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A chance to be part of a dazzling display of trees decorated by members of the local community.

Trinity-at-Bowes Church and Community Centre will be holding a Christmas Tree Festival from 1st to 10th December on the corner of Bowes Road and Palmerston Road.  Your group or business can get free publicity by decorating a tree for the Festival and in return publicising the Festival to your own contact network.

For a registration form email or phone Suzy on 07931 766006.

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This year's Palmers Green Festival will, for the first time, feature a Speakers Corner.

If you associate the Speakers Corner concept with cranks, eccentrics and extremists, then you'll be relieved to know that none of the speakers at the Festival meet this description.  They are all local people who are experts in their field and have made a positive contribution to our community.

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12.30pm: Introduction to Speakers Corner

Introduction by Francis Sealey from Enfield Voices and Karl Brown from the Palmers Green Festival Committee.

12.40pm: Mental health & well being and mindfulness in our community

Cllr Yasemin Brett will lead a discussion on well being in our Community at a time when stress and anxiety are growing personal and community problems.

1.10pm: Poetry In our community

Poetry readings with the renowned and local poet Mary Duggan, as well as Timothy Waller, Jack Cooper, Sonia Jaremas, Michael Foley, Julian Bishop, Jenny Mitchell and Liba Ravindran. For more detailed biographies please follow this link.

1.45pm: The growing intergenerational debate & is it for real?

A debate around generational differences and how to address them.

2.30pm: Meet your MP Bambos Charalambous

An interview with local MP Bambos Charalambous and an invite to the audience to put their questions and concerns to him.

3.10pm: Healing through art therapy

Patrick Samuel is an artist with Asperger's Syndrome. In this session Patrick will share the value of techniques like art therapy as a way of tackling conditions such as autism.  patricksamuel.net

3.45pm: High street regeneration

Clare Richmond will lead this session to talk about how she got the community together in Crouch End to regenerate their High street and how this approach could happen in Palmers Green as well.

4.20pm: Friendlier neighbourhoods & Better Streets

Members of the Better Streets for Enfield campaign discuss how we can all help to create people-friendly neighbourhoods. 

4.50pm: Meet your councillors

Clive Coleman will host a session where you can hear from three of your local councillors and ask them questions about your council and how to improve your locality.

5.35pm: Community Safety

With growing crime in the borough, community safety has become a pressing issue and here our London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney, will lead a discussion on the scale of the problem and what can be done to solve it. We also hope to have representatives of the Police.

6.20pm: Inclusive education in Enfield

Is state education inclusive for everyone or do some fall through the net? Here we will discuss with educators and home schools the issue of inclusive education. 

7.00pm: Close

Speakers Corner participants

Dinah Barry is a Labour Councillor for the Winchmore Hill Ward.

Emma Carlitos runs Carlito's, a family run business, with Carlos running their workshop, with Emma taking care of the accounts, online enquiries, admin and marketing. Emma is also an ardent “home schooler" and believes that children will get the best and all rounded education from home and a network of other parents who are part of the home schooling movement.

Bambos Charalambous MP is MP for Enfield Southgate, elected in 2017 - the second MP with Cypriot ancestry, and the first whose parents both have a Cypriot background. He has a strong interest in education. Bambos was born in London and raised in Bowes Park, Enfield and has lived there all his life. He was educated at Tottenhall Infants School, St Michael-at-Bowes Junior School (where he is now a school governor), Chace Boys Comprehensive School, followed by Tottenham College and then Liverpool Polytechnic, where he received a law degree and was elected as vice president of the Students' Union in 1990.

Clive Coleman is a barrister and award winning journalist. He was called to the Bar in 1986 and practised in both crime and civil law. For six years between 2004 and 2010 he presented the BBC's flagship legal analysis programme Law in Action on Radio 4.  He has presented a raft of BBC radio and television programmes, including Panorama, and written regularly for the Times, the Guardian and the Independent. For the past eight years Clive has been the BBC's legal correspondent, covering a vast range of legal stories and issues across the BBC's national news output on radio, television and the website. In addition, Clive is one of the country's leading comedy writers. with credits include Spitting Image, Dead Ringers, Smith and Jones, and his Radio 4 and BBC1 sit-com about barristers, Chambers. starring John Bird and Sarah Lancashire.  In October his new play 'Young Marx', a comedy about the young Karl Marx, starring Rory Kinnear and directed by Sir Nicholas Hytner, opened London's brand new Bridge Theatre and runs until the new year.

