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 has now merged with Sanderstead Neighbourhood Care. If you need help or would like to volunteer please contact SNC on 020 8657 8289.

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

Sanderstead Parish News December 2023

05 December 2023

The December edition of Sanderstead Parish News

Sanderstead Parish News October 2023

01 October 2023

The October 2023 edition of Sanderstead Parish News

Sanderstead Parish News

01 September 2023

The first edition of our new parish newsletter


13 April 2023

"As we journey onwards (and upwards), brothers and sisters, I urge you to pray and to join others in praying for the work of God's Spirit within our two church organisations." Read more in the attached...

Grace and peace,
Revd. Carol Bates


Contact St Edmund's


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 Margaret Quiney on 020 8657 4087 or The Rector, Rev'd Carol Bates on 020 8657 1366 or The Diocesan Safeguarding Team on 020 7939 9423 or If very urgent 999.

  • 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 8657 8289

St Edmund's Caring Group has now merged with Sanderstead Neighbourhood Care.

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.

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