Ending the year on a brighter note: the Lighthouse Educational Society Christmas dinner

Posted on December 21st, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. No Comments

Goodwill to all is celebrated at this annual dinner

There are a lot of good things about Croydon. Some were on display at a Christmas dinner at the Lighthouse Educational Society in Croydon, to which I was kindly invited by the society’s secretary, Parahat Akmuradov.

The Lighthouse Educational Society is a local charity that runs a tuition centre for children aged 5-15 years. It also aims … Read More »

Christmas spirit and community cheer in CR7

Posted on December 21st, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. No Comments

A heartwarming sense of community in Thornton Heath – on a very cold day

On Saturday 16th December, the residents of Thornton Heath put on scarves, hats and gloves to launch its community market initiative with a day of Christmas-themed stalls, live music and a skating rink. Organised and run by local people, it all took place around Thornton Heath station on Brigstock Road, with the rink … Read More »

Event review: Cinderella And The Beanstalk at Stanley Halls

Posted on December 20th, by Andrew Graham in Culture. No Comments

An excellent, funny, traditional-modern combo – which didn’t quite connect with its young audience

 Cinderella And The Beanstalk is the work of the Sleeping Trees company, described as ‘a delectable cocktail of your favourite pantomimes’ and featuring a range of familiar characters including Rumplestiltskin, Cinderella, Prince Charming, the Fairy Godmother, Jack and – naturally – his cow. It was on at Stanley Halls from 1st to 10th … Read More »

Event review: X-mas In The Cronx exhibition at RISEgallery

Posted on December 15th, by Jack Rodford in Culture. No Comments

Croydon’s alternative X-mas show lights up St George’s Walk

‘Already fed up with seeing endless displays of Christmas cards and decorations in every shop you enter?’ reads RISEgallery’s website. If so, it promised, this is the exhibition for you, offering the chance for visitors to ‘revel in their own self needs’ and ‘fill the space in your chaotic life’. ‘No-one’, it promised, ‘could deserve it more’.

The … Read More »

Local businesses bring Christmas cheer to isolated with gift hampers 10 years running

Posted on December 21st, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

Croydon Commitment is celebrating a decade of partnership with Croydon Neighbourhood Care to produce Christmas hampers for the vulnerable, with 450 being distributed last week. Croydon Commitment works with local businesses to connect them with the charitable sector.


Release begins: Local companies have donated hundreds of items toward gift hampers for over 400 isolated elderly residents in Croydon.

450 hampers were made, containing chocolates, mince pies, Christmas … Read More »

Croydon Christmas on a budget

Posted on December 20th, by Marcia Henry-Morgan in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

How to have a creative, cost-conscious Christmas

Season’s greetings to all! Yep, it’s that time of year again. The lights are up, Christmas songs are playing everywhere you go and people in their hordes are flocking to the shops in search of Christmas presents to place beneath the tree. If you’re anything like me you have a list, whether it is on a paper or just a … Read More »

Surrey Street Christmas: It’s all about the trimmings

Posted on December 19th, by Jess Bashford in Culture. 1 Comment

What goes with turkey? Some seasonal suggestions from historic Surrey Street market

Christmas time is here and that means that it’s time for lots of food. When people think of the big day, they think of turkey first, and we’re surrounded by suggestions on how to get the best out of our bird. What goes along with it can all get a bit … Read More »

A Christmas prayer for Croydon

Posted on December 2nd, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

A list of demands for an authority higher than Develop Croydon

Dear Lord,

Thank you for bringing us to the end of another year in Croydon.

As ever, it has been a mixed year – with highs, lows, and everything in between. Whilst we might not fully understand why some things happen to ourselves or our fellow Croydonians, we can trust in … Read More »

Merry Christmas from the Citizen

Posted on December 24th, by The Croydon Citizen in Site News. No Comments

Season’s greetings from everyone at the Croydon Citizen. We’ll be back in the new year

It may feel like a crisp September, but December has crept up on us once again. A year that has brought big changes to Croydon, and set in motion even more, is in its final days. It’s been a thoroughly successful year for the Croydon Citizen itself, and we’d like to take … Read More »

Surrey Street treats: Christmas canapés

Posted on December 24th, by Jess Bashford in Culture. No Comments

It’s Christmas time in Surrey Street! Jess Bashford has some great ideas from Croydon’s historic street market to keep your party food fresh, local and delicious

This year I decided that I’d think up some canapés for any Christmas party, making the most of three of the market’s ingredients for three very different experiences. I’ve used potatoes for a traditional English idea, tomatoes for an Italian-inspired bite … Read More »