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Enfield Vision

Founded in 1995 to promote the wellbeing of visually impaired people living in Enfield.

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Vision News:

Volume 42, February 2019

This page contains a web version of Vision News, the newsletter of Enfield Vision.  Vision News is available printed in font 18 large print, in Braille, or audio CD.  For further information on any of these formats, please contact us.

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Enfield Vision
Management Committee

Chair: Diane de Jersey, Vice Chair: Shadeen Rose, Secretary: Jim Finch, Treasurer: Malik Javed, Members: Barbara Govey, Keith de Jersey, Dee Jethwa, Umran Rauf

Enfield Vision full membership is free for visually impaired people.  Enfield Vision honorary membership is free for supporters, carers and family members of visually impaired people.

Enfield Vision welcomes donations, no matter how small, as these help fund its activities for visually impaired people.

Chair's Message

Dear members,

This is our first newsletter in 2019. I regret that I could not attend our Christmas Party due to Keith's illness, but I am updated that the party was well attended; you enjoyed the new Community House venue where we had this party after nearly fifteen years at Park Avenue.

Enfield Vison applied for an Enfield Council Small Project Grant 2019, and has been awarded £5,000 for monthly Monday Drop-in Mornings at Community House on the style and pattern of our Drop-ins at Park Avenue. It means monthly Monday Forum Meetings have been ceased, and are being replaced with monthly Monday Drop-in Morning that include Enfield Vision's summer day trips as well that would be partly funded from this grant; please see the day trip dates inside this newsletter.

I am pleased to report that in September 2018, Enfield Vision received a National Lottery Awards For All grant for £10,000 from The National Lottery Community Fund to replace our aging equipment i.e. Everest Braille Embosser, Jaws Speech Software, purchase of Dolphin Easy Converter Software, and to partly fund Park Avenue Drop-in Mornings for one year.

I believe that you may be aware that Enfield Community Transport has ceased its operation from March 2018. It is in the final stage of disposing off its remaining assets under its constitution. Enfield Community Transport has offered a donation of £2,000 to Enfield Vision from its assets. On behalf of Enfield Vision management committee and its members, I thank Enfield Community Transport trustee board for this kind donation. I also thank Enfield Council for its Small Project Funding for our Drop-in Mornings at Community House. And we are grateful to the National Lottery for funding our Drop-in Mornings at Park Avenue.

Since Enfield Vision moved to Community House, we had held two Focus Days at Community House on Saturdays. However, a few exhibitors could not attend because they found it difficult to arrange staff at the weekend. Therefore, Enfield Vision management committee has decided to hold the next Focus Day on Thursday 19th September 2019 at Community House to enable all the exhibitors to attend. We will send you Focus Day flyers as soon as these are printed.

Please note that there will be no Drop-in Morning at Park Avenue on 19th September 2019 due to the Focus Day event being held at Community House on the same day.

I wish you Happy New Year, and I hope to see you at one of our Drop-in Mornings, if you can.

Diane de Jersey


Forum Meetings Update
By James Finch

I take this opportunity to update you with the important decision which Enfield Vision management committee had to make due to a change of circumstances.

Last year, due to circumstances beyond our control, we were forced to change our Forum meeting venue, day and times from Park Avenue to Community House. These meetings have not been very successful with poor attendance, so we have decided to stop these monthly meetings until March 2019.

Recently, we have an opportunity to apply for a London Borough of Enfield Small Project Grant 2019, and we are pleased to report that we have secured one-year funding for our monthly Monday Drop-in Morning for Visually Impaired People at Community House, which would be run along the same lines as our Drop-in Mornings at Park Avenue.

In addition, we would be offering concessional day trips to our members from this funding. Therefore, I would ask our members to please come and join our monthly Monday Drop-in Mornings at Community House, particularly if you are not able to attend our monthly Thursday Drop-ins at Park Avenue.

Hopefully, our monthly Monday Drop-ins at Community House will attract new members and give people a chance to find out more information. Also, it will give you an opportunity to socialise over a cup of tea or coffee, and join our day trips. Please see the dates given below in this newsletter.

Everyone has been notified about the new Drop-in dates as publicity flyers are being sent to you with this newsletter. If you have any thoughts or ideas of what activities may be included at our Drop-ins, please let us know either by email admin at enfieldvision dot org dot uk or telephone 020 8373 6260. We look forward to hearing your views and suggestions.


Summer Day Trips
By James Finch

Please see below the list of Enfield Vision Day Trips in 2019. Please note that a £5 per person non-refundable deposit is required, places are limited as we are using BEBAD transport, so book early.

Bletchley Park Museum Wed 8th May 2019

Home of World War 2 Code Breakers.
Concession £16.25, carer free.

Ramsgate Tuesday 4th June 2019

Sun, Sea & Sand!

Southend Tuesday 2nd July 2019

Bucket & Spade & Kiss me quick hats plus lots of MUD.

Hampton Court Palace Tuesday 13th August 2019

Concession £15.30, carer free.

Eastbourne Wednesday 4th September 2019

Lovely beach & Fish & chips.

Brooklands Museum, Tues 9th October 2019

The Birthplace of British Motorsport & Aviation - home of Concorde.
Concession £16, carer free.
Museum prices might be changed before visit.


Four Blind perform in
Flight Paths at Harlow Playhouse
on 5th February 2019

A message by Kirstie Brough of Harlow Playhouse regarding a show Flight Paths is given here for our members for information.

