Marathon Fun Day In The Rec

Marathon Fun Day in Lordship Rec – Sunday April 26th, 9am-5pm

The Friends and other park user groups are planning a special Marathon Day to include publicity for the park’s potential for physical exercise.
– The Hub cafe will be promoting healthy eating and broadcasting the Marathon all day live from 9am, including the mass start at 10am.
- All welcome to join in the Walk Or Run: Its Fun! – Your Pace No Race… around the park starting at 11am at the Hub. Please register from 10.30am.
– And there will be fun and games (tug-of-war etc), 12-1pm.
– The Broadwater Farm Community Centre Gym will be open for free sessions – come and have a trial! 11am-3pm.

– Green Gym taster session at the Harmony Gardens, 2pm-2.30pm
– The Hub will host Feeling Good In The Rec, 1pm-5pm, healing therapies and fitness tasters.*

* Children must be accompanied by a parent/carer in the above organised events

Help raise funds for further improvements to Lordship Rec!
Please donate here at the button on the right hand side of this page…

Lordship Rec, Tottenham’s largest public park, has recently undergone a successful regeneration which has transformed a previously neglected and run-down green space into an attractive, well-used and vibrant park. The Friends of Lordship Rec, in partnership with Haringey Council’s Parks Service, have led this regeneration effort. However, there are a range of further improvements needed to complete the regeneration plans. 100% of the money raised by donations between now and April 30 will go towards some of the additional improvements needed, including: a drinking fountain, seating, wildlife habitats, equipment for volunteers, and signage.

How you can donate
– The Friends have set up a special DONATE button on their website’s home page. www.lordshiprec.org.uk
– Cheques [made out to ‘Friends of Lordship (Marathon)’] can be posted to the Friends of Lordship Rec.

Being active in the Rec

We are also using the opportunity to promote Lordship Rec, its attractive walking/jogging routes and the newly-installed distance markers on those routes. Why not come and try the routes for yourself! You can also join in the weekly walks organised by the Lordship Rec Walking Group every Monday morning, meeting up at 9.20am at the Downhills Park Road entrance. Or join in the monthly ‘Your Pace, No Race’ sessions on the first Sunday of each month – meet 11am outside the Hub cafe by the lake in the park. And there are the cycling groups, the Brakethru Club, football teams and others promoting physical activity – including a plan for outdoor gym equipment near the Hub..

 

Organised by Friends of Lordship Rec, Women’s Assoc of Lordship Rec, Lordship Walking Group, Your Pace No Race, Hub Co-op

International Women’s Day Celebration in Lordship Re

Saturday 28th March, 12noon – 8pm
at the Hub, Lordship Rec, N17
Organised by the Womens Association of Lordship Rec

Stalls, workshops, food
6pm-8pm Live music – Local women performers
Delicious refreshments available from the Hub Cafe and Caribbean Food from Caribbean Sunset PLUS healthy smoothies

Workshops …

SEWING BEE Help, support and advice on sewing and
design techniques for making or altering clothes
HERBAL MEDICINE Advice and information about growing herbs
and their medicinal uses
…and Taster Sessions
TAI CHI – 12-1pm
DANCE – 1-2pm
YOGA – 2-3pm
Workshops and tasters £4.00 each
Healing therapies
Sessions from 12 to 5pm
• Chair Massage
• Facials • Angelic Reiki
Healing
Sports injuries clinic – special price £10.00 per half hour session

Limited crèche places are available at a small charge for workshop participants and can be booked in advance along with a workshop place

For more information or to book your place in a workshop or therapy session email:
walordshiprec@gmail.com or phone 020 8885 5684

And in future….

