INTO THE WOOD – a FREE personal development programme for 16 to 25-year-olds, course starting Sat 23 September 2017

A FREE course for 16-25-year-olds.

Details here.

Book by emailing


The website includes information about the organisation and details of other courses, including some that include a charge.

Twitter: @WildintheCity1


Norbury Green RA invites you….

Norbury Green Residents’ Association (NGRA) represents the views/concerns of residents of the Norbury Green area of Norbury, SW16.


General meeting


Coffee Mornings

Norbury Neighbours Coffee Mornings, the first Saturday of each month, starting 2nd September 2017 from 10am-12noon @ Norbury Library.

Join NGRA for a cuppa, meet neighbours & find out what’s on locally

Twitter: @NorburyGreenRA

Nominations open for 2017 Mayor’s Civic Awards

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Do you know a dedicated volunteer, an entrepreneur with Croydon’s community at the heart of their business or an inspirational young person who has excelled in the face of adversity?

Croydon Council is looking for community heroes from across the borough who deserved to be honoured and have their actions recognised at the 2017 Mayor of Croydon’s Civic Awards.

The annual awards ceremony is a chance to celebrate the exceptional people who make Croydon a brilliant place for people to live, grow, work and visit.

This could be someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the health and well-being of residents, a person who takes pride in keeping Croydon clean and green or a young person who has transformed their own life and is now helping others do the same.

Nominations can be made in 10 categories, which are:

  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Voluntary Group of the Year
  • Contribution to Sport and Healthy Living
  • Don’t Mess with Croydon – Take Pride
  • Business in the Community
  • Fairer Croydon
  • Carer of the Year
  • Good Neighbour
  • Young Achiever of the Year
  • Stronger Together

All entries must be submitted by Friday 8 September. The finalists in each of the categories will be announced later that month and invited to attend a glittering ceremony on Tuesday 17 October where the award winners will be revealed.

Screen Shot 2017-08-04 at 11.13.12   Mayor of Croydon Councillor Toni Letts, said,

“There are so many unsung heroes in Croydon, who selflessly put in a huge amount of t

ime and effort to not only improve the lives of those around them, but also the lives of the wider community. These awards are a fantastic way of recognising and celebrating what they do and nominating someone you know could also be the perfect way to say thank you.”


To nominate an individual, group or organisation, please visit the awards page online at or complete the nomination form in Word and email it to 

For help or guidance completing a nomination please contact 020 8604 7042.


SAVING eBear’s ATTIC Charity Tea Room & Boutique

A plea from eBears Attic, in Hamsey Green…. They have only recently learnt that their landlord is selling the premises they use for Donation Drop Off, Bargain Basement, eBay, the China Hire and main Charity Office premises.  They will have only three months notice from the time its sold so need to find other premises urgently.

They have only recently learnt that their landlord is selling the premises they use for Donation Drop Off, Bargain Basement, eBay, the China Hire and main Charity Office premises.  They will have only three months notice from the time its sold so need to find other premises urgently.

The founder writes,

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Is hoarding an issue? Mind in Croydon is running a hoarding prevention project

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For full details, see Mind in Croydon’s website:

Mind has been funded by Croydon Council to run a hoarding prevention project. The purpose of the project is to provide free group counselling sessions to participants in order to help them examine why they collect items that clutter the home and what would it be like to consider letting some of these go. This […]

via FREE Hoarding Project — Mind in Croydon

A message from Croydon’s Borough Commander re the Met’s plan to increase availability of Taser across London

A message from the Borough Commander for Croydon is being shared by local policing teams. Just email your local policing team to receive monthly updates and important notices such as this.

His message reads,

Dear Ward Member,

I am writing to you with regards to the MPS’s plans to increase the availability of Taser across London. Our plans will see a further 1,867 officers trained, which takes the total number of officers trained to just under 6,500, with an increase in the number of devices available taking the total to 2,500.

The principal reason for this uplift is so that we are better equipped to protect the public from the threat of violent incidents, but also to protect our officers from violent assaults.

We’ve taken this decision in light of the increase in violence offences, including knife crime which rose by 24% last year, and the steady increase in the number of assaults on police officers in recent years.

The uplift will see the device made available to more borough based Emergency Response Officers, with 1,729 of the additional 1,867 officers being trained coming from borough response teams. These officers are the most readily available to protect the public, and are also the officers who face the most unpredictable threat. In borough terms, we are talking approximately double the number of Taser-trained officers with most boroughs having at least 40 Taser trained officers already.

It’s a two stage uplift; the first part will see the Met change its deployment policy in line with national guidance. At the moment Taser officers on borough are deployed in pairs. They will still be deployed in pairs for the most part, but only one need carry Taser. That said, Taser officers will also be able to deploy on their own, for example Sergeant supervisors, but the norm for most response officers will be some form of ‘double crewing’. This change to deployment will see an immediate increase in the number of Tasers available 24/7.

The second part of the uplift will see the additional officers trained. We anticipate that this will take 2 years, with the training due to begin later this year in late summer / Autumn. As part of this, the Met will be changing device. Our current model is no longer manufactured, and we will gradually replace these with the new Home Office mandated model, the X2.

Taser is already an important part of the protective equipment available to officers. It’s been safely and effectively used in the Met since 2003 and provides officers with a highly effective option for prevent violent situations from escalating, often without needing to be fired. In 2016 it was fired on just 13% of 1,635 occasions it was deployed. Most incidents where Taser is used are resolved simply by drawing the device, or by using the red dot to highlight to the suspect that it may be used. These are lower uses of force than any form of physical restraint, baton or CS spray or indeed a firearm – which might otherwise be needed.

We’re very careful to ensure that the officers who use Taser are trained to a high standard, both in how they use it and in post-use procedure. Officers are personally responsible for justifying that each use is reasonable in the circumstances they are presented with. I am responsible for oversight of this in the borough. Each use of Taser is recorded, with data reported to the Home Office, and published on the Met website.

One concern that has been raised in the past is about transparency, in terms of how and when officers use Taser. The roll out of body worn video to all frontline officers will greatly improve the transparency of how we use it, and we hope will also serve to provide understanding as to what happens at any incident.

As a key partner I wanted to inform you of our change in approach. You won’t see any visible change in policing style, but there will be increased protection for the public.

Of course, if you need any further information or have any concerns please do let me know.



Chief Superintendent Jeff Boothe

Borough Commander
Croydon Police Station