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About insidecroydon

News, views and analysis about the people of Croydon, their lives and political times in the diverse and most-populated borough in London. Based in Croydon and edited by Steven Downes. To contact us, please email

Fairchildes staff run Croydon 10km so Malachi might walk

A group of around 40 teachers, staff and friends from Fairchildes Primary are running in this month’s Croydon 10km road race to raise money for one of their pupils to have a life-changing operation in the United States. Malachi Reid … Continue reading

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Commuters face 18 months’ disruption as bus station closes

West Croydon Bus Station closes this weekend, with 18 months’ worth of disruption ahead for bus, tram and rail passengers as works are undertaken to reconfigure the interchange at the north end of the Whitgift Centre. Each year, eight million … Continue reading

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Fun Palace coming to Whitgift Centre this weekend, Oct 4-5

Croydon’s to have its very own Fun Palace this weekend. The Fun Palace idea was conceived more than 50 years ago by the great theatre director Joan Littlewood – Fings Ain’t What They Used To Be, and Oh What A … Continue reading

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Record seven screenings in October at David Lean Cinema

The Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign will be screening seven films at the David Lean in October – a record number since the arthouse cinema was re-opened in March. One innovation in the diverse, international programme is a trail … Continue reading

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Surrey’s going round in circles over captaincy at The Oval

JASON COURT wraps up the county cricket season by posing the question: who will be Surrey captain in 2015? At the start of the season, I suggested a good run in the T20 would be possible, but promotion first year … Continue reading

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East Croydon community group first public meeting, Oct 7

The East Croydon community group will be holding its first public meeting at 8pm on October 7 at Oval Primary (doors will open around 7.45pm). One of the first decisions for the meeting will be what to call the group. … Continue reading

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‘Help me improve services for families affected by autism’

ANDREW RENDLE, pictured left, wants to hear from those in Croydon affected by autism, to share their experiences of the services they receive After I was elected to the council in May, I was honoured to be made the deputy … Continue reading

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Croydon MP Barwell was a target in Mirror’s “sext” sting

Gavin Barwell, the Croydon Central MP and a government whip, was one of a number of Tories targeted by the Sunday Mirror as part of the Twitter sleaze sting which led to the resignation yesterday of government minister Brooks Newmark. … Continue reading

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Crystal Palace library celebrates record reading figures

Staff at the Upper Norwood Joint Library have celebrated helping 140 Crystal Palace children complete a six-book reading challenge over the summer. This year’s Mythical Maze-themed Summer Reading Challenge was the latest, annual event, organised nationally, by the Reading Agency. … Continue reading

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Warnock makes peace with Puncheon to seal second coming

RAY RYAN talks with the Palace manager after an encouraging start to his return to Selhurst Park Neil Warnock reckons Crystal Palace have come a long way since he took over at the start of the season. Palace’s new boss … Continue reading

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Jobs, homes and wages: Questions still to be answered

A Croydon-based economics commentator has issued a coruscating critique of the conference speech given in Manchester this week by Labour leader Ed Miliband, just months before his party faces an election which, if they win, will make him Prime Minister. … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Andrew Fisher, Business, Centrale, Chris Philp, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Emily Benn, Environment, Gavin Barwell MP, Health, Housing, Richard Ottaway MP, Sarah Jones, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Norwood Society looks at the history of its fire stations

The next local history meeting of the Norwood Society is on Thursday, October 16, at 7.30pm, and is entitled “From Fire Station to Theatre”. As Norwood is soon to have a third new fire station, Bob Callender of the South … Continue reading

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Dorothy Tyler: Athletics’ Silver Lady who stood up to Hitler

Sanderstead resident and Croham Hurst golfer Dorothy Tyler was one of this country’s greatest pioneers of women’s sport – two Olympic silver medals and two Empire Games golds as a high jumper demonstrated that. Following Tyler’s death this week, STEVEN … Continue reading

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Solemn moments to remember Arnhem events of 70 years ago

Last weekend was the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of of the Battle of Arnhem. JOHN CHEETHAM was there with a delegation from Croydon The important folk there last weekend were the veterans of that battle in 1944 – not … Continue reading

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Upper Norwood book club sets off down the Red Dust Road

The Upper Norwood Library has chosen Red Dust Road by Jackie Kay for its Book Club tomorrow, September 27. The library’s book club meets for an hour from 2.30pm one Saturday a month to dissect and debate a book over … Continue reading

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