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Dear Friends
As many of you know, the Friends of Grangewood Park organise the ‘Picnic in the Park’ every summer, a great free event for the whole community.   Likely date is Sunday  12th July.
This year we are desperately in need of volunteers to help organise and run the event.
So if you have a few spare hours to help out over the next few months we would love to hear from you…enthusiasm is essential, but we can put to use any skills and time you have!
We are also planning an AGM in May (date tbc) when we will be inviting people to join the committee – we are looking for a new Secretary as well as general committee members.
Interested?  Please email us

Free Film Festival for South Norwood & Thornton Heath London

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Residents in South Norwood and Thornton Heath are organising their own community-led free film festival to take place in the autumn of 2014 and are looking for venues and volunteers to come forward to help with the planning. The first planning meeting is on Wednesday 28 May 2014 at 7.00pm and will take place at The Thornton Heath Leisure Centre, 100 High Street, Thornton Heath CR7 8LF.

Since March this year, Free Film Festivals have already taken place in Camberwell, New Cross and Deptford and another is currently running in Herne Hill until the end of May. The Peckham and Nunhead festival which is in its fifth year takes place in September.

Anyone who wants to be a part of the South Norwood and Thornton Heath (SNATH) Free Film Festival can help by hosting a screening, being a sponsor, being a steward at event, help with the planning which includes marketing and press, sourcing venues and a number of other things.

The aim of free film festivals is to bring people together from across the community to enjoy a film and celebrate their local area. The universal appeal of film makes it the perfect medium to make this happen.

All of the festivals are run entirely by volunteers and the costs – such as licences to screen the films – are covered by partnerships with other local organisations.

This meeting is to set up a planning team who will organise and manage the running of the festival in South Norwood and Thornton Heath and to decide on the programme which will also target young people in the area.

Information and activities about the festival will be available from the website

There are now four established Free Film Festivals in Peckham & Nunhead, Camberwell, Herne Hill and New Cross & Deptford, with new festivals being planned for later this year in South Norwood & Thornton Heath, London Fields and Westminster. If you want to include your local area as well please get in touch.

‘We want people to come forward to and be part of this exciting event. Whether you want to host a film, sponsor, help with marketing, take part in the film competition come along and be part of the team and help to make it happen’ says Roney Henderson of Free Film Festivals.

If you have any suggestions, would like to volunteer for an existing festival or even set up your own festival please get in touch through our website

Notes to editors:

Free Film Festivals is a constituted not-for-profit community group, formed in 2010. The group wants to promote the idea of free film festivals and encourage their development in other areas too. They intend to run free film festivals each year in South London and further afield.


Roney Henderson


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 Things one gets to know browsing the internet…
Thornton Heath is one of those places with a split personality. The original settlement clustered around the Pond area on the London Road, but when the railway station came in 1862, the focus of development shifted to what is now Thornton Heath High Street. This latter area was called, for a while, ‘New Thornton Heath’.The older Thornton Heath, part of the Manor of Norbury, had been open heath common land for centuries. Its main claim to fame was the useful pond, for horses and cattle, and the gallows, which stood on the site. The Enclosure Act of 1799 turned it into privately-owned farmland. The Enclosure also enabled owners to sell their land for development, and within a few years there was a fair cluster of buildings around the pond area and development (mostly quite substantial houses) was spreading up the eastern side of the London Road on the way to Croydon.

As already mentioned, ‘New Thornton Heath’ was created by the railway. Before 1862, the area had a few farmhouses, one or two villas and, an important local industry, market-gardening. These were soon engulfed by new streets. By 1900 there was very little open land left in Thornton Heath, new or old.

At the junction of the High Street and Parchmore Road, on a site previously called Walker’s Green, stands the Clocktower, which was built in 1900, financed partly by public subscription. In earlier times, Croydon was well-known for its charcoal-burners or colliers, and Colliers Water Lane commemorates this connection with that trade. Another industry connected with the area until recently was clock and bell-making. The world-famous firm of Gillett & Johnston was based in Union Road from 1844 to 1957, and its clock tower was a well-known landmark in the area until it was demolished in 1997.



