Date: 04 Jun 2011

More Funding Success. EIYCT and Oasis have this week been awarded £5000 from L&Q Neighbourhood Teams to invest into the new Oasis Community Garden. For the first time families from the Enfield Lock and Enfield Island Village will have a community space to learn how to grow their own food. It will be a place for diverse groups in our community to share in a common project, enjoy getting to know new people, work together and of course, celebrate our success. Who knows, maybe we?ll soon have a giant-vegetable-growers competition!!

Keep checking this RSA and websites for future workshop and community dates in the garden.

Date: 03 Jun 2011

We had another successful day on the Oasis Community Garden today and I wanted to share our success with you. Having worked so hard yesterday to get the beds cleared, we had a great turnout for finishing off the ground and getting planting! 47 people including helpers and 6 wonderful guests, were part of the day, 18 children, 8 parent workers, and a fabulous BBQ cooked by 8 of the EIYCT young people.

The children loved seeing the tractor bringing up tyres and compost, and all enjoyed waiting for the trailer to pull up so they could busily scrape out 1.5 tonnes of compost ready for filling the tyres! The older boys felt like a real ?Bob the builder? as they emptied the trailer shovel by shovel. The children loaded up buckets of compost and carried them over to fill up tyres, and as the morning progressed, the youth soon took over with the wheelbarrow and created brand new planting pots.

Our gardening workshop taught us the difference between vegetables that grow beneath and above ground and how to plant, tend and harvest our new vegetable and herb garden. Parents got stuck into digging out weed-roots, some of which were 2 feet deep! And our guest workshop leader showed us how to plan out the newly levelled vegetable beds. Soon we had a few towers for the runner beans to grow up and lovely lines of carrots, beetroot, herbs, leeks, and some soon to be colourful sunflowers!

With such a hot day it was lovely to see the children enjoying the outside and getting stuck into digging, and plenty of watering! And after such a busy morning the burgers and chicken cooked up by our junior chefs was a welcome break!

We were delighted that one of our local councillors Nneka was able to join us in her lunch break from work and soon was digging and planting despite being in full business dress! And we know it was not an easy time to come because of work commitments, so appreciated that many who wanted to come simply could not. We were delighted to have Ciaran Porter from L&Q with us whose Neighbourhood Funds have given substantial funding to support the project, he similarly was soon stuck in filling tyres and shovelling mud along with our parents, children and young people. Similarly it was lovely to have some other parents and the Oasis Children Centre Team join us to share in our successful day. It was a great demonstration of lots of people from a broad range of our community coming together for a shared purpose of creating a space to grow things, celebrate our success and learn new skills as well as make new friends.

So as I have said a few times, it is now time to figure out how we can all use the site ongoingly. A little bit of time from lots of groups will keep it looking great, and it really is a great space for formal, informal and fun learning; building community; sharing; and experiencing a part of life that living in a city, often without gardens, many of us do not get to enjoy.

Finally let me say thank you to EIYCT (sponsored by RSA TRUST), Oasis, L&Q Neighbourhood Fund, Extended Schools funding, Capital Growth grants, PAYP, Linbrooks who have provided finance, time or in-kind supplies, and of course our parents and children who have enjoyed the half-term workshops!

We look forward to seeing you soon at the Oasis Community Garden!

Date: 31 May 2011

We’re pleased to say that a group of parents and children from Enfield Lock today started work on their new community garden on the oasis academy site.

The children were digging, watering, collecting snails, removing weeds, and making garden collages and signs whilst parents sweated away digging out weeds and preparing the soil!

Look out for more updates later when we’ve begun planting!

Date: 23 May 2011

On Saturday some of the families of children and young people engaging in EIYCT provision turned out to the local Councillor public meeting about the Residents Fund.

The Ward Councillors have £121,000 to spend on projects benefitting Enfield Lock and Enfield Island Village this year and they invited the community to discuss potential ideas.

It was great to see the families taking ownership of their community and acknowledging the work of EIYCT and the partnership between OASIS and the RSA Trust as providers that bring a real benefit. They came up with great ideas and there is growing willingness for families to invest their time and energy as well as benefiting from community provision.

Date: 11 May 2011

Oasis Church Enfield Family Events, sponsored by RSA Trust and Awards4All, hosted a community street party on the Royal Wedding day, April 2011. Thirty local volunteers organised, set up, led and packed away an event that was attended by around 450 residents of Enfield Lock.
The atmosphere was fun and loved by children and parents alike. There were loads of side-stalls and activities going on but the main focus was watching the wedding and processions on the big screen – it felt like the newly-weds were waving at us personally on Enfield Island Village!

