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About insidecroydon

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 inside.croydon@btinternet.com

Fairfield Halls director quits less than six months after opening

EXCLUSIVE: A £42.6m white elephant without its mahout? Our arts correspondent, BELLA BARTOCK, reports on the most dramatic of exits from the Fairfield Halls Neil Chandler has left the building. The Fairfield Halls’ venue and artistic director has left his … Continue reading

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Decision time for Labour comes too late for Davis or Cummings

Our political editor WALTER CRONXITE, on how a drawn-out selection process has hampered any prospects of electoral success for Labour in Croydon and Sutton in May’s elections to City Hall In a primary contest that has lasted longer than that … Continue reading

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Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, Mar 29-Apr 5

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The Sixteen perform Allegri’s Miserere, Croydon Minster, Sep 9

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‘Lack of trust’ sees arts venue selling just 26% of tickets

With the Fairfield Halls refurbishment costs now confirmed as £42.6m, and still rising, the venue is struggling to win back its audiences, as KEN LEE reports The costs of refurbishing the Fairfield Halls rose by another £1.6million in just five … Continue reading

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Philharmonic Choir are Orff to the Fairfield Halls once more

The Croydon Philharmonic Choir is to perform one of the most exciting and popular 20th-century choral works at the Fairfield Halls next month. The choir is singing Carl Orff’s thrilling Carmina Burana, with its dramatic rhythms and harmonies and its … Continue reading

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After four years of closure, Blackhorse Lane bridge to re-open

Finally, Blackhorse Lane bridge will open in full a week tomorrow, Tuesday February 25. Transport for London made the announcement just before the weekend. The 120-year-old bridge has been closed to traffic since 2016 as it was deemed to be … Continue reading

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