Culture


Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Wandle Park

Posted on July 30th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

Liz Sheppard-Jones is spellbound by the fun of fairyland in the Croydon Opera and Dramatic Association‘s outdoor production of Shakespeare’s magical comedy

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare.

Time: 7:45pm Wednesday 30th July – Saturday 2nd August, 2:30pm matinee on Saturday 2nd August

Location: the bandstand, Wandle Park, Croydon (two minutes walk from Wandle Park tramstop, ten minutes on foot from Croydon town centre)

Tickets: £10.00.

Oh but I’m happy writing … Read More »



The Croydon student who founded her own fashion label

Posted on July 28th, by Paul Dennis in Culture. No Comments

Paul Dennis talks to Croydon College student Jeanne-Marie Fraser about fashion, music and world domination

I don’t doubt for one moment that Richard Branson was scoffed at when, as a student, he voiced his ambitions.

He was young – what did he know? Well, he knew where he was going, and the same can be said of Jeanne-Marie Fraser, who has just completed a B-TEC level … Read More »



From vision to reality: the Purley Festival story

Posted on July 25th, by Kirsty MacLennan in Culture. 1 Comment

Kirsty MacLennan relates how a chat over a drink turned into some serious community activism for Purley-ites – and for Fiona Lipscombe

We all do it: we talk about putting the world to rights over a drink with a friend. But not many of us take action. Fiona Lipscombe, John Newberry and Ian Harris were bemoaning the lack of music events over lunch one day. They used … Read More »



Review: The Whispering Wood, by Theatre Workshop Coulsdon

Posted on July 25th, by Kasper Seward in Culture. No Comments

When two troupes of actors go head-to-head in a woodland setting, Kasper Seward is gripped and enchanted

The Whispering Wood, devised by Lucy-Ann Martin.

Time: 7:45pm on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th July; 7:45pm on Tuesday 29th July – Saturday 2nd August.

Location: Coulsdon Manor Hotel and Golf Club, Coulsdon Court Road, Old Coulsdon, Surrey CR5 2LL

Set within the sweeping lawns and majestic trees of Coulsdon Manor … Read More »



Review of LeeFest 2014: the little music festival that could

Posted on July 24th, by Olivia Garner in Culture. 1 Comment

LeeFest is Croydon’s music festival down the road, and its reputation is growing. Olivia Garner reports from the party frontline

Many haven’t heard of LeeFest, the South London Music Festival. It’s a home-grown independent festival that takes place on Higham’s Hill Farm on the outskirts of New Addington each year. However, these three days of paint-covered madness are definitely on the up- and-up.

It took place … Read More »



Restaurant review: Khyber Indian Restaurant

Posted on July 23rd, by Joy Akwue-Butler in Culture. 1 Comment

Joy Akwue-Butler enjoys an Indian meal with a modern twist

284-288 High Street, Croydon, CR0 1NG
Time from East Croydon: 12 minutes / 5 minutes by 119, 466 or 312

On Friday 27th June 2014 my partner Charlie and I arranged to go for a meal at the Khyber Indian restaurant. We were warmly welcomed by Jay (one of the main waiters) and shown … Read More »



Review of ‘The Adventures of Andy Kershaw’, Matthew’s Yard, Thursday 17th July

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

After interviewing the veteran broadcaster last month, Paul Dennis reports on Andy Kershaw’s adventures and anecdotes

Big thanks are due to Neil Woodcock and the rest of “The ukelele and other machines” team for setting up ‘The Adventures of Andy Kershaw’ at Matthew’s Yard on Thursday 17th July. I hope it’s the start of many more such gigs, especially if they are of this quality.

Clearly they … Read More »



Attention Croydonians – there’s champagne on our doorstep

Posted on July 21st, by Faye Edwardes in Culture. 2 comments

Wine presenter and educator Faye Edwardes toasts the sparkling vintages produced just down the road from Croydon, and the coming of age of English sparkling wine

Nestling not far from our hometown are some fantastic vines bearing wonderful fruit. English sparkling wine is finally coming of age.

There is a growing number of sparkling wine producers in Kent, Surrey and Sussex making very high quality wines. … Read More »



Surrey Street treats: easy chunky guacamole

Posted on July 18th, by Jess Bashford in Culture. 1 Comment

In the third instalment of her recipe series using ingredients from Croydon’s historic Surrey Street market, Jess Bashford offers a light and refreshing summer dip to tempt your tastebuds

Surrey Street Market, just down Crown Hill from Croydon town centre, is always bustling. It’s been part of Croydon since medieval times – 1276 to be precise – and the 738 years since it was founded … Read More »



Exercise classes – bootcamp-style – have come to Croydon

Posted on July 17th, by Anna Arthur in Culture. No Comments

Anna Arthur goes for the burn as she investigates Croydon’s Great Outdoors exercise campaign – the hard way

Getting up at 6am and running round a park has never been in my top ten list of things to do. Yet I find myself doing exactly that at an early morning boot camp with instructor Paul Cisceros from South Norwood Leisure Centre. He’s been running the … Read More »