A message from Croydon’s Borough Commander

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,

Following the horrific terrorist attack in Manchester last night, in which 22 people were killed and tens of others injured, we have increased the number of officers on duty across the Capital.

Whilst all policing operations in London are currently planned to the backdrop of a severe threat level from terrorism, officers from our event planning teams and protective security experts are now reviewing in detail all the plans for upcoming events in the Capital.

This includes smaller events which may not have had a police presence seeing a greater focus; an increase of armed and unarmed officers on highly visible reassurance patrols around key locations and crowded places and work with event organisers.

The Met is reaching out to event organisers through our licensing officers to ensure that they are given the latest protective security advice to keep their music events as safe as can be. Using our well established local and London-wide briefing systems, we are ensuring that refreshed advice is given to all those venues hosting events.

A full review of the security and policing operations for the weekend’s sporting events – the culmination of the football and rugby seasons at Wembley and Twickenham – is underway. This will include the deployment of extra armed officers.

Operation Hercules – which sees the deployment of a range of mobile and static overt armed officers – will be stepped up to protect the Capital. This is designed to make London as hostile an environment as possible for any would-be attacker. That means the locations, types of tactics and the numbers of officers deployed at once will continually change to be most effective and avoid predictability.

The Met will continue to do everything possible to protect the Capital not just through the use of armed officers but the ongoing work by specialist detectives in the Counter Terrorism Command; working with partner agencies and gathering community intelligence.

Commander Jane Connors, said: “As the full horror of last night’s attack in Manchester still sinks in the thoughts of all of us in the Met Police are with those who have lost loved ones or who were injured.

“Here in London we are determined to do all we can to protect the Capital. That means that over the coming days as you go to a music venue, go shopping, travel to work or head off to the fantastic sporting events you will see more officers – including armed officers.

“We are used to delivering policing operations that seek to mitigate against the severe threat we face from terrorists. It is only right that we now take time to review those existing plans and make sure we are confident that we are doing all we can.

“As you are out and about in London please be alert – call us immediately if you see something suspicious. If you are at an event and something worries you, go straight to a police officer or security guard and tell them.”

Across London local officers are also out engaging with a range of communities as terrorist attacks can cause heightened concerns. Safer Schools officers are working closely with their schools to make sure that young people understand what the Met is doing to protect the Capital.

Regards

Chief Superintendent Jeff Boothe

 

Stay calm

Be vigilant

Trust your instincts and

ACT if you are at all suspicious by contacting the police.

 

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: communityrelations@croydon.gov.uk

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

Date

Location

Time

Audience

Entry/ticketing

Cost

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: communityrelations@croydon.gov.uk

Council funding opportunities can be found here:

https://www.croydon.gov.uk/community/advice/tsfunding/funding/supportingvoluntarysectorlocal

https://www.croydon.gov.uk/community/advice/community-ward-budgets

Respect – An event run by Faiths Together in Croydon on May 24, open to all!

Faiths Together in Croydon is hosting an event on respect,  and YOU are invited…

The event is being held on Wednesday 24 May 2017 at St Mary’s High School, from 5-7pm.

The event is open to everyone – people of all ages and of all faiths or none.

 

 

This follows a successful event exploring Peace, held last year.

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

Respect – An event run by Faiths Together in Croydon on May 24, open to everyone!

Faiths Together in Croydon is hosting an event on respect.  and YOU are invited…

The event is being held on Wednesday 24 May 2017 at St Mary’s School.

More details to follow

 

This follows a successful event exploring Peace, held last year.

And why not follow Faiths Together in Croydon on Twitter at @FTiCroydon and 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: http://www.davidleancinema.org.uk/

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: savedavidlean@gmail.com

Facebook and Twitter

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

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

Addiscombe Carnival, 28 May 2017

Croydon Lions are particularly keen to enlist volunteers for the Addiscombe Carnival, which they have run for the past six years, after an approach to do so by Croydon Council.

This is a family Fun Day with music stalls, food and displays.

The organisers are looking for local businesses, groups and individuals to either donate, sponsor or take part in the stage and arena displays.

For details see: www.croydonlions.org.uk, the Addiscombe Carnival website and the poster below.

To book a pitch for 2017, complete the form: Festival Pitch Booking 2017 and return it as soon as possible to secure your place!