How to check for current Council consultations

The link we published on 30 September worked.



UPDATE at 18 November 2014

Now try:

It is not bringing up information about current consultations though, at the time we checked. Culture is not a search option and searching all brings back just one result, yet we are advertising many open consultations on our site.

How are you finding accessing information about current consultations?

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:

LBC black history month 14

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

Doors open at 6pm for a 6.30pm start.

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.


AfricanHistory+ @Croydon – November 22, 2014

AfricanHistory+ @ Croydon Nov. 22  – it’s a whole day affair, including local issue workshops, being held at Matthews Yard in Croydon.

It is promoted as a family friendly event, including films and presentations, stalls, Q&A sessions and music.

Booking is via Eventbrite and places for most events appear to be bookable for a small fee of between £5 to £8 per person.


Supported by Matthews Yard, Croydon BME Forum, History & Social Action Publications, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Network, Croydon Radical History Network, BTWSC, African Histories Revisited and Music Congress.


BTWSC is a pan-London voluntary organisation that uses the creative arts to develop potential, raise aspirations, and promote social inclusion. It works with youths, adults and inter-generational audiences. Its core areas of delivery cover music industry, event planning, and African history education and programmes. For more details and queries email:


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

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


PC Tolladay from the Sanderstead Safer Neighbourhood team has made arrangements to join us on the evening, to give a brief update and to take questions from the floor.

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.