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Penge Festival B

y the time this Transmitter summer issue is on the streets, the Penge Festival will have been in full swing for a couple of weeks but there’s still time to catch the closing weekend which promises to be a fitting climax to all the festivities. The theme of this annual event organised by Penge Partners dream team Wendie Roche and Chris O’Shaughnessy (with massive support from other volunteers and local businesses in particular Rob Harris, Manager of the Bridge House Theatre) is Celebrating Heritage. Along with local history walks and talks, outdoor and indoor activities for children and families, open days, music, comedy, drama, dance, the Tour de Penge and the Grand Fete, one-time SE20 residents actor Ira Aldridge and poet Walter de la Mare are celebrated. Penge Library hosts Presenting Ira Aldridge, an exhibition in which eight gifted local artists respond to Ira’s story, until the end of June. There’s still plenty to choose from during the closing weekend – Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June – so be quick and get down to the Penge Art Trail where 30 artists are opening their homes or studios (to aid your cultural meandering download a map at www. or pick one up from Penge Library, Designer Drapes or Solitaire). In addition there are exhibitions in various cafés and pubs until the end of June and don’t forget that if you see something you like, much of the art on show is for sale: an opportunity to buy something new, exciting and locally-produced. On the Sunday you can go bargain-hunting at the same time as the Penge and Anerley Jumble Trail takes place from 11am til 4pm. Lots and lots of households will be setting up shop in front of their homes and, yes, there’s a map for this too ( SE20june26). Go find some hitherto hidden treasures! Other closing weekend highlights include comedy, satire and catchy tunes from Sally Ironmonger and her Band at the Bridge House Theatre on Friday 24 June (tickets at; live music from Clause IV in the Side Bar of the Crooked Billet on Saturday 25 June and, the official closing event of the festival, a music evening at the Bridge House Tavern from 7.30pm on Sunday 26 June

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he main focus of the South Norwood Community Festival (SNCF) is undoubtedly the free family day at South Norwood Recreation Ground, just a few minutes’ walk from Norwood Junction Station, on Sunday 10 July. Here you’ll find a fun fair, music of all kinds, food of every description as well as a varied schedule of events. Many local bands will be performing on the main stage, including SNCF stalwarts Ruby Red, Ten Tonne Ska, Random Acts, Rock Pixies and Stone Blind. Expect a kids’ zone, a performance area, arts & craft stalls and, of course, a beer tent (serving real ale from the Hogs Back Brewery, cider & wine). This is a family event and there are regulations regarding dogs and alcohol, so have a quick peek at the website for details. In the lead-up to the big day, other events (some you’ll need to buy tickets for) are dotted around the South Norwood area including live music outside Yeha Noha Café between 11am-9pm on Sat 2 July and Sat 9 July; Edge Ensemble play at the SNCC (10 South Norwood Hill) at 8pm on Tues 5 July; Stanley’s Film Club at Stanley Halls (12 Norwood Hill) at 8pm on Wed 6 July; and comedy with Holly Burn and Eleanor Tiernan at The Gold Coast, Portland Road at 8pm on Thurs 7 July 21

The Transmitter Issue 40  

A South London Magazine

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