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Meetings, updates and reminders

October 2020

Saturday morning coffee continues

Come and join us between 1030 and 1230 for a social distancing catch-up inside the hall at 10A South Grove (where we will have seating for up to 12 people) or outside – bring a chair.

The society’s coffee mornings are open to all – for members who want to meet for a chat and for non-members who want to learn about the Society’s activities.

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.

It is not necessary to have Zoom pre-loaded on your device. Clicking on the link will download it automatically. However joining a meeting will be quicker if Zoom is pre-loaded. Download it from or the App Store (Apple devices) or Play Store (Android devices). 

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.

The Idea of the Modern Home
Monday 19th October  7.30 pm
Architect David Porter reviews the Winscombe Street development (now listed Grade II) by Gold Medal Award winner Neave Brown, designed as a cooperative for his family and that of 4 friends.
More details here  To book click here.

J'ai deux amours
Monday 26th October  7.30 pm
To mark Black History Month Ruth Hazeldine recounts the story of Josephine Baker and other black musicians in pre-war Paris (with musical illustrations)
More details here. To book click here

The Long Win
Monday 2nd November  7.30 pm
A reading club session with Catherine Bishop, whose book The Long Win is released on October 13th 2020.
More details here
To book click here

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

A programme for the remainder of November is being prepared and will be outlined in the next newsletter with full details on the web site.
Retrofit and the Green Homes Grant
Monday 12th October  6.00 pm
This event organised by the Sustainable Living Group explains the Government’s Green Homes Grant scheme and is designed to help Highgate people to decide if they want to take up the offer.
For more information click here
This is a free online Zoom event. To book click here. A Zoom link will be sent before the meeting.
After a great success last year, we hope to make the Highgate Society porch suitably spooky for this year's Hallowe'en, and trust that everyone will make the village scary and lively in line with the government guidelines. Please check our webpage and social media feeds for further updates closer to the date.
Poets Group
Tuesday November 3rd  6.30 pm
This month's challenge is 'Shadows from the Past'
For more information and a Zoom joining link contact Richard Downes at
Highgate Watercolour Group Exhibition
Lauderdale House 11 November to 7 December
The HWG exhibition is still on schedule to open, but please check websites nearer the time or phone the gallery 020 8348 8716 for opening days and times. The Group members are keen to raise everyone’s spirits by holding this show, despite the difficulties. More here
Highgate clean-up
The Society’s Infrastructure group has restarted its monthly tidy up events. We have held monthly tidy ups since July. We are holding our next event on Saturday 14th November. If anyone is interested in joining please let us know by emailing us at We are also looking at clean up events on Hampstead Heath.

Separately, we have litter picking tools available for loan to anyone who would like to build a clean-up into their daily walk. Please email us at the above address and we can arrange a hand over if you would like to do this.
Updates and reminders:

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 have resumed and will continue as usual on the first and last Friday's of the month. If you are not already on the mailing list for the meeting link, email

Highgate Society survey Have you completed the survey yet? It is not just for members. Find out more on the Highgate Society web site by clicking here.

Planning surgery continues online. While our Planning Committee has continued its work as normal, albeit mainly on-line, the familiar Saturday morning Planning Surgeries have, like everything else, had to stop. Given the tight limits on numbers allowed to use 10A when it re-opens, we cannot guarantee that people coming up to talk about planning issues will be able to enter; and we rather suspect that most people will not yet be ready for face-to-face meetings.

Our planning team is nevertheless happy to offer what help it can. Therefore, until further notice, if you have any queries, please submit them through the Society's website and someone will contact you, either to answer the question by e-mail or telephone, or, if several people wish to talk or there is a complex issue to discuss, by a Zoom meeting which can be arranged in advance

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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