Happy Chinese New Year, Croydon! Love from Hale Man, artist-in-residence

Posted on February 27th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

Liz Sheppard-Jones has a go at visualising Croydon’s Five Elements of Transformation – water, earth, wood, metal and fire

The Whitgift Centre‘s artist-in-residence, Hale Man, hosted her artistic celebration of Chinese New Year on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd February, with workshops and guided tours in her ground floor studio, close to the centre’s information point. On Sunday afternoon, I took a tour as part of a … Read More »

Interview: comedian Rosie Wilby on gays, gentrification and getting over unrequited love

Posted on February 25th, by Olivia Garner in Culture. No Comments

Olivia Garner meets Rosie Wilby, Funny Women finalist, Radio 4 regular and Croydon LGBT month star

Hi Rosie! Firstly, to start off, can you tell us a little about your show, Nineties Woman?

Well, it’s a show that I took to the Edinburgh Fringe last summer and it combines a bit of comedy, multimedia and storytelling.

The show was inspired when a couple of years … Read More »

How Croydon’s Fairtraders take action for a fairer world

Posted on February 24th, by Andrew Dickinson in Culture. 1 Comment

As Croydon Fairtrade Fortnight begins, Andrew Dickinson celebrates the power of everyday choices

Croydon Fairtrade Network has a busy fortnight planned – and a plethora of events for you to get involved with!  The focus of this year’s Croydon Fairtrade Fortnight is to tell a story: the story of the other half of a product’s life. That’s the part you don’t know when you buy it and take … Read More »

Event review: Femme Fierce freak-out, Sunday 15th February

Posted on February 20th, by Wes in Culture. 3 comments

Imagine artist and urban photographer Wes Baker’s excitement on hearing the Femme Fierce ladies were coming to town

Last May, I wrote an article titled ‘The Urban Gallery‘ about street art, and how it how it would be able to lift the profile of Croydon. So you can imagine my excitement to hear of the Femme Fierce ladies’ plans to head into town. Sunday 15th February saw … Read More »

Event review: Benji Kirkpatrick at the Oval Tavern, Thursday 12th February

Posted on February 19th, by Sarah Robson in Culture. 2 comments

Sarah Robson has a foot-tapping good time at Croydon’s Oval Tavern

Despite having lived in Croydon for my entire 28 years, Thursday 12th February was only the second time I had ever been to the Oval. Both times have been courtesy of the Croydon Citizen, and I am disappointed with myself for knowing nothing about this hidden gem of a pub before now.

The … Read More »

Event review: ‘Tales of Love Lost and Found’ at the Spreadeagle Theatre, 7th February 2015

Posted on February 18th, by Catherine Pestano in Culture. No Comments

Catherine Pestano enjoys a life-affirming evening of lesbian love stories as part of Croydon’s LGBT month

Much dyke culture happens north of the river, in central or north east London, so it was a real treat to be able to attend a lesbian cultural event that I could walk to, as part of the programme of Croydon’s LGBT month. I hosted a get-together for the very popular … Read More »

Restaurant review: Brasserie Vacherin

Posted on February 12th, by Joy Akwue-Butler in Culture. 1 Comment

Joy Akwue-Butler enjoys a five-star treat at one of her favourite restaurants

Time from East Croydon: 15 minutes / 5 minutes 119, 466 or 312

48-50 South End, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 1DP


It has been a couple of months since I last wrote a review and I thought I would start the year with a restaurant that I … Read More »

Surrey Street Treats for Valentine’s Day: strawberry, lime and rum granita

Posted on February 11th, by Jess Bashford in Culture. No Comments

Jess Bashford prepares a light and fruity dessert to follow dinner with your valentine

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. The shops are going to start filling up with dine-in deals and lots of creamy, chocolatey treats. But sometimes I think all the rich, romantic food can get a bit much. So I’ve come up with a fresher idea that’s still indulgent – a strawberry, lime … Read More »

Lives ordinary and extraordinary: the launch of Croydon Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender month, 4th February 2015

Posted on February 6th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

Liz Sheppard-Jones attends the launch party and has an enjoyable, serious time

Croydon’s tenth Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender month was launched with a concert in the Braithwaite Hall, Katharine Street, on Wednesday evening, 4th February. It was hosted – and that really is the word – by Councillor Mark Watson, Croydon’s Cabinet Member for Safety, Justice and Communities, who not only spoke at the start but … Read More »

Film, drama, music and more: a celebration of Croydon’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Month

Posted on February 6th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

As Croydon once again marks LGBT history month, Liz Sheppard-Jones looks at what’s on and explains why it matters so much to her

I recently shared on Facebook a picture of a rainbow. Underneath it is written: I am an ally. I’m not gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. I just share this crazy idea that everyone should have equal rights.

I’ve been an ally since 1989 … Read More »