R.I.P ‘Postcard Pete’
SHOPPING AT THE PALACE / CRYSTAL PALACE FOOD MARKET
‘Shopping at the Palace’ – A Norwood Society Local History talk.
Thursday 16th June Upper Norwood Library, Westow Hill SE19 1TJ 7.30pm.
Dairymen, corn chandlers, piano merchants, a butcher with a goat that wandered up and down Westow Street, saddle makers, tea gardens, two local newspapers, a bookshop with Ruskin’s father as a customer, grocers, a fish & chip shop, a windmill…..
Alun Thomas traces aspects of the shopping history of the Triangle that had all this and more!
Sunday 19th June 2.30pm
West Norwood Circular Walk
Meet on the front steps of St Luke’s Church, Norwood High Street, SE27 0HS Led by Jill Dudman
R.I.P ‘POSTCARD PETE’
Peter Stanley, who sold postcards and framed ephemera at Crystal Palace food market and was a regular at the antiques fayres which used to be held at the Phoenix community centre on Westow Street passed away in St George’s hospital, Tooting yesterday (Thursday). Known as ‘Postcard Pete’ by local traders he was a staunch Crystal Palace FC supporter.
The sad news that Peter Stanley has passed away has deprived Crystal Palace of one of its most colourful characters. I knew Peter for over thirty years and never found him anything less than passionate and enthusiastic about his local area and its history.
When I first came across him he was a member of the Crystal Palace Foundation’s committee and marked his office by regularly volunteering to run the catering requirements at the Foundation’s events with his partner Jo. Peter worked hard to help raise the profile of the Foundation in those early years, always making himself available for duties others may have wished to avoid.
Peter was always interested in the local history, particularly Crystal Palace and Penge, and was always keen to pass his knowledge on to others. He also supported the efforts of others and on a personal level always supported the efforts of the Foundation’s site work team in its various excavations around the park
After taking early retirement from his job as a gardener he started to collect and then trade in historic images of the locality. These started off as fairly basic but as Peter found his market so the quality and range improved. In this guise he regularly appeared at local history events and fetes, often in very colourful attire selling pictures and prints which he would adroitly convert to cards and calendars for example as the seasonal demands dictated.
Most people will probably remember him in this guise, as will local businesses where Peter would give his custom and attempt to sell his wares. He was often to be seen “holding court” in the local cafeterias and appeared to be on at least nodding terms with most people.
Peter was a lifelong supporter of Crystal Palace football club and had renewed his season ticket in recent years enthused by the recent upturn in the club’s fortunes. Even though he could not attend the recent FA cup final I know he would have been proud and excited for his team whatever the outcome. No doubt had he been well we could all have expected to be offered mementoes of the game.
In recent years Peter had been assisted by his brother Ian and the amount of material the two of them could bring to an event was impressive not least because neither owned a car and brought everything by public transport. Hopefully Ian will continue and maintain Peter’s work.
The local history scene will not be the same without him, a man determined to enjoy life and the company of others.
Martin Frelford Crystal Palace Foundation Trustee 10/6/16
CRYSTAL PALACE FOOD MARKET
MEET THE CENTRAL HILL RESIDENTS AT THE FOOD MARKET – THEY ARE HUNGRY FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
This week’s focus is on helping our communities survive and thrive. Come and meet some of the residents from Central Hill Estate who are literally fighting for their homes as they are threatened by regeneration. Join their Facebook page and follow the narrative. Support from the surrounding community can make all the difference to morale.
We’ve also had a plea from our local food bank as all their reserves are running super low. We have a weekly collection point at the bottom of Haynes Lane – let’s smash our 25kg record for a week and help them restock their shelves. (Top of the list: Loo rolls, instant mash, custard, tinned corned beef, tinned tomatoes and tinned fish).
Also, as farmland is being bought for development, farmer Steve Hook is crowd funding to expand his raw dairy farm. Read his story here.
Finally, we’d like to run another free kids book swap, but we’ve run out of books! Please drop donations of children’s books to our Patchwork Farm stall. All proceeds go to the library.
Guest stalls this week
Simply Tay: Lamb kofte curry
Guest lunch – Simply Tay Vegetarian or meat curry, and samosas, made by local Tayyaba. She is making “Lamb kofte curry, spicy fish curry, aubergine n potato curry all served with pilau rice and dahl. Plus veggie samosas and home made scotch bonnet chutney in jars to buy.”
Kids – The Man From Story Mountain
Flowers – ClaraFlora Grown just down the road.
Cheese & cured meats – Flavours of Spain Theresa tells me they’re bringing us “Araw sheeps milk cheese where collection of the milk to starting to produce the cheese is less than an hour, whilst the milk is still warm. Very small production and a shepherds cheese; Mahon – a raw cows milk cheese matured in wine barrels;Espadan – a raw goats milk cheese rind-washed in olive oil; Manchego Gran Reserva – raw ewes milk cheese and Supreme Cheese champion at the 2012 world cheese awards; Goats cheese from Rioja, semi hard, semi matured. Fantastic in salads.
We’ll also have our artisan produced Membrillo (Quince with Seville Oranges) and Spanish Marcona almonds, plus our all natural and gluten free cooking chorizos – perfect for the bbq.”
Gluten free – Sweet Carolina “Sweet – Carrot Cake; Victoria Sponge with Strawberries. Bites: Brownie with Raspberries; Blondie with Raspberries and white chocolate; Brownie with Peanut butter. Alfajores: Mini and Big. Mini Cupcakes: Vanilla; Dark Chocolate / Oreo; Caramel; Carrot; Red Velvet. Coquitos: Super Seed Bar; Oats & Fudge Bar; Flap Jacks. Lemon & Poppy Muffins. Flourless Fudge Cookies. Chocolate Ganache Tarts with coconut crust. Savoury – Individual Tartaletes; Caramelized Onion & Cheddar; Spinach & Feta; Mozzarella, Tomato & Pesto.”
