Broad Green e-newsletter 26th July 2017

Dear Broad Green Residents Association Members and Friends

Hope everyone is well.

 

  1. West Croydon Energy Garden

If you have been through West Croydon station in the last week, you have hopefully noticed the new planters at the sunny end of the platforms.  If not below is a link to some photos:

https://twitter.com/MalcolmBellBG/status/881232620784406528

The planters are part of the West Croydon Energy Garden project, which is being led by Croydon Transition Town with BGRA members also involved.  We have now confirmed gardening sessions for the West Croydon Energy Garden run a professional gardener.  The sessions are booked for 2.00pm – 3.00pm on Sundays 6th August, 20th August and 3rd September.  If you are interested in getting involved in the project please come along to one of the sessions at the station.

 

  1. Parade of Nations – Saturday 29th July

This year’s PARADE OF NATIONS takes place at Trumble Gardens, Brigstock Road from 10-4 on SATURDAY 29TH JULY.  This is a FREE Community Event to celebrate diversity and promote Community Cohesion in Croydon through music, dance and food.

https://twitter.com/JamieAudsley/status/889104918056927232

 

  1. Thornton Heath Bus Station Garden Makeover – Sunday 30th July

Thornton Heath Community Action Team (THCAT) are working with the staff and management to create a beautiful garden in front of Thornton Heath Bus Garage at Thornton Heath Ponds.

The next makeover session will take place on SUNDAY 30TH JULY FROM 9.30-12.30 followed by a BBQ put on by the management for staff and THCAT members who have taken part.  Nick, the manager will be in charge.

Events will be:
1. – rotavate lawn and wild flower area.
2. – prepare and Paint railings

You can join in for all or part of the morning and enjoy something to eat and drink afterwards, so why not invite family and friends to come and work with you, then join in the socialising afterwards.

  1. Big Local Broad Green event – Saturday 29th July

There is a Big Local event in Handcroft Road estate on Saturday 29th July between 1 and 4pm.

https://twitter.com/BLBroadGreen/status/885011093927723009

 

  1. Broad Green Community Litter Pick

Following the success of our May Broad Green Community Spring Clean, we are hoping to do another litter pick in the Broad Green area, linking in again with the Don’t Mess with Croydon Take Pride campaign.

Rather than focus on the London Road again, we are looking at other areas of Broad Green to tackle.  If you would like us to clear your road, or an area near you, and are happy to help with running the event, please let me know.  Don’t worry we will sort out all the equipment and publicise the event, but we do need people living in the area to help us with a base for the day.  We haven’t decided on a date, but it could be in a Saturday in August or possibly September.

Please email me:  BGRAchar@gmail.com

 

  1. The Past and Present of Croydon’s London Road Project

One of our members, Kake is carrying out a project to investigate and document the history of the London Road, looking at building past and present.  A real labour of love.

 

https://twitter.com/BroadGreenRA/status/879019073467764737

 

 

If you have lived in the area for a while and have information and memories please do get in touch with her.  Kake@earth.li

Please pass this information on to your neighbours and any family or friends who used to live in the area, please do pass this information on to them.

A link to her website:    http://london-road-croydon.org/history/

 

 

Please send me any information for the next email which I hope to send out in 3-4 weeks:   BGRAchar@gmail.com

 

Please also send us information through Twitter: @BroadGreenRA

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Broad Green e-newsletter 6th July 2017

Dear Broad Green Residents Association Members and Friends

I hope you are all well and enjoying the summer, and have managed to get out and enjoy the sunshine.

 

  1. West Croydon Energy Garden

If you have been through West Croydon station in the last week, you have hopefully noticed the new planters at the sunny end of the platforms.  If not below is a link to some photos:

https://twitter.com/MalcolmBellBG/status/881232620784406528

The planters are part of the West Croydon Energy Garden project, which is being led by Croydon Transition Town with BGRA members also involved.  We are hoping to get even more “greenery” into the station.  Many of us are really keen on a “Green Wall”, similar to that at Penge West station.  If you haven’t seen it, it is well worth getting off the train next time you pass through Penge West on the Overground to have a look. It is on the northbound platform just north of the station buildings.

