Social at Stapleton Tavern, Sunday October 15th

edited October 3 in Local discussion
Everybody invited to socialise, drinks and lunch with the Ancient Corporation of Stroud Green at the Stapleton Tavern on Sunday Oct 15th. Ordinary pub menu, buy your own booze and food (if you want). Meet other Stroud Greeners, swap your stories, and help resurrect the Ancient Corporation dining and drinking club (1773). No other agenda.

Musical (?) support from the Japan Crescent Pluckers.


12.30-ish - Crescent Pluckers to strum for a bit

1.30 - table booked in the back room in the name of the Ancient Corporation

This is an 'Ancient Corporation of Stroud Green' initiative in the original setting just for fun (and not a brewery promotion). All welcome - just come! Facebook:


  • Which month Oct or Nov?
  • Corrected. October - Sunday after next.
  • Hurrah, I'm actually (probably) in London that day, looking forward to it!
  • edited October 4
    Maybe the Corporation will start to devise some by-laws? Humourous and unthreatening obvs, but with skillfully pointed spoof sanctions nonetheless? Maybe put up on a board in the Stapleton? So, I'd suggest, for the honourable members' consideration, No. 1, a by-law to deter the annoying folks who leave plastic bags of rubbish next to empty street-bins. Reckon a suitable punishment could be to spend an hour on the SGR putting a bag of rubbish in a bin and taking it out again, and putting it back in again ... etc.? Such a punishment inspired by A. A. Milne, of course ... as the literary types will spot, as in ...

    When Eeyore saw the pot, he became quite excited.
    "Why!" he said. "I believe my Balloon will just go into that Pot!"
    "Oh, no, Eeyore," said Pooh. "Balloons are much too big to go into Pots. What you do with a balloon is, you hold the balloon".
    "Not mine," said Eeyore proudly. "Look, Piglet!" And as Piglet looked sorrowfully round, Eeyore picked the balloon up with his teeth, and placed it carefully in the pot; picked it out and put it on the ground; and then picked it up again and put it carefully back.
    "So it does!" said Pooh. "It goes in!"
    "So it does!" said Piglet. "And it comes out!"
    "Doesn't it?" said Eeyore. "It goes in and out like anything."
    "I'm very glad," said Pooh happily, "that I thought of giving you a Useful Pot to put things in."
    "I'm very glad," said Piglet happily, "that thought of giving you something to put in a Useful Pot."
    But Eeyore wasn't listening. He was taking the balloon out, and putting it back again, as happy as could be....
  • edited October 10
    Edit: Thoroughly endorse your by-law proposal, Gardener-Joe, now that I’ve read it through properly with humour function switched on. Ancient Corporation By-Law Proposals Board will be arranged. Further suggestions welcome.
  • Can anyone come up with new lyrics to the Stroud Green Song?

    Bring them to the Ancient Corporation social on Oct 15th!

    Topical if possible. Old lyrics (1773)in here somewhere:
  • There was a cafe
    And another cafe
    And another cafe
    And yet another cafe
    All hail Stroud Green

    There was a barber shop
    And another one
    And another one
    And yet another one
    All hail Stroud Green

    Finally we have a Vietnamese
    And another
    And a Thai
    And another
    Where would we be without Stroud Green?
  • edited October 6
    There was a young man north of Watford gap

    Who had a fantastic idea for an app

    With some help from daddy and auntie Irene

    He bought a flat in edgy Stroud Green

    The app was a flop and did not flower

    People just did not want to rent cats for an hour

    So now he lurks in coffee shops with his Mac

    Before riding his fixed speed to home and back

    In the evening it is time to get occasionally lary

    Especially when drinking IPA in the Dairy

    This is the end of the little ditty

    Of what can happen to newbies in this city

    The best thing to do to be king of the scene?

    Join in with the Ancient Corporation of Stroud Green
  • edited October 10
    While I finalise my entry for the new Song for Stroud Green lyrics - here are few possible topics for conversation at the Ancient Corporation social on Sunday.

    Who’s up for a serious professional tree identification walk in Finsbury Park? New restaurant and cafe try-outs? How to support Park Theatre? Football - Gooner or Spurs? Innovative ways to enhance local identity? Developing SG.Org as a local resource? Pet minding? Future of the Farmer’s Market? Finish the Map of Unknown Stroud Green? New music for the Stroud Green Song (1773)? Reinstate duelling in Finsbury Park? Jumpers over or under shirts?

