Sunday, 19 July 2009

Links to Crystal Palace Park

Friends of mine (usually when I'm going on about the park) often ask why Crystal Palace is so special. I think its the fact that for such a small area of London, it has links all over the world. I discovered another one yesterday that I thought I'd share with you.

I'm a bit of an World War II aviation enthusiast. As aircraft designers, RJ Mitchell (Spitfire) and Sydney Camm (Hurricane) tend to get a lot of mentions, but for me, Geoffrey de Havilland, the designer of the wonderful Mosquito, has always been at the top of the list. So it was a pleasant surprise to be wandering round the de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre up in St Albans, and discover that he studied engineering at the Crystal Palace School of Engineering. Its one of the few buildings from that era still standing in the park, and its better known now as the Museum.

Anyone else have any links to Crystal Palace that they would like to share? Email me and we'll post them here!

Monday, 6 July 2009

Kingswood House Festival

Just in case you haven't come across it, The Friends of Kingswood House are having their summer festival this year on the 19th July.

It promised to be very much a family affair with a good community feel to it, drawing on residents in near-by SE 19 and in SE21; the afternoon will include performances and attractions such as Acrobat circus skills, Kids entertainer, Karaoke, Steel band, African Drummers, Limousine tour, Bouncy castles, Face painting, Hoopla, Donkey rides, Stalls (including Crystal Palace Foundation & Norwood Society) and many, many more.

It kicks off on Sunday 19 July, starting with a procession at 12noon.

Seeley drive, Kingswood estate, West Dulwich SE21 8QR