CHRYSTAL KING (nee Buckland) – 1916 – 2015 / NEW MUSEUM IN BROMLEY / CRYSTAL PALACE COLOURING BOOK / CRYSTAL PALACE SUBWAY APPEAL / CRYSTAL PALACE FOOD MARKET / CRYSTAL PALACE MARKET / STOP NUISANCE CALLS
CHRYSTAL KING (nee Buckland) – 1916 – 2015
From the Crystal Palace Foundation News:
We were very sad to learn of the death, on 23rd October, of Chrystal King, the youngest daughter of the late Sir Henry and Lady Maud Buckland; Sir Henry was general manager of the Crystal Palace from 1915 until 1949.
Chrystal was born in 1916 in Penge and, around 1921, the family moved into ‘Rockhills’, once Sir Joseph Paxton’s residence on the park. For many years Chrystal, her sister and two brothers would have known the Palace and its Park as their home and playground; then, in 1936, at 6 o’clock on that fateful 30th November evening, Chrystal and her father went to post a letter.
Returning, they saw a red glow within the Palace’s centre transept and, by morning, the great building was no more… We express our gratitude for Chrystal’s generous bequest, and in a future issue there will be recollections of her life, looking at work in the ATS, the Army Education Corps, John Lewis, Kings College hospital; golf… Chrystal Eileen Maud King OBE, 1916-2015.
NEW MUSEUM IN BROMLEY
Priory Museum, Orpington. Protests, a petition, and much … but the Museum closed on 26 September.
This decision followed an independent report saying that the Priory, one of England’s most important Grade II* (two star) mediæval buildings requires substantial restoration and improvements (Priory Bromley: HLF bid review and information for prospective owners, Final Report, Fourth Street. May 2015.)
New museum and exhibition space, at a reported £395,000, will open in Bromley Central Library in 2016.
Two permanent exhibitions are planned: ‘Bromley Revisited’ – the story of Bromley’s past, and the nationally significant Lubbock Collection, together with a section for temporary exhibitions.
The Priory (with a number of Crystal Palace artefacts) was accredited under the Arts Council’s accreditation scheme for museums and galleries in the UK. Concern has been expressed that an Accredited museum service seems likely to become merely museum and exhibition space. The Priory’s fate will be considered by Bromley’s Property team and a report, with a recommendation, is expected shortly. (Source: Crystal Palace Foundation magazine)
CRYSTAL PALACE COLOURING BOOK
With the current craze for colouring-books, why not sharpen your pencils and decorate these 15 A4 pages with your own, unique colour combination.
It includes the dinosaurs, the circus, Queen Victoria, a sphinx, Maxim’s Flying Machine, a Brunel water tower, a Park map, an early aeroplane and, of course, the Crystal Palace itself; also a ‘find the bunny’ feature. Pop into your local bookshop, Bookseller Crow, on Westow Street, SE19, to buy your copy. (Source: Crystal Palace Foundation magazine)
CRYSTAL PALACE SUBWAY APPEAL
The Crystal Palace Subway opened on 23rd December 1865; now, 150 years later, the Friends of Crystal Palace Subway are appealing for funds to reopen it for cultural and heritage activities.
The group has already raised £19,000 through Southwark’s Cleaner, Greener, Safer award, the Heritage of London Trust and several local community groups. It has also had generous pledges from local businesses including Acacia Learning, Antic, Martin and Co Crystal Palace, Eastern Cuisine and Bambino. Westow House will be holding a number of fundraising events and has already had a packed pub quiz hosted by Radio 4’s Susan Rae.
Crowd funding – the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet – is also in place and donations can be made via the website below or through local businesses Smash Bang Wallop, Merlin Shoes, Domali, Westow St Barber Shop, Brown and Green Café and The Royal Albert.
The community’s passion to reopen this space is overwhelming and the group continues to fundraise so as to meet the anniversary deadline! For information on events and to donate, see: www.cpsubway.org.uk (Source: Crystal Palace Foundation magazine)
CRYSTAL PALACE FOOD MARKET / CRYSTAL PALACE MARKET
Crystal Palace food market on Haynes Lane will be closed on Boxing Day (Saturday December 26th) and the following Saturday (January 2nd) re-opening on January 9th. The butchers and fishmongers shops which form part of Crystal palace market on Church Road have closed, the restaurant part remains open.
STOP NUISANCE CALLS
Which? magazine has an online petition urging Government, regulators and businesses to renew their efforts to call time on nuisance calls and texts as complaints continue to rack up.