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Local arts cuts: “It isn’t about money, it’s about pride”

Croydon’s internationally renowned Warehouse Theatre closed last year when the local council withdrew its modest subsidy. Its historic building was recently demolished. Here, actor SAMUEL WEST explains why theatre matters Where does theatre belong in a healthy society? It’s one … Continue reading

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Inspired Croydon Harrier Safo latest to join the golden greats

IAN LAMONT catches up with two high-flying athletes who, inspired by the London Olympics, won medals at the weekend’s European junior championships Inspired by the Olympics? The record haul of 19 medals won by British juniors at last weekend at … Continue reading

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Olympic boost gives Woodcote School’s track a flying start

IAN LAMONT reports on the opening of an important sports facility in Coulsdon Evidence of the “Olympic legacy” since last summer’s global sporting showpiece was staged in the capital has been hard to find. The Surrey county athletics championships has … Continue reading

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Festival fortnight offers food, football and fun

BERNARD WINCHESTER highlights the many varied activities to be found on the opening weekend of the South Norwood Arts Festival, from Olympic torches to WG Grace After missing out in 2012 (perhaps the Olympic organisers felt that the competition from … Continue reading

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Local athletes running scared of county championships

The Surrey championships used to be a highlight of local athletes’ year, and they used to be staged at Croydon Arena. IAN LAMONT witnessed the 2013 edition at Kingston at the weekend where despite last year’s London Olympics successes, there … Continue reading

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Council extends consultation deadline over Arena academy

After protests from locals that too little time had been offered to respond, Croydon Council has extended the consultation period on its controversial proposals (aka “determined plan”) to build a large secondary school at Croydon Arena in South Norwood. As … Continue reading

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Games Maker volunteers see Palace make a game of it

Crystal Palace called on the Olympic spirit at Selhurst Park, coming back from 2-0 down against Cardiff with a Glenn Murray hat-trick, all backed by a new squad of “Games Maker” volunteers. After the success of the army of tens … Continue reading

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Ready, set, go: trowels at the ready to bury a bad idea

An initiative by the Royal Horticultural Society inspires SUSAN OLIVER to start thinking how the idea of competition is doing more harm than we think There is a lot of competitions on television these days. Contests involving baking, cooking, singing, … Continue reading

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Inspired by the Olympics? Try the race that’s too tough for Mo

Inspired by the Olympics? Want to set yourself a real challenge? There’s a very challenging – and that means a lot of hard hills – six-mile charity cross-country race on Streatham Common at the end of this month, where regular … Continue reading

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Go with Mo: Croydon takes part in world record attempt

A week on from Mo Farah winning his second Olympic gold medal in the 5,000 metres, Croydon’s runners have been playing their part in a world record attempt 5km run. ParkRun is an outstanding, nil-cost series of weekly races staged … Continue reading

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Business leader calls for more help on VAT and rates

A leading South Croydon business figure has called for an urgent cut in business rates and for the 20 per cent VAT rate to be axed to help bars and restaurants survive the double-dip recession and avoid the fate of … Continue reading

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Croydon’s Olympic volunteers offered free photo-shoot

Were you an Olympic Games volunteer? A local business is offering a free photo-shoot of volunteers in their Olympic uniform together with their ID as a special thank-you for all their efforts during the London 2012 Games. The picture will … Continue reading

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Londoner forced to go to end of the earth in Olympic sacrifice

Ignore the statistics pumped out so far this week about the Olympic Games and Britain’s quest for 48 medals in the coming 16 days of high-octane sporting action. Here’s a set of stats much closer to home: London is a … Continue reading

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Remembering 8/8 risks provoking copycat troublemakers

8/8 One Year On: As we approach the anniversary of the London riots, we will be publishing readers’ and contributors’ memories of that darkest of nights, their views and hopes for the future. Some, though, including one regular reader from … Continue reading

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Travelling to London: check out this Olympic transport advice

London’s “Zil Lanes”, the network of restricted roads mainly in the centre of the city, go live this morning, barely 24 hours after the shut down of one Tube line and an overground railway line prompted transport chaos for 60,000 … Continue reading

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The day a flaming torch on London Road was a good thing

Yesterday’s visit of the Olympic Torch to Croydon was widely acclaimed as a terrific success, with thousands coming out on to the streets for what was only a briefest of glimpses of something which is supposed to symbolise the spirit … Continue reading

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Make it so! Waddon gets a flicker of the Olympic Flame

They say that the Olympics is a power for good, bringing people of the world together. And so it was in Waddon this lunchtime, as two cultural icons met for the first time: Sir Patrick Stewart, Captain Jean-Luc Pickard from … Continue reading

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Croydon clubs get £95,000 from Mayor’s sports fund

As the Olympic Torch enters Croydon, locals had another 95,000 sporting reasons to celebrate, with three projects in the borough benefiting in hard cash from the latest round of grants from the Mayor of London’s sports fund. Streatham and Croydon … Continue reading

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All-singing sports agent will transfer attention to Olympic pool

The schools have broken up, everyone is setting off on holiday, but in his hill-top office just a free-kick away from the National Sports Centre at Crystal Palace, Athole Still is busier than ever, yet never knowing whether his work … Continue reading

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Carrying a torch for the Olympics: Croydon’s route

The Olympics come to Croydon, however briefly, on Monday.

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