Mary Duggan is an Enfield poet and featured reader in local theatre, pubs and events. She organises word workshops; exhibitions and poetic events for festivals etc. Her poem is poem of the month in the Dugdale, December 2018. Contact . 

Jane Hessami  is an education consultant and was a head of year in a secondary school. She is presently  a special ed teacher and consultant for inclusive education. She is also an active member of Palmers Green United Reformed Church. Jane is a passionate believer in state education and a champion of education being inclusive for all.

Tony Koutsoumbos teaches adults and professionals how to use debating to improve their ability to communicate, manage disagreement, and make difficult decisions. Students primarily are members of the Great Debaters Club, a year-round training programme for professionals across multiple industries, including medicine, banking, education, politics and law. Tony also works with local authorities to teach their tutors and learners how to use debating techniques to engage their communities in conversations about extremism and radicalisation.

Joanne McCartney is the London Assembly Member for Enfield & Haringey and is also Deputy Mayor / Education and Childcare.  Joanne worked as a barrister specialising in employment law and helped to establish a local chambers in Enfield in the early 1990s. She also worked as an adjudicator for the Housing Ombudsman, dealing with disputes between landlords and tenants. Joanne was also a member of the Commission for Racial Equality. Joanne has campaigned for more funds for policing and said that “Keeping Londoners safe is a top priority.”

Ahmet Oykener is a Labour councillor for Palmers Green Ward and a director at Cyprian Care, a principal care agency that provides domiciliary care and support to service users of all groups and ethnicities so that they can live independently in their own homes. Ahmet was until recently the Cabinet Member for Housing & Housing Regeneration and developed a number of initiatives to develop housing in the borough having a great concern for the need of affordable homes.

Clare Richmond has worked as an advisor with private sector companies, government funded agencies, councils and community organisations.  Clare has appeared at the London Assembly for the High Street Economy Panel and on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Four Thoughts’ discussing ‘How to save the High Street’. Clare has also been a Partner in Ethos, a leading proponent of the Future of Work. “SpeakTo take the complexities or grass-roots community leadership and turn these into challenging and practical learning for larger organisations”

Clare Rogers started the Better Streets for Enfield campaign after her sister Sally sent her a video about Playing Out – the seminal Bristol project which closes residential roads to traffic so children can play freely – adding: “Shame you couldn’t do this on your street.”  Nothing goads like a sibling, and two years later our Palmers Green rat-run was an official London Play Street. She is now a key person in Better Streets for Enfield - a local group calling for a better balance on Enfield’s streets between cars, bikes, public transport users and pedestrians, to create a more people-friendly borough.

Patrick Samuel is an exhibiting artist with Asperger Syndrome and ADHD. Having returned to art after a 20-year break, he picked up painting and drawing again when he started his daily art therapy in December 2016. A time of prolific work as well as recognition followed, and Patrick has embraced his neurodiversity as a gift rather than seeing it as a disability; he’s found his voice and his calling. Patrick has produced an extensive portfolio in a wide range of styles and media. He is stimulated by bold, contrasting colours, intricate details, multiple textures, and varying shades of light and dark. Patrick is working primarily with pastels, acrylics and graphite pencils, but he also enjoys experimenting with water colours, glass and oil paints. Patrick has had several solo exhibitions; his work and his story have been recognised in local media, and meanwhile featured in magazines as well as on BBC Breakfast and BBC News online. 

Francis Sealey is an ex BBC Producer having made programmes for the Open University and also the Community Programmes Unit. he has lived in Palmers Green since 1970 and been involved in developing a number of community initiatives and local campaigns. In the last ten years he has developed GlobalNet21 to get people to discuss the major issuers of the 21st century and has in the last two years developed Enfield Voices to take this mission to a local level.

