About the Residents Association
The Residents Association watches over the welfare of the Suburb and lobbies the HGS Trust and Barnet Council on a wide range of issues including conservation, roads, pavements, litter, trees and the open spaces.
The Association is a voluntary organisation open to all residents and is funded by voluntary donations from its members.
It’s not just luck
The Suburb has been kept the way it is as a result of the concern and involvement of the people who have lived here and are living here today.
If you enjoy living in Hampstead Garden Suburb please join the Residents Association now.
The more households belong, and more than 1,600 do today, the greater our effectiveness in dealing with Barnet and the Trust whose decisions, on planning, roads, trees and open spaces, affect our surroundings.
It’s not a certain future
Threats to the Suburb are many and various.
Developers eyeing our gardens, open spaces and allotments, would love to weaken the powers that exist to protect the Suburb.
The local authority needs to be constantly reminded that the Suburb is not just part of its plan for through traffic routes or inappropriate parking solutions, street lamps, signage and road-markings.
Insurance companies are quick to take the axe to fine trees as a quick cure for subsidence.
These and many other threats are the constant concern of the RA and its committees of volunteers.
It’s not all work and no play
The RA puts on events including summer fetes, grand picnics and New Years Eve parties and fireworks on Central Square.
It organises political meetings before elections and holds regular Open Meetings for residents to express their views.
It has always been a principal sponsor of the Proms at St Jude’s.
It’s no secret
Suburb News is delivered to every home four times a year with news and comment on Suburb issues.
Suburb eNews updates members every month.
The annual Suburb Directory gives residents essential information about life on the Suburb.
The website is regularly updated with events and links to everything you need to know.
The RA pays for and maintains notice boards all over the Suburb to keep you in touch with what’s on.
It doesn’t just happen
The HGS Residents Association works for you and your family, the community, and the environment. Its principal aims are:
- To maintain and enhance the character of the Suburb
- To represent members’ views on matters of common interest
- To promote good neighbourliness and to encourage social, cultural, and other amenities
- To maintain the ideal of the Suburb’s founders
Everything we do is done by volunteers you can support them just by joining for only £15 a year.
If you would like to be more involved, there’s plenty to do.
It’s not only the RA, we’re helping others too
At the same time as collecting membership subscriptions we traditionally seek donations to the Hampstead Garden Suburb Fellowship: that's the charity for residents aged over 60 providing activities for members and others. Fellowship House also performs the role of an independent Suburb Community Centre. We also support other local organisations through grants.