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.

Reminiscence Cafe at Bruce Castle Museum

For more info check out Bruce Castle Museum

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Tree of Life Books - Tottenham High Road

Tree of Life Books is a lovely new bookshop just starting out on Tottenham High Road, just past Nazar and Sainsbury's Local if you're walking towards Spurs and right next to O'Boyz barbers.

Drop by from 11am on Fridays and Saturdays. 

More info soon.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Fun for Everyone at the Lordship Rec Community Festival Saturday 22 September 2012

Please forward to everyone you know!

Lordship Rec Community Festival 2012
Saturday Sept 22nd: 1pm - 5pm
Lordship Lane, Tottenham N17

- Showcasing the park's new facilities and features
- A wide range of free activities for all ages and interests

Including a Fun Dog Show, Cycling Activities & Dr Bike, Fun Run, Bouncy Castle, Music Performances, Tottenham Flower & Produce Show, Facepainting, Community Cafe, Football Tournament, Netball, Tennis, Dance, Martial Arts, Rugby, Puppet Show, Arts and Crafts for Under-5s and for older children, Art Gallery, Pedal-powered Stage, History Displays, Adventure Play, Children's Procession, Picnics, and Community Stalls.  Entry FREE, and almost all activities are FREE.

The Lordship Rec Community Festival will be an exciting community event with a huge range of free activities for people of all ages and interests to watch or join in in order to celebrate the successful efforts to regenerate Tottenham's largest park. The activities will showcase the newly-improved facilities and features. The work is nearly finished after 10 years of community-led regeneration planning and partnership-working. The festival is organised by the Lordship Rec Users Forum, actively supported by the Friends of Lordship Rec, Haringey Council Leisure Services, the local Back 2 Earth environmental charity, and by a range of local residents groups.

• Variety of sports, games and exercise tasters and Fun Run in the park and in Broadwater Farm Community Centre.
• Cycling activities on The Loop track and in the Model Traffic Area
• Dance and music performances in the park and in the Shell Theatre, and a 'buskers corner'
• Tottenham Horticulture, Produce and Green Show with nature talks and workshops
• Health-related activities
• Memories and local history display
• Dog show and a farm animals corner
• Community stalls and information
• Childrens Procession
• Childrens arts and crafts
• Adventure play and bouncy castle
• Refreshments in the Community Centre and around the park
• Art gallery showcasing local talent

FLOWER AND PRODUCE SHOW: To enter the Show call 07831 219032, email or download Entry Form at:
SPORTS: Just turn up and join in on the day. For more info contact Leisure Services on 0208 489 4626
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Many activities and stalls organised by the park's user groups and local residents. Contact the Friends of Lordship Rec on or 0208 216 9651

More information including publicity flyers, horticulture show entry form, and schedule for the day:

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The grand opening of Lordship Recreation Ground was in 1936, and for nearly 60 years it served the residents of Tottenham very well. The unique Model Traffic Area, where thousands of local children have learned to ride bikes, received national publicity when it opened in July 1938. The Shell theatre was in regular use for tea dances, concerts and children’s fancy dress shows from the 1940s. Boating was a popular pastime on the lake. Unfortunately, despite some efforts, the park was gradually allowed to fall into decline in the 1980s-1990s with run-down facilities, disused buildings, and a lack of maintenance and on-site staffing.

Over the last 10 years, the Friends of Lordship Rec, the local Back 2 Earth environmental charity, the Broadwater Farm Community Centre and Haringey Council’s Leisure Services have worked hard together to stop the decline of the Rec. Following the setting up of the community-led Lordship Rec Users Forum some initial improvements were made, new user groups formed, annual community festivals were organised, and together we developed a vision for the park's regeneration. We eventually secured a £4m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to carry out major renovation works in 2011-12. We can now celebrate a stunning new course for the River Moselle with 3 new bridges, a new open orchard and wildlife-friendly areas, a state-of-the-art bike track, exciting play facilities, attractive landscaping and meadows, improved pathways, plus an innovative ‘eco’ building with cafe, public toilets, community room and classroom. Don't just take our word for it - come and see for yourself!

We will continue to work in partnership to help manage the Rec and its facilities, and ensure the park thrives for future generations to enjoy...

General information from:
FRIENDS OF LORDSHIP REC:   (sign up on the home page for updates)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Friday, May 4, 2012

Bruce Castle Family Funday Bank Holiday Monday 7th May

Family funday 7th May 1-6pm - to celebrate the upcoming opening of the long awaited Bruce Castle Tennis (and ping pong) Cafe and Bruce Castle Beacon Status and all things Bruce Castle Park.

Music, Zumba, Tennis, Basketball, Dancing, Refreshments, Bouncy Castle and more...

Find out more here

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Broadwater Farm Exhibition in the Museums Journal

The exhibition is now in Bruce Castle Museum's main front gallery and will be on display until the middle of September 2012. Wednesday through Sunday 1pm to 5pm. Bruce Castle Museum

You can also see more about the exhibition and project at

Friday, March 30, 2012

Tottenham Bike Ride For Stroke Awareness

 Rockstone Bike Alley presents

Find out more at Rockstone Bike Alley

The Tour de Trax 2012

" Hello Friends,

The Trax would like to invite you along to a race this Saturday morning at the new bike track in Lordship Rec. 

The event is for under 16 year olds so please bring along anyone you think may be interested, or simply come as a spectator. 

9:30am start for registration and practice, 10:30am racing starts, 12 noon results and awards.


I look forward to seeing you at the event!


Jack Hammond
Chair of The Trax "

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Policing Matters - Bernie Grant Memorial Lecture

"Dear Friend,

2012 Bernie Grant Memorial Lecture

POLICING MATTERS -The Road to Recovery after the Riots
David Gilbertson QPM
Panel and Audience Debate Chaired by The Rt. Hon. Keith Vaz MP

Thursday 29th March 6.30pm, Bernie Grant Arts Centre

The trustees of the Bernie Grant Trust, invite you to the 2012 Bernie Grant Memorial Lecture. Unsurprisingly, given events in recent months, the subject will be the key issue of the future of policing.

The past year has seen unprecedented tension on our streets, underpinned by ongoing dissent on police Stop and Search practices, and more recently concern about the unhealthy relationships between the Police and the Media. .

We are delighted to welcome David Gilbertson, a former senior police officer in Tottenham and the Metropolitan Police, and HM Inspector of Constabulary, who will deliver the lecture.  David worked closely with the late Bernie Grant MP on improving police and community relations in the past and holds the Queens Police Medal for distinguished service.  He draws on decades of experience in policing, and with a reputation for plain speaking, his lecture promises to challenge the direction of policing in the UK.

An audience debate on the issues raised in the lecture will follow, with a panel chaired by Rt. Hon. Keith Vaz MP.

We very much hope that you will be able to join us for this important event. As we expect a high level of interest, please let us know you will be coming by RSVP to so that we can reserve your seat(s).

Yours sincerely

Narendra Makanji
Chair, Bernie Grant Trust
Sharon Grant
Secretary, Bernie Grant Trust "