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Highgate HitList 25.11.18

Updated: Dec 31, 2018

Highgate HITLIST 25.11.18

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The plan to move the 271 bus terminus from Pond Square has been shelved due to lack of funds. TFL propose to cease the 271 night bus. The C2 bus route will cease and be replaced by an extension of the No 88 bus route. TFL considered expanding the service of the 603 school bus [Swiss Cottage-Hampstead-Highgate-Muswell Hill] but decided there was not sufficient demand to warrant it.


FESTIVE WINE TASTING in aid of the Friends of Harington; Join us for a great selection of wines and complementary foods for the festive season hasted by knowledgable and entertaining Jason Millar; The Theatre of Wine, 124 Junction Rd, N19 5LB, Tuesday 27.11.18, 7.30pm, click here to book. £25

NEW POETRY GROUP MEETING: This meeting heralds the beginning of a new Highgate Poetry group; bring a poem to read, share and enjoy. Monday 26.11.18; 10a South Grove; £2; open to Highgate Society members only, 6.30pm - 8.30pm;

ELAINE BERNSTEIN POP UP WOMEN’S DRESS SHOP: Offering the perfect dress: flattering, sexy, practical, machine washable, and with a mobile phone pocket! they have been described by many as the perfect dress!   Pop up shop open until the end of November at 67 Highgate High St ,opposite the Highgate School chapel, Tuesday to Saturday 11 am – 5.30 pm

ART EXHIBITION: Accidental Artists: Gail Altschuler and her adult students and friends will be showing paintings and ceramics - including Talk of the Table, a collaborative collection of painted plates as homages to inspirational women.

Lauderdale House, Wednesday 28.11.18 7.30pm-9.30pm

Thereafter open until 21.12.18: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 11.30am - 4.00pm


Mike Coles, Traffic Lights

Artworks inspired by the theme 50:50 will feature in an exciting new exhibition by more than 30 members of the East Finchley Open Artists (EFOA) featuring paintings, prints, photographs, textiles and ceramics. Until 29.11.18; Highgate Gallery, HLSI, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

JAZZ AT LAUDERDALE HOUSE: Expect modern, world-class jazz from the Leon Greening Trio in a beautiful historic setting. Thursday 29.11.18, bar opens 8pm, music begins 8.30pm, Tickets online: £7/£10/£12 [Door tickets £1 extra]

THE GINGERBREAD MAN: Jackson’s Lane 2018 Christmas show will be a delicious adventure for families; age guide 3+; duration 50 min; 01.12.18 - 24.12.18; click here for information and bookings

LECTURE: Life in the Garden by Penelope Lively; Penelope’s latest book'Life in the Garden', reflects her enduring passion for gardens and gardening through memoir, art and literature.This talk will take the form of a conversation with her old friend the writer and journalist Peter Kemp, about Life in the Garden. HLSI, Tuesday 27.11.18, 8.00pm - 9.30pm.


ART EXHIBITION: Accidental Artists: Gail Altschuler and her adult students and friends will be showing paintings and ceramics - including Talk of the Table, a collaborative collection of painted plates as homages to inspirational women. Lauderdale House, Sunday 02.12.18, 11am - 4pm

ADVENT CAROL SERVICE: St Anne’s Church, Sunday 02.12.18, 6.00pm



The Highgate Christmas Lights may be up but they’re not fully paid for yet!

The lights cost £8,592.00 to erect, take down and store and the contractor we use is called Blachere - we are into the third year of a three year deal with them. On top of this we need money for two banners which will advertise our sponsors (this year its Streathers Solicitors, Haringey Council and Channing School) – a donation of £1,000.000 or more constitutes being a sponsor.

We also need to raise money for light repairs (broken bulbs, wall fixing repairs etc) and for taking down old lights from a tree in Pond Square for which Camden have quoted around £1,000.00 to do.

Please Donate:

By cheque to ‘Highgate Festive Events’ and hand to Winkworth Estate Agents, 36 Highgate High St [put name on reverse of cheque]By bank transfer to Highgate Festive Events; Barclays Sort code: 20-95-61 Account 10959235 [quote invoice number if applicable]Pop spare change into the fundraising box at any local business.Visit our crowdfunding page to make a donation:

Spread the word:

 Tell everyone you know in Highgate that this is a community project. Let’s get the word out. Email your Highgate contacts. Tell everyone on Facebook. Do an instagram post. Put up a poster.

