The Portland Road in Bloom Competition 2019 🌻🌻🌻

Calling all residents and businesses on Portland Road📢 . Help us brighten up Portland Road this Summer with flower filled pots, hanging baskets, window sills or gardens.

Lets make Portland Road beautiful !  We are running a competition to find the best blooming display on Portland Road🌻🌻🌻.
All private residents and businesses on Portland Road will automatically be entered for FREE. Judging will take place in early July 2019. If you live or work on Portland Road look out for the flyer that will be delivered soon.
The prize is two tickets to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2020 (on a non-member day). The judges decision will be final.

Attract bees and butterflies by planting Cosmos, Aster, Sunflowers, Calendulas or Marigolds, Primulas, Rudbekia, Cornflowers, Lavender, Clematis, Crocus, Mint, Rosemary, Thyme, Hebe, Echinacea, Sweet William, Poppies, Snapdragon, Verbena, Phlox, Butterfly Weed, Goldenrod…………….

🎄 Christmas Comes to South Norwood 🎄

Christmas celebrations officially begin in South Norwood on Saturday 8 December!

PPR is working with We Love SE25 to bring you a festive event in the midst of the Clocktower Market

At 3.30 PM the Christmas lights will be switched on by Her Worshipful the Mayor of Croydon, Cllr Bernadette Khan

Join us at South Norwood Clocktower. Events begin at 2.00 PM including
Clarinet Recital by Croydon Music and Arts and a brass band
And the Elves will be putting in an appearance too!

Lenny Henry talks about Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

In a recent article in The Guardian Music Section, Lenny Henry talks about the composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, “Classical music belongs to us all. Just look at Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.”

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor lived in SE25 and is commemorated with a blue plaque in Dagnall Park. We have included his plaque as part of our South Norwood Heritage Trail.

Samuel Coleridge Taylor

Read more about Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and other local people commemorated by a plaque here

Read The Guardian article here

Reporting our AGM

We had a great turnout on a Saturday morning last month and a detailed report on our activities was presented by Paul (Chair) and Chris (Treasurer).

Our report enthused several new residents and we are looking forward to more volunteers joining us in making our neighbourhood a green, clean and happy place to live.

If you were unable to attend click on this link to view our slides.

AGM slides 2018

Poppies On Lampposts

PPR is joining The Royal British Legion in saying “Thank You” to the First World War generation who served, sacrificed and changed our world. 100 years ago, the guns fell silent and the First World War ended. The example and experience of those who lived through it shaped the world we live in today. In 2018 The Royal British Legion is leading the nation in saying “Thank You” to all who served, sacrificed and changed our world.

                           

During the weekend of 11-12 August volunteers from PPR installed poppies on lampposts in and around Portland Road, Station Road and South Norwood High Street. These will remain until Armistice day on 11 November.

You can find out more here

A big day on Saturday 17 March

To begin with, weather permitting, there’s a morning session at the Portland Road Community Garden, from 10am.

Then at 2.30pm there’s the launch of the latest addition to the PPR Heritage Trail.
The Dean of Winchester, Catherine Ogle, is coming all the way up to South Norwood to unveil a special plaque, designed by Ken Baker, on the exterior of 118 Portland Road, once the home of William Walker (1869–1918).

So who was this William Walker? Only the local man who saved Winchester Cathedral from collapse!

A professional deep-water diver, he spent more than five years propping up the cathedral’s water-logged foundations with concrete, working in total darkness in trenches as much as 6 metres deep, shifting thousands of bags of cement and concrete blocks. Heavy work, especially  wearing lead boots, a bulky diving suit and a huge round copper helmet. But he’d still find the energy to cycle the 70 miles home to his family in South Norwood at the weekend.

Walker has long been celebrated in Winchester, where they’ve even named a pub after him. Now, thanks to the sterling work of local historian John Hickman and designer Ken Baker, PPR is about to put Diver Bill on the South Norwood map.