From May 30th, Healing therapies and workshops will take place monthly in the Hub in Lordship Rec on every LAST saturday of every month from 12 noon

Broadwater Farm / Lordship area under threat

Leaflet: Defend our local estates and park… and support each other! (March 2015)

Friends objection to Haringey’s Local Plan ‘Redevelopment Zone’ Proposal

Broadwater Farm Residents Association objection to Haringey’s Local Plan ‘Redevelopment Zone’ Proposal

Broadwater United Sports and Football Association objection to Haringey’s Local Plan ‘Redevelopment Zone’ Proposal

 

Broadwater Farm Residents’ Association, Broadwater United Sports And Football Academy, and Friends of Lordship Rec

Broadwater Farm / Lordship area under threat
DEFEND OUR LOCAL ESTATES AND PARK
… AND SUPPORT EACH OTHER!

Object now to shocking Council proposals which could lead to future demolition and ‘redevelopment’ of Broadwater Farm, Somerset Close, Lido Square and Moira Close, and to house-building on Lordship Rec…

Email the Council: ldf@haringey.gov.uk

The facts
The Council’s planning department are proposing a demolition and ‘redevelopment’ zone for the ‘Broadwater Farm Area’. This area includes not only the estate and all its marvelous community facilities, but also Somerset Close, Lido Square, Moira Close and the houses along Lordship Lane to the north. We have been told that the proposal would include housing to be built on a large chunk of the north end of Lordship Recreation Ground, including the enclosed sports field, to temporarily re-house some of those displaced by any future demolitions.

The proposed zone is indicated by a red line on a map (see right) taken from the Council’s draft Local Plan for Haringey 2011-2026 – ‘Site Allocation 63’. If this proposal is not chucked out now it would mean increased powers for property developers throughout that zone in the future, backed by Council encouragement and support. There is a borough-wide consultation over the whole draft Plan, with March 27 as the deadline for people to object to any proposals. We say object strongly and object now!

A threat to our community
This totally unnecessary attack on local communities and our park would cause massive stress to all concerned, displacement and disruption for years, and undermine all the successful efforts over decades to build a strong and stable local community and to improve local facilities. Local residents have worked long and hard to make Broadwater Farm one of the most attractive and well-served estates in the UK, and to make Lordship Rec the great park it now is – including the sports field, home of Broadwater United youth football teams. The estate and park have won many national awards for successful community-led regeneration and empowerment, and are now admired throughout the world. The Council should be celebrating what has been achieved instead of allowing planners to dream up outrageous proposals to destroy existing homes and facilities and break up our communities…. Continue reading

Friends slam threat to Lordship Rec

The demolition and ‘redevelopment’ of Broadwater Farm and building of homes on Lordship Rec: Barmy? Or a real threat?

According to council documents – http://www.haringey.gov.uk/sites/haringeygovuk/files/site_allocation_developement_web_0.pdf (Site 63, page 162), it appears that the council are considering promoting the demolition and ‘redevelopment’ of some or all of Broadwater Farm. The plans, confirmed by senior Council officers [see below], suggest that they intend for new housing to be built on a large chunk of the north end of Lordship Recreation Ground, including half of the main field and the whole sports field, to rehouse those displaced by potential demolitions at Broadwater Farm. The potential redevelopment zone is indicated by a red line on a map, and also includes Somerset Close, Lido Square, homes along the south side of Lordship Lane, and all the community facilities within the zone. Such a zone would mean increased powers for property developers in that zone, backed by Council encouragement and support.

This incredible, barmy and totally unnecessary attack on local communities would cause massive stress to all concerned, displacement and disruption for years, and undermine all the successful efforts over decades to build a strong and stable local community and to improve local facilities. Our communities have worked long and hard to make Broadwater Farm one of the most attractive estates in the UK, and to make Lordship Rec the great park it now is.

The threat to Lordship Rec would bring the Council into direct conflict with the Lordship Rec park users’ organisations, and all the funding bodies (Lottery, GLA and the Environment Agency) who have supported the successful and nationally-celebrated community-led regeneration of Tottenham’s largest public park. Incidentally, in case the Council have forgotten, the park is safeguarded and protected for all time by a ‘Fields In Trust’ covenant preventing any part of it being developed or sold off.

