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The Engine Room Church and Community Centre


The Engine Room was opened in 2017 and is both a church and community centre serving Hale Village and the wider Tottenham and Haringey area. Based on Lebus Street in Hale Village, we are open 7 days a week from 8am to 10pm and are available to hire for family events, parties and also for business or organisational training courses or meetings (see below). We also held seven community events annually including our; Christmas Fayre (early December), Pancake Party, Easter Festival, Tottenham 10k run and the Spurs Walk (June each year), Summer Festival (July each year) and our Pumpkin Party 31st October.

Our regular weekly activities include;

Sunday 11.00am Worship – Church of England – St Francis at The Engine Room
All are welcome, our church is very informal and we always have activities for children. Most Sundays we hold Eucharist (Holy Communion) but participation is voluntary. We have special services at Christmas and Easter and hold a shared lunch once a month to which all are welcome.


Mondays 7.00pm Legal Aliens Theatre Group – all are welcome


Tuesdays 10.00am to 11.30am Messy Play – drop in for parents and carers and their young children (under 3) – community activity run by The Engine Room


Wednesdays – Hart Beeps 11.45am – sessions for small children


ACCELERATE – 4.30pm Homework club for Years 6, 7, 8 and 9 – community activity run by The Engine Room


Thursdays 10.00am to 11.30am Messy Play – drop in for parents and carers and their young children (under 3) – community activity run by The Engine Room


11.00am – Watercolour Art Classes with Joanna



7.00pm COMPACT Youth Programme for 14-18 year olds – community activity run by The Engine Room


1.00pm Muslim Prayers by the Assunnah Islamic Centre



10.30am DEFINE ME – Dance Classes with Shenika for children up to 16


To book The Engine Room please go to


To contact The Engine Room call 0208 808 5490 or email


Twitter: @stf_engineroom


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Crop Drop at Hale Village

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Are you trying to eat more fresh, healthy food? Perhaps you want to avoid toxic pesticides? Or you’re worried about worker exploitation in the supply chain? All these things were playing on our mind (alongside the existential threat posed by climate change) when we decided to launch Crop Drop back in 2013. 8 years on, we now support 15 organic, regenerative farmers and we have 11 collection points around Haringey including your local pick up point at Eagle Heights in Hale Village. Our collection points are a vital part of our community. Hale Village, with its green roofs, wildlife corridors and renewable energy initiatives,seemed like a great fit for our local organic veg scheme. Picking your produce up from our veg cupboard means there’s no chance of missed deliveries or veg boxes sitting outside when you’re not in, plus it’s an opportunity to meet your neighbours while supporting the local economy. Did you know, for example, that for every £1 spent buying organic food through a local veg scheme almost £3 more is generated in benefits to customers, farmers, citizens and the planet? But the benefits don’t stop there! To celebrate our eighth birthday, here are eight reasons why you should pick up your fresh groceries from our Hale Village collection point.


  • LOCAL: We grow some of your veg in our glasshouse at Wolves Lane in Wood Green and prioritise produce from nearby organic growers such as Forty Hall Farm in Enfield.
  • ORGANIC: We source the rest from smallscale, organic farmers who follow nature friendly, regenerative methods and have @soilassociation certification or similar.
  • TRANSPARENT: We are part of a network of Better Food Traders putting our farmers, communities and the planet first. Read about our principles here.
  • LOW CARBON: We never use air-freighted or hothouse produce (fossil-fuel heated greenhouses), artificial fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides.
  • FAIR: We always pay farmers a fair price. For every £1 spent with us more than 50% is returned to our farmers, (as opposed to as little as 8% with the supermarkets).
  • PLANTBASED: We make switching to a plantbased or flexitarian diet easy with our extensive range of recipes, all designed to help you reduce food waste, explore new flavours and fall in love with seasonal, locally grown, home cooked veg.
  • ZERO WASTE: Your veg is delivered in reusable, returnable bags, (you can drop off your unused totes at the Hale Village cupboard and we’ll happily re-use them!). Most of your veg comes loose with leafy greens in home compostable or recyclable packaging. What isn’t returned to our farmers is recycled through zero waste to landfill service First Mile.
  • COMMUNITY: Food should feed bellies not bins. Any surplus is cooked in our community kitchen and donated to local charities via the Food For All scheme. Our onsite compost feeds our veggies, creating a closed loop system. You can donate to the Food For All scheme as part of your order.


Choose from a small, standard or large bag with the option to add a fruit supplement. Sign up here and change your relationship with food for good!

Hale Village Pick up times

Collection from Wednesdays 7pm – Sunday evening

Address: Eagle Heights, Waterside Way London N17 9FU

Follow us on instagram @cropdroporganicveg

Hale Village London is recognised as one of the UK’s very best green spaces

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Today, a record number of parks and green spaces collect a Green Flag Award


Hale Village in Tottenham Hale has been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best in the world. Hale Village joins 453 other green spaces awarded recognition in London.


The Village’s Perkyn Park and other green spaces is among a record-breaking 1,970 UK parks and green spaces and 131 in thirteen other countries around the world, that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.


This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.


Hale Village London


Estate Manager, Jeremy Hickman said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the fourth year running.


