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Meetings, updates and reminders

November 2020

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 Long Win
Monday 2nd November  7.30 pm
A talk by Catherine Bishop, whose book The Long Win was released in October.
More details here
To book click here
Highgate Horticultural Society
160 Years of History

Monday 9th November   7.30 pm
A talk by  Jill and Steve Marston
More details here
To book click here

Theatre in the Time of Covid
Monday 16th November  7.30 pm.
John Caird, a Highgate resident and freelance director and writer of plays, musicals and operas, will discuss overcoming the challenges of directing remotely during the current pandemic.
More details here
To book click here

Jacksons Lane - past, present and future.
Monday 23rd November  7.30 pm
The centre is on the eve of major restoration work and their CEO, Monique Deletent  will bring us up to date on where they are now together with contributions from those who have been part of the story since its founding.
More details here
To book click here

Making a Christmas Wreath
Monday 30th November  7.30 pm
Award winning florist Fiona Haser Bizony, owner of Electric Daisy Flower Shop in Swains Lane, Highgate, will demonstrate how to create an original and elegant festive wreath.
More details here
To book click here 

An Evening with Gloria Davenport
Monday 7th December  7.30 pm
Join Gloria Davenport as she shares with us the pleasure of cooking lamb, flavoured with an aromatic mix of spices from the East, slowly roasted in the oven.
More details here
To book click here

Coming up:
 16th December - a 'virtual' carols event with the Highgate School choir- more details in the next newsletter

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

A programme for the remainder of the year is being prepared and will be outlined in the next newsletter with full details on the web site.
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

Owing to the latest coronavirus restrictions check the Highgate Society web site for updates on this  event.
Highgate clean-up

Owing to the latest coronavirus restrictions the clean-up programme is under review. Check the Highgate Society web site for updates.
Come and listen to the Highgate and Muswell Hill Brass Band ...
... in Highgate Village on December 9th at 6.00 pm and do some late night shopping.

(Subject to change depending on the government restrictions at the time)
Highgate Village Christmas Lights - Urgent appeal for funding
In these uncertain pandemic times we  believe that a glorious Christmas lights display in Highgate Village will raise spirits and put a few smiles on the faces of local families! Due to exceptional financial pressures on the usual sponsors and local traders the organisers are looking to the wider community to help fund this year's display.
They have therefore set up a ‘JustGiving Page’ for donations to ‘Save the Lights’
Donations can also be dropped into Prickett & Ellis 27 Highgate High Street N6 5JT, Winkworth 36 Highgate High Street N6 5JG or Taylor Gibbs 33 Highgate High Street N6 5JT

The Highgate Society will be making its usual contribution.
If you love the Highgate High Street Christmas lights, please get behind this effort and dig deep to help, every penny really does count!  
Care Visions Healthy Ageing is welcoming participants to its Book Club session at 11am on Friday 13th November.

The host will be the writer, Lucinda Hawksley, the great great great granddaughter of Charles Dickens. The book she has chosen is a non fiction novel by the famous crime author Agatha Christie, ‘Come, Tell Me How You Live.’To hear Lucinda explain Agatha Christies’s account of an archaeological dig and how it inspired her famous novel ‘Murder in Mesopotamia” and for information on how to attend the Book Club  see The Care Visions Healthy Ageing’s online resources were set up during Covid lockdown  initially to reach those isolated and unable to receive therapeutic treatment, but have since attracted a wide audience of those in senior years interested in all aspects of healthy living. Care Visions Healthy Ageing has become a venue for a variety of content from clinical to recreational.
Updates and reminders:

Saturday morning coffee suspended Owing to the coronavirus restrictions the Saturday coffee mornings at 10A have been 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 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

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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