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27 January 2014
The Croydon Heritage Festival, a two week celebration of Croydon’s rich and colourful past, as well as an exciting future, is back for a second year running this summer.

Taking place for two weeks from Saturday 21 June to Friday 4 July 2014, Croydon Heritage Festival will be packed full of talks, tours, exhibitions, music, art and performance to showcase the Borough’s unique heritage.

The Festival, organised by one of Croydon’s oldest charities, The Whitgift Foundation, and supported by a host of local organisations, aims to bring Croydon’s fascinating past alive at a time of unprecedented change for the town.

Following a major town centre event to kick start the Festival on Saturday 21 June, the community will be invited to tour some of Croydon’s most important buildings in its history including the Tramlink depot, Croydon Airport, Old Palace, Croydon Minster and the Whitgift Almshouses; and visit a heritage exhibition supported by local community and historical organisations held in the Fairfield Halls for the duration of the Festival.

There will be a programme of talks and workshops on all aspects of Croydon’s past, present and future such as on the River Wandle and Croydon Advertiser and daily walking tours led by Croydon Tours encompassing sites from Old Town, South End to Broad Green. 

Following last year’s Festival which saw over 150 events take place in 50 venues across the Borough, visitors unanimously called for the Croydon Heritage Festival to be continued.

98% of participants surveyed thought that the Croydon Heritage Festival should be an annual event whilst 98% thought it was important to celebrate the Borough's heritage.

Martin Corney, Chief Executive to The Whitgift Foundation, said: ‘We are delighted to be organising the Croydon Heritage Festival for a second year running. We want to build on the success of last year’s event and provide a Festival that the Croydon community can be proud of.

“As a charity that was established in Croydon more than 400 years ago, The Whitgift Foundation is not only passionate about the town’s fascinating heritage, we are committed to supporting the future success of the town.

“With Croydon’s town centre being on the cusp of major transformation, The Croydon Heritage Festival not only looks back at a fascinating past but also looks ahead to a bright future.

“Plans are still progressing for this year’s Festival and we welcome those in the local community who are interested in getting involved to get in touch.”

The Whitgift Foundation is calling for local schools, community groups and organisations to celebrate Croydon’s unique heritage and get involved in this year’s Festival.

If you are interested in getting involved in Croydon Heritage Festival 2014, please contact Catherine Shirley – catherineshirley@whitgiftfoundation.co.uk or call 020 8256 1579.

 

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For further information, please contact Catherine Shirley, Marketing and Communications Manager on 020 8256 1579 or email: catherineshirley@whitgiftfoundation.co.uk.

For general information visit: www.whitgiftfoundation.co.uk.

 

Notes to editors

The Croydon Heritage Festival Survey 2013 has been taken from 203 respondents who filled out questionnaires after attending Festival events or via an online survey.

 

About The Whitgift Foundation

The Whitgift Foundation is a registered charity with the aim of providing education for the young and care for the elderly in Croydon and the surrounding areas.

 

Established in 1596 by the former Archbishop of Canterbury John Whitgift, The Whitgift Foundation comprises of:

  • Three schools – Old Palace of John Whitgift (girls), Trinity School (boys with a co-educational sixth form) and Whitgift School (boys).
  • Whitgift Care – three care homes, Whitgift House, Wilhelmina House and the Whitgift Almshouses offering a range of care provision including sheltered accommodation, full nursing care, residential care, respite and day care.
  • The Carers’ Information Service – provides free information, support, advice and training to an estimated 34,000 carers in Croydon and manages the Carers Support Centre, 24 George Street.

 

The Whitgift Foundation currently supports approximately 42% of current pupils in its schools through financial 'means tested' bursaries.  This equates to just over £5million a year to enable talented young people to benefit from the outstanding education provided by the schools.

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