If you would like to get involved in the West Croydon Energy Garden project group, please send me an email, and I will pass them on to Vanessa who leads the group.   BGRAchair@gmail.com

 

  1. Croydon Air Quality Strategy Consultation

Croydon Council has recently started a public consultation on its proposed draft Air Quality Action Plan.  Please see the link below for more information.  There is an online survey which is open until 21st August.  Please try and find the time to give the Council your feedback.

https://www.croydon.gov.uk/environment/pollution/air-pollution/consultation-draft-air-quality-action-plan-2017

One of the themes of the proposed strategy is Localised Solutions to improve air quality.  I would like to see the BGRA get involved with solutions for our area, especially as the London Road is one of the “target” areas for the Council to improve the air quality.   If you think this is a good idea, please do mention this when you complete the survey.  Please also let me know if you are interested in getting actively involved, and if there is enough interest I will try and get things moving.

 

  1. New Ward Boundaries

Earlier this week, the Local Government Boundary Commission announced its “Final Recommendations” for the new ward boundaries.  Assuming they are voted through parliament, they will be in force for the Local elections in May 2018.

There are major area changes for all wards in the borough, and the proposals is for there to be 28 wards in Croydon (there are currently 24).  There are significant changes for the centre of Broad Green, with the roads east of London Road between St James’s Road and Campbell Road moving from Selhurst Ward to the new Broad Green Ward.

Please see the link below for more information

http://www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/greater-london/croydon

Below is a useful map where you can zoom in and see the detail:

https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/8775

I think this is worth stressing that the changes should have no major impact on the Broad Green Residents Association, as we welcome anyone who associates with the Broad Green area (whichever ward they live in).  We will still have members across a number of wards and the committee will try and build good relationships with all the Councillors who represent the new wards.

 

  1. Broad Green Community Litter Pick

Following the success of our May Broad Green Community Spring Clean, we are hoping to do another litter pick in the Broad Green area, linking in again with the Don’t Mess with Croydon Take Pride campaign.

Rather than focus on the London Road again, we are looking at other areas of Broad Green to tackle.  If you would like us to clear your road, or an area near you, and are happy to help with running the event, please let me know.  Don’t worry we will sort out all the equipment and publicise the event, but we do need people living in the area to help us with a base for the day.  We haven’t decided on a date, but it could be in a Saturday in August or possibly September.

Please email me BGRAchair@gmail.com

 

  1. The Past and Present of Croydon’s London Road Project

One of our members, Kake is carrying out a project to investigate and document the history of the London Road, looking at building past and present.  A real labour of love.

https://twitter.com/BroadGreenRA/status/879019073467764737

If you have lived in the area for a while and have information and memories please do get in touch with her.  Kake@earth.li

Please pass this information on to your neighbours and any family or friends who used to live in the area, please do pass this information on to them.

A link to her website:   http://london-road-croydon.org/history/

 

  1. Football Competition and Family Fun Day – Saturday 8th July

If you are feeling active this weekend there is a Football Competition and Family Fun Day this Saturday 8th July in Wilford Road recreation ground (off Windmill Road).  It is being organised by the North Croydon Community Group, which has recently been set up in Selhurst ward.  Please see the link for more information, and hopefully see you there.

https://twitter.com/SparkleBulku/status/879267191757172736

 

  1. Interfaith Bike Ride and Picnic – Sunday 9th July

On Sunday 9th July there is the annual Interfaith Bike Ride and picnic

https://twitter.com/BroadGreenRA/status/882954266792652800

You may join the bike ride starting at either Croydon Arena at 10am or Boxpark at 10.30. The ride will stop at faith centres along the way for brief tours, before arriving at Park Hill Recreation ground for a Big Get Together picnic. Please register in advance through Eventbrite: http://owl.li/R98230cbmqb

If you don’t fancy the bike ride you can still join the picnic from 2-5pm at Park Hill Recreation Ground.

