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3 June 2014

by Marzia Nicodemi-Ehikioya

Marzia Nicodemi-Ehikioya Editor, linguist, outspoken campaigner on local and national issues. Loves opera, books and
Marzia Nicodemi-Ehikioya Editor, linguist, outspoken campaigner on local and national issues. Loves opera, books and

Marzia Nicodemi-Ehikioya

Editor, linguist, outspoken campaigner on local and national issues. Loves opera, books and libraries.

Nadia Nazir

IT Consultant and Interior Decorator, loves to sew, knit and bake.

and Interior Decorator, loves to sew, knit and bake. Russell Elliott Passionate believer and advocate of
and Interior Decorator, loves to sew, knit and bake. Russell Elliott Passionate believer and advocate of

Russell Elliott

Passionate believer and advocate of alternative - Just ‘cos something has always been done a particular way doesn’t make it the best!

Robert Dil

Graphic Design Consultant and Co-owner of TD Studio in Addiscombe. Loves making music & diving.

of TD Studio in Addiscombe. Loves making music & diving. Andrew Dunsmore Top London photographer, runs

Andrew Dunsmore

Top London photographer, runs Picture Partnership in his Shirley Studio or on location. He helps you take better pictures.

Contents

Shirley Life

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Let’s Talk about Literature by Editor

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What you need to know about Smart Meters

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Spring in Shirley

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How to Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer

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Oak Processionary Moth Caterpillars

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Useful websites

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Pomegranates

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Uses of Lemon Juice

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About De-cluttering

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Police Matters

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1 Hour Free Parking Parking Petition Update

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I-522: Your Right to Know

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Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign

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Andrew Dunsmore, Picture Partnership, Shirley

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Shirley Library: June Activities

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Green Thumb

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Pothole #00

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Weeds around the Junction from Hell, lest we forget

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Front Cover: Rose in Shirley

Editorial Team

Marzia Nicodemi-Ehikioya (Editor), Russell Elliott (Sub Editor), Robert Dil (Graphic Design Consultant) and Nadia Nazir (Website Administrator). Contributors: Nathalie Baron, Helen Campbell-Macdonald,Tom Dunsmore, Jill Latter, Charles Park and Andrew Pelling.

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It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere. Voltaire
It is difficult to free fools
from the chains they revere.
Voltaire

Fools It is sad to see that a lot of people never question what they hear and are prepared to

accept facts without checking them. They seem eager to follow who screams louder. Full Fact is an independent fact checking organisation. They provide free tools, information and advice so that anyone can check the claims they hear from politicians and the media. http://fullfact.org/ Research can sometimes land you into unsafe territory, especially online. I was checking the veridicity of a quote and ended up in a racist white supremacist website. Knowledge is power: you cannot fight your enemy if you do not know what they are up to.

Croydon Green Fair I have never been to the Croydon Green Fair before but will
Croydon Green Fair
I have never been to the Croydon Green Fair before
but will attend this year to support the Stop the South
London Incinerator Group stall if one is set up or just
to see what is going on. I am also interested in
meeting Jo Bodley and her bags from old umbrellas.
http://familyhandspun.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/the-umbrella-hunter.html
Andrew Dickinson started his website Green Croydon in 2010.

Andrew Dickinson started his website Green Croydon in 2010. He wanted to encourage residents to be more environmentally aware and said:

“I wanted to perk up our environmental behaviour as a borough and make Croydon a greener place to live, work, and visit. While putting the site together I was overwhelmed by how many environmental groups Croydon could claim to have. What these well intentioned groups lacked and deserved was their own annual event when they can all be together in one place.” Croydon Green Fair was born. I have already met a few of those taking part and will go with an open mind.

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Our environmental concerns In March 2014 Shirley Life covered Environmental Visual Audit (EVA) and Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG) and then found out that no such groups are in operation in our area. Worse still, nobody seemed to have any interest in setting them up. Monthly clean-ups, however well

meaning they might be, are not having an impact on the litter front.

