75th Anniversary of VE Day

Seventy-five years ago on 8th May 1945 the country joyously came together and celebrated, long into the night, the end of WW2 in Europe, VE Day. In the days that followed, Union Jacks were hung from windows and street parties abounded. The Union Jack, pictured above, is a survival from that time being the very one which hung from our window on that momentous occasion, joining all the others in Barmouth Road.

No longer was life to be lived between air-raids, governed by listening for the warning siren when you made for the nearest air-raid shelter desperately hoping that you and yours would be safe and that your home would escape any falling bombs and then breathing a sigh of relief at hearing the siren heralding the ‘All Clear’.

This photograph of one such celebration featured in our Autumn magazine 2018, a fancy dress party and competition at Monks Orchard Primary School, where the children proudly showed off their costumes made with whatever their mothers had managed to find and put together in that time of ‘make do and mend’.



Covid-19 Testing in Croydon

A Government mobile testing unit will be stationed in Croydon town centre for the next three days, giving key workers, members of their families and over-65s the opportunity to be tested for Covid-19.

The tests will be carried out by appointment and are only available to those in the above three categories and who have symptoms of coronavirus (fever, continuous cough).

The unit will not provide a walk-in service to the general public.

It will be staffed by members of the Army and located in the car park behind Fairfield Halls, on Barclay Road.

It will be open on Thursday (April 30), Friday (May 1) and Saturday (May 2) between 10.30am and 3.30pm.

To book an appointment click here.


DEMOC Campaign Latest Update

We hope you are all making the best you can of the Easter break at this difficult time.

A big thank-you to everyone who helped us deliver letters in Shirley. We completed about half and once safe to do so again we hope to get the rest out. We have many signatures in and are processing them, and will give you an update as soon as possible.

In the meantime we have an update from DEMOC Chair Gerald Meredith-Smith for you to listen to:


From: The Campaign for a Democratically Elected Mayor of Croydon


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