Croydon events & news at 1 August

Bernard’s August events listing

Bernard Winchester’s August events listing can be opened here:

Diary August 2019

Friday 2 August. 11am-1pm. Launch of Croydon’s 100 year History of Council Housing  Exhibition

The 1919 Housing Act heralded a huge building programme across the country in the decades since. Because of opposition to Council housing in outer London Boroughs only 25,000 council homes were built in the Borough.

Croydon Clocktower, Katharine St

Monday – Fridays. 9am-6pm & Saturdays 9am-5pm. August. Croydon’s 100 year history of Council Housing  Exhibition

Croydon Clocktower, Katharine St

For positive discussion about Council housing and its history around the country see the Municipal Dreams blog at

Tuesday 6 August. 7.30 pm. BRITAIN ON FILM: PROTEST!

From a 1910 suffragette demonstration to striking coal miners in the Rhondda Valley, from female CND protesters spanning the Tamar Bridge to the defeat of fascists at London’s Cable Street, this illuminating archive film programme examines the nature of protests large and small. It shows participants fighting for suffrage and democracy, against exploitation and inequality, for fair wages and worker’s rights, for public safety, and in the face of war and oppression.

David Lean Cinema. Clocktower. Katharine St

Book tickets here:

Ruskin House events in August

Folk & Blues Evenings.  £2 at 8pm Sundays 4, 11, 18 & 25: and Singers’ Nights; 4 with  Steve Lillywhite – Dulcidelic

Tuesday  6. Unison Quiz.  7–9pm, doors open 6.45.  £5.  Non-members welcome.

Saturday 17. Cinema Ruskin – on film – ‘One Way Pendulum’ (Eric Sykes) 1964 + Shorts.  £3 at 8pm.

Sunday 25. From 3pm. Trades Council BBQ.

Croydon Outlet scandal continues

Specialist mental health services will be introduced in 40 schools

Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association (CODA) opens Ashcroft playhouse at Fairfield Halls

Having performed consistently at the venue since 1962, the 27-strong cast will perform Mel Brook’s The Producers, a Broadway satire about two men’s plan to swindle their financial backer out of millions by producing the biggest flop in theatrical history.

The Windrush

My thoughts at the final Croydon event in the Windrush Generation in July can be read at:

The Government proposes that the memorial to the Windrush Generation, to recognise the huge contribution that African Caribbean people have made to the UK, be placed at Waterloo Station. There are many who believe that it should be in Windrush Square, at the heart of Brixton where so many of the Windrush generation made their homes when they first arrived in Britain. A petition has been set up to show them how important this is to the community in Lambeth. If you agree the memorial should be in Windrush Square – please sign the petition now.



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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