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 »

Cronx Kitchen: healthy packed lunches for school

Posted on September 3rd, by Sahara Quli in Culture. 1 Comment

Sahara Quli, founder of social enterprise Mum’s The Chef, welcomes readers to our new Cronx Kitchen recipe series

In April 2013 I founded Mum’s The Chef, a social enterprise aimed at tackling long-term unemployment among ethnic minority women.

We know what great chefs so many mums are, but sometimes they face barriers to employment such as a lack of work experience or qualifications, or poor English language skills. At … Read More »

Council admits that Croydon’s heritage has been significantly compromised

Posted on September 1st, by Sean Creighton in Culture. 4 comments

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 »