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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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New Beckenham Together, a week-long celebration of your local community, 7-15 September 2019

New Beckenham Together

St Paul’s Church in Brackley Road is hosting a week-long celebration for the whole local community to join in and come together!  There’s a huge range of events for all ages and all interests – an offstreet party on the opening Saturday (7 September), a concert, a film night, fitness sessions and a Jive/Latin dance night, together with workshops, talks and demos, plus a community litter-pick.  There’s a pop-up cafe open every day and a Flowerfest and Photofest will run throughout the entire week.

Everyone welcome and there’s no need to book (except for the pasta making workshop!)

See the flyer below for details and timings – and come along!

https://www.stpaulsbeckenham.org.uk/new

 

 

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Calling all photographers…

New Beckenham Together, a week-long celebration of the local community, 7-15 September

If you’re a keen photographer, young or old, experienced or inexperienced, and would like the opportunity to display your local shots in the daily photo and flower festival, part of New Beckenham Together, a  week of events for the local community hosted by St Paul’s in Brackley Road from 7th to 15th September, we would love to hear from you by the end of August!

Get in touch: socmed@stpaulsbeckenham.org.uk

or on Facebook @stpaulsbeckenham

 

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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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Temporary changes to trams and some bus routes 23 August-1 September 2019

As part of Transport for London’s programme to upgrade tracks, roads and bridges in the Croydon area, there will be some temporary service changes for trams and buses from Friday 23 August to Sunday 1 September.

During this time, trams will not run between:
East Croydon and New Addington
East Croydon and Elmers End/Beckenham Junction
Between Wimbledon and East Croydon, trams will run at a reduced frequency in both directions.

Local buses will also be on diversion due to road closures:
Routes 119, 194 and 198 (not 189 as originally communicated) will not serve Addiscombe Road in either direction. Instead, they will divert via Shirley Road, Lower Addiscombe Road and Cherry Orchard Road
Route 466 will not serve Shirley Hills Road, Upper Shirley Road or Addiscombe Road. Instead it will divert via Coombe Lane, Coombe Road and Park Hill Road
TfL will increase the number of buses on busy routes and provide some tram replacement bus services. Please plan ahead and allow extra time for your journey.

Plan your journey, see the latest status updates for trams, and the latest status updates for buses on the TfL website.

Information provided by Transport for London (TfL)

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KCH NHS Foundation Trust draft mental health strategy consultation

Kings Mental Health Strategy – draft strategy out for consultation

Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have published their draft mental health strategy identifying key priorities to provide vision and direction over the coming five years. These priorities have been developed based on the good work already happening across the Trust, with input from clinical and operational staff and early engagement with volunteers, members, patients and Healthwatch organisations. They are now engaging with a range of local organisations and partners.

The strategy aims to build on and spread good practice in meeting the physical and mental health needs of their patients, their families and carers. Click here to read the strategy.

If you have any comments or questions, please email them to kch-tr.stakeholderrelations@nhs.net by close of play on Monday 9th September 2019.

You can also attend one of the sessions they will be holding to discuss the strategy.

  • 3rd September, Board Room, Hambledon Wing, Denmark Hill, King’s College Hospital. You can attend a session from 5.00 – 6.00pm or 6.30-7.30pm
  • 9th September,10.00 – 11.30am, PRUH Education Centre, Princess Royal University Hospital

To register for a place at one of these sessions, please contact: kch-tr.stakeholderrelations@nhs.net

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Volunteers needed for Beckenham Poppy Appeal Collectors

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Major gas works in Albemarle Road area starting Monday 8 July

Notification of major gas works: Albemarle Road area of Beckenham

An upgrade of the gas network in the Albemarle Road area of Beckenham is currently underway. This essential work involves the replacement of old metal gas mains with new plastic pipe to ensure a safe and reliable gas supply is provided to the local area. The contractor JDT Utilities will undertake this work on the behalf of Scotland Gas Networks (SGN).

So that disruption is minimised, careful consultation and planning has taken place in partnership with Bromley Borough Council. The upgrade will start on Monday 8 July and last approximately 18 weeks. Engineers will be working in three overlapping phases as follows:

Phase 1 – Westgate Road, between its junction with The Avenue and Foxgrove Road

  • SGN will begin the project on Westgate Road  between the junctions of The Avenue and Foxgrove Road on Monday 8 July for approximately four weeks
  • To ensure everyone’s safety temporary multi-way traffic lights will be installed at the junction of The Avenue for the first two weeks of this phase

 Phase 2 – Westgate Road, between its junction with the railway bridge and Albemarle Road

  • From Monday 22 July work will start on Westgate Road between its junction with the railway bridge and Albemarle Road for approximately five weeks
  • For reasons of safety, Westgate Road between these junctions will be temporarily closed. A signed diversion will be in place for motorists and access for residents and pedestrians will be maintained
  • To ensure everyone’s safety and maintain traffic flow  temporary multi-way traffic lights will be installed at the junction of Albemarle Road during this phase.

