CCC – Committee update – Peter Staveley steps aside during run up to election

The CCC committee has discussed the comments made by those at the AGM event, and taken a view on the basis of this, led by the thoughts of our newly elected Vice Chair.

The working group, and the committee after that, have valued the input of Peter Staveley to the work of the organisation, promoting open engagement. Both are clear that at no time has Peter sought to promote or discuss politics at meetings – whether they be public meetings or those in relations to the internal workings of CCC.

Whilst we are very sorry to lose Peter’s input at this crucial stage of the group’s work, we appreciate his stance to cease active involvement at the earliest opportunity to ensure the ongoing work of CCC, without any doubt regarding any perceived political influence on our work.
peter_staveleyPeter states,

At the AGM of CCC it was suggested by a member of the public present that those standing for election on CCC committee must stand aside during the election period.  At the meeting I fully agreed with that suggestion.

Today, Friday 19th December, makes the official start of 2015 General Election Campaign and so, as someone who wants to keep to their word, I now wish to honour my undertaking to the membership present at the AGM. Therefore, I will stand aside from any management involvement in the CCC.

I wish to make it clear that I am standing aside solely to avoid any accusation of CCC being used by either myself or UKIP for political gain.  However, I remain fully supportive of CCC and all its aims, especially in providing a vehicle for the residents and businesses of Croydon to make their views known on the issues that matter to them.

I look forward to CCC continuing to provide excellent regular local meetings throughout the election period.”


The committee thank Peter for his considerable input from the outset from July 2013, appreciate the stance he has taken to safeguard the independence of CCC’s work and look forward to him taking up active involvement on CCC committee after the election period.

This will be shortly prior to the next AGM of CCC, allowing any one with a wish to have a view, a vote at the AGM, on the committee to take CCC forward for 2015/16.

CCC AGM 2014 and public meeting event – Update

Thanks to everyone who attended our AGM and public meeting event.

Photo taken by attendee, Peter Underwood, and tweeted by @GreenPeterU on Twitter

Photo taken by attendee, Peter Underwood, and tweeted by @GreenPeterU on Twitter – just one snap of the number assembled for the AGM and public meeting that followed.  The full list of attendees in noted in minutes and notes for this evening.

The committee are aware of ongoing misinformation in circulation about CCC meetings and activities. The committee have therefore taken the decision to produce detailed minutes for the AGM and for notes of the public meeting that followed.

We hope these records will allow anyone with an interest to see what occurred throughout the evening, and who attended. The full content of the Chair’s report, presented on the night, is also attached.

CCC AGM minutes 2014

AGM Chair’s report

CCC Accounts 2013-14 AGM

Notes of public meeting following AGM

The committee welcome speaking with anyone who has any questions or comments.  Please email us at or call/text us on 07864 676 088.

Going forward
This completes the first year of the new committee being in post, with a year of funding yet to run.  It is the committee’s intention to reset the AGM date back to the original date of June/July to bring the meeting closer to the reporting period for the accounts.

Our next public meeting will be held in central Croydon on 28 January 2015.  This will be the first meeting to alter the existing ‘no agenda’ format of our meetings. This is being trialled in response to suggestions made at the AGM event.  We are looking for a few topics to kick off the meeting.  To indicate an interest in tabling a topic or item for discussion, please indicate by adding it as a comment at the foot of the event specific post, here.

Forward meeting dates and venues will be announced as soon as finalised but current plans are February – South Croydon, March – New Addington, April – South Norwood, May – Ashburton, June – Selsdon, July – AGM Central Croydon

As with all our events, everyone is very welcome to attend.

Booking via Eventbrite is appreciated to help us cater for numbers.  Manual registration on the night takes time, which may also delay the start of the meeting.  This is something CCC would prefer to avoid.

Willing volunteers always welcome
The committee continues to seek people willing to take an active role on committee in order to expand the work of CCC. Someone who could act as Secretary is high priority for the organisation. People with time to commit or with other skills would also be welcomed.  All posts are voluntary and our work is strictly apolitical.

Appeal for information and evidence
The committee also continues to seek information relating to the allegations in regard to activities of our ex Vice Chair. If you have any information to substantiate the allegations, including that this was intentional and/or repeated, or any information about complaints lodged, we would welcome receiving this information. We continue to work with others across Croydon communities to investigate this matter.



CCC Public Meeting – Croydon – Weds 28 January 2015

Please join us for our public meeting in the hall to the rear of:

St. Michael and All Angels with St. James
Poplar Walk

Enter via the gate to the left of the Church.

St Michael front

Anyone with an interest in Croydon is welcome to attend any of our public meetings and meetings are apolitical.

As is the case with all our general public meetings, the body of this meeting will be open, with 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.

Do you have a topic for discussion or debate?
In response to demand, we will be inviting people to suggest topics for discussion to kick off the meeting. Please add a comment on this post to indicate a topic of interest. There will still be plenty of opportunity to raise a topic for discussion or highlight a notice on the night, during the course of the evening.

