FANCY PERFORMING AT THE FESTIVAL? / VOLUNTEERS – AND DONATIONS – WANTED / WALK TO RAISE MONEY FOR YOUR LOCAL MUSEUM – AND COME DRESSED IN 17TH CENTURY FASHION! /
FOOD MARKET – IDEAS FOR MOTHER’S DAY
DICKENS – THE NORWOOD CONNECTIONS / GLA MEMBER JAMES CLEVERLY STANDING FOR BRAINTREE / BOUQUET TO DO SOUTH
FANCY PERFORMING AT THE FESTIVAL?
Crystal Palace festival organisers are looking for bands and artists to perform at the ninth Crystal Palace Overground Festival, 24-28 June 2015.
“We’re looking for bands and artists of all genres to perform on the main stage at Westow Park on Saturday 27 June and at the vintage-themed ‘Vintage up the Palace’ day in Jubilee Gardens on Sunday 28 June,” says Daphnea Wenham, music director, who’s worked on the festival for the past four years.
Saturday’s Westow Park day is the festival’s popular main outdoor event with upwards of 6000 people expected, while Vintage up the Palace, which made its Crystal Palace festival debut last year, expecting around 2000.
The Crystal Palace Overground Festival features the best local bands, up and-coming music talent and even some surprise big-name performers, which in recent years have included song writing legend Tony Hatch, Jim Bob from indie punk band Carter USM, and columnist, author and comedian, Mark Steel.
The free five-day festival, which is run entirely by volunteers, will start with fringe events onWednesday 24 June to Friday 26 June around Crystal Palace in anticipation of the main big festival weekend (27-28 June). Westow Park will be the main festival hub on Saturday (27 June) with Sunday (28 June) focusing around Jubilee Gardens – plus there will be music, film, food and entertainment all around the Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood Triangle area.
“We’re looking forward to receiving your applications,” says Daphnea. “And don’t forget to send us links to your media such as photos and videos, including live footage if possible. We’d love to see you perform.“Good luck!”
Closing date for entries is 31 March 2015. Stalls applications closing 31 March 2015
book advertising space by 31 March 2015 and submit your artwork before 25 April
submit your event for the festival guide and website by 31 March 2015.
VOLUNTEERS – AND DONATIONS – WANTED
The festival is looking for volunteers to recruit more volunteers! Over 200 local people help make the festival happen each year. Are you passionate about recruitment, volunteering and community? Then please do get in touch if you would like to join our volunteer management team at [email protected]
Crystal Palace Overground Festival, a celebration of music, arts and culture, is turning to local residents in a plea for support to ensure this year’s festival remains largely free of charge.
The festival has previously received funding from a number of sources including the Arts Council, but with grant-giving bodies seeing their budgets slashed, events like the festival are facing shortfalls in funding.
Festival director Noreen Meehan said “Last year over 6,000 people came to the event, most of which is totally free of charge – this is a key value of the festival as we want it to be accessible to all no matter what.
“There was music, art, theatre, comedy, a vintage event, great activities for kids and families – people from all walks of life came and had a great time.”
“This year we want to make the festival even better, but without this funding there’s just no way we can do it.
“The festival team are working hard to raise funding from sponsorship, advertising, stall fees, bar income, ticket income, listings fee and merchandise and these activities will raise around £30,000 from our wonderful local businesses and fundraising by the team,”
“We need to raise a further £19,000 and are asking local people to make a donation. “It doesn’t have to be a lot. For example, if 121 people give £20 that will cover the cost of the main stage.”
The festival, which this will take place from 24 – 28 June 2015, is proud of its unique role in celebrating the spirit of the Crystal Palace community, as well as drawing in an diverse audience from further afield.
Anyone wishing to donate to the festival can do so via the festival’s website crystalpalacefestival.org.
WALK TO RAISE MONEY FOR YOUR LOCAL MUSEUM – AND COME DRESSED IN 17TH CENTURY FASHION!
On Sunday 22 March 2015, Dulwich Picture Gallery will host a three mile walk through 17th-century actor and manager Edward Alleyn’s country estate, hosting a range of cultural activities along the way.
The event is part of Art Miles, a new fundraising initiative launched by the Art Fund with the aim of getting members of the public walking to raise money for their local museum.
