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Cllr  Lynne  Hale
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London’s New Year’s Day Parade – an unlikely marriage of musical genres?
07/01/2013 18:15:00......Posted by Lynne Hale

 
 


After the resounding success of our first time appearance in London’s New Year’s Day Parade in 2012 Croydon took to the streets of Central London again on 1st January 2013.

Croydon's entry in this year's London New Years Day Parade blended the classical world of Mozart with the contemporary beats of the borough's most infamous musical export to the world - the dubstep phenomenon.

The borough's float featured rising dubstep DJ star Toby Harrison along with a quintet of brass players from the Croydon-based London Mozart Players, one of the country’s finest chamber orchestras.

Dubstep early roots were in Big Apple Records in Croydon's Surrey Street, where a young Oliver Jones, AKA Skream, worked alongside other early pioneers of the genre, including Benga and Hatcha.It has now travelled the globe at 140 beats per minute and has found its way into the music of a range of big name acts from Radiohead to Britney Spears.

With a working title for his composition of 'Dub me Amadeus' (a homage to the massive Falco hit of the eighties), the 16-year-old Toby Harrison worked closely with the classically-trained Mozart players to bring together what many might think of as utterly opposing musical styles.

The name of the Croydon parade entry - 'connecting cultures' – reflected this opposites-attract marriage of classical and contemporary, celebrating the diversity of London’s largest borough, our cosmopolitan and vibrant night life, our busy markets, our bustling shopping centres and our quality restaurants, as well as our award winning parks and green open spaces.

Toby's excitement at the project was tremendous. With a worldwide TV audience of tens of millions, his challenge was to create something that would be accessible to everyone, but that at the same time retains credibility amongst dubstep's growing international tribe of aficionados.

He said in advance of the first rehearsals: "This is a brilliant opportunity, and whilst it's a bit scary thinking about how many people this will be going out to, I've been given a huge amount of confidence by the guys from the London Mozart Players. I was worried that they wouldn't understand what we were trying to achieve, but they've been amazing in the way that they've quickly understood how a production like this gets put together."

Paul Archibald of the Mozart Players was equally keen about the project. "As an orchestra we are known internationally for our classical repertoire. However we all know how important it is to make our music open to new generations. This is a tremendous way of doing that because it showcases how the great composers of the past created melodies and tunes that really do stand the test of time and can be seamlessly incorporated into these new styles." Paul shared his enthusiasm in a BBC London radio interview on 13th December, highlighting the uniqueness of this particular project.

We were delighted to be supported on the day by a number of councillors and other Croydon volunteers who all cheerfully shook flags and collected donations towards the Mayor’s charities, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Croydon Branch & The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA).

Thankfully this year we were blessed with blue skies and sunshine rather than the pouring rain of 2012. As ever the crowds were very enthusiastic and welcoming - certainly enjoying the dubstep beat as we rolled by - and we were thrilled to be announced as ‘...the most interesting borough entry into the 2013 Parade.”

Cllr Tim Pollard kindly recorded the day’s events and you can view this at: http://youtu.be/TgfyBpw2b6w

 
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Hamsey Green Pond - Early Morning Meeting
21/06/2018 10:32:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

I met with Meike Weiser and Verena Trend at Croydon Council to discuss the improvements to Hamsey Green pond.  The pond is in a terrible state with parrot weed now covering the whole of the surface of the pond and vegetation overtaking the entire surround.  The pond needs de-silting which is a major operation and there would need to be a clear plan to dispose of the huge amount of silt and evasive plant form.  The pond is extremely deep and the work that needs to take place would probably be beyond the remit of The Conservation Volunteers.  Meike and Verena very kindly are putting together a plan to instigate work at this site.

 


 

Heathhurst Road/Mayfield Road Footpath
21/06/2018 10:14:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

A number of residents raised concerns about overhanging foliage from neighbouring properties over the foothpath between Mayfield Road and Heathhurst Road.  I am pleased to say that a Neighbourhood Safety Officer has visited the location and spoken to both the residents of the properties where the problem vegetation is located.  Both agreed to cut back the trees/shrubs, one has complied already.  

 


 

Hear Me Speak - Sanderstead Residents' Association
20/06/2018 21:56:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

I was pleased to attend the Hear Me Speak 2018 primary school competition which was organised by the SRA at St. Peters' Primary School.  Four schools competed, Greenvale, Gresham, Hamsey Green and St Peters for the coveted trophy.  Each school provided a three member team presenting on interesting topics such as gender neutrality, the impact of video gaming, shortening of school holidays and dieting and body image.  It was an extremely close contest with all participants performing well but it was Greenvale Primary School that won first prize.  It was an honour to present the certificates and prizes as a past Mayor of Croydon.  Well done to the brilliant children and everyone involved and a thank you to the Sanderstead Residents' Association for organising the event.