Edward Smith is a Councillor for Cockfosters Ward, and Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group on Enfield Council. He is also Chairman of Enfield Southgate Conservative Association. 

The agenda is subject to change between now and the festival. Please check back at www.palmersgreenfestival.org.uk/speakers-corner on the day for the final schedule.

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This year's Palmers Green Festival will, for the first time, feature a Speakers Corner, taking place on the former bowling green.

If you associate the Speakers Corner concept with cranks, eccentrics and extremists, then you'll be relieved to know that none of the speakers at the Festival meet this description.  They are all local people who are experts in their field and have made a positive contribution to our community.

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12.30pm: Introduction to Speakers Corner

Introduction by Francis Sealey from Enfield Voices and Karl Brown from the Palmers Green Festival Committee.

12.40pm: Mental health & well being and mindfulness in our community

Cllr Yasemin Brett will lead a discussion on well being in our Community at a time when stress and anxiety are growing personal and community problems.

1.10pm: Poetry In our community

Poetry readings with the renowned and local poet Mary Duggan, as well as Timothy Waller, Jack Cooper, Sonia Jaremas, Michael Foley, Julian Bishop, Jenny Mitchell and Liba Ravindran. For more detailed biographies please follow this link.

1.45pm: The growing intergenerational debate & is it for real?

A debate around generational differences and how to address them.

2.30pm: Meet your MP Bambos Charalambous

An interview with local MP Bambos Charalambous and an invite to the audience to put their questions and concerns to him.

3.10pm: Healing through art therapy

Patrick Samuel is an artist with Asperger's Syndrome. In this session Patrick will share the value of techniques like art therapy as a way of tackling conditions such as autism.  patricksamuel.net

3.45pm: High street regeneration

Clare Richmond will lead this session to talk about how she got the community together in Crouch End to regenerate their High street and how this approach could happen in Palmers Green as well.

4.20pm: Friendlier neighbourhoods & Better Streets

Members of the Better Streets for Enfield campaign discuss how we can all help to create people-friendly neighbourhoods. 

4.50pm: Meet your councillors

Clive Coleman will host a session where you can hear from three of your local councillors and ask them questions about your council and how to improve your locality.

5.35pm: Community Safety

With growing crime in the borough, community safety has become a pressing issue and here our London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney, will lead a discussion on the scale of the problem and what can be done to solve it. We also hope to have representatives of the Police.

6.20pm: Inclusive education in Enfield

Is state education inclusive for everyone or do some fall through the net? Here we will discuss with educators and home schools the issue of inclusive education. 

7.00pm: Close

Speakers Corner participants

Dinah Barry is a Labour Councillor for the Winchmore Hill Ward.

Emma Carlitos runs Carlito's, a family run business, with Carlos running their workshop, with Emma taking care of the accounts, online enquiries, admin and marketing. Emma is also an ardent “home schooler" and believes that children will get the best and all rounded education from home and a network of other parents who are part of the home schooling movement.

Bambos Charalambous MP is MP for Enfield Southgate, elected in 2017 - the second MP with Cypriot ancestry, and the first whose parents both have a Cypriot background. He has a strong interest in education. Bambos was born in London and raised in Bowes Park, Enfield and has lived there all his life. He was educated at Tottenhall Infants School, St Michael-at-Bowes Junior School (where he is now a school governor), Chace Boys Comprehensive School, followed by Tottenham College and then Liverpool Polytechnic, where he received a law degree and was elected as vice president of the Students' Union in 1990.

Clive Coleman is a barrister and award winning journalist. He was called to the Bar in 1986 and practised in both crime and civil law. For six years between 2004 and 2010 he presented the BBC's flagship legal analysis programme Law in Action on Radio 4.  He has presented a raft of BBC radio and television programmes, including Panorama, and written regularly for the Times, the Guardian and the Independent. For the past eight years Clive has been the BBC's legal correspondent, covering a vast range of legal stories and issues across the BBC's national news output on radio, television and the website. In addition, Clive is one of the country's leading comedy writers. with credits include Spitting Image, Dead Ringers, Smith and Jones, and his Radio 4 and BBC1 sit-com about barristers, Chambers. starring John Bird and Sarah Lancashire.  In October his new play 'Young Marx', a comedy about the young Karl Marx, starring Rory Kinnear and directed by Sir Nicholas Hytner, opened London's brand new Bridge Theatre and runs until the new year.

