Notices of meeting – 23 February 2016

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Thank you!
Thanks to those who attended our meeting to engage on a variety of subjects including re-procurement of Urgent Care services for Croydon, Croydon street lighting programme, the redevelopment of Fairfield Halls and  Master Gardeners scheme as part of Croydon Food Flagships programme.

And thanks to those who pre-registered, as this saves the committee time on the night and helps us to cater for numbers.

Many thanks to the Croydon CCG team for attending, to follow up from the last meeting, to update everyone on the outcome of the engagement exercise on Urgent Care services for Croydon.

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Thank you to Cllr Margaret Bird and Cllr Yvette Hopley, who listened to the views expressed by Croydon residents before and during the meeting. Particular thanks too, to Cllr Hopley who cancelled other arrangements in order to give an update on Skanska street lighting programme after learning that council officers responsible and the contractor had prevented from attending.

The committee would also like to thank Croydon Council officers and the Skanska team who would have attended. They are keen to receive feedback and comments and have agreed to provide a response to any points raised.

Just email CroydonNeighbourhoods@gmail.com

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Notices

Celebrations and Events in Croydon
February is LGBT History Month and there are a variety of events on offer in Croydon. The display in Croydon Central Library, the Rainbow Reading Group who meet this Thursday and each month, and a trail available in the Museum of Croydon were noted as events still to come. The Rainbow Reading Group is an active group, meeting monthly, and always looking for new members.

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March 8 is International Women’s Day and the Croydon Women’s Network is organising a series of activities from March 1 to 8.

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Black History Month is celebrated in October. The theme for 2016 is ‘Our Young Achievers’ which was revealed at a launch earlier this month to allow more time for groups, individuals and organisations to plan, organise and promote events.

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The launch of the theme for this year’s theme for Black History Month

To coincide with the centenary of the First World War, Whitgift School is hosting a major exhibition: Remembering 1916: Life on The Western Front, which runs from 16 March to 31 August 2016.

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Croydon Healthwatch
Croydon Healthwatch is offering grants to community groups who can run events to assist them reaching hard to reach groups. All were asked to pass the information on to anyone interested.

Marketing Master Class for voluntary groups and charities
Croydon Commitment and White Label are offering a Marketing Master Class this Thursday 25 February at Jurys Inn. The event is open to local community groups and charities. Booking is required via Stella and Croydon Commitment but the event is free.

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Save Fairfield Campaign
The Save Fairfield campaign is apolitical, and pushing for a phased approach to the redevelopment of Fairfield Halls rather than complete closure. 

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People from all over Croydon and beyond joined the Save Fairfield Campaign and Croydon Symphony Orchestra for a protest to push for a phased redevelopment of The Fairfield Halls.

Master Gardeners
Croydon Food Flagship Programme and Garden Organic are recruiting more Master Gardeners. Master Gardeners are volunteers who support others to grow fruit and vegetables in community gardens and at home. The foundation course runs over two days, on March 5 and 6. See https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/calling-all-food-growers-in-croydon/

Image: Garden Organic Taking a cutting of covo (African kale)

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Taking a cutting of covo (African kale)

Croydon Trading Standards
The latest Croydon Trading standards bulletin is out. Copies were made available at the meeting, a copy should be on display in all Croydon Libraries and a copy can be viewed and downloaded from CCC’s website on the link above. These bulletins contain useful information for people of all ages, including staying safe online and advice to keep vulnerable residents safe and protect them from being scammed.

Local Policing newsletters
The latest local policing newsletter for each ward in Croydon is posted on CCC’s website. All were encouraged to sign up to receive these newsletters and occasional important updates by emailing the local policing team.

One recent notice received was to warn residents not to leave keys close to letterboxes or other access points in their homes as poles were being used to hook and remove keys. 

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Next meeting
We are currently planning our next meeting.

Anyone can raise a topic for discussion, promote a local event or group, give a notice, discuss and issue or ask a question of others. All we ask is that people respect that CCC and our meetings are apolitical.

We’ll advertise details when they are confirmed and hope you will be able to attend.

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Local information is always on offer at our meetings for people to take away.

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