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Croydon Libraries digital resources

Did you know you can access a wealth of resources online from Croydon Libraries? for our online resources for our digital library (eBooks & eAudio-Talking Books) to join the library via our catalogue for digital magazines and comics for digital newspapers for recommended reads, featuring titles that can be borrowed instantly for a limited time

Through our digital library Croydon Residents can also access:

 IndieFlix: A new online movie streaming service offering access to pop culture favourites, box office hits, award-winning films, documentaries and shorts.  With a 7-day pass, you’ll arrive at the IndieFlix homepage with full access to all of their content. When your access expires, you can always return to RBdigital to checkout another 7-day pass.

Qello: The world’s largest collection of full-length concerts and music documentaries streamed on-demand to just about any digital device.  With a 7-day pass, you’ll arrive at the Stingray Qello homepage with full access to all of their content. When your access expires, you can always return to RBdigital to checkout another 7-day pass.

The Great Courses: This collection provides learning and personal enrichment through hundreds of courses spanning thousands of in-depth video lectures on subjects like Science, Health & Wellness, and much more.  This gives you a 7-day pass where you can watch lectures for this course or choose from many others. When your access expires, you can always return to RBdigital to checkout another 7-day pass.

Free online resources – Our online resources include languages course, COBRA for business information, citizenship test, homework help with Encyclopaedia Britannica and Ziptales to keep children reading for pleasure.


Want to get this info straight to your inbox? Join ASPRA!

We are aware that some members have not received emails sent to all.  Obviously a bit difficult to know if you have not received anything(!!!) but is a good place to look, or your spam/junk mail folder.

The virtual magazine has gained some extra pages (

Latest info is on Facebook

Magazine, Meeting, Membership, Money

Alliterations Absolutely Acceptable!!!


The next ASPRA magazine (subscription edition to all 1900 households in the ASPRA area) is obviously impacted by the current situation.  Collation, printing and distribution all difficult if not impossible until the situation changes.

The good news is that a ‘virtual’ magazine is now on together with some Addis’n’dat pages and more will be added over time


The ASPRA AGM, due on 22nd April, will not be held.  The agenda and reports are, however, available on

Any queries you may have can be emailed as appropriate, ASPRA email addresses are:                                 Steve                         Mary                       Fred                       Gill                              Phil                           Colin                   Nicola                   Annie                          (Temporarily Covered)                      Lyn                           Dave

or via

Membership and Money

ASPRA usually includes a ‘subs envelope’ in the May/June magazine for renewals and new joiners.  Obviously this would present some challenges.

Much appreciated, therefore, if everyone could make a bank payment for the 2020-21 subscription (£4) plus any additional donation you wish towards our project costs (Festive lighting, hanging baskets etc).  We are keeping contact with our suppliers and will update on progress as we get details.

Banking details:- (Barclays) ASPRA  20-24-61 50802549  Please do remember to add your house no and road name as a reference, any additional projects donation will be gratefully received!  You may wish to email so I am aware of what is ?flooding? in.  We are aware that new banking rules and the crackdown on new funds transfers can sometimes cause a hiccup if your bank does not recognise ASPRA as the account name.  However, there is often an option provided to accept the warning and continue.  The details for sort code and account number above are correct.

ADDISCOMBE & SHIRLEY PARK RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION is the long official name on the account, but this rarely (if ever) fits in the relevant box, hence ASPRA which is recorded as the official alternative name.

Your cooperation in making payments in this way will be very much appreciated.  Road Reps will be kept updated as to current members on ‘their patch’.  Any real issues, contact and we can sort something out.

Keep safe

Dave, Membership and Postmaster

Coronavirus Parks latest

From Croydon Council:

Croydon’s parks and green spaces remain open to the public, but all outdoor gyms, playgrounds and public toilets within Croydon parks are now closed.

Our parks and open spaces play an important role in the physical and mental wellbeing of our residents and are a lifeline for those without gardens and others needing fresh air or exercise.

We are asking all visitors to help protect themselves and others from Coronavirus, by following social distancing guidelines and to remain two metres apart from other park users at all times.