Mary Duggan is an Enfield poet and featured reader in local theatre, pubs and events. She organises word workshops; exhibitions and poetic events for festivals etc. Her poem is poem of the month in the Dugdale, December 2018. Contact . 

Jane Hessami  is an education consultant and was a head of year in a secondary school. She is presently  a special ed teacher and consultant for inclusive education. She is also an active member of Palmers Green United Reformed Church. Jane is a passionate believer in state education and a champion of education being inclusive for all.

Tony Koutsoumbos teaches adults and professionals how to use debating to improve their ability to communicate, manage disagreement, and make difficult decisions. Students primarily are members of the Great Debaters Club, a year-round training programme for professionals across multiple industries, including medicine, banking, education, politics and law. Tony also works with local authorities to teach their tutors and learners how to use debating techniques to engage their communities in conversations about extremism and radicalisation.

Joanne McCartney is the London Assembly Member for Enfield & Haringey and is also Deputy Mayor / Education and Childcare.  Joanne worked as a barrister specialising in employment law and helped to establish a local chambers in Enfield in the early 1990s. She also worked as an adjudicator for the Housing Ombudsman, dealing with disputes between landlords and tenants. Joanne was also a member of the Commission for Racial Equality. Joanne has campaigned for more funds for policing and said that “Keeping Londoners safe is a top priority.”

Ahmet Oykener is a Labour councillor for Palmers Green Ward and a director at Cyprian Care, a principal care agency that provides domiciliary care and support to service users of all groups and ethnicities so that they can live independently in their own homes. Ahmet was until recently the Cabinet Member for Housing & Housing Regeneration and developed a number of initiatives to develop housing in the borough having a great concern for the need of affordable homes.

Clare Richmond has worked as an advisor with private sector companies, government funded agencies, councils and community organisations.  Clare has appeared at the London Assembly for the High Street Economy Panel and on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Four Thoughts’ discussing ‘How to save the High Street’. Clare has also been a Partner in Ethos, a leading proponent of the Future of Work. “SpeakTo take the complexities or grass-roots community leadership and turn these into challenging and practical learning for larger organisations”

Clare Rogers started the Better Streets for Enfield campaign after her sister Sally sent her a video about Playing Out – the seminal Bristol project which closes residential roads to traffic so children can play freely – adding: “Shame you couldn’t do this on your street.”  Nothing goads like a sibling, and two years later our Palmers Green rat-run was an official London Play Street. She is now a key person in Better Streets for Enfield - a local group calling for a better balance on Enfield’s streets between cars, bikes, public transport users and pedestrians, to create a more people-friendly borough.

Patrick Samuel is an exhibiting artist with Asperger Syndrome and ADHD. Having returned to art after a 20-year break, he picked up painting and drawing again when he started his daily art therapy in December 2016. A time of prolific work as well as recognition followed, and Patrick has embraced his neurodiversity as a gift rather than seeing it as a disability; he’s found his voice and his calling. Patrick has produced an extensive portfolio in a wide range of styles and media. He is stimulated by bold, contrasting colours, intricate details, multiple textures, and varying shades of light and dark. Patrick is working primarily with pastels, acrylics and graphite pencils, but he also enjoys experimenting with water colours, glass and oil paints. Patrick has had several solo exhibitions; his work and his story have been recognised in local media, and meanwhile featured in magazines as well as on BBC Breakfast and BBC News online. 

Francis Sealey is an ex BBC Producer having made programmes for the Open University and also the Community Programmes Unit. he has lived in Palmers Green since 1970 and been involved in developing a number of community initiatives and local campaigns. In the last ten years he has developed GlobalNet21 to get people to discuss the major issuers of the 21st century and has in the last two years developed Enfield Voices to take this mission to a local level.

