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If you are new to Riddlesdown, here are some services available in our area and others close by. For our long established residents, just a reminder what is on our doorstep! See also our Community Page for local groups.

Updated 7/8/23

Croydon Council Facilities and Contact Details Link

Police Contact Numbers and Details Link


Croydon University Hospital - (formerly Mayday)

(24hr A&E) Website

530 London Road, Thornton Heath CR7 7YE

020 8401 3000

April 2023 Know where to go if you need medical advice

but it’s not an emergency

Purley War Memorial Hospital Website

GP Hubs in Croydon

GP Hubs Website for the three Croydon hubs below

Purley War Memorial Hospital, 856 Brighton Rd, Purley, CR8 2YL

GP Hub opening times; 8am to 8pm, 365 days a year

020 8401 3000

Parking Details Link

GP Hub, Parkway Health Centre, Parkway, New Addington CR0 0JA

GP hub opening times; 8am to 8pm, 365 days a year

020 8251 7225

GP Hub, East Croydon Medical Centre,

59 Addiscombe Road, Croydon CR0 6SD

GP hub opening times; 8am to 8pm, 365 days a year


Caterham Dene Minor Injuries Unit Website

Caterham Dene Hospital, Church Road, Caterham, CR3 5RA

01883 837500

(Open 8am - 8pm, 7 days a week)

Children aged 5 plus can now be seen at Caterham Dene Minor Injury Unit for injuries such as sprains, cuts and grazes. The service is available 7 days per week from 8am - 8pm. You do not need an appointment; however, you are advised to book by calling NHS 111 before you travel to ensure you're directed to the most appropriate service for you.

Or Dial 111

Did you know that a trip to A&E may not be necessary?

You can now call 111 when you need medical help fast, but it isn’t a 999 emergency. You can call NHS 111 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and all calls from landlines and mobiles are free. Link


Mitchley Ave Surgery, 116 Mitchley Avenue; T 020 8657 6565 Website

This GP practice merged with the Selsdon Park Medical Practice from 1/4/22

Selsdon Park Medical Practice, 97 Addington Road Selsdon; T: 020 8657 0067 Website

Parkside Group Practice, 27 Wyche Grove, S Croydon;T 020 8680 2588 Website

Woodcote Medical, 32 Foxley Lane, Purley; T: 020 8763 5620 Website

Keston Medical Practice, Purley Hospital, 856 Brighton Rd, T 020 8660 8292 Website

Queenhill Medical Practice; 31 Queenhill Rd, S. Croydon T 020 8651 1141 Website

Farley Rd Medical Practice; 53 Farley Road, S Croydon T 020 8651 1222 Website

The Moorings Medical Practice 2A Valley Road, Kenley T 020 3417 7565 Website

For a full list of NHS Services near you, type in your postcode on the NHS Website


No NHS Dentists in our area, but for a full list of NHS Dentists,

visit the NHS Website

London Air Ambulance

Did you realise the LAA is a charity and relies heavily on donations?

It receives no Government Funding.  Website


SES Water, London Rd, Redhill RH1 1LJ

Tel: 01737 772000 (24hr) Website


 Thames Water plc Tel: 0845 920 0800 (24 hr) Website

From 1 October 2011, Thames Water are now responsible for many drains that are shared (you are still responsible for the section of drain that solely drains your property). If a shared drain is blocked or damaged, then contact Thames Water first for advice Website


Call UK Power Networks on 105 or 0800 31 63 105

Or text POWER and your postcode to 80876 Website


Call Southern Gas Networks on 0800 111 999 Website



Riddlesdown Post Office

102 Lower Barn Road 020 8660 1400

Newsagents, Confectioners, General Store and Sub Post Office.

Groceries, Fruit & Vegetables,

Confectioners, Wines & Spirits, Stationery, Cards,

Tobacco, Fresh Bread and Rolls (Sat only).

National Lottery, Dry cleaning, Ice Cream, Ready meals.

