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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

Entertainment line up at Market On The Green tomorrow 23 Sept 2017

Check out our fabulous line up of free entertainment at Market On The Green tomorrow. Come along to enjoy the performers, grab some lunch and browse the market stalls.

  • 11:30 – Superman (look-a-like) kids dance party
  • 12:00 – Stagecoach Beckenham (ages 6 to 18) perform favourite movies Shrek, Wizard of Oz and Beauty and the Beast.
  • 12.30 – Josef Pitura-Riley and his banjo.
  • 13.o0 – Settemeno Acousticduo perform classic Jazz.
  • 13:30 – Lilac Sheer performing songs from her recent album A Different Country.
  • 14:00 – Josef Pitura-Riley and his banjo.
  • 14.30 – Lilac Sheer performing songs from her recent album A Different Country.
  • 15:00 – Stagecoach Beckenham (ages 6 to 18) perform favourite movies Shrek, Wizard of Oz and Beauty and the Beast.

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Free kids Yoga at 11am and 1pm at Market On The Green, Beckenham – Sat 23 Sept 2017

Get the kids down to Beckenham Green on Saturday morning for a free Yoga session especially designed for the little ones (mums and dads can join in too) courtesy of local Yoga teacher Silvia Sanchis from Omazing Yogis.

 

Stick around on the Green to enjoy Market on the Green, with 40 stalls of street food, local produce and craft. Plus funfair, face paining and sand art.

If that is not enough to keep you occupied, there is free entertainment on stage from 11.30am to 3.30pm, including very special guest (look-a-like) Superman who will be on stage at 11.30 for a hero’s dance party. Check out the full event details here.

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Beckenham Improvements work update 18th September 2017

Improvement Works Update courtesy of F M Conway, contractor for the works.

Phase 3 works:

  • In front of Kelsey house and the former toilets works will continue to excavate the highway, install additional drainage and the new introduction of new kerbing will continue. The construction of the PAD parking will also continue.
  • Granite paving will continue to be laid on the north-west and north-east corner of Thorntons Corner.
  • Thames Water has had a problem with one of their water mains The repair works are due to be finished early in the week. The road resurfacing is due to be carried out on Friday 22nd September.
  • A temporary materials compound will be located near the junction of High Street and Fairfield Road.
  • The construction of the new planters on Beckenham Green will continue.

 Further stakeholder consultation

Another meeting with the business community has been arranged for the 25th September 2017 at 18.45 at the Public Halls, 4 Bromley Road, BR3 5JE. The businesses likely to be affected by the Phase 3 works will be contacted directly.

Traffic Management Issues.

From Tuesday 29th August the High Street from the War Memorial to Thornton’s Corner will be one way. The direction of traffic will move northeast, from the War Memorial to Thornton’s Corner with diversions on Rectory Road. This one way system will be in place until the end of November 2017 when works will be suspended for the Christmas period. In January 2018 temporary one way traffic flow will be reintroduced.

Concerns have been raised regarding traffic flow at the junction with Thornton’s Corner. TfL have investigated this issue and have adjusted them to regulate the green light timings to account for traffic flow at certain times of the day.

The left turn from one section of the High Street to the other is, presently much sharper for buses, due to the works outside Kelsey Park House on the opposite corner. Buses are currently slowing to avoid safety barriers therefore forcing vehicles from Manor Road and Kelsey Park Road to wait. As the work progresses along this section of the High Street, the situation will improve.

(For reference some works such as traffic signals and power connections are conducted by outside agencies such as Transport for London and UKPN. The project does not have control of these works).

The High Street from Thorntons Corner to Beckenham Junction has remained one directional. Consideration by the Councils Highways Department and TfL has concluded that this is the best solution during the remainder of the works. It is considered that despite diversions signs some cars would continue to drive south from Bromley Road junction and cause traffic management problems when confronted with the one directional traffic management for the High Street between Thorntons Corner and the War Memorial.

