The Hayes School, Kenley – Summer Fair – Saturday 24 June from 12 to 3pm

Join in the fun at the Hayes Primary School in Kenley. It’s going to be one amazing Summer fair!
Find details and updates of the event on Facebook, here

The Hayes Primary School is at the top of the hill on Hayes Lane in Kenley.

School website:

Help Purley Food Hub in June 2017

PFH logoPurley Food Hub is a registered charity, keen to receive donations to support their work.

It serves people in need in Croydon, not just the immediate Purley area.

Purley Food Hub appreciates the generous food donations received from community groups, churches and schools and individuals to support their work.

Purley Food Hub thanks everyone for their ongoing support and reports,

“A busy May included three consecutive sessions in the past fortnight (two Wednesdays and a Saturday) when in total we provided food for 140 people – at 3 meals a day for 3 days for each one, that’s 1,260 meals provided in these three sessions alone.


Last Wednesday’s 15 clients included two with 5  family members, one with 6, two with 7 and one with 8, and the total of 56 people fed was the most in any May session since the Food Hub opened in 2013. Some 500 meals were provided that morning alone, and this coming Wednesday we will pass 85,000 meals overall.


As Ivanka Lennon, our Chair of Trustees, said immediately after last Wednesday’s session: ‘

Some very sad stories and one worrying one…and that’s just the clients who I talked to. The chats with clients really help uncover ways we can pray and help and sign post! What a great God we have who has nurtured and provided for PFH…I am very thankful to God that PFH has been here to help so many today.’


With kind regards and our considerable thanks for CCC’s continued support.”


Purley Food Hub is particularly seeking the following items this month:


Other ways to help

Purley Food Hub also welcomes financial donations to support their work. Financial donations are used to buy special items needed, including formula milk, nappies and sanitary items as well as pre-paid bus fares for clients to make the trip home with heavy bags of tinned food.

Download a copy to share or to use when shopping, here:  Food list June 2017 & Where to take food donations

Donations can be left at:

Cafe Blue, 945 Brighton Road, Purley CR8

Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5.30pm

Get Fired! (pottery shop), 914 Brighton Road, Purley CR8 2LN
Monday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm (to 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 only)
For all information see
Find them on Twitter: @PurleyFoodHub
And PurleyFoodHub on Facebook.

South Norwood Community Festival (26 June to 2 July 2017) Fancy a stall, helping as a volunteer or donating to the event?

Can you help by volunteering or donating?

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Donation welcome!

And if you would like to support the event by donating, click here.

Book a stall

Details here.


Follow on Twitter at @SNCFest

And see the website for full details:

Join Croydon’s Interfaith bike ride and picnic in the park – 9 July 2017

The Faiths Together in Croydon (FTiC) annual picnic and bike ride will be held on July 9 in 2017, in association with Croydon Council and BoxPark.

This year the Council are supporting this special Big Get Together event  to show that we #WeStandTogether

A continuation of the Croydon Cyclefest, this is Faiths Together in Croydon’s third inter-faith bike ride and picnic.

This cycle ride through Croydon visits several of our diverse sites of worship before joining a dedicated Big Get Together picnic in the Park Hill Park. It’s a great opportunity to bring our community together, young and old, to promote diversity and equality.

Everyone is welcome to take part in the interfaith bike ride, to see the riders off from Boxpark Croydon, and to join the interfaith picnic which runs from 2-5pm at Park Hill Park in central Croydon.

The ride will be led by professional cycling instructors who will safeguard the ride. Rides will depart promptly as follows:

10am – Starting point for Group A: Croydon Arena, SE25 4QL for a route safety briefing

10:30am – start riding!

10:30am – Starting point for Group B: Boxpark, CR0 1LD.


Places on the ride can be reserved via Eventbrite at or



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Check out the video of the event in 2016

Evolution is the theme for the fifth Croydon Heritage Festival – 23 to 30 June 2017

The fifth Croydon Heritage Festival, curated under the theme of Evolution, will celebrate the unique story of the town with a programme full of events taking place from 24– 30 June 2017.

There is nowhere quite like Croydon. As the town embarks on the most significant era of redevelopment since the 1960s, Croydon Heritage Festival will explore how it has evolved to become the place that it is today. The journey is a tale of innovation – from Roman saffron farms to Tudor palaces, pioneering Victorians and concrete utopias – all the way through to the explosion of creative energy that London’s most populous borough is enjoying now.

Festival highlights include a flagship discussion telling the story of Croydon’s Evolution; the return of the National Trust’s Edge City Walking Tours and The Museum of London Archaeology Time Truck.

