Christmas festivities on the Green

Christmas on the GreenBeckenham’s Christmas festivities will kick off on the Green this coming Saturday afternoon, 29 November, with entertainment for all, a candlelit procession and the Christmas Lights Switch On.

Live entertainment, a children’s funfair and hot food will be served on the Green from midday, followed by the candlelit procession through the High Street from 4.30 pm.

The procession, organised by Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association, will be led by a marching band, with carol singers from local churches joining in along the route. With 500 child-safe lanterns to give away, the procession will leave from outside the Post Office on Rectory Road. Those wishing to take part should meet outside the Post Office at 4.30 pm.

The festivities will culminate with the annual Christmas Lights Switch On and a festive sing-a-long on the Green at 5.30 pm.

A big thank you to Layhams Farm Shop for the Christmas Tree and to Sainsbury’s for supplying some mince pies.

For more information, including details of the entertainment on the Green throughout the afternoon, please see our events page or visit the Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association website.

Thousands attend Beckenham Christmas Spectacular

Over 2,000 people attended the Beckenham Christmas Spectacular on Saturday.

Saturday afternoon saw Beckenham buzz with activity with a variety of stalls, and entertainment on Beckenham Green. A fabulous Candlelit procession (organised by Copers Cope Area Resident’s Association Chair Chloe–Jane Ross and Marsha Berg) of approximately 250 people lead by The Jazz Trio, which wove its way along Beckenham High Street from Beckenham’s oldest pub The George, to the oldest church – St George’s.

The Christmas tree and lights, donated by Copers Cope Area Resident’s Association, was turned on by Deputy Mayor Cllr Ian Payne, with Col Bob Stewart DSO Beckenham MP and Patron of Beckenham Business Association, Churchill Theatre Peter Pan Panto Stars – Andrew Agnew (playing Smee ) and Gemma Hunt (playing Tinker Bell).

The fabulous line-up included – The Spanish Choir from Harris Academy, the Dance Company Studios, Kent Academy of Performing Arts whose event “A Night Before Christmas” with proceeds to The Breast of Bromley (in aid of Breast Cancer Campaign) takes place on 16 December at Beckenham Public Halls, the fabulous singer Fil Straughton, Pearly King of Bow Bells, Cheapside and Blackfriars and Pearly Queen Mum of Hackney, Father Christmas and Nanny Christmas, Gems Cheerleaders, St George’s Choir and TS Hood Sea Cadets.

A great community event organised by Beckenham Town Centre Manager Tina Slater, Candlelit Procession organised by Copers Cope Area Resident’s Association, supported by the Beckenham Business Association.