Following extensive refurbishment, the Highgate Society hall has reopened. Saturday morning coffee has restarted and bookings for hall hire are now being taken via the Society's web site. The works, funded from an existing ear-marked budget and grants from Camden, include a completely new kitchen, new flooring with underfloor heating, a public address/sound system, a wall mounted projection screen, new display panels and remodeling of the cupboards. Externally the façade has been repointed and the garden landscaped to provide a pleasant seating area.
Camden withdraws planned parking control changes in Highgate Village.
After a delay of almost 2 years Camden Council has announced that it will not be going ahead with its proposed changes to the CPZ for the Camden side of Highgate. The 2018 proposal was to change the weekday CPZ hours from the current 10 am to noon to 8:30 am to 6:30 pm. The Highgate Society led a vigorous and successful campaign against the proposals which would have been very damaging for local businesses.
Click here to see Camden's decision letter and here for the Highgate Society press release.
Proposed constituency boundary changes
As part of the general review of English constituency boundaries to equalise the number of voters, the Boundary Commission for England is proposing changes that affect Highgate. The Haringey part of Highgate would be included in a new Finchley and Muswell Hill constituency and the Camden part would be included in the new Kentish Town and Bloomsbury constituency. For full details click here.
Townsend Yard appeal reaches half-way mark
The fundraising to employ a barrister to help fight the ill-conceived development project in Townsend Yard has reached the half-way mark.
For full details of why the Highgate Society is opposed to this scheme click here. To donate click here..
Saturday coffee mornings have resumed
Coffee and conversations every Saturday at 10.30 -12.30.
All welcome. Come to see our hall makeover.
The Members Planning Surgery during the coffee morning has also restarted. While we endeavour to have someone there whenever possible, if you want to come in and talk to us about something, advance notice would be appreciated so we can ensure someone is there. Submit your request to firstname.lastname@example.org or on the Contact page of the web site.
150th anniversary of the Hampstead Heath Act
The Heath and Hampstead Society have released a video of the kite flying festival they organised on Parliament Hill for the anniversary celebrations. To view the video click this link https://vimeo.com/580370425 and enter the password HH150.
Still from the video by Eleanor Mortimer
Will you help to distribute Buzz?
Buzz is mostly distributed by hand by volunteers. A few of them are unable to continue. Can you help? Routes typically involve delivering between 10 and 20 copies. We particularly need to cover the routes in Highgate High Street, Cholmeley Crescent, Broadlands Road and the Whitehall Park area. However, you do not need to live locally. Equally, if you can help but would prefer a route near to where you live it may be possible to arrange a 'swap' with the present distributor in your area. To volunteer or for more information email email@example.com.
The Highgate Society events programme may be paused for the summer but there is plenty going on in Highgate for you to enjoy;
Upstairs at the Gatehouse is participating in the Camden Fringe Festival. For details of the programme click here.
Pop-up Proms in Waterlow Park: open air music every Sunday at 3.00 pm. More details here.
Open-air Thursdays at Lauderdale House: live outdoor performances on the Tea Lawn at 7.30 pm. For details of the programme click here.
Monthly tidy-up events Now that infection levels have lowered the tidy-up events have resumed. The next meeting is on Saturday 14th August. Meet at the Priory Gardens entrance to Highgate Station. For more information and the dates of future meetings click here.
The Highgate Society Poetry Group has its next (virtual) meeting on Tuesday 3rd Augustat 6.30 pm.. For details and the Zoom link contact Richard Downes at firstname.lastname@example.org
Coffee & computers There will be no session in August.The next session will be on Friday 3rd September at 10.30 to 12.30. If you are not already on the mailing list, email email@example.com. to be notified with full details.
The French Circle has published its 2021/22 programme, with the first meeting scheduled for Wednesday 6th October. To view the full programme click here.
Highgate Society membership
Are you a member? If not, please consider joining to help support our work. We aim to make Highgate a better place to live and work - to ensure changes enhance the area, encourage sound planning and to improve public transport. The Society is at the very heart of Highgate with a range of events for the whole community. To join click here.
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” 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! https://highgatesociety.com/publications/.
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