Swift awareness week has been judged a success by admirers of High Barnet's rare, elusive summer visitors who have again take up residence under the eaves of houses or in nest boxes.
Barnet Council is appealing for volunteers to give advice and support to shoppers and the public on safe social distancing as lockdown is eased in High Barnet and other town centres across the borough.
Thursday, 18 June 2020 15:09

Death of Barnet's veteran trade unionist

Fred Jarvis, Barnet's most celebrated trade union leader - and a New Barnet resident for well over 60 years - has died at the age of 95. He lived in Hadley Road and his wife, the late Anne Jarvis, was a teacher in Finchley for 30 years and spent eight years chairing Barnet Council's education committee. 
Customers were welcomed back in Barnet High Street and the Spires shopping centre on the first day of the easing of lockdown restrictions on shopping. Most of the leading chains were open for business.
For the first time since the start of the coronavirus lockdown at the end of March, High Barnet's stalls market is back in business, leading the way for the re-opening of shops in the Spires shopping centre on Monday 15 June.
Barnet Cycling Campaign is joining other groups in urging improvements in highways safety and traffic management if Barnet Council decides to give the go ahead for a massive housing scheme at the former gas works site in New Barnet.
 Scores of small businesses and traders who store goods, tools and equipment in a container yard claim their future has been totally overlooked and ignored by Transport for London in the plan to build 292 flats on land around High Barnet tube station.
Wednesday, 13 May 2020 16:23

"Sneaky" move to re-route 384 bus

Transport for London's plan to extend the route of the 384 Cockfosters to High Barnet bus service to Edgware, via Arkley and Mill Hill (Apex Corner), is meeting strong opposition because it would take a more direct route and serve far fewer streets.
Swifts have again been seen swooping and squealing high overhead in High Barnet -- aerial summer visitors that are an especially welcome sight in Fitzjohn Avenue where at least two pairs are thought to have chosen sites for nests.
After almost a year's trial and error, local sculptor John Somerville finally feels ready to display his clay model of High Barnet's feline celebrity, Millie the Waitrose Cat, before she is cast into a small bronze statue.
Neve Mayes,star trumpet player at Dame Alice Owen's School, marked the start and finish of the Victory in Europe Day two minute silence for residents in Fitzjohn Avenue, with her mother making sure the timings were correct. Ceremonies were held across High Barnet with Neve's teacher, trumpet player John Young marking the start of the silence in Byng Road.
Church services streamed live online have become a regular Sunday morning point of contact for worshippers staying at home under lockdown. Christ Church, High Barnet, is trying to widen its reach by inviting the public to post requests for prayers.
A pub on wheels offering a freshly pulled pint of stout delivered straight to the door is proving to be a popular lockdown innovation for a High Barnet landlord. Jason Bourke, licensee of the Sebright Arms in Alston Road, has converted his pick-up truck into a mini-bar complete with a pump and two barrels of Guinness.
Professional singer Iain Mackenzie with his daughter Poppy lead a community sing song which has become part of the regular Thursday night clap for NHS workers held by residents of Carnarvon Road, High Barnet. Each week during the 8pm Thursday clap sisters Lois and Maggie stand with their parents outside Barnet Hospital waving their rainbow posters in support of medical staff tackling the coronavirus pandemic.
High Barnet publican Gary Murphy, licensee of the Mitre, has gone viral in a campaign to force pub owners to back down and agree to a rent holiday while the coronavirus lockdown continues. After attracting over 400,000 views of his tweet, #norentnopub, he appeared on BBC Radio 4's programme You and Yours, was interviewed by the Daily Telegraph and then featured on BBC tv's London News..
Tuesday, 21 April 2020 15:18

Barnet lockdown: windows boarded up

Protective wooden boarding has been installed across the art deco windows of the Barnet Everyman -- a sure sign that a trip to the cinema is out of the question for weeks, if not months to come. At the front of the building, in place of the daily programme of films, there is a bold message of praise for front line staff tackling the coronavirus pandemic. "Barnet Hospital and local key workers: You are amazing."
Less than six months after its official opening the Noah's Ark Children's Hospice in Byng Road, Barnet, is facing a financial crisis following a dramatic collapse in donations due to the cancellation of fund-raising events and activities during the coronavirus lockdown.  Hospices across the country are reporting a catastrophic drop in income. Noah's Ark is facing a shortfall of more than £2 million, more than half its annual target of £3.5 million obtained through gifts and donations. 
High Barnet volunteers who love to sew are joining the nationwide effort to produce protective clothing for hospital and care home staff tackling the coronavirus pandemic. Scrubs -- the pyjama-style clothes worn by medics -- face masks and laundry bags are among the items being sent to a hub in Kentish Town which then offers additional supplies to hospitals, care homes and hospices across north and north-west London.
High Barnet publican Gary Murphy, licensee of the Mitre, is at the forefront of a campaign by landlords to force pub owners to back down and agree to a rent freeze while the coronavirus lockdown continues. Greene King charge Mr Murphy £8,000 a month in rent. Unless it is suspended, he fears that he and other landlords will end up thousands of pounds in debt.
Specialist shops along Barnet High Street -- as well as numerous take-away food outlets -- are determined to try to continue trading in the wake of the continuing lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic. Three niche businesses -- Hopscotch (sweets, loose tea and cake-making supplies), The Present (gifts and homeware) and Wanders Shoes -- are mong the latest to offer collection and delivery services in response to telephone and online orders.
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