The Christmas Tree

We are delighted to be able to continue our tradition of putting up a large Christmas Tree on the Town Hall Green. This is made possible by Urban Flower, who provide a beautiful tree for us each year. We are still short of funds, and if anyone would like to donate, we would be most grateful. We’re delighted to be able to make the centre of Crouch End look as festive as possible. Here’s last year’s tree going up!

Xmas 2017 Lights on at 5

Festival excitement!

Only a week to go and the festival team are gearing up to the big event, with programmes dotted about Crouch End (pick one up now from the holders by the zebra crossing by the Coop). And how thrilled were team directors Chris Currer and Amanda Carrara to meet Eddie Izzard. Said Amanda: “I’m a big fan of Eddie Izzard (always have been), so imagine my excitement yesterday when I shook his hand in Hornsey Town Hall Square. Catherine West, Chris Currer and Crouch End Festival equally awesome, though Eddie wins on killer heels and red nail polish. Let the festival and election games commence!”

Crouch End Open Studios

Crouch End Open Studios returns with a Taster showcase at the Original Gallery, Hornsey Library. This year there are 34 artists taking part and seven are new. The library show gives you a chance to select artists you like so you can see more of their work over the weekend at the Crouch End Art Trail, 13th and 14th May 12-6pm. There is also a raffle with work by 10 artists to win. Artist Teresa Schippel Hales is delighted to be taking part again and will be showing a new collection of etchings. You can also see her collection of etchings of Alexandra Palace Victorian Theatre at The Picturehouse Cinema. Profits go to Alexandra Palace Theatre.

Crouch End Fun Run

Crouch End Fun Run will be happening – on Sunday 21st May in Priory Park with races for all ages and abilities. Head down to Priory Park to watch and enjoy the fun run festival, with music, kids’ games, food stalls, craft stalls, funfair rides and more. We’ll have our Crouch End Festival stall too, so come and visit.

The Victoria Stakes gets set for Crouch End Festival 2017

The Victoria Stakes has been providing sustenance in the form of Pimm’s, beers, burgers and more at the festival – and they are delighted to getting ready for this year with their delicious food and drink – we’re just as delighted to welcome them back. Find their stall at Crouch End Green on festival weekends. The Victoria Stakes pub was damaged by fire last year and has now reopened, so do pop in for a drink (or two) – otherwise you’ll find them at the festival.

Victoria Stakes stall

 

20th December – our trees are planted!

We have two brand new white bark birches to enjoy, now gracing our Green and keeping our Nordic spruce company over Christmas. Planted by Matt and Luke (Haringey Parks department), with Nuala Hancock and Amanda Carrara (Friends of Crouch End Green). Welcome, our beautiful baby birches!

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19th December – 9am tree planting…

On Monday morning we have a tree planting (we’re all about trees) on the Green.
The old tree in the centre that was felled in June had to be replaced at Haringey’s cost. So Monday morning 9am we have two new birch trees (betula jacqemontii) being planted (with agreement from Nuala our Green horticultural advisor) by the LBH AA.
The trees are being supplied and planted by Haringey with agreement, collaboration and advice from Friends of Crouch End Green. The Friends are a group of local residents managing and maintaining the green with Haringey as an interim measure. Whatever the outcome of the disposal process – we still want to enjoy and need to cherish this space.
Any plans for the square may be years in the execution so our aim is to make the square as enjoyable as possible in the meantime.
Bring hot drinks and toast new shoots!

One more shopping week till Christmas!! Make it local (see below)…

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The Festival team and Urban Flower get into the Shop Local spirit