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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


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

Lord ‘elp us Komedy Knight

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A pilot Comedy show on the 23rd March from 8pm 4 comedians and an MC.

If laughter is your cup of tea come and see our excellent comedians. if this is a success it will become a regular event here at the Napier. Appearing this day is MC Bobby Carroll. Support act Tom Toal.Main act Brian Damage & Krystal with further support from Hannah Warman and Rue Barrett. Entry is free but drinks are not  so come and have your ribs tickled

Grangewood Park Big Lunch: Picnic in the Park

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Grangewood Park was abuzz on 19 July as over 200 people gathered for the Big Lunch event, Picnic in the Park, organised by the Friends of Grangewood Park.

Everyone enjoyed the day, enhanced by the sunny weather and community spirit, with many joining the group, providing feedback and recommendations about how the park could be improved.

The event showed off the park and its facilities to great effect, with over 14 free activities for all ages taking place throughout the day in various parts of the park. History and Nature walks explored the whole park; the sports facilities were utilised by Little Kickers, basketball and tennis coaches and even the trees were used by slackliners. The walled cultural gardens provided a wonderful backdrop to face painting, drumming workshops and arts activities, and the grassy area next to the children’s playground was bustling with children enjoying storytelling, Monkey Music and Boogie Mites. Even the dogs were catered for with a dog groomer and dog show in the meadow, with certificates going to six winners in various categories, including Best Young Handler and Best Six Legs!

And of course there was the food – everyone brought a picnic to share and enjoy with friends, family and neighbours.

A big thank you to Meike Weiser, Community Partnership Officer at Croydon Council, and all our members who contributed their time, contacts and cake to make our first event such a success!

The Grangewood Park Big Lunch: Picnic in the Park – 18 July

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Bring a picnic and your friends and join in the Grangewood Park Big Lunch: Picnic in the Park on Sunday 18 July from 11am-3pm at Grangewood Park, Grange Rd, South Norwood SE25 6SN.

There will be FREE fun activities for everyone including • Fun Run (11am) • Facepainting • Monkey Music (under 5s) • Boogie Mites (under 8s) • Art Activities • Storytelling • Drumming Workshops • Bug Hunt • Dog Grooming and Training • Sports sessions • Yoga sessions • Park History and Nature Walk • Tea and Cake stall

Organised by the Friends of Grangewood Park. For up-to-date information and timetable visit

Andy Pag a TH Hero

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Andy Pag arrested in India!! Free Andy Pag Now!

Andy Pag is well into his marathon bio diesel trans continental journey by now. But has been arrested in India for having a satellite phone – a terrorism charge! He was traveling on an Italian passport. Please send messages of support.
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