Monday, 11 December 2017
Once we have the nominations and citations in, our team looks at what has been suggested and who would be the best idea. We also look at previous years and change a few categories. This year we brought in Sports club of the year. The work Mill Hill Rugby club have done has meant that it was a really obvious choice, however lots of people suggested their kids youth football teams etc. I was also very tempted to select Barnet Copthall Diving club, for their amazing campaign to keep a diving pool at Copthall, but this was more in the domain of campaigns. The Rugby club have been massively supportive of all sorts of things in the communty, which is why they swung it. Their clubhouse is one of the gems of Mill Hill, with all sorts of events there throughout the year. Richard Logue who proposed the club, and is rather keen on the oddly shaped ball version of football, clearly enjoyed presenting the award. Afterwards, we had a brief discussion and we concluded that really we need to do more to encourage such clubs, as a community
As for the Charity, we really felt that it would be good to put the work of the foodbank in the spotlight in the run in to Christmas. If we could get more food donations for the less well off members of our community, that would be great and if we could get more people into the idea of regularly donating, even better. This blog has supported the Foodbank since we first heard of its work. As a member of the Parish Council at the Sacred Heart, I had a key role in setting the church up as a regular drop off point, on the first Sunday of every month. During December, we run our Advent Calendar to promote as many local organisations as possible. I'd say that most of them could have been chosen. The venue was a big factor in the choice. We like to move the awards around and we will usually try and pick organisations local to the venue, if we can, as it makes it easier for people to get to. We generally have a pretty good idea of who we want to choose for the more important awards before we choose the venue. As we do it on a shoestring, it also helps.
For the band/musician of the year, we are spoilt for choice. Some years we recognise stalwarts of the local scene (such as Alan Warner of the Foundations last year). This year we went for a great, up and coming local band Drop Pink. To win, you have to have done stuff in and around the community. Alan Warner has done all manner of charity events etc locally. Drop Pink played twice this year, in the freezing cold, at the Mill Hill Markets and brought a stack of fans. Both are great examples of the different aspects of the local music scene.
For the person of the year, it is always a very important decision. Some years it is someone who has done something amazing over the last year. This year, we went for Councillor Jack Cohen from Childs Hill. Jack has been a councillor for over three decades. He is a tireless worker for the residents he represents and is a shining example of what we believe a local councillor should be. I don't think too many people who are familiar with Barnet Council would disagree. It is funny as even his local political opponents speak highly of him, something that is sadly a rarity these days.
Then there is the community event of the year. People put so much effort into these. The North Finchley Music Festival was a great example and a deserved winner. To put on 50 bands for free over a weekend at six different venues is an awesome undertaking. I can't think of anything else on that scale locally.
And what about the night? Well it was a blast. It was great to meet so many people. We informed the winners and it was great to see that they all came down mob handed, to make it a great night. We held a raffle to raise money for The Colindale Foodbank. We raised over £100, which was a great result. Thanks to The Day of the Raj, Mill Hill Rugby Club and Mill Hill Music Complex for the prizes. As the Rugby club won the free recording session, I suspect they will be recording the club anthem. I hope so! One of the main reasons for holding the awards is to help build bridges between the different parts of the community. It was great to see the Rugby club offering their help to the Foodbank in their acceptance speech.
After the awards, we always have some live music. This year, we had Drop Pink and my Band, The False Dots. Sadly due to an overrunning event in the venue, Drop Pink didn't get as long a slot as I'd have liked. Still everyone got to see that they are a great band. We had a blast. Here's a little video of what we played, in our acoustic set.
In short, to sum up, we see the awards as a time to bring our community together, recognise just a few of the great people and organisations that make a difference and to have some fun before Christmas. Every year, this has got bigger and better. We don't want to be the Oscars, we are the Barnet's! We do things a little bit different here. Have a great festive season.
Our gem today is one I'd never heard of, but will definately check out. Did you know there is a Belarussian church in Woodside Park, built of wood, as a memorial to the victims of Chernobyl?
The Church of St Cyril of Turau and All the Patron Saints The church is located next to the Francis Skaryna Belarusian Library and Museum and the Marian House, a Belarusian community centre in Woodside Park. It was built as a memorial to victims of Chernobyl and completed in 2016.
The design primarily draws inspiration from the rural wooden churches in Belarus. The materials palette was restricted to wood and glass to reflect their austere and tranquil beauty. It is therefore essentially ‘windowless’ reflecting the inward-focused Byzantine liturgical tradition. The design of the external walls was inspired by the traditional vertical timber cladding of the Baroque Uniate churches of Belarus.
Julia has nominated Art Against Knives as her good cause for todays window.
This is a brilliant charity leading the fight in our community, educating young people that there are better things in life than violence and carrying knives.
Do you have a local gem and a local good cause that you'd like to see in a window? Why not drop us an email and let us know. The Barnet Eye is dedicating the Advent period to building community in our locality, so why not help by giving us your nominations? This has proven to be enormously popular this year, so why not add your window?
