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Sunday, 14 January 2018


Last night a large crowd gathered on Broadway to hold a candlelight vigil and celebration for the life of Vijay Patel.

Members of his community spoke about their gratitude to the community, police and hospital staff. We were informed his wife was watching via the Internet.

The Bishop of Edmonton led a minutes silence and prayer.  Both him and Father Stephen from St Michaels stressed the need to bring light into the darkness.

After 15 minutes everyone was invited back to Hartley hall for refreshments.

The crowd spilled into the road and the whole experience was very moving and respectful.

The Mill Hill Community came together to show support and to show we care. Over £160 was donated on the night to the appeal for Mr Patel family.

Friday, 12 January 2018

VIGIL on BROADWAY Saturday at 7pm

Since the sad events of last weekend local people have rallied to support the family of the shop worker who died.

A couple of cowfunding accounts have already raised 10s of thousands of pounds which the family will need.

This Saturday outside rota express members of the community are invited to bring a candle and have an informal vigil at 7pm in his memory.

Finally on Saturday 13 February there is an event being held at Sacred Heart church where all faiths and the family and friends will be gathering to remember.  Details on the Barnet Eye blog.

We will return to usual postings after the vigil on Saturday night.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018


This is the saddest post we have made in our 8 years of reporting on news on the Broadway.

Last night we joined other local people to hold an impromtu candlelit vigil outside Rota Express for the 49 year shop worker who dies in hospital after being attacked on Saturday night. Great sadness was expressed and many tears.

His refusal to sell cigarette papers cost him his life at the hands of three young men.  The Police have reportedly arrested one person in connection with the incident so far.

This is a very rare happening in Mill Hill which we all regard as a very safe place to live and work.  Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the person who has died. Most of us knew him and knew of the wonderful service he gave us in this local shop.

Plans are being drawn up by local churches and organisations to hold community events and to help fundraise for his family.

As a community we are shocked and saddened.   We ask that everyone on the Broadway and in all our social media feeds for the area shows utmost respect for the family and if you wish to lay flowers or candles outside the shop then please do as a mark of respect for this lovely man who has been taken far too soon.

We will update on here but our usual feed of information is currently suspended on all Social Media channels because we are devastated by what has happened and wish to respect the situation fully.

Sunday, 7 January 2018


Sadly our first blog of 2018 is to bring sad news. A 40 year old shop worker was assaulted last night just before midnight outside his shop Rota Express on Broadway by 3 males.

The police say he is in a critical condition and the south side of Broadway is cordoned off for forensics searches.

We want to express our thoughts and prayers are with all who know the worker for hopefully a full recovery. However at this time the Standard reports he is fighting for his life.

Very sad news and an extremely rare event but it is a reminder that late night opening shops are vulnerable to crime even in such a safe area as ours.

We will update if we hear more.

Friday, 22 December 2017


As Christmas Day is almost here most of us are now with family and close friends to celebrate the season.

We will be visiting the cafes on Broadway for festive treats and the shops fo4 last minute shopping !

We want to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and we will be back in the New Year. Thank you for reading in record numbers in the last 12 months.

Thursday, 21 December 2017


Supermarket shopping guide for Mill Hill.

Marks and Spencer are on Broadway.
Iceland are on Broadway and deliver.
Waitrose are in Mill Hill East.
Lidl is in Edgware with their 19p vegetable festive offer!

The next few days will be spent festive shopping. Have a great time.