6 April. 7.30pm. The Future of Fairfield Halls
Council leader Cllr Newman and Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure & Sport Timothy Godfrey have been invited to answer your questions, as well as various community group leaders affected, management of Fairfield (Croydon) Ltd and other interested parties.
Arnhem Gallery, Fairfield Halls.
Croydon Schools’ Music Association‘s final performance at the Halls took place this week at the Halls. SCMA has been active since 1933. Elizabeth Phillips of CSMA writes that the ‘closure will have a catastrophic effect on the access our children will have to music and arts, and their opportunity to perform on a world class stage will be taken away. The refurbishment can be done over time and we can keep the venue open throughout by phasing the work. This may cost less than the proposed closure/reopening method which the Council are planning. This information is being suppressed and it is time we heard the truth.’ (Save Our Fairfield Halls Facebook https://www.facebook.com/saveourfairfieldhalls/posts/1744326572470307
Croydon Advertiser Poll on Croydon’s Influential People
The Croydon Advertiser is running its yearly poll to work out who are the most powerful or influential people in the Borough. Most of the names listed are Councillors, Council officers, business people, and those leading the police, NHS and schools. Many more could be added from the developer world. But for whose benefit are they using that power and influence? Why not add others to the list: who are making a difference through campaigning and organisation challenging the influence of the main people listed or who are sowing the seeds for a new bottom up vitality against the top-down dictat of the politically and economically powerful?.
Jonny Rose, founder of Croydon Tech City, Saif Bonar, founder of Matthews Yard, and Kevin Zuchowski-Morrison, owner of RISE Gallery and founder of Croydon’s arts quarter are already on the list. They may not be powerful in the sense of taking the decisions that are reshaping Croydon for the benefit of corporate profit, but their influence as initiators has encouraged and supported the creativity of hundreds of individuals. Others who could be nominated include Charlotte Davies of South Croydon Community Association because of the initiatives taken such the debate on Fairfield Halls leading to the formation of the Arts Network, the Croydon Citizen team for promoting intelligent debate and showing how a successful social enterprise can be developed, or Shasha Khan of the Stop the Incinerator campaign, which has not yet exhausted its ideas for further action. In terms of those whose dedication ensures the continuance of important local organisations who seek to protect the interests of working people there is Roy Aird of Croydon TUC and Ruskin House, Andrew Fisher, a member of the team supporting Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell, and Phillippa Harvey who has been President of the National Union of Teachers.
Heritage Art Competition for Schools
Croydon Heritage Festival will include an art competition for Croydon’s primary and secondary schools. The organisers are on the search for Croydon’s most creative young time traveller to reveal aspects of the borough’s rich and vibrant heritage. Children and young people are invited to research Croydon through the ages, locate an interesting moment in its history and illustrate with artwork what they might discover.
The primary school pack is at
The secondary school pack is at
Full details of the Festival so far can be seen at
Scrutiny to review police attitudes to venues
The Council is to formally investigate whether the police have banned nightclubs in Croydon from playing certain types of music, following revelations in the Advertiser.
The Metropolitan Police was accused of racial profiling after it told a town centre venue that a form of Jamaican music was “unacceptable” in Croydon.
Meanwhile the police have changed their tune on the Dice Bar saying that its security set-up as “outstanding”– less than a fortnight after officers in Croydon claimed the venue was the biggest drain on their resources.
Help Needed for Cash-strapped New Addington Carnival
While the Council is funding Boxpark to run the Ambition Festival, New Addington Carnival is cash strapped.
Thornton Heath Resident Reflects of Working Class Culture
Thornton Heath based artist and historian Stefan Szczelkun’s book The Conspiracy of Good Taste is downloadable with iBooks on Mac or iOS devices, and with iTunes computers. ‘It is a redrafted edition of my tirade against classism. The life and activity of three leading mediators of working class culture are considered in separate chapters. These are William Morris, Cecil Sharp and Clough Williams-Ellis. A theory of oppression that may be new to some readers is given before tracing the philosophical justifications of good taste as a signifier of social class in Britain and Germany. This is brought into the C20th with a review of Pierre Bourdieu’s sociological critique of good taste: ‘Distinction’.’
Riot Compensation Act
The Riot Compensation Bill has now completed its passage through Parliament and has been approved for publication.