Housebuilding company Brick by Brick shortlisted in five awards

The housebuilding company set up by the council, Brick By Brick, has been shortlisted in five separate categories at the Inside Housing Development Awards.

Celebrating the very best residential development across the UK from the past year, the awards showcase projects in 13 different categories. Brick by Brick has been announced as finalists in the following categories: Best Affordable Housing Development, Best Regeneration Project (London), Best Development Team, Best Architectural Design and Best Shared Ownership Development. The winners will be revealed on Thursday 23 November.


DJs Tim Westwood and Abrantee to play at Boxpark Croydon this weekend in Capital XTRA event

The legendary DJ Tim Westwood will be performing at Boxpark Croydon this weekend.

The Capital XTRA Brunch ‘N’ Beats event will seeCapital XTRA DJs Westwood, Manny Norte, Abrantee, Yinka, and Ras Kwame play hip-hop, grime and R&B tracks at Boxpark on Saturday (August 12) between midday and 11pm. The DJs will take to the decks while music lovers enjoy a variety of food from the 35 food and drink traders located at Boxpark, including The Breakfast Club, MEATliquor, and Thai Express UK. There will also be a host of glitter make-up stations, braid bars and GIF photo booths to capture all of the fun.


Did Banksy secretly create this stunning mural of Princess Diana which has appeared in Croydon?

A stunning new “Banksy-esque” mural of Princess Diana has been painted on a hoarding in Croydon town centre.

The artwork has sprung up on a black hoarding on the former pumping station in Exchange Square, near Matthews Yard. The mural shows a white drawing of Princess Diana, who died two decades ago in Paris in 1997, on a black hoarding on the pumping station. Another similar mural, portraying a stylised cartoon face, appears to be painted on another hoarding on the door of the building.


Wesley Baker brings music and street art together

One Croydonian has high hopes for the borough’s future.

The founder of CDN, Wesley Baker, is a photographer and event organiser based in Croydon. Wesley is one of many community members actively working on the downtown area’s regeneration and specifically the street art movement. After leaving Coventry University, Wes returned to Croydon and began immersing himself in the tech and art communities. He was frustrated with people’s misconceptions about Croydon and aimed to create a better image through branding.


New award for Croydon’s adult learning service

Croydon’s adult learning and training service (CALAT), has received formal accreditation for the quality of information, advice, and careers guidance it provides to its learners.

The ‘Matrix Standard’ seal of approval is a government requirement for services supported by the Skills Funding Agency. It ensures all students and learners can benefit from quality-assured levels of support in understanding all of the options open to them. The independent assessor was very impressed, particularly noting how much the service delivered for learners and praising the passionate and committed staff who work together as a strong team.


Public invited to New Addington leisure centre information event

Residents in New Addington and Fieldway are invited to a special event to hear how their comments have helped shape council plans for the new £25 million leisure and community centre.

Changes have been made to the proposals for the multi-million pound facility to incorporate the public’s feedback on the initial plans, and the council is holding an information evening on Monday 14 August, where the public will be able to find out more about them. The event will take place at New Addington Community Centre between 4.30pm and 7.30pm, and visitors will be able to view the revised proposals, ask questions and make comments, as well as giving formal written feedback.


Sunday market set to return to Surrey Street

Surrey Street’s popular Sunday market is returning next month and new traders are invited to apply for pitches.

Similarly to last year, the Sunday market will run 10.30am to 5pm every week and to avoid competition with the regular market, its offerings will differ to those available Monday to Saturday. Instead, the Sunday market will focus on street food, homemade and artisan products such as breads and cakes, vintage goods and arts and crafts. Pitches cost £15 and are inclusive of mains electricity supply and waste collection.


Warhol originals to be displayed in Croydon as part of tribute month

Original artwork by Andy Warhol is to be displayed at the award-winning RISEgallery this September as part of Warhol Croydon, a month-long celebration of the world-renowned artist’s life.

Through a selection of artwork dating from the 1950s up to the 1980s, visitors will get a unique insight into the life and times of probably the most recognisable and iconic figure in the pop art visual art movement. The ground-breaking exhibition will be complemented by giant homages to Warhol created by a dozen leading contemporary artists, including Ron English, Dan Cimmermann and Dotmaster. These will be displayed at prominent locations throughout the town and lit up at night. The exhibition is just part of a programme of free events being delivered by RISEgallery with support from the Croydon Business Improvement District (BID) and Croydon Council.


The giant flapjacks and porridge with a twist being served at a new vendor in Boxpark

Porridge doesn’t have to be boring and the newest vendor at Boxpark is livening up the breakfast staple as well as serving monster sized flapjacks.

Oatopia, which is opening in the food and drink mall by East Croydon station on Monday (August 7), specialises in making porridge and flapjacks made from oats with all kinds of flavours and toppings. Based in at unit 71, next door to Knot, Oatopia will also be serving up bagels and coffee for a complete breakfast or meal anytime of the day.