Review: The Wind In The Willows, presented by Theatre Workshop Coulsdon, Wednesday 25th July–Saturday 4th August

Posted on August 2nd, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 1 Comment

A happy summer highlight with an undertone of darkness

Not so much ‘wind in the willows’ as ‘a howling gale on the golf course’ – the long, hot spell of weather had broken the previous day, and Saturday 28th July was blowy. This presented Theatre Workshop Coulsdon with a serious meteorological challenge as the trees above the actors’ heads tossed noisily to and fro in the wind. Added to … Read More »



Croydon High Street: a new hope?

Posted on July 6th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 2 comments

This summer Croydon High Street – yes, really – offers fun and relaxation for all ages

This summer I’ll be watching Croydon town centre with interest.

I usually avoid its grotty warren of cut-price shops and a life-expired shopping mall where, on rainy days, the buckets stand in rows to catch the leaks from the roof. The Westfield debate took place against a plaintive murmur from Whitgift … Read More »



Can’t give any more: volunteer fatigue in Croydon (part 1)

Posted on June 28th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Is Croydon taking its volunteers for granted?

“There are things that you do because it’s your passion, that you truly believe will make a difference. The Big Society [expands] the great work of volunteers.” (David Cameron, former Prime Minister, 2010).

“The Big Society is about getting more for less.” (Eric Pickles, former Secretary of State for Housing and Local Government, 2010)

“This is a 19th-century … Read More »



Croydon Environmental Fair 2018 in Wandle Park

Posted on June 18th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

A ten-minute walk away from Croydon town centre, all was green – and a bit too peaceful

On Saturday 9th June Croydon’s greenest citizens held the borough’s eighth Environmental Fair in the serene surroundings of Wandle Park.

Enthusiastic representatives from Croydon Saffron Central, the Friends of Wandle Park, West Croydon’s Our Green Mile, Croydon Community Connectors, Friends of the Earth, Croydon Amnesty, the Spinal Health Centre, … Read More »



Made in Croydon market takes over Boxpark on Sunday 27th May

Posted on May 31st, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

Hot Croydon creativity and cool jazz on display in a great town-centre showcase

On Sunday 27th May, Made in Croydon CIC came to Boxpark to showcase and sell the work of Croydon’s creative artists and makers: painters, jewellery designers, photographers, hatmakers, potters and more.

On this beautifully and sunny May Bank Holiday Sunday, sixteen creatives ran stalls at the event. The day was very well-attended, with mellow … Read More »



The biggest reason of all why you should write for the Croydon Citizen

Posted on May 25th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 3 comments

How a community news magazine can change your life

These are inspiring times on the Croydon Citizen, with new production editor Cassie Whittell and long-time contributor Jonny Rose setting out all the reasons why this news magazine is a wonderful thing, both for the communities of Croydon and for the individuals who write for it. Cassie wants to welcome even more new contributors to the … Read More »



Croydonites Festival 2018 review: Anita Wadsworth’s Show and Tell

Posted on May 22nd, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 3 comments

What does your handbag say about you?

“I love the thinginess of things” said the poet Sylvia Plath. Anita Wadsworth understands where she was coming from.

Show and Tell is an experimental performance – if indeed performance is the right word for it. It’s delivered one-to-one by Anita, whose Master’s degree in choreography left her fascinated by the ways in which we express ourselves through the … Read More »



Regenerating Croydon from the ground up

Posted on May 17th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

How Croydonians are creating a grassroots regeneration movement, and why a totem pole is the perfect symbol of this

“Quality… you know what it is, yet you don’t know what it is. Some things are better than others… but what is the betterness?” – Robert M Pirsig.

Everybody wants a better Croydon. So what exactly is it? Well, it depends on whom you ask.

The … Read More »



Café review: Coffee Shotter, High Street, Croydon town centre

Posted on May 14th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

A great new addition to Croydon’s burgeoning coffee quarter

Since the superlative Smoothbean! coffee shop is a ten-minute walk away alongside East Croydon station, Croydon High Street struggled for great local coffee until Crushed Bean appeared on the scene, just opposite Green Dragon House. Next came the TMRW hub with its Byte Café – delicious food, great vibes, perfectly decent coffee. Then in 2017 came The Ludoquist, the town centre’s new … Read More »



Ringing the bells of Croydon Minster

Posted on May 10th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 1 Comment

There’s joy in being part of this wonderful sound as it rolls out over Croydon

On the evening of Tuesday 17th April I was invited to join Croydon Minster‘s bellringers for their regular weekly practice. I was extra-delighted to accept. I still miss the sound of the minster’s bells, for from 1999 to 2011 I lived within earshot. Weary and uncharmed by anything that we’d seen after quite … Read More »