St Edmund’s is a little over 60 years old and is a dual purpose building, used both as a church and community resource. There are currently no regular services at St Edmund's.
Links with the local community particularly matter to us and currently the church is regularly used by local community groups including a Pre-School. We would like to extend our links further with the community and should you be interested in using the Church Hall then please get in touch with the Parish Office.
St Edmund’s Caring Group is a group of volunteers who are available to help the people of Riddlesdown in a variety of ways including shopping, transport – especially for medical appointments, befriending etc. If you live in Riddlesdown and need help or would like to volunteer please contact the Caring group on 020 8651 9442.
THE FUTURE OF ST EDMUND’S CHURCH
On 27th August the Sanderstead Parochial Church Council agreed, by a decisive majority, to transfer St Edmund’s building and a limited number of roads to the parish of St James’s, Riddlesdown. The bulk of St Edmund’s District, including Riddlesdown Collegiate, will remain in the parish of Sanderstead. After comparing the financial needs and resources of the two parishes, it has also been agreed that St Edmund’s funds, apart from a small percentage for immediate needs, should remain in Sanderstead to help with our Mission here.
Continued, and growing, co-operation between the parishes in Sanderstead, Riddlesdown and Hamsey Green is at the heart of the agreement, with each parish being able to use the others’ buildings and facilities if required.
The future management of St Edmund’s Caring Group will be the subject of separate discussions.
We are getting on with both the formal and practical aspects of the transfer. We hope to be able to complete the practical aspects sooner than the formal legal ones, which (this being the Church of England!) are inevitably going to take some time. The PCC agreementlegislates for this eventuality.
I am convinced that this is the best solution for the Mission of the Church in the wider area and,specifically, for our Mission in the parish of Sanderstead, despite the restrictions caused by COVID-19.
Canon Martin Greenfield, Rector
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St Edmund's Church Warden and Treasurer, PCC Secretary
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St Edmund's follows Southwark Diocese Safeguarding Policies, Procedures and Guidelines set out in their Manual entitled A Safe Church. Should you have a concern about safeguarding, please immediately contact Rev Susan Atkinson-Jones on 020 8657 5505 or Julia Rider our Safeguarding Officer on 020 8651 6493.
St Edmund's Church, Mitchley Avenue, South Croydon, CR2 9HL
St Edmunds is on the A2022, Mitchley Avenue, between Lower Barn Road and Copthorne Rise. Free on-street parking is available nearby. Please park thoughtfully.
The 412 between West Croydon and Purley runs along Mitchley Avenue.
Riddlesdown Station on the East Grinsted line from Victoria and East Croydon, is a 6 minute walk (approx 1/3 mile) from St Edmund’s along Lower Barn Road.
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Follow the links below to find out more about the charities that St Edmund's supports.
St Edmund's Caring Group has been helping the people of Riddlesdown since the 1970s. Founded by members of St Edmund's church, the group offers support to All who live in the Riddlesdown Community, and is a member of Croydon Neighbourhood Care Association.
Our volunteers provide support in a variety of ways; transport to medical appointments, lunch clubs, supermarket or hairdresser. We will also do shopping for residents who are unable to do so themselves, and we can visit people who are housebound.
In 2010 our volunteers helped with some 700 jobs, including transport to 240 medical appointments.
Most of the requests we receive are for transport or visiting. We are very keen for more volunteers to join us, particularly people who can drive and are available during the day. We have a rota system for regular requests. such as shopping or physiotherapy appointments. but most jobs are one-off appointments. Volunteers are asked only to undertake tasts that they are comfortable with. We have no stipulation as to how often volunteers help; we are grateful for any time that they can spare - weekly, fortnightly, monthly.
St Edmund's Caring Group shares an office with Sanderstead Neighbourhood Care. The phone line is manned between 10am and 12 noon, Monday to Friday. Outside these hours you can leave a message on the answerphone.
If you think you might need support please telephone the St Edmund's Caring group number, 020 8651 9442, to register.
If you are interested in joining our team of volunteers we would very much like to hear from you. Please Contact 020 8651 9442.
The St.Edmund’s House group meets fortnightly apart from Lent. Membership is open, although we started as a St. Edmund’s group we have been joined by others, including a Catholic friend. For more information or if you would like to join, please contact Wendy Holt, Tel 0208657 6827- email email@example.com We usually meet at, 3, Riding Hill, Sanderstead CR2 9LP.