- Supporting our Local Shops and Businesses

Use them or Loose them
Why we all need to Support Our Local Businesses
It is always important to support your local businesses, but it has never been more important than during these difficult economic times.
Some areas, including Bristol, have actually created their own local currency to help safeguard local independent retailers!
They have more than 300 retailers signed up to this scheme making the Bristol pound the largest local currency in the UK.
This is a great idea as the more money you keep in your local area the better it is for everyone. Whilst the idea of the "Potters Bar Pound" or the "Cuffley Cent" sounds fun, lets think about some easier and more immediate ways in which we can help support our local businesses.
Buy Locally
Many of us now do our shopping on-line. There are several reasons for this: Its more convenient, there is normally more choice on line than the local stores may offer, and its quicker.

Of course its unlikely that everyone will stop buying on-line completely, but lets all try to find as much as possible in the local shops. If you havent been in them for a while you will probably be surprised at what they have on offer.

Why not set a goal of buying all your Christmas presents from shops in the local area?
Avoid Large Franchise Businesses
Buying from locally owned business normally means the money you spend ripples through to other local businesses.
This is not the case with the big organisations or franchise businesses.
For example, if you go out to dinner at a local restaurant (as opposed to a franchise/chain) it is likely that much of what that the local restaurant purchases for their business will be from other local businesses.
Franchises most often get their supplies from a central source which is not local.
Become a Supporter for Local Businesses
Word of mouth is one of the most successful ways to spread the word. If you have used a local product, business or restaurant and you want to recommend them, then tell everyone. If you have received great customer service then let your friends, colleagues and neighbours know about it. This is so much easier now with social media tools such as facebook and twitter
Your Business Can Support Local Business
Do you run your own business? If so you are in a great position to support others in your area.
Wherever possible, buy all your supplies locally and when you need extra staff, contractors etc try and use local resources wherever possible.
We have been running the Potters Bar Eye since April 2006 and it never ceases to amaze me how many great local businesses there are right here, in front of us! When we have so many talented individuals, skilled tradesmen and fantastic businesses right in our midst - there really is no need to go elsewhere!
Its not easy, but if we can all try to do at least one of the above it would make a difference.

We need to remember that our local businesses are the life of our community and the stronger our local businesses, the stronger our community will be.


- Planes of Fame on Display

There’s lots happening at the de Havilland Aircraft Museum

CHANGE is in the air at the de Havilland Aircraft Museum as it progresses with its bid for £1.5 million of Heritage Lottery funding to build a large new hangar to accommodate more of its historic civil and military aircraft.

This year record numbers of families and aviation enthusiasts are visiting the museum at Salisbury Hall, London Colney, where a score or more of iconic exhibits, some undergoing restoration by dedicated volunteers, are on display.

During the Summer School Holidays the museum is open six days a week with free parking and is current holder of a 2016 Trip Advisor Hospitality Award. It is Britain’s oldest aircraft museum and is dedicated solely to Hatfield-based de Havilland Aircraft Company and the many types it designed and produced over nearly seven decades.

There is lots on offer for visitors, such as the opportunity for both children and adults to sit in the cockpits of both military and civil aircraft and then sit in the passenger cabins of some of the airliners there. Knowledgeable stewards are on hand to tell visitors all about both the museum and individual aircraft.

A number of new attractions which visitors will be able to use are being developed this year. These will include a computer simulator in the nose section of a de Havilland Comet jet airliner, and a Link Trainer which from the 1930s became the standard pilot instrument flying trainer for the Royal Air Force. 

Visitors can see the world’s largest collection of the famous “wooden wonder” de Havilland Mosquito fighter-bomber of the Second World War. The three on display include the prototype W4050. The adjacent Tudor mansion was the secret de Havilland Design Office and W4050 plus three more prototypes of variants were built there in a specially built hangar between 1940 and 1942.

