Civic Day 2017
SOUTHGATE DISTRICT CIVIC TRUST will be taking part in CIVIC DAY 2017, with a series of events over a week that culminates on Saturday 17th June 2017. 
If YOU want to be involved, please get in touch via CONTACT US.
Southgate District Civic Trust attends Civic Day 2017 launch in Parliament
NATIONAL CIVIC DAY 2017 was officially launched on Tuesday 15th November, at an event in Parliament, by chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Civic Societies, Craig Mackinlay MP and chair of Civic Voice, Joan Humble.
The event was attended by National Civic Day 2016 award winning communities and their local MPs.  CHRIS HORNER and GRAHAM DAVIS represented SOUTHGATE DISTRICT CIVIC TRUST, with DAVID BURROWES, MP for Enfield Southgate.
Joan Humble, said, “What do you care about?” “What do you want to protect? What do you want to improve? If we are going to ensure that our conservation areas, towns and cities give everybody living in them a good quality of life, we need everyone to get involved.  National Civic Day is the perfect opportunity to use your voice, change your community and to join your local civic society and help grow one of the country’s oldest yet most optimistic, energetic and forward looking social movements.”
David Burrowes, MP for Enfield Southgate said “I am delighted that Civic Day will provide local people with the opportunity to enjoy the great buildings of Southgate. They are a key part of our cultural heritage and something that we can all be immensely proud of!”
Prime Minister, Theresa May MP gave her support for Civic Day 2017, saying “I am pleased to lend my support to Civic Day, the national celebration of civic pride. It is fantastic to see communities coming together and celebrating where they live.”
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SDCT awarded Civic Day Award at the Civic Voice Convention
During the Civic Voice convention in Chester in October 2016, SDCT members were thrilled to be presented with the Civic Day Award for ‘Outstanding Effort for Civic Day’. 
This was the first year SDCT organised a Civic Day.  So it is great news that the brilliant week of events in June, ably co-ordinated by Chris Horner, was recognised in front of civic society members from across the country.
Civic Day 2017 will be on Saturday 17th June.  Planning starts now, so more news to follow! 
The Civic Voice Convention in Chester was very successful, with interesting and thought provoking walks and workshops on lots of different topics.  There will be more information, news and photos in the next members Newsletter.
Photos show the presentation of the award to Chris Horner and Jane Maggs and the SDCT attendees at the convention with the award: L to R: Chris Horner, Elaine Tyler, Graham Davis & Jane Maggs.
SDCT attend service at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme
On the evening of 30th June 2016 Elaine Tyler represented Southgate District Civic Trust at the Service held at Westminster Abbey on the eve of the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh. A moving and special experience.
The invitation to attend is a great honour and came as a direct result of Elaine’s involvement with Civic Voice and the First World War Memorials Program.
Freddie Gick (Chair of Civic Voice) visits Southgate District Civic Trust
Freddie Gick, Chair of Civic Voice spent two days in Southgate in March 2016.  Before coming to see us, he had not ventured to the outskirts of London or to the Southgate District.  To put this right a group of members showed him some of our area. 
The highlight of the visit was Freddie Gick, addressing members and local Civic Groups at the SDCT Open Meeting held in The Beaumont.  He spoke powerfully on the Work and Aims of Civic Voice in the Community. 
Members of SDCT attend Sandys Lecture
Members of Southgate District Civic Trust attended the Sandys Lecture at Portcullis House on Thursday 31st March 2016.  Sir Terry Farrell spoke on the Farrell Review Two Years On.
Fascinating lecture, where Sir Terry raised various points on architecture, proactive planning, design and education plus local community input.  This was followed by a challenging discussion from the floor.  SDCT came away with more ideas to consider.
Photos courtesy of Civic Voice

Southgate District Civic Trust host a War Memorial workshop with Civic Voice

Southgate District Civic Trust recently hosted a War Memorial workshop run by Anna Wilson from Civic Voice.  Our group of local enthusiasts were joined by several members of staff from War Memorials Trust, whose input was invaluable when it came to looking at the War Memorials Online website.  We also heard from Philip Dawson of Christ Church, Southgate, who gave a fascinating talk about the research into the people named on its war memorial.  Workshop attendees also had the chance to view a superb exhibition about the results of the research.We had a fascinating day, which inspired our volunteers to go out and survey the local memorials. More details on this work will be in forthcoming newsletters.

