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The BCO are postponed!

UPDATE: The BCO have decided that, in the light of the current public health situation, their concert should be postponed until the new year. This is obviously a great disappointment, but we look forward to welcoming them next year.

After their storming post-lockdown performance in the summer, the Brixton Chamber Orchestra are returning to Palace Road Estate to entertain us once again! Those of you who have seen them play will know what a treat we are in for. There will be the usual eclectic mix of musical styles, but with a few seasonal tunes thrown in.

Come along on Saturday 19th December at 3.30pm and enjoy the music. The venue is the same as in the summer – between Despard House and the service road. There will be plenty of space for us to keep physically distanced while enjoying being together socially.

New community garden

Have you always thought that something useful should be done with the patch of waste ground at the junction of Roupell Road and Christchurch Road? Well now is your chance to make something beautiful happen! Our friends at St Martin’s Estate are planning to create a community garden there and are wanting to hear our ideas. There will be a Zoom meeting next Wednesday, so go along to learn more and get involved.

An artist’s impression of how the garden could look

The hedge is completed

After three days of work, eight volunteers from the gardening group have managed to plant all 420 trees that make up our new hedge. The hedge is made up of six native species of tree – hazel, silver birch, dogwood, hawthorn, wild cherry and rowan. Over the coming years, as the hedge grows, it will start to provide shelter and food for many species of wildlife. It will also be a colourful border to the estate,it will help absorb pollution from the road and it will remove carbon dioxide from the air.

The last section of hedge being planted this morning

Thanks again to the Woodland Trust for supplying the trees and to these companies for providing the funding:

Hedge planting update

Today was the first day of planting trees to make a hedge next to the south circular road and the gardening group has made a cracking start! Out of 420 trees, they managed to plant 285, working in a relay throughout the day.

One of the volunteers hard at work in the morning
The final section of hedge that was completed today

Thank you to the Woodland Trust for supplying the trees and to the following companies for providing the funding:

Increase in working hours at the Coburg Crescent building site

From today, 20th October, the council has given contractors working on the Coburg Crescent building site permission to extend their working hours to 08:00 to 21:00 on weekdays and 08:00 Hours to 18:00 on Saturdays. This will be for a period of eight weeks, after which the allowed working hours will revert to 08:00 to 18:00 on weekdays and 08:00 to 13:00 on Saturdays.

Farrans requested extended working hours to allow staggered starting and ending times for workers, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Farrans actually requested to be allowed to work much longer hours than those agreed by the council: from 06:00 to 21:00 on weekdays, 08:00 to 18:00 on Saturdays and 08:00 to 15:00 on Sundays. See here for further details.

The Urban Hedgerow

The Palace Road Estate gardening group bring you:

The Palace Road Estate is very green, with lots of grass and trees, but there is limited habitat for wildlife, with little food and shelter for birds and invertebrates. We also have one of the busiest roads in south London running along one boundary of our estate – the south circular – with its noise and pollution. To help address these problems, the gardening group is planning to plant a hedge between the estate and the south circular, running along part of the existing fence.

The trees for our hedge will be supplied by the Woodland Trust, free of charge. In November, we expect to receive 420 saplings of a variety of species: hawthorn, dogwood, wild cherry, silver birch, rowan, hazel. These are native trees that will provide food and shelter for local wildlife. The leaves and berries will provide a colourful display all year.

The gardening group had planned to hold a mass planting day, to which the whole community would be invited. However, given the current pandemic-related restrictions, this will not be possible. Planting will take place gradually, with no more than six people involved at any time. If you would like to join in, get in touch with the gardening group at

Food vouchers for the West Norwood Community Shop

Hidden away in West Norwood, behind the Vale Street recycling centre is our local Community Shop. This provides quality food at low prices to those who need it most. They do this by taking surplus food from manufacturers and retailers that would otherwise go to waste. The food is sold to members at up to 50% off the usual retail price. To join

If you care for a child or children and they receive free school meals, or you are on any means tested benefit, then the Community Shop is currently offering free £15 food vouchers per child, per week, for six weeks! To get your vouchers, just head down to the shop with proof of free school meal eligibility or your benefits.

The shop’s address is Vale Street, Gipsy Hill, London, SE27 9PA. If you have any questions please email

The West Norwood Community Shop

The Brixton Chamber Orchestra perform

The Brixton Chamber Orchestra put on a storming performance on the estate yesterday, playing music in a wide variety of styles: musical theatre, Argentinian tango, Irish dance, hip hop, classical, punk rock and more! The weather looked threatening, but the rain held off and the event was enjoyed by both residents and visitors from the wider area.

Thank you to Hugh Johnson for taking these photos.

If you missed yesterday’s event, you can still catch them later today at Cressingham Gardens Estate (2pm) and Lambeth Towers (5pm).

Summer children’s football coaching at Hillside Gardens Park

The Friends of Hillside Gardens Park will be holding their popular summer football coaching sessions again this year. There will be three weekly sessions with the first on Saturday 22 August at 2pm. There will be more sport, including football, at the annual Hillside Gardens Park sports day on Saturday 12 September. The sessions are free and open to all children aged 7 to 12 years. You can sign up for each session here.

Note that there was initially a session planned for 15 August, but that has been cancelled. Go to the Brixton Chamber Orchestra concert instead!