In this first video Betty talks about growing up in Palmers Green before the Second World War.
In this second video, Betty talks about the outbreak of the second world war and her family moving to Hever Castle, luckily her father had been working for Lord Astor since shortly after the first world war. As the threat of invasion became more serious, she was then evacuated, firstly staying with a family she didn’t like and then, happily to a very kind family.
This is a comment about Betty’s interview from our You Tube Channel
Thank you for making this – worth doing with people who are not THAT old like this lady, as her memories are all intact. All too often, oral history projects focus on those about to pop off who can’t really remember much. My grandparents lived round the corner in New River Crescent, and my father (borm 1932) would often talk of the Palmadium and Queens cinemas
Jacques talks about moving to Palmers Green in 1966 and how he started making films of the area in the late 1960’s. We can see a compilation of some of his early films on the site. Jacques explains how he copied some of his films into new formats so we can see them today. It is lovely to see Broomfield House in the film.He talks about his early life as a Jewish child during the second world war in Paris and being hidden in Gargenville. He was also based in Germany during the time of the Belin airlift completing his French national service and working in air traffic control.
Martin Jenkins worked with children at Hazelwood School to find out about their views of Palmers Green. He found out that they really like their local area, with the Easter Egg Hunt being a big hit, but dislike the growth in number of betting shops and lack of things to do for children and young people.
Children are a vital part of our community but it is easy to overlook their views. I was lucky enough to be able to talk to some of the children at Hazelwood Schools about Palmers Green and they all had strong and interesting views about the place where they live, study and play.
I spoke to three small groups of Year 6 (10-11 years old) pupils at Hazelwood. At our first session I ran through a potted history of Palmers Green: the children seemed fascinated by the background to the buildings and spaces around them. Several said that they had not realised Palmers Green had grown and changed so much in the past and that it made them look at the neighbourhood through new eyes.