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Something for everyone in the Park this Sunday

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tacca in broomfield conservatoryGood to see that the weather forecasters are predicting sunny warm weather for Sunday - unlike last Sunday, when the final prom was rained off.  A lot of people have clearly been praying to the weather gods because there is so much planned for Sunday.

After starting the day with a visit to MarketN13 at Palmers Green Station it's only a short walk to the Park, where there are multiple attractions.

At the Bandstand area we have the first Sunday of Broomfield Blues - a Slide Guitar Special.  There'll be a licensed bar, food and hand-made ice cream.

broomfield blues

At the Bandstand area we have the first Sunday of Broomfield Blues - a Slide Guitar Special.  There'll be a licensed bar, food and hand-made ice cream.

wildflowers

The Community Orchard has three events in one:  a chance to try your hand at croquet, to examine the "bug hotel" and to admire the wild flowers.  More refreshments too.

chilli sale

If the slide guitar blues isn't hot enough for you, pop into the beautiful Broomfield Conservatory and buy some chilli plants to take home and grow on.  While you're there, have a look at some of the unusual flowers - such as this amazing Tacca.

tacca in broomfield conservatory

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Vacancy in Southgate alms house

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photoA vacancy has arisen in one of the alms houses in Christ Church Southgate parish.  The flat is in one of seven Baird Memorial Cottages in Balaams Lane.  To be eligible, applications must hold assets valued less than £16,000,
be over 45 years of age, and live in or have a strong connection to the geographical area of the former parish of Southgate.

For more details, see the Christ Church Southgate website.

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How not to park!

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The photograph below was taken by David March in Waterfall Road on Tuesday morning.

accident in waterfall road

Considering the speed at which many drivers descend the hill, a similar incident was probably inevitable sooner or later.

It's only a few weeks since a driver turned his car over in Park Avenue, which is an entirely residential side street, not a race track.

car on its roof in park avenue palmers green

Incidents of dangerous driving by "boy racers" occur frequently, probably several times a day.  Why do we let them get away with it?

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Pinkham Way campaigners help monitor North Circ pollution levels

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The Pinkham Way Alliance, which is campaigning against industrial use of a nature conservation site adjacent to the North Circular Road, is participating in a London-wide study into air quality.  If the monitoring confirms that the air near this stretch of the A406 is already very seriously polluted, this will help strengthen the campaigners' arguments against use of the site for processing household and industrial waste, which would inevitably result in even more lorry traffic along the North Circ.

Despite assurances from various quarters that plans to build waste-processing facilities at Pinkham Wood have been abandoned, the site is listed as a potential waste site in a newly revised draft of the North London Waste Plan which is to go out to public consultation this month.  Possibly with the intention of disguising this, the site is listed in the new draft as "Friern Barnet Sewage Works" - a reference to an entity which has not existed for many decades.

The full text of the PWA's press release is reproduced below.

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Giant hogweed warning

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Enfield Council has issued the following information about giant hogweed.

giant hogweedGiant Hogweed Awareness

The Plant – Giant Hogweed may grow 5 metres tall. Stems are 2-8cm in diameter and are marked with dark purplish blotches and raised nodules. Numerous white flowers form a flat topped, umbrella shaped head up to 75cm across.

Dangers - Giant Hogweed is one of a handful of plants that can cause a significant reaction, if sap from a broken stem or crushed leaf comes into contact with the skin.

Burn – Within 24 hours burn-like lesions form, followed by large, fluid filled blisters within 48 hours. Even minute amounts of sap in the eyes can cause blindness.

Treatment – Wash immediately with soap and water to remove the sap (clear watery fluid).  Cover the affected area to protect from sunlight.  If you feel unwell following contact consult your doctor.

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Transforming Firs Farm

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The Friends of Firs Farm have provided a copy of a document setting out the proposals for the creation of a wetlands area in the park.  The detailed information in the document is the subject of a consultation exercise in which Enfield Council are seeking the views of people living near the playing fields and park.

The wetlands project is being funded by Enfield Council, Thames Water, the Environment Agency and the GLA.  It will achieve a whole range of objectives, including alleviation of flooding, encouragement of ecological diversity and the creation of a beautiful natural environment for recreational purposes.

The overall effect will be to transform what was once an unremarkable area of playing fields and open land into an area of natural beauty - as has already been done on the River Lea marshes in Tottenham and Walthamstow.

firs farm wetlands overall scheme

The Friends of Firs Farm are asking people to use them as a conduit for sending comments to the Council.  If you would like to comment, you can download the documents using the links below.

