Alexandra Cottages

In the heart of Penge, SE20

Please put it in your diary!


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Just a reminder that on Sunday 12th June we will be holding a street party in Princes Road to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first Alexandra Cottages being built and to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.
The road will be closed to vehicles from 9am to allow us to clean and decorate the road and will re-open at 5pm.
The lunch will begin at 12.30pm and finish at 4.30pm and will include games and entertainment, including live music.

It will be great to see you and your family and friends, whether you can join the party for the while afternoon or just briefly. Please bring your own table and chairs and there will also be a table for people to bring along dishes to share. We also hope to have beer from our local brewery, Late Knights.

5 pm onwards, Sunday, 17th May

‘Meet the Neighbours’, Alexandra Nurseries

Bring a bottle and have a chat to neighbours new and old.

New Panto!

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Please e-mail us at [email protected] to take part.

Please let us know if you would be happy to open your garden on the day ! Some people might like to open for just 2 hours so that they can visit other gardens.

It’s a great way to get to know your neighbours and make new friends on the estate, see how they enjoy their garden, their favourite plants, and take inspiration !

Contact [email protected] if you’d like to be part of the planning committee or have any suggestions.

See for previous years.

Your road representative, or a member of the committee, will be calling on you during the next few weeks to check if you would like to open your garden and sell you tickets for the afternoon.

Please note: This is a pre-paid ticket only event – £3 per household
Check the ARA website or join updates on what’s going on.

Please click here or on the picture above to view the full programme of events.

This is the evening programme:

Sunday April 13th – 11am to 12pm will be a big push on planting up our communal gardening spaces. Please come along – and enjoying seeing the fruits of your labour grow and bloom over the coming year! Sarah from the Alexandra Nurseries is very kindly helping with the planting plan.

There will be gardening themed activities for children – so please bring them along. In March the tiddlers made wonderful butterfly shaped suncatchers and decorated tree branches with cherry blossom.

As we have lots to do we’d really love to have as many people along as possible – so please put this in your diary now and save the date.

Many thanks

Community Gardening Group


Come and join us for a spot of Community Gardening and enjoy the blaze of colour that is currently to be found in the raised beds in Edward Road – and perhaps pick up a few ideas for plants that might give your own patch some springtime sparkle.


Much of the current display is thanks to the hard work of Anna and Margaret over recent years. They’ve had to step back on leading on these beds, so we’re keen to get other people able to lend a hand to keeping them blooming over the coming months. Come and be a part of this and help bring a bit of happiness into the lives of your neighbours!

If you have babies or young children, we will have a volunteer on hand with a few gardening themed activities – so bring them along!

Afterwards anyone who fancies it is very welcome to come along for a bowl of soup at the Alexandra Nurseries (special rates for volunteers!)

Hope to see you by the raised beds in Edward Road 11am-12pm.


7.30pm, Saturday, 22nd March

‘Meet the Neighbours’, Alexandra Nurseries

Bring a bottle and meet neighbours old and new. Find out the local gossip, get tips on local services & tradespeople and get to know who you are living with and their hidden talents!

Mural Launch

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Yard Sale

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Please click on the flyer to contact the residents’ association for further information.

The Barn Dance

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For more info, please contact us here.

For more information, please contact Shirley.

the Panto this coming Saturday January 12th at 4 pm at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Lennard Road.


Please contact Carrie @ 42 Albert or here to participate as a host by September 30th.

Yard Sale

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Sunday 9th September – 2pm to 5pm

Need to declutter? Why not join in?
£2 per household.
Please email us to let us know you want to take part.

Bargain hunter? Walk the estate 2pm to 5pm and rummage through books, DVDs, bags, and household bits and bobs in your neighbours’ front gardens.

In it for the chat and chomping? Tea and cakes will be served in the front garden of 41 Albert Road.
Refreshments will also be served at some of the stalls.

Kit out your home on a shoestring.  Pick up pressies for pennies!

