Events at Bruce Castle this week

Not quite within the SoTo boundary but an easy bus ride away.


We’ve got a whole host of free activities going on at Bruce Castle Park in Haringey this summer. Come and plant seeds, build bird boxes and brush up on your circus skills – all sessions are free to attend and open to all! #LoveParksWeek

Coming up this week at Bruce Castle Museum:

From tomorrow, Wednesday 29th July,  the free Summer Holiday Family Activities Programme will start at the museum, 2 – 4pm. Full details of the dates and topics can be found on the attached PDF or via the link here:

In addition – as it is Love Parks Week – check out the free family activities that are being provided by Groundwork in Bruce Castle Park – see above.

Also, tomorrow is the monthly evening talk at Bruce Castle:

Wednesday 29th July, 7.30pm

Alexandra Park in the Great War

Join Margaret Scholes, of the London Parks and Gardens Trust, as she shares her research of Alexandra Park (the grounds of Alexandra Palace) and its changing landscape during the 1914-1918 war.

Doors open for refreshments at 7pm.
Kindly supported by the Friends of Bruce Castle

And coming up this Saturday 1 August, 12 – 6pm in Bruce Castle Park

Haringey@50 in the Park

For a programme of what’s on and activities to explore, look at:

DIY Community Streets sessions w/c 27th July

From Sustrans:

Apologies, I have had to cancel tonight’s feedback, due to gathering more information and preparing plans for Stonebridge Road etc . Instead we will hold sessions on Monday (Page Green) and Wednesday next week. I will upload the drafts for comment and let you know as soon as they are up.

We are also preparing a rough proposal for Markfield Road due to the high demand for it to change. All these will be on display at Page Green on Monday around the vent including new draft concept for the Roslyn Road Barrier.

We had a great feedback session on Tynemouth Road and potential closure of Antill Road to through traffic, with some new ideas coming out of it which we will feed into the designs for Monday.

We welcome your comments and ideas as always.

Apologies again for tonight’s cancellation

All the best


Update re Wards Corner community plan delivery

The West Green Road/Seven Sisters Development Trust’s first project is to deliver the community plan for Wards Corner (download at

The Trust has recently been accepted on Locality’s ‘First Steps’ programme, run by the Community Development Foundation (CDF). This gives us £2,500 to develop a community action plan to guide our future work, skills and leadership training and four days’ support from Alice Wilcock, director of CDF. Further details about the Trust’s First Steps project are in the slidepack below, as presented at the public meeting on 16 July.

Watch this space for announcements for the First Steps launch event in September! Continue reading

DIY Community Streets in town Wednesday and Thursday

Antill Rd

Edit – Thursday session for PAge Green is cancelled, see later post.

Tonight near the Tynemouth medical centre car park, we will be there with some draft concept plans for the Tynemouth Road Cycle Contraflow and the potential closing of Antill road between Tynemouth rd and Springfield road.  We’ve decided to set up tonight on the corner of Antill Road and Tynemouth Rd where the event is. Look for signs! Please come along and share your opinions and ideas!! What would you like to see change? Continue reading

Deliberate fog around library plans.

LBH showed plans for the changes to Marcus Garvey library at the Tottenham Conference on Saturday. Sadly your SoTo correspondent was not there, so if anyone can add to this please comment here. Their statement reads thus:

Designs for the new-look ground floor of Wood Green Library will be on show during two public drop in sessions this Thursday and Friday. (ie last week) Self-service payment machines are moving into the ground floor of the library from next March, as well as additional staff and an enquiries desk where residents will be able to speak to someone in person – meaning visitors to the library will be able to do things like pay for a parking permit, or get information about a council service, alongside the usual range of library facilities.

Their web page about it is spinning out of control about the lovely additions to services at both MG and Wood Green libraries. Lookit:

Haringey Council cabinet member for resources and culture Cllr Jason Arthur said:

“When other councils are turning their backs on their libraries, we want to continue to ensure ours go from strength to strength and these improvements will ensure that the popular, much-loved Wood Green Library is able to offer even more to its visitors.

“Do come along for a first look at the designs and to find out more about what these exciting plans involve.”

Seriously !!!!  They are cutting the library provision by at least a third, and he seems to have missed that MG will be closed for six months from September while these ‘improvements’ are made.

How dim do they think we are?

All this to keep sweet with Grainger so they can hand them the Apex House site. The plans for that have not yet been published, and will not be at the Planning Committee stage till I’d guess about November.  So how can they go ahead with this ‘refurbishment’ before that little smidgeon of democratic process has been gone through?


News from Sustainable Haringey

Come along to our plants for sale and green living info stall this Saturday at the new Community Flea Market at Tottenham Chances on the High Rd — either to see if you want to buy from us, or drop off/pick up info about environmental stuff. It runs 11am-5pm (we’ll be setting up from about 10am).


While you’re in the area: Tottenham Green market will also be running that day just down the road, with more chances to support interesting local producers…

We’ll also have a Sustainable Haringey/Growing in Haringey stall the following Saturday, at Haringey Borough’s 50th birthday party at Bruce Castle park.

Hope to see you at one or both. Donations of plants, seeds to sell for fundraising welcome, as are leaflets with info about local green activities.