Category Archives: Events

Memories Group

The Memories group is now having virtual meetings using Zoom every Wednesday 3.30-4.30 pm.

If you’d like to share your news and memories over an informal cup of tea please email

If you know of any neighbour that might be interested but has no online access, please ask them to ring 020 8987 8096 before the meeting so we can arrange to contact them while the meeting takes place.

Help Needed on Saturday Please!

Do you have an hour to spare tomorrow, Saturday between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm to help beautify our neighbourhood?
We have received a generous and kind donation of bulbs from the Metropolitan Public Gardens Association (narcissi, snowdrops and hyacinths).  Maureen and Rita have already planted some in The Vale.  We need to plant the remainder as soon as possible.
Pamela, a local resident and professional gardener, has kindly offered to lead a group of us in planting them on the roundabout in Pennine Drive. We hope that you’ll be able to join her, Lisa and Luisa in this fantastic endeavour.
If you have any gardening gloves, bulb planters or spades, please bring them along.

GGERA Annual Meeting

You are warmly invited to join us on Monday 25th November for our AGM, business meeting and Christmas celebration.

7:15 for a 7.30 pm start – finishing at 9:00 pm in the Carey Hall on Claremont Road.

Come along and bring your neighbours!

  • Celebrate our achievements.
  • Share your views and help plan our future actions, particularly about:
    • Relocate Donoghue Campaign.
    • Controlled Parking Zones for our neighbourhood. Should GGERA support this or not? Have your say.
  • Meet other neighbours and be part of a stronger community.

This is a free event. Nibbles, drinks and music will be kindly provided by the grant given to the Memories Group from the Brent Cross South Community Fund.

If you would like to contribute to a local food bank, please bring along non-perishable items to this meeting. The GGERA committee will collect them from you at the door.

Memories Local History Group

We’d like to remind you that the Memories Local History Group is up and running again: 3:30–5:00 pm every Wednesday as part of the “Open Space” at Carey Hall, 58 Claremont Road.

We warmly invite you to share your memories and together discover our local history over tea, biscuits and music.

Everyone is welcome. To find out more, to ask a question or to arrange transport, please email or call 020 8987 8096.

Sprucing up the Estate

Love where you live

… on Saturday 14th September, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

We are planning to spend a couple of hours picking up litter around the estate on Saturday 14th September.

Do please join us at 10:15 am at 105 Cheviot Gardens, ready for a 10:30 start.

There will be a short introduction, after which we will work in small teams in different areas.  We aim to finish at around 12:30 pm.

Litter pickers, gloves, waste bags and our own Golders Green Estate hi-vis jackets will all be provided.  Please wear sturdy shoes or boots.

Children are more than welcome to join in, if supervised.

It would help us to have an idea of numbers if you could please let us know if you intend to come.

Protest – Friday March 22, 8:00-9:30 am

We urge you to join our protest on Friday 22 March and stand up for clean air, environmental justice and the protection of our most vulnerable. The time has come for Donoghue to move on.

As you well know, residents and businesses have suffered for more than a decade from Donoghue’s dust and chemical pollution, noise, work out-of-hours, speeding HGVs, transport of uncovered waste and illegal parking.

For the past two years, Barnet councillors, the most affected residents’ representatives, the Environment Agency and Council officers have been meeting quarterly at the Council to find the best way forward.

Thanks to people speaking up…

  • Donoghue is now a high public interest site for both the Environment Agency and Barnet Council.
  • Alarming findings from an independent monitoring report highlighted:
    • Donoghue breaches its daily tonnage limit.
    • Site samples included traces of unauthorised toxic substances, including asbestos.
    • Donoghue’s methodology for handling and recording waste needed to be improved.
  • Barnet Council conducted a deep cleaning of The Vale and Claremont Road.
  • The Environment Agency placed an air quality monitoring station next to the site – although to our surprise it was prematurely removed on Friday 22 February.

This has put pressure on Donoghue to comply with regulations and resulted in more cleaning and dust suppression mechanisms on site.

On the other hand, very little has been achieved to improve the life quality of directly affected residents and businesses. More worryingly, there has been no news of any relocation site.

Under these circumstances, our frustration has been growing. To make matters worse, residents feel angry and betrayed because of Barnet’s Mayor’s decision to include Donoghue in Barnet’s New Year’s Day parade and the recent consultation on the introduction of width restrictions in Somerton Road.

See the recent media coverage on the situation.

See also: Why Donoghue’s Relocation Cannot Wait

AGM 15 October 2018

The GGERA AGM takes place on Monday, 15 October in the Carey Hall, Claremont Road: 7:15 for a 7.30 pm start – finishing at 9:00 pm.

Please join us to:

  • Hear what progress has been made in the last year..
  • Share your views to plan our future actions.
  • Meet other neighbours and be part of a stronger community.
  • Appoint the committee for next year.

Every resident is welcome, whether tenant or property owner, young or old. We all live here and it is in everyone’s interest to make our neighbourhood a better place.

Come along and bring your neighbours!