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Cinema plans

Cinema designThe council has been working on  plans with City Screen , who run independent cinemas including Clapham Picture House, for a possible cinema in the Nettlefold Hall / Library Centre – beside the cemetery entrance.

Friends of West Norwood Library have arranged  to give local people  a chance to see and comment on the plans at an early stage.

Just drop in to The Old Library, 16 Knights Hill SE27 0HY on Saturday 20th October between 1pm and 4pm

The Nettlefold Hall / Library Centre has been closed after thieves stole the copper roof in June 2011. The latest plans are that   West Norwood Library goes  back into the Nettlefold and shares the space with a  4 screen cinema,  café and bar.

For detail see: http://www.facebook.com/FOWNL

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October is Black History Month

Lambeth has a great programme of events  see brochure for details here.

In West Norwood we have storytelling during half-term week on  Monday  29th  October at 2.30pm and on Wednesday 31st October at 3.30pm in West Norwood Library 14 Knights Hill SE27 0HY. All children and families welcome . Free entry.

And a Hip Hop history  by Rashid Nix on the evening of Wednesday 31st October at 6pm in West Norwood Library.

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Old Library Centre

West Norwood’s temporary library at 16 knights Hill SE27 0HY will be open again on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons . (The opening hours were reduced over the summer due to activity programmes in the Old Library Centre for young people.)

From Monday 3rd September the library opening  hours are :

  • Monday 10am to 4pm
  • Tuesday closed
  • Wednesday 10am to 8pm
  • Thursday 10am to 1pm
  • Friday 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Saturday 10am to 5pm
  • Sunday closed

Telephone 020 7926 8092

http://www.facebook.com/#!/WestNorwoodLibrary

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Library Summer Hours

Library Summer HoursThe opening hours for the temporary West Norwood Library have changed for the summer to give more space for the programme of  summer activities for young people.

Until Friday 24th August the library open hours are:

Mon 10am to 5pm

Tues,Wed,Thurs andFri  10am to 12.30pm

Saturday 10am to 5pm

Plans are being developed to move the library back to the Nettlefold Hall building asap.

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Future of West Norwood Library

Mike Smith at Children's Library in Nettlefold Hall

Mike Smith at Children’s Library in Nettlefold Hall

There has been a great response to the  council’s consultation on the future of the borough’s libraries  - and West Norwood library in particular where local people & ward councillors want to see the library back in the Nettlefold Hall building on Norwood High Street ( beside the cemetery ) as soon as possible. One of the outcomes of the consultation is that an independent cinema company is showing interest in getting involved.

A local Independent Cinema

Greenwich Picture House – A local Independent Cinema

Everyone in West Norwood is keen to see the shopping centre improved and have more places to go out in the evenings. A cinema, perhaps including  a café/bar, could make a big difference to West Norwood . We already have  the new swimming pool  under construction – would you  welcome a cinema in part of the Nettlefold Hall building as part of  more changes to West Norwood?  To let local councillors have you views please email  Cllr Mike Smith    {msmith10@lambeth.gov.uk}

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Temporary library moves again

Jane Pickard at The Old Library  opposite St Luke’s

Jane Pickard at The Old Library opposite St Luke’s

Whilst the main library remain close for repairs the  temporary library is  moving  on Thursday 1st March to The Old Library at Knights Hill SE27 0HY and will now be open on Saturdays.

At least for the next month the opening hours will be:

  • Monday 10am to 4pm
  • Wednesday 10am to 5pm
  • Thursday 10am to 1pm
  • Friday 10am to 12.30pm
  • Saturday 10am to 5pm.

More information on the council’s borough-wide libraries consultation on the future of libraries and an online survey form are available here.

Local residents supporting the re-opening of West Norwood Library .

Local residents supporting the re-opening of West Norwood Library .

The council has also organised  public meetings on the library proposals – all welcome :

at  6pm on Thursday 8th March at Elmgreen School, Elm Court Road SE27 9BZ, near Tulse Hill station,

at  The Old Library, Knights Hill  SE27 0HY at 7pm on   Wednesday 21st March

Local residents supporting the re-opening of West Norwood Library .

at The Old Library Knights Hill SE27 0HY  at   10am  on Thursday 29 March.

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Library consultation

Local councillors at the library building

Local councillors at the library

Your local councillors want a fully functioning library service for West Norwood. Our local library has long been at the centre of the community and a place to borrow books, hold meetings & social events or look up planning applications, to see friends, study, or even take a class or see a show.

