Cancer charity’s Youth Convention will have Town Hall buzzing

Croydon Town Hall this coming Friday, February 22, will be buzzing with live music, speakers and workshops, as it hosts the first Youth Convention, a free day of entertainment and personal growth for young people, organised by the Duffus Cancer Foundation.

The Duffus Youth Convention is offering a wide range of activities this Friday

From boxing and dance sessions to creative writing, the aim of the day is to support young people’s wellbeing.

Acts on the day include Beats and Eats DJ workshops, Chris Lewis (award-winning global speaker) and Gloves not Gunz (tackling youth violence and crime through boxing). Continue reading

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What’s Happened To Croydon’s Birds, Shirley Library, Apr 23

What’s Happened To Croydon’s Birds?

John Birkett, an enthusiastic member of Croydon RSPB, gives an illustrated talk on how the borough’s bird population has changed in recent years.

Tuesday April 23 from 2.15pm.

Contact Shirley Library to book your free place. Continue reading

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Paintings of Croydon, Norbury Library, Mar 2

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Local history talk by the borough archivist, Shirley, May 21

Join Lindsay Ould, the borough archivist, at Shirley Library on Tuesday May 21 from 2.15pm for a fascinating talk on the borough’s history through the eyes of its record keepers. Continue reading

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New councillor sweeps in with series of Hear Autism events

They say a new broom sweeps clean, but residents in Croydon aren’t used to this being true (cough… Veolia… cough).

Although that seems to be changing, at least for the autism community.

After last May’s local elections, Jerry Fitzpatrick, the councillor from Addiscombe West ward, was appointed as the borough’s Autism Champion. In the last nine months he has made an appearance at countless events where he has taken every opportunity to listen to many people who are in some way connected to autism.

Whether you are autistic, a parent or carer of someone with autism, or a professional working in the autistic community, Fitzpatrick has listened.

Said one hard-working mother with an autistic teen, “Not only has Jerry listened, but he has been busy organising a local autism strategy.” Continue reading

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Music nights to rock Ruskin House, and raise cash for causes

The Croydon Folk Club’s folk and blues nights at Ruskin House continue to entertain and delight, while raising valuable funds towards the restoration of the Georgian town house on Coombe Road.

Tonight, at Ruskin House, Frederick Forsyth’s guide to eliminating unpopular leaders

The recent Buddy Holly Tribute Night raised £372 for the building fund, and there’s plenty more music coming up to rock Ruskin House.

Folk and Blues evenings are staged every Sunday at 8pm, entry fee just £2, with access to the club’s bar with discounted prices. There’s also open mic opportunities for anyone who wants to discover if they have the X Factor…

Upcoming dates include: Continue reading

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Walks, talks and work days to cherish Selsdon Wood

The Friends of Selsdon Wood have a busy programme of events – walks, work days, and some meetings – planned for 2019, with their first walk coming up on March 9, and the group’s annual meeting on March 25.

Owned by the National Trust, but under council management, Selsdon Wood nature reserve, also known as the “Bird Sanctuary”, is a 200-acre link to the Surrey countryside. The ancient woodland is dominated by oak, beech, ash and sweet chestnut. The coppiced woodland is mainly hazel.

The Friends group stages walks most months, while of their meetings they say, “All are welcome to come along – we would value your opinion. If you are interested in the future of Selsdon Wood, we need your views.” Continue reading

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