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Janet Smith
on Dec 11, 2016 at 12:26 UK
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Local Artists

KEITH GRAY: Website: http://www.keithgraywildart.co.uk
Twitter: @reallywildart
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/keithgraywildart

HALE MAN - Artist in Residence at The Whitgift Centre
Unit 50/51 The Whitgift Centre: http://hale-man.com/

BEV JONES – http://www.bevjonesart.co.uk/  New work by Bev in the Click Clock Gallery

LIS WATKINS - http://lineandwash.blogspot.co.uk/ 

MATT BANNISTER - http://londoninspiration.com/

KIRSTEN BLAY – Kirsten Ceramics  https://www.facebook.com/people/Kirsten-Ceramics/100009384674790

TIM BARTELL – Selsdon Ceramics - https://selsdonceramics.wordpress.com/

TONI WALLACE - http://cargocollective.com/toniwallace

ALISHA JOHN - http://www.alishajohn.co.uk/

BAREFACE - https://barefacetees.wordpress.com/

NICKY NICHOLLS- http://nickynicholls.com/


RISE Gallery  http://rise-gallery.co.uk

RISE Gallery, 7-9 St.George’s Walk, Croydon, CR0 1YH

Click Clock Gallery
Clock Tower Cafe Katherine St.


Parfitt Gallery open to the public when exhibitions are on.

Croydon College

Croydon College, College Road.

Cafe Meliciero, Lower Addiscombe Road

Café Adagio -http://www.cafeadagio.uk/



New Workspace & Gallery - TURF PROJECTS, Keeley Road, Croydon. CR0 1TF

Check the website for the latest events- http://turf-projects.com/



the Art Gallery at Matthews Yard, which hosts local artist exhibitions and events.


Croydon Listings

Croydon Radio: http://croydonradio.com/events/

Matthews Yard: http://matthewsyard.com/events/

All About Croydon: http://allaboutcroydon.co.uk/calendar/

Oval Tavern: http://www.theovalcroydon.co.uk/events.html

Just Croydon: http://justcroydon.com/events

Ruskin House - http://www.folkandblues.org/

INASpectrum Meet up for adults with Autism & Aspergers


Croydon Libraries News & Events -  http://www.croydonlibraries.com/news-events/

South London Inclusive Dance Experience: https://slidedance.wordpress.com/2015/02/04/new-journeys-new-destinations/

Latest News & Events from Croydon Libraries - http://www.croydonlibraries.com/news-events/


December 2016 films at the David Lean Cinema

Tuesday 13th 11am November Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016, Irl/UK/Fr/USA) cert. 15 – Babes in Arms screening

Director: Sharon Maguire, Stars: Renée Zellweger, Patrick Dempsey, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson. The third film in the Bridget Jones franchise, Bridget Jones’s Baby, finds Bridget (Zellweger) the ‘wrong side’ of 40 – and single again following her break-up with Mark Darcy (Firth).  Never mind.  Feeling that she has everything under control, she decides to focus on her career as a top news producer. Suddenly, her love life comes back from the dead when she (literally) bumps into Jack (Dempsey), a dashing American. Things couldn’t be better. Until Bridget discovers that she is pregnant. Now, the befuddled mum-to-be must figure out who’s the father.

Tuesday 13th 7.30pm After Love (2016, Fr/Bel) cert. 12A – subtitled

Director: Joachim Lafosse, Stars: Bérénice Bejo, Cédric Kahn, Marthe Keller. Boris and Marie are devoted parents of young twin daughters, living neither together nor apart as they try to negotiate a grown-up separation. At times they share their apartment and family duties peacefully; at other times, the differences which have driven them apart, and the financial stalemate which binds them together (the original title is “L’Economie du Couple”, I’ll let you do your own translation) seem insurmountable. Lafosse’s sensitive chamber drama paints a finely observed portrait of two flawed, decent people, with a luminous, utterly convincing performance from Bejo (The Artist) as Marie.