A new way must be found to tackle litter which is a social, rather than

a business, problem. Behaviour change among the public is crucial to

solving the issue, and this comes down to education as to how not to litter and enforcement of anti-littering laws. Peter Schroeder, environment manager for McDonald’s,confirmed that every outlet runs litter patrols covering a 150m radius of their front door and competitions are held every year to find the best campaigns run by individual outlets or franchise owners. One drive-through outlet in Essex has started printing the registration numbers of its customers’ cars on their receipts, for instance – a clear deterrent to dropping litter. Local authorities have a key role to play as well, both with carrot and stick. They need to do it in earnest. The rubbish in Langland Gardens is a familiar sight, although I had never seen a dumped piano as the one found in Lake Road. What are we going to find next? Free collections of items of furniture should be re- introduced, once a year, because fly-tipping is more expensive than any revenue collected by the Council.

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After 8 long years of Tory administration, Croydon elected a Labour Council. I played my part in bringing this change about and will closely follow, with some trepidation, how matters will evolve. The new Mayor’s speech was a good start:

she said that she will not put up with personal attacks and loutish behaviour in the Chamber, she will have her own website, she will support women who cannot speak English and are, therefore, isolated and she wants Croydon to be a place where people are proud to live. Her speech was assertive and down to earth. Councillor Manju Shahul-Hameed is a professional woman with a First-class Degree in Mathematics and a Master’s Degree in Scientific and Engineering Software Technology. She was born and brought up in Kerala, in India, and never thought she would leave it. She came to the UK to join her husband fifteen years ago. Councillor Patricia Hay-Justice will be the Deputy Mayor. I hope they will embody the change we desperately need in our diverse Borough. On the first anniversary of the riots, I helped organise a silent vigil in The Queen’s Gardens. The message has not changed: One

Editor

organise a silent vigil in The Queen’s Gardens. The message has not changed: One Editor Croydon
organise a silent vigil in The Queen’s Gardens. The message has not changed: One Editor Croydon

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LET’STALK ABOUT ENGLISH LITERATURE
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I was asked to sign a petition because Education Secretary Michael Gove is planning to make significant changes to English lessons. The petitioner wrote that syllabus changes mean that classic US books would be removed from the GCSE syllabus and the focus would be on pre 20 th century writers from England. I was puzzled and checked on http://fullfact.org/ :

“Last year the Department for Education set out its requirements for new courses beginning in September 2015, including that for GCSE English Literature. The new requirements mean exam boards have had to update their syllabuses. And one board, OCR, has said the requirements mean there is no room on its new syllabus for some of the American novels that had previously been staples of the course. Other boards are due to finalise their own syllabuses by the end of this week. Being dropped from the syllabus doesn’t mean the books are ‘banned’ from schools. But it does mean students won’t be examined on them, something that is in practice likely to influence how often they’re taught. GCSE English Literature Syllabus before September 2015:

Students of the English Literature GCSE had been required to study at least six texts, including ones that

had English, Welsh, or Irish literary heritage

were from different cultures and traditions

were by contemporary writers

In the course of this students had to look at least one work of prose,

poetry and drama. In England they had to study at least one play by Shakespeare. American fiction such as To Kill a Mockingbird qualified as coming from a ‘different tradition’ to English, Welsh and Irish

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literature, meaning it could form a core part of the curriculum. The new requirements mean students must study texts including:

At least one play by Shakespeare

At least one 19 th century novel

At least one piece of fiction or drama from the British Isles from 1914 onwards

A selection of poetry since 1789, including Romantic poetry.

Nothing prohibits exam boards from including twentieth century American fiction on their syllabuses, but if they do include such books these will be ‘extras’ in terms of what is required.”

The thought that 15 year olds might easily connect with Shakespeare and Dickens in such a diverse country as the UK is almost ridiculous because most young people are alienated by the culture, the characters and the language of those authors. Shakespeare was born around 1564 and Dickens in 1812 which are two different eras. Why not choose Marlowe or Trollope? How many would consider The Wanderer by Frances Burney or The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy or Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide by RL Stevenson or The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine by HG Wells or Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad or The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde? As an ex teacher, I can assure you that these books could captivate a young person’s mind!

