Christmas Lights for South Norwood

People for Portland Road and We Love SE25  worked together to make arrangements for the installation of Christmas lights in South Norwood for 2020.
 
Unfortunately it had become financially unsustainable for the wrap-around type lamps to be used this year, and in future years, due to the costs that are to be imposed by Skanska (the Council’s lighting contractor). A decision was therefore made to purchase additional motif type lights to replace these. The motif type Christmas lamps attract no costs from Skanska and will be ours to keep for future years.
 
We have been lucky as we have received money from our Ward Councillors that will enable us to purchase an additional 36 motif lights to add to the 24 that we purchased two years ago. However we realised that we needed six more so that the lights could be brought down as far as Dundee Road.
 
We approached local businesses situated at the southern end of Portland Road, asking them for financial help. We’re delighted to say that we received a positive response which allowed us to purchase the additional lights.                                               
Thank you to (in no particular order)
Treasures Gift Shop – Our favourite shop for gifts and cards
Nix Hair and Beauty – “A friendly and professional service in a beautiful, relaxed atmosphere”
Tyretrax – “The Number One Tyre Company in the South East, Kent, Surrey and London area”
The Portland Arms – “We are proud to be a great community pub with a large beer garden”
South Norwood Glazing – “Every Pane a Pleasure”
London Plumbing and Heating Merchants – “one of South London’s fastest growing Independent Plumbing Heating and Bathrooms Suppliers”
Book Love – “The Multicultural Travelling Book Carnival and Shop”
 
And a big ‘thank you’ to a very special South Norwood resident
For more information about some of these businesses, click on the links above.
 
 

Commemorating Remembrance Sunday

Every year the nation unites  to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.

This year we put poppies on the lampposts along Portland Road as our gesture to honour the fallen and remember them.

We thank South Norwood Glazing for erecting the poppies on our behalf.

Our Community Garden

During lockdown we’ve tried hard to keep our garden watered and tidy whilst working within the government’s safe distancing rules. With some very dry weather, watering has been challenging!

We’ve even managed to create a new border against the wall of the leisure centre and added some colour to the raised beds outside the health centre. 

  

 

And enjoyed watching the blackbird that the garden has attracted……

Welcome to our new Chair

At our AGM on Saturday 26 October we unanimously voted in our new Chair – Christine Claridge.

Christine has lived in South Norwood for most of her life, was born at Mayday Hospital, went to the local schools and now works for the local NHS. She regularly volunteers to help out at Portland Road Community Garden and also with Friends of South Norwood Country Park.

Paul Scott was unanimously voted in as Vice-Chair and Chris Peskett remains as Secretary and Treasurer.

A summary of PPR activities, over the last year, can be seen by following this link to the slide presentation, given by Paul.

Notice of PPR Annual General Meeting

We shall be holding our AGM on Saturday 26 October 1.30 PM – 3.00 PM at the Victory Club, 227 Selhurst Road SE25 6XY. Doors open at 1.00 PM. (The entrance is in Whitworth Road).

 

Light refreshments will be provided and drinks will be available to purchase from the bar.

Hear about our activities over the last year and plans for the next year.

All are welcome – bring family, friends, neighbours and ideas!

We are accepting nominations for officers and steering group members. All nominations should be sent to PPR at contact@peopleforportlandroad.org.uk

Membership donations can be paid on the day or via our website 
http://www.peopleforportlandroad.org.uk/donate/

Portland Road in Bloom Winner Announced!

Three judges have walked the length of Portland Road looking at all the front gardens and commercial buildings to decide which should be the winner of our Portland Road in Bloom Competition 2019. The lucky winner will be given two tickets to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2020. 

Our judges started with a list of the gardens and floral decorations that they found most attractive and gradually eliminated them one by one. Eventually they agreed that the winner is the front garden of 325 Portland Road.

They said “A small front garden which always looks very attractive. An additional space with trellis has been created for extra colour. There’s also an arrangement of attractively planted pots.  Really welcoming and beautifully kept.”

Congratulations to the green-fingered resident who will be receiving her prize later this year.

Several other gardens and floral arrangements were highly commended. Here are some of the judges’ comments about other gardens:

“Lovely window boxes, baskets and pots even on the side entrance stairs to the first floor. Shows how colour and cheer can be added, allowing for practical uses – use of plants for the way we live now.”

“Lovely little ‘secret garden’, visible only by leaning over the gate.  Immaculately kept (not a weed, even between paving stones), lots of colour and all space used, including walls and fences, while still allowing for practical uses.”

“This ex-shop window is a little South Norwood gem. The window is wonderfully creative, with extremely well-established cacti and succulents, as well as a quirky, fun display using all kinds of props and materials.  This one is technically not a garden, but is a delight for all – we couldn’t leave it out.”

“Despite running a busy café, the owner always has a colourful, attractive display of plants at the front.  This one is the best small business, non-professional planting in Portland Rd.”

“A notable feature of all places with attractive planting was that they were also well-kept, clean and tidy – an achievement in itself, with so much wind-blown litter.”

“Well done to local businesses which use professionally cultivated displays – they also add to the colour and attractiveness of the street frontage as do the shops that use artificial flowers as a window display.”

“Finally, St Luke’s church have recently installed well- proportioned, attractive planters in front of the church in Portland Rd and along the Spring Lane side.  There’s also a brand new garden along the front wall, planted with attractive shrubs which will look really lovely from next year.”

 

 

 

Portland Road Bridge Lighting Project – The People Have Spoken

This was the design which was selected by local residents who attended our consultations for the Portland Road Bridge lighting project earlier this month.
Two concepts for lighting installations were shared at our event on Wednesday 1 May at Caribbean Dreads and again at the Clock Tower Market on Saturday 4 May.
Michael Grubb Studios developed the two concepts to show people different approaches to the brief, which asked for designs to make the bridge a more inviting space for pedestrians, transforming the space into a connector of the two sides of Portland Road. White lighting was proposed in each concept and both focus light on the footway and walls of the bridge, making the mosaic more visible and the architectural features stand out.
One concept was a traditional response to the architecture of the bridge, similar to lighting you will see on heritage buildings.
The second was an artistic response, based on the theme of the pedestrian’s journey through the space. The idea was movement through a tunnel of light, from a warm-toned, sunset light through to cooler, moonlight tones.
68% of people who responded preferred the artistic concept. People felt that this approach could help to improve the identity to the area, welcoming people in a fun and interesting way.  There were two variations on this concept and people favoured the simplicity of the straight installation which echoes the lines of the bridge’s architecture.
People were interested in how the lighting scheme could be animated, either through movement or via the lighting changing colour. The designers will also be looking at the potential for incorporating this within the project budget.
The next stage of the project is to develop technical designs and secure all the necessary permissions. The aim is to install the new lighting mid-Autumn. Watch this space for further updates.

PPR Helps to Pay for Planters Around South Norwood

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.

 

 

PPR to Adopt Norwood Junction

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.