Culture


The Croydon Conversations: who wants to help to make Croydon a home for thinkers and intellectuals?

Posted on April 24th, by Jonny Rose in Culture. 3 comments

Let’s make our borough a place for debate and discussion

Socrates once allegedly said that “the unexamined life is not worth living”.

Some people are content with an unexamined life; one that is not much more complicated than catching up on Netflix series, monitoring sale prices on ASOS and booking a holiday twice a year in the sun. Others, however, demand … Read More »



Croydon’s creative makers and shakers take over Boxpark in May

Posted on April 23rd, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. No Comments

Made in Croydon is a cultural movement to promote the town’s creatives and their work

Made in Croydon is a collective of artists, designers and creative manufacturers who are inspired by living or creating in Croydon. It started, as so many good ideas do, over a cup of coffee.

From an idea in our heads – wouldn’t it be great to showcase all the fantastic creative … Read More »



Saying my goodbyes to the Croydon Citizen

Posted on April 20th, by Holly Bernstein in Culture. 1 Comment

Reflections on three months spent as a student journalist in Croydon

Picture the scene. A whistle as a train is about to depart. The clicks of high heels running and luggage trying to keep up with its owner. Indistinct chatter.

The beeps as people tap in and out. “See it. Say it. Sorted.” Hustle and bustle, hundreds of people looking up at the giant, … Read More »



Book review: Secret Operations

Posted on April 18th, by Paul Dennis in Culture. 4 comments

The astonishing autobiography of 98-year-old Croydonian Eric Sanders

As you might expect, the life story of a 98-year-old man contains plenty of detail, but there can be few stories as compelling as that of Norbury’s Eric Sanders.

Born Ignaz Schwarz in Vienna, Austria, Eric fled the country in 1938 after the Nazis took over, finding a home in England just prior to the outbreak of the … Read More »



Going bats in Wandle Park

Posted on April 18th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

Eighty-four Croydonians went on a high-tech bat-spotting mission

If you live near Wandle Park, it’s likely that the neighbourhood’s bats will have wintered in your attic.

This was one of several fascinating bat-facts brought to us by Croydon Council’s knowledgeable Community Partnerships Officer for Parks and Leisure, Meike Weiser. She led our intrepid group, which assembled at Wandle Park tram stop as dusk was falling on … Read More »



Requiem and reality check – the end of Croydon Saffron Central

Posted on April 16th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 4 comments

Land in Croydon isn’t only for profit, and our saffron farm proved it

On Saturday 7th April 2018 a team of volunteers stripped out the site of Croydon Saffron Central, as it prepared to close forever.

Croydon’s urban saffron farm was founded by Ally McKinlay in the summer of 2015.  Ally first became fascinated by our town’s history of crocuses while working as a DJ for … Read More »



MyPTCycle: the new centre of power for Croydon’s movers, shakers and spinners

Posted on April 13th, by Jonny Rose in Culture. No Comments

Get fit and meet people: spin classes are the new Croydon cool

Deep in the recesses of St George’s Walk, a little bit up from the cool stylings of RISEgallery and a little bit down from benches where the skaters hang out is MyPTCyle: an indoor spin-class studio.

A spin class is a high-intensity cycling workout that takes place on a stationary bike. … Read More »



Croydonites Festival 2018: a broad and confident church

Posted on April 6th, by Anna Arthur in Culture. No Comments

Some of the challenging, exciting and adventurous theatre productions coming to Croydon in April and May 2018

Croydonites Festival is returning with its third edition of contemporary theatre and performance; ten programmes of work showcase twelve artists (seven of them local) over four weekends. We’ve come a long way since 2015, when four artists made up the programme; and I like to think that we’re reflecting a … Read More »



Restaurant review: Yeha Noha Café & Bar, South Norwood

Posted on April 6th, by Anne Giles in Culture. 3 comments

Delicious soups, stews and sweet things at this winning South Norwood café

I decided recently that it was time that I wrote a review about this lovely café and bar. We have had lunch there before and it’s also a good meeting place for coffee. Unlike many places which think that a single espresso means a single shot, Yeha Noha provides a cup  of strong coffee, full … Read More »



Review: Limitless VR

Posted on April 6th, by James Naylor in Culture. No Comments

The many realities of Croydon’s new VR bar

Croydon High Street has seen a real resurgence of late that stands in stark contrast to the gradual decline of the Whitgift Centre and the surrounding area. While Croydon’s dominant shopping area has continued its slow decline as it awaits the ever elusive Westfield development, the high street has become, in only a couple of years, a somewhat unlikely … Read More »