The ‘barmy’ proposals confirmed

We couldn’t believe the proposals when we first heard about them. However, Steve Kelly from the Council’s Planning Department spoke at the Tangmere Steering Committee on Broadwater Farm recently and when challenged admitted that the land on Lordship Recreation Ground would be needed for housing for people displaced by any demolitions on Broadwater Farm.  Matthew Patterson, the Council’s Interim Head of Policy, Strategic Transport and Infrastructure, also confirmed to a rep from the Friends of Lordship Rec that the inclusion of the northern part of Lordship Rec in the development zone is for the power to build housing to ‘decant’ the residents of Broadwater Farm (or many of them) into that area of the park ‘otherwise the demolitions on the estate could not go ahead’ due to the impracticalities of re-homing those affected during the demolition and redevelopment works.

Object now

The deadline for registering objections to this outrageous and unacceptable threat to the estate and park is March 27th. It comes under the consultation for ‘Haringey’s Local Plan 2011-2026′, the most important planning document in the borough. This is a formal objection process, and the Local Plan documents have to be submitted to a Planning Inspector at a public enquiry before they can be approved. Those objecting will be able to put their case to the Inspector.

This proposed mass disruption and destruction must be opposed.

To object, email: ldf@haringey.gov.uk

Joan Curtis and Dave Morris
– Secretary and Chair, Friends of Lordship Rec

A new era unfolding

THE GROWTH OF THE FRIENDS AND USER GROUPS  

Over the last 3-4 years the Friends have consolidated our activities, our support for the wide range of User Groups, our regular publicity for all the park’s activities, events and issues, and our overall Friends’ membership. Many of the specific functions of the Friends, as the key umbrella organisation for park users, have gradually shifted to the active User Groups. Most of these User Groups are flourishing in the newly-regenerated park and its improved facilities. The encouragement of autonomous groups was a long-standing strategy of the Friends since our formation in 2001.

 

The currently active User Groups include: The Friends; Women’s Association; Wildlife Group; Rockstone; Tottenham Bike Cub; Back 2 Earth (Harmony Gardens and Cafe); Moselle Group; Woodland Group, Sketching Group; Shell Performing Arts Collective; Lordship Sports & Arts Consortium; Outdoor Gym Group;  Walking Group; Hub Co-op; Lordship Rec FC; Broadwater United FC; Baby Meet Up; Tottenham Clouds, Lordship Dog Club.
Each of those groups has been building up its own membership, most of whom have also joined the Friends. Since the growth in the number and range of activities of the park User Groups, many more park users of diverse backgrounds and interests have been involved in organising and helping out in park activities. All the User Groups as well as the park’s own staff and relevant Council officers, co-ordinate and communicate through the Lordship Rec Users Forum via its monthly evening general meetings and the more specialist fortnightly daytime practical coordination meetings..

The most active members of the Friends continue to help manage and improve the Woodland (including recently commissioning and installing the memorial sculpture there), support the Wildlife Group / Women’s Association / Sketching Group / Walking Group, run the park’s noticeboards, help run the Hub, produce general park publicity, monitor the River Moselle, liaise with park staff, manage our e-lists and website, coordinate LRUF meetings, and attend Haringey-wide (and London and National) Friends Groups’ meetings. We used to help coordinate the annual festivals (8,000 attended in 2012) – however, since then we have helped promote a successful programme of events by park User Groups throughout the year. The Friends ourselves took the lead with last year’s ‘We Remember’ event in July, contributed substantially to the September Fest, and held a ’30 yrs of Community Action in the Rec’ exhibition.

 

Membership has risen from maybe around 250 in early 2012, to around 600 in July 2014, and to a current figure of 1,270. This rise has been greatly facilitated by the use of the Hub as a base over the past 2 years.

 

THE HUB   In 2013-14 the Friends were managing the Hub’s Community Room for park meetings and activities. However, in order to open up the whole building as a community facility, the Friends set up a special organisation to take on the lease. Since July 2014 the new Hub Co-op has been able to open the Hub daily to the public, including the daily community-run cafe. Many groups are now booking the rooms. All this has made a major difference, and a Friends’ sign-up sheet by the main entrance has resulted in a doubling of Friends membership over the last 6 months.

