Events & general news at 24 April


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Thursday 27 & Saturday 29 April Norbury Bowling Club events


Thursday 27 April and Saturday 27 May. Manor Farm Nature Reserve Events


Sunday 14 May. Norbury Hall Park Group Gardening Session

The group meets on the second Sunday of the month.

Wednesday 24 May. 7.30pm. SERA AGM

Norbury & Edge Pub – Back room

Scots Estate Norbury Residents’ Association

Saturday 3 June. 11am-2pm. Norbury Clean Up Day

Meet at the Norbury & Edge Pub

Sunday 18 June. 12-4pm. Love Norbury in Bloom & Big Lunch

A fun day for the whole community to enjoy with live music, stalls, entertainers, activities for young people and much more. Come along and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with your family, friends and neighbours.

More details to be published.

St Helen’s Road Triangle

Tribute to Darcus Howe

Croydon resident and black rights activist and journalist Marc Wadsworth pens a tribute to Darcus Howe, who lived in Norbury and died on 1 April aged 74.

About 1,000 people attended the event organised by Black Cultural Archives in Brixton to pay tribute to Darcus Howe.

The funeral took place on 20 April. Coverage can be seen at

The Guardian obituary can be seen at

Death of local Jamaican RAF veteran Alex Elden

A few days after the death of Darcus Howe, another Norbury resident Alex Elden died. Alex had served in the RAF from 1944, and after going back to Jamaica he returned on the SS Windrush. He had been active in the West Indian Ex-Servicemen and women’s organisation, supported Melting Pot project in Brixton and ran a taxi driving skills school. His funeral is on 27 April.

Stuart King welcomes resident’s persistence

Norbury resident Jane Kelly has been keeping up the pressure to ensure that a speed monitor on Norbury Crescent is repaired so its works. On 21 April it was  back in working order ‘merrily flashing speeds from 21 mph and above for practically every vehicle ……So all it now needs is for these motorists to act on the information – some cameras and exemplary fines would be great.’

Transport Cabinet member Stuart King says: ‘I am very pleased to learn this – thank you for your persistence in holding us to account to get this fixed.’

So persistence with officers, keeping Cabinet members informed, can work.

Norbury Mum Campaigner for Premature Babies Blogger Award Attempt

 A mum of two premature boys, made it to the finals of this year’s UK Blog Awards, after years of feeling ‘isolated’.

Catriona Ogilvy, 36, from Norbury, started the blog ‘The Smallest Things’ four year ago, which has over 10,000 hits a month.

However, she did not receive an award. The winners and those highly commended can be seen at:

Catriona’s blog and Twitter accounts are at:


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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