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

Getting there:
There is no parking available at this venue but its central location on good transport links should make it accessible.


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 by 7.20pm and we aim to finish around 8.30pm to allow those attending to network and for us to vacate the venue 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.

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

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David Lean Cinema – December 2014 and January 2015

Full listings for December can be found here.

Please note: The temperature in the cinema has been lower than normal on several occasions in December 2014.  Please be aware of this. Ideal temperatures are impossible to guarantee while the current building works are taking place in the Clocktower.

One of the long-running problems that the David Lean team are striving to improve is the cinema’s front row, in view of the missing seats. It’s possible that supporters may be able to help, so please see the item below.

Thursday 11 December at 2.30pm* and 7.30pm
Tickets will be available from the box office before both screenings.

The 2.30pm screening will be subtitled for people with hearing loss.

’71 (15) 2014 UK 99 mins

Director: Yann Demange  ●  Starring: Jack O’Connell, Sam Reid, Sean Harris
A young and disorientated British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the lethal streets of Belfast in 1971. Demange’s debut effectively balances tension and explosive action, as the rookie – a great instinctive performance from O’Connell – becomes a pawn in the rivalries between paramilitary factions and between the regular Army and Special Forces.

“This is a taut thriller, with great control of action and pace, and an outstanding re-creation of the west Belfast war zone.” (The Guardian)
“It’s an extraordinary cinematic debut for director Yann Demange, whose unflinching lens quickly establishes an environment that seethes with danger and menace…” (Digital Spy)
* The 2.30pm screening will be subtitled for people with hearing loss.



Thursday 18 December at 11.00am and 7.30pm
NORTHERN SOUL (15) 2014 UK 102 mins

Director: Elaine Constantine  ●  Starring: Elliot Langridge, Josh Whitehouse, Antonia Thomas

The story of two friends whose life is changed by the wave of authentic American soul music that sweeps Northern England in the 1970s. Constantine captures the energy of the Wigan Casino and the highs and lows of teenage life, with a “fantastic soundtrack” (Daily Express) and a host of cameo appearances from familiar British stars.
“Constantine is a long-time fan of the Northern Soul scene, and it shows in every frame of her directorial debut, a buzzing love letter to the enduring, exclusive underground movement.” (The Times)

Official site and Trailer:

Finally, if you’re planing to see The Beat Beneath My Feet on 30 December, you’ll be delighted to hear that it has just been confirmed that Michael Mueller – the film’s writer/producer – will be joining David Lean Cinema for an interview and Q&A session afterwards. This will be chaired by Janet Smith, who presents the Croydon Radio Arts Show in addition to being one of our committee members. It should be the perfect end to a memorable year!

January 2015 programme

David Lean Cinema will be presenting a record eight films in January 2015.  David Lean have received an exceptional number of enquiries regarding whether they will screen Mr. Turner, so there’s every reason to think this might sell out in advance.

Please note that they also have two films linked to Holocaust Memorial Day, which will include the recently-completed documentary Night Will Fall on the day itself (27 January).

January tickets will go on sale at 8.00am on 12 December 2014.

DL jan 15

Download the flyer here: David Lean – January 2015 flyer
Tuesday 13 January at 7.30pm

LEVIATHAN (15) 2014 Russia 140 mins (subtitled)

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev  ●  Stars: Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Elena Lyadova, Roman Madyanov
The 2014 London Film Festival’s Best Film: a black comedy shining a light on contemporary Russia, as an ordinary man battles to save his home from the clutches of corrupt authorities.

“A modern classic weaving together rich characters, witty satire, thriller elements and political bite. Among the finest films of 2014.” (Film 4)


Please note ( 11/1/15) that only limited Leviathan tickets are left, so advance booking would be wise. Tickets should be available at the Clocktower box office for the other two films, though.

Wednesday 14 January at 7.30pm
NORTHERN SOUL (15) 2014 UK 102 mins

Director: Elaine Constantine  ●  Starring: Elliot Langridge, Josh Whitehouse, Antonia Thomas

The story of two friends whose life is changed by the wave of authentic American soul music that sweeps Northern England in the 1970s. Constantine captures the energy of the Wigan Casino and the highs and lows of teenage life, with a “fantastic soundtrack” (Daily Express) and a host of cameo appearances from familiar British stars.

“Constantine is a long-time fan of the Northern Soul scene, and it shows in every frame of her directorial debut, a buzzing love letter to the enduring, exclusive underground movement.” (The Times)

Official site and trailer:

Thursday 15 January at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
THE 78 PROJECT MOVIE (15) 2014 USA 96 mins

Director: Alex Steyermark  ●  Featuring: John C. Reilly, Victoria Williams, and many more
A travelogue across the United States, recording today’s musicians on vintage 78rpm equipment as they perform the wonderful early American songs that inspired a century of popular music.

