Category Archives: Meeting Notes

Notes: 14th of April 2022

The East Finchley Constitutional Club again hosted the N2United meeting on the 14th of April. Enthusiastic attendees saw further proof of the group’s value in enabling productive connections between N2 businesses, residents, charities, and organisations.

Enthusiastic attendees at the April 2022 N2United meeting heard about the different treatments available at Serene Wellness on the High Road, the new and affordable menus at the Engine Rooms, and the developing programmes and sponsorship initiatives at the Muswell Hill Club on Fortis Green.

Karen Williamson reported on activities at Age UK Barnet and Alison Roberts and Mike Hughes updated the meeting on plans for the East Finchley Festival on the 19th of June!

Town Team
The Town Team concept for innovative High Road related events, based on food, the arts and the environment were outlined by Kate Brown, Chair of the newly formed Town Team. The East Finchley Town Team comprising of N2United, East Finchley Community Trust, East Finchley Festival CIC, The Archer and East Finchley Open Artists.

Supported by East Finchley’s local councillors, secured a grant from a Barnet Council fund to support the borough’s town centres. The team will be staging three key events throughout 2022 and 2023 and will launch the initiative at N2United on the 9th of June 2022.

N2United ‘Volunteers Wanted’ page in The Archer!
Gathered from those requesting help at our monthly N2United meetings, the new regular column published in The Archer is compiled by N2United and publishes volunteer posts in the area – please help if you are able too!

If you wish to be included in this column, please send details to volunteer@n2united.co.uk. Max 60 words please.

Next Meeting – June 9th 2022
To find out more about local plans and activities, join us at our next meeting on N2United Thursday 9 of June at 8pm

We’ll have an extra special meeting to introduce the East Finchley Town Team – which is a collaboration between East Finchley Community Trust, N2United, The Archer, East Finchley Festival CIC and East Finchley Open Artists – and to celebrate national volunteers week. has secured funding to improve our high street and would like to hear your ideas as to how to best use it. For more, see: Town Team

New venue!
We’re delighted to announce that The Engine Rooms, now under the direction of Operations Director Zak Jones, has kindly offered to host our meeting and promised some special editions to proceedings!

N2United, 8pm, Thursday 9th June at a new venue, the Engine Rooms , 82-92 Great North Road, London N2 0NL – Meetings are free and open to all.

Notes: 10th March 2022

The March N2United meeting saw East Finchley Constitutional Club host another action-packed meeting, including an appearance from Councillor Alison Moore who kept everyone in the loop about the goings on in the local area, including everyone’s favourite topic, the cycle lanes!

Clockwise from top left: Roger Chapman of EFCT, Mike Hughes of East Finchley Festival CIC. and update from Erini Rodis of Grange Big Local.

East Finchley Community Trust
Roger Chapman covered topics from the recently launched East Finchley Pollinator Project, which aims to plant 100,000 flowers in the hope of creating pollinator trails and “nectar cafes” in East Finchley, to East Finchley’s ‘Town Team’ bid that would help increase footfall on the High Road and around.
ILoveN2.co.uk/community-organisations/east-finchley-community-trust/

East Finchley Festival CIC
Alison Roberts and Mike Hughes gave an exciting presentation about the upcoming festival to be held on Sunday 19 June in Cherry Tree Wood, inviting involvement and sponsorship from local businesses.
eastfinchleyfestival.org/sponsorship

N2 Food Project – Giuseppe Sollo
Help the N2 Food project continue to make gourmet food to feed the hungry.  They need volunteers to help cook the meals, every Saturday and Sunday at Martin Primary School kitchen. 
ILoveN2.co.uk/Food-Project

 The Archer – Diana Cormack
The “glue of the community” local paper is run completely by volunteers and can always do with a hand when delivering the 10,000 copies a month. 
www.the-archer.co.uk


‘Secrets of Success’ at the April meeting we’ll hear from three local businesses that launched during the pandemic and have succeeded against the odds.

Notes: 10th February 2022

It was all about sustainability at the first N2United meeting of 2022 on the 10th of February with local experts helping to guide us on making the best of our local resources.

Held again at the East Finchley Constitutional Club, residents, local interest groups and businesses joined together to hear from a range of local speakers on the subject of sustainability and how individual changes to our habits can reduce our collective impact on the environment to not only benefit us on a local level but globally too.

Maxine Klein of No2Plastics, discussed strategies to avoid the use of single use plastics, including opting for a ‘shampoo bar’ helping eliminate plastic packaging altogether. Maxine also explained the 5 R’s of plastic reduction, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair and finally Recycle. For more details see: https://www.no2plasticsn2.com/

Emma Frampton founder of ‘Bin there, Donate that’, recently featured in The Archer, encouraged us to reduce waste by donating unwanted items to local collection points and how unwanted items lying around your house might be needed by someone else!
She shared how local business, ‘East Finchley Electrical’ has set up a collection point for used light bulbs, and that Nova Dental accepts old toothbrushes.

Emma is also looking for help with researching organisations that need our unwanted things, and also finding other local shops that will act as collection point. Emma is also keen to get your views and invites you to share your thoughts with the ‘Bin there, Donate that’ questionnaire.

