CVA faces questions after employee pleads guilty to theft

An employee of Croydon Voluntary Action is to appear for sentencing in Croydon Crown Court on Friday after pleading guilty to one charge of theft, involving amounts believed to total to more than £70,000.

CVA is one of the borough’s bigger players, co-ordinating the local voluntary sector from its offices on London Road, funded by numerous grants and contracts from Croydon Council and other public bodies.

Joy Henry was employed by CVA in 2007, shortly after being released on parole after serving one year of a four-year prison sentence for a massive fraud while working at the NHS. Continue reading

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Full listing of events in Wandle Fortnight, Sep 9 – 24

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Harlequins name Warlingham community club of the year

The rugby season hasn’t even kicked off yet, but Warlingham have already picked up an award.

The Hamsey Green-based club has been named as Harlequins community club of the year.

The award might have been given a bit of a nudge by former Quins and England captain Chris Robshaw, who started playing the game as a small boy at Warlingham.

The award from one of England’s leading clubs recognises the work done with schools and local communities, with volunteer coaches and officials providing a professionally run structure and organisation at the club, which has unearthed a host of top-flight players, including Robshaw, World Cup-winner Kay Wilson, and Scotland international Kyle Traynor. Continue reading

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Take your chance to ask Viridor some awkward questions

Incinerator operator Viridor have funded some conservation programmes, like bird-ringing. But are they wringing the life out of the bird reserve?

Conservationists and environmental campaigners are calling on people from Croydon and Sutton to attend open days at the Beddington Farmlands site next month and to ask some awkward questions about what Viridor is doing to fulfill its obligations on the site and to stop killing off sparrows in what is supposed to be a wildlife reserve.

Viridor are the operators of the Beddington Lane incinerator, which is due to fire up into operation next year as part of a £1billion deal with four south London councils, including Croydon, to burn rubbish on an industrial scale for the next quarter century. Continue reading

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Scientists want your help to find a spike in hedgehog numbers

Conservationists are asking Croydon’s garden owners to undertake some survey work which could help to save the hedgehog.

Help with a national survey on how hedgehogs in your garden

This week, the first national Hedgehog Housing Census has been launched by Hedgehog Street, a national campaign set up by wildlife charities the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and People’s Trust for Endangered Species, to help combat the ongoing decline in native hedgehog population numbers. This survey is in partnership with the University of Reading and Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. Continue reading

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Eagles suffer planning snub over ‘inadequate’ training ground

Today’s defeat at Anfield was the second away loss for Crystal Palace this week, after the club had a planning application for new buildings at their Beckenham training ground rejected by Bromley Council on Thursday.

Planning defeat: council decision was a reverse for Palace manager Frank de Boer and the co-chairman, Steve Parish, right

Palace wanted to build what they called a two-storey “extension” to the main pavilion building and extend the car park at the ground in Copers Cope Road to “provide essential medical, changing and office facilities for the club”, the planning officials noted.

In the report to the planning committee, based on the club’s application, it said, “The existing facilities on site are noted as being insufficient and inadequate, falling well short of Premiership standards and the provision of additional and improved facilities is considered essential for the continued function of the site for this occupier,” something which does not require much reading between the lines. Continue reading

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Crystal Palace gets into top gear for motorsport weekend

Motorsport revs up for a return to the circuit at Crystal Palace Park next weekend.

There will be 100 years of racing cars on display next weekend

Motorsport at the Palace is a two-day event celebrating all eras of motoring, on Sunday and Monday August 27-28.

Crystal Palace is one of the oldest venues used for racing in the world; it was the first place from which live televised motor racing was broadcast.

Motorsport at the Palace attracts racing drivers from all over the world showcasing cars from historics right through to the latest supercars. As well as club and private owner static displays, you get to see these amazing cars how they should be seen – in action! Continue reading

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