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Meetings, news, updates and reminders

December 2020

Highgate Society online programme of meetings

While  social distancing rules make live meetings impractical, the Society is continuing its online programme of talks and other events with 'attendance' using the Zoom app. When each meeting is announced, a link to the Eventbrite booking site will be published via a mailshot or on the Society's web site. Anyone registering will be sent a link to the Zoom meeting in the confirmation email, to be used at the advertised time.

Meetings start at 7.30 pm (unless otherwise stated). Please join a few minutes before so that the meeting can start on time and is not interrupted by late joiners.

During the booking process in Eventbrite you will be invited to make a donation to the Highgate Society. Closure of the hall has resulted in the Society losing a large proportion of its income and a small contribution will help to keep its activities going.


An Evening with Gloria Davenport
Monday 7th December  7.30 pm
Join Gloria Davenport as she shares with us the pleasure of cooking lamb, flavoured with an aromatic mix of spices from the East, slowly roasted in the oven.
More details here  To book click here

The History of the Limerick
Monday 14th December  7.30 pm
Ruth Hazeldine on the origins and  enduring appeal of the 'nonsense poetry' popularised by Edward Lear. This meeting is accompanied by a limerick writing competition.
More details here  To book click here

For more details of these meetings visit the Highgate Society web site

Coming up in 2021:

11th January - Travellers' Tales - Around the World in Less Than Forty Days (including the Trans-Siberian Express)
18th January - Hampstead Garden Opera (talk)
25th January - A Virtual Burns Night
1st February - Marie Curie Hospice
8th February - Life of a Radio Producer
15th February - Let's Do It - A Valentine's Celebration
22nd February - "The Reunion" - early days of Jacksons Lane
1st March - Noah's Ark Hospice
8th March - Usbourne Books
15th March - History of Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Not Carols in Pond Square
Owing to the difficulty of maintaining social distancing, the annual Carols in Pond Square event will not be held this year. Instead the Highgate Society, in collaboration with Highgate School, has organised a virtual event. A recording of the school choir singing carols in the school courtyard will go live on YouTube at 7.00 pm on Wednesday 16th December. Go to the Highgate Society web site (click here) to access the video. Tune in and sing along!
Come and listen to the Highgate and Muswell Hill Brass Band ...
... in Highgate Village on December 9th from 6.00 to 7.00 pm and do some late night shopping - many shops will stay open late.
Remember to maintain social distancing and stay safe.
Highgate Watercolour Group Exhibition

Owing to the latest coronavirus restrictions the exhibition has been put on hold but the Group has put  together a 5 minute YouTube video which shows a selection of their paintings.
Click here to watch the video.
Highgate clean-up

The next clean-up event will be on Saturday December 12th, meeting outside the library on  Shepherds Hill. For full details of how it will be organised to minimise contact and maintain social distancing click here,
Highgate Society gives evidence on Planning White Paper

On November 26th, the Society was one of 50 people and groups selected, out of 1,500 applicants, to give evidence on the Planning White Paper to a House of Commons Select Committee inquiry into its implications. We were given full opportunity to make our points, and we highlighted the concerns of the community sector as strongly as we could. The Society had previously submitted a detailed 19-page response to the Government's consultation on the White Paper, the proposals in which would fatally weaken Planning in England, make development much easier, and make permissions automatic under certain circumstances. For more details and to access the full text of the submission visit the Highgate Society web site (click here)
Highgate Cemetery launches design competitions to implement its Conservation Plan For information on the Conservation Plan, the competitions and consultation in Spring 2021, visit the Highgate Cemetery web site There is also a video at
Updates and reminders:

Highgate Village Christmas Lights - Urgent appeal for funding 
Owing to exceptional financial pressures on the usual sponsors and local traders the organisers are looking to the wider community to help fund this year's display. They have therefore set up a ‘JustGiving' page for donations to ‘Save the Lights’ Donations can also be dropped into Prickett & Ellis, Winkworth or Taylor Gibbs in Highgate High Street. The Highgate Society will be making its usual contribution.

Heath facilities re-opening The Heath management has issued details of facilities to be re-opened following the end of the national lock-down. Details here

Saturday morning coffee suspended Owing to the coronavirus restrictions the Saturday coffee mornings at 10A have been suspended till further notice.

Foodbank Aid North London  Local volunteers can collect food and household products for community food banks across north London or drop off donations at a collection point near you. More details here.

Coffee & computers The Zoom sessions  will continue at 10.30 on the first Friday of the month. If you are not already on the mailing list for the meeting link, email

Planning surgery continues online. While the hall at 10A remains closed, the planning team is happy to offer what help it can remotely.  If you have any queries, please submit them through the Society's website and someone will contact you.
The Highgate Society is a founder member of the London Forum of Amenity and Civic Societies. The Forum's quarterly newsletters can be seen here.

We are also a member of Civic Voice. Click here to learn more.

The gift of Highgate ........

Give "The Story of the Highgate Society" to friends this year. On sale at the Highgate Bookshop and at Saturday Coffee in 10A. Michael at the bookshop also has the full range of the beautiful walks booklets to guide you around North London always returning to Highgate. Great gifts, go check them out! 
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