Flower Fairies


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 »



The time-travelling tram comes to Croydon Town Centre

Posted on June 17th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 1 Comment

Put £1.50 on your Oyster and it’s off to the Middle Ages. How Croydon gave H. G. Wells something to think about

What’s not to like about trams? That also sums up how I feel about the Croydon Heritage Festival, back for its third (already!) year in just three days’ time, and launching with Heritage Day on Saturday 20th June in the town centre. They’re definitely … Read More »



Celebrating Cicely Mary Barker, flower fairies artist

Posted on May 28th, by David Matthews in Culture. 1 Comment

Artist Cicely Mary Barker is one of Croydon’s best kept secrets. David Matthews explains why 2015 is the right time to tell

Cicely Mary Barker is best known for her charming flower fairies. These beautiful paintings of plants are adorned with a fairy-child and a verse. The flower fairies’ series, first published in the mid-twentieth century, has never been out of print and the images … Read More »



20 reasons why Croydon isn’t boring

Posted on April 15th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. 9 comments

Bernadette Fallon isn’t bored with Croydon – not a bit of it. Here’s why

There’s been a bit of dissent recently. Disgruntled rumblings around the esteemed – albeit virtual – corridors of the Croydon Citizen. Croydon is boring, they say. Dull. With boring people.

Well. I beg to differ. And I’d like to shout it loud and shout it proud – 20 reasons why Croydon isn’t boring!

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Forward, guerrilla gardeners of Croydon!

Posted on April 3rd, by Josi Kiss in Culture. 1 Comment

Down in the urban jungle of Croydon’s parks and gardens, something is stirring

An influx of new, local blood has flowed into the volunteer ‘Friends’ groups who support and maintain Croydon’s parks and community gardens over the last twelve months – and it’s turned them guerrilla.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines a guerrilla force as ‘a small independent group taking part in irregular fighting, typically against large, regular forces’. That’s … Read More »



Croydon’s Flower Fairies artist and Park Hill Park fairy trail to feature in Heritage Festival 2015

Posted on March 31st, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

Cicely Mary Barker’s celebrated Flower Fairies will play a part in the Croydon Heritage Festival 2015, forming part of a wider celebration of this Croydon artist on the 120th anniversary of her birth 

Release begins: a celebration of Croydon artist Cicely Mary Barker, on the 120th anniversary of her birth, will form part of the 2015 Croydon Heritage Festival programme.  Along with promoting this world-famous local artist and … Read More »