members of the health profession are invited to speak at regular meetings, which are usually held in the Scout Hut in The Walk, the most recent Mrs Catherine Le-May, Matron of Potters Bar Community Hospital.

Hatfield and District Music Festival
The Festival is seeking a new administrator, following the resignation of the previous incumbent. This is an honorary post, requiring organisational skills, access to a computer and ability to handle computerised data. There will not be a festival in 2004. Thus the person appointed would be required to join the Executive Committee as soon as practicable, with a view to learning what is involved in ample time for the preparations for the 2006 event.

Anyone interested should contact the Festival Chairman, Colin Walters, on 01707 655244 to find out more.

Fifty Plus
Fifty Plus, part of Hertsmere Borough Council, runs fitness and leisure activities for the over fifties. In particular they are running two coach trips which possibly still have places.

Canterbury Tales and Guided Walk on 9th September will be a very enjoyable day out. And a three day trip to Yorkshire runs from Thursday 30th September to Saturday 2nd October. It is fully packed, with visits to Howarth, the Royal Armouries, Harry Ramsdens for a fish and chip supper, Emmerdale country, the historic Salts Mill, the 'Good Old Days' at Leeds City Varieties Theatre and Skipton for shopping. Contact Lorraine Walsh on 0208 207 7568 for details of these and future events and activities for those aged Fifty Plus. Or pick up the next brochure at public places locally.

Your Community Needs YOU
To report potholes, water leaks and unlit street lights. You might think that someone else has already done so but you will often find that, for instance, lights remain unlit and potholes unrepaired for several days.

Hertfordshire County Council is urging us to report any faults on the highways. They aim to repair reported potholes and pavements within 24 hours, and street lights within 5 working days. Below are some useful numbers to cut out and keep.

Potholes, broken pavements and street lighting: Hertfordshire Highways Tel: 01923 471320; online: www.hertsdirect.org/highwayfaults

Water leaks: Three Valleys Tel: 0800 376 5325; online: www.3valleys.co.uk; e-mail: leakspotter@3valleys.co.uk

Memory Lane Singing Club
Learn to sing and enjoy the magic of performing MLSC is a haven for people who have always wanted to sing but never had the opportunity to develop their skills or perform in front of an audience. At MLSC we combine both. Training the individuals and the group and performing shows for the community. Where & When We offer weekly sessions on Fridays from 11.30 am - 1.30 pm At St. Mary’s Hall, Hendon Lane, Finchley Central, London N3

Who can join? The Club is open for anyone age 18 and over but will accommodate younger people with an interest in singing.

What do we sing? MLSC revives the songs & the musicals from the early 20s. right through the late 60s.

What does it cost? We offer half price term fee for new members. Who to contact? To join the club or to book the MLSC for a show please call: Idit Gold on 020 8444 8511

Idit Gold is an established singing teacher and a performer has worked with choirs and singing groups for many years as well as coaching individuals for the theatre and in the entertainment Industry.

Potters Bar Theatre Company Report
Potters Bar Theatre Company look forward to another exciting season, beginning with the Richard Harris play, ‘Stepping Out’ which is to be staged at Wyllyotts Theatre from 22nd - 25th September. In November, the children return to the stage as Munchkins, when joined by adults in a production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’. This should be a great family show, just before Christmas with all the magic, colour and favourite songs that everybody loves. Tickets for both these shows are available from our normal box office number - 07932 602274. (box office for Wizard opens on 29th September).

Auditions for the Company’s next two productions will take place in the latter part of the year. In February 2005, the Company are staging the Alan Ayckbourn comedy, ‘Round and Round the Garden’, followed by the foot-tapping musical, ‘Singing in the Rain’ in April 2005. New members are always welcome - the Company are especially looking for additional men to take part in Singing in the Rain! For further information on membership, ring Gillian Rickards - 01707 657194, or to be put on our free mailing list for details of all our future productions ring Jenny - 01707 642910.

Finally, the Company were saddened to learn that their plans to turn the old Ladbrooke School into a local Arts centre had been quashed. The Section 106 agreement, which earmarked the back three classrooms for Community use ran out in April, and despite re-submitting plans to use just these three rooms for Community Arts use, the Company was still unsuccessful. They wish to thank the other local groups who showed their support in this venture. It seems a shame that a project that could have benefited such a large part of the Community was overlooked for potentially yet more offices in the High Street.