The festival also features a wealth of home-grown talent such as Concretopia author John Grindrod, comedian Kevin Day, theatre-maker Jenny Lockyer, films by David Lean, music from Trinity Boys School Choir and Croydon Minster, poetry from Well Versed Ink, live film soundtracks by Lucky Dog Picturehouse and a series of talks from revered local historians at Croydon Libraries.

Martin Corney, Chief Executive of The Whitgift Foundation said:

“In our fifth year of celebrating Croydon’s heritage, this year’s festival theme of EVOLUTION is perfect for Croydon’s zeitgeist. Croydon is on the brink of metamorphosis, both culturally and economically, but it is important to reflect on all the events and people that have helped Croydon make its mark. Once again, Croydon’s community has come together to produce a compelling and fun way to remind us about our amazing town and the Foundation is proud to be part of it.”

Croydon Heritage Festival 2017 includes activities for all ages, with the majority of events taking place over the Heritage Weekend of 24 and 25 June. There really is something for everyone – from families to film buffs, gamers to gardeners, Instagrammers to innovators.

Many events are free but booking in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment.  Detailed event information and ticketing links can be found at

Sponsorship for Croydon Heritage Festival is generously provided by Croydon BID, Croydon Partnership, Stiles Harold Williams, Handelsbanken, Natwest Corporate and Commercial Banking and AMP House Managed Suites.

Programme highlights

Headline event:

–         Croydon’s Evolutionhear the whole story, from Roman saffron farms to the vision for the future, via Tudor palaces, Victorian invention, concrete utopias and cultural creativity.  A lively discussion featuring representatives of Croydon Citizen, The Whitgift Foundation, National Trust, Croydon Council, Develop Croydon and British Museum (Mon 26 June)

Heritage Weekend:

–         The Museum of London Archaeology Time Truck in North End, offers the opportunity to handle Saxon artefacts found in the local area (Sat 24 June), while a nearby a Saxon skeleton found under a Croydon driveway can be seen at Croydon Museum 

–         Outskirts: Living on the Edge of the Greenbelt – bestselling author John Grindrod’s charming new illustrated talk about our national obsession with the greenbelt and his own experience of growing up in New Addington on ‘the last road in London’ (Sat 24 June)

–         ‘The Evolution of Games’ – an afternoon of retro gaming for all ages at the Playnation Lounge (Sat 24 June)

–         A Heritage Flowers for Bees Forum at Croydon Saffron Central (Sat 24 June) will see gardeners sharing knowledge of flowers local to Croydon which can attract bees

Family events and workshops:

–         family activities include the Croydon Classic Car Show (Sun 25 June), a Victorian paper doll craft workshop at Selsdon Library (Mon 26 June) and a Magical Garden Elves and Fairies afternoon at Ashburton Library (Fri 30 June)


–         Amy Johnson: Last Flight Out a one woman theatre show about the inspiring aviator who had many record-breaking flights from Croydon Airport. The show returns having sold-out its initial run at Croydonites Festival (24 & 25 June)

–         Trinity Boys School Choir performing some of its most famous songs at Boxpark – including their contributions to soundtracks for The Hunger Games and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – plus Js Dance Factory and Boom Arts academy bringing a rush of adrenaline with high-energy dance (Sun 25 June)

–         a concert marking the 1867 fire at Croydon Minster with a specially commissioned piece written and performed by resident composer and Organist Martin How (Sat 24 June)

–         an intergenerational Croydon Youth Theatre show, based on interviews with older residents about the evolution of entertainment in Croydon, at The Shoestring Theatre (28 & 29 June)

–         Spoken word performances from Well Versed Ink – South London’s Potent Poetry Night (Weds 28 June), Tales of Croydonia at the Oval Tavern (29 June) and Crystal Palace-supporting comedian Kevin Day (Fri 30 June)

Talks and Tours:

–         re-discover Croydon with guided walks including the return of the National Trust’s Edge City Tours, @Croydonist’s Instagrammers tour of cultural heritage, and a Town and Country afternoon adventure with Croydon Outdoor Pursuits and Social Events Club

–         Grade II* listed Croydon Airport will throw open its doors (Sun 25 June) to tell the story of early air travel and pioneering aviators. There will be a scale model of Charles Lindbergh’s airplane Spirit of St. Louis, greeted by huge crowds when he landed after his record-breaking 1927 transatlantic flight

–         Open Buildings tours offer a rare chance to see inside some of Croydon’s most iconic buildings including the Whitgift Almhouses, Croydon Old Palace, Stanley Halls, the Tramlink depot and Croydon Mosque & Islamic Centre