Chiswick House and Gardens, Osterley Park and House, and William Morris Gallery are also participating in the scheme, hosting walks on the same day in their surrounding area.
Starting at Dulwich Picture Gallery with an introduction to its fascinating history, the walk will take you through parkland stopping to look at some of the notable historic buildings, trees and sites.
Returning to the Gallery at the end there will be an opportunity to enjoy some delicious food and fantastic falconry, as well as free entry to the gallery. Walkers are encouraged to come along with the family and dress in costume of the period: fantastic ruffs, cuffs, bodices and beards!
Dulwich Picture Gallery is not in receipt of any regular government funding and with all cultural institutions under pressure, community fundraising has become a vitally important ingredient to ensuring that local museums continue to survive and flourish.
A recent piece of research, co-commissioned with the National Museum Directors Council, showed that although 90 per cent of museum visitors give to charity, only 40 per cent give to museums and galleries.
Stephen Deuchar, director of the Art Fund which is the national fundraising charity for art , said:
“Local museums are under increasing pressure to find new ways to raise funds and to bring their local community through their doors, particularly given that fundraising often makes up a substantial percentage of overall museum income.
“As the national fundraising charity for art, we hope that Art Miles will galvanise both existing and new supporters, helping communities to enjoy beautiful buildings, parks and art on their doorsteps.”
Registration is now open for the new initiative at www.artfund.org/artmiles. Participants should sign up online. The £20 registration fee includes entry to the Art Miles event at their chosen venue and an Art Miles bag.
Sponsorship raised on top of the registration fee will go directly to the museum or gallery where the individual has chosen to gain their ‘Art Miles’. All proceeds go directly to the selected museum.
• Arrive at Dulwich Picture Gallery from 10am to register in the café. The walks will start at 11am
• The entry fee for Art Miles if £20 for an adult, free for under-16.
• Walkers can enter via the Art Miles webpage at www.artfund.org/artmiles or via a download form, available from the same website
• Participants are encouraged to raise sponsorship of at least £50pp which goes directly to the chosen museum
• For more information please go to www.artfund.org/artmiles (Source: Dulwich Picture Gallery press release)
FOOD MARKET – IDEAS FOR MOTHER’S DAY (Kids picking their noses raised £115!!)
It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday, and we’ve got loads on for families. Children can paint a ceramic present for mum, or you can get your baby’s feet or hands imprinted onto cute tiles. Kids are also invited to help Rachel de Thample shop for her cookery demonstration – meet at 11am to join in. The buskers will be entertaining us & the cafe will be looking after the coffee requirements for any mums who are lacking sleep! Well done to the kids from last week’s Pick Your Nose swap shop for raising £115 for Red Nose Day.
We’ve featured in an in-depth report on Italy’s National TV Station R.A.I looking at Transition Towns in London and Italy. You can watch the programme on the food market website, (begins at 1hr 27min) featuring a day at the market and Patchwork Farm sites St John’s, The Tipsy Garden and The Edible Garden, as well lots of reports on some great Transition Town Brixton projects such as The Remakery, The Brixton Pound and Brixton Energy. See how many familiar faces you can spot.
Cooking demonstration: Resident and chef Rachel de Thample will be showcasing her new book “FIVE” with cooking demonstrations and she wants help from any willing kids to buy the ingredients in the market. She tweeted, “Ready to cook up a storm @CPFoodMarket this Sat. Kids can help me shop from 11am. Come and watch me cook at 12 & 1.30pm. Buy my book & the proceeds will go to @CPPatchworkFarm.” Find her next to Patchwork Farm.
Kids: “Paint your own Mother’s Day Ceramic” activity on the Handmade Palace stall. 11am – 2.45pm
Handmade ceramic shapes and bunting – ready to decorate. £2 / £3
Baby prints on tiles – come and make an impression in clay which I will then glaze and fire and have ready for you to collect from the market ( or arrange delivery) the following Saturday! £10
You can also get locally made cards and presents, and they’ll even wrap them up for you (if you ask nicely).
Guest lunch – stone baked pizza from Forno Viaggiante. Giancarlo tells me this week’s special is Parma ham, rocket & sundried tomatoes.
