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Upper Norwood Library re-opens with funding unannounced

GENE BRODIE, our libraries correspondent, reports on the delayed re-opening of the Uppper Norwood Library, as doubts remain on the 116-year-old community asset’s funding arrangements from Lambeth and Croydon councils Upper Norwood Library – or the “Hub on the Hill” … Continue reading

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#FindRobbie: Family makes Christmas appeal to come home

It is now  six months since Robert Gibson, the library campaigner and community activist in Upper Norwood, went missing from his home. Apart from a sighting on the Isle of Wight in June, there has been no other reports of … Continue reading

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#FindRobbie: Captain Sensible unveils second bench

It was a filthy wet night, but friends, neighbours, the South Norwood Tourist Board, Crystal Palace Transition Town members and even Captain Sensible himself all turned out on Saturday to celebrate the Sensible Garden and, more importantly, to remind everyone … Continue reading

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#FindRobbie: Garden uses benchmark to bring home Gibson

The South Norwood Tourist Board is to mark the anniversary of the opening of the Sensible Garden – the small pocket of previous wasteland between the Goat House bridge and the Ship pub which has been transformed by volunteers in … Continue reading

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Three months on, search for Robert Gibson continues

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Urgent appeal to help find missing Robert Gibson

There’s growing concern for the well-being of Robert Gibson, pictured above, the widely admired and much-loved community activist from the Crystal Palace area and leading light in the Save the Upper Norwood Library campaign. Gibson has not been home since … Continue reading

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Job losses and volunteer libraries leaves us feeling let down

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Public library provision is a statutory requirement for local authorities such as Croydon. But they also represent a soft target when councils want to make cuts. ROBERT GIBSON says that the funding announcement for Crystal Palace’s library is … Continue reading

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Librarians prove to be game for a laugh on Gaming Day

Despite not being able to provide any tables for hexagonal chess, which was invented by Wladislaw Glinski, a long-time resident of nearby Streatham, nor for Risk, which is believed to be the favourite game, if played with public money, of … Continue reading

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Lambeth axes 50% of public libraries in ‘deeply cynical’ move

Lambeth Council has announced that it is to close five of the borough’s 10 public libraries as a consequence of the cuts in grants from central government. The Labour council’s proposals have been criticised as a “postcode lottery” for the … Continue reading

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Upper Norwood Library Trust chairman in shock resignation

Community groups in Crystal Palace were stunned this afternoon by the shock announcement from Robert Gibson that he has resigned as the co-chair of the Upper Norwood Library Trust. Gibson has worked tirelessly, often in rear-guard actions, to keep the … Continue reading

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Crystal Palace library celebrates record reading figures

Staff at the Upper Norwood Joint Library have celebrated helping 140 Crystal Palace children complete a six-book reading challenge over the summer. This year’s Mythical Maze-themed Summer Reading Challenge was the latest, annual event, organised nationally, by the Reading Agency. … Continue reading

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Cry God for Harry, England and the Upper Norwood Library

The Upper Norwood Library Campaign chose St George’s Day to rally all its supporters to start to lobby candidates of all the parties in next month’s local elections to fight for increased funding for the library. “The Library is at … Continue reading

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Lots of happy talk as residents do the Sensible thing

Almost 30 people from South Norwood, Shirley, Penge and Crystal Palace united to transform a long neglected piece of greenery on South Norwood High Street at the weekend. Crystal Palace Transition Town joined forces with South Norwood Tourist Board and … Continue reading

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Transition Town publishes guide to local businesses

Crystal Palace Transition Town is backing its local economy and celebrating Crystal Palace community life by launching The Local & Fair Guide to Shopping and Eating in Crystal Palace this Saturday. The guide celebrates the myriad of shops, artisan work shops, pubs, … Continue reading

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New gallery puts art at the heart of Crystal Palace

An art gallery is to open in the former Thicket Pub on Anerley Hill, Crystal Palace, which will raise money for the Upper Norwood Joint Library. Local developer Lightbox is opening the gallery as part of the residential re- development … Continue reading

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Businesses to the rescue as lights go on in Crystal Palace

Christmas lights are twinkling in Crystal Palace and the Upper Norwood Joint Library is hosting a pantomime, all thanks to the generosity of local businesses. The businesses responded magnificently after the council decided not to help the area celebrate the … Continue reading

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