 

  1. Other local events

Elmwood Junior School Summer Fete:  Saturday 8th July

http://www.elmwood-jun.croydon.sch.uk/

Grangewood Park (Thornton Heath): Picnic in the Park: Sunday 9th July

https://twitter.com/GrangewoodPark/status/879050414687211521

Croydon Pride Fest – Saturday 15th July

https://twitter.com/yourcroydon/status/882544211157024768

 

There is not space in here to include all the summer events in this email, so please do follow us on Twitter and we tweet information about events which we think may be of interest to you: @BroadGreenRA

 

 

Please send me any information for the next email which I hope to send out in 3-4 weeks:   BGRAchair@gmail.com

Please also send us information through Twitter: @BroadGreenRA

 

 

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Broad Green e-newsletter 29th May 2017

Dear Broad Green Residents Association Members and Friends

I hope everyone is well and enjoyed the Bank Holiday weekend.

  1. BGRA aims

Thanks to those of you who attended our AGM on 5th May. We voted in our new constitution which includes our 4 keys aims and objectives

To support and empower local people and to support local projects and initiatives aimed at improving the Broad Green area and the lives of its residents

To provide up to date local information through our website, emails, newsletters and events

To encourage local participation in consultations which affect the Broad Green area.

To work with other local residents groups and organisations which have similar aims

 

  1. Croydon North Election Hustings

 

 

There will be hustings for the candidates for the general election on Wednesday 31st May 2017 at St John’s Church Auckland Road / Sylvan Road, SE19 2RX. 7:30pm – 9pm(doors open at 7.10pm)

 The best way to get to St John’s Church by public transport is a 410 bus from Croydon Town Centre.  Unfortunately there do not seem to be any hustings closer to Broad Green.

You can submit questions in advance.  Please see the link below.

http://www.cpneighbours.org/debate/7

 

  1. Croydon Environmental Fair

The annual Croydon Environmental Fair takes place on Saturday 10th June in Wandle Park, close to the bandstand.  There will be music in the bandstand, food, and activities for children.  The event starts at 11.00am

I will be at the event on the Broad Green Big Local stand.  Please come and have a chat about your ideas how to improve Broad Green.

  1. Wilford Road Recreation Ground Football Competition

There will be a children’s football competition/fun day at Wilford Road Recreation Ground on Saturday 24th June, and everyone is welcome.  Please see the link below for more information

https://twitter.com/SparkleBulku/status/863494030725918722

There will also be a litter pick at Wilford Road Recreation Ground from 12.00pm on Saturday 3rd June

 

I hope to send out a further email with more summer activities early next month, so please contact me if you have anything to include   BGRAchair@gmail.com

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Broad Green e-newsletter 2nd May 2017

Dear Broad Green Residents Association Members and Friends

I hope everyone is well and enjoyed the bank holiday weekend.

Thanks to all of you who took supported the Broad Green Community Spring Clean on Easter Monday.  Over 30 people took part, and we cleared about 100 bags of litter from the streets of Broad Green. Volunteers from across Croydon joined Broad Green residents, and three local Councillors; Stuart Collins, Stuart King, and Callton Young joined us.  A large number of volunteers came from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, and they kindly provided us lunch afterwards at their mosque in St James’s Road.

There were a lot of positive comments on social media after the event, and we have created a collage of tweets which is now on our website:

www.broadgreenresidentsassociation.org.uk/gallery/

 

  1. BGRA Annual General Meeting Friday 5th May

Our 2017 AGM is fast approaching, and takes place this Friday.

It will take place in Federation Hall, which is behind 17 Elmwood Road, CR0 2SN.  In case you have not been there before, below is a photo of the house at 17 Elmwood Road.  Please go through the gate, and a second gate to the left of the house. Federation Hall is at the back.  Unfortunately there is no permanent signage at the front of the house to reassure you that you have come to the right address.

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BGRA members should have received a notification of the AGM through the letterbox, which contains a proposed new constitution.  Please try and find the time to have a look at it in advance of the meeting.