Lunch – weekly stalls: Deli item from Comfort & Joy, sausages and burgers from Jacob’s Ladder, ham sandwiches from The Charcuterie Board.
Handmade pasta & sauces: By Manu & Floriana from Pastificio Mansi. Sauces – broccoli pesto plus pepper & almond pesto. Pasta – kale and pine nuts cappellacci, mushroom ravioli, meat tortellini and more. Gluten free – tagliatelle e ravioli.
Fish: Have a read of this great blog from A Postcard from France – they are regular visitors to Veaseys and are understandably evangelical about their sustainable, award winning fish.
Dan says “Well it was a busy week this week, you may have seen on twitter our new (old) boat P1007 is finished and in the water. She has now been loaded up with 766 shellfish pots and is now finishing off the work on the pots which includes stringing with nets and roping them all together with 11 miles of lead lined rope! Meanwhile our other boat NN733 has been busy fishing for some great fish just off Beachy Head in Eastbourne we will have a fine selection for you!” Place an order or make a special request by phone on 01342 822906, by email on [email protected] and on Twitter @FishmongersFR Veasey and Sons.
Beer by Clarkshaws Brewing: Clarkshaws are London’s first brewery to produce all Vegetarian Society approved beers. Ian tells me “We’re bringing our first batch of craft lager called Coldharbour Hell Yeah! Floral on the nose and fruity, not your normal average lager. Also available will be our best bitter, Phoenix Rising, a well balanced beer with malt and chocolate hints and Gorgons Alive a light gold beer with honeylike character.”
Meat: 20% off legs of organic Romney lamb, raised by Martin Hole on Montague Farm. His farm on the Pevensey salt marshes is now an area of special scientific interest. Thanks to Martin’s interest in all good things, the land is teaming with wildlife, rare flowers and grasses. Also on the counter this week, we have biodynamic beef from Perrycourt Farm and organic large black pork from Elms Farm. We’ll have a few goose eggs from dear Edwina and a very limited number of her special coloured hen eggs. Sourdough bread baked with biodynamic grain will be available from Andy Forbes, Brockwell Bake. Jacob’s Ladder Farms is a collection of small scale organic and biodynamic farms scattered throughout Kent and East Sussex that have come together to be able to sell a full range of meat raised in natural and traditional ways. To place an order phone Jayne Duveen on 07565 303 559 or email.
British cured meats from The Charcuterie Board: From Owen “I’m sure you’ve all noticed that there has been an explosion of independent brewing in London in the last 2-3 years. As far as we’re concerned, the more people there are fermenting stuff, the better. And what we bring to the party is the increasingly celebrated Moons Green Beer Stick, a spicy, porky snack made from local outdoor reared pork, chilli, smoked paprika, salt and pepper. Handy if you’re watching the game, or filling a lunchbox. £1 each, or 6 for £5 from the stall every Saturday. Also this week, ham, pastrami, smoked pork belly by the slice, ham sarnies galore, wild boar salami. ‘nduja (Tim, we love you), guanciale and various other saucisson. And finally, we’re taking orders for Easter Hams. £20/kg – 3kg half, or 6kg whole.”
Preserves by Bickertons: spice rubs, sauces, jams, mustard, sweet & savoury nuts, hot chocolate and fruit vinegars, handmade in small batches in Shirley by husband and wife team. Andrew tells me they’re going nuts this week – “Well, the nuts [honey & maple cashews and spiced pecans] make a return to CPFM this month – a little bit of heaven in a bag. Not forgetting the return of the smoked paprika & anchor sea.”
Natural, small scale wines by Wine Scout: Pedro is excited to be bringing is three new wines this week – Donatella Vermentino, Torre Nova Salice Salento and Tragolargo Monastrell! Donatella (organic): 100% Vermentino, 100% Mediterranean fruit and Maremma fragrance, here is a crisp, appealing white that speaks of this unique Tuscan terroir in its natural, unspoilt state. Notes of peaches and wild flowers as breezy and zestful as its coastland vineyards (Tuscany, Italy). If you fancy a taste he’ll be opening a bottle of the Tragolargo (organic): Dark red colour, elegant and intense nose with fresh fruit, hints of cherries, raspberries and eucalyptus. Solid chunky fruit on the palate but lovely tannins and good acidity for structure and a nice herbal-edged minerality. From the mountains of southern Spain an earthy Monastrell (Alicante, Spain).