New road closures and bus diversions are in place. Helen McConnell can supply a copy of the new bus stops at the below email address.

 

The completed scheme

Feedback from the community has revealed that there are some incorrect preconceptions about the scheme.

  • The High Street will not be pedestrianised. Improvements will however greatly improve the pedestrian environment with wider pavements, improved lighting and more and better road crossings.
  • After the improvements are complete the High Street will revert to two way traffic as prior to the improvements. The larger widenings such as the North-West corner of Thorntons Corner have been designed to enable the largest road vehicles to comfortably navigate the corner in both directions. Changes to the vehicle stop lines and traffic signalling will enable vehicles to use the reduced road space with minimal impacts on traffic flows.
  • No existing bus stops will be removed from the High Street. All bus stops will however be improved and will become fully disabled accessible. In order to create sufficient waiting space for passengers some bus stops will be located on what is the highway at present.
  • The scheme will not introduce shared surfaces where the footway and road surface will be on the same level. Throughout the scheme a kerb will be retained between the pavement and the road and the pedestrian areas will be a traditional pavement above vehicular areas except at crossing places.
  • Many of the parking spaces are inset into the paving (achieved by widening the paving not reducing it). They are flush with the pavement to avoid a trip hazard kerb.

 

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US singer Lilac Sheer at Market On The Green – 23 Sept 2017

Don’t miss US singer-songwriter Lilac Sheer performing songs from her recent album A Different Country at Market On The Green on Beckenham Green (next to St George’s Church on Saturday 23rd September at 1.3opm and 2.30pm.

A Different Country

LILAC SHEER

The album A Different Country was released in August of 2016.

The single Queen of Hollywood ranked #1 most added on US FMQB A/C chart it’s release week and charted at #9.

Stylistically compared to the likes of Alanis Morissette and Jewel, Americana singer-songwriter Lilac Sheer sings of her experiences of the world through the eyes of a girl who grew up in a religious home, served in the army, lived on different continents and wrote music intensively throughout, all of which culminate in A Different Country, an album of unique artistry and depth, that is bound to play on heartstrings you never knew you had.

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New Ward Police Officer and free tamper-proof car license nuts at Market On The Green 23 Sept 2017

Two pieces of good news from our Copers Cope police team. First, a big welcome to our new District Ward Officer, Jade Bowyer. Second, she will be joining DWO Stuart Inglis at the Market on the Green on 23 September to meet the community and distribute tamper-proof car licence plate nuts. Stuart and Jade will be around the Green from midday.

Tamper-proof car licence nuts are well worth fitting as they prevent the nuisance of theft of your licence plates and stop wider knock-on crimes like driving off of garage forecourts without paying for fuel. Pick up a set, free while stocks last, after midday from the police team on the Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association (CCARA) gazebo.

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Superman (look-a-like) at Market On The Green 23 Sept 2017

Is it a Bird?…Is it a Plane?… its…. Superman!!.

Superman (look-a-like) will be flying in to Market On The Green at 11.30 for a hero’s dance party on stage. Come along and meet the most powerful being on the planet!!

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Tescos store likely at Chinese Roundabout

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Save the date – Market On The Green 23 Sept 2017

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Summer 2017 Express Newsletter

Check out our Summer 2017 Express Newsletter.

Express Summer 2017

The Express, is sent out 3 times a year, usually March, July and October.  To receive the newsletter through your letter box and support your local hardworking residents association please join up, only £3 per year.

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Beckenham Improvements work update 4th Sept 2017

Improvement Works Update courtesy of F M Conway, contractor for the works.

