Taking the Arts & Heritage forward in Croydon


Heritage Festival 24-30 June

Whitgift Foundation has just announced that it is taking a new approach to the Croydon Heritage Festival it be held this year 24-30 June.  It is partnering with Shaking Hands and this year will not have a stalls event on North End. For details see:


Shaking Hands can be seen at


Fairfield Halls and Collection

Meanwhile the debate about the future of Fairfield Halls continues as covered in recent postings on this blog. The Fairfield Collection heritage project which I wrote about in October at

Its in full swing and details can be seen at


The project is an initiative of the Fairfield Arts Board, the new charity set up when the former one running the Halls was wound up. FAB has a Facebook page at


Being funded by Heritage Lottery Fund an evaluation has to be carried out. This is being undertaken by the social enterprise Good Wolf People which has set up in office space at Stanley Halls. John and Kelly of Good Wolf are experienced in working in the arts particularly with young people. Details can be seen at


One of the last lunch-time concerts at the Halls last July before closure included local pianist, teacher and composer Fred Scott’s Toccata Seconda played by Mikhail Kazakevich and Elena Zozina on  5 July. Fred composed it in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Busoni’s birth.


Taking the Arts forward in Croydon –Question Time  16 March

A South Croydon Community Association Question Time

Doors Open 6pm. Croydon Performers 6.30pm. 7pm

This third of SCCA’s occasional series of public Question Times on issues which matter to Croydon citizens, a knowledgeable local panel will answer questions and debate the future of the arts in Croydon.

A high profile is being given by Croydon Council to the creation of a major new cultural hub with a refurbished and rethought Fairfield Halls at its heart. This is an important development. But across the Borough there is rich and diverse cultural and artistic activity which deserves  attention and support.

The Question Time provides an opportunity to question and clarify the future of all aspects of the arts in Croydon.

The panellists are:

Paula Murray: Creative Director, Croydon Council
Anusha Subramanyam: Founder of the Beeja Dance Company: dancer, choreographer, teacher and dance movement therapist
Esther Sutton: Chair of Pub Watch and landlord of the music rich Oval Tavern
Stuart Worden: Principal, Brit School
Chair: Paul Macey: Community Development Manager with Croydon Voluntary Action and leader of Asset Based Community Development initiatives such as Thornton Heath Arts Week and Big Local Broad Green

To register attendance at Question Time


or email scca@btconnect.com

or write to:

SCCA c/o 2 Ledbury Road, Croydon CR0 1EP.

Question Time is free but any small donation to help cover costs will be greatly appreciated.

Submitting and Asking a Question

If you wish to ask a question on 16 March, please send your question to


by Friday 10 March.

Short and sharp questions please. Only questions from registered participants will be taken and you will need to attend Question Time in person to ask your question.

Other Events re Arts and Heritage

Until 9 March. ‘The Light Within’ at the Rise Gallery, St George’s Walk

See Paul Dennis’s review at


Until 15 April. Petherick Family Album at Gallery Croydon Museum

See my posting at



Until 16 April. Remembering 1916 Exhibition at Whitgift School



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 http://thecroydoncitizen.com. 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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