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News, updates and reminders

July 2021

William Britain has been elected Chair of the Highgate Society. William has been Treasurer for several years. He succeeds Elspeth Clements who stepped down after three years in office.

For more information read this Ham & High article.
Save Highgate’s 17th century Shepherd’s Cottage

Yard Sale: Saturday 3rd July 12 – 4 pm, Townsend Yard, N6 5JG

Shepherd’s Cottage is a hidden treasure in Highgate. Built in the 17th Century, it is tucked away in the Village Backlands. The Cottage and its historic setting are threatened by a proposed development which will block heritage views and emergency or repairs access. The local community have come together to challenge these plans and to preserve the cottage in its setting for future generations. Join the owner Jane Hill to hear about her cottage’s history & see the antiques she has for sale.
Saturday coffee mornings to resume 

Highgate Society Saturday  Morning Coffee and Conversations starts again on Saturday 24th July at 10.30 -12.30. 
All welcome. Come to see our our hall makeover. 
Modern Homes
To mark the Highgate Festival and to continue the theme of the Highgate Modern Homes exhibition in 2016, the Highgate Society produced a video showcasing two Highgate houses, with an introduction by Professor David Porter. To watch the video click here.
House videos filmed by Adrian Gordon.
150th anniversary of the Hampstead Heath Act
A full year-long programme of community celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the Hampstead Heath Act has been unveiled by the City Corporation. A highlight of the programme includes an outdoor exhibition which was launched on the Heath  on 23 June  to showcase the site’s history and the significance of the 1871 Act. For more information click here.
Hampstead Heath tidy-up Have you noticed how much rubbish gets left on Hampstead Heath during the Summer? As well as thinking unkind thoughts about the irresponsible picnic groups (which of us hasn’t?), the Infrastructure and Projects Group (in consultation with Corporation of London) is planning several tidy up events on the Heath. Please do let us know if you would like to join us? Please do e-mail
Can you help?

With the reopening soon of our newly refurbished hall at 10A South Grove, we are looking for volunteers for a number of roles to help bring the hall back as a centre of Highgate life. We have nearly 100 volunteers and your involvement can be as much or as little as you would like. Whatever your talents and interests, we’d like to hear from you. For more information click here.
Buzz published
The Summer issue of Buzz has been published and distributed free to members. Have you received yours? If not, contact and confirm your address. Non-members can buy a copy for £1.50 from Brooksby in the High Street. Past issues can be viewed online at
Updates, reminders and news snippets:

The programme of online meetings has now been suspended for the summer.
 Recordings of some past events are available on the web site at

Monthly tidy-up events Now that infection levels have lowered the tidy-up events have resumed. The next meeting is on Saturday 10th July.  Meet on Shepherd's Hill outside the library.. For more information and the dates of future meetings click here.

The Highgate Society Poetry Group has its next (virtual) meeting on Tuesday 6th July at 6.30 pm.. For details and the Zoom link contact Richard Downes at

Coffee & computers The next Zoom session will be on Friday 2nd July at 10.30 am. If you are not already on the mailing list for the meeting link, email

 Volunteer at Jacksons Lane and help support older adults in north London To find out more about Feeling Good, a matchmaking project which pairs isolated older adults with a local volunteer, click here.

Upstairs at the Gatehouse has reopened after nearly 15 months. Visit for details of forthcoming productions..

The Fair in the Square will not take place this year. It is hoped to resume on Saturday 11th June 2022.

The Highgate Horticultural Society Summer Show has been cancelled. The Autumn show is scheduled for September 4th.

The Winchester Tavern on Archway Road has been designated an Asset of Community Value, following nomination by the Highgate Society. For the full story on the Ham & High web site click here 

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.
Highgate Society membership

Are you a member? If not, please consider joining to help support our work. We aim to make Highgate a better place to live and work - to ensure changes enhance the area, encourage sound planning and to improve public transport. The Society is at the very heart of Highgate with a range of events for the whole community. To join click here.
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” book or some of our booklets of guided walks around North London to friends this year. The full range of guides and the book are on sale at the Highgate Bookshop and for mail order through our website. Great gifts, go check them out!  
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