Shop - Weekdays & Sat; 6am - 8.30pm

Sun; 6am - 8pm

PO - Mon to Sat; 8.30am - 7pm

Sunday; Closed

Find Royal Mail services near to you

Delivery/Post Offices and post boxes/collection times - link

Riddlesdown Pharmacy

104 Lower Barn Road 020 8660 7150

Opening times; Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri - 9am - 1pm & 2.15pm -5.30pm

Wednesday; 9am - 1pm & 2.30pm - 5.30pm

Sat - 9am - 1pm

Electronic & Repeat Prescription Service for Mitchley Ave Practice,

Woodcote Practice, Parkside Surgery, Selsdon Medical Practice, Moorings,

Keston House, Purley Memorial

Minor ailment advice & treatment. Medicines use review. Community trays. Stop Smoking clinic. Malaria prescribers. Flu jab. Brand new vitamins/supplement range. Blood pressure checks. Healthy Heart checks. Deliveries.

Why not leave a review about this excellent Pharmacy on this NHS website?

Click on this link about a report on prescriptions at Riddlesdown Pharmacy

Hairdressers (Ladies and Gents):
Tip Top Hair

100 Lower Barn Road 020 8660 2123

Opening Hours; Tues, Wed 9am - 5pm

Thursday & Fri - 9am - 6pm

Sat - 9am - 4pm

Closed Sunday & Monday

Special Rates for Senior Citizens -Tues/Wed/Thurs

Cafe Istasyon

106 Lower Barn Rd 020 7585 5042

Tuesday to Saturday; 8am to 4.30pm

Sunday; 8.30am to 3pm

Monday; Closed



King Fish and Chips, 71b Mitchley Avenue, 020 8651 4499

K K Food & Wine

Newsagents. Groceries. Household Goods. Oyster Cards. Daily Fresh Bread

 National Lottery Tickets. Wines, beers & spirits etc. My Hermes Parcel Shop,

Pay Point ATM

71 Mitchley Avenue 020 3609 7521

Opening Hours; Mon to Sat; 6am - 9pm; Sun; 6 am - 7pm

Beauty King - Barber & Nails

73 Mitchley Ave, 020 8651 2512

Marmaris Cafe,

75 Mitchley Avenue 020 8651 4747

Open 7 days a week 6am to 4pm

Vera (Bar & Grill)

77/79 Mitchley Ave


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Cherrill Print Website

Leaflets, brochures, booklets, newsletters, letterheads, business cards, invitations,

orders of service, personalised stationery, funeral orders of service, forms,

carbonless sets, posters, photocopying.

297 Brighton Rd, S Croydon, CR2 6EQ

020 8681 7826


Customer service and quality guaranteed by small family business

specialising in domestic blinds;

Rollers, venetians, verticals, velux, pleated, conservatory roof, awnings, shutters, canopies, window films, curtains

Tel/fax; 020 8651 3569 - Mob; 07961 827917


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Riddlesdown Collegiate (Secondary) Website

Honister Heights CR8 1EX

020 8668 5136

No Primary Schools in our area but these are nearby:

Atwood Primary Academy  Website

Limpsfield Rd, Sanderstead CR2 9EE

020 8657 7374

Gresham Primary School  Website

Limpsfield Rd, Sanderstead, CR2 9EA

020 8657 1807

Harris Primary Academy Kenley  Website

(Formerly Roke Primary School)

51 Little Roke Rd (Godstone Road), Kenley, CR8 5NF

020 8660 2714


Castle Day Nursery

The St Edmunds site -is now closed - taken from their Facebook page 15/5/23
“After a lot of consideration and taking into account cost and number of children attending at Castle Day Nursery at St Edmund’s we came to difficult decision that we will no longer continue to operate from this site as from September 2023 . We are continuing providing childcare at Castle Day Nursery at Memorial Hall (Purley Downs Rd) and looking forward to welcome children as usual . We would like to thank parents/ careers , children and Castle Day Team for continued support.”

Further information for Memorial Hall, Purley Downs Rd

and contacts is on their website

CHURCHES and Halls

St Edmunds Hall, Mitchley Ave (junc with Lower Barn Rd)

From Christmas 2019. St Edmund’s closed as a cHurch

 However, every Tuesday afternoon at 3pm there is a Holy Communion Service at St Edmund’s followed by light refreshments. All are welcome.

