Croydon Update 30 November

Music Events

Ruskin House December Events

FOLK & BLUES £3 at 8pm

5– Four Gone Confusion and Singers’ Night

12 – Singers’ Night

19 – Accousticatz and Singers’ Night

FOLK CLUB 7.30 for 8pm

6 – Jez Lowe £10/£8

13 – Christmas Party £3

Other Music Events

South London Law Centres Crisis Appeal

SLLC has secured matched funding for its Crisis Fund. ‘100% of money raised will go to people we are supporting that experience crisis. This might be for an oyster card to get to an appointment, school uniform, keys cut, moving van. We can’t predict crisis and lots of crisis isn’t covered by traditional funding applications. So we have developed our own. Each pound we raise will be matched. This means if you donate £1, it be turned into £2 and the £2 will be shared with someone experiencing crisis. Would you please help us grow this fund to help someone in our community?’

Further details at

SWLLC Crisis Fund – a Charities crowdfunding project in Croydon by South West London Law Centres ( 

Other News

James Naylor, former member of Croydon Citizen’s editorial team, has produced a game called Magnate, now on sale at Croydon’s  Luodoquist games shop.

Home Office Cram 490 Asylum Seekers Into Croydon

What are the implications for demands on the Council’s services and will the Home Office meet the costs?

Oral History Of Croydon Folk Clubs Project

The Folk Club which meets at Ruskin House taking part in an Oral History collection about Folk Clubs in Croydon. Brian of the Club explains: ‘As part of the funding requirements we are asked to get volunteers from outside of the folk music world. These will be given training in the business of oral history interviewing. The hope is that they will then use that training for our project and then go on to take part in other projects of a similar kind. This is the added benefit of any funding and so spreads the value of the funding wider than the principal project.’

To offer help and to find out more details email:

Local Ombudsman Finds No Fault With Planning Enforcement

 On 7 October the Local Government Ombudsman found that ‘There was no fault in the Council’s enforcement decision making process, when it reviewed the complaint by a ’Mr X’ that ‘the Council failed to take planning enforcement action after he reported breaches of planning conditions on sites near his home.’ Its statement says:

  • ‘We are not a planning appeal body. Our role is to review the process by which planning decisions are made. We look for fault in the decision-making process, and if we find it, we decide whether it caused an injustice to the complainant.
  • The evidence shows that, before it made its enforcement decisions, the Council considered allegations from the public, its enforcement powers and whether harm was caused to the public by any breach. There was no evidence of significant delays by the Council or failure to act once decisions were made.
  • The Council has followed the decision making process we expect and so I find no fault in the way the Council has made its enforcement conditions. As there was no fault in the process it followed, we cannot question the Council’s enforcement decisions.
  • The Council has explained why its has not met its usual complaint and enquiry service standards and this could be fault. I have decided not to investigate this part of the complaint further and my reasons are as follows. We are a stage beyond the Council’s complaints process and provide independent oversight of its acts and omissions. Its complaints processes give it an opportunity to put things right when things go wrong. If it misses this opportunity, we can investigate and resolve fault we find. We also keep note of problems in complaints handling and may address these issues in our annual reviews of a council’s performance.’

New Finials On Coulsdon Art Trail

Two more Finials have been erected on the Coulsdon Art Trail in Coulsdon Town Centre.

  • Emmeline Pankhurst in The Brighton Road, commemorates her coming to Coulsdon on 25 April 1911 to speak on Votes for Women. She was due to speak at Smitham Parish Hall (now the site of the Comrades club). The crowd was so big that she had to speak three times once in Smitham Parish Hall again in the hall behind Smitham Parish Hall and finally to those in the street.
  • Surrey Iron Railway which ran from Wandsworth to Merstham via Croydon and Coulsdon from 1805 to 1838 was Britain’s first public railway carrying goods. It crossed Coulsdon on a bridge over Chipstead Valley Road and travelled along the embankment which is still visible at the rear of Lion Green car park. The Finial is at the entrance to Lion green car park with the remaining embankment as a back drop. The finial is based on the picture of the Bridge over Chipstead Valley Road which is on display at the National Railway Museum in York.

There are now 5 finials in Coulsdon Town Centre all paid for by generous donations by individuals. Businesses and East Coulsdon RA and other groups. Seven more finials are proposed and donations are welcome. If you would like to donate please contact Charles King on

250 Years Of Black Innovation And Success

 The Croydonist carries an interview with Croydon based Dwayne Miller, author of Black Enterprize, which was subject to an exhibition at Croydon Boxpark

Dwayne Miller has also published Generational Wealth. Why is Generational Wealth missing in black culture and business?

Details of both books can be seen at

Did Amerindians Visit Addington?

Under the influence of Sir Walter Raleigh a number of Amerindians visited England. It is also though that one of the other explorers Charles Leigh of Addington sent some over to Addington, where his family’s manor was.

Charles Leigh was baptised at Addington in in March 1572. His grandmother was Anne heir to Sir Nicholas Carew of Beddington. His father John was Lord of the Manor of Addington. He became a merchant and ship’s captain. In 1597 he was captain of The Hopewell one of two ships that went on an expedition to the Gulf of St Lawrence in North America to assess the viability of establishing a colony on the Magdalen Islands that would be based on fishing and whaling. The potential colonists who went were members of the Separatist Church. Only The Hopewell arrived, and was driven away by the French and their allies. Returning to England he was able to seize a French Newfoundlander ship as a prize. In 1597 the Privy Council approved another expedition. Captaining The Honeywell again Leigh found himself in conflict with Basques and Bretons, but while escaping and captured a Breton ship which was taken back to England. Funded by his elder brother Sir Oliph of Addington he attempted to start a colony in Guiana in 1604. He and the colonists were  welcomed and helped by the Amerindians, one of whom had been in England and could speak a little English. When supplies arrived from Sir Oliph allthe colonists were ill. Charles was preparing to go back to England for help but died in March 1605. Charles is said to have sent some ‘Indians’ over the Addington.

Sources inc:

Scott Culpeppar. Francis Johnson and the English Separatist Influence. The Bishop of Brownism’s Life, Writings, and Controversies. Mercer University Press. 2011.

Frank Leslie’s Sunday Magazine. 1883.

John Pinkerton. A General Collection of the Best and Most Interesting Voyages and Travels in All Parts of the World. Many of which are Now First Translated Into English; Digested on a New Plan · Volume 12. 1808.

Claire Jowitt. Richard Hakluyt and Travel Writing in Early Modern Europe. Taylor & Francis.

David Beers Quinn. England and the Discovery of America 1481-1620. George Allen & Unwin. 1974.

Alden T. Vaughan. Transatlantic Encounters. American Indians in Britain, 1500-1776. Columbia University. 2006.

Frank Warren.  Addington. A History. 1994.

About seancreighton1947

I have lived in Norbury since July 2011. I blog on Croydon, Norbury and history events,news and issues. I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I have submitted views to Council Committees and gave evidence against the Whitgift Centre CPO and to the Local Plan Inquiry. I am a member of Norbury Village Residents Association and Chair of Norbury Community Land Trust, and represent both on the Love Norbury community organisations partnership Committee. I used to write for the former web/print Croydon Citizen. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics history database. 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, radical and suffrage movements, 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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