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Croydon College plans secondary free school

Croydon College plans secondary free school

Croydon College has submitted plans for a secondary ‘free’ school. Plans for the New Croydon Academy have just been sent to the Department of Education for approval. The NCA, as a free school, would be state funded, but independent of the local authority. It would also provide 180 new places…

Haenow progresses to next X Factor live show

Haenow progresses to next X Factor live show

Croydon van driver, Ben Haenow, has continued smoothly on his X Factor journey with a rendition of Bridge Over Troubled Water. After performing the classic by Simon and Garfunkel, the 29-year-old was the second singer announced to be going on to the next live show, together with 13 more acts.…

NHS workers strike for a one per cent pay rise for all staff

NHS workers strike for a one per cent pay rise for all staff

Lewisham NHS workers took part in a four-hour nationwide strike today in an attempt to secure a 1% pay rise for all NHS staff. The strike, which was expected to affect NHS services across England and parts of Northern Ireland, had an impressive turnout in the Lewisham borough as ambulance…

Wandle Park shortlisted for “exceptional design” award

Wandle Park shortlisted for “exceptional design” award

One of Croydon’s most remarkable parks has been shortlisted for an award that recognizes exceptional landscape design and architecture. Wandle Park is running for this year’s Landscape Institute Award in the category  for large-scale public development. The Landscape Institute is the Royal Chartered institute for landscape architects. They work to…

Activists rally in Westminster in Europe wide protest against treaty to sell off our public sector

Activists rally in Westminster in Europe wide protest against treaty to sell off our public sector

Local activists will be joining a rally at Westminster on Saturday as part of a Europe wide protest against a treaty that would effectively open up publicly owned institutions to take-over by American private sector giants. The TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and investment partnership) is a new trade deal between the…

London Childcare Report indicates that places are insufficient across all East London Line boroughs

London Childcare Report indicates that places are insufficient across all East London Line boroughs

East London Line boroughs have insufficient childcare for young children and struggling parents according to the Family and Childcare Trust. In the London Childcare report 2014 released by the Trust, statistics point out that the problem is particularly acute in Hackney, where the borough has insufficient childcare in 7 out…

‘So U think I’m CraZy’ at Maudsley Hospital

‘So U think I’m CraZy’ at Maudsley Hospital

A new play by a Croydon woman about the challenges of treating mental health patients is to be performed at the Maudsley Hospital tonight Written and directed by Ekanem Hines, a mother of four and a mental health carer, ‘So U think I’m CraZy’ is described as ‘a powerful therapeutic…

Last minute appeal saves Stop the Incinerator campaign

Last minute appeal saves Stop the Incinerator campaign

Local campaign “Stop the Incinerator” has succeeded in raising sufficient funds to challenge Sutton council in a judicial review thanks to a last minute appeal. The campaigners needed to raise at least £5000 in less than two days to cover the mounting legal costs of the hearing at the Royal…

Haenow continues on his X Factor journey

Haenow continues on his X Factor journey

Ben Haenow has made it through to the X Factor’s live shows after being one of the only acts to impress judge Simon Cowell at the Judges’ Houses on Saturday. The 29-year-old van driver persuaded Cowell and, guest judge, American singer Sinitta to put him through to the finals with…

Man jailed for over eight years after raping 11 year old

Man jailed for over eight years after raping 11 year old

A man from Croydon has been jailed for raping an 11-year old girl he befriended. 26 year old James Bodenham, from South Norwood, was sentenced to eight years and six months imprisonment and was given sexual offenders prevention order (SOPO) on October 3, at the Central Criminal Court. Officers from…