Culture


Celebrating Cicely Mary Barker, flower fairies artist

Posted on May 28th, by David Matthews in Culture. No Comments

Artist Cicely Mary Barker is one of Croydon’s best kept secrets. David Matthews explains why 2015 is the right time to tell

Cicely Mary Barker is best known for her charming flower fairies. These beautiful paintings of plants are adorned with a fairy-child and a verse. The flower fairies’ series, first published in the mid-twentieth century, has never been out of print and the images … Read More »



Event review: Croydon Till I Die, at Bookseller Crow, Crystal Palace, Thursday May 21st

Posted on May 26th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 1 Comment

Militant Cronx dweller Liz Sheppard-Jones gets to grips with suburban identity

I woke up on the morning of Friday 8th May with a strong desire to place the British electorate on a giant collective naughty step, there to consider how its behaviour and attitudes could be improved. And, at the end of a fascinating evening at the Bookseller Crow store on Westow Street, Crystal Palace, I wanted … Read More »



Event review: Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies at the Oval Tavern, Thursday 14th May

Posted on May 22nd, by Papa Delta in Culture. 2 comments

Ukeleles, pirates and cycling in the Basque country – Papa Delta enjoys a night of folk at the Oval

Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies was the main bill at the Oval Tavern, Croydon on Thursday 14th May, one of their regular ‘pay what you can’ folk events. They were supported by Worry Dolls, a Greenwich-based indie folk duo (not to be confused with a band of a … Read More »



Which is Croydon’s best independent coffee shop? The hunt is on

Posted on May 22nd, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. 22 comments

Bernadette Fallon has opinions about coffee and cake. Strong, well-informed opinions

There is a growing number of independent coffee shops in Croydon. What does this burgeoning café culture say about our place in the world? What does it say about perceptions of our town, or its self-belief, image, community spirit and philosophy? That’s a lot to pin on a few coffee shops – fair point. … Read More »



Reflections on an election

Posted on May 21st, by Charles B. Wordsmith in Culture. 1 Comment

Since moving to Croydon from Woking, Charles B. Wordsmith has been blogging his experiences and observations about his new home. Here he reflects on the outcome of the recent neck-and-neck election race for the parliamentary seat of Croydon Central

Reflections on an election

Took a stroll with my dear wife
Down the now familiar streets
To a hall at St.Michael’s church.
Put a cross against a name
One of whom would claim … Read More »



Before sunrise: a new dawn for Croydon’s night-time economy?

Posted on May 20th, by Lauren Furey in Culture. 2 comments

Lauren Furey calls for a nightclub resurrection

The election is over and Gavin Barwell retained his seat as MP for Croydon Central – just. In the grand scheme of things, it means that we’re not likely to see any drastic changes as we continue in the same vein.

The modern developments will continue to flourish and transform Croydon’s landscape. Businesses will open and others will surely … Read More »



Restaurant review: Bromley Court Hotel

Posted on May 19th, by Joy Akwue-Butler in Culture. No Comments

Joy Akwue-Butler discovers a real gastronomic treat for her mother, at just the right time

Bromley Hill, Bromley, BR1 4JD

Time from East Croydon:   34 minutes 119,  6 minutes 320 or 208,  3 minutes

I was invited to Bromley Court Hotel to review it. My mother, Lydie, had arrived from Switzerland the night before for a family gathering, so I thought it would … Read More »



The road to Selhurst Park

Posted on May 15th, by Rossella Scalia in Culture. No Comments

Rossella Scalia takes the long initiatory journey towards Crystal Palace Football Club

I have always liked beginnings as they contain in them a thrilling euphoria for the unknown and the optimism of an outcome. I believe that uncertainty has not to be seen as a time of crisis, but rather as a moulding of time that slowly … Read More »



Restaurant review: Navaratna Indian restaurant, South Croydon

Posted on May 13th, by Joy Akwue-Butler in Culture. No Comments

Joy Akwue Butler feels the heat in a recent addition to the Restaurant Quarter’s curry community

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

60 South End, Croydon CR0 1DP

I had originally arranged to visit Navaratna on Friday 27th March with my friend Jo, but due to work demands she was unable to make it. I quickly found … Read More »



IDAHOBIT Day Croydon 2015: you’ve come a long way, baby

Posted on May 13th, by Catherine Pestano in Culture. No Comments

Catherine Pestano invites all Croydonians to a celebration of our sexual minorities

International Day Against Homophobia, Bi, Intersex and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT Day) will take place from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday 16th May in the lovely community space at Bernard Weatherill House in Mint Walk, Croydon. The theme is ‘allies show their colours’ and it is for everyone in the community who values … Read More »