What matters to you in your community?

Posted on June 25th, by Rajdeep in Politics & Society. No Comments

Welcome to the the newly-launched community section. Raj Sandhu wants your opinions and ideas to fill it with

You may have noticed a few changes at the Citizen in recent weeks, that’s if you’re an avid follower. After going into print we’ve continued to bring more people onto the team. Now we’ve been able to expand and assign some section editors. We’ve combined the community section … Read More »

TEDxYouthCroydon roundup

Posted on November 19th, by Rajdeep in Culture. 1 Comment

Rajdeep Sandhu spent the day experiencing Croydon’s first TED event, aiming to inspire, educate and inform local young people

As part of TED’s global conversation on youth, Croydon hosted its own TEDxYouthCroydon event on Saturday fittingly held at the BRIT School.

There was a long line-up of speakers to provide the audience with inspiration and passion. The day included poetry, dance and even a … Read More »

TEDxYouthCroydon event: Saturday November 16th 2013 @ The Brit School

Posted on November 12th, by Rajdeep in Culture. 1 Comment

Croydon is hosting its own TED talk on Saturday November 16th 2013 at The Brit School. Rajdeep Sandhu talks to founder and curator Elaine Powell on what ideas Croydon has to offer the world

When I heard about the TEDxYouthCroydon event I was full of excitement and expectation. I have an addiction to TED talks, they are inspiring, informative but most importantly they enable people … Read More »

#Croydon #TechCity October review

Posted on October 31st, by Rajdeep in Croydon: Tech City, Event Reviews. No Comments

#Croydon #TechCity was in full flow with three speakers who took a grilling from the ever-growing tech community


#Croydon #TechCity has become an unmissable event every month. Every time I go I meet someone who tells me about an incredible idea they are working on. If you haven’t made time to come down then frankly, you’re completely missing out – shame on you!

This month, as ever, there … Read More »

Almshouses – the future of elderly care?

Posted on October 16th, by Rajdeep in Politics & Society. 3 comments

Rajdeep Sandhu uncovers what might be the future of care for the aged, hidden behind a local landmark…

On the corner of a busy high street sits an old unassuming building. It has stood there for the past 400 years, watching as the streets around it have changed beyond recognition. Its neighbours have turned into shiny banks, hairdressers or restaurants all parted by a rattling … Read More »

#Croydon #TechCity Autumn Launch: Review

Posted on September 25th, by Rajdeep in Croydon: Tech City, Event Reviews. No Comments

#Croydon #TechCity was back with a bang last week, with the key note speech by Russell Buckley


#Croydon #TechCity was back for its autumn launch on Thursday and it was overflowing at Matthews Yard. There was barely any standing room left. This month’s panel saw Feast Express and Makerble take the stage to talk about their businesses.

Matthew Gomes and Hursh Donde gave a glitch-free demonstration of their … Read More »

New Addington People’s Day Carnival

Posted on July 30th, by Rajdeep in Culture. No Comments

Blessed with great weather, the end of last month saw the New Addington People’s Day Carnival held in Milne Park. Hundreds of residents from New Addington came out to enjoy the two-day festivities

The carnival had been going since the 1950s but was suspended in 2003. It took place over the May bank holiday weekend, kicking off with a crowning of Miss New … Read More »

#Croydon #TechCity Business Panel Review

Posted on June 27th, by Rajdeep in Croydon: Tech City, Event Reviews. No Comments

Rajdeep reports from the Croydon Tech City Business Panel, which took place on the 20th June 2013


I arrive just in the nick of time to hear Nigel Dias, head of advice and investment of Croydon Tech City, welcoming everyone to another event at Matthews Yard. This month was the Business Panel focusing on the steps of starting a business.

I’d like to be honest with … Read More »

New Addington: The edge of London

Posted on June 14th, by Rajdeep in Politics & Society. 13 comments

Rajdeep Sandhu explores the history and reputation of New Addington, a much maligned part of the borough

Where I live has recently been on the news. Words such as ‘dismal’ were used to describe it. I watched news reports and saw my home town through the eyes of a shocked nation. Often it was just looked down upon as a place with … Read More »