Potters Bar Carnival
Saturday 12th June proved a very successful day for the new Potters Bar Carnival Committee. This time last year there were only two people left on the Committee, Peter and Sue Weaver, and it was feared that 2003 would be the last Carnival in Potters Bar for the foreseeable future. However, newspaper appeals brought some new people along who did not want to see the Carnival die and although there was a steep learning curve it culminated in a day enjoyed by all.

By chance the Carnival started with a fly past of Red Arrows from Trooping the Colour. The procession was led by the Carnival Princess Abigail Duffin age 9 and her Maids of Honour Momo Kolwe, age 6 and Chiara Merlo age 7. They were followed by The Mayor of Hertsmere Eddie Roach, his Consort Linda Wain and the Director of Nursing for Potters Bar Hospital Marion Roach (no relation). Then there were a series of colourful floats and the Wellingborough Redwell Band. Comments from the Public were that it was a very colourful procession and nearly as good as St Albans carnival procession.

The judging panel awarded Best in Show to Potters Bar Special Needs Group and the other two winning floats were Potters Bar District Brownies and Guides and Fourth Potters Bar Scouts.

The crowds at the fete were entertained by a Tai Kwondo Group, who gave a display of martial arts, The Wellingborough Redwell Band, The LandRover Owners Club, who gave an enthralling demonstration and the children were entertained by Punch & Judy. Also around the arena were a large chess set, Hawks and Owls being shown by UK Falconry, Pole lathe demonstrations and pony rides for the children. Chats with the Public and Stallholders showed that everybody enjoyed the day and the field was still crowded at 4.30. Stall Holders have already started booking for next year’s Carnival to be held on June 11th 2005.

The Carnival Committee presented a facsimile cheque for £1000 to Marion Roach for the purchase of four televisions and radio controlled head phones for Tilbury Ward at Potters Bar Hospital. The Committee took £3300 on the day which was better than the previous year. On July 1st the Committee held an open day to hand out donations and give the Public a chance to have their say about the Carnival.

At the beginning of the year a letter was sent to local Organisations to submit requests for donations to their Organisation. Three requests were received and granted on the evening. The Wroxham School are planning to set up a local radio station in the school to broadcast announcements round the school and also to give the children experience in preparing and announcing radio broadcasts. To start this project off the Committee gave £500. Potters Bar District Guides made a request for moneys to install a disabled ramp at their Morven Headquarters and they were awarded £300. Last but not least Mount Grace school requested a donation for a library trolley and the Committee gave the school £200 for this. In addition the Committee gave out small donations to organisations who had provided attractions on the day.

Next year’s Carnival is already at the planning stage so put June 11th in your diaries now. Book early for stalls as we have already got quite a number of advanced bookings already.
Peter Weaver 850147

Rotary Swimmers raise over £7,000 for Charities
Rotary Club of Brookmans Park in July presented cheques to the Chicken Shed Theatre Company and Aid for Children, this year’s nominated charities. Other charities supported by Rotary will also benefit. The money totaling £7250 was raised at the Annual Sponsored Swim challenge held every year by the club. A total of 29 teams comprising over 140 swimmers took to the water on Saturday 6th March at the Furzefield Centre, Potters Bar. The ages of the swimmers ranged from 7 to 70 and the organizers were particularly impressed by the efforts of pupils from Little Heath School who entered a total of 7 teams.

Other charities supported by Rotary included Kids Out (Rotary taking children with special needs on a day out to the zoo), and a Christmas party for local children. Corporate sponsors this year included such household names as British Airways and Sainsbury’s as well as locally based companies including Andrew Ward Estate Agents, The Chilli Raj restaurant, Bladon Sears Estate Agents, Face & Figure of Brookmans Park, Bryant Gardening Services, Momentum Communications Ltd, Sirsi Ltd, Sign-a-Rama, Sportz Academy, Pocock Vyner & Smith and solicitors Male & Wagland and Dickens Shiebert.
Special thanks go to the Management of the Furzefield Centre and the Potters Bar Life Saving Club without whom we could not run the event. Club President Nick Bullmore thanked all who helped to run this successful event.


