Croydon events & news at 1 August


See Bernard Winchester’s Diary of events for August here:

Bernard Winchester Events Diary August 2018

Made in Crogydon 4 August

Saturday 1 September. 10.15am–4.15pm. Lambeth Local History Fair

Stalls and talks at Clapham Omnibus, Clapham Common North Side, SW4

Includes talk by me on Rink Mania in Edwardian Lambeth at 12.30pm.

I will also be running stall. Streatham and Norwood Societies will also be running stalls.

Part of Lambeth Heritage Festival – whole month of September. For full programme see:

Lambeth Heritage Festival programme 2018

Ruskin House Events

Friday 3 August. 8pm. Poets Anonymous – £2 First Friday in the month.  All poets welcome.

Sundays 5, 12, 19, 26 August. 8pm. Folk & Blues evenings.

Tuesdays 7, 14, 21, 28 August. 1.15-4.15pm. Croydon Healing Clinic.  Free walk-in clinic, Cedar Hall (doors open 13.00).  020 8688 1751.

Saturday 18 August. 8pm. Cinema Ruskin.‘Swingtime’ (Ginger Rodgers/Fred Astaire) 1936.

Sunday 26 August. 3pm. Film and Trades Council BBQ.  3pm film ‘Unsung Hero’ about trade union leader Jack Jones, followed by BBQ about 4.30 and then Folk & Blues.

28 Coombe Rd

Croydon Citizen articles

How many bins do we need in Croydon? (26 July)

The Reader’s Shared Reading groups come to Croydon (27 July)

How a city-wide women’s community movement began in Croydon (30 July)

The July/August print issue includes articles on Salvation Army and the homeless, Thornton Heath support for young people, Croydon carers, various memories of Croydon 1920s-1986, and the 1968 student occupation at the College of Art.


Council to be congratulated on buying 84 homes for affordable renting

Last July the Council set up Croydon Affordable Homes (CAH) to provide at least 250 homes for Croydon residents that cost no more than 65% of the average market rent. This means a two-bedroom flat that usually costs £1,380 per month is instead at the Local Housing Allowance of £900.

So far the Council has bought 84 mainly two- and three-bed flats and houses, plus a four-bed house and a five-bed house, all of which are for Croydon families previously in temporary accommodation. Another 18 properties are expected to be added to these 84 homes by October once the Council has completed these purchases.

In addition CAH has taken on 96 refurbished council-owned or private properties

The Council created CAH as an independent charity so it could use around £30m in Right To Buy sales receipts, set affordable rent levels and give priority to Borough residents.

All rooms in the CAH-run homes meet the Mayor of London’s space standards, and tenants get an assured shorthold contract of up to three years instead of the usual six months with private landlords.

In return for council funding that makes the properties available, CAH repays Croydon through both the rent it receives and external investment.

(Source: Council’s Your Croydon)

Developer & housing association agree deal with young people’s housing in new tower blocks




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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