Big Dance Bus

Sunday 29 May 11am-4pm
fantastic performances by national and local dance companies and groups

2 July 2016, Big Dance Pledge public performance at Trafalgar Square

Big Dance Pledge

Orchard Planting

On 21 February 2016, FOAP planted 10 fruit trees and many bulbs in the area between the path and the bowling green.Thank you to everyone who helped out.

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Ashburton Park Pavillon. Photo Vipul Sangoi

The Pavillon

Good news. The Council is to carry out an asbestos survey on the Pavillion, something that FOAP was previously expected to run with. This is needed before any works can be considered to the structure.

Renovation of the pavillion

The Friends of Ashburton Park

aim to improve the park along with the public facilities and public buildings within the park perimeter.

Brief history of the park

Supporting Regeneration of Local Area

Support for the renovation of the buildings and regeneration of park continues to grow amongst the local community.

Open Public Meeting

held on 27th October 2015 at Our Lady of the Annunciation Church. The FOAP Committee brought together Croydon Council officers and local councillors to discuss the development of  Ashburton Park. The officers presented details on current status of the development of the library building. This was followed by a question answer session between the audience and the officers & the councillors.

The Big Dance

Big Dance was a biennial festival of people dancing led by the Mayor of London in partnership with People Dancing and the Big Dance Hubs, a network of leading dance organisations across the UK. In 2016, Big Dance kicked off on Friday 20 May with the Big Dance Pledge, an original choreography by Akram Khan, then performed worldwide on the day day. The second Big Dance Bus and pledge was at Ashburton Park on 2nd July 2016.

Extended version of the pledge – simply called Big Dance Trafalgar Square 2016 was performed on the 2nd July, 2016 at Trafalgar Square. Croydon had the biggest single group from a region at the Big Dance performance.

Link to resources including tutorial videos, music and text

The Library Building

The library building was known as the Stroud Green House. It was purchased by Father Tooth to set up a convent. After purchase by the Council, the old convent became the local Ashburton Library. The reading room was in the cloister. It was later demolished in 1975 after repeated vandalism. Croydon Council Website for more information.

The Park Grounds

The grounds have undergone numerous changes over the centuries. It has had vineyards, stables, an Italian garden, croquet lawn, fine timber and ornamental lake. Today it has a running and walking track that needs to be repaired. There are tennis courts, children’s playground and a bowling green.

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Full Planning Permission has been granted by Croydon Council's Planning Department for - the widening of Ashburton Park's main gates on Lower Addiscombe Road.
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FOAP are happy to announce the following
PUBLIC MEETING to be hosted by Nisai and Fit 2 Learn, the new operators of the Ashburton Park Old Library.

Date: Friday, 24th March 2017

Time: 6.30-8.30pm

Place: Pavilion Room, St Mildred’s Centre, 30 Bingham Road, Addiscombe, Croydon CR0 7EB

Entry: Via the side gate on the right of the building – wheelchair accessible

Nisai and Fit 2 Learn invite anyone with an interest in Ashburton Park Old Library to join them at this public meeting.

Nisai and Fit 2 Learn are delighted to have been awarded the use of this much loved building and wish to work with the local community to create a vibrant community hub, as well as with the council and other parties to improve the park.

Both organisations hope to be joined by some of the people who wish to run courses, events, workshops and other activities in the library and park, as well as some of the other stakeholders.

Please come along to meet them, ask questions and share your views.

Refreshments will be provided.

If you’re unable to attend but would like to be kept informed, please email
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Ashburton Park is a piece of rural treasure found in the midst of new development and a changing environment. It has a long history of providing amenities and social community events. The buildings that are currently under repair and refurbishment in the park are fondly appreciated by those who have grown up in the area. Everyone knows of the famous Ashburton Library which has now moved but now after the involvement with the local community the building has been saved with a provision to retain as much of the original architecture while serving the community. With the creation of FOAP (Friends of Asburton Park) as a strong voice of the people who have a lot invested in retaining the traditional and cultural values in an ever changing world.

With the fear of national cutbacks to parks and recreation it is vital that the community actively support any and every way they can to ensure the future of the park and it's importance in serving the people and the children of the future. The park is well used with easy access with several recreational activities already available. Many may not be aware that for example there is a free “Body Harmony” class held every Saturday for a couple of hours. It is an open class and everyone is welcomed of all ages. This class has been drawing a regular following for the past few years. The pathways also provide joggers of all abilities a safe and friendly environment to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
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Proposed Plans

The Pavilion

The Pavilion is in a sorry state after years of neglect by Croydon Council. The original red tiled roof was replaced with felt tiles, a poor substitute. The café closed a few years ago and since then the structure has been locked up. The roof has succumbed to the elements and a number of the timbers are rotten. Hoarding now surrounds the structure. We are working with partner organisations who have volunteered their expertise in the structural and asbestos surveys. This is needed before any repair work can be carried out.

The walking and jogging track

Works to repair some of the paths across the park, including repairs to the car park were set to start in September 2015. More details on what exactly is going to be completed and the timeline for these works will be posted as we get them from the council.

The Sports Facilities

The FOAP is following up with the council to fix the tennis courts and other play areas used by the community.

Historical photos of the park.

It has existed for more than 200 years.

Photos courtesy Museum of Croydon Collections