While grown-ups are looking at the aircraft younger visitors can take part in a museum quiz which will test their powers of observation as all questions are based on the aircraft on display.

Visitors can enjoy hot drinks and hot and cold snacks in the Entrance Foyer Aeroshop Cafe, where they can also browse among the large range of aviation and museum items, from easy to build aircraft kits to t-shirts, polo shirts and baseball caps. There is also a wide range of both new and pre-owned books.

The museum is signposted off Junction 22 of the M25, Sat-Nav code AL2 1BU.

De Havilland Aircraft Museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays 10.30am – 5pm

until September 30th (closed Monday); until October 29th (closed Monday & Wednesday)

01727 826400 (24-hour)



- Brookmans Park Rotary Club - 25 years of service

Rotary Club of Brookmans Park 1990 to 2015 – 25 years of service. 

Rotary International was formed in 1905. There are 34,282 clubs and over 1.2 million members worldwide.

1990 – Margaret Thatcher was still Prime Minister, the first web page was published on the WWW and the Bank of England interest rate was 14%. But some things never change; an earthquake in Iran killed 50,000 people.

24 local residents also met to inaugurate Brookmans Park Rotary Club. Our membership has since grown to 32, both men and women, from a variety of backgrounds.

We FUNdraise, with emphasis on the fun and our Club has raised in excess of £300,000 in support of our charities. Our main charities this year are; St George Foundation and Noah’s Ark Hospice.

Our charity events include; May Day on Bradmore Green, our firework party at Little Heath School, the sponsored swim at Furzefield, and Santa and his sleigh visiting as many of the local streets as he can. We are volunteers, so all profits go directly to charity. Please support our events.

It is great to look back over 25 years of our club’s success but it’s all about the future. We hope we can continue to grow and flourish as part of the community of Brookmans Park.

Alan Rice-Smith; President Elect.

If you would like to get involved, please contact us:

e:  Phone: 07724 698357


- Financial reasons for making a will

Financial Reasons for Making a Will
Putting it off could mean that your spouse receives less
Many people think they can avoid inheritance tax and long term care costs by giving their home away to their children.

If you don't have a will there are rules for deciding who inherits your assets, depending on your personal circumstances.


- The Plight of the Honey Bee

Sadly Beekeeping in this country is on the decline. Each year we have fewer and fewer Beekeepers carrying on with this worthwhile ancient craft. The decline started some 15 years ago in 1992 with the parasitic mite, Varroa destructor arriving in the UK from across the Channel.


- Visit Istria Croatia for a fantastic holiday

Apartments for rent in Istria, Croatia

Sometimes called ‘Little Tuscany’, Istria is the heart-shaped 3600-sq-km peninsula just south of Trieste, Italy.

The peninsula offers stark contrasts: the interior is unspoiled and mountainous, with picturesque medieval walled towns such as Motovun atop hills surrounded by deep valleys, lush fields, vineyards and olive groves

The rugged coastline varies from high cliffs and caves to pebble beaches and is dotted with historic towns and fishing villages.

In bustling Porec you will find the Euphrasian Basilica, a World Heritage Site. Down the coast is Rovinj, with its narrow medieval streets and stunning Church of St. Euphemia. Both towns have working harbours, shops, bars and restaurants. Then on to Pula, the regional centre, with a wealth of Roman ruins to explore. The highlight is a remarkably well preserved Roman amphitheatre, the 6th largest in the world, that dominates the town centre and often hosts concerts and shows. At the tip is Premantura and the Kamenjak, a protected landscape with stunning coastline, bays and unique flora. Head up the east coast to Rijeka and you can catch a ferry to Krk, Cres and Rab – islands circled by white sand beaches and hideaway coves.

So, if you would like to be bathed in Mediterranean sunshine by the clear blue water of the Adriatic, enjoy fantastic seafood with a glass of local Malvazija wine, go hiking or cycling, windsurfing or scuba diving, why not come to Istria? You’ll be glad you did!


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