Save the date – Beckenham Christmas Light Switch On – 1st Dec 2018

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by | 08/11/2018 · 08:00

Coordinated police activity at Beckenham Junction and neighbourhood

Last week saw coordinated police activity by a Met Roads and Transport Unit and railway revenue officers in the roads round Beckenham Junction Station and at the station itself, with road checks for mobile phone use, insurance and/or MOT, and seat belts. At the same time the large group of officers kept a check on the incoming trams, and with colleagues from Transport Revenue stopped fare dodgers coming off both trains and trams.
The combined operation at Beckenham Junction Station produced excellent results according to the Sergeant in charge: “We made one arrest for possession of a lock knife and conducted several stop searches on some known criminals.  Beckenham Junction is a safe community and we are working hard to increase our visibility and presence. This week we deployed with the railway revenue officers; they were kept busy checking tickets and issued about 30 penalty fares (£80).”

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by | 17/12/2018 · 07:00

Free Coffee tomorrow – 12.30 Beckenham Green, Sat 1st Dec

Beckenham’s Christmas Extravaganza starts off tomorrow with free coffee and cakes (while stocks last).  Arrive on Beckenham Green for 12.30 to join Cllr Tickner and members of Working Party (made up of local residents) to mark the completion of Beckenham Town Centre Improvements and open the towns festivities.

Stay on the Green to enjoy the Primary School Choir Competition, live entertainment, delicious street food, market, children’s fair and activities and more.

Kids activities

Lots to do on the day for kids.

  • Letter to writing to Santa (free of charge)
  • Meet Santa – a little birdie has told us Santa will be on the Green
  • Craft activities with Crafty Hands
  • Fun fair – kids rides, bungee trampoline and Christmas hoopla.
  • Candlelit Parade – with free lanterns, see below for details.

Live Entertainment – 12.30 to 17.30

  • 12.30 – Free Coffee and Cake (while stocks last) in celebration of Beckenham Improvement Scheme
  • 13:00 – Harris Primary Beckenham Green Choir
  • 13:30 – Felix School of Ukulele
  • 14:00 – Make Believe Dance Troop
  • 14:30 – Harris Primary Beckenham School Choir
  • 15:00 – Plastic Free (Beckenham Band)
  • 15:30 – Worsley Bridge School Choir
  • 16:00 – Soulbirds Choir
  • 16:30 – Matthew Crane (award winning singer-songwriter from Kent)
  • 17:00 – Light switch on Community Sing A long

Candlelit Parade (4.30pm start)

Muster for the Beckenham Christmas Candlelit Parade on Croydon Road Recreation Ground. The Parade will leave at 4.30 pm and make its way to Beckenham Green for the light switch on. Not one to miss as you walk through the town with Father Christmas and Elves to Christmas songs and bands. Beautiful candlelit lanterns free for all. Check out the Shane Hampshire Swing Band outside Kelsey House.

Stalls

The Market opens at midday with stalls of local produce and craft, hot food, mulled wine and beer. A perfect chance to purchase some gifts, pick up some essentials and enjoy some lunch. Confirmed so far.

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Above details were correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.

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Winter safety advice from local police

Winter Safety Advice

Our local police have provided the following advice so that everyone can protect themselves during the darker winter months and Christmas shopping season.

OUT SHOPPING

Be aware of your belongings when in crowded shopping centres/streets. Keep purses and mobile phones secure in zipped bags and pockets. – Put your purse or wallet away before leaving the till, do not let staff or other customers rush you. – Take care at the ATM – be wary of people standing too close for comfort. For extra security you can use the cash points located inside the bank. – Try not to store valuable goods in your car, if you must drop off shopping – keep all items hidden in the boot.

CHRISTMAS TIME

Mark any gifts you receive with your postcode and house number using a property marking pen. This helps ensure any stolen property can be returned and can help police prosecute thieves. – Keep Christmas gifts out of sight of external windows. – Don’t leave empty packaging and boxes displaying your new Christmas goods outside your property for longer than necessary. Don’t put them out for the bin men the night before, get up early and place them out then. Take extra care to stay safe while out and about through the winter months.

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Burglary prevention tips from local police

Burglary Prevention

During the winter months, we see a rise in burglary as it gets darker earlier. Below are some general security and safety measures recommended by our local police for everyone to take in order to protect themselves and make their home less of a target and less accessible to burglars.

