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Walk-in first and second AstraZeneca doses

Another message from our local NHS. COVID-19 vaccination walk-in clinic for first and second doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. Who can come: Anyone aged 40 and over, who had their first dose of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine before mid-April, and due their second vaccine Those over the age of 40 and have not yet had their first vaccine If your aged under 40 a clinician will be available at the walk-in to discuss your vaccine options. Those who meet the above criteria w... Read more


Fairfield Halls - More than a Vaccination Centre

For many of us, our 2021 contact with the Fairfield Halls has been a visit to get our Covid vaccinations. But other parts of the Halls are coming back to life. There is a sign giving directions to the Yamaha music school. Resident companies Savvy Theatre and Talawa have been able to rehearse or hold courses there. A welcome email announced that the concert hall would re-open on 4 June with two (socially distanced) performances by the London Mozart Players and cellist Sheku, who is even more famo... Read more


More degrees from Croydon College

Croydon College and Roehampton University have issued a press release about their new cooperation. From September 2021, undergraduate degrees offered by Croydon University Centre will be validated by the University of Roehampton as part of an extended partnership agreement between the two institutions. The suite of newly-validated courses covered in this agreement include the phasing in of BA Business and Management, BA Criminology, Psychology and Social Justice, BA Early Childhood Studies... Read more


Royal Mail Deliveries to Park Hill

Royal Mail deliveries in the CR0 post code area are better than they were, though there are still some delays. This is due to high levels of sick leave because of the corona virus, staff absences and self-isolation. It also reflects the increase in parcel traffic due to the closure of shops. We have raised the problems with our MP Sarah Jones and she has met senior staff from Royal Mail who are trying to improve the service. In the meantime allow extra time for both incoming and out-going ... Read more


Latest update on Covid-19 vaccination programme in Croydon

Please see an update from NHS South West London on the Covid-19 Vaccination Programme, f0rwarded to us by Neighbourhood Watch.   We are making good progress as we continue to deliver the biggest vaccination programme in the NHS history.  Over 77,000 Croydon residents have now received their first dose and across South West London we have vaccinated over 335,000 people. Vaccinatio... Read more


Unblocking the Croydon bottleneck - Consultation feedback

Network Rail have published responses to the consultation. We reproduce below their comments. Thank you to all those who took part in our consultation to help shape our proposals for Croydon and the Brighton Main Line.   Our proposals to untangle the railway bottleneck in Croydon have received a positive response from passengers and the community following public consultation. Despite the pandemic, from 1 June to 20 September we ran an extensive public consultation, wh... Read more


Retired or retiring?

If you are retired, part retired or about to retire, take a look at what Croydon u3a can offer you. In the good old pre-Covid days several u3a groups met at St Matthews, which was very convenient. Hopefully they will be able to return there but meanwhile there is Zoom.  ... Read more

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Tunstall Nursery School

The Corona virus has put a huge strain on parents of young children, especially if those parents are working and trying to balance looking after their children, looking after the home, shopping and going to work! As part of our local community, we are publicising the facilities available at Tunstall Nursery School, you can see details on the attached poster, or by phoning the Tunstall Nursery School office.... Read more


Part One of Walled Garden transformation complete

The first stage of the transformation of the Walled Garden in Park Hill Park is now complete. Four of the beds have new paths, more robust and wider than the previous ones and are being enjoyed by visitors on foot, in wheelchairs or with push chairs. The two herb gardens have an X shape which allows more access to the planting area. The Fairy Garden has a meandering path, on the lines of the old one. The Potager also has a meandering path, with a turning circle or passing place in the middle and... Read more


Road closures

Drivers living in Park Hill do not face too many road closures. Those that occur are usually to do with road or utility maintenance and go away. There are no Low Traffic Neighbourhoods here and the traffic round our schools has not yet led to School Streets. But a nearby School Street has caused problems for some residents. It is outside Harris Primary Academy Haling Park and means the closure of Haling Road past the school from 8am to 9.30am and 2 to 4pm during term times. It only affects the p... Read more


Pillar Box Art

This summer Park Hill had perhaps the best dressed pillar box in the country. Someone knitted a cover - more like a beret than a bonnet - for a pillar box. It is in the rainbow colours of thanks to the NHS and indeed has Thank you close to its centre. Thank you too from PHRA to whoever knitted the hat and put it on the pillar box.... Read more


Air Ambulance lands in Park Hill Park

The Air Ambulance attracted its usual crowd of admirers and the curious when it landed in Park Hill Park on Tuesday 16 June. It was responding to a stabbing in Edridge Road. A young man in his 20s has been left fighting for his life in hospital. If you think the helicopter looks a bit different, that's because it belongs to the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance, not the London Air Ambulance we are used to seeing. This photograph was taken by Zara (@zarascakes on Twitter)... Read more


Bee swarm in Stanhope Road

On Tuesday 19th May, a huge swarm of bees appeared in Stanhope Road, settling on a tree in our neighbour's garden (writes John Chambers). There were thousands, maybe millions of bees, protecting their queen bee, and they all gradually settled on the branch, making it bend under their weight, forming a dark mass of bees surrounding the queen. A local bee keeper was phoned, and agreed to try to catch the bees in his box, but this proved to be too difficult as the bees were on a high branch whic... Read more


Neighbourhood Meeting 2019

A good turnout of residents braved the rain to attend the PHRA Neighbourhood Meeting on May 10. After the chair John Ingman had updated the audience on events of the past year, treasurer David Stanton reported on the Association's healthy financial position and asked for suggestions of any small local projects that PHRA could help. After refreshments, MP Sarah Jones, councillor Vidhi Mohan and PCSO Oliver White joined the meeting. A lively discussion followed, mainly on the new bin system and We... Read more