We are excited to announce we will have some Guest Speakers at the event to talk about activities and initiatives in Broad Green and surrounding areas you may wish to get involved with. These include:

  1. Janet Clarke from the Big Local Broad Green
  2. Lorraine Podiephatshwa & Jenny Jones – ABCD Community Builders
  3. Catherine Graham – Friends of Wandle Park
  4. Councillor Stuart Collins
  5. Local Residents Sparkle Bulku and Helen Buckland who are both very active in the area.

Please be aware that on a flyer we stated that Councillor Stuart King would be addressing the meeting about the Croydon Air Quality Consultation.  Unfortunately due to election purdah rules the Consultation will now not take place until after the General Election, and he will therefore no longer be addressing the AGM.

After the speakers there will be a chance to meet the speakers over cheese and wine.

We are always keen for new people to join the committee, so please consider if you would like to get more involved.  Please contact us BGRAchair@gmail.com if you would like more information about the committee.

We have a lot to cover at the AGM, so please try and arrive a little before 8.00pm so we can start on time.  We look forward to seeing you on Friday.

 

  1. Broad Green Police Ward Panel Meeting

If you live in Broad Green ward, you may wish to attend the Broad Green Neighbourhood Policing Team’s public meeting on Thursday 4th May. This meeting is your chance to discuss local community concerns and crime related issues

It will take place at Croydon and District Masonic Hall, 73 Oakfield Road, Croydon, CR0 2UX, and start at 7.00pm.  Please see the link below for more information

www.twitter.com/BroadGreenRA/status/859195979714748416

 

  1. Ward Boundary Changes – consultation ends Monday 8th May

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across Croydon to comment on its draft proposals for new council ward boundaries.

An eight-week public consultation on the recommendations began on 14th March and will end on 8th May 2017. The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new council wards, ward boundaries and ward names across Croydon.

There are proposed boundary changes for all the local wards, so it is important for everyone to have a look at the proposals and respond with their comments.

Please see the link below for more information, and a link to the site where you can submit your comments.

http://news.croydon.gov.uk/croydon-residents-have-your-say-on-new-ward-boundaries/

 

  1. Big Lunch 17th and 18th June

The Big Lunch is the UK’s largest annual get together for neighbours.  In 2016, 7.3 million people took to their streets, gardens and neighbourhoods to join in for a few hours of community, friendship and fun at over 90,000 events. The Big Lunch connects people and encourages friendlier, safer neighbourhoods where people start to share more — from conversations and ideas, to skills and resources.

This year’s Big Lunch will take place over the weekend of 17th and 18th June and will coincide with the anniversary of the tragic death of MP Jo Cox and also Father’s Day.

We would love to see a few events in the Broad Green area.  Please let us know if you are arranging a Big Lunch event this year, and if you would like the BGRA to help you promote it.

Please see below a link to the Council website with information and advice on arranging a Big Lunch in Croydon.

www.croydon.gov.uk/community/equality/blunch/big-lunch

Further information on the Big Lunch can be found on the Eden Projects website

www.edenprojectcommunities.com/

 

We aim to send out an email about once a month, so please let us know if you would like us to include any information about any of your projects and events in future emails.  We can also publicise your events on Twitter:  @BroadGreenRA

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM on Friday

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Broad Green e-newsletter – March 2017

Dear Broad Green Residents Association Members and Friends

I hope everyone is well and enjoying the first few weeks of spring.

Since sending out our last e-newsletter I have attended a few community events in the area, including the Croydon North Streets Summit and the Big Local Broad Green launch and met some really great people over the last month. More and more people want to get involved in local projects which will help us make Broad Green and the surrounding areas a better place to live.  This is really good to see.

I hope to send out an email about once a month, so please email me if you have any news, forthcoming events or interesting stories you would like me to include in future emails:   BGRAchair@gmail.com

This email is also being sent to other people who live and work in the area, our “friends” who include our MP, local Councillors, local Community Police Officers and other community groups.

Please email me with details of anyone else who would like to receive future BGRA emails.  Please include their name, address/organisation and email address.

