Croydon events and news at 5 June

Banners ofpeace

Banners of Peace 

Monday 11 June. 6.30pm. Council Cabinet

See preceding blog posting.

Thursday 14 June. 10.30-1.30pm. Best Start Garden Party

St Johns the Evangelist Church, 1 Sylvan Road, SE19 2RX . bus: 410)

Come and say hello and help celebrate with some of the great new Community Projects that have emerged as a result of the ABCD (Asset Based Community Development) process in the Selhurst area, which sees EVERYONE as having something to offer their community.

Thursday 14 June. 6.30pm. Council Planning Committee

See preceding blog posting.

Saturday 16 June. Anthem for Peace Launch of Peace Festival 

@ Summer of Love Festival. Wandle Park

Special Community Performances of the
London Mozart Player’s #AnthemForPeace

Sunday 17 June. 11am-1pm. Peace Picnic

Mindfulness pleasure walk; singing, circle dancing; poetry wildflower garden with poets!; peace cranes origami and tree decorating; peace messages and quotes for prisoners of conscience; listening bench; micro world observation seat
followed by children’s play and picnic for all.

Addiscombe Railway Park, Croydon CR0 6NP. Enter by East India Way for a welcome by the community Orchard gate.

Saturday 23 June. Peace Festival Finale

@ Peace and Well Being Festival, Park Hill Park

Westfield Could Now Open in 2023

The 11 June Cabinet report on Westfield confirms (1) the signing up of John Lewis and Waitrose as well as Marks & Spencers; (2) the commitment of the new French owners to the scheme; and outlines changes to the land assembly.

For detailed analysis of the French take-over see

Westfield has published its design ideas for its future centres

Andrew Kennedy writes on Historic Croydon Facebook

‘This futuristic view of a Westfield shopping centre might be worth the wait after all it does have some of the things we were asking for at the local planning enquiry, green aspects and a central open entertainment / experience zone but it is not what we are currently getting. What do people want to press for? Is this what the new French owners would like to see? The decisions will be being made now before a spade has been put in the ground.’

‘I have posted the following comment. ‘Unless the French go back to the drawing board taking this kind of thinking into account we will only get the flawed current design and Westfield is not likely to undertake a major makeover for at least 10 years after opening now projected to be 2023. .Perhaps a joint letter form lots of us to the French owners can help persuade them to improve the scheme even if there is further delay.’

Miscellaneous News

Made in Croydon at Boxpark on 27 May

Croydon’s train chaos since new timetable MPs demand action



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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