MHFGA Members’ Meeting: History of the Muswell Hill Odeon
On Thursday 8th November the Association had the pleasure of welcoming cinema historian Jeremy Buck to deliver his fascinating talk on the secret history of the Muswell Hill Odeon (now Everyman). Jeremy covered everything from the Pathe Newsreel of the opening night on 9th September 1936 right through to the present day rebirth as the Everyman. Along the way some highlights were the photographs of the Athenaeum (now Sainsburys) and a detailed analysis of how the interior of the cinema building has changed over time. The Association itself also got a mention, having successfully led the campaign for the cinema building to be given Listed status when it was under threat of closure in the 1980s.
Muswell Hill Delivery Office under threat
The Association continues to campaign for the continued use of the Muswell Hill Delivery Office. Many readers will be aware that it was earmarked for closure by Royal Mail triggering a large campaign to save it. Our MP Catherine West and our local councillors have been liaising with Royal Mail to try to change their minds and Catherine also presented them with a petition with over 1,000 signatures from local residents. If the closure does go ahead, it is likely that parcels will have to be collected from Wood Green instead.
CPZ coming to South Muswell Hill
After months of consultation and debate, there will finally be a CPZ implemented in the area of Muswell Hill to the south of Fortis Green Road. It will operate from Monday to Friday, 11am to 1pm, and will come into effect on Monday 7th January 2019. Residents can apply for a permit and/or visitor vouchers online from 3rd December from www.haringey.gov.uk/parking. Households in the affected area have been sent flyers informing them of this decision.
MHFGA supporting local campaigns
The Association has led and supported a number of important local campaigns over the last few months. We publicised TFL’s consultation on the curtailment of the 134 bus route to Warren Street which is likely to impact many local residents and businesses if the plan goes ahead. We supported the Friends of Muswell Hill Library in their efforts to persuade Haringey Council to install a lift and toilets in our beautiful Grade II listed library, using money from the Community Infrastructure Levy fund. Finally we continue to assist our friends at the Pinkham Way Alliance in their bid to have the Pinkham Way nature reserve removed from the North London Waste Plan.
MHFGA is your local residents’ association (since 1948!) We produce six bimonthly Newsletters per year, which are distributed to over 750 members. Membership for households is just £10 per year and gives you the chance to attend our special events, such as our recent guided tour of Highgate Cemetery. Each summer we hold the popular ‘Odd One Out’ competition, and last Christmas we raised over £460 with our Charity Tombola. To join MHFGA and be kept up to date on local issues and our planned activities, visit www.mhfga.org/membership or email our Membership Secretary on [email protected]