Tag Archives: Fairfield Hall

Council’s cultural vandalism leaves borough short-changed

102,440,000 That’s how much Croydon Council raised from the auction in Hong Kong this morning of 24 pieces of the borough’s priceless Riesco Collection of Chinese porcelain. Unfortunately for the likes of florid-faced Mike Fisher and his cronies Dudley Mead … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Community associations, Croydon Council, Dudley Mead, Fairfield Halls, Mike Fisher, Museum of Croydon, Riesco Collection, South Croydon Community Association, Tim Pollard | Tagged , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

Seeing true potential for SEGAS building and Riesco “windfall”

As Croydon Council scrambles to hand every spare building or piece of publicly owned land over to Laings to fulfil the ravenous appetite of the developer’s CURV scheme, however unsuitable the sites might be for high-profit, high-rise apartments,  Inside Croydon’s … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Croydon Council, Fairfield Halls, Riesco Collection, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Riesco family opposes “unethical” china collection sale

The influential Museums Association and members of the Riesco family have added their voices to the condemnations of Croydon Council’s proposal to flog off some of the most valuable items from the publicly owned and priceless Riesco Collection of ancient … Continue reading

Posted in Activities, Art, Croydon Council, Dudley Mead, Fairfield Halls, Riesco Collection, Tim Pollard | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Gone to pots: Protest against Riesco sell-off gathers pace

In just two days, 100 people, all angered by the council’s secret plans to flog off the Riesco Collection, have signed a petition to protest this latest piece of cultural vandalism in Croydon. Inside Croydon last week exposed the deceit … Continue reading

Posted in Activities, Art, David Lean Cinema Campaign, Dudley Mead, Fairfield Halls, Riesco Collection, Warehouse Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Residents called to attend Council Question Time: June 3

Residents and community groups angered at some of Croydon Council’s latest outrageous decisions are planning to gather in numbers to put senior Conservative cabinet members under intense pressure at a “Council Question Time” event in Addiscombe on Monday night. Council … Continue reading

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Croydon’s secret plan to flog £13m-worth of Riesco Collection

Maybe someone at Croydon Council does have a sense of irony, however twisted. Because no sooner is a local antiques dealer installed as the borough’s Mayor, than it emerges that Croydon’s Conservative-run council is secretly trying to flog off two … Continue reading

Posted in Activities, Art, Croydon Council, David Lean Cinema Campaign, Dudley Mead, Fairfield Halls, History, Margaret Mead, Riesco Collection, Theatre, URV, Warehouse Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

It will take more than a PR bandaid to fix Croydon

CROYDON COMMENTARY: CHARLOTTE DAVIES, pictured left, the chair of the South Croydon Community Association, says that detailed checks on how Croydon Council is being run, by the Audit Commission and the Charity Commission, are long overdue Croydon is a complex … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", 2014 council elections, Art, Centrale, Charity, Community associations, Croydon Council, David Lean Cinema Campaign, Fairfield Halls, Housing, John Laing Integrated Services, Libraries, London Mozart Players, Menta Tower, Music, Parking, Planning, South Croydon Community Association, Theatre, URV, Warehouse Theatre, Waste incinerator, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Charity Commission to examine takeover of Fairfield Halls

The Charity Commission is to look into Conservative-run Croydon Council’s plans to take over the running of the Fairfield Halls and London Mozart Players. The Commission’s decision follows reports on Inside Croydon. Papers for the decision-making cabinet last month suggested … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Charity, Croydon Council, David Fitze, Dudley Mead, Fairfield Halls, George Ayres, London Mozart Players, Lynne Hale, Margaret Mead, Music, Planning, Theatre, Timothy Godfrey, URV | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Oi! Could the Town Hall do the Lambeth Walk under Labour?

Croydon’s Labour party looks like adopting a new approach to offer to the electorate ahead of the 2014 local elections. Labour wants to offer “a council run for the town, not the Town Hall”, according to the deputy leader of … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, Alison Butler, Boris Johnson, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Lambeth Council, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

When Croydon’s first couple were actually a laughing matter

Local comedian ANTHONY MILLER says that the success of Purley comedy couple Terry and June was no joke A running gag of this website is a reference to the borough’s first couple as Terry and June. There is something of … Continue reading

Posted in Comedy, East Croydon, Fairfield Halls, History, Purley, Theatre, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How long does it take a £43k pa councillor to answer a letter?

Having seen Inside Croydon’s report last night about the many interesting interests of Dudley and Margaret Mead, Croydon Council’s very own Terry and June, loyal reader John Gass got in touch. Our report was about the various charities, businesses and … Continue reading

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Volunteers needed for Crystal Palace Festival: Jun 27-30

This year’s Crystal Palace Underground Festival is taking place between Thursday 27 and Sunday 30 June. And the organisers are looking for volunteers. The free four-day community arts festival, now in its seventh year, will start with “fringe” events around … Continue reading

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Council’s Mr & Mrs act that defies proper declarations

The move by Croydon Council to take over the running of the Fairfield Halls has thrown a supertrouper spotlight on some of the interests, and potential conflicts of interest, of leading members of the borough’s Establishment. After all, with senior … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Care Homes, Charity, Croydon 8/8, Dudley Mead, Fairfield Halls, London Mozart Players, Margaret Mead, Old Palace, Riots Review Panel, Schools, Trinity School, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation, Whitgift School | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

A future for the Fairfield Halls? Public meeting tonight

Interesting times for Croydon’s major arts centre, the Fairfield Halls, with the Conservatives who control the council pushing through a £27 million capital works project and announcing this week that they effectively want to “re-nationalise” the struggling centre. Tonight, the … Continue reading

Posted in Activities, Art, Community associations, Fairfield Halls, London Mozart Players, South Croydon Community Association, Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Council announces plans for takeover of Fairfield Halls

Croydon’s Conservative-run Council wants to put professional wrestling and Roy “Chubby” Brown on the rates. At a meeting of the ruling Tory group’s cabinet tonight, proposals to take over the Fairfield Halls and the London Mozart Players will be discussed. … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Charity, David Lean Cinema Campaign, Dudley Mead, Fairfield Halls, London Mozart Players, Music, Planning, Property, Warehouse Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments