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.



needs you

Yes it is ambitious but also achievable, with support.

50 photo pages in full colour with stunning photography and the kind of wit and raconteurdom that our readers have come to love – Bound to be a surprise best seller of the Summer.

We need to raise at least £200 to cover print costs but, depending on the amount, you will get you a fawning plug disguised as editorial, and an invite to the hippest red carpet do this side of Novosibirsk.

These are gonna fly out like the parakeets in the bird sanctuary – No. 37 since you ask.

If you would like to donate, or talk about sponsorship and inclusion in a publication that will raise the bar for tourism books, please drop us an email and we can discuss your requirements.


After a long needed hiatus, basking in the sun and marvelling at the beauty of South Norwood, we are revived and ready for a fun filled 2018.

Who knows what to expect (as we have run out of money) but by hook or by crook we will get the most positive publicity for South Norwood and it’s community as we can, with as little as possible.

So watch this space………

Hot off the press, the SNTB posters are now available to buy. These A3 posters are full colour on 135gsm silk stock and would make a great Christmas present for both the patriotic South Norwoodian or those unable to see the beautiful South Norwood views for themselves. The price for the pair (unframed) is £25 and, if you would just like one of the designs, £15. They can be delivered free to South Norwood; otherwise postage will investigated depending on address. These will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

Please email ritchielamy@gmail.com with your request and your details. Currently there is a limited quantity but, if there is demand, another run can be ordered from the printers.


Boxing Champion Larry Paul past away yesterday, his daughter at his side. Our thoughts with all his family and those who knew him.


Art is something that should be shared (…..as opposed to vile racist, back biting, infighting, mysogynistic comments that people share so willingly on social media….I digress…..) so the latest offering is by Wislawa Szymborska.

A Few Words on the Soul 

We have a soul at times.
No one’s got it non-stop,
for keeps.

Day after day,
year after year
may pass without it.

it will settle for awhile
only in childhood’s fears and raptures.
Sometimes only in astonishment
that we are old.

It rarely lends a hand
in uphill tasks,
like moving furniture,
or lifting luggage,
or going miles in shoes that pinch.

It usually steps out
whenever meat needs chopping
or forms have to be filled.

For every thousand conversations
it participates in one,
if even that,
since it prefers silence.

Just when our body goes from ache to pain,
it slips off-duty.

It’s picky:
it doesn’t like seeing us in crowds,
our hustling for a dubious advantage
and creaky machinations make it sick.

Joy and sorrow
aren’t two different feelings for it.
It attends us
only when the two are joined.

We can count on it
when we’re sure of nothing
and curious about everything.

Among the material objects
it favors clocks with pendulums
and mirrors, which keep on working
even when no one is looking.

It won’t say where it comes from
or when it’s taking off again,
though it’s clearly expecting such questions.

We need it
but apparently
it needs us
for some reason too.

Wisława Szymborska