West Norwood Cemetery is hosting an ‘Open Day’ this Sunday for people to
come and experience a fantastic array of free workshops, activities and
walking tours to discover more about this wonderful historic site.
Lambeth’s Heritage Lottery Fund Bid Project Team, Friends of West Norwood
Cemetery and Lambeth Bereavement Services will be on hand to answer
questions and talk about the proposed improvements to the cemetery.
The next stage of the £240k bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund is August 2018
– for more information or comments please email email@example.com.
Congratulations to Bob Callender and his team for winning £1.6million from the the Heritage Lottery Fund for the SLT, West Norwood’s own thriving repertory community theatre, based in the Old Fire Station at 2a Norwood High Street SE27 9NS. The much needed money will restore the building which is one of the few surviving original horse drawn carriage fire stations. The South London Theatre puts on 22 shows a year and will have to move to temporary venues fom April 2015 until works complete in 2016.
The Duke of Gloucester visited West Norwood Cemetery’s historic and unique catacombs on Thursday. The catacombs, designed by the architect William Tite, are rarely open to the public.They are significantly larger than in other cemeteries but are in a poor state of repair. The Friends of West Norwood Cemetery are working with Lambeth council on a Heritage Lottery Fund bid for money to restore the cemetery and build a visitor centre there.
Present at the royal visit, which was organised by Heritage of London, were Lambeth’s Mayor, Cllr Mark Bennett and Cabinet member Cllr Sally Prentice, who has responsibility for open spaces including cemeteries.
Friends of West Norwood cemetery organise free tours of the cemetery on the first Sunday of the month. For details see: http://www.fownc.org/
South London Theatre have persuaded the Heritage Lottery Fund to invest in the South London Theatre building on Norwood High Street SE27 9NS. The theatre is based in a Victorian fire station and restoration should be ready for early 2015 if all goes well . In the meantime the theatre has to raise another £250k .So to support our local theatre – become a member and see the shows http://www.southlondontheatre.co.uk.