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Cllr  Simon  Hoar
Cllr  Helen  Redfern

Active Ageing Event - All Saints Church
27/05/2019 19:38:00......Posted by Helen Redfern


All Saints Church in Sanderstead will be hosting an NHS Active Ageing Event tomorrow between 12 noon and 3pm.

Together with a range of local health and community organisation being availabe to discuss their services, there will also be a number of taster sessions in activities such as seated exercise, seated youga and Zumba.

Free refreshments will be available.





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COVID-19 Ward Update
25/03/2020 15:25:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern

Please see below the text of an email we sent on Monday to residents who have previously given us their email addresses.

Please feel free to forward it on to other neighbours using this link: 

Email Link

If you would like to be added to our mailing list, do us know:


As your local councillors for Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown, we are writing to update you on the current position as the COVID-19 situation continues to escalate.
Whilst demands on the Council are changing every day, emergency arrangements are in operation and we will ensure that the Council's priority remains to deliver essential services to vulnerable residents. Council staff are being as flexible as possible and working tirelessly, and we appreciate the service they are providing to our residents. 
There are a number of websites offering guidance:

  • Croydon Council’s COVID-19 information can be found HERE
  • The government’s main information website can be found HERE
  • The NHS portal is here: HERE

These sites are updated regularly as the situation changes. We strongly advise AGAINST consulting any other websites, or forwarding allegedly helpful emails to your friends, because there’s a lot of false information out there which may put people in danger.

These are exceptionally difficult times for everyone and it is heart-warming to speak to so many local residents who want to help others. Many people are ensuring that their neighbours are OK and have everything they need.
The main volunteering effort in Croydon is being coordinated via Croydon Voluntary Action.

We also have local groups such as:

  • St Edmunds Care Group which operates out of St Edmunds Church on Mitchley Avenue; their contact is Richard Wragg who can be contacted at  or 02086605240
  • Sanderstead Neighbourhood Care based at All Saints Church in Sanderstead.

Do let us know of any more groups who are offering help to vulnerable residents and please pass these details on to anyone local who you think may need access to these services but who does not have access to the internet.

It would also be helpful  is you could let us know if you are aware of any individuals in particular need, or any Council services that are failing the most vulnerable.

Sadly, we will have to cancel our face-to-face monthly ward surgery for the foreseeable future. However, please do contact us if you have any local problems and we’ll try our best to help. Our contact details are:

Do please stay safe during these difficult times. Many neighbours are coming together and looking after one another which is wonderful. Sadly, there are some scammers out there – so be careful.

 We will get through this together.  Remember we're here to help. 
          Helen                                               Simon
Cllr Helen Redfern                              Cllr Simon Hoar



Support for Domestic Abuse victims
25/03/2020 15:09:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern

At a time of social distancing, social isolation and shielding, there is an increased risk of domestic violence.

The FJC (formerly the Family Justice Centre) remains fully operational.

The team continues to be available for drop in’s and booked appointments. They are advising any clients who book an appointment that it might be completed over the phone in the event that they do have to close to the public.

Whilst victims and survivors should call the police in an emergency, the FJC can be contacted on 020 8688 0100 /

If you are aware of a victim who is having to self isolate please reassure them that the FJC will continue to support them with their safety planning .  

Other useful numbers and websites include:


  • RASASC (Rape and sexual abuse centre) : 0808 802 9999 
  • Rights of women: 
  • Law centre: 0208 767 2777 
  • Paladin (stalking helpline) : 0808 8020300 
  • Refuge National DA Helpline for women - 08082000247  
  • Respect Helpline for men  - 0808 8010327 
  • Women's Aid live chat  - This is an online chatting service which is ideal for victims who are selfisolating and do not want to be heard. 
  • GALOP National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline 0800 999 5428 

This is a time for us all to be looking out for our neighbours, family and friends.



Recycling, Waste Collections and Flytipping
25/03/2020 14:50:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern

Recycling and waste collections are taking place acrross Croydon but with a reduced workforce. Collections of general waste and food waste are being prioritised.

