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AGM, meetings, news, updates and reminders

April 2021

Highgate Society Annual General Meeting

The 2021 AGM will take place on Tuesday 18th May at 7.30 pm.  The guest speaker will be John Plews of Upstairs at the Gatehouse and Ovation Productions. To view the formal notice and agenda click here.

Attendance at the  AGM will be mainly online. There will be separate arrangements for those who do not use the internet. There are also plans for limited attendance in person at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, government rules permitting. Full details can be found in the spring issue of buzz, on the Highgate Society web site and by clicking here.

Registration is necessary. Click here to access the registration form.

Nominations are invited for election to Council. A nomination form can be downloaded here.
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.
There is no meeting on April 5th (Easter Monday)

The future of social enterprise in Uganda
Monday 12th April
7.30 pm
A talk by Leo Henghes, founder of the charity United Social Ventures.

More details here    To book click here

The Reunion: Early days of Jacksons Lane
Monday 19th April
7.30 pm
Nicky Gavron and others recall the founding of the Jacksons Lane Arts Centre. Chaired by Monique Deletant, the present CEO.
More details here. To book click here.

Camel backs and  shotguns
Monday 26th April
7.30 pm
A history of New Orleans through its architecture.
An illustrated talk by Ruth Hazeldine.

More details here   To book click here

There is no meeting on May 3rd (Bank Holiday)

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

Coming up:
The programme for May is being organised. Details will appear on the web site and in the next newsletter.
Petition launched to save Mary Feilding Guild

Hornsey & Wood Green MP Catherine  West has launched a petition calling for a halt to the proposed redevelopment of the Highgate care home and withdrawal of the eviction notices  served on the residents. The petition can be accessed here
Highgate Cemetery Landscape Competition Exhibition

The Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust has published the four shortlisted entries in its competition for a long term masterplan and is inviting the public to submit their views. For details of the brief, to view the entries and to submit comments visit

Extract from East Cemetery Masterplan by Gustafson Porter + Bowman
The Highgate Festival returns for 2021
19-27 June

This year's festival will be primarily virtual but with some physical events if circumstances permit. For more information, including a request for volunteers and donations, go to or click here.
The Fair in the Square 2021

A provisional date of September 18th has been set for this year's Fair. For more information when available check the web site
Updates, reminders and news snippets:

Haringey restores historic North Hill railings The Highgate Society and conservation groups have welcomed the restoration of the 'pineapple' railings on North Hill. For a report and photographs in the  Ham & High click here.

Cockerel restoration Whitehall Park School PCTA is fundraising to restore the Hornsey Lane landmark. More details here

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

Coffee & computers There will be no meeting on 2nd April (Good Friday)The next Zoom session will be on Friday 7th May 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

The monthly 'tidy-up' sessions remain suspended but assistance is available for individual/family/bubble efforts via the Not the Tidy-up Event  programme. For more details click here

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

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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