Please fill in the Q&A sheet and email it to .

More background is included in the following item on the Enfield Council website (dated 10 July 2015).

Firs Farm Project Underway!

A new £792k wetlands project and cycle path, being constructed in Firs Farm Playing Fields in Palmers Green, is being taken forward by Enfield Council.

The wetlands, which will help prevent flooding, reduce pollution and encourage wildlife, will shortly begin construction. The new cycle path will both encourage cycling in the park as well as making it easier to reach by bike.

The wetlands project, which is funded by Enfield Council, Thames Water, the Environment Agency and the GLA will see the creation of a major new wetland habitat that can store up to 30,000 cubic metres of flood water.

This will reduce the risk of flooding risk to more than 100 residential properties and parts of the A10. The park’s ecology will also be improved with a range of new native plants.

The project has been the subject of a public consultation exercise and has the backing of The Friends of Firs Farm park.

Funding of £175,000 has been obtained through the Mayor of London’s Big Green Fund. Out of seven shortlisted projects Firs Farm Park received the most votes, and was one of only two sites to receive the maximum grant.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: “The environmental benefits of this project are significant. Not only will these beautiful wetlands provide protection against flooding in the local area, but as the water quality improves we will also be creating a space which the community can enjoy, whilst wildlife will flourish.

“The new cycle path will also ensure that not only is the area going to be easier to reach by bike, but will also encourage cycling in the borough.”

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Improved train services on the way... eventually

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In recent months rail services serving both the west and east of Enfield borough have seen changes of operator, promises of improved services but, so far at least, precious few signs of improvements, and in some the service has actually deteriorated.  In this article we report on what has occurred so far and what the future holds.

Great Northern

thameslink great northern mapGreat Northern is at the top right-hand corner of this diagram, which shows the complete extent of the planned Thameslink network.
Click on the diagram to see a bigger version.
A new consortium, Govia, took over the Kings Cross/Moorgate services from First Capital Connect in September 2014, the first step in the expansion of the Thameslink network on both sides of the Thames.  The interconnected services will eventually stretch from Kings Lyn in the north east to Southampton in the south west.  The increased capacity of the central London section will mean that eventually Palmers Green passengers will be able to change at Alexandra Palace or Finsbury Park onto trains running to the south coast.

Unfortunately, the end of Capital Connect did not bring about the end of its appalling service record.  Things became so bad that in January Enfield MPs arranged public meetings with Govia management to discuss the situation.

As suspected, the chief cause of cancellations turned out to be a shortage of drivers, which Govia blamed on the failure of First to retain, recruit and train personnel.  My impression is that cancellations are now becoming fewer, but there are still too many.  In particular, it is unacceptable that Govia cannot be relied on to run even a half-hourly service at weekends and that some trains still have only three carriages.

The first major change on the Hertford and Welwyn lines will occur in December.  Evening and weekend services will run into Moorgate, providing convenient connections at Highbury & Islington.  According to a report on Bowes & Bounds Connected, service frequencies will also be increased this December - however, there is no mention of this on the Factsheet issued by Govia.

Some time in 2018 new trains will be introduced, which "will provide a metro-style layout with more capacity, improved reliability, air conditioning and passenger information systems that can be remotely updated to provide real-time travel information".  Off-peak trains will increase from three to four an hour - hopefully weekend frequencies will be improved too, though this is not mentioned on the factsheet.

Another improvement will be work to provide step-free access to both platforms at Palmers Green - though this may not happen until 2019.  Rather less welcome news is that ticket gates are to be installed at Alexandra Palace, Enfield Chase, Gordon Hill, Hornsey, New Barnet, Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill, which is likely to cause congestion at peak times.

The Seven Sisters lines

london overground in ne londonStations in the eastern part of Enfield borough are served by trains running out of Liverpool Street via either Seven Sisters or Tottenham Hale (the Lea Valley line).  Both lines have been seriously neglected - the trains, the stations and the services, which are slow and infrequent.

People living along the Lea Valley line north of Angel Road (Ponders End, Brimsdown, Enfield Lock) will have to continue to live with poor services.  But the news that Transport for London, in the shape of London Overground, would be taking over responsibility for the Seven Sisters lines at the end of May seemed like unalloyed good news to their users.  After all, when Silverlink services on the North London lines were transformed into the London Overground a few years ago, there was an immediate improvement in all respects.

