• Jan 29, 2020 from 7:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Location: Bruce Castle Museum
  • Latest Activity: Jan 13

Join us for an evening with Clive Bloom (Emeritus Professor of English and American Studies of Middlesex University), best-selling author and publisher, as he leads us through the shadowy sub-culture of Russian anarchists and dissidents living in the East of London from 1890 to 1910.

On a freezing day in January 1909, two Jewish, Latvian anarcho-communists - Paul Hefeld and Jacob Lapidus - attempted a wages snatch in Tottenham. They failed, and in the pursuit that followed - which became the longest chase in British history - the two armed robbers killed a policeman and a child and wounded several others. This was the Tottenham Outrage, the crime that shocked Edwardian Britain.

A year goes by. The Tottenham anarchists were connected to another group of revolutionaries called 'The Flame', hiding in the East End.

They too attempted a robbery in Houndsditch in December 1910, but were rumbled. The police begin a roundup, looking also for the enigmatic 'Peter the Painter'. The roundup catches most of the gang who live in seedy rooms in the ghetto of the East End.

Three of the gang vanished but two are traced to 100 Sidney Street. The most famous gunfight in British history then ensues with Winston Churchill present.

This is the story of a lost world of immigrant politics, anarchists, Yiddish theatres, two old kosher restaurants called Cohen's and The Warsaw, where most of the meetings and plottings took place, of the long grasp of Lenin and the Bolsheviks and of an underworld where guns and molls were de rigeur and not one character in the drama (including Morris's barrister) are quite what they seem, and no one uses their real name.

Doors open 7pm.

Refreshments available.

Kindly supported by the Friends of Bruce Castle

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Have your say on local carers' services - 26 Feb from 10.30-2pm - George Meehan House, 294 Wood Green High Road N22 8YX

Information Workshop: Haringey Parks strategy, sustainable design and planting - 26 Feb from 6.30-8.30pm - George Meehan House, 294 Wood Green High Road N22 8YX

Singing for Fun - 28 Feb from 5-6pm - Alexandra Park Library. A SAPL free event.

Information Workshop: Haringey Parks strategy, trees and woodlands- 4 Mar from 6.30-8.30pm - George Meehan House, 294 Wood Green High Road N22 8YX

Singers' Night at Bowes Park Folk Club - 5 Mar from 7.45pm - Mum's Bistro, 143 Myddleton Rd, Bowes Park N22

Life Drawing Class - 9 March from 7.30-10pm, and every second Monday of the month - Pavilion Cafe, Albert Road Rec.

Information Workshop: Haringey Parks strategy, funding and staffing for Parks-10 Mar from 6.30-9pm - George Meehan House, 294 Wood Green High Road N22 8YX

Re-imagining Elgar: symphony no.1 for piano solo - 11 March at 7.30pm - St. Andrew's Church, Alexandra Park Road/Windermere Road N10

Wombling Litter Pick - 13 March from 3.45-4.45pm - Albert Road Rec. Organised by FARRG

International Womens Day event - 14 March from 2-5pm - Community Hub, 8 Caxton Road, Wood Green (behind WG Library). 

Folk Concernt Bowes Park - 15 March from 2.30-5.30pm - SHAFTESBURY HALL N11 2QN

Clarinet and Piano Recital - 15 March at 4-5pm - St. Andrew's Church, Alexandra Park Road/Windermere Road N10

Experience the Art of Tea Leaf Reading - 17 March from 2-3pm - Lakeside Cafe, Alexandra Park

Family Fundraising Event: Solar Lights in Albert Rec - 29 March from 11-4pm - Albert Road Rec. Organised by FARRG


Free Sports Activity Sessions - on Thursdays from 12-2pm, starting 20 Feb  - Community Hub, 8 Caxton Road, Wood Green (behind WG Library). For migrants, refugees, 40+retired/unwaged.


Portraits for Prosperity exhibition - everyday 23 Jan to 16 Feb (closed 30 Jan) from 2-5pm - Creativity Pavilion, Alexandra Palace East Court




Safer Neighbourhoods Team (Police) - for next drop-in surgeries, see bottom of their webpage.


