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Silverfit Broomfield Park Nordic walkers show off their Big Half trophies

A team of Nordic Walkers from Palmers Green recently took part in the inaugural Vitality Big Half, raising funds for Silverfit, a London-wide charity which enables people over 45 to regain or maintain their lifelong fitness (and their social lives!) 

The Palmers Green walkers gathered at Tower Bridge early on a Sunday morning, alongside nearly a hundred other Silverfitters from across London, preparing to walk, Nordic walk or run a half marathon (13.1 miles) around the capital.

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The Silverfit Nordic walkers before the start of the Big Half

Created by London Marathon Events Ltd, in partnership with Sported, the Vitality Big Half is a new one-day festival centred on the half marathon distance, which aims to be truly global and uniquely local in a celebration of the wonderful cultural diversity of the great city of London. Over 11,000 runners and walkers made their way through parts of Southwark, Lewisham, Greenwich and Tower Hamlets.

Geraldine Anwar is a regular at the Silverfit Broomfield activities on Friday mornings.  She says, "Mo Farah was running in the same race, and we caught a glimpse of him and the lead runners.  I did the distance in just over 3 hours and 30 minutes, keeping up a steady 3.7 miles and hour.  The fastest Nordic walkers finished in just under three hours."

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Geraldine and Maria from Palmers Green cross the finishing line (a little behind Mo Farah)

Geraldine says, "The half marathon was a challenge as the average age of the walkers was over 60 and most of us had never attempted anything like this before.  It was a fundraising effort to ensure that Silverfit can continue to promote exercise for older people of all abilities."

The Palmers Green Silverfitters meet every Friday morning at 11am at Cyril Smith House, 4 Broomfield Lane, N13 4ET (on the corner of Green Lanes).  As well as Nordic walking in Broomfield Park, they can learn Salsa dancing (no partner required) or take part in Qi Gong sessions.  For more information, visit www.silverfit.org.uk/broomfield-park

A final message from Geraldine, for men aged over 45:  "Why don't you come along?  It's super fun, but we have a serious shortage of men!"

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selborne bowling clubWith the better weather just around the corner, have you thought about trying a different sport at SELBORNE BOWLING CLUB?

We've been the home of bowling in Southgate since 1912 (entrance at the bottom of Ye Olde Cherry Tree pub car park).

The season opens at the end of April, so if you're planning on ways to meet new friends and do your general health a big favour, come along and meet the coaches any Sunday morning from May to September from 10:00 a.m.

All equipment can be supplied for newcomers; just remember to wear flat shoes. You can join us for roll-ups and for those who want to do more, there are opportunities to enter matches and competitions.

There's an active social calendar throughout the year and we have our own Licensed bar. 25% of members are single so don't worry about being on your own. We're a really friendly club!

There's free parking available and frequent local transport service.

More details are available from the Club Secretary on 07513 075 239.

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Hello, I'm looking for any information on the Palmers Green Athletic Club on the Tottenhall Road in the late 1960s - early 70s, particularly the cricket section.  Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Rich Conquest

 

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Geoff Norris posted a reply #3163 17 Aug 2017 21:42

Anyone remember Palmers Green Athletic?

Hi
Both me and my Dad played cricket and football for many years -Dad especially - and I am in possession of a cricket bat The David Conquest Batting Trophy presented to Dad as having won Batsman of the season the most . My Mum still keeps in contact with a few of the ex players namely W.Whyte , S Thornton , K Dunn,
My name is Geoff Norris . 07595749599. Please call or email
Best Regards
Geoff
PGC Webmaster posted a reply #3164 17 Aug 2017 22:14

Anyone remember Palmers Green Athletic?

Thanks Geoff, I think your answer will make someone very happy! I'll pass this on to Richard Conquest, who is the person making the enquiry. In fact, I received another message from him only last night, with more detail:

I'm looking for information on the Palmers Green Athletic club, cricket section of the late 1960s early 70s, especially any one who would remember my late brother David G Conquest first team captain.

My brother sadly died at only twenty six years.

My interest now is 'The David Conquest Memorial trophy', a cased bat of his which was presented annually to the most improved batsman, a photograph of it being presented by myself Richard Conquest along with an article appeared in the ' Palmer Green Gazette September 1971 . If this trophy still exists I would love to have it. I guess there will be little interest in it now. The possibility of it being disposed of when the PGA club disbanded in the 1980s or 90s is highly likely but any help in discovering its fate would be greatly appreciated

PGC Webmaster posted a reply #3167 24 Aug 2017 00:23

Anyone remember Palmers Green Athletic?