Science Challenge to be Annual Event
As reported in our last issue Potters Bar in Focus organised a science challenge for the local primary schools. The event was run by Setpoint, a science based charity; BAe Systems kindly funded it and also provided a trophy. The challenge was to make rockets to see whose would go the furthest and the winners were Oakmere School who were presented with the trophy by Ian Dean of BAe Systems. Six schools took part and it is hoped that all eight will participate next year on a different project.

Rainbow Island
For the past few weeks a children’s after school art club, run by Potters Bar in Focus has been creating their own dream desert island. The children worked together inplanning what they wanted on the island and drew up a list and then sketches of the features they wanted to create. These included beaches, sun loungers, mountains, volcano, boats, whales, palm trees, fields, houses, a life boat station, jetty and sharks. They worked as a team to produce a three dimensional model. The detail painting was the last job, not too messy (!) but fun. The club will start again in September and meets in Toc H hall, Barnet Road, on Mondays 4.30 till 6pm. Places are limited but parents interested should phone 01707 851445 or 653135 and each session costs £3. They will run during the school term.

Potters Bar’s Leading Hospice has Special Visitor.
During Baroness Angela Harris’s recent visit to the Peace Hospice much time was spent talking to the day care patients including Potters Bar resident Kit Oakeley. Kit, 79 years old who has been visiting the day care centre since March this year looks forward to her regular Thursdays at the hospice. The hospice, which is the only facility of its kind offering day care to terminally ill patients from Potters Bar, takes one third of patients from Hertsmere. When asked about her attendance Kit said, “ I really enjoy coming on a Thursday, everybody is so happy and looks after me so well. I can have minor treatments like surgical dressings, which makes it so much easier. “

The hospice provides free care for all its patients. Baroness Harris, a Liberal Democrat Life Peer, is also a member of the Hospice Homecare Support Group and has a special interest in Hospices. She spoke highly of the facilities at the Peace Hospice which cares for up to 80 patients a week in the day care unit and up to 11 patients in the in-patients unit.

The Peace Hospice needs over £2.5 million pounds each year to operate and relies on the local community to provide 80% of its funding. If you would like to make a donation or become involved in a fundraising group in Potters Bar please contact Tara Shaw on 01923 335 365.

Cherry Lodge Antiques Fair
Cherry Lodge, North London’s cancer care charity, held its third Antiques Fair in Barnet’s shopping centre in June. Notable amongst the items brought was a wonderful glass bowl decorated with birds; made by Rene Lalique of France in the 1920s: the Cherry Lodge expert valued the bowl at something in excess of £2,500. The other success was a pair of Victorian rings valued, much to the surprise of the owner, at over £3,000 each.

The event was competing with the weather, fathers’ day and football yet still raised over £9,000. Cherry Lodge would like to thank our many sponsors and everyone who contributed to the event in so many different ways, particularly the nine experts and the fundraising volunteers. Special thanks are due to the individual who kindly donated a bracelet of considerable value.
Mike Smith, Chief Executive

2004 Volunteers week
Good weather encouraged the people of Potters Bar to stop and chat to members of the Volunteer Bureau and the voluntary sector who were promoting volunteering outside Tesco in June. Thank you to Tesco for your hospitality.

St. John’s Ambulance Potters Bar are raising funds of £200,000 to build a new head quarters training centre in the town. They would welcome volunteers to fundraise and help to raise the profile of St John’s ambulance.

Victim Support Central branch are looking for volunteers to befriend victims of crime or support them in court along with publicity and fundraising.

Age Concern have a befriending scheme for the elderly and an advocacy scheme. The 60 Plus at the Wyllyotts Centre: Volunteers are needed to help with social activities, administration and also in the kitchen preparing food.

Abbeyfield run two residential homes in Potters Bar both to a renowned very high standard. Volunteer vacancies available include management committee work, finance and activities for clients.

PALS, the Patient Advice and Liaison Service offers information about the services provided by the NHS trust.

