Market on the Green and Beck Rec Fest this weekend!

With both a Market on the Green on Saturday 9 July and the annual Beck Rec Fest on Sunday 10 July, there’s something for everyone this weekend in Beckenham!

Local produce and craft market with Micro Pig Petting Farm

The Market on the Green, organised by Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association, will be on Beckenham Green from 10.00am until 4.00pm on Saturday and includes the usual local craft and produce stalls, as well as a micro pig petting petting farm, courtesy of Proctors Estate Agents.

There will also be Bottons Family Funfair, balloon modelling, face painting and live entertainment throughout the day. Visit the Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association website for more information about the Market on the Green.

Market on the Green July 2016

Family fun at Beck Rec Fest

The Beck Rec Fest, organised by Dizzy’s Diner, is at Croydon Road Recreation Ground on Sunday 10 July from 12.00pm until 8.30pm.

Entry is just £2 to this family fun day, for which you get non-stop entertainment comprising live bands and an appearance by disco and dance themed children’s entertainers The Funky Chicks. The event also includes giant inflatables, local stalls and and bar and BBQ by the legendary Dizzy’s Diner team.

Beck Rec Fest 2016

Beckenham Business Association EC ‘united’ against crown post office closure

The Save Beckenham Post Office Campaign, whose supporters include members of the Beckenham Business Association EC, held a demonstration outside Beckenham Crown Post Office on Rectory Road on Saturday.

Post-Office-Demo-16-Apr-2016

The campaigners have called on Post Office Ltd to change its mind on the threat to close the post office on Rectory Road and replace it with a franchise.

The Rectory Road post office is one of 43 sites nationwide that could face closure.

An online petition, set up by Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association on change.org, has already gained more than 1,500 signatures, and around 5,000 paper signatures.

Beckenham Business Association chair, Jackie Groundsell, said: “The post office on Rectory Road has a lot of business and residential users from all over Bromley, it’s a very busy post office. We’d hate to lose it.”

We need our Post Office

To support the campaign to Save Beckenham Crown Post Office, please sign the online petition.

Further details can be found on the Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association website.

#savebeckenhampostoffice

Demonstration to save Beckenham Post Office – 16 April 10am

There will be a demonstration to help the Save Beckenham Crown Post Office Campaign at 10.00am on Saturday 16 April, outside the Post Office in Rectory Road.

Local community groups, including Beckenham Business Association, and the Post Office Union (CWU) will be outside the Post Office from 9.00am to 12.30pm to talk to locals about the benefits of a Crown Post Office.

A paper petition will be available there to sign on the day, or you can sign the online petition here.

You can also download a poster here to display in your window.

Please show your support to help save this much needed community and business resource.

Save Beckenham Post Office

Launch of Mayor’s Civic Crowdfunding Initiative 2016

Civic Crowdfunding 2016

The next Mayor’s Civic Crowdfunding round is launching in March and local organisations and community groups are invited to attend the launch event at City Hall on Thursday 10 March, 17.30-21.00.

The Civic Crowdfunding initiative gives any local organisation, from community groups and business improvement districts to charities and schools, the chance to pitch ideas for projects which support and improve your local area, for the whole community.

This might be about improving your high street to help local independent businesses flourish or establishing a new market for healthy and affordable produce. Perhaps there is a long forgotten space and you have a great idea to bring it back to life, for everyone to enjoy?

The next funding round is launching in March 2016 and ideas could receive a pledge from the Mayor of up to £20,000 (but no more than 75% of the total project budget), to support crowdfunding campaigns through the Mayor’s Spacehive page.

The Mayor will be pledging to the best projects that can demonstrate they are innovative, deliverable and have the support of your wider community.

Launch event

The event will introduce crowdfunding and explain the opportunity in detail, from pitching an idea to attracting a pledge from the Mayor. It will point to further support to develop your ideas and run a successful crowdfunding campaign.

Who should attend? You should come to this event if you are a local community group interested in this opportunity, whether you have an idea or not, or if you are interested in establishing a local group. This event is also for those interested in the process of crowdfunding local civic projects and how the Mayor is leading innovation in this field.

Sign up to attend the launch event HERE.

When: 

Where: The Living Room – City Hall, The Queens Walk, London SE1 2AA – View Map

Supporting local business this Christmas

Christmas on the Green – 5 December

Beckenham will onceChristmas on the Green again celebrate the arrival of the festive season with Christmas on the Green on Saturday 5 December, from 12-6pm.

The event, organised by Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association (CCARA), in conjunction with Beckenham Business Association and the Council, will include a market with 40 stalls of local produce and crafts. There will also be a children’s fair and live entertainment, including reindeer and a visit from Santa!

