New Rules about tobacco, e-cigarettes and smoking come into force on 1st October 2015

As from 1 October it will be illegal:
  • for retailers to sell electronic cigarettes or e-liquids to someone under 18
  • for an adult to buy (or try to buy) tobacco products or e-cigarettes for someone under 18
  • to smoke in a private vehicle carrying someone under 18. Private vehicles must be smoke free if they are enclosed, there is more than one person present and one of them is under 18.
So, it will be an offence:
  • for a person of any age to smoke in a private vehicle that is carrying someone who is under 18
  • for a driver (including a provisional driver) not to stop someone smoking in these circumstances
The rules don’t apply to e-cigarettes.
A fixed penalty notice (fine) for both offences is £50. Somebody who commits both offences could get two fines. Private vehicles must be carrying more than one person to be smoke free so somebody who is 17 and smoking alone in a private vehicle won’t be committing an offence.
An enforcement officer (usually the police) will use discretion to decide whether to issue a warning or a fixed penalty notice, or to refer an offence to court.
What classes as an enclosed vehicle?
The legislation covers any private vehicle that is enclosed wholly or partly by a roof. A convertible car, or coupe, with the roof completely down and stowed is not enclosed and so isn’t covered by the legislation.
Sitting in the open doorway of an enclosed vehicle is covered by the legislation.
The rules apply to motor homes, campervans and caravans when they are being used as a vehicle, but don’t apply when they are being used as living accommodation.
The rules don’t apply to:
  • boats, ships and aircraft as they have their own rules
  • work vehicles and public transport as they are already covered by smoke free legislation.
Why has the law changed?
Everytime a child breathes in second hand smoke, they breathe in thousands of chemicals. This put them at risk of serious conditions, such as meningitis, cancer and respiratory infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia. It can also make asthma worse.
Second hand smoke is dangerous for anyone, but children are especially vulnerable, because they breathe more rapidly and have less developed airways and lungs and immune systems. Over 80% of cigarette smoke is invisible and opening windows does not remove it harmful effects.
The law is changing to protect children and young people from such harm.
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Smart Water comes to Croydon at reduced price for those involved in an active Neighbourhood Watch

SmartWater, the highly successful burglary deterrent, is being rolled out in Croydon as part of the Met Trace project. Officers are visiting homes across the borough to show residents how to mark their property with the liquid, which is only visible under UV light and allows police to trace stolen property.

A trial in London last year showed Smartwater cut burglary up to 85% and we are hoping for great results in Croydon.

The Met Trace project seeks to provide traceable liquid property marking kits to London households. To find more about the scheme, read the previous posts here and here.

And, here for the article relating to the roll out in Croydon.

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How do I get SmartWater?

The Smart Water kits. available via the Met Trace initiative. will only be given to some households.


You can purchase a kit for £25, a third of the regular price, if you live in an area covered by an active Neighbourhood Watch. The kit you can purchase contains enough SmartWater to mark about 50 items.

If you live in a road without an active Neighbourhood Watch, why not consider starting one?

For full details of what is involved in becoming a Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator or to request a code to access the reduced-price kit if you are already covered by an active Neighbourhood Watch, you can access all details on the newly launched Croydon Neighbourhood Watch website.

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Download a copy of the leaflet here: SmartWater_NHW_CroydonLeaflet


All Saints, Kenley – Christmas Tree Festival – 11 to 13 December 2015

All Saints Church, Kenley
Christmas Tree Festival
11th -13th December 2015

All Saints Church Kenley are pleased to announce that they will be
holding their inaugural Christmas Tree Festival from Friday 11th
December to Sunday 13th December.

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With over 30 trees, individually decorated by local schools, businesses and groups filling the church, with live music, festive stalls and refreshments, the festival promises to be a wonderful celebration of Christmas.

The festival begins on Friday at 7.00pm with a Carol Service – the story of Christmas – told through words, music and pictures, followed by mulled wine and mince pies. And concludes on Sunday morning at 9.30 with a Family and Parade Christingle Service – celebrating the Light of the World.

The main Festival Day – the Saturday – runs from 11.00am to 6.00pm. Entry is £1 per adult, children no charge.

For further details please contact Lynn Williams at or visit the website at

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Black History Month in #Croydon 2015 – Updated

The theme in Croydon this year is ‘Croydon Celebrates Black History: Women in Leadership’.

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Croydon celebrates by:

  • Remembering people, places and events from the African Diaspora and the BME women that have made a historical impact.
  • Profiling women 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 women in leadership and this is reflected in the events taking place.

The programme is now available for download and paper copies can be obtained from Croydon central Library.

It includes opportunities to discover historical events through thought-provoking discussions, performance, music, storytelling and songs.

