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Eddie Homewood

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Shirley would like to thank everyone who sent messages of support following the death of Eddie on the 30th June, aged 89.

Eddie loved living on this estate and used to meet and talk to people when he went for his paper each morning.
For the last year due to failing health he had relied on, and greatly appreciated, the help of Frank Jackson who kindly delivered his paper every morning.

We have been informed that

the Alexandra Cottages Conservation Area has once again been awarded Gold in the “Most Interesting Residential/Community Area” category in this year’s “Penge in Bloom” gardening competition.

Well done to all residents!

Please contact Adrian at no. 108 or here for further info


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Dear Neighbourhood Watch friend,

Smartwater signNeighbourhood Watch are working closely with the Police to make Alexandra Cottages a ‘Smartwater’ area.

‘Smartwater’ is a forensic liquid that is invisible to the naked eye only showing up under ultraviolet light.

It has its own unique forensic code which is uniquely associated to your address: this code is never made more than once.

Smartwater works under ultraviolet light

This code is then registered along with your details on a secure offline database that is maintained to the highest international standard of IS027001.

Should any of your stolen property be recovered forensic scientists analyse the smartwater traces and check the code against the database which will lead straight back to you.

... and to small items like jewelleryAn independent evaluation of smartwater the study showed that smartwater was more effective than CCTV, security guards and even high-visibility police patrols.

It also showed that 74% of criminals would abandon their plans to break in completely if they saw a smartwater label displayed.

You can apply Smartwater to most items

This product normally costs around £60 with an annual service charge. BUT ‘Smartwater’ are offering to do it for Alexandra Cottages for £18 (including VAT) and no annual service charge

For more information please go to
If you are interested in buying a pack, contact Lynne.

The Bigger Picture Gallery in Crystal Palace is hosting a Summer Exhibition of works from local artists, including some ARA members!

It is open until the end of August 2010

Many thanks to Jim Heath & Ross Howie for judging the Front Gardens on July 16th.

Jim Heath and Ross Howie

These are their comments and results:

The front gardens were judged against the following criteria:
- variety and quality of plants;
- range of colour;
- structure of garden design including any hard landscaping;
- level of maintenance;
- and overall immediate visual impact [“wow” factor].

Additionally, hanging baskets, window boxes and planters were judged and places awarded across the estate.

Each road was awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd places and, where appropriate, Very Highly Commended (VHC) or Highly Commended (HC).

From those road winners, an overall estate winner was chosen.

Street Place Comments
Princes Road
4 1st Good range of plants plus pots and hanging baskets. Well maintained.
9 2nd Nice variety of plants albeit little in flower. Very good condition and well maintained.
5 3rd Nice variety of plants and good use of space.
Hardings Lane
14 1st Very colourful, lots of well maintained pots with good planting
15 2nd Good range of plants although less colourful that 2009
1 3rd Nice cottage garden though not as well maintained as 2009
10 HC Good window boxes, hanging baskets and pots
Albert Road
35 1st Rich variety of plants, good structure and excellent colour range. Very well maintained.
19 2nd Very good range of plants in hanging baskets, & good rose containers. Well maintained
54 3rd Good rich variety of plants including vegetables though limited colour range. Nice cottage garden feel.
53 HC Good cottage garden.
Edward Road
62 1st Very attractive planting and colour range. Well maintained. Nice hanging baskets and window box
70 2nd Good mix of plants, though perhaps not so colourful as 2009
85 3rd Good planting, excellent hanging baskets, well maintained
106A HC Good range of plants, good hanging baskets. Well maintained.
Victor Road
108 1st Excellent range of plants & structure with efficient use of planters and pots
117 2nd Very good colour combination and texture plantings,well maintained hanging baskets
135 3rd Good structure and range of plants,lacking in colour from previous visit 2009 and grass needed better maintenance
163 VHC Big improvement from 2009, good use of hard landscaping,needs better colour palette
130 HC Very nice tubs and planters
138 HC Good structural planting but spoiled by pile of pulled up dried weeds left in view
Hanging baskets/window boxes planters
85 Edward Road 1st 4 baskets all of high standard of planting and maintenance and door planter very good
107 Victor Road 2nd Excellent basket of large flowered Begonias – difficult to keep maintained in hot weather but was very good quality
63 Edward Road 3rd Nice colour combination window box,well maintained
73 Edward Road HC Good mixed planting in hanging basket
10 Harding Road HC Good range of well planted window boxes

Overall ARA Estate Winner: 35 Albert Road

Summer Drinkgs at the Kent House Tavern

Race for Life

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Lisa, Olive & Little Olly from Edward Road

Lisa, Olive & Little Olly from Edward Road.

We would like to thank everyone for their generous support and kindness.
We are very proud to say we completed the 5K course in one hour and have raised £467.00 for Cancer Research UK.

Thank you everyone

Franco and Adrian

Congratulations to Adrian & Franco from Victor Road for winning First Prize in the back garden category.