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  • Exhibitions/talks

    FAIRFIELD: Sunlounge, Croydon. Michelaine Ebb 'n' Flow, until July 30. FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE: 60 Park Lane, Croydon. 8239 7004. CROYDON CLOCKTOWER: Katharine Street, Croydon. 8253 1030. CROYDON AND DISTRICT WRITERS CIRCLE: Croydon Clocktower, Katharine

  • Misc

    POETS ANONYMOUS: Primary Room, United Reform Church, Addiscombe Grove. Bring your poetry to read and share. 8645 9956. OLD COULSDON WI: Cameron Hall, Canon's Hill, Old Coulsdon. Meet second Monday every month at 2pm. Guests welcome, 75p. SALSAADDICT

  • Activities

    CROYDON OUTDOOR PURSUITS AND SPECIAL EVENTS CLUB: Meets St Andrew's Church Hall, Lower Coombe Street, Croydon. Every Tuesday 8.30pm to 10.30pm. 8688 5051. OLD PORTLIANS CYCLING CLUB: Weekend cycle rides. Start 10am Saturday and 9am Sunday. 8362 7629

  • Comedy

    UP THE CREEK TOO COMEDY CABARET CLUB: 3 Brighton Road, Croydon. John Simmit MC, Rickey Grove, Tom Stade, Raymond and Mr Tinkins Revue, July 29. Gordon Southern MC, Rhod Gilbert, Geof Innocent, Raymond and Mr Tinkins Revue, July 30. 8680 5363. SCREAMING

  • Theatre

    ASHCROFT THEATRE: The Fairfield, Park Lane, Croydon. Murder Mystery Season: Murderous Liaisons, until July 30. Robo-Rat to the Rescue, August 2. 8688 9291 WAREHOUSE THEATRE: Dingwall Road, Croydon. CRYPT Summer Production, July 29 and 30. 8680 4060.

  • Jazz giants blow in to town

    Two of the most talented performers in British Jazz, Humphrey Lyttelton and his Band and Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band, will share the bill at Fairfield Concert Hall. Acker Bilk MBE received another honour this month when he was honoured with

  • Head to Bowl

    The best unsigned bands, artists and up and coming music talent come to the stage in Crystal Place Park this weekend. The annual Bowl Festival presents 13 bands over the two days at zero cost. The Bowl is set in stunning surroundings and features activities

  • Festival held inside

    The festival season is in full swing so if you're not off to WOMAD this weekend how about the Sheep Love festival? Saturday has up-and-coming rock and indie acts Sunday has alternative dance acts. Stalls from local shops, massage, and much more will

  • Taking to the stage

    Have you ever wanted to be on the stage? Then here's your chance to audition for the Harlequin Theatre's annual pantomime, Aladdin. For this year's spectacular show the Harlequin Theatre, Redhill, will be looking for young, local dancers to take part

  • Quo burn up Guilfest

    British music festivals are traditionally all mud and wellies, not sun-cream and shorts, but for once the south-east caught the best of the weather and a sizzling summer Sunday at GuilFest 2005, at Stoke Park, Guildford on Sunday, July 17 had some great

  • Keeping 1960s sound alive – Amen to that

    New Amen Corner relive the Summer of Love, 1967, when they play an exclusive show at the Boom Boom Club. The original Amen Corner were one of the biggest influences on the 60s pop scene to ever come out of Wales. A mixture of mod, psychedelic pop, with

  • Little treasures shine

    Stagecoach theatre arts students from St Josephs College, Upper Norwood, staged their annual show earlier this month and raised £127 for The Children's Trust charity based in Tadworth. Forty two youngsters, aged between six and 14 presented Treasure

  • Diva’s diva will show you way to San Jose

    Dionne Warwick has, over an illustrious four-decade career, established herself as an international musical legend. Her reputation as a hit maker has been firmly etched into public consciousness, thanks to nearly 60 charted hits since Don't Make Me Over

  • Find inspiration through music in Sanderstead

    Tuning up in the sunshine are the two Whitgift School upper sixth pupils who are leading a musical workshop for young children in the Sanderstead area. Joseph Goddard, who plays violin, and Nick Dyer, who plays clarinet, are hoping that the free project

  • International Athletics: New mum back on track

    The evening saw some encouraging performances from local stars Tasha Danvers-Smith and Jamie Nieto. Croydon's Danvers-Smith, 27, finished third in the women's 400m hurdles in a season's fastest of 57.47. The former Sydney Olympic finalist, still recovering

  • Where we’re from we call that fighting talk

    Talented youngsters from CRYPT (Croydon Young Peoples Theatre) have created a play to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of World War Two, Fighting Talk. With theatre group leader Andrea Gillie, the dedicated teenagers researched local history

  • Schools Cricket: Team Winterbourne to win

    Winterbourne Junior Boys School, Thornton Heath, isthe new holders of the Surrey Schools Connellan Trophy, following impressive performances in the final stages of the competition, which took place at The Oval on Saturday. Eight state primary schools

  • Have thieves stolen our two dogs?

