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)

Thanks

The Gardening Group

Queries? please email gardening@aspra.uk

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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)

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rnli-bingham-park-challenge-for-tower

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

Addiscombe is famous! And more updated…

ONE: Addiscombe is famous! 

Addiscombe becomes famous, well it is in the latest Lucozade advert, which is the next best thing. Location spotting via the YouTube link here.

TWO: Census 2021 reminder

A reminder regarding the 2021 Census, if you have not yet completed yours then someone WILL be in touch, so be ready, or complete the info online using the info sent in the post to every household.

THREE: Catalytic converters theft

There has been several items of good news regarding the thefts of catalytic converters, a number of local police operations, swoops etc has resulted in several arrests, recovery of large quantities of stolen items and assorted tools for use in these thefts.  Combined operations across a number of police areas has resulted in this success.  Remain vigilant, consider the police advice available and consider security marking, some manufacturers are making this available through their dealerships.

FOUR: ASPRA AGM

The ASPRA 2021 AGM will be held on Zoom on 29th April, let ‘me’ know if you wish to be sent the link when it is made available.  Unfortunately, the Lucozade will have to be virtual!  Agenda and reports available here.

FIVE: Support Autism awareness month

April is autism awareness month. Emma and James from Addiscombe Fruit and Veg have this subject very close to their hearts.

From TUESDAY 6TH APRIL UNTIL FRIDAY 30TH APRIL they will be doing a RAFFLE in support of resources for St Nicholas special educational needs school, and both of the family businesses (Addiscombe Fruit and Veg and Vic Gibson butchers) and their teams will be involved!

1st prize: £60 BBQ HAMPER (includes meat for the bbq from Vic Gibson butchers, a whole load of salads  as well as corn on the cobs, lemons, limes, pineapples and other fruits as well as fruit juice)

2nd prize: £30 BBQ HAMPER (includes meat for the bbq from Vic Gibson butchers, a whole load of salads from us as well as corn on the cobs, lemons, limes, pineapples and other fruits as well as fruit juice)

** £1 PER TICKET ** available from 6th to 30th April from Addiscombe Fruit & Veg, when the prizes will be drawn.

Coming up in Croydon..

Local advance notices for your information

ONE: Shirley Roundabout

Temporary traffic sign as you approach the ‘Shirley Roundabout’ has mention of Lower Addiscombe Road closures 1st through 8th April.

I rang the number, it is closed at the tram crossing by Bingham Corner from 11pm each night, and is tied in with the tram works that week with no trams from midnight till 6am

A Mayor and 25 Assembly Members are elected to represent London every 4 years.

TWO:  London elections

On Thursday 6 May 2021, voters in Croydon will go to the polls for the Mayor of London and Greater London Assembly elections.

A Mayor and 25 Assembly Members are elected to represent London every 4 years, Fourteen of the Assembly Members represent a constituency area. In Croydon’s case, the constituency is called Croydon and Sutton – and 11 are elected on a London-wide basis.

These elections will take place at a time when Covid-19 continues to present risks to public health.

Polling stations will be open on 6 May and will have safety measures in place; so should you wish, you will be able to vote in person. If voting in person, you are encouraged to keep yourself and others safe at the polling station by:

  •  Wearing a face covering
  •  Bringing your own pen or pencil
  •  Cleaning your hands when entering and leaving the polling station
  •  Keeping a safe distance

If you would prefer not to do so, though, there are different ways to vote – you can vote by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, which is known as a proxy vote.

If you already have a postal or proxy vote arrangement in place, and your details have not changed, you don’t need to take any action. If in doubt, you can check with us at electoral.services@croydon.gov.uk

If you want to vote by post, please apply now.

Download, print and fill in the form from here.

You will be asked to give your date of birth and signature. This is a security measure, used to confirm your identity when you send in your completed postal voting pack. This information does not affect the secrecy of your vote.

Once you have completed the form and signed it, completed forms can be:

  • Returned by post to The Electoral Registration Officer, Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon, CR9 1DE

or

  • Scanned / photographed and emailed to electoral.services@croydon.gov.uk

The deadline to apply to vote by post is 5pm on 20 April.

If you register to vote by post, the postal voting pack will be sent around two weeks before polling day which will include ballot papers and instructions for how to complete and return your vote.

Further information, and the necessary forms, at www.croydon.gov.uk/election