Alexandra Cottages

In the heart of Penge, SE20

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.

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.

We are delighted to have received a Gold in the “Most Interesting Residential/Communal Area” category

Lynne collecting the certificate at the Penge in Bloom 2009 Awards Ceremony on behalf of the ARA

We are delighted to have received Silver in the “Best Amateur Horticultural Contribution to an Outdoor Residential Area” category.

Here are some pictures of children’s tea parties from ca. 1964, kindly supplied by Brian, Victor Road.

We would be interested to know who the children are: please get in touch if it is you or you who recognise them.