THE MAN WHO BROUGHT RECORDED SOUND TO ENGLAND – PLUS STAR MAKERS AND BLUEBELL WALKS

THE MAN WHO BROUGHT RECORDED SOUND TO ENGLAND – AND ADVANCE NEWS OF NORWOOD SOCIETY’S NEW PROJECT: ‘MYHOUSEMYSTREET’

The subject of Norwood Society’s next local history meeting is Colonel George Edward Gouraud, the man who brought recorded sound to England, with our speaker, Howard Hope.

Howard is a lifetime specialist in the history of recorded sound and will talk about the Colonel and his Norwood house ‘Little Menlo’- otherwise known as ‘The Electric House’- and all the amazing things that happened there in the decade from 1888 when he bought it.

Little Menlo was a beautiful house on Beulah Hill that fell into neglect and was demolished. Today it would have been listed and a blue plaque would adorn the walls to celebrate the importance of Gouraud and his pioneering work. This talk is not to be missed and compliments the free exhibition at the British Library – ‘Listen: 140 years of recorded sound’.

It can be seen in the above photograph, of a recording session from December 1888, that conditions were very different from the recording studio of today.

We hope to see you on Thursday February 15th at 7.30 pm at the Upper Norwood Library, Westow Hill, SE19 1TJ

At our meeting on March 15th we will be launching our next project ‘myhousemystreet’ when Nick Tyson will be introducing a similar successful project in Brighton with pointers into how you can research your house and street. (Source: Norwood History)

STAR MAKER

Upper Norwood Library book club’s next meet is at the library hub on Westow Hill on Saturday 3rd March at 2.30pm when we shall be discussing Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon.

BLUEBELL WALK FOR ST CHRISTOPHER’S

Bluebell Walk

STEP OUT INTO SPRINGTIME IN KENT AND SUPPORT ST CHRISTOPHER’S HOSPICE

We are still in winter’s grip but signing-up to St Christopher’s Bluebell Walk on Sunday 29 April could be just the motivation that you need to look forward to spring. The walk in Cudham, Kent, is the hospice’s biggest fundraising event of the year, and with a choice of distances from three to nine miles it’s ideal for both families and keen walkers to step out in the countryside and help keep their local hospice running.

Debbie Slaughter, 59, from Bromley, explains why she supports St Christopher’s at every opportunity. Her daughter, Jenny, died at the hospice in 2013 aged 27.

“Jenny stayed at St Christopher’s for around six weeks and in that time the hospice became a home from home. “I had known St Christopher’s before as my mum had respite care here and so when Jenny came here from the hospital I felt an overwhelming feeling of relief. “It gave us such a sense of security; it was our safety net.

“We were so welcomed and looked after. I stayed with her all the time and we were even able to bring the dog in to visit. “She was always treated as a person, as an individual and not just another person in a bed. “She was never spoken over or about and was able to make her own decisions right up until the very end. “That’s so important”.

Jenny’s son William, aged six, adds, “I like to do the walk with my family and friends to raise money for St Christopher’s because my mummy died there and the money will help to look after other people and buy equipment to help them.”

The hospice hopes to raise around £50,000 in sponsorship from the event, to keep helping the 6,500 local people every year who turn to St Christopher’s for care and support.

Services are wide-ranging, and can include care in people’s own homes, welfare advice, acupuncture to relieve symptoms, cognitive behavioural therapy, and bereavement support (including specialist services for children and young adults).

The walk sets-off (and finishes) at Cudham recreation ground and takes in some of Kent’s most picturesque countryside. There are refreshment stops on the way and all the routes (a choice of three, five, seven and nine miles) are clearly sign-posted and marshalled. Vibrant bluebells should also be easy to spot.

The event takes place from 9am to 2pm. Registration for adults (12 years and over) is £5 in advance before 19 April, and children (age five to 11 years) go free. After April 19, registration can only be on the day of the walk, for an increased fee. Please visit http://www.stchristophers.org.uk/bluebellwalk for information.

The walk is held at Cudham Recreation Ground, Cudham Lane South, Kent, TN14 7QB (Source: St Christopher’s hospice).

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