Alexandra Cottages

In the heart of Penge, SE20

Scam Alert!

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One of our residents on Victor Road was recently approached, and subsequently contacted by phone, by some chap claiming to be from Thames Water. He was told that they would be carrying out work on a big blockage in the sewer, the flushing through of which would probably send an overflow through the indoor plumbing. They tried to push/offer having something installed to prevent this, for a deposit of £1,200 – refundable after “the work” !!
Our resident demurred, and later called Thames Water, who said there were no planned works on Victor Road.

Call Thames Water direct if you have any queries.

Bulb Planting

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Penge Forum AGM

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Have you seen the lawn bowls green in our local park? Have you played before or wondered what it was like?
Come and join other residents of Alexandra cottages at our local bowls club. Bowls is suitable for all ages, from 10 to 90, as a social game or something more competitive. Games are played both mid-week and on weekends, to suit all schedules.
If you have an interest or fancy a fun afternoon with a difference, come along to the May 8th Open Day from 2 to 6pm or any Saturday morning in May. Qualified coaches, friendly faces and tea & coffee will be available.
Open Day: Sunday 8th May 2-6pm
Free come and try it session each Saturday in May 10am-12pm
West Beckenham Bowling Club
Alexandra Recreation Ground
Sydenham, SE26 5NL

Please click on the picture for more information.

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Please see their website for the timetable of activities and for venue/booking details.

Please see Splatter Make for course and venue details, and bookings.

Penge Day

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This consultation seeks your views on our draft Cycling Strategy which lays out our proposals for cycling in the borough up until 2026. The strategy highlights opportunities ranging from large scale infrastructure works to softer measures such as cycle training and secure cycle parking.

By setting out our local priorities and ambitions, the strategy will enable the council strengthen funding applications to the Mayor of London’s £913m ten year Cycling Vision programme.

The objective of this consultation is to help the council understand local stakeholder opinion about our proposals. This will allow us to fine tune our strategy and make well-informed decisions on our cycling projects and programmes.

Cycling strategy document

View or download the draft cycling strategy
Request a printed copy by calling 020 8461 7641 or emailing [email protected]

Have your say…

You can respond to our consultation in a range of ways:

The closing date for responses is 31 July 2015.



Visit the Bridge House Theatre website to book.

You can download the details from the Penge Partners’s website by clicking here.

Please see the Penge Partners website for the rich programme of events of the 2015 Penge Festival (June 7th to 28h)  and to download the details of the Art Trail (June 13th to 28th).


For more information, please see Penge Green Gym.

As reported on the Penge & Cator Councillors’ Blog:

The Alexandra Public House planning application was given Permission at last night’s planning committee paving the way for the Public House to open again.
The application includes 12 housing units above the public house.
The parking issues have been reviewed for a second time, as not all residents were happy with the addition of 12 units without adequate parking spaces. However, officers have deemed the proposal acceptable.
We look forward to welcoming our new public house – hopefully Late Knights Brewery.

Thanks to Councillor Fookes for the update:

Dear Resident,

Just to let you know that the above application will be going to committee on Thursday [2nd April 2015] evening to a meeting of Plans 2 sub committee at 7-00pm at Bromley Civic Centre. Officers are recommending permission. Kevin Brooks will be representing us at the meeting.

You can view the application by clicking on this link.

Many thanks to Steve, Victor Road for making this available to all of us!

The Architectural Handbook and Conservation Guide, which was written by Neil Coe a few years ago, is now available in digital format.

It contains a wealth of information on the history of the estate and the architectural features of the cottages, which is most useful when planning alterations.

It is divided in 3 rather large files, so please be patient when downloading them!

It is kindly requested that the historic photographs and maps are not reproduced, and please note that the book was written many years ago and some the conservation concerns have lessened, with the Article 4 protection and changing attitudes leading to more recent enhancements in conservation and to the appearance of the estate.

Please click on the icon or the title to open the documents.

ARA Architectural Guide 1
ARA Architectural Guide 2
ARA Architectural Guide 3

Note: a few pages in one of the PDF documents are upside down. Please use Shift + Ctrl + Plus to rotate them (if you use Adobe Reader).

Update contains information on improvements to our town centres as well as the opening of an exciting new community hub, a training restaurant now open to the public and news on health matters. In addition, young people seeking employment may be interested in reading about our Youth Employment Scheme.

Safer Bromley News has crime updates and news on what the Safer Bromley Partnership is doing to help keep our borough safe, plus crime prevention advice.

Local Show and Tell

Sharing Report Findings

4-7pm, Thursday 9th April 2015, Upper Norwood Library
4-7pm, Monday 13th April, Penge Library


We’re pleased to announce the release of the Joining the Dots study on Crystal Palace, which is now available to view online via ISSUU through the link here.

