Thursday, March 3, 2016

Helping Local Residents

Let's help thousands of local residents by writing to Haringey Council.

You can find out more here

Saturday, January 30, 2016

At The Oasis

Street artist Loretto was busy last night decorating The Oasis off licence on the corner of Tottenham High Road and Ruskin Road.

Monday, December 2, 2013

People's World Host China Youth Visit to Tottenham

China comes to learn from Tottenham 

Delegates of the All China Youth Federation on their whirlwind visit to Tottenham, Friday 29th November 2013.
News update from the People's World Carnival Band:

"China arrived in Tottenham on Friday. The visit by the All China Youth Federation Delegation was hosted by People’s World Carnival Band, who took them on a whirlwind tour of Tottenham including the Sixth Form Centre, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and the 639 Centre, as well as being treated to a demonstration by Tottenham’s youngest entrepreneur of his Snow Cone company Ochean Freeze, and given an insight into how carnival costume making is inspiring young people to work in the Creative Arts industries.

They were particularly impressed at how People’s World and its partner voluntary groups are working with young people to help them reach their full potential.

Berkeley Gardner from People’s World said “We work with children as young as 8 to encourage them to believe in themselves and to be the best they can be”.
The trip was organised by the British Council to study how Tottenham promotes it’s Young Entrepreneurs."

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Good News! People's World Carnival Band Winners at Notting Hill Carnival 2013

People’s World Winners at Notting Hill Carnival 2013

Good news just in from the People's World Carnival Band: 
"The results are in and People’s World had a winning theme at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival.
 The theme entitled A-F-R-I-C-A-N  - ‘A Free Race In Culture And Nobility’ took second place on Sunday and first place on Monday in the category Historical/Traditional. The Band were place 2nd overall in the Carnival on points.
This follows a fabulous year when in 2012 they attained 1st and 2nd places with the theme ‘Fire and Ice’ – 30 Years on the Road and counting...’ which commemorated the riots and the rebirth of Tottenham symbolised by a Phoenix rising from the ashes. 

 People’s World is based at the Old Brewery in Tottenham High Road and 90% of it’s members are under 25 years.  They operate year round activities for young people including weekly workshops in bicycle maintenance, dance and drama, arts and crafts, costume design and construction, computer and film clubs, as well as after school homework/project club and youth club.

Sally Sturgeon, Co-ordinator of People’s World said “we take our cue from the young people and try to provide activities that they enjoy and at the same time promoting a positive community ethos.  We encourage young people to be the best they can be with whatever they chose to participate in.  We try to make every day a memorable experience for our young people.
Funding is always an issue, and we are looking for regular funding or sponsorship to continue our activities.""

Tottenham Networking Party at the Selby Centre 14th November 2013 10am to 4pm

Click flyer for more info

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Tottenham Cemetery walk 12 noon Monday 30th September 2013 at Bruce Castle Museum

View of Tottenham Cemetery as seen on the Tottenham Summerhill Road website

Explore the history of Tottenham Cemetery and hear about the interesting people buried there.

Meet 12noon at Bruce Castle Museum for refreshments.

Walk starts at 12:15pm

For more information go here

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Exhibition inspired by August Riots at Bruce Castle Museum 15th August to 15 November 2013

To the Light Exhibition

Rosalind Davis, Solo Show.
August 15th - 14th November 2013
Private View: 25th September 6-8:30pm
Bruce Castle Museum, Lordship Lane, Tottenham, N17 8NU

  For more info about talks and workshops starting 17th August go to

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Join the Bruce Castle Tennis League by Monday 8th July 2013 for £10

Below you will find information and links as they appear on the Bruce Castle Tennis League website:


Friendly, competitive tennis at the courts Bruce Castle, Haringey, London
Welcome to the league!You are just a step away from joining our mixed-sex singles league for adults (18s and over). Here's how it works:
  • We welcome players of all standards
  • Players are organised into groups of a similar level based on the questionnaire here.
  • You play when it suits you - everyone arranges their own matches. 
  • We share with you the email addresses and phone numbers of your opponents. 
  • The home courts of the league are at Bruce Castle but you can use any that suit you both.
  • You have eight weeks to play your matches.
  • You get a free can of balls and two bonus points if you complete three matches by the half way point.
  • WINNERS of each group WIN £20 and a certificate.
  • Entry to an eight week round is just £12 
Why not give it a go! Join Now 
The email for reporting match scores, or if you have a question not answered on this site is
And if you are interested in Doubles do let us know.  


