Barnet's Mayor opens room at Jewish Association for Mentally Ill

September 19, 2008

Barnet Mayor Councillor John Marshall opened the newly refurbished arts and crafts room at the Jewish Association for the Mentally Ill last Thursday afternoon. The mayor chatted to members of the Jami day centre, some of whom were making the final preparations for upcoming self-catering holidays. The refurbishment was funded by the Rose Foundation, which also financed the construction of a sheltered seating area in the garden.


‘Serious concerns’ over school proposal

By Jay Grenby, August 8, 2008

A contentious planning application for the redevelopment of the Edgware Jewish Primary School site in Hale Lane was this week withdrawn at the request of Barnet Council.

In a statement to the JC on Wednesday, the council said it had "raised some serious concerns around the proposal in its current state. We are very keen to continue to work with the applicant to find a satisfactory outcome."


Five kilometre walk to support mikveh project

July 25, 2008

Thirty supporters of the mikveh project at Cockfosters and North Southgate Synagogue raised over £1,200 from a five-kilometre walk around part of the London Loop. The fittest participants ran the course. Some of the youngest covered it on bikes and scooters. The event was backed by neighbouring communities whose women will also benefit from the mikveh - the Barnet, Southgate, Hadley Wood and Potters Bar congregations and Southgate Lubavitch.


Sixty walk sixty to mark Israel's birthday.

July 22, 2008

Sixty walkers from the Barnet Israel Group strolled a combined 60 kilometres to mark Israel's 60th birthday. The walk took place around Reading and the local Hebrew congregation hosted a post-event reception. Participants were aged from three to 73 and the £15,000 raised will benefit a variety of Israeli charities.


A bomb? No, a load of rubbish

By Candice Krieger, July 18, 2008

Barnet police carried out a controlled explosion near the Community Security Trust’s head offices in Hendon, North-West London, this week when a CST employee reported seeing a suspect package while travelling to work.

The suspicious-looking suitcase had been left on Harmony Way, off Brent Street, on Tuesday morning. Police were called to the scene, where a cordon was put in place around Victoria Road and Brent Street and a controlled explosion was carried out.

However, the suitcase was in fact a bag of rubbish.


Motorist outraged over £100 fine for ‘for sale’ sign on his car

By Candice Krieger, July 4, 2008

A retired property manager is fighting Barnet Council, in North London, over a parking ticket he was given for putting a for-sale note on his car.

Victor Abrahams, 67, was shocked when he returned to his parked Ford Escort Cabriolet on Bibsworth Road, Finchley, North London, to find a penalty notice. “There was a £100 fine on the window screen. When I called the council, they said I was ‘offering goods for sale in a parking place’, which is illegal. I had no idea that I couldn’t advertise my own car for sale. Loads of people do it.


Barnet rabbis get ‘free’ parking offer

By Jessica Elgot, July 4, 2008

A “pray and display” scheme to give religious leaders free parking when carrying out religious duties has been launched by Barnet Council.

Rabbis, along with other religious leaders, can apply for permits allowing them to park in a residents’ bay when on official business. However, the scheme is not entirely free as there is a £40 administration charge.


Top marks for Hasmo

By Alex Barnes, June 20, 2008

Hasmonean Primary was judged to be an “outstanding school” in recent Ofsted and Pikuach inspections.

In his report, the Ofsted inspector noted that the Hendon-based school had developed a “caring and nurturing learning environment underpinned by strong Jewish values”. He highlighted the range of experiences provided and the school’s success in enabling all pupils to achieve, regardless of ability. 


Landmark school gets the go-ahead

By Dana Gloger, June 13, 2008

Plans for the country’s first non-denominational Jewish school got the go-ahead from a London council this week.

At a Barnet council planning meeting on Wednesday evening, councillors gave the Jewish Community Secondary School (JCoSS) permission to be built on the site where the sixth-form section of East Barnet secondary school currently stands. The £50 million project will be the only Jewish school not under the auspices of the Chief Rabbi.


The mayor says Chai

May 30, 2008

New Barnet mayor Councillor John Marshall has chosen Chai Cancer Care as one of his mayoral charities.

Councillor Marshall said he had long been impressed by its work. “I remember the comments of a friend whose wife was dying, who said he wished they had discovered Chai earlier.”

Hoping that the recognition would enhance Chai’s profile, the mayor added that there was no financial target “as you can never raise enough for such a good cause”.