 Phase 3 works

  • From Tuesday 29th August the High Street from the War Memorial to Thornton’s Corner will be one way. The direction of traffic will move northeast, from the War Memorial to Thornton’s Corner with diversions on Rectory Road. This one way system will be in place until the end of November 2017 when works will be suspended for the Christmas period. In January 2018 temporary one way traffic flow will be reintroduced.
  • Work to excavate the highway will continue. Additional drainage will be installed and the new kerbing will be installed.
  • Thames Water has had a problem with one of their water mains. As a consequence surfacing work in the section of The High Street between Thornton’s Corner and Beckenham Junction has been temporarily stopped. Thames Water is dealing with the problem and once corrected resurfacing will resume.
  • The construction of the new planters on Beckenham Green will continue.

Traffic Management Issues.

  • Concerns have been raised regarding traffic flow at the junction with Thornton’s Corner. TfL are monitoring this issue and may regulate the green light timings to account for traffic flow at certain times of the day. The left turn from one section of the High Street to the other is, presently much sharper for buses, due to the works outside Kelsey Park House on the opposite corner. Buses are currently slowing to avoid safety barriers therefore forcing vehicles from Manor Road and Kelsey Park Road to wait. As the work progresses along this section of the High Street, the situation will improve. For reference some works such as traffic signals and power connections are conducted by outside agencies such as Transport for London and UKPN. The project does not have control of these works).
  • The High Street from Thorntons Corner to Beckenham Junction has remained one directional. Consideration by the Councils Highways Department and TfL has concluded that this is the best solution during the remainder of the works. It is considered that despite diversions signs some cars would continue to drive south from Bromley Road junction and cause traffic management problems when confronted with the one directional traffic management for the High Street between Thorntons Corner and the War Memorial.
  • New road closures and bus diversions are in place.

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TfL confirmed Bus Diversions from 29 Aug 2017, Beckenham

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Bridge Bar gets licensing hours extension approved

The Bridge Bar nightclub (formerly Langtry’s) at Beckenham Junction has been granted an extension to its licensing hours and can now operate until 3am.

The application received many objections from local residents, Copers Cope Police, Councillors and, of course, our Association, all concerned about the noise and potential increase in antisocial behaviour due to increased drinking hours, and the lack of infrastructure to deal with all-night clubbing in Beckenham.

The Council decided to grant the application amended as follows:

  1. Live music on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00pm to 03:00am
  2. Recorded music on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00pm to 03:00am
  3. Late night refreshments on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00pm to 03:00am
  4. Regulated Entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays from 09:00pm to 03:00am
  5. Supply of alcohol on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00pm to 03:00am
  6. Hours open to the public Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00pm to 03:30am

Subject to the following additional conditions:

  1. On any night that that the premises trades beyond 2am it shall have no fewer than 8 SIA registered door supervisors working at the venue, who shall remain on duty until 30 minutes after the venue closes.
  2. There shall be no off-sales from the venue, and no drinks may be taken outside by customers.
  3. The venue shall not offer cut price alcohol promotions.
  4. The upper and lower floors of the premises shall be closed sequentially, at least 30 minutes apart from each other.
  5. No customers under the age of 21 shall be admitted to the premises.
  6. Save for emergency egress, all exits after 2.30am shall be through the station carpark entrance.
  7. Following closure of the premises, all security staff shall be deployed to marshall the vicinity in hi-vis jackets to promote a quiet and rapid dispersal of customers.
  8. Following closure of the premises, it will remove any empty vessels from the station carpark.
  9. The premises shall maintain a dedicated telephone line which residents can call at any time up to half an hour after closing time of the premises.
  10. The premises licence holder shall hold a meeting with the local community at least quarterly. Details of the meeting shall be provided to local residents’ associations and shall be clearly displayed at both entrances to the premises.

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Beckenham Improvements work update 21 Aug 2017 – High Street Closure 8:00pm-5:00am

Improvement Works Update courtesy of F M Conway, contractor for the works.

Work for week commencing the 21st August 2017.

Surfacing work between Manor Road and Albermarle Road will be done between 8pm-5am starting Monday 21st until Saturday 26th at 5:00am. The full length of this section of the High Street will be closed between these dates at 8:00pm-5:00am, with diversions in place.