“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining Hale Village to such a high standard.


Quality green spaces in urban environments provide a multitude of benefits, a vital habitat for wildlife and residents alike. Access to these spaces can enhance the health and wellbeing of people living and working in cities. Green spaces on Hale Village provide a safe and clean environment for communities to connect and engage.”


International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “It’s fantastic that we have more Green Flag Awards in the UK than ever before, joined this year by 131 International winners.”
“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We congratulate each and every winner on their fantastic achievement.”

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Balconies in Bloom 2019

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Hale Village London invites the local community to enter into this free competition.

Recognising the individual efforts of residents brightening up the estate by gardening in confined spaces.

To enter, simply send a few images of your gardening space accompanied by a short description of your project.

Email to –
Enter before – 30th June 2019

Awards to be presented at the Summer Festival 2019Balconies in Bloom 19

Engine Room recognised for inspirational work

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Congratulations to St Francis at the Engine Room, here in Hale Village, for receiving the Gold Award in the Best Building Project category at the Christian Funders’ Forum Awards at Mercers’ Hall in London.

The team fought off stiff competition at the annual awards which celebrates the great work done by grassroots organisations across the UK.

The Revd. Andrew Williams, Priest Missioner, St Francis at the Engine Room, said: “It is fantastic to be nominated for this award. There are a lot of people from the Diocese of London and locally here at the Engine Room who have put months and even years of hard work into getting the new Community Centre and Church off the ground.”

The awards showcase powerful initiatives that have been at work in communities through the UK and demonstrate how faith groups contribute at least £3 billion worth of social and welfare support to the UK every year, helping 48 million in the process.

This award is totally deserved.  St Francis at the Engine Room is an important and central part of the Hale Village community. gold award picture

Haringey Pirates

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Volunteer once a month with The Haringey & Hackney Pirates

The Haringey & Hackney Pirates are an innovative education charity supporting young people aged 9-13 to develop the literacy, confidence and perseverance that will help them achieve both in school and the world beyond.

In their unconventional learning spaces (pirate ship themed buildings in Tottenham and Dalston), young people work on reading and creative writing projects with one-to-one support from volunteers. The Young Pirates collaborate with professionals to publish their writing in the form of storybooks, studio recordings and films which are premiered in a local cinema.

On average Young Pirates improve their reading age 52% faster than age related expectations – so in 9 months aboard the ship they make an average of 14 months progress. You can hear more about the impact from the Young Pirates themselves and sign up to join their volunteering crew here:


Hale Village Information Sessions at The Engine Room

Haringey Pirates will be holding special information sessions at The Engine Room for residence of Hale Village interested in supporting. You will be able to hear more about volunteering, begin the DBS application process and sign up for a training to become a Volunteer Crewmate. These sessions will take place on the following days and times:

Friday 2nd November

  • 1 pm – 4.00 pm
  • 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm

Sunday 4th November

  • 3 pm – 6.00 pm


What Do Volunteer Crewmates Do?

Volunteers work one-to-one or in small groups with our Young Pirates, playing games and supporting them on reading and writing activities.

All sessions are planned and led by an experienced teacher so no experience or preparation is required.

Volunteer Crewmates receive full training and ongoing development for skills in supporting and motivating young people.


Time Commitment

They offer volunteers flexibility and a low rate of commitment. Volunteer Crewmates commit to completing a minimum of 1 session a month (3.45pm to 6.45pm, Mon-Fri).


Benefits Of Volunteering

As a result of volunteering with us many Crewmates report improvements in their own confidence and skills beneficial to their careers such as public speaking, presenting and team leadership.

They run regular inclusive social events for Crewmates so there are always opportunities to meet new people.

They process a free DBS application for all volunteers.

They are happy to provide references upon request once you have completed 6 sessions.


Location Of Pirates Ships

Hackney Pirates (Daslton) – Ship of Adventures, 138 Kingsland High Street, London, E8 2NS.

Haringey Pirate (Tottenham) – Enterprise Centre, 639 High Rd, London, N17 8AA.


Join the Crew

Find out more and sign up to volunteer by visiting:

Volunteer Crewmates are central to our project, and we are looking to take on 250 new recruits as we expand to support more and more children across Haringey and Hackney. We welcome volunteers of all ages and backgrounds who are interested in supporting local young people.Inspire Haringey - Web-page-001

GOLD again for Hale Village! London in Bloom Award

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Hale Village has recieved the London in Bloom award for the forth consecutive year!

‘This is a remarkable Village and a shining example of a residential development that is working for and with the community.

The Church of St. Francis and The Engine Room and their associated workers and volunteers are the ‘glue’ that will cement this diverse community together.

Creating a pleasant and green environment and keeping the estate safe, clean and tidy will encourage pride in their environment and help residents understand their place in the local community and develop a responsibility, hopefully, towards the open spaces right on their doorstep.

The achievements and enthusiasm of the Management Team shines through and we were so pleased to see attention being paid to training and qualifying horticultural apprentices and practitioners.

Thank you for showcasing your Village with such pride and we wish you good luck for the future and look forward to seeing more growing together in every sense of the word. Congratulations to you all.’