Notices from Sanderstead Meeting 16/10/14

Thank you to all who made it along to our meeting in Sanderstead on 16 October, 2014.

The notes of meeting will be circulated to all attendees for checking and comment, before being uploaded on our website.

The initial notices given on the evening, with links are:

streetpin logoStreetpin, an online noticeboard, fully integrated with other platforms, has launched a crowdfunding exercise. If you’d like to know more or to back the project, which offers a variety of rewards for support, see Streetpin.

The concept of Streetpin was shared at one of our earlier meetings by the developers to gain feedback on plans.  This notice is not an endorsement, but shared to raise awareness of a new platform for community engagement, as was done for Just Croydon, who sounded out names for the site at one of our meetings too.

Purley War memorial Fair

There is an Autumn Health Fair at PurleyMemorial Hospital this Saturday, 18 October, from 11am to 4pm. Full details on our website at

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Croydon Nightwatch is a charity caring for the homeless. They have an appeal running at the moment for donations of goods and financial donation to support their work. Collections every Sunday in October. See

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October in Black History month, and there are a variety of activities being held across the borough. Links to the information is listed on our website, including special screenings at the David Lean Cinema.

CCC are still chasing details of how to book the film not put on by the Save the David Lean group, (stated as bookable via Eventbrite) and will share details if they become available but an initial email indicated that tickets can be bought on the door.

Addiscombe Carnival posterCroydon Lions are keen to enlist new members and volunteers to help organise the Addiscombe Carnival on 24 May 2014. Rutherford’s School, based in South Croydon, will be the beneficiary of the funds this time. See Croydon Lions website and posts on our website for further details.


There is a MOPAC roadshow being held in Croydon on 4 November. Details and link to book a place can be found here.

Other notices:

CCC are seeking a Secretary, or Minutes Secretary. The role could be shared. Anyone interested, please get in touch by emailing

SUFL colour banner PNGLibraries For those interested in libraries, a subject that has come up at several of our meetings to date,  there is a conference in central London on November 22, hosted by Speak up for Libraries.

The main parties have been invited to send representation and the Conference offers the opportunity to hear the panel debate and question parties on their policies prior to the general election next year.  There will also be workshop sessions and updates on the Sieghart and Welsh Libraries Reviews. Details and booking link at

Policing update
CCC will contact the Sanderstead Safer Neighbourhoods team as a PC was due to speak and take questions but was unable to join the meeting. If an update on policing matters is received, the update will be posted on our website.

Thank you to all who attended to contribute to discussions and to the councillors who attended to support the local community and provide valuable information and updates on topics raised.

Cllr Yvette Hopley has already responded with information on several points raised last night, and these will be added shortly.

CCC AGM is on 24 November and booking are open. Places are free and the committee encourage prior booking to allow us to cater adequately for numbers.  Places are free and everyone is very welcome to attend any of our meetings. See : CCC AGM for details and booking.

Purley Hospital Minor Injuries Unit

Purley War Memorial Hospital reopened in 2013 following a major refurbishment.


The downgrading of the Urgent Care Centre to a Minor Injuries Unit (MIU), resulting in loss of walk in x-ray facilities and slashing of opening hours to just 2pm to 8pm, has caused concern to many. The lack of advertising of the service is often raised and continues to be the case.

A call for better signage has resulted in a note being placed above the entrance.  This is only legible from within the grounds, when standing close to the building.


Concerns have been covered by the local press, raised in Patient and Public Forums and in our meeting in Purley.

And the latest ratings on the NHS Choices website,reflect the concerns also. See,

Just awful - including, “the place was like a ghost town. I can’t believe the amount of spending that has happened only to result in a shoddily run white elephant that is no longer even urgent care, but a first aid centre masquerading as something else.”

I hope that I never have cause to use an urgent care service again, but should I need to I will not attend here.”

Disgusted - left waiting with out update and staff were rude.

X-rays – a patient describes her experience of taking her son with a suspected fracture to the MIU, the poor posting of correct pathways to care.

Eye injury for a minor ( Minor Injury Unit) – A wasted trip as the patient could not be treated, although the information on the website listed minor eye injuries as something that could be treated.  The patient’s advice to others? “Please go to Mayday for any eye related problems not Purley.”

Concerns were also raised at the CCG AGM, although minutes of that are not yet available.

Were you aware that this facility is available?

If you have used it, what did you think?

David Lean Cinema – October 2014

The David Lean have been back in their original venue for six months now.

There are seven screenings in October. Full listings for October can be found here.

Thursday 2 October at 2.30 and 7.30pm
(15) 2013 FRANCE 94 mins (subtitled)
Director: Marion Vernoux ● Starring: Fanny Ardant, Laurent Lafitte, Patrick Chesnais
A recently retired married woman falls for her computer education tutor – who is 25 years younger. What does the future hold? In the lead, Ardant is “As classy as a champagne flute” (The Guardian).

Thursday 9 October at 2.30 and 7.30pm
(15) 2014 USA 166 mins
Director: Richard Linklater  ●  Starring: Ellar Cochrane, Lorelei Linklater, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke
Filmed over 12 real years, Boyhood traces the life of Mason (Cochrane) from age 6 to 18. This groundbreaking and fascinating picture is “One of the greatest films of the decade” (The Guardian).

“As a film that dares to honor small moments and the life they add up to, Boyhood isn’t just a masterpiece. It’s a miracle.” (Washington Post)

Official website and trailer:


Tuesday 14 October at 7.30pm only
(15) 2013 FRANCE / AUSTRIA 95 mins (subtitled)
Director: Rebecca Zlotowski  ●  Starring: Tahar Rahim, Léa Seydoux, Denis Ménochet
Service crewmen in nuclear power stations must trust each other absolutely – so when a newcomer begins an affair with his boss’s fiancé, the consequences are devastating.

“I found it gripping, with an edge of delirium; the locations within the power station are positively Kubrickian; there’s a disquieting electronic score and Tahar Rahim gives a very open, generous performance.” (The Guardian)


Thursday 16 October at 11.00am and 7.30pm
(12A) 2013 USA 83 mins
Directors: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel  ●  Featuring: John Maloof, Mary Ellen Mark, Phil Donahue
The purchase of a box of old photographs prompts an art collector to piece together the life story of Vivian Maier – a secretive and enigmatic nanny who was also a great undiscovered street photographer.

Finding Vivian Maier is one of those fascinating documentaries that unearths an unknown artist and in a slow reveal creates a tantalising and ambiguous picture of the “missing” person.” (The Times)

Official website and trailer:

South Norwood and Thornton Heath Free Film Festival
South Norwood and Thornton Heath Free Film Festival will take place at different venues during the period 25-31 October. Presentations include a Quentin Tarantino double bill at The Pawsons Arms in Thornton Heath and a Halloween Special at Stanley Halls.

For full details, see the Festival website:

Black History Month

Screenings of Belle on 30 October at the David Lean is included, along with another film on 27th, listed in the council’s brochure on Black History Month but not listed on The Save the David Lean site or searchable on Eventbrite. We will update this page when the link is found.















BELLE – extra screening!

Thursday 30 October at 11.00am

Because our 2.30pm screening of Belle during Black History Month has already sold out, we have added an extra screening at 11.00am. Tickets are now on sale. A small number of seats are still available for the 7.30pm screening on the same day.

David Lean Cinema ticketing arrangements
Tickets for all screenings are £7.50. Concessions (Freedom Pass holders, full time students, claimants and people with disabilities) £6. Bookings can be made:
Online: via the TicketSource pages.
Telephone: ‘Phone 0333 666 3366 (a £1.50 charge applies, which covers any number of tickets). Note that this is specifically a Ticketsource service and staff cannot answer any queries unrelated to bookings.
In person:
Croydon Visitors Centre: near East Croydon Station (open 08.00-18.30 Mon-Fri and 09.00-17.00 Sat). Cash or card payments are accepted at CVC.
Croydon Clocktower:
 the David Lean Clocktower box office, located next to the Arts Bar, is open for one hour before every film. Tickets can be purchased for all films, subject to availability. This location is CASH ONLY.
All the above services close 2.5 hours before any particular film, with the exception of the Clocktower box office.
Wheelchairs: front row places can be booked via all the above methods. If you wish to book a complimentary seat for a helper, please request this by emailing:

Facebook and Twitter

Nearly 630 supporters receive news via Facebook page, which is a useful resource for anyone interested in screening updates, photo albums and the latest press coverage.

For additional reminders and film-related news, follow them on Twitter: @SaveDavidLean

Croydon BME Forum Walk and Talk programme

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A Walks and Talks programme is being run by Croydon BME Forum.

WandT programme logoRisq Animasaun – BME Mental Health, Community Development Worker of Croydon BME Forum, explains,

The walk and Talk training programme is an initiative of the Ethnic minority cancer week in collaboration with the British Heart Foundation. This is one of four sites in the UK and it has a trained walker.

The walk and talk addresses the need to improve the health of all members of the community and, in particular, those who are not accessing health programmes early, which results in poor health later on. The government health department recommends exercise for 30 minutes daily for a minimum of five days.BME Forum walk group

Every week, generally on a Wednesday, we walk for thirty minutes and talk health for thirty minutes. Healthy refreshments and a free pedometer is offered to every walker.

Walking is free, its gentle, low impact exercise, easy and suitable for all ages, it reduces risk of heart diseases, obesity and blood pressure. It enhances mental wellbeing and physical health.BME Forum freah fruit

Why not join them?

W&T leaflets

The programme is, as follows

Walk and talk pic



which you can download here – Walk and Talk programme.

For further information you can contact Risq or 020 8684 3719.

Sessions are open to anyone over 18 years of age who is able to walk, unaided.

