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Post: #1
18-10-2007 04:30 PM

Just thought I would post the weblink for info about the Crystal Palace Fireworks display.

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26-10-2007 03:46 PM

The Exhibition about the Masterplan for Crystal Palace Park which has been submitted to Bromley Council for planning approval has been open to the public for one week now.

It will continue until next Wednesday, 31 October, and is being held in the old Booking Hall next to Crystal Palace Station.

Times of the exhibition are:

Weekdays -7.30 am till 9 pm
Weekends - 10 am - 6 pm

This is the opportunity for everyone interested in the future of this once great park, now very tired and run down, to see the ideas being put forward by the London Development Agency, in conjunction with Masterplanners Latz + Partners, to regenerate the park and also an opportunity to discuss the plans with members of the project development team.

It is also a chance to have a look inside the old station Booking Hall, closed to the public for many years.

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26-10-2007 11:34 PM

We watch them for free, from our vantage point in FH lol Not as much atmosphere I know, but I won't buy them or let them off personally and think its silly to "burn money" and the money we save is spent on (some) treats and the rest goes to everyday living.
I hate "bonfire night" (read as - at least one month of noise and burning smell, either side of the 5th of November - let alone waste of money AND danger) - animals and many people have a rough time of it. It would not be so bad if they banned the sale of fireworks APART from to bona-fide organisers of Displays. Would save the emergency services a lot of work too.
Fireworks = pretty, for sure but also = Waste of money,dangerous (in the wrong hands) and annoying (when let off at all hours, everywhere)

Rant over - enjoy the bangs and pretty lights everyone (I like them too, but safe, and far away from, with pennies intact also lol)
Be safe, also.


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27-10-2007 12:24 AM

I'm not one for banning things because a few people abuse them. But when it comes to fireworks, I can't see the point in buying your own. You spend ?50 on fireworks, you get a few Catherine wheels than don't spin, a volcano thing that's not as good as your screensaver, some rockets that go more pop than bang, and some sparklers.

Give me the public displays every time. They get the huge fireworks that would be illegal for you or me to own. In Clapham they're free, and Crystal Palace is only three quid. For a fiver a head you get dough nuts, sparklers, music and an awesome fireworks display.

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01-11-2007 08:31 PM

If you didn't have a chance to visit the exhibition a lot of the information can be viewed on the following website:

As for the ticket hall (which is a great Victorian building) it is planned that this will come back into public use when the East London Line extension to Crystal Palace is completed. See the video on this website for a glimpse of what it looks like:

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01-11-2007 11:07 PM

Congrats to the Sydenham Society, Dianne Barker and the Crystal Palace Campaign (including yours truly) who prevented the inappropriate development of the top site early in the naughties. Once the developers had pulled out I lost a bit of interest, but a review that I read recently showed how little respect the London Borough of Bromley paid to local interests, and their legal obligations. For once David overthrew Goliath! Anyway hope you all have a chance to look at plans and participate. I personally would have the high level line reinstated.

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02-11-2007 09:39 AM

Personally I thought the Crystal Palace ought to have been reinstated in some form, housing art work and also a botanical garden!

Still, its great that things are on the move at last. I started swimming there over 20 years ago and watched the place deteriorate over the years. The heating system was continually breaking down and the pool closed for long periods. It became unpredictable. And now its shut due to asbestos.
The park is nice but always could have been better layout and planting wise ; that central avenue is fantastic. -and you could never find anything nor work out exactly where you where. It took a Bill Bryson book to teach me about the dinosaur parks/ historical importance !
Its a shame that its taken so long, and as pointed out , its future largely frustrated by Bromley Council.

For me this is a cautionary tale about how we let our treasures and public buildings and spaces sink into oblivion and how much potential has been lost. By treasures I don't mean fusty old museums and buildings that are used only by the elite, but something 'living' with a wide range of activities which was widely used by the public and which could have bettered peoples lives had provision and aesthetics been more imaginative. There was undoubtedly lots of revenue generating potential which could have benefited local people.
There was/is a pool, sports centre, physio centre, park, play area,dinosaurs, farm, concert venue, cafe, attractive train station, all which could have been turned into a sporting and cultural gem. Where else do you get such a wide range of things in one space?

