Updates and notices of meeting – 23 Jan 2020

Thank you!
Thanks to those who attended our meeting, including Cllr Simon Brew, our speaker Steve Hunt from Purley Food Hub, and The Big Conversation facilitator, Aline Delawa, from The Campaign Company.

Apologies from Cllr Margaret Bird and Cllr Yvette Hopley were noted. Two other councillors were expected but did not make the meeting.

A display of local information was made available on the night, with copies to take away.

Here are the updates and notices promised in the meeting…

The notes of meeting will follow after they have been agreed by the speakers/facilitators and any attendee who wishes to proof them.

Special Notice
The committee has learnt recently that Christian Wilcox, who has attended and contributed to a number of CCC meetings, has passed away.  No further details were available but anyone wishing to hear details of funeral or memorial should CCC hear were asked to email CroydonNeighbourhoods@gmail.com

Updates from previous meetings
Croydon Libraries
Cllr Helen Pollard has kindly offered to chase a response from Croydon Library Service to questions and points made at the October 2019 meeting as these had not been received, as promised.

Queen’s Gardens redesign
The outcome of the community engagement exercise undertaken with and on behalf of HUB has been chased with the Council and news of this is expected shortly.

The Big Conversation
The Big Conversation in Croydon is still open! Have your say online or on paper on six key topics.

Copies are available in libraries.

More details here.

The deadline has been extended to the end of February 2020.

Tea and Tech
These events run at Upper Norwood Library. The next is  24 January, noon to 2pm.
The focus will be on using comparison websites to reduce your fuel bills. There is also the opportunity to get hands-on advice and support with devices.

Details here.

A new group, Sustainable Thornton Heath,  will be holding their third meeting on26 January. The meeting will focus on plastics. Please book via Facebook or email to help the group cater for numbers and capacity of the venue. Details here.


Holocaust Memorial Day event in Croydon on 27 January. at the Town Hall.  Please book a place if you’d like to attend. Details here.



Opposed development in Higher Drive, Purley
A group opposing the development in Higher Drive, Purley, urges others to get involved. Details here.



Club Soda presents… SODA BEAT
7-10pm, Mon 27 January at the Fairfield Halls. This is a live music event run by young people with learning disabilities. Details here.

They are also recruiting for a Project Assistant. Details here


The Mayor of Croydon invites you to a Chinese New Year celebration on 28 January with entertainment and dinner, raising funds for his chosen charities. Details here.

There is a charity Fish and Chip lunch at McDermott’s Restaurant. Details here.

NHS Healthcare in Croydon – CCG meetings Meetings on health services run by the Croydon CCG are held in public so you can attend and ask questions. The next are planned for 29 January 29 and March 3. Full details and links here.

Winter Appeal in aid of Croydon Nightwatch
Help Croydon Community Leaders to help the homeless.
Donations, sponsors and collection points in businesses wanted This appeal runs through to March 2020.

Full details here.


DEMOC – Directly Elected Mayor of Croydon – Campaign launch on 5 Feb 2020
If this is of interest to you, the organisers ask that you book a free place as demand may well exceed the capacity of the venue.  Details here.

Knife Crime Seminar
The Mayor of Croydon has organised this event which will take place on 20 February. Booking via Eventbrite.  Details here.



Croydon Landlord Licensing Consultation is open until 9 March

Have your say!

Events for landlords and agents are running too, with the last on 17 February. Details here.

Energy Cafes in New Addington
run of Tuesdays in two locations – providing advice to households on how to reduce energy bills and keep homes warmer.  Details here.

And the council’s Croydon Healthy Homes scheme is open to homeowners and private sector tenants. Details here.

Creating Conversations in Croydon events & cafes

Events and  Cafes are held at various venues across the borough, giving people the opportunity to discuss the subject of death and dying, ask questions, to consider what plans they might like to put in place or to discuss bereavement.

A Bereavement Café is held the second Friday of the month at the Clocktower café.

Find details of all the events here.

