Alexandra Cottages

In the heart of Penge, SE20

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Approximately 30 residents, most of whom had know Buster for a long time, gathered in the Lounge of Holy Trinity Church on the afternoon of the 6th February to wish him farewell and all the best of luck in his new home near Crawley where he will be near his daughter.
There were many of donations of food and a lot of reminiscing.

Thanks for Viv, Edward Road for the pictures.

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We have now closed our Twitter account since we never really used it.

We don’t have an official Facebook page but you can join a group of residents .

Reluctantly, due entirely to the need for a third bedroom, we are selling our house in the Alexandra Cottages Conservation Area.

Luckily we’re not planning to go far – we’re moving to a relatively modern (1872) house near Kent House station.

If you know anyone who would love the chance to live on one of our roads, you can find pictures, full details and contact information about the sale at

We’d like to thank everyone for the amazing six and a half years we’ve lived here and all the life-long friends we’ve made. We never believed such a warm, friendly community could exist in 21st century London.

Please make sure we’re still invited to all the ARA events!

Alex, Lovell and children

The Alexandra Cottages is a very special area in the heart of Penge, London SE20 with a friendly community spirit. The estate has 181 houses on 5 roads – Albert, Edward, Princes and Victor Road and Hardings Lane.

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The Alexandra Residents’ Association has set up this web site for our new residents, people who have lived here for years as well as people who are thinking about making their home here.

The association organises social events, publishes a regular newsletter and the twice yearly Porcupine Post magazine, advises on conservation issues, loans DIY equipment from our shed and produces a yellow pages of useful trades-people and a local services list. Click on the items in the menu for more details.

The best thing to do is come to one of our events, email us or come and find one of the committee who live on the estate. If you have any questions or want to get more involved please get in touch with us here.

To share information with fellow residents or to ask for help and advice from borrowing a plank to giving away an unwanted plant to making sure you are up to date with the gossip join our Facebook group.

Our lovely Festive Greeting Cards will be on sale at £ 1 each at no. 42 Albert Road on the following dates:


Saturday 29th October: 10.30am – 12.30pm

Wednesday 2nd November: 7.30pm – 9pm

Sunday 6th November: 6pm – 8pm


You can see the full range here.

Following on the success of our greeting cards earlier in the year, a new range of fabulous festive cards has now been printed.

A big thank you to all who contributed with beautiful pictures!

You can see the images here (please click on them to enlarge).

They will be soon on sale at £ 1 each, with profits going to the Residents’ Association.

The cards are 5″x7″ (12.5 cm x 17.8 cm) and are blank, for your own message.

Lost Cat

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Tia went missing from Sommerville Road on April 5th.

If you have seen her, please e-mail Gillian.


Extra people are urgently wanted to join the Committee to help with:

* the Community Gardening Club
* the planned panto and art exhibition
* the production of the Porcupine Post
* the conservation of the cottages’ heritage and updating of the
“master-plan” of what we would like done to enhance the historic
character of the estate

Do you have time/talent to offer to helping making the cottages a
great place to live?

We meet six times a year at the homes of a Committee member. Of
course, a bit of extra help on specific projects between meetings is
very welcome.

If you are interested in getting involved in some way please contact us by clicking here.

Warmest regards