We will be hosting 2 drop-in sessions to share these findings and recommendations of the study. The drop-ins will be held from 4-7pm on Thursday 9th of April at the Upper Norwood Library, and from 4-7pm on Monday 13th April at Penge Library.

If you can’t make it, we’ll be storing printed copies of the study at these libraries, as well as a copy at Anerley Town Hall.

We would love you to share this news with your local networks across Crystal Palace

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Join the Dots Team

Gemma, Olivia and Sarah

As previously mentioned at the time of Joan Smith’s death, her ashes are to be scattered in the grounds of Southwark Cathedral.
A date has now been arranged for this to happen on Sunday April 26th after the Evensong Service that takes place at the Cathedral at 3pm.
Prior to her death Joan herself arranged that tea and cakes be provided for family and friends at Southwark Cathedral after this event.
All are welcome to attend, and for those of you who were unable to attend her funeral service at Beckenham, this is a further opportunity to share thoughts and memories of her.

Jo’s funeral service will be held at Beckenham Crematorium on Elmers End Road on Wednesday 11th February at 3.45pm.
At a date yet to be arranged there will be a further chance to remember Jo during an evensong service at Southwark Cathedral where her ashes are to be interred.

Individuals who want to make donations or send flowers can do so by sending them to the Funeral Directors who are The Co-op at 13 High Street West Wickham BR4 0LP. She wished monies to go to Southwark Cathedral Education Centre.

Jo will leave from her cottage that she loved so much: the hearse will leave Victor Road at about 3.15pm should you wish to pay your respects.


Jo Smith


We are very sorry that Jo Smith, a long-time resident of Victor Road, passed away yesterday.

She lived on the estate for many years and was very actively involved with the Residents’ Association: she led the organisation of the street party in 2005, started the Porcupine Post, wrote booklets on the history of the estate and would always organise parallel events for the children.

She will be greatly missed.

You can download Bromley Council’s Newsletter by clicking here.

This edition has news on Bromley North, our brand new MyBromley Account – you can pre-register now through our website – and a link to your waste collection days over the holidays.

A new plan has been submitted for the conversion of  The Alexandra public house.

You can see the plans on Bromley Council’s website by clicking here.

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If it rains, the event will be held at Holy Trinity Church Hall from 3.00pm.
There will also be a stall selling home produce; and a raffle.

All ARA members are invited to the first Bromley Safer Neighbourhood Board’s Public Meeting to discuss community safety.
(The new Bromley Safer Neighbourhood Board replaces the Bromley Community Engagement Forum)

Location: Citygate Church, 22 Rectory Road, Beckenham, BR3 1AA

Date: Wednesday 9th July

Time: 6:30pm start to peruse stands, and 7:00pm Meeting start

Our chair recently attended the Bromley Residents Federation meeting and found the following presentation on Planning in Bromley from the Chief Planning Officer very interesting.


FREE Adult Cycle Training is now available for all adults who live or work in Bromley.

Run by National Standard-qualified instructors from the London Borough of Bromley’s Road Safety Unit Cycling Team, sessions cater to all abilities.

Three Bikeability levels available:

Dates available throughout the year at NORMAN PARK, CATOR PARK or PRIORY GARDENS; courses last 2 – 4 hours

  • Level 1 – Off-road riding, for beginners or those returning to cycling
  • Level 2 – Riding on quiet roads, for people with some experience in traffic but not confident
  • Level 3 – Riding on busier roads, for experienced cyclists and those confident in traffic

To book your place, go to and search “Adult Cycle Training”

Cycle Maintenance Course

Taught by City & Guilds-qualified instructor

Covers puncture repair, adjustment of brakes & gears and more

Full-day course, only £20

To book your place, go to

Complete Driving Course

Thursday 9th October 2014

09:30 to 15:00

One day course £18

At the Kentwood Centre, Penge

Topics include:

  • Winter and night time driving
  • Braking and acceleration techniques
  • Skid avoidance

To book your place contact:

Bromley Adult Education College

Tel: 020 8460 0020


Parking with Confidence

Reverse bay and Parallel Parking made clear,  with tips, advice and a practical element to build confidence and skills

Tuesday July 15th 2014

10:00am – 12:00pm

Course cost £18

Kentwood Centre, Penge



To book your place contact:

Bromley Adult Education College

Tel: 020 8460 0020



Scheme Lead Officer /

Contact Details

Congestion Relief  
  • Penge & Crystal Palace congestion relief (A234/A213) and local safety scheme at Green Lane jnt High Street
Chris Cole

