Trains old and new

Addiscombe on film

A very rare screening of the 1961 Tony Hancock movie, The Rebel, will be available to watch on Talking Pictures TV (Freeview 81) at 7.20pm this Thurs 4th June.

The opening sequence (a brilliant little piece of comic timing involving two trains going in different directions, stopping at a suburban station) was filmed at what was then Bingham Halt, just south of Addiscombe Tram Stop as now is but up on the then embankment ready to cross the railway bridge over Bingham Road.  Taking all of one Friday morning for a five minute piece of film, the cast and crew decamped to the Black Horse for a very long and liquid lunch.

If you’re unable to watch it, take a look at the scene by scene breakdown with images of Bingham Station here.

East Croydon Trains

The second phase of public consultation on the East Croydon to Selhurst Junction Capacity Enhancement will run from Monday 1 June to Sunday 20 September 2020

This is ongoing from the previous consultation and is regarding the additional tracks, work at East Croydon and Norwood Junction stations, unscrambling the Selhurst junction and reconstruction work on Windmill Bridge

Latest Addiscombe Police Newsletter

May Police newsletter available here, also be aware of Rogue Tradesmen (roofers etc) cold calling. Tell them to go away!  Latest scams include HMRC with an arrest warrant in your name, and a TV licence refund offer that definitely needs to be refused.

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

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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