Tottenham News February 2019

Get your skates on!

A custom-built roller skating venue has opened in Tottenham.

Nearly 100 years ago the majestic space in Bruce Grove was a cinema but now Roller Nation is transforming it into a mecca for roller skating lovers everywhere. It will be the premier place in London to slip on roller boots and skate until your heart’s content.

Initially open five days a week this “nightclub on wheels” will give thousands of people each week the chance to experience the roller disco phenomenon that swept the country in the 1980s. “You will be entering a full-on, high production value space that no other skating venue in the world even approaches,” said Tony Askew, Director of Roller Nation. “It’s very exciting for the area.” Different nights will have different themes including: student night on Wednesdays; a ‘soul skate’ on Thursdays; and the ‘golden era of disco’ on Saturdays. Junior sessions will be available at weekends in the daytime alongside the opportunity for wheely good birthday packages! Instructors will be on hand to help beginners.

Roller Nation is a London Living Wage employer and has been working closely with Haringey’s Employment and Skills team to offer employment opportunities to residents.

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Remembering Dave Hall

Local businessman and community champion Dave (David) Hall tragically passed away just before Christmas.

Hall’s Greengrocers in Holcombe Market, is the oldest running business on the High Road. Family-run for over 100 years from the days of their greatgrandfather, the market stall was passed down to Dave and his brother Andy. Hall’s Greengrocers and Holcombe Market hold a special place in the hearts of Bruce Grove shoppers.

Dave was a driving force behind the popular refurbishment of the market which was completed in 2016. Holcombe Market expanded to five kiosks with Prestige Patisserie, Wine & Rind and Reggae Village
joining Hall’s and Thompson’s Seafood.

Dave loved to bring the community together, he was an ardent supporter of other local businesses and was very passionate about his football team, Spurs!

Tottenham will miss Dave dearly.

Dave’s son Chris has set up a Just Giving page for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of Dave. If you would like to find out more visit: (external link)

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Celebrating our history…and mystery!

Spooky spectres and great quakers are just some of the fascinating subjects highlighted in a new venture called Tottenham Heritage Walks.

Carol Hebbs, who runs the T on the Green cafe in Bruce Castle Park, was a former council Heritage Champion. As part of her course she learned about hosting guided walks and – combined with a lifelong love of history – has used her knowledge to launch her own tribute to the past.

“Tottenham has so much history and I’m very keen to tell more people about it,” she said. “So I’ve started a Tottenham Quakers Walk and one called Bruce Castle and Friends.”

Alongside her friend and medium Sarah Sheppard, Carol has also started a ghost walk which is half history and half mystical.

“So it’s mystical history!” said Sarah, laughing. “Carol provides the historical context and I provide the mystical. We did our first one on the anniversary of the death of Lady Constantia at the start of November. Back in the 1680s she was thought to have taken her own life by jumping off a balcony at Bruce Castle at one o’clock in the morning. We took a group there at that time and on the stroke of one everyone burst into tears!”

For 2019 Carol plans to host regular heritage and ghost walks and has such a love of the area that she is already planning new ones.

“I am going to do one on Bobby Buckle who was one of the schoolboys who actually founded Tottenham Hotspur Football Club!” she said. “I am even thinking about a virtual reality one which I can host in the café for people who have mobility issues.”

For more details find ‘T On The Green’ or ‘Tottenham Heritage Walks’ on Facebook or call the café on
020 8808 5638.

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Putting the heart into Hartington

A new group aims to make Hartington Park a safer, cleaner and more pleasant place for residents to enjoy. Friends of Hartington Park and Carbuncle Passage plan to make the “unloved” green space just a few minutes walk from the Tottenham High Road, a park to be proud of.

“We use the park on a weekly basis but always with that feeling you wish it was nicer,” said Friends co-chair Chloe Tait. “I wish there were more families playing here and I would love to see more young people use the multi-games area. Whenever we’ve had events it’s been really positive and a nice atmosphere.”

Following a meeting over the summer organised by local Councillor Ruth Gordon, a clean-up
was arranged.

“The concern of many residents about the park is safety,” said David Nawej, chair of the Clements House residents’ group. “I joined the group because I really like nature. The air is polluted in a lot of London but a park helps reduce pollution so the better the park the better our health!”

The Friends plan to organise regular clean-ups and events for families. Recently the council’s parks
department planted 15 mature trees.

“We need to dream big for the park,” said resident Sammy Bugyei. “The River Moselle runs down one
side of it but you wouldn’t know because it’s covered over. Wouldn’t it be great to uncover it? This park
could become iconic and it’s exciting to think what can be achieved.”

