St Mary Magdalene and the Community

St Mary Magdalene has many links with the local community. We make regular collections for the local North Enfield Food Bank. The Rev'd Dr Gordon Giles, our vicar, is the Chair of the North London Credit Union based in Enfield Town.

Our buildings are used by various local groups to hold a variety of regular events. Southgate Opera hold rehearsals in our Hall twice a week while Southgate Symphony Orchestra and Enfield Choral Society both hold regular performances in our Church with the beautiful backdrop of the Chancel.

The Playgroup runs a pre-school age group weekdays while GA Dance Academy have regular dance classes that are open to new students. Looking after mind and body, Tai-Chi offers a variety of ways to find well being. Mental agility is part of the Bridge Club's function and a regular, monthly meetings of Enfield's Walkabouts group will find like minded people extolling the virtues of a walk with good company.


Southgate Opera


Southgate Opera is one of the premier amateur opera companies in London. Founded in 1964 the company performs an ever changing programme of productions featuring opera, operetta and musical comedy.

Their productions are fully staged and costumed, feature a full chorus and are accompanied by an orchestra.

Run by volunteers, Southgate Opera is a registered charity and is dedicated to making opera accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

Southgate Opera welcome new members, whether you wish to perform, help behind the scenes, backstage, with costumes or props.

Rehearsals are in the St Mary Magdalene Church Hall Sundays 2:00 - 5:00 pm and Mondays 7:30 - 10:00 pm

2020 Programme

Orpheus In The Underworld - Offenbach
Translation By Peter Clarke
17th - 20th June 2020
Wyllyotts Theatre,
Potters Bar


Southgate Symphony Orchestra

Southgate Symphony Orchestra at St Mary Magdalene Church, Enfield

Southgate Symphony Orchestra is a North London symphony orchestra, performing concerts and open to amateur orchestral musicians. The orchestra has been part of the Enfield community for over fifty years.

Southgate Symphony Orchestra formed in 1961 when a privately-run group of enthusiasts invited Terry Hawes to conduct them in New Barnet. When Terry was appointed as music lecturer at the newly-open Southgate Technical College in 1963, the New Barnet group became the founding members of his evening class orchestra. Southgate College Symphony Orchestra, as it was known, continued as an evening class at Southgate College until the summer of 2005. The Orchestra then became a fully independent body, and renamed itself Southgate Symphony Orchestra, becoming a registered charity in 2007.

Next concert:

A live orchestral concert of music inspired by the past, plus a concerto and symphony. The concert features Rustam Khanmurzin performing Ireland's Piano Concerto with us. We are also performing Elgar's Froissart Overture and Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Greensleeves. The concert concludes with Arnold's Symphony no. 2.

The concert starts at 7:30pm on 4 April 2020 at Saint Stephen's Church, 56 Village Rd, Bush Hill Park, Enfield, EN1 2EU.

Tickets: £14 (£12 advance); concessions: £12 (£10 advance). Children: £5. Interval refreshments and programme included! Booking fee applies when purchased online.


Enfield Choral Society

Enfield Choral Society

Enfield Choral Society emerged from The Young People’s Society of Enfield, founded by Vincent Evans in 1938. The original Society was formed to provide a bridge for young people leaving the Sunday School choir at Christchurch, Enfield at 16 but being too young to join the adult choir.

Membership is open to everyone over the age of sixteen and there are currently approximately 70 members. They are a local choir in that most members live within the London Borough of Enfield. We aim to be inclusive and accessible. No auditions are required, but a good singing voice and enthusiasm are essential. Although amateur in status Enfield Choral Society has gained a local reputation for giving performances of a high standard, often with professional soloists and ensembles.

Spring Concert
Women’s Voices:  Celebrating Female Composers
Saturday 21 March 2020 at 7.30pm
St Paul’s Church, Winchmore Hill, Church Hill, N21 1JA

Summer Concert
Songs from the Shows
Saturday 20 June 2020 at 7.30pm
St Paul’s Church, Winchmore Hill, Church Hill, N21 1JA

Autumn Concert
Beethoven Mass in C
Saturday 14 November 2020 at 7.30pm
Venue to be confirmed.

Christmas Concert
A Selection of Christmas Songs, Carols and Music
Saturday 19 December 2020 at 7.30pm
St Stephen’s Church, Bush Hill Park


The Playgroup

St Mary Magdalene playgroup

The Playgroup is run by Sandra Pearce and is open for morning sessions Monday to Friday and afternoon sessions Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Open to pre-school age children, they are well established and have lots of activities geared towards this age group.

For more details please contact Sandra:
07801 950828


GA Dance Academy

GA Academy

GA Academy was formed with the core value of being at the fore front of Performing Arts. The school was established by Rianna and Aimee to project their confidence, talent and experience to the next generation of performers. Rianna and Aimee are still active performers in the industry and are passionate in transferring the most modern and upfront styles in dance.

GA Academy believes that dance should be accessible to all, so no matter your talent or age, all are welcome.

GA Dance Academy have a variety of classes for various age ranges and meet in the St Mary Magdalene Church Hall on Saturdays between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm.

07932 783 211
07983 784 464



Enfield Tai-Chi

Enfield Tai Chi:
James Richardson has been learning, practising and training (longer practice periods with an advanced teacher) and teaching Tai Chi for the last 40 years. He teaches Yang style short and long forms of Tai Chi, the sword form and chi kungs, along with a number of other exercises, shaking and breathing, joint release, relaxing swinging and calisthenics.

Tuesdays in the St Mary Magdalene Church Hall
Beginners: 7pm to 8:10 pm
(First lesson is free)
Advanced: 8:15 to 9:30 pm

07931 106487


Bridge Club


Bridge, is a trick-taking card game using a standard 52-card deck. It is played by four players in two competing partnerships, with partners sitting opposite each other around a table. Millions of people play bridge worldwide in clubs, tournaments, online and with friends at home, making it one of the world's most popular card games, particularly among seniors.

The Bridge Club meets Mondays and Fridays in the Vestry. For further information please contact Malcolm Roberts:
020 8245 2587



Enfield Walkabouts are a group of people who enjoy going for a walk, far more leisurely than a route march(!), around local attractions like Trent Park to see the daffodils and take in the sites and sounds of the local area. They meet in the Hall on the 2nd Friday of the month from 7:00 - 10:00 pm.

For further details please contact Margaret Olley
01992 719963