Monday, December 19, 2011

The New Tottenham Singers Give Reason to the Season

             Video by Nigel Norie

You can find out more about joining in with the New Tottenham Singers here

Friday, October 28, 2011

Clasford Stirling MBE, talks to David Lammy MP, at the official launch of Broadwater Farm Exhibition at Bruce Castle Museum

                       Video by Nigel Norie

To mark the official launch of the Broadwater Farm exhibition at Bruce Castle Museum, curated by Odin Biddulph, local hero Clasford Stirling MBE, talked to David Lammy MP about his experiences of growing up in Tottenham, and how, after watching Broadwater Farm being built, he later moved there as a young man and became instrumental in turning the estate around into a place people could be proud of.

The historic talk ranged from what it was like growing up in Tottenham, when West Green Road was a no go area for young black people after 6 o'clock, to working through the unrest of 1985 and the more recent disturbances of August 2011.

We were incredibly lucky, not only to hear Mr Stirling's heroic story, but also to hear two of Tottenham's most well respected figures discussing one of the area's most well known, and often most misunderstood stories.

The High Commissioner of Jamaica, H.E. Anthony Johnson, attended the event and the audience was packed with prominent members of the local community - from Stafford Scott to Bill Guy - and local authority workers who have all played a major part in bringing about change on the estate, and throughout the whole of Haringey over the years.

The exhibition, first seen at the Broadwater Farm Community Centre last year, 25 years after the disturbances, is on at Bruce Castle Museum until March 2012.

Local artist, Everal Hall aka Eckee Chef, provided the delicious food and also displayed his iconic painting of Bernie Grant for the official launch, still on show.

You can see more about the whole exhibition project at the website

Reviewed in The Voice


Annual Fund Raising Dinner & Dance 19th November 2011

Tottenham Schools Remember the Wars on 11 11 11

World War I War Memorial - Tottenham Cemetery

Tottenham Lido 1981

Tottenham Lido 1981 - opened in 1937, it was closed in 1985.

'FR PIX' has a great bunch of old Tottenham photos -  you can see some of them here

Broadwater Farm Exhibition in the Enfield Independent 16 11 2011

Broadwater Farm on the Cover of New Book about Haringey


Opening of the Lordship Loop with Rad Music and skilling

Tottenham and Wood Green Then & Now Book Launch Sunday 11 December 2011

Book Now for The Riots

"Dear ALL

NO, I am not predicting the next riots in Tottenham. I am promoting the play, written by Gillian Slovo, The Riots.  That's right me promoting something! The guy who is never happy has finally found something that he LOVES! 

Seriously, like I wasn't being serious before, THIS IS AMUST SEE PRODUCTION !!!  It's the BEST thing that I have seen about the riots to date! 

It was produced by the Tricycle Theatre who rarely bring their productions on the road. I begged them to bring it to Tottenham. Now I need your support to inform and encourage as wide an audience as possible to see it. 

I don't want to give too much away, but the community's voices are truly represented in this play, trust me! I am in it, but I am not bigging it up because of that, if anything I am usually more critical  when I am involved, as they never bloody get it right! 

The play runs from 4th January 2012 through to 14th January, performances start at 8PM ( so no excuses really, is there?) There are a number of matinees too, so check out the flyer and the Bernie Grant Arts Centre website for complete details and online booking.  BOOK EARLY AS IT COMPLETLY SOLD OUT LAST TIME. 

PS Oh yeah, I have the great honour of being on the panel, for the after show discussion, with Gillian Slovo on the opening night, aren't I the lucky one? I would so love you ALL to come share the moment with me.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE pass this email on to ALL in your networks.

PPS Don't spend all your money on presents, it's all a con innit! (that's not a question)
Save some for the show and get some real upliftment for the start of what's gonna be a really heavy year!


Stafford Scott

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Hibiscus Jerk Cafe Now Open

Love and Happiness

First Prize Gold Medal for Bruce Castle Pumpkin

The first Bruce Castle Pumpkin to win in 2009
The Bruce Castle Pumpkin has won first prize gold medal for the third year in a row at the Broadwater Farm Flower and Produce Show (actually, there was a massive green beast of a pumpkinoid built from kryptonite, which may have been in for a chance, but someone kindly entered it into a different category...)


Akwaah's Kitchen

This flyer does not express the sheer loveliness of the place.

Go and see for yourself.