In March we held a “Grand Finale” afternoon of canape-gorgeousness as a culmination of the “Come Dine With Us” event, giving all the participants who could attend a chance to meet and reminisce about the wonderful culinary delights that had been sampled over the previous months.
Some held dinners, others hosted lunches, and all three groups thoroughly enjoyed getting to know their neighbours a little better and enjoying a very social few hours together.
Along the way the idea of scoring was abandoned….just as well as everyone was getting full marks !


At the same time a total of £ 155.00 was collected and has been donated the the Candle Project at St Christopher’s – a big “thank you” to everyone.

“Come Dine With Us” commenced in early 2011, and was based very loosely on the TV programme of a similar name !The Alexandra Residents’ Association invited couples and singles to join up for a light-hearted (or possibly competitive) dining event with a chance, whilst raising some money for charity.























Parties of 6 people were drawn randomly for dinner/lunch get-togethers, the host(s) provided the food and each guest is asked to donate £5 per meal.

The menus are a gastronomic dream, and could well be made into a delightful recipe book. Here they are:




Please contact us if you’d like to take part in the Grand Trifle Competition.

Please contact Adrian here (or contact us for any further information).

If you can please bring along something that you have made, carved, painted, sculptured, grown, knitted, crochetted to Fridays meeting.
In other words some of your handy work for others to share.

Thank you for your support.

Christmas Lunch

Ten of us went to the Crown on Bromley Common for our Christmas Lunch.
Despite the snow warnings, we got there and back safely in three cars. The food was excellent and everybody had plenty to eat and drink.
A good time was had by all.

Thank you to Patricia and Stuart for hosting our pre-Christmas tea on the 22nd December.

A reminder!

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Many thanks to Shirley and Doug for pictures of the

Alexandra Group’s Christmas Lunch

and of the

ARA stall at the Christmas Fair at Holy Trinity Church

Please join us, if you can, for tea and mince pies at 15 Hardings Lane at 2 pm on the 22nd December.


The ARA will also be present with a stall, selling the remaining Festive Greeting Cards .

We are still welcoming any offers of help on the day or donations of goods – home grown, baked or made – to be sold on the stand. Proceeds will go to the ARA to help with the running of events, groups and general community activities that we all enjoy and benefit from on our estate.

There will be a get together on the evening of Monday 14th November at number 47 Albert Road for anyone wishing to help or be involved so we can make final plans for the event. Please do let us know if you can help or offer goods (including what items you wish to provide for the stall).

Halloween 2011

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Join us in your finest Halloween garb for a leisurely walk

to a local “House of Spirits” (and any other liquid libation !)

on Monday 31st October from 8.30pm

An escort can be provided for those of a nervous disposition !


Gathering Point for all Lost Souls

will be by the planter outside the dry-cleaners on Parish Lane


Non-Dresser-Uppers are also very welcome !!

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.

The Alexandra Group (previously known as the Golden Oldies) will meet on 28th October in the lounge of Holy Trinity from 2-4pm for “The History Of A Square Mile”

There is an admission charge of £2 to cover the cost of the hall hire but includes a cup of tea and cake.

Everyone is welcome!

Please contact Adrian here (or contact us for any further information).

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

The next Golden Oldies meeting will be in the lounge at Holy Trinity Church from 2-4pm on the 23rd of September.

Vanessa Williamson is going to talk to us about the history of Penge.


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Please save the date in your (new) diary!

We would love to hear from anyone who would like to take part, as we have a few places available in the cast – please contact Adrian here as soon as possible if you would like to participate.

We are also looking for help with scenery, costumes, behind the scenes, and help on the day with setting up, refreshments, front of house, etc and welcome any offers.

The next Community Gardening Club gathering will be on Sunday 19th June from 11.00am to 12.00pm.

It would be fantastic to see you at the Edward Road planter next to the garages.

