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About Copers Cope Area Residents' Association (CCARA)

Residents Association covering central and northern Beckenham. Founded in 1939 to protect and promote the interests of residents in matters of local concern

Plan to move Beckenham Library – Public Meeting 7.30pm 14 Nov 2019, Beckenham Public Halls

Bromley Council are considering plans to move Beckenham Library to the Beckenham Public Halls (near Ask Pizza in Beckenham Town Centre).  The current library site (conveniently located with the leisure centre) will then be developed for  housing (46 flats).  Full details of the proposal can be found here and in these key documents:

It is likely that the library space will be smaller in the Public Halls and there will be a loss of space for public use (eg clubs etc that hire rooms that will be turned into library space). However, the opportunity for a refurbished library site in the town centre may be of benefit.

Copers Cope Councillors have advised they are supportive or the relocation of the Library to the Public Halls. They have said that there has been agreement for some time that the existing library building no longer meets the needs of the community. However, our Councillors do not appear to have consulted local people, certainly our residents association was not approached.

This plan is it its initial stages and there is still time for local people to have their say. At a Council meeting on 5th Nov Councillors approved the proposal. They agreed:

  • To proceed to procurement for the appointment of a multi-disciplinary team, to develop a scheme for Beckenham Public Hall up to RIBA Stage 2 (Concept design) in the first instance, at an estimated cost of £70k.
  • In principle to use the existing Beckenham Library site for housing. The approach taken to deliver the housing will depend on the outcome of the review being undertaken by Lambert Smith Hampton and any subsequent agreement of a housing delivery vehicle. This will be subject to a further report.

The next stage is approval at the  Council Executive on 27 November 2019.

Petition

There has been much public opposition to the library closure in the existing building, exacerbated by the Councils failure to consult with local people.  A petition has been set up at the link below, now has over 3000 signatures:

https://www.change.org/p/bromley-council-save-beckenham-library

Public meeting

A local resident has set up a public meeting at 7.30pm 14 November 2019 at the Beckenham Public Halls. CCARA will be attending this meeting, as well as other community groups. Space is limited, but interested parties are welcome.

Let us know what you think

We keen for your views, we will make a representation to the Leader of the Council on behalf of our members.  Please email any feedback to chairman@coperscope.org.uk.

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Have your say – Residents’ Forum and Open Meeting – 8pm Weds 16 Oct 2019

We are holding a public meeting open to all our members and Beckenham residents at 8pm on Wednesday 16 October 2019 at Christ Church, Fairfield Road, Beckenham BR3 3LE. Come along and raise your concerns with our panel of Councillors.

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

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Free entertainment at Market On The Green – 10am to 4pm Sat 28 Sept 2019 on Beckenham Green

Head on over to Beckenham’s pretty town green on Saturday to enjoy some free live entertainment, have some lunch and check out the market stalls. Market On The Green is back with over 30 foodie, arts and craft stalls plus entertainment for the whole family, kids funfair and face painting.

Entertainment

On stage for your enjoyment:

11:30 Churchfields Community Choir
12:30 The Crooks Saxophone Quartet
13:00 Irish Dancing from local dance school run by Maria O’Sullivan
13:30 The Crooks Saxophone Quartet
14:00 The Rings – Beckenham duo
14:30 Toying with Names – acoustic folk band from Croydon
15:00 Felix School of Ukulele – Ukulele from Beckenham

Market Stalls

Of course we will have a usual foodie, arts and crafts stalls (a full list on our Market page) … many of our favourites are back plus a few new stalls to tempt you.

FREE Yoga Class & Gong Bath 

The Breeze Yoga team are coming to the market next weekend. At 10am the incredible Suzy Bain will lead a fun-filled yoga practice which will conclude with a magical 10 min Gong Bath by the wonderful Junior Valentine – what better way is there to start the day? The session is free of charge, we look forward to seeing you all on the mat!

 

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FREE Yoga Class & Gong Bath – 10am Sat 28 Sept 2019 at Market On The Green

The Breeze Yoga team are coming to our market on Beckenham Green next weekend. At 10am the incredible Suzy Bain will lead a fun-filled yoga practice which will conclude with a magical 10 min Gong Bath by the wonderful Junior Valentine – what better way is there to start the day? The session is free of charge, we look forward to seeing you all on the mat!

