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Event review: Terriers at Fairfield Halls

Posted on November 24th, by Shaniqua Benjamin in Culture. No Comments

Shaniqua Benjamin explains the important message behind a play at Fairfield Halls

“You give a boy a gun and he feels mighty”. This simple yet powerful statement from Terriers sums up the actions carried out by so many young men embroiled in gang culture. It is also a raw truth that was a running thread throughout the hard-hitting production, which arrived in Croydon for the first time on … Read More »



Event review: Well Versed – an evening of poetry

Posted on November 14th, by Naomi Raffington in Culture. No Comments

Poet Naomi Raffington (aka Esoteric) waxes lyrical about a new poetry event in Thornton Heath

Streatham-Croydon Rugby Club, 159 Brigstock Road, Thornton Heath CR7 7JP

Time from East Croydon:  15 minutes by 64, 198 or 250

Tickets £2 (including complimentary cupcake on arrival!)

The first Well Versed event was part of the Thornton Heath Arts Week which took place in July 2014. During that week members of the community … Read More »



Event preview: African History+@Croydon, Saturday 22nd November at Matthews Yard

Posted on November 10th, by Kwaku in Culture. 1 Comment

Kwaku introduces the upcoming African History+ event, which will explore music, race and other societal issues in Croydon

One of the events of this year’s Croydon Heritage Festival was the ‘Look How Far We’ve Come’ community talk, co-organised by Croydon Radical History Network (CRHN) and African Histories Revisited (AHR). It consisted of the screening of the ‘Look How Far We’ve Come: Commentaries On British Society And Racism’ … Read More »



Restaurant review: Galicia tapas bar and restaurant

Posted on November 7th, by Joy Akwue-Butler in Culture. 6 comments

Joy Akwue-Butler dines at a Croydon stalwart, but leaves a tad underwhelmed

269-275 High Street, Croydon, CR0 1QH
Time from East Croydon: 15 minutes / 5 minutes by 119, 466 or 312

As it has been some years since I last ate at Galicia, I thought it was about time that I revisited this Spanish restaurant, so I invited my sister Doreen to come with … Read More »



Event review: Croydon International Film Festival 2014

Posted on November 5th, by Charlie Donald in Culture. No Comments

Charlie Donald reports on a film festival that puts Croydon firmly on the arts map

It may have been a quiet Saturday afternoon in October but Matthews Yard, venue of the Croydon International Film Festival (CIFF), was full of people taking the opportunity to see short films from all around the world. The festival had drawn people into the area from across London and even … Read More »



My family and other vegans

Posted on November 4th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 2 comments

Liz Sheppard-Jones finds out how to survive World Vegan Day without setting foot outside Croydon

It was World Vegan Day on Saturday 1st November – Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday. My household joined in. Why?

Well, I’m fascinated by diet and well-being, I hold qualifications in nutrition, and I worked in the field for several years. As a teenager I was briefly vegetarian (more to annoy … Read More »



Event review: The Wind in the Willows, Charles Cryer Theatre, Carshalton

Posted on October 31st, by Danielle Lowe in Culture. No Comments

Danielle Lowe sings the praises of Mr Toad, Mole and Ratty

The Charles Cryer Studio Theatre, 39 High Street, Carshalton, SM5 3BB

Time from East Croydon  20 mins by X26 

Tickets £13, £12, £11.

The Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association (CODA) has entertained people of the borough and surrounding areas for over 70 years with shows including Rent, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, … Read More »



Beauty treatment review: what a palace for a pedicure!

Posted on October 31st, by Jeet Sandhu in Culture. 1 Comment

Jeet Sandhu samples the podiatric delights on offer at Addington Palace

Addington Palace is situated adjacent to Addington Village on the outskirts of Croydon and was originally the courting ground for King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Thereafter it became a country retreat for six Archbishops of Canterbury. These days, however, it is a popular venue for weddings and lavish events. The palace also boasts … Read More »



Event review: opening night at the South Norwood and Thornton Heath Free Film Festival

Posted on October 29th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. No Comments

Bernadette Fallon takes her seat for north Croydon’s free film festival

It’s opening night at the South Norwood and Thornton Heath Free Film Festival, and why show one film if you can offer three? In fact, why limit it to film at all? The launch event at South Norwood’s Stanley Halls describes itself as a ‘music night’ and, in addition to showing three films, is also hosting … Read More »



How to live a happier life, by the Croydon and Bromley School of Practical Philosophy

Posted on October 29th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. No Comments

Bernadette Fallon talks happiness, philosophy and how Croydon can press pause on stress

Are you happy? Should you expect to be happy? And how can you make yourself happier?

If any of those questions have idly passed through your mind then you might be interested in what’s going on at the School of Practical Philosophy: Croydon and Bromley.

But what on earth does the word … Read More »