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
We have another Thames Water burst water main outside West Norwood Cemetery at the junction of Robson Road and Norwood High Street. It will take about 5 days to fix. For details see: https://inyourarea.thameswater.co.uk/Work-in-your-area or phone 0800 316 9800 quoting ref 31070540.
Traffic will be severely disrupted with diversions through Streatham. Left and right hand turns by southbound traffic along Norwood Road from Lancaster Avenue will be restricted.
The 322 bus is on diversion.
Dawn Hill & Gerald Jacobs at the exhibition
If you or your family were in Brixton in 1960’s and 1970’s check out the photo exhibition in Lambeth Town Hall on until Friday 6th July.
Harry Jacob was a popular portrait photographer with Brixton’s black community. His studio was at 152 Landor Road. Pop into Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton SW2 1RW between 10am and 8pm Monday to Friday and try to identify people in the photos – post-it notes provided! Harry’s son Gerald was pictured at the opening last week with Dawn Hill, chair of the Black Cultural Archives.
And if you have any photos at home taken by LE Campbell, who had a studio at 82 Atlantic Road in the 1960s, please get in touch with the Black Cultural Archives in Windrush Square SW2 1EF.
For many more events in the Windrush 70 year anniversary programme see: http://www.windrush70.com/
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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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/ ]