South Croydon Community Association

South Croydon Community Association debates the future of the arts in Croydon

Posted on March 24th, by Steve Packer in Culture. 4 comments

Let’s talk about how to take the arts forward together

In this world of online networking and chat, there is still a place for live public debate in a room full of people with experience, ideas and commitment, interested in effecting change. On Thursday 16th March, about ninety such people gathered at a Question Time event organised by South Croydon Community Association (SCCA) at Croydon College. The … Read More »

Where next for Fairfield Halls’ supporters?

Posted on July 19th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 2 comments

The halls are now closed. Sean Creighton urges those who campaigned for a phased refurbishment to continue to hold Croydon’s decision-makers to account

Although its role as manager of Fairfield Halls ended on Friday 15th July with the council closure to start the two year programme of refurbishment, the charity Fairfield (Croydon) Ltd has a continuing life thanks to the £81,200 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund … Read More »

In what sense, if at all, is Croydon a community – and are you even a part of it?

Posted on July 11th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 13 comments

Jonny Rose strikes at the heart of the Croydon Citizen by questioning whether ‘community’ exists in the borough

‘Community’ – like charidee and diversity – is one of those words that we all are guilty of using without thinking critically about what it actually means.

To speak of ‘community’ makes us feel warm and fuzzy inside. It is an unassailable good, and something that … Read More »

Event report: the South Croydon Community Association’s Q&A on Croydon’s changing town centre

Posted on May 25th, by Charlotte Davies in Politics & Society. No Comments

Will Croydon’s future be decided by a roll of the dice? Sometimes it feels that way, says Charlotte Davies

South Croydon Community Association organised its second Question Time event at Croydon College on the evening of Thursday 14th April 2016 under the title of ‘Croydon Town Centre Is Changing: How Will It Affect You?’.

The event was sold to us as follows: ‘Croydon … Read More »

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 »

Love Thy Neighbour: combatting the epidemic of loneliness in Croydon

Posted on June 5th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 13 comments

Jonny Rose suggests some practical – and tech – solutions to the loneliness problem in Croydon

“No man is an island” – John Donne

The epidemic of loneliness

Last month’s In Touch on Radio 4 focused on the plight of the deafblind in Britain and the difficulty that they have in forming and maintaining friendships.

One statistic in particular caught my … Read More »

The Public Gallery: Fares and Fairfield

Posted on October 30th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Croydon wonders whether it is where it ought to be and the Twittersphere takes a local councillor at his word

Is the Fairfield Halls at risk of closing within 12 months? No, it isn’t

As the flippant subheading above suggests, this week saw a QTWTAIN – A Question To Which The Answer Is No – explode into Croydon’s often-volatile Twittersphere. Anonymous tweeter @ParkHillFriends, … Read More »

Felines in formation: the first open meeting of the Croydon Arts Network

Posted on April 7th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 1 Comment

Liz Sheppard-Jones reports on the culture vultures’ answer to Croydon Tech City

This was a fascinating, inspiring, infuriating meeting. The Croydon Arts Network was founded by Charlotte Davies, Chair of South Croydon Community Association, Katie Taylor of the Design Museum London, Anna Arthur, General Manager of Aerowaves and Carol Whinnom of Badger Music. This first in a series of planned open meetings was held at … Read More »

Economic development doesn’t just mean property (part 1)

Posted on January 31st, by Sean Creighton in Economics & Business. No Comments

In the first of a three part series, Sean Creighton assesses the success Croydon could achieve by taking new approaches to develop its economy

After leading a history walk in early January at the heart of the property-development-feeding-frenzy in Vauxhall and Nine Elms, I read an article in the Evening Standard on the property business by Anthony Hilton, which reminds us of the fragility of the property development … Read More »