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Help plant thousands of trees this autumn

This summer, London became the world’s first National Park City, a commitment to make the capital greener, healthier and wilder. Now the London Mayor is giving away thousands of trees for Londoners to plant during National Tree Week, 23 November - 1 December 2019. You can take part in three ways:

Crystal Palace planning news

Westow Street: McDonalds

The McDonalds’ application for change of use of the old Living Well Satisfies site in Westow Street was rejected by Croydon Council. The grounds for refusal were increased levels of activity around the site at anti-social hours and the implications for congestion and highway safety of vehicles stopping at the planned McDonald’s.  Police concerns about the increased likelihood of crime and anti-social behaviour were cited specifically.  There is certainly the risk of McDonalds appealing the decision, but this is definitely round one to the local community!

Breaking news - Father Xmas to visit Upper Norwood!

Visit Santa in his cosy reading room this Christmas! Deep in the recesses of the Upper Norwood Library Hub building a lost room has been discovered. This hidden hallow is home to ancient and rare books only a library can preserve. This is Father Christmas’s secret reading room. A sanctuary for him to rest, think and invent new toys. He is inviting you to come and visit him and share your Christmas tales.

Robes Project: volunteering opportunities

For the past few years St Luke’s Church West Norwood has participated in the Robes Project, a homelessness project that arranges for around 75 rough sleepers in Lambeth and Southwark to have a hot meal, a warm bed and a fortifying breakfast, in a church building, through the winter months from November to mid-January.

Lambeth Community Events Training Programme

Applications to this training programme are now open, subject to eligibility.  The Community Events Training Programme aim is to deliver a training programme that builds on and further develops the skills and knowledge of our local community event organisers.  The training will also share best practise with regard to community safety, sustainability and community engagement. ​ Training is delivered by Lambeth Events staff (EventLambeth) with speakers from other Lambeth departments and external agencies.

Dementia Screenings

West Norwood Picturehouse has revamped its dementia-friendly screenings. A classic movie will be shown monthly on Thursday mornings.  All the info. is set below. Details of West Norwood Picturehouse screenings can be accessed via the link in the side bar under our events section or here.

The Start-ups in London Libraries programme

This programme includes sessions to be held at West Norwood Library. It is designed to help aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs from all walks of life to turn their business idea into a reality, or to elevate their new business to the next stage. Through a network of 10 London borough libraries, they deliver grass roots business support almost directly to your doorstep.

Whether you have always wanted to start a business, or have just taken your first steps into entrepreneurship, they will give you the skills, information and know-how you need to build a viable business.

Become a Community Connector

Community Connectors are local people who link others in their local community with activities and organisations that can help improve their quality of life. Lots of people in Lambeth do this naturally on a daily basis in unpaid capacities with no training or formal support, whilst others do it as part of a structured volunteering role in local community organisations.

Harpenden Road pocket garden

Norwood Forum committee members joined local gardeners to spruce up the circular bed on the corner of Harpenden and Norwood Roads.  Previously the space had been used as a private car park until it was converted by the Streetworks team into a green space maintained by the community.  Hopefully for drivers stuck at the temporary lights this will prove a pleasant distraction.  If anyone would like to adopt the bed and tend it on a regular basis do let us know: info@norwoodforum.org.  

Street trees in Norwood

Norwood Forum has been working with Lambeth Council and Open Orchard to identify planting opportunities to increase the number of trees in our area. The Forum is pleased that Lambeth Council is now funding the provision of new tree pits and street trees where pavements and roads are being renewed as part of their “Highways Improvement Scheme”.