Croydon events & news at 24 November

Contents inc: Croydon Local Plan Review events; trees, woods and ponds events; Made in Croydon Market; Green Funding; the Big Conversation; The General Election; Labour and broadband; community buildings; Fairfield Halls; problems with organising Festivals

Croydon Local Plan Review events

The Council has a number of events to talk to the public about the Local Plan Review through to 20 December. The diary and all the documents for comment on can be accessed at:

The ones for the rest of November are:

Drop in sessions at The Urban Room, Croydon Art Store, Whitgift Centre: Wednesday 27 11am-5pm; Thursday 28 11am-7pm; Friday 29 11am-5pm; Saturday 30 11am-4pm

Tuesday 26 November. 5.30pm-7.30pm. Drop-in exhibition Purley library

Wednesday 27 November. 11am-2pm. Drop-in outside the Leisure Centre, High Street, Purley

Saturday 30 12 noon-4pm. Youth Session in the Urban Room

Other events

Saturday 30 November. 2.30-5.30pm. Focus on Trees and Woods

A Croydon Natural History and Scientific Society event

East Croydon United Reformed Church’s Large Hall


Ancient Oaks in the English Landscape by Aljos Farjon

The Great North Wood Project by by Sam Bentley-Toon

East Croydon United Reform Church, Addiscombe Grove, near East Croydon Station

Saturday 30 November. 10am-4pm. Christmas Craft Fair

Handcrafted gifts made by local business and community groups.

Croydon Central Library, Katherine St

Sundays 1 & 8 December, 11an-4.45pm. Made in Croydon Market at Boxpark

Come and look and buy goods made by Croydon people. The authors table I am co-ordinating will have titles written Croydon authors inc: Tom Black, Pam Buttrey, members of CNHSS, Bernadette Fallon, Andrew Fisher, David Gleave, Maximillian Hawker, Emma Hope-Fitch, Peter Latham, Lorna Liverpool, Katrina Navikas, Anne Orridge, Eric Sanders, Fred Scott, Elizabeth Shepphard, and Marc Wadsworth. Fuller details will be posted later this week.

Sunday 1 December. 10am. The Great North Wood  Ecology and history walk

CNHSS walk through some fragments of the Great North Wood, from Crystal Palace to the Horniman Museum, where there is a café. Meet 10am at junction of Farquhar Road/Crystal Palace Parade. Led by Jane McLauchlin and Celia Bailey.

Friday 6 December. 7.30pm: The Great NHS Heist

Film night at Ruksin House. See

Wednesday 8 December. The Croydon Ponds Project.

CNHSS talk by Adam Asquith re-Heritage Lottery Funded project involving The Conservation Volunteers working with local volunteers to research the ecology and history of Croydon’s ponds.

Friday 13 December. 7.30pm.  Sorry we missed you (Ken Loach)

Film night at Ruskin House. See

Green Funding Possibilities

Croydon’s Green Fund

Funding is available for projects promoting environmental protection, green living and sustainable lifestyles.

Pocket Parks Fund – funding is available for creating new pocket parks or refurbishing existing ones.


Croydon’s The Big Conversation – have your say on the six big conversation topics.

Why the Council is running this at the same time as the consultation on the Local Plan Review defies logic especially over the Xmas/New Year period. Consultation duplication and overload?

Tony Travers not as optimistic about Croydon as publicity suggests

Speaking at the Develop Croydon Conference, London expert Tony Travers said:

‘“An unexpectedly abrupt Brexit would profoundly affect the manufacturing and production sectors,” upon which Croydon depends.

In light of this, for Croydon, “the softer the Brexit, the better,” he said.

Despite its flourishing economy, Croydon lags behind other boroughs in terms of productivity, calculated at gross value added per head. With one of the highest proportions of unemployment benefit claimants in the country, Croydon’s large population has yet to unleash every inhabitant’s potential.

“Further education investment is key to Croydon prosperity,” Travers said, noting that policies are needed to encourage and incentivise people who may not previously have done so well in education. Further education funding has been cut by 25 per cent in real terms across the country.’

The General Election

Croydon North Election Candidates

Croydon South Election Candidates

Labour and broadband

Issues around universal access to telephony, cable and broadband have been around for over 30 years. Croydon Council’s digital strategy acknowledges this is a problem. It has been providing broadband into Council estates. It would be revolutionised by Labour’s proposed nationalised broadband service. I discuss some aspects of the background since 1983 in my blog posting at

Consultation on Community Buildings

The Council has been consulting on its community buildings that are under the management of community and voluntary organisations. It was poorly advertised. It was difficult to find it in the Council website. It took ten minutes Google searching to find reference to it on the Croydon CVA website. The consultation took the form of an on-line survey, with no contact details of whom to approach on other issues relating to such buildings. Having been involved in managing and advising on community buildings over the years I have submitted to Hamida Ali, the relevant Cabinet member some views which can be seen here.

Community Buildings

London Rd Food Walk

Kake who runs the The Past and Present of Croydon’s London Rd website has posted details of a food walk she led along London Rd  from West Croydon unto the 848 London Rd.

Be careful where you eat

Is Fairfield Halls shooting itself in the foot

No home for the Croydon Art society to display their work. In spite of all the investment, the Fairfield Halls does not have anywhere to display art. Their focus is on performance art not art for display according to Anthony Waldbaum, chairman of the 150 year old society. The Fairfield cannot accommodate their twice yearly exhibition and neither can the Museum of Croydon, where their present exhibition will be their last. A new policy to be introduced at the Museum is to have 3 monthly displays which duration is far too long for an amateur organisation such as the CAS to find volunteers to man the information desk. Speaking to a member of the BH Live team on my way home past the Fairfield, in the new café opening on Saturday for the first time. They have bare walls and a new studio behind the cafe which might be suitable but ” no plans to use it for exhibition space at the moment.” Remember the ambitious plans to have a gallery in the carpark below with natural light flooding through a basement window, well that’s not happening either. So both the Fairfield Halls and now the Library/Museum of Croydon are failing to provide exhibition space. Photos of the new Fairfield Café opening Saturday 23rd shown below.

Problems with organising Festivals in Croydon

As a result of recent discussions about cultural activities in Croydon I have remembered I discussed problems with organising them back in 2015 at

Some of the issues discussed may still be relevant.


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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