News & Events
WHAT A WAPA
You may have noticed that Bowyers Yard, just off Haynes Lane has a new and very colourful corner. Wapa Design & Art Gallery showcases the work of three Crystal Palace based creators – Asia Sek, Colin Bailey and local doodle man, Dylan – as well as being a venue for guest artists, such as Sharon Kaye, creator of the yard’s roaring dinosaur. Open Saturdays 10-4pm, all are welcome to come inside, enjoy the fun and check out the already infamous purple floor.
Ok so this one is a long way away, but something to flag up on the iPhone calendar nevertheless. STREAM – the South London Children’s Book Festival – returns for the third year on 5 November with a fantastic line up of authors and events for readers from nursery-school age to Young Adult. STREAM patron and former Children's Laureate, author Malorie Blackman OBE, headlines with her new book Chasing the Stars, which is a re-imagining of Shakespeare's Othello set in the future. In the year in which we celebrate Shakespeare's 400th, we also have Marcia Williams with Bravo, Mr Shakespeare! Other authors talking about their work include Ally Sherrick, Kathryn Harkup, Tamara Mcfarlane, Sophy Henn, MG Leonard, Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Natasha Farrant. Chances are these names will be familiar to the younger members of your household, and the list is growing all the time, so check the website for updates. Delicious sustenance will be available from West Norwood FEAST stallholders to keep minds and bodies fed throughout the day. Booking opens at the end of June so now’s the time for any of your literature-loving offspring to plan ahead for that crisp Guy Fawkes day in the autumn. All events are FREE. STREAM2016.co.uk
The transformation of the little park behind Sainsbury's since the Friends of Westow Park was created a few years back has been a joy to behold. But those volunteers now really need a helping hand with the beds. No particular gardening skills are needed as a bit of enthusiasm goes a long way. Every little helps! An hour or two to spare? Get in touch! facebook.com/WestowPark/ 4
OBITUARY : PETER STANLEY
The sad news that Peter Stanley has passed away has deprived Crystal Palace of one of its most colourful characters. I knew Peter for over 30 years and never found him anything less than passionate and enthusiastic about his local area and its history. When I first came across him he was a member of the Crystal Palace Foundation’s committee and regularly volunteered to run their events’ catering with his partner Jo. Peter worked hard to help raise the Foundation’s profile, always making himself available for duties others may have wished to avoid. Interested particularly in Crystal Palace and Penge, Peter was keen to pass his knowledge on, always personally supporting the efforts of others, especially the Foundation’s site work team in its various excavations around the park. After taking early retirement from his gardening job he began collecting then trading in historic images of the locality. Fairly basic to start with, the quality and range improved as Peter found his market. A regular at local history events, often in very colourful attire, he sold pictures and prints, adroitly converted to cards or calendars as the season demanded. Most will probably remember him in this guise, as will local businesses where he gave his custom and attempted to sell his wares. Often seen ‘holding court’ in the cafés, he appeared to be on at least nodding terms with most people. A lifelong supporter of Crystal Palace football club, Peter had renewed his season ticket a few years ago enthused by the upturn in the club’s fortunes. He could not attend this year’s FA cup final but I know he would have been proud and excited for his team whatever the outcome. No doubt had he been well he would have offered us all mementos of the game. In recent years Peter had been assisted by his brother, Ian. The amount of material they could bring to an event was impressive not least because neither owned a car and brought everything by public transport. Hopefully Ian will continue and maintain Peter’s work. The local history scene will not be the same without him, a man determined to enjoy life and the company of others. Martin Frelford Crystal Palace Foundation Trustee