  •  If you are going to be out of the house while it’s dark, consider a timer switch for lights. Set them to come on from 4pm onwards in bedrooms and/or living rooms to give the appearance that someone is home.
  • Keep any access to the side and rear of your property locked at all times. The majority of our burglaries occur by the suspect gaining access to the rear of the property via a side gate or low fencing. If you do nothing else on this list, please keep these secure.
  • Test your security lights, check that the bulbs are working. If you don’t have security lights, invest in some.
  • Lock away all garden accessories in garages, sheds. Do not leave them on display for people to steal. Many garden accessories are used by burglars to smash into houses or climb onto flat roofs.
  • Remember to keep keys in a safe location, not in sight of windows or the front door.
  • Don’t advertise your goods, keep valuables out of sight from your windows.
  • Lock all windows and double lock doors when you go out, even if it’s only for a few minutes.
  • Remember to cancel deliveries if you are going away. Internet deliveries, milk bottles or newspapers piling up when you are on holiday are a clear sign to burglars that you are not at home.
  • Consider installing a burglar alarm, these are proven to deter thieves. They will also alert your neighbours who should naturally look out to see what’s going on. Some alarms call through directly to the police, increasing the chance of catching the burglars in the act.
  • Keep hedges at the front of the property low and have a good security light both front and rear, this prevents burglars having anywhere to hide. Gravel also works as a good deterrent as it takes away any chance of a silent approach.
  • Install trellises and spiky plants to stop burglars from climbing over fences. We hope this is helpful – stay secure this winter.

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2018 Christmas School Choir Competition – 1st December 2018 on Beckenham Green

Beckenham’s annual Christmas School Choir Competition is back.  This year choirs from Harris Primary Academy Beckenham Green, Worsley Bridge Primary, and Harris Primary Academy Beckenham are competing.

Come down to the Beckenham Green on 1st December to support them and enjoy Beckenham’s Christmas extravaganza – Christmas market, kids activities, festive entertainment, fun fair, candlelit parade, light switch on and community sing-a-long.

Entertainment on Stage (Beckenham Green)

  • 12.30 – Free Coffee and Cake (while stocks last) in celebration of Beckenham Improvement Scheme
  • 13:00 –  Harris Primary Beckenham Green Choir
  • 13:30 – Felix School of Ukulele
  • 14:00 – Make Believe Dance Troop
  • 14:30 – Harris Primary Beckenham School Choir
  • 15:00 – Plastic Free (Beckenham Band)
  • 15:30 – Worsley Bridge School Choir
  • 16:00 – Soulbirds Choir
  • 16:30 – Matthew Crane (award winning singer-songwriter from Kent)
  • 17:00 – Light switch on Community Sing A long

Candlelit Parade

Muster for the Beckenham Christmas Candlelit Parade on Croydon Road Recreation Ground from 4pm. The Parade will leave at 4.30 pm and make its way to Beckenham Green for the light switch on. Not one to miss as you walk through the town with Father Christmas and Elves to Christmas songs and bands. Beautiful candlelit lanterns free for all. Check out the Shane Hampshire Swing Band, outside Kelsey House details beckenhambusinessassociation.co.uk

Light switch on and community sing-a-long
On Beckenham Green for the Christmas light switch on and count down for the Copers Cope Residents’ Association spectacular Christmas tree lighting. Finish the day with the infamous Christmas Community Sing-a-long.

For more details of the days festivities click here.

 

 

 

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Successful renewal of Purple Flag Award for Beckenham Town Centre

The Purple Flag scheme gives official recognition to town centres which are judged to have a vibrant, safe and well-managed evening economy.  Beckenham has had a Purple Flag since 2016 and has now been successful in renewing the accreditation.  The team behind the application is a great example of local representatives from a variety of sectors and organisations – Copers Cope Area and West Beckenham Residents’ Associations, licensed traders, the Council, businesses, the Police, etc. –  working together.  The scheme’s report said that Beckenham was the best example they had seen of positive residents’ engagement and private and public partnership in a Purple Flag assessment.  Marsha Berg from the Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association and Marie Pender from the West Beckenham Residents’ Association were specifically congratulated for their project leadership and commitment to getting the Purple Flag accreditation renewed.

In the photo, Marie and Marsha are receiving the flag at the PF Awards in Chippenham on 8 November from Sarah Walker (Programme Manager ACTM Purple Flag/ENTE) and Jeremy Rucker (City Dressing).