Mr. Gove is delusional: what would reading Hamlet, not an English prince, by the way, contribute to the education of young people whose spelling is often atrocious and who ignore punctuation, apostrophes and syntax? The text would have to be “translated” to them! Mr. Gove says he has not “banned” any books. However, by telling teachers that they have to teach Romantic Poets, a 19 th century novel, a Shakespeare play and a British text, he is narrowing the curriculum and taking choice away from teachers. It is highly improbable that teachers, with all the other demands heaped on them, may teach more than these set texts. How would the young people, especially if from a disadvantaged background, benefit?

Is Mr. Gove trying to go back to “the good old days” that never were?

if from a disadvantaged background, benefit? Is Mr. Gove trying to go back to “the good
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How To Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer I was particularly interested in the article below

How To Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer

I was particularly interested in the article below because I find commercial hand sanitizers drying and, also, I question the ingredients used to make them. Please note that Mother Earth News is an American website so a few adjustments need to be made when reproducing articles. This sanitizer may be be slightly costlier in the UK than the off-the-shelf varieties, especially if you choose organic

materials. It contains no alcohol and is totally natural. Russell and I will

be trying it out and will report back.

Marzia

Pocket-size gel hand sanitizers are handy for on-the-go “cleanup,” but these formulas are drying, costly, and contain 60 to 90 percent alcohol. Why rub a formula on your hands that is potentially toxic before you eat? The risk elevates for mothers who carry sanitizers to clean children’s hands. The good news: You can make your own safe, affordable hand sanitizer. Witch hazel, tea tree oil, and peppermint have antiseptic and astringent properties. They’re great germ killers. Aloe vera will prevent the skin from drying out—a welcome alternative to commercial sanitizers that leave hands parched. Note: Even use of this all-natural solution should be limited to a few times daily for those with sensitive skin. Materials

1 cup (235 ml) pure aloe vera gel

1 to 2 teaspoons (15 to 28 ml) witch hazel

3 to 4 drops tea tree essential oil

3 to 4 drops peppermint essential oil

Step 1: Measure the ingredients and stir together in a mixing bowl.

Step 2: Adjust aloe vera content. To thicken the solution, add more aloe vera gel, one teaspoon at a time.

Step 3: Package the product. Travel-size toiletry bottles are ideal for toting this hand sanitizer. Save and clean empty bottles for re-use if you don’t want to invest in empty new ones.

Oak Processionary Moth Caterpillars

When

I

read

about

caterpillars

in

Inside

Croydon

(http://insidecroydon.com/2014/05/02/croydon-under-threat-from-plague-of-poisonous-caterpillars/), the

post rang a bell but could not remember when I had first heard about the issue. Then, whilst decluttering, I came across a copy of Croydon Guardian, 6 February 2013. It was the usual fanfare spin from the now ex Council’s cabinet member for highways and environmental services: the council were to embark on a programme to eradicate the moth for good. The work, which was free, was taking place in February because it was when the caterpillars were hibernating and were easier to contain. Obviously, the programme did not work or was never attempted. Mid-May, I had noticed contractors spraying oak trees along Wickham Road and I immediately connected the matter with the caterpillars. The vehicle was not marked and they were using masks and protective clothing. I did not take pictures because of the double red lines.

was not marked and they were using masks and protective clothing. I did not take pictures
was not marked and they were using masks and protective clothing. I did not take pictures
I then picked up, in Mr. Patel’s pharmacy in Broom Road, the official leaflet that
I
then picked up, in Mr. Patel’s pharmacy in Broom Road, the official
leaflet that I am reproducing . Please read “Controlling OPM”
carefully: affected trees are best treated during the spring and
summer when the caterpillars are about.
Did Croydon Council consult the appropriate authority before waging
war? The Council has statutory duties regarding human and animal
health and, in difficult times, needs to make proper use of finances.
I
hope that the new administration will keep us better informed. SL
will ask a formal question from the Council as soon as it is practically
possible.
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Pomegranates Pomegranate juice in an Istanbul market is one of the most memorable experience in my many years of travelling. It was sharpish and refreshing. Most of the pomegranates I ate in the UK were tasteless or bland until recently, probably because they are becoming more popular and the public more demanding.

