This posting brings together information on some of the environmental and heritage activities in Croydon in September and October. It is not comprehensive and as new information is received it will be added in.
20 September. London Open House in Croydon
– Stanley Halls
10am-4.45pm. See behind the scenes of this huge, iconic building and learn more about the enigmatic William Ford Stanley. Tours are free. Refreshments will be on sale and it is hoped to have some entertainment for parts of the day. Find out more about Stanley Halls and other buildings taking part in Open House at http://events.londonopenhouse.org/building/18007.
– Whitgift Almhouses and Old Palace tours
Pre-bookable on 020 8680 8499. The Old Palace tour 11am first come, first served.
Saturday 20 September. 6.30pm. West Indians in the Panama Canal
2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the official opening of the Panama Canal. Windrush Foundation is holding a commemorative event at Croydon Supplementary Education Project, 32 Sydenham Road, CR0 2EF. Speaker: Vasco Stevenson.
The Panama Canal, considered an engineering wonder of the world, has long been touted as an American achievement. Yet without the sweat and blood of thousands of workers from the West Indies, the Panama Canal could not have been built. For example, more than about 20,000 Barbadian labourers worked the Canal project. This was reportedly about 10 per cent of the population of Barbados, and nearly 40 per cent of the island’s adult men. Come along and hear the presentation and see archived footage of the canal project. Admission free.
Further Information: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 07737271437. http://www.windrushfoundation.org. The Windrush Foundation is run by the indefatigable Arthur Torrington, alongside his involvement in the Equiano Society.
Croydon Black History Month October
The programme will not be published until mid-September. See http://www.croydon.gov.uk/community/equality/CCBH.
Green Croydon website
This is an independent site linking a number of green organisations in Croydon, including Croydon Transition Town, Green Party, Friends of the Earth and the beekeepers. They have a presence at the Arts and Crafts Fair every month, which is also attended by Turf Projects and Croydon Fun Palace groups.
Arts & Crafts Fair
Saturdays 20 September and 18 October. 10am-4pm in Exchange Square off Surrey St.
Friends of the Earth Croydon Group
Meets 3rd Monday of the month at United Reform Church, Addiscombe Grove, East Croydon, CRO 5LP.
www.foe.co.uk/groups/croydon, or Ring Muriel: 07796 292964
Stop the South London Incinerator Campaign
Croydon Town Transition
Croydon HF Rambling Club
It has two walks a week either on a Wednesday or Thursday and on Sundays. For details see:
HF stands for Holiday Fellowship, the national not-for-profit organisation which runs residential walking centres and organises walking trips abroad. The local club is affiliated to it.
Croydon Conservation Volunteers
Wednesday 10 & 17 and Thursday 11 & 18 September. South Norwood Country Park restoration of flood meadows and streams.
Thursday 24 September. Addington Hills. Opening up rides and clearing vegetation around ponds.
Croydon Group of East Surrey Family History Society
Meets 3rd Tuesday of month, except April, August and December, at 8 p.m. in the small hall, at East Croydon United Reformed Church, Addiscombe Grove, Croydon, CR0 5LP
Group Secretary: Liz Moss – email@example.com
Tuesday 16 September. Helen Goepel – Child labour in Kingston
Tuesday 21 October. Colin Chapman – Sin, Sex and Probate
Check its website for events to be added for September onwards. http://www.bournesociety.org.uk/bournesoc
Croydon Airport Society
Tuesday 16 September. 7.30pm. Vintage Light Aircraft Photos and Videos 1954 to 2013 (Part 2). Talk by Lawrence Hole.
Tuesday 21 October. 7.30pm. Flying and Displaying Vintage Aircraft.
Both take place in Courtyard Restaurant, Airport House.
Thursday 18 September. Local War Memorials. Talk by Jerry Green.
Thursday 16 October. From Fire Station to Theatre. Bob Callender of the South London Theatre Centre will relate the history of West Norwood’s old fire station, the fire service and the transformation in to the Theatre Centre.
Open Days: Saturdays 7 September (1-5pm), 21 September (12-5pm), and 5 October (1-5pm)
Croydon Natural History & Scientific Society
This meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at the small hall of East Croydon United Reform Church, Addiscombe Grove, almost opposite East Croydon Station at 7.45pm. It also runs excursions.
Monday 1 September. Talk. Knole: exploring the archaeology of a forgotten palace’. Nathalie Cohen (National Trust)
Wednesday 10 September. Talk. Secret Underground London. Nick Catford (photographer)
Wednesday 17 September. Entomology. Members meeting. (beginners room in Church)
Monday 29 September. Talk. Bygone Streatham. John Brown (Streatham Society)
Sunday 5 October. Visit. Crofton Roman Villa. Pre-book. Meet at villa Crofton Rd, Orpington next to station at 1.45pm. £5 entrance
Wednesday 8 October. Roman Brooches. Frank Pemberton.
Wednesday 15 October. Entomology members evening
Monday 20 October. Twentieth Century Tesla. Bernard Winchester.
Saturday 25 October. Excursion in and around Farnham. Meet at Farnham Station 10.30pm.
Monday 27 October. Talk. Croydon’s Roman and Saxon collections. Ron Shakespeare (Council Museum & Archives Manager).
Further information on http://www.cnhss.org.uk/archives/CNHSSProgramme&FM435.pdf#page=4
Friday 5 September. 7.30pm. Bats in Foxley Wood
Sunday 7 September. 12-4pm. Selsdon Wood Open Day
Friday 12 September. 7.30pm. Wildlife Watch at Night on the Sanderstead to Whyteleafe Countryside Area
Friday 19 September. 7pm. Bats Over South Norwood Lake
Sunday 21 September. 2pm. Happy Valley & Farthing Downs Nature Trail
Saturday 27 September. 12-5pm. Croydon’s Great Outdoors, South Norwood Country Park . Demonstrations, taster sessions etc
Friday 3 October. 7pm. Night Time wander through Littleheath Woods
Sunday 12 October. 10am. Autumn Fungi & Fruit in Selsdon Wood
Sunday 12 October. 7.30pm. Ghosts along the Wandle
Friday 17 October. 10am. Autumn in Happy Valley
Saturday 18 October. Family Autumn Afternoon on the Sanderstead to Whyteleafe Countryside Area
Sunday 19 October. 10am. Wildflowers in Wandle Park.
Sunday 19 October. 2pm. Happy Valley Jungle Explorer.
Full details on each walk and those to the end of December can be seen at
See also: http://www.tcv.org.uk/london/croydon