This World Peace Day, the Citizen will be tweeting your messages throughout the day. Send us your message of peace before the 21st September and we’ll share it with our community
Croydon’s messages of peace
Why Peace Day matters – by Aishah Mehmood
World Peace Day finds a place on our calendars every year on the 21st of September. The message of the day is simple: It’s … Read More »
Philip Howard unveils this month’s schedule for the Save the David Lean Cinema campaign
The Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign has been very active recently. Our primary aim is to reopen the cinema in the Croydon Clocktower complex, and there are promising indications that we may be able to announce some progress soon. Our secondary aim is to keep the flag flying for engaging … Read More »
When John O’Donovan, (CTO, The Financial Times) extended the opportunity for promising local teenagers to attend an FT Hackathon, Jack and Richard from local youth charity ‘Lives Not Knives’ jumped at the opportunity…
I arrived at the Financial Times office bright and early. Well, perhaps not so bright (the weather was a little grey!) but certainly early enough. I was greeted, given a visitor’s badge, and without … Read More »
In another bold Citizen Campaign James Naylor asks you to save a town from becoming “The Croydon of the Fens”
Somewhere, deep in the fens, a town is in a planning crisis.
The unique character of a delightful yet little-known town in East Anglia is under serious threat. A surge of greedy property developers don’t merely plan to destroy the character of a quaint … Read More »
Tara Green reports from the frontlines of Code Club’s war on technophobia and obsolescence – Croydon’s primary schools
The 7 and 8 year old children of our borough are cross. In true digital-native style, these children are feeling a bit left out because Croydon Code Club is not for them. The volunteer-lead action group is working very hard to get a computer-programming after school club into every … Read More »
Brian Lancaster, General Secretary of the Croydon Natural History and Scientific Society, explains how the Croydon Local Studies Library and Archives Service was saved.
Between 10 December 2012 and mid-January 2013 it looked as if the Croydon Local Studies Library and Archives Service might effectively cease to exist. With staffing levels already reduced after the previous round of cuts, a new requirement to save £105,000 from the council’s budget … Read More »
Local reporter, photographer, Frohican, and biking enthusiast Wes Baker explains why two wheels are better than four (or more!)
When I cycle into central London on a weekday I notice something once I hit Brixton that I don’t in Croydon. What I notice is I’m travelling with other cyclists almost like a school of fish instead of a lone whale shark. I understand that the … Read More »
Paul Sowan, an archivist and librarian with the Croydon Natural History & Scientific Society, whose research is incorporated into the Local Studies Archive, explains the library’s importance in preserving and adding to local knowledge
Over the last 50 years I have, as a member and officer of the Croydon Natural History & Scientific Society, devoted thousands of hours and spent many hundreds of pounds … Read More »
Those who support this cut would have us think this is a rarely-used archive with little relevance to present day issues. They couldn’t be more wrong
Croydon Council’s Local Studies section has three boxes of material about the life of its composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor that it has accumulated over the years. This material was useful to Jeffrey Green in researching his major biography … Read More »
Who we are is under threat. What better reason to fight?
LATEST UPDATE: It was announced at a full council meeting on the 28/01/13 that the Local Studies Archive will continue to be open to the public. It will now, however be moving to the ground floor and there is some suggestion that opening hours could be increased, and access made easier. The Citizen welcomes this announcement … Read More »