Archive for July, 2012

Apathy in Addiscombe has had its day. Last Saturday, despite miserable wet weather, spirits were high as local residents and businesses seized the chance to make a change, uniting together, eager to promote our area. Cherries Cafe seemed to be serving a double dose of enthusiasm in their excellent coffee, firing our energy for the long day that lay ahead.

The day started with new connections, drawing people from the various parts of Addiscombe together, some of whom had only ever met before through the various hard-working residents associations, but the day was all about working together for Addiscombe.

Combining the practical with the pleasurable, we set off on a five-mile route, not only picking litter but also discovering the hidden gems of Addiscombe. Anne Bridge of Canning & Clyde Road Residents Association imparted nuggets of historical and local interest: the flat where Croydon’s first Olympic medallist, Paul Nihill, lived; the sites of the East India Company’s professors’ cottages, gymnasium and military parade ground; the masonic almshouses of Davidson Road and Clyde Hall, home to Surrey Opera.

The Sir Philip Game Centre, tucked a little out of sight in Morland Avenue, had open doors, filled with children and judo enthusiasts celebrating the annual Croydon Judo Club awards. The SPG Centre is the residence of the Croydon Judo Club and also provides a weekly Friday night youth club, as well as Sunday night Aikido and other activities throughout the week.

Addiscombe In Action were pleased to be joined by our local Croydon Central Member of Parliament, Gavin Barwell,  who saw for himself the excellent work the Centre provides and said of the day’s events:

I had a great time at the Addiscombe In Action day on Saturday. It’s clear that a lot of work went into showcasing some great projects going on in that part of our town and the organisers should be commended. Local people working together for the benefit of their community should always be encouraged and I’ll be doing everything I can to support their fantastic work in the future.

The sun broke through on arrival at The Addiscombe Railway Park, where more residents were waiting, keen to take part in the day. Richard Ogden briefly outlined the history of the newly formed railway park and spoke of the work undertaken by volunteers, emphasising the need for further assistance. Jonathan Moore revealed his own hidden guerilla garden, where he grows lavender in redundant railway crucibles, among vegetables and, on the day, a multitude of lively snails. The walkabout followed the Railway Park route to its end and onto The CHASE Residents Association Summer Fayre, where we were once again joined by Gavin Barwell, MP.

The Addiscombe In Action Walkabout is the start of things to come for Addiscombe, having all agreed that we love where we live and we all share the same desire to improve where we live. Our next venture is the Cherry Orchard Arts Fest,  scheduled for late October 2012. We are seeking local artists, musicians, performers and poets to bring their creativity to the streets of Addiscombe, to enliven Cherry Orchard Road and our community. For further details contact Susan Oliver at cherryorchardarts@yahoo.co.uk or call 07951 366 143.


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On Saturday 21st April this year, residents, businesses, and residents associations all met together and shared their aspirations and experiences of living in Addiscombe & East Croydon.


 As a result, we identified a desire to:

  • Meet more of the residents and local businesses of Addiscombe & East Croydon
  • Take action on local issues where there may be a perception of a problem (graffiti/litter)
  • Promote community and arts events in Addiscombe & East Croydon
  • Encourage community groups to work together
  • Establish community cohesion
  • Embrace the regeneration of East Croydon

A walkabout of the ward was organised for Saturday 14th July as a next step to unite local groups under the banner of Addiscombe in Action.

Cherries Cafe 129 Cherry Orchard Road

Cherries Cafe 129 Cherry Orchard Road

The day will start at 9 am with breakfast at Cherries Café, Cherry Orchard Road, where neighbours can meet and share their thoughts about what matters most in Addiscombe.  We will then walk through part of the ward, identifying possible problems where direct action can be taken.

The Sir Philip Game Centre

The Sir Philip Game Centre

We will then proceed to a picnic lunch from 1.30 pm at   The Sir Philip Game Centre, to join their annual fun day and barbecue, in order to see some of the excellent work that the centre does with young people in our local area.

The Sir Philip Game Centre will have demonstrations of aikido and it will be a good opportunity to see the superb facilities of  Croydon Judo Club.

The afternoon’s events will centre on the Addiscombe Railway Park at 3 pm, where Friends of the park will be delivering a short talk about their work and aims in this often overlooked green space.  

After, we will join our friends at the CHASE Residents Association Summer Fayre at 4.30 pm at Beverley Hall, Grant Road.

The aim of the day is to get locals working and talking together in our community. It is open to all ages, families, businesses and residents alike. Please join us for the whole day, or opt to drop in at any point to any of the sessions.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us on 07749246146 throughout the day and follow us on Twitter @Addiscombevoice

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