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Rathbone Youth Club - Summer events

As some of you may remember at the AGM of the Norwood Forum there was an award given to support an outing to London for the youth club.  About fifteen young people will be taken to London to visit a number of sites including the Tower of London, the Shard and the South Bank.  The outing will be part of Rathbone's Summer programme running from 23 July to 31 August and there will other activities including sports and recreation, youth clubs, art and music, and a sports day with other local youth groups.  Any young personaged from 11 to 19, and up to 25 for young people with additional needs,

West Norwood library: update

The Head of Lambeth Library Services (Susanna Barnes) and West Norwood Library Manager (Maria Kwofie) gave a presentation at the Norwood Forum AGM on progress and the expected opening of the new Library in the late summer 2018. They were naturally cagey about the exact date not wanting to tempt fate but were optimistic and excited about what the future months hold. The flooring is currently being laid, shelving to follow soon after and then the first tranche of books would be ordered.

Norwood Forum AGM: Saturday 16 June (1pm)

Come to the Norwood Forum AGM to hear about the plans for the new West Norwood Library. Our current understanding is the Library and Cinema will open in late summer 2018. We will hear from the Head of Lambeth Libraries and the West Norwood Library Manager about their plans and the timescales. 

There will also be talks from local community groups including new initiatives and projects concerning youth, cultural and mental health

There will also be a short period of time spent on normal AGM business. 


Both the new zebra crossing by Harpenden Road and the pavement widening on a stretch of the Norwood Road have been criticised by some because it is felt that the consultations were not thorough enough and the concern that the reduction in parking on the main road will affect local businesses.  Many others have been very pleased with the improvements.  Norwood Forum is a participant in Streetworks and we believe that these changes were long overdue.  The wider pavements are more attractive for pedestrians, easier for mothers with buggies and arguably better for retailers who can now use the

Crystal Palace Festival: volunteering opportunities

Fun loving, flexible and free?

Your opportunity to help this festival take place. The Crystal Palace Festival runs from 11 – 17 June, and volunteers are sought in a variety of fields, ideally for six hours work.

Receive full training from industry professionals, have a fun filled shift while making new friends, be invited to regular social events and give something back to your community.

Volunteering applications

Festival events

Rathbone volunteering opportunities

Volunteers are sought for two exciting roles:

- new Board Trustees

- a fundraising volunteer

Rathbone has always received great support from our local community here in Norwood, and these roles are great opportunities to contribute to the operation and direction of this charity.

Full details are on the Rathbone website here.

There’s a great community spirit in West Norwood

Help make the area an even better place to live and work:

join the Norwood Forum Committee

We need your enthusiasm, time and willingness to get involved in the work of the Forum in connecting the local community and leading on real improvements across the Norwood area. 

New committee members bring fresh ideas, perspectives and skills, as well as enthusiasm to help the local community. What are you passionate about? We will want you to:

Wonder is putting together a ‘Guide of Community Assets’ and needs your help

What are ‘community assets’?
They are any ‘place’ – indoors or out – that could be used for an event. It could be for public events like workshops or live music nights, or it could be for private events such as a wedding reception or a surgery. The guide will list everything you need to know – location, resources available such as kitchen or kettle/chairs and tables, access information including parking, contact details and, of course, cost.

Lambeth Council elections: results

The results are in, and Labour has been returned to power in Lambeth and retains a strong position in Norwood. As a whole in Lambeth the breakdown of the total 63 seats (= 63 Councillors) were:

Labour:            57 seats   (-1)

Greens:             5 seats   (+4)

Conservatives:  1 seat     (-2)

And the results for Norwood were............

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