Updates and notices of meeting – 4 Mar 2020

Thank you!
Thanks to those who attended our meeting, including Cllr Simon Brew and Cllr Joy Prince,  plus council officers Martin Davies and Samuel Ofonsuhene.

Apologies from Cllr Margaret Bird, Cllr Janet Campbell, Cllr Pat Clouder,  Cllr Bernadette Khan and Cllr Stuart King were noted.

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

Christian Wilcox’s funeral will be held on the morning of 5 March at Croydon Crematorium. Details here.




Updates from previous meetings
Croydon Libraries
Cllr Helen Pollard has kindly chased a response from Croydon Library Service to questions and points made at the October 2019 meeting. Details should be available shortly.

Queen’s Gardens redesign
The outcome of the community engagement exercise undertaken with and on behalf of HUB has been chased with the Council but the promised update was not yet forthcoming.

The Big Conversation
The notes of the facilitator of the discussion at CCC’s January meeting are promised 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 March 2020.

Croydon Landlord Licensing Consultation is open until 9 March.

Whether you are a landlord a private tenant or someone who runs a business, works or lives near privately rented properties in Croydon, don’t miss the opportunity to have your say.

Details here.

The deadline for this will not be extended.

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

Tea and Tech

These events run at Upper Norwood Library. The next is  6 March, noon to 2pm.
The focus will be on improving health and wellbeing with online tools

Details here.



Croydon Best Start’s Vintage Dance Social is on 8 March. All welcome. Details here.



So Last Century Vintage and Retro Fair is back at the Fairfield Hallson 14 and 15 March, 2020. Details here.



The Great British Spring Clean in Croydon runs from 20 March to 13 April.


Sleep Out 2020 is being held in BoxPark on March 29 to raise funds to address homelessness. Full details here.

Join the sleep out on the night or donations very welcome.

The Mayor of Croydon’s Finale Gala Dinner and MACE awards evening is being held on 22 April. Tickets now available. Full details here.


The South Norwood Community Festival’s Party in the Park will be held on 5 July, 2020. Anyone is welcome to get involved by volunteering or donating to the event, or by attending! Detail 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 on certain Fridays at the Clocktower café.

There is also the opportunity to become a volunteer for the project with training starting shortly.

Find details of all the events and the training 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 Police are also posting on NextDoor which anyone can join.

– 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.

Ward panels
The Thornton Heath and Pollards Hill ward panel is on 16 March. 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 latest 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.

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Membership renews on September 1 each year.

Members have voting rights and are eligible to stand for committee.

Next meetings
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, 12 May 2020. More details shortly.


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