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Meeting: November 2021

The next N2United networking meeting is again LIVE on 11th November 2021 from 8pm at the East Finchley Constitutional Club.

Meetings are still FREE and open to everyone – traders, businesses, community organisations and residents of East Finchley.

We are planning the next meeting on 11th November 2021 so please share anything you’d like considered for the agenda!

Venue:
East Finchley Constitutional Club
9 The Walks,
London
N2 8DE

Use ‘N2 8DE’ in your SatNav or What3 Words https://w3w.co/glee.spend.infuencing

Please arrive from 7.45pm to allow yourself time to get comfortable with a drink before the meeting starts at 8pm.

Community update

As always, we’ll have representatives from our local shops, businesses, community organisations and councillors.
– Meet the people behind your community organisations, from The Archer newspaper to East Finchley Festival.
– Discover what your local shops have to offer and why you should shop local
– Speak with your local Councillors and get their support to help you and hear what they are currently working on to help us all…

We look forward to seeing you.


Please RSVP!

Wherever you work or whichever organisation you support, we’ll all benefit from your ideas, help and support so we hope you can join us?

If you’d like to introduce your business* at the November 2021 meeting or be a guest speaker at a future meeting, please click here!

*2-3 minute ‘Elevator Pitch’ to promote your business, or 5 minute ‘Soapbox’ about a local issue.
All attendees will be invited to introduce themselves at the start of the meeting.

Meeting: October 2021

The N2United networking meeting is back LIVE! on October 14th from 8pm at our new venue, the East Finchley Constitutional Club.

Meetings are still FREE and open to everyone – traders, businesses, community organisations and residents of East Finchley.

Venue:
East Finchley Constitutional Club
9 The Walks,
London
N2 8DE

Use ‘N2 8DE’ in your SatNav or What3 Words https://w3w.co/glee.spend.infuencing

Please arrive from 7.45pm to allow yourself time to get comfortable with a drink before the meeting starts at 8pm.

Our guest speaker is Sara Gatoff, a retail consultant with 30 years experience buying for British retail, who then turned the tables to advise small creative startups how to pitch to retail chains. She has recently masterminded a local charity’s funding, with great success, and will be sharing Five Great Tips for Starting and Revitalising Businesses and sharing tips and tricks that we can all utilise.

Community update

As always, we’ll have representatives from our local shops, businesses, community organisations and councillors.
– Meet the people behind your community organisations, from The Archer newspaper to East Finchley Festival.
– Discover what your local shops have to offer and why you should shop local
– Speak with your local Councillors and get their support to help you and hear what they are currently working on to help us all…

… oh, and we’ll also be celebrating the 5th Anniversary of N2United!

We look forward to seeing you.


Please RSVP!

Wherever you work or whichever organisation you support, we’ll all benefit from your ideas, help and support so we hope you can join us?

If you’d like to introduce your business* at the October 2021 meeting or be a guest speaker at a future meeting, please click here!

*2 minute Elevator Pitch to promote your business, or 5 minute Soapbox about a local issue.
All attendees will be invited to introduce themselves at the start of the meeting.

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) https://www.hadas.org.uk/

  • 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. www.ageuk.org.uk

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 www.eastfinchleyfestival.org 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!
www.the-archer.co.uk

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.

Notes: June ‘Open Meeting’ 10/06/2021

With the first technical hiccup since running our meetings via Zoom, a number of members were unable to login at the start time of 8pm … including the host! It did not take long however for the meeting to get started, opening with the appropriate sounds of ‘Hot in the City’ by Billy Idol, our hosts chosen walk-on music for the meeting, and he was right, it was hot in the city well in this part of the capital city anyway!

Welcome from N2United Chair, Nick Allan

With regular co-host, Louise Cambridge giving way again to Ruth Anders (to make sure her stella performance in May was not a fluke ha-ha!) we were off with the usual packed agenda. Ruth made the point that it was again a pleasure to see so many familiar faces as well as all of those attending for the first time, all are most welcome!

As this was an ‘Open’ meeting, free for all local businesses and organisations to share their news, get support and promote each other’s endeavours, we heard from a number of local representatives including those from The Food Project, GBL Fun Palace, Age UK, Dementia Friends, Home Care Preferred Barnet, KOKOS, HADAS, UOE and new business, Deepsym amongst many others.


