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To: JD Wetherspoon plc



We, the undersigned, call on JD Wetherspoon plc to keep the Flora Sandes public house in Thornton Heath open.

Why is this important?

Thanks to JD Wetherspoon we have, at the heart of busy and vibrant Thornton Heath, a meeting place which is regularly full of people from all walks of life, all cultures, all ethnic groups and all ages who can enjoy excellent food and drink at affordable prices. It is called The Flora Sandes. As regular customers, we feel aggrieved at the thought of losing our pub if Wetherspoon’s terminate the lease which has 20 years left to run. If our pub closes there will be nowhere else in Thornton Heath where pensioners, young families, single women, disabled people, shoppers, office workers, football supporters and passengers from the railway station can sit, talk, eat, drink and feel at home.

Croydon’s vision of having a welcoming, friendly, harmonious and highly diverse community where people get on together is brought to life in The Flora Sandes. The pub is central to a £2.7 million regeneration project in Thornton Heath designed to improve the look of our community and to attract new business, new residents and new enterprise. Rather than leave, we see Wetherspoon’s as vitally important to the future of Thornton Heath and its regeneration. That is why we are asking Wetherspoon’s to keep The Flora Sandes open and why we are asking you to support our petition to save a key community resource.

Sally, Don and Jack


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Reasons for signing

  • This is vital to the local community and is the only decent place for individuals and families to enjoy a drink and a meal together.
  • The pub is busy and popular. The Thornton Heath community would lose an important asset for enjoyment and meeting one another if the pub disappears, which would be a great shame.
  • A friendly, homely community pub that serves a good selection of beers and where a diverse mix of cultures gather in peace. It would be a tragedy if it closed.


2017-12-17 10:22:13 +0000

The 'Fight for Flora' campaign has maintained its momentum and you have contributed nearly 3,200 signatures to our petition which is a truly magnificent achievement. We have now arranged to formally present both the petition and the comments book from Flora Sandes customers to JD Wetherspoon on Tuesday 19 December 2017 at 5.00pm in The Flora Sandes pub. We will be accompanied by our GLA Assembly member and the Mayor of London's Communities at Risk Officer. If you can join us too that would be much appreciated. Very many thanks for your encouragement and solidarity.

2017-12-09 10:39:49 +0000

We now have nearly 3,000 signatures on our petition to save The Flora Sandes pub in Thornton Heath. Although the vast majority have been collected in person in the pub, the solidarity of online supporters has been vital. In the last few days we have been very encouraged to receive help and guidance from the Mayor of London's Communities at Risk team and continued practical support from our Greater London Assembly member. As a result, the petition is being delivered to the Mayor of London and received by the Greater London Assembly before Christmas. We have now approached JD Wetherspoon to ask for a date and time when we can formally present both our petition and a book of comments about The Flora Sandes from its customers to them. Our 'Fight for Flora' has been far more passionate and powerful than we could ever have imagined. We will provide a further update in the next few days.

2017-10-31 08:50:21 +0000

It’s now just over two weeks since the launch of our petition to save The Flora Sandes in Thornton Heath. Amazingly we already have more than 1,300 signatures asking Wetherspoon’s to reconsider their decision to close the pub. The campaign is growing every day. In addition to the support of so many regular and occasional visitors to our Wetherspoon’s, we have the active encouragement of three local councillors, our Greater London Assembly member and our MP. We are very grateful for all your support. But we still have work to do. We need more than 2.000 signatures before we can consider presenting the petition. So, again, we are asking for your help. Please contact your friends, neighbours and work contacts and ask them to sign. In doing so they will be helping to save the heart of our local community.
The Flora Sandes campaign team

2017-10-30 18:33:12 +0000

100 signatures reached

2017-10-28 14:03:13 +0100

50 signatures reached

2017-10-27 09:29:47 +0100

25 signatures reached

2017-10-25 18:29:02 +0100

10 signatures reached

2017-10-24 09:05:29 +0100

The paper version of the petition, which was launched on 13 October, now has 620 signatures. We have had great support from local people who have shared their stories about why the Flora Sandes is so important to them. We have met with our local councillors and they are fully behind this campaign to persuade Wetherspoon's to keep our pub open. The paper version of the petition will continue as not all of the Flora Sandes' customers have mobile phones and laptops. However, we want all of you that do to PLEASE share the online petition with your friends, work mates and neighbours and urge them to SIGN UP. Thank you for all your brilliant support and encouragement so far. We will update this site regularly so keep your eyes on this site and our progress.
The Flora Sandes campaign team