Edward Smith is a Councillor for Cockfosters Ward, and Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group on Enfield Council. He is also Chairman of Enfield Southgate Conservative Association. 

The agenda is subject to change between now and the festival. Please check back at www.palmersgreenfestival.org.uk/speakers-corner on the day for the final schedule.

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Volunteer at the Palmers Green Festival on the 2nd September in Broomfield Park. An amazing opportunity to give back and contribute to your local community festival! We are looking for volunteers to help on the day.

To sign up please email: .

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karl brown on enfield voicesFrancis Sealey's interviews with local community activists continue with Karl Brown speaking about the Palmers Green Festival - how it started, how it's run and what innovations we can look forward to this year.

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The organisers of the Palmers Green Festival have issued an appeal for help of a very practtcal kind.

Palmers Green Festival seeks relief

palmers green festival logoFestival organisers are worried that its ongoing success might cause some discomfort to visitors. Organising volunteer Angie Smith explained, “For a number of years our portaloos have been funded by a hugely generous £600 annual donation by a Palmer’s Green resident. Because the festival is developed, organised and funded entirely by members of our local community and that individual has now left the area, we’ve been caught short. We’re already paying over £1000 every festival for litter collection and there are loads of other costs such as insurance to meet. Our long time community sponsor, Winkworth estate agency, already picks up many other costs so we can put on a fun and free event for everyone.”

It would be a great relief for the organisers, and we dare say festival attendees, if a sponsor were to come forward willing to make good the costs of six extra loos and one special access portaloo. Director Philip Chard added, “Our fun and free mission must cover the whole event”. Festival organisers can be contacted via the web site or social media. A sponsor supporting the 2018 theme of Health and Wellbeing theme would be most appreciated.

The Palmers Green Festival takes place each year in Broomfield Park N13 on the first Sunday in September.

Please support us at: https://www.palmersgreenfestival.org.uk/support-us/

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The organisers of the Palmers Green Festival have announced two innovations for this year's Festival on 2nd September:  an Arts & Crafts zone and a Speakers' Corner.  And they're seeking ideas and input into how to fill these new spaces.

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Arts & Crafts on the Bowling Green

This year the festival will have a new special area dedicated to our local Arts and Crafts - the Bowling Green!  We are keen to support our local craftsmen so there are various promotions available for those who register early. Please get in touch by emailing us at  to find out more.

Volunteers needed
We are also looking for a volunteer to manage this project - please get in touch with us if you would like to help out.

The Speakers' Corner

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A selection of debates, panel discussions and interviews and a place to be inspired, educated and entertained.

We want to hear from YOU, and are inviting the community to submit topic ideas via an online form, via email () or via social media.

Preliminary topics include:

  • mental health
  • community safety
  • inter-generation wars
  • meet your MP
  • technologies that will shape our future.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Links

Palmers Green Festival website

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pg festival dancers smallPalmers Green Festival 2018 - Sunday 2nd September Noon to 7pm

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Organised in conjunction with the Friends of Broomfield Park

www.palmersgreenfestival.org.uk

sponsored by winkworth

This year the Palmers Green Festival takes place on 2nd September.  As always it will be fun and be free. But this year it will also have a special theme: Health and Wellbeing. Its fare of world champion dancing, a fun-fair, two music stages, waggiest tail and other dog competitions, over 100 stalls to browse and lots more, will be augmented by a focus on building a stronger, healthier community and promoting healthier lifestyles.

Festival organiser and NHS worker Philip Chard told us, “When I heard that only one in every twenty residents of Enfield is sufficiently active to benefit their health, I stood back in amazement. Apparently we spend a massive £14m pa on car journeys of less than two miles. For the sake of a bit of walking or cycling, we are dying unnecessarily early, and even spending loads to do it!”

Phillip will be asking the people providing food and drink at the Festival to adhere to the Healthier Catering Commitment for London, while all stallholders will have to incorporate Health and Wellbeing into their offer.