Sunday, 10 December 2017
1. Let's start with a word of advice from the Police in Burnt Oak
and this is why
warning: Don’t travel unless "absolutely necessary" and have blankets and a charged mobile phone.— Burnt Oak Police (@MPSBurntOak) December 10, 2017
Rain or shine, even snow, officers from the team are out on patrol. pic.twitter.com/SxbeW42GLF— Burnt Oak Police (@MPSBurntOak) December 10, 2017
2. Want to drop some food off for Colindale Foodbank
We are now a drop-off point for Colindale Foodbank! pic.twitter.com/9fpz4JnoRw— St Michaels, NW7 (@StMichaelsMH) December 9, 2017
3. Important news if you ever need to use Barnet Police Station
The front counter at #Barnet Police Station will close on 14 December but more officers will be out on the streets of the Capital, keeping your local area safe. Your 24/7 front counter at #Colindale Police Station will remain open for you to speak to an officer face-to-face pic.twitter.com/kuajAbBtN4— East Finchley Police (@MPSEastFinchley) December 9, 2017
4. This is a great Tweet from Barnet Rebel. A real action shot!
Here's a new angle on scooter aided robbery; a power tool stolen from workers on Bittacy Hill NW7. They escaped through a hail of thrown traffic cones... @metpoliceuk @MPSBarnet #allowustofightback #nomercy #scooterscumbags pic.twitter.com/xDUB37Jvtp— Donald Lyven (@barnet_rebel) December 5, 2017
5. Nice snow pic from Finchley
6. A Tube train got stuck in the snow near Woodside Park
Due to snow Northern Line is stranded between West Finchley and Woodside Park Stations. pic.twitter.com/mBNB7xbJ5R— Tam Monika (@Monika_TAM) December 10, 2017
7. The Festive Season is getting into full swing in Barnet
8. Nice Historic Tweet this week
9. And we have a missing Doggie! Please try and help find
🌟Please RT in all Areas🌟 🇬🇧 👀#Missing one week now.— 🌟MISSING DOGS UK🌟 (@FINDMISSINGDOGS) December 8, 2017
AMERICAN BULL DOG CROSS MASTIFF BRINDLE & WHITE COLOUR. MISSING 1/12/17
MALE & NAME IS ZEUS.
MISSING FROM #EDGWARE #Barnet
North #London#MissingDogsUK#DogsAreFamily #VETS2SCAN#ScanMe pic.twitter.com/eFQW5Oirij
10. Festive fun in Cricklewood for the big lights Switch On
That's all folks!
Here's a few tweets of some of the fun!
We’re all having a great night at @ChandosArmsPub! Exciting things are coming our way... stay tuned! pic.twitter.com/duGyETvIAC— Colindale Foodbank (@ColindaleFB) December 9, 2017
As if this night couldn’t get any better...@Barneteye and Emily at the @ChandosArmsPub have arranged a collection and raffle for us! So blessed. @jesushouseuk @TrinityNW95QY pic.twitter.com/e64Sa0RxOY— Colindale Foodbank (@ColindaleFB) December 9, 2017
Hot Pink at the @chandosarmspub #music #rock #barnet #london https://t.co/M1NXSwL00w pic.twitter.com/51Ucm1wQws— John V. Keogh (@JoViKe) December 9, 2017
Well done to @ColindaleFB and all other winners tonight @Barneteye awards tonight @GPOneStopShop @ChandosArmsPub https://t.co/Zx4mZfrcfJ— NHV Residents Associ (@NHV_NW9) December 9, 2017
Good solid punk with the False Dots at the @ChandosArmsPub and @Barneteye pic.twitter.com/E6BfIYI9vJ— Richard Logue (@logueys) December 9, 2017
Citation: “Mill Hill Rugby Club exemplify what a community sports club should be. They have been at the heart of the local sporting community for decades”
Please note that Phillipa Whitecross and John Burgess were not present at the awards so we will present that award at a later date.
We also had a performance by The False Dots and Drop Pinj to entertain the masses. Here is a clip of "Espresso Soho" and "Her Question" by the False Dots.
I guess this really was the end of the era when such things were seen as the height of fashion and elegance. Just a year after, we were plunged into a dire conflict, followed by the austerity of the late 40's & 50's. These gave way to the swinging 60's and the mini!
I'd be fascinated to know what happened to Dr Cunninghams collection of antique frocks
For our Charity focus today, we also focus on Finchley and the excellent North London Hospice. Whilst it is an establishent none of us want to visit or enter, when we have to we find that it is the most fantastic establishment. How many of us have had a friend or relative who needed the services provided and have seen the excellent work first hand. I cannot praise this organisation highly enough and if you are looking for somewhere to help in this festive season, this is cetrainly somewhere that should be high on your list - www.northlondonhospice.org - if you don't fancy donating, why not visit one of their 18 local shops and buy a few presents for your friends and family there. It all helps and makes a big difference.
Saturday, 9 December 2017
|The False Dots|
Please come along to show your appreciation to these marvellous organisations and people
Live music in Mill Hill Town Square with Drop Pink! PA & Lights by us pic.twitter.com/RGT29KZRar— MillHillMusicComplex (@MillHillMusicCo) November 11, 2017