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Local History club visited All Saints Church in Church Street. They met Father Stuart who told them about the history of the church, they did some brass rubbings and were even allowed to ring the bell!

The Local History club is busy preparing their entry into Enfield's Blue Plaque Competition. They have visited the blue plaque for Charles Coward in Chichester Road and have researched his story. The presented that story in our Remembrance Day assemblies, impressing our guests from the Royal British Legion with their knowledge. Then we had to decide which "unsung hero" should get a blue plaque. We asked Mrs Margaret Darling, a former teacher at the school to come to tell us about her mother-in-law, Mrs Joyce Darling. Joyce Darling has been associated with the school and the church for years (in fact her mother was one of the original pupils when the school opened in 1912!) Now we know more about her, we will spend the rest of the club sessions making our own blue plaque to enter in the competition.

This is the finished blue plaque for Joyce Darling. All of the symbols were researched and designed by club members who also each made one of the poppies in the wreath. Mrs Pearson put everything together in the Christmas holidays.​

The Local History Club visited the house in Chichester Road that has an English Heritage blue plaque to honour Charles Coward who lived there between 1945 and 1976. They found out that Charles Coward rescued prisoners from Auschwitz Concentration Camp in WW2.

Three generations of Joyce Darling's family came to an assembly where we explained what all the motifs on the plaque meant. Please see the PowerPoint presentation if you want to find out more.

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The Local History Club were awarded their prize at the Forty Hall Village Fete in May. they met the Mayor of Enfield and attended a special afternoon tea with their families, members of Mrs Darling's family and other prize winners.

The Local History Club spent their prize money at the London Canal Museum. They dug tunnels through sand castles and competed to see who could build the strongest bridge; they went on a canal boat along the Regent’s Canal going through Islington Tunnel and City Road lock; they became museum curators cataloguing some of the museum’s artefacts; and they made (and ate!) ice cream in the same way the Victorians would have done. It was a brilliant day out!​