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Volunteers needed for First World War Memorials Programme
Southgate District Civic Trust (SDCT) is encouraging people to play a part in conserving and protecting our local war memorials as part of a project to commemorate the First World War.
A free workshop in May aims to inspire people to survey and conserve our local war memorials.  SDCT want to ensure that by the end of the centenary of the First World War in 2018, as many of our war memorials as possible are in a good condition.
Southgate District Civic Trust, along with Civic Voice, Historic England, the Imperial War Museum and War Memorials Trust are working together with volunteers to record the condition of all known war memorials in this area.  Funding is available for the repair and conservation of memorials, but help is needed to find them and record their condition first, using a simple survey.
Anna Wilson, Senior Development Officer at Civic Voice has said, “Southgate is a key area in ensuring the fallen soldiers of the First World War are appropriately commemorated.  Training volunteers on how to record the condition of war memorials is the first step.”
Elaine Tyler, of Southgate District Civic Trust agreed, “If people from every area of the borough were to undertake a simple survey of their local war memorial the result could be all of the area’s memorials being in really good condition by 2018 when the real commemoration of the end of the war takes place.  We at Southgate District Civic Trust are proud to be doing our bit.”
Southgate District Civic Trust is hosting this free workshop (details below).  Come along and find out about the new programme, consider how you can identify and record the condition of your local memorials, learn about the steps that can be taken to conserve them for the future and the funding that’s available for their repair and conservation.
The FREE workshop will be taking place in Cockfosters on Friday 13th May from 9.45am to 2.45pm.
For further information, see or contact Civic Voice at or Southgate District Civic Trust on
To book your free place at the workshop visit: and follow the links.
Please pass this invitation on to any friends, colleagues or local groups who may be interested in this project.  SDCT are keen to involve people across the community.
Trent Park In The News.
Trent Park featured on the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme yesterday morning 12th April ! The interviews highlighting what an important and critical role Trent Park played in the last war.
A link to the relevant part of the programme and an accompanying article can be found at: and
Locally and nationally, there is an increasing recognition of the importance of the Mansion.  Southgate District Civic Trust is part of the Trent Park Community Council and along with other local groups is working to ensure Berkeley is aware of the views of our members and supporters.

Planting of a Memorial Tree For Graham Beech.

On Saturday 27th Feb. a ceremony was held in the community orchard in Arnos Park, organised by the Friends of Arnos Park, to plant a tree in memory of our Chairman and active member of the Friends, Graham Beech. It was attended by a large group of the Friends, plus Jane Maggs and Colin Barratt from the Trust, Graham’s brother John and his brother in law Graham Rogers. Alison Lister, on behalf of the Friends, spoke about Graham’s work and dedication to the orchard and the park.

Appropriately, the tree itself was a beech, and people were invited to add soil to the prepared hole in his memory.  A plaque had been produced, which was placed at the foot of the tree.

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Open Meeting Wednesday 9th March 2016

In March Freddie Gick, the Chair of Civic Voice ( will be visiting us in Southgate.  As a highlight of his visit, Freddie will be the speaker at our Open Meeting on Wednesday 9th

The meeting will be held at the historic Southgate Beaumont at 7.30pm, although the doors open at 7pm.
With so many changes happening within local councils and with planning legislation at the moment, I am sure you will agree, that this is an interesting time to hear Freddie Gick speak.
Key information:
Date: Wednesday 9th March 2016
Meeting time: 7.00pm for 7.30pm
Venue: Southgate Beaumont, 15 Cannon Hill, Southgate, N14 7DJ

Southgate Christmas Fair 2015

We had a great day at the Southgate Christmas Fair on Saturday.  It might have been blowing a gale outside, but it was warm and Christmassy in the Southgate Club.  There were plenty of people to talk to about what we are doing now and our plans for 2016.  Our new board asking for nominations for the best building and for the worst carbuncle in the area generated a lively debate!

