Croydon Events, News & Issues at 11 May


Weekend of events.  All Welcome.

Friday 12 – ‘Made in Dagenham’ 8pm free film.  Raffle.

Saturday 13 – Croydon TUC May Day March 12.30 from North End to a rally at Ruskin at 2pm.  Bar and refreshments. See next blog posting.

Sunday 14 – Folk & Blues with songs of protest and struggle. Dave Marshall & Singers.

Ruskin House, 23 Combe Rd

Croydon Voluntary Action Training Events

Local Studies Forum Events

The current list of events by local history and heritage organisations can be seen here:

LOCAL STUDIES 05-08-2017

Sunday 10 September. 5-8.30pm. Interfaith Forum

Ahmadiyya Muslim community annual event.

St James’ Road mosque

Refreshments and food will be served.

For details read Adeel Shah at

and also see:

Rival candidates weaken chance to oust Gavin Barwell

The decision of the Greens to run Tracey Hague, and the Lib Dems Gill Hickson, as their candidates in Croydon Central will reduce the chance of Labour to win and oust Gavin Barwell. He has been a strong supporter of the Tory austerity cuts which have so adversely affected Croydon residents, cuts of funding to Councils, and promoted the property developers who are pushing up housing costs and swamping us with ugly tower blocks. For a full list of the candidates across the Borough see

Labour’s Sarah Jones has accused Barwell of breaking promises

Concern was expressed at last nights Tory Councillor/Residents Association meeting by a group of Residents Associations about Gavin Barwell’s appearance at the Local Plan Public Hearing because they fear he will not support their objections, especially as for the moment he remains Minister for Housing and London. I argued that given the purdah period of the General Election he and former MP Chris Philp who is standing again in Croydon South should withdraw from taking part in the Hearing as they might use what they say for electioneering purposes.

Ian Marvin discusses Gavin Barwell’s session on the housing crisis at Croydon Debating Club last month at

Anti-fascists protest at far right demo

The far right could only mobilise 25 people to support their demonstration outside Lunar House.

See news coverage and videos at

Helping Croydon’s refugee children

Charlotte Davies’s discusses at

East Croydon Loses Some Late Night Trains: May to December

To facilitate essential works by Network Rail Southern Railway is stopping trains late night and early morning train services to and from Victoria to and through East Croydon. Thameslink services from Blackfriars and St Pancras will continue to operate.

New A&E Unit Delayed

Croydon Mediation Service

Archbishop Tenison’s CofE High School Builds Sports Hall

Empowering Youth

The Youth People Insight Project is crowdfunding to continue its work. Do have a look at


Appreciation of Alex Elden

My appreciation of Jamaican 2WW RAF veteran and taxi instructor driver Alex Elden, a Norbury resident, who died last month can be read at:

The 1935 Croydon Airport Gold Heist

Airport House Receives Grade II* Listing

Ian Walker, Chair of  Historic Croydon Airport Trust and Croydon Airport Visitor  Centre & Croydon Airport Society, tells me of the 400,000 listed buildings in the U.K. only 5.8% are Grade II*.

The Other Croydon




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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