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Keep on Running
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Keep on Running

Bruce Castle has well over 50 photographs of the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay through Haringey, with our thanks to photographer Henry Jacobs. Although we already had some photographs taken along the route, we now have more or less the whole route covered. Henry was the council’s official photographer for the 2012 Torch Relay and had...

Did you know …. Haringey was where cinema first started?
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Did you know …. Haringey was where cinema first started?

Haringey residents visiting their local cinema or, for some, working in film and screen today, may not realise that they have to thank a couple who lived in Muswell Hill over 110 years ago for creating ‘cinema’. In today’s post we thought we would link you up with some very early film, to take a...

The Great Panorama
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The Great Panorama

Did you know that between 1881-1883, in the Alexandra Palace grounds, adjacent to the upper lakes, there once stood an enormous wooden rotunda? Well, I didn’t know – but my late friend, colleague and Panorama expert Ralph Hyde (formerly Keeper of Prints, Maps & Drawings at Guildhall Library) was soon going to enthusiastically tell me...

Thumb’s Up for the (Penny) Posties
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Thumb’s Up for the (Penny) Posties

We’re going to wander about with our postal workers on their rounds and give a BIG thumbs up to our posties, – a thank you to the great work they have been doing in keeping us connected with each other and delivering things we can’t buy locally during the lockdown. We do have, of course,...

Basil Lewis OBE (1928 – 2020).
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Basil Lewis OBE (1928 – 2020).

Basil was born in Clarendon, Jamaica in 1928, and came to London in 1954 aged 26. He was not only Haringey’s first Black Council Member, but was also a founding member of the Council’s Race Equalities Committee, Anglo-West Indian Conservative Society and the Hornsey Cooperative Credit Union. Basil received an OBE for his work with...

The oldest, littlest house…
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The oldest, littlest house…

Lets step back in time to look at the Woodside area of Wood Green, which is tucked up by the Enfield border on its northern edge, with White Hart Lane to the south. Woodside resident and Membership Secretary of the Friends of Bruce Castle, Cherry McAskill, has very kindly helped us with the following post...

How to help Haringey through the COVID-19 crisis
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How to help Haringey through the COVID-19 crisis

If you’re looking way to help your neighbours and community, and are juggling other commitments then there are still ways you can lend an occasional hand. Mutual Aid Groups have sprung up across the country and Haringey has seen a huge mobilisation, with over 20 local groups in the area, some of which are supported...

How to look after your mental health under lock down
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How to look after your mental health under lock down

As we stagger into week two of lock down, many of us are wondering how much longer this will last as we attempt to flatten the curve and make sense of the uncertain months ahead. As Londoners, we are responsible for practicing social distance because the capital is one the most affected areas in the...

What to do with your children while the schools are shut
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What to do with your children while the schools are shut

I beseech you, oh good and faithful parents! The severity of the coronavirus outbreak has forced Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to officially state the closure of schools across the United Kingdom. I decided to visit Down Lane Park in Tottenham, North London. I grew up playing basketball in this park, but today, Down Lane Park...

Who is staying open throughout the isolation period?
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Who is staying open throughout the isolation period?

The streets are eerily quiet at the moment. But fear not, for there are a variety of services and businesses remaining open one way or another. Urgent: food bank support needed Tottenham food bank (supported by Spurs up the road) are open various times in the week and are looking for volunteers and urgent donations...