FWW Remembrance Continues
The First World War will continue to be commemorated through the year. Here’s my latest contribution:
Tuesday 23 January. 7pm. Croydon Communities Consortium meeting
St Michael’s Church Hall, Poplar Walk, CR0 1UA
Katie Rose will speak about the Croydon Peace Festival. The rest of the meeting will be devoted to any subject offered for discussion or notices that people attending wish to raise. Priority will be given to items raised prior to the night.
Come along to meet others, pick up information, share notices, raise issues for discussion and to hear what others have to say. Tea and coffee will be provided.
To indicate your attendance please go to
Friday 9 February. 6pm. Croydon Forum
Matthews Yard, off Surrey Sty.
See story below.
Saturday 20 January. 11am-4pm. The Festival of Businesses
Croydon Park Hotel
Mini action seminars, exhibitors, business interviews and a networking lunch organised by Sharon McLean of Business With Excellence, who runes occasional stall events for small businesses to promote their good and services in the Clocktower.
The booking details
Saturday 20 January. 8pm. ‘Song of Freedom’ (Paul Robeson) 1936 and ‘The Painted Stallion’ (Serial)
Cinema Ruskin, Ruskin House. Coombe Rd/Park Lane
Sunday 28 January. Holocaust Memorial Concert
Ruskin House. Combe Rd/Park Lane
Flier is downloadable here
Friday 9 February. Small business show case event
This is Sharon McLean’s next small business stalls showcase event at the Clocktower. See 20 January for contact details.
Some good news helping to diversify the local economy
Zotefoams is expanding his business in Croydon. This is good news for building a more diverse economy.
When I saw this article I email Cabinet member Alison Butler to ask whether the officers had been in discussion with the company about linking in with the Council’s training and local jobs initiatives?
Alison Butler replied thanking me for drawing the article to her attention. ‘The council has written to their CEO and will arrange a meeting asap about how the council can support the investment inc. skills and jobs offer but also removing any other blockers and asking them to be part of the year of business.’
What has been happening with jobs in Croydon?
See the interesting article by Robert Ward, prospective Tory Council candidate at
Are plans for improved transport really improvements?
What do you think?
The first meeting of Croydon Forum seems to have gone well. A participant tells me those attending were a diverse group including those doing community gardens, community work promoting interactive networks; others focused on heritage and art; on less litter, flytipping and knife crime; on housing; on Westfield; and several Council staff and ex staff including planners with considerable experience of how local politics works. The unifying theme was a desire to improve Croydon’s Environment, both the built and the social; and some doubt as to whether its possible to influence the Council.
As follow-up Charles Barber the organiser writes:
‘I think we had some very interesting discussions but also suspect many of you might be asking – what next?
It was interesting to learn a bit more about the history of Croydon and how local governments operate these days, but for me, three comments stood out and have given me an idea of where I would like to take the forum.
The first was an awareness that most of us sitting and chatting around the table were of a certain age and class, (middle being the appropriate adjective).
The second was that there is a new pedestrianised space within the town centre and the Council clearly do not have an idea of what to do with it.
The third was that Croydon is made up of many different, valuable communities but often, even if living side by side, they remain woefully ignorant of each other.
This last fact can in certain areas be the breeding ground for misunderstandings, prejudice and at the worst end of the spectrum hate crime. If we really wish to play our part in making Croydon a more inclusive community, we need to reach out to communities that feel deprived and excluded.
One way we might think of doing this is to have quarterly pop up markets, in which organisations from Purley might have a stall next to an organisation from Broad Green. We would aim to ensure that we had at least one stall of some sort for each area of Croydon. We all also have our own passions and interests and would be able if we chose to have a stall promoting whatever we wished to promote. The new pedestrianised area and St George’s Walk would be an ideal location for such a pop up market. We could have the second and third in different parts of Croydon and then return to the centre for the fourth.
I’d be interested to hear what you think of such an idea, and also what other ideas, you might have for reaching out or helping those in Croydon that are less fortunate than ourselves.
We agreed that everyone at the meeting would share their interest and expertise with other members, and I’d be grateful if you’d all do that in the next few days. Those that weren’t able to make the meeting but wanted to be kept informed will be blind-copied into newsletters until they’re happy to share contact details with other members.
The next meeting will be held on Friday 9th of February and start at 6pm There will be an agenda and I’d be grateful if you’d send any items you’d like us to discuss before the 1st of February. After the meeting, there will be plenty of time for socialising and if there are enough of us, they may even open the upstairs bar . I’d be grateful if you’d let me know if you plan to attend so I can some ideas of numbers.’