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COMMUNITY PAGE; Updated 17/3/18

Things to do, join, and help with around Riddlesdown (See also our Events page)


A - Z Organisations in, or close to Riddlesdown

Bourne Society

Their website includes details of local publications, historical information, downloadable leaflets of walks around the area and photographs of Riddlesdown.  Member only meetings – membership £10 a year. There is also a specific Sanderstead Local History Group, which holds monthly meetings for a charge of £2 per meeting for Bourne Society members only. http://bournesoc.org.uk/

Cantilena Singers

Cantilena Singers Ladies’ Choir was originally formed in 1986. There are no auditions and members do not need to be able to read music. Membership is encouraged for any adult female who is interested to learn and work at achieving a high enough standard for public performance. Members of the choir pay a subscription fee (at present £49 per term). Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings between 7.30 – 9.30pm. Choir members are encouraged to play a part in the running of the choir and there are publicity, fundraising, social and library sub-committees. We are a friendly choir and welcome new members. If you are interested in trying us out please come along to a meeting in the Methodist Church, Sanderstead) and / or contact Jill on 07957 627783.

Croydon Art Society

Holds meetings & exhibitions – information at http://www.croydonartsociety.org.uk/

Croydon Camera Club

Meets in Shirley Methodist Church Hall most Wednesdays of the year & has outings to photogenic locations. Further Information via email: or  www.croydoncameraclub.org.uk

Croydon Decorative and Fine Arts Society

Lectures take place on the 2nd Thursday of each month except August and December at 10.45 a.m. in All Saints Church Hall, Onslow Gardens, Sanderstead CR2 9AB. Tea/coffee and biscuits from 10.00 a.m. Visitors welcome. Other activities include Special Interest Days, Visits and Study Tours. Membership Secretary; 020 8680 3049.

CNHSS – Croydon Natural History and Scientific Society

Indoor meetings are usually held in the Small Hall of the East Croydon United Reformed Church, Addiscombe Grove, almost opposite East Croydon Station. www.cnhss.co.uk/

There is also a monthly e-newsletter sent blind copy, this includes all of the CNHSS events. It also includes meetings of other societies, links to interesting websites, local cultural events, exhibitions open days and festivals.  To be added to the list please email


An amateur community wind band with 50 members/players that was formed by an ex Riddlesdown resident Sue Reeves over 40 years ago. Both Sue and her husband Derek run and manage the band. The band is based in Croydon. New members always welcome. http://csb.org.uk/

FoFD - Friends of Farthing Downs

Regular talks & walks & meetings & exhibitions. Hold a Sunday Tea on Farthing Downs the last Sunday of each month, May to September. For more information - email: or telephone: 01737 554449.

Girl Guiding (Croydon) http://www.girlguidinglaser.org.uk/gdlgallery/croydon/

London Mozart Players Website For details of concerts some of which take place locally Link

North Wood Morris Men -Croydon’s Own Morris Dancers; Website Link

They are always looking for new members to dance or play music. They will train dancers and musicians from scratch if need be. All are welcome.

Parkrun; Riddlesdown Common

Free 5km Run Every Saturday at 9am - See link for further details to register - Link

Purley Bury Sports & Social Club (Brancaster Lane).

BOWLS Purley Bury Bowls Club

CROQUET Purley Bury Croquet Club

TENNIS Purley Bury Tennis Club

Purley and District Townswomen’s Guild

Meet in the Lounge, United Reformed Church, 906 Brighton Road, Purley CR8 2LN (next to Purley Hospital). First Tuesday every month, 2 – 4pm. Make new friends at our regular talks, lunches, etc. Try before you buy! First meeting free. More information at www.purley-guild.com or e-mail admin@purley-guild.com

Purley Literary Society

Meetings run from October to March. Talks are in the hall of the Purley URC Church, 906 Brighton Road – next to Purley Hospital, at 8pm. Visitors pay £5 at the door or season ticket; £22 for eleven talks or 6 talks £12. The web site gives more information: www.purley-literary-society.com


Croydon Ramblers - http://www.croydonramblers.org.uk/

Surrey Ramblers - www.surreyramblers.org.uk

Riddlesdown Lawn Tennis Club, Lower Barn Rd Link

A small friendly club where everyone is welcome - regardless of age, experience or skill.

A first year special offer of membership for just £120.

Junior section with full coaching sessions organised by MDL Coaching

on Sat mornings throughout year. Further details - Dave Kerr - 07773 818443.

RSPB Croydon Local Group

Monthly Illustrated Wildlife Talks in South Croydon Whitgift Sports Club, Croham Manor Road - off Croham Road. South Croydon, CR2 7BG Second Monday of each month, 2pm and again at 8pm.

Admission £3.50. Everyone is welcome, not just RSPB members. Free refreshments. A selection of RSPB goods, nuts & seeds are on sale. Parking limited on site but free in adjacent roads. T33, 64 & 409 buses stop nearby in Croham Road.

For more information contact John Davis on 020-8640 4578 or see www.rspb.org.uk/groups/croydon Note: on request we give illustrated bird talks to local organisations.

