Plumbase store on Westow Hill closes but….. TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS WINDOW DISPLAY LIVES ON IN LIBRARY
The traditional Christmas window display – much-loved by local children – which featured in the former Plumbase store on Westow Hill will be on display again this year – in the windows of Upper Norwood library.
Joe Field, who had designed the Christmas window in Plumbase for the last eight to ten years, told News From Crystal Palace: “I had so many people asking me when was I going to start the window.”
“I was on a visit to the library with my wife. “I thought ‘Perhaps they would like it in here’ and they said ‘Yes’,” added Joe, who lives on Beulah Hill.
Joe’s window display is being complemented by a mural on the actual windows by artist and part-time teacher Suzanne Pink who had taken a flyer into the library and was asked if she would like to help with the Christmas display.
Both Joe and Suzanne have given their services free for the display.
FROM THE ARCHIVES: December 2012
PENSIONER JOE’S ‘AWESOME’ AWARD
PENSIONER JOE FIELD has won an ‘awesome’ award – for his annual Christmas window displays.
Joe received his ‘certificate of awesomeness’ at the awards ceremony for Crystal Palace and Norwood Chamber of Commerce’s first Christmas window competition in ‘recognition of his own annual display’ in Plumbase (formerly Bradleys) on Westow Hill.
While Joe didn’t carry off first prize he was praised by Mark Richardson, a former chamber chairman. “There’s this chap who spends hours and hours putting an awful lot of love and care and effort into this window. “It might be a plumbing shop but all the kids stop and stare. “This is why we thought we’d have a special award.”
Handing over his certificate on behalf of Crystal Palace Transition Town, Mr Richardson told Mr Field: “It’s a tremendous thing you’ve done for the village.”
Joe said: “I do it because I like to see the kids enjoy it – the mums and dads all come round. “I suppose I’m a big kid myself.”
PETE AND MYLENE ELLIOTT COMPLETE TEN MARATHONS IN TEN DAYS
Pete and Mylene Elliott have raised more than £500 to help save the Central Hill estate community where they live after both running 10 marathons in 10 days.
They are hoping to reach a target of £1,000 via the justgiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/SaveCH
A world record was broken during it by another of the runners, Adam Holland.
“A genuinely lovely guy who hung around sometimes for hours after he finished his sub three-hour marathon to support us and see others finish” says Pete. “He deserves all the credit he gets for his achievements!”
410 BUS ROUTE
The 410 bus route is being diverted during next Monday.
Harris Academy Crystal Palace: Friday 9 and Monday 12 December 2016
Maberley Road will be made one way southbound, between its junctions with Mowbray Road and Sylvan Road, and Sylvan Road will be made one way westbound, between its junctions with Maberley Road and Auckland Road, on the above two dates between 4pm and 9pm to facilitate events at the school.
PARK DINOSAURS ARTICLE
Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs and others have highlighted an interesting article on “The Strange Victorian Dinosaurs of Crystal Palace Park”.
“Great read for a foggy Wednesday morning” tweeted the Friends – see cpdinosaurs.org – as a pterodactyl flew in out of the mist. The article can be found on http://www.amusingplanet.com
CAN YOU HELP TRANSPORT 13 RAILWAY SLEEPERS?
The Bluebell Railway at Horsted Keynes has offered to donate 13 railway sleepers to use in the Portland Road community garden outside the swimming pool next spring. The sleepers are 8′ 6” (2.6m) long and weigh around 90-95 kg each.
People for Portland Road in South Norwood have to collect them between Monday and Friday before the end of December.
“We are looking for somebody who has a suitable flatbed vehicle who is willing to do this for us” say PPR.
“Help will be required to lift the sleepers on and off, so we are also asking for people who can help with the lifting. “There may be help from the collection site with a forklift truck, but this has not yet been guaranteed. “Any helpers must wear steel capped boots and use gloves.”
“An alternative for us is to hire a suitable flatbed. “If we did this, we would need a driver who is aged over 25 and has had a clean driving licence for at least three years. “The licence must cover Category C1.”
Do you have a suitable vehicle?
Can you drive one?
Can you help lift?
If you can help please contact People for Portland Road at: