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Mill Hill looking great thanks to local litter pickers
Here are some of the reports from the team.
Zoe, Roger, Soli, Steve, Joan, Colin and Ray who picked in Daws Lane and in Mill Hill Park extension. Team Hale Caroline and Alex and picked along Millway. And Team Bunns Lane, Mark, Chris, Alessandro & Gail. A good job well done by one and all!
This Weeks Article from Rog (reprinted from The Barnet Eye)Mill Hill Litter pickers relaxing at @MillHillMusicCo after a heavy litter picking session around the park and streets pic.twitter.com/XKparRH34u— A Better Mill Hill (@ABetterMillHill) June 2, 2018
This is a blog that I've been meaning to do for some time. Times change. Back in the 1960's, when I was but a wee nipper, having a car was a luxury, not the norm. There was no such thing as Ocado or Amazon to order your avocado pears and smoked salmon. If you needed a pint of milk, a loaf of Hovis or your PG tips, there was your local general stores. In Mill Hill, there was a whole bunch of little shops, providing easy and convenient access to all manner of provisions. As supermarket culture took off and cars became more prevalent, one by one these shops disappeared. One of the advantages of having a dog is that I have a great excuse to walk around Mill Hill and as the weather yesterday was pleasant, I thought I'd revisit these. I thought I'd also wet peoples appetite for this blog. These six shops are all now homes for residents.
1. The Birkbeck Bakery - Shakespeare Road.
Why am I tweeting this house in Shakespeare Road, Mill Hill? All will be revealed on my blog later? Can you guess? pic.twitter.com/CPvl2T7JjQ— Roger Tichborne/RogT #CTID (@Barneteye) June 2, 2018
I have amazing memories of this little shop. In the late sixties it was owned by a chap called Bill Cardon, who was a friend of my fathers and a member of the Mill Hill Services club. Bill was a season ticket holder for Watford FC. He drove an olive green mini van. Our family had a rigid routine. On a Sunday, my Dad would pick up three old ladies and take them to 11am mass at The Sacred Heart. Once mass finished, he'd nip into "The Little Shop". He'd stock up on his favourite provisions. This used to infuriate my mother, who liked to penny pinch. Bill would slice fresh ham off the bone, in thick slices, that would later become afternoon tea. Often there were shortages of items such as sugar, bread etc. Bill would always put some aside for my Dad. When Bill sold up, the new owners did not indulge my Dad and so we stopped going. As he used to spend a small fortune every week, I suspect that this was not a great bit of business.
2. Vincetts butchers - Hammers Lane.
Why am I tweeting this house on Hammers Lane, Mill Hill? All will be revealed on my blog later? Can you guess? pic.twitter.com/1GEAIDDP2E— Roger Tichborne/RogT #CTID (@Barneteye) June 2, 2018
|Vincett's Butchers 1894 - By Ron Pook|
3 and 4 Cooks Store / Lambs Store - 1 and 12 The High St.
Why am I tweeting these houses on The High Street, Mill Hill? All will be revealed on my blog later? Can you guess? pic.twitter.com/v9gGGZ5zXw— Roger Tichborne/RogT #CTID (@Barneteye) June 2, 2018
|M.J Lamb circa 1974|
5 and 6. The Old Post Office - Hammers Lane and The Old Mill.
Why am I tweeting these houses on The Ridgeway, Mill Hill? All will be revealed on my blog later? Can you guess? pic.twitter.com/hSoW8e3I8i— Roger Tichborne/RogT #CTID (@Barneteye) June 2, 2018
|Old Mill House and Post Office Cottage|
The shop became Glorafilia (which now operates an online business) which sold soft furnishings, before eventually following all of the rest of the small shops of the backwaters of Mill Hill, into oblivion (Picture courtesy of the Mill Hill Preservation Society website).
There are a whole stack of great pictures on the Mill Hill Preservation society website, if you have enjoyed this small selection. If anyone has any old pictures of Mill Hill lying around in biscuit tins, especially with accompanying stories, please do a quick scan and let me have a copy (click here to email to me). A free pot noodle at Mill Hill Music Complex for every photo submitted (must be pre 1980). There are many blogs I write for many reasons. These lists I do purely for the love of it. I do hope you enjoy them.
Other community news
Comedy is HOT right now so please get your tickets for the NEW COMEDY CLUB in Mill Hill at the NW7hub. Tickets are going fast !! @rachellybee @_carolinemary @millhill_nf @MillHillRFC @MHMTC_ We are all going along and cant wait !!! Remember price includes a drink! #BGTfinal pic.twitter.com/ocz2vKYKaA— Mill Hill Broadway (@MillHillBwy) June 4, 2018
Read about @millhillwines 35 anniversary and special offers plus local news and sport for #millhill in #nwlondon favourite #community #newspaper including how to see #ROHswanlake for free on #bpbigscreen ♥️🌴🚉👍 pic.twitter.com/8qDsgGMoxL— Mill Hill Broadway (@MillHillBwy) June 4, 2018
https://t.co/l7D2gVQzOr— Mill Hill Village CC (@MHVCricketClub) May 28, 2018
Check out Pages 40 & 41 for all things Mill Hill Village Sports Club related. pic.twitter.com/loY73ygIM3
Our #ProjectRugby Player Of The Week this week is Nicola Saunders! Well done and keep it up!— Mill Hill Rugby Club (@MillHillRFC) May 30, 2018
All are welcome, participants and volunteers to join out inclusive #mencap rugby sessions every tuesday 6:30-7:30pm
#OneClub #rugbyunited pic.twitter.com/78Dbk1CoV2
Kevin McMahon Quartet - 6th June - Kevin's Swing Odyssey offers a fresh take on some venerable jazz standards. The arrangements are crisp, intriguing and best of all, they swing! Kevin on sax, Steve Ashworth piano, ManuelAalvarez d/bass and Jo Dessaller drums. Please RT.— Mill Hill Jazz Club (@millhilljazz) June 1, 2018
Wild flowers looking good on Arrandene this morning pic.twitter.com/UZvjuYpWHR— A Better Mill Hill (@ABetterMillHill) June 3, 2018
St Joe and his grounds looking good pic.twitter.com/qDEEf3QOGG— A Better Mill Hill (@ABetterMillHill) June 2, 2018
A few wildlife scenes from my walk around Mill Hill earlier pic.twitter.com/sAyT80n3Vy— A Better Mill Hill (@ABetterMillHill) June 2, 2018