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How Croydon played a part in the peace process – back in the 1800s

Posted on September 27th, by Sean Creighton in History. No Comments

Croydon’s Festival of Peace may be a twenty-first-century innovation – but peace campaigning here is nothing new

Important issues across the country in 1877 and 1888 were Britain’s relationship with Turkey and war with Afghanistan. At a public meeting in Croydon in September 1877, the speaker, a Mr Lowe, spoke against supporting Turkey against Russia.

A Workmen’s National Anti-war and Arbitration Conference was held in April … Read More »



Croydon’s peace ballot and the Italian invasion of Abyssinia

Posted on September 14th, by Sean Creighton in History. No Comments

In 1934–5 Croydon residents worked harder than ever to try to promote the cause of peace

Across the country in 1934 a massive campaign started to obtain signatures to the peace ballot, organised by the League of Nations Union’s National Declaration committee and its president, Lord Robert Cecil. Croydon and Purley committees were set up in support, the Croydon one chaired by the mayor with Alderman Peters … Read More »



The original Croydon Peace Festival: the town’s ‘peace weeks’ in 1930 and 1934

Posted on August 29th, by Sean Creighton in History. No Comments

How Croydon promoted the cause of peace in the ’30s

Annual peace weeks were run in the 1920s in Croydon every June. The 1930 week was held between 15th and 22nd June. The mayor acted as president, the chairman was Reverend H. J. Powell, the secretary E. C. Schaefer (who lived at 8 The Waldrons), and the Treasurer H.H. Castle (who lived at 15 Chepstow Road). The … Read More »



Peace and anti-war campaigning in Croydon from 1816

Posted on August 24th, by Sean Creighton in History. No Comments

Croydon has always been a home for those who yearn for peace

A big thanks is due to Katie Rose for conceiving and organising the recent Festival of Peace. It revives with a modern, contemporary approach the Peace Weeks that were held in Croydon in the 1920s and ’30s. And it carries on the tradition of Croydon-based folk singers, Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger, who provided the … Read More »



Striving to help the Croydon community

Posted on July 30th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

World Humanitarian Drive, a local charity, held a seminar in June to promote peace and wellbeing in the borough.

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World Humanitarian Drive (WHD), a local Croydon charity striving for humanity, conducted a seminar called ‘Giving Hope to the Community’ recently at Haselmere Hall, Thornton Heath. A local audience were able to hear various professional speakers offer advice and guidance in the form of a panel discussion with questions and answers … Read More »



World Humanitarian Drive: striving for our community

Posted on June 28th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

World Humanitarian Drive is holding a peace seminar in Thornton Heath on Saturday 30th June.

Release begins: World Humanitarian Drive (WHD) is a charity organisation founded by Abdul Basit Syed, a social activist from Croydon, who has won a number of prestigious peace awards for promoting peace and education internationally. WHD is a local charity to the Croydon area and beyond, whose mission is to promote humanity, … Read More »



Peace Festival 2018: writing Croydon’s ‘Anthem for Peace’

Posted on June 22nd, by Myra Rademacher in Culture. No Comments

How the lyrics for the ‘Anthem for Peace’ came to life via poet Shaniqua Benjamin

“Music is like medicine, medicine for the soul.” Shaniqua Benjamin’s words about the power of music perfectly encapsulate the emotion in the new song for Croydon, the ‘Anthem for Peace’. The young poet from Thornton Heath and founder of Young People Insight wrote the lyrics for the anthem in several drafts, via brainstorming … Read More »



Abdul Basit, a Croydon social activist, receives peace award in Delhi, India

Posted on June 16th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

Abdul Basit, a local social activist, has received an award recognising his work in bringing peace and education to communities in the UK and India. 

Release begins: Abdul Basit, a Croydon based social activist and property developer received the BRICS Alliance Forum Peace Award; this prestigious award was given by a five-country forum comprising of (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa).

The BRICS Alliance event took … Read More »