Fairfield Halls


How Neil Chandler aims to put Fairfield Halls on the map

Posted on January 26th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. 6 comments

The new venue director takes time to tell us all about his plans

It closed to howls of protest, substantial job losses and fears that it might never open again. I’ll spare you the ‘phoenix from the ashes’ metaphors, particularly in the week that its reopening was delayed to 2019 – but under the command of its new venue director, local man Neil Chandler, Fairfield Halls looks … Read More »



‘I would make Croydon better by…’, one year on

Posted on December 18th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Your ideas are being put into action, but there are many more that can become a reality with your help

In January 2017, the Citizen unveiled a pocket-sized book of ideas collated from its readers over the preceding two-and-a-half years. In the presence of the Mayor of Croydon, the Leader of Croydon Council, and the council’s Chief Executive, copies of the book were handed out to representatives of … Read More »



Why I’m backing Croydon’s bid to be London’s first Borough of Culture

Posted on December 6th, by Martin Leay in Culture. No Comments

All the low-down on the borough’s bid, supported by the Citizen as a proud local media partner

David Bowie famously used the word ‘Croydon’ as an insult. “God, it’s so f**king Croydon”, he would say.

Well, Bowie was no stranger to cultural re-invention and if he were still alive today, it wouldn’t take much to convince him that Croydon is ch-ch-ch-ch-changing. In fact, as … 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 »



Halfway there, or just living on a prayer? The Fairfield Halls building site tour

Posted on October 12th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 1 Comment

What happening behind the Fairfield Halls’ scaffolding?

On Saturday 16th September on Park Lane, central Croydon, I put on a hard hat and hi-vis jacket and went on an emotional journey.

The occasion was the ‘stakeholders’ tour’ of the Fairfield Halls’ ongoing refurbishment. It was hosted by Paula Murray, the council’s Creative Director, Magnus Wills of Rick Mather Architects, and Colin Murphy from Brick by Brick, … Read More »



“It’s a hugely humbling position to be in – and very scary”: Sarah Jones on being Croydon’s newest MP

Posted on August 7th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 6 comments

Croydon’s first woman MP talks to Tom Black about what a difference two years makes, how to solve a problem like Southern, and the sudden celebrity status of Jeremy Corbyn

When I meet her, Sarah Jones has only been an MP for five weeks. But if her schedule the day we meet is anything to go by, hers is a job you just have to dive into.

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The Fairfield Collection reminisces on Croydon’s entertainment history

Posted on June 29th, by Angela Lord in History. No Comments

How a collection of documents and memorabilia is keeping Fairfield Hall’s vibrant history alive

When Croydon’s Fairfield Halls opened in the swinging sixties, it was the place to be. It was where the Beatles sang “Please Please Me” and Princess Margaret brought her young son on a secret visit to the circus.

Schoolgirls swooned at the sight of their idols on stage. Eric Clapton and The … Read More »



April 2017 in brief

Posted on May 11th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

Croydon’s news stories of April 2017, summarised in a handy page

Allegations that tram drivers fell asleep at the controls

National press reports claimed that drivers of Croydon trams have been sleeping at the vehicles’ controls, with the BBC reporting that four drivers had admitted they had done so. A Rail Accident Investigation Branch enquiry is underway into the tram derailment on Thursday 9th November 2016 which killed … Read More »



Running into brick walls around Fairfield Halls

Posted on May 10th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 7 comments

What’s really going on with the refurb?

Contrary to popular opinion, our politicians do rather a lot. They make difficult decisions and are then responsible for implementing those decisions. Difficult decisions always have pros and cons – that’s why they are difficult.

Once the decision is made, implementation can get glossed over, but that is really where the rubber meets the road. That’s where the money … Read More »



Croydon is hung out to dry, re-drawn and quartered

Posted on May 8th, by Rob Preston in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Croydon’s ‘quarters’ aren’t quite so foursquare

Everyone knows that there is no such thing as North Croydon. There’s East, South and West, and there it ends. Head north and you’ll just find yourself in a weird, noiseless void. That said, some clever person at Croydon Council has quartered Croydon up into four manageable chunks. Confused tourists will be delighted to learn that there is one piece of … Read More »