Thursday 15th 2.30pm & 7.30pm A Street Cat Named Bob (2016, UK) 103 mins, cert.12A

Director: Roger Spottiswoode, Stars: Luke Treadaway, Ruta Gedmintas, Joanne Froggatt – and Bob! In 2007, busker James Bowen was a recovering drug addict living in sheltered accommodation… …when he came across an injured cat in his hallway. Struggling to even afford food for himself, James wasn’t exactly looking for a new companion, but decided to nurse the cat back to health anyway.  He quickly named him Bob – and that was the start of their unlikely friendship. This heart-warming adaptation of Bowen’s best-selling memoir was filmed on location in Hackney and Covent Garden, and features the real-life Bob!

Tuesday 20th 7.30pm Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (2016, USA) cert. 12A

Director: Werner Herzog, Features: Elon Musk, Lawrence Krauss, Lucianne Walkowicz Starting with the founding fathers of the World Wide Web, Herzog’s documentary takes us on a journey of discovery. On the way he considers how our increasingly connected world could reap great benefits – such as self-driving cars and new cures for cancer – but face very real dangers, such as trolling, Internet addiction and our collective vulnerability should the Web fail. Includes an interview with the infamous hacker Kevin Mitnick.

Wednesday 21st 7.30pm I, Daniel Blake (2016, UK/Fr/Bel) cert. 15

Director: Ken Loach, Stars: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy. The pressures of making recent David Lean presentation Jimmy’s Hall had led to Ken Loach becoming (at least semi-retired.  But an unexpected (even by the winner) election result in 2015 and the prospect of 5 years of unconstrained austerity is credited (in the recent BBC documentary on Loach – ‘Versus’) with bringing him back – to give us I, Daniel Blake. Recovering from a major heart attack Blake, a carpenter in the North East of England is struggling to come to terms with the bureaucracy of the modern welfare system. This leads him into contact with Katie, a single mother of two who is also encountering problems, having been relocated 300 miles north from her London homeless hostel and conflict with the system.

Thursday 22nd 2.30pm & 7.30pm The Light Between Oceans (2016, UK/New Zealand/USA) 133 mins, cert. 12A

Director: Derek Cianfrance, Stars: Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz. Great War survivor Tom (Fassbender) keeps a lighthouse off the shore of Australia with his wife Isabel (Vikander). She is consumed with the desire to have a child – and when a baby girl washes ashore in a rowboat, seemingly orphaned after a shipwreck, Tom gives in to Isabel’s wish to raise her as their own. But the couple meet a woman (Weisz) on the mainland who has lost her husband and child in circumstances that match their fortuitous find. It seems the child’s biological mother is not dead, and they are forced to deal with the consequences of their decision to keep the baby. Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) and his Academy Award winning cast have crafted a heartrending period drama.

Wednesday 28th 11am Swallows and Amazons (2016, UK) cert. PG

Director: Philippa Lowthorpe, Stars: Kelly Macdonald, Andrew Scott, Rafe Spall, Harry Enfield. Arthur Ransome’s classic novel comes to life in this new adaptation, following the Walker children on their adventure to claim an island in the Lake District. Heading over there on the boat Swallow, they soon discover they’re not alone, another gang of children, the Amazons, have already set up camp there, and a battle for the island begins. But with Britain on the brink of war, real battles aren’t far away, and their childhood paradise is turned upside-down. Filmed on location on Coniston Water, where Ransome’s original story was set (except for the Walker’s farmhouse, which could not be used as it had recently had modern double-glazing installed….).

Wednesday 28th 2.30pm Carmen Jones (1954, USA) cert. PG

Complementary refreshments will be provided before this special screening

Director: Otto Preminger, Stars: Harry Belafonte, Dorothy Dandridge, Pearl Bailey. In 1943 Oscar Hammerstein Jr. – lyricist of Oklahoma; South Pacific; The King and I and more – used Bizet’s score for Carmen as the basis for a Broadway musical with an all-black cast. His lyrics transplanted the action from 1840s Andalucia to World War Two North Carolina.  (Interestingly, the cigar factory in Seville at which Carmen worked is still extant, I’m not sure Carmen Jones’s parachute factory is.) Preminger’s autobiography reveals that for the 1954 film adaptation he wanted to make “a dramatic film with music rather than a conventional film musical”. Feeling that the stage constrained the opera and Broadway versions, he fleshed out Hammerstein’s story-line with elements drawn from the (1846) novella on which the opera was based.  While casting established entertainers in the leading roles, it was still felt necessary to dub the operatic singing! The result was ground-breaking and well received.  As the title character, Dandridge became the first African American to be nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award. Our presentation of Carmen Jones is part of the BFI’s BLACK STAR season taking place UK-wide, supported by Film Hub London, part of the Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery. BLACK STAR is a celebration of the range, versatility and power of black actors on film and TV, taking place in cinemas nationwide, October – December 2016.

