Sunday 2nd April 10am to 4pm is the return of West Norwood Feast Festival for 2023.
Music, food, shopping, meet up with friends – something for everyone.
Pictured is Helen Hayes MP & Cllr Ibtisam Adem at 2022 April Feast.
Check out all 4 sites where Feast activities are taking place:
- St Lukes Church Gardens SE27 0DT
- West Norwood Health & Leisure Centre gardens SE27 0DF
- Outside Library -Picture House SE27 9JU
- Chatsworth Way SE27 9DJ
Feast Festival is run by local volunteers on first Sunday of each month from April to December.
For more details see: https://westnorwoodfeast.com/
The swimming pool at West Norwood Health & Leisure Centre (WNHLC) is due to reopen in July 2023. The men, women and families change areas are due to reopen by early April. Other services at WNHC such as the Knights Hill GP surgery and most leisure activities continue to operate as usual.
The WNHLC and surrounding park is funded via a private finance scheme with the NHS. The structure of the building, and so the repairs, are the responsibility of the private finance company . Last year unfortunately faults were identified in some parts of the building and the swimming pool and change areas had to be closed temporarily.
From 1st April 2023 Lambeth council is running its leisure services “in-house” as “Active Lambeth” and ending its contract with Better GLL. Existing Better memberships and direct debits will be transfered automatically but you should receive a notification email about the transfer. For more details see: https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/active-lambeth
A new small local grants scheme up to £5k for projects to improve community health and wellbeing has opened. Only a simple form is needed and the deadline is 9th February.
Projects must aim to benefit one or more of these priority groups:
- People from Black, Asian and multi-ethnic groups
- Parents and carers on low incomes (particularly lone parent families)
- Young families
- People experiencing poor mental health
- Isolated men (mainly single isolated men)
- Older people
- People with disabilities/and or suffering with poor health.
For more details see attached notes on the application form [word document]
Norwood Forum is managing the scheme: https://www.norwoodforum.org/gipsy-hill-health-wellbeing-small-grants-fund-round-one
They have an online information session 6pm-7pm on Thursday 27 January. To get the zoom link please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If your group is not on line please phone 07946 218 501 and we will pass on your contact details.
This year Lambeth libaries and others are putting on a fantastic wide range of events – online and face to face – so there is something for everyone. Check out the brochure and book through eventbrite.
In West Norwood there are two children events in West Norwood Library SE27 9JX at half term:
- Tuesday 26th October at 2.30pm a workshop with Venessa Taylor author of Baller Boys
- Saturday 30th October at 2pm Serlina Boyd talks about her new book – Cocoa Girl Awesome Hair
And between 10am and 5pm Saturday 9th October a pop-up market of art, fashion jewellery, hair & skin care in the library – cinema community hall.
Our local councillor Sonia Winifred, Lambeth cabinet member for equalities & culture says: “Please take this wonderful opportunity to learn about and celebrate African Caribbean Heritage and culture which is influencing and enriching our lives”
This September’s Lambeth heritage festival is a great mix of over 50 online or in-person events. There is something for everyone and most are free events. A big thanks to Lambeth History Forum and Lambeth Archives for organising .
Check out the web page to see what’s happening and book:
Sessions about West Norwood include:
- Sat 11th Sept 11am, in-person, tour of West Norwood Cemetery
- Mon 20th Sept 7pm, online talk about Great North Wood
- Sun 26th Sept 2pm or 3pm in-person tour of Park Hill at Henry Tate Mews, Streatham Common North, SW16 3HA
This year the free flower show is back – in person – at St Lukes church SE27 0HY. Lots of lovely flowers but also home baked cakes, art & handicrafts . If you are up for a challenge why not enter one of the many categories. The deadline to apply is Wednesday 1st Sept – 15p per entry.
For details see: https://www.lambethhorticulturalsociety.org.uk/flower-shows/late-summer-show-4-september/
West Norwood Feast is back again in 2021 on Sunday April 4th between 10am and 4pm. The stalls will be hot & cold food stalls only: Food Fair stalls will be spaced out safely in St Lukes church gardens SE27 0DT and the Fresh n Green stalls in the Village Green around the Leisure Centre in Devane Way SE27 0DF.
Next month Feast is hoping, lockdown rules permitting, to open its full range of stalls in the early May bank holiday weekend – Sunday 2nd May.
For more information see:
@WN_FEAST twitter & instagram
Admiral are in the slot machine business and have applied for planning permission to turn the empty Ladbrokes betting shop, on the one-way system at Tulse Hill, into an “adult gaming centre” for over-18s.
Both betting shops & adult gaming have the same planning use – “sui generis” – so there is no change of use.
What the planning decision will take into account is matters such as: an active shop front adding to the vibrancy of the area around Tulse Hill train station; any impact on transport; any impact on crime & anti-social behaviour; any impact on “amenity” or character of the area and immediate neighbours.
To comment on this application before the decision is made please go online to the Lambeth Planning portal and use ref 20/02984 for 172-176 Norwood Rd SE27 9AZ. The decision is due to be made at the end of December.
Over 20% of the adult gaming centres in the UK are part of Luxury Leisure Talarius which uses the Admiral brand. Admiral say they offer the ultimate gaming experience, showcasing the best casino and classic slot games available on both the most technologically advanced slot machines and traditional “fruit machines.”
Local Labour councillors from Thurlow Park ward have already objected to Admiral’s planning application.
If Admiral get the go-ahead they will also need to advertise when they apply for a gambling license. This licensing process gives local people 28 days to comment.
There will be over 45 stalls at the West Norwood Christmas markets this Saturday 12th Dec 11am to 3pm. Visit the stalls centred around Norwood High St beside St Luke’s church SE27 0DT. There’s something for everyone!
And of course our local shops are open too . Check out the fantastic range of retailers in West Norwood town centre in this business directory: