Lordship Rec August/September Update

Saturday 10th September: Tottenham Flower and Produce Show, 11-5pm, Lordship Rec / Hub

Get Growing, Get Baking, Get Making!  Once again the annual Tottenham Flower and Produce Show, organised by the Friends of Lordship Rec, will be taking place on Saturday,10th September, 11-5pm in Lordship Rec by the outdoor gym and the Hub. The show is all about community food growing, healthy living, creativity and sustainability. It showcases all the home growing, home baking, food and drink production, creative crafts and flower arranging skills of local people and park users. There will also be a variety of workshops/activities for adults and children plus interesting stalls. Anyone can enter. Get an entry form from Lordship Hub or from the Friends website: https://lordshiprec.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/flower-Show-Entry-Form-2022.pdf  Registration of entries will be on the day at the show tent between 8.30-11am. Entry is FREE. There will be loads of other activities on the day too (flower crown making, pinhole camera project, witty ditty fun science, crafts and storytelling..) – open to all!

There will be 2 FREE TALKS in advance of the Show, at the Hub:

Sunday 14th August, 2-4pm. Permaculture (and community) – by Rakesh “Rootsman Rak”.

Saturday 27th August, 2-4pm. Cacti – The Food of the Future – by Elki Guillen.

There will be FREE CHILDREN’S CRAFT ACTIVITIES in advance of the Show, to encourage children’s entries. The events will be at the Hub:

Saturday 20th August, 2-4pm. Scarecrow Making

Monday 22nd August, 10am-Noon. Nature crafts – cards and windchimes

Friday 2nd September, 10am-Noon. Make a planter

Wednesday 7th September, 11am-1pm. Papier Mache decorated bowls.

Friday 9th September, 12-2pm. Make a Miniature Garden



We are pleased to announce great progress in the efforts to set up a weekly public ‘ParkRun’ every Saturday at 9am. This is likely to be launched at the end of August. If you’d like to be part of the Lordship Rec ParkRun organising and volunteering group, contact daniel_jones53@hotmail.com


Sat 17th September: Re-launch of the Shell Theatre

The Shell Performing Arts Collective are planning a re-launch of the newly re-painted Shell Theatre in the Rec. There will be a range of exciting open air performances – so please save the date!.


A new Weather Station at the Hub – how you can help!

In honour of local scientist Luke Howard, ‘Namer of Clouds’, we are setting up a Weather Station and applying for our park, where sky views are wide and fantastic, to be named the first official Cloud Appreciation Park in the UK. Luke Howard has the only blue plaque in Tottenham but few know of him and his pioneering work. We aim to install Cloud Interpretation boards in the park and a Luke Howard Weather Station at Lordship Hub, and we will be commemorating the 250th anniversary of his birth with special events in the Rec.

Luke Howard spent much of his life in Tottenham, taking daily scientific recordings of temperatures, humidity etc. Now, in an era of climate change, it is more important than ever to understand our climate and try to reduce and reverse the human causes of extreme climate events. The Luke Howard Weather Station will enable the continuation of his enthusiasm and the Interpretation Boards will help everyone to appreciate our clouds and skies.  The weekend of events will include fun activities for children, special speakers, workshops on climate change, a special photographic exhibition on the theme of clouds and weather, and the launch of the Weather Station and new solar panels on the Lordship Hub.

To enable this to happen we are appealing for donations. Money raised will go towards the costs of two illustrated interpretation boards placed in great cloud viewing vantage points in the Rec [£3k], the weather station and public digital display at Lordship Hub [£3.5k already raised] for use by local school children and associated resources and a variety of activities over the year [£2.5k], and the special commemorative weekend in the Rec, November 26-27th [£1k]. Please visit our gofundme page if you wish to donate to help make it all happen. Thank you for any support you can give!   https://www.gofundme.com/f/celebration-of-luke-howard-namer-of-clouds


Sun 14th August: Open meeting for all lovers of the park, 2pm-3.30pm

@ The Hub (by the lake), N17 6NU

Why not come and join us at this month’s Friends of Lordship Rec meeting to share news and views about Lordship Rec?  We have lots more news to share and things to discuss about the woodland, the orchard, the lake and river, ParkRun, Shell Theatre activities, the Hub, and various other events, activities and volunteering opportunities. We especially welcome new people. There’ll also be info about volunteering sessions to maybe get involved in, and initiatives to get excited about!

Getting actively involved: If you’d like to get actively involved in the Friends from time to time (eg one of our volunteer working groups), but can’t make the Friends meeting, please fill in this survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/KF97ZXC     Note: if you want to volunteer specifically in the Hub, contact volunteering@lordshiphub.org.uk

Background Info:   General info about the Friends (history, what we do etc) here: https://lordshiprec.org.uk/get-involved/the-friends/

Facebook:  Why not join our facebook group for sharing ongoing info, photos, news about the Rec?   https://en-gb.facebook.com/groups/307036912739/


Tottenham Flower and Produce Show Childrens Workshops

CHILDREN’S WORKSHOPS at the Hub through the Summer
Leading up to, and on the day of the Tottenham Flower and Produce Show which will be held on Saturday 10th September we are holding 4 free children’s workshops organised by Sadra D’eca of Go-Grow with Love, including:
Saturday August 20th 2-4pm –
Monday August 22nd 10-12noon –
Friday 2nd September 10-12noon –
Throughout the Tottenham Flower and Produce Show on Saturday 10th September –
Other workshops will be announced soon.

Volunteering opportnities in the Rec

Hey folks – why not check out some of the activities of members of the Friends of Lordship Rec, where we are helping maintain and improve various parts of the Rec. For example our litterpicking group, and working groups for the woodland and the orchard. The Hub also has many oppportunities for volunteering. Its fun, you learn new skills, meet people and help make a real difference. And its much appreciated by other park users!


New Shell Theatre Mural

The historic, Shell Theatre in Lordship Rec is having a fantastic makeover. Members of our community are helping to bring to life the stunning design of internationally renowned Tottenham artist, Camille Walala. The new look Shell is going to be the stage for many performance and music events throughout the Summer, starting with Blocko 22 on Saturday 25th June 12 noon and hopefully it will become a popular venue as it once was decades ago when it was a focal point for community activity.

Hub 9th Birthday Celebration

Saturday 25th June  12-6pm

1-2pm: Free class taster sessions

12-4pm: Activities for children

1pm: Fun Races in Park (egg & spoon etc)

2.30pm: Cutting the Hub Birthday cake & Special Hub Meeting

3.30pm onwards: Cream Teas, Swing Dance beginners’ class & Swing Dance Social

  1. Throughout the day: Cocktails & Mocktails and Music Performances.

Everybody welcome!


Paddling Pool Opening Times

The paddling pool in Lordship Rec will be open every weekend from 3rd June and then open every day in the Summer holidays from July 25th-4th September 2022. Enjoy!

Conservation Action Plan for Lordship Rec, 2022-2027

Over the last year the Friends have been working with The Conservation Volunteers and the Council’s Nature Conservation Officer, supported by the Parks Service, to produce a new 5-year Conservation Action Plan. The idea is to manage and improve biodiversity – and public appreciation of this biodiversity – throughout the Rec. Its based mainly on the work of the Friends and our various working groups over the last 15 years. See link below!

LRUF Lordship Rec CAP 2022 – 2027