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Norwood Forum Newsletter August 2020

Norwood Forum Newsletter (21/2020) Back to the Future!

Looking back to our recent past Norwood Forum 2019-20Well that was a busy year! Even before Covid-19 struck our community in such a devastating manner. The virus remains very much part of our lives - and more on that later, but in the meantime, these images give you a flavour of how the Forum spent the past year, and below you can watch the whole video of our recent AGM that highlights these activities and features Helen Hayes MP for Dulwich and West Norwood as our guest speaker. Hear Helen speak about the issues facing our community during Covid-19 as well as focus on other specific and topical areas of importance. Helen then answers questions from the community. This is followed by a short slide presentation illustrating the activities of the Norwood Forum over the last year, and ends with an introduction to the new 2020-21 Norwood Forum Committee. We look forward with hope and ambition to another year working with, and on behalf of, our community. There is no doubt it will be challenging, but together we believe we are stronger. Full set of slides can be found here

Norwood Forum AGM 2019-20 with guest speaker Helen Hayes MP

for Dulwich and West NorwoodAnd looking forward to the future

There are lots of surveys and polls being published providing plenty of ways to make sure your voice is heard with opportunities to have an input into what our 'new' future might look like. The Forum will be working hard to bring as many of them as we can find to your attention. Any surveys you find that we don't seem to know about, please send them to us at: info@norwoodforum.org.

Now is the time for us to build a new future - together.Norwood Forum 2020-21

These are just two of the new projects the Forum has in advance planning.

The first is absolutely brand new - a blue plaque scheme celebrating the history of our neighbourhood - both the people and the places - providing a whole new way to appreciate where we all live. This will go live in the next month. Our second project will build on the success of last year's Window Wanderland. Dates, themes and lots of other details will be announced very shortly. If you have a community project that Norwood Forum might help you with, then please get in touch: info@norwoodforum.org

How important are face coverings to your good health?

Now we have had some weeks of the easing of the lockdown, what's your opinion: should staff be wearing face coverings at work in shops, pubs and restaurants?  In West Norwood town centre we experience daily a wide variety of procedures and practices.  Station to Station, the West Norwood and Tulse Hill Business Improvement District, has provided advice and publicity to local businesses to supplement the government guidelines. They are now conducting a simple one question poll to gauge local opinions on face coverings. Complete the poll here

Lambeth Covid-19 statistics

Lambeth Council is now to share updated information about the Covid-19 situation in Lambeth via a new Information Dashboard. This is timely as there has been a recent increase in cases in Lambeth. The Council advises: 'Our new Covid-19 Information Dashboard will share key information on the number of cases of  Covid-19.  It will help everyone in Lambeth understand the need to keep themselves, their loved ones, and other people safe and help prevent local outbreaks'. Full story and link here

How is Covid-19 impacting young people across Lambeth? 

Further to our earlier story, there is now an online survey which seeks to understand the impacts of Covid-19 on Lambeth residents and identify ways in which the council can effectively provide support to residents going forward. In particular, consultants working on the behalf of Lambeth Council want to speak to young people from across the borough!  If you are the parent of a child aged 11-17, please consider providing consent for your child to take part in this online Survey. The Survey will take no longer than 10 minutes. Find the survey link here

Lambeth Climate Action Citizen's Assembly?

Lambeth Council has now launched its Climate Action Hub to share ideas for reducing carbon emissions and making the whole Lambeth community more resilient. An interactive website, has been set up so you can input your own ideas and see a cross-section of other people's comments. These ideas will then be referred to the Citizen's Assembly for discussion.    Full story and the opportunity to have your say here

Lambeth Electoral Ward Boundary Review 

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission England is asking for residents’ help to create a new pattern of electoral wards in Lambeth. The current consultation launched on 14 July with an online briefing and will run until 21 September 2020. Our local wards are Gipsy Hill, Knights Hill and Thurlow Park. Each one is represented on the council by three councillors who are elected every four years to represent the best interests of the residents in their ward. Some council services and also neighbourhood policing are organised by ward. More information and links to express your opinions

London's recovery starts with you 

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has established the London Recovery Board, with leaders from City Hall, London Councils, businesses, the community and voluntary sectors, trade unions, academia, and health and police services, to guide London's recovery from the pandemic. The Mayor wants all Londoners to have the opportunity to give their input. 

Find out how to have your say here50% meal discount scheme runs until Monday 31 August 

And don't forget there is still time to Eat Out to Help Out. Station to Station has a list of local pubs, cafes and restaurants on its website, and you can type in any postcode of the government website here to eat further afield. Find both links here


Photo: Is this yours?

#rainbownorwood We are still spotting rainbows - are you? Please add yours, and the ones you find, to the community album here. #StaySafe Norwood -- Forum -- Team .. still social distancing (just not quite as far!)

What is Norwood Forum?

We are a volunteer-led organisation covering the three Norwood wards of Gipsy Hill, Knight's Hill, and Thurlow Park. Our focus is to celebrate our wonderful neighbourhood and its vibrant, diverse but cohesive community whilst making a positive difference to the quality of life for people who live and work here. We can only do this with your help. You are a member of the Forum by receiving this newsletter, please share and encourage your friends and neighbours to sign up to here too. We really appreciate and enjoy your feedback on items raised in the newsletter. We can be contacted by email and are regularly out and about at West Norwood Feast and other community events. Please like and share our Facebook and Twitter postings too - we are especially looking to increase our social media reach - and numbers. And remember to send in your Events and News to be included in these listings to: info@norwoodforum.org. Another good source of local events and information is the West Norwood Local Facebook page.

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