Letters to residents and businesses directly impacted by this section of work have already been notified. All residents in Rokewood Apartments, St Brides House or The Mews, who have not received a letter detailing the night surfacing work should contact Conway’s Liaison Office, Helen McConnell on tel 07917 518 529 or email Beckenham@fmconway.co.uk

  • Work will continue in front of Gallery 17 until early next week.
  • The construction of the new planters on Beckenham Green will continue.
  • The footpath adjacent to Beckenham Green is anticipated to reopen early next week.

For reference some works such as traffic signals and power connections are conducted by outside agencies such as Transport for London and UKPN. The project does not have control of these works.

Previous completed works

  • Temporary asphalt surface has been laid on the corner of Albemarle Road and the High Street.
  • Work on Church Ave junction has been completed regarding slight adjustments to the existing improvements.

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Beckenham Lines Up Day of Networking, Advice, Clinics and Workshops to Boost Your Business – Wed 6 Sept 2017

A day of business workshops, networking and talks to boost your business will be held in Beckenham on Wednesday 6 September 2017.

The second Beckenham Business Day, organised by Beckenham Business Association and supported by the London Borough of Bromley, will be held at Time Night Club on Southend Road, Beckenham from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

As well as the networking and advice sessions, there will be one-to-one PR, social media and SEO clinics, speed networking and practical talks on hot business topics such as ‘Turning Your Prospects into Leads’, ‘Online Marketing’ and ‘Sources of Alternative Funding’.

Beckenham’s very own “2016 Great British Bake Off” star Jane Beedle will talk about ‘Following Your Dream’ and how a chat over a cup of tea turned into a successful garden design business that led to a place on TV.

All monies raised from the Beckenham Business Day raffle will go to MindCare Dementia Support, part of Bromley & Lewisham Mind. The charity helps provides dementia support across Beckenham, Bromley and Lewisham to help adults with dementia stay in their homes and local communities.

The Mayor of Bromley, Cllr Kathy Bance MBE, will officially open the event, and Kat Webb, who runs the weekly guided tour In Ziggy’s Footsteps – The Walking Tour of David Bowie’s Beckenham, will MC and present the prize for the best dressed stand.

Beckenham Business Day is FREE for Beckenham Business Association Members and just £25 if not, and that includes one year’s membership of BBA. You don’t have to be a Beckenham business to attend – visitors are welcome at a cost of £10, which doesn’t include BBA membership.

For further details and booking visit the Beckenham Business Day page.

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Beckenham High Street Improvements Update 14 August 2107

 

 

Improvement Works Update courtesy of F M Conway, contractor for the works.

Work for week commencing the 14th August 2017.

  • Drainage work and kerbing will continue between St Brides House and Gallery 17. Works in front of shop entrances will be completed out of hours for those retailers affected.
  • Asphalt will be laid as a temporary surface on the corner of Albemarle Road and the High Street. It is anticipated this footpath will open towards the end of week commencing 14th August.
  • At Church Ave junction slight adjustments will be made to the existing improvements.
  • Roadside compounds along the High Street outside NatWest and St George’s Church will be cleared in preparation for resurfacing work to take place week commencing 21st August. Further details about the resurfacing will be included in next week’s update, but all residents and retailers along this section of the High Street will be informed next week.
  • The construction of the new planters on Beckenham Green will continue.

For reference some works such as traffic signals and power connections are conducted by outside agencies such as Transport for London and UKPN. The project does not have control of these works.

Previous completed works

  • Paving and kerbing completed beyond the entrance to St Brides House.
  • Block paving adjoining the planters on Beckenham Green has been completed.
  • Transport for London traffic signals work at the Bromley Road/Church Ave/High Street Junction.

The completed scheme

Feedback from the community has revealed that there are some incorrect preconceptions about the scheme.

