Happy New Year!
We’ll be helping you get 2019 off to a good start this weekend as we return to the Woods for some fresh air, fun and fitness. Join us on Sunday morning, 10am – 1pm. Meet at the Church Road end.
Our new notice boards have been delivered and we’ll be installing the first one at the top entrance. We’ll also be doing some work in the Upper Wood: clearing litter, weeding the garden and removing overgrown holly, ivy and dead wood to let more light into this dark area.Back in December…
Last month we set up a reindeer-making workshop in the Woods and the kids went home with their own wooden reindeer to help Santa with his sleigh on Christmas night. We also cleared a dead laurel bush and litter at the Auckland Road entrance, where we’ll be putting up our second notice board.
Tree identified!
We recently identified an Atlas Cedar on the edge of the Woods. This is one of our biggest trees, native to the Atlas Mountains in Morocco – another one of the exotic species we believe was planted in the Victorian period. The tree is off the main path,  but you can get a good view of it from Stambourne Way. We cleared some ivy from the trunk last month and found owl pellets at the base, so we’ve identified it as one of the sites where our owls are nesting.Coming up
The dates for our next three activities will be:
  • 10 February
  • 10 March – building Habitat Boxes
  • 14 April

and the second Sunday of every month. More details to come….

See you in the Woods!
Friends of Stambourne Woods


Next Bagel date: Tue 15th January at 9am

Coffee Craft(at the Stanley Halls)
12A South Norwood Hill
London SE25 6AB
at 9am 
This event is £10 to attend (non-refundable) which includes breakfast and your FREE bagel directory listing.
We hope to see you there…

Expo Announcement!

Come and talk about our winter trade show The Enterprise Junction. A fantastic local business expo just next door at the Stanley Halls.

Enterprise Junction at the Stanley Halls

A winter trade show for business connections

What is it?

A shout out and celebration of the amazing capacity for locality of business and employment in The South East.

At The Enterprise Junction, businesses can:

  • Promote themselves through sponsorship, publicity, display stalls, networking, attending seminars and giving talks

  • Explore the business potential of The Stanley Halls and the surrounding area

  • Meet potential clients and employees​

Where is it?

It is literally at The Stanley Halls SE25, the whole of it; three halls, networking and workshop spaces, cafés and bars and business resident’s studios.

When is it?

All day on January 23rd, 2019

Saturday 26th January, 4pm

St John the Evangelist, London SE19 2RX
Mozart: Symphony No 27 K.199 in G
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A K.622

If you live in South London, this is an incredible opportunity to hear the best in classical music, right on your doorstep! In addition to Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, we will also perform his Symphony No. 27 with its unusual scoring of strings, two flutes and two horns, rather than the usual two oboes. This symphony is performed far less often than many of Mozart’s masterpieces, so it’s an extra treat for our Upper Norwood audience. There will also be a Q&A on stage with Michael, who will be interviewed by our very own Sebastian Comberti. At 16, Michael won the woodwind prize in the first BBC Young Musician of the Year competition and at 22 made his American début at Carnegie Hall, New York. Since then he has performed as a soloist with many of the world’s major orchestras.

As part of our mission to bring world-class classical music to Upper Norwood these concerts are sponsored to ensure that those who are disadvantaged, those who may not normally be able to afford to see classical music stars at top venues and our young people, get a chance to enjoy their virtuosity for free. When you purchase your ticket(s) you will get the opportunity to purchase a further ticket(s) for £5, which will enable someone less fortunate to come along to this concert. Please consider sponsoring an extra seat and spread the love for classical music!

In addition to our community seats, we have also got 100 Priority tickets on sale. These exclusive £25 tickets include an invitation to a private champagne reception with Michael and the orchestra after the concert, plus reserved seating and a concert programme.

This is a very important concert for LMP and we look forward to welcoming you at SJUN for an exciting Saturday afternoon of exceptional music making! Book your tickets soon, as there will not be any for sale on the door.



The free recycling of real Christmas trees begins in Croydon next week with kerbside collections taking place across the borough over two weeks.

Trees left on the kerbside will be collected on the same day as general waste bins, just remove all decorations and any plant pot or tree holder so it can be recycled.

Put your tree out alongside your black general waste bin. Please make sure the tree does not block access to your other bins.

Trees should be left inside the property boundary to avoid blocking the pavement.

Cllr Stuart Collins, cabinet member for clean and green Croydon, said: “As the festive period draws to an end you can start 2019 with a positive step and help the planet by recycling your tree.

“We’ve introduced a new collection regime and new bins across the borough help boost the recycling rate to more than 50 per cent over the next two years.”

Trees left out with household waste will be collected from Monday 14 January.  You can check your collection date online. (Source: Croydon council press release)


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