 Phase 3 – Albemarle Road, between its junction with Westgate Road and Downs Bridge Road

  • From Monday 12 August, engineers will start working on Albemarle Road between its junction with Westgate Road and Downs Bridge Road for approximately thirteen weeks
  • Engineers will progress along Albemarle Road towards its junction with Downs Bridge Road working under multi-way temporary traffic lights to allow the work to be completed safely

Engineers will be working extended hours Monday – Saturday between 8am and 6pm to minimise disruption.

The new plastic pipe has a minimum lifespan of 80 years. This means that when the work is complete, Beckenham businesses and residents will continue to enjoy the benefits of a safe and reliable gas supply for years to come.

You can find more information about this project, and other works in your area, at Roadworks.org here:https://roadworks.org/?112585524

(information provided by Scottish Gas Network)

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Major road works at Elmers End from July to September 2019 – changes to traffic flow

Major road works to replace gas mains along Croydon Road at the junction with Elmers End Road.

The first phase (22 July to around 5 August) will close the eastbound carriageway at the lights at the junction of Elmers End Road and Croydon Road  – outside Tesco and the bus stop, the straight ahead lanes that go down to one lane past the lights towards The Green. All traffic from Croydon will use the left filter lane into Elmers End Rd and be diverted towards Aldi at the “other” Croydon Rd at the Penge end. Traffic from Elmers End Rd will not be able to turn right into Croydon Road but will have to turn left and go round the Green to get to Croydon – the westbound carriageway of Croydon Road will be unaffected.

The second phase (due 5 August to 26 August ) will close the road from the traffic lights at the junction going towards the Green. So traffic from Croydon will still have to turn left into Elmers End Road and be diverted via Penge. Traffic from Elmers End Road will not be able to turn left into Croydon Road towards the Green. This traffic will have to go to the Tesco roundabout and back to Elmers End Road , then back to Aldi at Croydon Rd at the Penge end.

The third stage (2 September to 16 September) is closure of the right hand lane at Elmerside, the one running alongside The Green, opposite the houses, from Upper Elmers End Road to Croydon Road. Traffic will not be able to turn right towards Beckenham.

All during this work, the west bound carriageway from the Green towards Croydon will be open and traffic will be able to turn right into Elmers End Road. For the first two stages 22 July to 26 August there will be temporary traffic lights at the junction of Elmers End Road and Croydon Road.
Leaflets with details of the work will be distributed to households near the area, but visitors to Tesco from further afield  might get a big surprise.
 
Details on how bus services will be affected have yet to be confirmed by TfL.   The 54 from the interchange should be affected only during the middle phase, but during that is likely to have to get into Beckenham via Penge. The 289 from the interchange is likely to be diverted only around the Green on its way to Croydon.  The 367 is likely to have the biggest diversion round Penge for the first two phases. The 356 will be affected in the middle phase. The 194 and 358 will be diverted for the last phase. 

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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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The Avenue in Beckenham closed to traffic for up to three days from Monday 24 June 2019

The Avenue, Beckenham will be closed to traffic at the junction of Southend Road from Monday 24/06/2019 for up to three days.

BT need to complete some telecoms and ducting works and the road being closed will minimise the need for temporary lights on Southend Road. Traffic will be diverted via Southend Road, Foxgrove Road and Westgate Road whilst the road closure is in place. Advanced warning signs have been put in place to pre-warn motorists of the upcoming works.

(Information from Councillor Michael Tickner, Copers Cope Ward)

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Hotel and Flats Proposed Above Kelsey House, May 2019

Plans have been submitted to convert Kelsey House at 75-77 Beckenham High Street to a 68 room hotel and 9 apartments.

    

The project is a joint venture  between Travelodge and Dunward Properties which also includes a five-storey extension to the west (orange and yellow on the plan above) and south (green) of the existing building, extending up to the boundary with Village Car Care garage and back to the rear boundary.

The existing stair and lift core is to be demolished and rebuilt to serve the hotel, whilst a new, separate stair and lift will be built for occupants of the flats.

The bar and restaurant at ground floor level will remain unchanged.

Only 11 car parking spaces, 2 of which are disabled bays, are provided for the entire scheme.