Well, I've sure that the expected radical improvements to stations, trains and services will materialise before too long, but the first few weeks of London Overground services to Enfield Town and Cheshunt via Seven Sisters and Chingford via Clapton has seen a major increase in cancellations, mainly because of the poor state of the rolling stock that was transferred from the previous operator, Abellio Greater Anglia, which included eight units that had been left unused and neglected for three years.

As a consequence, the London Overground operator LOROL have had to revise their plans to focus on train reliability to try to operate the service as timetabled.  Train refurbishments and service improvements will therefore be postponed - this includes the planned doubling of the service to Bush Hill Park and Enfield Town, which is likely to postponed from December to May 2016.

The map shows London Overground lines in NE London.  (Orange denotes existing lines, green is the Stratford - Meridian Water (Angel Road) service, due to start in 2018.  Stations marked in red are due to have major improvements, such as the lifts that are now in service at Edmonton Green.  Hackney Interchange will combine the current Hackney Downs and Hackney Central stations.)

All passengers will benefit from the lower fares charged by TfL.  A bonus for Freedom Pass holders is that they can now travel free beyond the GLA boundary as far as Cheshunt on the London Overground service

For more information about London Overground's original plans for the Sisters lines and their explanation about what has gone wrong, we're indebted to the Bush Hill Park Residents' Association, who have supplied the following report on a meeting with the new operators plus a set of presentation slides entitled Bringing London Overground to West Anglia: TFL's Plan.

Report of LOROL Passenger Group special meeting
Tuesday 14th July 2015, Liverpool Street Station
(Written by the BHPRA railways representative)
 
I was invited to attend this meeting on behalf of the Bush Hill Park Residents’ Association, and I duly made my way to Liverpool Street Station along with representatives of various rail users’ groups in the West Anglia (Enfield Town, Cheshunt & Chingford) catchment area.
 
After the introductory explanations about the company and the LOROL concession (as opposed to a franchise) the presentation focussed on the first 6 weeks.  The initial bubble of euphoria of a new rail operator was soon burst by the problems that manifested themselves in the form of extensive cancellations and short formations of trains in the peak periods.
 
As I had suspected, these were mostly caused by the condition of the train fleet.  The original fleet was split between London Overground (for the West Anglia services) and TfL Rail (for the Essex suburban services, which will eventually become the eastern arm of Crossrail).  The LOROL fleet comprises two classes of train (315 and 317) which are not compatible with each other, so if a 4-car unit fails, it can only be replaced by a unit of the same class when working in multiple, as an 8-car train.
 
The previous franchisee, Abellio decided at the beginning of the franchise in 2012 to reduce the train fleet by 8 x 317 units, which were then stored at Eastleigh, away from the overhead power lines.  When they were brought back into service by LOROL their condition was found to be far worse than expected, not having turned a wheel or had any electric power in over three years, hence the constant failures in service.
 
LOROL have taken preventative measures in the form of extended maintenance, performed to a higher standard, as well as scheduling to keep the suspect units away from the central peak periods.  This means that achieving train fleet reliability will take precedence over everything else, including general refurbishment of the whole fleet, and expansion of the timetable.  In practical terms, provisional plans for a shuttle service, which would double the service from Bush Hill Park, will now have to be postponed from a possible December 2015 launch date to May 2016.

I did ask about earlier and later trains at the beginning and end of service, but there are no immediate plans for this.  I also mentioned the seeming lack of crowd control at Seven Sisters during periods of disruption, and was told that the station plans for the main interchange points are being re-written – this will include improved passenger information.  The on-train passenger information systems will be renewed during fleet refurbishment, and the enclosed passenger interchange between Hackney Downs and Hackney Central on the London Overground Stratford to Richmond and Clapham line is expected to open in the not-too-distant future.
 
Transport for London has recently signed a contract with Bombardier to build 45 new 4-car trains, of which 31 are destined for the West Anglia services by 2018.  These will be built at Derby and will feature walk-through carriages and air conditioning, while the contract includes options for an add-on order, which gives hope of an extended and expanded timetable in the future.
 
Finally, although this was not discussed at the meeting, TfL has announced that four bidders have been shortlisted to run the London Overground operating concession from November 2016.  The current operator, LOROL, is a consortium of MTR of Hong Kong and Arriva, a Deutsche Bundesbahn subsidiary but for the new concession the two companies are mounting separate bids, in competition with LoKeGo (a joint venture between Keolis, a subsidiary of the French state railway company and Go Ahead Holding Ltd) and Metroline Rail Ltd, part of the ComfortDelGro Corporation of Singapore.