Later in the afternoon, the CCARA Annual Candlelit Procession will start from outside the Post Office on Rectory Road at 4.30pm. This will be followed by the Christmas Lights Switch On and a community sing-a-long on Beckenham Green at 5.30pm.

For more information on the entertainment schedule for the day, visit www.coperscope.org.ukAny local businesses wishing to offer samples or special discounts for the festivities, please contact cheryl.curr@bromley.gov.uk by Tuesday 1 December 2015.

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday logoThis year, Christmas on the Green coincides with Small Business Saturday, a national campaign to encourage people to shop local and support their small businesses.

Beckenham Businesses can get involved for free by signing up to the Small Business Finder and downloading the info pack, logos and toolkit at www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com.

 

Market on the Green this Saturday 19 Sept!

The next Market on the Green will be this coming Saturday, 19 September, 10am-4pm on Beckenham Green.

Organised by Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association, in conjunction with Beckenham Business Association, this month’s market is set to be the biggest yet with over 50 stalls selling local crafts and produce.

There will also be live entertainment throughout the day, starting with Rodeo Dave’s Western Trick Riding at 11am. Churchfields Primary School Choir and vocalist Hayley Ince are among the other performers.

Come and visit the BBA stall for information on membership and offers from some of our member businesses.

For more information on stallholders and the full entertainment programme, visit the Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association market page on their website.

Have your say on Beckenham’s Alleyways

The Beckenham Town Centre Team has been awarded £20,000 from the Mayor’s High Street Fund to clean up the alleyways off the High Street and they need your help to complete a short survey on the current state of the alleyways.

The project, led by Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association on behalf of the Town Centre Team Beckenham and supported by Beckenham Business Association, will name, sign, clean up and improve the maintenance of the alleyways on Beckenham High Street..

Find out more about the project, get involved in the clean up and complete the short survey now!

Thank you.

Have your say on Beckenham Town Centre improvements

Thornton's Corner, Beckenham

Bromley Council is currently consulting on the concept designs for the Beckenham High Street public realm improvements. Local businesses and residents are invited to give their views on the plans throughout this month, with the consultation closing on Friday 27 March.

We will be discussing the plans at the next Beckenham Business Association meeting on Wednesday 25 March. More details and booking available here.

The scheme plans and further details are also on Bromley Council’s website and you can submit your views by emailing beckenhamimprovements@bromley.gov.uk.

Bromley Corporate Social Responsibility Expo

The 2nd annual Bromley Corporate Social Responsibility Expo will be held on Wednesday 18 March at the Great Hall, Civic Centre, Bromley from 5.30pm.

The drop-in event aims to help build relationships between local businesses and charitable organisations in the London Borough of Bromley. Instead of financial support, businesses are encouraged to help in other ways such as volunteering and offering specialist advice.

This year’s event follows a successful inaugural event last March, which saw over 25 voluntary organisations and over 40 business representatives get together to explore ways of working together. Business participants were surprised to learn that it that it is not ‘all about the money’ and that the benefits are two-way, with lots of different ways that voluntary organisations and businesses can work together for mutual benefit.

To find out more or for tickets please contact Mathew Shaw on 020 8315 1900.

Be part of Beckenham history with a personalised Bandstand Brick

Beckenham Business Association is delighted to be supporting the restoration of the town’s much loved bandstand with the purchase of a personalised Bandstand Brick.

Beckenham Bandstand

Beckenham Bandstand

The BBA brick will be one of hundreds that will form a circular path around the late Victorian bandstand in Croydon Recreation Ground when it is restored later this year.

The Friends of Croydon Road Recreation Ground are working hard, in partnership with Bromley Council, to make the restoration of the bandstand a reality and they’re asking people to support their appeal by buying personalised Bandstand Bricks.

Individuals, families, groups, organisations and businesses can buy the high quality bricks at a cost of £100 each, which includes a short bespoke inscription.

The much loved bandstand has links to one of Beckenham’s most famous residents, David Bowie, and the Beckenham Arts Laboratory, who together organised the Beckenham Free Festival in 1969. It is a key local heritage feature and an important asset to the park and the wider community.

Bandstand Brick

Example of a Bandstand Brick

The Bandstand Bricks are a great way to promote and raise the profile of your business. They can also be used as a give-away to business partners or clients.

The bricks will be installed at the same time as the restoration of the bandstand and brick purchasers will be invited to a celebration launch event once the restoration works and pathway are complete.

Please support this wonderful heritage appeal and be part of your local history. To buy a Bandstand Brick or be part of the launch party, please visit www.bromley.gov.uk/beckenhambandstand.