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 0208 313 4630

  • Chislehurst Common
Chris Cole

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 0208 313 4630

  • Widmore Road jnt Kentish Way (A222/A21)
Chris Cole

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 0208 313 4630

  • Southend Road jnt Rectory Road
Malcolm Harris

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 0208 313 4500

  • Heathfield Road/Westerham Road Roundabout
Spencer Pritchard

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 0208 313 4166

  • Tudor Way jnt Petts Wood Road
Spencer Pritchard

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 0208 313 4166

  • Perry Street jnt Beaverwood Road
Laura Squires

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 0208 313 4231

  • Wendover Road jnt A21
Muazzam Shahid

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 0208 313 4544

  • Sevenoaks Way jnt Main Road – signals
Ismiel Alobeid

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 0208 461 7487

  • Sevenoaks Way jnt Leesons Hill
Ismiel Alobeid

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 0208 461 7487

  • Nugent Centre – snagging
Ismiel Alobeid

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 0208 461 7487

Casualty Reduction    
  • Beckenham Road / Queens Road / Hayne Road
Muazzam Shahid

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 0208 313 4544

  • Addington Road jnt Layhams Road
Laura Squires

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 0208 313 4231

  • Copers Cope Road jnt Bridge Road
Spencer Pritchard

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 0208 313 4166

  • Robin Hood Green
Malcolm Harris

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 0208 313 4500

  • Sundridge Park Area
Laura Squires

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 0208 313 4231

  • Elmfield Park One-Way/Parking bays
Laura Squires

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 0208 313 4231

  • Clock House Road CPZ
Paul Nevard

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 0208 313 4425

  • New Beckenham Car Park
Malcolm Harris

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 0208 313 4500

  • Chelsfield Station Area
Ismiel Alobeid

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 0208 461 7487

Cycling & Walking    
  • Main Road, Biggin Hill Zebra
Spencer Pritchard

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 0208 313 4166

  • Dunkery Road Pedestrian Crossing
Lisa Allen

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 0208 31 34528

  • Orpington Road New Footway
Malcolm Harris

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 0208 313 4500

  • Leesons Hill New Footway
Malcolm Harris

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 0208 313 4500

  • Southborough Lane
Lisa Allen

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 0208 31 34528

  • Court Road Refuge Enlargements
Paul Nevard

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 0208 313 4425

  • Cray Valley Road Footway
Malcolm Harris

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 0208 313 4500


NB:  Please note that these locations are still subject to change depending on the outcome of the site investigations and / or consultations.




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Are you an aspiring (or established) writer?
If you are, we are sounding out interest in starting a fiction writers’ group that could also tie into the ARA arts/music festival planned for September.

All would be welcome, from complete beginners to experienced writers.
The group would cover all genres from flash fiction and short stories to novels; blogs included, anything that is not straight reportage.

Work would be presented and discussed in a supportive atmosphere; meetings to take place at a member’s cottage with, of course, a glass (or two) of wine.
If you are interested please contact Andy Peake on [email protected]

A change to meet the new Borough Commander, Chief Superintendent Chris Hafford.

Please visit Bromley Community Engagement Forum for more information.

This is a Penge Partners/Friends of Cator and Alexandra Recreation Ground’s free event.

The walk – on Saturday 22nd February, starting at Anerley Town Hall at 10.00am – will follow the Ira Aldridge trail via Hamlet Road then Betts Park, Maple Road on to St John’s Church where he was married.

Walkers can get 10% off purchases afterwards at the Alexandra Nurseries with a special pass.

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For more info, please see Age UK Bromley and Greenwich’s page

A Very Valentine Concert

Friday January 31st , 2014
St. Bartholomew’s Church Hall
4 Westwood Hill, Sydenham

Charity concert for Wings of Hope.
Alex Carter, voice; Jessica Whight, voice;  Serge Pachnine,  accordion; Deirdre Cooper, cello;  Daniel Jemison, bassoon

Doors open at 6:45pm, Concert at 7:00pm

Adults £10, Students & senior citizens £7
Children under 5 free!

For more information please click on flyer to visit the Beckenham Chorale website.

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This another drop-in session for the Crystal Palace Project taking place on Saturday 1st February 2014 between 11.00-17.00 at Anerley Town Hall on Anerley Road, opposite Anerley railway station.

Buster, who has lived on Edward Road for many years, is soon moving to be nearer his family.

There will be a gathering in the Lounge at Holy Trinity Church on Thursday 6th February between 2pm-4pm to give his friends on the estate a chance to say goodbye.

If you know Buster please come along and wish him a fond farewell.

Plans have been submitted to the council for a “Change of use from class A4 (public house) to Class A3/A4 (public house/restaurant) with hostel accommodation (sui generis) to provide 11 bedrooms with shared kitchens and 5 one bedroom suites, associated car parking, cycle storage and refuses storage.