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Southgate Borough Coat of Arms back on display

The Walker Cricket Ground have refurbished the Bar and Lounge area in the pavilion and have placed memorabilia retrieved from storage onto the walls.This includes an Original  “Southgate Borough” coat of arms ” Preserved by Southgate Civic Trust and presented to record the Old Borough of Southgate ”

The improved facility opened to the public Sunday 6th December with new catering providers Pinks.
Pop along to have a look.
Southgate District Civic Trust invite local residents to join them in testing a pilot community housing design toolkit
 Southgate District Civic Trust, part of Civic Voice, were present at the launch of The BIMBY Housing Toolkit, short for ‘Beauty In My Back Yard’.  A web based programme has been developed by The Prince’s Foundation for The Built Environment, to counteract the NIMBY attitude towards house building in the UK.
The BIMBY Housing Toolkit has been developed to help empower communities to work with local authorities and developers to create appropriate, sustainable and beautiful housing.  Speaking at the launch, Prince Charles, President of The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community explained that by using the BIMBY Housing Toolkit, communities will be able to directly influence the quality and beauty of new housing and influence the planning process in a positive rather than a negative way.
This is great news for communities around the country who want to have more of a say in local planning and development.  The BIMBY Housing Toolkit will help make their voice easier to hear where it matters most with local authorities and developers.
Southgate District Civic Trust will be working closely with the Prince’s Foundation and other civic societies during the pilot period to help demonstrate the effectiveness of the toolkit.  If you are interested in participating in the pilot study group, contact SDCT via our contact us page.
Attached is a photo of the participants from the various civic societies, including Chris Horner representing SDCT.  Photo courtesy of Civic Voice.
SDCT Chair Graham Beech death announced
 It is with profound sadness and sorrow, that Southgate District Civic Trust announces the death of our Chairman, Graham Beech. Graham has been a longstanding and active member of the Civic Trust, becoming Chairman in 2010.  He campaigned on a number of key local issues and will be very greatly missed.  His obituary will appear in the next edition of the Newsletter. The funeral has not yet been arranged, but if you would like to be informed of the details, please contact us via our Contact us page.
Graham lived in the area all his life, so is known to a great many people.  It would be appreciated if this message could be passed onto anyone who knew him.
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Digitisation of Enfield Local Studies
38 Degrees have started a campaign to raise local concerns regarding the proposed digitisation, probable loss of services and perhaps the experienced and knowledgeable staff.  You can sign their petition “Hands Off Enfield Local Studies Centre and Archives – No Cuts!” at:  if you have not already sent comments to the Council, please complete the consultation.  The closing date is 18thOctober 2015. In addition to responses from individual members, Southgate District Civic Trust will be sending comments as a group.  If you have any comments or concerns you would like included, please e-mail
The Future of Broomfield House – a Consultation
The Council is working with The Broomfield House Trust, the Friends of Broomfield Park, Historic England and the Heritage Lottery Fund to look at options for the future of Broomfield House and stable block.  They have commissioned a report from independent architects to explore possible options for the future of the house and stable block.  The key findings of the draft Conservation Management Plan can be found at:
The Council would like people’s views on the future of Broomfield House before options are put forward.  Feedback can be provided online at
The closing date for this consultation is 30th November 2015.
Enfield Local Studies
London Borough of Enfield (LBE) is proposing to make changes to the way Enfield Local Studies and Museum operate.  A public consultation into the future has been set up on the LBE website at
The closing date for providing feedback is 18 October 2015.
The Enfield Local Studies Centre is a fantastic resource available to all residents.  It is important that our views are given, to ensure that the historic records of the area remain available for the future.
Maze Inn
Planning permission has been granted for the development of The Maze Public House 7 Chase Side London N14 5BP.  The development includes demolishing the rear of the existing public house (along Crown Lane) and erecting a 3 storey, part 4 storey extension.  An extension is planned at the front along Chase Side.  Full details can be found for the planning application 14/04779/FUL at
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Plans are a foot to develop land in the Green Belt along Enfield Road. Fairview New Homes are developing plans to build a new secondary school, community facilities and homes on the site.
There will be a public exhibition at St. Peter’s Church Hall, Vera Avenue, Grange Park, N21 1DN. On the following dates: Friday 25 September – 3:30pm to 8:30pm; Saturday 26 September – 9:30am to 12:30pm; Monday 28 September – 3:30pm to 6:30pm
SDCT Planning Group will be discussing this development and would appreciate your views.  Please send any comments to

SDCT successfully nominate The Fox Pub as an Asset of Community Value (ACV)!

This is the first nomination accepted by Enfield Council!

While the nomination does not give total protection to this local pub, it does mean if the owners want to sell the pub or change it’s use, we have a chance to decide the future of this community asset.  For more information on ACV see the Civic Voice website (

Let’s hoThe fox 1996 Palmers Greenpe we never need to exercise our rights, but at least now we can.

