The Upper Norwood Library Trust has received £1,000 from Neville De Souza, the director of Crystal Palace-based developer Lightbox. The money was donated from the commission on art works sold at Lightbox’s elegant redevelopment of the Thicket pub on Anerley Hill, which was the venue for a number of sales of local artists’ works.
De Souza said: “We have been tremendously impressed by the efforts of the local community and the Upper Norwood Library Trust to safeguard the future of the library. We will continue to explore other ways with which we can show our support.”
The Upper Norwood Library Trust, a registered charity, has raised more than £60,000 in development and project funding and is set to take over the running of the library, which has been the victim of swingeing cuts from Croydon Council, who had funded its operation jointly with Lambeth for more than a century.
Since the funding cuts by Croydon, a number of staff have been made redundant and the library’s opening hours have been reduced from five days to three days a week.
Robert Gibson, the co-chair of the Upper Norwood Library Trust, said: “We are very grateful not only for this very generous donation, but also for Lightbox letting us host fundraising events in its stylish Thicket redevelopment, and committing to continued support in the future.
“The local community, businesses and artists have all rallied round to support our much-loved library. We will all be looking to all local politicians to acknowledge how important our library is as a key anchor of our social and economic community infrastructure,” Gibson said.
“We will be seeking commitments from all parties to fund the restoration of opening hours to five days a week rather than the current three-day a week, forced on the library by budget cuts.”
Coming to Croydon
- Private Peaceful, Charles Cryer Theatre, Apr 23-26
- Alison, A Rock Opera, Spread Eagle Theatre, Apr 23-26
- David Lean Cinema: Short Term 12, Apr 24
- Groundwork River Wandle project workshop, Apr 24
- Stop The Incinerator Beer and Bingo fund-raiser, Apr 28
- Future of Crystal Palace debate, Apr 30
- Groundwork River Wandle project workshop, Apr 30
- David Lean Cinema: The Railway Man, May 1
- Groundwork River Wandle project workshop, May 1
- Hauntology – the architecture of Croydon, Apr 5-May 2
- David Lean Cinema: Wadja, May 8
- Coulsdon Euro election hustings, May 8
- David Lean Cinema: Blue Velvet, May 10
- Norwood Society Talk: West Norwood – a place of change, May 15
- David Lean Cinema: The Invisible Woman, May 15
- Coulsdon West local election hustings, May 16
- Croydon RFC charity memorial day, May 17
- Coulsdon East local election hustings, May 20 (tbc)
- David Lean Cinema: The Rocket, May 22
- David Lean Cinema: Dallas Buyers Club, May 29
- Norwood Society Talk: The Concrete Church, June 19
- Crystal Palace Overground Festival, June 26-29
- Norwood Society Talk: War Memorials, Sep 18
- Norwood Society Talk: From Fire Station to Theatre, Oct 16
- Norwood Society Talk: Lambeth’s Archives, Nov 20
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