There is clear evidence the coronavirus pandemic is adversely impacting the UK’s Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.
Local West Norwood councillor Sonia Winifred is Lambeth’s lead for Equalities and Culture and has written to key stakeholders outlining her concerns. Sonia says: “Whilst I am pleased to hear the government will launch an inquiry into the disproportionality of BAME deaths due to COVID-19, I would urge the government to approach this as a matter of priority. Lambeth is recording the relevant equalities data in all of the support services that we are providing and for example making sure our BAME business community is accessing the support for business we have put in place locally , as well as accessing the government’s scheme.”
To see Sonia’s open letter in full see:
For local advice & help during the coronavirus crisis please see:
Despite lockdown West Norwood Feast is still on first Sunday of the month 10am to 4pm.
Go online at: https://westnorwoodfeast.com/sunday-3-may-stayhomefeast/
Something for everyone:
- Traders with special offers
- Musicians on live radio
- Children’s activities
- Yoga classes on zoom
- Birdsong walk on zoom
- Bean chili recipe to share on Sunday
Lambeth Libraries are closed during the coronavirus lockdown but there is a fantastic choice of extra online activities : e-books, audio books, newspapers & magazines, research your family history using the Ancestry database , quiz, book group chat , chat with writers, business advice, wriggle & rhyme sessions, film streaming.
Sign up here (top of the page) for the e-newsletter of events. (Next newsletter due out on Monday 4th May).
Don’t worry if you are not a library member – some activities are open to all.
West Norwood library waiting for end of lockdown
Since lockdown hundreds of residents have registered as new library members – to join just go online here.
Or speak to the library team on 020 7926 0750 between 9am and 6pm.
See details of regular online services here
Thames Water have revised their plans for Norwood Road again and will now not finish until 19th August 2020. The works are considered essential works so they are continuing during lockdown but at a slower pace due to social distancing.
The last 200m of mains pipes from Chatsworth Way to Robson Road will not be completed by Thames Water. Live waste water and other pipes have been found too close to the water main making it too difficult to replace the main.
Currently we have 2 sets of lane closures on Norwood Road controlled by traffic lights. Norwood Road at Knights Hill end will be re-opened to two-way traffic from the evening of Friday 24tH April. The traffic lights for the single lane outside Texaco garage will stay till the end of June.
The final stage of the mains replacement project will attach the 630m of new pipe to the main at Tulse Hill , involving a temporary diversion of the main so there is no disruption to the water supply. So from Monday 27th April there be lane closures again on Tulse Hill near its junction with Perran Road and some bus diversions around the one-way system. .
Robson Road will remain closed to north/west bound traffic. So the Herne Hill bound 322 bus will remain on diversion.
Thames Water intend to deliver a letter very soon with details of their plans to all households in the local area.
Thames Water is a private company owned by a series of investment companies through Kemble Water Holdings Ltd. It is regulated under the Water Industry Act 1991.
See our earlier posts:
Lambeth council wants to phase out the use of glyphosate (or Roundup) from April 2021. While trying out non-herbicide methods of weed control this summer 2020 (corona virus permitting) the council will continue its normal weed control programme.
In the meantime if any group of residents wants to weed their street and keep it glyphosate-free this summer please get in touch before the end of Sunday 5th April using this online form: https://forms.lambeth.gov.uk/GLYPHOSATEOPTOUT/launch
If you contact your neighbours please do so online or phone in line with government instructions to stay at home and social distancing.
For more details see:
Winning daffodils in 2019
The Lambeth Horticultural Society is based in West Norwood and runs the highly popular flower tent at The Country Show each July. They also put on a Spring and Autumn flower show competitions in St Luke’s church.
Due to the corona virus lockdown the 2020 Spring show goes online!
There are 3 flower categories: tulips, daffodils and mixed spring flowers. If you have taken up baking there is a hot-cross bun competition. And children can enter an animal made of recycling and a rainbow collage.
Send in photos before Friday 3rd April. So get snapping those spring flowers and send them in!
For details see: http://www.lambethhorticulturalsociety.org.uk/flower-shows/
Entries will be posted on facebook and we can all help decide the winners!
The first confirmed coronavirus case in the UK was 29th February. A month later we have at least 20,000 people testing positive in the UK . To stop the spread of coronavirus we must all stay at home. And if we have to go out – keep 2 metres apart from other people. And of course wash our hands!
All the detailed government guidance can be found online at: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Check this site regularly as there are frequent changes to the details of the guidance. Look at this site for advice if you have the coronavirus symptoms or feel unwell.
Lambeth council website has local information on coronavirus – see: https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/elections-and-council/about-lambeth/coronavirus-covid-19-information There are pages on: how council services have changed due to coronavirus; support if you have lost your job; help for vulnerable people; how to volunteer to help others; and the support available for businesses.
The council’s vulnerable people help line is 020 7926 2999.
In West Norwood we have lots of Covid19 mutual aid neighbourhood groups. See: https://www.facebook.com/groups/214918153220011/
Please take care when sharing confidential information online about vulnerable people. Sadly we need to be alert to scammers even at this time. https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/mar/29/coronavirus-social-disease-fraudsters-adapt-old-scams
Your local ward councillors have many contacts with local organisations and local people. Do get in touch if additional help is needed.
For our contact details see: https://moderngov.lambeth.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?bcr=1
To contact Helen Hayes MP see: https://www.helenhayes.org.uk/get_in_touch
Stay safe. We can get through this together!
Lambeth Children’s Centres run a wide range of free activities with babies & young children, midwifery services, advice sessions and much more. Ask your Health Visitor or baby clinic for details.
Or to help decide the sessions best for your family – phone or drop in to one of our local centres:
Benton’s Lane SE27 9UD 020 3409 0704
Crown Lane School SW16 3HX 020 8761 7139
Hitherfield School SW16 2LW 020 8835 9569
Streatham Hub SW16 6HX 020 8835 9569
And see the timetables online:
Norwood activities timetable
Streatham activities timetable
Tulse Hill activities timetable