to St Edmund's, Riddlesdown

We Welcome you to St Edmund's

In the heart of Riddlesdown

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.

Regular Service Pattern at St Edmund's

There are currently no regular services at St Edmund's

Special Services and Information


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

St Edmund's Notices

Older notices

Parish Events

News from around the Parish

Spring Newsletter

16 April 2022

"Lord, you are our God"  2 Chronicles 14:13 

Let us rejoice - for He is risen indeed! The gloom of Lent, and everything else that is going wrong in our world, will be outshone by the glorious resurrection of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. 

Keep In Touch newsletter, March 2022

04 March 2022

We welcome Lent and Spring, and include prayers for Ukraine

Keep In Touch newsletter - Farewell to the Greenfields

25 January 2022

"I know who holds the future, and He'll guide me with His hand"

Keep In Touch newsletter November 2021

06 November 2021

Christians are people of hope


Contact St Edmund's


Parish Administrator
Paul Shipley
email parish.office@sanderstead-parish.org.uk
tel 020 8657 0665

Church Wardens

PCC Secretary
Dick Hibberd
email via Parish Office
tel 020 8657 0665


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 The Rector, Rev'd Canon Martin Greenfield on 020 8657 1366 or Margaret Quiney our Safeguarding Officer on 020 8657 4087.

  • NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child
  • Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse
  • Samaritans Helpline: 116 123 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to
  • Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141 ( free phone Monday to Friday 9- 5pm)

Finding St Edmund's


St Edmund's Church, Mitchley Avenue, South Croydon, CR2 9HL

By car

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.

By bus

The 412 between West Croydon and Purley runs along Mitchley Avenue.

By train

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.


Please contact the Parish Office, tel 020 8657 0665, Email parish.office@sanderstead-parish.org.uk

Hiring St Edmund's Hall


Follow the links below to find out more about the charities that St Edmund's supports.

Christian Aid


The Croydon Refugee Day Centre


The Purley Food Hub


The Children's Society


Samaritan's Purse - Operation Christmas Child


Get Involved at St Edmund's

St Edmund's Caring Group

Telephone 020 8651 9442

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.

St Edmund's House Group

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 w.m.holt@blueyonder.co.uk We usually meet at, 3, Riding Hill, Sanderstead CR2 9LP.

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