THE CRYSTAL PALACE is the subject of the latest talk to Norwood Society’s local history group in their new home at Upper Norwood joint library this Thursday (April 17th).

Phillip Emery of The Crystal Palace Foundation will bring to life the history of the Palace which did much to influence the development of the area.

The library is in Westow Hill (corner of Beardell Street). The talk starts at 7.30pm. Meetings are now being held “upstairs” in the children’s library on the ground floor. Entry and refreshments are free but donations are welcome to cover costs.


THE ‘QUESTION AND ANSWER’ evening at the Queens hotel on Church Road was a ‘resounding success’ say Crystal Palace Chamber of Commerce.

The ‘Question Time’-style event which asked: “What are the important questions and priorities to be addressed from local businesses and the local community in terms of how Crystal Palace’s future evolves?” was a “resounding success, with inspiring contributions from the panel and passionate and committed questions  from the floor” say the Chamber..

“Topics covered were varied: from how to maintain the independent nature of our area’s trading community and the difficulties of working with the five councils that span Crystal Palace to the proposed Tramlink which has been promised for 2020” said a Chamber spokesman.

“There was also a frank discussion on the proposals for the development of the top site.

“One interesting avenue for investigation was the suggestion of instigating a parish council to represent Crystal Palace, rather than rely on the fractured management by five councils  with different priorities.

“A thank you to all those attended and raised pertinent questions.

The panel consisted of three local GLA Assembly members Val Shawcross (Labour) Darren Johnson (Green), Steve O’Connell (Conservative)  and the Bromley Lib Dem councillor for Crystal Palace ward Tom Papworth,  and was  “expertly chaired” by Jonathan Croucher, the vicar of Christchurch Gipsy Hill.

The Chamber has expressed a “huge thanks” to Pritam and the directors of the EuroHotel Queen’s hotel for their generosity in making the Balmoral suite available along with a spread of food and refreshments; to Darren Hatch of SRL Sound Lighting and Rental who provided the PA system and sound monitoring for the evening and to Sue Giovanni who video recorded the event.

The Chamber say they have all been encouraged by the support of both the trading and local communities to host other events as the year progresses.

The event was video recorded and is now online and can be viewed either via the Chamber’s web site or live at the Friends of Crystal Palace Subway web page for those who could not attend.

THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE welcome anybody who has business expertise to apply for a position on the board and assist us in developing further the Chamber of Commerce as a vibrant forum to represent businesses in Crystal Palace and Norwood. And we also welcome associates who wish to join us.Please email us at


TRANSMITTER MAGAZINE are sponsoring a boules tournament in Westow Park (near the Church Road entrance opposite the top of Fox Hill).

The knock-out event starts on Thursday April 17th and continues on Thursdays up to the final on Thursday June 26th.

The rules for boules can be found on page 10 of the Transmitter’s latest – Spring – issue. The first game will be the first played on the boules court since it was installed.


RESIDENTS AND TRADERS in a vast area of the Triangle were without water for a few hourtsd on the morning of March 31st.

A Thames Water spokeswoman told News From Crystal Palace: “Unfortunately we had a problem with one of our pumps at Norwood water booster station which led to some customers losing their water supply and others receiving poor water pressure.

“We had a team on site very quickly to investigate the problem and the pumps were fixed and everything back to normal by lunchtime.”

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