Sunday, 13 January 2019

Mill Hill Focus #45 - What's been happening in Mill Hill?

Mill Hill Fire Station
Welcome to our first newsletter of the New Year. Let us start by wishing all of our readers a happy, healthy and propserous New Year. 2019 promises to be a year of change for not only our nation but our local community. There are several large planning applications under consideration that are likely to have a major impact on our community should they be passed.

Pentavia Retail Park Development

This is now with the Mayor of London, who has taken over responsibility for the planning decision. You can read why in this letter sent by Mayor Khan to Barnet Council. You will note that Mayor Khan seems to be keen to realise the potential of the scheme to increase social housing in Barnet. As this is not part of the existing scheme, we are mildly confused by this.


There is more information on the Mayors website.

Andrew Dismore retires from politics.

Our local GLA Representative and former MP for Hendon, Andrew Dismore has announced his retirement from politics. The Team at A Better Mill Hill wish to thank Mr Dismore for his efforts for residents from his election as MP  in 1997 to his work for the GLA. Whatever your politics, Mr Dismore has always been recognised as a hard working representative, who was exemplary in his dealing with casework for local people. We wish him well for the future.

Mr Dismore said:
‘I have today notified the London Labour Party that I shall not be seeking reselection as the Labour candidate for Barnet and Camden in the 2020 London Assembly elections.
‘It has been a privilege to represent Labour over the years, to have been involved in so many campaigns, and to have been able to help so many constituents with their concerns and problems.
‘In 2012, winning Barnet and Camden’s London Assembly seat for Labour for the first time enabled me to expose Boris Johnson’s many shortcomings, fighting his cuts especially to the fire brigade and police. Winning for a second time meant I could at last back a Labour Mayor of London in supporting our services, building new homes, and taking on the battle over Brexit.
‘However, after almost 40 years in elected politics as a Labour Party councillor, MP and now Assembly Member, it feels the time is right to stand down at the May 2020 London elections. My decision is not on political but personal grounds. After so long a time in front line politics, I would like to help and encourage someone else to have the opportunity of representing the people of Barnet and Camden.
‘Needless to say, I will continue to serve the two boroughs for the remainder of my term of office. I will also do all I can to support Labour’s new candidate for the 2020 Assembly election to retain the seat for Labour and to re-elect Sadiq  as  Mayor.’

Fr Eamon Raftery passes away.

Members of the local Roman Catholic community are mouring the unexpected passing of Fr Eamon Raftery, Priest at The Church of The Sacred Heart and Mary Immaculate in Mill Hill. Fr Raftery has been a well liked member of the Parish Pastoral team since arriving in 2016. He passed away unexpectedly on Sunday 6th January. His funeral details are to be announced. There is a full obituarty on the Sacred Heart website.

Fr Eamon was a wise priest and his writings were recently featured by the Barnet Eye blog, speaking about the environment and our responsibilities. Fr Eamon suggested an answer to the question "Who are our neighbours" which was most thought provoking.
"They aren’t just the people living next door that are in a ‘space’ near us, but who will come after us, who are neighbours in ‘time’. We should not take more from the earth than that we need. We must decide not to be thieves of earthly resources - energy, food, water, trees, paper  - using them more than necessary, or wasting them, because this means taking them away from those coming after us."
Rest in Peace Fr Eamon.

Broadway Shops Update.

Ex-Lloyds Bank - The planning application to convert this into a Dominos Pizza outlet has been passed on appeal.

Pizza Hut - Whilst on the subject of Pizza delivery services, Pizza Hut have also applied for planning permission for a makeover of their shop front.

Former Hee's Takeaway - This will be opening shortly as a beauty salon.

NIMR planning Update.

There is an application to change the route used by construction traffic for the NIMR. Full details are on the Barnet Council website.

Belmont Childrens Zoo Planning request

Belmont childrens zoo on the Ridgeway has applied for planning permission to build accomodation for workers at the establishment. This has attracted 13 local objections and one neutral comment. The Mill Hill Preservation Society has objected. We note no comment from The Mill Hill Neighbourhood forum has been made. More details on the Barnet Council website

Other local news in brief.

Flytipping in Goodwyn Avenue. The latest tippings were cleared this week. We have been unable to secure any commitment from local Councillors to get serious on enforcement by installing CCTV cameras.