The Volunteer Bureau Hertsmere has information on volunteer vacancies at over 100 volunteer agencies in Hertsmere. The opportunities are many and varied. Please contact Patti Marston on 0208 207 4504 or email on volbureau@hertsmerecvs.org. Informal meetings available in Potters Bar at your convenience.

Who was Billy Low?
Local people from the past
I have been asked this question on numerous occasions, often the enquirer mentions that Billy Low was a highwayman. I have never found any proof that he was. There is a gravestone to a man who was said to be a highwayman, in St Giles Churchyard, South Mimms, whereas the truth is that he was accidentally shot on a shooting party at Redbourn.

The first reference I have found to a William Lowe is in a lease dated 1763. It was from John Greenhill for a cottage and 2 acres 1 rood 13 perches and was probably the same land as noted below. From 1766 he was the licensee of The Bull, later known as the White Horse, on the site of Nos. 6 and 8 High Street. This site was once Tilbury’s Bakers and is now part of the Canada Life premises. In addition to The Bull he held part of the Cathall estate, owned by John Greenhill, and Longcrofts the property of George Byng. Longcrofts abutted on to Billy Lows Lane, while Cathall became part of Parkfield.

For approximately eight years from about 1780 William Lowe was tenant of the lands of Islington Parish, now the fields of Morven. In the same year he received two allotments in the South Mimms area, which resulted from the enclosure of Enfield Chace. The first was 1 acre 35 perches on the north side of Southgate Road, the other of 1 acre 17 perches was near the present electricity pylons at the top of Stagg Hill. Both were subsequently purchased by James Ashton. By 1790 he only held a cottage and a small piece of land and the last reference I have to him holding the same property is in 1796.

In the records I have consulted, the name is noted as either Low or Lowe.

In about 1950 Henry Butcher (see Community News Nov 2002) wrote that Billy Lows Lane was rarely used in the 1890s and after Mount Grace Road was cut, about 1907, it became quite derelict, overgrown and impassable. In 1924 Major King bought the land adjoining the bottom part, and had the land cleared from top to bottom. Gradually houses were built, but as late as 1934, owing to the ditches being blocked up, the upper part was impassable. The road was hopeless in the winter months. In 1933 he heard a nightingale singing there.

Brian Warren, Hon Archivist
Potters Bar and District Historical Society.


The Potters Bar Society Walks
September to November

Sunday September 5th
14.15 Meet outside "White Hart", South Mimms.
Walk to Salisbury Hall via Rabley Park. Return via Rectory Farm and Ridge.
Leader - 01707 659833 About 9.5 km (6m)

Sunday September 19th
14.15 Meet outside "White Hart", South Mimms.
Walk to Dyrham Park via Ridge and Packhorse Lane. Return via the Wash.
Leader - 01707 659478 About 11.3 km (7m)

Sunday October 3rd
14.15 Meet at Welham Green Sub Post-Office, Dellsome Lane (TL232055)
(Train or bus to Welham Green.)
A walk to Roestock via Tollgate Farm and Bullens Green, and return.
Leader - 01707 264689 About 8 km (5m)

Sunday October 17th
14.15 Meet at Potters Bar Station.
Walk to Bentley Heath via Mymmshall Farm and FP39.
Return via FP58 and Baker Street.
Leader - 01707 659478 About 7.3 km (4.6m)

Sunday October 31st
14.15 Meet at School Lane, Essendon (TL 275086).
Walk along River Lea to West End and return.
Leader - 020 8882 5812 About 8 km (5m)

Sunday November 14th
14.15 Meet outside "White Hart" South Mimms.
Walk to Mymmshall via Bridgefoot and FP33. Return via PB12, Love Lane and NM2 to South
Mimms. (Repeat of aborted walk on April 18th)
Leader - 01707 875617 About 9 km (5.5m)


Funny comments
If all is not lost , where is it?

My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was 60, now we don’t know where she

is. If you are going to take up cross country ski-ing start with a small country.

These days I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something and then wonder what I’m here after.

I started with nothing and still have most of it.