The meeting was again honoured by the presence of 2 of our Local Councillors, Claire Farrier and Alison Moore who once again showed their commitment to the area and these meetings with updates on a number of local matters (see below). They both attend a LOT of meetings on our behalf, so we are very grateful they are able to make time for these monthly N2United meetings!

Guest Speaker – Daphne Chamberlain – East Finchley Arts Festival
Unfortunately one of our guest speakers, Daphne Chamberlain, representing the East Finchley Arts Festival, had her own technical issues and was not able to join us on the night. Daphne will make a personal appearance at our meeting in July (but shared an update via email), asking for new ideas and to invite the East Finchley community and N2United members to get involved and share their ideas and suggestions for the festival – See below.

1.     Updates since last meeting

Roger ChapmanHADAS (Hendon and District Archaeological Society)

The society is holding a festival of British archaeology on 17th and 18th July.  It is being held in Market Place as it is one of the most historic sites in East Finchley where there will be an Archaeological dig.
Did you know? The reason there are no buildings in this area is because of a landmine (since removed). No doubt this question will feature in Brian’s quiz (see above) sometime? https://www.hadas.org.uk/

Jake Eiseman-Renyard

Local performer, Jake Eiseman-Renyard is looking into how the performing arts can be a way of making important messages, fun.  Jake works with puppets, (currently working at a studio in the Chocolate Factory in Wood Green) making puppets from reclaimed pieces including abandoned stuffed toys etc. Jake likes to combine different forms of the arts such as writing, role-play, illustration, animation, theatre, and puppetry and says, “they all come from the same source, a form of story-telling” adding, “If you can do one, you can do the others, too, you just might not know it yet.”
Jake has another project in the pipeline for Christmas with the show, ‘Duck Whittington’ which will raise money for Whittington hospital.

Environment
Jake is also a passionate environmentalist and wants to use media such as TV shows and theatre to promote ecology in a fun, positive, engaging manner to inspire people to want to make a change for the better. https://n22openstudios.com/project/jake-eiseman-renyard/

Julia Hines – Fun Palace

Regular contributor to N2United meetings and prolific ‘tweeter’, Julia Hines, talked about the upcoming ‘Fun Palace’, the free festival organised by GBL. Anyone who wants to get involved should get in touch with Julia. The ‘Fun Palace’ puts ‘culture at heart of communities and communities at heart of culture’.  Julia explained that “Culture is whatever people say it is, past Fun Palaces have had astrophysics, knitting, watercolour painting, brass bands, rap.  Everyone can do something; every skill can be shared.  It’s all about taking part, having a go, being inspired, sharing what you know!” Their tagline is ‘everyone an artist, everyone a scientist’. https://www.grangebiglocal.org/current-projects

Qua Boon Leong – Home Care Preferred Barnet

‘Home Care Preferred’ in Barnet are providers of homecare for a wide range of clients ensuring that they can remain at home in an environment that is comfortable and familiar while receiving the highest standards of care.

As well as an extensive range of services, they also provide a wide range of accessibility and mobility living equipment to be used at home to help with mobility, reablement and supporting independence. Help and extensive advice on using equipment can also be provided to ensure that each client can make the best choice for them. https://www.homecarepreferred.com/barnet/

Janka Mladenova – Little Volcanoes

Not able to join us on the night, Janka, founder of ‘Little Volcanoes’ wanted to remind us of her educational company that runs kids’ science after school classes, toddler groups, birthday parties, and online classes. The focus is on hands-on experiments where every child has their own equipment. Lessons are a unique blend of singing original educational songs, interesting hands-on and sensory activities. contact@littlevolcanoes.co.uk

Dan Bird – Deepsym

Dan, a local engineer working in product development, helps people bring new products to market.

He is currently working on a lamp which is an aid to mindful breathing which helps users work their diaphragm via wireless connection sensors. It has been trialled in various situations in particular, people with anxiety, but also people with IBS.  He said, “Deepsym’ is way for us to connect with ourselves through mindful breathing. Since its beginnings as an art Installation in 2014 it has developed and will launch soon to bring the individual and connected experience to the home, practice or group session. We are still carrying out user trials so if you would like to take part then get in touch!” www.deepsym.com

The East Finchley Food Project
This valuable service run by local volunteers continues outside The Phoenix every Tuesday from 10:30 am until 12:30pm. Focused on supporting those requiring assistance, people are encouraged to come and collect delicious, portioned, cooked meals for free and without question. Others are encouraged to try the changing recipes and if able, donate or ‘pay a meal forward’ for the benefit of others. Given the amount of people they are helping they continually need financial support to keep the project running so please help if you can! www.iloven2.co.uk/community-organisations/n2-food-project

