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Open studio (and free beer) at Mill Co.

The Mill Co. Project Gaunson House houses over 20 creative start-up businesses including music production, video production, furniture, food & beverage, visual arts, taxidermy, fashion design, set design, photography and more.

Thursday 15th January is an open studio event when you can meet the artists and find out more about the work taking place.
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Cheeses at Tottenham Green Market

Tottenham Green market returns

One of the highlights of this summer was Tottenham Green Market, and from this coming Saturday it is back!

However it has moved up the road a little bit to the car park of Tottenham Chances Arts & Music centre.

Tottenham Green Market promises to offer “the best in local eating, drinking and shopping. Visitors can buy delicious fresh bread, cakes, charcuterie, jams, chutneys and cheeses – all made in the neighbourhood – plus rare breed beef, lamb and pork and seasonal vegetables from slightly further afield.

“For breakfast/brunch/lunch there are Caribbean delights, Steak Frites, Indian treats, slow cooked meat sandwiches, cupcakes and loads more.”

Cheese suppliers Wildes Cheese are one of the finalists in this year’s Urban Food Awards. The market will also feature honey from Tottenham Marshes – now that is shopping local.

And of course local favourites Craving Coffee will be keeping us caffeinated.

Tottenham Green Market
10am till 3pm, every Saturday
T Chances, 399 Tottenham High Road, N17 6QN.


Tottenham food and drink party raises money for Markfield Project

Presented by Craving Coffee & with ticket proceeds to The Markfield Project and including Meet the Brewer from Redemption Brewery, the TEAM TOTTENHAM PARTY looks like an event well worth supporting.

It takes place this Thursday evening at the cosy Craving Coffee – who have been making quite a stir locally with their themed events. The coffee’s not bad either!

The organisers describe what’s behind the night:

“We love Tottenham and its passionate community spirit. We want to celebrate it with a Team Tottenham party in our cafe, at The Mill Co. Project.

We’ll have our good friends from Redemption Brewery as guests for Meet the Brewer, with a chance to learn more about and samples their beers. Our menu that night will celebrate all things Tottenham, with dishes being made from Wildes Cheese, Flourish Bakery and Crop Drop Vegetables.

£5 entry, with proceeds going to The Markfield Project, a community centre in Markfield Park that promotes dignity, choice, independence and community inclusion of Disabled people and their families.

6 November 2014 from 6pm to 11pm
Location: Craving Coffee, Markfield Rd
Order tickets online via Eventbrite

Featured image: By cyclonebill (Caffe latte, bolle og manchego) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Crossrail 2 consultation results in all options open

The results of the Crossrail 2 consultation have been published with opinion split on its Hackney route and concern over any possible tunnel entrance on Walthamstow Marshes being raised by several respondents. The option of the tunnels emerging north of Tottenham Hale was also raised by some.

As a reminder, the consultation states:
[The plans involve a] tunnel portal to the south of Tottenham Hale, although the exact location has yet to be determined. Further engineering feasibility work is being carried out to review options for the tunnel portal and the impact this would have on the area required.

A 2013 engineering feasibility study had placed this portal at Copper Mill Junction on Walthamstow Marshes. A detailed analysis of this and other possibilities is in our previous post, Crossrail 2 emerges on our doorsteps?

For now, it seems no option has been ruled out – or in – and local residents and users of Walthamstow Marshes, Markfield Park and the River Lea must wait and see.

In their response, LB Haringey notes “the potential for impact on regeneration around Tottenham Hale station through the use of land for a tunnel portal/worksite. Ensuring appropriate development platforms are provided following completion of the railway to maximise the benefits of the new route, and minimise the areas of working required to facilitate delivery must be the objective of all parties.”

You can download the full Crossrail 2 consultation 2014 report [PDF, 15.3Mb] via the TfL website.


Love the Lea festival

A free festival celebrating the Lea takes place next Sunday (17 August). The all-day event is just down the river, in the Walthamstow Marshes picnic area (opposite Springfield Park), and features live music, boat trips, sound walks and more.

The event also features #urbanflowevent (rivercities): a cross-arts, public participation project that forms part of series of works linking Sweden, Canada and our own Lea Valley. People are invited to come to a practice session and dress rehearsal on Saturday 16 August 4-6 p.m. (same place). Children aged 9-13 are also required to perform a dance in the festival and a dance workshop will take place on Friday 15 August at the Sea Cadets Building, Spring Hill, E5. Additionally people are invited to contribute river/marshes photography to Sirenscrossing’s new blog site and/or facebook page. Organisers Carolyn Deby and photographer AnnaCarin Isaksson are also inviting people to attend a creative workshop on Thursday 14 August either 10 a.m. to 12 noon or in the evening 6-8 (as agreed with participants). Find out more on their tumbler or contact Carolyn Deby on

(thanks to Save Lea Marshes for info on the urbanflowevent)

rivercities//dry from Carolyn Deby on Vimeo.

Sunday 17 August 2014, 11am until 5pm
Walthamstow Marshes picnic area (opposite Springfield Park)

Love the Lea festival


St Ann’s Hospital sell off latest

News via ourtottenham on a meeting this week regarding the plans to sell off much of St Ann’s Hospital for housing.

“On 20th June Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust (BEHMHT) submitted the outline planning application for the St Ann’s Hospital site. This proposes to sell off two thirds of the hospital site for housing.

“BEHMHT claim that the hospital grounds are ‘surplus to requirements’ and ‘unaffordable’ yet they have failed to undertake a healthcare needs assessment … to demonstrate how the so called ‘modern health care campus’, NOT a hospital, will meet our needs now and in the forseeable future.

“This is our hospital, it is NHS land that belongs to us, they cannot be allowed to sell the site without demonstrating how our health will benefit. No Sell Off Without a Health Check! Continue reading


Drawing on Tottenham life?

Figure you have it in you to capture the human body in sketch? Now’s your chance. Tottenham Art Classes are running life drawing – drawing a human figure from observation of a live model – classes every Thursday evening.

You can just drop into the sessions, which cost £5, at Tottenham Chances.
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Tour de France to whizz past

The Tour de France is coming to London next Monday (7 July) with the route including part of the Lea Bridge Road, a modest walk from South Tottenham.

The world’s most famous cycle race is primarily held in France, but this year includes some UK stages. Monday’s part of the race sees competitors cycling from Cambridge through Essex and then on to north, east and central London before finishing on The Mall.

This excellent interactive map of the whole day’s route also shows crucial details such as elevations. Last year’s winner Chris Froome is part of a multinational squad in “Team Sky”, although Bradley Wiggins did not make the cut.

Tour de France Lee Valley mapThe nearest point of the Tour de France to South Tottenham is a roughly 40 minute stroll down the River Lee and across Walthamstow Marshes.

The racers will come from the east, along Lea Bridge Road, before turning left down Orient Way to head to the Olympic Park. Many of the side roads along the route will be closed or restricted until the race has passed.


[click above for PDF maps]