We all agree that Highgate is an amazing place to live and work. We want to make Highgate sparkle this Christmas so please help make it happen.

For all queries contact: James Wilkinson Tel: 0208 341 1988


Each week we put out feelers to see what’s happening in neighbouring suburbs:


400 stones will run the length of Camden Town


A cheeky take on pizza making

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MONDAY NIGHT MAGIC; John Lenahan presents a regular Monday night Magic show featuring a mix of comedians and magicians. Upstairs at the Gatehouse; £13/£15, Booking essential.


HIGHGATE LIFE DRAWING CLASS: for fun, sociable and relaxed drop-in life drawing sessions in a professional set-up and with established models; all skill levels welcome; Mondays 7pm - 9pm at Common House, Olmstead Close N10 3FB ; Tuesdays 7pm - 9pm at The Bull, North Hill. Tanja Hassel [07872174231]

PORTRAITURE AND FIGURE DRAWING CLASSES: For artists of all levels, taught by art tutor, Zoe Hirson, this course looks at anatomy and spends some time focusing on drawing a single pose. Materials will be provided. Lauderdale House, Every Tuesday until 11.12.18, 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm, £225/term.

INTRODUCTORY ART CLASS: Still Life This weekly class offers both beginners and developing students the chance to explore their creative potential in drawing. Lauderdale House, Wednesdays 10:30am - 1.00pm until 12 Dec. £225 per term

DOODLE KIDS ART WORKSHOPS: Designed to help children (age 5-11) have fun as they develop artistic skills through a combination of mediums such as painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture. Jackson’s Lane, Wednesdays 4.30pm - 5.30pm, £145/12 sessions; £250/12 sessions 2 siblings; Anastasia Mina 07510898430


SATURDAY COFFEE MORNING AT 10a South Grove: The Highgate Society Saturday coffee morning is a fixture throughout the year combining a social event with offering advice to local residents on planning issues. Open to all. 10:30am - 12:30pm.

LE CERCLE FRANCAIS DE HIGHGATE for the promotion of French language and French culture - no English is spoken at the meetings; 10a South Grove, first Wednesday of the month September - May; 8.00pm, £4-£10

BRIDGE CLUB 10a South Grove, Mondays, 2.00pm - 4.30pm; Marion Uglow 02083408919


COFFEE AND COMPUTERS; for help with laptops, tablets and smart phones.10a South Grove; first Friday of every month, 10.30am to 12.30pm


YOGA with Annie Rigby:

Suitable for all levels, complete beginners welcome. Mats provided. Hatha yoga (with Yin, Scarivelli and Pilates influences) – a gentle style that still delivers strength and flexibility in a safe manner with pranayama (breathing exercises) incorporated into all classes. Classes are light-hearted, fun and enjoyable.

Tuesdays: Weekly drop-in class, United Reform Church Pond Square, just turn up, 1:05 pm – 1:55 pm, £7

Thursdays: Weekly evening class, Holly Lodge Community Centre, need to book, 7.15pm - 8.30pm £12 07971921029

YOGA with Ad de Koning at the Holly Lodge Community Centre; gentle yoga suitable for all levels; 07949408036 Thursdays 2.00pm-3.00pm; £8 - £9/session; concession rates available.

ZHAN ZHUANG CLASSES at The Holly Lodge Community Centre; Sundays 10.30am - 11.30am; £72 for 6 week term; drop in sessions available also £14 ea; Lidia on 07905 795 339 or

ZUM DANCE CLASSES at The Holly Lodge Community Centre; Keep fit and have fun with Zumba! All welcome, all ages and abilities. Fridays 09.30am - 10.30am. £80 for £10 sessions; drop in sessions also available £10 ea.

JUDO CLASSES at The Holly Lodge Community Centre: Judo with Roland. Protect yourself, get fit and have fun. Tuesdays 7.00pm - 8.30pm

PILATES at the Holly Lodge Community Centre: Class specifically for cancer recoverers and survivors. Wednesdays, 10.00am - 11.00am. Laura Holland 07393 149888.

