Croydon celebrates International Women’s Day

Posted on March 30th, by Catherine Pestano in Culture. 1 Comment

Catherine Pestano sings the praises of singing for International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day highlights women’s struggles for equality, and this year had the theme #MakeItHappen. As a feminist, I am a great fan of women-only space but there is also something to be said for collaborating together to celebrate an oppressed section of society, and to embrace the ‘other’ in oneself. With this in mind, … Read More »

Event Review: ‘Radio Days – The Golden Age of Wireless’ by Theatre Workshop Coulsdon

Posted on March 26th, by John Gass in Culture. No Comments

John Gass finds a bit of a curate’s egg, but still has an enjoyable night out

Coulsdon Community Centre, Chipstead Valley Road, Coulsdon, Surrey CR5 3BE

Time from East Croydon  26 mins by 166 

Saturday 21st March – Sunday 22nd March, Thursday 26th March – Sunday 29th March.
All performances at 8:00 pm.

Tickets £9, concessions £6

Having enjoyed Theatre Workshop Coulsdon’s previous production … Read More »

Event review: Good ghost hunting – the Wandle Ghost Walk, Saturday 21st March

Posted on March 24th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

There’s something strange in the neighbourhood. Liz Sheppard-Jones investigates

At nightfall on Saturday 21st March, my boyfriend and I made our way to Wandle Park tramstop, starting point for the Wandle Ghost Walk. I’ll admit I’d done a bit of persuading, mentioning the pub afterwards and ‘an hour or so’ when actually I knew the walk would take longer, so I was seriously hoping it was going … Read More »

Minimal graffiti

Posted on March 23rd, by Andrew Dickinson in Culture, Topical. No Comments

From graffiti to street art: Andrew Dickinson has noticed a welcome change in Croydon

Graffiti once seemed omnipresent and unstoppable, and tackling it was a significant, costly issue, so where has all Croydon’s graffiti gone? It used to be that wherever you looked there was a squiggle – or tag, to give it its proper name. On bus shelters, post boxes, doors and walls, it … Read More »

Event review: ‘The Reluctant Dragon’, a play for children at Matthew’s Yard

Posted on March 20th, by Anna Arthur in Culture. No Comments

Anna Arthur and her seven year old enjoy the cast’s enthusiasm but struggle to engage with this production

Venue: 1 Matthews Yard, Croydon, CR0 1FF

Dates: 18th-20th March at 5:00pm, 21st-22nd March at 2:30 pm

Cost: £7/£5

The Reluctant Dragon is a children’s story written in 1898 by Kenneth Grahame, who also penned The Wind in the … Read More »

Restaurant Review: Bagatti’s

Posted on March 17th, by Joy Akwue-Butler in Culture. No Comments

Joy Akwue-Butler enjoys a night out in Italy, courtesy of south Croydon

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

56-58 South End, Croydon CR0 1DP

On Friday 27th February I’d arranged to meet up with my sister Doreen and my friend Kei. It had been more than ten years since I last went to Bagatti’s … Read More »

David Lean cinema showcases the struggle for black civil rights

Posted on March 16th, by Sean Creighton in Culture. 1 Comment

Sean Creighton welcomes opportunities for Croydon to explore black British history in film 

This year is the fiftieth anniversary of the Selma march for civil rights. It was good to see that on 7th March, Croydon Central Tory MP Gavin Barwell shared on his Twitter feed a link to the video in which former US President Bill Clinton discusses the importance of the civil rights … Read More »

Surrey Street Treats: Crunchy courgette fritters

Posted on March 13th, by Jess Bashford in Culture. No Comments

Jess Bashford serves up a tasty treat for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is this coming Sunday 15th March, so I’ve come up with a little something as a treat for my mum. This is a tasty snack to accompany a glass of fizz – and I’m using Surrey Street‘s courgettes to make fritters. They’re a salty, savoury nibble that’s right up her street, so hopefully they’ll be … Read More »

Inclusive art for all: Art Halo project launches at RISE gallery

Posted on March 12th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. No Comments

Who will be Croydon’s next big artist? Bernadette Fallon explains how it could be you

RISE gallery in Croydon has done many good things during its short time in the borough. Since its opening last October, owner Kevin Zuchowski-Morrison has created an art space Croydon can be proud of, showcasing doyens of the art world like Banksy and Damien Hirst alongside up-and-coming artists and graduates … Read More »

Event review: The Sopranos – a workshop with Croydon Bach Choir

Posted on March 11th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 1 Comment

Liz Sheppard-Jones hits a high note with Haydn at a one day rehearsal-and-performance workshop

I’m rusty, but I can sing. As a teenage soprano I was solid back row material, pumping up the volume, but it was fun and I featured at the Three Choirs Festival (a music event involving choirs from the counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire) and in Worcester Cathedral with both church and … Read More »