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Overnight resurfacing work in High Street Beckenham between Albemarle Road and the Odeon Roundabout from Tuesday 20th November until Tuesday 27th November (5am). Excluding the weekend.  (message courtesy of Conways, contractor for the works)

Please do be aware that overnight resurfacing work will be taking place from Tuesday 20th November. This work will be carried out over 5 nights and should be completed by 05:00am on the morning of Tuesday 27th November. Work should start by 8pm every evening and could continue until 5am the following morning. However, these dates/timings are subject to changes due to performance and weather. Work will initially consist of the existing road surface being taken or ‘planed’ off, with a new surface then re-laid, with the ‘planing’ being the noisier element.

The works will be carried out in two sections:

  • Albemarle Rd – The Odeon Roundabout
    Tuesday 20th November –Thursday 22nd November(5am)
  • The Odeon Roundabout
    Thursday 22nd November – Tuesday 27th November(5am) (Excluding the weekend)

To facilitate this work, The High Street will be closed from 8:00pm between Albemarle Road Junction with The High Street and The Odeon Roundabout. Through traffic will be required to follow diversions. Buses will be on diversion also. For more information please visit https://tfl.gov.uk/bus/status/  Marshals will be in attendance to enable essential vehicular access to properties, although pedestrian access will be available throughout. The road will re-open from 5:00am the following morning on all given dates.

Parking suspensions will be in place. We do understand the inconvenience this may cause, but we would be grateful if you could avoid parking on The High Street throughout the duration of the works. Any cars obstructing the works may be relocated to an adjoining road.

Warning; hot bitumen bonding agent is laid during these works and could therefore cause damage to your vehicle. Once on your tyres the residue may transfer to paths and drives.

We anticipate all noisy work to be completed by midnight, with only deliveries of new materials after that.

As this is a major road, which is extremely busy in the daytime, there is no option but to carry out this work at night, but we are mindful of residents and the impact on town centre, visitors and businesses.

We will endeavour to keep noise to a minimum as far as possible. Again, we do apologise for any inconvenience or disturbance caused during this period.

At the end of the night work, the road surface along this stretch of The High Street will have been greatly improved from the current condition, with the overall town centre improvement initiative making Beckenham a more attractive and safer place for residents, visitors and businesses.

Should you have any questions regarding these works please do not hesitate to contact either of the following: –

F. M. Conway – Mr. Paul Padfield 01732 600 700 paul.padfield@fmconway.co.uk or London Borough of Bromley on 020 8313 4940 major.works@bromley.gov.uk

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by | 19/11/2018 · 07:30

Beckenham Road Closures for Remembrance Day Parade on Sunday 11 November 2018

The annual Remembrance Day Parade will close the High Street to traffic for a few hours on Sunday 11 November

The Parade starts off around 10am, so road closures will go in just before this, and roads remain closed probably up until midday-ish.

The closures cover the following roads:

  • Albemarle Road
  • St. Georges Road
  • High Street
  • Church Avenue
  • The Drive
  • The Crescent
  • Rectory Road

There will be no access to the War Memorial roundabout whatsoever, or the ends of the roads leading into it, ie Beckenham Road & Croydon Road. Traffic will be held at Village Way, Manor Road, Bromley Road, and Southend Road during the parade.

 

 

 

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Beckenham Annual Remembrance Service – Sunday 11th November 2018

Beckenham Annual Remembrance Service and Parade will be held at Beckenham War Memorial on Sunday 11th November 2018 at 10.50 am

The Parade will form up at 10.15 am in St George’s Road (adjacent to St George’s Church), to move off at 10.25 am to the War Memorial via Albermarle Road and Beckenham High Street to form up on the road around the Beckenham War Memorial roundabout.

Following the Service, the Parade will re-form and march off to proceed to St Georges Road via the High Street, The Drive, and Church Avenue, for the march past in  Bromley Road outside St George’s Church and dispersal by the Mayoral Representative in St George’s Road Beckenham.