Taken from Network M.E. newsletter of the local support group for people with M.E. If you or someone you know has M.E contact Adriana on 0208 373 6298. National website www.networkme.org.uk

St John Ambulance hits the Fundraising Trail
Since our last update the fund raising committee of St John Ambulance, Potters Bar has been busy, first at the launch party at the headquarters and around the local fetes raising the profile and money to fund the rebuilding of our new headquarters in The Walk, Potters Bar. While the weather was kind at the Carnival and Village Day, at the Community Day our gazebo came in very handy at keeping our stall, and many other stallholders dry, while the showers passed by! As a result of these events over £500 was raised and many people had the chance, not only to see the model of the new headquarters, but also help build our Lego model as well.

If you can help in any way possible we would welcome your support, please ring Mrs Val Preedy on 01707 850672 or Roger Moore on 01707 646663.

Potters Bar Flower Club
We changed our name from Potters Bar Flower Arrangement Society in January 2004 to the shorter and, hopefully more descriptive Potters Bar Flower Club. You don’t actually have to be a flower arranger to enjoy our meetings. Like me you can just have a love of flowers and gardening. I like to sit, relax and watch the highly skilled and qualified demonstrators. These ladies and gentlemen really know their stuff and are usually very entertaining to listen to into the bargain.

Apart from our monthly meetings we hold other events to raise money for charity and club funds. This year we’re trying something new - a Coffee Morning and Christmas Sale in the Sixty Plus room at Wyllyotts from 10-12 on 11th December .

If you would like to find out more about us, come along to one of our meetings as a visitor. Our meetings on 8th September, 13th October and 8th December will be held at 8pm in the Wyllyotts Centre and the cost for a visitor is £3. Every year we have an Open Evening, a much grander affair than our regular meetings. This year it will be at 8pm on 10th November at Mount Grace School, tickets cost £8. If you have any queries please give me ring on 656796. Our chairman Wendy Davey would also be happy to hear from you on 654179.
Chris Youthed

The Way He Used To Live
Can you imagine living in a little cottage in Potters Bar, the seventh of twelve children, your home having neither indoor water or electricity? This cottage in Southgate Road - where Richmond Court flats now stand - is where George Pond was born in 1906, his father being a police constable. While still a very young child they moved a few yards up the road to a house which had running water from a tap in the scullery, a little room off the kitchen. Downstairs was lit by gas, candles used to light their way to bed. Two adults and twelve children were a bit crowded in a three-bedroom house but this was normal for these times. The toilet was outside.

The family kept chickens, rabbits and pigs, not as pets but strictly for food, while vegetables were grown in allotments, one in Chequers Lane, now Coopers Lane Road, two smaller plots off Southgate Road, the site of the present allotments and two more in The Walk where the cricket pitch is now. The family were therefore all but self-sufficient. Mr Pond describes nearby fields during the First World War where searchlights played a part in bringing down a Zeppelin. Children collected parts of this airship and sold them to passers-by at the Southgate Road/Ridgeway junction although Mr Pond kept a small piece of it for himself which he still has!

All this and much more is recorded with the help of his daughter Cynthia Meadows in a booklet ‘Memories of Southgate Road’ a few of which are still available at Hair Designs at Causeway traffic lights, almost opposite the police station. The booklets cost £1, all proceeds donated to Potters Bar Community Hospital.

Keep on Moving
Other fads may come and go but Moves Fitness keeps moving on! Now totalling 16 years of classes in Potters Bar and entering into the third year at Cranborne Primary School, ladies of all sizes and abilities are able to enjoy a fun workout in a friendly atmosphere. Such is its appeal a significant proportion of the ladies attending today have done so since 1988. Also Moves Fitness continues to be regularly involved in raising money for charities such as Mind and cancer relief organisations. Classes can best be described as a unique combination of aerobic exercise and cleverly choreographed dance routines to chart music old and new. Why not try it for yourselves! Beginners are welcome. Monday evenings 7.30pm to 8.30pm, bring a mat or a towel, a drink and a smile! Your first lesson is free! For more information contact Angie on 01707 651008

Francais in Potters Bar
Little Heath Parish Hall has been the location for the past two years for local children to meet after school and learn French in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. The children who join the club as young as four years old do not seem to suffer from inhibitions about speaking French but respond enthusiastically to their French teacher who is the local area organiser for Le Club Francais Ltd, specialists in fun language.
For further information call 01707 251632.

