As you know we are currently raising funds for the forthcoming South Norwood Tourist Guide. Many have already kindly donated but we understand it’s much more fun to get something in return.

With that in mind we introduce you to the first of our t-shirt campaigns on Mercht.com

Don’t F*ck with the Tourist Board T-shirt

tshirtMercht is a company that acts a bit like a kickstarter; the campaign runs for 21 days and at the end they will print and send out the t-shirts to those who have bought them. All profits will go to towards our forthcoming guide.

They do need to get 10 orders to make it worthwhile printing but we are expecting to reach that easily. If there are less than 10 orders by the end of the campaign everyone keeps their money so there is no risk.

Tomorrow we will unveil our second (slightly more family friendly) design…


Here at the South Norwood Tourist Board offices, we truly believe that the history of an area is the history of the people. We were, therefore, very excited when a gentleman called Brian Martin contacted us to purchase a print of The Portland Arms. Here is a little bit of our conversation:

“As you say, the pub was formally called Ocean’s Apart but before that it was The Prince of Denmark. It was built in 1898, my grandfather took over the licence there in 1933. My mother then took over the licence following his death in the early 40’s. My sisters were born there in 1944 and 1945 and I came along in 1953…

pub photos


Mother always denied any suggestion of watering the gin and whiskey during the war! Also she was proud that, like the Windmill Theatre, it never closed during the war either!

We were there until my mother retired in 1970 and moved to West Sussex. Dad died in the pub in 1968 and mum died in 2002.
The pub was such an important part of my life in one way or another. “
darts night
Brian also sent some photos from his life in a pub and a photo of a poster for a darts night which included nail throwing! Blimey!
Thank you Brian!

A Paypal button has now been added to the left of our page. Although they charge fees in may make life easier for all you generous people out there.

Thanking you in advance

As we have mentioned before, SNTB are looking for some financial support to continue promoting South Norwood as the country’s number 1 tourist attraction by producing our own Tourist Guide – Rough Guide will be squirming with envy.

Looking at all the funding sites, we refuse to have 5% of the donations taken and for anyone donating to pay an additional 2.5% card fee. So we have decided to go with the no bells and whistles, just simply our bank details:

Account Name: South Norwood Tourist Board

Sort Code: 09-01-28

Account Number: 28273829

If you do make a donation, could you please email us so we can say thank you and check the account to ensure everything is good. We will keep you posted of how much we have raised on a bi-weekly basis.

Aiming for a great book launch with hopefully a special guest of honour that we are sure will go down a storm!


….now you can!

Swing Night

To all of the community that have kindly offered financial support towards, what will become the must have Tourism guide ever to be written, be patient.

SNTB are looking at the best way of collecting donations in a fair transparent way, so people can also gasp and awe as we try to reach our target. We hope to have something sorted by Monday.

If anyone knows of a good fundraising site that doesn’t take a large % of that raised please let us know.


We asked and we couldn’t have wished for such a supportive email:

Hi would a £XX* donation be any good ?  As a pensioner who moved up here 50 years ago I  feel obliged to chip in especially as I have at least 15 of the parakeets feeding in my garden every day and have visited the lake twice a day with my various dogs past and present.

Best regards
Diane Fosberry

*actual amount removed as not to embarrass Diane with her generosity

A big thank you to Diane and also to Tim who left a comment asking for details.

Any individual who donates will get a mention in the first of our Tourism Books. We have over 2.5k followers, so any amount you can afford from 10p to 10,000p, it will all go towards celebrating our area.