What happens to our rubbish?

Paper for recycling

The waste in our bins is collected by Lambeth council and taken to Smugglers Wharf SW8 and processed for reuse, recycling or for turning into energy.

The next virtual tours ( on Zoom) of the plant at Smugglers Wharf are on Thursday 26th  Nov at 1pm and Wednesday 2nd Dec at 6pm . This is a chance to see how our rubbish is processed and put to further use.

To book you place see: https://wrwa.gov.uk/schools-adult-groups/online/

Western Riverside Waste Authority run Smugglers Wharf for the boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea , Lambeth and Wandsworth

@WRWA

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Children under-five

Norwood’s  Children Centre is up and running after lockdown with most activities now based at 18 Benton’s Lane SE27 9UD just off Gipsy Rd .

‘Stay and play’ and other face to face sessions are social distancing so you have to book  your place on 020 3409 0704. Other “virtual” activities are one to one telephone calls and some group sessions are via facebook.

For details of the Norwood Children’s Centre programme see [attached pdf]

Please phone 020 3409 0704 for advice on what sessions might best suit your child.

Lambeth’s Family Information Service online directory has lots more information on a wide range of activities and services for children:

https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/children-young-people-and-families/family-information-directory

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Virgo Fidelis school to close

The Roman Catholic secondary school for girls on Central Hill SE19 1RS is planning to close in August 2021.

Admissions were suspended for year 7 students in September 2020. Year 8 , 9 & 11  students are attending the Virgo Fidelis site but Year 10 students are attending St Marys in West Croydon CR9 2EE

Virgo Fidelis no longer has a 6th form and pupil rolls have been falling recently – with a  corresponding impact on school budgets. The Victorian buildings date back to 1848 and so are exepensive to repair.

Croydon council is consulting on the closure – to have a say  fill in the form linked below before the deadline of Oct 23rd.  

https://getinvolved.croydon.gov.uk/project/672

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Parks survey

Every year the council asks residents what they think about our local parks. During 2020 lockdown and social distancing parks have been the best place for exercise, relaxation and the place to meet friends and family.

Our local parks include: Knights Hill Wood, Norwood Park, St Luke’s church, Streatham Common and Tivoli Park.

To have a say and suggest improvements to your favourite local park please fill in this quick survey by Saturday 31st October:

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKLAMBETH/bulletins/2a28b08

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Black History month 2020

October is Black History month and this year Lambeth Libraries have drawn up a brilliant programme of mainly online activities.

There is something for everyone in the programme – just check out the brochure and book the sessions in advance that you want to attend here.

Cllr Sonia Winifred said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about and celebrate African Caribbean Heritage and Culture, which influence and enrich all our lives.”

@BHMLambeth

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Can you run a baby & toddler group?

The council is looking for an organisation to take a 10-year  lease on the One O’clock Club building in Norwood Park SE19 1EA (near the café off Salters Hill). The service must run at least three “stay and play” sessions a week for children under-five and their parent/carers.

To see the building please book a 10 minute site visit on Thursday 1st October 11am to 1pm  OR  2pm to 4pm on Monday 5th October.

For details see ‘norwood park call for proposals’.(pdf)

Deadline to submit a tender with a 3 year business plan is midday Sunday 11th October.

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Lambeth community directory

Lambeth has a diverse and active community & voluntary sector.

To find out about our local organisations use postcodes to search Integrate’s Community Directory: https://integrateagency.co.uk/voice/

To get listed on the directory email  contact@integrateagency.co.uk .

And join the Integrate mailing list for excellent regular email newsletters on advice, funding and training.

Age UK Lambeth have a specialist directory for organisations focussed on the social care sector: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/lambeth/our-services/mycommunity-directory/

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Safer Streets for Schools

Schools start to go back next Wednesday. And the council is developing a temporary scheme to help with social distancing on the journeys to and from school.

The road outside selected schools will be closed for 1 hour 30 minutes – twice each school day. These timed road closures will be at the start and the end of the school day: 7.45am to 9.15am and 2.15pm to 3.45pm during school term time.

Julians School

In Norwood the schools taking part in the scheme in September are:

  • Elm Wood SE27 9RR : Carnac St closed from Hamilton Rd to Clive Rd
  • Hitherfield SW16 2JQ: Hitherfield Rd closed from Mount Nod Rd to Leigham Vale.
  • Julian’s SE27 0JF : Wolfington Rd closed from Casewick Rd to Knights Hill St
  • Luke’s SE27 0DZ , Linton Grove closed between Basil Gardens and Elder Rd

More schools are expected to join the scheme in coming weeks.

To provide feedback and for more information see:
https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/parking-transport-and-streets/streets-and-roads/school-streets

Transport for London (TfL) is increasing bus services to help with safer journeys to school.
https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/media/press-releases/2020/august/tfl-urges-children-to-walk-cycle-and-scoot-to-school-to-help-children-safely-return-to-the-classroom

We are still waiting to see when the government requires TfL to replace the free children and youth fares. The new fares are expected to be 50% of adult fare so 75p fare for most trips.

To support the campaign for free fares for children sign this petition here.

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Staff wearing masks in shops & cafes

Social distancing is key to tackling the coronavirus pandemic. Do you want to see staff wearing face coverings in shops, pubs and restaurants in West Norwood?

Please complete this quick survey to let our local businesses know what local people think about staff who are meeting customers face to face.

https://poll.app.do/shop-staff-wearing-face-coverings

So far 53% said “it makes me uneasy and I might avoid that business” in response to the question: “How do you feel about visiting shops, restaurants or other businesses where staff choose not to wear face coverings, excluding staff behind screens ”

Station to Station is the business organisation for West Norwood businesses . They publish an excellent business directory of our local businesses:

https://stationtostation.london/directory/

Also see:  https://www.facebook.com/StationtoStationWNandTH

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Our Leisure Centre is Back !

Cllr Winifred by our pool

West Norwood Leisure Centre is back with  a wide range of activities: gym, swimming, classes. Every activity has to be booked to keep us safe with social distancing .

Children’s swimming lessons start again in September.

Opening hours are now  6.30am to 9pm Mon- Wed;  6.30am to 8.30pm Thurs-Fri;  and 8am to 5.30pm weekends.

To book its easiest to use the Better GLL app: https://www.better.org.uk/news/download-the-better-uk-app

Or try the web site: https://www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/london/lambeth/west-norwood-health-and-leisure-centre

If you are not online drop by the leisure centre in Devane Way off Knights Hill  SE27 0DF (opposite West Norwood train station ) and  the staff at reception will book  you in.

To check the social distancing rules see: attached (pdf file)

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