Refill service, ‘People’s Pantry’, has been running since August 2021, and co-founder Lisa Jones discussed how they help remove the dependence on single use plastics. Their repurposed milk float, Ernie, is at Cherry Tree Wood the first Saturday of every month, where you can get household and pantry essentials ready to refill from gravity and scoop dispensers. For more, see thepeoplespantry.biz/

Roger Chapman brought us update on a number of other local initiatives including the ‘East Finchley Pollinator Project’ which aims to plant 100,000 flowers in the hope of creating pollinator trails and ‘nectar cafes’ in East Finchley.

As Chair of the ‘East Finchley Community Trust’, Roger also talked about their involvement in a number of fundraising programmes on behalf of us all and their plans for a new programme in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee, ‘Clean for the Queen’, look out for further details in the coming weeks.

Councillor Arjun Mittra was on hand to remind everyone where he and his colleagues can help and what services Barnet Council have recently launched.

Finally, local businesswoman, health practitioner Sharmila Hume, founder of ‘Symply Healthy Synergy’ shared what they are doing re sustainability in offering their certified Weleda products. For more details, www.symplyhealthysynergy.co.uk/weleda/


If you want to get involved with East Finchley’s environmental sustainability journey, visit n2united.co.uk, or why not join the next meeting on Thursday 10th March at 8pm?


If you are an East Finchley/N2 business or a neighbouring business, why not LIKE the N2United Business Network page and JOIN the N2United Networking Group!

At future meetings, we’ll be sharing ideas for the next campaign for N2Unique as well as helping you get the most from your stall at the ‘East Finchley Festival’ on the 19th of June 2022.

Well also be revisiting our tips and tricks for small businesses when implementing Social Media including ‘Facebook’ and ‘Instagram as well as how to market your business on a local level more effectively.
Details at www.n2united.co.uk

Didn’t make the meeting?
We understand, you’ve got lots on, just remember that you’re always welcome, N2United meets on the 2nd Thursday of every month – next meeting, 10th of March 2022, see you there?

Notes: December 9th December 2021

The N2United ‘Christmas Shindig’ on Thursday the 9th of December 2021 at the Old White Lion, was a festive, social gathering and without speakers and no agenda so everyone a chance to relax, grab a drink and chat!

But. As the saying goes, “what happens at N2United social meetings, stays at N2United social meetings”, so we can’t say anymore!

To be part of the East Finchley conversation, join us on the 2nd Thursday of each month!

Next meeting, the 13th of January 2022 at the East Finchley Constitutional Club, look out for details…

Notes: November 11th November 2021

After the usual ’round table introductions’ we heard from a range of local community organisations and businesses which was followed by a general discussion about how we can support each other and keep improving East Finchley.

We heard from:

TaxAssist Accountants – Drazen Coric
The recent budget announcement outlined the Health and Social Care Levy bill which will provide for a 1.25% levy which is payable on earnings/profits. This will impact businesses, the self-employed, employers and employees and will be enforced on 1st April 2022. For advice you can contact Drazen Coric at drazencoric@taxassist.co.uk

EFOA (East Finchley Open Artists)- Peter Hale
The lockdowns had prevented the group’s yearly main event where they showcase their art in open houses. The change in circumstances gave them the opportunity to revamp their website, reaching not just the regular visitors but art appreciators from further afield.
https://www.eastfinchleyopen.org.uk/

N2 Noticeboard – Alison Roberts
A place to promote everything in N2!
https://ms-my.facebook.com/groups/n2noticeboard/

East Finchley Pollinator Project “Let a hundred thousand flowers bloom”- Kate
The idea of the pollinator project draws on Pembrokeshire’s St. David’s Pollinator Trail www.thebugfarm.co.uk/pollinator-trail
“Our bees, butterflies and hoverflies have suffered badly over the last fifty or so years, due to changes in land use because of modern farming methods, urban spread and new transport links” so there is great importance in creating “pollinator highways” in which the local community can get involved. A project like this will require community participation on all levels, and East Finchley is definitely a place where community spirit is strong enough to achieve this. There will be much more coming up if you’re interested in the project, including a Zoom meeting in late January 2022.
Set up your own nectar café www.wildlifetrusts.org/actions/best-plants-bees-and-pollinators
Get in touch at eastfinchleytrust@gmail.com

Finchley Food Bank – more drop off points have been added, find your nearest one or get involved at https://www.finchleyfoodbank.org.uk/

East Finchley Food Project – meals go to families and individuals who are struggling to make ends meet, elderly and isolated people, local homeless shelters and rough sleepers.
200 meals a week are distributed from Phoenix Cinema every Tuesday between 10.30am-12.30pm and operate on a trust basis, so nobody is excluded.
https://www.facebook.com/N2foodproject/

Barnet Age UK – Gillian Jordan
We still need lots of volunteers, especially as our client numbers are rising. Befriending, shopping, using skills for group activities, digital inclusion, walking buddies etc. Contact Volunteer Manager Lisa Robbins on 030 8432 1422.
On Sunday November 21st from 11am to 3pm Barnet AgeUK is holding a Winter Craft Fair at the Ann Owens Centre, Oak Lane N2 8LT. Raffles, Book launch, Christmas cards, home baking, tombola etc! All welcome!

Cllr Claire Farrier – runs dementia friends sessions, if you’re interested get in touch at cllr.c.farrier@barnet.gov.uk

Sharmila Hume – www.symplyhealthysynergy.co.uk/weleda/
Recycling collection point for soft tube plastics. Also looking for part-time assistant, get in touch info@symplyhealthysynergy.co.uk