Haringey Federation of Residents Associations


Some coming local events in the next few [very busy!] weeks.
Please forward to your members and contacts...

Thursday 3rd March - 7pm
Haringey Independent Cinema, Haringey Disability First Consortium and Haringey Women's Forum jointly present

2002 biographical film which depicts the professional and private life of the surrealist Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.
West Green Learning Centre, West Green Rd, N15. Entry 3/2 concs. www.haringey.org.uk/hic

Haringey Friends of Parks Forum
Saturday 5th march, 10am-1pm
Bruce Castle Museum, Lordship Lane, N17
Meeting for reps and members of local Friends of Parks groups

Well, the council have made their decision to go with their budget cuts which means that parks could be facing a bleak future. A 50 percent cut in the parks maintenance budget, the loss of parks police and the diminishing of BTCV support can only be detrimental and not sustainable. We have willingly worked hard to upkeep our local parks and have given freely of our time to work in partnership with the council to improve staffing levels and park facilities. The results of all our work are easy to see, a borough whose parks and green spaces have improved immeasurably and which have been awarded record numbers of green flags.

Despite meetings with Cabinet Member Counsellor Dogus and Assistant Director John Morris and despite making deputations to full council and cabinet meetings our pleas for a rethink, have so far fallen on deaf ears. Reading between the lines, the Friends are now being seen by the council as the ones who can pick up the pieces and keep the parks going on a voluntary basis. We have always given generously of our time to support our local parks and green spaces but our aims have never been to replace necessary on site staffing. Our motivations for our work are many and various, not the least of which being a desire to bring local people together to create friendly and safe communities. However hard we work, we can never replace, nor would we want to replace, experienced paid park staff especially with no resources!

Together, as the Friends Forum, we have the only united voice to speak up for our parks and green spaces now and in the future.

Joan, HFoPF Secretary

Book In A Night - The Hornsey Library All-nighter
5pm Saturday 5th March and all night until Noon Sunday 6th March 2011
An over-night celebration of what Haringey Libraries mean to us all
Feel free to join us throughout the night for live music, films, readings, collaborative writing, debates and finally a breakfast picnic.
Hornsey Library - Haringey Park, N8 9JA
Organised by Haringey librarians and local residents from the Unlibrary

5.30pm: Award Winning novelist Linda Grant, author of We Had It So Good, is being interviewed by Gillian Slovo.
7pm to 10pm: Acoustic sets from Katherine Blake (Mediaeval Baebes), Nick Marsh (Urban Voodoo Machine), Ronnie Golden, Marcia Mello and JC001 (former holder of Worlds Fastest Rapper title).
Midnight to 7am: 'Call and Response's' eclectic mix of ambient sounds in the main library.
10.30pm: Diana Edmonds, Assistant Director of Haringey Culture, Libraries and Learning, Chris Meade, Unlibrarian and Director of if: book, the Future of the Book, and special guests discuss the library of their dreams what could libraries be in the 21st century? Join the debatetell us what Haringey Libraries mean to you!
12.30am (that's half past midnight!): Fahrenheit 451 (1966) cert. PG
4am: Wings of Desire: (1987) cert. PG

Throughout the night:
- Film Shorts from the 2010 Wood Green Film Festival
- Our UnLibrary team (Chris Meade and Kati Rynne) will curate the making of a digital book. Help them write, edit, illustrate and publish writings on the subject of dreams in just twelve overnight hours. All you need to bring is your laptop, creativity and a sleeping bag!
- Bring your old plastic bottles and anything colourful to help local artist Kiki Machado (who makes beautiful art out of the things other people throw away) turn Hornsey Library into a giant, rubbish art instillation.
- We shall be inviting you to write, in 20 words why you love Haringey Libraries. Keep it short, sweet and incredibly passionate!
- We are having a fines amnesty! So return your overdue books anytime between 5pm Saturday 5 March and Noon on Sunday 6 March 2011, and we will delete your fines, on that item(s).
- Paul Higgins of Make Friends with a Book, and Sally of Piece of Plenty will be giving away free books for you to read through the night.

