Petition – against closure of Croydon Visitor Centre #Croydon

A petition has been launched against the closure of the Croydon Visitor Centre, due to close on May 1, calling on Croydon Council to take action

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Photo © Kake, used under Creative Commons.


The petition reads,

‘We, the undersigned residents and workers of Croydon, call on the Council to discuss with Croydon BID the planned closure of the Croydon Visitor Centre on 1 May 2015, because of the closure’s detrimental effect on the image of Croydon and the ending of its range of services which helped 150,000 visitors in 2013/14. We request the Council to discuss with the BID methods to finance the re-location and continuing operation of the Centre. Given the damage to the image of Croydon if the BID does not agree to find a way to keep the Centre open, the Council should consider withdrawing its support from the BID’

You can find the petition here: 

Online on the council website:,%202&orderby=1

Or to access paper copies: where copies of the petition to download are available.




Croydon Policing Newsletter – Coulsdon West – Feb 2015

Welcome to the new monthly newsletter covering Coulsdon West. This is the first in a series of monthly newsletters aiming to keep people in the area up to date with policing matters in the area.

The first page has numerous links and contact details for the team.

The subsequent pages have more detailed information, showing you what the team has been up to in the Coulsdon area. It is not a full list of what the local policing team have done but just a taster to show what has have achieved.

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Produced by:

Coulsdon West Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email –
Tel – 020 8721 2465

Download copies here: 

First page: UPDATE COULSDONWEST February 2015

Subsequent pages: Coulsdon West Local Police Team February 2015 News

If you are interested in the Neighbourhood Watch scheme, please see details here.


Croydon Eye Spring Newsletter

The Croydon Eye is the newsletter for Croydon Neighbourhood Watch.

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Download a copy here: CroydonEye_SPRING_V2_2015

Produced by: Croydon Borough Neighbourhood Watch Association (CBNWA)

Phone: 020 8551 1200  ext. 37637

CBNWA c/o Croydon Fire Station
90 Old Town


Notices from South Croydon CCC Meeting on 25/2/15

Thank you to all who attended to contribute to discussions at this meeting, and thanks to the 8th South Croydon Brownies unit who kindly helped by setting tables up before leaving the hall.

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Particular thanks go to Jo Elmer and her colleague Kate Orage from TfL who gave a short presentation and were questioned thoroughly on the Fiveways proposals, giving time longer than originally committed to answer all questions put to them.

Sth Croydon 2 Feb 15We’d also like to thank Chief Inspector McGarry and Inspector Robbins of the Metropolitan Police, who joined us to provide notices and answer questions from the audience.

We were also pleased to be joined by Cllr. Andrew Pelling, who attended to support the local community and contribute to discussions.  

The notes of meeting will be circulated to the TfL staff and the senior police officers who attended this evening, and then to all attendees for checking and comment, before being uploaded on our website.

The initial notices given on the evening, were:

Update on outstanding matters addressed to council officers or taken away by councillors in previous meetings: There have been no updates on matters raised with council officers and councillors since those provided at our last meeting. These will be pursued again.

Steven Mubanga is a 20 year old from Norbury who has been missing since 11 January 2015 when he did not return, as expected, to the army barracks where he was stationed. There have been several reported sighting of him in different areas.

Please help spread the word. His family is desperate to find him. See:, which includes links to Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Details of the Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission are posted on the CCC website: The deadline for nominations for Resident Commissioners has been extended to this Friday 27 February. See

The Stanley Halls is to be community run and the Stanley People’s Initiative is looking for people willing to stand as Trustees. See:

Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group (Croydon CCG) is holding workshops to gather patient and public feedback of Urgent Care in Croydon. These are planned for Friday 6 March from 1.30 – 4.30pm and Wednesday 25 March from 5.30 – 8.30pm. See:

The CCG are also consulting on people’s experience of using 111, using a short online survey. See

An engagement exercise to discuss Stop and Search in Croydon is being held at the BME Forum on Friday 12 March, from 4-6pm, at the Forum in Palmcroy House, 339 London Road.

The Croydon BME Forum is also looking for donations of books suitable for 10 to 16 year olds for use in a mentoring programme pitched at Black and Minority Ethnic BME males who are deemed at risk, to help steer them away from negative influences and help guide them to make positive life choices.

