The primary project is Blueberry Student Magazine. We cover local news, events and light-hearted politics. By renovaing the abandoned building, we want to turn it into a studio/office. Our aim is to nurture the talent of young aspiring journalists and graphic designers by allowing them to visit the building to contribute to Blueberry Student and in the process, earning themselves some extra money.
I also plan to run two parallel side community projects. These are:
• Providing a place for elderly members of the community, (particularly the vulnerable and isolated) and Adiscome Railway park visitors to come in and enjoy food and drink,
• A museum to celebrate the station building and its long haul of history since 1871. The museum will contain photographs, models and statistics
The Norbury Neighbours coffee mornings will ensure there is a regular opportunity for Norbury residents to get together and meet their neighbours.
Norbury Neighbours project will encourage community involvement, enable residents to make new friends and provide an opportunity for people to discuss issues relevant to our neighbourhood. It will enable local people to find out what activities and events are going on locally and will empower our local community to get involved in these activities and events. It will also give people a chance to learn new skills e.g. via volunteering opportunities locally.
We are stronger together when it comes to getting things done in our local area so this project will also provide a forum for residents to meet and consider and act on matters of local concern.
On Saturday 17th December we are hosting a day-long festive celebration of community, togetherness and the magic of cinema, with two screenings of A Muppets Christmas Carol - a matinee for families, and an evening show for (nostalgic!) adults.
The evening event will incorporate live puppetry before and after the film to enhance the experience. Hot food, mulled wine and mince pies will also be on hand, and dressing up is encouraged. Christmas jumpers at the ready!
One of the ways in which we plan to bring people through the doors is by hosting a Christmas fair in the afternoon to support local enterprises and creatives. This will be free to attend and will include a programme of festive short films and a drop-in film or puppet-making workshop.
The morning and evening screenings will have an entry charge, but we are keen to subsidise this to enable more people to attend. We would also like to give away 20% of our ticket allocation to local residents on low/no income.