Many events are free and all take place in Croydon, although there is a listing for London events too in the programme.

For details see:

And download the diary of events here:  Croydon Black History Month – programme 2015.

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UPDATE, 2 October 2015:

  • Launch event at 6 pm on Tuesday 6 October

According to this post, the launch on 6 October event is a collaboration between the council and Croydon BME Forum. See:

We had not previously advertised the launch as we understood it was by invitation, but this appears not to be the case.

This year’s key-note speaker is Bianca Miller 2014 BBC Apprentice Finalist who was born in Croydon and sure fast rising as a young woman leader.

Details in the above link on the BME Forum website.

  • Change of venue

The Council has advised, today, that the launch will no longer be held in the Braithwaite Hall but will be held in the Community Space, Bernard Weatherill House in Mint Walk.

Croydon Policing Newsletter – Ashburton – September 2015

Here’s the latest newsletter from the local policing team.

You can receive this newsletter straight to your inbox every month.  Just email the SNT to be added to their circulation list.

Produced by:

Ashburton Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email –
Tel – 020 8721 2474

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Download a copy here: September Ashburton Newsletter

Funding opportunities

Grow Wild
Funding of £1,000 – £4,000 is available to community groups that want to bring people together to transform a communal space by sowing and growing UK native plants.

More information can be found here:

The closing date is 1 December 2015.

The Covenant Fund
Funding of up to £20,000 is available to community groups and organisations for projects which,
a) promote community integration between Armed Forces and civilian communities,
b) improve the coordination and delivery of support to the Armed Forces community or
c) support former service personnel in the criminal justice system.

More information can be found here:

The closing date is 17 December 2015.


Croydon Policing Newsletter – New Addington – August 2015

Here’s the monthly newsletter covering New Addington.

Why not sign up to receive these newsletters and occasional updates direct to your inbox?  Just email the SNT on the address below to be added.

Produced by:

New Addington Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email –
Tel – 07843 065861
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Download a copy here: New Addington August 15 Update

Croydon Neighbourhood Watch website is live

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The Croydon Neighbourbood Watch website is now live!

It has lots of crime prevention information, useful contacts and copies of the Croydon Eye newsletters.

There is a section called NHW Croydon updates. This will be regularly updated with information from various agencies.

Click here to take you to the NHW Croydon update page.


You may have heard of the fantastic SmartWater offer available for NHW co-ordinators and watch members. CCC have chased ths but even as late as yesterday evening, details were not available for Croydon, although we were aware that local SNTs were advertising its availability.

It appears that, overnight, this offer has gone live ,although CCC have chased information for months now. Click on the link here, which will take you to the web page which has further information.

If you are not a NHW Co-ordinator or part of an active watch why not become a co-ordinator and take advantage of this discount?

The NHW office promises to  send out email updates, but not on a regular basis, so please check the website for updates.

CCC will endeavour to post updates to ensure Croydon is informed.

You can follow @CBNWA on Twitter, which is now tweeting updates.

Croydon Partnership Community Roadshow – 26 September 2015


Croydon Partnership, the joint venture between Westfield and Hammerson which is set to redevelop Croydon’s retail centre, has announced the date of its next community drop-in session:
Saturday 26 September 2015
1.00pm – 4.00pm
The Family Centre
New Addington
Officers from the Fieldway Safer Neighbourhoods team will also be present to hear of concerns and to share information.
There will also be information about the Croydon Food Flagship scheme.
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Open to the public, the event will give residents, businesses and local community groups the opportunity to meet members of the Croydon Partnership team, find out more about the over £1billion investment into the town centre, and answer any questions about the re-development.

The event is the latest in a series of rolling community drop-in sessions which will take place across Croydon’s 23 wards.

The roadshow forms a central part of the “Partners in the Town” component of the Croydon Partnership’s Community Plan, which aims to ensure regular dialogue with residents and local businesses and community groups across Croydon as the scheme progresses.

Healthwatch Croydon AGM – 8 October 2015

Annual General Meeting


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Healthwatch Croydon is the official ‘patient voice’ across the Borough for health and social care service users.

Croydon Healthwatch Annual General Meeting

How does your voice deliver better services?

Hear how Healthwatch Croydon influences health and social care decisions and ask your questions at our Annual General Meeting.

Healthwatch Croydon works to get the best out of local health and social care services responding to the voice of residents. We listen to your views, and then communicate these effectively to key decision-makers, so services can be improved. We are independent of any group or organisation, and established in law, to deliver the voice of residents to improve services.

Special guest speaker: Hannah Miller, Croydon’s former director of Health and Housing.

Thursday 8 October
Community Space
Bernard Weatherill 
Mint Walk

The event is free and light refreshments are included.

Book your place at

If you are not online then call 020 8663 5648 to book your place.