Culture


Council admits that Croydon’s heritage has been significantly compromised

Posted on September 1st, by Sean Creighton in Culture. 1 Comment

Croydon Council planners admit that our borough’s heritage has been significantly compromised over recent decades, says Sean Creighton

This admission appears in the document ‘Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report. Croydon Local Plan: Strategic Policies – Partial Review‘, the consultation period for which closed on July 30th 2014.

They cite as an example the bulky, deep plan, high rise modern buildings around the Grade I listed church … Read More »



Croydon kids get creative with Hale Man, Whitgift Centre artist-in-residence

Posted on August 29th, by Osheen Shrinivas in Culture. No Comments

Osheen Shrinivas tells how art and creativity have blossomed in the Whitgift Centre this summer

Over the last few weeks, children on their summer holidays have been taking the chance to get creative with local artist Hale Man, currently the Whitgift Centre‘s artist-in-residence.

She has been running workshops in her studio space – an empty retail unit in the Whitgift Centre in central Croydon – … Read More »



A workshop with Hale Man,Whitgift’s artist-in-residence

Posted on August 20th, by Alison Symonds-Taylor in Culture. 1 Comment

Hale Man works with elderly residents at Whitgift House to travel back in time through art

I work as the Activities Organiser at Whitgift House, part of The Whitgift Foundation, in South Croydon. I had read about the work of Hale Man, who has been appointed artist-in-residence at the Whitgift Centre for a year, and was pleased when we booked an interactive session with some … Read More »



Report on the 2014 World Puzzle Championships in Croydon

Posted on August 19th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

Last week Croydon welcomed the world’s greatest mindbogglers, brainteasers and lovers of the cryptic and abstruse. The reasons aren’t puzzling

All last week the Selsdon Park Hotel, Croydon, was a hive of head-scratching activity. Forty nations were represented in the World Puzzle Championships, as 180 competitors ranging in age from 65 to just 7 years old fought it out across a range of puzzle disciplines.

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Restaurant review: Mae Ping Thai restaurant

Posted on August 15th, by Joy Akwue-Butler in Culture. No Comments

Joy Akwue-Butler steps out of her comfort zone to try Thai cuisine

16-18 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DN
Time from East Croydon: 12 minutes / 5 minutes by 119, 466 or 312

On Thursday 31st July I had arranged to meet up with my friends Pete and Fiona. We decided to come out of our comfort zones and try something different – which is why we … Read More »



Arts for craft’s sake, crafts for art’s sake

Posted on August 14th, by Andrew Dickinson in Culture. 5 comments

Andy Dickinson envisions what the monthly Arts and Crafts Fair could become, with or without a Westfield

I was concerned a few weeks ago when I heard on the radio that Boris Johnson had agreed to a £1 billion extension to Westfield in Shepherds Bush. I went online to find out more and found that it will be done at the same time as our … Read More »



Art, fun and public space in Croydon: the adventure continues at Putt Putt #2

Posted on August 13th, by Tom Winter in Culture. No Comments

Tom Winter plays crazy golf like you’ve never seen it before

On a warm Friday evening in early July following a tiring day at work, I find myself coasting on my bicycle down to the opening of Turf Project’s Putt Putt #2 interactive art installation near East Croydon station. Having successfully gained funding earlier in the year through Arts Council England, Stanhope Schroder, Kickstarter and supportive … Read More »



It’s cool in the Cronx: review of the Cronx Brewery Open Day

Posted on August 12th, by Faye Edwardes in Culture. 2 comments

Faye Edwardes attends a brewery open day that’s all about success in Croydon

“My husband loves a nice blonde”, I said to the barmaid with a wink, “but he loves a porter too”. And so that’s what we had. It was the Cronx Brewery’s second Open Day on Saturday 2nd August and we went along to check it out.

The Cronx Brewery is the first … Read More »



Croydonian in the spotlight: Adam Pearson

Posted on August 8th, by Joe Dillon-Hearne in Culture. No Comments

Adam Pearson – writer, actor, and Croydonian – discusses the success of the sci-fi horror film Under The Skin and his home town

Adam Pearson is certainly a recognisable face, though perhaps more for his regular TV work these days rather than the neurofibromyalgia which has given him prominent facial disfigurement. Taking time out from casting the new season of The Undateables, he reflected on the … Read More »



WordFest – a new celebration of the arts for Croydon youth

Posted on August 7th, by Rachael Phandey in Culture. No Comments

Something’s stirring in the library. It’s time to spread the word about Croydon WordFest, says Rachael Phandey

Croydon Libraries, Apples and Snakes, the Croydon Youth Arts Team, Club Soda and young people aged 11-19 have worked together to develop a programme of free events across Croydon this summer. During the early part of summer 2014, WordFest offered a series of workshops in creative writing and performance (singing, … Read More »