(The link above will take you to the application).

George Phang

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George passed away on the 29th December.
He had lived on Victor Road for many years and he will be greatly missed.

His funeral will be held at Beckenham Crematorium on Wednesday 15th January at 10:30 am.

We offer our sympathy to his family and friends.

Check out Bromley Council’s on-line newsletter

PDF Update Winter 2013

for useful local information, from the Crystal Palace plans to the new free unwanted electrical items collection service.

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This is the first public drop-in session of the Crystal Palace Project taking place on the 10th December 2013 between 14.00-20.00 in the Living Water Satisfies café on Westow Street, Crystal Palace.

There will be more drop-in sessions in January and February 2014.

The mural has survived the bake in the oven. The clay tiles are being laid out on sheets and being prepared.
They will be finished before Christmas and we hope to have them up sometime in January/February with a small gathering to unveil them and celebrate our creativity!

Shirley has been a volunteer driver for 25 years and thoroughly recommends this charity.


Sally and Harry both live alone without any family nearby. This is why they love going to their tea parties every month and really appreciate the help of their volunteer driver Bob. However, to take a greater number of older people out for tea, we need more Bobs. Help us find a Bob by sharing this fun GIF with your family, friends and colleagues. With one click of a button, more Sallys and Harrys can enjoy a party every month of the ear.


A Christmas Carol

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The way your neighbourhood is policed is changing

Public meeting to discuss the future of Penge and Cator Safer Neighbourhood Policing

Do you want to know how the proposed changes to Safer Neighbourhood Policing will affect you and your community?
Do you want to have a say in how your community is policed? Do you want to be involved in a new Community Advisory Panel? (CAP)

Please come to the meeting on

Thursday 17th October 7.45pm
Penge East Community Centre, 13 Station Road, Penge (next to Penge East Station)

If you have any questions, or issues you would like discussed at the meeting please email: [email protected]

ARA Harvest Appeal

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For Sale


The Alexandra Cottages are very special but every now and then people are moving away with their job or because their families are growing and they need more space.

We know that people who are looking to buy one of the cottages often look at our website, so we have created a new page to put in touch sellers and buyers.

If you’d like your cottage to be listed on this page, please send the details to the webmaster.


A number of public meetings have been organised by Bromley Council to discuss choices and priorities before they set the next budget.
Please see below for details.

Last year you helped us make tough choices as we set the council budget. With further drastic cuts in government funding there are more tough choices to make. Despite this, be assured our council remains committed to the vision of Building a Better Bromley.

In an open letter from Stephen Carr, the Leader of the Council he invites you to join us at one of the annual public meetings scheduled below to talk about what matters to you – from value for money services to keeping Bromley safe and green, from creating vibrant town centres to supporting our elderly, our young people, our children. Together we can keep Building a Better Bromley as we set the council’s budget for 2014-15.

Evening meetings 2013 (7-8.30pm)

Day time meeting 2013 (11-12.30pm)

A signer will attend the meetings. If you would like to use this service please contact[email protected] 020 8313 4390.

We will post financial information on this page two weeks before the meetings.

In addition to the public meetings you can also give your views and comments in the following ways:


Bromley Museum has organised a series of events for the summer holidays.
For details of their “Teddy Bears Picnic”, “Rotten Romans” and “Sun Jester” events, please click here.

Please click here for the details of a community art project to create a mosaic on a moveable panel to be mounted on the wall by the garages.
The proposal was presented at the last AGM and all but one voted in favour of the project.

Please click here to download Bromley Museum‘s Newsletter with many events organised for this summer, especially for the kids.


Two Penge Festival events dedicated to poet Walter de la Mare.

Friday 31st May
Join us for a poetry recital with talk by Giles de la Mare at 7:30 pm at the Holy Trinity Church Hall, Lennard Road

Saturday 1st June
Meet us outside the Moon and Stars in Penge High Street at 10 am for a walk taking in the houses where Walter de la Mare lived circa 1890 and 1925, ending in Thornsett Road, where he wrote “The Listeners”. No dogs please.

Saturday 18th May
Penge Festival Fête on Royston Playing Field, from 1100 hrs to 1600 hrs – pitches still available – ring (020) 3565-4125 to book.