Last year’s theft of the copper roof at West Norwood Library caused a great deal of damage and, to make matters worse, the subsequent discovery of asbestos has resulted in more delays and expense. The council is now awaiting detailed costs of the work to put this right. It will then have to identify funding for what could be extensive and expensive repairs.

Extensive repairs needed

Extensive Repairs Needed

In this current squeeze on council finances a creative and flexible approach will be needed to maintain West
Norwood’s Library services as with all services across Lambeth.

From now until 20th April, the council is holding a borough-wide consultation on the proposals for the future of the library service.

For details of those proposals & consultation see: http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/Services/CouncilDemocracy/Consultations/ACSConsultations/LibrariesConsultation.htm

For  National Libraries Day local groups have organised an event to support the re-opening of the library – this Saturday 4th February at 2pm outside West Norwood Library.

There will be a public meeting on the evening of Thursday 8th March at Elmgreen School, Elm Court Road, SE27 9BZ ( 6pm for 6.30pm start) as part of the council consultation.

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What’s the future of West Norwood Library?

Councillor Smith outside closed library

Cllr Mike Smith at library closed for repairs

West Norwood Library & Nettlefold Halls remain closed since June 2011 as a consequence of damage from vandalism and theft. When repairs started, asbestos was found and this caused a long delay. The asbestos has now been removed but the building is still in a very poor condition and  will take a lot of money to fix. A condition survey is being undertaken to identify  what further work is needed. The survey should  be completed during January 2012 and it is not possible to estimate an re-opening date for the  West Norwood Library and Nettlefold Halls until this survey is done.  In the meantime the building is secured to reduce the risk of further vandalism.

Cllr Nosegbe, chair of the Lambeth Libraries Commission, says  “There  will be a fully functioning library in West Norwood. Our libraries are essential, they are open to all and benefit everyone and we are working with the community to make sure a full library service is back serving our residents as soon as possible. The temporary library service currently available at the Lambeth Resource Centre is unsatisfactory. We want to deliver more for Norwood and we are looking at alternative sites, like the Old Library, for a better library service in the meantime. “

At a meeting in November with local residents there were  lots of constructive ideas on what people wanted in their future local library in West Norwood. A consultation process about the future of the building  is underway and the council is  seeking the views of the community, residents, library users and members of the Friends groups.

The Libraries Commission looked at the future of Lambeth’s library service bearing in mind  the council has much less money to spend. For details of the work of the Library Commission see http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/Services/CouncilDemocracy/MakingADifference/LibrariesCommission.htm

To get involved in the future of all of Lambeth’s libraries contact the council by emailing  LibrariesHaveYourSay@lambeth.gov.uk , text  07772 103 628 or phone  0800 013 1497 or 020 7926 6397.

The Friends of West Norwood Library welcome new members – email FWNL@hotmail.co.uk or see them on facebook.

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WHAT’S HAPPENING TO OUR LIBRARY?

Olu Opanuga, chair of Friends of West Norwood Library

Olu Opanuga, chair of Friends of West Norwood Library

The Friends of West Norwood Library have arranged a meeting at 7pm on Monday 14th November 2011 at the Old Library, 16 Knights Hill ( near the Post Office)  to hear the latest news on the library from the council and talk about the services local people want to see in the  re-opened library in West Norwood.

West Norwood Library & the Nettlefold Halls have been closed for repairs since June..For further information contact  FWNL@hotmail.co.uk

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Temporary library needed for longer

Jackie Meldrum at the temporary library in Parkhall Road

Jackie Meldrum at the temporary library in Parkhall Road

Repairs following the theft of the copper roof of West Norwood Library and Nettlefold Hall are underway . Unfortunately the repairs  have revealed asbestos, a building material commonly used in the 1950s to 1970’s.

The council is taking sensible precautions to deal with the asbestos  -unfortunately this means that the planned repair work is going to take longer than anticipated. In the meantime a temporary library is now operating Monday- Friday 10am to 4pm at  1 Parkhall Road SE21 8EH ( at west end of Robson Road beside the cemetery) where people can continue to borrow books until West Norwood Library reopens

Cllr Florence Nosegbe, councillor with responsibility for Libraries says “Please be assured that I want to see the library and halls reopened as soon as possible but Lambeth’s  first priority is to make the building safe. We ask library users to bear with us, as the safety of those working on the site has to be our top priority.”

Local library users have set up a supporters group called Friends of West Norwood Library.  They can  be contacted at FWNL@hotmail.co.uk   and via  facebook.   The Friends are encouraging as many people as possible to fill in the Library Survey – its online  & will only take a few minutes to complete : http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/surveys/acs/libraries/libraries.htm

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