Croydon Events & News at 31 May

Events Listing on Just Croydon:

 Saturday  4 June. Noon to 6pm.  Wandle in the Park

Acoustic live music involving Ruskin  House Folk & Blues Club at the Bandstand in Wandle Park.

Tuesday 7 June. 5.30pm. South West London Waste Partnership Joint Committee

Its will consider a report that the preferred bidders to take on maintenance, bin collection and cleaning contracts are Veolia and The Landscape Group (TLG).

Venue: Guildhall, Kingston. Access papers at:

See also:

Tuesday 7 June. 10am. Pension Committee

It is being informed that several academies are withholding employers pension payments to the Local Government Pension Scheme totalling £645,227, including Step and Oasis Academy Trusts. The breach has been reported to the Pensions Regulator. Meeting is at Town Hall. Access papers at

Wednesday 15 June 15.  Night at the Classical Proms  

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra led by conductor John Rigby and featuring soprano Deborah Norman. Fairfield Halls.

Events at Ruskin House

23 Coombe Rd

Sunday 5 June. 8pm. Folk & Blues evening with Les Elvin and Singers’ Night

Saturday 11 June. 7-11pm. Concert for Ruskin

Live music ranging from Blue Grass to Rock ‘n’ Roll, to raise funds for Ruskin House.  Musicians include Molly and the Blackbriar band, Rob’s family band, the Vanguards, Captain Swing, Eddie & John, Aidan & Vicky, Mike plays Joni Mitchell, Pete Sargeant, Les Elvin, Luke Davey and Rick Townsend.  £5 entry – 7 to 11pm.  Raffle but no food (eat beforehand!).

Sunday 12 June. 8pm. Folk & Blues Singers’ Night

Friday 17 June. 8.30pm. Jazz Night

Jazz with Soft Winds – playing standards, Latin, ballads and be-bop on sax, flute, clarinet, guitar and bass.  Free.

Saturday 18 June. 8pm. Cinema Ruskin

‘Murder on a Bridle Path’ (James Gleason) 1936 + ‘Stand and Deliver (East Side Kids) 1940s. £2

Saturday 19 June. 8pm. Folk & Blues evening with Vicky and Aidan and Singers’ Night

Saturday 26 June. 8pm. Folk & Blues evening with Ron Trueman-Border and Singers’ Night

Saturday 9 July. Noon to 11pm. Ruskin Summer Festival 12.00 till 11pm – non-stop entertainment in the garden, stalls, bouncy castle, nice food etc.  Entry £4 – kids free.

Sunday 17 July. 8am-9.45pm. Tolpuddle coach day trip 8am from Ruskin.  Deposit £6.

Congratulations Croydon on its Office Deals

 Croydon Council is to be congratulated for its two deals on empty office space in the Town Centre. 

  • Technology incubator Tomorrow (TMRW) in Davis House

An interview with CEO and founder Francois Mazoudier was broadcast on Inside Story on Croydon Radio of Friday 27 May. You can hear the podcast by going to

He is somewhat enamoured with Whitgift and Boxpark.

Croydon TUC’s Working Party assessing of the Council’s Growth Plan in 2014 recommended consideration should be given to using any Council owned empty or underused office blocks or purchasing blocks for letting to small and starter businesses.

 £7.5m 10 year rent deal on Bernard Weatherhill 

The Council will be getting £7.5m over 10 years on renting out [part of its white elephant HQ building to the multinational design company Arcadis

Council Backs Need for Boundary Changes Review

 Purley Way Retail Park worth £45.6m

LaSalle Investment Management has bought Purley Way Retail Park in Croydon from IM Properties for £45.6m, reflecting a net initial yield of 4.59%.

What’s Wrong with College Green Block 7?

Andrew Kennedy comments on Historic Croydon Facebook:

‘Block 7 for the new Croydon College is starting to look all wrong. The east part is sitting in front of residential flats blocking out their light AND taking up to 1/3rd of College Green (loss of green public space) and the bit behind the Fairfield Halls is on stilts and squeezes the halls. (Too small, no room for future expansion – limited vision). Plus there’s no outdoor space allocated to the students sports and recreation. Time to move it elsewhere (I’m assuming it’s a lost cause trying to keep it where it is on College Road).’

In a separate comment Andrew says:

‘I agree with the point that they are squeezing the College into too small a site AND destroying green space that will never be recovered. My personal view is that they should be building a new college if they need one at all, somewhere else, indeed I think they should be building an out-of-town campus on the Oaks Farm site and let us be a university town.’

Do you need a free gardener? 

Andrew Kennedy comments on Croydon Transition Town:

‘We had the lovely Lend and Tend come visit us at CTT last night. A really good idea to match people who would like to garden (and share produce) with those who can no longer cope or who don’t have the time to garden but would like to see their garden tended. No money exchanges hands apart from a donation you can make to Lend and Tend for putting you together. Great idea for bridging the generation gap and putting neighbours in touch with one another.’

Steve Reed Against Privatisation of Land Registry

Steve Reed, Croydon North MP has written to me to say that he is opposed to the proposed privatisation of the Land Registry.

‘I agree with you that selling off an asset like the Land Registry is short-term decision that will have long term consequences.

I am worried it could undermine confidence in Land Registry data, jeopardise the service to homebuyers, and erode conditions for their staff. The Government are choosing to privatise the profits of the Land Registry which made a surplus of £100 million in 2012/13 whilst retaining the risk.

The Tory Government claim privatisation would enable the Land registry to become even more efficient and effective. However, when they last considered privatisation in 2014, just five per cent of respondents to the consultation believed that it would boost efficiency and effectiveness.

I have now written to Sajid Javid MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills outlining your concerns and asking in particular for him to assure you that the Land Registry will not be sold to a firm with links to tax havens.

Alongside my colleagues in Labour’s Shadow Business team I will continue to oppose this unnecessary privatisation.’

SCCA Q&A on Croydon’s changing town centre

Charlotte Davies, Chair of South Croydon Community Association, reflects on its Q&A event at

Andrew Kennedy comments on Historic Croydon Facebook:

‘Families living in one room, lack of outside play space, traffic congestion, a diminished college and so on. Real concerns expressed at the SCCA’s “Croydon’s Changing Town Centre, How will it affect you”.’

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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