House tours: 1-2 October and 8-9 October

The 9th Annual Green Open Homes tours, organised by Muswell Hill Sustainability Group are taking place on 1st/2nd October and 8th/9th October. There are online tours available too, on Thursday 6th October, and other talks and events throughout the rest of the month.

Muswell Hill Sustainability Group invites you to gain inspiration for your home. You can add comfort, cut carbon and reduce energy bills with up-to-date insulation, draughtproofing, heating and renewable energy. They can also advise on trustworthy local builders and installers.

At the event you will have the opportunity to learn more about local and sustainable businesses, eco-friendly products and services.

Please visit https://mhsgroup.org/greenopenhomes2022/ for the full schedule and to book your place at any of the events.

The most recent Newsletters are available only to members. If you are a member and you haven’t received yours, please email webmaster@mhfga.org to get a copy.

In this Issue

MHFGA Community Fund 2022: £750 for local projects
Get more trees planted in your street (but don’t forget to give them some water)
Wanted: Membership Secretary
Members’ Meetings: Ally Pally future and Battle of Barnet past
Member Profile: Stephanie Beer
Pinkham Way: protection at last for this wildlife site?
Everyman Cinema: historic projector on display
Committee Member Laura Budgen is first ever female Prime Warden of the Shipwrights
MHFGA on Facebook: the latest on The Broadway and Fortis Green
MHFGA.ORG: twenty years’ young
Muswell Hill & District Horticultural Society: MHFGA Chairman to present prizes
A literary quiz (answers on last page)
St James Legal Advice Centre: drop-in legal services
Muswell Hill Metro: future to the back?

The Muswell Hill & Fortis Green Association Community Fund is back, this time with an increased grant of £750 to support local organisations that make a real positive impact on our area and the people who live here.

Last year, we were delighted to be able to support projects by the Friends of the Highgate Roman Kiln, Muswell Hill Rhythmic Gymnastics, and Sense of Locality.

We accept applications from local voluntary, community or recreational groups, registered or not, longstanding or recently established for a one-off event or purpose.

If in doubt, apply!

Click HERE for more information.

Click HERE to apply.

The current application round closes on 31st October 2022.

Muswell Hill Old Train Station

Once upon a time you could by train from Alexandra Palace via Muswell Hill and Cranley Gardens to Finsbury Park.  And for a moment it looked like the network could become part of the tube and expanded to the north to Bushey Heath and High Barnet, and to the south to Moorgate.  Instead, on the 3rd of July 1954, after 81 years of service, despite representations by a formidable list of local organisations (the Middlesex County Council; Finchley, Hornsey, Islington and Wood Green Borough Councils; Friern Barnet Urban District Council; the Alexandra Park Trustees; Hornsey Chamber of Commerce; and the Federation of Ratepayers’ and Kindred Associations in Middlesex) the line was closed down.  

The rest is history, and today the disused track has become the very much-loved Parkland Walk, the longest linear nature reserve in London. However, since the demise of the Alexandra Palace to Finsbury Park line, the idea of bringing back rail in one form or another has not gone away and a short Youtube documentary by video producer and author Geoff Marshall (a.k.a Jago Hazzard) recounts some of the past schemes, from the London Passenger Transport Board ‘s Northern Heights to a plan to build a six-lane highway along the Parkland Walk.

More on the Muswell Hill railway

  • Wikipedia Muswell Hill Railway Station. Click HERE to read.
  • Alexandra Palace – Finsbury Park Railway (Closure). Hansard Parliamentary Report 20 July 1956. Click HERE to read.
  • Disused Stations: Muswell Hill Site Record. Click HERE to read.
  • Amateur film of the demolition of Muswell Hill Railway Station. Click HERE to view.

This is a unique opportunity to join one of the most committed and longest-established residents’ associations, and directly support our activities and campaigns for the benefit of our local community.

In this role you will be the first point of contact for new and existing members, including processing new membership and renewals.

As Membership Secretary you will also be a Committee member and play a role in running the Association and setting its policies.

Responsibilities

  • Act as first point of contact for new and existing members.
  • Maintain and update the membership database and records
  • Process new membership applications and existing membership renewals
  • Work with the treasurer to manage membership payments
  • Support the Newsletter distribution
  • Attend and report to Committee meetings

Interested? Please contact MHFGA Chairman, John Hajdu, hajdu.clarion@talk21.com