The number of those actually attending the Friends general meetings over the last 2 years has tended to remain constant (6-20), with a strong core of many of the original Friends activists from 5 years ago (mainly white, older, working class, park users). This is partly due to the members’ involvement in the park’s User Groups and the intense activity over the last year to ensure the success of the Hub. We now need to continue to strengthen not only our membership and the support for the various User Groups, but also the numbers and diversity of those attending our own general meetings.

 

A NEW ERA   We are now entering a new, ‘post-regeneration’ phase in which park users can enjoy the improved park and its facilities. There are also many further improvements to be made (see list) and which can all be achieved if there are people prepared to push for them, help fundraise and oversee.

 

We welcome and encourage new people to get actively involved!

Well over 1,000 attend Community Festival!

On Saturday September 20th there was a lovely village atmosphere as crowds turned out to enjoy and join in a range of exciting, enthralling, informative, lively, fun and empowering community activities in various parts of the Rec. This year’s event – on World Parks Day 2014! – was once again organised by and for local people. It showcased the wonderful talent in Tottenham, and the efforts and determination of so many groups to promote community spirit, initiative and empowerment.

Activities included…
- One World Folk Music at the outdoor Shell Theatre stage & in the Hub: Music and performances from all different cultures, coordinated by the Shell Performing Arts Collective. There was also a procession led by the Stow Caledonian Pipe Band.
- Tottenham Flower & Produce Show: Lots of impressive and artistic entries (local fruit and veg, plants, crafts etc), and many prizes handed out. Coordinated by Back2Earth and members of the Friends of Lordship Rec
- Dogs Day Out: In the main field there was a Fun Dog Show and Dog Agility Course, plus free micro-chipping, tag engraving and info for dog owners. Coordinated by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Wood Green Animal Shelter and members of the soon-to-be re-launched Lordship Dog Club.
- Sports Sessions in the main field, including boxing. Organised by Haringey Council’s Leisure Services.
- Free gym induction, in the Broadwater Farm Community Centre
- Harmony Gardens: Informative tours of the community food-growing garden, organised by Back2Earth’s Head Gardener
- Open House information about the environmental excellence of the new Eco-Hub building. Organised by the Hub designers, Ann Thorne Architects..
- Special Guest Cafe(s) at the Eco-Hub: Delicious fresh meals jointly laid on by Back 2 Earth and Simba Organics
- Community stalls: A magnificent spread of info/crafts/products/fundraising/food stalls from local community groups, campaigns and traders
- Ad hoc wheels fun on the Loop track and in the freestyle area
- Consultation with young people about the Adventure Playground, organised by Haringey Play Association

… and more!

What a great way to celebrate World Parks Day 2014!

Lordship Fest – 20th Sept 2014!

Lordship Rec, N17
Saturday 20th September 2014, 12-6pm
Including…
- One World Folk Music at the Shell & Hub (By the Shell Performing Arts Collective)
- Tottenham Flower & Produce Show (By Friends of Lordship / Back 2 Earth)
- Dogs Day Out in the main field – Fun Dog Show / Free Micro-chipping and Tag Engraving / Dog Agility Course (By Battersea Dogs and Cats Home / Wood Green Animal Shelter)
- Sports Sessions in the main field (By Council’s Leisure Services) + free gym induction in the Broadwater Farm Community Centre
- BMX Action: trials and session on the Loop track (By Tottenham Bike Club)
- Harmony Gardens: Informative tours of the community food-growing garden (By Back 2 Earth’s Head Gardener)
- Open House tours of the Eco-Hub (By the Hub Co-op / Architects) and Cafe at the Eco-Hub (By Back 2 Earth)
- Youth consultation by the Loop,adventure playground and freestyle area

Getting active in the Rec!