–         a fascinating series of library talks from local historians covering: the East India Company’s links to Croydon; the destruction of Croydon Parish Church;  talented artists in Norbury; the River Wandle, and the evolution of Coulsdon, Purley  and Shirley Industries

Film screenings:

–         David Lean’s Brief Encounter, his 1945 romantic drama, written by Noel Coward, about British suburban life on the eve of World War 2 –  accompanied by a talk with Patrick Cadel, who was assistant director to Lean on his final film A Passage to India (Sat 24 June)

–         Lucky Dog Picturehouse’s live soundtrack to The Epic of Everest, a classic silent movie which features the very earliest film footage of the Himalayas and documents the fateful expedition of George Mallory and Sandy Irvine (Sat 24 June)

–         a look back at Fairfield Hall’s heydays with a specially created film at Croydon Museum

–         Made in Dagenham – a movie filmed in in Croydon at Boxpark (Mon 26 June)

–         a rooftop showing of 80s favourite Back to the Future at Lost Format Society (Fri 30 June)

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

Find details on Facebook at Croydon Heritage Festival

For full details see the website.

And for full listings of the events, click here.

Donations of plants and pots for Croydon Saffron Central needed. Can you help?

Croydon Saffron Central is being entered again in the RHS London In Bloom/It’s Your Neighbourhood Awards.

Last year Saffron Central received a Level 4 Award of ‘Thriving’ with 79%!  It will be judged again on 30th June 2017!

The rationale for the Hearts and Rainbows theme is that this year sees not only the 50th Anniversary of ‘The Summer of Love’ but we will also be next door to Croydon PrideFest 2017 on the 15 July 2017. What better way could the community & Croydon Saffron Central embrace this than by showing some love and creating a giant rainbow flag?

The idea is simple, from left to right (facing St Georges House) each bed will house – Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue & Violet flowering plants. The green could be made up of either non-flowering or already flowered plants.  Here’s one

Here’s one the founder of Saffron Central, Ally McKinlay, prepared earlier.

Plant/Seed Donations

These are most welcome and ideally with plants that will flower red, orange, yellow, green, blue & violet.

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What else can you do to help?

Creative installations

To boost the colours of the beds, creative installations will be added in the same colour for each bed.  Let your imagination run wild and please ask all your creative contacts to go along and get involved – whether it be flags, streamers or simply something showing your LOVE for Croydon & it’s community.

When it’s all put together the organisers plan to send a drone up to photograph what will surely be Croydon’s largest ever Rainbow Flag!

Installations will need to be weather proof – think rain, sun, wind!


Larger pots – that’s anything larger than 10cm, are also welcome. These will be used to pot on smaller donations.

Here’s a video showing our progress after the first session #ChasingRainbows in #Croydon



On Twitter @CroydonSaffron

On Facebook: Croydon Saffron Central


Next event on Tuesday 30 May and Thursday 1 June, 2017.

See Facebook events for details of this and future events at

General Election hustings in Croydon – May/June 2017

Croydon North
Wednesday, 31 May 2017
St John’s
corner of Sylvan and Aukland Roads
SE19 2RX

7.10pm for 7.30pm-9pm

Hosted by Crystal Palace Chamber of Commerce. Click here for further details and how to submit a question before the event.


Croydon South
1 June 2017
Christ Church
861-863 Brighton Road

7.30pm for 8pm-9.30pm  



Croydon Central
1 June 2017
TMRW Hub & Byte Cafe
75-77 High Street


Hosted by Croydon BID and the Croydon Advertiser
Attendance is free but pre-registration is essential due to anticipated high demand.  To register, contact Keely Dench on 020 8603 0050 or email

Click here for full details.

Alpha’s Mates – an LGBT networking event for creative professionals, 31 May 2017 in Clapham

Alpha’s Mates is an LGBT networking event aimed at creative professionals in performance arts such as music, acting, writers, photographers, casting directors, entrepreneurs and the media industry.  The aim is to bring like-minded people together to network and enjoy live music.
Alpha’s Mates have held events in Croydon in the past and plan to do so in the future. The next event is in Clapham.
The organisers have provided a map, which you can access here.

With live music and entertainment:


There will be a chance to win some amazing prizes too, so grab an early-bird ticket via Eventbrite now.

Just £7 for early bird tickets booked via Eventbrite or £10 on the door.


Bring a friend and get 50% off the next event.

Alpha’s Mates
Like Alpha’s Mates on facebook at Alpha Mates
on Instagram @alpha.mates

and on Twitter at @AlphasMates