We will be adding rosemary plants to the herb garden planter, putting up a climbing frame for the climbing roses in the Edward Road bed and sowing more seeds and planting seedlings in the wildflower area next to the vets on Parish Lane

The ornamental herb garden in Princes Road is now well established.

Please do go along and help yourselves to herbs, remembering to leave plenty for the next person.
In the planter you will find fresh chives, parsley, marjoram, sage, thyme, mint and lavender. You can also use the young leaves of the nasturtiums to add a peppery edge to salads.


Thank you to everyone who had paid their £3 for a ticket; tickets will be distributed within the next seven days.
If you were out when we called and would like a ticket please put £3 in an envelope with your name and address, and leave at no. 131, Victor Road as soon as possible.

Please note it will not be possible to buy a ticket on the day.

Donations for the raffle very welcome at 131 Victor.

The 15 gardens that are open will be listed both on the reverse of your ticket and on a separate list on which owners have given a brief description.
Each open garden will display a fluorescent card in their garden with the OPEN GARDENS logo printed on it.
A special thank you to everyone opening their garden.

If you have any queries, please contact Shirley here.

Here are a few pictures (thank you Shirley) of the small street party held on Victor Road on the afternoon of the Royal Wedding on David and Jill’s, and Shirley’s shared drive.

On Sunday June 5th we will be holding our fourth Open Gardens event.
We hope that all our enthusiastic gardeners are already making plans to open their gardens and we look forward to hearing from you.

We hope that 15 back gardens will be open on the estate during a four hour period from 2 pm.

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can purchase a ticket for £3 to visit any of the gardens that are on the “open” list.
The ticket can also be used by friends and family.

There will be a raffle, a plant stall and hopefully we will continue into the evening if a suitable venue can be found.

We need to know by the end of April if you are willing to open your garden so that the list can be compiled and the tickets printed.

Please let us know if your garden has any special features, is a particular type or has plants of particular interest so that details can be included in the programme.

Please contact Shirley, 131 Victor Road (020 8778 9422) or us here if you are willing to open your garden or if you need any further details.

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.


The next Community Gardening Club gathering will be on Sunday 13th February from 11.00am to 12.00pm.

If you’d like to get involved, please come to the shed at 11.00am.

February is a good month for planting roses, so why not come along and learn about the best way to do this.

If you would be willing to sponsor a rose to be planted in the Edward Road Victorian Cottage Rose Garden – near the garages – please drop your contribution in an envelope into the mailbox at 40 Albert Road.

We will also be planting ivy to help create a living screen in front of the grot spot behind the fence near the bridge on Bycroft Street.

We could do with some extra pairs of hands so hope to see you there!

Based very loosely on the TV programme of a similar name !

The Alexandra Residents’ Association invites couples and singles to join us over the next couple of months in a light-hearted (or as competitive as you like) dining event and get to know your neighbours, whilst raising some money for charity.

Parties of 6 people will be drawn randomly for dinner/lunch get-togethers.

The host(s) provide the food and each guest is asked to donate £5 for local charities.

Please return completed slips (from the flyer that has been delivered to all residents) to Adrian by 1st February to be included in this exciting social event.

For more details (or to take part) please contact Adrian here.

Our second light-hearted Murder Mystery on Saturday 8th January was a great success!
About 120 residents and guests filled the church hall to watch the latest antics of Lady Bountiful and her friends and enemies in “”Lucille’s Seaside Spot Of Bother”.

Unfortunately this time is was poor Mr Pablo Bizarro and his wife Mrs Lucille Bizarro née Grosvenor that came to a sticky end. Or did they? (The Butler might have got it wrong).

The Murder Mystery was set at a seaside hotel during the Second World War and featured a show within the show, which gave the audience the opportunity to sing along to some favourite wartime tunes and watch some magic being performed!

We don’t have the photo that our official photographer took yet, but there are a quite few of the cast in the Events Photograph page.

On Sunday 16th January from 11.00am to 12.00pm you are invited to join in a spot of Community Gardening.