Friends of Lordship Rec – for all park users
Sunday drop-ins at the Hub, 12-2pm. General meeting first Sunday of each month, 2pm, at Eco-Hub by the lake. All welcome. info@lordshiprec.org.uk

Monday walking group
Meet Mondays 9.20am at Downhills Pk Rd entrance. All welcome. info@lordshiprec.org.uk

Rockstone Foundation
Regular bikeability events and activities   ricardo@rockstonebikealley.org

Parent & Toddler Group
Tues & Thurs 11am-2pm @ Eco-Hub by the lake. All parents/carers and their toddlers welcome. £2/£1   info@lordshiprec.org.uk Continue reading

Latest News

River Moselle


The Moselle is Haringey’s river, flowing mostly underground from Muswell Hill to the River Lea at Tottenham Hale. Its new river channel in Lordship Rec was created as part of the regeneration of the whole park in 2011/2012. It replaces the old litter-strewn ditch hidden between the trees. The new flower-lined banks are great for wildlife and look beautiful: see the info-board between the bridges, designed by one of the Friends.


MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE

However, as before, the Moselle still suffers from pollution and smells. So now the Council and Thames Water have started implementing a 5-year programme of action to address water quality issues. The problem is that many homes, businesses and other buildings have plumbing misconnections which mistakenly send foul water into the fresh-water drains. These drains then feed into Haringey’s underground streams, including the Moselle. Action is being taken to identify the individual sources of this pollution (50,000 properties written to and 400 misconnections identified so far), and to ensure property owners remedy the misconnections.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

To celebrate Haringey’s river, park users produced a Moselle Walk Guide. [See link below] 5,000 have already been distributed to the public and schools etc, and there have been a number of well-attended residents’ walks along the route.

Throughout 2013 a community project, ‘A River Runs Through It’, worked with Friends of Parks Groups, schools and others to spread awareness of the rich history of the Moselle, and to rediscover some of the crafts and products traditionally associated with it. [See links below]

In November 2013, ten volunteers from the Friends of Lordship Rec trained to become regular testers of the water quality. They have formed the Lordship Rec Moselle Group and will work with the park’s User Groups and the Council to promote the Moselle, to ensure our river is gradually cleaned up as far as possible, and is generally well-looked after.

LORDSHIP REC MOSELLE GROUP
More info about the Group, or to get involved, contact Caroline:
c/o cjepson120@gmail.com
Moselle History and Project: www.lordshiprec.org.uk/history/moselle-river-history http://ariver-runsthroughit.org.uk
Moselle Walk Guide: http://haringeyfriendsofparks.org.uk/moselle%20walk%20brochure%2015%2005%2012.pdf

Latest news!



Public Consultation about the new…

Eco-Hub building and Cafe

SUNDAY 3rd NOVEMBER

Between 12-3pm @ the Hub
Refreshments available in the cafe area

WHAT SHOULD OUR LOVELY NEW BUILDING OFFER PARK USERS?
COME AND HAVE YOUR SAY!

Fill in our questionnaire:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1I_WbPO_KkfAHrltZmnN6CkMEjgsSZKyaXsc5KqItzyU/viewform

What would you like from the cafe?

What other activities would you like to see in the building?

Lordship Rec Eco-Hub News – October/November 2013

As part of the community-led regeneration of our park, the Eco-Hub has been built for the benefit of the park’s many user groups, and for park users generally.

The community was involved in the design and even helping with the construction. The building has recently won 2 design awards for its community facilities environmentally-friendly design.

There have been some ‘teething problems’

with the works on the building. When the Eco-Hub fully opens it will include a classroom, community room, community office, cafe and toilets.

At the moment it is partly open

The Friends (local park users) are running the Community Room at the back of the building for meetings etc, and the Parent & Toddler Group has open sessions there every Tues/Thurs 11am-2pm. Park user groups have also organised some great events using the whole place. The Friends have set up a special Hub Cooperative and are applying to manage the whole building. Please fill in our Questionnaire!