Punica granatum in Latin, the pomegranate is native from Iran to the Himalayas in northern India and was cultivated and naturalized over the whole Mediterranean region since ancient times. It is widely cultivated throughout India and the drier parts of southeast Asia, Malaya, the East Indies and tropical Africa. The tree was introduced into California by Spanish settlers in 1769. Pomegranates prefer a semi-arid mild-temperate to subtropical climate and are naturally adapted to regions with cool winters and hot summers. A humid climate adversely affects the formation of fruit. The tree can be severely injured by temperatures below 12° F. The tree adapts well to container culture and will sometimes fruit in a greenhouse.

One pomegranate provides about 40 percent of the daily requirement for vitamin C and pomegranates may have anti-cancer properties. Please refer to the following article if you wish to learn about the health properties of this extraordinary and beautiful fruit

Dr. Mercola strongly suggests consuming the fruit in its whole form because it not only will give us added fiber, but it will ensure that we are not overdoing it on fructose, which is found in high levels in all types of fruit juices.

If you've never eaten a pomegranate before you may be curious what part is actually edible, and what's not. If you cut a pomegranate in half,

before you may be curious what part is actually edible, and what's not. If you cut

you'll find it's filled with juice-filled seed sacs called arils (about 600 of them in an average pomegranate), separated by thin white (and bitter) membranes. Arils are the “jewels” of the pomegranate, and they are the part you will want to enjoy. Many people enjoy pomegranates alone as a snack, but you can also sprinkle the arils over salads or cooked dishes. Inside each aril is a crunchy fiber-rich seed. While some people spit them out, you can eat them whole, seed and all. So how do you get out the arils?

The POM Council recommends this simple three-step process:

1 Cut off the crown, then cut the pomegranate into sections

2 Place the section in a bowl of water, then roll out the arils with your fingers (discard everything else);

3 Strain out the water, then enjoy the arils whole, seeds and all.

You do not really the bowl of water and I suggest you can wash your hands after eating the arils because there will be a little stickiness. I do not fancy adding chlorinated water to my food!

Shops are slowly beginning to sell “ready arils” but you miss all the fun. Besides, they do not taste the same: I hand-pick my pomegranates. I bought the best from Lidl.

I hand-pick my pomegranates. I bought the best from Lidl. Ideas • Drop pomegranate seeds into
I hand-pick my pomegranates. I bought the best from Lidl. Ideas • Drop pomegranate seeds into

Ideas

Drop pomegranate seeds into champagne or sparkling wine (cider was also suggested) for colour and flavour - and festiveness.

Serve arils with olives or sprinkle black olive tapenade with a few arils for a tart-sweet-salty-bitter burst of flavours and colours.

Just sprinkle arils in salads: they glisten like little rubies and dress up any plate.

My favorite way to use pomegranates in desserts is simply to sprinkle a few arils over ice-cream, frozen yogurt, or sorbet. I never cook arils.

is simply to sprinkle a few arils over ice-cream, frozen yogurt, or sorbet. I never cook

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About De-cluttering

I do not live in a mansion and clutter was an issue. According to Feng shui, clutter is low, stagnant, blocked energy that drains energy from you and lowers the quality of your life. In other words, anything that you do not use, do not like, or do not have a place for IS clutter. Either use it, like it, find a place for it, or let it go. Feng shui requires bringing beautiful, light, vibrant energy with you

when you start decluttering. Essential oils in the air, music, a water fountain or fresh flowers are also suggested to bring vital Chi to help eliminate the low and detrimental clutter vibes.

I started decluttering when I realised I no longer enjoyed my home. I also realised that I had to dedicate more time to myself.

Wardrobes

I do not suffer with any serious disorder – possibly associated with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or depression – for which treatment should be sought. Why did I hoard clothes, then?

