Category Archives: News

Reporting concerns about Bingham Rec

As you may be aware, there is increasing use of ‘Bingham Rec’ in the late evenings/night when it should be ‘closed’.  At the recent ASPRA meeting this was discussed, confirmation has since been received that ‘The Council’ has no plans to restart locking the park gates.

Advice on the Council website is:-

If you are aware of anti-social and/or criminal behaviour in our greenspaces, please use the information below to report it to the relevant authority.

  • For anti-social behaviour, rough sleepers, public drinking, substance use, litter/waste offences, please report these to the council via , for the attention of the Neighbourhood Safety Officer (NSO) service 
  • For unauthorised music events, anti-social behaviour, substance use, dangerous dogs, please report these to the police by dialling 101.
  • If there is life in danger or a serious crime is being committed at the time, then dial 999 to report this to the police.

The actual form to be completed after using the generic link shown above is here.

An alternative is to email

You may wish to log any calls made and/or keep a copy of the electronic form(s) you complete,   The more ‘things’ are reported, often and by many residents, the more chance there is of action being taken.

Join us in person!

Our next meeting will be held on Wed 8th September at St Mildred’s; they have provided us with some Covid- safety instructions and other information with which we need to comply. We hope that this will also reassure you that we will all be aiming to keep one another safe.

The meeting will be in the Large Hall, which is much better ventilated and means that seating can be arranged for everyone to feel safe. We ask everyone to maintain social distancing when standing and moving about as well, and to respect other people’s personal space by avoiding close contact such as hand-shakes etc.

For our first meeting back we have decided not to serve refreshments but you are welcome to bring your own along.

Please arrive between 7.45 and 8pm and take a seat in the Large Hall, after using the non-touch wall mounted sanitizer unit in the centre’s side entrance lobby.  (We would appreciate no chairs being moved on this occasion.)

Anyone using the toilets must sanitize their hands both when entering and leaving the toilet area at the wall mounted non touch hand sanitizer located on the concourse wall adjacent to the toilets.

No rooms other than the Large Hall and the toilets must be entered while we are at St Mildred’s, and we are asked to avoid touching any equipment belonging to other organisations.

Sanitizer spray and cloths will be available in the kitchen if there is a need to wipe over a table or chair. (Your committee will have checked these over before you arrive.)

There are no other users in the centre on this evening; as ventilation is of prime importance, doors from the concourse will be left open to maintain airflow, as well as one of the external hall doors/windows.

Whilst it is now individuals’ personal choice about when and where to wear a mask, we would very much appreciate all those who can to wear a mask during the meeting.  (Your mask may be removed if you wish to speak at the meeting, to help everyone to hear clearly.)

You must not attend the meeting if you or anyone in your household has Covid symptoms, or has had any symptoms in the last 7 days. If you develop Covid 19 symptoms within 7 days of the meeting you MUST advise ASPRA, who will share the information with St Mildred’s as well as other attendees at the meeting.

For this reason we are required to keep a record of attendees and so we will be asking you to sign in.

To help us run the meeting safely we would appreciate you confirming attendance so we do not exceed the room limit. Please email if you wish to attend.

Having got all the important formalities detailed above, it just remains for the committee to say that we are looking forward to ASPRA’s first meeting in person since February 2020, and to welcoming you back.

We look forward to seeing you.

ASPRA Committee.

June update

Don’t miss us over the next week..

ASPRA gardeners will be in Bingham Rec this Saturday (19th) 0930 – 12:00 for the usual tidyup of the flower beds.  Do pop by and lend a hand.

The next ASPRA meeting (on Zoom) will be Monday 21st, 7:30pm start.  Please make contact if you wish to attend and I can send you the link.

Hopefully the next meeting can be our more social arrangement at St Mildreds.  Fingers crossed!

Libraries update- Wednesday, 9 June, 2021, CRO Ashburton Library

Following a meeting of our council’s cabinet where it was agreed to start the second phase of public consultation on proposed changes to the library service, they are now asking to hear people’s views on the following options developed to make the £500,000 savings target outlined at the meeting:

  • Reduce service hours by 21% across the borough
  • Outsource all libraries
  • Hybrid – reduction in service hours (two days per week) to eight libraries and five community run libraries

You can find more details about these options and the online survey at:

To request a paper copy of the survey contact your local Croydon library or email:

The online survey ends at midnight 26 July 2021. Paper copies must be returned by 21 July 2021.

A new community garden at St. Mildreds

St. Mildred’s are planning to build and establish a community garden project in their grounds. It’s an exciting project to provide a very valuable resource for the people of Addiscombe (especially after lockdown!).

More information in the Parish Magazine here

May update

Bogus Community Nurses

We have been made aware of two incidents in the Croydon area where service users have been targeted by a man and woman posing as community nurses.

The woman has appeared first and distracted the victims, the man has then pushed his way into the home.

This kind of offence usually leads to items being stolen, so please keep items such as wallets, purses and handbags hidden and out of sight.

If you are expecting your Community Nurse and someone you do not know appears at the door, please ask for ID and tell them you need time to check it.

If you are unsure, you can call 020 8274 6195, and explain that you need to check the identification of the person who is at your door.


ASPRA membership

Finally, thanks to all who have renewed their membership, often with ‘something’ towards our projects fund (lights, baskets, poppies).

If you have not yet done so, please do drop the envelope that was with the latest copy of the magazine (well done Phil and Colin) to your Road Rep.

Their address is in the back of the magazine or on the envelope.  No magazine?  Let me know and we can get this fixed for you.

It may be more convenient to make a bank transfer to Addiscombe & Shirley Park Residents Association, 20-24-61  50802549

Please do remember to use your house number and road name as a reference so we can keep your reps up to date with renewals.

All about Bingham Rec

Bingham Rec gardening group

Many thanks to everyone who responded to the plea to keep the flower beds weeded, pruned and watered either every time they passed by, or by spending a couple of hours doing some solitary tidying. It is greatly appreciated.

We are now restarting our monthly sessions, dates below, and we are inviting volunteers to come along for all or part of that time.

Planned Schedule for 2021, all Saturdays 0930 – 12:00

  • 17 April
  • 29 May
  • 19 June
  • 31 July
  • 28 August
  • 18 September
  • 23 October

In view of the ongoing, hopefully improving, situation we are asking volunteers to bring:

  • their own tools (these could be a trowel, secateurs, hoe, spade, fork and dependent on what work you would like to do)
  • hand sanitizer in case you need it
  • Although we will be able to social distance and will be outdoors, you may feel more comfortable wearing a mask)


The Gardening Group

Queries? please email


Stephen Burl, Chairman of RNLI Croydon, advises the following.

Collection on Saturday 24th  April (lifeboat week) outside Gibson Butchers and again on 1st May.

Raising money this year for the new £5million to be built at Tower on the Thames. Old one health and safety issues so only 1/3 currently can be used.

I will also be doing a sponsored walk in Bingham Rec on 3rd May for 3 hours in wellies (sorry green not yellow) plus branch uniform and bucket from 10am to 1pm.

There is space for others to do the walk as well – £10 to register.  Max of 15, due to covid and council rules (so we don’t pay for use of park)

The following 3 Saturdays I will be selling plants from my home at 52 Sherwood road like last year for donations, we will have a tap and donate machine this year at all events