If music be the food of love…


Another post about a true artist who has donated to the postcard sale, which, in case you have forgotten, is on 6 Dec in Passobello, 174 High Rd East Finchley N2 9AS.

Richard Lumsden is a man who can, it seems, do anything. An actor, perhaps best known for his role as Robert Ferrars in Sense and Sensibility, but also The Avengers, The First of the Summer of Wine, Chalk, Sugar Rush and a host of other films, TV and theatre productions. He is currently appearing in Our Town at the Almeida Theatre.

He is also a writer, with new scripts in production, a composer and a musician.

Find out more about his many talents here


Added to this, he has very kindly drawn a postcard which is utterly charming and very special indeed. The person who finds his card will also receive a CD of a song composed and performed especially for us and completely unique.

I’m jealous. This card is definitely worth hunting down.

Many of Age UK Barnet’s clients are music lovers as well. Our music group meets monthly, driven to¬† and from our centres by our very kind and dedicated volunteers, to listen to live musicians or recorded music together and discuss their passion. About one third of the members of this group are blind and a fair number of them are skilled musicians in their own right, so they are a tough crowd to please.

Here are some pictures of the lovely cellist Dinah Beamish performing for her equally lovely audience. Dinah’s website is here


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Secret Postcard Sale – Collectable Art and Autographs

Thank you everyone who has followed this blog.

The Secret Postcard Sale in aid of Age UK Barnet will be on Saturday 23 November in Mr Simms, 781 High Rd, North Finchley, N12 8JY.

Here is a preview of some of the postcards – there are many more


And many thanks to all the lovely people who contributed cards, in particular:

Colin Baker, Joan Bakewell, Bambookidd, Sonia Boue, Sarah Bridgland, Graeme Brooker, Rebecca Cobb, Matthew Cort, John Dilnot, Jan Donnelly, Noel Fielding, Ann Froomberg, Ricky Gervais, Scott Getchell, Terry Gilliam, Cormac Hanley, Jeremy Hardy, Hari and Jake, Sir Chris Hoy, Mari I’Anson, Magnus Irvin, Ben Jennings, Rhodri Jones, Paul Kindersley, Loretta de Lange, Jude Law, Simone Lia, Sarah Lightman, Richard Lumsden, Avril MacDonald, Vivian Manthel French, Davina McCall, David McKee, Nadege Meriau, Orly Orbach, Horace Panter, Sara Pascoe, Tyler Rix, Simon Roberts, Martin Rowson, Marco Sandeman, Anne-Marie Sanderson, Lady Gill Sergeant, David Schneider, Furrah Syed, Sophie Thompson, Alex Tracy, Gilad Visotsky, Nick Wadley, Darren Wall, Rachael Weitzman, Vanessa Whinney.

Don’t forget that we also have some autographed Paul Weller posters for sale, a DVD and signed sweatshirt from Chase & Status, some autographed Tyler Rix CDs and, of course, you can see our lovely Philip Treacy hat in the flesh.


All the postcards will be a single flat price and the cards will be sold anonymously, so it is partly an art sale and partly a raffle. Some the cards are worth much more than we are charging, so you could get a real bargain.

And, it is all in a good cause.

See you on Saturday.