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Bank closures – Pinner

Barclays have announced that their Bridge Street Pinner branch is to close on 29 June 2022 and the HSBC Love Lane Pinner branch is to be closed on 6 September 2022. This will leave the Nationwide Bridge Street branch as the only financial institution with a branch in Pinner.

Pinner councillors, Cllr Norman Stevenson and Cllr Hitesh Karia have created an online petition to ask HSBC to reconsider closing the Pinner branch as people, especially older residents, are very concerned about how Pinner and nearby areas will be affected. In addition, many local community groups will find it more difficult to manage their banking arrangements. If any Hatch End resident feels strongly that the HSBC branch in Pinner should be saved, please visit the online petition at chng.it/tGGwNCq6

23 April 2022

Community Picnic

A free community event for residents of Hatch End is taking place on Saturday 14 May from 6pm onwards at Shaftesbury Playing Fields, Hatch End, organised by the Friends of Shaftesbury Playing Fields.
There will be the following:
* family picnic – bring your picnic, lawn chairs and blanket
* live music
* ice cream
* raffle – win some amazing prizes
* open air cinema at dusk
Any funds raised will go to Young Minds charity.
For more information, to buy raffle tickets or to volunteer to help, contact Shilpi on 07557 752745.



picnic poster

Hatch End Horticultural Society

Spring coach trip for members and non-members – all are welcome



A coach trip will leave Hatch End at 9:00 from outside Morrisons, and is due to arrive at Stevington at about 10:15am. Quoting from Kathy Brown’s letter….“I would be delighted to welcome Hatch End Horticultural to my garden on Thursday 12th May. Allow 10 minutes to be met, offload and walk the 350yards up the road to the garden.” [Note: Kathy has offered to give a car lift to up to 3 people if they are unable to do the walk.]

“The garden is 4.5acres with many different areas to enjoy. This should be a glorious time with cherry blossoms, lilacs, alliums, perennial honesty, aquilegias, tulips and tree peonies in flower; the herbaceous borders, art gardens, containers, cottage garden and wild flower meadow will each be full of interest. It will be a pleasure to share it with you all.” [Entrance to the garden is included in the basic cost of the trip.] Following our arrival there will be a brief general introduction and some free time to explore.

11am Refreshments on the lawn (or in the dining room/conservatory if weather is inclement). If requested, there will be gluten free alternatives.  There will be a choice of tea or coffee plus Kathy’s home-made cakes. [The cost of refreshments is included in the basic cost of the trip.]
11.30 am Tour of the Garden lasting about 45-60 minutes, showing you the highlights, explaining the background to the ideas etc. With a larger group we would split the tour. The guided tour is an extra £2 and promises to be informative and fun. For those wanting to opt out of the guided tour, they can wander at their own pace or sit and chat.
Free time: chat, take photos and/or visit the small shop.  (For further information, see www/kathybrownsgarden.com.) We will leave Kathy Brown’s at around 12:30pm and travel to Jordan’s.

Jordan’s Mill and Riverside Café, Broom, near Biggleswade

We plan to arrive at Jordan’s at about 1pm where we will split into two groups with “A” going straight to the Mill while “B” divides their time between the Riverside Café, the gardens and other features. A tour of the historic Victorian Mill allows you to admire the ingenious milling machinery and takes you on a fascinating journey through time. Entrance to the historic mill (now a museum, since the mill stopped operating in 2000), a souvenir Guide Book and a self-guided tour are included in the basic cost of the trip, together with free entry to the gardens, allotment, Mill Meadow and Woodland. You can also opt for a more extensive guided tour of the mill for an extra £2 and/or for a guided tour of the garden add £5 per person.

Explore the beautiful Mill Gardens with their crops of cereals, fruits and vegetables growing alongside ornamental flowers and plants, and enjoy the wildlife and tranquillity of the meadow and woodland, or relax in the Riverside Café where you can enjoy freshly prepared food and drink overlooking the stunning views of the River Ivel. Pick up Jordan’s cereals and essential baking ingredients from the Mill store. A range of refreshment options will be available (at your own cost) at the Riverside Café. (For further information, see www/jordansmill.com.)