Opposite Hibiscus Jerk Cafe, just before the bridge on the way to the High Road from Bruce Castle Park

There's also a good article in the Guardian by Inez Sarkodee-Adoo here


There's also a Tottenham Defence Campaign looking to the future

Monday, September 19, 2011

Free Schools?

"A Free School could be set up by any suitable proposer, where there is evidence of parental demand such as a petition or declaration from interested parents and a clear and compelling business case. This could include one or more of the following groups:
  • teachers
  • charities
  • academy sponsors
  • universities
  • independent schools
  • community and faith groups
  • parents
  • businesses (on a not-for-profit basis)."

New Schools Network

What next?

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Tudor Tower Power and Ghosts at the Gable

Bruce Castle Tower
 Bruce Castle Museum throws open its doors to reveal its hidden secrets for open house weekend.
 You can hear about the lampfrey pie eating Henry Tudor,

....or the sad tale of Lady Constantia.

A falconer with his birds of prey will greet you from 1pm and guides start at 1:30pm.

To find out more about what's happening this weekend go here

Friends of Bruce Castle Park

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Tottenham Rollercoaster

-   The Mega Trax   -

BMX banditos are looking forward to 'rollers, berms, roller doubles and step-up jumps.'

For more info go to The Trax 

Passions Run High as Tottenham Reacts

Viewers may find some of the scenes in this video distressing

Monday, August 29, 2011

To Spur Or Not To Spur

There's also two new reasons to be cheerful on Lordship Lane just by Bruce Castle Park and the High Road.

1. Akwaah's Kitchen - 7am - 12am 7 days a week
2. Hibiscus Jerk Cafe 

more details soon....

Monday, August 8, 2011

Tottenham Heartbreak

Tottenham High Road in ruins after a night of rage directed at the police spread to shops and businesses

After the serious disturbances of Saturday night, Tottenham needs answers from the police and immediate decisions about the desperate economic and social issues facing our community.

Destruction on the corner of Lordship Lane

Friday, August 5, 2011

Jamaican Independence at the Caribbean Edge

Markets falling, clubs closing, pressure...
Miss Jamaica UK launch at the Caribbean Edge earlier this year.

Strolling past the newly revamped Caribbean Edge on Bruce Grove, Bruce Castle News was heartily cheered by the sheer dazzling beauty and exquisite charm of the place.

If you have a look, you'll be so amazed you'll want to run home and carry the whole family there.

Take them this Saturday 6th August and celebrate Jamaican Independence.

Or a dinner for two, or a Sunday lunch - Caribbean stylee or roasty.

You can also hire out the old massive snooker hall round back but you'll have to check if there's access to a hotplate and sink if you need them.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Bruce Castle Broke

The oldest tree in Tottenham, the Great Bruce Castle Oak, lost a branch last night...


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tottenham Summer Solstice

Here's to everyone who's ever helped Bruce Castle News sing about Tottenham.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Lee Valley Bats Night Saturday 21st May

Lee Valley Bats Walk. Tottenham Cemetery 9pm start 21st May All Hallows Church.

Please contact Jeanette from LVB if you're joining the tour...

You might want to prepare yourself with some lovely nosh at San Marco's from 1pm with chillin tunes performed by The New Tottenham Singers


Friday, May 13, 2011

Bruce Castle Horror

Night time at the Bruce Castle Museum

(there's something about that stairwell...)

Friday 13th 7:30pm

It's also family funday in Markfield Park Saturday 14th

Friday, March 4, 2011

Bruce Castle Museum Celebrates Tottenham's Industrial Genius

Heavy Metal Thunder

Fire all of your guns at once and explode into space: the Prestwich Motortank, not currently on display

If you don't already make it to Bruce Castle Museum for Family Funday Sundays or Memory Museday Tuesdays why not buddy up and check out the newly acquired and beautifully plinthed 1937 J.A. Prestwich motor bike - recently unveiled at an official ceremony by David Lammy MP.

Tottenham's John Alfred Prestwich (1874-1952) was an ingenius heavy metalist inventor who crafted all things metal from bikes and chainsaws to film projectors and aeroplanes. Starting out in his back yard at number 1 Lansdowne Road he moved his centre of operations to Northumberland Park from where he commanded a vast empire of thousands of staff who produced engines for the whole world.

If you want to find out more go here or drop by the Museum for some lovely good cheer