Sunday 19th May
Thanksgiving Service at Anerley Methodist Church, Oakfield Road at 1100 hrs

Sunday 19th May
Tour de Penge Bike Run – meet from 1000 hrs for bike safety checks on Penge Rec. Ride departs 1100 hrs from Rec. through Maple Road/Penge High Street at 1100 hrs

Tuesday 21st May
Teddy Bears’ Picnic at 1030 hrs at Anerley Methodist Pre-School, Oakfield Road (this event is by invitation only)

Wednesday 22nd May
Cream Tea and Bingo for our senior citizens at 1600 hrs, Burmarsh Court, on the corner of Croydon Road and Garden Road – please ring to reserve your place on (020) 3565-4125 as this event is always very popular

Thursday 23rd May
Karaoke evening for the members of the Beckenham & Penge Gateway Club at Royston Primary School (this event is by invitation only)

Saturday 25th May
Our Heritage Walk starts at 1400 hrs at the Alexandra Nurseries – participants may have 10% off their purchases on returning to the Nurseries.

Sunday 26th May
Cemetery Walk with local historian David Johnson – meet David outside Beckenham (Elmer’s End) Cemetery office at 1430 hrs

Tuesday 28th May
Quiz with Fish or Chicken and Chips Supper 1830 hrs at the Crooked Billet – entrance fee £5 per person which includes supper – £50 winning prize donated by Designer Drapes

Thursday 30th May
“The Alexandra Cottages – a Model of Victorian Vision” – a short walk round Alexandra Estate exploring the world of Victorian philanthropy, architecture and gardens – meet at 1100 hrs at Alexandra Nurseries, Parish Lane

Thursday 30th May
Mandolin Recital with Janet Ambrose and her friends, followed by a sandwich tea at 1430 hrs at Burmarsh Court, on the corner of Croydon Road and Garden Road – please ring to reserve your place on (020) 3565-4125

Friday 31st May
Join us for a poetry recital with talk by Giles de la Mare at 1930 hrs at the Holy Trinity Centre, Lennard Road

Saturday 1st June
Meet us outside the Moon and Stars in Penge High Street at 1000 hrs for a walk taking in the houses where Walter de la Mare lived circa 1890 and 1925, ending in Thornsett Road, where he wrote “The Listeners”. No dogs please.

Sunday 2nd June
Treasure Hunt from the Moon and Stars to the Bridge House Tavern– meet at 1200 hrs at the Library in Maple Road for first clue – a family event with a prize for the winner or winning family

Tuesday 4th June
Bring the family and join us for the ever-popular Bat Walk at 2030 hrs in Cator Park

Wednesday 5th June
“All join in at the Teddy Bears’ Picnic” from 1000 hrs to 1130 hrs at Penge Library. Please bring your favourite teddy from home to join in the fun

Wednesday 5th June
Costumes of India – Bharatiya Poshak” –
Ciji Varughese takes a look at the exotic styles and colours of Indian costumes at 1415 hrs at Penge Library (tickets available from Library)

Friday 7th June
Race Night at 1900 hrs at the Penge Conservative Club, 55 Croydon Road, Penge (£5.00 per head, which includes entry fee and Fish or Chicken and Chips Supper)

Date/Venue not yet confirmed
Join with us from 1900 hrs to 2100 hrs at Kenilworth Hall, Penge Congregational Church (Kenilworth Road entrance) for an evening of fun, including “the last one standing”, a game or two of bingo and a quiz to see how much we all know about Penge. All of this knocked back with a glass of ale or wine – what more could you want?

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Another great series of events has been organised by Penge Partners for this year’s Penge Festival.

Please see their Facebook page for details.

Penge Festival fete
Saturday, 18 May 2013 at 11:00
Royston Field, Penge

Tour de Penge Family Cycle
Sunday, 19 May 2013 at 11:00
Maple Road, Penge to Greenwich Park

Tour De Penge 2013

Penge Heritage Walk
Saturday, 25 May 2013
Meet at Alexandra Nurseries at 2.00pm. 10% discount off purchases for participants.

Cemetery walk
Sunday, 26 May 2013 at 14:30
Beckenham Crematorium

The Alexandra Cottages – model of Victorian vision
Thursday, 30 May 2013 at 11:00
Assemble at Alexandra Nurseries, Parish Lane, Penge


Mandolin recital and tea
Thursday, 30 May 2013 at 14:30
Burmarsh Court, Croydon Road

Walter de la Mare lecture and recital
Friday, 31 May 2013 at 19:30
Holy Trinity Church, Lennard Road

Walter de la Mare Walk
Saturday, 1 June 2013 at 10:00
Assemble at the Moon and Stars pub

Bat Walk
Tuesday, 4 June 2013
Assemble in the centre of Cator Park

Costumes of India
Tuesday, 4 June 2013
Penge Library, Maple Road

Why not enter your garden in this year’s “Penge in Bloom” competition?
A number of residents have won prizes in previous years: it could be your turn in 2013!

