Croydon events and news at 2 December

Thursday 5 December. Croydon Culture Network meeting

Welcome from Talawa Theatre Company; Planning for 2020; Update on Borough of Culture; Update on the Clocktower programme 2020; Croydon Music City; AOB section – let the organisers know via if you want a slot.

Aim ‘to celebrate everything that the Network has achieved in 2019 and everything we are yet still to achieve.’

RSVP via

Talawa Theatre Studios, Fairfield Halls

Sunday 8 December. 11am-5pm. Made in Croydon Market at Boxpark

The second market event follows that the successful one held on 1 December. So still a chance to support Croydonians involved in making things, plus titles by Croydon authors.

Made in Croydon

Details of the authors can be seen here:

Made in Croydon Authors Info Sheet (2)

December Events

Bernard Winchester’s December events listings can be seen here:

Diary December 2019

Pantomies 2019-20 (3)

(amended 23 December at request of one of the organisers)

14 December. 10am until 1pm. Hall Grange Reclaiming  the Wilderness Christmas Fundraising Fayre

Jars (medium and big size) and frames (A4 and A5) needed to present Hall Grange residents’ crafts and creations.

Hall Grange Live at Home Community Programme (HLF funded) restoring Rev. William Wilkes Wilderness.

The Wilderness, 17 Shirley Church Road, CR9 5AL

Project worker Marco Galli. 07597135220

Croydon Modernist Society

This new Society has just been launched to celebrate the architecture of the  postwar town. ‘Croydon was once a conventional market town, and was substantially redeveloped in the 1960s and 70s.  Today, it stands as a vision of how it was once thought the future would look.  Croydon’s abundant parking and urban motorway (which dips down into an underpass and later takes off as a flyover) indicate how seriously important motorcars were considered.

The Whitgift shopping centre, once one of the biggest in Europe, was at the core of the retail-focused new town centre.  Numerous office blocks sprang up in the town – the geometric and mosaic-tiled NLA Tower (the 50p Building, standing next to East Croydon station), Corinthian House or V-shaped stilts with a dynamic projecting entrance, and the space rocket booster-like building that sits alongside Apollo House are just a few of the most striking examples.

Elsewhere, there are hidden gems like the St Bernards estate of Modernist housing, the 1960s fire station, which has a drill tower shaped like a space rocket, and Fairfield Halls, Croydon’s concert venue sister to the South Bank’s Royal Festival Hall.’

The Society plans ‘to run a number of events a year to help highlight and explore the architecture of this forward-thinking town, and encourage you to look up and see hope and energy of Croydon, a uniquely space-age town.’

You can join its mailing list here

Not everyone will agree with its view about most of the awful design and concrete brutalism, or the new glass tower monstrosities that are being built in the pursuit of profit and not meeting need. We also need to remember the previous architectural gems which were demolished in the process of making the new modernist town.

Miscellaneous News

New Voices of Young People—dina-motashaw-croydon-high-school

Croydon’s rap duo Krept & Konan on mental health

Interview re-Tawala Theatre



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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1 Response to Croydon events and news at 2 December

  1. Pingback: An opportunity for Croydon authors and poets to sell their work on Sunday 8 December | K Morris – Poet

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