Alexandra Cottages

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Many thanks to Penny Read (Parks Partnership Officer at Bromley Council) for arranging the judging of our front gardens.

The judges were Janet Berlin, organiser of the Bromley NSPCC Open Gardens and RHS “London in Bloom” judge, and Jane Rand, Penge in Bloom.

Here are their comments and results.




Princes Road





A tidy garden. Shingle and pebbles added interest. Good variety of flowers grown



A stunning group of interesting plants in pots. There were a few dead leaves that should have been removed



Some nice colour but needs a tidy up




Hardings Lane





Two fairly good hanging baskets, lots of colour. We liked the inclusion of the roller.
The planting petered out by the hedge



Garden a little untidy but a pleasing show of cottage garden type plants




Albert Road





Well maintained and interesting garden with good variety of plants. We especially liked the unusual lilies



The vegetable patch well maintained and planted. Some colour and interest in bedding plants



A slightly haphazard garden but we loved the hollyhocks




Edward Road





We loved the use of Victorian edging. A neat garden with good use of pebbles. Some good planting in containers and hanging baskets . More density of planting would give a better effect



We loved the obvious attention to a pink and lavender colour scheme. Cobbled drive most effective



A tidy garden . Lovely roses and clematis



Nice plant variety, Could have more colour




Victor Road





Some lovely planting.
Garden well maintained. Interesting attention given to comparative heights of plants. Pretty alpine rockery. Lawn needs attention.



A charming front garden with lots to see. Well maintained and a good choice of plants and pots.



We loved the planting in the raised bed. Some good colour . Hanging basket looked pretty and hedge well cut. Sweet peas looking promising

General comment

On the whole we were rather disappointed that more front gardens had not been brought up to scratch for judging. The small size of most of the plots meant that a pleasing result can be achieved with relatively little effort.

The gardens that won prizes should be congratulated on giving passers by an enjoyable experience , we certainly loved seeing the variety and colour even though the constant rain damped things down. Well done to the organisers and participants.

A big thank you to Janet and Jane for braving the rain last Sunday and their comments.

Janet Berlin’s Garden will open to the public on Sunday 26th June in aid of the NSPCC:

Open Garden Sunday 26th June 2-5pm Entry £2
36 Downs Hill, Beckenham, Kent. BR3 5HB

ln June this prize winning garden looks very different from the first opening in May. Come and see the many unusual plants and trees, ponds and woodland areas, several patios and hundreds of plants in pots. Teas and home made cakes, raffle. Entertainment from a Jazz Band.

Schedule of Events

Date / Time



Saturday 11th June – Morning

Schools’ Football Competition

James Dixon School

Sunday 12th June1030 hrs

Service of Thanksgiving

Penge Baptist Church

Monday 13th June1415 hrs

Under 5′s Activities with Vanessa (Kings and Queens)

Penge Library

Monday 13th June1000 hrs

Walter de la Mare Walk

Meet at Burmarsh Court

Tuesday 14th June

Wednesday 15th June1600 hrs

Cream Tea and Bingo

Burmarsh Court

Thursday 16th June -1900 hrs

Walter de la Mare Recital

Holy Trinity Hall

Friday 17th June1030 hrs

A Walk Around Penge with Vanessa

Meet at Library

Saturday 18th June1400 hrs

Come and Play

Penge East Community Centre

Sunday 19th June1430 hrs

Cemetery Walk

Elmers End Cemetery

Monday 20th June2000 hrs

Ian Bevan’s Talk

Penge Library

Tuesday 21st June -2000 hrs

Hazel Waters’ Talk on Ira Aldridge

The Sanctuary, St. John’s Church

Wednesday 22nd June1900 hrs

PTA Quiz and Supper

Crooked Billet

Friday 24th June1700 hrs

First Heat of “Penge has got Talent”

St. John’s Church

Saturday 25th JuneAfternoon

Royston Field

Second Heat of “Penge has got Talent”

Sunday 26th June1100 hrs

Tour de Penge

Depart Cator Park

Sunday 26th June -1430 hrs

Tour of the Dinosaurs

Crystal Palage

Sunday 26th June – 1600 hrs

BBQ/live music event (sponsored by Labour Party)

Penge East Community Centre

Monday 27th June

Tuesday 28th June -1930 hrs

A Talk on the Watermen’s Company and Alms Houses

Side Bar, Crooked Billet

Wednesday 29th June

Thursday 30th June2110 hrs

Bat Walk with FOCAAR

Cator Park

Friday 1st July -1700 hrs

Finals of “Penge has got Talent”

St. John’s Church

Saturday 2nd July -1100 hrs


Malcolm Primary School


For more information please see the Penge Festival website.