This free to enter competition is open to the residents and businesses of Penge and Anerley; local schools, playgroups and nurseries, and places of worship. The deadline for receipt of entries is Friday 7th June 2013. Judging will take place during the week commencing Monday 24th June and the outcome of the judging will be publicised during week commencing Monday 8th July 2013.

You can download the entry form here.

We are thrilled to have been awarded Gold in the “Most Interesting Residential/Community Area” in this year’s “Penge in Bloom”.

We have also received a verdict of “Outstanding – Level 5″ in the RHS and London in Bloom’s campaign “It’s Your Neighbourhood”!

Well done to everyone for making the cottages such a beautiful place to live in.

Please click here to read/download the Summer 2012 edition of the Safer Bromley News, produced by the Safer Bromley Partnership.

A Bromley Council event.

Free family event to promote the newly- installed outdoor gym.

Location: Betts Park, Anerley Road, SE20

Time: 14:00 – 17:00

Cost: Free

Come along to our launch event at Betts Park and try out the new outdoor gym equipment.

There will also be:

  • free activities for children
  • fitness trainer demonstrations
  • make your own drink on the Smoothie Bike
  • Dr Bike, free check-up service (bring your bike along)
  • Park Friends information

Further information on outdoor gyms

Event organiser: Landscape Helpdesk
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 020 8313 4471


Please click here to download the quiz form.


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offers “affordable, light, clean and secure studio spaces” for local creative people.
They hope to “become a family of like-minded people, creating a supportive and friendly work environment”.
At present, they consist of designers, artists and a photographer.

For more information and contact details please click on the logo.

Thanks to Adrian and Lynne for the pictures.
You’ll recognise some of your neighbours in the crowd.

Many congratulations to our chair Carrie and her husband and committee member Neil, Albert Road on the birth of their baby daughter Lois.

Here are the judge’s comments and results.




Princes Road



No. 9


Garden planted with architectural plants in pots to include tree ferns make a low maintenance contemporary floral display.

No. 3


A well maintained garden using shrubs in pots to include Cordyline and Hydrangea.

No. 4


Architectural planting with traditional shrubs in pots make give seasonality.

No. 8


Rupert Bear tends the roses in this garden. Very nice it is too.




Hardings Lane



No. 1


Cottage style garden, well maintained with excellent array of planting giving an excellent display.

No. 14


Seasonal colour, lots of flower pots and well maintained.




Albert Road



No. 54


Contemporary front garden using random laid black paving and brickwork, punctuated with box ball hedging and planted in a traditional way. Good variety of plants and shrubs to include , Roses, Canna and ferns to give all year round seasonal interest.

No. 33


Garden laid on a diagonal using random laid sandstone paving. Planting needs time to mature but undoubtedly will look fantastic in the future.

No. 55


Red brick path with low maintenance puddled slate centre piece providing interesting colour and textures.

No. 38

Highly commended

A well maintained neat and tidy garden.

No. 35

Highly commended

A garden full of pots and geodes provide with varied plant choices make this garden visually very interesting and fun.




Edward Road



No. 62


Granite sett/pea shingle entrance planted in a cottage style with a good choice of plants and seasonality.

No. 70


The living arch will provides a spectacular focal point. Good choice of materials providing interesting colour and texture.

No. 83


A charming garden with a good choice of plants for seasonal colour.




Victor Road



No. 135


Lovely, low maintenance garden with interesting plants and textures. The use of flower pots give the garden structure and seasonal interest.

No. 126


A pretty cottage style garden using brick- on- edge to form a circular focal point.   A good array of planting to include Hydrangeas, Euonymus, Fuchsia, Roses and Pyracantha.

No. 108


A stunning display of planting to include Lavender, Fuchsia, and Hydrangea. Flower pots and window box give a beautiful floral display.

General Comments

Edward Road:  The communal flower beds in Edward Road provide welcoming displays of structural plants and seasonality.

There’s no excuse for next year!!!! With the recent opening of the Alexandra Nursery, who provide a fabulous array of plants and shrubs to compliment every garden situation, the standard for next year will be undoubtedly even better. Well done!

David Phillips at 130 Victor Road has written some notes which have been distilled from his experience over the last few months in obtaining planning permission to replace his front wall following its involuntary demolition by a delivery vehicle.

He encountered and resolved a number of unexpected twists and turns on the way which he is happy to share with others.

If you would like a copy of his notes please send an email to [email protected] or contact him at 130.

The annual Penge Festival is in full swing.
Here’s a calendar of the upcoming events.

Scott from Victor Road is cycling from London to Brighton on June 17th to raise money for St Christopher’s Hospice.

