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Event preview: Family Fest 2016 and the Big Dance, Saturday 4th June 2016

Posted on May 6th, by John Lawlor in Culture. No Comments

Croydon’s newest summer festival offers children the chance to enjoy nature and gets the whole family dancing, says John Lawlor

On Saturday 4th June, from 12:00pm to 9:00pm, Croydon’s first Family Fest will be held in Park Hill Park, thanks to volunteers from the park’s lively and committed Friends group. It’s an active, family-friendly festival with a gardening, bees and bugs theme and lots for children to … Read More »

How ‘five a day for the mind’ can help Croydonians to combat depression

Posted on April 19th, by Sarah Strong in Politics & Society. No Comments

There’s help available in our borough for mental health difficulties. But what happens next, and how do we keep ourselves well? Sarah Strong of Croydon Depression Alliance makes some suggestions

You’re anxious, depressed, isolated. Who do you tell? Where can you go? What can you do about it? Where do you even start?

MIND UK estimates that one in four people will have a … Read More »

Croydon is covered in rubbish. So what are we going to do?

Posted on March 14th, by Charles Barber in Politics & Society. 12 comments

Charles Barber announces a community campaign for a cleaner, greener and more beautiful Croydon

This March there’s a nationwide campaign to encourage schools and community groups to ‘Clean for the Queen’, to make their local areas more tidy and attractive by organizing litter-picks in time for the queen’s ninetieth birthday. Commendable as such projects may be (and I think that each of us should engage … Read More »

Five of the best… Croydon parks to walk your dog

Posted on February 23rd, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. 1 Comment

In the first of her new series, ‘five of the best’, Bernadette Fallon offers her pick of Croydon’s parks

We’re very fortunate in Croydon to have so many parks and green spaces – 127 to be precise, so get your walking shoes on and grab the dog. If you haven’t got one, borrow the neighbour’s, because if there is one thing better than getting outside to enjoy … Read More »

Crocus valley blooms again

Posted on October 14th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

How Ally McKinlay brought saffron home to Croydon

Boxpark? Just a fancy place for a sandwich. Westfield? Retail detail – see one and you’ve seen ‘em mall. The stand-out Croydon story of 2015 is horticultural.

In August, the people of Croydon responded enthusiastically to a proposal to bring crocus-growing back to the town centre. In Roman times, the species crocus sativus grew here, producing saffron … 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 »

Thinking global, acting local: environmental action in Croydon

Posted on July 13th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 7 comments

We feel impotent and small when faced with environmental challenges, but we have more power than we think, says Sean Creighton

When Croydon’s composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor died of pneumonia on 1st September 1912, it was the culmination of a summer of very poor weather, with excessive rain, and low temperatures. Kew Observatory recorded only 58% of the normal sunshine for August. Although not experiencing the … Read More »