Opening day this Thursday! Till the 24th of June. Exciting times. #estateofmind #photographyexhibition #thingstodoinlondon #croydon #croydonartsstore

Chantelle Whitehead, one of our Central Hill residents is putting on a photography exhibition in Croydon this week from Thursday 21st through to Sunday 24th June. Please go along and support if you can.

Estate of Mind – Central Hill Photography Exhibition

Hosted by Gipsy Hill – Green Party

22 year old Chantelle Whitehead is presenting a photography exhibition to raise awareness of the gentrification of the Central hill estate where she was born and raised.

Estate of mind is a photography exhibition, questioning the state behind themes of Gentrification, Slavery, Urbanisation and Feminism in Modern Day society, through the photographers eyes.

Hosted by the independent two-piece media company AxMxP based in South East London. Estate of Mind will be their debut event featuring founder Chantelle Whitehead and Managed by co founder and Events Manager Lauren-Montana.

Held at Loft Croydon Arts Store (an artist and community space, run collaboratively by a group of local arts organisations and charities) within Croydon’s Whitgift centre. This will be the first ever photography exhibition held at this space and it is due to be ground-breaking.

Solely featuring photographers of colour, AxMxP aim to stigmatise the stigma behind Croydon as well as formulating who AxMxP are and what they stand for.

Estate of Mind will also feature a ‘community wall’ including the works of young people from Mind in Croydon & local schools. All the while promoting Local businesses, creatives, AxMxP and Loft Croydon Arts Store itself.

Opening night June 21 5pm-8pm Exhibition open from 11am-5pm from 22-24

Feminism: Then, Now and the Future 29 UK Indie bookshops are joining forces to celebrate the recent explosion in Feminist publishing by taking part in a Feminist Book Fortnight. During this time we’ll be displaying a whole swell of titles, plus providing a top ten reading list which crosses the decades from Audre Lorde, Simone de Beauvoir, Germaine Greer to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Dolly Alderton to name but a few.

Chaired by Karen McLeod our event features prodigious author Zoe Fairbairns, Virago publisher, Sarah Savitt, Jane Cholmeley from the germinal Silver Moon Bookshop, and book editor Annie Pike.Together with the audience they’ll be discussing forgotten histories, feminist book publishing, bookselling, language and why Feminism was/is and will remain such a hot potato.
Tickets £3


CRYSTAL PALACE FOOD MARKET (bottom of Haynes Lane off Westow

Street – 10 am to 3pm)

Saturday 23rd June

Organic veg, fruit, meat, fish, eggs, milk, butter, smokery, vegan, ferments, bread, pastries, olive oil, olives, natural wine, store cupboard refills (herbs, tea, flours, rice, nuts, oils), eco cleaning refills, eco house supplies, salads, wraps, lunch, coffee, cbd, framing service, local art & crafts and food bank collection

It’s British Flowers week. Come and see Jenny from Into the Wild for a pretty British posy. Also, we have a new hot food stall – Zongo. Ghanaian chicken or vegan spinach stews. Let us know what you think!

Plus, Gabby and Michelle from Meru Galettes are back. We’ve missed you guys.

NEW STALL Guest lunch – Zongo Ghanaian chicken stew  – seasoned pieces of chicken cooked in a spicy tomato sauce (GF); Ghanaian spinach stew – a warm spicy stew made with ginger, tomatoes and hot peppers (Vegan); Jollof rice; Fried plantain.

Lunch – Meru Galettes They’re back!

Lunch & deli – Comfort & Joy Hot tasty wraps, salads and those famous (enormous) scotch eggs plus takeaways – curries, lasagne and more.  Great picnic food to take away.

Flowers – Into the Wild  Seasonal British flowers from Jenny.  Jenny says “This week is British flower week and the market is full of English grown blooms. I have the last of the seasons lupins along with the first of the seasons dahlias, scabious and scented garden roses … they smell divine! Bunches from £7-15 and orders can be taken in advance on 07904 018 088.”

Cakes –Brett & Bailey  Joe says “Join us at our wonderful local food market for another huge range of sweet summer specials. Expect a lemony summer berry gateaustrawberry and clotted cream cheesecake, meringue passion cake, apricot and pine nut bakewells, and bomboloni with a choice of raspberry ripple or dulce de leche fillings.