St Edmund’s is now affiliated with St James’ Church, St James’ Rd, Purley


All Saint’s, Addington Rd, Sanderstead

Purley & Kenley Churches Together Website

Croydon Churches Forum - Website


Vue, 14 High Street Croydon (Grants) 08712 240 240 Website

Vue, 21 Hesterman Way, Croydon (Valley Park) 08712 240 240 Website

Screen Cinema, Oxted (Everyman) 0871 9069060 Website


Fairfield Halls, Theatre, Concert, Gallery - Fairfield Hall Website

Note - Fairfield Halls has a car park located to the rear of the venue with a capacity for 139 cars. The car park is operated by RingGo and uses Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR). There are 8 disabled parking spaces on the front forecourt. More parking details on this link


 Countryside Office- City Of London Website

General Enquiries: 01372 279083

Emergency telephone number: 01372 279488

On Site Office (limited opening hours) 020 8660 4625


Follow links to find nearest Groups

Croydon Girl Guiding  Website

Croydon Scouting - 19th Purley (Riddlesdown) Website

Croydon Scouting - 11th Purley Scout Group (St James Church Hall) Website


Purley Bury Sports & Social Club (Brancaster Lane) covering:

BOWLS Purley Bury Bowls Club

CROQUET Purley Bury Croquet Club

TENNIS Purley Bury Tennis Club

 020 8668 5250

Riddlesdown Lawn Tennis Club,
Lower Barn Rd Website

A small friendly club where everyone is welcome - regardless of age, experience or skill.

A first year special offer of membership for just £130.

Junior section with full coaching sessions organised by MDL Coaching

on Sat mornings throughout year.

Further details - Dave Kerr - 07773 818443

The PROBUS Club of Sanderstead & Riddlesdown

Meet at Old Whitgiftians Sports Club, Croham Rd, S Croydon

From noon on first Tuesday of every month

Further details- Mike Phillips - 020 8407 0305


“It’s here to help you make your neighbourhood better and be somewhere

that others look up to. Delve in and see how you can get things

you want for you and your community.” Website

Link to other Community & Leisure Groups on this website Website


Purley & Woodcote RA Website

Sanderstead RA Website

Kenley & District RA Website

Hartley & District RA Website

Old Coulsdon RA Website

East Coulsdon RA Website

Coulsdon West RA Link

Selsdon RA Website


The Bourne Society Website

Croydon Natural History and Scientific Society Website

Francis Frith for old photographs, maps and

books of Riddlesdown and surrounding areas Website

Being a Responsible Citizen

A site devoted to promoting good citizenship and beating anti-social behaviour.

Local National Trust sites


BBC Weather Centre for Purley

Rainfall Radar for Purley

Important Healthcare Update - Public Engagement Event

New 26/10/21

The local CCCG/NHS are planning to put a new medical Centre in Coulsdon to cater for the increase in population in the south of the Borough. This new medical centre will be on the site of the southern playground of the old Smitham School, adjacent to Woodcote Grove Road, Coulsdon, (next door to the former CALAT Centre).

The new centre will be used by a number of GPs in the south of the borough.

These are some possible uses at the new centre:

* General Practice

* Musculoskeletal hub

* Rheumatology clinic

* Talking Therapy

* Integrated Community Team (health, social care and voluntary sector services)

* Falls & Frailty clinic

* Children and midwifery

* Housing and benefits advice

A drop in session has been arranged next week on Thursday 4 and also Friday 5 November 2021 from 1.00pm to 6.00pm at the Coulsdon Methodist Church, 83 Brighton Road, Coulsdon, CR5 2BE. A talk will be given at 1.30pm each day.

This new medical facility may well be used by our local GPs. See also this pdf for more information.

Sanderstead Clinic - Possible Closure

New 30/1/19

The RRA have been made aware in the last week or so, of many local rumours circulating about the possible closure of the Sanderstead Clinic in Rectory Park, within the next few months and to sell off the site to build a block of flats. The Croydon Health Services NHS Trust own the site.

The RRA when made aware, took this up with our MP Chris Philp, the Sanderstead Ward Councillors and the Croydon CCG. None of them were aware of this possible development.

Chris Philp e-mailed Matthew Kershaw, the interim CE of the Croydon Health Services NHS Trust last week, and this is Mr Kershaw's response below, received today (30 Jan):

"We continually review our estate to make the best use of all of our premises to provide the best, most accessible and most efficient service we can to our patients. There are no agreed plans to close Sanderstead Clinic which is an important part of our estate and sees 4,500 patients a year.