Thursday 29th 2.30pm The Bolshoi Ballet (1957, UK) cert. U

Director: Paul Czinner, Featuring: Galina Ulanova, Raissa Struchkova, Nikolai Fadeyechev. In autumn 1956 the Soviet Union’s renowned Bolshoi Ballet visited the West – a groundbreaking (if brief) thaw in the Cold War.  Their only UK performances were 3 weeks at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden followed by 3 nights at the Davis Theatre, Croydon. These ‘extra’ dates alone were a tribute to one of Croydon’s largest and most elegant former theatres.  Remarkably, half of this British feature length film, made to showcase the Bolshoi’s artistry, was shot at the Davis Theatre during the early hours of 2 November 1956 – after the second performance! Czinner’s film was strikingly innovative, the development of Kodak Eastman colour earlier in the 1950s allowing him to use multiple, mobile 35mm cameras.  This captured the magnificence of the Bolshoi before international influences caused dance styles to evolve.  The film shows why Galina Ulanova was considered the greatest Giselle of her time. This historic record of The Bolshoi Ballet’s 1956 tour includes performances of the divertissement in Croydon and Giselle at Covent Garden. While the film is no longer available in the UK we have managed to source a copy which is not quite up to our usual technical standards.  However, we feel that this rare screening of the Bolshoi’s Croydon appearance fully justifies this. As at the November (60th anniversary) screening, the film will be preceded by a short talk by local historian Carole Roberts.  She will explain the background to the Bolshoi’s visit and the phenomenal impact it made.

Friday 30th 2.30pm Your Name (2016, Japan) cert. 12A – subtitled

Director: Makoto Shinkai, Stars: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Ryô Narita. Two teenagers – a boy in Tokyo and a girl in a sleepy country town – are bewildered when, every now and then, they change places for a day. Fascinated by each other’s lives, they find a way to communicate, until… The first animation ever selected for the London Film Festival’s Official Competition, and already in Japan’s all-time box office Top Ten, this brilliantly and beautifully illustrated film starts out as a hilarious body-swap comedy before boldly morphing into one of the most enthralling and moving dramas of the year.

At the David Lean Cinema Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street, Croydon, CR9 1ET
Tickets £8.00 (concessions £6.50)
From (Wallace Arnold) Worldchoice, 62 George Street St, Croydon (09.00-17.30 Mon-Fri, 09:30-16:30 Sat.) ;Online http://www.davidleancinema.org.uk/

Telephone 0333 666 3366 (£1.50 charge)
Mailing list & information savedavidlean@gmail.com
Twitter @SaveDavidLean
Facebook www.facebook.com/LeanCampaign
Website http://www.davidleancinema.org.uk/

Cinema Ruskin - Saturday 17th December 2016

Up Pompei - Frankie Howard -1971-The Deadline - Buck Jones- 1931 shorts

Admission £2 on door 8pm start      Club opens 7pm




The Bedford, Balham

Box Office: 07969138899



STANLEY HALLS :Stanley Halls have some great events check out the links below:


South London Theatre have recently moved to Stanley Halls and you can find listings here:


Spreadeagle Theatre - http://www.spreadeaglecroydon.co.uk/whats-on

Fairfield Halls – Closed  for renovation

Theatre Utopia

Matthews Yard, Croydon




Upper Norwood Association for Community Care. We provide a warm and friendly social centre for people over 50 in Upper Norwood, South Norwood and beyond! All are welcome. You can drop in and chat or get involved in various activities. Please contact us if to find out more.



Poets Anonymous
Details - http://www.poetsanon.org.uk/

Croydon HF Rambling Club
Website: http://www.croydonhf-ramblingclub.org/
Email :croydonhf@gmail.com


Open the first Sunday of the month - http://www.croydonairport.org.uk/


Open the first Sunday of the month during Summer months - http://www.shirleywindmill.org.uk/open-days


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