Croydon Events & News At 6 October

October. Croydon Black History Month

 Very few actual events re-history. Full programme can be seen at

My pamphlet ‘Croydon’s African & Asian History’ is available for £2 plus £1 postage – email

Tuesday 11 October. 6.45-9.45pm. Photography Talk

Talk by Wayne Lees (Lenses of Croydon member) at Croydon Photography Forum.

CVA Resource Centre, 82 London Road, CR0 2TB.

Free – but book at

Wednesday 12 October. 11am-4pm. Free Business Advice Day

Includes speed networking events, short workshops on HR, top legal and insurance tips, starting a social enterprise, how to deal with cybercrime as well as having the opportunity to meet with specialist advisers in the business advice clinics.  Free lunch. Speeches from as local MPs/Councillors and start ups assisted over the years.

The workshop on social enterprise will include information on the different forms of social enterprise, the advantages and possible issues as well as the support available to assist social entrepreneurs.  We will also be available to discuss our exciting new project to help the unemployed start a social enterprise.

Organised by StartUp Croydon. 0203 747 4747.

Bernard Weatherill House Business Centre.

For other training events see

Friday 21 October. 4pm. Victim Support Black History and Hate Crime Awareness Conference

Free entry via Eventbrite website. Braithwaite Hall, Croydon Town Hall.

Part of Croydon Black History Month.

Is Tamworth Rd Clash A Warning Sign?

Does last week’s clash on the Tamworth Estate illustrate the argument that Croydon’s developer led regeneration is not addressing the real needs of Croydon?  This is something the incoming new Police Commander for the Borough needs to think about.

Are we Being Shafted at One Lansdowne Rd?

See my discussion piece at

Cheap Laptops for Community Groups

Croydon has a substantial number of refurbished laptops that it is offering to voluntary and community groups at £29.00. If any organisation is interested please let Alex Murray, Growth Officer, Partnerships & Engagement, Place Department at the Council  know at

Training For Not-for-Profit Enterprises

Next year the School for Social Entrepreneurs is offering a training programme for leaders of small to medium sized not-for-profit enterprises.

Thanks to Alex Murray for this. You can also ask Alex for a copy of the report assessing the Social Enterprise start up programme that Enterprise for London delivered earlier this year. .

Will Boxpark Damage Restaurant Quarter?

Now that Boxpark has announced the full list of eateries next to East Croydon Station the potential adverse effect on the Restaurant Quarter and other eating establishments in the Town Centre will need to be monitored.

Kate Moss’s brother is absent from the list.

The Silver Lining Of Rain

A marvellous double rainbow was seen across Croydon on 1 October.

Let’s Hope Croydon Employers Are Wage Compliant

Under the national minimum wage it is still possible for employers to exploit their young workers who are not eligible for the national living wage.

As of 3 October wages for younger workers are now supposed to be:

  • £6.95 per hour – 21-24 year old (25p increase)
  • £5.55 per hour 18 – 20 years old (25p increase)
  • £4 per hour – 16-17 years old (13p increase)
  • £3.40 for apprentices under 19 or 19 or over who are in the first year of an apprenticeship (10p increase)

The national living wage which has replaced the minimum wage for all workers aged 25 and over rose to £7.20 an hour in April.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady says that the “increase will be welcome news for young workers, but there is no justification for paying people in their early 20s 25p an hour less than other adults. Their employment rate is rising and they work just as hard as older workers, yet are entitled to less at the end of the week. These young workers are getting a raw deal – it’s time for the Government to bump them up to the full minimum wage.”

High Court Bans Racing on Imperial Way

The Trouble With Architects

Andrew Kennedy has written on Historic Croydon Facebook:

‘Architects should get out there and live in the place that they have been commissioned to design. Taberner House site and Queens Gardens, Fairfield or College Green, Surrey Street are all being designed by architects from out of town and such things as desire lines, and local wishes and insight pass them by. I know because I spoke to a junior architect on one of these schemes and I was met by a blank stare. I’ve also got to say that I think more council workers should be drawn from the local area then they might understand the problems better and be willing to perhaps give and share a little bit more knowledge and enthusiasm!’

For 2009 discussion architects in Croydon see:

Croydon History Notes

Short video of Croydon Canal Walk

South London Law Centres

Having been involved in the discussions that led to the formation of the first Law Centre in Wandsworth, and later a member of the Committee of the Wandsworth & Merton Law Centre and Legal Resources Project, and then assessed potential office locations for the emerging South London Law Centres, it is nice to see a short summary of the history of how the developments in Wandsworth led to the present day South London Law Centres, which includes one in Croydon.


Jewish refugees at Croydon Airport 1939

I wonder what the story behind this photo is?

which also has other Croydon Airport photos.


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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