Our ongoing review includes how we utilise some of the empty clinic space in Purley War Memorial Hospital which is 2 miles away from Sanderstead and provides a range of services including minor injuries and minor illnesses. Early conversations have begun to see what additional services, like physiotherapy or speech & language therapy, could move in to Purley to make this a central part of our care for people in the south of the borough but this does not mean changes at Sanderstead would have to happen.

At this stage we are only looking at what is possible. No decisions have been made and there would be no movement of services without a clear explanation to local people."

This Clinic, with some other services, primarily houses a Baby cafe, Children's Speech and Language Therapy, Podiatry and the Croydon Moorfields Community Eye Clinic and is an important service in the local community.

We'll keep residents updated if we hear anymore.

Riddlesdown Pharmacy, Lower Barn Rd - Posted 20/6/15

The RRA are sure that many of you are grateful for the exceptionally dedicated service which our local Pharmacist Naseem and her extremely helpful staff in Riddlesdown provide, not just for dispensing prescriptions but other valuable medicines and supplies in the shop.

At the moment, we can obtain our prescription forms at our doctors’ practice, and we can pick up our medicines direct from the chemist straight away or within a few working days. If your GP surgery offers an internet service then you can re-order your repeat prescription over the internet and have it sent to a nominated pharmacy by electronic means.

Funding for a pharmacy service is broadly calculated on the number of prescriptions dispensed by the service. In 2006 the essential small pharmacies scheme was introduced to ensure pharmacies with low volumes and who were more than 1 km from the next nearest pharmacy were supported. This scheme ended in March of this year (2015). Whilst we remain confident that our local pharmacy will continue to flourish and support the residents of Riddlesdown we must not be complacent.

The truth is, the only way to be certain of maintaining our local pharmacy and indeed our local Post Office, where the also extremely helpful Vee Jay is in charge, is to use them. With more and more local shops and services fast disappearing to the large chains and supermarkets we must ensure our local pharmacy service, which is so essential for many local people, especially the elderly, continues to operate. Are you aware for example that your GP surgery can now send your prescription electronically directly to the pharmacy for you to pick up? Naseem, will also provide free of charge and even deliver to clients who are house bound, pre-packed, weekly medicine trays for the elderly or infirm or those who might be confused or forgetful about taking their tablets.

Did you also know that besides dispensing your prescriptions, our local pharmacy also provides a wide range of free NHS services including, new medication consultations and medicine reviews both in the shop and if necessary in the persons own home, if they are housebound. Cardiovascular health checks, including cholesterol testing, can also be provided at the pharmacy along with a one to one stop smoking clinic. The pharmacy is also part of the Croydon Minor Ailment Scheme whereby the Pharmacist is able to prescribe over the counter medications for a whole plethora of common conditions. This service is free to children and adults who are exempt from prescription charges, thus avoiding unnecessary visits to the GP.

Established over 40 years ago Riddlesdown pharmacy provides an essential client centred service for the local community and with no other pharmacies nearby we need to make sure we use and keep it.

The RRA would ask that you use the Riddlesdown Pharmacy for your prescription service. Please give them a try and also help and support all our local shops in both Lower Barn Rd and Mitchley Ave which are a lifeline to many, especially the elderly. Thank you.

Footnote; Repeat Electronic prescriptions

Increasingly, GP practices are using the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS). This allows repeat prescriptions to be sent electronically to the pharmacist or dispenser of the patient's choice. This should improve both efficiency and convenience for all concerned. Access to the relevant system is through the use of smart cards. A GP applies an electronic signature to the prescription by using the PIN number for their smart card. A prescription can be cancelled at any point up until it is dispensed. More details about this service should be available on the website of your GP practice or ask at your practice.

Why not leave a review about this excellent pharmacy on this NHS website?


Every effort is made to ensure that the information on this website is factually correct but accuracy must not be assumed and no responsibility can be taken for any actions arising in the case of error or otherwise. This information on this site, is made in good faith. The RRA can in no way guarantee or endorse any of the services or retailers named on this website or any statements made. Please bring to the attention of the Website Editor, any inaccuracies or comments, by e-mailing riddlesdownresidents@gmail.com

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