Join the league
New rounds start regularly. See calendar on the left for dates. Entries close the Monday before a round starts.Why not book your place and... 
Link to google map showing the Blank  courts

Thursday, May 9, 2013

A Plan for Change - Tottenham High Road West- Tuesday 14th May 639 Tottenham High Road and Saturday 1st June Haringey Sixth Form Centre, White Hart Lane

Community Consultation

Tuesday 14th May 9:30am - 2:30pm - 639 Tottenham High Road

Saturday 1st June 10am-5pm - Haringey Sixth Form Centre, White Hart Lane

More info here

Monday, February 4, 2013

The Past, Present and Future of Radical Pamphleteering, Wednesday 6th February 7:30pm

The Radical History Network of Haringey, London

The Past, Present and Future of Radical Pamphleteering

Wed 6th February 2013, 7.30pm
Wood Green Social Club, 3 Stuart Crescent, off the High Road, Wood Green, London N22 5NJ 
(Not far from Wood Green tube/end of White Hart Lane/nr Civic Centre)

"For centuries radical activists have had to self-publish to spread radical ideas which challenge the status quo and call for a better world. Often we have had to overcome lack of funds, access to printing, or even repression. Nevertheless countless millions of informative and inspirational leaflets, pamphlets, posters and newsletters have been distributed. Throughout history groups, campaigns and movements have been determined to speak out and present an alternative. How has this been achieved, and how are the methods changing today? And what can we foresee for the future?

We have invited two experienced activists to speak and help kick off the discussion....but we encourage anyone who wants to contribute to this discussion to do so, or you're just as welcome to come and listen and learn from others. All welcome.

Alex Hodson, from Past Tense, a publishing project based in South London...
"Pamphlets, Libels and Rhymes: strange confused tumults of the minde" Wanderings in the past. present and future of radical pamphleteering. Cheap, short sharp and subversive: the story of the pamphlet is intimately bound up with the history of radical ideas since the printing revolutionised communication in the 15th century. Dismissed by authority and sneered at by the learned, (but used by both when need arose), the pamphlet became the most widespread vehicle for news, public debate, and development of political theory, until gradually replaced by newspapers. Reading, passing on, publishing pamphlets, has formed a huge part of the practice of the movements we have taken part in. But in the age of the internet, does the printed pamphlet have any kind of future? With self-publishing so easy online, could the pamphlet soon be obsolete? With a short talk on some of the history of the pamphlet, and an open discussion on where it's going...

Tony Wood from Haringey Solidarity Group will focus on the local:  
With self-publishing so easy online, could the pamphlet soon be obsolete? We could easily add newsletters and leaflets to the sentence above. Why spend all that time, energy and money putting out “hard copy” when it’s much easier to “bang it out” online? But, there is more to newsletters and leaflets than just people reading them. They are a chance to have a presence on the streets; you get to talk, debate or argue with people face to face; and people can see that there are people “out there” doing something. During the anti poll tax campaign, the posters, leaflets and street stalls showed people that others were resisting, and gave them confidence to say NO! And anyway, what about the people who don’t have computers, or don’t want to sit in front of them all day?

Haringey Solidarity Group has had a presence on the streets of Haringey for over 20 years, and we can chat about how, what, and why it’s important. We will bring along a selection of the groups’ propaganda from the last 20 years to feast our eyes upon.

Other contributions we hope to put into the mix include some examples from Poland in the 1980s, examples of RaHN's own local activist and self publisher, Alan Woodward, self-publishing under the name of 'Gorter Press'; and of course anything you might like to bring up yourself...

You can also bring ideas for the RaHN Programme of discussions throughout 2013...."  

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Tottenham Scandal! Read All About It!

Scandal at Spurs

Scandal, a lovely new cafe opposite Spurs has just opened in Tottenham.

Cycling past Spurs on New Year's Day, the Bruce Castle News Team were amazed to discover a lovely new cafe in Tottenham called Scandal.

Opened in October just last year by a local couple who live around the corner, Scandal raises an eyebrow to the more salacious side of the glorious game with a playful tabloid theme.

You can also see local art on the walls organised by Art 2 View.
Art 2 View at Scandal


Scandal offers a delicious Italian lunch menu and deli counter with exquisite fresh coffee.
Joanna at Tottenham's Scandal opposite Spurs.

 See you there...

For more information drop in or email

Monday, December 3, 2012

Bruce Castle Park

A view of Bruce Castle Park showing Bruce Castle Museum, Broadwater Farm and the great Bruce Castle Oak, 3rd December 2012, afternoon.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A Tube Station for Northumberland Park by Bally Studios

Sketch for the proposed tube station at Northumberland Park by bruce castle news

The following is an edited extract from a recent blog by Tottenham's Bally Studios. You can read the full post here. For more info about Bally Studios Rehearsal and Recording Studios go here.

"Bally Studios recently celebrated 7 years of trading in Tottenham Hale, and, as co founder, I have been based in the area for over 8 years. In 2003, I was living in Highbury and Islington, a few mins walk away from the tube station. At the time, my partner and I were paying £798 a month for a one bedroom flat. ... Despite having some of the best bars in London on our doorstep, a limited budget meant we didn't have the disposable income to frequent them. With heavy heart, and craving more space, we decided to relocate, and look further afield.
Our new home was based in Foyle Rd, a few mins walk away from Northumberland Park Train Station. Over the next few years of living in this area, it became obvious that many other people living in the area had similar reasons for being based there as we had. Young families, priced out of surrounding areas, relocated for the extra space that their budget could accommodate in Tottenham. Parking spaces were plentiful , a refreshing change. Tottenham marshes was based on our doorstep, and we grew so attached to the area, that when it came time to start a business for ourselves, we didn't hesitate to choose Tottenham as its location.

