West Norwood’s second Free Film Festival of 2017 is coming to you soon and this time with a spooky twist! From 27 – 31 October there will be a mix of new releases and classic supernatural films, along with live bands, DJs and even a creepy local history walk. So rev up your broomsticks, climb out of your coffins and join in for a fun and frightening Halloween weekender!

Film Schedule:

Friday 27 October 8pm
Get Out @ Volcano Coffee Works 62 Tritton Road SE21 8DE

Saturday 28 October 7pm
St Luke’s Church, Norwood High Street SE27 0HS

Sunday 29 October 8:30pm
Dawn of the Dead
The Book and Record Bar 20 Norwood High Street SE27 9NR

Monday 30 October 8pm
It Follows
The ClockWorks 6 Nettlefold Place SE27 0JW

Tuesday 31 October 8pm
People’s Choice
The Great North Wood Pub 3 Knight’s Hill SE27 0HS

First come first seated until venue is full at all venues.

Further info. and tickets: West Norwood Free Film Festival website – http://www.freefilmfestivals.org/filmfestival/west-norwood/

The Future of Cultural Services in Lambeth

The council is launching a consultation on the future of cultural services in Lambeth. This sets out a vision for how we can deliver library services sustainably, in the face of huge cuts to our funding from the national government.

2012 we talked to residents about libraries. They challenged us on how we could provide free access to
books wider than ever before. They challenged us to use self serve
technology, volunteers and community spaces to create new places in the
heart of our neighbourhoods to borrow books and embrace reading.

Lambeth Council is now launching a consultation which shares our
vision for how we might deliver this. Please get involved, feedback your ideas and tell us what you think.

Our vision is –

  • 5 town centre libraries where we’ll work with volunteers to extend opening hours
  • those town centre libraries supporting a wider Network of community
    lending libraries in community settings – like the successful one in
    Streatham Vale.
  • community libraries like Carnegie potentially becoming community hubs – including community library provision.

This vision isn’t new – it’s the continuation of a conversation we’ve
been having for a long time. But the pace needs to pick up to achieve the budget
reductions that are now necessary.

We’ll have to make some tough decisions too. Some smaller libraries
simply won’t be able to continue. In West Norwood, we are lucky – the council and Picturehouse have exchanged contracts to develop Nettlefold Hall into a refurbished library and a new cinema for our community. There are going to be lots of opportunities to have your say on what our library will look like – watch this space!

For further information, take a look at Lambeth Labour’s blog here

A new cinema in West Norwood moved a step closer this week as contracts were exchanged between Picturehouse Cinemas Ltd and Lambeth Council.

Picturehouse will lease the old Nettlefold Hall in Norwood High Street and turn it into a four-screen cinema, with bar and café.

As part of the deal, West Norwood Library will also be improved with a £1.125m investment.

Cllr Jane Edbrooke, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “We know this agreement has been a long time coming but I’m delighted to announce that Picturehouse are coming to West Norwood.

“The area is seeing some really positive changes with the brand new West Norwood Health & Leisure Centre opening in the summer, West Norwood Feast happening every month and now a new cinema and refurbished library opening by 2017.

“West Norwood is fast becoming yet another vibrant Lambeth town centre that people will thoroughly enjoy visiting.”

Lyn Goleby, Managing Director of Picturehouse, said: “This is the sort of building that we get very excited about – modernising and reinventing a place that sits at the heart of its community.

“We hope that the support the project enjoys will mean that we can very soon deliver a great new facility for West Norwood”.

Following the signing of the Agreement to Lease arrangement, there will now be a period of around 12 weeks to complete costings and develop designs ready for a full public consultation, which will begin early next year.

Picturehouse already run the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton and the Clapham Picturehouse, as well as other venue across London. They will spend over £2m on the Nettlefold Hall site.

In recent years, Lambeth council has refurbished Brixton and Streatham Tate libraries and built a brand new library in Clapham.