Croydon events & news at 22 August

Contents: Ruskin House events, Fairfield Halls, Windrush Generation exhibition, Justice for Marc (Wadsworth), Whitgift/Westfield Centre, Council £53m on buying Colonnades, Croydon recruiting Planning Officers, Council to improve some allotments, 2,727 new cramped, unaffordable homes, Sarah Jones on knife crime and Croydon young people’s views, and Are betting shops harmful or beneficial?

Ruskin House events

Sunday 25 August. 3pmff. Croydon Trades Council BBQ

To raise some funds towards the appeal to rebuild the Chapel used by the Tolpuddle Martyrs.  Food. Draw for raffle in support of Ruskin Restoration fund – tickets from bar.

Sunday 25 August. 8pm. Folk & Blues Singers’ Night.

Sunday 1 September.  8pm. Folk & Blues: Andy Smythe and Singers’ Night.

Friday 6 September. 8pm. Poets Anonymous – £2 See

Sunday 8 September. 8pm. Folk & Blues Singers’ Night

Monday 9 September. 8pm. Folk Club re-opens

Friday 13 September. 7.30pm. ‘Nightcleaners’ – landmark film about women who cleaned office blocks at night and their struggle for union organisation and decent pay in the early 70s.  7.30.  £5 at bar or from Eventbrite.

Sunday 15 September. 8pm. Folk & Blues: Four Gone Confusion and Singers’ Night

Saturday 21 September. 8pm. Cinema Ruskin – on film – ‘The Silver Blaze’ (Arthur Wontner as Sherlock Holmes) 1937 + ‘Rhythm of the Saddle’ (Gene Autry) 1938.  £3 at 8pm.

Sunday 22 . 8pm. Folk & Blues Liz Beaumont and Singers’ Night

Fairfield Halls

Monday 16 September. Fairfield Halls re-opens

At the start of a week-long series of special launch events at Fairfield Halls, Dame Judi Dench will formally reopen the Ashcroft Playhouse with an exclusive Q&A hosted by broadcaster John Hannam about her friend and Croydon-born fellow actress Dame Peggy Ashcroft, in front of a specially invited audience nt of a specially invited audience of students from local schools studying GCSE and A-Level drama. She will also read a special commission written by Croydon resident and spoken word artist Shaniqua Benjamin, Founding Director of Young People Insight CIC.

To book go to:

To see full details of the programme offer see:

Thursday 19 September to  Sunday 12 January. Windrush: Portrait of a Generation

Exhibition telling ‘the story of how the first generation of Caribbean migrants, now in their late 60s to 90s, are living their lives in the heart of south London and remaining true to their distinctive traditions and culture.

A year in the making, timed to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the arrival of SS Windrush, this exhibition was first staged in the OXO Gallery on London’s South Bank in the summer of 2018’.

Created by social documentary photographer Jim Grover in clubs, homes, churches, cemeteries and memorials around Clapham, Brixton, and Stockwell, this exhibition tells the personal stories of the Windrush Generation.

Arnhem Foyer, Fairfield Halls.

Justice for Marc tour


Croydon resident citizen journalist and anti-racist activist Marc Wadsworth who is excluded from membership of the Labour Party is touring to gain support for his re-admission and to campaign about the Windrush scandal. Details can be seen here:

Whitgift/Westfield Centre News

The Council’s enforced closure of Outlet at the Whitgift Centre has angered the traders affected even though they have been allowed to re-locate into the main Centre and one into Centrale.

Meanwhile uncertainty remains about Westfield’s redevelopment plans.

Council News

Council has spent £53m on buying Colonnades

The Council has paid out £7 million to buy the new McDonald’s and Nando’s, as well as a third unit, at the Colonnades  retail and leisure park off Purley Way. Owning the whole of the park has cost £53m.

Croydon recruiting Planning Officers

Council to improve some allotments

2,727 new cramped, unaffordable homes

These have been delivered in Croydon through Government permitted development rules which allow buildings to be converted to residential use without going through the full planning process.

Other News

Sarah Jones on knife crime and Croydon young people’s views

Are betting shops harmful or beneficial?



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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