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Signpost at Palmers Green Triangle - photo by Stephen McKay

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If you're interested in the local history of Palmers Green, Southgate, Winchmore Hill, Edmonton and Enfield, there are a number of societies which put on regular lectures and talks and provide research facilitiies.  We list some of these in our Community Directory in the History category, but you should also investigate the Conservation Groups, Residents' Associations and North London the Web categories.

We would like to invite you to Bernie Grant Arts Centre’s Windrush Festival - our first ever festival highlighting the vital contribution the Windrush Generation and their descendants have made to the cultural landscape of the UK.

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Horses are rarely seen now on the roads in Southgate but were once a common sight. Cars have now replaced carts and carriages. Petrol stations have replaced drinking troughs. There are presently nine remaining drinking troughs located in Enfield and these have all been planted out. Selborne Bowling Club took the community initiative to plant out this trough to brighten up this part of The Green opposite their club.

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In 2019 we have been reporting about the introduction of new trains for Palmers Green and plans for new schools in the north west of the borough. 60 years ago PG was also celebrating new trains, and a new school was being built in Oakwood. And the Mayor at the time was someone whose name remains well known in Palmers Green. All this and more event in Broomfield Park can be discovered in Southgate Newsreel No 1.

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If you have objects, stories or photographs from World War II in Enfield that you think would contribute towards the next exhibition at the Museum of Enfield, please bring them to the World War II Community Day on 18th May.

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The open day at All Saints church in Edmonton on 16th March will include information about a possible archaeological and oral history project.

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Catholic churches belonging to the Enfield Deanery are asking parishioners to write to MPs and councillors complaining about Enfield Council's decision to register St Monica's Large Hall/Intimate Theatre as an Asset of Community Value (ACV). The reaction of the Save the Intimate Theatre campaign has been to express hope that the letters to elected representatives might provide a 'longed for opportunity' for a meeting to take place with all interested parties present

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Palmers Green Tales has published a three-part interview with award-winning children's author Jeanne Willis.

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This is an amended version of the article originally issued on 6th February reporting statements about the future of St Monica's Large Hall/The Intimate Theatre made by the leader of Enfield Council, the parish priest at St Monica's Church and the Save the Intimate Theatre campaign.

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Memorials to staff of the former Southgate Council who were killed in action during the two world wars were today formally unveiled in their new home in Palmers Green Library.

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On Wednesday 30th January the Mayor of Enfield will formally re-dedicate war memorials which were originally located within the former Southgate Town Hall but are now installed inside Palmers Green Library.

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On Sunday afternoon the curtain came down on Snow White and, if its owners have their way, also on the Intimate Theatre. Fittingly, the theatrical company putting on the final show at the Intimate was St Monica's Players, named after St Monica's church, which owns the property, and the group which is most associated with the campaign to prevent demolition of this historic Palmers Green landmark.

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The second programme in the Channel 5 archeology series Digging up Britains Past will show the excavations carried out by Enfield Archeological Society at the site of Elsyng Palace

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The transformation of a semi-derelict "tin tabernacle" in Bowes Park into a modern facility for use by the Samaritans in their life-saving work is now complete.

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