Author: The Chronicle Editor

TWO PICTURES HONOURING OUR LOCAL ACHIEVERS

A 25-year-old Thornton Heath woman who set up an organisation to empower the voices of forgotten young people has been honoured with a civic award. Shaniqua Benjamin,  who started Young People Insight which raises awareness about issues affecting young people,  was named the Young Achiever of the Year. She said: “For almost two years, I have been fortunate enough to hear from amazing young people at discussion groups and poetry nights I have put on under my youth platform, Young People Insight (YPI). “I started YPI to ensure young people felt heard and were making their voices known in a society that often ignores and discredits them. The sole aim was to make a difference in my community and spread more love in the world, so to be recognised for this work was extremely humbling. “My emotions were running high and tears sprang to my eyes, because it meant a lot to be appreciated for the work I do in the borough I love, especially this year when I have struggled a lot emotionally and almost gave up on my platform entirely. “However, I want to continue making a difference and using the gifts God has blessed me with to empower a greater number of young people.  My work would be impossible without them.” Mum-of-two Sparkle Bulku (pictured left) won the Mayor of Croydon Civic Awards 2017 – Don’t Mess...

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MORE ACTION NEEDED TO TACKLE DANGER ROADS

Road campaigners have called for more dramatic changes to improve three dangerous roads. Proposals for double yellow lines at junctions and resident led speed monitoring schemes have been given a lukewarm reception by concerned members of Thornton Heath Community  Action Team. THCAT lead on road safety Ian Marvin said: “While greater enforcement is welcomed, more dramatic changes are needed to slow drivers down on some of our busiest and most accident ridden roads.” During the summer Cllr Stuart King, cabinet lead on transport and the environment together with a highways engineer from Croydon Council met with THCAT to  discuss concerns over three target action roads: Melfort Woodville and Grange Road. A group of residents accompanied by councillors did a walk about along Melfort and Woodville roads but time limitations meant they weren’t able to walk Grange Road. Unfortunately, since then there has been a further accident on Grange Road involving  motorcyclist who suffered serious injuries after a collision with a car on September 1, at 9pm. During the walkabout Cllr King was shown first hand the problems with corner parking and excessive entry speed in Woodville Road as well as the speeding and dangerous junctions in Melfort Road. Mr Marvin added: “We also used the opportunity to mention our own ideas, such as use of planters to deter obstructive parking and speeding and the possible introduction of traffic lights...

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LEST WE FORGET: REMEMBERING THE FALLEN

A hundred year’s ago the son of a grocer was killed in battle in the First World War. St Paul’s Church will be one of many churches remembering this month men such as Henry John Nicholass one of 139 men who sacrificed their lives in The Great War. Henry who was born in Thornton Heath,  one of 16 children, went to school at Beulah School and left to join the Royal Field Artillery C Batttery of the 52nd Brigade seeing action in France and Flanders. He was killed on August 8, 1917. In those days Beulah Junior School was called Beulah Road School for Boys – the infants being a girls school.  If you go to the school you will see a WW1 Memorial with Henry’s name and 14 others from the parish in the school’s main corridor. The war memorial went missing very early on, after it was commissioned and was even reported as being lost in the book: At the Going Down of the Sun.  However, in 1998 the then Headmaster, John Williams, found a piece of dirty, rusty metal in a pile of rubbish in the back yard.  It turned out to be the memorial.  It was cleaned up and rededicated by the grandson of Lord Kitchener 80 year’s after the war on the November 20, 1998.  Also in attendance that day was a man called Leslie...

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIM HOUSED WITH CRIMINALS

Here we tell the story of a domestic violence victim who was housed by a local authority in Thornton Heath alongside recently released criminals. Last month we reported how other London boroughs are paying private landlords to house vulnerable adults and young people in Thornton Heath because it is cheaper – often in sub standard housing conditions which are exacerbating social issues. We asked for your stories and one young mum came forward revealing her ordeal in this letter. We are protecting her identity for obvious reasons. “I left my home due to being in a domestic violent relationship. He was an abuser, he consumed me, mentally, emotionally and ultimately, physically. “I took my 10-month-old baby and sought help. I ended up in a women’s refuge. So now I was a single mother with severe mental health issues – depression, anxiety, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – all  alone. “My family, my life, my base for 26 years was spent in Wandsworth before I moved to be with my ex-partner. I approached Wandsworth for housing assistance. They assessed me and it took five months for them to accept duty of care to house me. “I moved to a hotel in Thornton Heath. I walked into the room and it was extremely depressing. It was filthy, had no natural light and consisted of a heavily used bed, a fridge freezer...

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THE JOURNEY OF THE GUJARATI

A new exhibition documenting the amazing journey of Gujarati people across two continents reveals the experiences of a Thornton Heath man at the hands of one of the worst dictators. In the free exhibition Ghanshyam Patel (pictured) talks about his experiences when he met the evil Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. ‘Gujarati Yatra: journey of a people’  runs from November 14 to April 14 Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am to 5pm at the Museum of Croydon Croydon Clocktower. ‘Gujarati Yatra’ refers to the journey made by people from their original homeland in Gujarat on the west coast of India, to the south...

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