Category Archives: Shirley

Wassailing helps Wilderness garden’s ‘green prescription’

The Wilderness garden in Shirley is expecting bumper crops this year, after their fruit trees and vegetable patch received a visit from a group of merry wassailers… More than 100 people attended the event in the historic garden, once the … Continue reading

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Croydon needs deal that could set precedent for all councils

CROYDON IN CRISIS: A government-appointed inspector, council directors and senior councillors all agree that throwing millions more at the cash-strapped council won’t fix its deep-seated problems. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES The Tories who control Croydon Town Hall have already done … Continue reading

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Shirley care home enjoys first Christmas Fair since lockdown

MHA Hall Grange, the home in Shirley, organised a Christmas fair last weekend, its first community event since the lockdown, and together with the generous help of volunteers raied £350. The home offers residential and dementia care for up to … Continue reading

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Murderer given 28 years for ‘barbaric’ killing of Shirley teen

The “barbaric” killers of Croydon teenager Camron Smith were yesterday handed lengthy sentences by a judge at the Old Bailey. Smith, 16, was unarmed and in his underwear when subjected to a “frenzied” attack, stabbed a total of eight times, … Continue reading

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Take a walk on the wild side in Shirley with Wilderness Sundays

A historic Croydon garden is opening its doors today and once every month to offer skills-building sessions and an opportunity to visit the venue. The Wilderness is a seven-acre garden in Shirley, situated within MHA Hall Grange, a care home … Continue reading

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Two found guilty of viciously stabbing Shrublands teen to death

Romain LaPierre was yesterday found guilty at the Old Bailey of the murder of 16-year-old Camron Smith, who was brutally stabbed to death in his own home on Bracken Avenue, on the Shrublands Estate in Shirley, in July 2021. LaPierre … Continue reading

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‘Listening’ council gives two hours notice of housing workshop

Part-time Mayor Jason Perry’s half-arsed commitment to “listening” to locals was exposed yet again today when the council’s propaganda unit got round to issuing a press release about housing workshops less than two hours before the first session was due … Continue reading

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Shirley and Mitcham grass fires add to litany of call-outs

Despite a full-on media campaign last week to try to persuade the public to take special care in the capital’s tinder-dry parks and open spaces in the exceptionally hot weather, the London Fire Brigade were called out to “a large … Continue reading

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Church career which led Quinn to the not-so-high and mighty

SUNDAY SUPPLEMENT: Canon Arthur Quinn, for 32 years the vicar in Shirley, recently had his diamond anniversary of being a priest celebrated in a service at Croydon Minster. DAVID MORGAN spoke to him about Philip Larkin, Ronnie Corbett and the … Continue reading

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Shirley’s Wilderness garden banks on help from volunteers

A Croydon care home that is surrounded by a notable and historic garden has been enjoying the benefits of some special care and attention from a big corporate team-bonding exercise. Staff from Standard Chartered Bank picked The Wilderness, a seven-acre … Continue reading

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Shirley’s wild garden opens its gates for a royal celebration

Staff at a Croydon care home will be using their historic garden to host a street party picnic. Wilderness Gardens is a seven-acre historic garden situated on Shirley Church Road within MHA Hall Grange, a care home that offers residential … Continue reading

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Shirley Park Bowling Club Open Day, Fri May 27

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Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Garden Party, Shirley, May 28

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No Overall Control: full election results for Croydon’s 28 wards

No overall control. After weeks of campaigning, all the voting and, eventually, all the counting was concluded three days after the polls closed, the final results of the 2022 Croydon local elections were in. With the borough’s first Green councillors … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, Addiscombe East, Addiscombe West, Bensham Manor, Broad Green, Claire Bonham, Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, Croydon Council, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Fairfield, Kenley, New Addington, New Addington North, Norbury, Norbury Park, Old Coulsdon, Park Hill and Whitgift, Purley, Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown, Sanderstead, Selhurst, Selsdon and Addington Village, Selsdon Vale and Forestdale, Shirley, Shirley South, South Croydon, South Norwood, Thornton Heath, Waddon, West Thornton, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

Take your pick: our ward-by-ward guide to council elections

With a complete listing of all the candidates in Croydon’s May 5 councillor vote, political editor WALTER CRONXITE provides a guide to where the contest for the Town Hall might be won or lost The introduction of Croydon’s first democratically-elected, … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, 2022 Croydon Mayor election, Addiscombe East, Addiscombe West, Alisa Flemming, Andrew Pelling, Badsha Quadir, Bensham Manor, Broad Green, Caragh Skipper, Chris Clark, Clive Fraser, Coulsdon, Croydon Council, Croydon Greens, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Esther Sutton, Fairfield, Felicity Flynn, Gareth Streeter, Hamida Ali, Helen Redfern, Jade Appleton, Jan Buttinger, Janet Campbell, Jason Perry, Jose Joseph, Kenley, Leila Ben-Hassel, Mike Bonello, New Addington North, Norbury, Norbury Park, Ola Kolade, Old Coulsdon, Oliver Lewis, Oni Oviri, Park Hill and Whitgift, Paul Scott, Peter Underwood, Purley, Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown, Sanderstead, Scott Roche, Selhurst, Selsdon and Addington Village, Selsdon Vale and Forestdale, Shirley, Shirley South, Simon Hall, Simon Hoar, South Croydon, South Norwood, Stella Nabukeera, Steve Hollands, Stuart King, Thornton Heath, Tim Pollard, Tony Newman, Tony Pearson, Waddon, West Thornton, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Perry’s council seat ‘at risk’ as Labour take 30% poll lead

LOCAL ELECTIONS 2022: Opinions polls and bookmakers both suggest Croydon Tories could fail to win back control of the Town Hall, despite the borough’s bankruptcy under Labour. By our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE Jason Perry, the leader of the Conservative … Continue reading

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Trinity Boys’ Choir in concert, St John’s Shirley, May 6

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Countryside charity slams Local Plan threat to green spaces

One of England’s biggest conservation and countryside charities has accused Croydon Council’s revised Local Plan of “lacking ambition” and once again putting the borough’s green spaces under threat of development. What the council is calling a “review” of the Croydon … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Community associations, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Environment, Heather Cheesbrough, Housing, Lloyd Park, New Addington, Oliver Lewis, Paul Scott, Planning, Shirley, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Awks! Tory councillor’s MP father joins calls for Johnson to go

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on the drip-drip feed of discontent from within the party-party-party Party While Croydon’s Tory MP Chris Philp continues to make himself look a fool in a series of car-crash media appearances in which he tries (and … Continue reading

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Council’s misleading Open+ and shut case for public libraries

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The bankrupt council is spending £1.6m on an untried system that will allow it to reduce staffing hours at our libraries, a decision passed without debate at a Town Hall meeting. Our libraries correspondent, GENE BRODIE, investigates … Continue reading

Posted in Broad Green, Coulsdon, Croydon Council, Education, Heather Cheesbrough, Libraries, Manju Shahul Hameed, New Addington, Norbury, Old Coulsdon, Planning, Purley, Sanderstead, Selsdon and Addington Village, Shirley, South Norwood, Thornton Heath | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Croydon Male Voice Choir Christmas Concert, Shirley, Dec 11

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Shirley Scarecrow Festival, supporting Demelza, Nov 6-14

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#BINMAGEDDON! Boroughs left looking like rubbish tips

‘They treat us like the rubbish they are supposed to collect!’ Mounting reports from around the boroughs in the South London Waste Partnership suggest that the councils’ waste service contractors are creaking under pressure. By STEVEN DOWNES The complaints about … Continue reading

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Tories welcome back far-right figures as 2022 candidates

Our Political Editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on the names in the frame to become new Tory councillors next May Jason Perry, the leader of the Conservative opposition at Croydon Council, has handed the local politics equivalent of Willy Wonka’s Golden Ticket … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, Addiscombe East, Addiscombe West, Badsha Quadir, Croydon Council, Fairfield, Fieldway, Helen Redfern, Jason Perry, Lynne Hale, New Addington, New Addington North, Norbury Park, Purley, Selsdon Vale and Forestdale, Shirley, Tony Pearson, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

One-third of Tory councillors to quit at 2022 local elections

WALTER CRONXITE, political editor, on wholesale changes among the borough’s opposition party One-third of Croydon’s Conservative councillors will be standing down at the next local elections, in May 2022. The collapse of the borough’s finances under Labour, who have controlled … Continue reading

Posted in 2022 council elections, Coulsdon, Croydon Council, Gareth Streeter, Helen Pollard, Jan Buttinger, Kenley, Luke Clancy, Old Coulsdon, Oni Oviri, Purley, Sanderstead, Selsdon Vale and Forestdale, Simon Hoar, Steve Hollands, Steve O'Connell, Tim Pollard, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments