A bit of history
Broomfield Home-Owners' and Residents' Association was established in 1929 and is the longest standing residents association in the London Borough of Enfield. View details of our 80th Anniversary Celebration.
Many years ago it was a very different organisation, with a gardening section, a social committee arranging parties and events, and a set of sub-committees dealing with various aspects of local life, health, transport, and the local council.
During World War II members clubbed together to send presents to serving soldiers: the accounts show that quite large amounts for the day were spent on cigarettes!
The gardening committee acquired tools for members to borrow for a small fee and there was a local event annually with prizes. Now a days such activities only occur in country villages.
When is was set up, along with an executive committee of chair, secretary and treasurer there were also over 60 other people serving as Road stewards, people who collected subscriptions, and took up local people's issues.
In its heyday the Association had over 1,000 households making it a true force to be reckoned with. Local councillors attended its public meetings (and still do!) and some of the chairmen and secretaries were fairly tough cookies who knew how to hold elected officials and paid officers of the council to account. We now have a chair woman and we can still be tough when needed.
Gradually the North London suburban world changed, people started to work long hours, houses were converted into flats and some homes were left empty for decades. All this ate away at the community spirit.
Community Spirit is on the Up
Many people are starting to want more out of life than work, work, work. People want to be connected with their local community, they want a greener place to live, quality local shops etc, and with the Area Action Plan back on the books we have the opportunity to shape our community and design a way we really want to live.
Working together we can make a vibrant, enthusiastic & positive community
We hold 2 public meetings a year open to everyone, but we understand that not everyone can get to evening meetings so we also work online through internet, facebook, and emails. The committee meets once a month to discuss the latest local issues and how they should be tackled.
We like to keep up to date with local issues and feed in our ideas and opinions to the council. There are a number of big local issues at the moment: