On 19 July Croydon Citizen published my review of what the next steps could be in the campaign to ensure that the Council delivers on the Fairfield Halls refurbishment and how the Fairfield brand can be kept alive. Andy Hylton of the Save Our Fairfield campaign has added a lengthy comment.
Croydon Advertiser urges the Council to deliver on its promises to refurbish and re-open the Halls in 2018.
The Fairfield Croydon charity had the good sense to set up another charity to be responsible for future activities like the Heritage Lottery Fund project: the Fairfield Arts Board.
Fairfield Arts Board
The new charity was registered on 8 June with the Charity Commissioners (No. 1167546).
It object is ‘the advancement of the arts, culture and heritage, particularly but not exclusively by providing opportunities and promoting theatre and theatrical performances and preserving heritage items deriving from South London and Fairfield Halls’, particularly but not exclusively for the public benefit of people in South London and the borough of Croydon’, through ‘promotion of programmes of cultural events and encouraging participation in arts’ and ‘promoting the heritage of Fairfield Halls (physical assets and memories).’
Members of the Board include Kate Vennell, who was Chair of the Fairfield Croydon charity.
Celia Newell is employed by the charity and is working to set up the Heritage Lottery Fund project. The Board is working on other ideas and fundraising.
The Fairfield Heritage Project
The Board will shortly be recruiting a Volunteer Manager for the HLF project. The aim is to make sure that all objects, artworks and documents are kept safe while the refurbishment work at the Halls takes place. Memories about Fairfield from audience members, staff and performers will also be collected to tell the venue’s story since 1962. It is hoped to recruit 20 volunteers, 10 each for archiving and oral history strands.
Fairfield Charity is now in administration
Following the closure of Fairfield Halls on 15 June the Fairfield Croydon charity is now in administration.
Tour of the empty Fairfield Halls
Croydon Advertiser had a tour of the empty Fairfield Halls, and has posted a video about it on its website.
Croydon College not to be listed
Croydon College is to be demolished and re-sited behind Fairfield Halls. The land will then be developed and help fund the refurbishment of the Halls. In May after a negative assessment by Heritage England the Secretary of State for Culture agreed that Croydon College buildings should not be Grade II listed. The full details can be seen at
When I wrote my Croydon Citizen piece on the building of the College I did not know that the rejection had happened.