Black History Month in #Croydon ‘Celebrating Communities….’ Do you have an event to contribute?

Black History Month is fast approaching and if you would like your event/s to be promoted by Croydon Council  via a specific website which will go live nearer the time and in the Croydon BME Forum’s literature, you will need to email the details by Friday 14th July, 2017 to:

There have been some really good submissions so far but the organisers are keen to capture and promote all events so please do keep them coming in so that they can publicise all events.

Please complete the following template with the details of your event:

Description of activity







Please describe your event briefly- i.e. a very short paragraph or a few sentences with the key details

What date in October or early November will your event be taking place?

Where in Croydon will your event be taking place?

What time will your event be taking place?

Who is the desired audience, e.g. is it for children, families or over 60s

Can people turn up on the day or do they need to pre-book? If pre-booking is needed how can this be done?

Is there a cost or will the event be free?

If you have any photographs from previous events or that are associated with your event that you have permission to share, please send them over as the organisers may be able to feature some in the programme.

The theme of this year’s Black History Month is “Celebrating Communities – a Tribute to Black Institutions”.

If you have any queries, please email:

Council funding opportunities can be found here:

Croydon BME Forum’s Domestic Abuse Group – Tues 23 May 2.30 – 4.30pm

At Croydon BME Forum’s new home –  56A Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR0 3RG


T: 020 8684 3719

Keep up to date by following Croydon BME Forum on Twitter @CroydonBMEForum,  and Croydon BME forum on Facebook.

Dementia Care in Croydon – Join Croydon BME Forum to feed in your views and experiences – 19 May


At Croydon BME Forum’s new home –  56A Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR0 3RG


T: 020 8684 3719

Keep up to date by following Croydon BME Forum on Twitter @CroydonBMEForum,  and Croydon BME forum on Facebook.

Hearts & Rainbows at Croydon Saffron Central, starting Saturday May 13!

Hearts & Rainbows at Croydon Saffron Central

The first session is:
Saturday 13th May

 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%!.  The space 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.

To boost the colours of the bed 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 come 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!

Plans for THIS SATURDAY – 10:30am – 4:30pm

– The Good Gym will be kicking preparations off by helping to clear the lanes of crocuses and then line them ready to receive donated plants.  They will be there from 11am until noon so come and meet them to help & learn more about their great work.

– The lavender, oregano, marjoram & woad from last year is needing a little bit of TLC, some watering,  repotting, & weeding etc.

– There are seeds to plant to help with the rainbow flag &  hopefully also some bedding plants to repot.

– There will be paints for decorative work under the “Hearts & Rainbows” theme.


What else can you do to help?

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

Suggestions – If you have suggestions of good plants to invest in please let Ally know as there is a budget and it is hoped that more donations to support this project will come in as word gets around this community project that should result in a wonderful spectacle for the community to enjoy.

Arts  Ally is very keen for people to be creative in the space or to bring creations to the space.  There’s an idea to have some sessions for artists to group together & sketch/paint etc. so let me know if that’s of interest or if you can help with co-ordination of such an event.

Ally says,

I do hope you’re able to come down on Saturday but will be adding a number of additional sessions, including some Tuesday & Thursday evenings soon.”



Help Purley Food Hub in May 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,

“In the first four months of 2017, 400 people going through hard times have come to the Food Hub for food parcels – 140 of them for the first time – and we have been able to provide food for just over 900 men, women and children.

At 3 meals a day for 3 days for each client and family member, that’s more than 8,000 meals since January…and more than 82,000 meals since the Food Hub started in 2013.

We continue to be most grateful for CCC’s support.”


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




PLEASE NOTE: CCC will also have a collection at our meeting on 10 May 2017.

Other ways to help

They also welcome 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 April 2017

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.

David Lean Cinema – May 2017 screenings

This month’s offerings by the David Lean…

Bookings for David Lean Screenings

David Lean Cinema: how to book
Tickets for all screenings are £8. Concessions (persons aged 60 and over, full-time students, claimants and people with disabilities) £6.50. Bookings can be made:
Online: via the David Lean website:

Box office partnership with Wallace Arnold Worldchoice
You can buy tickets at Wallace Arnold Worldchoice at 62 George Street.  They are on the Clocktower side of George Street, close to Wellesley Road but in the section adjacent to North End. Opening hours are 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 4.30pm Saturday.

Croydon Clocktower: our Clocktower box office, located next to the Arts Bar, is open for one hour before every film. Tickets can be purchased for all films, subject to availability. This location is CASH ONLY.

All the above services close 2.5 hours before any particular film, with the exception of the Clocktower box office.

Wheelchairs: front row places can be booked via all the above methods. If you wish to book a complimentary seat for a helper, please request this by emailing:

Facebook and Twitter

The Facebook page is a useful resource for anyone interested in screening updates, photo albums and the latest press coverage.

For additional reminders and film-related news, follow on Twitter: @SaveDavidLean

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Croydon PrideFest is back in 2017 – Save the date!

 Croydon PrideFest 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

from 12 noon to 8pm

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Croydon PrideFest is back for 2017!

The theme of this year’s event will be 50 years of LGBT equality – marking the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Act that partially decriminalised homosexuality.

The Pride parade and festival will take place on July 15,  2017.   There will be live music, dance, food and drink for all to enjoy. There will also be community groups and charities promoting what they do, in and around Croydon. The procession will begin at North End, through Croydon, heading towards the main festival area in Queen’s Gardens.

The procession will begin at North End, heading towards the main festival area in Queen’s Gardens.

The festival, which will also feature stalls and exhibits, will have cabaret and comedy on offer until 8pm, followed by a number of after-parties. Headline acts arranged include Edinburgh Festival turn Topping and Butch.

The organising committee report,

We had a great turnout last year, and are hoping for an even bigger turnout this year!

We welcome all individuals or organisations who wish to take part in the parade to come and join us.

We hope to demonstrate the amazing level of support for Pride in Croydon.” 

Keep an eye out for further details and timings, which should be available shortly.                                                                     

It is likely that there will be stalls, exhibits and information about local LGBT groups & their allies, including Croydon Area Gay Society ( CAGS)Aurora – Croydon’s LGBT Police Consultation Group,  Rainbows Across Borders – a voluntary self-help group for LGBT asylum seekers who are fleeing persecution of oppressive homophobic/transphobic regimes, Transpals,  and the Croydon LGBT+ Network Group.

Croydon Pride Festival is an event for anyone from Croydon’s wonderfully diverse & friendly community to enjoy.

Make sure to watch the official Croydon PrideFest website for further details and updates.

Keep up to date on Facebook: CroydonPrideFest

Follow on Twitter: @CroydonPride