    The owners of two dogs believed to have been stolen when their motor home was broken into as they visited a sick relative are desperate to find their beloved pooches. Denis and Viv Pook, who live in Wales, had rushed to visit Viv's ill brother in Mayday

  • Palace-Inter match is on

    Tonight's (Wednesday) much-anticipated clash between Crystal Palace and Inter Milan will go ahead after the giants of Italian football had a change of heart over cancelling their English tour. The first match of Palace's centenary season was called

  • Help me find Pat so he can pay last respects to David

    A friend of mine, David Malone, who lived in Ecclesfield on the outskirts of Sheffield and who was in his early 60s, died recently and I am looking for one of his friends who lives in Croydon. His friend Pat, who is in his 80s, lives in Croydon and David

  • Do any plumbers need my son?

    Perhaps someone out there could enlighten me with regard to the following situation that my 17-year-old son finds himself in. He has recently secured a much sought-after place at Nescot College to start a plumbing apprenticeship in September (he was

  • Historic sites we are at risk of losing

    Properties in Croydon have been named on English Heritage's 2005 buildings at risk register, which has revealed an increase in the number of threatened buildings in the capital. The four buildings in the borough join others from Wandsworth, Lewisham,

  • Courses for all students

    The department of science and technology at Croydon College has a range of courses on offer for those wishing to study, gain employment or simply pursue an interest in this subject area. Programmes are available in subjects including applied science,

  • Donation to aid teachers

    A free information and counselling service for teachers has received a £1,728 donation from Croydon Council. The 24-hour national phone service supports 17,000 teachers a year. More than 550 teachers in Croydon have been helped by the service since its

  • Zammo’s talks drugs

    It's a long time since he graced our TV screens in the hit children's programme Grange Hill, but Lee MacDonald aka Zammo in the show, was the centre of attention when he visited Purley Youth Project. The former child actor, who now runs a locksmiths

  • Awards for designers

    Pupils from four schools have helped design in-flight entertainment packs for children. The students from Edenham High School, Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College for Girls, Addington High School and Selsdon High School took part in a scheme

  • New award

    Companies in Croydon are being encouraged to apply for a Queen's award for enterprise. The award, described as the icing on the cake' for businesses, rewards people who have played an outstanding and significant role in promoting the growth of enterprise

  • College slams funding plans

    Croydon College has joined national criticism of the Government's funding plans. The college is calling on staff, students and people in Croydon to sign a petition launched by the Association of Colleges (AoC) against a funding system it says damages

  • Barclays shows community spirit

    Staff at Barclays Bank in Croydon swapped their suits for decorating clothes and picked up their paintbrushes to help give the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) in Thornton Heath a new look. The team, along with volunteers from the Home Office, cleaned and

  • Happy days for Mondial UK workers

    Staff at Mondial UK have a smile on their face. The customer relationship specialist has been voted one of the best companies to work for in the south-east. The Croydon business was ranked 15th in a survey compiled by business researchers Best Companies

  • Big Brother's Vanessa back in town

    Despite being booted out of the Big Brother house in arguably this year's most tense eviction, former contestant Vanessa was on fine form as she chatted to fans. The 19-year-old, from West Croydon, appeared at the Carphone Warehouse in the Whitgift

  • Pubs: Last chance saloon

    It's the last chance saloon for pubs and clubs in Croydon as the deadline for applying for new licences looms. Only 10 per cent of Croydon's 1,031 hotels, clubs, pubs, restaurants and supermarkets have so far applied for a new licence ahead of the August

  • Our biggest shopping centre is yet to come

    The company credited with bringing big names stores to Bluewater has signed a multi-million deal to develop Croydon's largest shopping centre. Australian company Lend Lease Corporation Limited has entered into a deal with developer Minerva to build the

  • Company goes extra mile to give pupils experience

    Giving their time to help up-and-coming students is all part of the job for staff at engineering firm TPS Consult. The company, based in the Whitgift Centre, works closely with students and teachers at Archbishop Tenison School in Selborne Road, Croydon

  • Who cares what Simon Cowell thinks?

    They may not have impressed the judges on the ITV talent show the X-Factor but that hasn't stopped a group of wannabe pop stars from making their own record. The group, who have called themselves X-Factor Fab Rejects, decided to record the song at Croydon's

  • Give blood at Church of our Lady

    The National Blood Service is holding a donor session at the Church of our Lady of Annunciation's main hall in Bingham Road, Addiscombe, between 1.45pm and 4.30pm and 5.30pm to 7.45pm on Monday, August 1.

