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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 9 October, we understand the RBL are again out of stock of the large poppies and are currently waiting for new poppies to be delivered. There is also a long waiting list. We can only suggest if you wish to make a donation, to please use the ‘JustGiving’ link above. The project has been more successful than expected, which is fantastic.

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 10.50am

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.

RRA Children’s Christmas Party

Saturday 1 December 2018; 2 to 4pm at St Edmund’s Church

The RRA Children’s Christmas Party is on Saturday 1 December 2018; 2 to 4pm at St Edmund’s Church, Mitchley Ave. The event is free but please book a place. There are a limited number of places.

The Children’s Party is open to all members who live in the RRA area, for your children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces. The suggested age range is 3 to 11. A new entertainer this year - 'Froggle Parties'.

If you are not sure if you live in the RRA's area, then please look on this link

To book a place for your child(ren), grandchild(ren), nephews, nieces, please e-mail eventsRRA@gmail.com or text/ring 07874 682852.

If you have not received a response to your e-mail could you please send again or use the mobile phone number.

Community Dog Event

A Community Dog Event arranged by the Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown SNT in partnership with ‘The Dog’s Trust’ to help promote responsible dog ownership. This is being held at the Carpark of Riddlesdown 'Common' off  Riddlesdown Road, on Saturday 13th October 2018 from 10am to 2pm.

The Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown SNT Policing Team will also be there from 10am – 2pm with a representative from ‘The Dog’s Trust’ who can offer free microchipping and advice.

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

Halloween night walk with spooky storytelling on Kenley Common

Monday 22 October 2018

Group 1 (children aged 4-8): 6.30pm-7.30pm - book here: Eventbrite

Group 2 (children aged 8-12): 8pm-9pm - book here: Eventbrite

Join the ranger for a spooky night time walk through the woods on Kenley Common. We will search for bats, owls, foxes and deer as we go on a lantern lit walk. Then end the walk with a spooky story around the campfire whilst eating toasted marshmallows!

Please note the two different booking times, earlier for a less spooky story, later for a more spooky story! Don’t forget to dress for a chilly night and remember to bring your torch.

Suggested minimum donation: £4 per child

Booking essential - please only book a ticket for your child/children!


Discover Hedgehogs on Coulsdon Common

Tuesday 23 October 2018, 10.30am-12.30pm

Join us for a fun session learning all about hedgehogs. We will play games, solve a wildlife quiz and make little hedgehogs to take home! Please wear suitable clothing as we will be outdoors most of the time.

Booking essential - Please book your ticket via Eventbrite - please only book a ticket for your child/children! Suggested minimum donation: £3 per child.

Pumpkin Carving at Coulsdon Common

Friday 26 October 2018, 10am-12pm

Create your own spooky-faced pumpkin to take home.

Suitable for all ages. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.

Suggested minimum donation £3 per person (incl carving tools).

Booking essential - Please book your ticket via Eventbrite.


Kenley Volunteers

Tuesday 23 October 2018, 10am-3pm

Riddlesdown Volunteers

Thursday 11 October 2018, 10am-3pm

Seasonal pond maintenance in the quarry

Hillbillies - Farthing Downs

Sunday 11 November 2018, 10am-3pm

West Wickham Commons

WWaSP volunteers at Spring Park

Thursday 25 October & Friday 26 October 2018, 10am-3pm

Meet at West Wickham Common car park

Woodland glade creation

Ashtead Common


Fungi Walk

Saturday 20 October 2018, 10am-12pm

Fungi fruiting bodies are now starting to appear in the dead wood and amongst the leaf litter. Come along and join our ranger for a stroll across Ashtead Common and learn more about these magnificent autumn wonders.

Please book your ticket via Eventbrite or give us a call 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 23rd October 2018 - John Wilson will be speaking about 'The Lancaster Bomber and Me!'

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