 

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New Sainsbury's store in Palmers Green

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The new Sainsbury's Local shop in Green Lanes, Palmers Green, is currently being stocked with goods and will open next Monday, 27th July.

An official opening ceremony will be held at 9am on Monday.  Special guests will include local councillors and Costas Georgiou, Chairman of the Green Lanes Business Association.

Sainsbury's have stated that the new shop will provide employment for 18 local people.  Opening hours will be 7am to 11pm, including Sundays.

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Relocation of services at Chase Farm Hospital

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To enable construction of the new buildings at Chase Farm Hospital, some services have been or are about to be temporarily relocated.   They include the Urgent Care Centre, which will relocate on 4th August.

The table below sets out what services are due to move, where they will move, and when:

ServiceNew locationDate of move
Older person's assessment unit Highlands wing 20 July 2015
Sleep and lung function clinic Highlands wing 22 July 2015
Rheumatology out-patients Urology and pain centre 23 July 2015
Blood clinic Clocktower building 24 July 2015
Urgent care centre Urgent care, women's and children's centre 4 August 2015 (overnight)
Paediatric assessment unit, paediatric urgent care, paediatric out-patient clinic Urgent care, women's and children's centre 4 August 2015
GP out of hours service (Barndoc) Urgent care, women's and children's centre 5 August 2015
Antenatal care, including scans Urgent care, women's and children's centre 6 August 2015
Gynaecology and colposcopy clinic Urgent care, women's and children's centre 6 August 2015

Where is the urgent care, women's and children's centre?

chase farm movesMost services will be located in the urgent care, women's and children's centre, formerly known as the medical block. 

The urgent care, women's and children's centre is located immediately opposite the Hunters Way entrance to the hospital site. 

The nearest bus stop will be Harefield Close (Stop C), served by 313, W8 and W9.

Will the urgent care centre opening hours be affected?

No. The urgent care centre will be moving overnight, so the opening hours (8am to 10pm) will not be affected. 

Download our leaflet about the urgent care centre move. This includes a map showing the current and existing location.

Read more about the Chase Farm urgent care centre.

What do I do if I have questions?

If you have any queries relating to service relocations, please email .

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Kings College discover that car drivers are exposed to more air pollution than pedestrians or cyclists

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This video is a couple of years old, but is worth revisiting in the context of letters that have recently appeared in the Enfield newspapers about the pros and cons of cycling rather than driving.

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Identifying our local built heritage

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The project to indentify and record local "built heritage" that we have reported on previously (on 6th June and 13th June) is now well under way, but there is still time for new volunteer surveyors to come forward and for anyone to suggest buildings or other objects that they think might be suitable for "local listing".

The project involves many local societies and other groups, but the three main bodies involved are Enfield Council, the Enfield Society and Urban Vision.  Urban Vision are the consultants that the Council has employed to develop the selection criteria, using as a basis the Good Practice Guide for Local Heritage Listing, published by Historic England (the new name for English Heritage).  Urban Vision is also training the volunteer surveyors:  two sessions have already been held, but there are still a few vacancies on the final training session on 17th September - to book a place email or telephone or phone 020 8363 9495.

fingerpost at southgate greenNot just buildings, but street furniture too, can be part of our built heritageSo far 30 volunteers have been trained in how to identify structures worthy of recording, how to photograph them and how to record information.  The training included a session in the street looking at buildings and filling in the forms.  The borough has been divided up into around fifty areas, which will be allocated to individual volunteers (or two volunteers working together) or in some cases to groups that are active in a particular neighbourhood, such as residents' associations.

What exactly are we looking for?

The criteria for listing include:

  • historic value (which includes age, rarity etc)
  • value –for example urban design or architectural quality
  • local cultural value (encompassing social or communal value and aesthetic merit).

Structures other than buildings will also be considered, for example war memorials, horse troughs, waymarkers, verges, postboxes, railings and other items of street furniture.  Another category that will be included is designed landscapes (though not natural ones).

Do you know a building that you think should be listed?

In a large borough with so many buildings and other built structures, local knowledge will be invaluable.  Even if you don't have the time or inclination to do the survey work, you can still play an important part by sending in your suggestions to

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Cycle Enfield A105 scheme: How to comment

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logoThe exhibtion at the Fox last weekend marked the start of the 12-week consultation period during which members of the public are invited to give their views on the plans for cycle lanes between Enfield Town and Palmers Green.

Unfortunately, it's not as easy as it should be to find the relevant information on the Enfield Council website, so here's a short guide with direct links.

