Multi charity Christmas card shop open until 16 December 2017 in St Michael’s church hall, Poplar Walk

Cards for Good Causes – raising funds for multiple charities…



Discussing Islam – FREE events at Matthews Yard in Croydon

Have you been to the Discussing Islam events, run at Matthew Yard?  If not, why not drop in to one of the forthcoming sessions…

Rafay, the organiser, writes:

“Dear All from Croydon

My name is Rafay, I work as a surgeon in Croydon and have been here for 4 years. I consider Croydon home.

I have used the many great areas in Croydon to work, relax and have really interesting discussions over the years. I have grown as an individual here and have worked and completed my PhD too, spending much time drinking coffee in Matthews Yard.

Meeting so many different people from all backgrounds led me to initiate a project called Discussing Islam in Croydon based in the gallery at Matthews Yard. I want to provide a relaxed environment to allow anyone from any religion to express your feelings about Islam and to clarify any misconceptions that are present.

The gallery is great, its cosy and has a specific white screen for clear presentations. The events are really flexible. I can start with questions or a format that involves live Quranic recitations and a presentation on a specific area of islam too. This event is for you and I am happy to modify according to your questions.

I principally believe that any problem and any misunderstanding or grievance can be resolved through constructive discussion and engagement.

I really hope that I can be part of the ongoing efforts to bring together the Croydon community in order to promote a progressive and socially responsible society.

My email is if anyone wishes to get in touch.




Rafay Siddiqui’


To book a place, go to Eventbrite:

The remaining meetings for 2017 are scheduled on Thursdays from 7pm on 12 October, 26 October, 9 November, 23 November, 7 December and 21 December

Discussing Islam can be found at  @islam_discuss on Twitter. The events are held fortnightly at  to educate people and discuss the religion of Islam. There is free cake, coffee and Koran at the meetings….


Follow at @islam_discuss on Twitter

Free Coffee! Free Cake! Free Koran! Breaking down barriers

Discussing Islam can be found at  @islam_discuss on Twitter. The group holds fortnightly meetings at  to educate people and discuss the religion of Islam. There is free cake, coffee and Koran at the meetings….

Rafay, the organiser, writes,

“We live in a world with many different religions and cultures. Islam is one of the largest religions in the world. In England 1 in 20 are Muslims and this regular event is being held so that anyone can come and ask questions to learn about Islam in a chilled out environment.

No questions are barred (about Islam and Muslims) so come and learn about Muslims and get answers to the questions that you’ve perhaps never been able to get access to.

The aim is to try and give you the spectrum of the Islamic view on issues and also what the general majority feel is the most appropriate way.

In addition, the group hope to deliver a comprehensive introductory course to Islam over a period of a few sessions.


I’d really love to see anyone who fancies a coffee and wants to discuss Islam with me, listen to some live Quran recitation, and hopefully make friends with others too!

I’d love to hear your views on recent events and how they impact on you and also whether knowing about Islam could be useful in your workplace.

It happens every fortnight on a Thursday in the gallery in Matthews Yard, 1 Surrey Street, Croydon near the Surrey Street Market.”

The next sessions are is on 28th September & then 12th October 2017.


Follow at @islam_discuss on Twitter

‘Faith Togetherness’ photography competition run by Faiths Together in Croydon, open to everyone!

Faiths Together in Croydon is holding a photography competition and YOU are invited to participate!

The theme is ‘Faith Togetherness’.

The competition will be judged by a panel of professional photographers and all the photographs will be used in an exhibition during Interfaith Week in November 2017. There are also plans to use the best twelve photographs in a calendar for 2018.

Age categories are:

  • 5-10 years
  • 11-18 years
  • Adults – 19 upwards

Please email your entry to, with the subject ‘FTiC photography competition’. Please don’t forget to include your name, age and address.

The closing date for entries is 30 September, 2017.


And why not follow Faiths Together in Croydon on Twitter at @FTiCroydon and on Facebook?

Invitation to Project Griffin meeting for Croydon faith communities – Weds 5 July

Please see the following invitation from Jeff Boothe, Borough Commander, Croydon Police.

Please noted that pre-registration is a requirement and people will not be able to register on the door.

Details of how to how to pre-register is highlighted in bold towards the end of the letter below.

The Borough Commander writes,

Invitation to Project Griffin for Croydon Faith Community
Croydon Town Hall
Wednesday 5th July 2017, 6pm to 8pm
Registration will be open from 5.30pm for a prompt start at 6pm.


“Croydon Police and Faiths Together in Croydon, would like to jointly extend a personal invitation for you to join us on Wednesday 5th July 2017 at 6pm to 8pm at Croydon Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon CR9 1ET. This specially arranged Project Griffin event is for representatives of all faiths within the borough of Croydon.

Presentations at this event will include:
•       Opening by Croydon Police – Superintendent Tony Josephs
•       A welcome by the Faiths Together in Croydon Chair – Penny Smith-Orr
•       An introduction for Croydon Faiths Liaison Officer – Alex Starr
•       An introduction to the concept Faith Responders.
•       Croydon Counter Terrorism Focus Desk delivering the brand new 2017 Project Griffin presentation containing vital information including:Identifying suspicious behaviour, how to report it and its importance.

  • Identifying suspicious behaviour, how to report it and its importance.
    •       Stay Safe, RUN HIDE TELL – Marauding Terrorist Weapons & Firearms attacks.
    •       Suspicious Items, Bomb threats, enhancing protective security of your premises.
    •       Many more topics relevant to your faith community and there will be a great opportunity for networking.

Recent worldwide events continue to show the level to which terrorists will go to achieve their aims with potentially devastating consequences.  In the event of an incident the effectiveness of the response made by you and your staff is of paramount importance in protecting your community and your buildings. This unique opportunity aims to bring together representatives of all faiths from the borough Croydon.

Croydon Police and Faith Together in Croydon are jointly launching the introduction to the Faith Responders role in Croydon – open to volunteers from all faith venues / communities in Croydon. These volunteers can play an important role in assisting the emergency services, local authority and key partners following a terrorist attack or major incident that may affect the local community. This will be of real benefit to anyone with responsibility for your venue’s building security, those who organise or manage events at your venues. This event aims to provide joint learning to make our faith venues and communities more resilient to any type of major incident.

Those interested in attending this free event should email the Croydon Counter Terrorism Focus Desk at with their name, faith venue address, role, contact details (telephone number & email) and the same full details of all additional people wishing to attend from that venue.

Attendance at the event is free and by invitation only. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept registration on the day. 

Please try to attend with your venues nominated volunteer for the Croydon Faith Responder role where possible.

If you have any questions about this event you can contact James Baster or Danny King at Croydon Police on the Counter Terrorism Focus Desk on  07789 710213.

We do hope you can join us.”