Brett & Bailey: Strawberry & white chocolate gateau
Cakes – Brett & Bailey Joe says “Summer’s here – despite the forecast – and we’ll have a stall full of cakes and bakes dressed from head to toe in seasonal fruits and berries. We’ll have baked vanilla cheesecake with raspberries and blueberries; a glamorous strawberry and white chocolate gateau; our Top Banana cake with salted dulce de leche and banana milkshake buttercream; our signature double carrot cake; and chocolate Guinness cake generously spread with a smooth vanilla cream cheese frosting.
Our Black Forest crumble slices, made with fresh cherries, will be back on the stall. Find them among the peanut butter bars; raspberry bakewells; squidgy brownies with pecans and white chocolate chunks; sticky buns; loads of jars of marmalade; and a big batch of peanut and milk chocolate cookies (if we don’t decide to keep them all). One more thing. This week’s bomboloni? Lemon cheesecake flavour. Yes, you read that right – come along early to make sure you get your hands on one. Can’t make the market this weekend? Remember that the Brett & Bailey online shop is always open. See you soon!”
Wine – Wine Scouts This week if it’s a bit chilly Pedro will be opening “the organic red Chateau Cambon: This Beaujolais is a redcurrant jam jamboree which just manages to steer clear of sweetness by virtue of a thwack of liquorice on the finish. Made from a century old Gamay vines, this wine is wild. In the murk lurks a jungle of brambly fruit.” If it’s warm & sunny, he’ll be opening a yummy South African rosé.
Clarkshaws: Made by Ian & Lucy
Beer – Clarkshaws Brewery Locally made beer. Lucy says “Clarkshaws are in with a chance of winning an Urban Food Award for our Hellhound British IPA. Voting is opennow until Friday 8th July.”
Preserves & more – Bickerton’s Andrew says “I have some Jalapeno chillies picked yesterday by myself at my chilli grower in Bedfordshire, plus some chilli plants. Will have recipe for jalapeno poppers to go with them.”
Olive oil – Elia Olive Oils George says “we have added 0.5 litre bottles, wildflower honey and pitted olives to the line up. We also have new and improved mountain tea!”
Central Hill Estate – come & talk to the locals trying to save their homes. They’ll have information about what’s happening to them and badges and T-shirts you can buy to show your support. Join their Facebook page to keep up with their campaign.
Pop up supper club (Saturday night) – Market Table with Rachel de Thample.
Winsford Gardens Open Day – Penge, Sunday 12 June. Pop along to see this lovely community garden. Free children’s activities including treasure hunt, crafts & face painting, plant sale, free yoga taster session, live music from Musica Medioca and homemade refreshments.
Lunch – Comfort & Joy Deli stall selling salads, pies, wraps (hot or cold), pies from Andrea.
Brockmans: Broad beans
Vegetables, salad, herbs & fruit – Brambletye Fruit Farm, Brockmans & Wild Country Organics.
Local growing project – Patchwork Farm (a Crystal Palace Transition Town project). Get your copy of 21 stories from Transition book – where the market & Patchwork Farm are featured.
Fish – Veasey’s Orders can be taken over email, by phone 01342 822906, via dm on twitter @fishmongersFR or even by Royal Mail.
Meat – Gill Wing Farm Andrew says “This weekend it’s going to be a BBQ theme – lamb leg steaks, chops and Barnsley chops, and kebabs. Pork escolapes, marinated pulled pork and fresh garlic and onion sausages. Beef steaks Inc. Ribeyes, diced beef, mince. spatchcock chickens and normal chickens, drumsticks, thighs, breasts.”
Hook: Making silage to feed their ladies over the winter
Raw milk, butter & other dairy – Hook & Son Steve says “A return to warmer temperatures and the fast growing grass has allowed us to get on with silaging. The pleasant odour of the fresh cut wafts over the farm; everyone working fast to make the most of the good weather window. Hopefully it will be a good crop this year, with plenty of nourishment for the cows!” Here’s a new article about Steve Hook crowd funding his farm.
Bread (& naughty brownies) – Chas & Momo Sara says “This week will be dedicated to the brownie!! Lots of our summery raspberry cheesecake browniesand our warm tasting sea salted caramel & peanut butter brownies!” Those brownies are off the scale.
Storecupboard refills – The Grain Grocer
Locally made art & crafts – Handmade Palace
Cafe – our friends at Antenna Cafe.
Collectables market – our neighbour market Haynes Lane Market, a treasure trove of collectables.
The Foodbank – is still running low. They need:
tinned corned beef
Latest drop off (Tuesday 31 May) – 17.1 kilos. Total so far 903.1 kilos.
Barnados are hiring – click here for details.
The Douglas Fir needs your help – Our friends Gipsy Hill Brewery had a sweet little pop up pub in Anerley. They’d like to reopen – letters of support are needed.
We are proud to be part of Crystal Palace Transition Town. Wondering who we are, what we do, or how you could get involved? Our blog section is a great place to start or this talk given by Joe Duggan, one of the co-chairs.
Follow us on twitter @CPFoodMarket or join us on Facebook.
CRYSTAL PALACE FOOD MARKET bottom of Haynes Lane / top of Bedwardine Road. Saturdays 10 am to 3 pm.
Now on two sites – the normal Antenna car park site and also in the Haynes Lane market courtyard.
“Meat, vegetables, fruit, eggs, honey, bread, cakes, salads, hot foods, the Cafe Thing, coffee, tea, pastries, cheese, dairy and munch munch more.”
West Norwood Food bank collection: every week at the market. Their shopping list – which changes every so often. – can be found at