I read about the stylist Martine Alexander who regularly works with

clients to ‘detox’ their wardrobes. She says there are some standard excuses we make for hanging on to clothes: “The most common

statements I get from my clients are that they bought an item in the sales but don’t know what to wear it with, that they bought something that’s too small and plan to slim into it, that they don’t want to throw something away because it was expensive or that they hope an item will come back into fashion.”

or that they hope an item will come back into fashion.” I agree with her analysis:

I agree with her analysis: I am guilty on all charges.

I feared making the wrong decision about what to keep and what to

throw out and, for a long time, I chose to do nothing at all until I

decided that enough was enough.

I had a history of poor shopping decisions. I used to buy on impulse,

without thinking what an item would go with or when I would wear it. Often, I never had the right attire for the occasion.

Just before Christmas I stopped buying clothes. I sorted through everything I had and arranged anything I had not worn for over a year into piles for charity because I believe that everything should be re- used or recycled. My husband joined in and, in January, we sent trainers, jeans, underwear, boxer shorts, socks, shoes, jumpers, sweatshirts, coats and towels to the Manna Society through our church. The Manna Society run a Day Centre for homeless people near London Bridge. http://www.mannasociety.org.uk We had space in the wardrobe and were happy to know we were helping somebody. All our donations were freshly laundered, ironed and in good condition. Anything else went into a clothes recycling scheme. I am now going through all summer clothes and I have just found out that they also need mugs, cereal bowls, dinner plates, more towels (hand and bath), blankets and sleeping bags so I am decluttering the kitchen too.

Office

My miniscule office needed sorting out because I had mountains of papers and could never find what I wanted. I bought a Bisley filing cabinet for 0.99 pence on Ebay. It had no key and I had to order one for £3.50 but is was still a bargain! I set up some simple folders. I can now find bills and receipts without searching high and low.

Medicine and toiletries cabinet

I went through everything and removed all the outdated medicines,

the stuff I knew I would never use again, the dirty-looking bandages

and all the creams and ointments that never worked. I kept only what could be used. I no longer buy in bulk, except toilet paper.

Books and videos

I could not part with any of my books but added tall shelves to take

advantage of every available space. I now know where everything is. Custom shelving units provide enough space for books, photos, and decorative pieces. We had a through room: instead of reinstating the

wall that had been removed, we created a partition wall with shelves that housed all the videos (hundreds) and CDs. We have two rooms now and great storage.

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After removing all the mugs, cereal bowls and dinner plates for the Manna Society, I went through all the pots and all the gadgets I had bought and never used. I put them in a huge box and took them to Oxfam. My kitchen is fit for purpose now.

Utility room

The work is still in progress but the floor is already clear of boxes. I found a few things I had totally forgotten about and found a loving home for them all. A new washing machine will soon replace the huge Maytag about to die. It is now an airy room.

the huge Maytag about to die. It is now an airy room. Under the stairs I

Under the stairs

I found a heap of carrier and paper bags, books, magazines and empty shoe boxes. All clear now. There is a lot of wasted space and two ancient meters in the way. I am looking for inspiration. Any help is welcome. I found an interesting website, http://www.avarfurniture.co.uk, and will give them a call next month.

The loft

The loft is boarded and half of it neatly stores all the suitcases. The other half will be a laborious summer project.

Recommended: 30-day list

I read somewhere about creating a “30-day list”: every time I want to buy something that is not absolutely necessary, I put it on the list with the date it was added to the list. The rule is never to buy anything (except necessities) unless they it has been on the list for 30 days. Often I lost the urge to buy the stuff and I saved myself a lot of money and clutter.

“We don’t need to increase our goods nearly as much as we need to scale down our wants. Not wanting something is as good as possessing it.”

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Police Matters

Police Matters • The Promises have been updated after the Public Meeting on Wednesday 9 April

• The Promises have been updated after the Public Meeting on Wednesday 9 April 2014 because residents expressed concern about speeding in the Shirley area on both sides of Wickham Road.

• Shirley Life did not receive the more up-to-date information promised. It is disturbing to note that only crime in Shrublands is put on record, whilst one is aware that there was crime in other parts of the ward.

• We are surprised to note that the location of the next Public Meeting will be All Saints Church in Bridle Road after much fuss was made not to change the out-of-ward, previous venue. I seem to remember that it was decided that the Panel would vote on the matter.

