A Croydon commuter’s tale

Posted on November 9th, by Paul Cowling in Politics & Society. 5 comments

Paul Cowling on the bottomless despair of his seven-and-a-half mile journey to work

If I am running late, there’s a good chance that I’ll still get to Norbury station before the 08:57 does.

I speed march up the station approach, past the waft of cigarette smoke that shouldn’t be there, and the empty beer and caffeine kick cans that don’t want to use the rubbish bins.

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Occupy Croydon: How to set up a pop-up in the borough’s empty shops (Part 2)

Posted on December 8th, by Jonny Rose in Economics & Business. 1 Comment

Jonny Rose continues his call to arms for Croydon’s pop-ups

Recently, I explored the pop-up phenomenon and suggested that it would be a workable solution to filling the vacant shops that are dotted around Croydon.

There are loads of resources out there for anyone interested in starting a pop-up in Croydon.

The pop-up phenomenon has been going for over a decade now. … Read More »

Occupy Croydon: Reclaiming the borough’s empty shops (part 1)

Posted on December 2nd, by Jonny Rose in Economics & Business. 4 comments

Jonny Rose makes the case for the rise of the pop-up business in Croydon

Croydon has an abandoned shop problem

Norbury is currently suffering from a vacant shopfront problem. There are at least five unused units in London Road and – despite a series of inquiries from enterprising locals – they remain vacant.

This is not a problem unique to Norbury. Across the borough, vacant … Read More »

How Norbury’s Chicken and Chat challenges domestic abuse

Posted on November 18th, by Liberty Martin in Politics & Society. No Comments

Liberty Martin reports on a local domestic abuse charity that grew from a double tragedy

It’s not often that people marry together the idea of free jerk chicken and providing a safe place for young women, but fortunately the Cassandra Learning Centre (CLC) has done just that. The Croydon-based charity, which raises awareness about domestic abuse, holds ‘Chicken and Chat’ on Wednesdays, where girls aged … Read More »

Watching out for Croydon’s interests in parliamentary legislation

Posted on August 17th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Westminster’s not so remote – its decisions matter very close to home, says Sean Creighton

Reform to the riot damages legislation is one of several bills in the current parliamentary session with particular relevance to us Croydonians. Therefore we and our organisations may wish to take a view and lobby our MPs, the bill committees and members of the House of Lords.

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How a church’s vision for Norbury brought tribulation on its local community

Posted on July 29th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. No Comments

There’s wailing and gnashing of teeth in Norbury, and little wonder, says Sean Creighton

What would your reaction be to a proposal to build an auditorium to seat 10,000 people, a secondary school, an education centre for mature students, rehabilitation and media centres, a supermarket, a senior citizens’ home and club and small business space on a privately owned former sports ground? Well, your first reaction might … Read More »

Molten gold in the minster: review of ‘A Celebration of Victorian Church Music’

Posted on April 10th, by Rosie Edser in Culture. 1 Comment

Rosie Edser experiences both an hour of gloriousness and an education

My Soul Doth Magnify The Lord: A Celebration of Victorian Church Music at Croydon Minster, Saturday March 29th

Some of the six Archbishops of Canterbury who are buried in Croydon Minster may have twitched uncomfortably in their graves at the thought of sacred worship music being performed to an applauding audience, but it … Read More »