Upper Norwood Library Trust has received a cheque for £1000 from Neville De Souza director of Crystal Palace-based developer Lightbox.

The money was donated from the commission on art sales sold at Lightbox’s elegant redevelopment of the Thicket pub on Anerley Hill, which was the venue for a number of sales of local artists’ works.

Lightbox’s Neville De Souza said: “The Upper Norwood Joint Library is a much loved part of our local community and we have been tremendously impressed by the efforts of the local community and the Upper Norwood Library Trust to safeguard its future.

“We will continue to explore other ways with which we can show our support.”

The Upper Norwood Library Trust, a registered charity, has raised in excess of £60,000 in development and project funding and is set to take over the governance of the independent library which is funded by Lambeth and Croydon councils.

The Upper Norwood Joint Library was the victim of particularly swingeing cuts from Croydon council, which resulted in a number of staff being made redundant and its opening hours being reduced from five days to three days a week.

Robert Gibson co-chair of the Upper Norwood Library Trust said: “We are very grateful not only for this very generous donation, but also for Lightbox letting us host fundraising events in its stylish Thicket redevelopment, and committing to continued support in the future.

“The local community, businesses and artists have all rallied round to support our much loved library.

“We will all be looking to all local politicians to acknowledge how important our library is as a key anchor of our social and economic community infrastructure.

“We will be seeking commitments from all parties to fund the restoration of  opening hours to five days a week rather than the current three-day a week, forced on the library by budget cuts.” (Source: Upper Norwood Library Trust press release)


With proposals to redevelop Crystal Palace park, a group of local residents have started The Information Project to publicise the possibilities for the park and to help create a critical, intellectual debate about the identity of community, place, culture and design for the twenty-first century.

The group is organising a programme of debates featuring high profile architects, developers, planners, politicians and London based broadcasters, thinkers and writers. There are also plans to include local residents in a visioning exercise.

Noreen Meehan, who chairs the Crystal Palace Overground Festival and one of the project organisers said “Crystal Palace is an extraordinary place to live, with myriad aspects to its cultural heritage.

“The park has been the scene for many of these activities. “The debates and events we are organising will draw thinkers and experts into a conversation about what the future should be for this enigmatic and beloved space and what culture actually means during our lifetime.”

Local architects Dagmar and Christopher Binsted are co-curators of the debates.

The first debate: Who owns culture? Park, space, building takes place on
Wednesday April 30th at the Salvation Army centre, Westow Street, Upper Norwood at 7.30pm.

Chair: Cany Ash, founding partner of multi-award-winning architects, Ash Sakula
Panellists: Douglas Murphy – architect and writer, his blog covers architecture, music politics and philosophy and he is the architecture correspondent for Icon Magazine; Val Shawcross, London Assembly member for Southwark and Lambeth; Tom Brown, an author, his novel Strange Air is a chilling Victorian fairytale set in Crystal Palace park; and Gus Zogolovitch, managing director, Solidspace – an established design-led developer.


Saturday April 26th

CRYSTAL PALACE FOOD MARKET bottom of Haynes Lane / top of Bedwardine Road. Saturdays 10 am to 3 pm.

“Meat, vegetables, fruit, eggs, honey, bread, cakes, salads, hot foods, the Cafe Thing, coffee, tea, pastries, cheese, dairy and munch munch more.”

Kids: 11.30am-12.00 Action adventure storytelling with Brooke from Little Supernovas £1 per child.  Creative drama workshop suitable for all ages.

