• Three cheers for Brownite Freer

    For those of you wise enough to read Dennis Signy's blog, you'll know that we met up at the Mill Hill Music festival Jazz shows last week. Dennis is a top guy, full of stories and anecdotes. I've always thought that if you like football and music and

  • Plenty to learn about planning

    What's the difference between a town centre renewal plan and a strategic review? This was the question that galvanised and provoked the 30 or so stalwarts attending the June meeting of Chipping Barnet Residents' Forum. The reason for their concern

  • Forum flack is absurd

    Nagus Narenthira's criticisms of the Residents' Forum for its alleged lack of democracy are absurd (Forums lack democracy', Times Opinion, June 12). Ms Narenthira, who works as a personal assistant to Andrew Dismore MP, regularly attends the Hendon Residents

  • Council not playing ball

    So volunteer football coach Giuliano Orrico has been threatened with legal action by big, bad, bullying Barnet Council for the heinous crime of trying to make the derelict Pavilion Way sports pitch fit for its intended use by young people (Coach told

  • Not what the doctor ordered

    As a GP in Barnet, I am always interested in what Charles Hollwey, the Barnet Primary Care Trust (PCT) chief executive, has to say (GPs are here to stay', Times Series, June 26). I imagine you might have thought I would have been pleased by his statement

  • Permits are electioneering

    I read Residents' parking permits to be given to spritual leaders', (Times Series, June 26) with incredulity. How can religious leaders visiting one of their parishioners be any more important than the emergency services, care workers and other social

  • Where do people fit into nightmarish plans?

    New Barnet residents have recently seen plans for the dramatic redevelopment of their area by both Tesco and Asda. The idea of supermarket chains becoming our town planners, and the council's apparent willingness to see this happen, fills me with alarm

  • Nursing a hospital to optimum health

    Months after the Government's healthcare watchdog gave Barnet Hospital a clean bill of health, the debate rages on over how safe it is. Tomasz Johnson asks the woman in charge of the hospital for her side of the story From the café next to the entrance

  • Picnic concert just the wicket

    Walker Ground Music Day, Waterfall Road, Southgate, Sunday, gates open at 2pm, music from 4pm to 8pm Set amid the Southgate Green conservation area, the Walker Cricket Ground should provide a laid-back setting for this open-air family concert and

  • Sing songs of old with Sunnie

    Sing It To the Rhythm, Viva Viva, High Street, Hornsey, Sunday, 5pm to 8pm, with a performance at 7.30pm Before the blues came spirituals, work songs and call-and-response chants that were sung by Afro-American and Caribbean slaves working in the

  • Feast on music, motors and more

    EAST BARNET FESTIVAL Oak Hill Park, East Barnet Friday, 6.30pm to 9pm, Saturday, 12pm to 7pm, Sunday, 12pm to 7.30pm Festival-goers will be able to hear everything from rock to world music during a theatre and dance weekend. Among the 22 bands playing

  • A century of mischief

    This year marks the hundredth anniversary of a lively Hampstead Garden Suburb theatre company. Miriam Craig finds out about their history and how they have been celebrating Within a year of the first houses being constructed in Hamsptead Garden

  • The 20 week scan

    I have just experienced one of those defining and pivotal moments in the pregnancy period. Yesterday I went, husband in tow, to the 20 week scan. For the benefit of those yet to experience this wonderment, it is the point at which some woman or man measures

  • IJDS wins Barnet schools cricket competition

    Old Elizabethans (Barnet) CC played host to the Barnet Primary Schools Kwik Cricket tournament for the Eric Shearly Cup, where over 250 cricket-mad youngsters from across the whole borough descended upon the club. The tournament was organised by the

  • Knights plays at Wimbledon

    Most clubs would be satisfied to claim one aspiring star of British tennis. Oakleigh Park can boast TWO. While 22-year-old James Ward, who shot to fame for his stirring performance at the Artois Championship recently, missed out on a Wimbledon wildcard

  • 'I just love the job' - teaching staff honoured

    Teachers have been commended for their hard work by winning a clutch of awards at a London-wide ceremony. Diane Stanley, from Brunswick Park School, in Southgate, was given the top award for teaching assistant of the year at the London Teaching Awards

  • Number of race crimes on the rise

    Hate crimes were reported to police in Barnet at a rate of five a day last year, with racist crimes rising more than in any other borough. In the 12 months up to May this year, police recorded 1,859 hate crimes, which include domestic and homophobic

  • Wheelie bin theft victims billed £21k

    Wheelie bin thefts in the borough have cost residents more than £21,000 in replacement fees over the last 18 months. Since the beginning of 2007, 469 bins have been reported stolen to Barnet Council, which charges residents £50 per replacement. Residents

  • The Games are afoot

    Youngsters throughout the borough will be representing Barnet at the finals of the London Youth Games this weekend. Thousands of boys and girls, from all 32 London boroughs, will descend on the National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace, in a bid to become