To wrap up this story: Richard Conquest, who was enquiring, lives these days in Norfolk, and it turns out that Geoff Norris, whose father has possession of the cricket bat that commemorates Richard's late brother, lives only 20 miles from him.

Richard says: " At nearly seventy years old I'm so pleased to understood and make use of technology. Without the power of the Internet my successful search would never have happened, for that I'm truly grateful."

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A message from Elaine Hall-Freeman of Selborne Bowling Club

wild west day at selborne bowling club 001Wild West Fun Day at Selborne bowling ClubHave you thought of trying a new sport? Why not give it a try at Selborne Bowling Club? Whether you're an experienced bowler or know nothing about the game but would like to find out more, we've got coaches who would show you the ropes and members who would make you very welcome. Pop in any Sunday morning to find out more or visit our website at selbornebc.co.uk.

As much as we love our bowls, we're not afraid to have fun and recently had a great time at our Wild West Fun Day as well as many other social events, which run throughout the year including holidays and day trips. We're a really friendly club so why not give it a try? You'll find the club at the bottom of the Cherry Tree pub car park.

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karate course june 2017

12 lessons starting 8pm Tuesday 6th June 2017 at Winchmore School Gymnasium.

First 4 lessons free, £10 per lesson thereafter, free grading at the end of the course.

Contact   for further details and booking form.

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southgate adelaide hockey club logoThe latest addition to the PGC Community Directory is a hockey club in Southgate which offers free weekly training sessions to members and non-members alike and is on the lookout for more members.

Southgate Adelaide is a men's club, but shares its facilities with a ladies' club,  Hendon and Mill Hill Hockey Club

It runs three/four teams playing on the astroturf pitch at Ashmole Academy (Southgate, N14 5RJ) and does its socialising just down the road at the Walker Ground Clubhouse (Waterfall Road, Southgate, N14 7JZ).

Whether you are aiming for the top, playing for fun, young (13+) or old, fit or fat, experienced or novice, the club would like to recruit you.  You can find them online at southgate-adelaide.org.

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The club holds free training sessions every Tuesday evening from 8.30PM to 9.30PM at Ashmole Academy which are open to members and non-members.  This is a great way to meet the club and a fantastic opportunity for those new to the sport to give hockey a try without obligation.  Just turn up and join in.

Why "Adelaide"?

The name Adelaide originates from “The Loyal Adelaide Lodge” of the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows, which began meeting in the Cherry Tree Inn in 1842. “Adelaide” was used after the villagers’ name in cricket matches between the village club and the private club of the Walker Family (now known as Southgate Cricket Club). Southgate Adelaide Cricket Club was formed in 1870 and shared the Walker Ground with Southgate Cricket Club. 

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A local Karate school that was set up more than forty years ago starts a new beginners course on Tuesday 26th April.

shotoWinchmore Hill School of Karate, which teaches traditional Shotokan karate, is based at Winchmore Hill Secondary School in Highfield Road.  It is affiliated to the English Karate Federation.  All Club Instructors who teach hold relevant insurance and have an up to date martial arts licence.

The Chief Instructor, Sensei Michael Randall, has been studying the art of Karate for over 50 years, has obtained the rank of 9th Dan and is the Chief Instructor of the Shotokan Traditional Karate Organisation UK (SHOTO).  He has over 45 years teaching experience behind him and has been awarded the MBE for “services to karate” by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  Sensei Randall was one of the very few people to be taught by Masters Tetsuji Murakami and Hiroo Mochizuki and is the original disciple of the world famous Shotokan Master, Hirokazu Kanazawa 10th Dan.

SHOTO is very well known throughout the karate world as being extremely traditional and maintaining the original high standards of practice and teaching that were demonstrated by the Japanese who came to promote karate in the 1960’s.  Sensei Randall has changed none of these teachings and so we are fortunate to be able to study a very pure form of traditional Shotokan karate which is increasingly being lost in other clubs.