Get fit for free and transform Winsford Gardens with the BTCV
Green Gym in Penge!

A free outdoor Green Gym has captured the imagination of people all over the world and now it’s heading to Penge!

BTCV’s award winning Green Gym run worldwide with over 100 community groups and 12 ‘School Green Gyms’ in the UK, as well as three projects in Australia.
Green Gyms enable people to increase their level of physical activity and improve their health whilst also improving their local environment.

The Green Gym has been endorsed by the Department of Health and the health benefits have been proven in independent evaluations by Oxford Brookes University.
Participants can burn a third more calories in a Green Gym session than in a traditional aerobic workout.

BTCV, the leading environmental charity, is working in partnership with the Glades Shopping Centre and London Borough of Bromley to launch the latest Green Gym in Penge, Bromley.

Penge Green Gym is launching on Wednesday 18th May, and will run every week thereafter from 11am to 2pm, so come along, join in and give your input about what you would like to see in Winsford Gardens!

The Green Gym will transform Winsford Gardens, whilst providing a unique and free opportunity for the community to regularly meet and learn new skills together.
Each session will feature a gentle warm up and cool down and is suitable for all abilities – you simply take the outdoor volunteering session at your own pace.

Winsford Gardens, former gardens of Winsford House, is full of historic features that will be brought back to life, and new developments will ensure that the gardens offer much more for both the local community and wildlife.

This is a great opportunity for the community to get involved and to take the lead in transforming the gardens through growing their own food, gardening and wildlife conservation projects.

BTCV Green Gym sessions are FREE and open to all volunteers, regardless of experience or levels of fitness.
A variety of activities will allow volunteers to rotate between tasks, try out different tools and work at their own pace.

Experienced leaders will start and finish each session with a few minutes of gentle warm-up exercises and cool-down stretches to get muscles warmed up and reduce the risk of injury.
The well earned break half way through the session is a chance to socialise with like-minded people, enjoy a hot drink and refuel with a banana.

Winsford Gardens are located on Garden Road, off Croydon Road.

For more information please visit the BTCV website or contact:
Lizzy Johnson, Project Officer
tel. 020 7278 4294, 07740899689
email. [email protected]

Our next event is a Spring Walk on Sunday April 10th, starting in Cator Park.
We meet by the central notice-board at 2.00pm.
The walk is free and takes about two hours but donations are gratefully received. This event is in liaison with Penge Partners.

On Saturday April 16th a gardener’s working party operates in Alexandra Recreation Ground. Volunteers should bring a hoe or trowel, secateurs, kneeling mat and meet at the Victorian fountain at 10.00am.
Led by gardening expert Sue Moye, we will work on the park house border weeding pruning and planting. Litter-picking will also be an option: devices will be provided. (The working party will be meeting on the third Saturday of every month to maintain the Alex Rec park house border.)

On Thursday April 28th from 8.00pm in Cator Park we will have a Bat Walk led by Jason Cunningham. We listen to the bats on electronic bat detectors. Again, this is a free event lasting one hour and organised in liason with Penge Partners but donations are gratefully received. No dogs, please.

For more details please see:  Friends Of Cator And Alexandra

Lynne has sent us the latest newsletter from the Penge & Cator Neighbourhood Team.
You can see it here.

Dear Neighbours and Friends,


Our Aim is to celebrate and raise the profile of our lovely Estate and surroundings, by producing excellent quality, reasonably priced cards for all occasions, the profits of which can help the finances of the Association and contribute to local charities.
The 5”x7”cards will include an envelope and be individually wrapped.

We are therefore asking YOU for your photographs and artwork for the following categories:

  • Historical Photographs
  • Photographs and Illustrations suitable for any Festive Occasions
  • The Four Seasons – the Estate through the year !
  • Paintings & Drawings for All Ages !

Please ensure all images include an element of the Alexandra Cottages

Please email your artwork/photo to Adrian and Patricia here (or contact us for any further information), or drop it off at 15 Hardings Lane or 108 Victor Road.


St John’s Church on Penge High Street is holding an Easter craft and community fair on Saturday 9th April from 1-4pm.

There will be a vast array of local arts and crafts available including jewellery, books, delicious treats (for adults, children and pets!), live entertainment for adults and children, a cafe with home made cakes and even beauty treatments and children’s craft activities.

Suggested donation on entry is £1 each with all proceeds going to support the running of both the church and some of their community activities.

Pop in for a fun filled afternoon. Their pre-Christmas craft fair was excellent, so it is well worth checking out.

For more information, please see the Penge Forum website.

Please see their website for further information.