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Croydon Say Thank You With Poppies on Lampposts

This year is 100 years since the end of the First World War (The Great War) and the Royal British Legion are launching a ‘Thank You Movement' from 8 August to run through 100 days until Armistice Day on Sunday 11 November. They are inviting members of the public to say ‘Thank You’ to all those who served, sacrificed and changed our world. To mark this event, 45cm poppies will be displayed on some lampposts in the Borough of Croydon.

The Riddlesdown Residents' Association along with a number of other Residents' Associations of Sanderstead, Selsdon, Coulsdon West, East Coulsdon, Old Coulsdon, Hartley & District, Kenley & District and Spring Park and the People of Portland (South Norwood), will be fixing poppies on lampposts to some streets in these areas, from 8 August until 11 November 2018. In the Riddlesdown area, these poppies are now on lampposts in Rectory Park, Mitchley Ave, Lower Barn Rd and Coombe Wood Hill.

Croydon Council and Skanska (who maintain the street lighting) have been very supportive in allowing the Residents' Associations to do this.

Riddlesdown RA and all the local Residents' Associations are making a donation to the Royal British Legion for these poppies on the lampposts. All Croydon residents are also invited to join the Residents' Associations by making a donation if they wish, to support this cause, maybe in memory of a relative, or friend.

The Riddlesdown Residents’ Association have set up a ‘JustGiving’ page where Croydon residents can give a donation.

Or alternatively, if you would like more information about how you can ‘purchase’ a poppy, (a minimum £3 donation is suggested) to display on your own property, then please contact Sarah-Jane Hill at the Royal British Legion on 0203 053 7237 or email; SHill@britishlegion.org.uk or see this RBL link

As at 16 August, we understand the RBL are currently waiting for new poppies to be delivered and there is a delay of about 4 weeks. A waiting list has been started.

Unless you have prior approval from Skanska, please do not fix any poppies to lampposts. A report about this is in the Croydon Advertiser

Remembrance Sunday - 11 November 2018 at 11 am

St Edmund’s Church in Mitchley Ave will hold a special ‘Act of Remembrance’ outside the Church on Sunday 11th November, to which all the Riddlesdown community, of all faiths and none, are invited to attend. This will be from 10.50 am.

The Remembrance will be led by the Rev’d Susan Atkinson-Jones and she will say a few words in remembrance of the fallen. A wreath will be laid under a poppy cross on the end wall of the Church and to observe a 2 minutes silence at 11am.

Tea and biscuits will follow in the Church.

RRA Litter Pick

The next RRA litter pick will be on Saturday 17 November from 2pm to 3.30pm. Please meet at the bottom of Dunmail Drive at the junction with Mitchley Hill (near the Mitchley Ave junction). All litter picking equipment will be supplied by Croydon Council. Please wear good, strong shoes.

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.

Riddlesdown & Coulsdon Commons


We have exciting news! We have decided to make our booking system easier for you. You are now able to book your place online via Eventbrite

Lumps and Bumps on Riddlesdown - Sunday 23 September 2018, 10am-12pm

Join us for a guided walk and find out how visual clues such as banks, bumps, depressions and ditches indicate how the site and its natural resources have been utilised in the past.

Walk along the Roman Road whilst enjoying the views of the North Downs. Did you know there was a shooting range on Riddlesdown? Have you ever heard about Gardner`s Pleasure Resort? Suggested minimum donation £3 per person.

Booking essential - Please book your ticket via Eventbrite.


Hillbillies - Farthing Downs - Sunday 30 September 2018, 10am-3pm

West Wickham Commons

WWaSP volunteers at Spring Park

WWaSP volunteers - Friday 28 September 2018, 10am-3pm

Meet at West Wickham Common car park

Bringing in the hay. Our annual mission to strip nutrients from the acid grassland by raking up the hay crop.

Ashtead Common


Veteran Tree Walk - Sunday 23 September 2018, 1pm-3pm

Join the ranger for a guided walk across Ashtead Common to discover more about our famous veteran trees, what makes them so special and how we look after them.

Please wear suitable outdoor clothes.

Donations are welcome!

Please book your ticket online via Eventbrite or give us a ring on 01372 279083


Estate Team Volunteers

Mondays, 10am, Estate Office

Would you like to help look after gates, signs, noticeboards and other infrastructure of the Common? Then our estate team is the volunteer group for you. Tel 01372 279083.

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

Tuesday 9th October 2018 - Dr Lois Oliver will be speaking about 'Rubens: Painter of Princes, Prince of Painters'

Tuesday 23rd October 2018 - John Wilson will be speaking about 'The Lancaster Bomber and Me!'

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