HIGHGATE BALLET SCHOOL: We teach ballet, pre-ballet and contemporary dance in a safe, nurturing environment. Our students love dancing and are graceful, confident, intelligent, self- disciplined, curious and creative. Catering to children from pre school age up to senior level. For venues, times and cost click here: 020 8458 1377

YOGA: Billy Doyle Yoga in the Kashmir tradition: The classes focus on posture, breathing, relaxation and include a short period of meditation. They are all mixed ability groups and also suitable for beginners. Lauderdale House; Mondays 7.00pm - 8.30pm until 10.12.18; Tuesdays 10.00am - 11.30am until 11.12.18. £12-£14/class;

HIGHGATE PILATES: Adult Classes for beginner+/intermediate level [not for absolute beginners]. Lauderdale House: Tuesday evenings until 4.12.18: two sessions: 7.30pm-8.30pm & 8.30pm-9.30pm, Wednesday mornings until 12.12.18: 9.30am-10.30am & 10.30am-11.30am, 07550 076508



‘PERFORM’ Drama and Dance classes: For fun and confidence building in children aged 4 - 12. Highgate United Reformed Church; Fridays 4.00pm - 6.30pm; Lucy Quick 020 7209 3805 KDK DRAMA CLASSES: Highgate United Reformed Church: Drama classes for nursery, primary, secondary occur on various days of the week; private tuition also available; £120-£180 per 10 week term; Katherine Schlesinger 02088816694


CHRISTIAN MEDITATION: An ideal way to learn to meditate is with a group. Collectively we seem to strengthen and support each other. Our routine is to listen to a short introductory theme, meditate for 20 minutes, then finish with a short prayer. This meditation seems to meet the needs of many modern people in their search for a deeper spiritual life. Please come and join us. Contact Gwyneth Wilson. Tel: 020 8348 2169; United Reform Church, Pond Sq; Fridays 12.30pm-1pm

HIGHGATE HEALING CENTRE: National Federation of Spiritual Healers
web: Tuesdays 6.00pm - 8.00pm; Tel: 07597 199 299


THE FRIDAY LUNCH at The Holly Lodge Community Centre; Hosted by Highgate Newtown. Fridays 12.00pm - 1.30pm; £3.00 for a fish meal - 2 courses.

THE MONDAY LUNCH at The Holly Lodge Community Centre: A freshly cooked three course meal with tea or coffee; games available also. All welcome. Every Monday except Bank holidays from 12.15pm - 2.00pm. £3.50

COMMUNITY LUNCH: Highgate United Reformed Church; Thursdays 12.00 - 1.30pm; £2.50


BABY AND TODDLER GROUP: Music, movement and play. Highgate United Reformed Church, Wednesdays, 10am-11.30am


RUCKSACK MUSIC: Come and enjoy a relaxed, interactive guided musical session for children (ages 0-4) & their adults (parents/carers). Expect nursery rhymes, popular songs & movement, with small percussion instruments to play and live guitar accompaniment. Lots of singing, stomping, clapping, wriggling, just having a good time. Learning through enjoyment. Classes are 1 hour with a break. Tutor is jazz musician Faye Patton. Jackson’s Lane, Wednesdays and Fridays 10.15am - 11.15am. £5.00 per child/£3.50 siblings; booking not needed, just drop in;, 020 8340 5226,


THE LONDON TELESCOPE AND ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY at the Holly Lodge Community Centre: Make and use your own telescope and view the stars! Event held fortnightly on Wednesdays, 8.00pm - 9.00pm. Chris Bryant for details at


HIGHGATE WEST CEMETERY: Admission to the West cemetery is by guided tour only; duration 70 min; adults £12, 8-17yrs £6 [no admission to dogs or children under 8; assistance dogs allowed], ticket price includes entry to East cemetery; Sat, Sun & Bank Hols tours every half hour 10.30am - 3.00pm [4pm March-Oct], no booking required - just turn up but places are limited; Mon-Fri tours 11.00am and 1.45pm, booking essential

HIGHGATE EAST CEMETERY: You can wander the East cemetery by yourself, although there are occasional tours, typically on a Saturday. Open daily 10am - 5pm March - October; 10am - 4pm November - February, £4 [under 18 free]

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HIGHGATE SOCIETY: The Society has continued to work for Highgate, its residents and visitors and its businesses. It works closely with local planning authorities and other London bodies and has earned a reputation for well-founded views and a determination to succeed. For more information and to join click here.


There is something interesting happening almost every day at the HLSI. We offer a wide range of courses, on languages and art, music and cultural history. There are lectures, films, book and craft fairs, parties, concerts, and an annual quiz. We take part in the London Open House weekend and Highgate’s Fair on the Square.

Our members have a wide range of interests and these are reflected in a variety of special groups including book groups, a playreading and a poetry group, the Science Group, the Opera Circle and the Film Society. For more information and to join HLSI click here or email

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