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Meetings, news, updates and reminders

January 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 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.

Travellers' tales: Around the world in
less than forty days

Monday 11th January  7.30 pm
An illustrated talk by Catherine Budgett-Meakin about her round-the-world ‘adventure’ including travel by the Trans-Siberian Railway and Trans-Mongolian Railway.
More details here    To book click here

Hampstead Garden Opera
Monday 18th January   7.30 pm
Roger Sainsbury, a former chairman of the company, will recount how, over thirty years, what began as an evening class for amateurs has become a widely respected company.
More details here.      To book click here

Marie Curie Hospice
Monday 1st February   7.30 pm
Fiona Venus of the Marie Curie Hampstead Hospice will talk on the work of the charity, its funding and how it has adapted to the pandemic.
More details here   To book click here

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

Coming up:

8th February - Life of a Radio Producer - Harrison Stock of the BBC
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
Live streamed violin recital with Simon Blendis

Saturday 10th January 2021 7.00 pm

With accompaniment by his wife Saoko on piano and occasionally duetting with his son Aki, Simon’s programme will include movements by Bach, Mozart and Gliere as well as some light salon pieces. The recital will last about 45 minutes.

For Simon's biographical details and more details of the programme click here

This online recital is organised by Simon Blendis for friends and family but he has kindly agreed to include Highgate Society members. Please register via Eventbrite (click here) in order to be included in the emailing of the Zoom link.
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 16th January, meeting at the junction of Wood Lane and Queen's Wood Road.. For full details of how it will be organised to minimise contact and maintain social distancing, and for the full 2021 programme, click here,
The official 2021 Hampstead Heath Calendar, produced by Heath Hands in conjunction with Hampstead Heath and award-winning photographer Matt Maran, is available to purchase in person at £10 each from the Parliament Hill office opposite the Café (card payments only).

The proceeds go to looking after the Heath.
Updates and reminders:

The Highgate Society Poetry Group has its first (virtual) meeting on Tuesday 5th January at 6.30 pm.. For details and the Zoom link contact Richard Downes at

Saturday morning coffee suspended Owing to the coronavirus restrictions the Saturday coffee mornings at 10A remain 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 restart on Friday 5th February and 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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