Category Archives: Swimming Pool

West Norwood’s swimming pool

West Norwood Leisure CentreThe 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:

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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:

Or try the web site:

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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Parking in Devane Way

Parking bays on Devane Way

Parking is very limited in Devane Way SE27 –  the road leading  up to West Norwood Health  & Leisure Centre. Most people access the centre on foot.

Next week the parking bays will be repainted to clearly indicate where parking is permitted for up to 10 minutes. Parking enforcement teams will visit from time to time. They will issue tickets to vehicles they see parked for over 10 minutes.

Barrier with buzzer


There are 5 parking spaces for blue badge holders right outside the Health & Leisure Centre. Anyone with limited mobility who needs to park or be dropped off must use the buzzer beside the barrier to speak to reception.

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Play area outside Leisure Centre

New play equipment for children aged 5 to 11 is due to  be added to the play
are outside our Leisure Centre in time for summer 2019 .

Do let us know which are your favourite play items. Please come along to the
consultation drop on Thursday 14th February between 3.30pm and 5.30pm in the
Community Room at the West Norwood Health & Leisure Centre, Devane Way SE27
0DF .

Or complete the online survey at:

Deadline is 11pm Friday 1st March

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Junior Gym at WNHLC

Jack & Christian

Jack & Christian

Jack & Christian run special gym sessions for young people age 11 to 16 at West Norwood Health & Leisure Centre (WNHLC) . After school in weekdays the sessions are 3.30pm to 6pm  Monday to Thursday and a bit longer on Fridays 3.30pm to 6.30pm. Weekends are 10am to 12.30pm .

With a “pay as you go” card the sessions are £2.10 each. Monthly membership is £13.85/£11.80 and includes swimming. And circuit training on Wednesdays at 4pm.

Girls and boys welcome.  Phone  020 8761 1159 for details or drop in to WNHLC at Devane Way  SE27 0DF ( opposite West Norwood train station) .

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Norwood Forum meeting

9529335203_b258027ecf_zFind out what’s happening in West Norwood at the Norwood Forum at 7.30pm this Wednesday, 16th March, at The Old Library , Knights Hill SE27  0HY

The Forum is a chance to have a say on services at West Norwood Health & Leisure Centre; the Norwood Road &  Tulse Hill one way system project; library -cinema project and progress on a Planning Assembly for Norwood and anything else in West Norwood that people want to talk about! All welcome.

Norwood Forum is run by local people. To get contact them email :

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Our swimming pool

poolOur lovely swimming pool has been open for a year.  To celebrate, the leisure centre is holding an open day on Tuesday 28th July  6.30am to 10pm . Everyone is welcome to try out any of the sports & leisure facilities for free. If you have not visited the West Norwood Health & Leisure Centre ( WHNLC ) yet this is an opportunity not to be missed!

The WNHLC is in Devane Way SE27 0UT , opposite the West Norwood train station.

For details of leisure activities at WNHLC see:

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CEO visits West Norwood

Lambeth-20150331-01778Lambeth’s new Chief Executive visited West Norwood last week. Pictured here at Joe Hunte Court sheltered housing scheme, off Knights Hill,  Sean Harriss  met residents who showed off their new kitchens & bathrooms with walk-in showers. Sean also toured the West Norwood Health and Leisure Centre. Follow Sean on twitter @SeanHarriss

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Freeze for Trees

DSC_37331@JonSnowC4  and @DoonMackichan are joining the Freeze for Trees – Mid Winter Swim  fundraiser event at Brockwell Lido SE24 0PA  on Saturday 13th December. You can choose whether to swim a lap or two, or just jump straight in and out. Organised by Trees for Cities. Registration £15 from 10.30am &  jump in at 11.30am.

Participants enjoy a hot shower afterwards, a goodie bag, a complimentary hot drink and mince pie, festive live music, and a whole lot of Christmas cheer. Fancy dress is strongly encouraged and there will be prizes for the best outfit.
Spectators are most welcome; there will be hot food and drink available – including some delicious mulled wine, provided by The Lido Cafe.