We’ll also have sticky buns, cardamom knots, double carrot cake,  chocolate Guinness cake, peanut butter and milk chocolate chip cookies and pots of Eton Mess. And if one of our salted chocolate brownies isn’t enough on its own, have it in a brownie bowl with marshmallows, dulce de leche and plenty of whipped cream.
Need a treat on your Sundaymorning toast? Come and taste the first of this year’s batches of jam – we have both strawberry and rhubarb, and apricot and vanilla for your delectation. Plus plenty of our Great Taste Award-winning marmalade and the last few jars of our plum and rose preserve.
If you need to order a whole cake, please get in early at – we’re fully booked this weekend and next as we’re now well into wedding cake season, and have limited space left for the weekend of the 7th July. Don’t miss out!”
Preserves – Creative All Sorts  Christine says “There are some new little faces and the return of some favourites on my stall this week.  Roasted Plum Jam with Fennel Seed is a star, and the reduced sugar recipe makes it nicely tart without being sour. I also have mint and apple jelly for your lovely lamb or vegetable roasts, chops, sausages, salads and more. Making a return are my refreshing Nectarine Cordial, Garlic Jelly, Chillililli, And Classic Raspberry Jam. There will be a lot of the smaller size jars as well, so you can give a few products a try without making a ‘big jar commitment’. Really looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!”

Cheese & charcuterie – Capo Caccia  Antonio says “This Saturday ash and wild boar salami back in stock! Beautiful range of organic sheep milk cheese. soft and creamy young goat cheese. Blue cow cheese and pre-sliced pork loin Mustela.”

Olives – Yellow Sunshine Marinated olives and garlic.

Chilli sauces – Chilli Brothers Nathalie says “Chilli Brothers are back with a wonderful selection of summery artisan crafted chilli sauces & more. Come & say hello & grab yourselves a hot bargain.”
Medicinal herbs & CBD – Eat Moringa David says, “Hi, we provide Moringa Powder, Moringa capsules, Moringa Oil, Moringa Tea, Moringa Seeds and Moringa Cosmetics –  health supplements and superfoods that will help to keep your body mineral rich and vibrant! As well as our Moringa products, we also have Ashwaghandha, natural incense and so much more! Moringa is known as The Tree of Life, because of its amazing benefits! So come and try some Moringa today and share it with your loved ones”.  Visit our websitefacebook orInstagram.

Local growing project – Patchwork Farm Make new friends, learn new skills, Join the Patchwork Farm crew! Volunteer on our stall at the market – 2 shifts to choose from 10:30 to 12:30 OR 12:30 to 2:30. Volunteer once or every week, suit yourself. Click here for the rota details.

Natural Wines – Wine Scouts  Pedro says “Hellooooo! This Saturday I will open the beautiful, biodynamic Le Blanc de la Mariée Domaine de la Garrelière. This is a lightly-filtered Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley in France. On the nose, delicate floral notes and fine understated green fruits. On the palate, fresh green citrus, gooseberry and herbs, with a mouthwatering finish. A quintessential example of a natural Sauvignon de Touraine. Deliciously juicy.”

Natural Beauty – Florenaturals Crystal Palace resident Flore says ” I make handcrafted soap, body butter, body cream, bath bombs, shower gels, body scrubs and more.  All the products are made using pure organic Shea Butter from Ivory Cost in West Africa and other natural ingredients.  Florenaturals produce items in small batches using traditional methods.  This ensures the freshness of the precious antioxidants in the natural oils, butters and extracts.”

Smokery – London Smoke & Cure   Ross says “On our weekly local stall we keep an amazing range of smoked and cured foods, as well as a growing selection of fine UK cheeses at some of the best prices in London.

If you like fish, look out for our sashimi-grade cold smoked salmon, fresh and zingy pates, and moreish kiln smoked salmon and prawns.

If meats are your thing there’s always a rotating selection of charcuterie and our own smoked native breed bacon.

And for the dairy lovers we carefully select the best UK and European cheese and always look to keep the prices as competitive as possible.

All produce is made and prepared in our little smokehouse in the heart of the triangle. Give Ross a call on 07837 838 241 for any questions or pre-orders. We’re always happy to talk produce and ideas, or just to have a general chat about life and all it’s wonder.”

Storecupboard refills – The Store Cupboard  Unpackaged organic whole foods, herbal teas & spices sold by weight. We love people who bring their own containers. You can pay by card. Follow us on InstagramTwitter or Facebook.