Iím just emailing you regarding a show we have coming to Harlow Playhouse on 5th February at 7:30 pm called 'Flight Paths'. It's a pay what you can show, which means you don't pay upfront for tickets; people just leave a donation at the end. I would just need to know ticket numbers if you were interested, or if you know anyone you could pass this information on to would be fab.

Flight Paths features four blind performers, and is inspired by the tradition of the Japanese Goze - where blind female performers travelled around medieval Japan making a living from telling epic tales.

Moving between tradition and modernity, the blind performers weave together personal stories of themselves as artists from Japan, Nigeria, USA and Australia.

Flight Paths is a multi-media, story-telling circus production that combines aerial, music, narrative and creative audio description that uses new sound technology.

'Extant Theatre has a deserved reputation for adventurous experimentation' BBC Radio 4.

Extant are proud to be the first theatre company to integrate access into aerial silk performance. Flight Paths will showcase outstanding aerial and physical theatre.

If you are interested in bringing a group along, please let me know and I can arrange seats for you.

Kirstie Brough

Commercial & Development Manager
Harlow Playhouse 01279 446712

For more information visit

Performance Times, Touch Tours and Post-Show Discussions

Harlow Playhouse
Tuesday 5th February, 7:30 pm
Playhouse Square, The High, Harlow, CM20 1LS
Box office: 01279 431945
Pay what you can

Touch tour: Tuesday 5th February, 6:00 - 6:30 pm

Stratford Circus
Friday 8th February, 7:00 pm; Saturday 9th February, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm*
Theatre Square, London, E15 1BX
Box office: 020 8279 1080
Tickets £15 (£13 concessions)

Touch tours: Friday 8th February, 5:30 - 6:00 pm;
Saturday 9th February, 12:30 - 1:00 pm and 5:30 - 6:00 pm

*Post-show discussion: Saturday 9th February, 8:40 - 9:00 pm in the foyer


Blind Cricket and Adult Visually-Impaired Rugby Sessions

Please find below details of forthcoming Blind Cricket and Adult Visually-Impaired Rugby sessions - information below has been received from Paul Vassilliou, Development Manager, Central West London & North London Vision, Thomas Pocklington Trust.

Metro Blind Sport have organised three exciting opportunities to try cricket in 2019.

Want to try Blind Cricket? Well now is the time. There is no better way than learning from our talented cricketers, plus why not do it at the best Cricket nets in London. Yes that right, learn at the Lords in February and March. Start off your 2019 right and join in. Event detail below.

Cricket Nets at Lords

Venue: Lords Cricket Ground, St John's Wood Road, London, NW8 8QN
Date: 16th February; Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Date: 23rd March; Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Contact: Rory Field - Email: rory dot field74 at gmail dot com or Phone: 07742 323224

Are there any better locations in the UK to try it out? There is no doubt you will be learning from some talented cricketers, and you will be in good company as the Metro Cricket Team won the Blind Cricket England and Wales league in 2018.

Adult Visually Impaired Rugby Sessions - Winter / Spring 2019

Venue: Craneford Way Playing Fields, Twickenham, TW2 7SQ
Date: 16th February; Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Date: 16th March; Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Date: 13th April; Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

The sessions are delivered in Partnership with Harlequins Foundation
Contact: Alex Bassan - 07840 144933 / 020 8669 2177
alexbassan at thechangefoundation dot org dot uk

The Change Foundation registered charity numbers: 1046047 & SC043569

Paul Vassilliou

paul dot vassilliou at pocklington-trust dot org dot uk
Mobile: 07976 545622


Member's Email Contacts
By Malik Javed

We regularly receive email messages from national, local and voluntary organisations that carry very useful information and news about events, campaigns, consultations and sometimes seek our member's views on these issues. As time is of the essence, we forward these messages to our members who have given us their email addresses.

We would very much appreciate if those of you who have email accounts and wish to receive these external important consultation messages, please update us with your email contact details. And if we have your email address, we will send you a copy of the Enfield Vision newsletter electronically. However, this would not affect your choice of receiving the newsletter in your preferred format of large print copy or audio CD. Please keep us updated with your preferred format.

We promise to keep your data safe and will never sell it to third parties. We use your information with your consent in order to provide you with the services and information you have requested. You can change your mind at any time and unsubscribe by updating us by email or by leaving a message on our office answer phone.


British Wireless for the Blind Fund
Keeping Blind People In Touch with the World

Could you or someone you know benefit from a radio that's designed to be easier to use for people with sight loss?

Here at BWBF we provide a range of audio equipment that is designed to be easier to use for people with sight loss.

Digital / FM radios, CD, USB players, internet radio and more, our equipment is of high quality and available free of charge to those who meet our criteria.

For more information:
Please visit our website

or call Simon Parsons
07545 230017

or email
simon at blind dot org dot uk


Enfield Vision
Drop-ins for Visually Impaired People

Held at Community House,
311 Fore Street,
Edmonton, N9 0PZ

Drop-ins run from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm

Monday Drop-ins at Community House 2019:


Enfield Vision
Drop-ins for Visually Impaired People

Held at Park Avenue,
Disability Resource Centre,
65c Park Avenue, Enfield, EN1 2HH

Drop-ins run from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm

Thursday Drop-ins at Park Avenue 2019:


We are a self-help group run by volunteers who are blind or partially sighted.

The group aims to promote awareness and understanding of the needs of visually impaired people resident in London Borough of Enfield.

Please call us at the Enfield Vision office if you want:


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