To help keep our green spaces open, we are asking all visitors to:

  • Follow social distancing guidelines and keep a minimum of two metres away from other people
  • Avoid visiting parks, green spaces and recreational areas if they are exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus
  • Keep dogs on a lead to avoid unnecessary contact with other park users
  • Wash their hands before leaving their homes and as soon as they return from being outside.

To report a problem in any of Croydon’s parks, email:

For more on Coronavirus in Addiscombe visit our coronavirus page here.

Join us this Spring in Addiscombe Rec

Addiscombe Rec gardening dates

Fingers crossed the sun will be shining on Saturday 7 March for our first gardening session of 2020.  I hope you will be able to join us to help tidy up the flower beds and prepare them for the warmer months.  I’ll be there from 09.30 onwards until about 12.00.  Even if you can only spare half an hour, every little helps.  It would be good to see some new volunteers and possibly some donations of plants.  If you have any friends or neighbours who would like to get involved with this community activity, do invite them along.

Here are the Saturday dates for the year if you want to add them to your diary.

  • 7 March
  • 4 April
  • 2 May
  • 13 June
  • 4 July
  • 15 August
  • 26 September
  • 17 October

Feb 2020 update: Blackhorse lane reopening

ONE (Hooray!)

I am writing to let you know that at approximately 10:00am on Tuesday 25 February Blackhorse Lane will reopen in full to two-way traffic.

All bridge deck and resurfacing work is complete and final improvement work on pavements and side roads is progressing well.

To facilitate the full reopening, Blackhorse Lane will temporarily close to all traffic between its junctions with Morland Road and Teevan Road at the following times:

  • Monday 24 February 08:00 to midnight
  • Tuesday 25 February midnight to 10:00am

 This is to allow for the safe removal of vehicle control barriers along the road.

Local traffic will be temporarily diverted during this period via Morland Road, Woodside Green and Spring Lane. Traffic Marshalls will be present to assist road users.

Pedestrian access will not be affected and all walking routes will remain open at all times.

Noisy work

The barrier removal work will generate some noise. We will minimise disruption for local residents as much as possible by limiting noisier activities to the day-time and carrying out quieter activities at night. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Elmers Road and Dalmally Road

On Tuesday 25 February both roads will also reopen to two-way traffic. Vehicles will have full access to turn into and out of Blackhorse Lane.

 Looking ahead

Parts of Addiscombe Railway Park have also undergone improvement work. The Park is due to reopen to the public, in full, in March.

More details about the work at Blackhorse Lane can be found on the TfL website at  

This web page will shortly be updated to include news of this important update, and on Friday 14 February we are delivering letters to residents in the area to make them aware. A copy of the letter is attached for your information.

 Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Michelle Wildish

Engagement Officer (south) | Local Communities and Partnerships, Email:


The Croydon RNLI fundraising branch are looking for helpers to collect at East Croydon on 28th April between 7.30 at 8pm at night max of 2 hours any time period in between the times.

Also outside Gibsons Butchers, Lower Addiscombe Road on Saturday 2 May between 8am and 3pm to help collect and run the stand.

You don’t have to be a member

You will be with others and members of the branch. You will be provided with all the kit:-  box, tabard etc.

If you are able to help email please Steve at


Can you please share the information below across community groups you know in Croydon, and ask them to display the attached poster wherever they can.

 Help prevent the spread of coronavirus

 A UK-wide public information campaign is encouraging everyone to play their part in helping to slow the spread of viruses, and reduce the impact on NHS services.

 The campaign is clear that the Government and NHS are ready and prepared to deal with coronavirus. But, there are important steps we can all take to protect ourselves and others from viruses and germs.

 Following these steps will help slow the spread of almost any germs, including coronavirus:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.
  • Bin the tissue, and to kill the germs, wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel.

Information about coronavirus

  • Coronavirus presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough or difficulty breathing. Anyone with any concerns is advised to follow NHS advice or call NHS 111.
  • Calling NHS 111 as a first step reduces the risks of viruses spreading unnecessarily, particularly in public spaces like hospitals and GP surgeries – helping to protect some of our most vulnerable residents.
  • To find out the latest about coronavirus, and for specific health advice regarding people that have recently travelled in China, visit the webpages.

 Watch the short campaign video (46 seconds) here and you can also find out more about the evolving

Please follow the advice and support this important campaign