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Stephen Aselford

Sadly long-standing member and campaigner for transport and disability rights Stephen Aselford died earlier this month.

Stephen was a friendly, cheerful and thoughtful man with an encyclopaedic knowledge of Croydon and what was going on locally in Selhurst: he was a proud Croydonian, and loved the diverse and vibrant community we have.

He was Labour through and through – always at meetings, fundraisers, and other events – and he was a committed and tireless campaigner, working with Unite Communities, Disabled People Against Cuts and other organisations to advocate for the rights and dignity of disabled people across London. He was also a strong voice on public transport issues and could often be found supporting protests, picket lines or events promoting and defending public transport. He’s on record as saying he loved “shaming Tory politicians” and in 2015 confronted Zac Goldsmith for voting for government cuts to support for disabled people.

All who knew Stephen are invited to join his family and friends in celebrating his life. The Funeral starts at 10:30am at Croydon Crematorium, Mitcham Road, Croydon CR9 3AT and there will be a commemoration event at 12:00pm at Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon CR0 1BD. People are invited to wear red for the occasion to reflect both Stephen’s socialism and his love of London buses. Further details here.

The best way, of course, that we can honour his memory is to continue the fight that was central to his life.

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100 Years of Social Housing

The 1919 Housing Act heralded a huge council house building programme across the country in the decades since, including around 25,000 built in Croydon.

As part of the celebration, the council wants people’s stories, films and other memorabilia for an interactive exhibition at the Croydon Clocktower in August. Housing officers and Museum of Croydon staff are also compiling items from photographs to rent books and providing their own stories.

Read more here.

Councillor Maggie Mansell

Sadly Maggie Mansell has died after a short illness. Shafi Khan who served on the Council with her for 24 years and Tony Newman have led the tributes here. Comments are open for those who wish to add their own personal memories and appreciation.

A more detailed obituary is here.

Details of the Memorial Service to be held on 29th January can be found in the events section.

News from the Branches

Thornton Heath Branch has had a number of guest speakers attending monthly branch meetings.

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