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The Forgotten Children – Mon 17 July 2017 19:30 – 22:30

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Thornton Heath Arts Week presents the Wild Pictures documentary film “The Forgotten Children” in an evening to include talk and discussion about the migration crisis.

Scratchley Hall, 83 Brigstock Road, Thornton Heath, CR7 7JH

The Forgotten Children follows the heart-breaking stories of refugee orphans across Europe. Governments have moved many of the children into state run camps and closed the doors to journalists. This film gives a voice to the children and hears their disturbing stories of suffering and survival.

forgotten children

Contributors to the evening will include: a representative from Migrant Help, the charity working at Brigstock House, a hostel for asylum seekers in our community; Mitra Djalili, a singer and resident of Thornton Heath and refugee from Iran; the story of Barak a fifteen year old refugee from Syria as told to Georgia Mancio; and Ian Shaw talking on misunderstandings surrounding displacement (with emphasis on unaccompanied children in Europe) with a Q&A session. Since several of the contributors are singers there will also be some music too!

The evening is designed to be informative and to help toward a better understanding of the issues surrounding the migration crisis, especially in regards to children.

There will also be a collection for the charity Migrant Help’s destitution fund which helps asylum seekers emergency needs, and ideas for ways to contribute to help within the local community.

Thornton Heath and the History of Slavery

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The Croydon Citizen by Sean Creighton is a useful source of local information only occasionally Thornton Heath exactly but still of interest. e.g.

“James Ivers inherited Barlow’s property. Because of big losses on his Grenada estates, he sold the Addington estate in 1802-3. He went on to receive compensation for 262 slaves on Grenada and 253 on two estates on Jamaica, continuing to own them and leaving them to his sons. His son James was born at Addington in 1798, and received a share of the compensation for 366 enslaved people on three estates on Antigua. Thomas Coles bought the Addington estate. His son, who lived at Thornton Heath, shared compensation on 127 slaves on Dominica. ”

poster protesting deadly deportation

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poster protesting deadly deportation

Demo about deadly UK deportations. Jackie Nanyonjo died in Uganda after deportation by the UK Border Agency contractor Reliance. The Movement for Justice organised this demo near the clock tower in Thornton Heath.
Demo tomorrow outside Luna House home of the UKBA.

Director of Runnymede Trust from Thornton Heath

Rob Berkeley the director of the Runnymede Trust the ‘leading independent race equality think tank in the UK’ is from Thornton Heath. I heard him speak last night at the Stephen Lissenburgh lecture at Universty of Westminster in Regent Street North. Read more about him here:

What impressed me most about his talk was his clarity and his insistence that we should be aiming to End Racism within the lifetime of the current generation – not just fight it! His family still live in Thornton Heath and I’m sure they must be proud of him.



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Public consultation on options for the future library provision in Upper Norwood and the surrounding areas is now being undertaken.
Responses are sought from the whole community, including library users, local community groups, representatives from neighbouring boroughs and those who might not at present use the library at all. The questions being asked are around current and future library provision, as well as the potential impact that each of four options might have on individuals and their communities.
Croydon Councils consultation document and questionnaire can now be accessed online at: and hard copies are available to fill in at the Upper Norwood Joint Library, Croydon branch libraries and from council offices.

A deadline of 29 April has been set for people to submit their views.

Please be assured that all correspondence has been noted and we are logging all feedback we are receiving from the community.

Yours sincerely,

Aileen Cahill

Head of Libraries and Culture

London Borough of Croydon

020 8253 1001

HOPE not hate

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Celebrating modern Britain
exposing the extremism behind the BNP