This weekend marks 70 years since the arrival of the Empire Windrush. On 22 June 1948, 492 passengers mainly from Jamaica arrived at Tilbury Docks. The majority of the first passengers made their home in Lambeth and the streets around Coldharbour Lane in Brixton quickly became the nucleus of the Jamaican community in London.
Pathe news shown at Tea party in Lambeth Town Hall
Lambeth Town Hall hosted much of a new musical heritage and was the location of the famous No Colour Bar dance in 1955.
Lambeth council is spearheading the Windrush 70 campaign and commissioned the official anniversary design from young local Lambeth designers.
Sadly, this year’s celebrations have been accompanied by the Conservative government’s “hostile environment” policy which has made many of the Windrush generation feel unwelcome in their home.
This weekend is not only about recognising the contributions of the Windrush generation, against the backdrop of a hostile government, but we will also celebrate the importance of immigration and embrace our tolerance, openness and diversity.
See Cllr Winifred’s blog about the importance of celebrating Windrush:http://www.lambeth-labour.org.uk/windrush_weekend
This Sunday 17th of December many of our local churches are holding a carol service: All Saints SE21 8JY at 4pm St Luke’s SE27 0HS at 6.30pm, Lansdowne Evangelical SE27 0AR at 6.30pm, St Peters SW16 2SD at 6.30pm, Chatsworth Baptist SE27 9HN at 7pm and Christchurch SE19 1DP at 8pm. All welcome.
This week brings the countdown to the festive season starting off with Small Business Saturday on 2nd December. Look out for balloons adorning the shopping street , along with our West Norwood Christmas tree funded by our business community and decorated courtesy of the lovely people at Floral Hall.
Come to the Feast markets on Sunday 3rd Dec 10am to 4pm for music, food and local shopping http://westnorwoodfeast.com/festive-feast-sunday-3-dec/ Pop along to L’Arche for mince pies, mulled wine , candles & stocking fillers at their Christmas Fayre at 21 Idminston Rd SE27 9HE on Sunday too. and drop into the library on Knights Hill for childrens activities and poetry!
And next week is the Feast’s annual Christmas Lights event on Sunday 10 December 3pm 7pm at St Luke’s Church SE27 0HS.
St Matthew Church are holding an Autumn Fair this Saturday 18th November between 11am and 3.30pm at 37 Norwood High Street SE27 9JU There will be raffles, toys, refreshments & more. All welcome . Adults £1.
Lansdowne Church SE27 0AR is celebrating its 150th birthday with a free community day on Saturday 4th November 11am to 3pm. Food, face painting, baby clothes, toys, games, crafts & more.
This coming weekend is a great opportunity to visit, for free, buildings & places, most not normally open to the public, across London.
In West Norwood we have our Clock Museum at 6 Nettlefold Place, SE27 0JW on Saturday 11am to 6pm – tours every hour. And 90 minute tour of the cemetery on Saturday 2pm, 2.30pm and 3pm – meet at main gate on Norwood High Street SE27 9JU
See details of over 800 of sites and download the app from https://openhouselondon.org.uk/
Over 200 local artists are opening their studios this weekend as part of Dulwich Festival. Browse, chat or buy ceramics, fine art, glass, photography, sculpture, prints, textiles and more.
For detail see: https://dulwichfestival.co.uk/artists-open-house 20 & 21st May 11am to 6pm