Croydon Radio

Farewell, citizens of Croydon

Posted on September 18th, by James Naylor in Politics & Society. 21 comments

It’s been wonderful to know you, but the Citizen‘s time is up. I will always be grateful

In an alternative reality, this article has the same title, but it’s very different. In that article I tell you that I am stepping down as the Editor-in-Chief of the Croydon Citizen to hand the torch to someone else – someone who will bravely lead the Citizen to its next … Read More »

A new voice for Croydon’s trams?

Posted on August 13th, by Tim Longhurst in Politics & Society. No Comments

It’s time for Croydon’s trams to get an audio refresh

Croydon’s light rail system will celebrate its twentieth birthday in 2020, and with 2019 just round the corner that’s not long to wait. Croydon Tramlink, as it was originally known, launched in 2000, and in all its years of operation the voices informing passengers of their destinations have remained unchanged.

Now, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with … Read More »

Is the Citizen‘s work done?

Posted on November 16th, by James Naylor in Site News. No Comments

On the occasion of its fifth birthday, in a different Croydon to the one in which it started, the Citizen‘s Editor-in-Chief asks what role the publication still has to play

This is a month where we might permit ourselves a little self-satisfaction. 16th November 2017 will mark exactly five years since the Citizen officially launched in the back room of Matthews Yard to an audience of encouraging … Read More »

Five years in the life of an extraordinary borough

Posted on November 9th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 4 comments

The Citizen‘s General Manager looks back on the Croydon that the Citizen was born into, and the one that it now inhabits

What a difference half a decade makes. Five years ago, I lived in Coulsdon, was perpetually single, and the idea of Westfield coming to Croydon was little more than a pipe dream. Now, I live in Balham.

The long-awaited bulldozers might not yet have … Read More »

Matthews Yard might be demolished

Posted on May 16th, by Saif Bonar in Economics & Business. 23 comments

The founder of the popular hub and nightspot is less concerned than you might expect

Last week, I discovered that a proposal to demolish the building which Matthews Yard is located in will be presented to the planning committee at the town hall on Thursday evening for feedback, prior to submitting a full planning application.

Within minutes of finding out, a reporter from the Croydon Advertiser reached … Read More »

Farewell to Croydon Radio

Posted on March 28th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 5 comments

“The journey has been brilliant”: Croydon Radio’s DJs on what the station meant to them

Based first at Matthews Yard then later at Airport House Business Centre on Purley Way, Croydon Radio began broadcasting in July 2012. On Friday 24th March, its founders Tim Longhurst and Tracey Rabbetts announced that it will cease to operate from the end of this month.

The reasons given were that “the difficulties of … Read More »

Hoo-har at Hoodoo’s, down at Matthews Yard

Posted on March 20th, by Rob Preston in Culture. 10 comments

Is the venue that brought cool to Croydon in serious trouble?

Matthews Yard is still there. Having arrived in 2012, it’s approaching its fifth anniversary. But will it make it that far?

The place first appeared as a café with a work space, a studio space and Croydon Radio renting an HQ it could call home. Holding it up were the people of Croydon themselves, donating money … Read More »

Rainbows Across Borders LGBT Asylum Seekers Choir leads the way at Croydon’s first PrideFest

Posted on August 26th, by Katie Rose in Politics & Society. No Comments

Katie Rose talks to members of Croydon’s Rainbows Across Borders choir as it prepares to celebrate LGBT identity on Sunday 28th August

Croydon is preparing to celebrate its first PrideFest, to be held in Surrey Street on Sunday 28th August. I visited Rainbows Across Borders, Croydon’s LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) asylum seekers chorus, whose members will be leading the parade along with Wayne Trakas-Lawlor, Croydon’s first … Read More »

How we founded Croydon’s first rooftop community garden

Posted on July 22nd, by Joyce Veheary in Politics & Society. No Comments

Joyce Veheary, founder of the Lend and Tend garden sharing project, welcomes a chance to go green and grow amidst the concrete

Living in Croydon as a teenager, I couldn’t see beyond the featureless fields that surrounded the town. Thirteen years later (one of the joys of being a ‘renty-something’ is as many house moves under my belt) and I’m back in the borough. Now … Read More »

How jazz diva Gill Manly brings South London Jazz and Blues Club to Matthews Yard

Posted on June 9th, by Katie Rose in Culture. 1 Comment

Katie Rose talks music, inspiration and Croydon with radio presenter, politician and jazz musician, Gill Manly

She’s a Croydon Radio presenter, the founder of the Croydon Women’s Equality Party and the darling of Ronnie Scott’s who has founded the South London Jazz and Blues Club ”to show that jazz is not this weird, eclectic, squeaky thing – that it’s actually the music of the people”. Yes, … Read More »