Norbury memorial adorned by knitters as part of clean-up


The war memorial in Norbury, decorated in stunning red poppies, all knitted by members of a local community group

The people of Norbury have been hard at work to produce their own special commemoration for Remembrance Sunday.

Knitting Norbury Together has produced a wreath and waterfall of poppies to adorn the memorial plaque near the British Legion on London Road, which was put on display yesterday, Armistice Day, November 11.

The memorial decorations also include knitted white peace poppies.

Today, the knitters and other volunteers will be staffing the Love Norbury stand at The Norbury pub, 1300 London Road, during a Norbury Clean Up Day, from 11am.

“This will be the first ‘Clean-up Norbury’ event, and we plan to make it a twice yearly event, as it is a struggle to keep Norbury high street clean,” Paul Cowling, the organiser, said.

Cowling is the vice-chair of Norbury Village Residents’ Association, one of five residents’ associations which have come together under the Love Norbury banner.

Members will be out in force on the day, in collaboration with Croydon Council and local faith communities, like the Norbury Muslim Centre.

The high street in Norbury has unfulfilled potential

Set for a clean-up: The high street in Norbury

“We are concentrating on the high street first because it is the Norbury’s main focal point and we hope this will encourage an improvement in standards in the rest of the area,” said Cowling.

“All local residents need to start doing their bit. No empty beer cans by trees, no food wrappers stuffed into bushes. Flat dwellers should only put their rubbish out when they know when council are coming round to collect it.

“But, at the same time, flats need to have access to more regular rubbish collections, and there need to be more bins,” said Cowling.

The Norbury knitters decorated the war memorial area with white poppies, too

The Norbury knitters decorated the war memorial area with white poppies, too

Stuart Collins, the deputy leader of Croydon Council responsible for the state of our streets, said: “Norbury’s Community Clean-Up Day will be another great example of residents and the council sharing the responsibility of promoting the importance of keeping our streets clean, leading by example in showing those who litter and fly-tip that the majority do take pride in their community.

“There have now been more than 100 community clean-ups across the borough. I am proud of Norbury residents supporting this action and will be there to help.”

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