Full details of the application can be found here 19/00286/FULL where you can also submit comments, should you wish to do so.

Alternatively, you can send your comments by email to planning@bromley.gov.uk and the case officer claire.brew@bromley.gov.uk, quoting the case reference number in the subject  window.  Remember to include your full name and address, or your comments may not be registered.

 

 

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Silent Solution: how to alert police to an emergency when you can’t speak

 

 

If you’re in an emergency situation and need police help but can’t speak, “Make Yourself Heard” and let the 999 operator know your call is genuine. 999 calls are directed to call centres and answered by BT operators. They ask which service you need. If no service is requested but anything suspicious is heard throughout the process, BT will connect you to a police call handler.

IF YOU CALL 999 FROM A MOBILE – Speak to the operator if you can, even by whispering. You may also be asked to cough or tap keys on your phone in response to questions. If making a sound would put you or someone else in danger, and the BT operator cannot decide whether an emergency service is needed, your call will be transferred to the Silent Solution system. This is a police system used to filter out accidental or hoax 999 calls. It also exists to help people who are unable to speak but who genuinely need police assistance. You will hear an automated police message which lasts for 20 seconds and begins with ‘you are through to the police’. It will ask you to press 55 to be put through to police call management. The BT operator will remain on the line. If you press 55, they will be notified and transfer the call to the police. If you don’t press 55, the call will be terminated. Pressing 55 does not allow police to track your location on a mobile.

When transferred to your local police, the call handler will attempt to communicate with you by asking simple yes or no questions. If you are not able to speak, listen carefully to the questions and instructions from the call handler so they can assess your call and arrange help if needed.

IF YOU CALL 999 FROM A LANDLINE – Because it’s less likely 999 calls are made by accident from landlines, the Silent Solution system is not used. If, when an emergency call on a landline is received there is no request for an emergency, the caller does not answer questions or only background noise can be heard (and BT operators cannot decide whether an emergency service is needed), you will be connected to a police call handler as doubt exists.

If you replace the handset, the landline may remain connected for 45 seconds in case you pick it up again. If you pick up again during this 45 seconds and the BT operator is concerned for your safety, the call will be connected to the police. When 999 calls are made from landlines, information about where you’re calling from should be automatically available to call handlers to help provide a response.

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Latest updates from Safer Neighbourhood Panel for the Copers Cope Area

Burglaries

The efforts of our local police have been successful in stopping the recent worrying rise in the number of burglaries in the Copers Cope Area. For blocks of flats the police initiative using a combination of striking ‘Home Watch’ posters for front doors and windows and personal advice to residents and management has resulted in a significant reduction.

But break-ins are still happening, so the police are keen for residents of blocks to be aware that their households are more vulnerable where there is a trades’ button. Trades people know of the hours of access – and so do the criminals. New designs of entry systems do not have trades’ buttons, and they record which flat gave entry to every caller. Think about de-activating your trades’ button and reminding all residents not to blindly open the communal door to anyone who buzzes saying they have a parcel to deliver to another flat. They may do – but equally they may be gaining entry to steal your neighbour’s possessions. Prevention is the best safeguard against criminal activity.

Motor vehicle crime

As theft of vehicles from the Copers Cope area is on the rise, the police are offering prevention advice for keeping cars safe when parked at home, on the drive or in the roadway:

  • Keep car keys far enough from the car to prevent them being linked to electronic devices (tablets for instance) held on the street (or put the keys in a Faraday box -or simply wrap them in tinfoil – or in the fridge to stop the electronic link being made.
  • The easiest recommended method is to use a simple steering lock!
  • There is also a high volume of theft of tools from vans. Do warn any builders and gardeners you contract to keep their vehicles locked at all times.

Copers Cope police priorities and promises

Centrally set priorities are Safe Guarding, Violent Crime, Burglary & ASB. The promises set by the Copers Cope Ward Panel for the next period is to target speeding traffic. The team will set up speed gun operations in key areas and increase Road Watch activity over the next few months.

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Beckenham Place Park Car Park to Close, 18 March 2019

London Borough of Lewisham announced last Friday that the car park in front of the Mansion at Beckenham Place Park will be permanently closed with effect from today, Monday 18 March until July 2019.

There will be very limited parking during this period, restricted to along the northern Drive between the Beckenham Hill Road entrance and the Mansion, and along the southern Drive between the Mansion and the gates at Beckenham Place Park road.  A one-way system will be in operation along the southern stretch of the Drive, meaning that cars parked there will have to exit via the Beckenham Place Park road gates.

Click here for detailed information by London Borough of Lewisham.

 

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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:  https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/pay-as-you-go-on-rail

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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