Finchley Food Bank
Unable* to attend the meeting this month, we heard from the team at the Finchley Food Bank run from St Mary’s Church, (at the north end of the High Road) who wanted to say:

Please send our huge thanks to the community of N2, we rely on donations from different sections of the community and every donation does make a difference to someone. We are always looking for more organised collections, so if anyone is interested in starting a collection for us through their workplace, school, faith group or street please contact us via our website. While you are there have a look at our blog which is updated weekly with our list of much need items and the newsletters we produce for our clients. Many thanks for everyone’s continued support, Finchley Foodbank”. www.finchleyfoodbank.org.uk

Age UK

Gillian Jordan, Age UK Barnet, tempted us with news she will be sharing at the July N2United meeting. Until then, people are directed to the charity’s website for more information as well as access to their highly informative newsletter. www.ageuk.org.uk

2.     Business update

Think we had done with technical issues?
No, it was difficult hearing our roving business reporter, Brian Hooper, who had internet connection issues meaning hisregular, ‘N2United Business Update’ was a challenging listen given we could only hear every other word!

What we were able to hear included his review on the N2 area and the 8, main commercial areas (and over 200 shops/businesses) and in comparison, to other local areas are lucky enough to have had less shops/businesses close down since the start of the pandemic.  Last month Brian counted 15 shops that had not opened up again after other businesses re-opened, this month that is down to 14.

In-person meetings
We are hoping in September to have in person meetings, so we are reviewing suitable venues including community spaces, religious centres, pubs (including Bald Faced Stag, Clissold Arms, White Lion and Five Bells etc.). Please contact Brian if you have any suggestions for venues for future meetings.

Local business ‘Showcase’
N2United continues to help local businesses and the community with a range of business stimulation campaigns, and we are currently featuring a number of local businesses on our website as part of the ongoing ‘Showcase’ feature.

To share your ideas or to have your business featured as one of our ‘Showcase’ business on our website and shared across our social media platforms, get in touch! n2united.co.uk/n2unique/showcase/

3.     Report from our local Councillors:

Councillors, Claire Farrier and Alison Moore, East Finchley ward councillors, updated the group on a range of local matters including the cycle lanes, speeding, crime and environmental issues.

Claire is now on an environment committee for Barnet council and has discussed the issue around local food waste and the facilities required to recycle it etc.  She has also been speaking to residents on Long Lane and hearing their concerns about speeding which has become an increasing problem since the installation of cycle lanes on the High Road. There will be a minor review in September on the introduction of cycle lanes and their effect on parking in particular.

Alison discussed how the cycle lane has exacerbated the issue of traffic and all of its effects and there is a community infrastructure fund, and some money will be hopefully used to improve the mixed reviews on the cycle lanes in the area. The ongoing evaluation of their effectiveness has not been helped by someone sabotaging the data collecting wires outside the library!

Both councillors reminded people to provide as much, detailed information as possible on specific issues so they can quickly investigate and assist.

East Finchley Police
Can you spare 5 minutes of your time to complete this East Finchley – Ward Survey?
Residents are encouraged to share their views as it will help the local Police understand what the community needs so we they better serve us! www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/GVYKNT/

The Causeway petition

The recent petition for improved safety in The Causeway has started well and has already received over 3,600 signatures but still needs more local support to affect change, sign the petition but time is running out to have your voice heard! you.38degrees.org.uk/p/thecauseway

4.     Guest Speakers

East Finchley Arts Festival
Unfortunately our guest speaker, Daphne Chamberlain, of the East Finchley Arts Festival had her own technical issues so shared the following update via email*:

“East Finchley’s annual arts festival came to an end with the death last year of Geoffrey Hanson. The festival was very much Geoffrey’s baby, and he made a considerable financial contribution to it.

Any new festival will be unconnected with the previous model which has been officially wound up with all monies left over donated to All Saints church, and the committee has been disbanded.

At the last meeting of the old committee, everyone agreed that it could not be continued in its present form but felt it would be good to see local arts celebrated in a different form.

Given we have such a lot of talent in East Finchley – a lot of it undiscovered – we are now looking at ideas and invite the East Finchley community and N2United members, to share theirs particularly in running a festival with no money!

