Category Archives: Ashcroft Theatre

How CEO Negrini used council money to promote herself

Here is the text of the ‘sponsored competition’ which appeared on the website of the Architect’s Journal on December 5, just after the publication was announcing that Croydon Council’s Brick by Brick house-builder (which has yet to build a single … Continue reading

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Can there really be a happy ending to the Fairfield fairy tale?

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Building delays, budget-busting over-runs, the inexplicable changes of the names of long-established venues… The council’s £30million refurbishment of the borough’s largest arts complex has been a Pantomime from the start, and says DAVID WICKENS, it is Fairfield Halls’ … Continue reading

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Now Fairfield operators want to re-name the Ashcroft Theatre

Our arts correspondent, BELLA BARTOCK, on the latest piece of meddling going on around the much-delayed arts venue’s refurbishment Neil Chandler, the former cruise ship entertainments officer who has been placed in charge of the Fairfield Halls’ artistic programme has … Continue reading

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Royal concert postponed as Fairfield Halls suffer more delays

The Fairfield Halls, which Croydon’s council leader Tony Newman promised would re-open in July this year following a £30million, two-year refurbishment programme, now won’t be running a full programme of events until September 2019 at the earliest. That’s the shocking … Continue reading

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Fairfield Halls: progress being made, but still no opening date

The London Open House weekend gave Croydon residents a chance to peek inside the workings of the £30million refurbishment of the Fairfield Halls. Already months late for completion, and with suggestions that it is also running over-budget, plans for performances … Continue reading

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Fairfield Halls ‘Grand Re-opening Gala’ date set for June 2019

EXCLUSIVE: Arts correspondent BELLA BARTOCK on the latest delay to the borough’s ‘Cultural Quarter’ plans The Fairfield Halls’ “Grand Re-opening Gala”, to be staged in the Concert Hall in the presence of the Earl of Wessex, won’t be taking place … Continue reading

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College sells Annex building to thwart Cultural Quarter plan

Croydon Council has been accused of ‘incompetence’ after a building it needed as part of a multi-million-pound development has been sold to a private developer. BARRATT HOLMES, our housing correspondent, reports Croydon College has sold part of its site to … Continue reading

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