Various members of SDCT put together the nomination, in particular Sue Beard (who runs Palmers Green Jewel of the North website).  She was helped by Joe Studman (Jaywalks), Jane Maggs (SDCT) and Basil Clark (who runs the Palmers Green Community website).

The Civic Voice workshop attended by members, gave us lots of good advice.  As well as access to their expert team during our planning.

We also had support from Council Officers, who gave us clear helpful guidance at various stages.  Naturally, the committee reviewing ACV applications have to follow the rules set out in the legislation, but we found that these are extremely tough.  Civic Voice is already campaigning to amend the rules; hopefully newly elected MPs will support them.

What next … we are looking at other community assets.  Do you have one you would like to nominate?  Let us know (

Finally, the reason we nominated The Fox Pub.  We realise not everyone is a pub user, but this application was about how this pub is used, not just the public house aspect – below is one part of our application:

The Fox stands in a prominent position on the corner of Green Lanes and its namesake, Fox Lane. Tall and imposing, for those coming to Palmers Green from the north, it acts as a gateway into Palmers Green’s main shopping area.

The Fox has a number of accolades. It is the oldest remaining pub in Palmers Green to have continuously stood on the same site – there has been a Fox on the site for over 300 years. It is also the only purpose built public house still remaining open on the main route between Wood Green and some way north of Winchmore Hill, the others being shop conversions with little architectural or historical merit.

The current building, of 1904, was built as part and parcel of the Edwardian development of Palmers Green. The size and grandeur of the building is a reminder that Palmers Green was once a place of enough significance to require a hotel and associated dining for travellers. Before the coming of the car, the Fox was the terminus of the horse drawn bus service into London, run by the Davey family of publicans who had stables at the back. Once the trams came, it was a major landmark on the journey from London. All taxi drivers still know the Fox.

The Fox, then, holds a position of huge cultural significance in an area, which tends to think of itself as having a short past. It is a well loved landmark and social hub. If Palmers Green were ever to lose its landmark pub, and this landmark building, it would lose part of itself.

As a former bus and train terminus, and a hotel, the Fox has always been at the centre of Palmers Green’s social and community life. June Brown, Dot Cotton from Eastenders, ran her theatre company from it, bands, including big names like Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band, have played in it, famous comedians perform in it to this day, and the famous have drunk in it – locals like Rod Stewart and Ted Ray and visitors including the famous names who trod the boards at the Intimate Theatre.

Today, as the only remaining live performance venue in Palmers Green, the Fox host a monthly comedy night attracting top Perrier nominated comedians. It hosts a community cinema, Talkies, desperately needed now that there are no cinemas for several miles. It hosts exercise and dance classes, and until recently bands and Irish music. As the only town centre room-for-hire, it has hosted wedding receptions, christenings, parties and bar mitzvahs, giving it a special place in many local people’s personal histories.

The loss of the Fox, in its current form as a public house, would leave the community impoverished; the loss of the building itself would take something beloved and iconic for local people.

For this reason, we wish to make an application for the Fox to be recognised as an Asset of Community Value, so that, should it ever be threatened, it will be clear that this is a both building and social hub valued in the local area, and that local people might have some kind of option to intervene.


Planning Meeting 20th May, the following Applications were discussed.

15/00455/FUL | Change of use of rear ground floor from retail to mini cab office. | Rear Of 16 Chase Side London N14 5PA

15/00883/FUL | Change of use from hairdressers (A1) to restaurant (A3). | 38 Cannon Hill London N14 6LG

15/00918/CEA | Single storey rear extension and conversion of garage into habitable room. | 2 Hill House Close London N21 1LG

15/02010/NMA | Non material amendment to TP/98/1267/1 to allow amended cladding material, window frame material, additional new downpipes and removal of the brise soleil/cladding for redevelopment of site. | Ellington Court High Street N14 6LB

15/01510/HOU | Part single, part 2 storey side extension and second floor extension with terrace at side and front. | 2 Henrietta Gardens London N21 3BF

15/01783/ADV | Installation of internally illuminated fascia and projecting sign and 2 x non illuminated signs to entrance. | The Broadway Southgate Circus N14 6PH