“Dancing is one of those super-exercises - it’s fun and good for your mind as well as your body”, said Heather Oakley of Salsatricity (www.salsatricity.com), coordinator of the Festival’s dance zone. “It’s good for brain power, eases stress, is good for the elderly, and at the other age extreme, who can’t help but smile at a youngster learning to dance?  We have it all at the Festival and even provide lessons for free, often by the best of the best; we really are talking world champions.”

Sponsorship for Enfield’s biggest - and surely best – free event for everyone will again be provided by Winkworth of Palmers Green. Director Nick Charalambous now has a brand new cycle lane outside his office. “I haven’t given up on my car just yet but I’m happy to encourage everyone to attend and to come along on foot power or on a bicycle. As always, it’ll be a magnificent day for Palmers Green.”

As always, the Festival will be free, but someone has to pay for it all...

For the seventh year in a row, Nick "The Festival" Charalambous of PG's Winkworth will be sponsoring the event, but donations from others are always welcome, so "feel free" to use the Donate button on this page or on the Festival website.

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Ann and Hugh Humphrey have announced that there will be no more N21 Festival events but that there will be another Fancy Fair this year.

The 2017 Fancy Fair on Winchmore Hill Green was the most recent N21 Festival event.  The first event was held in 2012, again on the Green, and there have been two winter events - the St Nicholas Fair.

These have all been very successful events designed to interest and entertain people with many different tastes.  But they have required a huge input from volunteers, which it is difficult to sustain over the years.  However, the good news is that there will be another Fancy Fair - see the message below from Ann and Hugh.

Goodbye to the N21 Festival!

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Now that the dust has settled after the Fancy Fair in July last year, and after discussions with the N21 Festival team it quickly became clear that we could not sustain the number of hours and commitment to put on another such event. The N21 Festival is therefore no more !

Luckily, however, one of the original Festival team, Adrian Webb, has agreed to put on a "Fancy Fair" on Saturday 7th July 2018. This will be run on a commercial basis. This will be a change to the previous events which were put on purely as a community event. Adrian is obviously looking for sponsors, stall holders and contributors for his event so if you would like to get involved contact him at  or look on the website www.fancy-fair.co.uk for more details. Adrian used to run very large events so is familiar with what is required, and if anyone can make a success of the venture, Adrian will ! We wish him well.

We're looking forward to enjoying the next event rather than being constantly concerned about security and rubbish !!  Although the primary aim of the N21 Festival was to create all involving community events, we have been able to make donations to our three charities over the five years we have been doing these events.

In October we were able to give each of our charities - the Alzheimer's Society, Noah's Ark Children's Hospice and the Enfield branch of the National Autistic Society - £3,000, which meant, over a five year period, we have given over £25,000 to charity and ran four major events on the Green.This just wouldn't have been possible without the involvement of so many people too numerous to mention. You know who you are and what you did - thank-you again.

Ann and Hugh Humphrey

This article was edited on 17 February 2018 to remove some erroneous information.

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The 2018 Palmers Green Festival date has been announced: Sunday 2nd September from 12 noon to 7pm in Broomfield Park.

The theme for this year's Festival will be Health and Wellbeing and all stalls will be encouraged to offer an element of healthy living and community wellbeing.

Anyone interested in running a stall at the Festival should send an expression of interest email to to include an explanation of how they would meet the Health and Wellbeing focus.  The Festival Committee will then select suitable stalls.
 

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David Eden posted a reply #3550 17 Jan 2018 09:51
Excellent festival theme! Fingers crossed for the weather...

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There'll be so many things going on at the Palmers Green Festival on 3rd September that you might miss some of them, so over the next couple of weeks we'll be highlighting a few that you might enjoy, This time we look at the 2nd Palmers Green Art Festival.

palmers green art festival 2016 1A new feature at last year's PG Festival was the Art Festival, run by Starfish & Coffee.  More than 35 artists exhibited their work along Aldermans Hill.

palmers green art festival 2016 2The Art Festival will be back this year in the same place.  Aykut Hilmi of Starfish & Coffee introduces the range of artists who will be represented:

palmers green art festival 2016 3"On the one hand we will have celebrated people like Royal Academy artist Patrick Morgan, who did the art for the Star Wars movies, Maddox Gallery artist Finn Stone.  On the other hand, there will be exhibitors straight out of Art School. Some will have had their work exhibited on the Professional Gallery Wall at Starfish & Coffee, others are up-and-coming local artists."

