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Virtual meetings, updates and reminders

August 2020

The Highgate Society hall at 10A South Grove is closed until further notice. It is hoped to reopen in the autumn. Further details will be published on the Highgate Society web site.
Saturday morning coffee to resume al fresco. While it remains impractical to operate the coffee mornings in the hall we will resume serving coffee outside 10A on a take-away basis on August 29th. Bring a picnic chair and  enjoy your coffee in the front garden or in Pond Square.
Local MP Catherine West has raised a petition against the planned closure of Barclays Highgate and Wood Green branches. For more information, including how to sign the petition click 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 a mailshot or on the Society's web site. Anyone registering will be sent a link to the Zoom meeting on or before the day of the event 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 7.00 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.


"Eating winter with a spoon"

Monday 7th September  7.00 pm

Ruth Hazeldine recounts the history of ice cream
More details here.
To book click here

"The Shell Collector"
Monday 14th September  7.00 pm

Local author Robert Lyons discusses his recently published book in conversation with Martha Halford-Fumagalli.
More details here.
To book click here.

Travellers' tales: Mongolia
Monday 21st September  7.00 pm

Join Betty Pires as she takes you on a tour through the fabled land of Genghis Khan, Emperor of the Mongol Empire, who established the largest contiguous empire in history.
More details here.
To book click here.

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

Also: The Poets Group will hold its next Zoom meeting on Tuesday September 1st at 6.30 pm. Contact Richard Downes at for more information.
Coronavirus news, updates and reminders:

Lockdown resources. For comprehensive details of shops and other facilities available in the Highgate area check out the latest issue of the Highgate Hitlist here.

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 resume on Friday 4th September 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.

Clean up Highgate litter-picking events have restarted. The next session is on 12th September at 9.30 am, meeting outside the library on Shepherd's Hill. If you are interested in joining email Participation is limited to six in line with government restrictions.
More information 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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