So when we saw a recent Twitter post by Bruce Castle News, highlighting a question that Joanne McCartney had put to London Mayor BorisJohnson about looking into the possibility that he “ask TfL to conduct a feasibility study for extending the Victoria Line to Northumberland Park” it was a subject that both appealed to our emotions, as well as one that, we felt, made sense, economically.

Diagram of proposed Victoria Line extension as imagined by Technical Slip
All tube trains currently go to Northumberland Park anyway, as this is where they are cleaned. There is a train-wash, like a car wash for tube trains, that can be clearly seen by people driving along Watermead Way. The tracks are already laid, but at present there is no platform and station facilities. Joanne McCartney shared the same hopes as many local residents, that Northumberland Park Train Station could be transformed into a tube station. Within minutes of us echoing her sentiments, Justin Hinchcliffe ‏of @TottenhamTories chirped in, that it had been “first proposed by us on 2001”. A quick internet search shows that local Labour MP, David Lammy felt that "the important thing is to deliver an extension on the Victoria Line sometime soon - people desperately need it in what is a deprived part of London."

So both the Tories and the Labour party, at a local level, seem to be in favour of it. Justin Hinchcliffe ‏of @TottenhamTories tweeted “we should make a united, cross-party push for it”, a sentiment we agreed with. Ken Livingstone, in 2003, was vocal for his support too, and Boris Johnson has backed a regeneration plan that promises ‘up to 10,000 new high quality homes and over 5,000 new jobs’ for Tottenham by 2025, as well as publicly backing Tottenham Hotspurs plans to build a new 56,000 all seater stadium next to their current stadium...

On 7th August, 2011, The UK was shocked by the riots in Tottenham, and the image of Allied Carpets, burning well into the night, was a catalyst that created more rioting over the next week. I remember watching it myself. I had, a couple of months earlier, moved onto the property ladder, and I was having a house party that night to celebrate purchasing my first home. Party guests who understood my affiliation with Tottenham brought the matter to my attention, and about 20-30 of us, with glasses of wine and beer in hand, watched the footage of the riots on TV, with great sadness, until about 3am. When everyone had left, I stayed up until 8am watching the footage. I went into work the next day, at 11am, witnessing, first hand, the widespread looting that was happening the next morning at the Tottenham Hale retail park. The image of Allied Carpets ablaze, that night, was the enduring image, for me, of the London riots. When we were soundproofing the studios on it's first day, in 2005, I bought a job lot of carpet that was frayed at the edges, for 50% off, from that very store. It was symbolic for me, that on the night I was celebrating stepping onto the property ladder, the very building that put me on the way, was burning to the ground. 
The empty shell of this building lies 850m from Northumberland Park Train station. What a fine legacy it would be if Northumberland park were to have it's own Tube station. How are people meant to feel proud about their own community when transport for London openly state that it is not worthy of investment, while other, more financially affluent areas, are given mass funding? The government is not meant to be investing in areas that are already financially strong. That is what the private sector is for. By investing now, it will help to revitalize an area, and hopefully prevent some of the scenes we saw last year. This area helped me to create financial stability for myself. I am sure it can do the same for others.

We sincerely hope that TFL reconsider their stance, and we hope that the mayor for London, and the Government, both at a local and national level, put their support behind this worthy scheme. It has our full support."

Bally Studios

Monday, October 22, 2012

Film London Exhibitors' Breakfast - Tuesday 23rd October

Date: Tuesday 23 October 2012
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Venue: Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, London N15 4RX
Location: A map of the venue and directions can be found here

As part of our work with Haringey Council on Project Tottenham, Film London are holding an all day Exhibitors’ Breakfast at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Tottenham on 23 October 2012.

The Exhibitors’ Breakfast is part of Film London’s advisory services for the cultural cinema sector. We run regular events around London complemented by one to one advice surgeries at Film London offices. It is an opportunity for exhibitors, cinemas, festivals, art centres, local authority Film Officers and freelancers to share sector news, opportunities, best practice ideas and lessons learnt and to develop ways of working together in new and exciting ways. 

Prior topics have included accessible screenings, education, funding, programming, publicity, project evaluation, outreach and partnership working. Forums have been hosted by ICA, Hackney Picturehouse,  Genesis Cinema, Phoenix Cinema, Roxy Bar and Screen, Shape Arts, Albany and Open the Gate. Speakers have included BFI, Skillset, Target Media, Little White Lies, Midnight Movies, Eastside Community Heritage, Clare Wilford PR and London Indian Film Festival to name a few.

The following speakers are confirmed for 23 October 2012 at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre;

·         Fitzroy Andrew (Haringey Association of Voluntary and Community Organisations)
·         Helen Ball (The Audiences Agency)
·         Louis Savy (Film Festival Academy)
·         Kate Taylor (Independent Cinema Office)
·         Phil Wood (Roxy Bar and Screen/ Scala Beyond)
·         Anna Kime (Film London)
·         Paul Bowman (Film London)

How to Book

Places for the Exhibitors’ Breakfast and Information Session are limited so please RSVP to, stating the event, your name, organisation and job title.