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West Norwood Cemetery - Special Open Day

Part of ChooSE27 Festival
ChooSE27 is a new website connecting those who have work and event space to those who need places to work or to hire for an event in West Norwood and Tulse Hill. Set up by our local business improvement district organisation, Station to Station BID, this initiative is being launched with the ChooSE27 Festival running between 12 and 29 May, and the cemetery is taking part! ... click on headline for more info

Through the current Heritage Lottery project, the cemetery will have three new spaces available for public hire. One space is the restored St Stephens Chapel in the Greek Enclosure, and the other two will be in the refurbished and extended Lodge building at the main entrance - this is to become our new Visitors Centre.

Though these spaces are not yet available (St Stephens will be in the autumn this year, and the new Visitors Centre will open in spring 2024), we are still taking the opportunity to tell the community about these spaces - and indeed about the whole Lottery project and what it is achieving - with an Open Day full of free events and activities. 

Keep checking back here for more details - some of the activities will need pre-booking (please see links below), though everything will be completely free!
If you have any queries, especially on accessibility, please get in touch with Kim Hart on khart@lambeth.gov.uk

Schedule of pre-bookable events:
11am-12.30pm Mind, Body, Spirit a guided walk - details on this event and how to book here
12noon-1pm Persephone a story walk - details on this event and how to book here
1pm-2pm The camera in your pocket - a photography workshop - details on this event and how to book here
2pm-3pm Hidden Gems a guided tour - details on this event and how to book here

And what else will you find at the Open Day??

  • Join The Portico and local ceramicist Emma Fenelon for a free community pottery drop-in workshop. This event is open to everyone, and is an opportunity to come together and have fun while making a small clay figure to sit in our clay boat and join our special River Effra Clay Fleet! No to book - more details here
  • The ancient art of carving letters and symbols into stone is as old as writing itself and today this enduring art form continues to have many uses in both historic and contemporary contexts. This is your chance to try your hand at stone letter carving with Rob Postle from City & Guilds of London Art School - more details here
  • The Friends of West Norwood Cemetery will be selling their brilliantly researched publications
  • Find out all about the ongoing National Lottery Heritage Funded project - and use the free maps provided to guide yourself to the different monuments that are being restored (the Go Jauntly app for this walk will be launched at the Open Day - download the app in advance here)
  • Lambeth Bereavement Services will have a stall where you can ask questions about the cemetery and crematorium, as well as find out about the wide range of products and services that they offer. The Crematorium Chapel in the center of the cemetery will also be open to visit
  • The Lambeth Tour Guides Association will be on hand to talk about their professional tour guide training course, and their upcoming walks
  • Centre 70 is a charity based in West Norwood, and has been at the heart of the community for over 50 years. Centre 70 provides Advice Services and Counselling and Wellbeing Services. They will be at our Open Day with information and can signpost you to the right place if you need additional support. www.centre70.org.uk 
  • And finally - local cafe, Sweet Carolina, will be providing refreshments.


event date: 

Saturday, May 20, 2023