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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

Croydon MP offers to house refugees in his 4-bed home

If you owned this sumptuous, near-£1 million property in “sexy” Shirley (copyright Will Self, 2015), pictured above, would you open your doors to house Syrian refugees? Steve Reed OBE, the MP for Lambeth South/Croydon North (delete to taste), has been … Continue reading

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Heineken refreshes the parts that MP rules could not reach

Politics in Croydon may never be the same again. Councillor Mario Creatura is giving up one of his publicly funded positions and “moving to pastures new”, according to the man whose bags he has been carrying for the past three … Continue reading

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Bruce Springsteen Night at The Oval Tavern, Oct 17

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Warlingham’s rugby players take to a new stage

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‘I don’t come from round here. I am a migrant, too’

CROYDON COMMENTARY: After watching the news, PETER UNDERWOOD has a confession to make The BNP has decided to parade its ignorance in the centre of Croydon tomorrow. When I see their members’ nasty, hate-filled, anti-immigration stance – echoed by too … Continue reading

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Author Will Self declares Croydon to be a ‘sexy suburb’

For an area which was described dismissively as “having an image problem” by one of its own MPs, the perception of Croydon must be set for a thorough overhaul after the novelist, Will Self, described ours and other London suburbs … Continue reading

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Oval Tavern beer festival launches with O’Hooley and Tidow

As part of their “Summat’s Brewin” beer tour, award-winning folk duo O’Hooley & Tidow are visiting the The Oval Tavern, Croydon, on Thursday, October 8. The performance by the BBC Folk Awards 2015 finalists will mark The Oval Tavern’s beer … Continue reading

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Council lets builders turn Arena parkland into a car park

Education correspondent GENE BRODIE avoids saying “we told you so” about what promises to be a disappointing start to life at big school for the bright-eyed new Year 7s at the Oasis Academy alongside Croydon Arena Parents of children excitedly … Continue reading

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Magical Garden Event, Streatham Common Rookery, Sep 12

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Croydon NHS Public Involvement Forum, Fairfield Halls, Sep 23

Everyone needs urgent care and fast treatment when they feel really unwell, or have a serious illness. Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group is developing proposals to improve health services in Croydon which deliver this important care such as the Walk In … Continue reading

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It’s official: Thornton Heath is a property market hot-spot

Croydon’s going through a boom time. Hadn’t you noticed? While the number of people having to work on low-rates, no guarantees, no-rights Zero Hours contracts is reported to have risen by 19 per cent in the past year – making … Continue reading

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Stanley Halls film club re-launches with screening of Amy

The cinema club at Stanley Halls is ready to go with a new season of movies – and a new brand – starting this autumn with a screening of the widely acclaimed Amy Winehouse biopic. The organisers say, “We want … Continue reading

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Charity is seeking Master Gardeners to dig for victory

Have you got two years or more food-growing experience and a passion to share your knowledge with others? Garden Organic, a national charity, is looking for lively volunteers to join Croydon Master Gardeners. The Master Gardener programme is a volunteer … Continue reading

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Croydon’s Riot Squad defy broken bones to reach play-offs

Croydon’s Riot Squad is rolling into action again this month. No, not the Met’s riot squad, but Croydon Roller Derby’s Riot Squad, who are travelling to Birmingham on September 26 to undertake one of its biggest challenges, the Tier 3 … Continue reading

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Tory councillor aids roads lobbyist expelled from UKIP

JEREMY CLACKSON, Inside Croydon’s Motoring Correspondent, has uncovered evidence that one of the borough’s most senior Tory councillors has been busily assisting a roads lobbyist to undermine efforts to make the borough’s streets safer for all When the Labour group … Continue reading

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Horror night could have ’em shaking in Stanley Halls aisles

Are you missing Wes Craven already? Then an evening of Horror and SciFi in South Norwood might be just for you. The Crystal Palace International Film Festival is screening its Best of Horror and SciFi night at the Stanley Halls, … Continue reading

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Mind in Croydon Summer Fair, Gravel Hill, Sep 5

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Gavin Freeborn is guest speaker at Photography Forum, Sep 3

The second Croydon Photography Forum is being held this Thursday, September 3, from 6.45pm, when the guest speaker will be professional photographer Gavin Freeborn. The event is being staged at the CVA Resource Centre on London Road. Open to all, … Continue reading

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Norbury Avenue rat run re-opened and is ‘unsafe’ say cyclists

As Inside Croydon reported before the Bank Holiday weekend, Croydon Council has abandoned its Quietway scheme along Norbury Avenue without completing the intended trial period, and all done with seemingly indecent haste, if the state of the signage left behind … Continue reading

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Protest group: ‘We must never give a foothold to the Nazis’

By Stephen Aselford, chair of Croydon DPAC On September 5, Croydon Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) will be protesting alongside local trade unions and anti-fascists against the BNP coming to Croydon. Standing up to racism and fascism is a key … Continue reading

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