Storecupboard refills from The Grain Grocer: Wade says “We’re fully stocked & our foods are all natural and chemical free. Raw nuts, naturally dried fruits and cold pressed oils and beans so alive they’re good for sprouting + we support fair trade where we can. Please sign up to our newsletter to hear when our new website goes live in a few weeks. We will be taking pre orders for click and collect at the market.”
Gluten free from Owl Kitchen: Lunch – beef or vegetarian Palace Pasties – ask Mel to heat one up for you. Sweet treats – key lime pie, sugar free raspberry scones, vegan/sugar free pear & ginger upsidedown cake, cream filled Victoria sandwich, chocolate fudge cake, lemon drizzle cake.
Raw milk, butter, cream etc: From Hook and Son’s farmer Steve’s own organic herd near Eastbourne.
Fruit, veg & salad: Stein & crew at Brambletye, Jason, Paul, Tim etc at Brockmans, Adrian et al at Wild Country Organics and our own CP Patchwork Farm posse.
Brockmans: Jason says “Thanks to the amazing orchard owners in Kent we have a new batch of Gala apples this week. Also on the stall this week: purple sprouting broccoli, mixed salad leaves (really fresh and succulent), 3 varieties of mushrooms, gorgeous golden beetroots, annual spinach, carrots, onions, kale, squash and much more.
On The Farm: The plants indoors are really enjoying the recent spells of sunshine and warmer temperatures with winter purslane and land cress all growing well. The salads are definitely benefitting, plus the purple khol rabi is looking like it will be a winner in a few weeks. We’ve already started to include the leaves in our mixed salads, plus plenty more mustard leaf from the fields. There’s been a good bit of last minute pruning occurring – with many birds getting ready to start nesting seasons it’s best to have any unwanted or encroaching trees and bushes cut back early to avoid disturbance later on. This provides nest building materials for our feathered friends.”
Patchwork Farm: Learn how to chit potatoes (including the chance to buy a kit to get you growing), talk to other gardeners, and buy, sell or swap locally grown produce. This week we also have salad bags, stir-fry bags, rocket and kale from Calazaba Farm in Sutton – only 13 miles away.
Patchwork Farm – gardening advice: To celebrate the spring like weather, Kate Wilkinson, resident and greenhouse manager of the Chelsea Physic Garden, will be giving advice on how to pot on following on from her seed sowing workshop last month. She’ll be alongside Mark Richardson, Master Gardener, who will be leading the seed swap. He also has some gardening goodies to give away – but not many – so first come first served. Find them both on the Patchwork Farm Stall from 11am-2pm (kids very welcome).
Patchwork Farm – Fairtrade Fortnight: Thanks everyone for your support for Fairtrade Fortnight, we managed to sell most of our stock. There are still some items left – just ask on the stall. Check out the Fairtrade Foundation website to learn more about their products.
Eggs: From Brambletye & Hook.
Bread: From Chas & Momo’s Thornton Heath bakery, Bread Bread (at the Grain Grocer) and Brockwell Bake (on Jacob’s Ladder).
Chas is cracking on with a huge bake, as per usual – awesome bread, muffins and croissants, plus chorizo sausage rolls, and cheeky chat.
Cakes by Brett & Bailey: From Joe “Need a present for mum? A jar of Brett & Bailey handmade marmalade, bag of fudge, or a couple of our raspberry and white chocolate brownies will definitely make you her favourite child – but make sure you treat yourself too. On the cake parade we’ll have double carrot, pistachio and honey, chocolate Guinness, apple and salted caramel, and an extremely indulgent white chocolate and passion fruit baked cheesecake. We’ll also have bakewell slices made with fresh raspberries; peanut butter bars; rhubarb crumble cake; and a big batch of banana, walnut and milk choc chip cookies. It goes without saying that we’ll have plenty of sticky buns and semlor too.”
Callum (aged 14) will be selling vegetarian pasties and blueberry polenta cake (wheat-free).
