Croydon Heritage Festival

June 2017 in brief

Posted on July 17th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

Last month’s biggest stories, summarised by the Citizen team

Croydon Council responded to Grenfell Tower fire by instigating safety checks

The day after the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower, North Kensington, on Wednesday 14th June, Croydon Council issued a statement to all council tower block residents reiterating safety and evacuation procedures. The best course of action in case of the spread of fire appeared to have been unclear in … Read More »

Event review: Croydon’s evolution

Posted on July 14th, by Charles Barber in History. 11 comments

Dodgy microphones did not spoil an engaging and detailed journey through the borough’s varied and innovative history, but where were the audience questions?

The banqueting hall of the Old Palace School was an appropriately historical location for a discussion on the evolution of Croydon. Expertly hosted by James Naylor, who was a combination of both chairman and compere, the evening consisted of a guided … Read More »

Event review: Never Mind the Boxpark

Posted on July 4th, by Steve Thompson in Culture. No Comments

Instagrammers’ tour of Croydon culture from punk to pop-ups

The fascinating ‘Never Mind the Boxpark’ walk was the brilliantly researched brainchild of Angela Martin and Julia Woollams of the Croydonist. The Facebook description, “a collection of the best bits of the borough according to us”, was particularly apt for this walk.

After meeting our small group at the foot of the No. 1 Croydon tower, also … Read More »

Welcome to Croydon’s festival season 2017

Posted on June 15th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 2 comments

Get set to celebrate summer with festivals across the borough

Keep your eye on the weather forecast. A lot depends on it. There’s a long (and let’s hope hot) summer of festivals and open air fun ahead.

Of course, not all the events will be outdoors. And even if it pours, our stiff upper lips will see us through. Not to mention our cagoules.

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The rich stories of Fairfield Halls

Posted on October 7th, by Sean Creighton in Culture. 3 comments

Sean Creighton hears the echoes of past performances in the now-dormant concert hall

A revolver shot reverberates round the new Fairfield Concert Hall just before the start of an audio test concert on 13th October 1962. Then the British pianist Valerie Tyron plays the first movement of the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto in C minor, with the Croydon Symphony Orchestra conducted by Arthur Davison.

Tyron would have … Read More »

Discovering Selhurst’s history: a minor appendage?

Posted on August 13th, by Sean Creighton in Culture. 1 Comment

Sean Creighton led tours of the area during the Croydon Heritage Festival 2015 and wanted to know more

Selhurst is usually regarded as a minor southern appendage to South Norwood. Croydon Local Studies group has played a part in this, adding only a small section on the area to an information pack about South Norwood produced many years ago. Whilst researching for the Croydon Heritage Festival, I … Read More »

Good vibrations in the Cronx

Posted on July 20th, by Lauren Furey in Culture. 1 Comment

Croydon keeps it real in a city increasingly set apart from the everyday world, says Lauren Furey

London is coming to be viewed as a millionaire playboy’s paradise. Wealthy Russian oligarchs and Saudi princes have flocked to the capital to buy up luxury properties, clubs, restaurants and new housing developments, pricing more and more medium to low income londoners into the suburbs. London’s … Read More »

Event review: ‘Under the shadow of your wings’, the Cicely Mary Barker play

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

Such stuff as nightmares are made on – Liz Sheppard-Jones uncovers a darker Barker

Croydon artist Cicely Mary Barker’s images of Flower Fairies are famous all over the world and worth millions. The fact that few have heard of their creator and just about no-one would associate her with her hometown is (in the words of David Bowie) ‘just so f**king Croydon‘. So much that … Read More »

June in brief

Posted on July 9th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

The big stories of last month in a handy round-up

Storms added to rail chaos

Severe and unseasonal storm disruption to rail services was caused on Tuesday 2nd June after a number of fallen trees blocked lines at Forest Hill, south east London, stopping commuter journeys into London Bridge for most of the day. Routes had re-opened by 3pm but delays continued … Read More »

Event review: Pappy’s at the Oval Tavern, Thursday 18th June

Posted on June 24th, by Rob Preston in Culture. No Comments

Mirth this well made is magical, says Rob Preston

There is a lot of festivals coming up in Croydon quite soon. We have Purley Festival, South Croydon Food Festival, Croydon Heritage Festival‘s on right now, and in July the ambitious Ambition Festival. But what about comedy?

Since the closure of comedy club Up the Creek and then the Warehouse Theatre, laughs … Read More »