Croydon events & news at 15 November

Monday 18 November. 6.30pm. Council Cabinet

Economic Growth Strategy; Borough Wide Events – A look ahead; Director of Public Health Annual Report 2019 – Food; Progress report from the Independent Chair of the Children’s Improvement Board; Croydon Safeguarding Children Board Annual Report 2018/19; Croydon Safeguarding Adult Board Annual Report 2018/19;  Amendments to the current Croydon Private Rented Property Licensing Scheme conditions and fees; Workforce Strategy 2019-2022; Stage 1: Recommendations arising from Scrutiny; Stage 2: Response to recommendations arising from Children & Young People Sub-Committee on 18 June 2019 and Scrutiny & Overview Committee on 16 July 2019; Investing in our Borough.

Papers can be accessed at;


David Clark is Norbury’s local historian.

Tuesday 19 November. 1.05pm. London Mozart Players Lunchtime Concert

Fairfield Halls. Free in the foyer.

Tuesday  19 November. 7.30pm. ‘The True Cost’ – who really pays for fast fashion?

Croydon Friends of the Earth film screening. Athene House, 13 Addiscombe Grove, CR0 5LR

Saturday 23 November. 11am-4pm. Love Norbury Xmas Fayre.

British Legion Hall, off London Rd, diagonally opposite Fire Station.

I will be running my bookstall.


Photo: Josi Kiss, Made in Croydon

I am co-ordinating the local authors stall.


Tuesday 26 November. From 7pm. Croydon Communities Consortium Social

St Michael’s Church Hall, Poplar Walk.

Sundays 1 & 8 December. Made in Croydon at Boxpark


I am co-ordinating this stall.

Ruskin House events

Sunday 17 November – John Edwards & Singers’ Night. Folk & Blues. 8pm. £2

Sunday 24 November – Bill Wardwell & Singers’ Night. Folk & Blues. 8pm. £2

Friday 29 November. 7.30pm. ‘Cotton for my Shroud’

Film looking at the impact of Monsanto’s GM cotton seeds on India’s small cotton farmers.  £5 from bar or Eventbrite or on the door.

Sunday 1 December – Four Gone Confusion & Singers’ Night. Folk & Blues. 8pm. £2

Saturday 7 December – Charity Concert for RNLI.  7.30–11pm.  Tickets on the door £8/£5 members.  Full info closer to the date.

Sunday 8 December – Bernard Hoskin & Singers’ Night. Folk & Blues. 8pm. £2

Friday 13 December. 7.30pm. ‘Sorry we Missed You’

Ken Loach film about a family trying to manage with the gig economy and zero-hours work.

Sunday 15 December – Brian Miller & Singers’ Night. Folk & Blues. 8pm. £2

Sunday 22 December – Anne Sumner & Singers’ Night. Folk & Blues. 8pm. £2

Croydon General Election Candidates

Council enters partnership to tackle construction industry air pollution

Croydon’s Domestic Abuses crisis

Croydon recorded the most domestic abuse incidents in the Met Police area, with police being called out 5,529 times in the borough between October 2018 and September 2019.

1,521 empty properties in Croydon

Basic data re-Croydon

Not up to-date as does not include the 2019 Deprivation data.

Croydon’s gangs and youth violence

Council’s aim to be Borough of Culture

Piano Fireworks at Fairfield Halls

Four talented young pianists delighted and impressed the large audience in the foyer of Fairfield Halls for the lunch time concert on Tuesday 5 November.

The concert was the first organised by Phoenix Piano Academy based at the Halls.

Thomas Eames played Beethoven’s Sonata in d minor Op. 31 no. 2 (1st movement), Vincent Young Liszt’s Etude S.145/2 ‘Gnomemreigen’ and Chopin’s Etude Op. 10 no. 5, Gabrielle Dlsan Schubert’s Sonata in E major D. 459 (1st movement) and Rachmaninov’s Elegie Op. 3 no,1 and Luke James his improvisations ‘Art Blakey Moanin’.

The Academy is the result of a partnership between the Halls and Phoenix Pianos. Based near Sevenoaks British based piano maker Phoenix has supplied 3 grand, a baby grand and four upright pianos to the Halls. Officially being launched in January auditions for pupils have already started for the Academy. It is being led by Fred Scott, my friend and former pupil of my mother, who is a Croydon resident, pianist, teacher and composer, and co-founder of the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Network. The Academy has already had a two page write up in an interview with Fred in this month’s International Piano magazine.




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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