West Norwood has its own pool!

Sonia Winifred at the West Norwood pool

Sonia Winifred at the West Norwood pool

Monday 28th July is the opening day for West Norwood’s own leisure centre.The 100-station gym is due to open at 6.30am and the pool at 12 noon.

Labour’s Sonia Winifred says” This is brillant news for West Norwood. A swimming pool and gym on our doorstep! “

Located in Devane Way SE27 0DF, opposite the West Norwood train station, the new centre is phasing its opening. For the first 2 weeks the pool will open to the public from 12noon to 8pm on weekdays and 10am to 3pm at weekends .The 100-station gym will be operate from 28th july 6.30am to 10pm. Exercise classes start from Monday 8th August.

For more details see: http://www.better.org.uk/leisure/west-norwood-health-and-leisure-centre

or phone 020 8761 1159

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Italian coffee lounge with wi-fi

Gianluca at Creative Aroma

Gianluca at Creative Aroma

Have you been to Creative Aroma at 166 Norwood Road SE27 9AZ – near Tulse Hill station? All cakes and breads baked on site- including lovely baked cheese cake!.

Gianluca also makes birthday cakes to order and caters for events. Email askus@creativearoma.co.uk

Facebook: CreativeAroma . Twitter @CreativeAroma

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New look shutters

shutters template+red idea_blackLook out for these new look shutters to be installed at the beginning of August on shop fronts at 485-491 Norwood Road SE27 9DJ  (opposite B&Q). and to brighten up West Norwood’s main shopping street.

The design by Tania Jackson, of local business Red Idea, was chosen by local people in partnership with the West Norwood Feast market and the council.

Network Rail pulled out of the project to brighten up West Norwood’s rail bridges with large coloured panels ( see post 9th May ) & so this project will not go ahead.

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Weekend jobs at Lambeth Libraries

Lambeth-20140716-00909Interested in working Saturdays and/or Sundays in one of Lambeth’s libraries?

There are  vacancies for:

Customer Services Assistant ACS 0502

Weekend Assistant Librarian ACS 0501

Apply by the deeadline on  Sunday 27th July 2014


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Leisure Centre to open 28th July

Cllr Jackie Meldrum with petitions

Cllr Jackie Meldrum with petitions

The great news is that West Norwood Leisure Centre is opening its doors on 28th July 2014!

The project has a long history. It only became a real possibility once residents & local Labour councillors started campaigning with MP Tessa Jowell in 2008 for West Norwood to have its own  leisure centre.

Jackie Meldrum, pictured with just some of the petition from residents, said  “It was the tremendous support from local people that led  Labour-run Lambeth council and Lambeth NHS to get together and build a joint Health & Leisure Centre. By working together we are making West Norwood a wonderful place to live. “

Vociferous opposition to the project came from the local Conservative party whose leading members still remain opposed to the Health & Leisure Centre.

The Leisure Centre is on Devane Way SE27 0DF, opposite the Knights Hill entrance to West Norwood train station . It has  a 6-lane 25m swimming pool, a 100-station gym and a dance studio/ group exercise room.  Health services are due open in September.

For details of activities at the Leisure Centre see:



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Lambeth Country Show

Lambeth-20140718-00922The 19th and 20th July weekend is the 40th Lambeth Country Show- in Brockwell Park SE24  11pm till 7pm. Free entry

From West Norwood just get on the 196 or 68 or 468 bus.

Something for everyone:  music, animals, plants, flowers, food, shopping , slides, sports, jobs, advice………… don’t miss it!




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School’s Out: Summer Holiday Activity Programme

holiday aEvery year Lambeth organises and funds a fantastic Holiday Activity Programme HAP and a Summer University SU for children and young people in the borough. The vast majority of the activities are free and HAP caters for children from 8-15 whilst the SU has courses for young people aged 11-19. Activities take place all over the borough, and the HAP includes opportunities to learn African dance, bag making and creative writing, or to go to ‘Grooveschool’, become an online journalist or an expert in the decoration of cupcakes. Summer University courses include Skiing, Soccer School, a Summer Reading Challenge and a chance to dance with Ballet Rambert.

You can download the Summer University brochure and the Holiday Activity Programme. They include details about dozens of activities, and also have a useful list of all the 1 o’clock clubs, adventure playgrounds and youth centres in Lambeth along with other provision. Have a look and publicise to young people and families you know. Register early as places may get booked up quickly.

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