Litter Pickers. The Mill Hill Litter Pickers were out in force last week. Congratulations to all for their efforts




Mill Hill Musical Theatre Company


Mixed Ability Rugby


Mill Hill Jazz Club

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Sunday, 16 December 2018

Mill Hill Focus #44 - The Mill Hill News Roundup

As we all start to wind down for the holiday season, the Team at A Better Mill Hill hope that all our readers have a marvellous holiday season. This will be our last newsletter of 2018, so we also wish you a Happy New Year.

A message from Finchley Nurseries

After our charity boxes were stolen. Local business' have come together to help raise money for Michael Murphy Dressage to get to the Paralympics. Huge thank you to The Laboratory Spa & Health Clubs in mill hill and The Adam & Eve for donating these wonderful prizes. Tickets are available in our shop. See image for details on the prizes.


Local Unsung heroes recognised in Mill Hill

The Barnet Eye Community Awards 2018
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Recognising the unsung heroes of the London Borough of Barnet
Mill Hill Rugby Club saw the annual Barnet Eye Community Awards. Among the awards, Local Charity of the year is Barnet Mencap for their amazing work setting up a mixed ability Rugby club with Mill Hill Rugby club. The Mill Hill and Colindale Litter pickers were given a Citation for Community Contribution and Rev Helen Shannon was named Barnet person of the year for her outstanding work helping residents of The Grange to find accomodation and shelter following a major fire.

Update on Mill Hill Flytipping and littering



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Published every Sunday, we bring all the latest news stories, events and other information for people living in and around Mill Hill. Do you want to see A Better Mill Hill? Do you want to contribute to making our area nicer, cleaner, greener, more friendly, with a better sense of local community? The Focus team of Donna Pickup, Richard Logue and Roger Tichborne are all local residents, involved with the community and local schools.

If you want to stay in touch with us and know what we are doing, we normally publish the newsletter every Sunday. 

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Mill Hill Focus #43 - Holiday season round up and other Mill Hill News

The Holiday Season is nearly upon us. So we thought we'd start with a roundup of all the festivities and fun in Mill Hill over the coming few weeks. Lets start though with some of the festivities which occurred earlier in the week, with the lighting of candles on the Mill Hill Menorah. It was great to see the local Jewish community and friends out celebrating. 



Last night we had a fantastic carol service hosted by The Pro Arte Choir at St Michael and All Angels church. The church was packed and a great time was had by all.



RUGBY CONFIRMATION DEC18
Maro Itoje
Another amazing event for young people in the Mill Hill Roman Catholic Community occurred this week, when their confirmation group was addressed by England and Saracens Rugby player. Father Michael at the Sacred Heart is keen on giving young people in the congregation positive role models from our community. I am sure that everyone from all communities across Mill Hill will feel a great deal of pride that such an amazing sportsman has grown up in Mill Hill and is still living in the area, playing for such a great Rugby club. We hear so many negative things in the press about our young people it really is important to stress that so many are so wonderful. I am sure Maro would be a real inspiration for all who attended.


So what have we got coming up in our festive diary?

The #SaveLondonMusic Campaign and Barnet Eye Xmas Party and Community Awards

Anyone who has attended previous years will know that this will be a whole lot of fun. It is being staged for the first time in Mill Hill at the Rugby club and is free to enter. The beer is cheap and good quality and the club is a very family friendly environment. They kindly offered to host the event after winning The Barnet Eye Community Sports Club of the Year in Barnet in 2017 for their work with Colindale Foodbank and their community scheme in partnership with Barnet Mencap.


Xmas Tree Lights Switch on in Mill Hill Town Square


Mill Hill Rugby Club New Years Party

Another great event at The Mill Hill Rugby Club for your diary


Other Mill Hill News

So what else has been happening around Mill Hill. Here's our round up

More fly tipping in Goodwyn Avenue

We are sad to report that there seems to be no end to this. As it happens on a weekly basis, usually at weekend, we urge the council to invest in some surveillance to catch the anti social individuals who clearly think that dumping in our high street is fine and no one cares.



Disrepair at Mill Hill Subway

Mill Hill Residents are fed up with the lack of maintenance at Mill Hill Subway. These pools of water etc, will pose a real hazard when the temperatures drop to freezing


NIMR/Barratts Construction Update

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Barratts Construction Traffic
Barratt London have decided to go ahead as planned and use a gate off Burtonhole Lane for their construction traffic.  Despite an active enforcement they have done nothing to ensure they comply with their Construction Management Plan and continue to ignore residents. It is obvious that having to make a tight turn from The Ridgeway will caused even more traffic chaos. (Thanks to Zoe on Inside Mill Hill)


Published every Sunday, we bring all the latest news stories, events and other information for people living in and around Mill Hill. Do you want to see A Better Mill Hill? Do you want to contribute to making our area nicer, cleaner, greener, more friendly, with a better sense of local community? The Focus team of Donna Pickup, Richard Logue and Roger Tichborne are all local residents, involved with the community and local schools.

