Croydon Events at 9 September

Wednesday 13 September. 7.30-10pm.  Gentrification – Opportunity to let Croydon’s Planning Chair know what you think

Stanley Halls Film Club is showing Shola Amoo’s A Moving Image  film about gentrification in Brixton, incorporating fiction, documentary and performance art.

‘Nina is a young stifled artist returning to her community after a long absence, only to find that she is now being painted as a symbol of gentrification. As she struggles with her own complicity, she takes on the challenge of creating a piece of art that can bring her community together. On her journey she speaks to real people affected by gentrification in Brixton, blurring the line between reality and fiction.

So, is it possible to regenerate an area without stripping away its soul and displacing its natives? The director, who is a born and bred south Londoner, explores this question as he gets under the skin of gentrification, confronting those all important issues of race, community and class that are so recognisable on our own streets in South Norwood.’

Followed by a panel discussion with:

  • Shola Amoo, director of A Moving Image;
  • Lisa McKenzie, British sociologist and research fellow at the London School of Economics, whose research interests focus on class inequality, social justice, and British working class culture. Lisa is author of Getting By: Estates, Class and Culture in Austerity Britain;
  • Betiel Mehari, activist who has lived and worked in Brixton for 11 years. Betiel began campaigning as a direct result of the regeneration of Brixton and started a campaign called Guinness Occupation and Guiness Trust AST, occupying a flat to stop the evictions of many families in Somerleyton Road in 2015;
  • Cllr Paul Scott, councillor for Woodside and Chair of South Norwood Community Economic Development Plan.

Plus short film London (2014) by Lewis Knaggs – two spoken word monologues embrace the highs and lows of living in London.

To book place go to

Sunday 17 September. 12noon-5pm. Shirley Windmill Open Day

Tuesday 19 September. 8pm. A History of Funerals and Funeral records

Talk by Emma Sparre-Slater for East Surrey Family History Society.

United Reform Church, East Croydon

Wednesday 20 September. 7pm-9pm. Issues and solutions for communities in Croydon

How can communities in Croydon support each other to make Croydon a better place? What positive initiatives are taking place? What solutions have been found to address issues? What more could be done?

Croydon Communities Consortium meeting.  St. Michael and All Angels with St. James, Poplar Walk, CR0 1UA

To book seat go to

Thursday 21 September. 8pm. Sport and Leisure in South London

Talk by David Freasy for South London Local History Group.

Phoenix Centre, Westow St. Upper Norwood

Thursday 21 & Friday 22 September. ‘A Bit Of A Do’

A two day mini festival of theatre, comedy and music to celebrate the launch of Disco Disco – a new company of artists with learning disabilities.

TMRW Hub & Byte Café, 75-77 High St, CR0 1QQ

Monday 25 September. 7.45pm. Consumed by Fire: The Destruction of Croydon Parish Church in 1867 and its Rebuild

Talk by Brian Lancaster.

United Reform Church

To end of September. Andy Warhol Festival

Based out of RISE Gallery. Full programme at

Kevin of the Gallery is interviewed at

Sunday 1 October. 11am-3pm. Croydon Airport Visitor Centre Open Day

Airport House, Purley Way

Sunday 1 October. 3-7pm. Shirley Windmill Open Day

Tuesday 3 October. 7.30pm. Health Services Briefing

Croydon Assembly, Ruskin House, Coombe Rd.

Details being finalised. To express interest email

Wednesday 4 October. 7pm. Peter and the Wolf

London Myriad Ensemble. Whitgift Concert Hall

Wednesday 18 October. 7pm. Housing and Planning Meeting

Croydon Assembly, Ruskin House, Coombe Rd.

Details being finalised. To express interest email

Thursday 19 October. 7pm. Whitgift School Autumn Collection Concert

Saturday 21 October. 3pm & 7.45pm. Surrey Opera The Life to Come

Saturday 18 November. 7pm. Brahms Ein Deutrsches Requiem

Joint Whitgift School and Minster choirs

Friday 24 November. Call Mr Robeson

Tayo Aluko’s one man portrayal of African American civil rights activist, singer and film star Paul Robeson returns to Croydon. It was the last show at the Warehouse Theatre before it was forced into closure.

Organised by Croydon North Labour Party at Stanley Halls.

Details to be posted on

Wednesday 6 – Saturday 9 December. 7.30pm. The Government Inspector

Whitgift Big 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 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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