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Press for progress: how Croydon celebrated Women’s History Month

Posted on March 22nd, by Holly Bernstein in Politics & Society. No Comments

Events brought together performers, speakers, musicians, and politicians

March is Women’s History Month. The theme for International Women’s Day, which fell on 8th March, was Press for Progress, as 2018 marks the 100-year anniversary since women first got the right to vote in the United Kingdom.

Croydon has hosted a range of events celebrating both Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day.

On 7th … Read More »



The third annual Brothers of Mothershovel charity barbecue

Posted on May 23rd, by Mark Aarons in Culture. No Comments

An unmissable event for a good cause

Saturday 3rd June 2017 marks the third annual Brothers of Mothershovel (BoMs) charity BBQ event held at the Oval Tavern. Nestled between the hotly-contested East Croydon/Addiscombe ward border on Oval Road, the Oval Tavern is Croydon’s foremost arts and music pub, with a formidable roster of live and recorded music throughout the week. The Oval is also a community hub, … Read More »



What was decided at last month’s Croydon Congress

Posted on December 8th, by Hamida Ali in Economics & Business. No Comments

Councillor Hamida Ali reports on a well-attended meeting to shape Croydon’s economic and cultural future

Last month Croydon College was host to Croydon Congress – a bi-annual assembly where leaders across business, voluntary and public sectors in the borough come together to discuss common issues. Previous topics have included social isolation, child sexual exploitation and domestic and sexual violence and galvanised people to take action. The purpose … Read More »



How we helped Croydon’s children to celebrate bees

Posted on September 13th, by Jenny Lockyer in Culture. No Comments

Jenny Lockyer spends a week helping Croydon’s children to have a bee bonanza

The Oval Tavern garden nestles snugly between the playing field of Ark Oval school and the houses on Oval Road. Walk near to the pub on a warm summer’s evening and you are likely to hear the strumming of an acoustic guitar or the relaxed murmur of conversations, clinking glasses and general pub life … Read More »



Restaurant review: the Oval Tavern

Posted on February 10th, by Andy Ellis in Culture. No Comments

From traditional pub staples and hearty roasts to vegan and coeliac-friendly treats, dining at the Oval hits the spot for Andy Ellis

131 Oval Road, Croydon CR0 9AS

Time from East Croydon:  10 minutes or  5 minutes 197, 289, 312, 367, 410

Situated in an Addiscombe back street adjacent to a school playing field, the Oval Tavern dates back to the nineteenth century. The … Read More »



The Public Gallery: Hustingsmania and a few minutes with the PM

Posted on April 30th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

As the Citizen’s head-to-head debate between Barwell and Jones draws near, Tom Black takes the (rising) temperature of Croydon’s election and has a chat with David Cameron

The election is in one week. You’ve probably either just thought “how time flies!” or “thank goodness it’ll all be over soon.” Probably the latter, even if you’re into politics.

This has been an unusually … Read More »



The Public Gallery: The campaign begins

Posted on April 2nd, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. No Comments

Tom Black runs through some of the events that have followed the starting gun of the general election

Croydon no longer has any MPs. Strictly speaking, nowhere has any MPs. Parliament dissolved (not literally) on Monday at one minute past midnight, marking the formal beginning of the election campaign (although if you’re wondering what’s been going on since December if the election campaign … Read More »



The Public Gallery: Seventy days

Posted on February 26th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

After a short sabbatical, Tom Black returns to cast his eye over Croydon’s politics ten weeks before the general election, and to make a special announcement

National issues dominate Croydon’s campaigns as general election looms

Ten weeks from today, Croydonians – and their fellow Britons – will go to the polls and elect a new government. It might look a lot like the current … Read More »



Event review: Benji Kirkpatrick at the Oval Tavern, Thursday 12th February

Posted on February 19th, by Sarah Robson in Culture. 3 comments

Sarah Robson has a foot-tapping good time at Croydon’s Oval Tavern

Despite having lived in Croydon for my entire 28 years, Thursday 12th February was only the second time I had ever been to the Oval. Both times have been courtesy of the Croydon Citizen, and I am disappointed with myself for knowing nothing about this hidden gem of a pub before now.

The … Read More »



The Public Gallery: Slow cars and slower judicial reviews

Posted on October 23rd, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 7 comments

Tom Black explores one of the ‘hot’ issues dividing Croydon, and prepares to twiddle his thumbs for a while

Is twenty plenty, or merely trendy?

How fast should cars be allowed to drive on residential roads?

If you accept the current situation as fine, then you’d say 30mph.

If you were part of our local governing party, Croydon Labour, you’d say 20mph.

If you … Read More »