A Grade ll listed house with extensive landscaped gardens, gifted for the use and enjoyment of the people by Henry Charles 'Inky' Stephens of the Stephens' Ink Company.

Who we are and what we do

The Friends of Stephens House & Gardens is a group of local residents including professionals, retirees and parents of children in nearby schools, who help organise events , promote volunteering in the grounds and support fundraising events.

What we do

The Friends of Stephens House & Gardens is an informal group of local residents which exists to support Avenue House Estate Trust, the charitable trust that runs Stephens House & Gardens. We want to help keep Stephens House & Gardens thriving as an asset for the community, and we can also represent the broad interests of the gardens’ users.

We:

  • Help raise funds  for the Trust through donations and standing orders;
  • Help to organise community and fund-raising events, such as Quiz Nights, the Summer Garden Fete, the Egg Hunt and Hallowe’en;
  • Organise volunteer working groups to keep the grounds clear of litter; and
  • Run monthly gardening days to help the grounds staff. Since 2011, we have organised well over a man-year of volunteering work.

Help us support Stephens House & Gardens

Even one hour of your time clearing litter is valuable to us. It’s not strenuous and is surprisingly satisfying – rather like a treasure hunt in reverse! The Friends run a litter-pick every Sunday morning, which starts by the Spike Milligan bench at 11.00.  Please arrive just before 11 if you wish to take part.

The team leader will give you a quick health and safety briefing, a litter-grabber, bag, volunteer jacket and gloves, and off you go. 

If you want to litter pick at other times, particularly on weekdays, please contact us so that we can brief you and arrange your access to the equipment.

If you fancy helping the gardeners, the Friends also run gardening days on the third Sunday of the month from 11:00 – 13:00 or 14:00 – 16:00 (both if you’re very keen).  All you have to do is turn up by Spikes' bench wearing suitable clothes (warm, waterproof and washable, with sturdy boots or shoes).

No gardening expertise is necessary, as we do mostly unskilled work: we always provide supervision, as well as tools and gardening gloves (but bring your own favourite pair if you want to). Children are welcome to come with their parents, and usually do a great job helping to tidy up fallen twigs and small branches on the lawns. Homemade flapjack will be provided!

Would you like to help organise the Friends?

We meet informally for one evening a month, when we look at what we are doing for the next month.  If you would like to be part of the organising group just let us know, and we’ll give you the details of the next meeting.  There is no subscription to be part of the Friends – but we do operate using email a lot, so a computer with Internet access is pretty much a must for being part of the group.

You can always contact us by email to friends@stephenshouseandgardens.com

Home of 'Inky' Stephens

17 East End Road,
Finchley, London N3 3QE
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