TOTTENHAM NEWS JULY 2018

Tottenham Now

Tottenham Now

A celebration of Tottenham is taking place in a feast of displays and murals, involving local primary school children.

Tottenham Now focuses on the theme of migration, journeys and home and is centred around two local spots: Page Green Common and the Bernie Grant Arts Centre.

On the Common, an old Transport for London air vent has been transformed into a colourful artwork by graphic artist Lakwena, which spells out the words, ‘We Stand Together’. Children from Earlsmead Primary School have also decorated cartons to hang in the trees nearby featuring images and phrases personal to them.

The schoolchildren have also worked with local performance artist Kazuko Hohki to create an exhibition of flags, currently on display at the arts centre.

“We made these flags to represent the journey some of our family members made from other countries,” said Ljubica, aged ten, on her flag. “My father was born in Germany and my mother is English so I included a German and an English flag and also fish and chips for the English! I live in Tottenham Hale and am proud of Tottenham.”

The Pensioners’ Parliament

Pensioners Parliament

The annual three-day Pensioners Parliament event takes place in Blackpool and is organised by the National Pensioners Convention (NPC) as a forum for finding out the concerns of pensioners across the UK.

Over three days residents of the Tottenham and Wood Green Branch of the Haringey Pensioners Action Group enjoyed debates in the day and a host of networking and social events including dancing at the famous Winter Gardens in the evening.

“I’ve never been before but really enjoyed myself,” said Tottenham resident Joyce Arthur. “Some people think,‘we are pensioners; we had better stick indoors’ but it’s great to go out and discover new things. It’s also important to keep the government on its toes and maintain pressure to ensure they don’t backslide over such things as free bus passes.”

The group meets on the second Tuesday of every month at the Tottenham Green Leisure Centre. If you would like to become a member contact Cllr Sheila Peacock on Sheila.Peacock@haringey.gov.uk or call 077910 18106.

Community Voting Days

Community at the heart of local funding

A host of Northumberland Park and Broadwater Farm community projects have landed funding after winning votes from local residents.

At the two Community Voting Days, residents decided who would receive funding of up to £5,000 to deliver activities, events and services to directly benefit their community.

Each project had three minutes to convince residents that their scheme was worthy of backing, with each presentation rated 1-10 by the audience. The projects that received the highest total scores won the funding.

Northumberland Park

Northumberland Park Community Voting Day

Nine projects each earned a share of a £40,000 kitty on Saturday 9 June at Duke’s Aldridge Academy. Amongst the successful bidders was the Lorenco Kitchen Garden Project, which will use its £5,000 grant to create a sensory garden for the supported housing scheme.

Bidder Alice Williams said: “I found it a very moving event and touching event. To see the community coming together like this was fantastic.

“The award means everything to us and will allow us to give opportunities to our vulnerable people and also allow the community to be more involved with us. One of the gentlemen who presented with me is sight-impaired and he has been practicing and practicing what he was going to say because he couldn’t read any notes and standing up there meant a lot to him.”

Funded projects:

  • Northumberland
  • Park Boys’ Club
  • Venture Out
  • Sisterhood Project
  • People’s World Summer and Holiday Family Club
  • Cook and Eat for Wellbeing
  • Men with a Voice
  • Lorenco Kitchen
  • Garden Project
  • Women With a Voice
  • Language Fun Club

To find out more about the day visit the Northumberland Park Community Voting Day web page.

Broadwater Farm

BWF Community Voting Day

The first ever Broadwater Farm Community Voting Day took place at   The Broadwaters Inclusive Learning Community (The Willow Primary School) on Saturday 30 June. More than 100 people packed into the primary school’s hall to listen to ‘Dragon’s Den’ style presentations from 29 projects. They were bidding for funding from a £75,000 pot.

Residents awarded 16 groups full funding for their projects and two received partial funding.

“I am so happy and excited and can’t wait to get started!” said Elizabeth Lahav of Streetz Ahead who won money for two projects: Dance Giants and Pan in the Park. “With Dance Giants we’ll be working in this school to help children at risk of being excluded. And in Pan in the Park we’ll be teaming up with Tottenham Theatre to produce a fantastic summer theatre project.”

Funded projects:

  • Our Safety Matters
  • Pan in the Park
  • Women with a Voice – Creative House
  • Go Grow
  • It is About Time
  • Capoeira Brazilian Martial Arts
  • Men with a Voice
  • Boys are Born, Men are Made
  • Thinking Space – Family Kite Making
  • Dance Giants
  • Broader Horizons
  • Dance for All
  • Back to Basics
  • Tottenham Flower and Produce Show
  • Broadwater Farm Community Youth in Action
  • The Ground Beneath our Feet
  • Broadwater Faces
  • Youth Fest

To find out more about the day visit the Broadwater Farm Community Voting Day web page.

Haringey Design Awards 2018

Haringey Design Awards

The search for the borough’s best buildings is now underway. These are the fifth Haringey Design Awards, which celebrate excellent design, in seven categories, for developments across the borough, as well as an overall winner. Categories range form Best Urban Design to Best House.

The deadline for nominations is 12 noon, Monday 6 August 2018. For more information on the awards and how to nominate visit www.haringey.gov.uk/design-awards (external link)

The High Cross

The High Cross

Chris Johnson and Alex Beeston have transformed a disused public toilet into a cosy café/bar on the Tottenham High Road. The High Cross, it is open from Tuesday to Sunday.

“We think the building dates back to the 1920s but it’s been disused for the past 30 years and it’s been a real privilege to restore and transform it. To turn it into something different from what it was has been exciting.”

The High Cross received funding from Haringey Council’s Opportunity Investment Fund. If you would like more information on this Fund and how to apply visit our dedicated OIF web pages.

Tottenham Hale Kids Week

Tottenham Hale Kids Week

Free family activities

Street dance • Yoga • Tennis • Build a mini-robot • Circus skills • Puppet-making • Storytelling • Wetlands walk • Bike Doctor + an opportunity to view Argent Related’s plans for the centre of Tottenham Hale.

Suitable for ages 0-teens.

Café Connect (the old bowling club), Down Lane Park, Park View Road, Tottenham Hale, N17 9AU
Find out more about this event search Facebook for Tottenham Hale Kids Week or www.talktottenhamhale.co.uk/kidsweek (external link)

Please note: Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult.