Croydon Events & News At 10 February

Saturday 13 February. 2pm. Save Fairfield Halls Flash Performance Protest  

See Singing to Save Fairfield Halls posting at

Tuesday 16 February. 6.30pm. Scrutiny & Oversight Committee

  • Question time: Councillor Toni Letts, Cabinet Member for Economy and Jobs
  • Revitalising the evening and night time economy in Croydon

Venue Town Hall. The papers for the meeting can be accessed at

This meeting will be of particular interest to those who attended Cllr Mario Creatura’s meeting on the night-time economy on 1 February.

Tuesday 23 February.  6pm. “Future Tech City” for teachers & volunteers

Come and learn more/volunteer to support CTC’s Future Tech City initiative to get free coding into local primary and secondary schools. To book go to:,40NBV,FOI28G,EIUVY,1

Croydon Tech City website:,40NBV,FOI28G,EIUVZ,1

Tuesday 23 February. 7pm-9pm. Croydon Communities Consortium Meeting

St. Michael and All Angels with St. James, Poplar Walk, CR0 1UA. To ensure you can get a seat book in advance for free at

You contact CCC at

Thursday 3 March. 7-9pm. Boris on Show in Croydon

Your chance to quiz the Mayor of London at a Question Time in Croydon. To book a free ticket go to

To Thursday 10  March. ‘An Unnatural History’ Exhibition Of Contemporary Needle Works

After a career in free embroidery illustration, designing for high-end clients such as Shakespeare’s Globe, Kew Gardens and the Museum of London, Central St. Martins trained, South London based artist Tina Crawford brings her sewn works to RISE Gallery for her debut solo show.

Rise Gallery, 7-9 St Geroge’s Walk,  Croydon Town Centre, CR0 1YH. Tuesdays to Fridays, 10-6pm and Saturday, 10-4pm.)

Tuesday 12 April. 1.05pm. Premiere of Croydon Composer’s Work for Two Pianos

See details in Singing for Fairfield Halls posting at

Monday 2 May. Croydon Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Class

Croydon Performing Arts Festival will honour SC-T, and have designated a multi-discipline class for performances of his works for pianists, singers, string players and organists being held on Monday 2 May at St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood. Jonathan Butcher, of Director Surrey Opera and of the 2012 SC-T Festival will adjudicate. The successful entrants will be able to perform at CAPF’s Gala Concert at Fairfield Halls on 22 June. Further details can be seen at

Croydon Council Tax Likely To Rise by nearly 4%

Council Leader Tony Newman says that Council Tax from 1 April will rise by nearly  4% in response to cuts in Government funding in order to protect front-line services, which includes a reduction in the Council Tax for the Mayor of London, and the 2% allowed by the Government for adult social care.

Suicides in Croydon up 60%

Could Swindon’s Solar Panel Initiative Be Achievable in Croydon?

Residents may  be able to invest in Swindon Community Solar Farm solar bonds for a minimum stake of £5. If approved by the  Cabinet on 10 February, the solar farm will be on council-owned land at Common Farm near Wroughton, where it would be managed by a community interest company wholly owned by Swindon Borough Council. (Thanks to Andrew Kennedy on Croydon Transition Town )

Purley Memorial Hospital Gains from Commissioning Group Re-Think

Croydon’s minor injuries units are to be replaced with GP-led “hubs” 365 days a year and for longer hours.  Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which has been reviewing the future of urgent care in the borough, this week committed to three hubs at Parkway Health Centre in New Addington, at Purley War Memorial Hospital and Edridge Road walk-in centre. In 2014 the CCG halved Purley hospital’s GP-led urgent care centre opening hours from 12 to six a day, just months after the hospital a £11.5m refurbishment.

Community Groups Beware: Council Prosecutes For Fly-Posting

Community groups that put up temporary notices about public meetings on lamp posts should be very careful in future.

Croydon History

  • The February issue of the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Network newsletter contains the text of the talk by Sean Creighton on the composer and the Croydon Music Scene given at the South Norwood Arts Festival last year. Since I shared this on Facebook a number of people have posted their appreciation of the 2012 Festival. Email Sean for a copy at
  • Kake’s latest postings on the history of London Rd are on Nos 83 & 85 and 87

Hammerson News

Hammerson, which already owns the Bullring, has announced its plan to Hammerson has build a 12 acre shopping complex in Birmingham.

European Commission approves Hammerson and Allianz’s purchase of the Irish Dundrum Assets.

Re-launch of Croydon Credit Union

Croydon’s Credit Union is being re-launched to offer  savers and borrowers a safe and cost-effective alternative to payday loan companies. See:

One of its new products is the Jam Jar Account, designed for members who might have money-management difficulties.
The re-launch is underpinned by a ring-fenced, flexible term, secure loan of £100,000. As a community bank itis owned by its membership, with its Board to be chaired Wimbledon clergyman the Revd Andrew Wakefield, Croydon Councillors and senior council officers. It was originally established in 1999 – as Croydon, Merton and Sutton Credit Union.

The Council press release says that it part of a movement that has been in existence for more than 150 years in in Europe. They actually seemed  to have started in Germany in the 1850s, and were to become important in the United States, Canada, Ireland and the West Indies. Before 1979, there was no legal structure for credit unions in Britain, so they either registered as Companies or as Industrial and Provident Societies. After lobbying the Labour Government passed the Credit Unions Act in April 1979.

A major reason for the non-development of credit unions in Britain was probably the existence of an existing infrastructure of working class loan societies, the majority called Friends of Labour Loan Societies which developed from the 1850s.  They appear to have been very active into the 1930s, and although they declined afterwards there were some still active in the 1960s and 1970s,  with some still going in 1979. The legal basis had been enacted in 1840 with the Loan Societies Act. There were no major changes to that Act for over 120 years, as was pointed out in a Parliamentary Question in November 1961, the Government at the time rejecting the suggestion that loan societies be included under the Friendly Societies Act 1896. Parts of this were still operative when the Friendly Societies Act of 1992 was passed.

An introduction to the history of FLLLs can be heard in the National Archives podcast of my talk there 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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