Ruskin House calls for work team volunteers this weekend

Volunteers required to help out at Ruskin House this Sunday and bank holiday Monday from 10am.

ruskin houseTasks include gardening, cleaning, painting, general DIY and rubbish clearance.

There is still have a large quantity of books which need to be recycled: so if you have a car and can help with this we would be most grateful. Continue reading

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Hot dogs and microchips could be back on menu for Croydon

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home say that if there is sufficient demand, they will repeat the highly successful pets free advice day which they staged with the PDSA and Cats Protection on a sunny day in Croydon last week.

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home could return to Croydon for a free advice session if they receive enough requests

Pet experts could return to Croydon for an advice session if they receive enough requests

“Promoting responsible pet ownership through our community events is one way Battersea Dogs and Cats Home can help reduce the numbers of stray dogs and puppies we may get handed – or ‘gifted’ – into the home,” said Gubs Hayer, the community engagement officer from Battersea who helped to staff the event which was held in the car park of John Lewis on the Purley Way.

“We can advise people on why neutering is important, what the current legal responsibilities of being a pet owner are and how they can ensure their pet is happy and healthy.

“Alongside offering free dog microchipping and engraving free collar ID tags, we now also offer free pet health checks through the Battersea vet nurse that comes along to these events or through our charity partners who also attend.” Continue reading

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Three-year residency rule on council homes could cost millions

Tony “Soprano” Newman’s cunning plan for winning the 2018 local elections is to out-UKIP UKIP, with a housing policy that will restrict those qualifying for council homes to those who have lived in Croydon for at least three years.

"Are you local?": None of those reported to be on the Tories' Croydon South short-list have any strong links with the borough

“Are you local?”: Only those who have lived in Croydon for three years will be eligible for council housing under new plans from Labour

Newman, the Labour leader of the council, wants to introduce a “Are you local” test straight from The League of Gentlemen for anyone applying for social housing in the borough.

In future, those seeking a council home will be required to have lived in Croydon for at least three years.

Politically, it is a populist stunt which may play well with some of the electorate. Even the new Tory Housing Minister, Gavin Barwell, might like it. But housing professionals believe that the measure is clumsy, ill-considered and liable to cause massive social problems in the borough if introduced. They also warn that the policy has undertones of discrimination about it.

Croydon, especially under the previous Tory administration, already had an appalling record for housing some of the borough’s most vulnerable in sub-standard and unsafe temporary accommodation, often for unlawfully lengthy periods of time.

Many families have had to endure temporary accommodation in Croydon for more than three years. There are even examples of some being in a council-paid B&B for a decade. The housing professionals Inside Croydon has spoken to – senior figures in London housing associations – reckon that those disqualified from council housing lists under the proposed new residency rules will instead be forced into temporary accommodation – which is more expensive and paid for by the council.

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Raise your voices with the Croydon Philharmonic Choir

Croydon Philharmonic ChoirCroydon Philharmonic Choir is holding three open rehearsals next month and is inviting anyone interested in joining the choir to take part in one or more rehearsals, giving them the opportunity to find out more about the choir and its style and repertoire.

The choir is the largest and the longest-established in Croydon, having been founded in 1914 and now with around 100 members. It sings choral set-pieces from the classic repertoire, such as the great Requiems by Mozart and Verdi, as well as modern selections from show business and jazz. Continue reading

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Wild Hunt to dance in the twilight in West Croydon, Aug 23

Wild Hunt

There’s another chance tonight to see the Wild Hunt Bedlam Morris troupe perform, if you missed last week’s spectacular Croydon Night of Dance.

The Wild Hunt – with their mysterious black masks and costumes, pictured above – have a dance-out in King George V Field, Sydenham Road, West Croydon on Tuesday August 23. Continue reading

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More questions over £500,000 bid to gentrify Surrey Street

Some traders and residents based in or around Surrey Street are beginning to question whether Croydon Council is steamrollering them into a future for the 700-year-old market which few, if any, of them want or are happy with.

Croydon's Surrey Street market: down to 40 per cent occupancy

Croydon’s Surrey Street market: down to 40 per cent occupancy of stalls

Mark Watson, the cabinet member for economy and jobs in the Labour-run council, issued a letter to residents and traders last week which outlined plans for the £500,000 spend on the street market.

This sudden largesse was revealed by the  cash-strapped local authority, apparently in response to existing traders in the borough questioning why their council had managed to find the money to make a £3 million loan to attract Boozepark to the town centre, while many of their businesses were struggling after six years of austerity and decades of under-investment in Croydon.

The area around Surrey Street has been operating as a market place since it was first granted a charter in 1276. Its more recent history has been that of steady decline, with fewer than half the pitches being occupied regularly (according to the council’s own figures, there’s just 40 per cent occupancy), and the variety of products on sale along the street also much reduced, with the “pound-a-bowl” fruit and veg stalls concentrated at the northern end of the street. Continue reading

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150% rent hike forces Croydon Radio to stop programming

Croydon Radio has gone off-air, the community-run digital station having decided to leave its studio in Matthew’s Yard, off Surrey Street, after a demand for a 150 per cent rent increase.

croydon radioThere has been no new or live programming from the station since Friday, as instead they pump out auto-generated music selections – a sort of Tragic FM – presumably with the hope of resuming its normal schedule once new premises are located.

The latest financial crunch at the hipster “arts, cultural and creative hub” (Matthew’s Yard’s chosen descriptor, not ours), offering “a shabby industrial aesthetic” (please refer to our previous parenthetical remarks), and where you’re lucky to get change out of a tenner if you’re buying coffees for yourself and a couple of friends, has forced the rent hike for Croydon Radio, which was among the first partner organisations to move into the former warehouse when it opened in 2012.

