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AGM, meetings, news, updates and reminders

May 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 are no meetings on May 3rd (Bank Holiday), May 17th or May 31st (Bank Holiday)
An art books publisher's quest for beauty
Monday 10th May   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

A virtual craft chocolate tasting with Cocoa Runners
Monday 24th May  7.30 pm

Learn about ethical cocoa sourcing while discovering the 
flavours of real craft chocolate.

More details here   To book click here

Highgate Library - past, present and future
Monday 7th June   7.30 pm

Dawn Taylor and Michael O'Callaghan of the Highgate Library Action Group and Devi Napal, the Library Manager, in a round table discussion.
More details here   To book click here.

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

Coming up:
Monday 14th June - Heat pumps are coming (organised by the Sustainable Living Group) More details here
The Urban Tree Festival is back for its fourth year. Taking place 15th -23rd May, the festival will celebrate our urban trees through a diverse programme of walks, talks, webinars, art workshops, book clubs and more. London's parks and trees are the among the unsung heroes of the pandemic - it's a chance to celebrate their importance. To find out more, visit the website: 
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.

Monthly tidy-up events Now that infection levels have lowered the tidy-up events have resumed. The next meeting is on 8th May at the junction of Wood Lane and Queen’s Wood Road (Queens Wood). For more information and the dates of future meetings click here.

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

The Highgate Society Poetry Group has its next (virtual) meeting on Tuesday 4th May at 6.30 pm.. For details and the Zoom link contact Richard Downes at

Coffee & computers 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

Save the date: The Highgate Festival - 19-27 June. More details at

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

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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