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Latest Stakeholder Bulletin from Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group, March 2019

The latest Stakeholder Bulletin from the Bromley Clinical Commission Group (CCG) can be found here

It includes news about a new service specification for emotional and mental wellbeing services for children and young people living in Bromley and the award of a contract for a new primary care provider for care home residents in the borough.




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B&Q stores supporting local community with ‘Community reuse’ scheme

B&Q stores have been donating unsellable materials and products to their local community groups for many years. It’s a great way to reduce waste whilst helping out the community.

The types of material includes:

Wood, including off cuts and single use pallets
Plastic plant pots and trays
Part filled cans of paint. This might be used for a mural or for covering graffiti as well as for decorating
Broken tiles and slabs
Ends of wallpaper rolls
Plants that are not in peak condition and other compostable materials
Old products that have been written off

If your charity, community group, college or school would like to find out more, get in touch with B&Q.  They will add your details to their database of community groups. When a B&Q store has something to donate, they will use this list to get in touch with groups in their area.

Please note that B&Q cannot guarantee what will be offered or when due to the nature of the materials they are donating.

The community groups B&Q have worked with for as part of the Community Reuse scheme have included:

  • Community garden projects
  • Registered charities
  • Schools and colleges
  • Community Repaint
  • Youth groups, Scouts and Guides
  • Hospices
  • Preschool groups and registered child minders

For more information please contact your local store or email

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Have your say on changes to the fares system for southeastern train services, February-April 2019

The Government is currently consulting on Pay-As-You-Go fares on the rail network:

The consultation is focusing on three key areas:

  • What a pay-as-you-go travel area is, and how it would work in general
  • Where a pay-as-you-go travel area could cover
  • The changes that could be made within the area

The deadline is 1 May 2019 and the South East is one of the key geographical areas being looked at in this consultation.

Background to this survey

A recent consultation with passengers about rail fares, the biggest ever carried out and delivered by the Rail Delivery Group in partnership with the independent passenger watchdog Transport Focus, has found widespread agreement for change:

  • 8 out of 10 wanted the fares system overhauled
  • 9 out of 10 wanted smart or electronic tickets across the whole network
  • 8 out of 10 wanted fares which encourage travel during quiet periods when there are empty seats

In all, nearly 20,000 people from across Britain took part – with additional input from over 60 umbrella organisations representing over 300,000 other organisations, authorities and individuals, including businesses, accessibility groups and local authorities.

The proposals in the consultation include:

  • ‘Easier fares for all’: enabling a transparent, simpler to understand fares system (‘tap-in, tap-out’) across the country
  • ‘Best fare guarantee’ of getting the cheapest fare for your journey and hassle-free refunds
  • Automatic delay repay payments, enabling train operators to automate compensation payments when passengers are eligible.
  • Fares that better reflect modern ways of working: helping passengers get more appropriate tickets for flexible working, with fewer and fewer people now travelling the same journey to and from work, five days a week.
  • New types of fares could give season ticket holders with flexible needs the opportunity to save money by travelling at quieter times, incentivising more off-peak travel and helping reduce peak-time crowding.

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Have a say in how health services are run in Beckenham – February 2019

Be part of your local health trust – become a member of King’s

Individual membership is free and you can choose how involved you’d like to be. Being a member gives you more say in how King’s services are run across Beckenham and Bromley, including at the Princess Royal University Hospital and Orpington Hospital. You can get involved in a range of activities to help improve the care they provide for you and your community.

Individual members can also:

• Find out what’s new at King’s including the latest healthcare technology and services
• Connect with their volunteering or fundraising programmes
• Tell them what matters to you and your family about your health care
• Vote for their Governors or stand to be a Governor yourself
• Get discounts for high street shopping through NHS Discounts.

For further information and to register visit their website.

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Road closure fees waived for Big Lunch street parties 1-2 June 2019

Big Lunch street parties in Beckenham and Bromley 1-2 June 2019

The Big Lunch neighbourhood street parties, promoted by the Eden Project, are being held again this year on the first weekend in June.

Bromley Council will waive road closure fees for street parties in support of the Big Lunch 2019.

Applications from Beckenham residents and Street Friends applying to hold a street party in support of the Big Lunch 2019 on 1-2 June are again being processed free of charge.  Apply by 23 March.

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Survey on local support for children and young people with ASD or social communication needs, February 2019

Provision of support for children and young people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or social communication needs

Bromley has recently established a local area partnership group whose remit is to investigate the local support on offer across the borough for children and young people aged 0-25, with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or social communication needs. The group is looking to reshape future provision across education, care and health services. To identify needs and gaps in current provision they’re inviting the views of anyone who either works with or provides services for this group of children and young people.

Please complete their quick survey:  The deadline is Friday 15th February.

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New online counselling service for 11-19-year old residents in Beckenham from February 2019

New online counselling service for 11-19-year olds now available across south east London

Starting on Monday 4 February, young people in Beckenham (and Bromley) can access a free, anonymous, online mental health and emotional wellbeing support. NHS South East London has commissioned XenZone’s online counselling service, Kooth, for an initial period of 14 months to provide the service. Read the news via NHS Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group and check out the service provided at Kooth.

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Scams Awareness: Bromley Council Civic Centre free sessions, February and March 2019

Bromley Council free lunchtime Scams Awareness sessions

To find out about scams and how you can protect yourself and others from becoming a victim of scams, enjoy some free training and a free lunch at these ‘bite-size’ awareness sessions.