On Sundays 12-2pm the Community Room is open – please look in!

–       read the info on display and pick up some flyers

–       get information about the range of activities being organised in the Eco-Hub and in the park

–       hang around for a chat

–       children can use the kids toilet

–       have a drink (donations welcome)

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Saturday September 14th, 12-5pm

Lordship Rec – 3 great community events!

Lordship Rec Green Fair and Tottenham Flower & Produce Show

Promoting healthy living and eating, and environmental awareness

1pm – 4.30pm

At the Harmony Gardens, Lordship Rec, Broadwater Farm Community Centre, 1 Adams Rd, Tottenham N17 6HE.

– Annual Competition and Show: Vegetables, Flowers, Fruit, Cakes, Home Produce, Handicrafts and Kids Crafts.

Exhibits/entries for the show accepted from 8.30am to 11.30am. Public display from 1pm. Awards ceremony 3.30pm.

– Green Fair: Stalls and activities

Organised by Back 2 Earth: info@back2earth.org.uk Supported by Friends of Lordship Rec and Sustainable Haringey

Feeling Good in the Rec

Promoting health and well-being

12 – 5pm

In the Eco-Hub (by the lake) and in the Broadwater Farm Community Centre

– Sports Taster Sessions, Healing Therapies, Beauty Treatments, Workshops, Board Games, Community Stalls

Organised by the Women’s Association of Lordship Rec

Lordship Rec Dog Show

12 – 4pm

In Lordship Rec main field

– Tottenham’s Got Talent fun dog show, Free microchipping and tag engraving, Dog Agility course, Veterinary advice

Organised by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, supported by Lordship Rec Dog Club and Wood Green Animal Shelter

Residents’ Walk Along the River Moselle Route – from Markfield Park to Lordship Rec

10am – 1pm

Meet at Markfield Beam Engine, Markfield Park, N15. Walk starts 10.30am.

Haringey’s river, the Moselle, joins the River Lea at Markfield Park, N15 (having flowed throughout the borough from Muswell Hill). It has influenced the geography and history of Haringey. The river is underground for much of the walk route, but there will be stops and talks along the route which includes the High Road (stopping at Coombes Croft library where the river is visible beneath a glass cover in the foyer), through Tottenham Cemetery and on to Lordship Rec where the river has been recently brought above ground and restored with four new bridges amidst wonderful wild flower meadows.

Organised by “A river runs through it” project: www.ariver-runsthroughit.org.uk

Planning Meetings

There are regular open planning meetings to help coordinate the day and all are welcome to get involved – Fridays 7pm at the Lordship Rec Eco-Hub (by the lake)

All the events are being promoted and supported by The Friends of Lordship Rec (the organisation for all park users) and by the Lordship Rec Users Forum (the stakeholders body for all the park’s user groups and local community organisations)

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Friends of Lordship Rec

OUR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 1st

2pm –  In the Eco-Hub (by the lake)

All park users welcome!

A chance to review what we’ve all achieved together

– and to discuss the next steps for making our park

a fantastic place for the whole community

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500 tottenham residents attend the 75th anniversary and re-launch of the nationally-unique Lordship Rec Model Traffic Area
– people of all ages celebrate the past, present and future of cycling

On Saturday 27th July 2013, 500 Tottenham residents and others from further afield – including over 200 children and youth – came to mark the recently-refurbished nationally-unique Model Traffic Area’s on its 75th Anniversary (to the day!), to celebrate the history of cycling, and the future of cycling in Lordship Rec. The event was organised by the local Rockstone Foundation bikeability organisation, the Friends of Lordship Rec, and the Lordship Trax cycling club.

There was a special opening speech from Barbara Leadbitter, aged 82, on how she as a local young girl remembered the creation of the ‘wonderful’ track in 1938 (the first in the world!) and played there ‘all the time’… There then followed speeches from the organisers and finally from the Mayor of Haringey. The red tape was then cut to officially re-launch the Model Traffic Area and its new era as a resource for future generations.