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Latest Beckenham Place Park news and events

Latest Beckenham Place Park news and events, from Lewisham Council

Update on works in the park
Works are progressing well. We have now almost finished excavating the lake, which will be filled after Christmas. The foliage surrounding the lake will be planted in spring.
The landscape contractors are restoring the natural contours of the land in front of the Mansion and are beginning to lay paths in the new pleasure grounds. Work on the garden will start in January 2019.
Many park users are enjoying the new path leading to the Foxgrove and Summerhouse Hill Wood from Beckenham Place Park Road. This will be a particular help as the ground becomes wetter over the winter.
Restoration of the stableyard, with its homestead building (dating to the 1770s) and the stableyard cottages, is on track to be completed in May. The newly created clock tower is now on the roof, faithfully recreating a historic feature in the landscape. The builders are painstakingly restoring the homesteads, even to the extent of matching the original Georgian mortar! We were also delighted to find some original flooring intact, which we will keep.
Upcoming events
23 October, from 10am
Tuesdays, 10.30–11.30am
Sundays, 12 noon–3pm
Get involved
There are many volunteering opportunities – please contact lucy.mitchell@lewisham.gov.uk if you are interested.
Regular volunteering
Wednesdays, 10am–1pm. Meet outside the café at the Mansion. We will mainly be doing woodland management during autumn and winter. Tools, tea, coffee and biscuits provided!
Please note: no session on Wednesday 24 October.

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Beckenham Improvements work update 23 October 2018

Further update on short extension of Beckenham Improvements work, courtesy of F M Conway, contractor for the works

The work which was planned to last for approximately one week from 15 October has proved more challenging than expected, due to the location.  For this reason a further week is required to complete it and as a result bus stop E will  be closed for a further week.

For more information on a possible temporary relocation of this bus stop or the next available stop, please visit: tfl.gov.uk/modes/buses/temporary-bus-changes

 

 

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Have your say – Residents’ Forum and Open Meeting – 8pm Weds 24 Oct 2018 at Venue 28

We are holding a public meeting open to all our members and Beckenham residents at 8pm on Wednesday 24 October 2018 at Venue 28 (opposite Beckenham Library), 28 Beckenham Rd,
Beckenham BR3 4LS.

Come along and raise your concerns with our panel of Councillors. There will be a Councillor from every Beckenham Ward, plus Gareth Bacon our GLA member will be attending

Our Association is jointly hosting the meeting with the West Beckenham Residents’ Association. Alllocal people are welcome to attend. We hope to see you there.

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Beckenham improvements work update week beginning 15 October 2018

Beckenham Improvements work update courtesy of F M Conway, contractor for the works

Following observations from the local community, additional works, which were not planned in the original design, have been commissioned by the London Borough of Bromley.

Please be aware therefore that F M Conway will be carrying out work in Bromley Road throughout the coming week beginning 15th October. This work is programmed to last for approximately one week.

This work will consist of new kerbs and paving being laid in keeping with the scheme already completed in Bromley Road. It will commence from the end of the newly laid paving adjacent to St Georges Church and run along Bromley Road and finish at the junction with St Georges Road.

To facilitate this phase of the work some traffic management will be in place. Bus Stop E just before the junction with St Georges Road will be temporarily closed. TfL will endeavour to relocate a temporary stop within a short distance away.

For more information, please visit :-

tfl.gov.uk/modes/buses/temporary-bus-changes

Every effort is being made to minimise disruption and your understanding and support is appreciated in advance if there are unforeseen issues which need to be resolved. If further specific information is needed, please contact Conway’s Helen McConnell who can be contacted, for help and advice. Helen, the Liaison Officer is the scheme contact for businesses and residents. Helen can be contacted on Mobile Tel 07917 518 529 or email Beckenham@fmconway.co.uk if needed.

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Help us win £50,000 for Beckenham Green

Beckenham Green is our town square; a place to bring the community together for recreation, business, learning and events. We want to improve this space so it will be used and enjoyed by more people.

Crowdfund London provides an opportunity to pitch new ideas for community-led projects to make your local area even better. The Mayor wants to back the best crowdfunding campaigns with pledges of up to £50K.

Using the £200K plus that has already been spent on Beckenham Green as part of the improvement scheme, the £35K Bromley Council have committed to spend on a stage canopy, plus the in-kind contributions of local volunteers the Copers Cope Area Residents Association have created a bid requesting up to £50K from the Mayor of London’s fund.

We spoke to Crownfund London and they loved our idea :-).  If our project, “Beckenham Green – Community of Commons” gets over 100 backers to show it has local support, we have a really good chance of winning up to £50k, so please pledge your support.