    The Stapleton Tavern from 12.30pm (Chandelier Room). A couple of songs from the Crescent Pluckers at 12.30pm, and we’ve booked one table for lunch from 1.30pm. Numbers flexible. No fixed agenda, no speeches, no politics, no Brexit or religion. Just local chat - please treat this as a Stroud Green Org occasional social if you want.

    All welcome - come and have a laugh with other locals. Pay as you go (normal pub menu if eating). Numbers flexible.

    Put the word round. The Mayor and I hope to see a few people there.
  • edited October 10
    Edit: Thoroughly endorse your by-law proposal, Gardener-Joe, now that I’ve read it through properly with humour function switched on. Ancient Corporation By-Law Proposals Board will be arranged. Further suggestions welcome.

    My own proposal for By-Law No 2 - severe punishment for people feeding pigeons or squirrels on the street. Possibly involving being locked in one of the bicycle lockers with a squirrel, two hungry foxes and a rat for an hour or two.
  • The Stroud Green Song, 2017

    To the tune of ‘Penny Lane’

    Down Stroud Green Road there is a deli selling sausages
    And a wine bar if you’re really in the know
    And all the people that come and go
    Stop and say hello

    On the corner is a beer shop stocked with alcohol
    And the brothers there know everyone in town
    There’s a balloon shop further down
    And a wig shop chain…very strange

    [Chorus] Stroud Green Road is in my ears and in my eyes
    There beneath the inner-city skies
    I sit outside the Stapleton, and meanwhile back

    In Stroud Green Road there is a Mackem with a restaurant
    Cooking battered fish and chips with curry sauce
    He likes to chop and fry and without remorse
    He’s from Sunderland, of course

    At the crossroads are the Dairy and the Stapleton
    And the Mind shop selling clothes and books to-go
    Ready meals from Sainsbury Local if you’ve got the dough
    As a last resort - there’s always Tes-co

    [Chorus] Stroud Green Road is in my ears and in my eyes
    There beneath the inner-city skies
    I sit outside Vittorio’s, and meanwhile back

    In Stroud Green Road there are the homeless at the railway bridge
    Sleeping soundly as commuters pass them by
    And we all wonder why they choose to lie
    There. Or are they just high?

    Round the corner is a theatre where some famous names
    Venture off the beaten track, leave Islington behind
    But for most in N4 it’s the daily grind
    And a pint in the World’s End

    [Chorus] Stroud Green Road is in my ears and in my eyes
    There beneath the inner-city skies
    I sit inside the Fullback, and meanwhile back

    In Stroud Green Road the barber shaves another customer
    We see estate agents in a row waiting for a trim
    The pizza parlour man is full of vim
    He just had that Jeremy Cor-byn

    At the bus stop there are buses going everywhere
    Muswell Hill, Wood Green, Tottenham and Crouch End
    We see a bus go past - the W7
    It’s the bus to heaven!

    [Chorus] Stroud Green Road is in my ears and in my eyes
    There beneath the inner-city skies
    I sit outside the Brave Sir Robin, hopefully, and meanwhile back

    In Stroud Green Road may peace and plenty ever smile
    We’re the best street in this city by a mile
    Here’s health, success, prosperity to this association
    Fill every glass, and drink with me
    To Stroud Green Corporation!
  • Rubbish.

    Also, you forgot the White Lion of Mortimer
  • First sign of madness.
  • edited October 11
    I thought that was when you suddenly hear somene say 'this is the heavy heavy moster sound' out of the pub speakers?
  • 12 places for lunch at the social, but plenty of room in the pub. Special sax accompaniment to the Crescent Pluckers. Don't miss it.
  • Bah, I'm snowed under with work (and in Brighton) so I probably won't be able to make it tomorrow after all * gnashes teeth * Unless... how late do you think you'll all be at the pub tomorrow? I was so looking forward to this, d*mn it...
  • edited October 16
    Report: About 15-20 people came. The first people arrived 12.30pm, last people went around 4.30pm. It was a nice social, though looked like not many people from came, most heard about it through other networking. Mayor arrived fashionably late. The band.....brilliant performance guys. Music and special Stroud Green words from the Crescent Pluckers, some genius rewrote classic popular songs to include 'Stroud Green' and 'Stapleton' in the words - an absolute hoot. The Stapleton does a good Sunday lunch for those who ordered it. Drinks. Chat.

    Lessons: next time we'll try to start later, say 2.30pm, and possibly on a Saturday or weekday instead of Sunday (which had been arranged around football). We hope next time to book the long table at the back. Next - perhaps a Christmas social with the Ancient Corporation and the Crescent Pluckers, date tbc?.

    And I hope to be joining them on sax next time.....


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