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.  contact@aspra.uk

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:  librariesconsultation@croydon.gov.uk

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 gardening@aspra.uk


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

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.


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.