Meet at the BME Forum
Palmcroy House
387 London Road

Keep up to date by following Croydon BME Forum on Twitter @CroydonBMEForum, Risq, who tweets about these sessions on @RAnimasun, and Croydon BME forum on Facebook.

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Stop the Incinerator campaign goes to the High Court – 9 October 2014

Stop the South London Incinerator Campaign are supporting Shasha Khan in his fight to halt the propose incinerator in Beddington on the Croydon Sutton borders.
Shasha Khan is fighting this in the High Court and Stop the Incinerator Campaign will be there to support Shasha on the day.They are holding a peaceful demo outside the Royal Courts of Justice from 9.30am on Thursday 9 October and they welcome your support.
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Full details are listed on their site here but, in summary…
A peaceful demonstration outside the main entrance to the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand from 9.30am on the 9th of October is planned.
They explain that the demo is about showing the Judge the strength of  opposition to the South London Incinerator but also a celebration of what everyone opposing it has  achieved.
They say,
“Many, across all parties and groups, have campaigned long and hard and getting this case heard at the high courts is no small achievement.”
If you want to know why resisting burning rubbish is important, see the FAQ.
And if you’d like to help Shasha Khan with his costs you can:
  • Donate online here
  • Cheques, made payable to Mr S.I.Khan can be sent to:Stop The Incinerator,
C/O 97 Priory Road,
CR0 3QZ.
  • Contribute by bank transfer, using these bank account details:
Name: Mr S I Khan
Sort Code: 089300
Account Number: 83302576.

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Feedback on Croydon Council website sought – Second round

Would you like to be part of the review and redesign of Croydon Council’s website

There is a second round about to take place.

Croydon website

Croydon Council urgently need volunteers to test the website and give their feedback. The council want to make sure that their website is quick and easy for people to use and they need people to help.

They are looking for a range of volunteers from across different groups who will need to be able, as a minimum, to use a computer mouse, keyboard and view the computer screen. If you live or work in Croydon and want to take part then get in touch. In particular, they are interested in hearing from you if you’re

· A council tenant; or

· A private tenant; or

· A homeowner; or

· A parent with young children (pre-primary school) or older children (pre-secondary school); or

· A young person people aged 16 to 24; or

· An older person – aged 65+; or

· Someone with carer’s responsibilities; or

· Someone with a disability; or

· Someone whose first language isn’t English; or

· A business owner

This may be an ideal opportunity to extend your own personal knowledge and develop experience useful to you.

If you are interested,  please email to stating which group you belong to from the above list.

Please also give your preferred days and times from the dates below and reply no later than Wednesday 8 October. Please also supply your full contact details including your phone number, email and home address:

You will need to be available to attend one slot for 90 minutes on any of the following dates.

Available dates: Tuesday 23 September, Wednesday 24 September, Thursday 25 September, Friday 26 September

Available dates and timeslots:

Tuesday 14 October 11.30am – 1pm 1.30 – 3pm 3.30 – 5pm
Wednesday 15 October 9.30 – 11am 11.30am – 1pm 1.30 – 3pm 3.30 – 5pm
Thursday 16 October 9.30 – 11am 11.30am – 1pm

Croydon Council
Bernard Weatherill House
Mint Walk
Croydon CR0 1EA

This opportunity will be on a first come, first served basis and you will be notified by Friday 10 October if you have been selected to take part. If you are not notified, please assume your details have been transferred to a waiting list.

Note that for research purposes, the Council will be recording the session you attend and you will be asked to sign an agreement form.


Nightwatch Harvest Festival appeal – running throughout October 2014

Nightwatch is a charity that has been caring for homeless people in the London Borough of Croydon for more than thirty years. They are an entirely voluntary organisation with more than 100 volunteers who are out, in teams, every night of the year.homeless man

Nightwatch are appealing for donations of food, goods and financial support throughout October.

Donations of tinned foods, longlife milk and tea bags are welcome, as well as toiletries, such as shampoo, soap and toothpaste.

Blankets or sleeping bags are also sought to provide to those sleeping rough.

homeless man 2Donations can be dropped off any Sunday in October, from 7.30pm – 10.30pm, at the hall of the Croydon Society of Friends (Quakers) 60 Park Lane,  CR0 1JE.

Financial donations to support their work can be sent by post or made online, here.

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You can download a poster to advertise this collection here :
Nightwatch Harvest Festival Poster 2014

All enquiries to :

Black History Month in #Croydon

LBC black history month 14Croydon celebrates Black history month again this October.

Croydon celebrates by:

  • remembering people, places and events from the African Diaspora and the BME community that have made an historical impact;
  • profiling those who are making history today
  • documenting or preserving this heritage to pass on to future generations, with a reference to local history
  • profiling traditions and communities through stories, festivals, crafts, dance and costumes to enhance cultural understanding and appreciation
  • Croydon celebrates black history all year by highlighting events and activities for all the community to enjoy.  This year’s theme also profiles those who are making history today and this is reflected in the events taking place.

See the post here:

And download the diary of events here:

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