Friday, 6 June 2014

Croydon Events 10 June - 4 July

10 June - 4 July

The next four weeks are packed with events in Croydon especially because of the Heritage Festival starting on 21 June and ending on 4 July. Here are the ones I am involved in organising or hope to attend.

Tuesday 10 June, 7pm
Matthews Yard
off Surrey St, Croydon, CR0 1AA.

Local investment: 

Are private developers the only option?

Croydon  Radical History Network 
presents a talk by Andrew Fisher

local resident and author of the new book The Failed Experiment – and how to build an economy that works. Andrew will explore issues around democracy, local economic development and the public interest, from an economic and historic perspective, including a discussion on the Westfield/Hammerson scheme for the Whitgift Centre. The talk will be followed by discussion.

As the venue is free please come early and have a snack and a drink before the meeting starts.

The book will be on sale along with second hand books  on British economics and labour movement history – so please bring some money.

For further information contact; 020 8764 4301.

Wednesday 11 June. 7 for 7.30pm - 9 pm
Norbury Baptist Church Semley Road, Norbury, SW16 4PS

CCC Croydon Communities Consortium Public Meeting

A public meeting, led by the community, to air views and debate issues relating to the local area and the wider area of Croydon. Please book a free place: or call 07864 676 088.
Further information at :
ALL are WELCOME at any of our public meetings!

Email us at: Twitter: @CroydonNbrhoods Phone: 07864 676088

Friday 13 June 
Time and venue to be notified. 
Arts Network

Saturday 21 June. All day
Heritage Festival stalls event 
North End, Croydon

Monday 23 June, 7pm
The Spread Eagle, 39-41 Katharine Street, CRO 1NX

Crystal Palace and the Edwardian Roller Skating Boom

Talk by Sean Creighton
The Edwardians loved anything involving wheels. Partly driven by American salesmen there was a boom in roller skating with over 500 rinks. The Crystal Palace rink played an important role in the boom. The boom ended as a result of over-capacity, economic downturn and the growth of interest in moving pictures.

Wednesday 25 June. 7pm
The Spread Eagle,39-41 Katherine St, CR0 1NX
Honouring Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
and other black people through plaques
Talk by Jak Beulah of Nubian Jak Community Trust
Croydon Radical History and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Networks

 Thursday 26 June. 7pm
St Augustine’s Church, St Augustine's Avenue, South Croydon, CR2 6BA
Croydon’s Darwin: Alfred Russel Wallace:
scientist and social reformer
Talk by Prof. David Stack (History Department, University of Reading), author of The First Darwinian Left (2003) and an essay on Wallace and land nationalisation in Natural selection and beyond: the intellectual legacy of Alfred Russel Wallace (2008). Radical History Network and South Croydon Community Association

 Saturday June 28. 2pm to 5pm 
Harlow Hall, Oakhill.Stamford Rds, SW16 5RG 
The Norbury History Weekend 
 A Norbury History talk & slide show by David Clark 
 A History talk & slide show on lower Streatham by John W.Brown 
 A History talk on Samuel Coleridge-Taylor by Sean Creighton 
 Supported with a table by the 4 Norbury Residents Associations 
 A table of local publications by the Streatham Society
Bookstall by Sean Creighton

Monday 30 June. 7pm
Fairfield Halls, Park Lane
200 years a slave: Croydon’s links with slave
ownership in the West Indies up to 1838
Talk by Nick Draper of Legacies of British Slave-ownership Project
Croydon Radical History Network
There will also be a display throughout the Festival at Fairfield Halls.

 Wednesday 2 July. 7pm
                                    Matthew's Yard, Off Surrey Street, CR0 1FF           
Look How Far We've Come:
Commentaries On British Society and Racism
Documentary film presentationfollowed by discussion
Croydon Radical History Network with Kwaku, 
history consultant and Look How Far We’ve Come project director
The book accompanying the film will be on sale

 Thursday 3 July. 7pm
Matthew's Yard, Off Surrey Street, CR0 1FF
Freedom Riders Film - about American Civil Rights Protest
Croydon Radical History Network with Nu-Urban Image International Pictures
You need to book for this one as there is a charge to cover costs.

For a discussion on the link 
between some of these events see my piece at


I will be running a bookstall at the Failed Experiment and Croydon Radical History and Edwardian Roller Skating talks. These will be my publishing imprint titles inc. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor by Jeffrey Green and my new pamphlet on John Archer, Black Mayor of Battersea 1913-14, and second hand books - history and political and social affairs. 

Further information from Sean Creighton: 020 8674 4301;

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