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Introduction from our new Chair

My name is Laraine Hodgson and I am the new Chair of Enfield Island Village Trust. I bought my property on Enfield Island Village back in 2000 when the development was new. I am very happy living on the Island and share my house with my two cats. I am a retired primary school headteacher, and worked in Enfield, Haringey and Hertfordshire. I am now a governor at Prince of Wales Primary School.

I have 36 years of teaching experience to draw on, the last 16 years as a headteacher of three different schools. This has given me a wealth of experience relating to governance, finance, planning, policy, community, team work etc. I also have good people skills having dealt on different levels with children and adults, working within the bounds of confidentiality regarding staffing issues and child protection.

Since my retirement I have really learnt what a lovely place Enfield Island Village is to live. I was appointed as a trustee in November 2019 having become involved in the walking group, and with the monthly coffee mornings which I would like to see set up again, so that members can raise issues and share ideas.

As a trust we have some projects planned including work on the long arm of the canal and basin, a new more robust vehicle barrier in Government Row, and more community events. I am sure you will agree that the parkland in the village is kept to a high standard by the gardeners that the trust appointed last year. We also changed managing agents last year to Rendall and Rittner. We are aiming to work closely with the police to ensure safety of our island community, and improve communication to all.

I really do believe Enfield Island Village is a special place. I have often heard visitors walking through or cycling commenting on what a lovely place. Let’s keep it so and build on a bright future.


Laraine Hodgson

Chair of Enfield Island Village Trust

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Here is an update on the actions the Trust is taking regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • The community centre remains closed until further notice and all meetings and groups are cancelled.
  • All playgrounds in the village remain closed and must not be used.

The board of Trustees feel that it is no longer appropriate for Scott to walk the village collecting litter.  We have asked our managing agent to investigate alternative arrangements that can be put in place until it is safe for Scott to return to work. Scott’s safety is our primary concern and we hope that all residents understand our decision. 

Now more than ever we need people to take responsibility for their litter and use the bins provided or take it home and dispose of it.  Sacks of household rubbish must not be left by the bins and should be disposed of using your regular London Borough of Enfield bin collection.  Leaving sacks of rubbish is fly tipping, animals can rip these open and the contents will be strewn across the park spoiling the environment for everyone. 


We ask all residents and visitors to comply with the latest government advice and keep at least 2 metres away from each other while moving around the village and avoid gathering in groups.

Please use official Government and NHS sources for information, for example:

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Following the Government’s advice regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) the Trust has decided to take the following action:

  1. The Community Centre is closed with effect from Friday 20 March.  The Centre will remain closed until further notice and all meetings and groups are cancelled.
  2. All playgrounds in the village are closed and must not be used.
  3. Our litter picker Scott will continue to collect litter for now.  Please respect his safety by keeping 2 metres away from him.  If people do not respect Scott’s safety we will have to stop litter picking.

We advise all residents and visitors to comply with the latest government advice and keep at least 2 metres away from each other while moving around the village and avoid gathering in groups.

Please use official government and NHS sources for information, for example:

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Tyre dumping across the village

There have been a number of incidents where a large number of car and lorry tyres have been dumped in car parks across the village.  

The Trust are tackling this on three fronts, none of which is straightforward:

1.  We are arranging for tyres in garage areas to be moved so that garages can be accessed.  The main problem here is finding a reputable contractor who can deal with the tyres as they have to be disposed of properly.  There is currently a backlog sending UK tyres abroad for disposal and tyre disposal companies are not accepting tyres.  This might explain why they have been dumped here illegally.

2.  we are trying to identify and prosecute those responsible.  Hopefully we will be able to recover all of our costs.  Residents can help by reporting anything they see to the police and copy the report to the Trust for our records. 

3.  We are looking at measures to prevent this happening again.  This is not easy as there are a number of car parks across the village that residents have access to. 

We will post progress on this website and on twitter and facebook. 

EIVT Board of Trustees.

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Appointment of New Managing Agent for Enfield island Village

Hello EIV property owners,

The Board of Trustees is delighted to announce that Rendall and Rittner will take over as managing agent from 1 December 2019.   We will be publishing contact details in due course.

The new agent will be attending our Annual General Meeting on 16 December 2019 where they will introduce themselves to residents and we will set out our plans for the future of the Village.

Kind regards,

EIVT Board of Trustees.

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Annual General Meeting – 7th December 2017

Dear all,

Notice is hereby given that the AGM of Enfield Island Village Trust will be held at 8:00pm on the 7th of December 2017 at the Enfield Island Village Community Centre, 40-42 Island Centre Way, EN3 6GS.

The purpose of the meeting is to update you on what we have been doing over the past year and to outline our plans for the future of the village. We will also present the financial performance of the Trust for the year ended 31 March 2017.

I hope you will be able to attend the meeting and we look forward to meeting you.

Yours Sincerely,

Vincent Green


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Chairman’s introduction

An introduction from our chairman Vincent Green

Dear Residents

My name is Vincent Green and I am the newly appointed chairman of your Enfield Island Village Trust.

Firstly, I would like to thank all the residents who attended the EGM on July, 14, 2016 during which we elected the following members to form a new board of Trustees.

  • Vincent Green
  • Jay Paramanathan
  • Andrew Colledge
  • Paul King
  • Mark Turner
  • Jacqui Bainbridge (nominated by Christian Action Housing Association)

I would also like to apologise for the lack of information available to the residents since our appointment, however we are endeavouring to improve the frequency of communications.

Since the election, our first meeting with the interim managers (a firm of solicitors appointed by the Charity Commission to manage the affairs of the Trust) was on August, 30, 2016 where it was made clear that we had to satisfy the Charity Commission by demonstrating our commitment and integrity to the residents and the island without seeking any financial rewards.

In order to comply with the Charity Commission’s expectations, we set about producing a set of governing documents which the current and future trustees will use as a guide to ensure the Island’s stability, something that has been lacking for many years.

On November, 14, 2016, the interim managers and  Charity Commission were satisfied that we had met their expectations and full administrative responsibility was handed over to us.

To date we have:

  • Appointed Warwick Estates to provide full management agent services on a 1 year contract to assist the trust in the maintenance of the Island
  • Appointed H20 to maintain the canal basin on a 1 year contract
  • Appointed Veal Wasbrough Vizards as the Trust Solicitors
  • Appointed Israa on a 1 year contract to manage the Community centre and assist the Trust
  • Completed the final accounts for March 2016

There is so much for us to do and our plans can  be viewed here 

Finally, I would like to thank the interim managers, Israa, Ian and Scott for their hard work. Between them they have kept the Trust and management of the Island going during these challenging times.

Thank you again for your patience during what has been very turbulent times, together let’s make Enfield Island a community that everyone is proud of again.

Kind Regards

Vincent Green

Chairman of Enfield Island Village Trust