Restaurant review: the Oval Tavern

Posted on February 10th, by Andy Ellis in Culture. No Comments

From traditional pub staples and hearty roasts to vegan and coeliac-friendly treats, dining at the Oval hits the spot for Andy Ellis

131 Oval Road, Croydon CR0 9AS

Time from East Croydon:  10 minutes or  5 minutes 197, 289, 312, 367, 410

Situated in an Addiscombe back street adjacent to a school playing field, the Oval Tavern dates back to the nineteenth century. The … Read More »

Ruskin Square Croydon, public art and a Festival of Toil

Posted on February 9th, by Andrew Dickinson in Culture. No Comments

Andrew Dickinson attended a dinner to discuss public art in Ruskin Square Croydon. It really wasn’t hard work

“The highest reward for a man’s toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it” (John Ruskin).

I was recently a guest at the Festival of Toil dinner at Amp House, East Croydon. The dinner was hosted by MUF architects who … Read More »

Young Citizens: The minster chorister’s tale

Posted on February 8th, by Joel Edser in Culture. No Comments

So what’s life really like in that vestry? Joel Edser gives us the low-down


“Who’s that singing like a dalek?”, asked Mr Little, looking closely at the innocent-faced boys in our burgundy robes and ruffs.

Just a month before this I was in Year 3 at the Minster school and Mr Krippner, the choirmaster, had given an assembly encouraging us to audition for the … Read More »

Croydon comes a-wassailing

Posted on February 3rd, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 1 Comment

The ancient tradition of wassailing has returned to Croydon. Liz Sheppard-Jones reports

‘Here we come a-wassailing/Among the leaves so green’ goes the song. And so we did, on the afternoon of Saturday 30th January, in Addiscombe Railway Park.

Wassailing is an old English tradition and like a lot of these involves drinking: cold north European winds blow through long dark winters and in such … Read More »

Event review: Soda Beat returns to Matthews Yard, Friday 21st December 2015

Posted on January 29th, by Catherine Payne in Culture. No Comments

It’s not just disability music. It’s a great night out, says Catherine Payne

On Monday 21st December music-laden vibrations were sent spilling out onto Surrey Street in central Croydon. The source? Club Soda’s Soda Beat event at Matthews Yard.

Club Soda is a Croydon-based organisation whose purpose is to provide opportunities for personal and artistic development for people with learning disabilities. This is achieved … Read More »

Croydon looks east for its next big party

Posted on January 29th, by Charles Barber in Culture. 1 Comment

Let’s celebrate Chinese New Year in Croydon, says Charles Barber

Over the weekend of Saturday 6th – Sunday 7th February, Croydon will stage a celebration of the Arts and Chinese New Year. We hope that you’ll want to join in.

This Chinese New Year celebration has been coordinated by *protected email* and was initially inspired by the Whitgift Centre‘s artist-in-residence, Hale Man, who has created a large copper sculpture called … Read More »

What can China teach our children for Chinese New Year?

Posted on January 26th, by Charlotte Davies in Culture. 2 comments

Chinese children are exceptionally high achievers. Charlotte Davies suggests ways to help our children to learn from this culture

Croydon will have its first Chinese New Year parade on Sunday 7th February, starting from the Whitgift Centre and finishing at Fairfield Halls. It is organised by Hale Man, artist-in-residence at the Whitgift Centre; who has created a phoenix sculpture to represent the communities of Croydon … Read More »

Surrey Street Treats: Pomelo mocktail

Posted on January 22nd, by Karen Cartwright in Culture. No Comments

For those who are trying to cut down on calories or to maintain a ‘dry January’, Karen Cartwright has a delicious alcohol-free cocktail

It’s wonderful to see such a huge range of fruit and vegetables available in Surrey Street Market throughout the year, particularly under-appreciated fruit such as the pomelo. This citrus fruit, native to south and south-east Asia, looks like a giant grapefruit but has a … Read More »

Tenyson, a three-piece band that’s far from ‘Ordinary’

Posted on January 22nd, by Paul Dennis in Culture. 1 Comment

Paul Dennis shoots the breeze with Croydon band Tenyson

I like the Croydon festival thing. Food, music, comedy, community – all are celebrated far and wide within the borough. I try to support these events as much as possible, and along the way you do bump into some regular faces, people of the same mind.

That is how Croydon band Tenyson made a blip, and then … Read More »

Surrey Street Treats: speedy spicy soup

Posted on January 20th, by Jess Bashford in Culture. No Comments

Christmas is over and it’s healthy January. Let’s keep eating simple and enjoyable, says Jess Bashford

Christmas is over for another year and all of us will have over-indulged a bit. So, to help everyone to keep their new year healthy eating resolutions, I’ve borrowed a healthy recipe from my mum: a speedy soup that uses Surrey Street market’s chillies. (Now the weather’s turned properly wintry, it’ll … Read More »