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
A new holiday camp is opening this summer at St Mary’s Lodge (formerly Virgos Fidelis Preparatory School) Central Hill SE19 3FA . Camp Allstars is designed entirely by parents to meet the needs of children at a reasonable price ( £20 per day). Serving kids ages 5 -11, this new camp boasts fantastic facilities, a host of engaging activities and a talented staff.
The camp will open it’s door for the first session on 30/7/2018.
For details see: https://www.campallstars.co.uk/
Cllr Jackie Meldrum with the Open House directory
This weekend, 12th & 13th May and next weekend, 19th & 20th May, provides a chance to meet many of our local artists as they open their doors and studios. It is your chance to see their work and maybe get a bargain or acquire a masterpiece!
The studios and homes are open from 11am to 6pm – just look out for the Artists Open House signs. Or check out the directory at: http://dulwichfestival.co.uk/artists-open-house/
Roseberys Auction House have a taster exhibition at 70 Knights Hill SE27 0JD if you are not sure where to start….
Help shape the future of West Norwood by attending the Norwood Planning Assembly AGM and visioning event on Wednesday 25th April at 7pm at Portico Gallery 23 Knights Hill SE27 0HS. For details see: https://www.norwoodplanning.org/
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Promoting the film festival at Feast
West Norwood free film festival is running from Saturday 14th April to Sunday 29th April with at least one free film a day in venues across West Norwood. The festival is run by volunteers. Check out the details at : http://www.freefilmfestivals.org/filmfestival/west-norwood/ or follow on twitter @WestNorwoodFFF
And if you make films why not enter the 48 Hour Film Challenge (WNFFF 48h) over the weekend 13th to 15th April . The competition is open to any team or individual – register your interest at email@example.com
West Norwood Feast last April
The first Feast Day in 2018 is 1st April – Easter Sunday. From April to December the first Sunday of every month is a West Norwood Feast markets day- run by volunteers.
Markets & activities are at Artisans’ Market (Chatsworth Way SE24 9HR), Food Fair (in the garden of St Luke’s church SE27 0DT), Retro Village (Rosebery’s 74-76 Knight’s Hill SE27 0JD), Family Hub (outside the West Norwood Health & Leisure Centre, Devane Way SE27 0DF) and Fresh & Green (along Norwood Road from the corner of York Hill SE27 9AF). And lots of free musical entertainments too!!
For details see: http://westnorwoodfeast.com/blog/
And if you haven’t taken a cemetery guided tour yet – its 2.30pm on 1st April – meet at the main gate. [ https://www.fownc.org/events/ ]
Our park covered in snow
The council is proposing some changes to the park beside the leisure centre: fencing off the children’s play area to keep out dogs, bringing back meadow flower beds and a new shrub flower bed.
Drop in on Thursday 22nd March between 3pm and 6pm to the community room at the West Norwood Health & Leisure Centre SE27 0DF to have your say or before the deadline of Friday 6th April go online at: