CCC Public Meeting – Sanderstead – Thursday 16 October 2014


Please join us for our public meeting at All Saint’s small church hall, Onslow Gardens.
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Anyone with an interest in Croydon is welcome to attend any of our public meetings.

As is the case with all our general public meetings, this meeting has no set agenda. The topics discussed will be led by those attending. Come along with information, notices or updates you’d like to share, topics you’d like discussed, or just come along to listen and have the opportunity to contribute to the discussion.

Please book a free place on Eventbrite here:
This helps us to cater for numbers.

Getting there:
There is some parking outside the hall as well as on road parking. All Saints’ is also close to bus stops on the 403 route between West Croydon and Warlingham and the 412 route between West Croydon and Purley.

Doors open at 7pm, when tea and coffee will be available and you’ll have the chance to meet others attending.

The meeting will start at 7.30pm and we aim to finish around 8.45pm to allow us to vacate by 9pm.

Those who have not pre-booked will be asked to register on the door and those who have pre-booking will be given preference if numbers exceed capacity.

If you are able to display or distribute fliers to advertise the meeting you can download them here: CCC A5 flier Meeting Sept to AGM 14 or email us if you would like hard copies.

Join our mailing list to get an invitation to our events and occasional updates via email by emailing

Please support us with Heart of the Community votes – #1011


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The Croydon Advertiser is running a competition and CCC is one of the 56 groups and organisations who have been shortlisted to win a share of the £10,000 on offer.

The competition was launched in Friday 13 June’s Croydon Advertiser, where you can find a full listing of the shortlisted groups.  This list will appear online at from Wednesday 18 June 2014. You can view the PDF here:

HotC awards

Sponsors of HotCommunity





There are various awards, ranging from £2,500 through to £500, and the awards are sponsored by UK Power Networks, Croydon Partnership and the Croydon Park Hotel, in association with the Croydon Advertiser.


The Croydon Advertiser has provided shortlisted groups with money off coupons for the Croydon Advertiser (40p off the cover price of 80p), and we are happy to offer ours to anyone wishing to support this competition, and hopefully us in the process.

There are a whole host of worthy causes and, in the spirit of what we do, we will provide a link to the full list when it is published online this week. UPDATE: Click on the link above, and then on the cover to access the PDF.

Voting via text will be open on Friday 20 June and will cost 50p a text. We’ll advertise details of how to do this when these are released. In the meantime you can use the coupon in this week’s paper, and in the papers in the next two weeks, to cast your vote.

Voting closed at midnight on Sunday, 6 July, 2014

If you’d like to give us your vote, our code is 1011.

Voting for us would mean we can further our work. CCC aims to increase open public engagement for all with an interest in Croydon, independent of the Council and any political groups.

We’ve already established a more transparent and inclusive Constitution and held an AGM that anyone with an interest could attend. We’ve set in place a series of public meetings in borough-wide locations, from Coulsdon to Norbury, as well as a specific meeting on the subject of Rubbish - in response to demand.

We’ve supported the Croydon community by chairing a series of hustings, which were organised by residents in relation to the local council and MEP elections, and providing refreshments at these events.

A plan for further public meetings is in place, as well as considering plans for public meetings on key topics in relation to demand at our meetings – Rubbish, Libraries and Education in Croydon.

Will you give us your vote?  We hope so.

Please don’t forget. We are 1011.

The committee live in different parts of the borough. We are happy to collect your voting coupon/s or to provide you with an address to send them to.  Please email We’d also welcome hearing from anyone who would be willing to act as a collection point for us.

The competition is steep, but it just goes to show how much is going on in Croydon.

Whatever the outcome of this competition it is a win for Croydon.

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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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MOPAC Roadshow in Croydon – 4 November 2014

MOPAC Roadshow

Your Police, Your SayMOPAC

The Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime and the Metropolitan Police Service are visiting every London borough this year to talk about the progress made against the Police and Crime Plan and hear local peoples’ views on policing in the capital.

The first 16 events took place earlier this year from January to March 2014. Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Assistant Commissioner Helen King and local Borough Commanders will be visiting the remaining boroughs from September to December 2014.

The Croydon event is on 4 November 2014.

Croydon Conference Centre
5-9 Surrey Street
United Kingdom
If you plan to attend the event, please register.

MOPAC reports that progress has been made over the last year with crime in London now falling faster than the rest of the country – down by 6% in 2013/14. However, MOPAC states that challenges remain and it is right to not only showcase local success stories but to continue the conversation with Londoners where further changes need to be made.

For more information, and to book click here.

And you can sign up for updates from MOPAC delivered to your inbox.


East Croydon Community Group

East CroydonEast Croydon Community Group are holding their first meeting on 7th October
2014, and are planning to change the name to something more inspiring!

Full details, including the agenda, are here:

You can find full information on the group on their website : as mentioned in our meeting in Addiscombe.

East Croydon

Notes of meeting – Addiscombe – September 2014

Thanks to everyone who attended our meeting in Addiscombe and to the organisations and individuals who helped us advertise the event.

Notes of Meeting
Here are the notes of the meeting held: Notes of Addiscombe 16 Sept 14

There are several points raised at this meeting being pursued and the outcome of the actions noted will be posted here, when known.

Next public meeting
Our next event is in October in Sanderstead.

