Firstly an explanation. I didn't do the feature last week as world events were overshadowing what was happening in our community and I simply didn't think I could get the right tone. Although in some ways this is still the case, we have to continue. I pray for peace in the Ukraine and I pray that no more fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters grieve on both sides. It is pretty clear to anyone who has bothered to follow the situation, that this is the work of Putin. I hope that he can find a way to step back and de-escalate. I hope we can fix our broken world. As a race, we will know we've grown up, when we don't settle disputes with guns. We are a long way away from that. But, here in the Borough of Barnet, good things have been happening. Here is my selection.
1. Our local team is in the cup final! Well done to the Hadley boys. A great day yesterday
FT in today's semi-final and it is @hadleyfc who progress to the final with a 2-0 victory over @RoystonTownFC, after extra time.— Hertfordshire Senior Challenge Cup (@HertsSeniorCup) March 12, 2022
This is the first time Hadley have reached the final of the HSC, where they will face either @cheshuntfcscore or @HitchinTownFC.
2. Nice bit of local history here
Lower Hale Farm, Edgware (1920)— The Underground Map (@TUM_London) March 10, 2022
The farm was located on Stoneyfields Lane near to the junction of Hale Lane. The area became suburban soon after the arrival of the Northern Line in the early 1920s. https://t.co/ljiTqor9FN
3. An iconic moment in Cricklewood history.
North Circular Road at Staples Corner on 28th October 1988. The locomotives were parked up in a siding at Cricklewood. Brakes were not applied properly and they moved off, crashed through the buffers and crashed down onto the road. Nobody injured. Both engines were beyond repair. pic.twitter.com/KRMtiKR10F— TheMightyTRex (@TheMightyTRex3) March 9, 2022
4. The growing season is upon us
Yes, the new growing season has started, and we finally managed to put our planting ideas onto paper! We are going with some the usual suspects but would like to try a few newcomers too, like kohlrabi and salsify. And for the first time we will grow a whole bed of potatoes! Yum! pic.twitter.com/cforo7xAKY— Our Yard at Clitterhouse Farm | Cricklewood (@clitterhouse) March 8, 2022
5. And whilst in Cricklewood
6. Fabncy some folk? A date for your diary
Mon 14th March. The Julie July Trio (@JulieJulyBand) will be performing a combination of Sandy Denny songs and their own original folk-rock hits at @ColindaleFolk @ChandosArmsPub. https://t.co/tm7I9eFYtM The talented floor spots start at 8:30 p.m. pic.twitter.com/pfBEgG788t— Colindale Folk Club (@ColindaleFolk) March 8, 2022
7. Possibly my favourite of this weeks pick. May we wish Carstner the very best of luck.
Love this photo at Tractor Boxing Gym in Hendon of Brenton Watts and his coach Carsten Bergner. Intensity, honesty, and trust. Brenton is in Melbourne this week seeking to qualify for Commonwealth Games. Wish him luck! pic.twitter.com/uPGU1zfp57— Andrew Hunter (@AndrewHunter__) March 13, 2022
8. This is pretty wonderful as well!
A model of the Golders Green Estate, circa 1925. Note the highly realistic landscaping, particularly the choice of trees. pic.twitter.com/IrNyHiUWYA— Thorp Modelmaking Archive (@thorparchiveaub) October 13, 2021
9. We really would like to see our parks properly tended to
10. And finally, a shout out to these wonderful people
Fridges, cones, car bumper, plastic rocking horse among the 3 skip-loads of junk pulled out of the east marsh at Brent Reservoir (Welsh Harp) this week by diligent @CRTSouthEast & @LandandWaterCo.— Cool Oak (@CoolOakGroup) March 4, 2022
Back again in Oct for more habitat creation.
That's all folks.