NEW ARTS INTERNSHIPS FOR CROYDON YOUNGSTERS AGED 16 TO 24

Image: Sanaa Abstrakt A pioneering new cultural internships programme will offer Croydon’s young people an unprecedented opportunity to gain paid work experience with both internationally-acclaimed and local arts organisations, helping them to kick-start careers in the creative industries. The UK’s leading black theatre company, Talawa; Croydon’s world-class chamber orchestra, the London Mozart Players (LMP); the world-famous The BRIT school; fashion … Continue reading NEW ARTS INTERNSHIPS FOR CROYDON YOUNGSTERS AGED 16 TO 24

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FIVE CROYDON PROJECTS SHORTLISTED FOR NATIONAL AWARDS

Croydon council say five of their projects have been shortlisted for national awards "after making a positive difference to residents’ lives in a host of different ways." Initiatives to help children make positive life choices, tackle knife crime, support businesses, promote good health and offer early intervention to support residents have all been shortlisted for … Continue reading FIVE CROYDON PROJECTS SHORTLISTED FOR NATIONAL AWARDS

OPPOSITION COUNCILLORS CALL FOR ACTION OVER SLEEPING BAG SCANDAL AS ‘APPRENTICE’ STAR SAYS : “WE NEED A COMPASSIONATE APPROACH NOT A TICK-BOX ONE”

Conservative Cllr Tim Briggs - the only blue on Lambeth council - has joined Green party councillors in calling for action in the wake of revelations that Lambeth council staff removed a sleeping bag from a rough sleeper - to the fury of 'Apprentice' winner Michelle Dewberry who witnessed- and videoed -the incident. Cllr Briggs … Continue reading OPPOSITION COUNCILLORS CALL FOR ACTION OVER SLEEPING BAG SCANDAL AS ‘APPRENTICE’ STAR SAYS : “WE NEED A COMPASSIONATE APPROACH NOT A TICK-BOX ONE”

“NOT ENOUGH INFORMATION FROM GOVERNMENT ON BREXIT” – Southwark council

Not enough information is coming from Government  for councils to adequately prepare for any potential fallout from Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, say Southwark council. A cross-party Brexit panel established by the council earlier this year has met three times and heard from a range of local and national expert witnesses  including health, education, … Continue reading “NOT ENOUGH INFORMATION FROM GOVERNMENT ON BREXIT” – Southwark council

YOUNG PEOPLE IN CARE SHINE BRIGHT AT CROYDON’S FIRST STAR AWARDS

STAR award winners Chloe Shawsmith and Grace Nassuuana (Photo credit Katherine Leesdale) The amazing achievements of children and young people in care and care-leavers have been celebrated at a glittering awards ceremony.   At Croydon’s first STAR Awards, more than 90 inspirational young nominees aged 8-24 won awards across 13 categories, ranging from academic achievement to star … Continue reading YOUNG PEOPLE IN CARE SHINE BRIGHT AT CROYDON’S FIRST STAR AWARDS

ANSWERS DEMANDED ON CRAIG TUNSTALL PROBE

Lambeth Green group leader Jonathan Bartley has written to Lambeth council leader Cllr Lib Peck calling on her to publish the findings of the investigation into Craig Tunstall, former executive headteacher of the Gipsy Hill Federation. A Green party statement says: "Tunstall, Britain’s highest paid primary school headteacher, was suspended from his post back in … Continue reading ANSWERS DEMANDED ON CRAIG TUNSTALL PROBE

SKIN LIGHTENERS CONTAINED MERCURY – Trader sold on eBay to council officers despite web giants ban / £9,000 FINE FOR BROMLEY BUSINESS IN SEPARATE COSMETICS CASE

A Southwark council investigation into the online sale of illegal skin lighteners have seen a Leicester businessman given a suspended prison sentence at Camberwell Green magistrates court, for repeatedly selling dangerous cosmetic products on eBay. And in a separate case a Bromley town centre business has been fined more than £9,000 following the discovery of … Continue reading SKIN LIGHTENERS CONTAINED MERCURY – Trader sold on eBay to council officers despite web giants ban / £9,000 FINE FOR BROMLEY BUSINESS IN SEPARATE COSMETICS CASE

PHARMACY FINED £8,000 AFTER SELLING RAZOR BLADES TO 15-YEAR-OLD ‘VOLUNTEER’: “Case could have been avoided” says councillor

The owners of a Croydon pharmacy have been fined £8,000 after trading standards officers caught them illegally selling razor blades to a child in an undercover 'sting'. Croydon council prosecuted the owners after a member of staff at its pharmacy in Croydon town was caught selling a packet of five Wilkinson Sword razor blades to … Continue reading PHARMACY FINED £8,000 AFTER SELLING RAZOR BLADES TO 15-YEAR-OLD ‘VOLUNTEER’: “Case could have been avoided” says councillor

LEWISHAM: “BY 2020 WE WILL HAVE LOST £190 MILLION A YEAR IN GOVERNMENT FUNDING CUTS” – Impact of Government cuts revealed as the squeeze continues

From Lewisham council - words placed in bold by News From Crystal Palace As the Government continues to cut our funding we are forced to make further cuts to local services and find millions of pounds from our reserves. We are being forced to find further cuts totalling £30 million by 2021, but have only … Continue reading LEWISHAM: “BY 2020 WE WILL HAVE LOST £190 MILLION A YEAR IN GOVERNMENT FUNDING CUTS” – Impact of Government cuts revealed as the squeeze continues

 TRIBUTES TO JOHN WHELAN AND MATT PARR

Tributes to former Conservative councillor John Whelan and to Labour Cllr Matt Parr and came from all sides at the latest meeting of Lambeth council. Cllr Anna Birley (Lab, Thurlow Park) “What a daunting task to sum up such a significant person. “Knowing John Whelan and having filled his very large boots in 2014 and … Continue reading  TRIBUTES TO JOHN WHELAN AND MATT PARR