We aim to make Highgate and its neighbourhood a better place in which to live and work;
to ensure that any changes made in the environment enhance the amenity of the area:
to encourage sound planning and to improve public transport.

The Future of Public Parks - urgent inquiry

A Parliamentary Inquiry into Public Parks is taking place. Anyone can fill in the survey on line at this link: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/HO3PU/ 

It is actually quite quick! The Society has responded but we would urge as many of you as possible to complete the survey. While the Heath and Highgate Wood are not under any threat of privatisation, the threat to other urban open spaces is immediate and real, and the more people who tell the Parliamentary Committee of their opposition to privatisation the better.

The deadline is 30 September. The more input the Committee gets, the clearer it will be how important our parks and open spaces are to us, that there is a need for them to be properly funded, that maintenance of parks ought to be a statutory duty - many of you may be surprised to learn that it is not - and that they must remain genuinely public places.

The background is one of cuts facing public parks nationally. Local authorities believe they can no longer fund their parks and green spaces and many are considering privatising their management, or even selling them off for development. We hope you agree that this is unacceptable.

Do encourage others to complete the survey.

This is a link explaining the inquiry


Press Release .....

“Piano star to play in Highgate”

On Saturday 15th October the pianist Martin James Bartlett, winner of the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year Competition in 2014,will be giving a recital to celebrate the Highgate Society’s 50th anniversary at the United Reformed Church, South Grove, Highgate N6 6BJ at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £15 and can be obtained from The Gatehouse (020 8340 3488), Brooksby’s in Highgate High Street (cash only) or by post from the Highgate Society,  10a South Grove N6 6BS (cash or cheque in a sae).

This exceptional budding pianist will be playing an ambitious programme consisting of classics as well as modern music from both sides of the Atlantic. Martin, who is still only 19, is currently studying at the Royal College of Music whose magazine recently described him as “one of the greatest young up and coming piano talents in the music world”.  

He will open the concert with the Mozart sonata in A minor. This will be followed  by pieces from Ginastera and Granados, whose Goyescas  have been described as “extremely difficult to master”. As a jazz fan he loves playing their syncopated rhythms. In contrast to these flamboyant pieces, Martin will be playing an amorous Widmung which Schumann wrote for his beloved bride Clara. He will continue with Burlesque by Sir Arnold Bax, which he performed earlier this year before the Queen as part of her 90th birthday celebrations.

This concert is part of the Music in Highgate Homes series which the Highgate Society has been promoting for many years showcasing the talents of a welter of multi talented young musicians, many of whom have gone on to make distinguished careers for themselves.

7.5t weight limit in Highgate

The Traffic & Transport Group of The Highgate Society has given considerable thought to what needs to be done about this proposal.
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Highgate Bowl under threat - again

For most of its fifty years’ existence the Society has been battling to

preserve the several acres of open land behind the High Street shops

known as the Highgate Bowl where the old garden centre is situated.

This is to preserve a wonderful green open space which also has historic

importance as perhaps the last survivor of the drovers’ pastures for the

use of flocks being driven through Highgate to London markets. The

Society has supported a new charity, the Friends of the Highgate Bowl,

set up to acquire land in the Bowl for public use.

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Pond Square Toilets Group Update

An update on recent developments on the Pond Square Toilets and next steps, as well as a highlight of recent media coverage. Read More

Be part of it!

The Highgate Society is a voluntary organisation of 1,400 members living in and around Highgate, London N6. Our primary aim is to make Highgate a better place in which to live and work.To achieve this we mount a wide variety of activities for members, (while being wide open to ideas for further new activities) as you can see from the panel on the left of screen. Prominent among these, under the heading of ‘Environment', is our dedication to principles of sound planning, for the protection and enhancement of the public amenities that we all enjoy.

Join us for coffee every Saturday between 10.30am and 12:30pm at 10a South Grove. Come and meet other members or talk to the Environment Committee if you would like some planning advice, or have a planning or environmental problem.



You can make a difference

We would like to welcome you to The Highgate Society and if you live in and around Highgate there will be something for you to know about, take part in or simply to enjoy. Please do join us, It is all quite easy.

The Society was started 40 years ago and we aim to keep Highgate a wonderful place to live and work. With three boroughs adjoining us, everyone’s opinion counts and we’d love to have yours. The more members we have, the stronger we are together to lobby for Highgate and keep our area special.

We have plenty of activities and groups to join, but if you are pressed for time you can be just a member, read Buzz and perhaps enjoy our Summer Festival Fair in the Square or Carols in December.

An individual membership costs just £15 a year, or £21 for a whole family. Our premises at 10a South Grove are available to hire for your parties, meetings and events. Coffee and biscuits are served every Saturday morning between 10.30 and 12.30 and all are welcome.

Buzz is The Society’s magazine and is produced four times during the year and you could have a copy of your own by joining.

Let us know if you want to join us. We’d be happy to talk to you about what we do, or feel free to pop into 10a any Saturday to meet the team.

Membership Team - Jan Morgan 0208 340 9490.

This page was last modified on 21/09/2016 at 21:42.

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