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Work to start in Walled Garden

Works to improve access within the Walled Garden in Park Hill Park has been held up by Covid-19. At last it is about to start, on Monday 21 September. The bad news is that the Garden will be closed for a few days; the good news is that it should emerge with more robust paths. The Friends of Park Hill Park look forward to getting back into the garden to maintain and improve the beds.... Read more

Into the Light by Terry Charles

Virtual exhibition of Croydon Artists' work

The Croydon Art Society is one of the oldest art societies in Britain (having been formed in 1881) and won The Artist/Leisure Painter Art Club of the Year in 2018.  Art Societies and clubs are not just about painting and in these troubled times The Croydon Art Society has had to devise new and innovative ways to support and connect with its members.  During Lockdown, the Committee were ringing round the members to see if they were OK and there have been talks and demonstrations via Zoom. This ... Read more


Clean up Lloyd Park

Forget the politics and help Park Hill and Whitgift Conservatives in a litter pick in Lloyd Park. If the weather forecast is correct, and fears of a rush to meet before rules are tightened on Monday are justified, there could be a bumper crop of litter in the Park. COVID guidelines mean that you must book a place by emailing Michelle Kazi at Then meet at Lloyd Park car park by 9.55am on 14 September for a 10am start. The pick should take 30 minutes to an hour b... Read more


Popping through your letterbox

The Autumn edition of Park Hill News, the newsletter of Park Hill Residents Association, is now being distributed. Look for it arriving through your letterbox, but if you can't wait, the full version is on this website, in the Newsletter Archive.... Read more

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Bus changes on schooldays

Our local buses through Park Hill will be affected by TfL’s plans to accommodate children traveling to school. From September 3, about every other bus on route 64 in the morning peak (generally 7.30 to 9.30) will become a School Service; on route 433 this will apply in the morning and afternoon peak (generally 14.30 to 16.30). Transport for London are encouraging children to walk, cycle or scoot to school. For those who can’t, TfL will designate some existing regular buses as School Servi... Read more


Green shoots at the Fairfield?

After months of a dark, closed building and some adverse publicity, there have been signs of life resuming at the Fairfield Halls. Croydon Council indicated that while the main Halls were closed due to Covid-19, some community activities might resume. For a start, Savvy Theatre Company, one of the resident companies at the Fairfield, plans to start drama classes for teenagers on September 17, for 13 weeks. Two days later they will start drama classes for younger participants, also running for 13... Read more

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Update on plans for the Walled Garden in Park Hill Park

Now that many restrictions and regulations imposed during the pandemic are being eased, The Friends of Park Hill Park  thought it timely to give supporters, park users and stakeholders an update on the ‘Transform the Walled Garden’ project, financed by a Spacehive crowdfund appeal. Despite Covid-19 delaying the project, work has continued to progress with volunteers following a thorough procurement process in order to satisfy the requirements of the council and GLA, to s... Read more


Pillar Box Art

Park Hill has perhaps the best dressed pillar box in the country. Someone has 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


Unblocking the Croydon bottleneck - part 2

The second phase of public consultation about unblocking the Croydon bottleneck on the Brighton line starts Monday June 1 and ends September 20 2020. As well as disentangling the tracks in the Selhurst area the work would include increasing the number of platforms at East Croydon from 6 to 8. The station may have to move a little north, but the work is not expected to need any prolonged total closures of the station, though individual platforms will have to be closed. A live chat facility will b... Read more


Parking charges return

Parking enforcement across Croydon will be gradually reintroduced from next week as lockdown eases. Parking rules and charges were relaxed to help key workers and residents during lockdown, but from the afternoon of Tuesday, 26 May drivers will be able to apply for new permits and pay and display machines will be reactivated. From Monday 8 June, parking enforcement across the borough will resume and those parking illegally, or failing to display valid permits or parking tickets risk being ... 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


More ways to get and give help

In addition to the phone numbers shown on the PHRA news item, there are a confusing number of ways to get help during the coronavirus pandemic, depending on who you are. The attachment shows some Croydon-wide contact numbers. In addition there are some Whats App groups. They are looking for volunteers in the following streets: Leafy Way (off Park Hill Rise) Turnpike Link Park Hill Rise If you would like to help, please join using the following Whats App link: Read more


Enjoy - with care

The blossom in Park Hill Park is likely to be at its best over the Easter weekend. We all enjoy it and we like to photograph it. But we need to remember that we are allowed out for exercise, not to stand for a long time taking photos. The police will be out in the parks looking for those not following the rules. And getting too close to anyone by standing in the middle of the path might give you the virus, or if you have it and don't know it, you might give it to someone else. So enjoy carefully... Read more


Updates April 2

Thames Water finally finished their repairs on Park Hill Road at the weekend and traffic is now flowing. Buses are running, to a reduced timetable, and for essential use only. Croydon Council are suspending issuing all permits. Drivers do not need to display a resident or visitor permit or pay-and-display ticket to use parking bays in Croydon. Safety restrictions including double yellow lines, disabled bays, parking on footways, blocking dropped kerbs, parking in bus stops and bus lanes, y... Read more