Chocolate and Art

Chocolate tasting for charity

Maddie Henson, Croydon’s Mayor and one of ‘our’ councillors, is organising a fundraising chocolate tasting event in aid of the Mayor’s charities: Home-Start Croydon, St Christopher’s Hospice and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Sign up at the Eventbrite link for the online tasting event on Saturday 5th December – for the £20 cost (£10 for each additional member of your household) you receive six tasting samples, guidance on how to taste with tasting notes for each chocolate, a 90-minute presentation on chocolate with lots of opportunities to have your questions answered, a chocolate truffle recipe and a small Christmas related chocolate gift! All in aid of the Mayor’s Charities.

Register on the Eventbrite link here

All the info also on Facebook here


Croydon Arts Society Annual Exhibition: Now open!

Planning, parking and fundraising

Support the RNLI this Autumn

via member Stephen Burl, Chairman of RNLI Croydon fundraising branch

The usual fish supper and banquet night are cancelled for this year, however,  have a Fish and Chip supper at home on Friday night 9th October and place a donation in the lifeboat at Happy Dolphin, Shirley road  or come and see the volunteers outside Gibsons Butchers on Lower Addiscombe road on the 10th Saturday October from 8am to 3pm.  Croydon crew will be pleased to see you, our newest member will be on hand from 9 to 9 45 Maddie Hanson our President, and also Mayor of Croydon.

If you fancy a good curry then ring  Vujon  020 8654 7777 on 14th Saturday & 15th Sunday November. When ordering mention RNLI and they will give a donation to the RNLI for every meal.

The Croydon branch will also be putting up two prizes, one per day. These will be given out at random, delivered with your order watch in a RNLI CARRIER added to your Order.

Parking changes

A consultation on “Emission based charging” and the removal of the 1hr free parking for ‘Addiscombe Village’ and other local shopping areas is taking place.

The official justification for the changes is available here.

Have your say on the consultation via this link.

Planning changes

ASPRA has been made aware of a planning application that is in the process of being readied for submission to the Council. This is for the demolition of no 78 Shirley Road, a 4 bed family home, and its replacement by 2 blocks containing a total of 9 flats. One of these blocks is proposed at the end of the long garden of no 78, with access underneath part of the ‘front’ block. Information available here if you would like to comment.

Bingham Park: getting the beds ready for winter

When the gardening group took over maintenance of the beds in 2015, it was always our plan to fill the beds with shrubs, perennials and bulbs, for ongoing easy maintenance.   We certainly  didn’t envisage that five years later a global pandemic would prevent us having regular volunteer gardening sessions.   While we haven’t been able to have our monthly working parties this year, the beds have survived remarkably well.

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. 

It is now planned to hold a ‘Getting the beds ready for Winter’ session on Saturday 10th October between 9 – 12 and we are inviting volunteers to come along for all or part of that time.  Even a half hour of weeding is of huge value.

In view of Covid-19 and social distancing 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 it is needed
  • a mask (although we will be able to social distance and will be outdoors, sometimes park users like to stop and chat and ask about the gardens and you may feel more comfortable wearing a mask)

It would be helpful to know who plans to come along, and at what times, so that we do not exceed the ‘Rule of 6’ regulations.  Please email

Do you enjoy gardening?

Your park needs YOU!

Several of our regular volunteer gardeners are temporarily unavailable to attend our planned gardening sessions. The flower beds are in need of some care and attention.

We need residents and park users to do some weeding, pruning and watering.

You can do this independently at a time and day to suit you.  No need to be an ASPRA member, or to seek permission – just do it, maybe with children and family members, or a small group of socially distanced friends.

Or if you prefer to join some of our regular volunteers on a working party, please email or ring 07803 876008

Summer member update


The latest ‘unlocking slowly special’ edition of the ASPRA (and HOME / Blackhorse) magazine is out and arriving at a letterbox near you soon.

Do let us know if one does not arrive in the next week or so, some distribution has changed for ‘that reason’ so please do tell and we can get you a copy.

Neighbourhood Watch

One can now subscribe to the nhw info via a ‘sign up’ button on their website so that you get updates direct to your email address.

Xmas already!

Due to the current situation, the tough decision to cancel this year’s Christmas Market at St Mildred’s has been made.

Addiscombe Rec

Researchers from @UniWestminster would like to know how people feel about public green spaces in London during #COVID19 If you would like to share your experiences, particularly ‘our’ park, but others as well, then do complete the  survey at 

RNLI Croydon Branch

RNLI TEDDY, aka Stephen one of our members, is asking for direct donations due to ‘that thing’.  If you’d like to make a donation, this is the go-to place.

Wickham Road

Gas main work will cause chaos for a while, including bus nos 194, 198, 356 diversions, 119’s stuck at stop-go lights and all sorts.  Be aware!  Works start from this Monday 27th July for a period of approximately six weeks at the junction of Wickham Road, Bridle Road, and Monks Orchard Road. The northern part of Bridle Road will be closed.