Category Archives: Fairfield Halls

Newman breaks manifesto promise over Boxpark festival

Tony Newman’s Labour council has broken one of its 2014 manifesto commitments, after diverting £160,000 of public money from its intended free annual music festival to pay towards private business Boozepark’s opening shindig next month. The council-run Ambition Festival was … Continue reading

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Fairfield Halls CEO was paid in full prior to administration

The financial collapse of the charitable body which managed the Fairfield Halls did not prevent its chief executive, Simon Thomsett, receiving his salary payments in full right up to last Friday. Thomsett, who had worked at Fairfield Halls for six … Continue reading

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London Mozart Players make the move to Upper Norwood

The London Mozart Players are moving offices next month to St John the Evangelist in Upper Norwood. With the temporary closure of the Fairfield Halls, the current location of their administration office, “this move will see the LMP become a … Continue reading

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Council’s shock non-announcement: Murray handed culture job

The sheer predictability of Croydon Council over its internal stitch-ups on senior jobs is so crass that sometimes even they appear embarrassed by it. Paula Murray has been confirmed as Croydon’s culture director in a permanent capacity. Hitherto the deputy … Continue reading

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Murray being lined up for full-time £80,000 director job

Cash-strapped Croydon Council is ploughing on with plans to recruit a full-time “culture czar” on a salary of around £80,000 a year, despite having had a recruitment freeze on more mundane council jobs for the past six months. Oddly, no … Continue reading

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Carers’ information day, Fairfield Halls, Jun 8

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Command performance will be Mozart Players’ royal celebration

The Earl and Countess of Wessex are to be the guests of honour at the final classical music concert to be held at the Fairfield Halls before its temporary closure for refurbishment. The Halls were opened in 1962 with a performance … Continue reading

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Fairfield’s Last Night of the Proms to go out with a bang

The Fairfield Halls’ last week of performances before it undergoes a two-year, £30-million refit is to be marked with a rousing and dramatic concert from the one of the venue’s regular musical fund-raisers, The Last Night of the Croydon Proms, … Continue reading

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Theatres Trust offers to review £30m Fairfield Halls scheme

In a letter to Croydon Council, the Theatres Trust has welcomed many of the proposals for refurbishing the Fairfield Halls, which is due to close in July for a £30 million refit. But in the letter the Trust’s planning adviser Ross … Continue reading

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Croydon facing traffic gridlock caused by new Westfield plan

The revised plans for a gigantic supermall submitted last week by Westfield and Hammerson threaten to send central Croydon into a state of traffic gridlock for years to come. The shopping centre developers’ scheme could hit hard the plans for … Continue reading

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Car park gallery will force drivers to use Hammersfield spaces

Bit by bit, the Whitgift and Westfield takeover of the town centre continues, aided and abetted as usual by our pliant councillors. It has been announced – via a news report in Architects’ Journal – that part of the Fairfield … Continue reading

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Charity comedy show ticket sales undermined by Fairfield

Charity workers in Croydon are worried that they have been caught in the cross-fire between the Fairfield Halls and the Town Hall in the bitter dispute over the arts venue’s future, with what ought to be one of the borough’s … Continue reading

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Croydon’s free Jobs Fair offers £5m-worth of business

Hundreds of jobs and business opportunities are up for grabs at this year’s South London Jobs Fair, being staged at the Fairfield Halls on June 23 – where entry to the event is free. Last year, around a hundred people … Continue reading

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Newman’s £18m ‘cast-iron guarantee’ that bucks the market

WALTER CRONXITE on how a Labour-run council that says it is committed to housing the homeless meanwhile needs to maximise profits from a property development at College Green The people of Croydon should be worried. Tony Newman has offered what … Continue reading

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Fairfield’s Vennell: The phasing argument is ‘no longer useful’

Kate Vennell, the chair of the charity board which runs the Fairfield Halls, has today dismissed any further calls for a phased redevelopment of Croydon’s arts venue, which is due to close in July to allow a £30 million council-funded … Continue reading

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Mayor’s fundraising comedy night, Fairfield Halls, Apr 17

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Part-time culture director to get £39,000 for six months’ work

BELLA BARTOCK, our arts correspondent, discovers that splitting the time of a Brighton council executive is raising questions at both ends of the A23 The council’s new executive in charge of culture, Paula Murray, will be paid £39,000 for her … Continue reading

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Mendelssohn’s Elijah at Fairfield Halls, Mar 19

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Boris’s farewell tour at the Fairfield goes out with a whimper

The hottest ticket in town? WALTER CRONXITE toddled along to the Fairfield Halls last night and found a faded star who had forgotten his lines So that’s how eight years of Boris’s London reign ends – a public meeting in … Continue reading

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Done deal: Fairfield Halls £30m redevelopment starts in July

The Fairfield Halls will close this summer to undergo a £30 million redevelopment, after the venue’s managment board finally agreed to the investment scheme proposed by the Halls’ owners, Croydon Council. The council’s plans – based on a secret consultants’ … Continue reading

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