Croydon news & events at 10 September

It has been absolute chaos for fly-tips across the borough of croydon this weekend.’ 

– James Cridge, Veolia’s Environmental Manager message to a  Norbury Street Champion this week.

Ruskin House events

23 Coombe Rd/Park Lane

Thurs 12 September. 7.30pm. General Election Now

Open Croydon TUC meeting with speaker Dave Ward (Communication Workers’ Union).

Friday  13 September. 7.30pm . ‘Nightcleaners’

Film about women who cleaned office blocks at night and their struggle for union organisation and decent pay in the early 70s.  £5 at bar or from Eventbrite.

Sunday 15 September. 8pm. Folk & Blues

Four Gone Confusion and Singers’ Night

Saturday 21 September. Cinema Ruskin. 8pm

‘The Silver Blaze’ (Arthur Wontner as Sherlock Holmes) 1937 + ‘Rhythm of the Saddle’ (Gene Autry) 1938.  £3

Sunday 22 September. 8pm. Folk & Blues

Liz Beaumont and Singers’ Night

Saturday 29 September. 8pm. Folk & Blues

Special guests from USA: Steve Suffet & Pat Lamanna and Singers’ Night

Friday 18 October. 7.30pm. It Happened Here. The Story of the German Occupation of England

Plus Q&A with Director Kevin Brownlow. £5 at Bar

Other Events


Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 September. Open House & Windmills

Croydonians are very lucky to be able to visit two windmills on Open House weekend – at Shirley and Brixton. Brixton’s was built in 1816, the year of cold climate and harvest failure due to a volcanic eruption in what is now Indonesia. It is a working mill and now sells flour and other products.

October Black History Month

October sees Black History Month, the focal point for promoting the African and Afro-Caribbean history and culture. Croydon’s programme has yet to be announced. Croydonians can easily visit Black Cultural Archives in Windrush Square by 109 bus. Schools can benefit from its schools programme appropriate for different Key Stages. KS1&2: on post war journeys, change-makers in Victorian Britain, freedom fighters in Georgian Britain; KS3: STEM; KS3-5: 20 Century press groups, empire, inert-war & independence. It also runs continuing  professional development for teachers on re-imaging black history in primary schools and teaching black history in secondary schools through archives..  As a historian of Black Britain I am available in Croydon to give talks at schools and community groups on a wide range of topics. The publication of the annual Black History Month Journal is awaited and will be accessible at The 2018 issue which is on the site includes my appreciation of Alex Elden (2nd WW RAF + passenger on Windrush) who lived in Norbury.

Saturday 9 November. Local Studies Fair at Clocktower

Talks, walks and bookstalls by Croydon’s history organisations. Full details to follow. I will be running a bookstall and giving a talk on Croydon and Peterloo.

Saturdays 1 & 8 December. Made in Croydon stalls at Boxpark 


Croydon takes sheltered homes management back in house

Legacy Youth Project opens with thousands signing up

Home Office creates homeless families crisis for Council

Chris Philp introduces Clean Air Bill

Conservative MP for Croydon South has introduced a Clean Air Bill to expand lower emission zones, enable local authorities to plant more trees and prohibit idling.

Vigilance needed on Croydon Libraries

Library supporters in Croydon need to remain vigilant to ensure that the new in-house service meets local needs. A messed up consultation in Norbury is resulting in the officers not listening by insisting on  installing  a café against the library despite the lack  foot fall going past because of its location and the nearness to several cafes and coffee houses in Norbury High St. The ‘pop up’ libraries that have been organised while the Library is closed for refurbishment and repairs are an insult – see Norbury Watch website:

Meanwhile goods from Lambeth. Congratulations to the Friends and the Lambeth Library Campaign for winning their campaign to have the Carnegie re-opened with full-time library professionals. It is now open till 7pm three days a week, but closed for one hour at lunch 5 days week. Gym staff will no longer be sitting in it. The wi-fi has been upgraded and new books and computers are expected to be stocked. Meanwhile the so-called community library at Tulse Hill has been closed and the Streatham Vale library has been reduced to two bins of books.

Meanwhile in Bromley the staff have been on strike for over 12 weeks against staffing cuts by the contract manager GLL. Trade unions, like Croydon Retired Members branch, have been giving financial donations to support them. GLL is a social enterprise and its alliance with Lambeth Council over the closure of libraries and installation of gyms, and the cuts in Bromley are in danger of damaging the reputation of social enterprises.

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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