If you have ever thought of creating a cushion, now is your chance to be involved at the beginning, in 100 years when they talk of the Creative Cushioners of South Norwood, you will have been one of the originals!

HI Everyone!

Coffee Craft is very excited to announce their first ‘Crafternoon Tea’ session.

Classic Cushion Making with Michelle, 9th August, 2pm-5pm

This is a beginner’s class so no sewing experience is required  – we will show you how to cut and pin fabric, thread a machine and sew straight to required seam allowances. We’ll also supply some written information to take home, along with your cushion.

We will provide you with fabric and materials including a cushion insert so you don’t need to bring anything with you. If you would like to bring your own fabric you are very welcome to, even an old t-shirt or trousers will do!

This is a complete beginner course so no experience needed. However, if you do have sewing experience you can add some appliqué, buttonholes for more of a challenge. 

Tea/ Coffee and cake will be provided to help the sewing process along!

Class length: 3 hours

Materials required: none, provided

Max in a class: 10

Price: £25

Please confirm your place on the class via email along with your sewing ability, payment can be made via BACS or on the day.

I look forward to hearing from you!



There is no end to the culture in South Norwood, when you actually open your eyes and peek behind the curtain! A note from Noreen, Development Manager at CYTO.

Interested in seeing what Croydon Youth Theatre (CYTO) can offer young people aged 13-21? We are based in south Norwood and our summer production is Fin Kennedy’s East End Tales at the Ambition Festival in Croydon – two more nights at St Michael’s Church in West Croydon tonight and tomorrow from 8pm tickets just £6 full price and £4 concessions. “Gritty, atmospheric and pacey” buy tickets here



Hot off the press, David Hambling has let us know about his own second publication.


I’ve just published the second novella in a series set in Norwood in the 1920’s, sci fi/horror adventures featuring ex-boxer turned debt collector Harry Stubbs.

In the first, The Elder Ice,  Harry is on the trail of a mysterious legacy left by Ernest Shackleton (Antarctic explorer and local hero) — which turns out to be more alien and more dangerous than he could have imagined.

In the second, Broken Meats, Harry is coerced into assisting a Chinese visitor who has a particular interest in the late Roslyn D’Onston, a writer, black magician and suspect in the Jack the Ripper killings. What is the real purpose of the visit —  and just how dead is D’Onston…?

(D’Onston was a real-life character who worked with the famous theosophist Madame Blavatsky during her brief stay in Norwood, and books have been written about him as a Ripper candidate).



Both make full use of the local area and history.

David Hambling

Perhaps Hammer would be interested in the screen adaptation of these?


Follow the series on Facebook here – https://www.facebook.com/ShadowsFromNorwood

Norwood in South London has deep roots. When I first moved here in 2001, I thought that that all London’s history, like all the tourist sites, lay North of the river. I was wrong. Scratch the surface and this place is older and stranger than you think.

The houses on my street are modern; but they are built on Musto’s Field, the name a corruption of ‘Moot-Stow’, a medieval village meeting place. The unremarkable woodland overlooking the garden is a remnant of the primeval Great North Wood which became Norwood. A wood notorious for outlaws, gypsies, hermits and other strange folk.

Our River Effra runs was diverted into an underground sewer a century ago. What hidden creatures flop and scuttle down there, what unhallowed Things are buried beneath those old oak trees, trees untouched since Druids sacrificed beneath them? I mused, and Shadows from Norwood crawled forth…


As followers of SNTB know, Nightwatch has always been our ‘adopted’ charity, as they do such a sterling job, selflessly volunteering to provide meals and sundries for the homeless.

Please Sponsor by clicking here

Thank you for your support, some of my brave volunteers are raising money by doing the Lexus Croydon 10k Road Race on Sunday 18th October 2015 at 10.15am.   The aim is to promote awareness of our charity by wearing a Nightwatch tee shirt to run or walk the race in.

It’s a fun event, with some 600 other runners on the Croydon streets.  There is a link to the website below where they can download an application form or enter the race on line through Runners World.


We have called ourselves Nightwatch Runners, so if anyone would like to join us please send their email address to me and register at the virginmoneygiving site. I will get Roger to add them to the team.

If you need any more details, they can call Nicky on 07828 144645, she is doing the run and have done so many times.

Please do let me know if you enter the race (phone or email), so we can include them in our planning.

We hope to raise £500 to collect as our target for Nigtwatch but I sure we can top that with your help.

I have copied the team in so they will be aware if they have any enquiries.
Kind regards

Cindee Hough

Nightwatch Volunteer Coordinator

07403 456756


Sensible Birthday 2


On Sunday the 26th, it will have been a year since the good old Captain unveiled his seat and opened the garden that was bestowed with his name. So many people said it was a good idea but ‘you know it won’t last……it will be trashed within a month’.

Fast forward a year, and the garden, with no owner, no committee, and no focus group to state how and what should be done, the Sensible Garden is still thriving, thanks to all those who continually work on it and enjoy the surroundings.

To celebrate it’s birthday and or anniversary, from 2pm, SNTB & Crystal Palace TT are hosting a sensible picnic to mark the occasion. To continue with the ethos of the garden (non ownership) please bring along any food that you are happy to be shared with everyone and we can make it a wonderful South Norwood Sensible Sunday. Music provided our own lovely Rose, the Vintage DJ.

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Sepp arriving to meet with SNTB

Sepp arriving to meet with SNTB

SNTB have to announce that after months of secret negotiations, Sepp Blatter was due to open ‘Picklesfest16’ on March 27th next year; the festival commemorating 50 years since local hero Pickles, found the World Cup in South Norwood. The FIFA chairman would have been a star speaker and a major catch for SNTB.

We are gutted this has happened, but maybe it was the hand of god, so now we are chasing Diego Maradonna.


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