Another campaign that has gathered momentum over the last year or two, is Transition Town, which, as we've seen in an earlier post, has the tangible result of having established a weekly local food market.
Meanwhile, those behind the long-running 'Save Upper Norwood Library' campaign continue to do battle with the local authority and government cuts.
Back in the endless winter of 2012/13, another local project was germinating. Organised by various hardy locals, including Annabel Sidney, Mehul Damani & Robbie Gibson, the aim was to rescue some of Crystal Palace Park's famous sphinxes from the ravages of nature. Although some along the top terrace have always been clearly visible, there are plenty more you may never have noticed lurking in the undergrowth, concealed behind ivy and brambles. After several well attended work days, volunteers have cleared much of the vegetation that was strangling two sets of sphinxes on staircases at the southern end of the terraces. Latterly I joined one such operation, and have to report, it was extremely rewarding, and would recommend anyone to get involved. The rewards are even greater, now that it's been announced that English Heritage are funding a detailed survey into their condition before possible restoration might begin.
Just a stone's throw from the sphinxes, the subway's future is also looking brighter thanks to the work of campaigners, Jules Hussey & Karl Richter. Earlier in the year, a successful application was made to Southwark Council to reinstate the opening on the west side of Crystal Palace Parade, which leads down stone steps to the subway. The steps will be made safe, and a new gate installed. There was also much excitement when, in June, HRH The Duke of Gloucester paid a visit in his capacity as patron of Heritage of London.
|The Duke shakes hands with Karl Richter|
|Jules Hussey escorts the Duke down to the subway|
|The stairs leading down from Crystal Palace Parade|
Anerley Hill suffers a bit of an image problem; boarded up shops, anti-social behaviour, and those unsightly delivery cages lined up outside Tesco. But this neglected stretch also has its champions, and changes are afoot. Although it's sad to see pubs close down, and there have been 2 recent closures on the hill, it's good to see that the former Thicket tavern, which has now been converted into flats, has at least retained the ground floor for other uses, and the developer, Lightbox, doing their bit for the community have given the space over for the summer, rent free, to the Bigger Picture Gallery, and what's more, 25% of the commission from art sales will go towards the library campaign. This was the opening night back in June.
|From left: Elinor Michel, Renee Thornley, Amanda Sciberras & Gill Wing|
|The team outside La Belle Jolie, which will feature in a future post|
|Vintage barmaid, Laura Clark|
|Mr Tim Sands in full flow|
|Laura with Andy (Bambino) Stem|
|Compere Kevin introducing Tim Sands|
|Talking down to George Clarke!|
|The Burlesque star getting ready|
|Lenny "Kravates" & his band|
|Lady of the night...|