Croydon Update 27 November

Croydon Council has declared itself ‘bankrupt yet again despite the support of the Government and the this year’s cuts budget. There has been a wide range of media coverage about it. inc. BBC. The Guardian, My London,  Evening Standard, South London Press and Inside Croydon. The Council has issued a Section 114 notice.T he Council’s explanation is on its website.  The list being considered is set out on Full list of everything Croydon Council could cut as it declares itself bankrupt for a third time – MyLondon

Croydon Council has said it will not be able to balance its books next year without extra help from Government because the ongoing impact of historic financial mismanagement has left the authority financially and operationally unsustainable.

The borough’s new Executive Mayor Jason Perry has written to Secretary of State Michael Gove setting out the need for further support to resolve the ongoing impact of the financial issues he inherited. Mayor Perry has said that the sheer scale of these issues means that the council cannot recover without a new government solution for long-term financial sustainability.

The Council has backed off legal action against  Inside Croydon.

Wednesday 30 November. Third University Strike Date. 

Organised by Universities & College Union.

 Wednesday 30 November. 7.45pm. Direct relations – a history of the Croydon Astronomical Society from its start as the Astronomical Section of CNHS

 Talk by Tony Roberts, Chairman of the Croydon Astronomical Society, from research in conjunction with Bernard Winchester. 

 Small Hall, East Croydon United Reformed Church, 86 Addiscombe Grove. CR0 5LP.

‘Carnage and Chaos’is one of the screen prints by my friend Phillippa Egerton showing along with other screen prints by PSADesign artists. It will be fun with a bar and live acapella Christmas carols.#localartists#community#christmasshopping#screenprints@pureartsgroup

Saturday 10 December. 11.30pm. GMB Union Croydon Rally Against Outsourcing

 ‘While our members have seen their pay cut by 25% since 2009, university vice-chancellors and senior management have been collecting six-figure salaries.

Workers everywhere are rising up and saying enough is enough. It is time for us to join them.

The truth is that we are not all in this together. While our members have seen their pay cut by 25% since 2009, university vice-chancellors and senior management have been collecting six-figure salaries.’

Sunday 18 December. Ruskin House Social Club Christmas Raffle Draw

Takes place at the Folk and Blues night. Tickets are available from the Club Bar every evening from 7pm up to the 18th December. Tickets £2 for a strip of 5. 1st  Prize – Christmas Hamper; 2nd  Prize – Bottle of Whisky;3rd Prize – Bottle of Port; 4th  Prize  – Tub of Roses chocolates

Croydon History

The 18thC vicar Rev Nathaniel Collier (Vicar) 1728-54) married the ‘ex-wife’ of an aristocrat who had ‘married’ her bigamously. (Inside Croydon)

Jews Don’ t Count

Davud Baddiel’s BBC documentary ‘Jews Don’t Count’ on 21 November was hard hitting and a must to see. He addresses the absence of Jews from the growing list of minorities that need action to support them against discrimination, prejudice, race hatred etc.

He argues that anti-Jewish views should be  one of the forms of racism included in these lists, as a key issue to be recognised and acted upon alongside the others.

His book ‘Jews Don’t Count’ is also essential reading. I read it twice in hospital.

Saving Money On Toys At Christmas

‘In the 1970s and 1980s researchers ‘focussed not on what children said, but on what they did in creative and problem solving situations.’ It turned out that even the youngest babies already knew more than we ever could have thought. … They are extremely rational and they’re much better in some ways than any other creatures we know of.’

‘After watching kids play with more than 100 types of toy, the researchers concluded that simple, open-ended, non-realistic toys with multiple parts, like a random assortment of Lego, inspired the highest quality play….. As a result of such research, it was increasingly acknowledged, that the best new toys were the best old ones – sticks and blocks and dolls and sand that follow no pre-programmed instructions, that elicit no predetermined behaviours….. and yet many policy makers, toy manufacturers and parents still drastically underestimate children’s cognitive abilities.’ (Alex Blasdel. Have toys got too brainy? (Guardian Long Read. 24 November)

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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