‘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
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
www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk. 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: https://norburywatchblog.wordpress.com
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.