As with all our events everyone is very welcome to attend. Booking via Eventbrite is appreciated to help us cater for numbers.

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If you have any feedback on this meeting or our activities we’d welcome hearing from you. 

David Lean Cinema – September update

Update at 22 September 2014:

Numbers for Chef last week were not enormous but it was very clear from the feedback that the audiences found it a very enjoyable film. Remarkably, the afternoon attendance doubled on the day, due to the high number of patrons who booked at the box office.

Fortunately, you don’t have to wait until Thursday for another memorable evening at the David Lean, in view of tonight’s opportunity to see the BFI’s A Night at the Cinema 914. 

That’s followed on Thursday by our screenings of Jimmy’s Hall – the latest film from Ken Loach. Tickets will be available for both films at our Clocktower box office on  the days in question.

Monday 22 September at 7.30pm only
A NIGHT AT THE CINEMA 1914 (U) 2014 UK / USA 85 mins

Compiled by the BFI  ●  Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Pearl White, Florence Lawrence
What was it like to go to the movies in 1914? Great fun! The BFI’s experts have recreated a typical variety programme – comedy shorts, a serial drama episode, animation and documentaries from around the world – with recorded musical accompaniment from silent film expert Stephen Horne.

“Thrills, smiles and insights abound in this thoughtful miscellany capturing the national mood around the outbreak of the Great War. The slapsticks are a hoot, the novelties quaintly antiquated. But the newsreels poignantly capture a belle époque about to be shattered.” (Empire Magazine)

BFI page and trailer:


Thursday 25 September at 2.30 and 7.30pm
JIMMY’S HALL (15) 2014 UK / IRELAND 109 mins

Director: Ken Loach  ●  Starring: Barry Ward, Simone Kirby, Andrew Scott, Jim Norton
Possibly Loach’s last feature film, set in Ireland in 1921, as the opening of a dance hall at a rural crossroads pits communist Jimmy Gralton (Ward) against a repressive church and state. “Humane, impassioned and empathetic, joyous and full of life.” (The Guardian)



JIMMY’S HALL OFFICIAL TRAILER from total:spec on Vimeo.

Croydon Visitor Centre
Just a reminder that if you’re travelling via East Croydon station, or in the vicinity, our friends at Croydon Visitor Centre offer a very convenient box office service every day apart from Sundays and Bank Holidays (see below for opening hours). No extra charges apply and while there, you can also pick up our flyers (and others relating to local events and attractions); top up Oyster credit; buy travel tickets, etc.

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 our 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:
 our 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
Well over 600 supporters now receive news via our Facebook page, which is a useful resource for anyone interested in the Campaign, with photo albums, scans of the latest  press coverage, and screening reminders.

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

Croydon Lions Invites the Community to Join and Make a Difference

The Croydon Lions Club is seeking civic-minded men and women to join them in making a difference in the community. The club is hosting an information session on Every 2nd Tuesday off the month for people who want to learn more about the club and its work.

“Our club gives members an opportunity to advance worthy causes, serve with friends, and become leaders in the community. This club means a lot to our Lions, but it means so much more to the people we serve,” said Derek Withers.

The information session will be held at Sainsbury’s Meeting Rooms in West Croydon (Opposite West Croydon Train Station), on the 2nd Tuesday in each month at 7:30 p.m (Formally Known as the Old Ship of Fools Pub).  Derek Withers encourages the public to come out and learn more about the club’s work.

“We want to share the great things we’re doing in the community, and let others know how they can help,” said Derek Withers.

The Lions’ motto is “We Serve,” and the Croydon Lions has lived up to it. For 50 years, the clubs has helped:

  • Mayday Hospital – Well Woman and KIM (Kids in Mayday) appeals
  • Heartbeat Appeal
  • 20 nebulisers for the Chest Clinic
  • Pulse Oxymeters for Croydon ambulances
  • A counselling lounge for Macmillan Nurses.

To learn more about the information session, the Croydon Lions or its service projects, contact Jon Bonner 020 8333 9292.

Find the Croydon Lions on facebook at

Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organisation in the world. Its 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs are serving communities in 207 countries and geographical areas around the globe. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired, championed youth initiatives and strengthened local communities through hands-on service and humanitarian projects. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit

For More Information:
Lion Jon Bonner
Croydon Lions
0845 833 9523

And the Croydon Lions are looking for help to hold the next Addiscombe carnival, in May 2015.  Plans are already being made but the more hands to help plan or on the day the better. See full details here: Help wanted for Addiscombe Carnival

Addiscombe Carnival poster

Local TUC want your input at Croydon Assembly – 15 Nov, 2014

Saturday 15 November 2014
9.15am- 4.15pm
Ruskin House
23 Coombe Rd


Croydon residents and campaign groups welcome….

Croydon TUC is organising the Assembly to enable Croydon residents and campaigning groups to discuss how we can work together for real change.

John McDonnell MP has been invited to open the Assembly.

A series of workshops will discuss education, housing, national health service, the welfare state, climate change, race and immigration, the local economy, culture and political representation.

A full programme will be available closer to the event.

To register your interest please email:

And see for updates.


Feedback on Croydon Council website sought

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

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 of people 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 17 September. 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 timeslots:
9:30 – 11:00am
11:30 – 1:00pm
1:30 – 3:00pm
3:30 – 5:00pm

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 19 September 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.