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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Last FEAST in 2014

dec feastDon’t miss December’s West Norwood Feast day on Sunday 7th December 10am to
4pm. This month there is a new hub, Health & Wellbeing, in West Norwood
Health & Leisure Centre in Devane Way SE27 0DF joining the othe hubs: Fresh
‘n’ Green by York Hill SE27 9AF, Artisans market on Chatsworth Way SE27 9DJ,
Food Fair in St Lukes Gardens SE27 0HS , Retro Village outside Rosebery’s
SE27 0JD on Knights Hill, Health & Wellbeing at West Norwood Health &
Leisure Centre in Devane Way SE27 0DF.
Musicians & other entertainments throughout the day!
For details see: or on twitter: @WN_Feast
Note that 5th April is the first West Norwood Feast day in 2015.

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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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Xmas in Norwood Park

parkchrimboFriends of Norwood Park invite local families  to a Christmas Tree Dressing ceremony on Sunday December 14 th  between 2 and 4pm. Please  bring some decorations  with you and enjoy free mince pies  & a festive fruit punch at the Hungry Hippo park cafe.
Members of the choir at Christ Church will be leading the carol singing.  There will also be a small free gift for each child.  For details see

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Proposed new primary school in Crystal Palace

cryt schoolA new two form entry (60 children per year) primary school is proposed for Crystal Palace opening in September 2015 –  possibly located inside the park. For details see .  Drop in consultation on Tuesday 2nd December 1pm to 3pm at Phoenix Community Centre, Westow Street SE19 3AF.To have a say complete the online survey before 12noon  on Monday 22nd December

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Rock, Paper, Scissors

LARCHERock Paper Scissors is a new pop-up space in West Norwood at L’Arche 9 Norwood High Street SE27 9JU to show case crafts made locally. From designer/makers, to photographers, to stationery and crafts -there are many beautiful handmade wares on offer from over 20 local makers including hand made cards and candles by the L’Arche community. With Christmas now only a few weeks away, the shop will be open from 10am-4pm Thursday-Sunday and is the perfect stop-off for unique and original handmade gifts.

All welcome to drop in to the launch event on Wednesday 3rd December 6.30pm to 8.30pm
The pop-up is a collaborative partnership between Makerhood and West Norwood’s sustainable community project The Openworks hosted by L’Arche.
For details follow Rock,Paper, Scissors on Twitter @RPS_SE27 or on Facebook

Every Saturday 11am-1pm, this is a chance to sew, knit, tailor, upholster or craft at any ability at “The Stitch” workshop run by Tara at L’Arche – while having a gossip with fellow stitch fans!

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Helen Hayes standing for parliament

Helen and Tessa

Helen Hayes and Tessa Jowell MP

After almost 25  years as our local Member of Parliament, Dame Tessa Jowell  will be stepping down at the next  general  election .  Tessa has been a fantastic local MP and has been very closely involved in many key issues in West Norwood, including the delivery of the new Health and Leisure Centre, the setting up of Elmgreen School and West Norwood Feast.

The local Labour Party selected Helen Hayes to be the Labour candidate in Dulwich & West Norwood at the general  election  on 7th May 2015.  Helen has lived locally for almost 20 years and has two small children who attend a local school. Helen has a background in town planning and urban regeneration and she is currently a councillor in the constituency. You can find out more about Helen at or follow her on twitter at @helenhayes_.

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