• Public Meetings are attended by people of different faiths or none. A neutral venue such as the Shirley Community Centre would enable residents to feel at ease.

• Many residents in the ward are not online and every effort should be made to involve them in neighborhoods policing issues. It was suggested that posters went up in shops and the Library.

It was suggested that posters went up in shops and the Library. You can contact the

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Petition The petition for 1 hour free parking in Wickham Road and a disabled bay

Petition

The petition for 1 hour free parking in Wickham Road and a disabled bay by Hartland Way Surgery was delivered on 8 May 2014 to Fiona Twycross for transmission to Transport for London. It was signed by 1,259 local residents. Questions will also be asked of the Mayor of London.

Said Otmani, Fiona Twycross and a Shirley resident, Said Otmani, Fiona Twycross and a Shirley
Said Otmani, Fiona Twycross and a Shirley resident,
Said Otmani, Fiona Twycross and a Shirley resident,
Valerie Mackenzie
Valerie Mackenzie

Vote with Your Pocket, EVERY DAY

Remember, the food companies on the left of the graphic spent tens of millions of dollars in the last two labelling campaigns—in California and Washington State—to prevent you from knowing what is in your food.

You can even the score by switching to the brands on the right; all of whom stood behind the I-522 Right to Know campaign.

Naked Juice Gerber Kashi Ocean Spray Green & Blacks Organic Del Monte Du Pont Bayer BASF Burt’s Bees

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These
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BUYING THEIR PRODUCTS.

Voting with your pocket, at every meal, matters. It makes a huge difference.

SAVE THE DAVID LEAN CINEMA CAMPAIGN June film programme at the David Lean Cinema Thursday

SAVE THE DAVID LEAN CINEMA CAMPAIGN

June film programme at the David Lean Cinema

Thursday 5 June at2.30pm and 7.30pm

THE PAST (12A) 2013FRA NCE/ITALY/IRAN 130 m ins (subtitled) Director: Asghar Farhadi Starring: Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Ali Mostaffa Deserted by her Iranian husband Ahmad (Mosaffa), Marie (Bejo The Artist) has begun a new relationship with Samir (Rahim A Prophet). When Ahmad returns to Paris to finalise their divorce, he has to live under the same roof as the pair, and tensions between Marie and her elder daughter explode. Bejo won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her work in this intricate and intense domestic drama.

Thursday 12 June at2.30pm and 7.30pm -Q&A atevening screening

UNDER THE SKIN (15) 2013 UK 108 mins Director: Jonathan Glazer Starring: Scarlett Johansson The his extraordinary picture, which is as unique and disturbing as you might expect from the director of Sexy Beast and Birth. While it features non-actors in unscripted scenes, we are delighted to welcome an important member of the regular cast to a Q&A at our evening screening: Adam Pearson will talk about his performance in the film, and his work with the charities Changing Faces and Jeans for Genes.

Thursday 19 June at2.30pm and 7.30pm

SUZANNE (12A) 2013 FR ANC E 94 m ins (subtitled) Director: Katell Quillevéré Starring: Sara Forestier, François Damiens, Adèle Haenel Suzanne is a very different family drama to The Past. Single father Nicolas (Damiens - Delicacy) does his best to bring up his two daughters, but his ability to hold the family together is tested as Suzanne (Forestier) goes off the The Guardian).

M onday 23 June at7.30pm -special screening for PURLEY FESTIVAL

20 FEET FROM STARDOM (12A)2013 US A 91 m ins Director: Morgan Neville Featuring: Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer This exuberant film, which received the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, tells the story of the black female backing singers who greatly enhanced some of the greatest pop and rock music of our time. Despite working with famous names such as Phil Spector, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder, these outstanding vocalists rarely achieved solo success.