Meet up at the shed and bring your gardening gloves a shovel and secateurs. Drinks and nibbles will be provided to all volunteers ready to help us realise our dreams for neglected spaces on and and around the estate.

Whether you are two or 102 we would love to see you there. There are raised beds to care for if your back can’t handle much bending.

We will also be bringing along copies of the draft planting plans and would welcome your thoughts and suggestions.
We currently hope to create a rose garden, woodland garden, wild grassland area, wild woodland area and alley of flowers – put it in your diary and help make this happen!

Please contact Adrian, for any queries/further information.

Please contact us here, for any queries/further information.

Festive Drinks

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Please contact Adrian at no. 108 or here, if you need escorting to the venue.

The next Community Gardening Club gathering will be Sunday 5th December from 11.00am to 12.00pm.

If you’d like to get involved, please come to the shed at 11.00am (unless it is raining, in which case we will doing a planning session over warming cups of tea at 40 Albert Road).

Everyone is welcome – expert or beginner.  There will be activities suitable for those who can’t bend easily.  Kids are also welcome.

If you have plants, seeds – or biscuits or cakes to fuel the volunteers – please bring these to 40 Albert Road before 11.00 am.

The next Community Gardening Club gathering will be Saturday 6th November from 11.00am to 12.00pm.

If you’d like to get involved, please come to the shed at 11.00am (unless it is raining, in which case we will doing a planning session over tea and cakes at 40 Albert Road).

Everyone is welcome – expert or beginner.  There will be activities suitable for those who can’t bend easily.  Kids are also welcome.

If you have plants, seeds – or biscuits or cakes to fuel the volunteers – please bring these to 40 Albert Road before 11.00 am.

Spirit Evening

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Spirit Evening at the Kent House Tavern

For any enquiries, please contact Adrian at no. 108 or here

The next date for your diary is October 17th at 11 am for the next gathering of the Community Gardening Club.

Watch out for daffodils, primroses and foxgloves next year in what we hope will become a wild flower garden area next to the vets on Parish Lane planted last month.

If you would like to help next month either physically or by donating plants, seeds or refreshments – please get in touch here.

Spirit Evening

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Thursday 18th November, venue to be confirmed.

Whisky tasting and ghost stories evening.

Dress: suitably black and have your ghost story ready to tell!

8th January 2011, 4pm-6pm at the Holy Trinity Church Hall

A second light hearted murder mystery afternoon following on from the success of Lady Bountiful’s Drawing Room Drama.

Please make a note in your new diary!

The action will have moved on to wartime England. Find out what has happened to your favourite character and meet some new ones!

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

Summer Drinkgs at the Kent House Tavern

On Saturday 2nd January 2010 a number of residents starred in “Lady Bountiful’s Drawing Room Drama” Murder Mystery.

The event was well attended by about 100 residents and friends who tried to solve the mystery

The afternoon started with the projection of the video introductions to each character, followed by a live play in which – as expected! – a murder took place.

The inspector then proceeded to interrogate all the characters:

The audience was asked to guess the murderer by playing with the clues set out as a logic puzzle, while enjoying mulled wine, mince pies and cake slices:

The explanation – aided by a Powerpoint presentation – left many shocked faces, including the murderer and the entire cast! (the solution had been kept under wraps)

Congratulation to Ellie, Victor Road who was the only person that didn’t fall in the trap and correctly guessed the culprit!
She won a murder mystery game.

Many thanks to the wonderful and talented cast: Peter and Samira, Rita and James, Neil and Carrie, Anna and Joel (all from Albert Road); David from Victor Road and to two non-residents: Sharon from Parish Lane and David from… Cardiff!

A big thank you also to Adrian (organiser and props), Lynne (filming), Miranda (filming and editing), Jackie (refreshments), Martin (raffle), Franco (plot and play).

We are very grateful for the Grassroots and Capital Community Foundation Grants which subsidised the event.

Please see What’s On for details of our upcoming events and Events for details of our regular events.