Croydon Events to 30 June

Saturday 18 June. 10am-5.30pm. Croydon Heritage Open Day with Stalls

The Croydon Heritage Festival starts this Saturday with an Open Day on Allders end of North End, including stalls by local societies. I will be running a bookstall and items for sale will include new pamphlets on Croydon’s labour movement and Black and Asian History. See previous blog posting for further details.

Monday 20 June. 12noon. Fairfield Halls Guided Tour

Last chance for a guided tour around Croydon’s iconic Fairfield Halls before it closes for redevelopment. Entry is free but must be pre-booked (numbers are strictly limited). The tour will last about 90 minutes. Please email to reserve a place on the tour. Please indicate how many in your party.

Monday 20 June. 6.30pm. Council Cabinet

The Cabinet will consider the new London Mayor’s policies and how Croydon can work with him, the next stage of its digital inclusion programme, its new Brick by Brick company, the community strategy for 2016-21, a cultural strategy (inc. future role of Fairfield Halls), Live Well Croydon programme, the future delivery of CALAT,  recommendations of Scrutiny & Overview Committee, contract awards, expansion of two primary Academy schools, and fostering agencies. Access to the papers is at:

Monday 20 June. 7pm. Whitgift Centre Environmental Impact Assessment

Informal discussion organised by Andrew Kennedy and Sean Creighton at Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Rd.

The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study has been published for the proposed Westfield/Whitgift Centre development. It considers many things such as changes of use, ecology and water resources. Andrew suggests that it needs close examination; for instance, it looks at possible contamination of water resources but not how much more water it is going to drawn from the acquifer or the impact of waste water on the ability of our systems to cope.  The study is an education in itself. Planning ref 16/02968/DT.

Monday 20 June. 8pm. Croydon Assembly Environment Forum

Also at Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Rd.

Wednesday 22 June. 6.30pm. Streets & Environment Scrutiny Sub-committee

It will discuss transport hub improvements: Norwood Junction. West Croydon and South Croydon. Access to the papers is at:

Friday 24 June.  Child Development Seminar

A child’s development of all his faculties inc movement, sight and hearing is all important to make a successful adult. Charlotte Davies a local Croydon teacher and educator has devoted her life to finding methods to improve these things. Hear and experience these techniques at this seminar. Charlotte runs Fit 2 Learn CIC. It has assessed 40 sub-level 4 students aged 11 years over a 2 year period at a South London school. All the students were found to struggle with aspects of motor skill control, bi-lateral integration, mid-line crossing, sound processing, control of binocular vision and cognitive visual processing.

The basic issues facing these students were physiological but potentially correctable with appropriate interventions. However, unless they change their physiology, these students will continue to struggle to cognitively process and to understand basic concepts. If they are to improve their life chances at 11 years these students need more fundamental interventions than just extra numeracy and literacy tuition.

Some of the parents and carers of the children Fit 2 Learn have worked with will also be speaking.

Mind in Croydon, Fairfield House, 10 Altyre Road, CR0 5LA Croydon

Full details and to purchase ticket go to:

Thursday 30 June. 7.30pm. London Mozart Players Concert

This concert is to  commemorate the Battle of the Somme and celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday. It will  feature performances by Croydon schools, the Croydon Philharmonic Choir, Croydon Bach Choir, Croydon Festival of Performing Arts Concerto Competition Winner 2015, the Citadel Band of the Salvation Army and the Countess of Wessex String Orchestra. Full details 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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