I’m cycling the 54 miles from London to Brighton in June both as a personal challenge and also to raise money for a local charity – St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham, South East London.
The charity provided care for a friend and neighbour of ours near the end of her life and does the same for many others. Many people are touched by cancer in one way or another, so please dig deep and support them.

You can donate on his Just Giving page.

The Big Jubilee Lunch to celebrate HM The Queen’s Jubilee
Sunday 3rd June at 12:30 pm
Holy Trinity Church, 66 Lennard Road, SE20 7LX

Come and join the fun, bring and share food, fancy dress and games.
In church grounds if dry or inside church if wet.
Everyone welcome!

Great news!
Alexandra Nurseries, based at The Estate House, will be opening the gates on Saturday 28th April.

Opening hours are:
Tuesday-Saturday 9.30 am -5.30 pm
Sundays and Bank Holidays 10.00 am -4.00 pm.

Tea, coffee and cake served all day.

Wishing John and Sarah good luck!

Here’s a calendar of local events in aid of the NSPCC, including Gardener’s Question Time, plant sales, teas, open gardens and house tours.

NSPCC Events 2012 Mar – Sept

We are sorry to report that criminals stole our commemorative plaque on Parish Lane sometime on Thu 23rd February.

If you have seen any suspicious behaviour in the area (such as a van parked on the pavement in Parish Lane) please contact us or the police.

Shirley brought this to our attention:

Bromley Police are reissuing their warning about a scam in which fraudsters use false pretences to try and get people’s bank cards, after 25 attempts to perpetrate this scam across the borough in the last two weeks.

The scam works by the victim initially receiving a phone call, or a number of phone calls, from someone claiming to be from their bank or credit card supplier. The caller obtains personal details from the victim before advising them that they need a new card and telling them that a courier will visit them shortly to collect their old card.
A person, dressed to look like a courier, then arrives at the door to take the card.

A spokesman for Bromley Police said: “It is important that residents are aware of the tactics used by con-artists. Never-ever disclose your bank details to anyone cold calling.
Banks will never call you asking for personal or account information as they already have these details, and neither will the Police.
If there was a problem with your card and it needed to be replaced the bank would write to you advising you to cut the card up. You should never give out bank details or other personal information over the phone, whatever the reason behind the request”.

Saturday 21st Jan 2012 @ 7.30pm

We would like to thank everyone who came to our Christmas openings for their very enthusiastic support.

We were really overwhelmed by the amount of genuine excitement and interest in our ideas – and by all the kind offers of home comforts.

We will do our best to keep you up to date on developments and look forward to welcoming you all to the official opening in spring.

Happy Christmas and New Year to everyone.

John and Sarah

Many thanks to Matthew for the pictures of the Christmas opening events.
(Please click on the photo to access the set).

Come and meet the new owners of the Estate House, have a look around and hear about their plans!

The Capital Community Foundation‘s Surviving Winter is

a UK-wide campaign to encourage people to make donations to help vulnerable, older people who struggle to stay warm, happy and healthy at winter.

The Bromley Community Fund is co-ordinating the campaign in Bromley, collecting donations and targeting them to support those most in need in the borough. Our target is to raise £20,000 for the borough.

Please click here for more info (and to make a donation, if you can).

Tickets on the door or from Mike at no. 8 Hardings Lane.


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).

Bromley’s Reel History: 50 years of Bromley on Film: 1930s- 1980s

5 November 2011

View recently re-discovered films together with a demonstration of film conservation from an expert.

Location: Large Hall, Bromley Central Library, BR1 1EX

Time: 14:00 – 16:00

Cost: Free

An opportunity to view recently digitalised, film from Bromley and the surrounding area from the 1930s to 1980s from within the Bromley Archives collections for the first time in many decades.

Viewing will be accompanied by commentary by local history experts. Preceded by a film conservation demonstration and question and answer session with a professional film archivist.

We are told that some of the films includes scenes in Penge and Anerley.

Just a note on the progress of Jane’s plans to organise a market stall of goods made and grown on the estate. In order to help raise funds for the ARA.

Due to rather excessive red tape and formalities these plans will now be postponed until the new year and will NOT be starting from this Saturday.

However, Jane is in the process of speaking to the local fairs at nearby churches and intends to have a presence at forthcoming Christmas events. Dates tbc so we will keep you posted on news.

For those still hoping to be involved or offer some home made produce or goods, there is still time to speak to Jane (no. 47).

Bromley Council have arranged a number of public meetings to consult the public on the decisions to make following government funding cuts.

There is one day time meeting at the Civic Centre on Tue 8th November and 3 evening meetings (in Orpington, at the Civic Centre and in Beckenham, on Thu 17th, Wed 23rd, Mon 28th November respectively).

For full details, please see the Council website or download the leaflet here.