The Cost: The basic cost, including coach travel, entrance to both Kathy Brown’s and Jordan’s Mill, tea or coffee and cake at Kathy’s, a Souvenir Guide Book and self-guided tour of Jordan’s Mill, costs £37.50 per person for HEHS members (£39.50 for non-members). At these prices we need around 40 passengers to break even, so please book the coach!

Optional Extras:
Guided tour of Kathy Brown’s Garden               £2
To upgrade to a Guided Tour of Jordan’s Mill   £2
Guided tour of the garden at Jordan’s                 £5

How to Book: If you are interested in joining us, choose any optional extras to add to the basic cost, then please contact John Barton on 020 8428 5756, 07980 970663 or j.notrab70@gmail.com, or Dick Wootten on 020 8421 0391, email wootten897@btinternet.com.

New project: Pinn Park, Hatch End

Pinn Park ~ Hatch End ~ Improvements

Principles of Design Engagement Event: Consultation

21 March 2022 at 1pm-4pm
Hatch End Suites, Harrow Arts Centre, 171 Uxbridge Road, Hatch End, HA5 4EA


What’s going on?

We are consulting on ideas to reinvigorate this currently underutilised green space, to build a stronger connection to the River Pinn while creating a more ecologically rich environment for the enjoyment of the community. This is the first engagement event for the project and we would like to hear the thoughts of local people from “blue sky thinking” to practical concerns. We would be particularly keen to get your thoughts around:

  • Current use and aspirations
  • The potential for natural play
  • The potential for food growing
  • How the space might relate to the performing arts

Location of park

Directly west and south of the Harrow Arts Centre in Hatch End. Located on google maps here.

Going forwards

Going forwards it is intended to develop this into a community project with a friends group perhaps the Friends of Hatch End Pinn Park, to look after the enhanced park and maintain it in conjunction with Harrow Council.

The Hatch End Association welcomes all residents and anyone interested in this project attend the consultation. 

Julian Maw, Chair, 13 March 2022


Fly-tipping is a problem throughout the borough of Harrow. Joe Hannon, Enforcement Officer at Harrow Council has produced a Q&A video on YouTube on fly-tipping that the HEA thinks might be useful for residents of Hatch End.
Log on to https://youtu.be/oOAfzK27_5w to tune in.

The takeaway message is report any fly-tipping on the council website. This enables Joe to build up a map of known trouble spots and target them strategically.
February 2021

Pinner Library

After being closed during lockdown, Pinner Library has reopened but with new opening hours, some restrictions and some services that will not be available.

Opening hours
Monday: closed
Tuesday: 10am – 2pm
Wednesday: 10am – 1pm
Thursday: 10am – 2pm
Friday: 10am – 1pm
Saturday: 10am – 2pm
Sunday: closed

Services NOT available
Full browsing
Study space and research resources
Meeting room space
Library events
Public toilets and baby changing facilities
Newspaper and magazines

Services available
Order and collect: members can request up to 10 books based on their reading preference which will be selected by library staff. You can give a preference, eg preferred authors, genres, subjects, age ranges. Only titles in stock within Harrow will be available. Once the order is ready, you will be contacted by a member of staff to arrange a date and time to visit the library.
Ready reads: Library staff can also prepare collections of 6 books that will be mixed fiction, genre fiction, cookery, gardening biographies. These will be put in carrier bags and members can take a lucky dip of a bag. However, titles can’t be swapped for others.
Reservation service: This is still in action from the library catalogue. Log on to: https://llc.ent.sirsidynix.net.uk/client/en_GB/harrow

How to order
Orders can be placed by email, phone or in person to Pinner or Stanmore libraries.
You need to give the following: name, library membership number, contact phone number and preferences.

