FILM FESTIVAL RESCHEDULES (hang on to your tickets – and T shirts!) say organisers…South London Theatre Centre postpone this week’s show…Ruskin talk cancelled…and a message from the Met

CRYSTAL PALACE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL POSTPONED TO LATER IN THE YEAR

FROM CPIFF:

Hi all

We do hope everyone is well in these bizarre times!
With the latest government change in guidelines on public gatherings, unfortunately the venues and ourselves have to postpone Crystal Palace International Film Festival to later in the year.
PLEASE USE YOUR TICKETS LATER IN 2020 WHEN WE RESCHEDULE. CPIFF does not receive any public or arts council funding and has a VERY tight budget to adhere to. We rely predominantly on ticket sales along with the kind support from local business advertisers, especially our main sponsor Martin & Co. With our substantial costs already spent to bring you CPIFF 2020, two thirds of our event has not taken place.
If everyone asks for a refund, unfortunately CPIFF may well have to come to an end. After 11 years building CPIFF into the ‘UK and London’s Coolest Film Festival’ it would be a tragedy for this fabulous area as a whole.  
Your tickets will still be valid when we find a new date in 2020 to screen these amazing films and hold our very special event. Hopefully, they will also be in great demand when people start going out again, in which case you will be in a great position! For the awards finale we will find a mutual date when Johnny Vegas is available. However, if you still want a refund do get in touch.

We do thank you for any and all assistance you can give during this unprecedented, strange period.

We also want to thank our amazing volunteers – the backbone of the festival. Please keep your T-shirt safe for when we return… 
TOGETHER, WE’LL BE BACK!
Keep safe and well.  CPIFF

FROM SOUTH LONDON THEATRE CENTRE:

We wanted to let you know that we’ve postponed this week’s show, Do Not Disturb, as one of the cast members is self-isolating in accordance with the current advice from Public Health England. Anyone who has already bought tickets should already have received a refund through TicketSource, and we’ve been in touch with anyone who bought tickets directly through our box office. We have also postponed the shows that follow in accordance with Monday’s statement from the government.
This means all SLT activities at the Old Fire Station have ceased for the time being until government guidelines advise otherwise.
This decision has not been taken lightly, and we know how disappointing it will be for those involved in shows and activities at SLT. But we hope everyone understands the importance of looking after our whole community.
We’re currently working on plans for our 2020 Autumn Winter season and will be doing everything possible to give any shows that can’t go ahead now another opportunity to perform at a later date. More news on this will follow as soon as possible.
We’ll continue to update members through LoveAdmin, which manages our membership database, so please make sure your contact details are up to date. We’ll place notices on the website and Facebook pages too.
Thanks again for your support. If you have any concerns please contact Bex Law, Building Manager or one of the Committee members. We hope to see you very soon!
Our very best wishes
Simon Gleisner (Chair, General Council), Adam Crook (Chair, Members’ Club), Charlotte Benstead (Chair, Building Preservation Trust) (Source: SLTC)
RUSKIN TALK CANCELLED
The Norwood Society local history talk on John Ruskin arranged for Thursday evening has been cancelled. The Society’s executive committee has decided to cancel all talks and walks until September, unless otherwise advised.
The AGM due to be held next month will be postponed and will be held as soon as possible when public meetings resume.
Commissioner reassures Londoners: Met will continue to deliver
Commissioner Cressida Dick reassured Londoners that the Metropolitan Police will continue to deliver the service they expect following the outbreak of COVID-19.
She said: “This is a tremendously worrying time for the people of London and the whole country but we are absolutely determined to continue to provide the best possible public service. I want the public to know we are here for them.
“The Met is here to protect people and prevent crime wherever we can – and we will continue to do that.
“We have a well-rehearsed plan and are a large organisation with the ability to flex and move people and resources to meet the demands we face.
“My senior team has been working extremely closely with Government, City Hall and the health authorities to make sure our plans remain appropriate.
“Londoners have seen us respond to all kinds of major incidents in recent years and we will always be here for them.”
The Commissioner was speaking while on patrol in Croydon with a team of more than 30 officers as part of work to drive down violence in the borough.
Following the outbreak of COVID-19, the Metropolitan Police Service continues to work closely with Government and others to ensure our response is in line with the fast-developing picture nationally.
The national response is co-ordinated by Public Health England (PHE), closely supported by the NHS. We are working closely with City Hall and other partners to ensure that our response is co-ordinated and that our organisation has sufficient contingencies in place to meet the challenges that may lay ahead.
The Met is a member of the London Resilience Group (LRG), alongside blue-light colleagues from the City of London police, London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance, local authorities and the Mayor’s Office.
Any incidents involving our officers or individuals suspected of having contracted COVID-19 are being dealt with in accordance with PHE guidelines and any use of special police powers will be in line with National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) advice.
An experienced command team is in place to lead the Met’s response both internally and externally, led by Assistant Commissioner Mark Simmons.
Our robust contingency plans remain under constant review to ensure that we are prepared to deal with issues arising from the impact of any pandemic situation, such as the cancellation or closure of large-scale public events.
We have the ability to adapt and move our workforce as necessary, and have options available to us should they be required. We will keep our operational capability under constant review and ensure we maintain our core policing duties.
Our dedicated team of occupational health and health and safety specialists issue daily updates to officers and staff, detailing advice and support to assist in their daily operations.
Guidance from PHE has been issued to all our frontline officers and police staff and face masks have been issued to some officers. Officers may make use of personal protection equipment in responding to a call in which COVID-19 is a potential element, the use of which does not indicate or confirm the presence of the virus. (Source: Met Police press release)

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