 

  1. BGRA update – aims, website, newsletter

The BGRA working group set up after our last AGM came up with 4 keys aims and objectives for the association moving forward:

  1. To support and empower local people and to support local projects and initiatives aimed at improving the Broad Green area and the lives of its residents
  2. To provide up to date local information through our website, emails, newsletters and events
  3. To encourage local participation in consultations which affect the Broad Green area.
  4. To work with other local residents groups and organisations which have similar aims

We will be asking members to agree our aims and objectives at our next AGM in May, so please let me, or another working group member, know if you have any comments or suggestions about them.

Since our last email I have made a few changes to the information on our website and am hoping to find the time to keep it updated more regularly.  So please take a look once in a while:  www.broadgreenresidentsassociation.org.uk.

A lot of our members are not online, so we would like to still produce the occasional paper newsletter, but if they are going to be regular we need members to assist us write and distribute them, so please contact me if you would like to get involved.

  1. Broad Green Big Local

 As you may know, Broad Green is one of 150 Big Local areas in the country to be awarded one million pounds of National Lottery money for the community to use to make a lasting positive difference to the area.  A local Partnership has been set up which has employed some workers to assist the community spend the money.

There is was a launch event on Saturday 25th February at the West Croydon Methodist Church which was well attended.  The Big Local is now setting up theme groups to discuss different types of community project which could be funded through the scheme.  It is important for as many local people to get involved to bring forward project ideas and decide how the money will be spent.

Please see below a link to an article about the Big Local written for the Croydon Citizen newspaper:

https://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/founded-big-local-broad-green/?utm_content=buffer9197c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Please be aware that although the project was initially just for people in Broad Green ward, I led a consultation to discuss extending the area, and we agreed to extend it to cover a few streets in Selhurst and West Thornton Wards.  The new streets include Elmwood Road, Wellington Road, Broad Green Avenue, Campbell Road, Bensham Lane, Mayday Road, and Lodge Road.  Even if you live outside the official Big Local Boundary area you can still get involved.  Please use the contact details at the end of the article.

  1. Broad Green and Selhurst Ward ABCD projects events coming up

 Both Broad Green and Selhurst Wards have dedicated Community Builder workers developing Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) projects in the wards. They support residents with children from 0-5 years to set up community projects

The Community Builders for both wards are running ideas fairs for you to find out more about their schemes.  At both events there will be lots of parent-led activities & workshops for both adults & children.

The Broad Green event is from 1.00pm and 4.00pm on Saturday 18th March at the Canterbury Road Community Centre

The Selhurst event is from 1.30pm and 4.30pm on Saturday 25th March at the Selhurst Community Centre at 23 Dagnall Park, Selhurst.

  1. Ward Boundary Changes – consultation

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across Croydon to comment on its draft proposals for new council ward boundaries.

An eight-week public consultation on the recommendations began on 14th March and will end on 8th May 2017. The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new council wards, ward boundaries and ward names across Croydon.

There are proposed boundary changes for all the local wards, so it is important for everyone to have a look at the proposals and respond with their comments.

Please see the link below for more information, and a link to the site where you can submit your comments.

http://news.croydon.gov.uk/croydon-residents-have-your-say-on-new-ward-boundaries/

  1. Tree Planting

Last month the Council announced it has funding to replace 150 trees in the borough, focusing especially in the north of the borough.  If there are any empty tree pits near where you live, please contact the Council to see if the trees can be replaced.  Please see the link below for more information.

http://news.croydon.gov.uk/new-year-new-tree-planting-croydons-streets/?utm_source=Croydon+Council+email+list&utm_campaign=c8f8f6f3f1-Your-Croydon-weekly-2016-09-02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_410664ee3d-c8f8f6f3f1-194989665

  1. Community Litter Pick – Spring 2017

Last August the Broad Green Residents Association ran a Community Litter Pick along the London Road.  We are hoping to organise another one for April.  I will send you further details once we have agreed the date and time.

  1. Broad Green Residents Association AGM – 5th May

We have set Friday 5th May as the date for our AGM.  It will take place at 8.00pm in Federation Hall, behind 17 Elmwood Road, CR0 2SN.   Please keep the date free and come along and support us.  I will send out more details nearer the time.

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