You may find that your recycling or waste is collected later than usual (mine was c.5pm yesterday). If your collection is missed, please leave your bins at your normal point of collection. Veolia will try to return in the coming days to empty your bins, but you may have to wait until your next scheduled collection. You can still report your missed collection via My Account on the Council's website and I would encourage residents to do this so that there is a record or where collections are being missed.

I have also been advised that the bulky waste collection has been suspended, along with the Recycling Centres being closed. This will throw up some challenges for residents. Sadly I have heard today that 12 mattresses were dumped in the middle of the road in Sanderstead. Residents, trying to do the right thing, moved the mattresses to the side of the road but please be aware that we don't know where flytippng has come from, and therefore we don't know whether it may be hazardous. It is best to leave it and report it.

The Don't Mess With Croydon App is a good way to report such problems but let Simon or me know if you'd like us to report it too.

Stay Safe.



Riddlesdown Common Car Park Closed
25/03/2020 14:44:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern

Whilst Riddlesdown Common is open to pedestrians, the car park is closed. I understand that the gate at the end or Riddlesdown Road is closed. Therefore, please only drive in to this part of Riddlesdown Road if you are accessing the homes; it is quite difficult to safely do a three point turn in in this thin road and there is limited parking here as residents are now at home all day, and parked on the road themselves.




Helping our vulnerable neighbours during Coronavirus
18/03/2020 12:17:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern

This morning I have speaking to Richard Wragg of St Edmund's Care Group about how we can best help our most vulnerable neighbours during the Coronavirus situation. Richard provided the following text for me:

“During the present Coronavirus virus restrictions on elderly people it is important that we look after our most vulnerable residents. St. Edmund’s Care Group provides a service to offer transport for people who need to go shopping and for health and medical appointments. If people can not leave their house we will do the shopping for them.

During this period please could you look out for neighbours, friends or family that may need this support. If there is a person who you believe could benefit from this support please could you or the person contact me at the address below.

We may also need additional volunteers to help us to meet the expected increase in need as many of our volunteers are themselves over 70. If you would like to volunteer to help St. Edmund’s Care Group during this crisis period please could you contact me to find out more about what is involved.

Richard Wragg

St. Edmund’s Care Group, Mitchley Avenue


Tel: 02086605240"


With many of the Care Group’s volunteers in high risk groups  we will need to fill the gaps with additional volunteers. I expect many of us will have more time our hands over the next few months and will want to help where we can, so please do contact Richard if you think you can assist.



St Edmunds Celebration Service
16/02/2020 17:25:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern


What a delightful afternoon, despite the weather. I attended the Celebration Service for St Edmunds Church on Mitchley Avenue, followed by a good cup of tea and lively chat with residents. Sadly Sunday services in St Edmunds ended at the end of last year and today’s Service brought a large number of local residents together to celebrate the history and future of this Church building.

We were very fortunate to hear from Mary, the daughter of William Goddard who worked so hard to have the building built and opened in 1955. This took considerable generosity from John Laing, the developer, who donated the land from within the wider estate that was being built, and community mindedness from the new residents wh,o together with the Residents Association and local societies, raised £7,000 to fund the building itself. Mary told us about the various fundraisers including a ‘Mile of Pennies’ that reached from The Estate Office up to All Saints Church, Sanderstead!

There was a tremendous turn out today – many times the size of the congregation that St Edmunds had been experiencing in recent years. I hope (and there was a lot of hope in the service) that having brought so many people back into the building, that it will continue to thrive. We were told that the building will not close and that the Christian mission will continue, although not Sunday worship. I understand that the PCC (Parochial Church Council) is meeting tomorrow and hopefully this will move the decision-making process forward. Currently, the building is used as a base for St Edmunds Caring Group, Brownies, Guides and a playgroup, as well as being the venue for may parties throughout the year so please consider it for events and meetings.

