150th ANNIVERSARY OF SUBWAY OPENING / SHOW RAISES £4,500 PLUS FOR ENDOMETRIOSIS UK / PLUMBASE CHRISTMAS DISPLAY
Photo by Jacob Sacks-Jones
PUMP – 150th ANNIVERSARY OF SUBWAY OPENING
The 23rd of December 2015 saw the 150th anniversary of the subway underneath Crystal Palace Parade first being opened to the public.
To mark this anniversary, and also to start the works to re-open the subway for community use, Helen Hayes MP removed the first brick from the infill wall where a pedestrian gate will be reinstated.
Funding from Southwark’s Cleaner Greener Safer award alongside generous donations from some of the Friends of Crystal Palace Subway; Antic London; Acacia Learning; Martin & Co; Bambino and Eastern Cuisine have meant that works can start in the Spring.
Friends of CP Subway and their supporters will continue to fundraise in order to ensure that as many of the required health and safety measures can be put in place to maximise the number of people who will be able to enter the subway.
Please donate via PayPal or gofundme. There are also donation boxes in Merlin Shoes and Smash Bang Wallop – both on Westow Street – and the Royal Albert pub on Westow Hill. (Info: Friends of Crystal Palace Subway)
SHOW RAISES £4,500 PLUS FOR ENDOMETRIOSIS UK
A FUND-RAISING concert organized by Dennis Brown, owner of D-Solo’s
clothing shop on Church Road has raised more than £4,500 for Endometriosis UK.
The event – which had the support of a wide range of traders in Crystal Palace – was held in the former cinema building at 25 Church Road.
The bill included the Vince Dunn orchestra; Aiden Kent who sings songs from the ‘Rat Pack’ era and Michelle John who has sung with the likes of Eric Clapton, Joss Stone and Will Young.
The event – sponsored by: Bambino; Joanna’s; Simon Carter; The Market restaurant; Renata Brown; Planta; Coconut Trading; Michael Brown; Boyce daRoca: IMove Property; Revitalize; Josephine’s; Numidie restaurant; Bookseller Crow; Training Points and Rafael Gabriel – included auctions and raffles of items donated by sponsors.
Further information: www.endometriosis-uk.org
Further reading: The Guardian online September 27th: “The pain is paralysing. Thirty women describe living with endometriosis”
PALACE TRADER ORGANISES CHARITY SHOW TO RAISE MONEY FOR ENDOMETRIOSIS RESEARCH
PLUMBASE CHRISTMAS DISPLAY
THIS YEAR’S PLUMBASE Christmas window display is probably the best yet.
Again designed by pensioner Joe Field, it’s effective both at daytime – and even more so when it gets dark.
In December 2012 Joe won an ‘awesome’ award – for his annual Christmas window displays in the Westow Hill shop.
Joe received a ‘certificate of awesomeness’ at the awards ceremony for Crystal Palace and Norwood Chamber of Commerce’s first Christmas window competition in ‘recognition of his own annual display’ in Plumbase (formerly Bradleys) on Westow Hill.
While Joe didn’t carry off first prize he was praised by Mark Richardson, a former chamber chairman.
“There’s this chap who spends hours and hours putting an awful lot of love and care and effort into this window. “It might be a plumbing shop but all the kids stop and stare. “This is why we thought we’d have a special award.”
Handing over his certificate on behalf of Crystal Palace Transition Town, Mr Richardson told Mr Field: “It’s a tremendous thing you’ve done for the village.”
Joe said: “I do it because I like to see the kids enjoy it – the mums and dads all come round. “I suppose I’m a big kid myself.”
Full story: PENSIONER JOE’S ‘AWESOME’ AWARD
The butchers and fishmongers which formed part of the Crystal Palace market on Church Road have both closed – the restaurant remains open.
(Crystal Palace Market is not to be confused with Crystal Palace food market which re-opens in Haynes Lane on Saturday – January 9th).