Thursday 26 June at2.30pm and 7.30pm

THE LUNCHBOX (PG)2013 INDIA 104 m ins (subtitled) Director: Ritesh Batra Starring: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui The Mumbai lunch delivery service is famed for never losing an order. So, neglected wife Ila (Kaur) is puzzled when her husband fails to appreciate her delicious new recipes, until she finds a note from widowed office worker Fernandes (Khan) in the returned lunchbox. Balancing humour with romance and a sometimes melancholic tone, and creating believable characters root for, this wonderful film demonstrates that contemporary Indian cinema has a huge amount to offer beyond Bollywood razzmatazz.

Ticketing arrangements Tickets for all screenings are £7.50. Concessions (Freedom Pass holders, full time students, claimants and disabled) £6.

Bookings can be made:

• Telephone: 0333 666 3366 (a £1.50 charge applies, which covers any number of tickets). Note that staff cannot answer any queries unrelated to bookings.

• In person at Croydon Visitors Centre near East Croydon Station (08.00 to 18.30 Monday to Friday and 09.00 to 17.00 Saturday). Cash or card payments are accepted at CVC.

• Croydon Clocktower: our Clocktower box office, located next to the Arts Bar, will be open for one hour before every film and tickets can be bought there for any film, subject to availability. CASH ONLY.

All the above services close 2.5 hours before any particular film, with the exception of the Clocktower box office. Wheelchair bookings: wheelchair places can be booked via all the above methods. If you wish to book a complimentary seat for a helper, please request this by emailing: savedavidlean@gmail.com

please request this by emailing: savedavidlean@gmail.com David Lean mugs now available The attractive mug that

David Lean mugs now available The attractive mug that features the image of David Lean from our logo, together with the words DAVID LEAN CROYDON is available from our Clocktower box office on screening days.

Facebook and Twitter Our Facebook page is a useful resource for anyone interested in the Campaign, with photo albums, scans of the latest press coverage, and screening reminders. http://www.facebook.com/LeanCampaign For additional reminders and film-related news, follow us on Twitter:

@SaveDavidLean

Adrian Winchester

Andrew Dunsmore, Picture Partnership, Shirley Her Majesty The Queen, Sovereign of the Most Honourable Order

Andrew Dunsmore, Picture Partnership, Shirley

Her Majesty The Queen, Sovereign of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Great Master of the Order, attended the Service and Ceremony of the Installation of Knights Grand Cross of the Order in Henry VII’s Lady Chapel, Chapel of the Order, at Westminster Abbey on Friday 9 May 2014. The Most Honourable Order of the Bath was established as a military order by Letters Patent of George I on 18 May 1725, when the Dean of Westminster was made Dean of the Order in perpetuity and King Henry VII's Lady Chapel at Westminster Abbey designated as the Chapel of the Order. However, the Order was a revival of an older custom going back to medieval times when part of the ceremony of knighthood included a ritual bath symbolic of spiritual purification and a vigil the night before receiving the honour.

of knighthood included a ritual bath symbolic of spiritual purification and a vigil the night before

The service was conducted by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall. Picture Partnership had the pleasure of being asked to cover the Service and Ceremony of the Installation of Knights Grand Cross of the Order which happens just once every 4 four years. Picture Partnership had a team of 5, 3 photographers and 2 assistants and photographed individual portraits of each of the Knights in the robes and with their family before the service took place, followed by discreet photography of the Service itself in the Abbey. We also shot the official group Installation picture with the Queen.

shot the official group Installation picture with the Queen. Picture Partnership’s well equipped studio is at

Picture Partnership’s well equipped studio is at 213 Wickham Road, Shirley Croydon, CR0 8TG. We are six doors away from the Co-op. Call us on 020 8656 4024.

Croydon, CR0 8TG. We are six doors away from the Co-op. Call us on 020 8656

@PPPictures

Croydon, CR0 8TG. We are six doors away from the Co-op. Call us on 020 8656

SHIRLEY LIBRARY

June 2014

Volunteering for the Summer Reading Challenge

If you're aged between 13-24 and are interested in volunteering at Shirley Library over the Summer to help with the children's Summer Reading Challenge, please pop into Shirley Library for more information and an application form.

