The Review May 2020

As we continue to live under the shadow of Coronavirus and are all finding ways to adapt and thrive in this ‘new normal’, The Review has also undergone a few changes for this issue!

With concerns about delivering hard copies to residents in the current circumstances we decided to produce an interim, virtual issue.

Read the Review May 2020 (PDF)

Please do share this widely with anyone who has not received it, or you think might be interested. We hope to produce four hard copies of The Review this year, aiming to produce the next one for delivery in July/August.

We have not included our usual What’s Happening? page in this issue, but do keep an eye on our Facebook page where we regularly post items of interest for residents.

ECRA and Coronavirus Covid -19

Please help us by paying your annual subscriptions by standing Order.

We wish to thank all the businesses in Coulsdon, Old Coulsdon and the surrounding area that have stayed open during the pandemic to serve the local community. We also wish to thank all the key workers in the NHS, Croydon Council, postal, bus and train workers along with the delivery drivers shop workers and many others who have continued working on our behalf.

We are so lucky in Coulsdon to have so many open spaces such as Farthing Downs. Happy Valley, Cane Hill and our great local parks where people can not only exercise, but appreciate the value of these open spaces. It has also been pleasing to learn about the togetherness of local Coulsdon people who have been able to help their less fortunate and vulnerable neighbours and friends with shopping or just a phone call. It is especially heartening to see the number of Whatsapp and Facebook local groups that have been set up to keep people in contact we each other. We are also very sorry to report that a number of local people have succumbed to Covid-19. We offer their families and friends our deepest sympathies and condolences.

The Future of the Review Magazine

We are pleased that, with the help of our less vulnerable road stewards and some volunteers, that we delivered the Spring Review magazine to all households with a leaflet explaining Covid-19 and a contact number for those needing help. This enabled us to put many vulnerable people in touch with local volunteers.

We intend to publish all 4 magazines during the course of the year. However, with social isolating we are only able to deliver and will have difficulty in collecting our annual subscriptions (£3) and donations. This will certainly apply to the next issue in the Summer and probably to the Autumn and possibly Winter editions as well. It is also clear we cannot hold our AGM in June.

How you can help us

You can help us with our aims to inform you what is happening in and around Coulsdon thorough: the Review Magazine, this web site, Facebook page and eblast list. If you would like to be included in our eblast information system, please contact Maureen our secretary by email

You can help us by paying your annual subscription by Standing Order. To do so please contact our Chair Charlie by email Alternatively you can send a cheque payable to ECRA or cash for £3.00 to our Chair Charlie at 50 Reddown Road CR5 1AX or Gill our Vice Chair at 6 Mead Way CR5 1PG.

We thank those of you that have changed to a standing order or put a cheque or cash through our doors with your annual subscriptions and donations. Don’t forget to put your name and address on it.

Please contact us if you feel you need any help.

Thank you for help

Coronavirus: open businesses as of 26 April 2020

There are a number of shops and businesses in Coulsdon still operating during the Coronavirus lockdown. 

Guidance from government will change over time; check for the latest.

Old Coulsdon

  • Old Coulsdon Medical Practice
  • Village Stores
  • McColls
  • Danny’s
  • Tudor Bakery
  • Stellas Emporium
  • Curry Leaf
  • Truelove
  • Whyatts Cafe

Chipstead Valley Road

  • Mr Chips
  • Coulsdon Repair Centre/Smallworths
  • Coulsdon Hardware
  • Express Copy
  • Coulsdon Post Office
  • Coulsdon Sorting Office
  • Woodcote Medical Practice
  • Budgens
  • Valley Pharmacy
  • I Calabresi
  • Londis
  • Tesco
  • Info Health Chemist

Coulsdon Town Centre

  • Pets Galore
  • Best Save
  • Advanced Print
  • Coulsdon Autoparts
  • Pandoras
  • Aldi
  • Waitrose
  • Coulsdon News
  • Autofix
  • Car body Solutions 
  • T Raj
  • Bombaylicious
  • Coulsdon Farm
  • Scarpettas
  • Truelove
  • Barclays
  • Santander
  • Mirch Masala


  • India Brasserie
  • Coulsdon Grill
  • Flamingo Kebabs
    Valley Cafe
  • Cafe Time 
  • Poppy Cafe
  • Pistachios
  • Light

The milkman

Hooley News (will deliver)

Coulsdon South Signs

Five of the 6 name boards “For Farthing Downs and Happy Valley” have now been installed on Coulsdon South Station.  The 6th one will be installed permanently when the lift work is complete.

The new bridge is progressing and Pauline and Ian have installed planters/troughs with lovely flowers – the flower beds were removed due to the bridge building works.  Once the bridge is completed then the flower beds can be re-installed.