Handmade Palace: Locally made arts & crafts. Prints, painting and canvas art work from £20, natural oils soaps and remedies from £4, wash/make up bags from £5, ceramics from £2, hand painted flower pots from £5, jewellery from £4. Cards (£2 – £3) & gift wrapping available. Email Beth for more information, or to ask about joining.
Buskers Paradise will be entertaining us from midday. This week features Mary Francis, Tim Wright, Nathan & Victor (of Los Compadres) John Muir and possibly Stacey Cohen too.
The cafe will be open for coffee, tea, snacks or beer if you fancy it, or a glass of white to go with your freshly shucked oyster – just ask.
Check out our next door neighbours Haynes Lane Market. It’s a treasure trove of collectables in there!
Foodbank: Check out this great blog about our food bank collections. Latest drop off (Tues 3 Mar) 22.1kg. That takes our collective total to 311.1kg! Thanks everyone. Collection point at the market every week.
Latest Crystal Palace Transition Town newsletter. (link on food market webiste)
Good stuff locally
We’re part of Crystal Palace Transition Town. There’s always something going on – check out our calendar. Wondering who we are, what we do, or how you could get involved? Our new blog section is a great place to start.
2nd Hand Bike Market (Westow Street): “Unused bike to sell? Bring it along (with your photo I.D.) and we will check it over and sell it for you. Buyers we have a range of decent quality used bikes for both adults and children. Mending and Maintenance – if you just need your bike fixed in readiness for the summer bring it along and we will try and have it ready the same day. 35 Westow Street, SE19 3RW, 10:00 – 16:00.”
Job: The Conquering Hero are looking to take on two more bar/waiting staff, part time up to 16 hours per week, potentially more. Experience would be great but not essential. PM them via facebook for more information or to apply.
Studio space available: From Beth of Handmade Palace “A studio space is becoming available at the end of April at Gipsy Hill Workshops, Paddock Gardens (off Westow Street). We are looking for someone who wants to rent a studio space who will use it for a full time business. There are 13 of us here and we run as a co-operative. Let me know if you are interested and I will get back to you with a date for viewing. £110pcm – the space is approx 12 x 15 feet.”
Our library is celebrating National Library ‘Day’ for all of February and March. “We love libraries every day, so we’re extending National Library Day to all of February and March! Show a friend or family member how much you love the library by encouraging them them to join. Help us mark the occasion by telling us what you love to read. Write a review of less than 50 words & we’ll display your review. We might even buy the book if we don’t have it in stock!
From the foodbank: We’re asking you to donate 40p for the 40 fasting days of Lent. Find an old jam jar and start collecting 40p each day, raising £16 in total, which when combined with gift aid will produce £20 – enough to provide a family in crisis with three days’ emergency food from Good Friday to EasterSunday. At the end of Lent, bank the money you’ve raised and donate it to us via this page. Thank you.
Mother’s Day Ceramic Crafts With Beth Mander 10am – 3pm
Help Rachel de Thample shop for her ingredients 11am
DICKENS – THE NORWOOD CONNECTIONS
…is the subject of a talk to Norwood Society local history on Thursday March 19th at 7.30 pm
Paul Graham of the Dickens Fellowship, on the links between Norwood and Dickens. “Norwood not only appears in Dombey & Sons and David Copperfield, but there are also many other interesting connections” said a local history spokesperson.
7.30 to 9.30, at Upper Norwood library, 39-41 Westow Hill, Upper Norwood, SE19 1TJ
Admission free, there is no charge but donations are welcome. Refreshments
GLA MEMBER JAMES CLEVERLY STANDING FOR BRAINTREE
James Cleverly, GLA member for Bexley and Bromley is standing as Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Braintee in May’s general election.
Current Braintree MP Brooks Newmark (Conservative) had a majority of more than 16,000 at the 2010 general election.
Mr Cleverly has resigned as the chairman of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, and as chairman of the London Resilience Forum.
James Cleverly has chaired LFEPA since 2012. His responsibilities as an elected member of the London Assembly are unchanged, said a statement from the Mayor of London’s office.
BOUQUET TO DO SOUTH
Bouquet to Do South (corner of Westow Street and Central Hill) for their ‘painted’ Mother’s Day window. Brightens the place up.