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Croydonites Festival 2018 review: Anita Wadsworth’s Show and Tell

Posted on May 22nd, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 3 comments

What does your handbag say about you?

“I love the thinginess of things” said the poet Sylvia Plath. Anita Wadsworth understands where she was coming from.

Show and Tell is an experimental performance – if indeed performance is the right word for it. It’s delivered one-to-one by Anita, whose Master’s degree in choreography left her fascinated by the ways in which we express ourselves through the … Read More »



The devil is in the detail as we wait for Westfield to arrive

Posted on November 30th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

The concluding part of a look at the implications the arrival of Westfield have for Croydon

The first part of this article can be found here.

There is much evidence that the tower blocks planned for the new centre are not suitable for family living. Where they may be suitable, it will be because room sizes are larger than the minimum required under planning rules, and … Read More »



Croydon Christmas on a budget

Posted on December 20th, by Marcia Henry-Morgan in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

How to have a creative, cost-conscious Christmas

Season’s greetings to all! Yep, it’s that time of year again. The lights are up, Christmas songs are playing everywhere you go and people in their hordes are flocking to the shops in search of Christmas presents to place beneath the tree. If you’re anything like me you have a list, whether it is on a paper or just a … Read More »



Croydon facelift? Please don’t botch it up.

Posted on February 24th, by Ian Lavis in Economics & Business. No Comments

Ian Lavis takes a look at the woulds, shoulds, could-have-beens and future hopes for the Croydonian urban environment

Imagine a Croydon in which you get a real buzz walking around the streets, checking out the cool buildings, dramatic skyline and inspiring public spaces.

No, I haven’t drunk too much Cronx beer. I’m just a Croydonian with big hopes for what Croydon could be if … Read More »



Protestors launch campaign to ‘save Shirley’s green spaces’

Posted on February 2nd, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Green space is under threat, say campaigners in Shirley. Sean Creighton reports

On the evening of Monday 25th January, a group of Croydon residents opposing the local council’s plans to remove Metropolitan Open Land protection for Shirley came to the town hall to raise its concerns. In particular, the group fears that this would result in ‘intensification’ of development, loss of the area’s character and … Read More »



Container crates, Croydon and me, by Mr Boxpark

Posted on November 30th, by Lauren Furey in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Roger Wade, CEO of Boxpark, gives Lauren Furey the lowdown on how, when and above all… why Croydon

Arriving at Boxpark Croydon’s marketing suite was like stepping into a wrapped up Christmas present. You shouldn’t peek, but it’s exciting. It was here I met Boxpark’s mastermind and CEO, Roger Wade, to hear what Croydon can expect from its new Boxpark, set to open in summer 2016.

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Is the Dingwall Road loop a loopy idea?

Posted on November 5th, by Vanessa Nicholson in Economics & Business. 24 comments

Vanessa Nicholson takes a closer look at the plans for Croydon town centre’s new tram lay-out

Transport for London plans to put in additional tram track in central Croydon. The proposal is to install new track along Dingwall Road and Lansdowne Road. Some trams running from East Croydon westwards towards the town centre would instead turn right into Dingwall Road and then left into Lansdowne Road. They … Read More »



What are the challenges facing Croydon’s communities?

Posted on August 3rd, by Sean Creighton in Culture. 1 Comment

Let’s work together, says Sean Creighton

Here in Croydon as elsewhere we tend to look at local issues separately, and do not always see the cumulative effects. The Croydon TUC working party’s analysis of the council’s Growth Plan last year and my evidence to the Whitgift Centre CPO inquiry were attempts to look at a series of interconnected issues. The borough’s Opportunity and … Read More »



Celebrity interview: Private Eye cartoonist Barry Fantoni returns to Croydon, Saturday 27th June

Posted on July 3rd, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

Un-drawing, undressing and hot-desking in Sixties Soho – Liz Sheppard-Jones listens and regrets an unpopped question

Barry Fantoni returned to Croydon on Saturday 27th June. It had been a while.

In the fifty or so years since he taught at Croydon School of Art, he’s done OK: Private Eye magazine and the Times’s celebrated cartoonist, artist on the BBC TV series ‘That Was The Week That … Read More »



Private Eye cartoonist giving talk in Croydon

Posted on June 8th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

As part of Croydon Heritage Festival’s celebration of famous people in Croydon, an audience with Private Eye magazine’s celebrated cartoonist Barry Fantoni is being hosted by Hale Man, artist in residence at her ground floor artist studio in the Whitgift Centre. 

Release begins: The  event, ‘An audience with Barry Fantoni’, will be held on Saturday 27th June, 2:00pm  -5:00pm.

From 2:00pm – 3:00 pm, Barry Fantoni will … Read More »