Toni Letts

Making change through art at TCFT Croydon

Posted on June 20th, by Shaniqua Benjamin in Culture. No Comments

How the power of creative thinking can bring us together

Throughout life, there are instances that change our lives by having a significant impact. Being invited to Bosnia in 2015 to participate in The Complete Freedom of Truth (TCFT) was certainly one of mine.

TCFT is defined as “an international youth-led community of artists, activists, students and professional facilitators with a collective ambition to develop global … Read More »

Croydon Soroptimist International’s public speaking competition helps girls to be Loud And Proud

Posted on April 10th, by Grace Onions in Politics & Society. No Comments

The 2018 girls’ public speaking competition was a sign of great things to come for girls in public life

The Loud and Proud public speaking competition for year 6 girls, proudly support by Soroptimist International Croydon and District, took place in Croydon Town Hall on Thursday 2nd March. It was held to commemorate International Women’s Day 2018 and the 100th anniversary of the first stage of female suffrage … Read More »

William Awomoyi is elected Croydon’s first Young Mayor

Posted on March 16th, by Holly Bernstein in Politics & Society. No Comments

Shea Williams is elected deputy Young Mayor

William Awomoyi, 14, from The Cedars School was announced as Croydon’s first Young Mayor last night. The election results were read to a packed crowd at the town hall.

“I get tired when people say, ‘What can we do for the young people?’ No, no, no, no. We have to hear what do they want to do, and let’s … Read More »

Croydon’s first Young Mayor election is underway after campaign launch

Posted on February 26th, by Holly Bernstein in Politics & Society. No Comments

A total of 28 candidates aged 14-17 are running for the title

Young Mayor candidates in Croydon, London’s largest youth borough, are now officially campaigning after they unveiled their manifestos at a campaign launch.

The Young Mayor is elected for one year, and they will represent over 37,000 young people. In order to stand, candidates have to live in or go to school, college or … Read More »

The rainbow civic launch of Croydon’s LGBT month

Posted on February 15th, by Peter Blackburn in Culture. No Comments

A variety of performances kick off Croydon’s diversity celebrations in the presence of the mayor and Croydon Central’s MP

Croydon’s month of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) celebration and awareness opened on Thursday 1st February at 5pm in the Braithwaite Hall, Katharine Street, in the presence of the Mayor of Croydon, councillor Toni Letts.

After short speeches from the mayor and the council leader, the … Read More »

Thinking globally, acting locally in Croydon: a peaceful world for all

Posted on January 17th, by Yvonne Foster in Politics & Society. No Comments

International Buddhist movement holds annual peace event in Croydon

I have the great privilege of being one of the many local members of Soka Gakkai International (SGI-UK), who organised a local event that took place on 16th December 2017 called ‘For the Sake of Peace’. SGI is a socially engaged Buddhist organisation that has members in 192 countries. We were honoured that the Mayor of Croydon, Toni Letts, … Read More »

Twice Madam Mayor: an interview with Toni Letts

Posted on December 22nd, by Katie Rose in Politics & Society. 2 comments

“I have been fortunate – and I want that for everyone”

Twice Mayor of Croydon, a domestic violence survivor with an OBE for her services to housing and community, Toni Letts has many stories to tell. Funny, poignant and heart warming, her anecdotes are underwritten with her commitment to make a daily difference to the lives of Croydon folk. Describing herself as a “servant of the people”, Toni … Read More »

Ending the year on a brighter note: the Lighthouse Educational Society Christmas dinner

Posted on December 21st, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. No Comments

Goodwill to all is celebrated at this annual dinner

There are a lot of good things about Croydon. Some were on display at a Christmas dinner at the Lighthouse Educational Society in Croydon, to which I was kindly invited by the society’s secretary, Parahat Akmuradov.

The Lighthouse Educational Society is a local charity that runs a tuition centre for children aged 5-15 years. It also aims … Read More »

Event review: Purley Festival 2017

Posted on July 11th, by Martin Leay in Culture. No Comments

Now in its sixth year, Purley Festival 2017 showcased the best of Croydon’s creativity and community spirit

The sun shone on the Rotary Field on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July as thousands joined together to enjoy a wonderful weekend of music and fun during the finale of Purley Festival.

In these uncertain times, there is something special about people uniting to celebrate the … Read More »

Breaking of fast brings diverse cultures together

Posted on June 14th, by Zach Baker in Culture. No Comments

Traditions of Ramadan strengthen community ties

On the evening of Tuesday 30th May, a heartwarming event was held in central Croydon. A large meal called iftar was prepared to observe the tradition of Ramadan and to bring the people of Croydon together. At a time when a few individuals seek to show that extremist violence and hatred exists in the UK, Croydon’s local community provided love, acceptance … Read More »