Support the RSPB Bromley Swift Survey 2019

CCARA members were some of the 122 volunteers  who supported the Swift Survey run by the Bromley RSPB Local Group in 2018. The survey was a great success.  252 sightings of low flying swifts were recorded and 49 nest sites were identified within the borough.
Here is a link to the report of the 2018 survey, which includes maps of sightings and nest sites:
The survey is being repeated in 2019 and it would be great if CCARA members could once again support it.

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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 Community@b-and-q.co.uk.

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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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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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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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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: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/KBRXYSJ  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 coperscope.SNT@met.police.uk

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What to look for in our parks in January

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

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

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

Kids activities

Lots to do on the day for kids.

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

Live Entertainment – 12.30 to 17.30

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

Candlelit Parade (4.30pm start)

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

Stalls

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

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

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Winter safety advice from local police

Winter Safety Advice

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

OUT SHOPPING

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

CHRISTMAS TIME

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

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Burglary prevention tips from local police

Burglary Prevention

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

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

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

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

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

Entertainment on Stage (Beckenham Green)

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

Candlelit Parade

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

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

For more details of the days festivities click here.

 

 

 

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Successful renewal of Purple Flag Award for Beckenham Town Centre

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

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

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