We are happy to receive any donations to pass on, so let us know if you have any, or pass them direct to the BME Forum.

We’ve already passed on details the Siobhan Dowd Trust, a charity that might be able to help.


CCC has been asked to point out the petition against the proposal for Fiveways. See

You might like to read or add comments on our website too, whatever your view.  See:

Purley Food Hub is just one of the food hubs in Croydon and invite donations.  For details of items they seek in February please see:

The Whitgift Foundation are hosting their third Croydon Heritage Festival on the theme of Famous Croydon – past present and future, from 20 to 28 June 2015. See:

The Croydon Visitor Centre is to close on May 1 Few know of this. A petition was suggested at the meeting but no takers came forward as petitions were felt to be ineffective. Petitions may, at least, raise awareness of the issue. See:

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Our next meeting was due to take place mid March in New Addington


As we learnt at this meeting that the Opportunity and Fairness Commission have arrangements in place for their first public meeting in New Addington in mid March, the CCC committee will look to alter this plan.

We are advised that the date provisionally set for the Opportunity and Fairness Commission is 9 March 2015, and likely to be 7pm to 8.30pm.  These details have now been confirmed.

Croydon Visitor Centre to shut on May 1 2015 …Thoughts?

The Croydon Visitor Centre is to close on May 1 2015 and this was raised at the CCC meeting tonight For details see:

Few knew of the intended closure.

A petition was suggested but no takers came forward at the meeting tonight on the basis that some felt that petitions were ineffective.  It is nonetheless true that petitions do highlight the issue to the community and allow all a say.

Members of the CCC committee collected literature from the Centre last week.  We saw that it was well used and valued. Person after person entering commented surprise at the closure and commented on their disappointment at the loss of this centre which informs and promotes Croydon.

What do you think about the planned closure?


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Croydon CCG consult on Urgent Care in Croydon

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

Workshops on the future provision of Urgent Care in Croydon

Croydon CCG is holding two workshops in March to gather patient and public feedback on the future provision of Urgent Care in Croydon.

This includes arrangements for:

Urgent Care Centre
GP Out of Hours
Minor Injury Units
Walk in Centre
Primary Care

The CCG wants to hear from:

Croydon residents and patients
Mental Health providers and support groups
Community and Voluntary organisations
GPs and Practice Nurses
Hospital and GPs Receptionists
Out of Hours Providers
NHS 111 Call Handlers
Social Workers for Adult and Children’s Services
They are seeking to involve as many people as possible, to help shape this important area of work.

The events will be held on

Friday 6 March from 1.30pm – 4.30pm: Register here

and repeated on

Wednesday 25 March from 5.30pm – 8.30pmRegister here


The Maple Room
Fairfield Halls
Park Lane

View the details here:

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

Find Croydon CCG on Twitter at @NHSCroydonCCG

And find the website here.

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Help Purley Food Hub – update – February 2015

PFH logoPurley Food Hub is a registered charity, keen to receive donations to support their work.
Donations can be left in Purley at:
Get Fired! (pottery shop), 914 Brighton Road, Purley CR8 2LN
Monday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm (9pm Thursday)
Purley United Reformed Church, 906 Brighton Road, Purley CR8 2LN
Monday to Saturday, 9am to 2pm
Christ Church, between 861-863 Brighton Road, Purley CR8 2BN
Monday to Friday, 9am-12noon (term time)
Local supermarkets also collect donations:
Several local supermarkets have allowed us to hold regular food collections at their stores when the volunteers ask shoppers to buy an extra item or two and donate them to the Food Hub for people in crisis.
Co-op Kenley
Morrisons Croydon Fiveways
Sainsbury’s Local Purley
Tesco Purley
Waitrose Coulsdon
Waitrose Sanderstead – this has a collection point by the tills

Look out for Purley Food Hub volunteers on:
Saturday 28 February 2015 (9am-6pm) – Waitrose Coulsdon

The following list of food and other items are those the Food Hub particularly needs for their clients in February.
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Download a flyer here: Purley Food Hub – February

Nomination for Croydon Community Civic Awards now open

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 16.02.50The Council are inviting nominations to the 2015 Croydon Community Civic Awards. The Croydon Community Civic Awards honour the achievements of outstanding local people and voluntary groups and celebrate the boroughs unsung heroes who go that extra mile to help others.