Everyone welcome – especially those who visit or work with older and vulnerable members of our community.

Wednesday 13th February and Tuesday 12th March at Civic Centre, BR1 3UH.

For full details and how to book (pdf)

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Electrical work on part of Beckenham High Street – February 2019

In case you’re wondering why there are barriers along the top of the wall fronting NatWest bank as far as Junction restaurant: they are there because of electrical works being carried out to adjust a few issues found during the testing period for the colour uplighters.

When fully functioning these lights will make a great feature of that section of our historic High Street.

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At the recent Safer Neighbourhood Panel (SNP) meeting it was reported by our local Police that the Copers Cope Ward has been suffering a high spike in burglaries recently making it the worst hit area in the Borough.

Many of the burglaries have taken place during the day while residents are on the school run or at work, and most have been in blocks of flats. Our local police team has been putting tremendous effort into reversing this unfortunate trend. Our three officers have been joined by colleagues from Kelsey Park & Shortlands, and Clock House in patrolling the worst hit roads, and Transport Police have been creating a higher presence around our stations.

Our officers are planning to hold street briefings in the worst affected streets in the near future and would be happy to attend Residents’ Association meetings to discuss these problems – we look forward to welcoming them to our annual public meeting at 8pm 20 March 2019 (Beckenham Public Halls). Posters with the message ‘Thieves Beware’ are to be distributed for displaying on entry doors, leaflets with prevention advice have been dropped to all residences in roads that have had a burglary.

There are ways residents can take active measures to prevent burglaries:

  • All residents should operate the communal front door entry system to give access only to their own, known visitors and greet their visitors personally.
  • Residents must not allow access to the common parts to any unknown callers and must ensure that the entrance door is secured when entering/exiting the building.
  • All ground floor windows and doors must be securely locked whenever no-one is home.
  • Any suspicious behaviour should be reported to the police on 101.

But there’s an upside to everything – there were many new faces at the recent Copers Cope Safer Neighbourhood Panel meeting. They are most welcome, and we hope they all become regular members. Anyone wishing to join the Copers Cope SNP, give contact details of Residents’ Associations or of block management committees, should drop an email to

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by | 21/01/2019 · 08:10

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

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.


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.


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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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  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 or London Borough of Bromley on 020 8313 4940

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by | 19/11/2018 · 07:30

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 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:



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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 :-

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 if needed.

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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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Southeastern train services timetable changes from 20 May

Message from Southeastern:
I’m getting in touch to remind you that we’re making significant changes to our train timetable from Sunday 20 May, to allow the integration of new Thameslink services across the network, and on new routes into Kent.
If you’ve travelled on our services recently, I’m certain that you will have noticed that we’re currently running a large information campaign to let passengers know that the timetable is changing. Our “Times are changing” campaign includes announcements and posters at stations and on trains, on-board leaflet drops, social media publicity on Twitter, targeted emails to passengers and local “Meet the Manager” sessions. Next week we’ll be carrying out giveaways at London terminal stations, and all of the information is available on our website at


The key highlights for Southeastern passengers are below:

  • Nearly 700 extra seats on Highspeed services from Ashford to St Pancras in the morning peak, with two trains doubled in length to 12 cars
  • Earlier direct Highspeed service from Ramsgate to St Pancras (via Herne Bay)
  • Earlier direct service to the City, from Broadstairs to Blackfriars (via Herne Bay)
    Increased frequency to six peak-time trains per hour from Deptford, Greenwich, Maze Hill and Westcombe Park
  • New Thameslink service from Luton to Rainham (via Blackfriars, Greenwich and Dartford) which replaces the Southeastern service from Charing Cross to Gillingham (via Lewisham and Woolwich)
  • New off-peak service on the Woolwich Line, from Dartford to Charing Cross (via Lewisham)
  • New off-peak service on the Sidcup Line, from Dartford to Charing Cross, increasing off-peak service on this route to six trains per hour
  • Reduced off-peak journey times from Gravesend and Dartford to Charing Cross (via Sidcup). Trains will run fast from London Bridge to New Eltham, reducing the journey time to Dartford to just 38 minutes – seven minutes less than today.
  • Two extra trains from Orpington to Charing Cross (via Grove Park) in the morning peak
  • An extra service from Charing Cross to Orpington (via Grove Park) in the evening peak
  • More frequent services between Beckenham Junction and Blackfriars at peak times
  • Bexleyheath line services between Victoria and Dartford are extended to Gravesend, off-peak
  • Improved peak-time service between Denmark Hill and Victoria, and more peak-time trains between Denmark Hill and the Medway towns
  • Enhanced Sunday service on the Woolwich and Sidcup lines

Consultation response

We widely publicised the consultation on the proposed timetable in 2017, with posters at stations, information on Twitter, and with full details on our website. We wrote to MPs in London, Kent and East Sussex, local authorities across our region, community groups, parish councils, rail user groups and a broad range of other stakeholders – including statutory consumer bodies Transport Focus and London TravelWatch. We were delighted by the response, and received hundreds of individual pieces of feedback and constructive suggestions – many of which we’ve been able to accommodate in the final timetable.

Our consultation response document for your information is also available on our website.

Get in touch

I expect that you’re already aware of these changes, but if you haven’t already done so, and have any questions about how these changes may affect our passengers, please do get in touch.

Chris Vinson

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