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 poetsanon.org.uk
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
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.
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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 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.
Sarah Jones on knife crime and Croydon young people’s views
Are betting shops harmful or beneficial?