Kids (& big kids): 10am-3pm ‘Pondering the Park’ with local community organisation MWAH CIC.  Tell Brónagh & Nicola about your favourite day spent in Crystal Palace park & they’ll mark it on a giant map and record your story. For the little ones there will be park-themed colouring, drawing and sticking. FREE.
 Twitter: @MWAH_CIC
Hot lunch from Flippin’ Nell: Spiced flatbreads with feta, roast aubergine, harissa & mint garlic dressing with herbed salad, (add merguez sausages to meat it up), galettes with goats cheese, toasted walnuts, spinach, beetroot, red onion relish. Full English galette, crepes with usual + seasalt caramel and peanut brittle.
Patchwork Farm:  Lots of seedlings on the stall this week, plus market salad (50p) and herbs (30p). Bay, oregano, jack-by-the-hedge and more.
Tiger Spring Tea: Back with their ever popular freshly scented Real Earl Grey, hand blended English Breakfast tea and many more. Find Nigel and his teas on the Patchwork Farm stall.
Meat of the week:  20% off organic/biodynamic sirloin steaks from Brockmans Farm.  Plus, did you know Jacob’s Ladder sausages are always gluten free?
Cheeses of the week: Jared from London Cheesemongers says “No mozzarella yet but the Staffordshire made, raw milk goats curd can be used in similar ways, such as……salads with tomatoes and herbs or with beetroot, leaves and nuts. You can roll it up in a wrap with pesto and roasted vegetables or add it to a simple dish of pasta, peas and mint. My favorite is to eat it on toast with a little garlic and olive oil, very spring!” Full line up of cheeses here.
Fish: Fresh Fish… cod fillet £15.50kg, Cornish hake £17.95kg, salmon fillet £18.95kg, organic salmon steaks £4 each, sea bass fillets (as featured on BBC Radio 2) £2.70/100g, whole sea bass (as featured on BBC Radio 2) £15.95kg.  Smoked Fish… naturally smoked haddock fillet £16.95 kg, Manx kippers £1.50 each, smoked sprats £1.65/100g, smoked cods roe £2.70/100g, hot smoked salmon fillet £2.50/100g, cold smoked salmon £3.50/100g duo of gravadlax £7.90 for a 200g pack.  Shellfish… dressed crabs £6.50 each, live Cornish mussels £6kg, Cornish rock oysters £1.25 each or 6 for £7, Pallourde clams £13.50kg, large tiger prawns £2.25 each or 5 for £10, white tiger prawns £2.20 per 100g, langoustines £2.65/100g.
Cakes from Chas & Momo:  Chas says “I got chocolate tartlet, lemon tartlet, raspberry cheesecake Brownie, sea salt caramel brownie, I got creme brulee tartlets with espresso & vanilla, Earl Grey flavoured too. A few more things I haven’t decided yet,  also sour dough croissants,  brioche chocolate buns. Plus some bread.”
Gluten free from Owl Kitchen: Chocolate fudge cake, apple cake, vegan lime drizzle, beetroot torte, chocolate chip cookies, carrot cake, lemon drizzle, brownies, plus all her usuals.  
Handmade Palace: Find a gift and card while you do your food shopping.  This local artists and makers showcase stall is now weekly.
Buskers Paradise: Live music kindly arranged by Steve Broe.  If you’d like to perform, get in touch with Steve directly.

Food bank collection: every week at the market.

Transmitter Magazine: We have copies of the independently run local magazine at the Patchwork Farm stall.
Follow us on twitter @CPFoodMarket or join us on Facebook.

A new independent coffee shop has opened in Crystal Palace. BOYCE DA ROCA is now operating from Palace stalwart Bambinos at 28-32 Church Rd. You can follow them on twitter or facebook. (Source: Crystal Palace Chamber of Commerce)


THE CRYSTAL Palace Business Bagel, scheduled for Wednesday April 16th, has been postponed until Wednesday May 21st due to the school holidays.

The Crystal Palace Bagel meet at Casa Cuba Bar & Restaurant 99 Church Road (corner of Belvedere Road) Crystal Palace  SE19 from 7.30am to 9 am.

The Croydon Bagel will go ahead as planned on Tuesday May 6th. Venue: Matthew’s Yard, (off Surrey Street) Croydon from 8.30 am to 10 am.

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