Meat – Gill Wing Farm   From farmer & butcher Andrew.  This week: Beef – rump, sirloin, fillet and minute steaks, mince beef, top side; Lamb – shoulder, leg, chops, racks, mince. Pork – chops, ribs, shoulder, escolapes, bacon; Sausages – herby, chilli and lamb merguez; Chicken – whole, thighs, wing tips, drumsticks, breasts; BBQ and Chinese glazed ribs, glazed chicken pieces, lamb kebabs made with our own vegetables. If you have any special requests, or want to pre-order (especially whole chickens, they go quickly), you can text him on 07920 850 653.

Fish – Veasey’s  To order, contact us on or by phone on 01342 822906.

Butter & other dairy – Hook & Son Organic dairy from farmer Steve’s closed herd on the Pevensey Levels. Please note, for the next couple of months, Hook will not be able to sell raw milk. Please click here for full details. We hope you join us in supporting the farm in this difficult time.

Bread – Levain Bakery  Chris Masembe and his team at Levain Bakery have a simple philosophy; to make artisan breads to the highest possible standards. All breads are sourdoughs, and are made using their own sourdough starter, a labour of love which they have kept going since they first started the bakery.  Find Orlo or Kuba on the bread stall in the courtyard.

Fruit and Veg – Brambletye Fruit FarmBrockmans & Wild Country Organics  All organic or biodynamic.

Eco Products – Roots & Cycles   Cosmo says “There’s no better time for a picnic than the summer and roots & cycles has got your plastic free back covered. New in is our range of ethically and responsibly sourced bamboo picnic ware. Come and have a browse. Sporks, knife, fork and spoon. Tea infuser and lots more. Also all the usual refills.”

Original illustrations – Images Delmar Dylan says “New posters from 1930’s Britain now in!!! Come and visit Images Delmar for a much needed taste of the past!”

Local art & crafts – Palace Makers  Palace Makers is part of Crystal Palace Transition Town.  If you would like to sell your handmade work at this weekly stall and you live in the local or surrounding area, we would love to hear from you. Contact us via our Facebook page, alternatively pop down to see us and have a chat.”

Collectables market – our neighbour market Haynes Lane Market, a treasure trove of collectables.  Click here for a little peek inside.
Cafe – our friends at Antenna Cafe.

Crystal Palace Transition Town

The Foodbank – collection point will be back next week.  Details at  Total donated so far 1598kg.   

News From Crystal Palace – we love this local news page from our friend, journalist Jerry Green.

Save Central Hill Community – support our neighbours & find out more about the proposed demolition of the estate, and how it would everyone in the area.

Our neighbours – Antenna Studios  Music, dance, performances, practice, recording & more. Also loads of great classes and the best coffee in the Palace.

We are proud to be part of Crystal Palace Transition Town.  Wondering who we arewhat we do, or how you could get involved? Our blog section is a great place to start or this talk given by Joe Duggan, one of the co-chairs.

Follow us on twitter @CPFoodMarket or join us on Facebook.

Free guided walk starting at Vicar’s Oak

Martin Knight who has generously shared his knowledge of the local area with our recent boundaries project will be leading a guided walk on Saturday 23rd June.

Meet at Vicar’s Oak, junction of Crystal Palace Parade and Anerley Hill
At 11am, Saturday 23rd June
For a 2 hour, 2 mile, guided walk

On the walk you will hear about the old Great North Wood and the activities of the Croydon Colliers that featured in ancient boundary disputes. You will visit former sources of Lambeth’s River Effra, admire the views of London from the Crystal Palace Triangle, and be introduced Camille Pissaro‘s association with the area. You will  then follow the Effra watershed via Dulwich Upper Wood Nature Reserve and the former Crystal Palace High Level Railway Terminus, pausing to view the entrance to Charles Barry’s elaborate Subway into the Palace, and the railway tunnel through the ridge. You will walk back along Crystal Palace Parade to finishabout 1 pm.

For further details contact Martin Knight
Or visit Martin’s website



We will be at the Crystal Palace Food Market in Haynes Lane this Saturday selling our fab merchandise from 10am to 3pm. There are t-shirts, mugs, bags and keyrings for sale with Rick Walker’s gorgeous design specially commissioned for the 2018 festival on them all. Click here to find the market’s location.

So if you missed out at the park on Saturday do pop down to see us and pick up your Festival merchandise!

Your feedback is needed so we can find out what worked and what didn’t and make the Festival even better.
Help us make it all even better!

