The faces of Cuffley
PUBLISHED: 14:27 20 April 2009 | UPDATED: 16:01 20 February 2013
Cuffley is full of people who contribute to the village's strong sense of community spirit, as Louise McEvoy discovers
SEMI-RURAL Cuffley is surrounded by woods and fields but has the advantage of a direct train line into London, and Brookfield Farm and Enfield shopping centres are just a short car journey away. Situated in the Welwyn Hatfield district of south-east Hertfordshire, just north of Enfield and the M25, Cuffley has a population of around 4,000 people and boasts a strong sense of community spirit.
Northaw and Cuffley Parish Council
FOR 15 years Joy Allcott has been the clerk at Northaw and Cuffley Parish Council, which formed in 1894 and currently has eight councillors.
The council looks after the King George V playing fields, where tennis, football and bowls can be played, and it is currently endeavouring to improve the parking facilities for these activities. The council also produces a magazine twice a year, called Update, and holds an annual party for senior citizens.
Joy says, 'I thoroughly enjoy my job as it is so interesting and it is a joy to be of assistance to the public.' She adds, 'Cuffley is a very nice place to live, but it has changed over the years, as has everywhere. We used to have The Cuffley in Station Road, which was a pub/restaurant, but last year this became a Tesco Express and caused much controversy at the time.
'There is also The Plough, situated at the top of Plough Hill, and various little restaurants in the village itself - Chinese, Indian, and very recently The Cuffley Cafe has opened in Maynard Place. This appears to be very popular and I am told it is very good value for money.'
Cuffley Operatic Society
CUFFLEY Operatic Society was established in 1975 to bring musical theatre to the village, complementing the drama performances of the Cuffley Players.
The society has performed a wide range of musicals, from operetta such as The Mikado, to Oklahoma and lesser known productions such as Little Me. The company has also staged several concerts, with its Big Band Concert proving particularly popular.
Jill Sandford has been a member since 2005 and now serves on the committee, during which time she has established and maintained the society's website and assisted with the day-to-day running of the society and its many social events.
She says, 'What I enjoy most about the society is its friendly atmosphere and lack of pretension. I have made several good friends and there is a good social life as well.
'We are a very friendly, inclusive society and always happy to receive new members, of all ages, either to perform or to assist in the many valuable and necessary roles behind the scenes.'
Cuffley Operatic Society will be performing Fiddler on the Roof from Wednesday, May 20, to Saturday, May 23, at Cuffley Hall. For more information and to book tickets, visit www.cuffley-operatic-society.com or call the box office on 01707 888415.
Cuffley Football Club
FOUNDED in 1958, Cuffley Football Club celebrated its 50th year with a series of commemorative matches against Potters Bar Crusaders, who were celebrating their 60th anniversary, and is concluding the celebrations with an event for past and present members on May 16 at King George V Playing Fields.
Kevin Borley became club chairman in June 2007, having held several other committee positions, and says, 'Running a club, especially the size of Cuffley, is very much a team effort for which I rely heavily on my fellow committee members. My eldest son has benefited from the efforts of my predecessors and so I feel I want to put something back into the club and hopefully leave it in an even stronger position for future generations.
'My time is spent helping to run the club and manage one of the Under 14s sides. It really is very satisfying when your team goes out and not only wins but more importantly plays the game in the manner in which it should be played.'
He says one of his main objectives is to raise the profile of the club in the local community and encourage people to go along and show support on a Saturday afternoon.
Kevin has lived in Cuffley for nine years, having moved from Goffs Oak, and says, 'It is small enough that when you walk to the village shops, you will inevitably bump into someone you know and you can stop and have a chat.' He adds, 'I enjoy going to the Oriental Star Chinese restaurant with my wife, Deborah, friends and family. The food is great and you can have a couple of drinks and walk home afterwards.'