Its great that things are happening at last but we need to learn why we as a society continually let our public spaces decline to this state.

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Post: #8
03-11-2007 11:27 AM

What's it like coming back on the train from these? We're thinking of going and will have two exhausted under 5's to bring back.

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03-11-2007 05:17 PM


It looks like they have rescheduled this for the 30th November...

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03-11-2007 06:19 PM

That was 2006.

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03-11-2007 06:37 PM

Oh yeah.

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05-11-2007 02:35 PM

Does anyone know what time the Palace fireworks start? Thanks.

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05-11-2007 02:49 PM

doh. just seen link at top of thread. 7.30 then!

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05-11-2007 05:41 PM

We went to a display at a local pub - loads of fireworks, huge bonfire, beer, reasonably priced BBQ, drinks, clean loos, very child friendly, no huge crowds, more beer, no fascists confiscating sparklers - oh, and did I mention the beer?

On the way back, we passed the fire station at approx. 9.30 - all three vehicles were "at home", so maybe not such a busy night for them as you might think!

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24-10-2008 06:24 PM


Author Julie Myerson visits Crystal Palace.

Writer Julie Myerson, author of eight novels including ?Laura Blundy?,? The Story of You? and ?Out of Breath? will be talking about her work and specifically the book that was long-listed for the ManBooker Prize -?Something Might Happen? - at the Upper Norwood Joint Library on Thursday 30th of October at 7.30 pm.
The Observer called the book ?A stunning frightener of a novel. This is a tour de force, the best novel Julie Myerson has written - and that is saying something?..?

Julie writes for a number of national newspapers including ?The Independent? and is a regular guest on BBC2?s ?Newsnight Review?. She completed her first non-fiction title ?Home: The Story of Everyone Who Has Ever Lived in our House? in 2004.

?Something Might Happen? has also been selected as the featured novel in the first ever ?Crystal Palace Park and Read? promotion that runs until December 13th. This event sees library staff taking on the role of ?Richard and Judy? by highlighting featured titles and challenging the whole of Crystal Palace to read the same book during the same two months period.

Upper Norwood is set to become one gigantic reading group, with opportunities to meet authors, reviews and promotions, a quiz based on the featured book (with twelve prizes - kindly provided by the Upper Norwood Library Campaign - and a first prize of ?100 for the winner) and multiple copies to borrow or buy.

This is a Crystal Palace-specific initiative and the first time that such an event has been staged in this part of South London.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Bradley Millington (Chief Librarian ? Upper Norwood Joint Library, 39-41 Westow Hill, London SE19 1TJ. The library is 10 minutes walk from either Crystal Palace or Gipsy Hill railway stations. Telephone: 020 8670 2551.


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Post: #16
27-05-2009 05:31 AM

Make sure that none of the Park is lost to commercial interests.

Crystal Palace Park is not only a wonderful piece of open space, it is historically interesting - find out the latest plans on the Friends of Crystal Palace website

I can't find anything very up to date on the London Development Agency (who now control the planning) but has some useful information

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20-01-2011 05:36 PM

Just seen the news on CP FC.,,10323...69,00.html

No problem with the club wanting to move in the park, but am uneasy about changes to the existing pools.

Does aquatic centre assume 50m pool inside?

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20-01-2011 06:44 PM

I'd like to think the plan is to build a new indoor aquatic centre complete with 50m Olympic Pool. It would be unfortunate if the country was to lose one of its few 50m pools. I did hear there were more 50m pools in Paris than in the whole of the UK although this may not be true ...

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20-01-2011 11:08 PM

there were more 50m pools in Belgrade (Serbia) than in the whole UK.

And I have only heard of one Serbian swimmer (who lives in USA)

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22-01-2011 01:59 PM

I think we should all be educated enough to know where Belgrade is especially after NATO's agressive was against the poor Serbs.

Maybe the number of Pools because they are landlocked after Montenegran departure.

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