Restaurant review: Karnavar, South Croydon

Posted on October 1st, by Joy Akwue-Butler in Culture. No Comments

Joy Akwue-Butler discovers a gem in South Croydon

62 South End Croydon, Surrey CR0 1DP
Time from East Croydon: 12 minutes / 5 minutes by 119, 466 or 312

As my daughter Jasmine is due to return to university soon, I thought it would be nice to take her out for a meal. So on Friday 12th September Jasmine and I decided to check … Read More »

Beats & Eats celebrates its first year with great food, cool music and an electric vibe

Posted on September 29th, by Shaniqua Benjamin in Culture. No Comments

Shaniqua Benjamin reports on a birthday party that was also a celebration for Croydon

Birthdays are always special, but I think that there is just something a little bit sweeter about a first birthday. An electric vibe and party atmosphere filled Matthews Yard on 6th September 2014 as Beats & Eats celebrated its first birthday with an evening of live music, great food and joyful festivities.

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Simon Shaw and the digital art of Croydon

Posted on September 24th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

Liz Sheppard-Jones considers the digital beauty of Croydon with photographer and artist Simon Shaw

It’s fascinating to meet someone who shares your experiences, yet draws diametrically opposed conclusions from them. I had a really interesting talk with digital artist and photographer Simon Shaw.

We meet on the first day of his sixteen week exhibition at the ClickClock Gallery in Katharine Street, Central Croydon. He’s a … Read More »

Inspired by John Rocha: how an ambitious Croydon fashion student is aiming for the top

Posted on September 22nd, by Michelle Pierre-Carr in Culture. No Comments

Stylist and fashion-writer Michelle Pierre-Carr looks at some home-grown talent and the inspiration that launched it

The decision to start a new business is always a daunting prospect for many, but as the Croydon Citizen reported recently, it didn’t stop eighteen year old Jeanne Marie Fraser from taking the plunge and setting up her own t-shirt business from home. Working on concepts and ideas to … Read More »

Event preview: Croydon Fun Palace, Saturday 4th – Sunday 5th October 2014

Posted on September 19th, by The Croydon Fun Palace Team in Culture. No Comments

Croydon’s Fun Palace team explains the inspiration behind this laboratory of learning and play, and invites you to join in

On the weekend of October 4th and 5th, Croydon will host a free Fun Palace – a laboratory of learning and play, a place for experimenting and trying out new things in the arts, sciences and technology.

A large retail unit in the Whitgift … Read More »

Croydon carers singing for support

Posted on September 17th, by Catherine Pestano in Culture. No Comments

Carers are finding their voices through singing groups in Croydon, says Catherine Pestano

Recently I attended a Royal College of Music Symposium on singing and health which has led me to reflect on how singing can help to support and uplift carers. I’m aware that an increasing number of us face caring responsibilities, both for young but also increasingly for elderly family members – or both at … Read More »

Review: ‘Tell Me About Your Ex’ at the Spreadeagle Theatre, Katharine Street Croydon

Posted on September 10th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

All-too-true romance has Liz Sheppard-Jones giggling and wincing at the Spreadeagle Theatre

Spreadeagle Theatre, the Spreadeagle pub, Katharine Street at 7:30pm, 9th-13th September

Time from East Croydon  8 mins

Tickets £10

In her fascinating 2002 book analysing successful romantic partnerships, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? How To Find And Keep The Perfect Partner, writer and policy adviser Adrienne Burgess observes that when … Read More »

Restaurant review: Tre Fratelli Italian restaurant

Posted on September 10th, by Joy Akwue-Butler in Culture. No Comments

Joy Akwue-Butler investigates a new arrival – Italian restaurant Tre Fratelli in South Croydon

25-29 South End, Croydon, CR0 1BE
Time from East Croydon: 12 minutes / 5 minutes by 119, 466 or 312

On Friday 22nd August I met up with my friend Michelle, who I hadn’t seen for some time,  so we had plenty of catching up to do! We decided to try … Read More »

An afternoon at the bichon frise dog re-homing party

Posted on September 8th, by Olivia Garner in Culture. No Comments

45 wagging tails charm Olivia Garner at the Bichon Frise rehoming event in South Croydon

On Saturday 23rd August in St Matthew’s Church, Croydon, there was a party. It had balloons, cakes, party games and 45 white, fluffy, wagging tails. It was the second annual ‘bichon party’ held by the Croydon branch of the Bichon Frise Rescue society.

Bichon Frise Rescue UK is an official … Read More »

Restaurant review: the Dosa and Chutny curry house, West Croydon

Posted on September 5th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

Liz Sheppard-Jones recommends a West Croydon curry house for those who can take it as it comes

466 London Road, West Croydon CR0 2SS
Time from East Croydon: 25 minutes / 10 minutes by 64 or 198

Dosa and Chutny (sic) is my local curry joint and filled with happy memories since my partner and I became Broad Green villagers in the autumn … Read More »