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Saturday 14th December
6-8pm in Grangewood Park
This promises to be a magical evening
Meet for a lantern procession at Wharncliffe Lodge entrance at 6pm
(corner of Grange Rd and Wharncliffe Road)
Bring your lanterns, mulled wine, mince pies and good cheer.
Hymn sheets will be provided.
If any of you play a musical instrument and would like to bring it along, that would be fantastic.
Do invite your friends and talk about it at the school gates etc..
A poster will follow when I have worked out how to amend the dates!
I would also like to give you a quick update on our recent bulb planting/ litter picking / bug hotel making morning…
Despite the most unpromising weather (it absolutely bucketed down!) we had an excellent morning.
I would like to extend a warm welcome to our 2 new Friends of Grangewood Park, Anna and Sean, who spotted us while they were doing their morning run and came back to pick up bags and bags of litter before going off to a nice lunch. I would like to thank them and also:
Nicola, Ruby and Harry Hall
Nick Fox
Louise and John Enticknap with Ben, Adam and Ciara
Kath, Frank and Ali Yelland
and last but not least, Karen, who as always, did such a wonderful job with the crafts.
Your enthusiasm and effort really made this a wonderful event..
Check out our Facebook page for photos of the day…
I hope to see you all saturday week at the carols
and in the meantime, wish you a smooth and stress free advent 🙂
Christmas greetings,
Talla Demetriades
Friends of Grangewood Park

The Future of Croydon

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TFOC Invite

The Future of Croydon is a platform dedicated to promoting the positive side of Croydon. Established in September 2012, we aim to inspire and educate our audience by showcasing individuals and organisations within the borough who are making a difference and impacting on the future of our community.

Volunteers still needed for Picnic, Sunday 21 July –

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Dear Friends of Grangewood Park

Thank you for the kind offers of help for this Sunday’s Picnic in the Park. If you have volunteered a schedule will be coming round in the next day.

We still need more volunteers, even if just for an hour – especially to help steward (mainly directing people and giving out flyers), running the tea stall and lucky dip, and helping to set up. We need one or two more first aiders too.

We also need talented bakers – any cakes, large or small would be great as the tea stall helps to generate the funds to cover the costs of running the event.

The list of activities continues to grow:
Kids: Little Supernovas drama, Boogiemites, Mini Magic, Art, Scouts, Kickstars, Tennis 4 Kids, Story-telling, Drumming, Bug Hunts, Face-painting and more
Adults: Bowling, Yoga, T’ai Chi, Dog show, Croydon Transition Town stall, Croydon Voluntary Action stall

Don’t forget your Picnic (we will have a tea stall and ice cream van) and friends, family or neighbours.

We hope to see some of you on Sunday. Thanks for our continued support.

Friends of Grangewood Park receive first RHS ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ Award

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Today the Friends of Grangewood Park received its first RHS ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ Award. We achieved Level 2 ‘Improving’ status which is pretty good given it is our first year in the scheme. Well done to everyone who has been involved with the Friends – the hard work and enthusiasm is paying off. You will see the certificate on our park noticeboard soon.

We need your help to develop our plans for the playground. Please can you tell us
1) What you like about the current playground
2) What you don’t like about the current playground
3) what you would like to see in a new playground (please give us examples of your favourite playgrounds and what you like about them)

Forthcoming events:
Saturday 13th Oct: Autumn Walk meet at 2pm at entrance of Beaulieh Heights (in Grangewood Park from around 3pm). Meike Weiser from Croydon Council is leading this walk and talk, taking in the history and nature of the former Great North Wood, with activities for kids of all ages too. Please join us.

Wednesday 31st October: 4-6pm Halloween family event with activities, stories and crafts for kids. Wrap up warm and bring a torch.

17th November: (time tbc) Tree and bulb plant

Thanks for your continued support

Louise Enticknap
Chair, Freinds of Grangewood Park