Founded by Tim Longhurst and Tracey Rabbetts, the internet-based Croydon Radio had a roster of around 50 volunteer presenters, producers and wannabe DJs, generating an output which was both eclectic and eccentric, and attracted what can only be described as a niche audience, of fewer than 40,000 listeners in its first year.

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Croydon Health Services 2016 annual meeting, Sep 7

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Mum2Mum nearly new sale, Addiscombe, Sep 3

Mum2Mum marketThe next Croydon Mum2Mum market takes place on Saturday September 3, between 10am and noon at Addiscombe catholic church, 147 Bingham Road, CR0 7EN.

There are 22 stalls already booked, promising to be packed with baby and kids’ bargains at up to 90 per cent off high street prices.

Plus free parking, goodie bags for the first 100 through the doors, bargain photo shoots, and lots more.

This will be the last Mum2Mums sale in Croydon before Christmas. Continue reading

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Hard-fought draw sets up FA Cup replay at Croydon Arena

Croydon, playing in their yellow away kit, have one of their attacks thwarted by VCD Athletic's hard-worked goalkeeper on Saturday

Croydon, playing in their yellow away kit, have one of their attacks thwarted by VCD Athletic’s hard-worked goalkeeper on Saturday. Photo: AP

BRIAN GRANVILLE, our man in the trenchcoat with a diploma in coversational Italian and a copy of When Saturday Comes tucked into his pocket, reports on the latest FA Cup upset involving one of the borough’s non-league sides

Croydon FC have a second chance to qualify for the next stage of the FA Cup having held VCD Athletic to a hard-fought 0-0 draw at the Vickers’ Crayford ground on Saturday in the Preliminary Round.

The replay against the Isthmian League First Division side will be at Croydon Arena this Wednesday, August 24, at 7.45pm. Continue reading

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Tory MP calls on minister to block Southern’s fare rises

Croydon South’s Tory MP, Chris Philp, has called on the rail minister to block a planned 1.9 per cent fare rise on Southern Railways.

The daily grind into work is being made worse by Southern management, according to allegations by one train driver

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“For a service that has failed its customers time and again, this will be seen as unacceptable,” Philp said in his letter, sent on Friday, to Paul Maynard, the recently appointed Under Secretary of State at DafT, the Department for Transport.

Govia Thameslink Railway, who operate Southern, do so not as franchisees, but under contract from DafT.

The above-inflation fare increase is allowed under the Government’s agreements with the various rail franchises. Philp estimates that the fare increase will cost commuters in Coulsdon, Purley and South Croydon an extra £32 per year.

“Southern’s record under the ownership of Govia Thameslink Railway has been abysmal,” Philp writes.

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Norbury residents’ associations to stage a high street clean-up

Norbury residents are getting together for a high street clean-up.

The high street in Norbury has unfulfilled potential

The high street in Norbury is to get a clean-up

“Litter and fly-posting is spoiling Norbury,” Paul Cowling of the Norbury Village Residents’ Association.

“Our high street, with its great restaurants and services, is riddled with seedy massage stickers and pavement grime, our lovely trees, bushes and open spaces  are used as dumping grounds for beer cans and bottles.

“If you want to do something about it, this is your chance.”

In association with Croydon Council, the local residents’ associations are organising a street cleaning day on Saturday November 12. Continue reading

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Moped gang carries out spate of knife robberies in Park Hill

There are increasing concern about a spate of armed robberies committed by what has been described as a “moped gang” against residents and visitors in the Park Hill area.

Moped robbers have committed a series of knife-point attacks in central Croydon

Robbers riding mopeds, perhaps like this,  have committed a series of attacks in Croydon

The latest assault came on Turnpike Link this morning.

“They surround people early or late in the day and take their stuff and escape on mopeds,” was how the incident was described by an Inside Croydon reader, calling them, “moped scum”.

Park Hill Residents’ Association sent out a message from the Metropolitan Police’s Safer Neighbourhood Team on Thursday: “I’m sorry to have to inform you that there has been another knife-point robbery on our patch. This time on Turnpike Link outside of Maybourne Grange tower block at 0530hrs this morning. Last week it was on Bracewood Gardens at a similar time.

“The victims were getting into a taxi on the way to the airport and were approached by two males on a moped and threatened with a knife demanding personal property. At this point we do not have any more information than that as the victims are now in the sky on route to their destination.

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Palace record signing Benteke is quick to score an own-goal

Benteke gaffeNext time you see that Premier League star striker on 80 grand a week kissing the badge in some assumed gesture of loyalty to the fans and the club, do try not to vomit.

Christian Benteke, Crystal Palace’s new signing, will have to score at least two dozen goals this season if he is to stand any chance of erasing from Eagles fans’ memories the gormless social media gaffe which one of his no doubt highly paid management and PR advisers committed this morning, not long after the Belgian international striker’s transfer from Liverpool was confirmed. Continue reading

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CHEP jobs and community session, Centrale, Sep 1

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MetBPA Family Fun Day, The Warren, Hayes, Aug 21

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Thornton Heath Festival 2016, Sep 4

Thornton Heath Festival Continue reading

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Bike 4 Cancer London to Brighton Ride, Sep 11

Dog and Bull bike ride Continue reading

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Free English language courses at Shirley Community Centre

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Spoon-carving workshop, Beaulieu Heights, Sep 10

Make your own spoon

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