Father and son enter boxing ring to help fight breast cancer

It’s seconds out for a father and son as they are doing their bit in the boxing ring to try to knock out breast cancer.

Fighting cancer: Billy Kemp, left, and his father Bill Kemp make their boxing debut next week

Bill Kemp, 48, from Coulsdon, and his 27-year-old son, Billy, will be getting into the ring at a special cancer charity boxing show at the Clapham Grand on March 30, to raise awareness for breast cancer and the care that Breast Cancer Care offers.

“My aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 and I wanted to take on this challenge to raise money for Breast Cancer Care and support others who are facing a diagnosis,” Billy Kemp said.

The father and son duo have been training for two months at Train2Fight in Clapham, with the aim of taking part in the charity boxing match against other boxers from a nearby  gym. “Both me and my dad have never boxed before, but eager to show what we have learned,” Billy Kemp said. Continue reading

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Beckenham Beer and Cider Festival, Elmers End, Jul 20-22

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Wandle Rain Garden build, Deen city farm, Mar 28

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Brick by Brick angers more residents with latest ‘ugly’ plans

One of central Croydon’s few remaining Georgian buildings of note is under threat of being overshadowed by one of the latest pieces of “in-fill” overdevelopment by the council’s profit-hungry private housing company, Brick by Brick.

The council-backed developers are even accused of submitting deliberately misleading documents with the planning application, with images that appear to have missed out an entire storey of the proposed building.

Boswell Cottage: the latest piece of Croydon heritage to be put under threat by council’s overdevelopment plans

Residents in Heathfield Gardens and Heathfield Road in South Croydon have been running a campaign to get the Croydon Council, as the local planning authority, to persuade Brick by Brick, the housing company which is wholly owned by Croydon Council, to review and amend a scheme which they say is “cramped and ugly”.

Locals claim that the proposals are not financially viable because of the £500,000 cost of moving an electricity sub-station close to the site.

They are also worried because the historic Boswell Cottage, a Grade II-listed building on the high road in South End, would be badly compromised by the new flats being built.

“Croydon has very few remaining Georgian buildings and  it is unfortunate that Brick by Brick have so far refused to discuss alterations to their scheme,” James Sheridan, the owner of Boswell Cottage, told Inside CroydonContinue reading

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This is what £12,500 of council money pays towards at MIPIM

Our housing correspondent, BARRATT HOLMES, went undercover last week, and disguised as Charles Aznavour he sneaked into the London Pavilion at the MIPIM property conference in Cannes to find out what was being said, apparently on behalf of the people of Croydon

At another Croydon-staged event, Jo Negrini stepped up, literally, to make an impression. All well worth £12,500 of public money

Croydon’s was just one of a series of half-hour panel sessions conducted by various London boroughs in Cannes last week, some more desperate than others to lure developers to their patch of the capital with their various “offers”.

Though organised by the not-publicly-accountable Develop Croydon business organisation, this session was heavily influenced by the council, which indirectly was picking up a chunk of the bill. Croydon Council, after all, is one of the major backers of Develop Croydon.

This session was in addition to Croydon’s Brunch on the Beach and Beer on the Beach, staged by the various business interests looking to carve-up the borough. Presumably, the force of the case for Croydon’s redevelopment was not deemed a compelling enough attraction to lure the international speculators, so a bit of free grub and free booze was laid on, too.

This panel session had Jo Negrini, the council’s publicity-hungry CEO, as one of the main speakers, alongside Gavin Barwell, the government minister and local MP, together with various other suits and vested interests, all of whom have much to profit from the “regeneration” of Croydon. Continue reading

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Apprentice candidate who got fired to offer business advice

A former contestant on The Apprentice is to collaborate with the Sussex Innovation Centre, the business incubator unit of the south coast university that has a base in No1 Croydon, which will see a “start-up studio” established where small and medium-sized businesses and start-ups can network and collaborate.

Apprentice: Raj Dhonota giving the benefit of his experience to students

Raj Dhonota was on the first series of the quasi-business TV show in 2005, but he failed to impress the then mere “Sir Alan”, who pointedly announced “You’re fired” at Dhonota after the ninth episode.

According to the announcement yesterday, “The collaboration between Dhonota and Sussex Innovation Croydon is to drive growth for both pre-seed start-ups and SMEs in the area.”

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Mother’s Day lunch at Shelverdine Goathouse, Mar 26

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