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Tig's Gigs - lockdown live from Palmerston Road

Started this discussion. Last reply by Susan Mears May 29, 2020. 1 Reply

There have been few things to celebrate in recent weeks, but in…Continue

Tags: live, music.

Could you be a life saver? One of neighbours urgently needs some help.

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Please help a local family. a young woman has been diagnosed with Leukaemia and is seeking a bone marrow donor. Members of Cypriot Greek or Turkish community are more likely to be a match for…Continue

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Donald Smith

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Matz Jan 25, 2018. 2 Replies

It is with sadness that I have to report the death of Donald Smith, who died unexpectedly on New Year’s Day.Many readers will recognise Don as a regular contributor to the Bowes and Bounds Forum; he…Continue

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We need to talk about Kelvin ... and Belsize Avenues and Tottenhall Road and Princes Avenue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Donald Smith Sep 15, 2017. 7 Replies

The Bowes and Bounds website was set up to celebrate the positive things about living in our area. We have - in the main  - avoided all the negative stuff about living in a city ... mostly because it…Continue

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Howard Miners commented on Richard McKeever's blog post Our Musical Heritage: Wood Green Jazz Club
"My parents and brother moved from Streatham to a police house in Fletton Road in about 1943, when my brother was one. I was born in 1945.   I have a photograph of me at about 2, with a broken arm in a sling in a pushchair holding bottles…"
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Rock Making at Barratts Wood Green Factory (1957)

"Would be about this time I went to school next door to Barra tts. Bounds Green Juniors was closed and we had to get the train from Bowes Park to Wood Green each day aged about 11. All I can remember is the smell of them making Liquorish Allsorts.…"
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Bowes Park Walking Group

"Unfortunately the Walking Group activities are suspended at the moment. If you email you could be added to the mailing list.  I am not sure about the walk guides, don’t think they have been updated recently."
Mar 8, 2021
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Bowes Park Walking Group

"I'd be interested to see the walk guides but unfortunately the links don't seem to be working. Would it be possible to update them?"
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Bowes Park Walking Group

"Hi all, First time poster but my wife and I have lived on Palmerston Road for about 5 years now. Would be very interested to see the walking guides as we are looking to mix up our lockdown exercise options (the local ones anyway!). Hope to see and…"
Feb 19, 2021
Basil Clarke commented on Richard McKeever's video

The bell in the lake

"Maybe it was a tribute to Iris Murdoch by the literature lovers of Palmers Green? Then again, it could have something to do with the 21 Witches of Winchmore... You could try googling them too."
Jan 9, 2021
Julia commented on Richard McKeever's video

The bell in the lake

"Google 'The Palmers Scream' to find out more. :D"
Jan 9, 2021
Kate Franzmann commented on Richard McKeever's video

The bell in the lake

"They used to ring a bell like that ten minutes before closing the park.  Could this be where it ended when they stopped alerting people to imminent closure?"
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Susan Mears replied to Richard McKeever's discussion Tig's Gigs - lockdown live from Palmerston Road
"I live in Marlborough Road and didn't know about this weekly session.  I was in my garden and heard some amazing sounds appearing to come from Palmerston Road.  I will certainly go along to Palmerston Road next Thursday at 7.30…"
May 29, 2020
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Tig's Gigs - lockdown live from Palmerston Road

There have been few things to celebrate in recent weeks, but in challenging times the simple pleasure of live music has been a joyous celebration every Thursday evening.  Tig Trafford has been playing live music locally for many years - you may have seen him at Broomfield Blues in the Park last summer - maybe as part of the Palmers Green Community Orchard Wassailing…See More
May 22, 2020
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Bowes Park Folk Club Keeping the Folk #2 Feorin and guests at Online

May 7, 2020 from 8pm to 10pm
Bowes Park Folk Club will again be keeping the folk in May.They are repeating last month's formula of a live-streamed first half and a pre-recorded second half - hopefully members of the planned guests Feorin will be contributing to both.Mark your calendars and follow the furloughed folk on Facebook for further details... Take care all,See More
Apr 14, 2020
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Keeping the folk: Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer live (ish) at