200 cyclists of all ages then made a procession all around the MTA circuit. This was followed by an obstacle course for children, and all who took part received a special medallion and certificate. 2 Dr Bike areas were in operation to help participants get their bikes fixed, and there were 6 related stalls (including Haringey Cycling Campaign, Smarter Travel, and Haringey Sports)

Clifton of Rockstone, and the Mayor, cut the tape to re-launch the MTA

The event also involved the adjacent Eco-Hub building. Inside was:
– display of historic photographs about the Rec, including from the Model Traffic Area throughout the decades since its opening in 1938
– sumptuous food and refreshments
– a cycling related film show

”  Like thousands of others as a child I used to frequent the model traffic area and was sad to see it fall into disrepair. I am very glad that the area has been renovated and I’m honoured to have helped organise the first public event there since the works were completed. In the coming months and years my group plans to work with young people at the site to promote the joys and benefits of cycling to new generations.”
- Ricardo Johnson, Rockstone Foundation

See the incredible news clip of the 1938 opening by the Minister of Transport on July 27th 1938!:
http://www.britishpathe.com/video/model-traffic-area-no-1/query/Tottenham+Lordship

And more historical photos and info:
http://tottenham-summerhillroad.com/lordshiprecground.htm

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Hundreds celebrate youth sports in Lordship Rec as ‘QE2′ status plaque is unveiled

On Tuesday April 2nd 2013 hundreds of local youth joined in a range of sports activities in Lordship Rec, Tottenham’s district park. The special event was organised to celebrate the history of youth sports in the park, the thriving range of sports activities there and plans to expand such activities, the re-launch of the recently-improved sports field, and the achievement of Fields In Trust ‘QE2′ protection status for the park for all time*. The events of April 2nd also launched an easter holiday 10-day programme of sports and activities, mainly for young people, in Lordship Rec, April 2nd-12th, co-ordinated by a Community/Council partnership.

The plaque is handed over!

There was a football tournament, 2 touch football and archery to re-launch the sports field, a range of sports activities (including netball, rugby, tennis basketball and athletics) in the adjacent Broadwater Farm Community Centre, and boxing in the new Eco-Hub building. There was also gardening taster sessions in the Harmony Gardens by the Community Centre in which young people were able to plant sunflower seeds to take home in pots. And all to a backing track of music from the nearby Shell Theatre.**

At 1.30pm there was an offical ‘unveiling’ ceremony  for the plaque noting the Fields In Trust ‘QE2′ status for the park, in which Haringey Council’s cabinet member for parks, Cllr Nilgun Canver, formally handed over the plaque to Clasford Stirling of Broadwater United FC and Dave Morris of the Friends of Lordship Rec (see attached photo). The ceremony was attended by over a hundred young people, other members of the public, parks staff, Leisure Services officers, Councillors, members of Lordship Rec user groups and others. Brief speeches by Clasford Stirling and Dave Morris thanked everyone who had worked so hard together over the years to improve the park and organise activities there, and they urged young people to enjoy and treasure the park for years to come.

Afterwards Dave Morris, Chair of the Lordship Rec Users Forum, said:  ” The tremendous progress and improvements made in Lordship Rec are the result of years of  community/Council dedication and partnership-working, backed by access to the additional resources needed to make it possible. We encourage all local residents to come and enjoy the new facilities.”

*  Last summer in recognition of the importance of the sports field and of all the efforts to regenerate the whole park, Lordship Rec was granted ‘QE2′ status by the national ‘Fields In Trust’ organisation, giving it protection for all time as a public green space for sports and activities.  In fact in December 2012 Lordship Rec received a national Runner Up award for the ‘Most Improved’ of the 1,500 QE2 spaces in the country! See the full story below…

** The tournament in the sports field was organised by Broadwater United Sports and Football Academy and Lordship Rec FC, and the plaque unveiling ceremony was organised by the Lordship Rec Users Forum. The activities in the Community Centre and Eco-Hub were organised by a range of sports groups, coordinated by the Lordship Rec Audience Development Officer from Haringey Council. The gardening activities were organised by the Friends of Harmony Gardens.

