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Information received from St Edmund's

New 7/2/20

St Edmund’s service of celebration Sunday 16 February at 3pm.

“As many of you know, Sunday services at St Edmund’s ceased at Christmas 2019. We will be holding a Service of Celebration of St Edmund’s past and future on Sunday 16 February at 3pm, to be followed by refreshments. We do hope you will be able to join us. It would be good if people from the community could be there."

Walk for Health

Following the success of the initial 'Walk for Health', regular walks are now taking place on Riddlesdown Common (meet at the car park off Riddlesdown Rd), which will usually be on the last Wednesday of the month, weather permitting.

Social prescribing enables GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services. These services can involve a variety of activities which are typically provided by voluntary and community sector organisations. For example, for someone who might be lonely or socially isolated, the GPs social prescription might include, activities such as, joining a lunch club, exercise or walking groups, befriending, volunteering, or something as a simple as a drop-in facility for coffee and a chat. No need to book - just turn up!

Walk for Health monthly dates up to 24 June are on the poster below. Please note the organisers have now decided to go ahead with a walk on Wednesday 26 February (weather permitting). All walks are from 1.30pm and meeting in the car park off Riddlesdown Rd.

Dementia Friendly Screenings

Following the success of the Dementia Friendly Screenings in 2019, another group of films have been planned at the David Lean Cinema, Katharine Street, Croydon.

These Dementia Friendly screenings aim to make cinema more accessible by providing a fun and inclusive experience to enable people living with dementia, their families and carers to attend the cinema in a safe and welcoming environment. The lights are left on low, there are no adverts or trailers and the audience is allowed to move around or even sing along to any musical numbers if they’d like to.

The dates and titles of the films are listed below. All but the last film’s performances will start at 11am, with refreshments available from 10.15am with the exception of the performance on Saturday 12 December (start 2pm). Admission is £1 on the door for people with dementia (their carers get free entry). Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available before the screening.

The films have been sponsored by the Sanderstead and Coulsdon Ward Councillors.

Tuesday 3 March 2020 - Singin’ in the Rain

Tuesday 7 April 2020 - Carmen Jones

Other screenings are planned in 2020 (titles now confirmed).

Tuesday 5 May – Funny Face

Tuesday 19 May – Some Like It Hot

Tuesday 2 June – Parineeta

Tuesday 7 July – Wonderful Life

Tuesday 1 September – By the Light of the Silvery Moon

Tuesday 6 October – Cabin in the Sky

Tuesday 3 November – Blue Hawaii

Saturday 12 December at 2pm – The Wizard of Oz

To book and further information, go to this link

The RRA have received this local exhibition information;

"An Exhibition and Sale of Pictures by Local Artists

on Saturday 21st March 10.00am – 4.30pm at the United Reformed Church Hall, Sanderstead Hill (on the 403 bus route). In support of the The Children's Society, Charity Registration No 221124.

A Spring date for your calendar!

Our 46th annual exhibition again offers an opportunity to admire the talents of local artists and to buy original works for yourself, or as gifts at very reasonable prices. It is always a lively event with a wide variety of colourful pictures to enjoy, both framed and unframed, from beautiful animal studies to romantic landscapes and lovely local scenes. Around 50 artists' work will be on display and 20% of all profits go towards the Society's work with disadvantaged children.

There will also be a homemade cakes and preserves stall, plus tea and coffee to enjoy and a chance to win a raffle prize. Drop in morning or afternoon if you have the chance. We'd love to see you.

And if you are interested in exhibiting your own pictures, please do get in touch (preferably by the end of January 2020) and we will send you an application form."

Please e-mail the RRA and we will pass on your request for an application form to the organisers at; Riddlesdownresidents@gmail.com

Events Diary For City of London Commons

Coulsdon, Kenley, Farthing Downs, Riddlesdown, Spring Park, West Wickham. City of London Commons website Link

Note: It is suggested that a check is made first that an event is definitely taking place by contacting the details of relevant websites and / or phone numbers etc, first, before travelling. Please ring or email for more details. Telephone:01372 279083.

Kenley Revival Half Term Mini Museum

Saturday 22nd February, 11am-4pm.

At: City of London Merlewood Estate Office

Ninehams Rd,Caterham, CR3 5LN


Something for history enthusiasts of all ages at Kenley Revival's Half Term Mini Museum. We will be joined by re-enactors from The Historical Display Team who will be recreating an RAF dispersal hut from World War II in our classroom at Merlewood Estate Office. Other RAF and wartime memorabilia will be on display and there will be an art activity to keep our younger visitors entertained. Free refreshments will be provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Entrance is FREE, and you are welcome to drop in throughout the day, but it would help us if you registered here for a ticket, so we know how much cake we'll need!

RRA Litter Pick

The RRA will be holding another litter pick of our area on Saturday 25 April from 2pm (until 3.30pm). Please meet in Mitchley Hill near to the junction of Mitchley Ave (at the bottom of Dunmail Drive). All litter picking equipment, bags and lightweight gloves will be supplied by the Council. Please wear good, strong footwear.


The next RRA AGM is to be held on Wednesday 13 May 2020 at 7.30pm in St Edmund’s Church Hall, Mitchley Ave, Purley. Here the annual election of Committee members will take place (new Committee members are always welcome to stand for election) and residents are also updated on all the happenings within the area over the last year. Residents can also ask questions and raise any matter or topic. Go to this link for the 2019 Minutes

At the beginning of the AGM, Steve Bolton, Project Officer at Butterfly Conservation will be giving a short talk.

He will give information about a new project called 'Brilliant Butterflies' where London Wildlife Trust, the Natural History Museum and Butterfly Conservation are working together creating and restoring chalk grassland to come alive with butterflies and wildflowers in south Croydon and Bromley.

They will be working with local residents, schools and landowners to host nature friendly events and make new homes for butterflies by creating over 40 areas of chalk grassland habitat in green spaces between Downe, New Addington and Coulsdon.

More information is on this link: https://www.wildlondon.org.uk/brilliant-butterflies and on this flyer

Parkrun Riddlesdown

Riddlesdown Common - Free 5km Timed Run Every Saturday - See link for further details to register - Link

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. The web site gives more information: www.purley-literary-society.com

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