View this email in your browser

Meetings, news, updates and reminders

June 2021

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 the newsletter 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.

Meetings are open to non-members.
Highgate Library - past, present and future
Monday 7th June   7.30 pm

Dawn Taylor (Secretary) and Michael O'Callaghan (Treasurer) of the Highgate Library Action Group in a round table discussion.
More details here   To book click here.
Heat pumps are coming
Monday 14th June  7.30 pm
An information evening organised by Highgate Society Sustainable Living with a speaker from the Heat Pump federation, an installer and a retrofit and renewables expert.
More details here     To book click here

Philip Hughes: Painting the Ancient Land of Australia
Monday 21st June   7.30 pm
Local artist Philip Hughes introduces his recent book of paintings and sketches, published by Thames & Hudson. Highgate Society members are offered a 25% discount. (see below)
More details here   To book click here

An art books publisher's quest for beauty
Monday 5th July   7.30 pm

Alexander Fyjis-Walker, founder and publisher of Pallas Athene Books, interviewed by Martha Halford-Fumagalli.
More details here  To book click here

For more details of these meetings visit the Highgate Society web site  Recordings of some past events are also available on the web site at
For a 25% discount on Philip Hughes's books ordered on the Thames & Hudson web site, use the code AUSTRALIA25 at the checkout. This offer is available till 4th July.
Saturday coffee mornings to resume. If the Government "road map' allows, Highgate Society will open 10A South Grove for coffee on Saturday 3rd July 2021 from 10.30 to 12.30. (Check the web site for updates.) Members, guests and non-members are all welcome. 

A Council Member or a Social Eventer will host and serve coffee each Saturday. Hosting is open to all members, if you are interested, please let the Social Events Committee know on, so your name can be added to the rota.  If you would prefer to host as a pair, you are welcome to invite a friend to help you. The lead host’s name will on the rota. When the draft  rota is published, we will circulate tips on how to host. 

We look forward to seeing you again. 
Highgate Festival  19th to 27th June
The Highgate Festival returns with a wide variety of live and online events. For the full programme and details of Festival offers visit the Festival web site where you can also sign up for programme updates or volunteer to help. During the Festival the Highgate Society will  be organising the following events;
21st June - book launch 'Painting the Ancient Land of Australia' (see above)
23rd June 12 noon - A Historic Walk round Highgate Wood with Michael Hammerson (details on the Festival web site)
Throughout the week on our website: Highgate Modern Homes, a virtual tour of three homes, introduced by Professor David Porter 
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
Highgate Society is looking for a volunteer lettings manager to oversee online bookings of our community hall at 10A South Grove. 

As well as being available for member events, the hall is a facility for raising money to fund the other work of the Highgate Society. It  has been recently refurbished and is available for hire by the hour.   Both Haringey and Camden Councils promote the hall.  It has many uses including children's parties, resident group meetings, music rehearsals, discussion groups, storytelling circles, keep fit and much more.

Our lettings manager is a key volunteer  This is a responsible  position that calls for a time commitment of a few hours every month. In return, you will get the satisfaction of full involvement with the Society,  its members and outside clients, as well as helping bring in a sustainable stream of income to our work.  Training and a phased handover from the current lettings manager will be offered.

Please email if you are interested and would like to discuss further.
Updates, reminders and news snippets:

Monthly tidy-up events Now that infection levels have lowered the tidy-up events have resumed. The next meeting is on Saturday 12th June.  Meet at 10A South Grove. For more information and the dates of future meetings click here.

The Highgate Society Poetry Group has its next (virtual) meeting on Tuesday 1st June at 6.30 pm.. For details and the Zoom link contact Richard Downes at

Coffee & computers The next Zoom session will be on Friday 4th June at 10.30 am. The meetings will continue on the first Friday of the month. 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 with the musical Forever Plaid. Some nights are already sold out. To book click here or visit for details.

Save the date: The Fair in the Square - 18 September. More details at

The Lauderdale Suzuki Group has published its summer programme of performances. Details 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.
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.
Are you a member? If not, please consider joining to help support our work. The Highgate Society is one of the oldest, largest and most active Civic Amenity Societies in the UK. It has some 1,300 members, and was founded in 1967. We aim to make Highgate and its neighbourhood a better place in which to live and work; to ensure changes enhance the area, to encourage sound planning and to improve public transport. As a social hub the Society is at the very heart of Highgate, staging or facilitating a wide range of events for the whole community. To join click here.

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!  
Copyright © 2021 Highgate Society, All rights reserved.

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp
The Highgate Society is an unincorporated association established for the public benefit.  It endeavours to ensure that the information it provides as a free service is correct but does not warrant that it is accurate or complete. Nothing in this correspondence constitutes professional or legal advice and may not be relied on as such. In no event will the Society be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation indirect or consequential loss or damage or any damage whatsoever arising from any objections criticism advice and information it provides.

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences