Take to the air at Streatham Common Kite Day, May 14

The annual Streatham Common Kite Day will be staged for a 19th time on Sunday, May 14.

Last year’s Kite Day on Streatham Common attracted flyers and families of spectators from across London

The day-long event is London’s only free family friendly kite festival, which combines world-class kite displays with the opportunity to fly your own.

Thousands of people flocked to Streatham Common last year to see the kite displays, fly a kite and sample the delicious food and drink on offer at the stalls. The organisers expect similar numbers again this year. Continue reading

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Norbury residents’ Quiz and Curry Night, May 6

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Labour gives Jones chance of rematch against MP Barwell

WALTER CRONXITE on Croydon’s early runners and riders in the 2017 General Election stakes

Sarah Jones campaigning in 2015, watched by actor Steve Coogan. She has a chance to do it all over again

Sarah Jones, the Labour Party candidate who two years ago came within 165 votes of unseating Tory Gavin Barwell in Croydon Central, has been told by her party chiefs that if she wants to try again on June 8, she is guaranteed selection.

Labour’s ruling National Executive Committee has instituted “emergency candidate selection procedures”, citing the short turn-round because of the snap General Election called this week by the unelected Prime Minister, Theresa May.

In doing so, they have effectively wound back the clock at Labour HQ to May 2015, a time before Jeremy Corbyn was leader, and means that any Corbyn supporters in Croydon will be denied the chance to be selected to represent the party in the one battleground seat in the borough. Continue reading

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£1.4bn Westfield: Wait goes on as planning meeting scrapped

BARRATT HOLMES reports on the latest delay in long-promised town centre redevelopment

More frustrations have been raised about when, if ever, work will begin on the £1.4billion Westfield supermall in Croydon after the council cancelled a planning committee meeting scheduled for next Thursday.

Town Hall figures and members of the planning committee had understood that the additional meeting had been arranged specifically to consider the much-revised scheme to be put forward by Australian mall developers Westfield and their partners, Hammerson, for the complete redevelopment of the town centre shopping area.

The Croydon Partnership, as the sometimes uneasy Westfield-Hammerson liaison is called, had last month expressed the hope that the revised scheme would be put before the local authority for approval “some time in the next month”.

It is five years since the scheme was first announced, put together by landowners The Whitgift Foundation with the help of the then Tory Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and local MP Gavin Barwell. Back then, the promise was for the town centre overhaul to be completed by 2017.

Now, the earliest that work can start is 2018, with a projected opening date some time late in 2021. Continue reading

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Daly and Sinckler to give south London its Lions share

“I can’t wait to get out there and get involved,” was the reaction of Elliot Daly after the Wasps and England centre, a product of Whitgift School’s rugby production line, was named in the 41-man British and Irish Lions squad for the daunting tour to New Zealand this summer.

Lion: Former Whitgift School pupil Elliot Daly

And Daly is not the only south Londoner in the squad, as Kyle Sinckler, the Harlequins prop forward, was also named, probably the biggest surprise inclusion in coach Warren Gatland’s touring party.

Daly and Sinckler are both 23. Indeed, the pair might have played in the same school team had Whitgift’s overtures to the tyro prop to lure him from Tooting’s Graveney School to south Croydon for the sixth form been more successful. Instead, Sinckler opted for Epsom College, while Daly went on to figure prominently in Whitgift’s two English Schools’ Cup successes at Twickenham.

Since when, they have featured on the same team at Twickenham, for England, as Daly has made himself a regular in the Six Nations-winning XV over the past 12 months, while Sinckler has won eight caps, all as a replacement, coming on as a dynamic force among what coach Eddie Jones calls his “finishers”. Continue reading

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Parish the Eagle is set to enter the Dragons’ Den

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has been recruited as one of the dragons for the next series of BBC’s business reality show, Dragons’ Den.

Tabling a move: Steve Parish

Parish and former banker Jenny Campbell will be the new faces for the show’s 15th series. They replace Nick Jenkins and Sarah Willingham.

Programmes featuring the Palace chief will first air later this year as he joins Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden and Touker Suleyman.

Parish left school at 18 and worked in the computer graphics industry before going on to become the CEO of ad agency Tag Worldwide. Continue reading

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Corbyn tells Croydon: We’re coming for you, Barwell

Hundreds of supporters and interested observers turned out in North End yesterday evening to hear Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party leader, speak at the start of the General Election campaign

STEVEN DOWNES reports as the General Election campaign starts on a high street in south London

It was just a couple of hours after the House of Commons vote which enabled the Tories to ignore their own Fixed Term Parliament Act and set things in motion towards the June 8 General Election when Jeremy Corbyn arrived outside the Alms Houses on North End in Croydon and was handed a microphone.

But before a word had been uttered by the Labour Party leader, his message was clear: we’re coming for you, Gavin Barwell.

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