Ruskin House


Event review: Flossie Malavialle, Croydon Folk Club, Ruskin House, 4th June

Posted on June 22nd, by Anne Giles in Culture. No Comments

Much to enjoy at an evening of folk, blues and self-penned classics by French-born Flossie Malavialle

My husband Steve and I went along to the Croydon Folk Club on 4th June to see Flossie Malavialle, a French-born singer who has been based in the north-east of England since 2002. Several years on, she has become an accomplished performer, playing at folk clubs and festivals all over the … Read More »



A day in the life of one of Croydon’s best kept secrets

Posted on March 22nd, by Tonie Lambie in Culture. No Comments

Healing for all, of all faiths and none

It’s Tuesday, 12:30pm, and I’m on my way to Ruskin House, with a case full of notices, leaflets and record cards, to open up the weekly clinic of the Croydon Healing Association in the Cedar Hall. Once the pre-school staff have finished tidying up, and after the children have all been collected, I and the other members of my … Read More »



So what if Fairfield Halls closes for two years – I’m glad

Posted on January 7th, by Jonny Rose in Culture. 22 comments

Jonny Rose refuses to eulogise the potentially departed Fairfield Halls

News that the Fairfield Halls is due to be closed for two years of renovation has seen many in Croydon enter into paroxysms of grief reserved usually for dead relatives and relegated football teams.

My own response is less “Oh no”, and more “So what?”.

Rather than being a death knell … Read More »



Event review: Coope, Boyes and Simpson at Croydon Folk Club, Monday 16th October

Posted on November 5th, by Anne Giles in Culture. 1 Comment

Anne Giles is touched by a moving and sometimes humorous tribute to the desperate courage shown in wartime

Croydon Folk Club meets every Monday evening at Ruskin House on Coombe Road. Tickets cost £12 for non-members, but other Croydon Folk Club events often cost less.My husband Steve and I went along recently to see Coope, Boyes and Simpson perform.

This acapella trio comprises Barry … Read More »



Goodbye London, I’m leaving you… for Croydon

Posted on September 8th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Jonny Rose encourages the capital’s masses to decamp to Croydon

It’s that time of the year again when those pathetically angsty thirtysomethings that now dominate every London media organisation are faced with the perfect storm of an existential crisis and a demanding editorial calendar.

The result has been a summer of wall-to-wall ‘I’m Leaving London’ screeds as lifestyle bloggers from Mile End to … Read More »



Corbyn comes to Croydon, and brings the Tardis with him

Posted on August 13th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 10 comments

#JezHeCan – Robert Ward goes back to the future at a political meeting

Sometimes life takes you by surprise. 4th August’s Ruskin House meeting when Jeremy Corbyn came to town was one of them.

It started quietly as I caught an early bus, arriving a half hour before the scheduled start. Low-key too at the main entrance, just a small sign indicating the side … Read More »



What difference would the red Tories make to Croydon?

Posted on August 6th, by Peter Latham in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Labour is failing to address structural inequalities, and would have clobbered Croydon just as hard as the Tories, argues Peter Latham

The recent Tory budget, as Croydon North Labour MP and Shadow Minister for Local Government Steve Reed correctly notes, is a disaster for thousands of Croydon families because:

Cuts in tax credits will clobber low-paid working parents who could be up to £1,000 worse off, according to … 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 »



Event review: Clive Gregson at the Croydon Folk Club, Monday 25th May

Posted on June 9th, by Anne Giles in Culture. 2 comments

Anne Giles enjoys an evening mixing new tunes with nostalgia at Ruskin House

I have known Clive for many years. Originally from Manchester, he is an accomplished singer-songwriter, musician and record producer who started his professional music career in 1980 as the leader of cult band Any Trouble. Between 1985 and 1992 he formed a partnership with Christine Collister, who came to public attention in … Read More »



Event review: Croydon Amnesty ‘Write for Rights 2014′, Saturday 29th November

Posted on December 15th, by Rachel Lindley in Politics & Society. No Comments

Croydon citizens send cards with messages of hope to five political prisoners

Did you see Croydon Amnesty Group in the Whitgift Shopping Centre on Saturday 29th November? Did you stop to send a card to Liu Ping, Ali Aarrass, Alfreda Disbarro, Moses Akatugba or Raif Badawi?

Members of Croydon Amnesty Group had a stall in Allders Square, inviting shoppers to take a few moments out … Read More »