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Regular Activities

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Farmers Market in Alexandra Park - every Sunday 10-3pm - Hornsey Gate (bottom of Muswell Hill) except when at Campsbourne school dates here

Introductory martial arts course - Saturdays 12-1pm for 4-weeks, starting 20 July - Alexandra Park School, entrance in Rhodes Avenue

Salsa Wednesdays - beginners and intermediate classes 7-8pm, Bounds Green School, Bounds Green Road N11 2QG

Kids Gardening Club - Saturdays (starting 25 May) from 11.00-11.45am - Alexandra Palace Garden Centre, Alexandra Palace Way N22

Course: Finding the Poem - Monday evenings  till July 8 - the Writing Room, Floor 3 Wood Green Works, Cumberland Road N22

Course: Prioritise your Writing Project - Tuesday mornings till July 16 - the Writing Room, Floor 3 Wood Green Works, Cumberland Road N22

Course: Novella Fever - Wednesdays (starting 15 May) from 6.45-9.15pm - the Writing Room, Floor 3 Wood Green Works, Cumberland Road N22

Course: Inspire your Writing -Thursdays (starting 16 May) from 10.30-1pm - the Writing Room, Floor 3, Wood Green Works, Cumberland Road N22

Girls' Cricket Practice - every Sunday (except Easter day 21st) from 9-10.20am - North Middlesex Cricket Club, Park Road N8

Pavilion crafts - every Thursday 11.30-1.00 - free drop in crafting group - Pavilion Cafe at Albert Road Rec. We bring our own projects, get advice and share ideas 

Alexandra Chorus - Wednesdays 7-9pm during term-time at Alexandra Park School

Life Drawing classes - second Monday of every month, 7.30-10pm - Pavilion Cafe at Albert Road Rec

Hatha Yoga - Wednesday evenings, 7.30-9pm - Pavilion Cafe at Albert Road Rec

Ally Pally Parkrun - free five-kilometer run every Saturday at 9am. Register online

Bowes Park Folk Club - usually on the first Thursday of each month from 8 to 10pm at Mum's Bistro, Myddleton Road

Palace Gates Community Gardening - on the Triangle and at the Albert Road mini-roundabout - usually at 11am on the first Saturday in the month

Gentle monthly walk - the last Wednesday in the month, 12.30-2.30pm, starting from Alexandra Park Library. A free SAPL activity

Friends of Ally Pally Station Gardening Parties - last Sunday of every month between 3-5pm - Ally Pally Station

Jazz@Karamel - every Thursday evening, music from 8-10.30pm - Karamel Restaurant, 4 Coburg Road, Wood Green

Hornsey Historical Society: local history surgery - first Saturday of every month between 10.30-2.30pm - The Old Schoolhouse, 136 Tottenham Lane N8

Beginners Pilates Class with Clare - Wednesdays from 6.45-7.45pm - South Harringay Junior School, Mattison Rd entrance off Green Lanes

Pilates class for mixed abilities - Fridays from 10.15-11.15am - South Harringay Junior School, Mattison Rd entrance off Green Lanes.

Alternative Art Club for 10-15yr olds - Thursdays from 6-7.30pm during term time - Highgate Wood School

Adults and Kids Fitness Classes in Albert Rec - Saturday mornings from 9.30-11am - Albert Road Rec

Fashion Courses: learn how to make your own clothes, pattern-cutting or more advanced - Saturday all day or 6-week courses - near Manor House tube station

Alexandra WI - meetings are held in CUFOS (the old train station at the top of The Avenue) on the first Tuesday of every month, 8-10pm.

Conservation Volunteers work in Alexandra Park - 2nd Sunday of the month from 10am to 3.30pm

Pavilion Crafts on Thursdays 11.0-12.30 - Cafe, Albert Road Rec.

Go Ape! - in the Upper Field (just below the boating lake), Alexandra Park (booking advised)

Afro Rhythm Aerobics - Fridays 8-9pm at Everyone's Climbing Tree, Station Road N22

St. Andrew's Parish Church - Sunday services: 10am Sung Eucharist with Footsteps for children; 6pm Evening Prayer

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