April 2, 2020 from 8:15pm to 9:15pm
TONIGHT (NB: starts at 20:15 after NHS clapping).Join us on our Bowes Park Folk Club Facebook page TODAY for some socially distant musical closeness. Our…See More
Apr 2, 2020
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Talkies Community Cinema: HERE Film festival

Posted on March 5, 2016 at 13:42 0 Comments

HERE FILM FESTIVAL is about the diversity of interests, people and places in the suburbs of London. HERE is not in the West End, Southbank or Shoreditch. HERE in the suburbs we aren't the swanky super-rich, the celebrity glitterati or bearded hipsters.  HERE is where the cinema creatives of London produce…


Centenary of Bowes Park born Illustrator Robert Ayton

Posted on September 14, 2015 at 15:00 0 Comments

This year, 2015 marks the centenary of one the best known illustrators you have probably never heard of… Yet anyone growing up in the 50s, 60s or 70s is likely to recognise the images of Robert Norton Ayton even if you do not know his name.

Robert Ayton was born in Russell Road Bowes Park during the Great War in May 1915 the second of four sons of…


How The Rosalie Skating Rink became Palmers Green Bus Garage

Posted on August 19, 2015 at 13:30 4 Comments

Recent news about the redevelopment of Palmers Green Bus garage has prompted questions about its fascinating history.

Constructed just over a century ago in 1910 the building we now know as Palmers Green bus garage was…


Spouters Corner - A local tradition of political free speech.

Posted on April 12, 2015 at 16:30 1 Comment

We have become used to Election Campaigns conducted via broadcast media: leader debates live on TV, party Twitter feeds and viral videos on YouTube. Very different from earlier days when politics relied much more on face-to-face discussions, public meetings and rallies; campaigning “on the stump”.

Just along the road in Wood Green is Spouters…


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At 0:38 on April 6, 2016, ESZ said…

Thank you for the message, Richard. I moved to Wolves Lane in 2004 and I like Middleton Road. I accidentally walked into a street event there where I experienced great community spirit.


At 9:49 on March 27, 2016, Alistair Harley said…

I'm afraid I told a small lie when I registered for the forum. I listed my address as Arundel Gardens in N21. In fact that was my last address back in 1969, after that I stayed at Truro road. I was a regular at Fishmongers Arms and Springfield Park Tavern. I now live in a village called Crowhurst, near Battle in East Sussex. I still have strong memories of the area having worked at Express Motors and a spell as Road Sweeper.

At 12:51 on February 22, 2016, sabrina puddu said…

Hi Richard,

thanks for your message. I just moved to the area and want to learn more about it. Very exiting!


At 10:17 on January 15, 2016, Graeme Aymer said…

Thanks Richard. We moved here last summer and are just trying to take part in the community now we're a bit more settled. 

Thanks again, 


At 22:05 on January 6, 2016, Bob Cassidy said…
Thanks for the welcome Richard. I've lived in the area for 16 years and have no intention of leaving!
At 18:44 on October 28, 2015, Jemima Headey said…
Thanks Richard - not living in the area yet but we hope to be soon! Have been spending many Saturday mornings in The Step in between flat viewings! We love the area, I'll be keeping an eye on this site for sure. Choir & folk club sound awesome!
At 14:04 on September 28, 2015, Renaissance said…

Thanks Richard. Please could you email us the pictures from yesterday to

At 12:48 on August 27, 2015, Judy Dyble said…

Thank you Richard for your welcome, it is many years since I lived in the area, but it was the are of my teenage ramblings as you will see if you look at my website

I am currently in the middle of writing my biography and this area does feature in it!! I may have to ask people questons on here about it when my memory fails me :-)

At 17:40 on August 24, 2015, Ali Barwani said…
Thank you for adding me. I will enjoy exploring your site.
At 22:53 on August 4, 2015, Andreas S Jensen said…

Hi Richard.

Thanks for your welcome message!

I recently moved to Bowes Park and absolutely love the place, and the great community vibe here !

I am a singer-songwriter, musician and producer, and am looking forward to playing my first solo gig @ MUMS on Thursday August 20th, 8-10PM. It's a FREE GIG, YEAH!! And I hope some of you guys will be coming down to check out my music! 

All the best, Andreas


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