Adult Learners’ Week 2014

Embroidery workshop on Monday 16 June from 2.30-4.30pm. Materials will be provided. Please reserve a place for this session. Paper craft: Three dimensional paper cup making on Tuesday 17 June from 2.30- 4.30pm. Please reserve a place for this session. Knit and Natter session (fortnightly) on Friday 20 June from 2.30-4.30pm. Whether you're a beginner or an improver why not come along with your knitting and join this friendly group.

Free Regular Children’s Activities and Events

Storytime: Every Thursday from 2.15 to 2.45pm. This is a lovely session where a selection of stories are read and different colouring sheets are used. Come along and join in on the fun! Rhymetime: Every Friday from 10 to 10.30am. Once upon a Rhyme: 10 to 10.30am on the following Saturdays: 7 and 21. Saturday Crafts: 2.30 to 4.30pm on the following Saturdays: 14 and 28.

Free Regular Activities and Events for Adults

Board games: Do you like playing Scrabble, Monopoly, cards, chess and Battleship? We have a selection of games which can be used in the library any time. Monthly Craft Workshop: Card Making on Tuesday 10 from 2.30 to 4.30pm. Stitch, Knit and Natter from 2.30 to 4.30pm Friday 6 and 20. Computer sessions for beginners: Learn to set up an email account, use Facebook, do online shopping, use Word, Excel and Powerpoint or improve your typing skills. These sessions are offered on Mondays and Tuesdays in the morning and afternoon and on some Saturday mornings. Please contact the library for further details. ICT volunteer opportunity - We're looking for a volunteer who is experienced in all of the applications listed in the previous paragraph to deliver free ICT sessions to our customers at Shirley Library.We would like a volunteer who could spare a few hours on a Thursday or Friday every week. Please contact the library for more information and to pick up an application form.

Free Wifi - the library now has free Wifi access. Display boards Our display boards are available for use free of charge to advertise your club or society. Please contact Fiona or Irene at Shirley Library on 020 3700 1019 or email croydon.shirleylibrary@carillionservices.co.uk

Free monthly talks om authors or speakers Nadeem Masood, author of Making Pandemonium, will give
Free monthly talks om authors or speakers
Nadeem Masood, author of Making Pandemonium, will give a talk about his
experiences as an Opening Ceremony performer and Games Maker at the London
2012 Olympics. His talk will take place on Tuesday 3 June from 2.15-3.30pm.
Please reserve your place at the library for this talk.
Caroline Smith, from Bethlem Royal Hospital's Museum, will give a talk covering
the origins of the hospital, the treatments used, some of the more notable patients
amongst other things. Her talk will be on Tuesday 24 June from 2.15-3.30pm.
Please reserve your place at the library for this talk.
READING
GROUP
FOR ADULTS
The group will discuss The Warden by Anthony Trollope on Thursday 12 June from
6 to 7pm.
"The Warden" centers on Mr. Harding, a clergyman of great personal integrity who is
nevertheless in possession of an income from a charity far in excess of the sum
devoted to the purposes of the foundation. On discovering this, young John Bold turns
his reforming zeal to exposing what he regards as an abuse of privilege, despite the
fact that he is in love with Mr. Harding's daughter Eleanor. It was a highly topical novel,
but like other great Victorian novelists, Trollope uses the specific case to explore and
illuminate the universal complexities of human motivation and social morality.
Sasha is probably the best hairdresser in town. She is a true professional.
Sasha is probably the best
hairdresser in town.
She is a true professional.

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Pothole #00 I reported another pothole was forming after pothole #39 was filled. Please refer
Pothole #00
I reported another pothole was forming after pothole #39 was
filled. Please refer to Shirley Life, March 2014.
Well, let us hope that the
new Labour
administration will monitor
road
works better than the
disastrous previous one
who claimed
they “had increased
spending on repairing roads” #lies
Pre-election verge cutting I tweeted the above picture taken in Shirley Way and, when I
Pre-election verge cutting
I tweeted the
above picture taken in
Shirley Way and, when I got
home, I found they were sweeping the
pavements in Palace View.
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has nothing better
to
do must have
been
monitoring Twitter and wanted to score
points. #notfunny. We look
forward to receiving better service.

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