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Farewell, citizens of Croydon

Posted on September 18th, by James Naylor in Politics & Society. 20 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 »



Why Croydon needs a visitor centre, and how it could pay for itself

Posted on September 10th, by Charles Barber in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

A luxury service our town can’t afford? Not at all, says Charles Barber

If you happened to venture down the covered section of St George’s Walk on Saturday 25th August, you may have noticed a man sitting at a table with another chair opposite him. A sign on his table claimed that it was the Croydon Visitor Centre, and if you were rash enough … Read More »



The Croydon Forum’s back, so why not get involved in shaping our town’s future?

Posted on August 20th, by Charles Barber in Politics & Society. 10 comments

Be part of Croydon’s continuous transformation – please come along and join this positive-minded and informal organisation

The Croydon Forum was launched in January 2018. Progress since then hasn’t been everything that its founder hoped for. Enthusiasm alone doesn’t carve out time in the busy schedules of the people who came along to Matthews Yard that day to share their ideas about how to make … 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 »



Can’t give any more: volunteer fatigue in Croydon (part 1)

Posted on June 28th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Is Croydon taking its volunteers for granted?

“There are things that you do because it’s your passion, that you truly believe will make a difference. The Big Society [expands] the great work of volunteers.” (David Cameron, former Prime Minister, 2010).

“The Big Society is about getting more for less.” (Eric Pickles, former Secretary of State for Housing and Local Government, 2010)

“This is a 19th-century … Read More »



Tempting Failure festival becomes a Croydon exclusive

Posted on June 25th, by Robert Hesp in Culture. No Comments

This exciting festival, crammed with challenging, experimental works, is now taking place only in Croydon

Croydon is set to become a hub for daring and radical performance and noise art this July, as the seventh incarnation of the festival Tempting Failure (TF18) descends on the borough – now in its new biennial format.

Bringing a fortnight-long programme of international and UK-based artists between 9th and 22nd … Read More »



Making change through art at TCFT Croydon

Posted on June 20th, by Shaniqua Benjamin in Culture. No Comments

How the power of creative thinking can bring us together

Throughout life, there are instances that change our lives by having a significant impact. Being invited to Bosnia in 2015 to participate in The Complete Freedom of Truth (TCFT) was certainly one of mine.

TCFT is defined as “an international youth-led community of artists, activists, students and professional facilitators with a collective ambition to develop global … Read More »



May 2018 in brief

Posted on June 14th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

The big news stories of May 2018, summarised by the Citizen team

The Croydon Partnership announced Waitrose and John Lewis as anchor stores in the proposed new Croydon Westfield retail development

On 31st May the Croydon Partnership confirmed that a four-level John Lewis store and a Waitrose will be the ‘anchor’ stores in its proposed town centre Westfield retail centre.

Work on the centre is set to begin in 2019. Councillor Alison Butler, … Read More »



Croydonites Festival 2018 review: Richard DeDomenici’s American Assassin Redux

Posted on May 24th, by Paul Dennis in Culture. No Comments

A fast’n’dirty visit to key Croydon film locations, plus a chance to recreate the action

Croydon has a great history of providing film locations, and I’m sure that there have been tours pointing them out in the past. However, performance artist Richard DeDomenici brought rather more to the party than a simple urban hike.

The evening was part of the Croydonites Festival of New Theatre, which … Read More »



Croydonites Festival 2018 review: Land of Nod by Parabolic Theatre

Posted on May 18th, by Eleanor Appleton in Culture. No Comments

Parabolic Theatre’s latest piece of dramatic immersion is dark, complex and leaves you wanting more

This is not the Land of Nod that you slip into after an over-indulgent Sunday roast on the sofa in front of Antiques Roadshow, or the sort that sees you through the night in your comfy bed after a long, hard day at work. Far from it. This is a dark and immersive Land … Read More »