Elm Court Car Boots
- The Agony and the Ecstasy

The line between the Agony of having too many turn-up for a car boot, and the ecstasy of having a comfortable number and the money it raises is narrow. So far this year perhaps Elm Court’s have slipped over the line a couple of times into agony. Last year 150 sellers was the norm for a good sale, this year its 200. The “worst” so far was 31st July when about 240 turned-up. We just could not accommodate them all, and had to turn about 10 away. With this number of sellers, parking for buyers becomes restricted, and sometimes buyers have found it necessary parking on side streets. We apologise to local residents for any inconvenience - we do our best to avoid it. If this continues we shall have to increase the pitch fee until demand matches the space available - always difficult to judge.

So what does Elm Court do with all this money? Some of it goes to local organisations, from Scouts to Cat Protection, who help with running the day. Of the part that Elm Court keeps, most of it is going into a fund to renovate parts of the Centre to improve facilities for the Youth and Community of Potters Bar. Some goes into general running expenses, and increasingly it is been used to pay Youth Club staff, as it becomes more difficult to find volunteers. But there is still a place, and space for Volunteers at our Youth Clubs, so whether you can do just a couple of hours once a month, or even every week, we would be very glad to hear from you.

Tom Shirley,
Chairman, Elm Court. Youth and Community Centre
01707 659602. www.elmcourt.org.uk


Hertsmere Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership
The Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership exists to make Hertsmere a safer place to live, work and visit. The CDRP is a partnership between Hertsmere Borough Council, Hertfordshire Constabulary, Hertsmere Primary Care Trust, Hertfordshire County Council, Hertfordshire Police Authority and Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service. We are currently working to the 2002 - 2005 Crime & Disorder Reduction Strategy, the aim of which is to reduce and prevent: crimes against people, burglary, car crime, crime involving drugs and alcohol, anti-social behaviour and disorder, crime and disorder in identified 'hotspot' areas within Hertsmere's town centres.

The initiatives we have been working on include the following: training on dealing with bullying, harassment and personal safety for secondary school pupils within Hertsmere, co-ordinating the ‘Be There Do It’ programme of events for young people over the age of 11, deployment of peripatetic cctv cameras at hot spot areas, handyman visits to victims of domestic burglary & vulnerable members of the community to install crime prevention measures to reduce the risk of them becoming repeat victims.

On a more local level, Crime Reduction Groups have been set up. These are made up of representatives from organisations and individuals interested in crime and disorder issues, and provide local monitoring of crime and disorder initiatives arising from the Crime and Disorder Reduction Strategy. You can get involved in the work of your local Crime Reduction Group (CRG), which meets every 3 months at the Wyllyotts Centre. The next meeting is on 06 September at 7.00pm. If you are interested in attending or raising an issue for discussion at any of these meetings, please contact the Partnership Secretary on 020 8207 7568 or e-mail partnership.secretary@hertsmere.gov.uk.



Fancy some free golf?
Potters Bar Golf Club are looking for a part time golf game starter at weekends. The job entails entering bookings for games of golf on a start sheet and ensuring that the games tee off on time. Hours 7am to 12noon Saturday & Sunday summer time & 7am to 11am winter time. £5.60 per hour OR Free weekday golf.
For further details please contact Peter Watson, Potters Bar Golf Club, Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, Herts, EN6 1DE Telephone 01707 652020

Potters Bar Society Social Evenings
Thursday, 23rd September, Spritsail ahoy! - a history of Thames barges, past and present, Mr Ken Cain

Thursday, 21st October, Knebworth House & the Lytton family, Ms Clare Fleck

Thursday, 20th January, California here we come!, Mr Adrian Gray

Thursday, 24th February, Hatfield House & the Cecil family, Mr Robin Perkins

Thursday, 17th March, Looking up in London, Mr David Pearce



All talks are held in Tilbury Hall (part of the United Reformed Church in Darkes Lane) and start at 8pm. Admission of £1.50 covers refreshments. Non-members are welcome.