For more about the event and pictures, please download the full report.

Date: 13 Apr 2011

The RSA Trust has produced a short video which gives an insight into the history of the Royal Small Arms Factory, Enfield Lock.

To view the video, please click on this link to our page on YouTube.

The buildings of the factory have now been redeveloped into the RSA Island Centre, a thriving business centre, managed by Lee Valley Estates.  Tenants here include Tesco Express, a doctors surgery, a community hall, youth centre, and a day nursery.  Profits from the centre are donated to the RSA Trust, which distributes the money to local good causes, and runs the Interpretation Centre, a historical exhibition at RSA.

Many thanks to Patrick Gray, RSA Trust Heritage Manager, for his hard work producing the film, and Ray Tuthill, of the RSAF Apprentices Association, who helped enormously in its production.

If you would like any further information, or to visit the Interpretation Centre, please contact RSA on 020 8482 2281.

Date: 20 Oct 2010

The Enfield Island Village Family Festival , hosted at the RSA Island Centre, was a great success with over 500 visitors attending. The free activities on offer included:

·         Bouncy Castle

·         Face painting

·         Drum and mask making

·         A family flag competition

·         A DJ and BBQ run by the Enfield Island Village Youth Club

·         Tightrope walker

·         Musical acts

·         Circus skills workshop

Our Interpretation Centre was also open, with many visitors curious about the heritage of the Royal Small Arms Factory site.

A big thank you to all those who volunteered and contributed to make the day a big success.

The festival is featured in the Enfield Independent, please click here to view the article:

Date: 12 Oct 2010

Saturday 16th October 2010 12 noon – 4pm

Enfield Council, Enfield Island Youth & Community Trust, RSA Island Village Limited, RSA Trust and many other local partners present the first ever family festival on the Island, hosted by the clock tower and barge at the RSA Island Centre.

Activities on the day include story telling for children, art projects, face painting, a family flag art competition, street entertainment including a tightrope walker, a bouncy castle, mask making, raffles and competitions. For young people there is a BBQ, a penalty shoot out and DJ in the Youth Centre,

All these events and activities are free of charge and not to be missed!

A map of the festival is shown on the right hand side of the page.

Date: 15 Jun 2010

The RSA Trust helped celebrate the opening of a new charity shop in Enfield Town. The Trust sponsored £20,000 for fitting out the shop, on Baker Street to help the Nightingale Hospice create a sustainable source of income. This is on top of the £60,000 the Trust is granting the hospice to carry out vital night time care counselling over the next three years.

Popular Winchmore Hill dance act Stavros Flatley were on hand, entertaining well-wishers at the opening ceremony.

The Nightingale Hospice Trust was founded in 2002 and provides care to people suffering from cancer. The Hospice not only gives vital medical care, but help and advice to carers and relatives. It even provides transport and home-sitting services.

The RSA Trust is proud to support this vital community organisation and wishes it well for the future. Why not find out more by visiting their website?

Date: 11 Jun 2010

On 11th June 2010, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II visited Capel Manor College to open the new Queens’ Garden, sponsored by the RSA Trust.

The Queen was taken on a tour of the gardens and college, where she met current students and was presented with a bouquet of flowers.

Then Her Majesty unveiled a plaque signifying the official opening of The Queens’ Garden.


The Queens’ Garden reflects the association between Queen Elizabeth the First and the original Manor of Honeylands and Pentriches that was on the site. The estate was owned by Queen Elizabeth the First and she gifted it to a favourite courtier called William Thorne. The style of the garden follows an Elizabethan Gilly Flower Theme, using modern and traditional plants to reflect the essence of a Garden fit for a Queen.

The Queens’ Garden will be replanted for 2012 to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Trustees Gary Walker, Michael Polledri, Martin Jewell and Mike Wehrmann all attended and were thrilled to be introduced to Her Majesty on the day.

Chairman of the Trust, Gary Walker, said –

‘It was a great privilege to be presented to the Queen which was an honour we had not expected when we sponsored the garden. The RSA Trust was very pleased to sponsor the garden to support the excellent work of Capel Manor’s young students and give the benefit of an invitation to Capel Manor for all the residents of Enfield Island Village.’

Why not visit the Queens’ Garden at Capel Manor? For further information including opening times please visit, or telephone 08456 122 122. The gardens are open for the public to visit daily from March – October.


Photographs, top – bottom:

· Her Majesty reveals the plaque opening the garden

· The RSA Trustees meet the Queen

· The RSA Trustees in the garden – Mike Wehrmann, Michael Polledri, Gary Walker, and Martin Jewell (left – right).