Croydon Events & News at 7 April

Final date to register to vote: 20 April

If you have neighbours who moved in in recent weeks they have until 20 April to register as electors in order to have a vote in the General Election. For details see:


Do check out of the lists at

Don’t forget to put your events and details about yourself and your organisation up on Just Croydon, the social network site developed with the Croydon Arts Network.

Saturday 11 April. Fundraising Concert for Ruskin House. See previous posting.

Croydon Natural History & Scientific Society

  • Thursday 23 April. 7.45pm. History and Circumstance. Talk by Ian Payne as part of AGM.
  • Monday 27 April. 7.45pm. Stores, war and theatres: the High Street Croydon 1901-1958. Talk by Carole Roberts.
  • Monday 18 May. 7.45pm. The Making of Penge. Talk by Martin Spence based on his book The Making of a London Suburb about its transformation from rural solitude to railway suburb.

CNHSS meetings take place at East Croydon United Reform Church, Addiscombe Grove (almost opp. East Croydon Station).

NHS ‘Sell off’  free film screenings

  • Tuesday 21 April. 7.15pm. Colliers Wood Community Centre, 66-72 High Street, SW19 2BY.
  • Thursday 23 April. 7pm. Tooting Leisure Centre (first floor), Greaves Place (off Garratt Lane), SW17 0NE.
  • Friday 1 May. 7pm. Irish Association Centre, 138-140 Hartfield Road, Wimbledon, SW19 3TG.

Croydon HF Rambling Club

Meets every Sunday for walks of 8-11 miles usually meeting at East Croydon Station at 9.30am. 5-8 mile walks take place mid-week starting at East Croydon Station at 9.45am. Further details at;

Whitgift Businesses remain worried

The main effect of the Westfield/Hammerson buy out of the Whitgift Trust interest is that the partnership is now the landlord of all the businesses operating in the Whitgift Centre. Sarah Yap of Uncle Lim’s Kitchen who gave evidence at the CPO Inquiry has told Croydon Guardian (1 April): ‘The Partnership is an insider now and my direct landlord. It is a completely different ball game now, and how and what is going to happen, none of us know.’ Nouman Khan who runs Urban Junction clothes shop told the  Guardian “I don’t know what is going to be in the future …. We have been told that when the CPO is approved they will take us over regardless and I’m worried about my future. I’m in a dilemma about where to go and what to do.’

Bosses Back Tories

Big boss signers of the Daily Telegraph letter against Labour include:

  • Philip Green, Chairman of Carillion, the construction services and facilities management group, which runs Croydon’s Libraries.
  • Tony Pidgley, founder and chairman of housebuilder Berkeley Homes which is active in Croydon.
  • James Wates, Chairman of Croydon based builder Wates.

Opposition to John Lewis’ treatment of its cleaners is growing

Blog reader Jane Lambert has started a petition at

Friends of Parks and Open Spaces begin to network

Josi Kiss of Friends of Park Hill Park explains the growing confidence among those wanting  to protect and improve Croydon’s parks and open spaces.

Reed backs Upper Norwood Library

Council takes bigger role in Taberner House redevelopment

Local journalist Ian Austen to retire

Ruskin Square Prices

Croydon History Notes

  • CNHSS Bulletin March 2015 Includes The Croydon rabies outbreak 1895; John Maberley of Shirley Park . Brian Lancaster’s Maberley article mentions that his second wife was Anne Baillie. He does not indicate that she was the daughter of James Baillie (d.1828) a large scale slave plantation owner in British Guiana and St Lucia, whose son David was awarded compensation for  801 Enslaved valued at £39,601. 9s. 9d. Other plantations owned by James had gone into other ownerships by 1834. ( Brian knows about the connection and has written an article about the Baillies for the journal History of European Ideas.
  • 67-71 London Rd. Kake’s latest posting on the history of buildings in London Rd is at

About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. 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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