Muswell Hill’s “Top of the Hill” Goes From Strength to Strength

When the American author and journalist Lois Wyse wrote that: “A good friend is a connection to life – a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world,” she wasn’t thinking of Top of the Hill, but her words sum up the essence of what it’s about.

Muswell Hill’s group for people in later life who are on the Hill, but emphatically not over it, is just about to celebrate its sixth anniversary. In that time, it has established itself as one of the Shul’s greatest success stories. So far, it has mounted almost 120 events, with expert speakers on a great range of topics, and trips to places as diverse as Westminster Abbey, the Stanley Spencer Gallery at Cookham and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. During the pandemic it was a lifeline of connection, with people taking part remotely from all over the UK. ToTH is non-profit, but its success has enabled it to make regular charitable donations to different causes.

Valued as much as the talks themselves, held fortnightly on Wednesday afternoons, is the chance afterwards to meet and talk over tea, coffee and sticky buns. The group prides itself on being a warm, welcoming place for all, whether Muswell Hill members or not.

ToTH was founded by David Lawson and is now chaired jointly by Janet Goodman and Keith Mount. On 1 June, to celebrate its anniversary, it hosted a special Kiddush, which was greatly enjoyed, a chance to celebrate the past and raise a glass to a flourishing future.

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