All funds raised from the group jump-in will help Trees for Cities to continue planting trees in streets, housing estates, schools and parks, to grow stronger neighbourhoods, enhance urban landscapes and improve health and happiness.

Take the plunge and sign up at:

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Young athletes and Olympic medalists alike have joined the campaign to save the sporting facilities at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre (NSC), which are under threat as part of the Greater London Authority’s proposals to redevelop and downsize the NSC. The young athletes are backing the campaign organised by Crystal Palace Sports Partnership (CPSP), formed of a partnership of local sports and leisure clubs, and other NSC stakeholders who were left out of earlier “top down” consultations with GLA’s appointed consultancy CSM Strategic. Find out more about CPSP’s campaign at:

South of England 3000m champion Alex Yee (16) is anxious that he will be left with nowhere to train as the proposals could see the athletics track, stadium, and indoor 100m track go to make way for a new school. Crystal Palace parkrun and triathlon events may also go as the GLA is proposing a new access road from the NSC to Crystal Palace Park Road. Alex, who is the UK’s fastest under17 on record for the non-championship distance of 5km (14 minutes 40 seconds) and regular parkrunner, said: “Crystal Palace Sports Centre is vital to my training as a Triathlete. Several times every week during the winter, spring or summer, I swim in the pool, ride on the perimeter road and run on the track. “Crystal Palace was where I was first introduced to Triathlon when I took part in a Kids of Steel event when I was eight. I then joined Crystal Palace Triathletes as soon as they started a junior section and have been training there every week ever since. “I have won many races at Crystal Palace including the Crystal Palace Triathlon, London Youth Games Aquathlon and SEAA 3,000m. Now that I am in the Triathlon England Talent Squad it is essential that I have access to a facility where I can safely train for all three Triathlon disciplines.”

Three meter springboard medallist Annabel Triggs (13), from Kenley, is also worried that the GLA’s proposals will leave her with nowhere to train because there is no provision for a dry gym, and the proposal to put in a moving floor in the diving pool would make the higher boards unusable. She is a member of the Crystal Palace Diving Club, one of the most successful clubs competing in this country, which regularly produces national champions and sees its divers progress to Great Britain and World Series level. Annabel is already National Age Group Bronze medallist on the three metre springboard and competed in Rome in July and in Lund, Sweden, in November.She said: “The 2012 London Olympics were fantastic and DID inspire me and many of my generation, but two years later, this development threatens to take away the facilities young athletes have available in South London, and close successful and long standing sports clubs. Is that really the Olympic legacy for us?”

The CPSP, under chairman John Powell MBE, lobbied for and won an extension to the GLA consultation on the future of the NSC. Its petition ( has also gained the support of the NSC’s sporting alumni. The Olympic 400-metre gold medallist Christine Ohuruogu MBE said: “It’s a shame that a pivotal, memorable and hugely historical icon of British athletics is on the brink of being taken away. Grassroots to champions, that is Crystal Palace athletics track.” Donna Fraser, current President of South of England Athletics Association and Olympic 400m finalist at the Sydney Olympics, said: “I am absolutely appalled to hear the future plans for Crystal Palace NSC. This venue has been a key training and competition venue for many sports for many years. Those who make such proposals have no idea of what damaging impact this could have for the community and future Olympians – they need to speak to the coaches, athletes and parents to understand the need for Crystal Palace and take their blinkers off”.

CPSP chairman John Powell said: “The mix of grassroots, community and sporting activities intermixed with elite training sets the NSC apart from other venues. The loss of this amazing regional sports centre would be a devastating loss, not just for the local community, but also for sports access for South London and the South East.” CPSP is calling on local people to support the campaign by writing to their councillor and Assembly members to keep these invaluable sporting facilities for Crystal Palace and the local community.


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