Background history of the sports field, and ‘QE2′ status for the park

The Lordship Rec sports field is the enclosed area in the north east corner of the Rec. Up to the 1980s it was the playing field of Somerset School (formerly Rowland Hill School). When the old school was demolished to build the Somerset Close housing estate, the Broadwater Farm Youth Association led a successful campaign to protect the field for community use. The community then cleared the field of rubble and adopted it for the youth of Tottenham. Broadwater United Sports and Football Academy (BUSAFA) was set up in 1981 and its teams have used the pitches ever since. Volunteers from BUSAFA, along with staff from the Broadwater Farm Community Centre and the Lordship Rec gardeners, have managed and maintained the field and its pitches.

Over the years many thousands of local youth have played regular football on the field, and over 200 have gone on to semi-professional and professional status. For a few years in the 1980s there were also regular cricket matches organised by the Tottenham Cricket Project.

In 2002, members of Broadwater United and the newly-created Friends of Lordship Rec got together to set up the Lordship Rec Users Forum. The aim was to bring together all the key community groups and partners to work with the Haringey Council Parks Service to develop a community vision and plan for the regeneration and co-management of the whole park. The LRUF has also organised annual community festivals in the Rec. Last September 8,000 residents attended the Lordship Rec ‘re-launch’ festival to celebrate the completion of £4m of lottery-funded improvements throughout the park. This included drainage, re-seeding and border improvements to the sports field itself.

Last summer in recognition of the importance of the playing field and of all the efforts to regenerate the whole park, Lordship Rec was granted national ‘QE2′ status, giving it protection for all time as a public green space for sports and activities.

In fact in December Lordship Rec received a Runner Up award for the ‘Most Improved’ of the 1,500 QE2 spaces in the whole country!

Let’s ensure that the sports field and the park as a whole continue to have a great future serving the people of Tottenham!

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Haringey Parks win UK Awards

FIELDS IN TRUST UK AWARDS 2012

Awards for the 1,500 ‘QE2’ status parks and playing fields
Awards given at Lords Cricket Ground, 29th November 2012

‘Getting Active’ Park – UK Winner:

‘Most Loved’ Park – UK Joint Runner Up:

Albert Road Recreation Ground, Haringey
Received by Robby and Gianluca (for the Friends of Albert Road Recreation Ground) + Tony and Neil (for the Haringey Parks Service)

‘Most Improved’ Park – UK Joint Runner Up

Lordship Recreation Ground, Haringey
Received by Dave (for the Friends of Lordship Rec) + Clasford (Broadwater United FC) + Luisa (Haringey Leisure Services Project Officer)

Peter Droussiotis, Friends of Albert Road Recreation Ground Chair, said: “Thanks to the combined efforts of FARRG and of our key partners, notably the Pavilion Sports & Café and Haringey Council, and the work of so many dedicated volunteers, and because of the support of the local community, which has championed this park at every opportunity, we have secured yet another important national recognition for our local park. This is a fantastic level of success for a relatively small park in this National competition and feels like a true reflection of the spirit and energy of all those involved. Well done to all.”

Dave Morris, Friends of Lordship Rec, said: ” Lordship Rec went into serious decline after the controversial public service cuts across the country in the 1970s and 1980s, with often just a couple of local community groups (Broadwater United and the Lordship Mother & Toddlers Group) trying to maintain activities there in the 1990s. The Friends of Lordship were set up in 2001, one of around 5,000 Friends groups which have sprung up over the last 15 years across the country to campaign for the resources and management our vital green spaces need. It has taken a colossal effort by local residents in partnership with the Council’s parks service, backed by over £5m of Lottery funding, to rescue and renew Lordship Rec. Now green spaces in Haringey and across the UK face another national financial crisis and we call on the public to join in the continuing efforts to defend, improve and speak up for them all. “