Croydon Diary and General News at 31 October

Friday 4 November. Midnight. Closing date for applications for manager for Crystal Palace Overground Festival 2017.

Salary £30k pro rata for a 3 day a week role (21 hours) ( November – July 2017. For details visit

Friday 4 November. 6-9pm. Trojan Home. A solo exhibition from Honza Zamojski.

Turf Projects, Keeley Road, Croydon, CR0 1TF. Free.

Tuesdays to Saturdays 5 – 26 November. 11am-5pm. Trojan Home. A solo exhibition from Honza Zamojski. 

Turf Projects, Keeley Road, Croydon, CR0 1TF. Free.

Saturday 12 November. 10am-4pm. Annual Rotary Club of Croydon South Craft Fair

Everyone is welcome and there will be craft items for sale together with craft demonstrations and children’s activities. Food, tea, coffee and soft drinks.

All Saints Church Hall, Onslow Gardens, Sanderstead, CR2 9AB.

Monday 21 November. Night-time Review Public Meetings and comments deadline

For details see previous posting on Town Centre news.

Tuesday 22 November. 2.30 & 7.30pm. I, Daniel Blake.

David Lean’s new film at David Lean Cinema. Details and full schedule at

Events at Ruskin House

Sunday 6 November. 8pm. Folk & Blues  – Aiden & Vicky and Singers’ Night. £2

Sunday 13 November. 8pm. Folk & Blues – Singers’ Night. £2

Saturday 19 November. 8pm.  ‘Mutiny in the Big House’ (Charles Bickford) 1939 + shorts. Cinema Ruskin – £2

Sunday 20 November. 8pm. Folk & Blues – John & Di Cullen and Singers’ Night. £2

Saturday 26 November.  8-11pm. Strawberry Thieves Socialist Choir – an evening of subversive songs and revolutionary ideas commemorating anniversaries of Ireland’s Easter Rising, the formation of International Brigade that fought Franco in Spain and the death of Joe Hill. This is an evening of entertainment after the Croydon Assembly People’s Plan for Croydon meeting.

Saturday 3 December. 7-11pm. RNLI fund-raising concert – 7 to 11.  £8 entry (members £5) with Hot Rock Pilgrims, Biggin Hillbillies, Molly and the Blackbriar Band, Rick Townend, Joe Hymas and Dave Plane, Richard Lee and the Chadwell Hillbillies, Richard Partridge and Tony Black, Toni Mitchell, Les Elvin and “Dobro” Tony, The Vanguards.

Calais Refugee Children’s welcome

The news of the arrival of children from the Calais camp in France received wide media publicity including the Belfast Telegraph and BT.con news.

Cllr Stuart King Launches Petition To Sack Southern

Cllr Stuart King, Cabinet member for transport argues that Southern should be sacked and its franchise handed to the London  Mayor to give more democratic accountability. While sacking Southern would be welcome, let’s have no delusion about democratic accountability. The London Mayor and Council Cabinet systems both lack any meaningful democratic accountability, an issue to be discussed at the Croydon Assembly People’s Plan for Croydon meeting on Saturday 26 November.

Southern’s Incompetence  Is Good News for House Buyers  

It appears house price rises are slowing down thanks to Southern’s inability to run a decent railway service.

Cheer Up Croydon

The Murky World Of Developers

The developers involved in the controversial South Norwood scheme that Richard Hough of Autoclutch garage fought so hard against have been shown to inhabit the murky world of the company system.  

How Are Croydon Schools Doing?

The Department for Education has released provisional performance data for secondary schools. The data includes the number of students ‘entering’ and ‘achieving’ the EBacc, Michael Gove’s flagship qualification designed to restore ‘rigour’ to the curriculum.  You can read more on the Education, economy and society website

You can check Croydon schools by searching  on

Can You Tech Mentor Young People?

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit that runs after-school education and enrichment programmes for young people in Croydon. It would like to hear from undergraduates, graduates and experienced professionals who can give up 2 hours a month to meet young people and talk about their career or industry. It  also has other one-off volunteer assignments that people may be interested in. To find out more click here:

How To Assess PM Teresa May’s Education Policies

Croydon resident and education expert Patrick Ainley discusses May’s education reform proposals in at article in Post-16 Educator.

Patrick’s new book Betraying a Generation, How Education is Failing Young People is published by Bristol University’s Policy Press. He argues that education has betrayed its promises to deliver upward social mobility and a brighter future.

‘Young people study harder but learn less, running up a down-escalator of devalued qualifications to become overqualified but underemployed, unable to move forward with their lives.

From primary to post-graduate schools – funny phonics through endless testing to phoney apprenticeships and the world’s most costly university fees – Patrick Ainley explains how English education is now driven by the economy and politics, ‘dumbing down’ rather than ‘wising up’.’

Addressed to teachers and students at all levels of learning, Patrick’s Book concludes by suggesting how schools, colleges and universities can begin to contribute towards a more meaningful and productive society.

Young People Choose Legacy As Name For New Thornton Heath Youth Centre

Croydon Council Cuts Reduced by £6m

A welcome boost in income means that £6m of cuts will no longer have to be made by the Council. The money comes from:

  • ‘£3m additional grant income. These are amounts that were confirmed after budget was set in February 2016.
  • £1m Interest receivable. This relates to a dividend received on our investment the Real Lettings Fund. Any dividend and the timing of that dividend was uncertain when we set the budget.
  • £1m Interest payable. We have borrowed less than anticipated for our capital programme at this stage of the year.
  • £1m Contingency. This is held to offset risks during the year.’

(Answer to Councillor Question 7 October:


Croydon to Chelsham Walk

Andrew Kennedy writes on History Croydon website: ‘History of houses and features along the Vanguard Way, the long distance footpath from East Croydon to Eastbourne (in 10 easy stages), in the walk notes 1st stage EC to Chelsham Common passing the three houses all with the name Coombe within them.’ For details see


Steve Reed Introduces Bill To Help Premature Babies

Meanwhile Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) cuts spending on IVF fertility treatment as part of cuts package.

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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