Discussion in 'Brixton' started by clandestino, Apr 6, 2009.
In other news, it appears that Beamish and Mcglue has closed down.
That's a shame. Their website is still up, although it's curiously has a copyright date of 2023!
Can't say I ever received anything other than poor service from B&M (mainly their attitude), and as result only ever went in there as a last resort if I couldn't get an ingredient elsewhere.....
Sorry, missed this. I had to get a new machine but gtech gave me £100 off the latest model. It was either that or pay £70 for a new bottom brush bit. Things just ain’t built to last these days.
I tried to find out why B & M closed down on the WN FB forum but all I’m getting is gushing messages of grief that it’s closing. It’s been there for 12 years...I wished them the best but as Nanker Phelge said i often found the service ‘cold’ in there and that put me off going in there (that and the prices!). I wonder if it was a rent hike that finished them off.
News just in: it closed as they are going to concentrate on mobile catering. Something also to do with the changing nature of the high street meant that it wasn’t doing so well.
Rumour has it that the Duck Egg Cafe Thai pop up thing is opening up a deli there instead.
Ahhh, that’s the wife of one of the the duck egg characters. Interesting
Weird. If anything i’d have thought the changing nature of the area (I.e. becoming more gentrified) would suit them better not worse.
Unlike Nanker I never received bad service there but there wasn’t that much on their shelves that I had a massive need for. It wasn’t the kind of place to shop for your everyday essentials and I viewed any shopping I did there as buying occasional treats. In a way it felt out of place for many years- not so much now I guess. The kind of shop you’d expect to find in East Dulwich rather than around these parts.
That’s what I thought. I think 12 years is a good innings tbh...business ownership is bloody stressful especially with a young family. No time for fuck all.
I think the problem is that they were ahead of their time for the area, were the only deli like that in WN, and I think it made them think that they could be surly with their customers and get away with it. Like Nanker, I only ever received rude/offhand service in there, so stopped going after a few visits. I respect them for sticking it out for so long and being brave enough to open a deli on a street which, at the time, was fairly rough and ready (the nearby bank, now an estate agent, was robbed countless times). But I suspect their problem was that when the area started to change, other delis opened up, and they were friendlier, and they took away a load of their custom.
Shame, though. Sad to see a long-standing independent close.
In other news, West Norwood hits the press again.
A shocking expose of going-ons in the area published in the New York Times - in 1897.
SUNDAY MORNING IN SURREY; From Murky London into the Fresh Air and Green Fields of Surrey. SOME MODEL COUNTRY ROADS Suburban Residences and Garden Plots Such as Americans Want, But Never Get -- Railroad Comforts and a Few Inconveniences of Travel in England.
Anyone else got no water? There's been broken pipes flooding Knollys Road and Lansdowne Hill for ages but they don't affect our supply. This looks like what cut our water and caused the massive problems on Leigham Vale last year.
Yep same and there seems to be loads of people on the local fab pages affected too. According to the Beeb website there’s some massive London wide problem. I ran a half marathon earlier and the one thing I really want is a bath
It was most of Streatham last night - we had to do an emergency water run to my husband's parents. Tonight it's my sister in law in West Norwood with no water (as well as a load of friends). Dunraven closed tomorrow and if WN doesn't sort itself out, that'll be the schools and shops there too. Today all the water in Streatham sold out so you might want to get out sharpish to buy some.
We've filled the bathtub just in case but I think we've had our fill of water troubles here. Over a year of them!!
I just reported it to Thames Water and they’ve had about 25 reports from SE27 in the last 10 minutes so something’s not right.
20,000 London homes without water after extreme weather bursts pipes
Tulse Hill side seems ok so far...Hitherfield staying open but yes DR closed tomorrow.
Tulse Hill went off in the last couple of hours. Lanercost Road is like the Kalahari, but without herds of wildebeest
Some areas of Tulse Hill are still ok - ie ours. I've filled a lot of bottles up just in case though. Hitherfield now saying they may have to close after all. Streatham Wells have said they are closing.
People sure are panicking. But just after I typed that on FB local I went to wash my hands and had put soap all over them...ooops.
Looks like more schools will have to close.
On Knollys Road.
Not in Dulwich.
I was intrigued. "Nestled in a peaceful location on the outskirts of Dulwich."
This is not for you. It's a retirement village.
I notice from Google map that there was a Dulwich Care Centre - which is now permanently closed.
Is this another case like Barrington Road in Coldharbour, where a former council care home is closed and sold off for redevelopment?
There was an old people's home on Knollys Road which closed down and is now being redeveloped into retirement flats, is it that?
Presumably selling them off makes a lot more money than running a care home? If it's the same place I didn't realise it was council owned/run. What are old people without their own home/large income supposed to do now?
Well actually the elderly who can no longer look after themselves now have to go into PRIVATE care homes.
If they are eligible the council pay the fees (hence the Social Care row going on at the moment). Obviously if they are not eligible for council payments because their assets are greater than £23,500 (not including the value of their home) then they have to pay up themselves. The Lambeth Council page about this is helpfully "Access Denied" but if you are interested in the issue there is a BBC webpage here: How the care system works across the UK
I'm sure others have better knowledge of all this than me, but I think that Lambeth Council has been gradually getting out of running care homes and sheltered housing for many years.
In a case like the Dulwich Care Centre one I presume that a private sheltered housing scheme is an ideal fit for a closed down council care home in the eyes of all concerned at national and local government level. Its a bit like social housing. They keep their eyes closed and think they (and we) can muddle through.
Have come home this evening to a very endearing young cat hanging out on my doorstep (my neighbour has left out some food and I've added some water and biscuits). He/she is very miaowy and is also very thin (very pointy sticky out spine).
I can't take him/her in because of my own old lady cat but this is a shout out to see if anybody is missing him/her. Shall also post n the other forums as well as WN forum. If anybody has any leads please let me know.. thanks.
PS am on Probyn Rd nr Tulse Hill station.
PPS he/she would also seem to possibly be deaf
West Norwood Feast this Sunday, gonna be a scorching day with lots of summer activities planned, including performances as part of the new Fest Norwood arts festival, running from 3rd - 12th (see www.festnorwood.com for the programme).
Come say hi on St Luke's steps where the bands are playing (I'll be at the 'sound desk').
(Oh and it's a free event, with no fence)
Looks like a nice little festival. What do Zero Carbon sound like? I hope they're Numan-esque with a name like that.
It is, it's a decent family-orientated festival, every 1st Sunday April-December. Entirely run by volunteers, with some local business sponsorship.
Zero Carbon do sound futuristic yes, but I think they are more 'green' hippie style music. They play 'upcycled' songs
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