Exhibition – Croydon from the palette of Evacustes Phipson

1st Aug – 29th Sep 2023 – Clocktower Atrium

Croydon Natural History & Scientific Society in conjunction with Museum of Croydon presents an exhibition of pictures of the works of the artist Evacustes Phipson who made watercolour sketches of buildings in Croydon from 1893 to c.1928.

Phipson’s paintings are of importance for showing buildings early in the twentieth century when Croydon was undergoing considerable change. Due to his particular interest in ancient architecture many show buildings not captured in surviving photographs of the period, and while many have been lost some remain, often hidden in our townscape.

Evacustes Phipson was an unusual character and his life story is as interesting as his paintings. As far as is known, the Croydon collection of the works of this almost unknown, itinerant artist is among the largest, if not the biggest in the world.

If you are interested in seeing the area in and around Croydon as it used to be, then a visit to the exhibition of paintings by Edward Arthur Evacustes Phipson is a must and recommended by one of our Committee!

This free exhibition will be on show in Croydon Clocktower during August and September 2023.

A talk on Phipson and his paintings will be given and we plan to give guided tours of the exhibition as well and are looking to provide short, walking tours of Croydon town centre showing the locations of some of the paintings in the historic centre of Croydon.


Saturday 26 August – 2.30 pm
Croydon Central Library. Level 1, Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street, Croydon CR9 1ET

Walks and Talks

Saturday 19 August – 2.30pm
Meeting point: top of the Clocktower steps (Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street, Croydon CR9 1ET) This walk may divide at Cranmer Road with those interested venturing up Hill Terrace (formerly Dark Hill) and along Duppas Hill Terrace rejoining the track of those who walk along Old Town at Pump Pail via Duppas Hill Lane and returning to Katharine Street via High Street and Park Lane.

Find out more at the CultureCroydon website.

XBY Concert Band – “An Evening with XBY”

XBY has recently represented the UK in the World Championships in Holland as well as performing local concerts.This is a charity concert so we really want to encourage and spread the word to encourage a large audience!!

We are performing a concert on April 1st at St Mildred’s Church at 7:30pm.

We are playing a selection of music from shows, films and musicals spanning over several decades and I believe that most of these will be familiar to the audience such as Phantom of the Opera and Shrek.

We are also playing a few larger works from our competition repertoire that will showcase what Concert Bands can do. This includes “Music of the Spheres”  by Philip Sparke and East Coast Pictures by Nigel Hess.

Tickets are available by emailing infocroydonwelsh@gmail.com or on the door if necessary but please can you let us know by reserving seats.

For more information, click here.

Cake & Plant Sale – Saturday 25 February

On Saturday 25 February, West Wickham Rotary will be on Rotary Corner, West Wickham High Street (opposite Barclays Bank) from 10.00am – 1.00pm  selling cakes and plants to raise funds for the terrible disaster in Turkey and Syria.

We have recently despatched a Shelter Box to Turkey which is a sturdy green box packed with the necessary items, e.g. tents as temporary shelter or shelter kits to allow people to build or rebuild durable shelters, mosquito nets, water filters, water carriers, solar lights, cooking sets, blankets and mats and whatever else is needed. This Shelter Box costs £600 and we are trying to raise more funds to be able to send another one to Turkey / Syria.

If you can spare a little time on Saturday to visit us, we would be very happy to see you.

The Big Lunch Coronation Street Party

The Big Lunch was a very simple idea started in 2009 by the Eden Project.

The aim is to get as many people across the UK to have lunch with their neighbours, in a simple act of community, friendship and fun, once a year.

We want to support local communities to ensure that everybody enjoys celebrating the King’s Coronation by throwing a street or park event on the Coronation weekend from Saturday 6 May to Monday 8 May 2023. To aid this, Croydon Council has for these special occasions, committed to covering the cost of the Traffic Management Orders required for road closures.

For further information, read the guidance on organising a street party

If you’re planning to close your road or hold an event in one of the borough’s parks or open spaces for the Big Lunch, there is certain information that we require.

Your completed application form must be submitted by Friday 7 April 2023.

We recommend submitting your application at least one month before the deadline.

The weekend will be running over the 3 day period, however you can only select one day to host a big lunch event.

To apply to hold a street party or an event for the Coronation, click here.

For more information on the Big Lunch Project, click here.