If you want to stay in touch with us and know what we are doing, we normally publish the newsletter every Sunday.

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Mill Hill Focus #42 - Xmas Lights Switch on Special

1920's rail map showing old Mill Hill Railway
Published every Sunday, we bring all the latest news stories, events and other information for people living in and around Mill Hill. Do you want to see A Better Mill Hill? Do you want to contribute to making our area nicer, cleaner, greener, more friendly, with a better sense of local community? The Focus team of Donna Pickup, Richard Logue and Roger Tichborne are all local residents, involved with the community and local schools.

If you want to stay in touch with us and know what we are doing, we normally publish the newsletter every Sunday,

Saracens Bus Shuttle Times this week

Mill Hill Xmas Lights special

We had some great music on Mill Hill Broadway this weekend for the lights turn on. Here are some highlights. Many thanks to Mill Hill Music Complex for proving the sound system and organising the music.
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Sunday, 25 November 2018

Mill Hill Focus #41 - The Latest news from NW7

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Published every Sunday, we bring all the latest news stories, events and other information for people living in and around Mill Hill. Do you want to see A Better Mill Hill? Do you want to contribute to making our area nicer, cleaner, greener, more friendly, with a better sense of local community? The Focus team of Donna Pickup, Richard Logue and Roger Tichborne are all local residents, involved with the community and local schools.

If you want to stay in touch with us and know what we are doing, we normally publish the newsletter every Sunday,


Mill Hill gets an Art Gallery

We are pleased to learn that we've got our very own art gallery in Mill Hill. Hart Gallery has opened up on Hale Lane. With the festive season approaching what better place to get your presents.


 Mill Hill Planning Update

There is a rather interesting planning application at Belmont Farm.
Erection of 7no two storey self-contained flats for essential workers associated with Belmont Farm Childrens Nursery. Associated refuse/recycling store, vehicle charging points and parking Open for comment icon
Land To The North Of Ridgeway The Ridgeway London NW7 1QU
Ref. No: 18/6924/FUL | Received: Fri 16 Nov 2018 | Validated: Tue 20 Nov 2018 | Status: Pending Consideration


Hale Ward

If you live in Hale Ward, the local councillors have started a FACEBOOK PAGE.



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Sunday, 21 October 2018

Mill Hill Focus #40 - The Latest news from NW7

St Joseph keeping an eye on his fields!

Published every Sunday, we bring all the latest news stories, events and other information for people living in and around Mill Hill. Do you want to see A Better Mill Hill? Do you want to contribute to making our area nicer, cleaner, greener, more friendly, with a better sense of local community? The Focus team of Donna Pickup, Richard Logue and Roger Tichborne are all local residents, involved with the community and local schools.

If you want to stay in touch with us and know what we are doing, we normally publish the newsletter every Sunday, however we're having a Summer break, so this is the last one until September. We hope you enjoy it!


Fly Tipping in Goodwyn Avenue

This week saw yet more flytipping in Goodwyn Avenue, with rubbish being left for several days to accumilate. The team at A Better Mill Hill will keep letting the council know, but we need your help. If you see anyone flytipping, let the Council know. If you can get pictures or number plates without putting yourself at risk, this would greatly assist in helping deal with problem. Click here to find out how to report flytipping

Activities at Mill Hill Library



Top Quality Jazz in Mill Hill


Restaurant Review


Special Offer at Mill Hill Golf Club








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Sunday, 7 October 2018

Mill Hill Focus #39 - All the local news from NW7

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St Josephs fields
Published every Sunday, we bring all the latest news stories, events and other information for people living in and around Mill Hill. Do you want to see A Better Mill Hill? Do you want to contribute to making our area nicer, cleaner, greener, more friendly, with a better sense of local community? The Focus team of Donna Pickup, Richard Logue and Roger Tichborne are all local residents, involved with the community and local schools.

If you want to stay in touch with us and know what we are doing, we normally publish the newsletter every Sunday, however we're having a Summer break, so this is the last one until September. We hope you enjoy it!


Our team get things done! This week we got the council to resolve this electrocution hazard in Mill Hill Park. If you see something dangerous in our locality, let us know


Cooksleys Butchers

 Cooksleys butchers have issued the following tweet explaining the reasons for their closure.


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