What’s in a name? Ashcroft Theatre is sign of commonsense

The refreshed signage goes up outside the Fairfield Halls, clearly stating that what everyone knows as the ‘Ashcroft Theatre’ is called… the Ashcroft Theatre

Our arts critic, BELLA BARTOCK, on how pointless meddling with an established venue’s name could be a cause of marketing confusion

There’s been something of a victory for commonsense, for the views of local councillors and, it has to be said, for Inside Croydon, as the signage has gone up around the Fairfield Halls in the past week ahead of the re-opening next month after a three-year, £41million-plus council-funded refurbishment.

Because there, on the side of the building, in bloody great, three-foot-high letters, are the words “THE ASHCROFT THEATRE”. Continue reading

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Friends of Selsdon Woods open day and picnic, Sep 8

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An Afternoon of song with The Jubilate Choir, Sep 21

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Will Dean and Elly Griffiths talk crime, Bookseller Crow, Sep 26


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Rent hikes force closure of Crystal Palace independent shops

It is not only in Croydon town centre that big business is contriving to destroy the fabric of the high street.
As our retail correspondent MT WALLETTE reports, in Crystal Palace a precious corner of independent stores and old-style character is under threat from the arrival of a McDonald’s ‘fast food factory’

The ‘village feel’ of the Crystal Palace Triangle could soon be lost for ever

There’s growing concern among residents in Crystal Palace that their much-loved, trendy Triangle at the top of the hill, nestled between a couple of conservation areas and buzzing with characterful independent shops, bars and the inevitable cafés, is about to be stripped of its identity, thanks to the buying power of one of the world’s biggest businesses, and some greedy landlords.

And all the while, Croydon Council’s planning officials are standing by, doing nothing to intervene in the interests of the residents and local businesses they are supposed to serve. Continue reading

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Selsdon Guild raises hundreds of pounds for Garwood charity

A women’s meeting group in Selsdon has raised nearly £1,000 in donations for local charities over the summer.

The Garwood Foundation’s Lee Bennett receives the Townswomen’s Guild’s cheque from Gill Rutter

Selsdon Afternoon Townswomen’s Guild presented a cheque for £500 to Lee Bennett, the director of services for the Garwood Foundation, as a donation to be used by Rutherford School.

The school, on Melville Avenue, is a specialist independent school for pupils with profound and multiple learning disabilities that provides inclusive education to learners whose very special needs are compounded by a high degree of dependency.

The Garwood Foundation is raising money for a building where 19 to 25-year-olds can be supported, and the money donated will be put towards a hydrotherapy pool as part of their Rutherford Life Skills Centre. Continue reading

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Village Orchard Opening, Gallery Road, Dulwich, Sep 1

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