Are you a Croydon based organisation with an idea that will improve Croydon’s nightlife?

Katie Edland, senior communications and engagement officer for Croydon Council, writes:

“Your creative thinking could help to energise, rejuvenate and unleash undiscovered potential in Croydon as part of the ongoing regeneration in the borough. This could be anything from events to lighting, facilities to marketing – anything with culture at its heart that could be delivered within the next two years.

To find out more and to enter an idea please visit:

We’re keen to invest in and support the best ideas to make them happen, so if you have an idea, we want to hear it!

Please pass this information on to anyone in your groups who may be interested.”

To enter your idea:

  1. You must be a Croydon based organisation with a proposal which has arts and culture at its centre.
  2. Complete the online form to tell explain your idea (in no more than 500 words) including when and where it would take place. Please include what positive impact it would have on Croydon’s night-time economy.
  3. Include an outline of the costs (must be within the range of £5-£50k) including any potential for generating income.
  4. Send any photos/images to support your idea to
  5. And submit it all by 12 midnight Sunday 7 May 2017.

After the closing date, a specialist panel will select a shortlist of no more than five ideas. The successful organisations will each receive support to further develop their proposals in terms of practicalities, timings, costs and funding.

The final panel will meet during the summer to give the green light to some or all of the developed ideas.

If you would like any further information please email or call 020 8726 6000 ext 62690.


What’s On In Croydon – new listings of events for Croydon

Do you know about What’s On in Croydon?

This new initiative offers centralised, independent listings of events for Croydon.

The list is regularly updated.
If you would like your events to be listed then send an email to to find out how.

You can access all the listings on the website, as well as promoted on Facebook and via Twitter @WhatsOnCroydon

SCCA Question Time 3 – Taking the Arts Forward in Croydon – 16 March 2017

SCCA Question Time 3

Taking the Arts Forward in Croydon  

Venue: Croydon College
Date: Thursday 16 March, 2017

Doors Open 18.00
Croydon Performers 18.30
Question Time 19.00-20.45

Free registration and further details at

Enquiries to

In the third of SCCA’s occasional series of public Question Times on issues which matter to Croydon, a knowledgeable local panel will answer questions and debate the future of the arts in Croydon.

Question Time provides an opportunity to question and clarify the future of all aspects of the arts in Croydon across the board.

The panellists are:

Paula Murray: Creative Director, Croydon Council

Anusha Subramanyam: Founder of the Beeja Dance Company: dancer, choreographer, teacher and dance movement therapist

Esther Sutton: Chair of Pub Watch and landlord of the music rich The Oval Tavern

Stuart Worden: Principal, The Brit School

The panel will be chaired by:

Paul Macey: Community Development Manager with Croydon Voluntary Action and leader of Asset Based Community Development initiatives such as Thornton Heath Arts Week and Big Local Broad Green


Download the flyer here: SCCA QT3 Taking the Arts Forward in Croydon


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SCCA website

Save Our Fairfield Halls – approval of planning application given

Save Our Fairfield is an apolitical campaign group.  Andy Hylton writes,

Dear Friends,

The £30million planning application for Fairfield Halls and College Green has been approved with a vote of 6/4. The good news being they will now get on with it, but the bad news is there are still concerns with the plans.

The application received 381 objections from residents, but the committee allowed only five minutes to those who wished to make a statement of objection. Former technical manager of the Fairfield Halls, Rob Callender spoke on behalf of ‘Save Our Fairfield’ campaign, highlighting our concerns with the current plans. The time limit was strictly enforced, and sadly Kate Vennell, of the Fairfield Arts Board, was not allowed to complete her statement.

Considering the scale of the investment and the experience of the speakers, this shows the arrogance we have faced from Croydon Council throughout the entire process and undermines the credibility of the project.

We have always supported the investment, but we do not support the method the council have chosen for going about this, the treatment of the former Fairfield staff or the implementation of the plans as they stand. If the venue were to fail following an expensive refurbishment that would be a very poor result for Croydon and we object to all aspects which may affect the future operational viability of the venue.

There are inaccurate statements in the Design & Access document and an inconsistency between public statements and the actual approved plans. For example, the truck-lift is still in the plans, although Councillor Godfrey has previously stated this was removed after advice from the Theatres Trust Advisory Review, allegedly saving £4million for the project.  It is also unclear whether Ashcroft stage extension and fly tower improvements are being taken forward or have been removed from the designs as previous press releases and councillor statements have stated. There needs to be more clarity in respect of what is being planned.

Our main objections were:

  • Encroachment of the new Croydon College on the rear of Fairfield Halls, affecting daylight into the Ashcroft Theatre dressing rooms and impacting on privacy in these rooms.
  • Access to yard and ‘Get-In’ plans will make operations LESS flexible and more awkward to manage. This will make the venue less attractive to large productions and affect viability.
  • Lack of parking, will reduce the viability of the venue. The parking assessment suggests a move away from family orientated audiences and from attracting audiences who are unable to use public transport.

Kate Vennell, former Chair of Fairfield Trust, agrees.  “These risk the commercial viability of the Fairfield Halls.  They need maximum ticket sales from high audiences and great shows. Everything absolutely optimised for the large, complex Fairfield to run without any public subsidy. “

It is vital that Croydon Council introduce an operator into the design process at the earliest opportunity. When plans are being developed in the absence of an operator, mistakes mean rework, increasing the cost to the operator.

Art venues play a significant role in the community can have a major impact on people’s lives. It is now time that the Council engaged with the community and listened to their concerns. There needs to be a strong cultural offer throughout the works. This promise is still to be delivered.

We care about the Fairfield and want the project to succeed.  Let us help you to connect with those who have the inside knowledge of the Fairfield so that the project delivers a thriving cultural centre.



Andy Hylton




Find the campaign at

On Twitter: @SaveOurFairfld

On Facebook: Save Out Fairfield Halls