The Upper Norwood Library Trust (UNLT) is a newly formed organisation formed by local residents with the objective of taking over the governance and management of the Upper Norwood Joint Library (UNJL) as a library and community hub.
The trust say: “We are keen to ensure we properly reflect the local community, so we are looking for people with a range of skills and experience, particularly people who have experience/skills in one of the following: libraries, community engagement, education, accountancy, HR, legal, fundraising, business, business development, and or marketing.
“But just as importantly, we are looking for people who are passionate about our library, and feel they can understand the needs of the library members.
“While this is a serious endeavor, the trust aims to be a friendly group who are willing to put in time and effort to make our library a widely recognised model for the future.
“We would love to hear from you if you are interested and will supply you with more information to explain, in more detail, what is involved.” Email [email protected]
HUGE RESPONSE TO SUBWAY OPEN EVENT
Around 1500 people applied for the 500 places available to view the Crystal Palace Subway during the Open House London event on September 21st and 22nd.
The event was organised by the Friends of Crystal Palace Subway, a group of volunteers who are fundraising and campaigning for the subway – which runs underneath Crystal Palace Parade from the park side (Bromley) to the other side (Southwark) – to be opened to the public more regularly.
Karl Richter, who chairs the Friends of Crystal Palace Subway, said: “The last open day we held, which was about a year ago, attracted 200 people for 130 places so it’s fair to say we were overwhelmed by the response to the Open House event.
“We couldn’t have organised this weekend without the support of Bromley council and the many volunteers who gave up their time to help us.
“We hope the interest in the open days will show the authorities how well-loved the space is and demonstrate the level of support for our campaign.
“We are delighted the initiative is receiving cross-party political support and the active engagement of a number of local councillors in Bromley and Southwark.”
A selection of photos, videos and comments from the Crystal Palace Subway Open House event can be found here: http://storify.com/
‘INSPIRED BY THE SUBWAY’
Open House London weekend also marked the launch of a project to look at how the subway has changed over the years and what it means to local people.
‘Inspired by the Subway’ has received a £10,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) through their Sharing Heritage Programme.
A ‘Listening Post’ with recording equipment was present in the subway throughout the weekend and heard all sorts of ideas how to use the subway.
Local poet Isabel White read extracts from an epic poem she is writing about Crystal Palace and many local people recorded evocative memories of how they had used the space over the decades.
The Friends of Crystal Palace Subway have welcomed the news that Bromley Council has secured almost £60,000 worth of funding from the Greater London Authority and English Heritage to carry out a detailed structural survey of the subway’s retaining walls.
Karl Richter said: “To have a better understanding of the condition of the subway, and therefore the cost of restoration, is an important step in our campaign. In the meantime, our work continues.
“We have planning permission to replace the access gate on Crystal Palace Parade and, after successfully raising sufficient funds to pay for this work, hope to install the gate later this year.”
For more information on the campaign to re-open the Crystal Palace Subway, please visit www.cpsubway.org.uk or follow @cpsubway on Twitter.
For more information on the ‘Inspired by the Subway’ project please contact Sue Giovanni at Friends of Crystal Palace Subway on [email protected]
have encountered the subway in many guises.The subway has often been overlooked when it comes to documentation. As a result its varied past is largely held in memory and passed on through stories told by local people.
With growing interest in the subway it is important to record this hidden
history. From the subway’s use as part of the High Level Station, to an RAF
billet, for concerts, exhibitions, as a playground or a place to sleep.
Friends of Crystal Palace Subway are recruiting volunteers to take part in a
project researching the history of the subway. Participants will be offered
heritage and research training alongside other opportunities.
They would also like to hear from you if you remember using the subway in
any way or have photographs or other items relating to the subway.
Contact Sue Giovanni at [email protected]
NEW POP-UP GALLERY TO RAISE MONEY FOR UPPER NORWOOD LIBRARY
DULWICH property developers Lightbox are opening the commercial space in the former Thicket Tavern pub on Anerley Road to help generate more funds for Upper Norwood library.
The Friends of Westow Park were judged under the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ campaign and scheme against three main criteria: environmental responsibility (30pc) , community participation (40pc) and gardening (30pc).
Peter Holman, who was the judge for the Friends of Westow Park and the vegetable garden managed by Crystal Palace Transition Town. said: “The Friends group were awarded an outstanding certificate (level five) which is the highest level possible as they fully met all of the criteria.
“Transition Town were awarded a level four certificate (thriving – 69pc to 84 pc) ) as they met most of the criteria and should reach the higher level next year. ”
And on the subject of Crystal Palace Transition Town:
HOT ROAST APPLES WITH ICE CREAM……
AND FINALLY (continuing the food theme):
Sign outside Good Taste Food and Drink on Westow Hill: