Plus: Stallholders wanted for Overground Festival…lecture sets to claim Isambard Kingdom Brunel for London…Sensible garden in South Norwood – and Captain Sensible…Grow your own beer – the Palace Pint 2014

A NEW BUSINESS development manager is being sought by the Upper Norwood Library Trust.

“We are seeking an exceptional individual who can work with the trustees and local authority to lead the strategic development and implementation of the Upper Norwood library into a community learning hub through a range of social enterprise activities” said Robbie Gibson, who co-chairs the trust.

“This is an initial short term contract but with a view to extend subject to the development potential.

“The Upper Norwood Joint Library Trust (UNLT) is an new and ambitious social enterprise that is working to turn the existing Upper Norwood Library into a co-operative library and community learning hub for the residents of Crystal Palace.

“UNLT is a registered charity founded in 2013 by a small committed group of local residents who have successfully co-designed with the local authority a trailblazing model for the Upper Norwood library which is at the forefront of the co-operative library movement.

“The trustees have now secured funding from the Social Investment Business to take forward its business plan by developing a wider range of community learning activities and income streams, in addition to the core library services which are currently funded by two local authorities: Lambeth and Croydon councils.”

Please send a CV and covering letter to [] by March 21st 2014. Interviews will be in week April 7th.


Applications are now being accepted for prospective stall holders to attend the eighth Crystal Palace OvergroundFestival.

Whether its food, arts, holistic, vintage, jewellery, or craft items, all traders are welcome to tender.

If you are interested in applying for a stall, simply visit the website, read the accompanying notes and complete the stalls application form.

The deadline for applications is Friday April 25th.

THE 2014 Crystal Palace Overground festival will run from June 26th to June 29th this year.

The free four-day event, now in its eighth year and held at venues across Crystal Palace and the Upper Norwood Triangle is expected to attract upwards of 6,000 people.

The festival will start with fringe events on Thursday 26th and Friday 27th around Crystal Palace in anticipation of the main big festival weekend.

Westow Park will be the main festival hub on Saturday 28 with Sunday 29 focusing around the Upper Norwood Triangle.

Last year 155 performers and artists took part and 60 events were held throughout the area – a new record for traders and venues getting involved in the festival.

The festival is a free event that relies on volunteers, sponsorship, fundraising and the support of the local community. It is run entirely by a dedicated team of volunteers and is sponsored by local businesses.

For more information and to get involved please visit


“Brunel did not just build the world, he invented it. And he built it, he changed it, from south east London”
Professor Robert Hulse, Director of The Brunel Museum, London

Professor Robert Hulse is the latest speaker in Dulwich Picture Gallery’s ‘Contextual Lecture’ Series, and will present Isambard Kingdom Brunel: The Man who built the World at the gallery on March 25th.

The lecture will explore how the great engineer changed the world paying particular attention to his first and last projects in London.

Britain’s most daring engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859) is often thought of as a Bristol man, but he always lived in London. His first project aged 19 years was the Thames Tunnel, where he worked with his father on what was first dubbed ‘the Eighth Wonder of the World’.

In this lecture, Hulse will reclaim Brunel for London, explaining why his first and last projects in the capital are key to understanding everything he did.

“Brunel was the quintessential Promethean engineer who changed the world we live in” says Robert Hulse.

“His first project, the Thames Tunnel, has changed the shape, very essence of the cities we live in.

“His last project, the Great Eastern, changed trade and the shape of the world.

“Everything he did, he did with flair and showmanship. In everything he did, he worked beyond the parameters of established practice. “He was truly making it up as he went along.”

Isambard Brunel is one of 20 iconic figures discussed in Dulwich Picture Gallery’s Contextual Lecture Series 2014 which explores some of the most significant people who have changed the world.

The series continues throughout the year with pre-eminent specialists exploring the lives of key figures in history, philosophy, politics and religion as well as some of those who made ground breaking innovations in science and technology.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel: The Man who Built the World is at Dulwich Picture Gallery on 25 March 2014. All lectures will be held from 10.30 – 11.30am on Tuesdays throughout the year, in the Linbury Room.

Booking/ further information:
For more information about the series, please visit
Tickets cost £10 (£9 for Friends)
Tickets are available in advance online and on the telephone and there will be some availability on the door for each event on a first come, first served basis
For more information please contact Lettie McKie, Public Programmes Manager / 0208 299 8732
(Source: Dulwich Picture Gallery press release)


Almost 30 people from South Norwood, Shirley, Penge and Crystal Palace united to transform a long neglected piece of greenery on South Norwood High Street.

Crystal Palace Transition Town  joined forces with South Norwood Tourist Board and Councillor Jane Avis to help push forward their plans for a community garden on the land which is opposite the Harris Academy.

The patch was a depressing blight on the area strewn with rubbish and fly tipped builders waste for a number of years.

However the South Norwood Tourist Board and Councillor Jane Avis have plans to create a community garden and have had wooden bollards installed to try to stop further fly tipping.

The site  is set to be transformed into the Sensible Garden. The South Norwood Tourist Board have arranged for Captain Sensible who was educated in South Norwood to dedicate a new bench.

On Sunday the volunteers filled close to 50 bags of rubbish and other discarded items included a sofa, a bath, three toilets, broken window panes and rubble.

The community co-operation came about when Crystal Palace residents Nuala McLaughlin and Robert Gibson met the South Norwood Tourist Board and Jane Avis at the recent lake naming ceremony.

The Crystal Palace Transition Town “Palace Pick Up” initiative led by Anna Kostyrina has already cleared several other Croydon sites in Upper Norwood.

Robert Gibson who is on the steering group of Crystal Palace Transition Town said: “When I first saw the site it was terribly depressing, but the community response was fantastic.

“People made new friendships on the day and were really buzzed up with a sense of empowerment of reclaiming their space for their community.

“The gratitude and support of those walking past made it all worthwhile and Jane Avis seemed quite emotional about what we achieved on the day.

“I also have huge respect for the South Norwood Tourist Board and how they are strengthening the sense of community.”

The volunteers were blessed with a beautiful day and also had a refreshment break with tea and cakes and Jane Avis’s chocolate brownies were very popularly received.

The massive mound of rubbish collected for the council to collect was also toasted when volunteers adjourned to the nearby pub The Ship to enjoy a well earned celebratory pint. (Source: Crystal Palace Transition Town press release)


ORDERS FOR this year’s hops for people to grow their own beer have already been distributed.

The idea behind the scheme is simple: for local people to grow hops, which are then collected and turned into The Palace Pint beer by Penge-based micro-brewery Late Knights.

Last year more than 100 plants were grown (the target was just 40), and despite the terrible early-spring weather causing a few growing problems, the resulting beer was “pretty fantastic” say Crystal Palace Transition Town.

“It’s a great scheme to be involved in for all sorts of reasons:

• It gets people who might not otherwise consider wielding a trowel interested in gardening.

• The hops are easy to grow, look attractive and smell wonderful once ripe. They are a dwarf variety (Prima Donna), which grow to just 7-8ft so should suit most gardens/patios.

• We can all feel we’ve contributed to a truly unique and local product.

• It’s a chance to meet other like-minded beer lovers (or even plant enthusiasts).

• It’s part of an exciting and growing grassroots movement which, from its Brixton origins in 2012, has already spread as far as Wales.

• Late Knights will donate a generous amount of beer to the growers for a ‘bit of a do’ once it’s brewed. Last year’s was held at the Beer Rebellion (a local pop-up bar that sources from small producers) – in conjunction with our sister projects from Brixton and Hackney – and it’s fair to say a great time was had by all!”

A Palace Pint spokesman told News From Crystal Palace: “I’m afraid the hops have been ordered and distributed.

“For various reasons we didn’t have a chance to get the word out as much as we’d have liked (although we still had quite a few orders). “Next year hopefully we’ll let you guys know in plenty of time.”  21 Southey Street Penge London SE20 7JD …

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