Thank you to all who organised today.



New Riddlesdown Collegiate Entrance Criteria
14/02/2020 14:02:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern


I'm really pleased to receive confirmation that the Board of Directors at The Collegiate Trust has decided to approve the proposed admissions criteria for entry to Riddlesdown Collegiate in September 2021, meaning that the Feeder School criterion and the Ability criterion will be removed.

I participated in the consultation, supporting the proposals, as many Riddledown families were unable to attend Riddlesdown Collegaite as they did not live close enough to one of the feeder schools, whilst the distance that some of the qualiying children live means that the traffic levels are too high. These new criteria should open the Collegiate up to more local families and reduce traffic over the next few years.

There will be some families e.g. in Sanderstead, who had relied on the feeder status of Gresham and Atwood for places at Riddlesdown and will now be understandably concerned. However, I am expecting that the 'catchment' will extend over the next few years as a consequnce of these new rules and hopefully these families will still be able to gain a school place.



School Street Proposal - Montpelier Road/Christ Church School
12/02/2020 12:19:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern


Croydon Council are currently consulting on the possibility of introducing a School Street Scheme to Montpelier Road later in 2020. It is suggested that the road from Brighton Road up to the point before it bends up the hill, will be designateed a pedestrian and cyclist zone at the start and end of school days, as it is shown in the attached drawing.

Residents and occupiers within the zone would become eligible for an exemption permit, to enable them drive in the road unhindered at any time. However, residents in neighbouring roads may find that their roads take on the extra traffic and become more heavily parked so this may be of greater concern to those who live outside of the proposed Schools Street Scheme.

I understand that the Council is acting on a request from Christ Church School.

I have only been made aware today of the consultation, which ends on Wednesday 26th February. Residents living within 300 metres of the school should have received a 5-page letter detailing the scheme and including a feedback questionnaire. If you live within that zone and have not received the letter, email me at so that I can forward a copy to you.

All responses should be sent to or by post to:                Frede Jensen at Parking Services, P O Box 1462, Croydon, CR9 1WX

Simon and I would be very interested in hearing residents’ opinions but do ensure that you respond to the consultation itself in time.



Smart Water Event
11/02/2020 17:05:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern


Our local Police team's next Smart Water Event will be on Friday 28th February at Selsdon Library between 12 noon and 5pm at Selsdon Library.

Residents will be able collect a free SmartWater kit and discuss crime prevention with the SmartWater team.

Put it in your diary!



Police Advice: Courier Fraud
11/02/2020 16:33:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern

At last week's Police Ward Panel there was a request for the local Police team to provide ive out bitesize crime prevention advice on crimes for attendees to disseminate within the local community.

The first topic from PCSO Eaton is courier fraud,

"What is courier fraud…..criminals call you claiming to be from the police or fraud department of your bank. They claim they are conducting an investigation, often saying it involves corrupt bank employees or police and ask for your help or say your account is at risk. If they manage to convince you, they instruct you to carry out a task which effectively involves you handing over your money. These include…..

Asking you to attend your bank branch to withdraw a large sum of money which they will then collect from you for evidence, they may claim the money may be counterfeit, or that it is going to be sent off for forensic analysis

Asking you withdraw large amounts of foreign currency which will also be collected
Ask you to provide pins details over the phone and then place your pin and car in the envelope and a courier will collect it from your

The criminals want to avoid detection and may give you instructions such as….
Informing you it’s an undercover operation involving the bank/police
Give you a cover story to tell bank staff or police e.g. the money is for building work

How to protect yourself…..
Be extremely wary of unsolicited phone calls from your bank or the police, particularly if they are requesting personal info.

End the call, call back on a different phone line or on a mobile, if that is not possible wait at least one minute before calling back. Use either the telephone number on the back of your card or go the banks website for your number

Speak to friends or family before carrying out any actions.
Never share your pin with anyone
Never hand over any bankcard or make purchases following an unexpected call"



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