Category Archives: Art

Millions of questions for BHLive over Fairfield grant aid

CROYDON IN CRISIS: It’s like nothing has ever changed at the borough’s prestigious arts centre, where tribute acts still dominate its sparse programme, while the venue operators are staying schtum about how they’re spending public money. By our arts correspondent, … Continue reading

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Ruskin House Folk and Blues Festival, Coombe Road, Aug 7

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Fairfield Halls’ £70m fiasco: ‘BxB didn’t know what it was doing’

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Trade newspaper The Stage has described the five-year saga of the Fairfield Halls refurbishment as a ‘catastrophic mess’ and a ‘£70m fiasco’. Now, the centre’s former artistic director has broken his silence over the bungling of Brick … Continue reading

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Comedian Perkins is put in charge of her ‘favourite game’

By SANJANA IDNANI Sue Perkins, the Croydon-born broadcaster and comedian, will be the new host of BBC Radio 4’s long-running panel show Just a Minute. Perkins succeeds Nicholas Parsons, who hosted the programme from its first broadcast in 1967 until … Continue reading

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Mystery of the ‘lost’ £600,000 expert report into Fairfield Halls

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Suspicions mount over the business of Brick by Brick and the scandal surrounding the Fairfield Halls refurbishment. But even members of the Town Hall’s scrutiny committee are being denied vital information by council directors. By STEVEN DOWNES … Continue reading

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The show must go on: theatre groups prepare for reopening

SANJANA IDNANI reports on how local theatrical venues and amdram groups have been dealing with the covid lockdown as they prepare to put on their summer shows Theatre companies and performers across the borough have faced their fair share of … Continue reading

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Share your thoughts on national Windrush Memorial designs

The government is commissioning a permanent national monument to the Windrush Generation to recognise how they have enriched our nation’s history. The monument will be positioned at Waterloo Station, the point of arrival in London for many, as a permanent … Continue reading

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Public outcry as council off-loads historic Heathfield House

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The future of a long-established ecology charity has been placed under threat, as well as hundreds of school visits conducted annually, by a council plan to lease out a publicly-owned listed building. By our environment correspondent, PAUL … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Charity, Croydon Council, Croydon Friends of the Earth, Croydon parks, Environment, Heathfield, Heathfield House, History, Property, Riesco Collection, Sarah Hayward, Schools, Selsdon & Ballards, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , | 13 Comments

How Grand Tour to Italy ended tragically for Croydon artist

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: Four paintings in the Museum of Croydon’s collection show the town 250 years ago as a rural idyll. They are by a talented watercolourist whose career was marred by politics and professional jealousies, as DAVID MORGAN … Continue reading

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Reports on Fairfield Halls and BxB missing from audit meeting

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Tonight’s meeting of the council’s GPAC – General Purposes and Audit Committee – will mark the end of a error, as Labour councillors risk handing even more control to council executives. By STEVEN DOWNES Karen Jewitt, the … Continue reading

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Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Courtyard Theatre, Jul 13-17

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Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, Jul 31-Aug 7

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St Paul’s chorister to Croydon organist: Stokes’ life in music

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: In the early 1800s,  the then Parish Church’s organ required players of the highest musical calibre. DAVID MORGAN’s researches have uncovered the life story of another outstanding figure of that age When John Avery built one … Continue reading

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Trinity sixth-former lands role in Netflix’s latest teen series

Will Hardy, a sixth-former at Trinity School, has been cast in Heartstopper, an adaptation of Alice Oseman’s graphic novels which is to be screened by Netflix. Hardy was selected after an open audition in which 10,000 young actors took part, … Continue reading

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Goldilocks and The Three Bears Launch Night, Jun 30

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Late covid guidance change causes chaos to choir rehearsals

Late changes to government covid-19 restrictions saw the last-minute cancellation of a major choir’s first in-person rehearsal for 14 months. Now there are genuine fears for the  future of amateur music-making and choral singing, reports PETER GILLMAN After more than … Continue reading

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Locals concerned over ‘mini Glastonbury’ in Addington Park

Residents in Addington Village are filing lengthy objections to a licence application which, if the council allows, could see more than 11,000 festival-goers descend on a Croydon conservation area for a “mini Glastonbury” over a single weekend in August. But … Continue reading

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David Lean Cinema postpones reopening until the autumn

It’s been a tough 15 months for the movie enthusiasts and volunteers at the David Lean Cinema, which has been closed since the first covid-19 lockdown was announced in March 2020. For the arthouse cinema in the Croydon Clocktower, with … Continue reading

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Crystal Palace Festival appeals to provide creative futures

The Crystal Palace Festival has launched an appeal to help mitigate the impact of the pandemic on young people from local housing estates. Festival director Noreen Meehan said “It has become very obvious that the pandemic is having a disproportionately … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick and the 18 documents officers want kept secret

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Not for the first time, elected councillors have been denied vital information about Town Hall deals. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Croydon Conservatives have “called in” for extra scrutiny three multi-million-pound deals intended to off-load the council’s loss-making … Continue reading

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Stanley Halls receives £99,750 grant for High Street arts

South Norwood is one of four London high streets announced today as receiving tens of thousands of pounds in grants from Historic England to help create High Street Heritage Action Zones – or the snazzily abbreviated HSHAZ. Historic England say … Continue reading

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Virtuoso cello star Kanneh-Mason to reopen Fairfield Halls

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, one of the fastest rising stars of classical music, will be playing at the Fairfield Halls next month, in the Croydon art centre’s first live performances since covid lockdown began in March 2020. Kanneh-Mason is so good, he’s … Continue reading

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Council to pick up £69.2m costs of failed Fairfield Halls refurb

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Town Hall correspondent, KEN LEE, on the latest council bail-out for Brick by Brick over the bungled and unfinished refurbishment of the borough’s major arts centre Croydon’s cash-strapped council is to step in and pick up another … Continue reading

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Mayor Khan takes the stage to launch city’s tourist drive

Sadiq Khan used his formal signing-in ceremony for his second term as London Mayor this morning to reveal his cunning plan to revive the capital’s economy post-covid: tourism. Mayor Khan announced a £6million advertising campaign to encourage tourists back to … Continue reading

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Going to the lowest, only bidder: council finds buyer for BxB

EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Croydon Council could have to pay at least another £40million in order to sell off Brick by Brick, the Labour-controlled local authority’s failed housing developer which bankrupted the Town Hall. And the multi-million-pound spending on the … Continue reading

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