Be frank, be fulsome, tell us what’s on your mind and we promise to take it all on board!

Please click here to fill out our short questionnaire – it won’t take long we promise and will really help us improve and find funding for 2019.


Please Join Us for the Festival Finale
Saturday 23rd June3-4pm
@ Peace & Well Being Festival, Park Hill Park 

Special performance Anthem for Peace featuring LMP Brass players, local brass groups, spoken word by Shaniqua Benjamin and dancers led by Anusha Subramanyam.
More details here



We do apologise but this event has now been postponed due to a larger event being planned for next year. We would like to thank everyone involved and all tickets purchased are being refunded. We will be planning a much larger event for January 2019 and will be in touch very soon.

Keep up the good work and hope to see you all soon. Regards The Bagel Team


The third Croydon PrideFest will take place on Saturday 14 July, and is expected to bring more than 7000 people together for a day of celebration and inclusivity.

The free event will start with a parade along North End from 11.30am, along to Wandle Park where there will be live music and entertainment all afternoon and evening, and a dance tent open until 10pm.

Confirmed acts include Asifa Lahore, star of Channel 4’s ‘Muslim Drag Queens’, and singer songwriter Christopher Haul. Other acts will be available on the Croydon PrideFest website in the coming weeks.

Cllr Oliver Lewis, Croydon council’s cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport said: “PrideFest is an important part of our community and this event shows how open and inclusive Croydon is. “That’s why the council is thoroughly pleased to sponsor this event.

“Croydon’s community spirit is amazing and we’ll always support it in whatever way we can.”

To find out more about the event, please visit


Lambeth Country Show

The annual Lambeth Country Show returns to Brockwell Park for its 44th edition on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22, July 2018, with a unique line-up that celebrates the very best of the city and countryside.

With over 150,000 people attending throughout the weekend in 2017, the show is one of the biggest free family festivals in the UK.

This year features a new bigger layout with an expansion of the popular Main Arena and the newly titled Brockwell Farm area. There will be more content than ever before, with a Demonstration Village, including a Country Show Cooking Theatre with local and international chefs tips and advice throughout the weekend. Among them well be Masterchef winner and owner of Nanban restaurant in Brixton Tim Anderson. Other demonstrations in the village will include woodworking and metal works from a blacksmith.

Vauxhall City Farm

Returning this year we have Lambeth’s very own Vauxhall City Farm within a newly expanded farm area at the show. New recruit Tractor Ted, who will be in the park with activities ranging from a digger den to welly wanging.

Show favourites The Cavalry of Heroes will be back with a special six-horse performance on both days remembering the First World War Centenary. CJ’s Birds of Prey will also be back, showcasing falcons, goshawks, eagles and buzzards, as well as their full collection of owl breeds situated in Brockwell Farm.


On the Main Stage Cymande are the exciting Saturday headliners. These British-based funk music pioneers emerged as innovators of the funk music scene during the early 1970’s are back after a 20 year hiatus.

Sunday welcomes back Roots Day to the Main Stage with a very special act confirmed – “Three The Hard Way” – an all-star UK reggae group featuring of Brinsley Forde MBE from Aswad, David Hinds from Grammy award-winning Steel Pulse and Dennis Bovell from Matumbi. More acts to be announced in the run up to the show.

Countryside attractions

Lambeth Country Show will also feature all the attractions of a traditional country show plus much more too. Horticultural shows, sheep and owl displays, home grown vegetable and flower competitions, an abundance of craft and food stalls and our very own on site farm will be there for all to enjoy.


For 2018 there has been a reassessment of the security and crowd management plan for the event, with changes to the layout needed to make sure it is safe for everyone. There will be a perimeter fence and extra security measures in place throughout. Everyone attending the show will be subject to mandatory bag and body searches on entry so you are advised to allow extra time to get in. A prohibited items listed has been published online and CCTV will be in use.

Arrive early

The event is extremely popular with residents and visitors alike, so we encourage people to come early and avoid the busiest peak times from 3pm to 5pm and be prepared to queue. Last entry in to the event will be 6:30pm on both days.

A free show map will be made available on our website in the lead up to the show to assist you in planning your arrival. A free A-Z Show Guide app will also be available on the App Store and Google Play with links on our website. Printed copies of the Show Guide and Map will be available at the show for £1.  (Source: Lambeth council’s Love Lambeth website)


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