The Finchley Society presents
"Village Life in Finchley"

Date: 28th March 2019  •  Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Avenue House N3 3QE 

A talk & visual presentation by

Above: Excerpt from 'Village Road', a painting by Helen Allen. Acrylic on canvas: 80x60cm 

You are invited to attend a presentation on the fascinating history of how the arts & crafts movement led to a tiny village in Church End, Finchley, being built in 1908.  

This unique area of architectural and historical interest has continued to serve its residents with a community life in Finchley for more than a century.
110 years ago, building of the first cottages in Finchley Garden Village began. And the village has just reached its 40th anniversary as a conservation area.
Resident Helen Allen, who is an artist and writer, will share her perspective on this unique area of architectural and historical interest and will examine the effects that the design of this community has had on its residents.

Helen will also show her short film about the early years, entitled “Village Life in London”. The film's narration is by the late Stephen Jack, a BBC broadcaster, West End actor, and one of the first Village residents.
A £2 donation will be requested by The Finchley Society at the door, towards their charity.

Below: Excerpt from Monument and Cherry Blossom by Helen Allen. Acrylic on canvas: 80x60cm 

A Special Community

Although only eight miles from Oxford Circus, Village Road was always unlike the ordinary suburban road. Since the beginning, everybody knew everybody else and villagers used to wander in through their neighbours’ back doors and call out ‘Anyone at home?’ and be invited in.

Village Life in London

Out of this ready friendliness grew a community spirit which has been reflected within each generation. For decades residents have enjoyed the experience of village life in London. From kids gliding the slip 'n slide on a sweltering summer's day, to lunches on the green, with dear departed Uggi joining in for a scoff.

17th Century Clay Pipes

Although our history began in 1908, the late Peggy Wells (from No. 50) discovered these pipes dating back to 17th century, when it was just farm land sloping down to Dollis Brook. These feature in a booklet Helen designed in 2011, which illustrates the design guidance for preserving this charming village. 

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