Pledge here: www.spacehive.com/communityofcommons

Beckenham Green – Community of Commons

We want to create a ‘community of commons’ in the heart of the town, on Beckenham Green. ‘Commons’ are cultural and natural resources open to everyone. Beckenham Green is our natural resource, but it is underused and requires landscaping and recreational improvements.

Bromley Council are funding a Stage Canopy on Beckenham Green. This will be a great cultural focal point. To get the best use out of it we need to additional equipment to enable a diverse range of community groups to run activities on Beckenham Green.

What we will do with £50K

  • Temporary tables and chairs for events
  • Family activities and games
  • Portable equipment to support various events
  • Temporary traditional market stalls
  • Storage unit for the community equipment
  • Improved landscaping and planting on the green
  • Nature trail and community garden
  • 2019 season of community events
  • Support for local groups to run events and activities, including online support
  • Improved lighting

Why it’s a great idea

There are so many great local groups, clubs and organisations with a huge range of interests and lots of great ideas for engaging with the wider community. Running community activities however large or small can be costly due to the need of hiring or buying and storing various equipment. This project will purchase the equipment needed and make improvements to the green itself.

Help by making your pledge

This is a great project and we have a great chance of winning the bid. The Mayor of London’s fund needs to see that the project has local support through local crowd funding. So please go online and pledge to show your support, a fiver or just a quid can make all the difference in helping Beckenham secure £50,000.

Pledge here: www.spacehive.com/communityofcommons

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Clock House celebrates – 4 pm to 8 pm 5th October 2018

Get down to Clock House for a market celebrating Beckenham’s prestigious Purple Flag award for its night time economy. Clock House Celebrates will be located between the Library, the Spa and Venue 28 and will highlight local businesses in the Clock House Parade as well bringing in traders from further afield.

Starting at 4pm, there’ll be live music at Venue 28 and a children’s book reading session at the Library. There will be lots of food and drink stalls, plus several local traders selling great gifts and items!

For  more information click here.

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An Evening Helen Pankhurst, St George’s Church – 8pm Mon 8 Oct 2018

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by | 23/09/2018 · 08:00

Market On The Green – 10am to 4pm Sat 22nd September 2018

A jam packed day of free entertainment on Beckenham Green, plus market stalls, fun-fair and street food.  For the kids there is a book reading from local author, Casey L Adams, with titles such as ‘Body Goo’ and ‘Don’t Splat the Spider’. Plus special guest Minecraft (look-a-like) on stage with a dance party.  We have ukulele’s from Penge, the return of one our favourite acts Joseph Pitula-Riley, Soulbirds Choir and new band A Grand Scheme makes is debut in Beckenham.

Plus market stalls, fun-fair, street food – check out the full line up here.   Hope you can come along.

 

 

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Nominate Kent House Station for step free access by Sunday 30 September 2018

£300 million of Government funding up for grabs

In July 2018, the Department for Transport published its Inclusive Transport Strategy, and announced that up to £300 million of Government funding would be made available for step-free access improvements at railway stations in Great Britain between 2019 and 2024, including lifts, subways and bridges. We want as much of that money as possible to be used to improve Southeastern stations, and are asking passengers and stakeholders to nominate their local station.

Step-free access improvements have already been made at 13 Southeastern stations in recent years, including Herne Hill, Gravesend and Canterbury West.

The Government is expected to announce in early 2019 which stations will benefit, and we’re asking our passengers to help us make a really strong case, so that a significant slice of the £300m Access for All fund is spent on installing step-free access at Southeastern stations.

How to nominate your local stations

Nominations can be made online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/southeasternrailway and need to be submitted by Sunday 30 September 2018.

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Ageing Well in Bromley survey and public meeting on Friday 24 August 2018

News about the work Bromley Council is carrying out jointly with Bromley CCG around services for older people in Bromley.

  • Online survey, www.bromley.gov.uk/ageingwellclosing on 26 August 2018, to capture the views of as many over 55s living in the borough as possible. Paper versions are also available in the borough’s libraries, or can be requested by emailing mylife@bromley.gov.uk . The replies will be used to help put together the Ageing Well in Bromley Strategy later in the year.
  • Public open meeting from 10am on Friday 24 August 2018 at Bromley Civic Centre.  Light refreshments provided and the event should end around 11.30am. Everyone is welcome to come for the entire event or to drop in at any time.

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