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Friern Barnet Photo Archive

Colney Hatch Lane
The Friern Barnet Photo Archive
Colney Hatch Lane

Number 272, "Newhaven House", photographed on 10 April 2003, the day after a fire
Picture added on 09 September 2014 at 11:25
Newhaven House History: In 1944-1955 was connected with Bayer a Company providing health care, nutrition and high-tech material
In 1955 It opened as a Probation Hostel for Girls Headed by Miss Joan Burrows The House accommodated up to twenty Girls ages 14/15 years old for term 12months It close as hostel in 1974 I was associated as a 'Chaplain' for 15 years to 1970 My link was as a member of Muswell Hill Baptist Church The Building was then changed into Flats
There is more information for anyone interested contact by email
Added by John Selves on 04 October 2014
The "Barnet Press" of 29 June 1912 reported: "HRH Princess Alexandra opened the Home for Girls, known as The Hermitage. During the past 51 years nearly 48,000 young women and girls have been assisted by the institution of which The Hermitage is a branch....it supports 6 homes and an all-night refuge."
Added by David Berguer, Chairman on 07 October 2014
According to Friern Barnet UDC minutes:
In 1939 a wardens post was built in the grounds, adjoining the garden wall.
In Oct 1943 application was approved for a temporary laboratory and storage sheds for Bayer Products Ltd.
In 1947 approval was granted for renewal of the licence for the laboratory shed.
In May 1948 application was approved for use of the rear of the building for the manufacture of lampshades.
In February 1949 application was approved for for use of the laundry building for light industry - the British Engraving & Nameplate Manufacturing Co Ltd.
In June 1955 application was approved for use of the land for stocking and selling plants and garden sundries (King Easton Ltd)
In Aug 1990 there was a change of use from hostel (Class C1) to residential institution.
In February 2006 it was renamed Kemble House.
In 2008 a large three extension was added on the south side of what was the car park.
It is now a residential care home for adults with High Functioning Autism and Aspergers Syndrome by Brookdale Care.
Added by David Berguer, Chairman on 07 October 2014
Newhaven House. I knew some of the girls that were there in late 50s early 60s. All of them were a good bunch, but not what I seem to remember were there the stories about the staff. Be nice to hear from the girls. If any of you read this I wish you good luck.
Added by Jim on 09 October 2014
I remember this building as I lived here from August 1987 until April 1989. It was at this time a hostel for young women aged 16 - 18 who were in care. It provided training in independent living to us so we were prepared for life in the outside world once we left local authority care. The hostel was owned by the then charity The Rainer Foundation and, sadly, closed down permanently in November 1989. I feel really nostalgic seeing this picture. How I miss the people I lived here with! I feel sad seeing the fire damage, although it has, presumably, been repaired by now!
Added by Leyla Aziz on 19 July 2018
I was in Newhaven house and remember the staff and some of the girls. Elaine and Beverley, two staff members. Patricia and Dianne two girls.
Added by Teresa Cooper on 10 June 2022
I lived there and left about 1988, was in care and remember some if the girls that lived in Newhaven with me, their names were Ann Marie Wilson, Olivia, Leyla and a blonde girl who lived upstairs top floor next to Ann Marie, had a great time there and all girls and staff were great xx
Added by Michelle lia on 21 January 2023
Hello, Michelle Lia. I remember you. Was lovely to read your comment here. The blonde girl you speak of was Chantel Smith. It's good to see other's who lived there on here. I hope you are well, and life has treated you kindly. All the best, from Lily-Rose (formerly Leyla - changed name by deed poll)
Added by Lily-Rose Aziz on 21 January 2023
Omg amazing to hear from you, we must meet up for a tea or a drink. Life has been great for me I have 5 grown up daughters and 9 grandchildren. Yes I remember chanters name now lol. Hope life has been to you sending lots of love xx
Added by Michelle lia on 22 January 2023
I'm on good old Twitter. At teresacooper. It's good to see you all. I often wonder what happened to Beverley and Elaine. I think Elaine started up her own business in the restaurant industry. Sue was another member of staff who was nice.
Added by Teresa Cooper on 24 January 2023
Hi, Teresa. I can't abide by Twitter myself, so I'm not on there. Good to see another Newhavener (as I call us!) on here though. There wasn't an Elaine working there when I lived there, but there was a Beverley. She was adorable. Not sure if it's the same lady as I can't recall her surname. She was a black woman who was really warm, kind and funny! I miss her greatly. She was best friends with another staff member called Annette. They both ran Newhaven's after care resettlement programme until Annette left to have a baby, and Gail Clive took over from her. I'm not sure when you lived there, but a couple of girls you might know are Cheryl and Ester. Ester lived there before me, then left before coming back to stay there briefly whilst I was there. I met Cheryl somewhere else after I left Newhaven. She had also lived there before me though, so I thought you might know her. She had a baby who she called Tina. Anyway, I wish you well and all the best, Lily-Rose
Added by Lily-Rose Aziz on 26 January 2023
Hi Lily Rose we must try to find some others and have a reunion, would be great to catch up and enjoy ourselves xx
Added by Michelle lia on 26 January 2023
Hi. Beverley was lovely and I remember Annette too. I was there 1985/86. I got my first job in the little hairdressers up the road on that little shop parade. Dianne Sidey was a girl there and Patricia was another girl. Elaine and Beverley taught us DIY and that was very funny. There was a documentary done when I was there but can't remember what channel. Some of us took part. It was about leaving care if I recall. There was another girl called Lynette I think. I really liked it there and it was the first place I felt safe as a child in care. I recall a woman who worked there and she kept opening all the windows come spring or freezing cold winter. I have very good memories from there and I didnt have many good memories from the care system. It made a big difference to my life because the staff actually cared and taught me things I needed to know to prep me for the big wide world.
Added by Teresa Cooper on 27 January 2023
Hello, Michelle. I would love to try and find other former Newhaveners for a reunion, but at the moment I am not in a place where I feel able to do that. I have in the past tried to find others through Facebook. The only names I could find were yours, Olivia Platts and Ivy Jackson. I contacted Ivy, but she did not respond. I then chickened out of contacting you and Olivia as I couldn't be sure it was you, especially Olivia as she had no photos of herself on there, and I couldn't tell from your pics whether it was you. Would love to meet up at sometime though, just not right now. I am okay with email though, if you are interested in that. I am at leylaaziz40@gmail.com. Lily-Rose xx
Added by Lily-Rose Aziz on 27 January 2023
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