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EN Magazine, local magazine for the Enfield area, featuring local articles and business links

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  • Things to do - Places to go - People to see

    March 2009issue 15

    Your Free Local Magazine

    EN Magazine

    Local News and Whats On in Your Area

    Try Something New in 2009

    Wedding PlanningProperty

    Insight

  • Hello and Welcome to the March 2009 issue of EN Magazine.

    In this months issue of EN Magazine, we bring you a new feature which we hope will help give you the inspiration to try something new the EN area.

    We also have a report looking at property - what to do if you are trying to sell and also the best ways to invest in your property in the current economic climate.

    EN Magazine has teamed up with Sparkle and Wow to offer 5 pairs of tickets to the North London Wedding Show (see page 26) and bring you the details of one future brides experiences in planning her wedding.

    We also have two other competitions - one to Win dinner for two at The Stag (page 13 ) and the other to win your Mum a voucher for Mothers Day (page 9).

    We understand that some people had difficulty entering last months Valentines competition and would like to apologise if the early technical problems caused inconvenience.

    We hope that you enjoy the March issue of EN Magazine and please do not hesitate to write to us if you have any comments.

    Kind regards

    Douglas LeePublisher EN Magazine

    ContentsPage 4 - 1Local News and Events

    Page 14 - 17Try Something New in 2009

    Page 18 - 22 Property Report - How To Get The best Value From Your Home

    Page 2 - 27Weddings - One Brides Experience

    Page 28 - 1Whats On Local Business Services and Classified Advertising

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    Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of material published, the publisher cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage caused by omissions or errors in the printing of this publication. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any medium without written permission of the publisher.

  • 4

    As part of the plan to continually improve both service and facilities in the Enfield area, Enfield Leisure Centres Ltd is pleased to announce that the Fitness Suite at Southbury Leisure has been refurbished.

    The newly refurbished aspire fitness suite includes:

    the introduction of the latest technology Technogym EXCITETM Cardio Vascular equipment

    3 X Dream interactive bikes provided by Trixter

    a Vibration Plate the relocation of the

    stretching areathe relocation of the free

    weights area new improved dumbbellsadditional SPINNING TM

    bikes supplied by STARTRAC In addition to the

    superb equipment and area changes new flooring has also been provided to all areas, reducing and relocating the reception area and improving the audio visual content with the introduction of Freeview TV on all the Cardio Vascular equipment.

    With the introduction of this new equipment the WELLNESS KEY SYSTEM has been re-configured and members will be familiarised on the new equipment console. Existing members and all new

    members will be provided with information to help them adapt to the new equipment so that they can start using it immediately. Members will also have their fitness programmes upgraded to reflect the new equipment.

    Fitness Manager Jacques Mantivelian is justifiably excited about the excellent new development and additions to Southbury Leisure Centre. The fitness industry has changed at an incredible rate over the past 5 to 10 years. As a result, joining a gym is not just a luxury for people looking to be part of a special club, it is a lifestyle choice that is becoming increasingly part of everyday life.

    At ELCL we are striving to meet the growing demands and needs of our members and fully take on the challenge of getting as many people involved in regular activity as possible. We recognise that joining one of our centers means that you have made a choice to reach the health and fitness goals you desire.

    Determined to help you achieve these goals we now have one of the most comprehensive studio timetables in the industry, the latest state of the art equipment in our fitness suites, racket and swim facilities included in our

    fully inclusive membership and most importantly a professional, motivated team of qualified instructors ready to give you expert advice.

    I believe that this combination can make all the difference in bringing you

    real success with your fitness goals. And, simply put, this is what ELCL aims to do.

    Keep your fitness and lifestyle dreams alive, and visit one of our centres today!

    The improvements to the gym at Southbury Leisure Centre really do need to be seen and you will not be disappointed. Simply drop in now and see for yourself and arrange a tour of the gym and find you can find out about the wide range of activities available from the aspire membership.

    We would also like to thank all our members for their patience while the refurbishment work has taken place; it has been well worth the wait. added Jacques Mantivelian.

    Further details can be found online at www.enfieldleisurecentres.co.uk or call Southbury Leisure 020 8245 3201.

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    Exciting developments with aspire at Southbury Leisure

    Fitness Manager Jacques Mantivelian in the new fitness suite

  • You can already recycle most of your waste with Hertsmeres kerbside collections and local recycling banks but now women can even recycle their bras!

    New recycling banks specifically for bras have been installed across the borough. They are bright pink so you wont be able to miss them!

    Some of the bras collected will be sent to women in poorer countries. The rest will be recycled and the money donated to the Breast Cancer Campaign.

    Councillor Jean Heywood, Environment Portfolio Holder, said: This is a fantastic project and it just shows that you can recycle just about everything!

    By recycling your bras not only will less waste be sent to landfill but women in poorer countries will benefit and you will be helping to fund research into breast cancer.

    So next time you pop out to the shops or the gym, or go to your local recycling centre, take your old bras with you and drop them in one of the pink banks. You really cant miss them!

    Bra banks are located at: Potters Bar area office at the Wyllyotts Centre, Darkes Lane - in reception. Furzefield Leisure Centre, Mutton Lane, Potters Bar - in the womens changing rooms and in the car park.

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    Bra Recycling!

    Cllr Jean Heywood and Recycling Officer Gemma Godfrey using the new bra banks.

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  • Hertsmere Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) has awarded four people who work within the group for their dedication to tackling community safety issues in the borough.