Dementia-friendly screening at the David Lean

Monthly Dementia-Friendly screenings are held at the David Lean, which is partly sponsored by Old Coulsdon and Sanderstead ward councillors. 

Details here.

£1 is now requested from those attending.  Carers can attend free of charge.


Croydon Social Prescribing’s Gardening Club
Sessions run on Weds and Saturday each week in Shirley, with a men-only session, an open-to-all and a family-friendly session. Details here.


Sign Croydon’s anti-hate crime pledge
Sign up to Croydon Council’s anti-hate crime pledge as an individual or an organisation.

Find the pledge here.

And remember, it is important to report hate crimes. Support others to do so.

The UK animal killer
SNARL is still after the person or persons responsible and there is a new flyer. Find it here. Note the updated contact details. Help by reporting any incidents or suspicions and download a flyer to help spread the word.


Girlguiding in Croydon seeks more volunteers to support their work. There are a number of roles on offer to suit different time commitments, skills and interests of volunteers.

Full details here.


Boot Fairs
These run each weekend in two locations in Croydon with special rates for different times of entry and discount with a flyer. Details here.



2020 Lunchtime Recitals on Fridays at Croydon Minster These are all at 1.10pm on Fridays. Attendees are welcome to take a packed lunch with them. These are free but donations are welcome. See details of the recitals here.


Croydon Trading Standards are holding drop-in sessions in Croydon libraries throughout 2020.

Full details here.

The latest bulletin and leaflets were made available at the meeting, with copies to take away. Find it here.


Policing in Croydon
– Updates on policing

Inspector Warnes is producing a fortnightly communication to highlight what is happening about policing in the borough.
Find them here.

Croydon Police are ALSO running fortnightly online forums using Facebook.

All are on a Tuesday evening, 7-8pm.

The last was in December but hopefully they will resume shortly.

– Local policing team newsletters
Anyone can sign up to receive these newsletters and occasional important updates from their local policing team.  Newsletters also contain details of ward panel meetings.

Local policing teams are keen to hear from residents and business owners/workers on their priorities and concerns for the ward.

CCC post all local policing team ward newsletters on the website but in order to avoid delay and to ensure that people receive important updates as soon as they are released, do sign up directly with the local policing team to get the information as soon as it is released.

Broad Green SNT
The local policing team for  Broad Green are running drop-in surgeries and really trying to extend their followers and therefore reach on Twitter. If you live on the ward and use Twitter, do give them a follow!  Details here.

Fairfield Ward Panel meeting
The ward panel meeting for Croydon’s Fairfield ward will be held on 28 January at 7pm at the Town Hall. If you live or work on the ward, why not attend? Details here.

South Croydon Ward Panel meeting
If you live or work on South Croydon ward why not attend the next ward panel meeting on 13 February 2020? Details here.


The Herbert Protocol
The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme introduced by the Metropolitan Police and other agencies which encourages carers to compile useful information which could be used in the event of a vulnerable person going missing. Details here.

Victim Support’s ‘You & Co’, is an initiative run by Victim Support, supporting young victims of crime (4-17yrs), now in Croydon. Find the Local contact details and links to their very useful website here.


Purley Food Hub
Purley Food Hub serves people across Croydon. They are always looking for donations to support their work in order to deal with increasing demand. A list of items sought each month is produced.  The latest list is here.

We will always accept donations at our meetings. Contributed made at this meeting will be passed on and are always gratefully received.

David Lean screenings
View the latest screening here.

The next month’s screenings go on sale early the month before and they are always popular so do book ahead.


The February brochure was also made available at the meeting to take away.



Keeping up to date
Everyone was reminded to keep an eye on the website where these and future notices would be posted.

It is possible to subscribe to posts in order to get email notifications. Click the link in the right sidebar on the website and subscribe via email.

Links to posts are also posted to Twitter and Facebook.

Donations to support our work are always welcome.

If you wish to support our work, why not take up membership?

Membership renews on September 1 each year.

Members have voting rights.

Next meetings
The next meeting will be a general meeting on 4 March 2020. More details shortly.


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