St Christopher’s annual Moonlight Walk is taking place on 21 October 2017 in Croydon; inviting everyone across the five boroughs where it supports patients and families to step out and raise money for the hospice’s bereavement services.

2017 is the first year that St Christopher’s hospice has held its four-mile Moonlight Walk in Croydon, which sets off at 8pm from Coloma School, Shirley Hills Road, Croydon, CRO 5AS.

Walkers can sign-in from 7pm and then take part in a fun warm-up Zumba session, before setting–off on the Moonlight Walk at 8pmfrom Coloma School, Shirley Hills Road, Croydon.

Stewards will be stationed all along the 4 mile circular route to cheer walkers along and keep them on the right track, and a wheelchair friendly route is also available.

Walkers will enjoy spectacular views of London by night en route from the Addington Hills Viewing Platform, and there will be a refreshment stop at The Chateau, in Coombs Lane. The event is being supported by the Rotary Clubs of Croydon.

Walkers need to register for the Moonlight Walk in advance before Monday 16 October at

The registration fee is £20 for adults, £10 for ages 12-17 and free to the under 12’s. Anyone aged 17 or under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian on the walk. The walk is a 4 mile circular route, which starts and finishes at Coloma School, Shirley Hills Road, Croydon, CRO 5AS.

Over 1,500 people received bereavement counselling from St Christopher’s in the past year, providing invaluable support for people coming to terms with grief and loss.

2017 is St Christopher’s 50th anniversary; 50 years since Dame Cicely Saunders founded St Christopher’s in Sydenham as the first modern hospice, and by extension, the start of the modern hospice movement across the Great Britain and the World. (Source: St Christopher’s hospice press release)


The next meeting will take place on Saturday 7th October at 2.30pm in the meeting room at UNL when you will be discussing Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch.  I had the books sent over a couple of weeks ago so they should be on the reservation shelf at Upper Norwood – please ask a member of staff if you can’t find a copy.

A new chair…not as in new furniture; excitingly we have a new librarian leading the group next month! Elisabeth isn’t new at all, actually, but an Upper Norwood stalwart whom many of you will recognise from days yore and maybe even days present, as Elisabeth still works at UNL part-time.

I mentioned at our last gathering that I’m due to work at Durning the next couple of Saturdays our meetings fall on.

Therefore it’s a huge relief that Elisabeth has agreed to lead the next couple of sessions – and on her Saturdays off; thank you, Lizzie!  Please make her feel welcome (as if it needs to be said) and have a great meeting. I’m very jealous as I really want to hear what you all think of Rivers of London; I’ve just finished re-reading it for the third time and will send my comments with Elisabeth. (Source: Upper Norwood library book club).


Plans to build a four-bedroom detached house at the top of Belvedere Road have been turned down in a delegated decision by a Bromley council officer.

1.The proposed dwelling at 4 Belvedere Road by reasons of its design, in particular, the proposed terrace area would appear incongruous and out of character with the surrounding area, detrimental to the visual amenities of neighbouring residents and the appearance of the Belvedere Road Conservation Area, contrary to Policies BE1 and BE11 of the Unitary Development Plan (2006) and supplementary planning guidances.

2 The proposed development, by reason of its design, siting and layout would give rise to an unacceptable loss of outlook to the occupiers of surrounding properties, whilst leading to a significant loss of privacy by way of overlooking to future occupants of the proposed dwelling, contrary to Policy BE1 of the Unitary Development Plan (2006) and supplementary planning guidances.      No 1 General Design Principles and No 2 Residential Design Guidance.

3 The proposal has the potential to lead to an increase in local residents parking on surrounding streets, thus generating considerable pressure to on-street car parking, leading to a significant risk to traffic and pedestrian safety, by reasons of illegal or unsuitable parking and on-street manoeuvring, which would be prejudicial to the free flow of traffic conditions and general safety in the highway, contrary to Policy T18 of the Unitary Development Plan.


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