Category Archives: Susan Oliver

Things are changing, and growing, around Transition Town

SUSAN OLIVER catches up with developments at Croydon Transition Town after an active 2014 Croydon Transition Town celebrated its second birthday in November, after its members helped to create community gardens in Wandle Park, Park Hill Park and at Ramsey … Continue reading

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‘Cancer forced me to dance with the shadow of fear’

Occasional Inside Croydon contributor SUSAN OLIVER, pictured left, has not written for us for a while. Here she explains why Winter 2013 was lousy for me. And then it got a whole lot worse. The downturn started last November. I … Continue reading

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Our two-year-olds need a childhood, not lessons in Latin

SUSAN OLIVER, pictured left, wants the borough’s teaching professionals to come forward and make their voices heard, perhaps even to challenge the controlling orthodoxies of Michael Gove and Ofsted Children should be taught in schools from the age of two … Continue reading

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Time to call out the Army? Croydon’s 22,000 victims of abuse

SUSAN OLIVER is very concerned about levels of domestic violence going on in Croydon, and wants to know why it is not being treated as a major health issue I have looked at the Domestic Violence and Abuse Report produced … Continue reading

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Transition Town team ready to open community garden

SUSAN OLIVER on a couple of important Green events around the borough in the coming week Chard and turnip greens have already been reaped. The onions are coming along, the potatoes are starting to peep, and the calendula and cosmos … Continue reading

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Art for heart’s sake: seeing the world afresh

SUSAN OLIVER, pictured left, ahead of the South Norwood Arts Festival, outlines how she discovered her own artistic bliss Most people know me as a gardener and bee-keeper. But quietly, in the background, I’ve been seeking my own personal revolution … Continue reading

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Plan Bee: things you can do to help local hives thrive

Britain’s bees need your help. And even in built-up Croydon, you can put a buzz into your garden or window box, writes SUSAN OLIVER Spring can be a difficult time for bee-keepers. This is when, for the first time in … Continue reading

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