Category Archives: Art

Coulsdon ready to ‘fight tooth and nail’ for community centre

A charity is threatening legal action against the council if they try to sell-off their ‘village hall’ without providing replacement facilities. Our south of the borough correspondent, PEARL LEE, reports As Croydon Council tries to crawl from the wreckage created … Continue reading

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Despite all the walking and talking, every day is like Sunday

CROYDON COMMENTARY: ‘Every day is silent and grey…’. Lockdown has stirred memories of songs and sitcoms for RICHARD PACITTI (right) During the coronavirus restrictions, a friend sent me an email with the heading No Particular Place To Go, a light-hearted … Continue reading

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Purley Station’s new artworks offer inspiration from history

Purley BID’s efforts to enhance their district centre has seen them commission three giant artworks for the local railway station. A collaboration of works by Dan Cimmermann and Morgan Davy, the project was supported by Southern Rail, with the art … Continue reading

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Virtual Comedy Night for Croydon Athletic, Feb 11

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New book relates women’s secret work at Bletchley Park

“What would it be like to keep a secret for 50 years? Never telling your parents, your children, or even your husband?” Codebreaker Girls: A Secret Life at Bletchley Park tells the true story of Daisy Lawrence, a young woman … Continue reading

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Poet’s postcards of hope for publicans across England

A Croydon poet, Nick Makoha, is supporting publicans across south-east England with a heartwarming poem about pubs. The poem, Botanist, which has been commissioned by Tunbridge Wells-based arts project Inn Crowd, is part of a national campaign called “Winter Warmers”. … Continue reading

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Conflicts of interest, incomplete contracts, unlawful payments – how the Fairfield Halls refurbishment cost Croydon £50m-plus

EXCLUSIVE: Council was warned in 2017 of problems with the management of works at the borough’s flagship arts centre. By STEVEN DOWNES A report by the council’s internal auditors has raised very serious concerns over the mismanagement of the multi-million-pound … Continue reading

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Norbury comedian scores a winner with first football book

ELLA HOPKINS on how a son’s post-match reproach helped inspire Kevin Day to fulfil a lifetime’s ambition Kevin Day has always enjoyed reading. He dreamed of writing a book of his own one day. His dad taught him to read … Continue reading

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I don’t want to see a headline saying “Hodgson must go”

EXCLUSIVE: As part of a wide-ranging interview about his new book and football, one of Palace’s best-known fans, Kevin Day, says it could be time for change. By ELLA HOPKINS Roy Hodgson, the Crystal Palace manager, has said ahead of … Continue reading

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Council paid £1m compensation for unfinished Fairfield Halls

EXCLUSIVE: A year-long investigation has uncovered multi-million-pound payments by the council on its arts centre, largely because of the bungled refurbishment managed by Brick by Brick. And it is now suggested some payments may have been unlawful. By STEVEN DOWNES … Continue reading

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£30m Fairfield Halls project never went to competitive tender

EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Brick by Brick’s management of the refurbishment of the Halls has been subject to disputes with at least two leading contractors £3m grant to build an art gallery was diverted to pay for other work – … Continue reading

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Trinity’s Christmas song raises thousands for the homeless

Richard Holdsworth, the music master at Trinity School, has written and performed, together with pupils, a special Christmas charity record which has raised thousands of pounds for the homeless. Almost Christmas, was released via crowdfunding sites and YouTube over the … Continue reading

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Handel Halved, St Peter’s Church, South Croydon, Dec 11

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12-year-old Ellis draws in the money to help Mind in Croydon

Twelve-year-old Ellis Jurado supports Mind in Croydon each year with fundraising events. This year he set himself an art challenge to produce 31 drawings in 31 days in October: he raised £1,250 online. Ellis’s Mum, Lucie, said, “We knew that … Continue reading

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Directors Murray and Cheesbrough start exodus from council

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The director of planning and the borough’s culture chief are to leave Fisher’s Folly – the first top-level departures since the council issued its Section 114 notice. By STEVEN DOWNES Heather Cheesbrough, Croydon’s director of planning, and … Continue reading

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Arts Council refuses to investigate job losses at Fairfield Halls

Arts correspondent BELLA BARTOCK on the mounting scandal at the council-owned arts venue, where fears grow that it might never reopen The Arts Council has told Inside Croydon that they are powerless to intervene after BHLive, the social enterprise appointed … Continue reading

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BHLive laid off Halls staff just days after receiving £2.5m grant

EXCLUSIVE: Our arts correspondent, BELLA BARTOCK, on the mounting scandal surrounding the operating company in charge of the Fairfield Halls Within days of being awarded a £2.5million government grant intended to help the arts venues that they operate through the … Continue reading

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Alchemy music venue ‘in imminent danger’, says Trust

Alchemy, the Jamaican bar and restaurant on St George’s Walk in the town centre, is in imminent danger of permanent closure because of lost business due to the covid-19 lockdowns, according to the Music Venue Trust. The Music Venue Trust … Continue reading

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Dozen artists from Crystal Palace prepare for lockdown exhibit

A group of local artists based around Crystal Palace will be busting through lockdown with a unique online exhibition showcasing their work later this month. The artists of Exhibit12 aim to provide a varied and exciting collection to browse through, … Continue reading

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Spooky goings on down in the basement at Stanley Halls

On the eve of All Hallows’ Eve, KEN TOWL ventured off to South Norwood to encounter a weirdly life-affirming live performance Isn’t it always Hallowe’en these days? As if the times aren’t scary enough, I was intrigued by the invitation … Continue reading

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Cane Hill Park unveils sundial artwork to honour its history

Residents of Cane Hill Park have been enjoying a new public artwork, which pays homage to the history of Cane Hill Hospital. Croydon-based Artist Holly Graham has created a sundial artwork entitled While The Piled Cumuli Sail Galleon-Like Above – … Continue reading

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Drawing from Darkness, Upper Norwood Library, Nov 28

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Ofcom rejects 3,000 complaints over Croydon #BLM comedian

Ofcom has rejected thousands of complaints about Croydon comedian Nabil Abdulrashid and his routine in the final of Britain’s Got Talent earlier this month. In the televised final, Abdulrashid placed just outside the top three acts, with 13.9 per cent … Continue reading

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Fairfield Halls operators get £2.5m Arts Council covid grant

BELLA BARTOCK, our socially distanced arts correspondent, on a mystery surrounding a massive government recovery grant BHLive, the operator who runs the Fairfield Halls on behalf of Croydon Council, has received a £2.5million grant under the government’s Culture Recovery Fund … Continue reading

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Last chance to enter Great North Wood photo competition

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