    Hertsmere CDRP comprises Hertsmere Borough Council, Hertfordshire Constabulary, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and other local organisations and for the first time, awards have been given to recognise individual contributions within the partnership. The awards went to PC Scott Curran, Barry Pryke - for his work at Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Stuart Nagler - from

    Hertfordshire Police Authority, and PC Andy Chittenden. Mayor of Hertsmere Cllr Sandra Parnell presented the awards at a CDRP meeting last Friday.

    Cllr John Donne, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, said: The award winners are truly community safety champions and their work within Hertsmere Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership has gone over and above their day-to-day job roles.

    This is the first time we have given awards like this and it seemed like a good time to start as some of the key people within the partnership were moving on.

    I would like to congratulate all four award winners and thank them for their tremendous hard work in making the borough of Hertsmere a safer place.

    Hertsmere Chief Inspector Sian Lockley said: The awards reflect the dedication, professionalism and commitment of our officers to further improve the safety of our local community.

    PC Scott Curran works in the Hertsmere Intervention Team and was awarded CCTV Police Officer of the Year for responding to incidents with enthusiasm and efficiency. The whole control room team values the close working relationship they have with Scott who has given them tremendous help, support and assistance.

    Barry Pryke has recently retired from Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service after some 30 years as commander at Borehamwood and Potters Bar fire stations and during that time contributed to many of the partnership activities. He was one of the founding members of the Environmental Action Day (EAD) planning group, set up in 2004. EADs still take place

    today and are very useful in tackling localised community safety issues that cross over the partner organisations.

    Chief Fire Officer Roy Wilsher said: The modern Fire Service is about much more than putting out fires and this award demonstrates the variety of ways in which we are able to contribute towards initiatives outside of our traditional remit.

    Stuart Nagler, a former Hertsmere councillor and mayor, works for the Hertfordshire Police Authority and has been involved with Hertsmeres CDRP from almost the beginning of its inception. He has been an integral part of its growth and success and has regularly attended all five Crime Reduction Groups that serve Borehamwood, Bushey, Potters Bar, Radlett and Shenley.

    Stuart has been involved

    with many initiatives including EADs and Spotlight events which seek to engage the local community in tackling community safety issues. His commitment and enthusiasm will be greatly missed by the partnership as he takes on the role of Chair of Hertfordshire Police Authority.

    PC Andrew Chittenden served as a police officer with Hertfordshire Constabulary for many years and was extremely proactive within the partnership. He worked with Hertfordshire Highways addressing such issues as street lighting and traffic management and was instrumental in setting up CARM, the Campaign Against Rogue Motorcycles.

    For more information on Hertsmere CDRP please contact Community Services at Hertsmere Borough Council on 020 8207 7801 or email community.services@hertsmere.gov.uk

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    From Left to right: PC Scott Curran, Stuart Nagler, Mayor Cllr Sandra Parnell, Cllr John Donne, Barry Pryke.

  • 7

    Enfield Council is preparing for some major changes to libraries, as work begins to improve the facilities throughout the area.

    Refurbishment of the Enfield Town Library in Cecil Road has some will bring some exciting improvements which include the renovation of the original Edwardian building, the relocation of the main entrance and increasing customer space. Its not only the appearance and interiors of the library that are getting a makeover, but the facilities that it offers are being enhanced too. New accessible toilets and baby changing facilities, easy to use lift, caf with outside terrace and extended space for both children and young people, are all being added. There is currently a model of the refurbished library on display on the ground floor of Thomas Hardy House, 39 London Road, Enfield. Cllr Jon Kaye, cabinet member for leisure, culture and Olympics said Like all our libraries,

    Enfield Town will be a modern attractive place that people of all ages will want to visit and enjoy.

    Palmers Green is concentrating on making bold changes in order to improve their facilities. The library closed on Monday 23rd February and reopened on Monday 2nd March. Despite only being closed for a week, some major changes have being applied to improve its appearance and to make it easier for customers to use. The changes include the relocation of the IT centre to the main area to make it more accessible and the location of the childrens section, in order to give more space to enjoy their freedom within the library. Julie Gibson, Head of Libraries and Museums said We are making changes to this and other buildings that reflect the needs and interests of the public.

    Bush Hill Park Library closed on Monday 23rd February and will re-open

    again this autumn, while a major transformation takes place. Thanks to funding of nearly 1million from the Big Lottery Fund, Bush Hill Park is able to extend in size and introduce a new music studio as well as more space for children and young people. There is a Mobile service available on Thursdays 2:30-4:30pm in the playground of Bush Hill Park School and on Saturday 10:00am-12noon on Main Avenue. Library cards can also be used in any of the Enfield Libraries.

    While Enfield Town, Palmers Green and Bush Hill Park Libraries are busy preparing their changes and improvements, Fore Street is one step ahead and celebrated the official opening on Thursday 19th February. Mayor Lee Chamberlain and Cllr Jon Kaye were joined by Spurs Academy Players Steven Caulker and Sam Cox and musician/storyteller Richard Neville to celebrate the unveiling of the new library

    and its exciting new facilities. These include a new self-service option, where you can issue and return your own loans, a new teenage library where all the latest books and music are available as well as various PS2 games. In addition, Fore Street is the first library to offer popular games consoles such as the X-Box and the Wii. Cllr Jon Kaye said This library has something for everyone. Its location and facilities are a local asset for learning and pleasure and in the short time since it opened, it is proving to be very popular.

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