“Rises above simple vintage worship and does more than just glorify the past – it helps us experience it.” (The Village Voice)

Official site and trailer:

Plus LOMAX 2014 USA 96 mins

Director: Jesse Kreitzer  ●  Stars: James “Tail Dragger” Jones, Georg Koszulinski

A dramatisation of the work of Alan Lomax, who in 1941 went on a remarkable trip to the Mississippi Delta to record a history of the Blues.




The DLC’s front row seats – can you help?
Patrons are well aware that the front row currently lacks six of its nine original seats – hence the temporary chairs that are needed on some occasions. The missing seats should be three pairs of two, all of which can be removed if needed to accommodate wheelchairs. Two of the pairs were somewhat battered a result of the handling necessary over the years, and unfortunately a former member of staff disposed of them towards the end of last year. They are therefore looking for replacements but finding the right type of mid-1990s cinema seats, ideally in pairs, is extremely difficult. However, the third pair was retained and we would like to return it to the cinema soon. The problem is that it lacks its three arm rests, which are mostly made of a combination of wood, foam rubber and fabric. They therefore ideally need an individual or company willing to make these for a reasonable cost. If they had an offer, it would also make sense to have two or three others arm rests repaired. If you or someone you know might be able to assist with this, please let them know.

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 670 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

Auditions for “SO U THINK I’M CRAZY…? in Croydon & other skills sought

“KNOW MY MIND” is a local creative voluntary community group based in Croydon.

Out of the humble beginnings of a supportive Carers’ group the seeds were sown and facilitated by Ekanem Hines and Rhian Tait for a ground breaking provocative piece of powerful therapeutic drama scripted by Ekanem known as “SO U THINK I’M CRAZY…?”

This dynamic production explores the myths about the reality of mental ill-health and blows the lid off  “Pandora’s Box” for all to see. It “Tells it like it is” of how anyone of us could fall off the edge and find ourselves detained in a psychiatric hospital or struggling with the challenges of mental ill-health.

To date, KNOW MY MIND has had a series of successful performances followed by standing ovations, excellent evaluations and played to over 600 audiences. Currently, we are looking for individuals, with or without acting experience and an understanding of mental health issues would be desirable; to join our cast members for live performances early in the New Year.

Cast members sought

Although looking for understudies for the complete cast, they also wish to cast for specific roles i.e. that of a nurse, psychiatrist, a distressed woman and a stressed professional mental health worker.

(Please note:  All Cast members are volunteers and there are no paid fees for participation.)

If you are interested please reply to:

It would be helpful if you could also forward background information about yourself.

Interviews/auditions will be held in the Croydon area on Thursday 11 December 2014; Wednesday 17 December 2014 and Thursday, 18 December 2014.

Details of times and venue will be given on application.

All applicants will be contacted.

KNOW MY MIND can be found on Twitter @Knowmymind1 and on Facebook

Links to write-up of a previous performance can be found here.


The group also require individuals who have skills in:

  • Marketing/Advertising;
  • Administration;
  • Website Design;
  • Stage Management;
  • Photography;
  • Filming;
  • Technical theatre lighting;
  • Set Design;
  • Artists for publicity and promotional materials;
  • and experienced Fundraisers/Accountants.

All areas of work is on a voluntary basis.

This is an exciting opportunity to be involved not only behind the scenes in all that is necessary to keep the wheels of a production moving but to develop a broader understanding of mental  health issues and to sharpen one’s individual personal skills.

If you feel that you could offer any of the skills above,  please apply to with a CV or background information (no more than 2 pages).

Closing date: 21 January 2015.
Interviews will take place end of January 2015.
All applicants will be acknowledged.


Pop Up Shop at Croydon College in aid of homeless charity

CC pop up signThe pop up shop in the Parfitt Gallery at Croydon School of Art, will be open Monday 8 December to Wednesday 10 December from noon to 2 pm.

Hand made decorations, t-shirts, cards and more, all made by Croydon School of Art students, will be on sale. There will be a student run nail bar, live student performances and a photo booth too!

The initiative is all run by and masterminded by Croydon College students, with the support of staff.
CC Pop Up shop
A spokesperson for Croydon College said,

“Our students are fabulous at finding causes they care about and take action to help. We were awarded a Queen’s Award for volunteering this year due to all of their hard work and dedication!”


All proceeds will be donated to Porchlight, a charity supporting young homeless people.

Croydon CCG Patient and Public Forum – 10 December 14

CCG headerCroydon CCG holds events for the public to get involved in the work of NHS Croydon CCG by discussing specific issues, providing us with feedback on existing services and helping us to develop new services.

The next patient and public forum will be held on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 from 6pm – 8pm at the Croydon and District Masonic Halls, 73 Oakfield Road, Croydon, Surrey CR0 2UX

If you would like to find out more or would like to be invited to future events, please email


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Download a copy of the details here: Croydon CCG_Invitation to Patient and PublicForum_10 December 2014

Find Croydon CCG on Twitter at @NHSCroydonCCG

And find the website here.

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