  • The asphalt at Thornton’s Corner is a temporary measure until the granite paving is laid.
  • The High Street will not be pedestrianised. Improvements will however greatly improve the pedestrian environment with wider pavements, improved lighting and more and better road crossings.
  • After the improvements are complete the High Street will revert to two way traffic as prior to the improvements. The larger widenings such as the North-West corner of Thorntons Corner have been designed to enable the largest road vehicles to comfortably navigate the corner in both directions. Changes to the vehicle stop lines and traffic signalling will enable vehicles to use the reduced road space with minimal impacts on traffic flows.
  • No existing bus stops will be removed from the High Street. All bus stops will however be improved and will become fully disabled accessible. In order to create sufficient waiting space for passengers some bus stops will be located on what is the highway at present,
  • The scheme will not introduce shared surfaces where the footway and road surface will be on the same level. Throughout the scheme a kerb will be retained and the pedestrian areas will be a traditional pavement above vehicular areas except at crossing places.
  • Many of the parking spaces are inset into the paving (achieved by widening the paving not reducing it). They are flush with the pavement to avoid a trip hazard kerb.

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Proposed changes to NHS prescriptions in Bromley – Have your say by 8 Oct 2017

Proposed changes to NHS prescriptions in Bromley 

NHS Bromley CCG is seeking the views of the public on proposed changes to what is available on prescription in Bromley.    The CCG is proposing to no longer support the routine prescribing of health supplements and self-care medications for short term minor illnesses and injuries that will get better over time.

Dr Andrew Parson, Clinical Chair of the CCG said, “We want to support people to lead longer, healthier lives in Bromley.  We want them to take care of their minor ailments and injuries at home and seek help when it is needed.   

“After careful consideration and discussion with local health professionals and our GP members, we are proposing to no longer support the routine prescribing of health supplements and self-care medications for acute illnesses that will get better over time.

The Bromley population is growing and we have to carefully consider how we use our finite resources to get the best health and wellbeing outcomes for our residents.   By asking people to purchase their own self-care medicines such as paracetomol, antihistamines, cough medicines etc, we could potentially save up to a £1million which can be better spent on other health treatments.  This proposal could also help to ease the pressure on GPs by reducing the amount of time spent seeing patients with minor ailments that could be treated at home and have more time to support those with complex health conditions.

“We encourage people to keep a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home and seek advice from their pharmacist for minor ailments and injuries.   Pharmacists are experienced clinicians who can provide a range of advice.  They will also advise when someone does need to see their GP”.

The medicines covered in this proposal can be purchased from a pharmacy or a supermarket.   This is not just a Bromley proposal.  NHS England recently announced that efforts need to be made to get better value for money in the NHS and eliminate waste.  CCGs in other parts of the country have either already implemented similar arrangements or are in the process of doing so.

To have your say on these proposals please read the proposal leaflet on the CCG website at www.bromleyccg.nhs.uk  and use the online survey.   You can also email brooccg.contactus@nhs.net or call 01689 866544

Views are being sought up to 8 October and a decision will be made at the Bromley CCG Governing Body meeting on 16 November 2017 which is held in public. 

 

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Beckenham High Street Improvements Update 31st July 2107

Improvement Works Update courtesy of F M Conway, contractor for the works.

Work for weeks commencing the 30th July 2017.

  • Kerb laying, drainage work and paving continuing north from Church Avenue.
  • The construction of the new planters on Beckenham Green will continue.
  • Transport for London traffic signals work at the Bromley Road/Church Road/High Street Junction to be completed by the end of the week.
  • Pavement laying will continue adjoining the planters on Beckenham Green and will be completed by the 11th August.

For reference some works such as traffic signals and power connections are conducted by outside agencies such as Transport for London and UKPN. The project does not have control of these works and therefore trenches such as at the Albemarle and High Street junction cannot be filled.

Previous completed works

  • Paving and kerbing completed to Marks and Spencer.

The completed scheme

Feedback from the community has revealed that there are some incorrect preconceptions about the scheme.

