Contents: Croydon vs. Universal Credit and homelessness; Made in Croydon CIC Social; Croydon Museum Home Front Session; Keats House; CNHSS Annual General Meeting; Croydon Lost and Found: Recent Researches on the Paintings of Evacustes Phipson; Mrs Pankhurst’s Purple Feather; May Croydonites Festival; Council Minster Plans catches people unaware; Questions about South Bank University in Croydon; Other News; CNHSS 150 Years Old; Political threat to Green Belt
Saturday 30 March. Ruskin Fund-Raiser
POSTPONED till the autumn due to family illness.
Tuesday 2 April. 6pm. Croydon vs. Universal Credit and homelessness
Government welfare reforms and the implementation of universal credit are fuelling a dramatic rise in homelessness in towns and cities across the country, with homeless charities reporting universal credit as a factor in a third of people ending up in their care. The situation is both sad and dire. The Council is trying to support people through preventative services. What’s the situation? And what action can we all take now – at the community, council and national levels?
Participants include: Chris Hancock, Head of Housing at Crisis and local support staff; Janet Campbell, Councillor West Thornton; Tom Copley, London Assembly Member and Labour’s Housing Spokesperson; and Jamie Audsley, Councillor Bensham Manor (Chair)
Skylight Croydon, 13 Surrey Street, CR0 1RG
For background see
Tuesday 9 April. 6.30-8.30pm. Made in Croydon CIC Social
Mr Fox Croydon, 34 Surrey St
Tuesday 16 April at 3 – 4.30pm. Croydon Museum Home Front Session
Museum of Croydon is part of a Heritage Lottery Funded project, Home Front which is collecting memories of evacuation to create a new soundtrack for a piece of WW2 film which we hold within our collections. This open session is to share details about the project, to view the film and to hear some of the memories that individuals might be willing to share with us. There will be a recording session in early May.
If you know any individuals or groups who might be interested in attending, they can book a place by telephoning 020 8253 1022 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 20 April. 2pm. Keats House
Croydon National History & Scientific Society (CNHSS) visit. The Principal Curator Rob Shakespeare was Head of Museum of Croydon till last year
Meet by Oxfam bookshop opposite Hampstead Tube Station
Thursday 25 April. 7.45pm. CNHSS Annual General Meeting
East Croydon United Reform Church, Addiscombe Rd
Croydon Lost and Found: Recent Researches on the Paintings of Evacustes Phipson
Talk by John Hickman
My note on Phipson, which draws on the work by John, John Brown and Stephen Williams with additional research can be downloaded here:
The CNHSS Transactions to be published in November will include an essay by historian Stephen Williams.
Monday 29 April. Mrs Pankhurst’s Purple Feather
Talk by Tessa Boase. The story of Croydon’s Eliza Philips campaigning against the fashion for feather hats, and the early story of the RSPB
May Croydonites Festival
2 May. Paula Varjack – Matthews Yard Theatre
4 May. Vinicius Salles (6pm) – Braithwaite Hall
4 May. Two Destination Language (8pm) – Braithwaite Hall
8-25 May. Parabolic Theatre Company – Site Specific (Central Croydon)
10 May. Sh!t Theatre – The Front Room
11 May. Vanessa Macauley – The Front Room
16-17 May. Gill Manly & Joanna Scanlan – Matthews Yard Theatre
17 May. Menopause Writing Workshop – Croydon Arts Store
18 May. Ellard & Lech – Matthews Yard Theatre
23-25 May. Anita Wadsworth – Site Specific
Council Minster Plans catches people unaware
There appears to have been very little publicity circulating about the Council’s exhibition and plans for improving the area around the Minister held on Friday & Sunday, with a heritage walk on the Sunday. Key points drawn to my attention by a reader who went are:
- They will not apparently be disturbing the ground when building the children’s playground.
- Moving the cars to the existing car park will free up the area currently used by cars and make in more pedestrian friendly.
- Then this space will be freed for more uses.
It is not clear whether they are liaising with the diocese.
Further details can be seen at:
Inside Croydon discussed the exhibition on 20 March.
If the Council is not to be accused of tokenistic consultation it should consider running the exhibition over several days in the Clocktower, and in the Minister.
Questions about South Bank University in Croydon
Some key questions have arisen about the plans and potential role for South Bank University coming to Croydon.
- The problems how does one influence South Bank?
- Via alumni who live in Croydon?
- Via Councillors who are prepared to listen outside the official loops?
- Via Student Union?
- Who will take the initiative to try and get dialogue going?
It has been pointed out to me that Universities are now all businesses seeking to maximise student numbers. Research is pretty secondary. It is doubtful if South Bank has the capital either to seriously invest in Croydon but will be using empty space in the College etc to host classes. ‘On that basis Croydon has had University classes going for years, but it is more like short-term performance art it comes and it goes there is no build-up of a community around the university.’
Ruskin Square & Westfield compete for Home Office offices – Inside Croydon 15 March
£600,000 Brick by Brick price tag – Inside Croydon 18 March
Council sells property to Brick by Brick, its house-building company for £1 each – Inside Croydon 20 March
Council sells £10.5m+ assets
Croydon residents invited to contribute memories to council housing exhibit
CNHSS 150 Years Old
Next year sees the 150th Anniversary of CNHSS. The latest Bulletin (165; March) contains articles and notes on the anniversary, the Church Congress held in Croydon in 1877; built environment changes in Portland Rd and Katherine St; Ellen Harriott Capon who was tried in January 1918 for trying to enlist dressed as a man; growing orange trees at Croydon Palace and Carew Manor in Beddington; the Croydon Canal and the London & Croydon and London & Brighton Railways; Alfred Russell’ Wallace’s challenge in 1880 to the fact that CNHSS did not admit women as members, finally agreed in 1897; the Purley Natural History and Scientific Society; and much more.
Political threat to Green Belt
Graham Lomas, former planner and social welfare consultant, discusses the history and political threat to the Green Belt in the CNHSS March Bulletin.