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News, views and analysis about the people of Croydon, their lives and political times in the diverse and most-populated borough in London. Based in Croydon and edited by Steven Downes. To contact us, please email

Coulsdon councillor highlights Southern Railway’s profiteering

It took a hitherto little-regarded local Conservative councillor to flag up the futility of Chris Philp, the Tory MP for Croydon South, staging a public meeting with executives of Southern Railways. Philp has threatened to demand that Southern lose its … Continue reading

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Don’t Dress for Dinner, Sanderstead Dramatic Club, Jun 2-4

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North Wood Morris at the Dog and Bull, Jun 9

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Addiscombe Communities’ summer fair, Jun 18

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Free guided history walk in Beckenham Cemetery, Jun 19

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Upper Norwood club holds art exhibit and Grease lightning

The Upper Norwood Association for Community Care – UNACC – is staging an art exhibition this Friday, May 27, after experiencing a bit of Grease lightning at their film club tomorrow. UNACC, which is a day centre for people over … Continue reading

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MP Philp’s running late on promised action over rail service

Chris Philp, Croydon South’s new(ish) Tory MP, has probably made more appearances on Channel 4 News, Daily Politics and Newsnight to peddle his party line so far this year than he’s managed to post information for his constituents on his … Continue reading

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Tram drivers’ 100% vote for strike action in dispute over pay

Members of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, who work on Croydon’s Tramlink network have voted 100 per cent in favour of strike action over what they call “the failure of FirstGroup to make an acceptable pay offer”. There was a … Continue reading

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Crystal Palace Transition Town ‘Festival of Ideas’, May 25

What do the Crystal Palace Food Market, the Christmas Craft Fair at The Alma, the SE Art Trail, Guided Bicycle Commutes, proposed solar panels at Crystal Palace Station, Palace Pint, tree-planting in Crystal Palace Park, Palace Buds, the Edible Garden … Continue reading

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Punk designer’s art work goes on display with £1m price tag

It is 40 years in November since the release of “Anarchy In The UK” announced the screaming, spitting arrival of Punk. Greil Marcus, the American cultural critic, wrote vividly that in the Sex Pistols’ debut single release, John Lydon spewed … Continue reading

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Sporting app pitches up for court bookings in Croydon

An app for smart phones and tablets, and with its service available online, is offering quick and easy access to booking local sports facilities. MyLocalPitch has recently introduced a bespoke page for Croydon. MyLocalPitch’s borough pages help everyone in the … Continue reading

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Dino Dash relay, Crystal Palace Park, Jun 22

The 2016 Dino Dash is being staged in Crystal Palace Park on Wednesday, June 22. The evening relay race, starting at 7.30pm and organised by Crystal Palace Fun Runners, is for teams of three each running a lap of a … Continue reading

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Boxpark delays could see Ambition Festival staged in October

Our arts correspondent BELLA BARTOCK reports on how a council-backed arts fest can’t fix a date in the diary It’s just a few weeks since Croydon Council made the announcement that it would use £160,000 of Council Tax-payers’ money to … Continue reading

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Carers’ information day, Fairfield Halls, Jun 8

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Palace fans – save £££s on Wembley parking with JustPark

READER OFFER: Crystal Palace fans heading to Wembley for the FA Cup final who opt not to travel on the Conquering Hero’s charabanc nor dare try the train and Jubilee Line, will need somewhere to park their cars. Indeed, so … Continue reading

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Pardew looks to call on Palace’s not-so-secret secret weapon

FA CUP FINAL PREVIEW: Twenty-six years after a previous Wembley final appearance when he was a player in the Crystal Palace side, the club’s manager believes he has the answer to end 111 years of hurt. By IAN LAMONT When … Continue reading

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Volunteers needed for workshop on social isolation

Croydon Council is organising a small workshop focusing on social isolation and loneliness. The aim of the session is to record local stories relating to experiencing loneliness and social isolation as well as overcoming isolation or loneliness. The outcome of … Continue reading

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Hospital closure plans could put added pressure on Mayday

Plans due to be published next month could see 650,000 extra people in south-west London depending upon the already under-pressure Mayday, Kingston and St George’s hospitals for their urgent and specialist medical care. The Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals … Continue reading

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AUDIO: Jedinak says Palace are determined to upset the odds

Mile Jedinak says his Crystal Palace FA Cup final side on Saturday will “have no fear” when they face Manchester United at Wembley. Jedinak looks likely to start the final ahead of James McArthur to help Crystal Palace deal with … Continue reading

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Love Norbury Day, Norbury High Street, Jun 11

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