The start page for consultation is cycleenfield.co.uk/consultation/a105-scheme-consultation, where you can watch the short video shown below.

The same page has a link to a huge PDF file with detailed drawings of the entire route.  Laptops or desktop computers should have no difficulty handling this file, but there have been complaints that the file is too big for some tablet computers.

The actual online consultation is divided up into questions about the entire scheme and questions about each leg of the route.  An online scrollable drawing is included for each section - but again, there are problems with tablet computers.  Tablet users can download each drawing separately, but the best advice would be to use a laptop if possible.  You don't need to complete the consultation in one go - you can answer some of the questions, save what you've done, then come back to it later.  You can also contact the Council and ask them to send you paper drawings and a hard copy questionnaire.

The fact that there is so much time to complete the survey means that you don't have to do it immediately.  There's time to talk to others about the scheme, visit the further exhibitions planned for the Triangle and the Palmers Green Festival, and generally mull over the radical ideas that are involved.  Naturally, we welcome contributions to our discussion forums, whether pro or anti.  The Cycle Enfield discussions have their own category - visit this page to read the messages.

The scheme is also being discussed on the Bowes & Bounds Connected website.  Richard McKeever, who runs B&B Connected, has kicked off with a very thoughtful post.

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Palmers Green Festival 2015 - more helpers needed

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palmers green festival logoAs anyone who went last year or the year before will know, Palmers Green Festival is a brilliant way of bringing people together and having fun.  It's entirely volunteer run and a big festival needs a lot of volunteers to make it run smoothly and safely.

The Festival organisers are still looking for more volunteers for various roles.  If you fancy helping out, visit the Festival 2015 Volunteers Zone to find out how to get involved.

palmers green festival 2015

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Pinkham Way campaigners report back on Haringey Council meeting

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The Pinkham Way Alliance has issued the following message about what happened at last week's meeting of Haringey Council.

As Stephen Brice says, the new draft of the North London Waste Plan (PDF, 9MB) does include Pinkham Way in its list of proposed future waste sites - though it refers to the site as the "Friern Barnet Sewage Works" - something which has not existed for a very long time!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
A profound thank you to the 200 or more of you who attended the Haringey Cabinet meeting last Tuesday night. A fantastic turnout!

Limited to 90 in the viewing gallery, there were more of us outside than in – apologies to those kept out. Be assured that your presence there was priceless.

Not least, because the impromptu meeting that we held outside afterwards was extremely heartening for those of us who have been leading this campaign for so long now.

Make no mistake, Haringey will be aware of and disturbed by how many of us turned up. And so they should be, because we witnessed a display of feigned democracy, one that I found actually embarrassing.

A group of electors in the chamber, raising serious questions about Council policy and integrity. Yet when the Chair asked Cabinet members for questions... not a solitary word.

In fact, the draft version of the North London Waste Plan (NLWP), affecting around two-million residents, was approved (to go forward to public consultation) in a matter of seconds.

You can read the full speech I would have made, had I not been cut short.
 
WHAT NEXT?
Two other councils (so far) have held off approving the draft plan before Haringey has finished a review of the site.

It's clear however that Haringey has caved in to bullying and steamrollered Pinkham Way into the draft waste plan, regardless of clear evidence and consultation rules.  Exactly what happened from 2009 onwards, since when Haringey officers have spent thousands of expensive hours trying to force this through, even as staff and budgets are cut.

In the light of Haringey's real priorities, and especially the regeneration of Tottenham, this is shameful.

Public consultation on this new waste plan draft could start at the end of July, ending in late September. The summer holidays, in other words – the ideal time for it to elicit the least possible comment.

We will, of course, be submitting a detailed response, and asking you to sign your name in support. In the meantime, please do not respond on the plan yourself. We have to supply a full copy of our own submission for every individual respondent, which results in high printing costs.

For now, have a great summer, and we'll be in touch again in a few weeks.
 
Kind regards,
 
Stephen Brice
Chair
Pinkham Way Alliance
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Taster workshops in printmaking and illustration

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Tottenham Art Classes have provided details of taster workshops to learn printmaking and illustration.

For anyone who has ever wanted to try printmaking or illustration, now's your chance!

We're holding taster workshops in Printmaking and Illustration in August. Open to anyone aged 14 years and over and adults.

PRINTMAKING TASTER WORKSHOPS


Choose from two dates:

Tuesday 11th August from 1pm - 5.30pm

Saturday 12th August from 11am - 3.30pm

Course info:

  • An introductory workshop to mono printing open to teens to adults.
  • An ideal way for beginners to explore a simple but effective printing technique.
  • Students will practice sampling followed by recreating images of their own be it a portrait/landscape photograph or a previous drawing brought along to the class.