St Edmund’s Church & Community Hall, Riddlesdown

St Edmund’s is a dual purpose building, used both as a church hall and a Riddlesdown community resource. Its congregation are mainly from the Riddlesdown resident community and are friendly and welcoming to all. Sunday services are at 8am and 9.15am worship varies week by week. Rev’d Susan Atkinson-Jones is the Team Vicar of Edmund’s. Further information from website: www.sanderstead-parish.org.uk/st_edmund

St Edmund's Lunch Club

St Edmund's Lunch Club for the Retired meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays in the month at St Edmund's at 12.30 pm. The hot lunch costs £3.45, with a small extra charge for tea or coffee. The team hopes that you will enjoy yourself at the lunch club and we look forward to welcoming you many times.

St Edmund’s Caring Group

SECG is a voluntary group in Riddlesdown which supports residents in remaining independent and at home when life becomes a little more difficult. We have wonderful volunteers who are happy to help in numerous ways; shopping and being taken to medical appointments are the most popular.

In this year so far we have completed a total of 424 tasks! We are part of Croydon Neighbourhood Care and as such have a wealth of experience and information that we can pass on to you.

Volunteering is such a rewarding experience knowing that you have helped someone to do something that would otherwise have seemed impossible is marvellous. Young or old, if you require support, reassurance or any information, please do give us a call. Equally, if you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please call our new telephone number 020 8651 9442. We are open 10-12 weekday mornings and at all other times there is an answer phone; so please do leave a message and we will return your call.

St Edmund’s Tuesday Night Badminton Club

Tuesday night badminton takes place between 8 - 9.30pm in St.Edmund's church hall during term time. We are a friendly mixed club with a mix of ability and would encourage new members to join. No absolute beginners please.

Contact details: Mrs Christine Whitmarsh on 8660 2178 or just drop in one Tuesday


Scouts, Croydon

19th Purley (Riddlesdown), Dunmail Drive, off Mitchley Hill


11th Purley Scout Group (St James Church Hall)

The 11th Purley Scout Group meet at St. James Church Hall in Lower Road, Kenley
Beavers - Friday 1630 - 1730;  Cubs - Monday 1830 - 2000
Scouts - Tuesday 1900 - 2100
Enquiries to Peter Pearce (Group Scout Leader) 07947 889920

16th Purley Scout Group (All Saint’s Group, Sanderstead) Link

18th Purley (United Reform Church). Scout HQ in Farm Fields Link

Group Scout Leader Robert Croft. Beavers – Thursdays 5.00 – 6.00pm

Cubs - Mondays – 6.30 to 8.00pm

Scouts Thursdays 7.30 to 9.00pm

Sanderstead Cricket Club, 14 Old Saw Mill, Limpsfield Rd, Sanderstead (entrance opposite The Gruffy) Link

Sanderstead Dramatic Club - Contact Mr John Desbottes - Tel 01883 625656 - Link

Sanderstead Evening Townswomen’s Guild - Contact Mrs Doreen Nicholls - Tel 020 8657 2072

SHS - Sanderstead Horticultural Society; Wettern Tree Garden, Purley Oaks Road. Membership £6 per family. Contact Val Burley 020 8651 5837. Five member lectures a year & Garden Outings to great gardens. Other member benefits including horticultural advice & Knights discount.

Sanderstead Village WI - Link

Selsdon Camera Club - Link

Selsdon Little Leagues Football & Netball Link

Providing Football and Netball for local children in the Croydon area.

Stagecoach Croydon - Theatre Arts Schools for Children

Fridays at Riddlesdown Collegiate

4.30 - 7.30pm; 6 -18 years

4.15 - 5.45pm; 4 -6 years

Saturdays at Croydon High School

10 am - 1pm or 2.30pm - 5.30pm; 6-18 years

9.30 am - 11am or 11.15am -12.45pm; 4-6 years

Tel 0845 265 7083  www.stagecoach.co.uk/croydon

Surrey Wildlife Trust

More Information Tel: 01483 795440 or website www.surreywildlifetrust.org

The Norwood Wind Ensemble

We are a friendly concert band who enjoy playing good quality music to the best of our ability. We are always looking for new musicians who are interested in joining us. If you play a wind, brass or percussion instrument and have good sight reading skills we would love to hear from you. We usually meet twice a month on Sunday afternoons at St Mary’s Church Hall, Addington Village.

If you would like more information about joining the band or are interested in booking us for an engagement please contact our Musical Director, Brian Cox on: 07791 688838

www.norwoodwind.com   Email: brian.sarah.cox@gmail.com

The PROBUS Club of Sanderstead & Riddlesdown

Meet at Old Whitgiftians Sports Club, Croham Manor Rd, S Croydon. From noon on first Tuesday of every month. Link

The University of the Third Age (U3A) Link

The Third Age Trust is the national representative body for the Universities of Third Age (U3As) in the UK. U3As are self-help, self-managed lifelong learning co-operatives for older people no longer in full time work, providing opportunities for their members to share learning experiences in a wide range of interest groups and to pursue learning not for qualifications, but for fun.

Walk & Cycle Surrey

Further information at website: http://www.walkandcycle.co.uk/surreytrails

Warlingham Horticultural Society

Hold Regular flower shows & plant sales in Warlingham & outings


or call Derek Butler on 01883 623618

Yoga with Veronica

A mixed ability class suitable for all ages which takes place on Tuesday evenings in St Edmund's Church Hall during term-time between 6.15 - 7.30pm. Yoga will improve your flexibility and strength and help you relax and de-stress after your busy day. Contact: Veronica Moulder, Tel 07803 728868


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