Croydon Events and News Round up 7 March


Unless otherwise stated go to venue’s website or check on For Save David Lean Cinema programme see  

Wednesday 11 March. 7pm. Why Local Food. Croydon Transition Town. St Peter’s Church. Heathfield Rd, CRO 1EZ.

Wednesday 11 March. Eagle Improv Comedy. The Spread Eagle Theatre.

Thursday 12 March. Spotlight on Stop and Search. Croydon BME Forum – see earlier posting

Saturday 14 March. Iain Lee vs Radio. Spread Eagle Theatre. £10.

Sunday 15 March. Croydon Youth Orchestra: Mussorgsky, Saint-Saens and more, Oasis Academy Shirley Park.

Monday 16 – Monday 23 March. Croydon Music and Arts (CMA) and Croydon Schools Music Association (CSMA) concerts at Fairfield Halls featuring the Infant and Junior Festival Choirs (16 and 19 March) and a showcase of 400 talented local musicians (23 March). For more information contact:

Wednesday 18 March. 2pm. Looking for Claudia Jones. Film. See earlier posting.

Thursday 19 March. Cara Winter + Tom Janssen: Acoustic music. The Oval Tavern.

Saturday 21 March. Geoff Berner: Klezmer accordion. The Oval Tavern. FREE

Tuesday 24 March. 2.30pm. Selma. Extra showing of film by Save David Lean Cinema Campaign. See

Thursday 16 April. 8pm. Croydon Assembly Environmental Forum. New umbrella-organisation for all environmentally-minded groups in Croydon to network. Held every two months. Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Rd.

Petition against closure of Visitor Centre now in E format

The petition against the closure of the Croydon Visitor Centre – see postings below is now in eformat on the Council’s website at, 2&orderby=1

Purley Festival – Call for Artists

Purley Festival is a community festival, now in its 4th year, committed to bringing the best of music, arts and entertainment to Purley. They need YOU – talented musicians, amazing singers, creative artists, stall holders with unique product, local business supporters and amazing volunteers. Contact them here via their website.

Upper Norwood Library faces funding uncertainty again

Petition started against Tfl’s Fiveways proposals

Thoughts on the Council meetings

Labour backs controversial Academy School plans

Labour backs controversial Academy School plans

History 65 London Rd

See Kake’s latest posting on the history of buildings along London Rd.

The Incinerator Campaign has lost

Call for Heritage Festival proposals

The organisers are now seeking details of proposals for this year’s Croydon Heritage Festival: Saturday 20 – Sunday 28 June. The theme is Famous Croydon, highlighting the links Croydon has with famous people and events, feeding into three key strands – the past, present and future.

How to get involved:

Croydon Heritage Day – Saturday 20 June, North End: run a stall – make and/or sell something famously Croydonian; perform on the main stage; exhibit famously interesting to show and talk about!

Other opportunities:

Talks or workshops – tell the story of how your organisation has become part of Croydon’s heritage – past, present and future

Open Buildings – offer a behind the scenes tour of something famous in Croydon

Distribute the famous walking trail – do you have customers or visitors who might be interested in a free self-guided walking tour of Croydon’s famous landmarks? Stocking map to point them in the right direction

Create a vision – do you know a young person aged 10-18 with a vision of what Croydon will be famous for in the future? Enter them into our competition to find the next generation of famous faces. Check the website ( for more details.

Tell us your story – what are your links to someone or something famous in Croydon? Tell us via social media #famouscroydon.

Something new – have a desire to do something else? Let us know your idea and how it links to famous Croydon, past present or future and you could be on the festival programme!

Proposals should be returned by 17 April from whom a form can be obtained:

About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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