CRYSTAL PALACE TRANSITION TOWN, who are holding their annual meeting on Wednesday (June 11th), say it has been an incredible year for them.
“Come along and help us celebrate what we have done so far!” say Transition Town.
“And, if you’re interested, there will be a number of ways to get involved in what happens next…..
“We don’t do normal AGMs. “There will be taster presentations from all the different projects, followed by a chance to network and a brainstorming activity to finish.”
Doors open at 7.15pm for 7.30pm for the meeting, being held at the Salvation Army centre on Westow Street.
“You can hear about the wide range of our ongoing projects working to make the area more sustainable, all devised, started and sustained by local people:
Crystal Palace Food Market, which has just celebrated a truly remarkable year with its first birthday celebrations.
Market Connected Projects including Patchwork Farm (our network of gardens and growing spaces), Handmade Palace, Busker’s Paradise and 10 new start-up small businesses!
Last June we launched Rob Hopkin’s Book “The Power of Just Doing Stuff” to a packed Grape and Grain.
Our “Local and Fair Group” delivered Fairtrade Fortnight and The Local and Fair Directory for Shopping in Crystal Palace.
Palace Pick-Up organised community clean-ups throughout the area.
Palace Pint are into their second year of hop-growing for beer!
The Edible Garden in Westow Park has relaunched with a new team and also continues to host Bugs’ Club for children.
We also have an exciting new growing space in the grounds of St John’s Church on Auckland Road.
Palace Power have plans to develop community owned solar panels.
Our new Transport Group has ran bicycle workshops, a Big Bike Ride, purchased cargo bikes and has plans for playstreet events in the area.
We are upgrading our website and newsletter and have also developed some strong connections with the other great community groups in the area.
“Anything take your fancy?
“Perhaps you have an idea you would like to develop or try out? “There might be other people thinking the same way.
“Or maybe you’d just like to come along and check it out?
“All our existing projects welcome more volunteers to keep them sustainable.
“Everyone welcome ….from the vaguely curious to the heavily committed.
“There will also be a chance to put your ideas into what we will do in the next year and beyond – with lots of opportunities for brainstorming and networking.
“Two years ago at the AGM someone suggested the crazy idea of a food market….. and look where that ended up…… Who knows what might come up this year…..?” (Source: Crystal Palace Transition Town)
NO RIGHT TURN FROM COXWELL ROAD / TEMPORARY TRAFFIC SIGNALS ON CHURCH ROAD
THERE WILL BE NO right turn from Coxwell Road – which runs from Westow Street to behind Sainsbury’s supermarket – from Tuesday June 9th while a new water connection is installed.
The works are taking place from 9pm to 5am and are expected to last two nights. All traffic will b e diverted northbound along Westow Street into Westow Hill and Church Road.
TEMPORARY TRAFFIC signals are to be installed in Church Road to allow alternate working where the carriageway is to be narrowed outside 104 Church Road.
5,000 ATTEND MOTORSPORT EVENT AS TRACK RECORD IS BROKEN Thousands raised for St Christopher’s hospice
29 May 2014: The fifth annual Motorsport at the Palace – in association with the Ancaster Group – proved a huge success, with over 5,000 spectators passing through the gates despite Monday’s inclement weather.
The rain served only to demonstrate how popular this two-day sprint has become, among both enthusiasts and local residents, who came together to enjoy two wonderful days of motorsport-themed family fun.
Motorsport at the Palace 2014 raised over £3,500 for local charity St Christopher’s Hospice, and spectators were treated to some thrilling on-track action.
Gary Thomas, driving a Force PT, smashed the course record on Sunday with a time of 32.58 seconds, while Justin Andrews claimed Fastest Time of the Day on Monday with a time of 31.19 (on a shortened course resulting from the poor weather).
The Eco Kart races proved tremendously popular, as school children driving their own environmentally friendly go-karts competed on a dedicated track, bringing a smile to the faces of all who cheered them on.
Congratulations to St Margret’s C of E Junior School from Rainham, Kent, which eventually triumphed in the face of strong competition.
A highlight of this year’s Motorsport at the Palace saw a wonderful reunion of cars and drivers from the legendary 1971 Osram Saloon Car race held at Crystal Palace. Under the banner of the Class of ’71, the cars and drivers that contested that fierce battle lined up in grid formation along the old Terrace Straight, just as they had done 43 years ago.
Ex-racer Mike Crabtree, back behind the wheel of his Ford Escort MkI RS1600 for the first time in over four decades, appeared visibly moved by the experience, as did the sizable crowd which gathered to watch history repeat itself.
Gregor Marshall – son of Gerry Marshall who won the race that day in 1971 – represented his late father in Colin Robbins’ replica of Marshall’s Vauxhall Viva GT, while John Shoesmith completed the front row formation in the formidable Chevrolet Camaro, campaigned by Martin Thomas.
Behind them sat Julian Townsend’s pretty WRA Anglia, which raced at Crystal Palace in period, and the rare ‘Fraud’ Cortina MkII, raced by famous Australian driver Doc Merfield (and now owned by Jon Doubleday).
It was a wonderful spectacle, made all the more so as the original commentary from the ’71 race blared from the loud speakers, carrying the unmistakable voice of Murray Walker across the park like a timeless breeze. It felt like the culmination of so many years of history; a final chequered flag on a wonderful era which has come to define the splendid Crystal Palace circuit of old.
Commenting on the event, Mike Crabtree said: “It was a great weekend. “The organisation was excellent and everyone was so friendly. “The Escort went well and it was terrific to be driving the car again after 43 years. “I should like to thank everybody at the Sevenoaks Motor Club for a very good event.”
The organisers would also like to thank everyone who helped make this year’s event such an enjoyable success. (Source: Motorsport at the Palace / Sevenoaks and district motor club)