Croydon events & news at 13 April

Contents: Ruskin House events; Born & Bred; Crisis. What Crisis?; Mela; News items; Suburban Design Guide; Shirley Windmill & Croydon Airport open days

Ruskin House Events

Sunday 14 April. 8pm. Folk & Blues Singers’ Night.  £2

Sat 20 April . 8pm. Cinema Ruskin: ‘My Man Godfrey’ (WM Powell & C Lombard) 1936 plus ‘Sheriff of Sage Valley’ (Buster Crabbe)  1942. £2

Saturday 20 April.  12 – 5pm.  Family Fun Day. £5 on door or Eventbrite.  Bar, refreshments and lots of fun for kids.  Fund-raiser for Ruskin.

Sunday 21  April. 8pm.  Folk & Blues: Anne Sumner and Singers’ Night. £2

Tuesday 23 April. St George’s Day musical evening in the bar – free.

26 April.Operation Legacy. Documentary about the Kenyan war veterans who sued the British Government in 2009 to reveal the truth about what really happened in Kenya during the so-called ‘Mau Mau Emergency’ in the 1950s. Also video about fieldwork in Kenya to prepare documentary, and Q&A by Olivia Windham-Stewart, co-founder of the Museum of Colonial History. Flier downloadable here:

OL Flyer Colfinal

Sunday 28 April. 8pm.  Folk & Blues: Dave Marshall and Singers’ Night . £2

Saturday  4 May. Croydon TUC May Day march and rally.  12 noon in North End (near M&S) and rally in Ruskin House

Sunday 5 May. 8pm. Folk & Blues: Phil Retourne and Singers’ Night  £2

Born & Bred

8-25 May.7.30pm (matinees 3.30pm 11, 18 & 25). Crisis? What Crisis?

Selsdon Community  based Parabolic Theatre Company play about the UK’s biggest state of emergency between the War and BREXIT – 1979.

Relations between the British government and trade unions are at an all-time low. The IMF has agreed to bail out the struggling Exchequer, but on the condition that punitive wage freezes are implemented across the public sector. Strikes have crippled much of the country. Parliament is in deadlock. The IRA is a source of constant fear, and the National Front is on the march.

Britain’s new friends on the continent, the European Economic Community, look on nervously. So too do the British armed forces, and, rumour has it, the Americans. This is a world familiar to those who were there – but it seems to have got even worse.

You and your fellow experts and ministers have been gathered in a neglected government office building to find a way of averting disaster. The clock is ticking, and who you choose to work with can make all the difference.

A new immersive game.  Suitable for 16+. Tickets £17-£22. To book

Part of Croydonites Festival of New Theatre


Rogue Landlords to pay £132,240

A pair of rogue landlords have been told to pay more than £100,000 for renting out flats in Croydon even though they were due to be demolished. They were also fined £10,500, have to  pay costs of £25,500 and a £240 victim surcharge.

Croydon Council Tax and Business Rates up £17m

Westfield Crisis Deepens but Sarah Jones to the rescue

Mothercare has quit the Whitgift Centre while  the collapse of of Debanhams threatens its store in Centrale. Meanwhile Croydon Central Labour MP Sarah Jones is lobbying hard to ensure the scheme goes ahead, seeing the Chancellor and the London May. (Inside Croydon 8,  9 & 10 April)

Is Westfield Croydon’s BREXIT equivalent – those against it as a complete waste of money and no solution to what is needed, or those for it in the hope that it works?

Croydonians views on BREXIT

Universal Credit has increased Croydon’s homelessness

Brick by Brick starts 25 tower block of flats at Waddon Rd

News and comment on  Inside Croydon

Council Executives get pay rises (10 April)

60 flats where Matthews Yard is (11 April)

Shirley Poppy and The Wilderness (11 April)

Council CEO to go to MIPIM in Cannes again (11 April)

ASLEF tram strikes (12 April)

Angela’s Ashes musical to open at Fairfield Halls in Croydon 24 September  – 5 October

Suburban Design Guide

In March the Cabinet adopted the Suburban Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document which sits alongside the Croydon Local Pan 2018. The guide was consulted on last year. I have out together a document showing the changes between the consultation draft and the adopted document. It can be downloaded here:

Croydon Supplementary Surburban Design Guide Changes

Srley windmill

iAirport Socioety

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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