Croydon events & news at 15 March

Saturday 16 March. 7pm. Concert of predominantly musical theatre

Abby-Rose, one of Surrey Opera’s young chorus members , writes:

‘As some of you are aware, I run a children’s events company and we lost almost all of our costumes and equipment in the fire in our storage unit on New Year’s Eve. We’re working hard to replace everything quickly and my performers have all agreed to take part in a concert to fundraise for it. Louisa Alice Rose, another Surrey Opera member and soloist, is also kindly guest performing.

Tickets £10 each; cash bar as well.

Surrey Opera’s Clyde Hall, Clyde Road, Croydon

If anyone is thinking of attending Abby Rose would appreciate a rough idea of numbers, and people can contact her at

Saturday 13 April 10.30am–5pm. Art Exhibition of works by local artists and friends of Surrey Opera

Entrance £2.50 (child £1) with light refreshments and lunches available at very reasonable prices. Flier can be downloaded here:

SO Art Exhibition 2019 v2 pdf

Labour wins Norbury & Pollards Hill By-election

Labour’s Leila Ben-Hassel has been elected as the new Councillor for Norbury & Pollards Hill Ward in place of the latest Maggie Mansell. Leila won with 1,379  votes (64.5%).

Tirena Gunter the Conservative candidate received 324 (15.2%). The Independent Mark O’Grady won 162 (7.6%), Rachel Chance the Green 91 (4.3%),  the Independent Roznerska 72 (3.4%) , Guy Burchett (Lib Dem) 70 (3.3%) and  Kathleen Garner (UKIP) 40 (1.9%).

South Bank University To Open Campus in Town Centre

Andrew Kennedy writes on Historic Croydon commenting on a video of Council Leader Tony Newman talking about the agreement for South Bank University to set up in the Town Centre.

‘It is a day to truly celebrate but it is Southbank University’s investment and to claim this as the Council’s idea is a little rich. We should always have been a university town, yet the Council’s support and its relationship with Croydon College, for instance, has been rocky for many years. They wanted to grab their lands and build a smaller college. Students bring life and university facilities and research bring employers to the town but it needs a proper full vision not just jumping on the nearest passing wagon. Good news Croydon but I want to know more.

The idea of a attracting a University was set out in the new Labour administration’s Growth Plan in 2014.

In its report What kind of economy do we need in Croydon? Croydon Council’s Growth Plan and District Centre Investment; Growth For All. A Commentary with Recommendations, the Croydon TUC Working Party discussed  the issues that would need to be addressed in seeking to have a University open a campus in Croydon.

‘87.    There may well be many advantages to attracting a major UK University to set up a campus in the Borough, and the news of the progress being made to negotiate providing a base to Roehampton University in Bernard Weatherill House is welcome. However, consideration will need to be given to the nature of the jobs that will be created. Many University support services are now contracted out, especially those jobs at the lower pay end of the market. An increasing number of lecturers are on short-term contracts. There may also be added pressures on the local private rented housing market from students wanting to live in the Borough. The Working Party RECOMMENDS:

(32)    that in the negotiations with potential Universities to set up a campus in Croydon the Council should include the issues of the nature of jobs and their pay levels and student demand for housing.

(33)    that the negotiations with potential Universities should include discussions with the trade unions which represent different staff groups.

  1. By itself having a University campus in the Town Centre will not necessarily bring benefits to local people. The University will need to develop engagement with employers and the community to develop courses that assist up-skilling of existing workers, support and encourage secondary school pupils to consider University entrance, to ensure that courses involve elements which support policy development in Croydon, use student and academics projects to undertake research that is needed in the Borough, and to link with existing providers to improve the adult education offer. The Working Party RECOMMENDS:

(34)    that the negotiations with potential Universities should include discussions over the way in which the University brings added value benefits to Croydon, perhaps through the establishment of a Centre for Croydon Affairs.’

Inside Croydon (13 March) seeks to stir the waters on the announcement with a particular attack on Chief Executive Jo Negrini at MIMPIM in Cannes.

Successful prosecution for planning contravention

Brick by Brick sales begin



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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1 Response to Croydon events & news at 15 March

  1. Croydon desperately needs a University to attract in and keep critical thinkers, another strong organisation in the town that is not the Council or the Whitgift Foundation or some back office operation. However, I fear a satellite campus will be just that, a sort of poor relative which Lecturers commute to for the odd day but that does not change the dynamics of the town. We need something which is special to the town that matches our skills, resources and aspirations – International relations? Philosophy and religion? Languages? Economic development?

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