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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

Short and sweet – tickets go on sale for Stanley Film Club

Tickets are now on sale for the Stanley Film Club’s November edition of Shorts In The South, a quarterly short film night celebrating film-making talent in south-east London. Enjoy an eclectic mix of shorts, animations and music videos, and stay … Continue reading

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Lambeth axes 50% of public libraries in ‘deeply cynical’ move

Lambeth Council has announced that it is to close five of the borough’s 10 public libraries as a consequence of the cuts in grants from central government. The Labour council’s proposals have been criticised as a “postcode lottery” for the … Continue reading

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Vase provides another chance of football escapism for Trams

Croydon FC get a second chance to taste cup glory on Saturday when they host the high-flying Horsham YMCA in the FA Vase second qualifying round. Given the non-league team’s dreadful performances in the league so far – P8 W1 … Continue reading

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Goldsmith selection pits Old Etonian against bus driver’s son

WALTER CRONXITE drills into the numbers to show that 70 per cent in a selection vote is not always an overwhelming mandate So the third Mayor of London will be either the son of a Tooting bus driver, or a … Continue reading

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Black mark for Morgan as his bogus identity gets found out

Coulsdon’s one-man motoring campaign could soon find it more difficult to use false identities online to pursue his own vested interests, as our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, reports Last night, he was spotted at a public meeting in Lambeth, discussing … Continue reading

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Read all about it: from UKIP to refugees, Boxpark to crocuses

These are the stories which most-grabbed the attention of Inside Croydon‘s loyal reader in September 2015… 1, UKIP supporters to face demands for legal costs from council After staging a takeover of the CCC “community” group, local UKIPpers and right-wingers may … Continue reading

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Restaurateur who underpaid staff is short-listed for award

Croydon’s Labour-run local council is backing “business excellence” awards tonight at which one of the entries short-listed for a prize is a woman who has been prosecuted for failing to pay her workers the legal minimum wage. When campaigning in … Continue reading

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Mayor of Croydon’s charity wine tasting evening, Oct 23

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Help fire-up Palace Power at energy meeting, Oct 13

Crystal Palace railway station will soon be home to a community-led Energy Garden, combining plants and flowers with renewable energy sources. Join the local community, Palace Power community energy group and the Crystal Palace Transition Town movement for an evening … Continue reading

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Purley Townswomen’s Guild talk on doorstep crime, Oct 6

The next meeting of the Purley and District Townswomen’s Guild will feature a special talk from an official from Croydon Trading Standards on doorstep crime and scams – and, of course, how to avoid them. The meeting will take place … Continue reading

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‘I wish I could have gone to the BRIT School’ says Cowell

Simon Cowell took time-off from X Factor yesterday to pay a flying visit to the BRIT School in Croydon. “The second I pulled up I thought, ‘Why didn’t I go to a school like this?’ I would have loved it, … Continue reading

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Norbury pub scheme blocked by Town Hall planning officials

Local resident PAUL ORGANE wants to know why Croydon Council has blocked the creation of a community hub I use Norbury daily, for the railway station to get to work, the bank, the park and the post office. In the … Continue reading

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Reader offer: 30% off select meals at PizzaExpress Coulsdon

As a special offer for Inside Croydon‘s loyal reader, the management at PizzaExpress Coulsdon is offering 30 per cent off the price of certain meals* at the restaurant between now and October 22. As we reported yesterday, the latest PizzaExpress … Continue reading

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Ballet and plane-making comes to Upper Norwood, Oct 3

Upper Norwood Library is being transformed into a Fun Palace this Saturday, October 3. The first weekend of October is Fun Palaces weekend, offering a range of activities to bring out the inner artist and the scientist from among 6- … Continue reading

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Cream Tea, Shirley Community Centre, Oct 2

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Whitehorse’s golden shed declared ‘best school in the world’

Suitably reproached, GENE BRODIE, our education correspondent, has been set 100 lines: “I must not slag off dodgy-looking modern architecture” Two years ago, an extension to a Thornton Heath primary school had its design described in the Croydon Sadvertiser as … Continue reading

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Council has no proper benefit analysis on £148,000 cycle race

Transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, crunches some numbers and finds that Croydon Council forked out £148,000 for one night’s cycle racing in the town centre and has absolutely no idea whether they got value for money Here’s a combination of words … Continue reading

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PizzaExpress serves up 25 jobs in Coulsdon restaurant

PizzaExpress opened a new restaurant in Coulsdon at the weekend, creating 25 jobs, including six pizzaiolos – that’s pizza-makers to you and me – and 14 waiters and waitresses. The restaurant, at Trinity Square on Brighton Road in the centre … Continue reading

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Owen Harvey at Photography Forum, CVA, Oct 6

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NCT Croydon Christmas Fair, Emmanuel Church, Nov 21

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