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Welcome to the latest newsletter from Alexandra Park Neighbours.             6th August 2017


                                      Fun in Alexandra Park during the recent summer festival



Sunday 6 August – discover some of the wee beasties that live in the park at the Family Bug Hunt in Alexandra Park N22, 1.30-2.30pm (NB time on the APN calendar was wrong!). Nets, pots and magnifying lenses will be available to borrow, and Rebecca will be on hand to help identify what you find.

Saturday 12 August – give your rabbit a health MOT at Wood Green Animal Charity, 601 Lordship Lane N22, 10-1pm.

Thursday 17 August – health checks and microchips available for your cat at Wood Green Animal Charity, 601 Lordship Lane N22, 12-3pm.

Sunday 3 September – see a wide variety of fruit, vegetables and flowers, as well as beehives, at the Golf Course Allotments Annual Show and National Garden Scheme Open Day, at Winton Avenue N11 (junction with Blake Road), 1-4.30pm. There will be fresh allotment produce, chutneys, jams, honey, cakes and light refreshments for sale, and tours of the best plots.

Monday 4 September - Jess Phillips MP in conversation at the Big Green Bookshop about her new book 'Everywoman: One Woman's Truth about Speaking the Truth.'

Friday 15 September – Bowes Park Community Association invite you to A Night at the Opera performed by Classical Encounters, in aid of North London Samaritans, at the Bowls and Tennis Club, Goring Road N11, 7.30pm. Bring a picnic and join in the sing-alongs!

Saturday 16th September Muswell Hill Creatives is holding a designer maker market in St James's Square, Muswell Hill, 10.30am-4.30pm.

Thursday 28 September - listen to ‘rugged, clever, crisply played contemporary jazz’ from George Crowley, with Dave Green and Stu Butterfield, at Karamel Restaurant, 7pm.

See the website for regular events and courses, and please do post new events so they can be shared in future newsletters.


News and Discussions

There is now a petition against the £75 annual charge which Haringey Council is planning to introduce for the  weekly garden waste collection from October.  Worries about fly-tipping and how to fit new bins into limited space abound.

A new development is planned which will put 14 single-person flats in a block in Crescent Mews. Each flat would be only 200 square feet in size - more a shed than a home -  and Nick asks you to comment on the application before the deadline of August 11.

Following the recent announcements that Universal Office Equipment is set to be the franchisee for Muswell Hill Post Office (and ones in Crouch End & Finsbury Park) the campaign to save Muswell Hill post office gathered yesterday morning to protest against its downgrading. 

You can start a discussion about local issues on the Forum area of the website.



Patricia has a 14 year-old from Madrid staying with her this summer and wonders if there are any young people around who would like to do an English/Spanish conversation exchange.

Post doctoral research fellow Tatiana Moreira de Souza from UCL is studying the private rented sector and the consequences of its growth on people's feelings of security. She would like to interview people living in private rented accommodation in Haringey, so please get in touch with her if you are interested.

Ian is offering tuition in reading and writing for 5-11 year-olds.

Karolina would like to find a garage to rent.

Diana is looking for a small pilates class.

Albert would like recommendations for someone to restore his tiled hallway.

Anna is looking for a carpenter/joiner to hang a replacement front door.

Sue is offering an original stripped wood 3-panel internal door for sale.

Judi has a black glass TV stand for sale.

Diana is offering a double bed and mattress.

Talia and Effie, two ShihTzu dogs rescued from a puppy farm need a home, as does Buddy the cat.



The Odd One Out is the Muswell Hill and Fortis Green Residents' Association  summer competition for children aged 12 and under. The idea is to find the odd, strange or unexpected object in the windows of the shops taking part, for example a tin of beans in a toy shop or a spanner in a bookshop. Deadline for entries is August 31.

There is further news on the Broomfield House restoration project, and images of the remarkable wall paintings rescued from the interior of the house.

Julie Anne enjoyed the recent performance by the Palace Band at the Grove, and would love the band stand at the Grove to be brought back to life with more live music. Has anyone got any thoughts about how this could be done?

And Annabel and Alex had an interesting evening at the newly opened Blue House Yard.


With warmest wishes

Susie Holden

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