Price:

£27.00 which includes all equipment and materials.

Course Tutor:

Sally Wilford www.sallywilfordartist.com

The course will be tutored by local resident and artist Sally Wilford who's had paintings and print work exhibited in and around Tottenham.

BOOK YOUR SPACE ONLINE HERE


ILLUSTRATION TASTER WORKSHOP

 

Wednesday 12th August from 11am - 3.30pm


Course info:

  • In this session you will be introducedto  the principles of illustration as a means to communicate ideas, stories, emotions and messages through visual language and will gain an overview of the history and contemporary practise of illustration.
  • This will be a fun hands-on workshop where we will explore these principles through exercises in drawing, collage, and book-folding.
  • Students will be able to put their learning immediately into practice and come away with a mini illustrated book.
  • It is suitable for anyone with an interest in discovering illustration, you will be able to learn the principles of illustration whatever your current level of drawing ability. Open to teens to adults.

Price:

£27.00 includes all equipment and materials.

Course Tutor:

Phoebe Swan www.phoebeswan.co.uk

Phoebe Swan has a BA (1st Class Hons) in Illustration from Camberwell College of Art and is currently studying for a Masters in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art.

She is also a trained and experienced teacher who lives in Tottenham Hale and works from her studio in South Tottenham.

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 CONTACT:

Please feel free to email us if you have any questions:

Website: www.tottenhamartclasses.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/tottenhamartclasses

Twitter: www.twitter.com/tottenhamarts

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Enfield Carers' Centre: Additional trustees required

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enfieldcarers ctEnfield Carers' Centre - a volunteer-staffed organisation that looks after volunteer carers - is looking to recruit additional trustees to its Executive Board, who must have skills in the following specific areas:

  • organisational managment
  • marketing
  • fundraising.

For details of the specific vacancies and the role of trustees, please download these two documents:

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Rain doesn't stop play!

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prom 2 report croppedThe first of this year's Proms in the Park was hot and sunny, the second - held last Sunday - was overcast with occasional drizzle.  But the weather didn't deter over a hundred people gathering to listen and dance to musicians from Bowes Park Folk Club and local singer/songwriter Luke Carey - as you can see from the cutting below, taken from the Enfield Gazette.

prom 2 report

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As the Gazette also points out, this weekend will see a change of style:  operatic arias from baritone Stephen Brice, songs performed by Bella Cora and a performance by the Tatem Trio - local flautists.

For more details of the complete proms season visit the Friends of Broomfield Park website.

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New/old shopfronts in Myddleton Road

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These are the new shopfronts in original style that were recently installed in Myddleton Road, Bowes Park, replacing the unattractive frontages that had been fitted to these shops.

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The restoration work cost more than £200,000, the funds coming from Haringey Council, Historic England and the shopkeepers.  As well as the work on the shopfronts, new sash windows have been fitted to upper storeys.

An official opening ceremony was held on 7th July, organised by We Love Myddleton Road, the voluntary group that has been working to restore the (extremely) faded glory of Myddleton Road.  The group's work has been paying dividends and recent months have seen the opening of promising new businesses which should help revive the street.

Myddleton Road is now home to two restaurants/cafes which regularly feature live music:  the Step and Mum's Bistro.

Haringey Council is also funding the installation of new shopfronts in parts of Tottenham.  Similar schemes have in the past been carried out by Newham Council in Forest Gate and by Waltham Forest Council in Leyton.

Photographs reproduced by permission of Haringey Council.

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Summer Holiday threatre workshop at Centre Stage

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The Centre Stage Summer Course returns to keep your performing dreams alive during those Summer Holidays!

This years theme...

DISNEY!

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An astonishing tour of architectural and artistic delights

Written by PGC Webmaster on . Posted in Local History

The video below, released in connection with an exhibition at Bruce Castle Museum, is a beautifully filmed and soberly narrated tour of the architectural and artistic delights to be found within churches in Tottenham, Hornsey, Stamford Hill, Noel Park and Harringay.  The buildings date from the middle ages right through to the 1990s - but the modern buildings contain some astounding items salvaged from demolished buildings.

Well worth spending half an hour watching (I could have done without the counter-tenor though), followed up by a visit to the museum and in due course to the amazing churches that are revealed here.

Bruce Castle Museum is open from 1pm to 5pm on Wednesdays to Sundays (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays).

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