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Donald Smith

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Matz Jan 25. 2 Replies

It is with sadness that I have to report the death of Donald Smith, who died unexpectedly on New Year’s Day.Many readers will recognise Don as a regular contributor to the Bowes and Bounds Forum; he…Continue

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We need to talk about Kelvin ... and Belsize Avenues and Tottenhall Road and Princes Avenue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Donald Smith Sep 15, 2017. 7 Replies

The Bowes and Bounds website was set up to celebrate the positive things about living in our area. We have - in the main  - avoided all the negative stuff about living in a city ... mostly because it…Continue

Tags: council, enfield, rubbish., litter.

What if London were a National Park City?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard McKeever Mar 30, 2017. 6 Replies

We have had previous contributions on the forum about the project…Continue

Tags: london, national park city, soutgate green

Tackling Air Pollution in Enfield

Started this discussion. Last reply by Matthew Kitching Feb 11, 2017. 11 Replies

Air quality is a current and ongoing concern in our area -…Continue

Tags: caroline russell, bowes primary school, air quality, air pollution


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"Rebels Against Injustice" Local activities of the Suffragette movement

A recent article on the excellent website includes details of a raucous incident that took place 98 years ago this week at Palmers Green Triangle where, according to the local newspaper: ...something rather more…See More
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"A sad loss of a valued local campaigner, activist and contributer to our community RIP"
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Donald Smith

It is with sadness that I have to report the death of Donald Smith, who died unexpectedly on New Year’s Day.Many readers will recognise Don as a regular contributor to the Bowes and Bounds Forum; he was also seen regularly at Local Council Ward Forums. Whether in print or in person he had a genuine ability to identify salient details in planning applications and official documents- and the likely impacts that these might have on the local community. He took a keen interest in the fine print and…See More
Jan 25
Richard McKeever replied to Chris Smith's discussion Natal Road - where does the name come from?
"Hi Chris, Welcome to the neighbourhood! Given the age of the housing in the area I woud guess the road was named after the South African province of Natal. During the second Boer War, Natal saw some fierce fighting, and was the location for a few…"
Jan 25
Colin Marr replied to Richard McKeever's discussion The Derelict Dole Office of Clockhouse Junction
"I have only just picked up on this thread. I didn’t recognise the term “Clockhouse Junction” – that junction used to be known as “The Cock – Palmers Green”.  The now derelict building you describe is…"
Nov 9, 2017
Donald Smith replied to Richard McKeever's discussion The Derelict Dole Office of Clockhouse Junction
"There appears to be conflation in the original story between the benefits office and the separate but adjoining brick built bus shelter and ladies/gents toilets"
Nov 9, 2017
Stephen Middleton replied to Richard McKeever's discussion The Derelict Dole Office of Clockhouse Junction
"It has been refurbished. Picture from the New River (Nov 2017) Follow this link for the property companies info."
Nov 6, 2017
Donald Smith replied to Richard McKeever's discussion We need to talk about Kelvin ... and Belsize Avenues and Tottenhall Road and Princes Avenue
"The LBEnfield web site now shows a Bowes Ward Meeting on 21st September at Trinity at Bowes, Sports Hall"
Sep 15, 2017

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Talkies Community Cinema: HERE Film festival

Posted on March 5, 2016 at 13:42 0 Comments

HERE FILM FESTIVAL is about the diversity of interests, people and places in the suburbs of London. HERE is not in the West End, Southbank or Shoreditch. HERE in the suburbs we aren't the swanky super-rich, the celebrity glitterati or bearded hipsters.  HERE is where the cinema creatives of London produce…


Centenary of Bowes Park born Illustrator Robert Ayton

Posted on September 14, 2015 at 15:00 0 Comments

This year, 2015 marks the centenary of one the best known illustrators you have probably never heard of… Yet anyone growing up in the 50s, 60s or 70s is likely to recognise the images of Robert Norton Ayton even if you do not know his name.

Robert Ayton was born in Russell Road Bowes Park…


How The Rosalie Skating Rink became Palmers Green Bus Garage

Posted on August 19, 2015 at 13:30 4 Comments

Recent news about the redevelopment of Palmers Green Bus garage has prompted questions about its fascinating history.

Constructed just over a century ago in…


Spouters Corner - A local tradition of political free speech.

Posted on April 12, 2015 at 16:30 1 Comment

We have become used to Election Campaigns conducted via broadcast media: leader debates live on TV, party Twitter feeds and viral videos on YouTube. Very different from earlier days when politics relied much more on face-to-face discussions, public meetings and rallies; campaigning “on the stump”.…


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At 0:38 on April 6, 2016, ESZ said…

Thank you for the message, Richard. I moved to Wolves Lane in 2004 and I like Middleton Road. I accidentally walked into a street event there where I experienced great community spirit.


At 9:49 on March 27, 2016, Alistair Harley said…

I'm afraid I told a small lie when I registered for the forum. I listed my address as Arundel Gardens in N21. In fact that was my last address back in 1969, after that I stayed at Truro road. I was a regular at Fishmongers Arms and Springfield Park Tavern. I now live in a village called Crowhurst, near Battle in East Sussex. I still have strong memories of the area having worked at Express Motors and a spell as Road Sweeper.

At 12:51 on February 22, 2016, sabrina puddu said…

Hi Richard,

thanks for your message. I just moved to the area and want to learn more about it. Very exiting!


At 15:52 on January 26, 2016, Sarah Webb said…

Hi Richard,

Thank you for the warm welcome. Moved to the area in July 2015 and really love it. Shall be checking out the folk club at Mums on the 4th Feb.

Many thanks


At 10:17 on January 15, 2016, Graeme Aymer said…

Thanks Richard. We moved here last summer and are just trying to take part in the community now we're a bit more settled. 

Thanks again, 


At 22:05 on January 6, 2016, Bob Cassidy said…
Thanks for the welcome Richard. I've lived in the area for 16 years and have no intention of leaving!
At 18:44 on October 28, 2015, Jemima Headey said…
Thanks Richard - not living in the area yet but we hope to be soon! Have been spending many Saturday mornings in The Step in between flat viewings! We love the area, I'll be keeping an eye on this site for sure. Choir & folk club sound awesome!
At 14:04 on September 28, 2015, Renaissance said…

Thanks Richard. Please could you email us the pictures from yesterday to

At 12:48 on August 27, 2015, Judy Dyble said…

Thank you Richard for your welcome, it is many years since I lived in the area, but it was the are of my teenage ramblings as you will see if you look at my website

I am currently in the middle of writing my biography and this area does feature in it!! I may have to ask people questons on here about it when my memory fails me :-)

At 17:40 on August 24, 2015, Ali Barwani said…
Thank you for adding me. I will enjoy exploring your site.

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