Transport report for free school site rates it ‘poor’ to ‘worst’

Traffic on just a typical weekday morning rush hour on Coombe Road – but this is before the new free school adds at least 2,000 extra journeys daily to the location

Residents in South Croydon, living close to the site of the £30million free school which has been granted planning permission by Croydon Council, fear that the decision will make the 180 11-year-old first-year intake vulnerable to the high volume of traffic which races along Coombe Road when the school opens in September. Continue reading

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Faithful hounds will have much to celebrate on birthday walk

The Surrey Sighthound Walking Group welcomes owners, and their dogs, for frequent group walks around some of the most beautiful countryside in and around Croydon

The Surrey Sighthound Walking Group will celebrate its first anniversary this Sunday,  February 25, by returning to Mogador, near Kingswood, the site of its first group walk.

The group will set off from The Sportsman pub at 11am for a two-mile route around adjacent Banstead Heath, which takes in open grassland, the woods and passes the pond. Continue reading

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Tree planting day at Manor Farm Nature Space, Feb 25

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Volunteers needed for South Norwood Community Festival

SNCF is seeking volunteers for this year’s festival

This year’s South Norwood Community Festival, staged in and around Norwood Junction with a week of varied activities staged over a week in late June, is  seeking volunteers to help make the festival better than ever.

“Without volunteers we could not make this large free entry event happen,” the organisers say.

“There are wide variety of volunteer jobs available from organising areas of the festival to handing out programmes, placing signs and moving barriers on the day.” Continue reading

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Thames21’s Norbury Brook spring spruce up, Mar 10

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Whitgiftians move closer to securing Surrey rugby title

It’s not just the men rugby players who have been in winning form recently. Streatham-Croydon women (in maroon) won their fixture against Oxford University at Frant Road on Feb 10.                Photo by CHRIS BOVELL

RUGBY ROUND-UP: With four local clubs in the division, Surrey 1 was always going to provide some keen interest this season. As Old Whitgiftians, MidWives, Walcountians and Chipstead enter the final lap of the 2018 club rugby race, no one might have predicted that they would occupy four of the top five places in the league.

It may be mid-February, but for the doughty amateurs of club rugby who have been slugging it out for six months, the finishing post is in sight, with just five league fixtures remaining after Saturday’s round of matches.

And with an eight-point lead in the division, Old Whitgiftians look like they are on their way to the Surrey title and promotion.

Following a good away win earlier this month at Law Society and a win over Old Freemans, Saturday’s 32-26 victory at Croham Road over Old Georgians, who had been their closest challengers, has put the Surrey 1 championship within Whits’ grasp.

But Saturday’s game was a tight-run thing. Continue reading

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Friends of the Earth free screening of Trashed, Mar 20

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