Stanley Halls


What part should social enterprise play in running Croydon?

Posted on March 9th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. No Comments

Sean Creighton sets out to learn some lessons in management from history

At the end of March last year the Octavo Partnership was started as a mutual partnership between Croydon council and the Headteachers Association to deliver the former in-house education support services to schools. This is one social enterprise solution to the future delivery of council services in a period of continuing cuts.

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CroydoNites Festival event review: Kate O’Donnell’s Big’s Girl’s Blouse, Friday 20th November

Posted on December 4th, by John Lawlor in Culture. No Comments

Stand by your trans. John Lawlor listens to a plea for understanding behind the laughter

The final night of the CroydoNites Festival of New Theatre saw a moving and entertaining cabaret-style performance at Stanley Halls in Norwood. This was a one-woman show with a difference.

Opening with ‘Let me entertain you’, we were introduced to Kate and the theme of the evening: her transgendered life as … Read More »



Croydonites Festival review: ‘The Letter: To Be Or… MBE?’

Posted on November 25th, by Tom Black in Culture. No Comments

Did he, or didn’t he? Tom Black enjoys finding out at the Stanley Halls

For an autobiographical one man show, The Letter: To Be Or… MBE? contains a surprising number of characters. Jonzi D, ‘hip-hop theatre pioneer’, was offered an MBE in 2011. Across an intimate, innovative hour, Jonzi presents his audience with the reactions of his friends, his peers, and his neighbours in Bow, East London. And … Read More »



Festival preview: CroydoNites Festival of New Theatre, 12th-20th November

Posted on October 16th, by Anna Arthur in Culture. 1 Comment

Anna Arthur on her hopes for Croydon’s newest cultural event – the CroydoNites Festival of New Theatre

Last December I decided to start a theatre festival in Croydon. The idea came out of the blue whilst I was on a work trip to Norway. I love theatre, I love Croydon, I’m already the general manager of a dance festival – it was a no brainer. So I … Read More »



Event preview: South Norwood and Thornton Heath Free Film Festival 2015

Posted on October 12th, by Marek Slodkowski in Culture. No Comments

Marek Slodkowski welcomes the return of the film fans’ favourite to South Norwood and Thornton Heath

So, South Norwood and Thornton Heath, you totally smashed your very first Free Film Festival last year!

You had packed venues, smiling faces, Patrick Swayze lip syncing “And I owe it all to you-ooooou!” from the Dirty Dancing sing-along still ringing in everyone’s ears as they stepped out, dazed and … Read More »



New pop-up coffee shop opens at Stanley Halls in South Norwood

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

Coffee Craft, an independent, family-run pop-up coffee shop, is to open in the historic surroundings of Stanley Halls in South Norwood, a five minute walk from Norwood Junction station.

Release begins: After moving to the area two years ago along with her husband Nick, proprietor Michelle Shaw is fulfilling a long-standing ambition to run her own coffee shop and also bringing her skills as a seamstress to offer craft workshops in … Read More »



Opportunity knocks? The Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission begins its work

Posted on January 20th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Sean Creighton welcomes the launch of Croydon’s long-promised Opportunity and Fairness Commission

At last the Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission is starting on Wednesday 28th January with a launch at Stanley Halls in South Norwood, 7:00-8:30pm.

The idea of a Fairness Commission for Croydon was a welcome Labour manifesto headline pledge. The Labour administration agreed to set it up at the cabinet meeting on Monday 30th June. … Read More »



Event review: opening night at the South Norwood and Thornton Heath Free Film Festival

Posted on October 29th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. No Comments

Bernadette Fallon takes her seat for north Croydon’s free film festival

It’s opening night at the South Norwood and Thornton Heath Free Film Festival, and why show one film if you can offer three? In fact, why limit it to film at all? The launch event at South Norwood’s Stanley Halls describes itself as a ‘music night’ and, in addition to showing three films, is also hosting … Read More »



South Norwood and Thornton Heath Free Film Festival

Posted on October 6th, by Marek Slodkowski in Culture. 2 comments

The organisers of the South Norwood and Thornton Heath Film Festival want to bring something different to local film fans, as Marek Slodkowski explains

Do you love film? People really love films, don’t they? Films can entertain us, they can make us cry, make us think differently or just make us laugh. It’s something you can do on your own, and something you can share with your … Read More »



WordFest – a new celebration of the arts for Croydon youth

Posted on August 7th, by Rachael Phandey in Culture. No Comments

Something’s stirring in the library. It’s time to spread the word about Croydon WordFest, says Rachael Phandey

Croydon Libraries, Apples and Snakes, the Croydon Youth Arts Team, Club Soda and young people aged 11-19 have worked together to develop a programme of free events across Croydon this summer. During the early part of summer 2014, WordFest offered a series of workshops in creative writing and performance (singing, … Read More »