For more information email or find ‘Friends of Hartington Park and
Carbuncle Passage’
(external link) on Facebook.

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Electric Grubb is one friendly club

A Tottenham chef and business owner helped vulnerable adults enjoy a Christmas party they will never forget.

Steven Pessoa runs Electric Grubb, his healthy café in the High Road. In December he provided enough food for 70 people at HAIL (Haringey Association for Independent Living) for their Christmas party at Tottenham Town Hall.

“This is why Grubb was established,” he said. “It’s for the community and vulnerable adults are a big part of it who shouldn’t be marginalised. I cook a lot of healthy food. It puts a smile on my face when I see them smiling and enjoying the grub.”

Steven has been working with HAIL for the past few months. Every week he delivers food to their
centres or hosts a meal for the adults with learning and physical disabilities at his café.

“Steve is really kind-hearted and he has been really helpful in delivering meals to our centres out of the goodness of his heart,” said Lva Simms, HAIL’s director of HR and Quality. “We were looking for a local business we could support and one that provided fresh, homemade food and we got really lucky with Steve. Our service users love going to his café. He treats everyone equally and he’s really good with our adults.”

As well as helping vulnerable adults Steve offers half-price discount meals for students and usually throws in a piece of fruit and a drink at no extra charge.

“A lot of these kids don’t even get the opportunity to sit down and eat a good meal once a week,” he said. “But they come in here and I try to make them feel welcome. I’ve made it my duty to stretch out my hand to help others. I’m a local lad so for me it’s about giving something back to Tottenham.”

Electric Grubb is open from 10am to 9pm, Mondays to Thursday; and 10am to 9.30pm, Fridays to Sundays. For more details visit: (external link)

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Carols in the community

It was far from a silent night as the New Tottenham Singers entertained a packed Antwerp Arms with a feast of carols.

The free event took place just before Christmas. The concert finished off a busy few weeks for the choir which staged two major events in November and December – a Concert of Remembrance attended by more than 500 people for the Armistice centenary, followed by their traditional Christmas concert with a 16-piece band staged at their home in the Bernie Grant Arts Centre.

Open to all, the choir is non-audition to include experienced choral singers alongside complete novices.

“The idea is that those who are more capable help those slightly less capable,” said Gemma. “That’s why people who might not have the background in music choose this choir, because they want to learn and develop their skills.”

The choir is always keen to hear from new members – who will, without doubt, be invited down The Beehive pub following their first rehearsal!

The New Tottenham Singers rehearse every Tuesday during term time at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall, Approach Road between 7.30pm and 9.30pm. For more details email or visit (external link).

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If I Was Mayor for the Day…

Alex aged 14, from Duke’s Aldridge Academy

“One of the first things I would do is raise the budget for schools. That is something that has been ignored and schools have been asked to cut down a lot. We need more money for schools to raise
educational standards. Schools are struggling and now they can’t afford certain equipment and have to become academies to get more money.

I would also increase social housing. Sadiq Khan said that if he was elected as Mayor of London he would build 80,000 new homes a year but he broke that promise. There is a big problem with homelessness and we need more homes! To buy a house in Tottenham and London is just too expensive and even renting can cost you hundreds of pounds a month so we’re in dire need of more social housing.

I also have a concern about knife crime in Tottenham. I would do everything in my power to stop it – it doesn’t matter how much it would cost. I would certainly fund more police on the streets. I never
see any police on the streets these days.

At the end of the day I would have a party and invite the comedian Russell Howard to speak because a lot of his stand-up is about society and politics so I think he would be an eye-opener for many
people. And there would be a lot of banoffee pie which I love! My mum can make it because she does make the best!”

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Successful ‘Operation Marlin’ reduces crime in Northumberland Park

Residents in Northumberland Park are benefitting from a major reduction in crime following a successful operation to curb the amount of violence and anti-social behaviour taking place in the area.

Haringey Council and the Metropolitan Police joined forces to launch ‘Operation Marlin’ which aims to reduce the crime most affecting Northumberland Park and help target those who are actively involved in criminality.

The intention was to work with partners and the community to make sustainable reductions in anti-social
behaviour and provide a safe and secure environment for people to live and work.

The response was immediate as there was enhanced CCTV usage on different estates and the targeting of known offenders and key individuals was established.

As a result, 150 arrests were made to date, 150+ stop and searches were carried out, nine warrants were issued to target problematic premises while seven closure orders were jointly issued and enforced by
council and police.

There has also been a 15% reduction in robbery, 13% in knife crime and 11% in violence that results in injury.

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