Planning Meeting 25th March, particular reference to The Maze Inn

14/04779/FUL | Demolition of the rear of the existing public house and erection of 3 storey, part 4 storey extension together with a single storey front extension and roof alterations including insertion of 2 front dormer windows to provide extension to public house and 8 x self-contained flats (4 x 1 bed, 3 x 2 bed and 1 x 3 bed) together with associated cycle parking, refuse/recycling storage, private amenity space, roof deck communal amenity and plant. | The Maze Public House 7 Chase Side London N14 5BP

Southgate District Civic Trust in Palmers Green and Southgate Life

Southgate District Civic Trust is featured in the latest edition of Palmers Green and Southgate Life.  You can see the magazine online at:

Launch of Street Design for All

Southgate District Civic Trust attended the launch of ‘Street Design for All’ at the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Civic Societies at the House of Commons on Monday 1st December.  A powerful coalition of civic, transport and heritage bodies launched the updated guidance by calling on the Government to consider conducting research into the safety impact of cutting street clutter in our towns, cities and villages.

Dr Freddie Gick, Chair of Civic Voice said “Our members are informing us that many local councils are citing safety regulations as the reason for cluttering up our streets. Common sense tells us uncluttered streets have a fresher, freer authentic feel, which are safer and easier to maintain. Street Design for All is updated guidance for anyone with an interest in seeing our towns and cities become more attractive and distinctive.”

You can download copies of the report from street_design_2014

Oakleaves 5 wins award 

In the same week that Southgate District Civic Trust placed a blue plaque on the former home in Winchmore Hill of wildlife photographer and author Oliver Pike, their members celebrated winning the Local History Publications Award for Best Journal 2014 for the latest edition of their local history bulletin, Oakleaves. The prize was given on Saturday 22 November at the annual Local History Conference held at the Museum of London by LAMAS (London and Middlesex Archaeological Society).

Edited by Peter Hodge, Oakleaves 5 has articles about the early days of the Trust, suffragette activity in the local area, letters from Flora Robson to friends in Palmers Green, a Victorian dispute over religious ritual at St Paul’s Church Winchmore Hill, Risley Musical Theatre Company, Shakespeare productions at the Intimate Theatre, the Pike family and a miscellany, People and Places. Also included is The Early History and Mystery of Oakfield Road, Southgate by the late Geoff Jacobs, which in its previous essay form won the Mary Larrett Award from Edmonton Hundred Historical Society.

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Southgate District Civic Trust and Enfield Grammar School are combining to place a local blue plaque on the house where pioneer wildlife photographer Oliver Pike (1877-1963) lived with his family from 1882 to 1914, 96 Green Dragon Lane in Winchmore Hill, which was the location for his early natural history photographs and books. The plaque will be unveiled on 16 November 2014 at 2pm by two of Oliver Pikes grandsons, Jonathan and Richard

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Oliver Pike was probably the first professional wildlife photographer and pioneered the development of equipment and techniques in both still images and cine-film. Many of his films are held in the British Film Institute National Archive and more information can be found at and in a booklet just published by the Trust, Oliver Pike: Birdman of Winchmore Hill.

In the course of his work Oliver Pike lectured and showed his films locally as well as travelling all over the country to photograph birds, often in arduous conditions. He campaigned for the welfare and care of wild creatures and his continuing influence is still felt today in the fields of conservation and protection, Sir David Attenborough regarding him as a “pioneering figure”.


Communities across England are invited to enter the inaugural award.

Civic Voice is today calling on communities across England to nominate buildings and schemes for projects they consider make a significant contribution to the quality of their built environment, whether village, town or city.


Communities across England are invited to enter the inaugural award.

Civic Voice is today calling on communities across England to nominate buildings and schemes for projects they consider make a significant contribution to the quality of their built environment, whether village, town or city.

Read more: CIVIC VOICE NATIONAL DESIGN AWARD LAUNCHED – the southgate district civic trust


Griff Rhys Jones, campaigner and Civic Voice President has claimed that there is a crisis in civic engagement. Rhys Jones, speaking as he launched the manifesto of the civic movement at its annual convention in Canterbury on Friday 24 October, said “We face a crisis of civic engagement. This is a symptom of the frustration people feel as power is taken away from communities and they are subject to tokenistic consultation. We need to give all citizens opportunities to actively shape the future of their place and to give communities the powers they need to enable their town and city centres to prosper”.

Read more: Civic Voice President, Griff Rhys Jones launches Civic Manifesto: Localism for Real