  • Happy to be... an ethnic minorities adviser

    Former Mr Universe contender Mohammad Khokhar started helping people when he was just 12 years old. He was living in Pakistan in the period of bloodshed and upheaval which followed the Indian subcontinent being partitioned into India and Pakistan during

  • Race taunts ‘led to beating’

    A security guard was battered to death in a row with a gang of Kosovan teenagers, a court heard. Vincent Swift, 27, who worked at HMV in North End, Croydon, was beaten around the head with a 5ft wooden stake in the street fight and suffered fatal brain

  • Warden welcome

    Three more neighbourhood wardens are patrolling the streets of Croydon after being welcomed to the team. The wardens will be based in Ashburton and will work with the community on the estates at Longheath Gardens, Tollgate and Stroud Green. Their arrival

  • Addington tram work begins

    Engineering work on the tram network between Addington Village and New Addington has started. The work is scheduled for completion by September 6. Until then trams will run to Addington Village as normal but passengers will be encouraged to complete

  • Buried bones unearthed

    Archaeologists have uncovered more evidence of an Anglo-Saxon settlement on Coulsdon's Farthing Downs. Tours of the site were held over the weekend when people could hear more about the latest excavation and the history of the site. A team of archaeologists

  • Beer Danny goes to join mile-high club!

    A family tragedy has made a pub landlord vow to shed the pounds and take to the skies. After losing his brother to cancer just three weeks ago, Danny Foley says he is determined to lose four stone so he can do a wing-walk on an aeroplane The 42-year-old

  • Journalists strike

    Journalists at the South London Guardian took three days of strike action this week in pursuit of their 2005-06 pay claim. The local chapel of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) is seeking a pay rise for its members of six per cent in addition to

  • At the drive in

    It may have rained but that didn't stop car enthusiasts turning out to see a collection of vehicles from the past century on Sunday. Wearing waterproofs and standing underneath umbrellas, they admired the cars on display at the show organised by members

  • Muslims unite with website of peace

    Muslims are expressing their outrage at the London bombings on an anti-terror website set up by a Croydon man. Muhammad Payne set up www.notinthenameofpeace.com because he felt he had to do something to show extremists their views were not shared by

  • Addington tram work begins

    Engineering work on the tram network between Addington Village and New Addington has started. The work is scheduled for completion by September 6. Until then trams will run to Addington Village as normal but passengers will be encouraged to complete

  • Warden welcome

    Three more neighbourhood wardens are patrolling the streets of Croydon after being welcomed to the team. The wardens will be based in Ashburton and will work with the community on the estates at Longheath Gardens, Tollgate and Stroud Green. Their arrival

  • Beer Danny goes to join mile-high club!

    A family tragedy has made a pub landlord vow to shed the pounds and take to the skies. After losing his brother to cancer just three weeks ago, Danny Foley says he is determined to lose four stone so he can do a wing-walk on an aeroplane The 42-year-old

  • Siblings drove wrong way down motorway

    A brother and sister who caused a crash after driving the wrong way along a motorway for at least a mile have been spared jail. Mark Lahabib, 19, and his 21-year-old sister Amanda, turned around and drove in the wrong direction on the M23 in order to

  • Buried bones

    Archaeologists have uncovered more evidence of an Anglo-Saxon settlement on Coulsdon's Farthing Downs. Tours of the site were held over the weekend when people could hear more about the latest excavation and the history of the site. A team of archaeologists

  • Journalists strike

    Journalists at the South London Guardian took three days of strike action this week in pursuit of their 2005-06 pay claim. The local chapel of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) is seeking a pay rise for its members of six per cent in addition to

  • MacColl mum: ‘Nearer to truth about Kirsty’

    The mother of singer Kirsty MacColl says her campaign to discover the truth about her daughter's death has made progress following top-level talks with Mexican government officials. Jean MacColl has returned from a week-long visit to Mexico City where

  • At the drive in

    It may have rained but that didn't stop car enthusiasts turning out to see a collection of vehicles from the past century on Sunday. Wearing waterproofs and standing underneath umbrellas, they admired the cars on display at the show organised by members

  • Bad driver fines

    Yellow box scheme expands A scheme piloted in Croydon which fines drivers who flout basic rules of the road is to be rolled out across London. Croydon was one of six London boroughs which took part in the nine-month trial of the enforcement scheme

  • Muslims unite with website of peace

    To show bombers ‘we don’t support you and we’re angry’ Muslims are expressing their outrage at the London bombings on an anti-terror website set up by a Croydon man. Muhammad Payne set up www.notinthenameofpeace.com because he felt he had to do something