David Lean Cinema – July & August 2017 screenings

 

 

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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It’s not long now until Croydon PrideFest – Saturday 15 July

 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.” 

                                                               

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

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.

Regards

Jeff

Chief Superintendent Jeff Boothe

Borough Commander
Croydon Police Station

 

 

CCC AGM and Public Meeting – Tuesday 4 July 2017 – 7 to 9pm

Please join us for our public meeting in the hall to the rear of:

St. Michael and All Angels with St. James
Poplar Walk
Croydon
CR0 1UA

Enter via the gate to the left of the Church.

Please book a free place to attend.

St Michael front

AGM at 7pm
Members are invited to attend the AGM, starting at 7pm, to receive a report on activities over the past year and to vote in the new committee.  Continue reading

David Lean Cinema – June 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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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