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