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"Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast, Sunday 19th August

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight has confirmed that this year’s BBMF Hardest Day Flypast will be at 12.32 on Sunday 19th August. We're anticipating the Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire which will be a wonderful way of celebrating RAF100. Link

They will be aiming for the Tribute, and this is the best place to watch from, but please stay on or outside of the peri track. We would suggest you start arriving from 12.15 and as always please remember that the flypast is dependent on weather and serviceability of the aircraft. The Portcullis Club will be open all afternoon for refreshments and everyone is invited to pop over for a relaxing drink. We look forward to seeing you on the day."

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 Jemma Cottam-Verbruggen at the Royal British Legion on 0203 053 7237 or email; or see this RBL link

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

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


Hillbillies - Farthing Downs

Sunday 2 September 2018, 10am-3pm

Ashtead Common


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.

West Wickham Commons


BioBlitz at Spring Park

Saturday 18 August, 1pm-3pm

Meet the ranger in front of the pond

Become a wildlife explorer and together we will find and identify as many different species of birds, bugs, plants and beasties as we can. Just like a real scientific expedition, everything you find will be documented and passed on to local and national wildlife databases.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided for a suggested donation.

No booking required.

WWaSP volunteers at Spring Park

No August tasks.

Kenley Revival Project

Walk and Talk on Kenley

Monday 20 August; 1pm - 3pm

RAF Kenley Tribute (Hayes Lane Entrance)

FREE book your place here.

Join the Kenley Revival Learning & Volunteer Officer and Events Apprentice on a tour of Kenley airfield. Learn about RAF Kenley's significant Battle of Britain history and hear about the conservation, preservation and restoration of one of Britain's finest examples of Impermanent Architecture!

The event is outdoors and therefore suitable clothing must be worn. Surfaces may be uneven and slippery. The route will be a mixture of surfaced path and grass and therefore suitable footwear must be worn. The length of the route is approx. 2 miles.

There is no parking available onsite and we would encourage you to travel by public transport (details can be found here). Limited parking is available on Hayes Lane which is closest to the RAF Kenley Tribute where the walk will commence.

There are no toilet or refreshment facilities available.

Always remember that Kenley is an active airfield for gliders, so for your safety remain outside of the yellow line at all times.

If you are interested in coming on a walking tour of the site book your place here.

Parkrun Riddlesdown

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

Woodcote Medical Practice - Diabetes & Pre Diabetes Meeting

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