Can Fairfield Halls be Phoenix Rising after closure?

2,544 people have so far sign the petition to not to close Fairfield Halls during its refurbishment.

A major concern about the Council’s proposed closure of the Fairfield Halls in the summer is that when it reopens will it be a Phoenix Rising with an improved cultural offer?

The last few months will enable people to see Hale Man’s Phoenix Rising artwork to mark and symbolise what she see as Croydon’s story of transformation and new beginnings.

Its opening on Sunday 7 February will see a joined up arts programme with art galleries in central Croydon to promote and celebrate the town’s artistic renaissance, and various exhibitions, workshops and performances will be held at galleries along the route of a parade to the Halls. At the Halls there will be food stalls to showcase Croydon’s culinary and artistic diversity and the display of the Phoenix.

Further details at


The charity that manages the Halls is taking “professional advice” over the Council’s threat to withdraw its funding unless trustees agree to close for refurbishment net summer. Timothy Godfrey, Cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport has told the Croydon Advertiser that Fairfield (Croydon) Ltd, the charity which runs the venue, had been offered around £500,000 to cover the  costs of closing down. 

Fairfield Halls is planning next year’s pantomime despite Croydon Council’s June closing date. (14 December)

Fairfield Halls will lose all council funding unless it closes for refurbishment next summer (15 December)

There are also several articles debating the Halls on Croydon Citizen by Kate Vennell, the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the charity that managers the Halls, Anna Arthur, Tom Black and Paul Dennis.


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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