Croydon Events at 18 January

Tuesday 19 January. 7.30pm. Friends of the Earth. 7.30pm.

Lounge Room, United Reformed Church, Addiscombe Grove,  East Croydon

Thursday 21 January. 5pm. Croydon Social Enterprise Network

Discussion items include: Opportunities and Fairness Commission Final Report and implications for the Network; and project updates, including Entrepreneurship/Social Entrepreneurship Apprentices; SE Business Support Programme; Care Coops SE Network Manager, and Croydon Business Month. Venue: Music Room 1 Matthews Yard, Off Surrey Street, Croydon, CR0 1FF.

Thursday 21 January.  7pm. Government Digitisation Strategy at  Croydon Tech City for 2016

Speaker:  Matt Hancock, Minister for the Cabinet Office and the man charged to drive the government’s digitisation strategy, will keynote Croydon Tech City 2016 launch. The Minister for the Cabinet Office has overall responsibility for the policy and work of the department, with Matt’s responsibilities including public sector efficiency and reform, and digital transformation of government. Whilst in frontline government, Hancock has supported  Open Data initiatives and has overseen the process of the government publishing over 20,000 datasets. The Croydon Tech City management team will also be unveiling their plans for 2016, and there will be a presentation from a local tech startup. Venue: Croydon Conference Centre, Surrey St.

This event is sure to be oversubscribed: to secure your place at

Monday 25 January. 7.30pm. Croydon Assembly Environment Forum

Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Rd.

Wednesday 3 February. 6-8pm. Managing Flood Risk and Public Expectations, Croydon

Presentation by Dr. Jean Venables, ICE’s Past President, on Managing Flood Risk and Public Expectations. She will discuss the benefits of catchment management and the need for flood resilience, both in our properties and our infrastructure, as electrical power is increasingly needed for today’s lifestyle. Both capital and maintenance for flood risk management schemes are based on cost benefit calculations.  She will discuss how this leads to unintended consequences and the challenges of explaining the outcomes to the public.  In addition, return periods for floods have been calculated using long data sets and, in this time of breaking records, should we be taking a different approach when planning for the future?

Organised by Institute of Civil Engineers. East Croydon United Reformed Church Halls, Addiscombe Grove, CR0 5LP

Further information and to book place

Thursday 4 February. 12-2pm. GP Practice Issues.

Healthwatch Croydon Advisory Forum Healthwatch consideration of the over 3,200 issues around local GP Practices found by Healthwatch. It will be asked to top priorities based on the evidence, how this evidence into action, and who may be able to assist us (for example, linking with Patient Participation Groups). Parchmore Community Centre, 53-55 Parchmore Road, Thornton Heath, CR7 8LY. A light lunch is provided. To book a place go to:

Monday 21 March. Closing date for participation ideas for Croydon Heritage Festival 2016

This year’s Heritage Festival will run from Saturday 18 June to Sunday 26 June. The theme will be Undiscovered Croydon aiming to take people on a journey of discovery and exploration around Croydon to reveal its iconic locations and residents, little known-facts and best kept secrets of the area.

It will start on Saturday 18 June with Croydon Heritage Day in North End: live stage, stalls from local charities and community groups, and family-orientated activities.

If you or your group want to participate there is a participation form to be sent in by 21 March. Copies from: If you would like further information, please call 020 256 1578 or visit


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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