The Palmers Green Festival will be open from 10am on Sunday 3rd September.

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There'll be so many things going on at the Palmers Green Festival on 3rd September that you might miss some of them, so over the next couple of weeks we'll be highlighting a few that you might enjoy, starting with Try-a-Bike.

cargo bikeThink you can't cycle? Think again!

tricycleYou don't have to be young, fit or even able-bodied to ride a bike. And lots of bikes are great for carrying kids and/or shopping.

tricycleCome and try some out for free at Palmers Green Festival! We have cargo bikes to carry kids or heavy loads, 3-wheeled bikes, family tandems, electric bikes, folding bikes, seats for kids, trailers, tag alongs ... there's something for everyone!

These are some of the more unusual bikes (tricycles actually) that you can try out, but there will be some normal ones too!

Find the Better Streets for Enfield stall in the tennis courts, Broomfield Park on Sunday 3 September 12-7pm. And let your family and friends know, so that they can have a try too.

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pg festival logoTwo weeks to go before the Palmers Green Festival!

What can we expect at this year's 10th PG Festival?  Well, pretty much the same eclectic mix as before, something for all ages and tastes.  Music, dance, a funfair, food, drink, art and craft stalls, local history, conservation groups, community groups, charities, political parties (do they count as fun?), a dog show (prizes include Prettiest Bitch and Dog with the Waggiest Tail) and more.  Check out the website for a complete list.

There'll be so many things going on that you might miss some of them, so over the next couple of weeks we'll be highlighting a few that you might enjoy.

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classics on the greenThis year the Palmers Green Festival organisers are planning to use the former bowling green in Broomfield Park to stage "Classics on the Green" - an afternoon of local musicians playing classical music.

This innovation will depend on finding a local volunteer who would put together a line-up of locally based musicians.  They would be supported by the Festival Team, but would be responsible for administering and stage managing on the day.

If you are local, have a few hours a month and are interested in classical music, the Festival Team would like to hear from you.

Please email Phillip on .

www.palmersgreenfestival.org.uk

 

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David Eden posted a reply #3056 29 Jun 2017 09:52
Starfish often have live musicians, maybe someone can contact them for help?

Lovely idea.

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Four months to go before the biggest event in the PG calendar - the Palmers Green Festival.  This year the Festival will be back in Broomfield Park on 3rd September.

The 2017 Festival will look, feel and sound very similar to last year and the year before, but in its tenth year there will need to be some changes behind the scenes. The Festival is now so popular that the volunteer-run approach that has worked so well needs more professional - ie paid for - backup.

As before, Winkworth estate agents are providing sponsorship, but that still leaves costs of more than £7000.  Phillip Chard, the chief festival organiser, is looking for sponsorship from more local businesses, would like if possible to get help from a fundraiser and is also asking members of the public to make a small donation to help ensure that the event can go ahead.

Phillip's only asking for £1 each - so without any further ado, get over to the Palmers Green Festival website and click on the Donate button.

What the money is needed for

1. £451.69:    Public Insurance
2. £120.00:    Admin fee to Enfield Council to process our application
3. £390.00:    Occasional Sales License
4. £21.00:      Temporary Events Notice - allowing us to have music
5. £800.00:    Site Hire Fee paid to Enfield Council for use of the park
6. £61.02:      Music License - paid to PRS
7. £120.00:    Music License - Paid to PPL
8. £2,400.00: Paid for Stewards - to keep us all safe on the day
9. £558.00:    Extra Toilets
10. £315.60:    First Aid cover provided by St John's
11. £400.00:    Stages X 2 for bowling green and the dance zone
12. £400.00:    Music Sound Equipment Band stand
13. £200.00:    Electrician - to make sure all is safely wired up
14. £300.00:    PR Post Cards to send to local homes
15. £1,050.00: Professional Litter Pickers - paid to Enfield council
16. £200.00:    General Printing

£7,787.31   Total we need to raise for Festival 2017

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