PPR has reserved a pot of money to help bring colour to South Norwood. A group of residents received training from the Croydon ReUse Organisation to create planters from old recycling boxes and pallets. So far four have been installed with more to come. This is a jointly sponsored project with PPR, We Love SE25 and Addiscombe, Woodside and Shirley Leisure Gardens all contributing towards the cost.
Another workshop will be held in June to train more SE25 volunteers to make the planters. Thank you to our first volunteers for helping to make our area a little more colourful and to Peter at the ReUse centre for his inspiration and expertise.
For many years PPR volunteers have been looking after the planters on the platforms of Norwood Junction station, each season the flowers and shrubs are renewed to keep the displays attractive.
We have now met with Arriva’s Customer Experience Manager and agreement has been reached for PPR to formally adopt Norwood Junction.
This means that our previous informal partnership now becomes official which will make our volunteers’ task much easier.
We are hoping that two community noticeboards will be installed, one at each station entrance and we are looking at the possibility of installing a book exchange facility.
In the meantime, the planters have just been refreshed with new plants for the summer.
So nice to see The Portland Grill on Portland Road joining in for the Portland Road in Bloom competition. They’ve built a little garden outside the front of their shop.
A big thank you to Dwayne and Cynthia of Caribbean Dreads Unisex Salon for hosting our consultation on the Portland Road Bridge lighting project on Wednesday 1 May. Their salon is a familiar landmark on the junction with Clifford Road and proved an inspired location for the event. We had over 30 visitors who were able to compare the designs with a view of the bridge as it is today from the door of the salon.
Caribbean Dreads opened their salon at 2 Portland Road in 2013, specialising in the locking of natural hair. This was a great opportunity to step inside and see the salon. Dwayne and Cynthia were very welcoming hosts and were delighted to be part of a project so close to where they are based.
Croydon Council continued the consultation at the Clock Tower Market on Saturday 4 May. We’ll update you soon on the designs presented, the results of the consultation and what happens next. Watch this space!
Michael Grubb of Michael Grubb Studios with Cynthia and Dwayne from Caribbean Dreads
PPR have been working on plans to improve Portland Road Railway Bridge for some time and secured funding to make it a more pleasant experience for pedestrians and the local community.
Michael Grubb Studios, creative lighting designers, have been appointed to produce the design and representatives from PPR’s Steering Group and Croydon Council have been part of the working group tasked with overseeing the project.
We would like to invite you to see the potential designs at a public consultation on Wednesday 1 May. This will be a drop-in session from 5 to 8 PM at Caribbean Dreads Salon, 2A Portland Road (on the corner of Clifford Road), close to the bridge itself. Michael Grubb Studios and Michelle Normanly, Croydon Council’s Regeneration Manager for South Norwood will be in attendance to update the community on the planned installation.
If you are interested in hearing more about this exciting project for South Norwood please save the date & ask your friends and family to come along too.
Although there is a wonderful mosaic under the bridge, which will stay in place, this bridge has been unwelcoming and unloved for too long. We look forward to a brighter, welcoming bridge.
The South Norwood Treasure Hunt
Take a walk around South Norwood, solving the clues as you go.
You will learn fascinating facts about the history of the area, discover sites of interest, and have a chance to explore the varied, exciting shops, cafes and pubs of South Norwood.
How does the treasure hunt work?
There are 22 clues to solve on the treasure hunt.
Write the answer to each clue on the last page of the downloadable pack.
Email your answer to PPR to be entered into the quarterly prize draw!
Prizes include vouchers which can be redeemed at local South Norwood businesses.
More details can be found here.
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 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!
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
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