  • The asphalt at Thornton’s Corner is a temporary measure until the granite paving is laid.
  • The High Street will not be pedestrianised. Improvements will however greatly improve the pedestrian environment with wider pavements, improved lighting and more and better road crossings.
  • After the improvements are complete the High Street will revert to two way traffic as prior to the improvements. The larger widenings such as the North-West corner of Thorntons Corner have been    designed to enable the largest road vehicles to comfortably navigate the corner in both directions. Changes to the vehicle stop lines and traffic signalling will enable vehicles to use the reduced road space with minimal impacts on traffic flows.
  • No existing bus stops will be removed from the High Street. All bus stops will however be improved and will become fully disabled accessible. In order to create sufficient waiting space for passengers some bus stops will be located on what is the highway at present.
  • The scheme will not introduce shared surfaces where the footway and road surface will be on the same level. Throughout the scheme a kerb will be retained and the pedestrian areas will be a traditional pavement above vehicular areas except at crossing places.

Further information can be found at www.bromley.gov.uk/beckenhamimprovements

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Splatter Make – free craft workshops at Market On The Green next weekend 8 July 2017.

Market On The Green – 10am to 4pm, 8 July 2017 on Beckenham Green

Splatter Make (based in Beckenham Place Park) will be running free craft workshops all day for up to 10-15 kids at a time, making headbands, pom-pom tassel keyrings, bracelets and other fab items.

The July Market On The Green brings you over 40 local produce, craft and street food stalls. Come along to stock up on Kentish products, meat, cheese and fruit; local honey; locally grown plants; fabulous gifts and treats. Be sure to check out our web page for an up to date stall list.

Entertainment

Our special guest this July is Princess Poppy (lookalike), she entertaining the kids with a dance party at 11.30am. The stage is set for an afternoon of free entertainment with Balgowan School Irish Dancing, Certitude Community Choir Penge and singer Josef Pitura-Riley confirmed so far.

The will also be a funfair, paint and take pottery and face painting for the kids.

July_2017_A6_Postcard

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Market On The Green – Sat 8 July 2017

Market On The Green has over 40 stalls selling local produce and craft and lots of yummy food for lunch –  jerk chicken, wood fired pizza, cakes, chocolate, artisan breads, handmade sauces and conserves, hand painted cards, handmade children’s and adult jewellery, locally produced fruit gin, plants, rare breed lamb & pork, local brewed beer, Kent strawberries, Kent cheese, local honey, handmade fudge, pottery, ceramics, soaps, candles, gifts and more.

Our special guest is Princess Poppy look-a-like, she will be on stage bringing Poppy-happiness to the kids with a dance party at 11.30am. Balgowan Primary will be Irish Dancing, Penge Certitude Choir singing, and pop artist Josef Pitura-Riley is back.

Buzzers Academy (Teach Sport) are returning to Market On The Green to run free sports games. Bring the kids along to try out multi sports games, obstacle courses and football games.

The will also be a funfair, pottery painting and face painting for the kids.

July_2017_A6_Postcard

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Beckenham Improvements work update 26th June 2017

Improvement Works update courtesy of F M Conway contractor for the works.

Work for weeks commencing the 26th June 2017.

  • Kerb laying and new paving will commence north from Pierluigis towards Church Avenue. Car parking will be suspended at this location.
  • Strengthening materials will continue to be laid under the new parking bays along The High Street between Rokewood Apartments and Thornton’s Corner.
  • Additional drainage will continue to be installed at Thorntons Corner and new kerbing will be completed.
  • Temporary surfacing will be laid at Thorntons Corner to reopen the pavement and remove the safety barriers.
  • The construction of the new planters on Beckenham Green will continue.

Previous completed works

  • Structural works for the Beckenham Green planters has continued.
  • The crossover to Rokeswood Apartments was completed (1 day earlier than anticipated).
  • Drainage, road strengthening and kerbing has been laid at Thorntons Corner.

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