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Beginners Course - Next one starting 26 April 2016

  • 8-lesson beginners course for men, women and children (6+) - concessionary rates for families.
  • Course contains basic blocks, kicks and strikes, first kata and basic sparring.
  • Students are taught in small groups by experienced Black Belts.
  • No special clothing necessary.
  • Students take their first grading to Red Belt at the end of the course and are given a certificate and are then able to train in the main class.
  • Beginners pay for the eight lessons, but if they miss a week they can catch up the following week - however, the school recommends regular training to enable the student to get the best result.

Main Class

  • Traditional non contact Shotokan karate for men, women and children (6+) from all backgrounds and for all abilities.
  • Basics and sparring : Tues evenings
  • Kata only : Weds evening
  • Children's Class
  • Children are taught separately from adults although older children may be accepted in the main class at the discretion of the Chief Instructor.
  • Children are taught by experienced Black Belts.

Training times

  • Tuesdays Adults: Kihon and Kumite 8:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Tuesdays Children: Kihon and Kumite 8:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Wednesdays Adults: Kata 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Costs

  • Adults: The club offers an introductory course of 6 lessons at £30.00 for beginners. Individual lessons are available at £10.00 per lesson, whilst the club recommends that students take advantage of paying the monthly subscription fee of £50. This entitles you to train at both Winchmore Hill and North London Clubs 4 times a week! (subject to school calendar events and Easter/Christmas breaks)
  • Children (ages 5 to 15): £7.00 per lesson.

Contact details

www.shoto.org

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healthy enfield young people active

The Healthy Enfield Young People Active programme aims to get more young people aged 13-24 to take part in active activities, as part of a group and of their own accord. The aim is to enhance and connect young people to activity opportunities in their local area, help them make use of local facilities and prepare them to be active independently - contributing to creating a sporting habit for life.

Please note that all participants will be required to have Height, Weight and BMI measured

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To book onto any of the sessions please contact the centres below, text the Fusion Sport and Community Development Number or alternatively please turn up to the session on the day.

  • Albany Leisure Centre  Tel: 020 8804 4255
  • Edmonton Leisure Centre  Tel: 020 8375 3750
  • Southbury Leisure Centre  Tel: 020 8245 3201
  • Southgate Leisure Centre  Tel: 020 8882 7963

Download a brochure

Contact Fusion Sport and Community Development on 07747 614855,
or L#FusionEnfield

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Croquet is a sociable outdoor sport for people of all ages which is easy to learn and played by both sexes. It is a skilful and tactical game which provides leisurely exercise and has a handicap system which enables players of different abilities to compete on level terms.

This free course is designed specifically for those new to croquet who wish to try out the game and receive some guidance on the technique, rules and playing practices. All the required equipment will be provided and each session will include the pleasure of being involved in an actual game against other individuals on the course.

enfield croquet clubThere are no special clothing requirements. Just wear sensible clothing suitable for the prevailing weather conditions on the day and a pair of flat comfortable shoes, such as trainers.

We also welcome any current croquet players or anyone who has previously played either code (Association Croquet or Golf Croquet). The course is designed to teach the basics of Golf Croquet because it is easier game for newcomers to learn, but we are also happy to provide refresher courses for those who wish to partake in Association games (subject to available lawn space).

There will be six days on which you will be able to attend our course in April

  • Wednesdays the 8th, 15th and 22nd
  • Saturdays the 11th, 18th and 25th

10.00am – Noon each day.

We would advise that all participants attend at least two sessions if starting croquet from scratch.

Croquet is ideal for those sports men and women who are not quite as lithe or flexible as they once were in their established sports. Our current crop of players for example include a number of ex tennis, golf, cricket, hockey, badminton, netball, football and cyclists. Some of whom will be coaching you should you attend.

Enfield Croquet Club is situated in Bush Hill Park adjacent to the tennis courts. The nearest park entrance is at the southern end of Cecil Avenue, Enfield, EN1 1PS

To reserve a place on the Introductory Course please contact:

  • Brian Dawes - Club Secretary
  • Phone: 020 8366 6005
  • Email:  

For further information please visit our website: www.enfieldcroquet.org

Anyone attending the course may be invited to join our Club once the course has been completed.

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A new multi-use games area will be installed at an Palmers Green park after the council successfully bid for £45,000 from the London Marathon Charitable Trust.

The improvements to Hazelwood Recreation Ground off Hedge Lane, will significantly improve the current five a side grass football pitch and tarmac basketball area, be free to use all year round and will tackle problems with waterlogging on the football pitch in the winter.

Read more on the Enfield Council website

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