Breeze Yoga Beckenham

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Save the date for Beckenham’s community Market On The Green – 10am to 4pm 28 Sep 2019

Our next market is coming up soon.  We are pleased to welcome Breeze Yoga who will running alfresco yoga workshops. Some of our favourite performers are back including Balgowan Irish Dancing and Felix’s Ukelele. Plus over 30 stalls of craft and street food, check out our web page.

Calling all local traders… we still have pitches available and are especially looking for bread and produce stalls. If you would like to trade or perform please get in touch at localmarket@coperscope.org.uk

 

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Bowie bandstand in Croydon Rd Rex gets listed status

As reported in the Guardian… Fifty years after a young David Bowie performed from a south London bandstand in front of a tiny crowd at a summer festival he organised, the historic iron structure that served as his modest stage has been Grade II-listed.

www.theguardian.com/music/2019/aug/16/david-bowies-festival-bandstand-gets-grade-ii-listing

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Volunteers needed for Beckenham Poppy Appeal Collectors

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by | 30/07/2019 · 08:00

Bear the cat, missing from Copers Cope Rd since 10 July 2019 – have you seen him?

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Screen on the Green, 5 July to 14 July 2019 on Beckenham Green

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Market On The Green TODAY, 10am to 4pm Sat 25 May, Beckenham Green

Come along to Beckenham Greens first event of the year. Market On The Green has over 40 stalls of street food, Kent produce, gifts, crafts and more. Plus live entertainment and kids activities.

Novelty Dog Show

Back for its third year is Beckenham’s Novelty Dog Competition Back by popular run by the Beckenham Business Association. With 8 categories to enter, there’s bound to be at least one category for your furry friend, enter your dog here.

Entertainment

We have an amazing line up of local talent, professional singer Gari Glaysher, Beckenham band the Walking The Witch,  Irish Dancing by Balgowan Primary School, Felix School of Ukelele and Brockley folk band The Bleedin’ Liberties.

Local Market

Of course we will have a usual local produce and craft stalls (books, kids clothes, Kent food, gifts, cards, jewellery, local grown plants and more) many of our favourites are back plus a few new stalls to tempt you. Plus delicious options for lunch including Greek street food, Caribbean Pattys, wood fired pizza, Guyanese Curry, and Brazilian street food.

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Market On The Green 10am to 4pm Sat 25 May, Beckenham Green

Beckenham’s Market On The Green is back for 2019. Over 35 stalls of street food, Kent produce, gifts, crafts and more. Plus live entertainment and kids activities.

Novelty Dog Show

Back for its third year is Beckenham’s Novelty Dog Competition Back by popular run by the Beckenham Business Association. With 8 categories to enter, there’s bound to be at least one category for your furry friend, enter your dog here.

Entertainment

We have an amazing line up of local talent, professional singer Gari Glaysher, Beckenham band the Walking The Witch,  Irish Dancing by Balgowan Primary School, Felix School of Ukelele and Brockley folk band The Bleedin’ Liberties.

Kids activities

There will also be a fun-fair, face-painting and free have-a-go mini tennis courtesy of the Beckenham Lawn Tennis Club.

Local Market

Of course we will have a usual local produce and craft stalls (a full list on our Market page) … many of our favourites are back plus a few new stalls to tempt you.

The above information correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.

Subscribe to the Market On The Green mailing list.

 

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Complimentary lawn bowls courtesy of RBS Bowls Club Beckenham – from 2.30pm Sat 20 April 2019

The RSB Bowls Club in Beckenham invites local residents (adults only) to come along to the first day of the new season to have a go at lawn bowls or just watch.  If you would like to play please wear flat shoes (trainers are fine). The Bowling Green is looking beautiful at the moment and everyone will be sure of a warm welcome at the club.

The club is located off Copers Cope Rd, use the Goals/Gambado car entrance –  the Bowls Green is on the left behind the hedge.

Pop along at any time during the afternoon. Play will be underway at 3.00pm and the Bowls Club will be pleased to greet people 2.30pm onwards.

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Local Police Talk and Copers Cope Residents Association AGM – 8pm Weds 20 March 2019, Beckenham Public Halls

Our AGM and Public Meeting is at 8pm Wednesday 20th March 2019, Beckenham Public Hall, Bromley Road, Beckenham and all open to all local people.

Our guest speakers are PM Mudge and DWO Wood from our local Copers Cope Police,  they will be speaking on policing in Beckenham, residential security and burglary prevention.  Local ward Councillors are also expected.

 

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What to look for in our parks in January

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

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by | 08/11/2018 · 08:00

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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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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