Library Services
Are you unable to reach your local library because you are housebound, have a disability or care for someone at home? The Home Library Service will deliver books and recordings to your home free of charge and put you in touch with the range of services your local library offers. For more information telephone 01438 73 73 33.

Did you know you can renew your library books by telephone automatic service? Never have to rush to the library again or pay a fine! Have your library card ready and phone 01438 73 73 73.

Want to help Amnesty International?
Amnesty International’s vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. AI undertakes research and action about the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination, within the context of its work to promote all human rights. AI is independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion. It does not support or oppose any government or political system, nor does it support or oppose the views of the victims whose rights it seeks to protect. It is concerned solely with the impartial protection of human rights.

There are more than 1.8 million members, supporters and subscribers in over 150 countries. Although they come from many different backgrounds and have widely different political and religious beliefs, they are united by a determination to work for a world where everyone enjoys human rights. If you are interested in starting up an Amnesty group in Potters Bar please telephone 01707 655013.

Fun Day
I would like to pay tribute on behalf of all at Potters Bar in Focus to Carol Hyland a Senior Planning Officer who is leaving Hertsmere Council. I and all that know her have the highest admiration for her sincerity, guidance, advice and help with setting up Potters Bar in Focus. Carol has given up her own time to attend Community Fun Days, she has been a source of information to all the various groups and liaised between ourselves, elected members and the County Council. John Godfrey

Happy Birthday Peter, I’ve bought you a tractor
What have you done? What have you done? Was all Peter could say. Joy, who is Peter’s partner, surprised him on his birthday by having a second-hand tractor delivered to their drive. Peter has always been interested in old tractors and when the couple went on country walks he often saw them in the fields and said what fun it would be to own one.

This little grey Ferge needed a friend to repair it and bring it back to good order. The repairs are going well with the aid of an old manual and the engine now starts! When the tractor was delivered off the back of a transporter it had to be started with jump leads to drive into the back garden of their Potters Bar home - at that stage it did not even have a silencer, so the neighbours certainly knew it had arrived. If all goes well, Peter hopes to have it ready for next year’s Carnival and Fun Day. After Peter got over the surprise, Peter decided to keep quiet about his other love - of steam locomotives!

Help for People Who Need Care at Home
A recent Panorama programme highlighted the plight of some families caring for loved ones at home who, for example, had advanced brain disease or Alzheimers Disease. The carers were giving 24 hour intensive help including tasks which they said should be defined as health care - such as changing catheters and special feeding techniques. The point of the programme was to focus on the difference between care which is health related and care which is not. The health service pays for health care, even at home, providing professional carers to help the family. Other care does not attract this help and the family has to cope as best they can. The families featured had long battles to prove their case and health authorities differed in their views from area to area.

Many carers do not know there could be help available or where to enquire if they could usefully apply. Your GP may be a start, the local Patient Advice and Liaison Service 07818 417599, or local Independent Complaints Advocacy Service 0845 456 1082. There are also a number of carers groups who may be able to help. The CAB could help you decide which is appropriate. We are open 10am - 1pm weekdays, 7-9pm Monday evenings at the Wyllyotts Centre. Telephone helpline 0870 121 2025.

CAB advisers are intensively trained volunteers - we need recruits for this very valuable service. If you want to keep your brain active and have the time to give, please telephone the above number or call in to give your details.

Oakmere Youth and Community Centre
The Centre in Fetherstone Close, off Chace Avenue recently held its first AGM in its newly refurbished building. There is now a very pleasant hall available for hire at weekends along with a meeting room, kitchen and outside space. Some evening slots are also free. During week-nights groups such as the Scouts, Cubs and Beavers use the hall. Local bands practice there. The building is now shared with Caretech who provide day care and activities for people with disabilities. Refurbishment was made possible by this shared use and the arrangement is working well. This is a Centre for local people - you are welcome to come and see, give ideas for its use and if you wish, help with running the Centre.

Please telephone our Chair Ann Harrison on 657379.

Postcards from Potters Bar
You can buy a set of six postcards featuring aspects of Potters Bar from the Potters Bar Museum at the Wyllyotts Centre. Surprise your friends by sending one!