For example, in the June edition of The Archer, there is a beautiful back page of pictures taken by one of our self-taught photographers and the recent artwork on the hoarding outside the old GLH site came from one of our online workshops, this one funded by a Grange Big Local, community grant.

Other ideas include:

A community wide celebration and link up all of the different forms of the arts across the community – e.g., poetry readings in cafes, artwork in shops, music at the station, dancing in the parks. It would be great to involve local talent from schools and interest groups?

Any shop/ café/ pub/open space -any venue showcasing local talent will benefit themselves as wherever people are exhibiting or performing, their families and friends will be there too as well as any resulting publicity from local ‘media people’ living locally.

In response to the Archer article, we have had expressions of interest from a local organiser and fund-raiser, an offer of publicity from the Muswell Hill and Fortis Green Association, and a request   from the BBC Symphony Band at Elstree. There is also interest from the GBL Fun Palace team and N2 Poets are also extremely interested as is local performer, Jake Eiseman-Renyard!

Please do let me know via ‘The Archer’ if you would like to get involved in any way or if you have any other ideas?”

Daphne added, “Just to make it clear, neither The Archer or I will be the organisers of the event, but we will help with publicity and support”.

5.     AOB

The Archer
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! www.the-archer.co.uk

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.

Litter launch
Look out for details on the ‘Litter launch’ and other local initiatives on our website, keep safe and spread the word!

Dementia Friends

Cllr. Farrier is also involved with Dementia Friends and runs a series of Dementia Friends information sessions locally. www.dementiafriends.org.uk

6.     Thanks & Close

That is a wrap on a hot night of networking… ‘Hot in the City’ indeed! A huge thanks to everyone for staying at home(!) and joining in with the June N2United Zoom meeting!

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.

Thanks as ever to our speakers and contributors with a special thanks to ‘The Archer’ for hosting this meeting as well as for their coverage and support. Thanks too, to our hardworking Councillors, Alison, and Claire, all the organisations helping out in the community, including the Food Project, Finchley Foodbank and all of our local businesses especially those just starting out… let’s build on the ideas and information shared and support each other and keep supporting our local shops and businesses, you’re making the difference!

7.     Next meeting – 8pm via Zoom on Thursday 8th July 2021

The July meeting is again, FREE, and open to everyone and will build on and develop the ideas shared at these meetings to support our local businesses and organisations, keep us all safe, and keep improving the area where we all live or work. Remind your business neighbours!

Remember! Our ‘Summer Social’ in August will hopefully… be outside!

*Cannot attend the meetings?

Do not worry, we get it! You’re busy and probably have lots of calls on your time but remember, you don’t have to attend the N2United meetings to share news about your organisation, business or project, just use this link to share your story, news or request and we’ll share it to our members and across our social media platforms.

N2United Community and Business Network

Thanks – 10th June 2021

That’s a wrap on a hot night of networking… ‘Hot in the City’* indeed!

A huge thanks to everyone for staying at home(!) and joining in with the June N2United Zoom meeting!

Thanks as ever to our speakers and contributors with a special thanks to ‘The Archer’ for hosting this meeting as well as for their coverage and support. Our hardworking Councillors, Alison, and Claire, all the organisations helping out in the community, including the Food Project, Finchley Foodbank and all of our local businesses especially those just starting out… let’s build on the ideas and information shared and support each other…

Next N2United Meeting – July 8th 2021 – ‘Open Meeting’ – 8pm again via Zoom and don’t forget our ‘Summer Social’ in August… outside!

Look out for details on the ‘Litter launch’ and other local initiatives on our website, keep safe and spread the word!

*Our hosts walk-on music!

Starting your Own Business?

In association with TaxAssist Accountants – East Finchley

The team at TaxAssist Accounts have produced another helpful guide, this time with advice on starting your own business. This guide covers ten key areas to help steer you through the early stages of your business.

“We understand that starting a business can present you with moments where you meet certain challenges which you may not have experienced before and so we have put together a guide to help bring our combined learnings over the years of helping thousands of businesses to start up, grow and thrive”

See ‘Advice for Business‘ for more information and to get your copy as well as other business advice!


Thanks again TaxAssist Accountants!
We are grateful for the help and advice provided to our members by Drazen Coric and his team at TaxAssist Accountants over the years and in particular the advice re grants during the Covid-19 pandemic.