Hendon

Cancer charity is building up its caseload

By Robyn Rosen, August 13, 2009

At a time when many organisations are having to cut back, Chai Cancer Care is defying the recession by starting building work on a £1 million extension to its Hendon headquarters.

The expansion project will give Chai more space for its extensive range of services for Jewish cancer patients and their family and friends. It will further allow the charity to increase the number of people it sees each week from 350 to 450. With satellite services in Redbridge, south London and Manchester, Chai will be reaching a weekly audience of 500 when the extension opens next Pesach.

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Cut-priced store helps the needy

By Leon Symons, August 13, 2009

A new kosher store in north-west London is attempting to assist poorer families by selling meat and groceries at little more than cost price.

The store is operating from a Dollis Hill business park, a deliberately low-key location so as not to take business away from other Jewish shops. It is being backed by a committee of communal philanthropists.

“We are simply trying to help people in the Jewish community,” said manager Moshe Monitz.

“People would rather buy with their own money than receive food parcels and feel needy.

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Wingate two good for Hendon

By Paul Lerman, August 5, 2009

Wingate & Finchley defeated neighbours Hendon 2-0 in a pre-season on Tuesday night.

Hendon dominated the early stages without actually creating any chances, but it was Wingate & Finchley who took the lead with a fantastic goal. Good work from Ola Williams allowed Leon Nelson to turn and shoot into the left corner.

Hendon's best chance came through a header from James Bent. Towards the end of the half they resorted to a few long range shots although they all failed to hit the target, the best effort coming from Kevin Maclaren.

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Hendon rabbi loses job

By Keren David, July 16, 2009

Financial cutbacks have cost a new community its full-time rabbi.

Rabbi Avi Scharf is returning to Israel after a year, following a funding cut to reduce his role at the Alei Tzion community in Hendon to part-time.

The rabbi arrived from Israel last year with his wife Devorah and their four children. His position was funded by the congregation, the London School of Jewish Studies (LSJS) and Immanuel College.

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Douglas Poster

By sasha, July 9, 2009
Time:
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Hendon explosion is 'suspicious'

By Marcus Dysch, July 1, 2009

An explosion which demolished a flat above a shop owned by property tycoon Leo Noé is being treated as suspicious.

Police said the cause of the blast, in Bell Lane, Hendon, was unknown and an investigation has begun.

A 39-year-old man, thought to live in the flat, suffered serious burns and remains in a critical condition in hospital.

An elderly woman, whose house backs onto the premises, suffered shock when her windows were blown out, and was treated at the scene.

A woman, aged 26, and a man, aged 31, also received treatment for minor injuries.

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Camp Simcha relocates

By James Martin, June 18, 2009

Children suffering from life-threatening illnesses will have a place to relax as a charity moved into its new offices.

Camp Simcha, whose volunteers provide support for children with cancer and other serious conditions and their families, has been given use of a four-bedroom house in Hendon which will act as a base for the charity and will offer facilities for around 300 youngsters.

“The House”, unveiled on Sunday after a year of renovations, will include a lounge and an internet café.

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Security force launches patrols of Charedi areas

By Leon Symons, June 4, 2009

A controversial American-style security organisation has begun regular patrols in London’s biggest strictly Orthodox communities.

Based on the Shomrim (guards) of New York, the privately funded service covers the Hendon/Golders Green and Stamford Hill areas through two independent arms — North-West London Community Patrol and Stamford Hill Safety Rescue and Patrol. Shomrim claims it has been set up “because the community feels unsafe due to a spike in street attacks and robberies over the last couple of years”.

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The drugs den next door

By Marcus Dysch, June 3, 2009

A cannabis factory capable of producing £800,000 worth of drugs a year has been uncovered at the heart of the north London community.

Around 1,000 plants were discovered during a police raid at a five-bedroom house in Downage, Hendon, last Friday morning. The road is home to dozens of Jewish families and properties regularly sell for more than £1 million.

It was the largest-ever find by officers in the borough of Barnet.

Two weeks ago officers uncovered 600 plants at a house in Mill Hill, and another raid took place in Edgware two months ago.

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Kisharon blaze guts building

By James Martin, May 21, 2009

Fire destroyed the gym and two outer buildings at Kisharon’s Adult Day Centre in Hendon in the early hours of last Thursday.

Four fire engines and 20 firefighters took almost two hours to get the blaze under control at the rear of the special needs charity’s Parson Street premises.

According to a London Fire Brigade spokesman, an emergency call was answered at 2am and the blaze was under control just before four. “Firefighters worked extremely hard and managed to stop the fire spreading to the main care centre building. The cause of the fire is under investigation.”

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