 


 

20mph Road Markings - Purley Downs Road
20/06/2018 13:33:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

In a previous blog I highlighted some of the problems on Purley Downs Road since the introduction of the 20mph zone.  A number of drivers are speeding and overtaking law-abiding citizens attempting to drive at the now required 20mph.  I took this up with the council and the cabinet member and a number of 20mph markings have been painted on the road to assist.  I hope that drivers adhere to the limit and it helps address the issue of any possible collisions or accidents.

 


 

Sanderstead Safer Neighbourhood Team - Change of Email
19/06/2018 21:27:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

Your Safer Neighbourhoods Team (SNT) is a group of Met police officers dedicated to serving our community. The team is made up of officers based in the area supported by additional officers from the wider area. They work closely with local authorities, community leaders and residents to decide the policing priorities for the area. This helps them find useful, long-term solutions to local problems, while maintaining our wider focus on reducing crime across London. 

As of today Sanderstead LPT has a new email address: 

ZD-SNTSanderstead@met.police.uk

Please use this to contact the team. The old email address is no longer in operation and will bounce back if you try to use.

Do pass on this information to your contacts.

PCSO Sam Brooks 7381 ZD

Sanderstead SNT| Addington Police station | Addington Village Road | Croydon | CR0 5AQ

Telephone: 0208 721 2470
Email: ZD-SNTSanderstead@met.police.uk
Follow us on Twitter @MPSSanderstead 
Follow us on FaceBook www.facebook.com/MPSSanderstead

 


 

Grass Cutting and Green Space Management
18/06/2018 11:03:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

In general I would say that the new contractor  has made a good job of the verges and green spaces that have been cut.  It is a difficult task to maintain the banks of Sanderstead Hill and a good attempt has been made in ensuring that the bank has not been cut too short or "scraped" as it was before. However, there have been issues with the maintenance of Sanderstead roundabout, in particular the shrubs and beds have not had any attention this season.  Many hedges are out of control and dead plants and weeds seem to be the star attraction rather than the beautiful plants that should be in full bloom.  There are also problems on our border with Tandridge.  This is also tricky and gets missed as one side of the pavement and verges is in our area and the other side in Surrey.  A poor attempt has been made to cut the grass at the junction of Wentworth Way and Tithe Pit Shaw Lane but clumps of long grass have been left around the posts.  I have asked the council to instruct the contractor to return with his strimmer to tidy up the grass area at our boundary and to ensure that the beds on the roundabout are maintained.

 


 

Sanderstead Pond - Rat Infestation
18/06/2018 10:39:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

A number of residents have alerted me to the problem of rats running along the pathways around Sanderstead pond.  The water and foliage and tasty morsals from ducks that are being fed is a natural habitat and ideal breeding place.   However, there are just too many now  around the pond scaring the residents and small children.  Some rat boxes are to be installed to help with this infestation.

 

 


 

Kings Wood - Friends Signs
16/06/2018 20:00:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

Finally the signs marking the entrance to Kings Wood at four locations have been installed.  These were requested by The Friends of King's Wood to encourage people to visit the beautiful ancient woodland.  This beauty spot can be accessed from a number of locations along the Limpsfield Road and finger post signs will also be put up on five lampposts highlighting the access points.  The signs were funded by the local councillors and the Sanderstead Residents' Association.

 


 

Eid - Sanderstead Recreation Ground
15/06/2018 12:17:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

Muslims around the world gathered to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the three-day festival marking the end of Ramadan.

The Eid-al-Fitr is one of only two major festivals in the Islamic faith and sees Muslims hold mass prayers and give money to the poor and needy.

Translated from Arabic it means 'the feast of the breaking of the fast'. The festival signals an end to the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.

The festival began at moonrise last night and can continue for up to three days, during which Muslims greet each other by saying Eid Mubarak.

'Eid' means 'celebration' and 'mubarak' means 'blessed', so the saying can be translated as 'have a blessed holiday.  We were pleased to have our own gathering of prayers in Sanderstead Recreation Ground.  Cllr Tim Pollard and I were able to meet members of the muslim community alongside our Sanderstead Safer Neighbourhood Team.

 

 


 

Sanderstead Care Centre - Previously Wells Place
14/06/2018 07:38:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

Residents may have noticed a number of changes to the care home formerly known as Wells Place. The Prime Care Group has acquired the care home.

Prime Care own and operate two other nursing homes in Croydon and also operate another outside of Croydon. They acquired Sanderstead Care Centre from the Victoria Nursing Group who withdrew from the London market completely earlier this year.  Prime Care are making changes to the environment and as such have started significant building work. This led to them self-imposing an embargo to ensure that they had space in which to make the relevant improvements. The home is not a purpose built care home and  the building is undergoing some modernisation for a contemporary care environment to be achieved.

 


 

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10 Clyde Avenue, Sanderstead - Application Withdrawn
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Sanderstead Ward Crime Prevention Day - 21st April
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Wentworth Way closure
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