Anyone who knows me knows that I am a MASSIVE advocate of Matthews Yard – a new cafe and workspace behind Surrey Street Market, established by Saif Bonar.
The venue is fast becoming popular with the various denizens of Croydon who have warmed to its urbane cafe culture and spartan style.
As well as organic word-of-mouth from its many patrons, Matthews Yard has also benefitted from the calculated efforts of Hillcrest PR who has continued to gain the venue borough-wide and national exposure, which notably culminated in Autumn 2012 with a visit from the Royal family.
Hillcrest PR dynamo John Lavabre (centre back) introduces Prince Charles to the workspace members of Matthews Yard
The appointment of Alice Cretney – a local artist – has meant that Matthews Yard now plays host to regularly updated arts exhibitions and cultural programmes (something that is dramatically lacking in the borough).
Locals have also formed the ‘Croydon Craft Club’ held on third Tuesday of each month 5.30-8pm.
Croydon Craft Club in session…
Further compounding this sense of wider community utility is the presence of Croydon Radio – a venture founded by Tim Longhurst – which provides round-the-clock music, comment and personality.
Tim Longhurst and cohort brighten up Croydon’s airwaves (photo source: Inside Croydon)
On Friday and Saturday nights, Matthews Yard has live artists in residence bringing in crowds from across South London.
Temi Odesanya has been appointed in recent months as Matthews Yard’s Community Manager. An enviable role which has seen her boost membership of the workspace as she seeks to make Matthews Yard be at the forefront of Croydon’s social enterprise and collaborative workspace movement:
My affection for this place and the people there is boundless, and I look forward to seeing it continue to improve the social and cultural landscape of the area.
SHAMELESS PLUG ALERT
On Thursday 24th January 2013 7.30pm at Matthews Yard, myself and others will be speaking on ‘Croydon Tech City’.
We will be detailing:
- Why Croydon should commit to this vision
- How we will push Croydon Tech City forwards in 2013
- How YOU can help us
PUT THIS IN YOUR DIARY RIGHT NOW. YES, RIGHT NOW. I look forward to seeing you there 🙂