Contact Pinner and Stanmore libraries
Pinner: 020 3714 7718 and pinner.library@harrowlibraries.org.uk
Stanmore: 020 3714 7728 and stanmore.library@harrowlibraries.org.uk

Schools Street Projects

Harrow Council is going ahead with developing four ‘school streets’ to enable low traffic conditions by implementing restrictions on traffic entering streets leading up to schools during the opening and closing times. The aim is to enable more safe walking and cycling at and around schools and improve the public health of children, the school community and local residents. One of the projects is Grimsdyke School in Sylvia Avenue. This will become permanent on 14 February.
Sylvia Avenue will be restricted to road traffic between Colburn Avenue and Lyndon Avenue , 8.15am to 9.15am and 2.45pm to 3.45pm, creating a pedestrian and cycle only zone.
How it works:
Residents within the restricted area are exempt from these restrictions. Blue badge holders, emergency vehicles and carers will also be allowed vehicular access. However, to limit road danger and maximise space for physical distancing, the council asks that you try not to drive in the school street(s) during the times of the restrictions.
How to apply for an exemption:
The school street will be camera enforced and signage has been installed warning drivers of the closure times. Non-registered vehicles will be fined if they enter the school street during restricted hours. You will need to register all vehicles which you would like exempt from the restrictions by visiting www.harrow.gov.uk/SchoolStreets. If you have carers visiting your home at the time of restrictions please ensure you register their vehicle as well.
See below the Traffic Management Order and map of the designated area from Harrow Council.

2020-13 TMO Plan Grimsdyke School

Traffice Management Order 2022-01

S6 Made Notice

3 February 2022

Litter Pick-Up 2022

The Hatch End Litter Pick-Up is now being run jointly by 1st Hatch End Scout Group and the Hatch End Association. The dates for 2022 are:
* Saturday 21 May – please note start time is 9am for this event and finish at 11am
* Saturday 8 October

Details as follows:

  • 10am-12 noon
  • Start outside 1st Hatch End Scout Group HQ, off the car park between Leeway Close and Grimsdyke Road (behind Kwik Fit), HA5 4JB
  • Collect a litter picker, gloves, a bag and tabard, or use your own equipment if you have it
  • Pick up litter wherever you like in the local Hatch End area
  • Return bags to designated place (TBC) for collection by Harrow Council
  • Refreshments are kindly offered by Fr David, vicar of St Anselm’s Church from 12 noon onwards at St Anselm’s Church, Westfield Park, Hatch End HA5 4JL

Please come and help – all are welcome. We had a great turnout on Saturday 12 March (see Summer Bulletin for a full report). Help us keep Hatch End a pleasant place to live and work.

Julian Maw – Chair

Sponsorship of planters on The Broadway

Hatch End – The Broadway

The planters on The Broadway are blooming – thanks to the generous sponsorship of businesses in Hatch End and its environs. The names of the sponsors are attached to the planters and troughs on the railings. There are still a few without sponsors, so if anyone would like to become a sponsor please contact the Hatch End Association via the website or at info@hatchend.org.

Harrow Recycling Centre – Covid-19

New guidelines for using the Harrow Recycling Centre

The Harrow Recycling Centre has changed how you visit the centre. As from 29 June you will need to book a slot online if you wish to visit. Booking a visiting slot is free and can only be used by Harrow residents. Each slot will last for 30 minutes and you can only book one slot per household at a time. A slot can be booked 14 days in advance and you must show your booking confirmation number when you arrive. ID and proof of residency checks will be carried out on arrival.
To book a slot you need to log on to www.harrow.gov.uk/bins-waste-recycling/recycling-centres
You will need to provide:
* the time slot and date you wish to book
* your contact details including your name and address
* the registration number of the vehicle you will be bringing on the day
You will be emailed a booking confirmation which you will need to show on the day.
When you arrive at the Harrow Recycling Centre for your time slot make sure you bring:
* Your booking confirmation (this will be emailed to you)
* Valid Photo ID (driver’s licence preferred)
* Proof of address such as a utility bill or council tax bill