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Deputy Mayor of London Joanne McCartney was guest of honour at the launch on Friday night of Southgate Civic Week 2017, where she was joined by the newly elected MP for Enfield Southgate, Bambos Charalambous, and leading members of local civic societies, clubs and associations.

southgate civic week 2017 opening ceremonyDeputy Mayor of London Joanne McCartney at the opening ceremony for Southgate Civic Week 2017 (far right). Also shown (left to right) Chris Horner (Southgate District Civic Trust, Southgate Green Association), Jane Maggs (SDCT), Councillor Mary Maguire (Palmers Green Ward), Bambos Charalambous (MP for Enfield Southgate), Graham Davis (SDCT Chairman)

Seven days of civic events at locations throughout the former Southgate Urban District began with the announcement of the winning entries in a photographic competition run by Southgate Photographic Society.

The competition's theme this year was "50 Years of Conservation".  Fittingly, the launch event was held in the heart of the Southgate Circus Conservation Area, at 6 Station Parade, one of the shops included in the Grade II* listed complex comprising Southgate underground station together with the adjacent bus station and shops.  Again fittingly, first prize was awarded to a stunning shot of the underground station by night taken by Christine Matthews.

"50 Years of Conservation"

Christine Matthews Southgate Station smaller"Southgate Station" by Christine Matthews (click on the photo to enlarge)

More than 150 photographs were submitted by members of Southgate Photographic Society. They were taken within the ten designated conservation areas in Southgate and are on display all week at 8 Station Parade.

The competition's objective was to make a record at 50 years of the flora, fauna, people and the built environment within conservation areas in Southgate.

Southgate Station and the surrounding shops are listed grade II* by Historic England.  They were designed by Charles Holden in the Style Moderne/Art Deco style, opening in 1933

The vacant shop at No 6 Station Parade will serve as headquarters for the Civic Week and has been let at a peppercorn rent by London Underground Ltd.  It will be open throughout the week, when it will be used to display the winning photographs and provide an information resource facility for local groups to promote their activities and membership. The aim being to play a part in strengthening partnerships in Southgate by reinforcing a stronger sense of community and to foster a better environment for the future.

Also at the opening ceremony were representatives of some of the civic societies, clubs and associations that are hosting events during Civic Week, including:

  • Southgate District CivicTrust
  • Southgate Photographic Society
  • Southgate Green Association
  • Enfield Choral Society
  • The Walker Cricket Ground Trust
  • Friends of The Minchenden Oak Garden
  • Jay Walks
  • The Enfield Society
  • Christ Church Southgate
  • Selborne Bowling Club
  • Southgate Councillors

southgate civic week 2017 opening ceremony2Representatives of local civic and community groups at the opening of Southgate Civic Week 2017

See the complete Southgate Civic Week programme

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