Notes: July ‘Open Meeting’ 08/07/2021

Notes, Appeals and Requests – 8th July 2021

With the last meeting before the summer recess, local businesses and organisations again shared their news to get support so we can all promote each other’s endeavours.

We heard from a number of people including those representing Age UK, East Finchley Community Trust, 224 North London Air Scouts, East Finchley Festival CIC, and The Archer amongst others.

1.     Updates since last meeting

Local Archaeological Dig: 17th/18th July in The Market Place – held in Market Place (one of the most historic sites in East Finchley)

  • N2 Food Project: Continues outside The Phoenix every Tuesday from 10:30 am until 12:30pm. They continually need financial support to keep the project running so please help if you can!
  • Finchley Food Bank: Still needs more drop off points. 
  • Cherry Tree Wood: Thanks were given to our local Councillors for the fantastic new courts which are free to book and hugely popular, then thanked all tonight’s participants.
  • East Finchley Festival will go ahead on 5th September in a reduced form, called Late Summer Social. Stalls bookings are now open via their website.

2.     Business update

  • New restaurant opened in Hexagon complex called The Engine Rooms
  • New Barber on East End Road
  • Two closures on The Aylmer Parade: Forget Me Nots and The Aylmer Pantry.
  • The currently closed Cherry Tree Wood Kiosk is due to open under new management later this summer.
  • October: A special business edition of N2United with guest speakers from the world of retail consultancy. Business owners, retail or otherwise, come and hear a great idea you hadn’t considered?

Community group updates:

Gillian Jordan, Age UK Barnet:
Age UK now have many more clients therefore need more volunteers. All Training given if you have a spare couple of hours a week to be Befrienders, also shopping tasks or take a walking group.
Age UK is there for solutions to loneliness or for practical help e.g., later life planning, benefits, writing wills. Main fundraising campaign is a Golf Tournament on Sept 2nd at Mill Hill Golf Club. Looking for local businesses to donate prizes, e.g., a meal. People are directed to the charity’s website for more information as well as access to their highly informative newsletter.

East Finchley Arts Festival
Not able to join us in June, Daphne Chamberlain, of the former East Finchley Arts Festival, repeated her written request about gauging interest (not personally organise) the idea of a new community arts festival. Now the previous festival has been wound up, would there be interest in creating a totally new type of festival, moving away from previously predominantly classical music to all music and art forms in various venues like a poetry reading in a café? There is so much local talent in the Borough, much of it discovered would be wonderful to create a showcase.  Daphne can be contacted at The Archer if anyone has ideas. 

East Finchley Festival CIC
Gail Coles reported on the exciting East Finchley Festival ‘Summer Social’ on 5th September in Cherry Tree Wood. It will be a celebration of the Wood which became so vital during lockdown. There will be a music stage, bar, food stalls, children’s activities, free tennis coaching from Stormont Tennis Club, free basketball coaching, keep fit and other workshops, wellbeing zone, local makers market and stalls for community groups. See for details.
Local businesses can become ‘Friends of the Festival’ from as little as £50 and sponsorship is invited for high-profile areas.

A Rubbish Idea?
Hat Townley reported on the litter problem. Councillor Arjun Mittra has been contacted regarding the state of The High Road.  We need to encourage a culture of responsibility, including business owners regarding their outside space. Ideas are welcome!

3.     AOB

The Archer Newspaper
Do you have a local story or want to share your news? The Archer Newspaper is always keen to hear from local businesses and organisations and the individuals who run them. If you would like to be interviewed for a potential piece in The Archer, get in touch!

Brian’s Tuesday Quiz
Brian Hooper
is still hosting his popular weekly quiz every Tuesday from 8pm via Zoom. He provides an insight on the topics the questions are based on in advance so people can brush-up on their knowledge and it is open to everyone! Zoom ID is: 771 5119 7569, Password: 2JrVBX.

4.     Thanks & Close

Co-host, Ruth Anders, thanked everyone again for their attendance and especially the sustained energy and ideas shared and encouraged everyone to spread the word about these regular N2United, 2nd Thursday, monthly meetings.

5.     Future Meetings – look out for details!

August: We will now have a summer break so no meeting in August.

14TH October: Meetings return in person. The October meeting will focus on business revival tips and will be free and open to everyone.