Fun for Children:
5pm - 9pm: Crafts, films and nursery rhymes in the Childrens Library
10am: Story time
10.30am: Make a collage with local illustrator Tanya Linch
Breakfast Picnic and Jazz (in the Foyer), 10am: Pack your bagels, baguettes, marmalade, and head down to Hornsey library for a Sunday morning picnic. You bring the blankets; well play the live jazz!

Haringey 'Fight The Cuts' Day of Discussions
Sunday March 6th, 12 noon - 5pm
@ North London Community House, Moorefield Road, N17 6PY
How can we successfully defend our local public services?
Discussions - food - films. Free entry.
All local residents and workers opposed to cuts are welcome to come and join in. Info: www.hapsnews.net

Note: There will be a large Haringey contingent on the massive national March Against Cuts on Sat March 26th in Central London. Check out the website above for the details....

Tuesday 8th March, 7.15pm
General Meeting for the borough's local Residents Associations
@ The Sandbunker Community Centre
The Sandlings Estate, N22 (Ground floor, half way down the east side of the estate). Near Turnpike Lane tube.
Reps and members of all local Associations welcome! Info: www.haringeyresidents.org

Big Green Bookshop
1 Brampton Park Road, N22 6BG
7 days a week!

The Big Green Bookshop (which is a general bookshop selling all sorts of books) in Wood Green opened three years ago and local residents Tim, Simon and Mark have been doing everything possible to make it a valuable community resource with author events, film nights, historical walks, book groups, weekly storytelling for under 5s, meeting space for community groups etc. Their bank loan, which is their biggest single outgoing, has nine months until it is paid off. Once it is paid they will be in a relatively stable position. Please visit them, buy some books, do whatever you can to help. They are in Brampton Park Road, just off the High Road (south of Boots) www.biggreenbookshop.com 8881 6767

Throughout March there are a large range of exciting events at the bookshop - full details: www.biggreenbookshop.com/events-diary/info_6.html In particular, its the 3rd Anniversary of the Bookshop on March 8th. During the week 6th to 12th March were asking everyone to buy just one extra book from them!

Sustainable Haringey Spring Gathering
Sunday 13th March - 12.15pm to 5pm
At Hornsey Vale Community Centre, 60 Mayfield Rd, London N8 9LP

Special theme - food growing around the borough.
All welcome. Details: www.sustainableharingey.org.uk

Alexandra Palace to Bruce Castle: a walk across the old parish of Tottenham
Sunday 27th March - 11am
Walk leader: Joyce Rosser, Heritage & Conservation Officer, Haringey Federation of Residents Associations
Meet in front of the BBC TV Tower at Alexandra Palace, N22 7AY at 11am. W3 bus from Finsbury Park or Wood Green tube stations.

This five-mile walk starts at Alexandra Palace, goes through nine parks and seven conservation areas (Alexandra Park and Palace, Wood Green Common, Trinity Gardens, Noel Park, Tower Gardens, Bruce Castle, Tottenham Cemetery), takes in various listed buildings and ends at Bruce Castle Museum at about 1pm. Light refreshments will be available at Bruce Castle. You might wish to bring a packed lunch.

'Big Society' & 'Localism': What's it all about? What does it mean for us?
Saturday April 2nd
Wood Green Library (Gallery upstairs), High Road, N22

The Haringey Federation of Residents Associations invite members and reps of Haringey's community groups to a mini-conference & discussions about government reforms of local Council and community powers, and what 'Big Society' and community empowerment really mean... Info: www.haringeyresidents.org

Tottenham Civic Society Annual General Meeting
Saturday 9th April
3pm 6pm
At Tottenham Chances, 399 High Road, N17 6QN

Guest speakers: Benedict OLooney and Lucie Carayon on How to balance conservation with the cheerful but messy vitality of an inner city neighbourhood.
Everyone is welcome to this meeting. Followed by AGM business reports and election of officers. Info: www.tottenhamcivicsociety.org.uk