To make your nomination or for more information about the awards visit

Nomination forms are also available in Croydon libraries.

The closing date for nominations is 5pm on Monday, 23 March 2015.

Finalists will be invited to a ceremony in June 2015.

Award categories are:

Volunteer of the Year
In this category the Council are looking for someone who has made an outstanding contribution through volunteering during 2014.

Personal Achievement Award
This award celebrates volunteers who make a huge contribution to the community even though they face great difficulties in their own lives because of their personal circumstances, health etc.

Lifetime Achievement Award
The Council are looking for a special person who has devoted many years of outstanding service through volunteering.

Young Volunteer of the Year
A young person (aged 16-25) that has made an outstanding contribution to volunteering in Croydon during 2014

Carer of the Year
Someone who has made an exceptional contribution to caring and has championed the invaluable role of carers. In this category we do not include people paid to be carers.

Fundraiser of the Year
A person or group whose impressive or novel fundraising efforts have boosted a local cause.

Employees of the Year
A group of employees at your workplace that volunteer in the community and make a big difference.

Voluntary Group of the Year
A local group leading the way in volunteering and providing great opportunities for volunteers.

Civic Life Award
A dedicated person who has made an outstanding contribution to your community.

Croydon Policing Newsletter – Thornton Heath – Feb 2015

Welcome to the new monthly newsletter covering the Croydon council ward of Thornton Heath. This is the first in a series of monthly newsletters aiming to keep people in the ward up to date with policing matters in the area.

Produced by:

Thornton Heath Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email –
Tel – 020 8721 2058

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Download a copy here: Thornton Heath Update Feb 15

If you are interested in the Neighboorhood Watch scheme, please see details here.


Croydon Heritage Festival 2015 – June 20 – 28

Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 16.02.37The Croydon Heritage Festival is returning for 2015, bringing a range of fantastic events and attractions to the town from Saturday 20 June to Sunday 28 June.

Festival organisers, 400 year charity The Whitgift Foundation, have announced that this year the festival will be celebrating the theme of FAMOUS CROYDON, highlighting the town’s links to many iconic faces and events, while also celebrating local rising stars of the future.

Croydon has a wealth of famous connections, many of which have been forgotten over the years – the town is home of the Brit School, which produced the likes of international superstars Amy Winehouse and Adele; a location for the hit, Hollywood blockbuster The Da Vinci Code; the birth place of the much loved literary imps The Flower Fairies, and the home of the UK’s first airport, regularly frequented by Marilyn Monroe.

These stories and icons will be brought to life by the festival programme, which will follow three key strands – Famous Croydon of the past, present and future.

Working with the older generation to uncover fascinating local stories from the past, the Festival will explore Croydon’s heritage links to famous people and events from years gone by. This will be celebrated on Saturday 20 June, when the town centre will come to life for Heritage Day 2015.

To mark the famous Croydon of today, a newly launched walking trail will invite people to visit local landmarks and famous spots, following a specially produced map to help them find their way.

So who or what will be famous in the Croydon of the future? The festival will be inviting the town’s young stars to reveal their artistic talents to illustrate how they see their Croydon of the future, with opportunities to exhibit work throughout the festival or perform as part of Heritage Day. A toolkit for schools and youth groups keen to get involved will be available to download via the website.

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Last year’s festival was a roaring success, with thousands of visitors enjoying over 100 events throughout the town. This was all achieved through the collective effort of more than 75 local organisations, many of which are already excitedly planning to make this year’s festival bigger, better and more iconic than ever!

Martin Corney, Chief Executive of The Whitgift Foundation, comments:

‘This is our third year for Croydon Heritage Festival, and it looks set to be the best yet. It’s fantastic to see the local community are again ready to support the festival with an overwhelming level of enthusiasm and engagement, especially working around our exciting new theme for 2015. There is so much going on for Croydon – the festival will be a great asset to the changing image of the town, driving visitors and business to the area as we see the wider plans for redevelopment unfold.’


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If you are on Twitter you can keep up with news by following @1596Whitgift and tweet using the hashtag #FamousCroydon