Market Stall

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We are running a trial market stall for 4 Saturday mornings beginning on 29th October.

The theme of the goods on offer will be ‘Makers, Bakers and Growers’ and will be sourced from residents of the estate. This is where you come in to it…..

We need:

  • Produce to sell, e.g. homemade crafts, jewellery  home grown or made goods.
  • Volunteers to work a 2 hour shift to help run the stall.
  • A table, canopy, display cabinet, baskets to present things in.

If you would like to be involved with the market stall, please come along to a meeting at Jane’s house, number 47 Albert Road, Tuesday 18th October, 7-9pm. If possible, please bring any samples of the goods you would like to sell to the meeting.

Please see the Market Appeal Flyer produced by Jane.

Many thanks to everyone who supported my event.

Your generous donations meant that I was able to raise £343.90 for this wonderful Charity!

Sharon O’Donoghue

Starring Edward Langley from Edward Rd!!

Please click on the poster above to be re-directed to the Dulwich Players’ website for more details on this upcoming production.


Saturday 1st October @ 12:00
viewing from 10 am
(catalogue £1)

All Day Refreshments Available

Please take part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning that raises funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

When: Friday, September 23 · 10:30am – 1:30pm
Where: 144, Parish Lane, SE20
Who: Organised by Sharon (aka as “Virginia Lamb” to the Murder Mystery aficionados!)

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.

Our Councillors’ blog

is back and is, as always, packed with information of what is going on and is being planned in Penge.


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Many congratulations to our secretary Alex and her husband Lovell, Albert Road on the birth of their baby son Robin Henry.

We are delighted that the Alexandra Cottages have once again been awarded Gold in the “Most Interesting Residential/Community Area” in this year’s “Penge in Bloom” gardening competition.


Many congratulations to Peter Benton for winning Gold in the “Most Inspired Themed Garden” category, Douglas Roberts for Silver in the “Best Front Garden” and Jane Doxey for a commendation in the same category.

Stalls, Games, Money Mountain, Raffles, Fancy dress for children.

Refreshments available all day.

Join in the fun at Holy Trinity on Saturday, July 16th · 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Budding writers and literature lovers living in the cottages may like to check out details of the upcoming Bromley Literature Festival which consists of a mixture of free writing workshops and modestly priced talks by writers.

Activities are based at either Bromley Libary or Beckenham Library.

Many thanks for supporting the raffle: £65 were raised and they will be sent to the Candle Project [organised by St. Christopher's Hospice] a charity for children and young people who have been bereaved.

Unfortunately the weather prevented the draw taking place but this will now take place at the AGM.

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.

This event has now been re-scheduled

Date: 20 December 2010 11:00am
To: 5:00pm

Location: High Street and Maple Road
Type: Open to the public

Come and celebrate Christmas with a Family Fun Day, including – Mini Fun Fair, Roller Disco, Carol Singing, and a wonderful Firework Display.

More details on the Bromley Council website

This event planned for Saturday 4th December has been cancelled


More details on the Bromley Council website

For information and advice on services, please see Bromley Council’s Wintry weather conditions page

Census jobs

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Shirley asked us to share this link, as there might be residents interested in local job opportunities with the 2011 Census

Tickets on the door (or from Mike at 8 Hardings)

Date: 4th December from 11am to 5pm
Venues: Maple Road, Penge High Street and the Blenheim Centre

On Maple Road there will be a mini fun fair (for children up to 10 years old) plus a stage with music, carol siging and entertainment from local schools, dance groups and bands, including local boy band ‘Endless’.

On the Triangle (opposite the Crooked Billet) there will be a performance from the Endurance Steel Band, Magic from Uncle Mac at BKS Solicitors and Santa in his Grotto.

There will also be a stilt-walking Prince and Princess Ice. In the Blenheim Centre there will be free face painting.

Why not join in the fun and support your local high street by hunting for possible Christmas pressies and supplies!

Many congratulations to Briar and Andy on the birth of their daughter Isla!

Transition Penge

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Transition Penge have an interesting discussion called “Imagine Penge – Sustainable Solutions” planned for October 7th on what we want for Penge’s future, and how we can get it.

For more details click through to their web page Transition Penge

Many congratulations to Peter, Albert Rd, for winning Silver in the “Best Back Garden” category

(Peter collecting the award from our MP, Jim Dowd)

and to Adrian and Franco, Victor Rd, for winning Gold in the “Most inspired themed garden” category.

Don Dore

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Don passed away on the 20th August aged 89 .
He had lived at 113 Victor Road for some 25 years. He had suffered from Parkinson’s
disease for several years.

We offer our sympathy to his family and friends.

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.

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

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.