Category Archives: Bishop of Croydon

UnFairbnb: Council has nothing to show for £200,000 spend

EXCLUSIVE: Our Town Hall reporter, KEN LEE, provides a reminder of another significant amount of council cash that was poorly spent – but helped line the pockets of ‘friends and family’ of the Town Hall’s Labour leadership Do you remember … Continue reading

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MP backs Bishop’s call for covid testing closer to Croydon

Jonathan Clark, the Bishop of Croydon, has added his voice to calls for more, and more easily accessible, coronavirus testing centres for people living and working in Croydon. The Bishop has called for a testing centre to be set up … Continue reading

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Joy to the world! The history behind BBC’s Christmas service

DAVID MORGAN on the undiscovered gem of Croydon Minster, which will be screened around the world on Christmas Eve When the BBC transmission goes live at 11.40pm on Christmas Eve, Croydon Minster will be in the national spotlight. The cameras … Continue reading

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Archdeacon steps down after helping others take first step

When Christopher Skilton retires early next year after nearly 40 years as a clergyman, 15 spent working in Croydon churches, he says that he hopes one of the things he will be remembered for is working to a motto of … Continue reading

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Children’s charity marks 175 years with cathedral service

The Reedham Children’s Trust, a children’s charity based on Purley’s Old Lodge Lane, will celebrate its 175th anniversary next week with a special thanksgiving service at Southwark Cathedral. Between 1814 and 1854, Reedham’s founder, Dr Rev Andrew Reed, established six … Continue reading

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Twin towers disruption forces bishop’s staff to move offices

Even God’s work can’t tolerate the building development going on in Croydon town centre any longer. Staff working for the Bishop of Croydon have been forced to move out of their office in St Matthew’s House on George Street because … Continue reading

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Minster gets new vicar but Negrini and Newman miss ceremony

The congregation at Croydon Minster, Croydon’s parish church for more than a century, has a new vicar this Sunday, following a formal service this week. Canon Andrew Bishop was named as the new priest-in-charge at the Minster by the Diocese … Continue reading

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Bishop joins call to ‘honour legacy’ of the Kindertransport

Jonathan Clark, the Bishop of Croydon, has this week joined a call from nearly 50 religious leaders calling for the British Government to “honour the legacy” of the Kindertransport, which rescued thousands of Jewish and other children from the Nazis, … Continue reading

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Tory candidate in Norbury caught out lying, honest to God

KEN LEE reports on an unheralded intervention from on high on the eve of the local elections A Conservative candidate standing for election in today’s local elections has been reproached for not telling the truth over religious matters in the … Continue reading

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Bishop of Croydon makes amnesty appeal on immigration

The Bishop of Croydon, Jonathan Clark, has today entered the debate on the government’s “hostile” immigration strategy by calling for the immediate release of a mother and daughter who have been interned in “inhuman” conditions at immigrants’ removal centre at … Continue reading

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Chair of Croydon Foster Carers gets New Year’s Honour

Amid the rows over the benighted Nick Clegg getting a knighthood (for services to austerity and student debt?) and Theresa May desperately doling out baubles to the Tory 1922 Committee for keeping her in power, there were some gongs announced … Continue reading

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We will remember them: Croydon’s Remembrance Day services

Remembrance Day, paying tribute to the sacrifices of military and service personnel in conflicts past and present, will be observed in Croydon on Sunday, at the war memorial outside the Town Hall and at Croydon Minster. Conducted by the Rt … Continue reading

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Refugee decision will help traffickers, says Bishop of Croydon

The Bishop of Croydon has joined the chorus of voices condemning the Tory government’s abandonment of a commitment to take in child refugees from the civil war in Syria and the Jungle camp at Calais. The Rt Rev Jonathan Clark … Continue reading

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Croydon Minster stages 150th anniversary great fire events

Discover the story of the devastating fire which destroyed almost all of what is now Croydon Minster in 1867 with a series of special 150th anniversary events staged over the first fortnight of the new year. Sat Jan 7, 11am: … Continue reading

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Civic and religious leaders to mourn tram victims together

Croydon’s civic and religious leaders came together this afternoon to express their sympathy for the victims and the bereaved of today’s horrific Sandilands tram accident. Sunday’s annual civic service, to be held at Croydon Minster to remember the fallen in … Continue reading

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Remembrance Sunday service at Croydon Minster, Nov 13

Croydon’s annual Civic Service of Remembrance, held in conjunction with local branches of the Royal British Legion, will take place at Croydon Minster at 11am, on Sunday November 13. The service at the Minster will be conducted by the Bishop … Continue reading

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Boswell to leave Croydon Minster after 21 years’ service

Croydon’s Establishment is about to undergo significant change, with three leading figures associated with the Whitgift Foundation leaving their jobs in the next few months. The headmasters of two of the Foundation’s large independent schools are both standing down, Trinity’s … Continue reading

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Bishop says Britain should be leading in Europe, not leaving

The case for remaining in the European Union has the backing of the Bishop of Croydon, who says that Britain should adopt a greater, leading role in Europe. Jonathan Clark, who chaired Croydon Council’s Fairness Commission, has this week published … Continue reading

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Bishop issues Holy Week response to Brussels bombings

Jonathan Clark, the Bishop of Croydon, tonight issued a Holy Week message which called for hope to triumph over the hate provoked by the terrorist bombings in Brussels. Hatred, Bishop Clark wrote, “leads to the success of the suicide bomber”. … Continue reading

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‘I wasn’t played’ says Bishop after the missed Opportunity

After a year’s work funded by £200,000 from the council, the Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission delivered its final report yesterday. Here, the commission chair, the Rt Rev Jonathan Clark, in an exclusive interview with STEVEN DOWNES, answers questions such … Continue reading

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Fairness Commission report recommends Council Tax rise

Croydon’s Labour-run council should take full advantage of Tory Chancellor Gideon Osborne’s recent decision to allow a 2 per cent increase on Council Tax towards paying for adult social care. That’s a key recommendation in the final report of the … Continue reading

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‘Interesting’: the best Newman can say of his Fairness report

Is this what fulfills the definition of “damned by faint praise”? After committing £200,000 from Croydon’s hard-pressed budgets towards the Opportunity and Fairness Commission, this is all Labour council leader Tony Newman could find to say about the Commission’s interim … Continue reading

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£200,000. 60 pages. And lacking a single original thought

Croydon’s Opportunity and Fairness Commission has published its report. WALTER CRONXITE has read it, so that you don’t have to When it came to publishing the expensively compiled Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission’s report, Jonathan Clark, the Bishop and the … Continue reading

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Fairness Commission to stage Open Day, Sep 1

Croydon’s Opportunity and Fairness Commission is to stage an Open Day on Tuesday, September 1. “The Open Day will be an opportunity for members of the public to directly contribute to the Commission’s work,” they announced. The Commission, a pet … Continue reading

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Fairness Commission’s youth competition gets just 10 entries

What do you get for £200,000 of public dosh? Not a lot, it seems, if the underwhelming response to Croydon’s Opportunity and Fairness Commission’s latest “youth engagement” efforts are anything to go by. Only 10 youngsters from across London’s most … Continue reading

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