Troubled Rosh Pinah hires interim head

By Simon Rocker, June 17, 2013

An interim head has been installed at the troubled Rosh Pinah Primary School in Edgware amid a continuing rift between leading governors and many parents.

Alison Flegg, a qualified Ofsted inspector, arrived at the school this week — on “a temporary basis”, parents were told — in the wake of the absence of headteacher Anthony Wolfson.


Unsung charity hero reaps her reward

April 1, 2013

A mother-of-six who founded Camp Simcha, helping children with serious and life-threatening illness, is one of seven “unsung heroes” honoured by Barnet Council.

Rachely Plancey, 36, from Golders Green started Camp Simcha with husband Meir 16 years ago to support a few local families.


Cohen is back as Barnet Mayor

By Zoe Winograd, March 18, 2013

It’s the same again for Councillor Melvin Cohen who has been elected Mayor of Barnet for the second time. He will take office in May.

The Golders Green ward representative, who previously held the post in 2003, will be only the second person in the borough’s history to serve twice.


Pesach chametz collections in Barnet

March 11, 2013

Barnet Council is once again providing a Pesach collection service, enabling residents to dispose of chametz before the start of the festival.

Collections will take place in designated roads on March 24 and 25 and residents are asked to place food waste into black plastic sacks or their black domestic waste container.


Leader defends anti-eruv councillor

By Marcus Dysch, February 25, 2013

Barnet Council’s leader has rejected calls for the resignation as a cabinet member of a Tory colleague who organised a Shoah event having previously made disparaging comments about a proposed local eruv.


Anti-eruv councillor defends Shoah day role

By Marcus Dysch, February 18, 2013

A Barnet councillor who opposed a local eruv claiming it would be “marketing the place as a Jewish area” has defended his suitability to organise the borough’s Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony.

David Longstaff was criticised by a fellow Conservative councillor and a Shoah memorial group this week after details emerged of his pivotal involvement in January’s HMD event in Hendon.


Missing Barnet man found by Shomrim

By Jennifer Lipman, February 4, 2013

A Barnet police inspector has praised volunteers from the Shomrim community security group for finding an elderly man who went missing late at night.

The 84-year-old, who has Alzheimer’s, disappeared from his home in the Hendon area in freezing temperatures last Thursday evening.

Shomrim was alerted by the man’s family and arranged for volunteers to comb the area.


Complaining neighbours delay £2m Finchley Reform expansion

By Cathy Forman, November 26, 2012

A late deluge of neighbours’ objections is delaying Finchley Reform Synagogue’s plans for a £2 million expansion to its Fallow Court Avenue site.

FRS applied to Barnet Council for consent to update and extend its facilities. The application was deferred by a planning committee last week after more than 100 objections were lodged.


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Barnet Council approves eruv despite opposition

By Sandy Rashty, November 15, 2012

Barnet Council has approved plans for a local eruv despite the opposition of a Tory councillor who said that the religious boundary would be “marketing the place as a Jewish area”.

High Barnet councillor David Longstaff, cabinet member for safety and resident engagement, challenged the proposal at a planning sub-committee meeting at the town hall on Monday.