Palace Mag

May 12

Spa Hill Allotment Plant Sale Today!

Spa Hill Allotments

Give your garden or window box a kick start by nabbing some very cheap plants from the Spa Hill Allotment's Plant Sale THIS WEEKEND. Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 12noon. The cafe also does a mean Gardener’s Breakfast. Open to all.

May 11

Crystal Palace Garden Party: Rock and Proms in June

Crystal Palace Jubile Proms

The Crystal Palace Garden Parties were an amazing series of festivals in the Crystal Palace Bowl in the park South East London. The Garden Parties in Crystal Palace Bowl historically ran from 1971 into 1980s and were mostly one day festivals. Among the amazing list of bands that played these shows :

Afterwards there were a few further revivals most notably the Cure 1990.

A group will be resurrecting these amazing festivals in Crystal Palace Park in 2012.  The powers that be have given the go ahead and  the dates are 23d and 24th June

Crystal Palace Garden Party

Saturday 23rd

Rock return to it’s 70s -80’s roots with legendary keyboard maestro Rick Wakeman, Hawkwind, Focus, Barclay James Harvest, Curved Air, Strawbs and more artists to be confirmed.

 Sunday 24 June

Doors open at 4:00pm with live music from 5:00pm - 10:00pm
A celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with classical music in the form of a Jubliee Proms - featuring The London Gala Symphony Orchestra with the stunningly beautiful and talented soloist Juliette Pochin. The event will also feature other musical and fun distractions and continue the park’s other great tradition of PROMS music in this terrific space.

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Crystal Palace S.E. London Picture Group, a group on Flickr.

Recent photos from Palace Mag group on flickr

Photos by Bob Broglia and Upper Norwood Library Campaign

Green Day at Rockmount School

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“Let’s show the world we care!” was the message from staff, pupils and parents at Rockmount School last Friday (4th May).

The school wanted to hold the Green Day to raise awareness of environmental issues and promote sustainable lifestyles.

Dressed in green, children made their way to school by bike, scooter or on foot, clutching ‘green pledges’. Those from further afield shared cars or took the bus, so that the normally congested road outside was quite empty. By contrast the bikes crowded round the racks in the school car park.

Rockmount will continue to encourage walking and cycling to school through a ‘Walk on Wednesdays’ scheme. Michael Wilson, head teacher of Rockmount said, “I am very keen that even in the winter months children make walking to school part of their day.”

As well as the usual lessons, children spent the day making junk jewellery, turning old clothes into shopping bags and designing solar powered hats.

Reception class searched for wildlife and discovered palmate newts, toads and frogs living in the pond and masonry bees and pied wagtails in their playground. Meanwhile Year 6 went wild about biodiversity, building bat and bird boxes to put them up in the playground, and making insect homes.

Croydon Council’s Recycling team paid a visit to Year 4, who carried out a survey of what is thrown away over lunch.

In the playground after school there were stalls where parents and children could buy cakes, swap books or get a free bicycle healthcheck from Dr Bike.

Karen Pernyes, a local mum who helped organise Green Day, said, “I believe the event really inspired the whole school community to think about environmental issues as well as creating a buzz about the school in general.”

May 10

Artists Open House this Weekend

Dulwich Festival Open House 2012

This weekend sees a not to be missed visit to Artist Open House, as part of the Dulwich Festival.

The Artists’ Open House, now in its eighth year, is bigger than ever. More than 200 artists in over 150 locations across Dulwich and surrounding areas are opening their homes and studios as part of the Dulwich Festival, giving you the opportunity to see an incredible array of art works in intimate and inspiring settings. Open House will run on both weekends of the Dulwich Festival to give you a chance to see as many of the artists as possible. Look out for the signposts outside each of the venues.

All kinds of artists are represented here - photographers, ceramicists, print makers, designers, painters, jewellers, furniture makers and more - and most of their work is for sale at prices to suit all pockets.

So perhaps you’ll find the perfect watercolour for that space on your bedroom wall, a unique piece of jewellery or simply a useful and lovely pot.

You will certainly be inspired by the amazing creativity at work behind these normally closed doors.

Headline sponsor announced for Crystal Palace Overground Festival

Crystal Palace Overland Festival 2012

A LEADING South East London estate agency has been confirmed as the headline sponsor for this year’s Crystal Palace Overground Festival. 

Acorn Estate Agency Crystal Palace will sponsor the 6th annual Crystal Palace Overground Festival for the second year running. 

The free 4-day festival will take place round the Crystal Palace Triangle (13-16 June, 2012) with events running in the week leading up to and during the main event itself at Westow Park (June 16).


Director of Acorn Crystal Palace, James Clow, said:“We are delighted to be the headline sponsor of this year’s Crystal Palace Overground Festival. The festival brings residents and local business together. It is one of the region’s most eagerly anticipated events.”

Mr Clow added: “As a company, we feel proud to be associated with the festival.”

Crystal Palace has been the home of the Overground Festival since it began in 2007, showcasing the best local live music, poetry, theatre, comedy, film, food and fashion. Local bars will host stalls, gigs and DJs, and there will be shopping and music in the local markets, Church Road and Haynes Lane, with an art market inVictory Place. This year’s event looks set to be one of the best yet.


There will be an array of gourmet food and drink stalls and bands playing everything from soul, funk, ska, reggae to indie pop on the Antenna music stage in WestowPark.

London born writer and musician Jim Bob, best known as the singer of indie band Carter USM will officially welcome visitors to the festival on 16 June.


Volunteers Needed for Sydenham Arts Festival

Sydenham Arts Festival Volunteers


Sydenham Arts Festival 2012′s fantastic programme is now finalised and details will be announced very soon.

Highlights include Arts in the Park/Family Fun Day on Sunday 1 July, an open-air production of The Jungle Book (3-8 July), a ‘Battle of the Bards’ playwriting competition and Word Explosion, a family-friendly literary festival headlined by ‘Liverpool poet’ Roger McGough.


We need volunteers to help out in a variety of roles, including box office, leafleting, front of house, stewarding at events, technical crew and drivers.

Anyone who’s interested is invited to an initial volunteers ‘meet & greet’ on Saturday 19 May from 11am until 1pm at the Golden Lion pub, 116 Sydenham Road, SE26 5JX. This will be a great opportunity for you to meet the Festival’s organising team, have a sneak preview of the Festival’s exciting programme, meet each other, and let us know which events you’re interested in helping with.

If you cannot make this meeting, our alternative date is Monday 21 May, 7.30–9pm at The Here For Good Centre, 17 Sydenham Rd, SE26 5EX.

Please email to let us know whether you will be able to attend either of these meetings. If you know anyone who you think might be interested in helping with SAF 2012, please do let them know about the meetings – everyone is welcome.

Hope to see you there!

Kind regards,
Jonathan Kaufman – Festival Director
Juliette Grassby-Lewis – Assistant Festival Director
and the volunteers team

07949 880071 (Juliette)
07904 505923 (Jonathan)