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COMMUNITY PAGE; Updated 9/6/22

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

The Croydon Art Society is one of the oldest art societies in Britain (having been formed in 1881) and won The Artist/Leisure Painter Art Club of the Year in 2018.  Art Societies and clubs are not just about painting and in these troubled times. The Croydon Art Society has had to devise new and innovative ways to support and connect with its members.  During lockdown, the Committee were ringing round the members to see if they were okay and there have been talks and demonstrations via Zoom.

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

The Art Society Croydon (TAS)

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.


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/


An amateur community wind band with 50 members/players that was formed by an ex Riddlesdown resident over 40 years ago. The band is based in Croydon. New members always welcome. http://csb.org.uk/

FoFD - Friends of Farthing Downs

Regular talks & walks & meetings & exhibitions.


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

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


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

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


Purley Bury Sports & Social Club (Brancaster Lane).

BOWLS Purley Bury Bowls Club

CROQUET Purley Bury Croquet Club

TENNIS Purley Bury Tennis Club

Purley Literary Society

Meetings run fortnightly from October to March. Talks are in the hall of the Purley URC Church, 906 Brighton Road – next to Purley Hospital, at 8pm. The website gives more information: https://www.purleylit.org.uk/index.html

Purley Map and Heritage Trail

“Purley Panel are delighted to launch the Purley Map and Heritage Trail. As Purley landscape changes, we celebrate the history that hides within our small town.

We have highlighted 8 spots of historical significance within a small radius of our town centre.

We’re also celebrating Purley is set in the centre of 6 nearby places of Interest.

This Easter  why not take a wander through our town - check out these spots and then treat yourself and visit one of Purley’s many quality restaurants or cafes. Copies will be available in town soon and also on the InPurley App. Don’t delay start the heritage trail today!”

Print the map in pdf


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

Surrey Ramblers - www.surreyramblers.org.uk

Riddlesdown Lawn Tennis Club, Lower Barn Rd

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. Note: on request we give illustrated bird talks to local organisations.


St Edmund’s Community Hall, Riddlesdown

St Edmund’s was a dual purpose building, used both as a church and a church hall for the Riddlesdown community. However from December 2019 the building will now only be used for community purposes and no longer as a church. Further information from their website: www.sanderstead-parish.org.uk/st_edmund

However there is a Holy Communion service every Tuesday at 3pm;

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.

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


Sanderstead Methodist Church, Limpsfield Rd

Tuesday Coffee Club

The coffee club for members of the church and local community opened in January 2019. We met every first and third Tuesday of the month until March 2020 when the first lockdown meant that we all had to stay at home.

From March 2020 until May 2021 we kept in contact by telephone calls. First it was every Tuesday and later, when we were able to go out again, it was twice a month.

In May 2021 we were delighted to open again. The plan was to hold meetings in the church garden as much as possible. We were very lucky that nearly every coffee club Tuesday of the summer was fine and sunny, and we enjoyed being outside.

By the autumn we were back inside, wearing masks when walking around, keeping the windows open and generally being careful. We restarted doing jigsaw puzzles, providing newspapers, and playing scrabble and other games. In January 2022 we held a lunch to celebrate the club being open for three years.

New members are welcome. We meet on the first and third Tuesday of the month. If you would like some company, conversation, and coffee (or tea) in a friendly environment please drop in to Sanderstead Methodist Church, 102 Limpsfield Road, CR2 (next door to Atwood Primary Academy), between 10.00 and 11.30 am and try out the club. It costs £1 for a drink and a cookie. For some pictures and more details visit the website: http://www.sandersteadmethodist.org.uk/SMCHome/

Scouts, Croydon

19th Purley (Riddlesdown), Dunmail Drive, off Mitchley Hill https://19thpurleyscoutgroup.org/


Vacancies for Beavers at the 19th Purley- e-mail   for enquiries

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)


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

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)


Sanderstead Dramatic Club


Sanderstead Evening Townswomen’s Guild


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


Sanderstead Village WI


Selsdon Little Leagues Football

Providing Football for local children in the South Croydon, Sanderstead and Selsdon area 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


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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


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.


The University of the Third Age (U3A)

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.


Warlingham Horticultural Society

Hold Regular flower shows & plant sales in Warlingham & outings


Yoga with Veronica

Classes on Wednesday evenings in St Edmund's Church Hall during term-time. Mixed Ability Hatha Yoga 6.15pm to 7.30pm and Hatha Yoga for Beginners/Returners 7.45pm-8.45pm. Yoga can improve your flexibility and strength, help you de-stress and relax. Yoga is for every one and every body. For more information including cost please contact Veronica Moulder, Tel 07803 728868.


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