WANTED: YOUR MEMORIES OF UPPER NORWOOD
plus: TIME TO START PLANNING FOR YOUR BIG LUNCH / MIRIAM TOEWS AT BOOKSELLER CROW
WANTED: YOUR MEMORIES OF UPPER NORWOOD
My Trails are working on a new and exciting project of developing a website and App that will preserve and share the rich and exciting local heritage of the Crystal Palace area. We are collating a number of stories and the memories from residents through oral history interviews. We would love to get in touch with you about any contacts that you know of who would be willing to partake in interviews.
We have chosen the following 10 areas as significant points of local history and heritage in the Crystal Palace Triangle area. These are:
Upper Norwood War Memorial
The Greek Orthodox Community of St Constantine and St Helen
The former residences of Waterhouse Hawkins – designer of the dinosaurs in Crystal Palace park; birth control campaigner Marie Stopes and artist Camille Pissarro
The Methodist church
Upper Norwood library
and the location of the old cinema.
If you know anyone that has a significant relationship with the area, or knows of any stories or of a hidden history which should be preserved regarding these areas then please contact me via email at [email protected] and we will get back to you ASAP. Alternatively feel free to call us on 07471 196189 and talk to us directly. (Source: MyTrails via Norwood Society)
TIME TO START PLANNING FOR YOUR BIG LUNCH
Once again,Croydon council are encouraging everybody to get involved in supporting their local Big Lunch on Sunday 7 June.
“Every year, the Big Lunch sees communities in all corners of the borough sitting down to eat and chat with people they may see every day but, because of today’s busy lives and hectic schedules, never really get to know” said a Croydon council spokesman.
“Sitting down to break bread is a simple, yet profound, act of community that can have a real impact – research shows that when people get involved, they feel good, and it has a noticeable effect on their area.
“Show your support and register your event at the national Big Lunch website, or talk to the council if you’re planning to hold a street party.
“All it takes is a 10-minute visit to www.croydon.gov.uk/biglunch “You will need to say where the event is to be held and what sort of facilities will be offered.
“Alternatively, call the council’s customer services advisers on 020 8726 6000, and the rest will be done for you.”
The application deadline for Big Lunch parties requiring a road closure, or those planned to be held in one of the borough’s parks or open spaces, is 8 May.
To make it really simple to apply to hold a party, the council will cover the costs of road closures and provide appropriate signs – saving each party more than £1,000.
Croydon council leader Cllr Tony Newman, leader of the council, said: “Since being introduced a few years ago, the Big Lunch has gone from strength to strength and I know that it’s an event that many look forward to each summer.
“As a council, we fully support the idea behind the Big Lunch as it engenders friendships and unites communities in a way that might otherwise never happen.
“I’d say to anybody thinking about organising a Big Lunch in their street, in their block of flats, or at their community centre, to go right ahead – you’ll have a good time, make new friends and, possibly, get to sample food you’ve never previously tasted.”
Go to www.croydon.gov.uk/biglunch to find the answers to frequently asked Big Lunch questions, as well as:
• a list of available green spaces;
• how to safely stage events;
• how to arrange road closures; and
• how to arrange the use of land around your estate.
Even if a Big Lunch does not involve a street party, the council are keen that events are registered so that the Big Lunch archive is updated with this year’s events. Email [email protected]
Useful Big Lunch links
• Get your 2015 pack FREE from the national Big Lunch website now!
• Celebrate the Big Lunch in Croydon here: www.croydon.gov.uk/biglunch
• The Big Lunch on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thebiglunch
• The Big Lunch on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thebiglunch
Croydon council are inviting groups to apply for funds to provide community activities within the borough. These activities could tackle negative behaviour or build on positive qualities within the community.
For information, please go to:
www.croydon.gov.uk/community/advice/tsfunding/funding/comminvest (Source: Croydon council press release.)
MIRIAM TOEWS AT BOOKSELLER CROW
Monday 27th April 2015, 7pm: Miriam Toews reads from All My Puny Sorrows
“2015 has certainly been a year of wonderment so far, and Miriam Toews’ planned visit to the shop, two days before the winner of the Wellcome Book Prize is announced, continues that stellar trajectory.
“We hope you’ll join us, and make it an unforgettable Monday evening.” Tickets include refreshments.
This month’s book club choice is Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel Meeting Weds 6th May from 7.30pm
This quarter’s FAT book club choice is 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (books 1-2) Meeting Weds 10th June from 7.30pm
The Bookseller Crow, 50 Westow Street, Crystal Palace. booksellercrow.co.uk