West Norwood Festival

openworks festivalThis Saturday 25th October 10am – 4pm meet up with local residents for walks, talks, eating, making, cooking, sewing, gardening, thinking and much more. Based at Portico Gallery , 23 Knights Hill SE27 0HS and other local venues . All welcome. For details see: http://www.theopenworks.org/#joinusforthefestival-section

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Makeover for Tulse Hill Hotel

Matt & Jemma

Matt & Jemma

The Tulse Hill Hotel at 150 Norwood Road SE24 9AY is getting a new look under its new management. Jemma & Matt will be building on their experience from The Salthouse in Abbey Rd, north London to create a gastro pub for West Norwood. Look out for the opening before Christmas.

A great addition to the wide range of places to eat out in West Norwood – soon to be followed by Antic who have the go ahead to turn the shop site at 294 Norwood Road SE27 9AF into a restaurant & pub.

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Piano studio

Photo by Titus PowellLooking for piano or singing lessons? Maite Aguirre, a Spanish concert pianist , has a studio near Tulse Hill station. For details see: http://www.southlondonpianostudio.com/ or Twitter @MaitePiano

To hear Maite playing see:


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U3A – University of Third Age

Jean & Jenny

Jean & Jenny

University of the Third Age is run by volunteers and is a marvellous opportunity for retired and semi-retired people to come together and learn, not for qualifications but for the pleasure of learning and chance to make new friends.

West Norwood has its own U3A branch that meets every third Wednesday of the month after lunch at The Park Tavern at 56 Elder Road, SE27 9ND
All new members will get a warm welcome. Contact Jean or Jenny http://u3asites.org.uk/code/u3asite.php?site=403&page=4

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Youth Club at Old Library

Youth workers: Jamel & Ibtisan

Youth workers: Jamel & Ibtisan

All young people aged 11-19 and up to 25 for people with disabilities are welcome at West Norwood’s youth club in The Old Library, 16 Knights Hill SE27 0HY. Run by Rathbone, the Club nights on Tuesday & Thursday 5pm – 8pm and Friday 5pm – 9pm cover a wide range of activities. For details see: http://rathbonesociety.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Activities-2014.pdf

Rathbone are also looking for more volunteers : trustee, gardeners, cooks, youth workers and social media. If you can help contact Roy volunteers@rathbonesociety.org.uk

To book a meeting/event room at The Old Library try the online booking system: http://rathbonesociety.org.uk/the-old-library/bookings-enquiries/

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Crystal Palace Sports Centre

Have a say on the future of the sports centre [http://www.better.org.uk/leisure/crystal-palace-national-sports-centre#/ ] in Crystal Palace Park. With the new Olympic sports facilities at Stratford the London Mayor is working on future plans for a smaller Sports Centre in Crystal Palace Park. Plans being considered include demolishing the indoor and outdoor athletics tracks and shifting the 25m learner pool to the diving pool. The 8-lane 50m pool will be retained and the main sports hall for up to 40 different sports. The future of more specialist facilties like squash courts and the sports physio clinics will depend on demand. There are proposals to build a new primary school by the athletics track and rebuild Capel Manor, the horticultural & animal husbandry college.

To find out more visit the exhibition in the foyer of the Sports Centre, Ledrington Rd SE19 2BB between Monday 13th October and Friday 31st October. To speak to people involved in the project come to the Sports Centre on Thursday 16th October 5pm to 6pm or on Saturday 18th October 9.30am to 5pm.

Deadline for comments is Friday 31st October via this online survey: http://survey.euro.confirmit.com/wix/p1838870106.aspx11649360815_54ddfb1aa9_onewsportscentre

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Snooker Club

Elizabeth at the Club  last week

Elizabeth at the Club last week

West Norwood’s Snooker club, run by Elizabeth Ward, is now closed as the council has agreed plans to build 9 flats above Iceland. Local people, including an elderly lady who held her wedding party in what was then the Banqueting suite, have been making farewell visits to a West Norwood institution.

For details of the new flats see our post on 8th March https://westnorwood.wordpress.com/tag/snooker-club/

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