Beckenham’s ‘Best Dressed Window Competition 2014’ – Winners unveiled


The winning window

The winners of Beckenham’s ‘Best Dressed Window Competition’ were unveiled on 25 June at the second Beckenham Business Association breakfast meeting at Barclays Bank, Beckenham.

Local people were invited to vote in stores or online, with businesses competing to create the most eye-catching shop front.

This year’s theme was West End Musicals.

10 businesses took part, and a combined 3,650 votes were cast in store and online.

The winner was Beckenham Bookshop on the High Street, whose theme was an imaginary film, called ‘Musical of Dad’. In second place was Steven Harris Opticians on Village Way with a Mary Poppins theme, and in third was Manor House Estates on the High Street, with the Wizard of Oz.

Chloe Ross, Chair of Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association presented Kimberley Humberstone, an assistant at Beckenham Bookshop who came up with the ‘Musical of Dad’ idea, with the winner’s trophy. The runners up received beautiful Beckenham Town crested certificates.

Jackie Groundsell, Chair of Beckenham Business Association, said: “We’d just like to thank all the shops and businesses that took part, we loved your shop window displays!”

The annual ‘Best Dressed Window Competition’ is run by the Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association in conjunction with Beckenham Business Association. The two organisations work closely together, supporting each other for the benefit of Beckenham.

Further details can be found on

BBA Event – 3 September 2013

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An exciting evening was held at The Club, Beckenham – many thanks to our sponsoring hosts, Kim and Emma, and Emm at Raggio’s for the delicious buffet.

Our thanks to our amazing guest speaker Tamsin Fox-Davies who answered so many helpful questions following her talk.  Goodness knows what time Tamsin arrived home in Rochester!

Our thanks also to supporting businesses Beckenham Flower Studio, for the beautiful flower arrangement – winner Anita Burke was delighted with her prize, as was Anne Duneclift for her dinner for 2 at Friends of Mine – sure to be a delicious occasion.

The speednetworking went down a treat, with lots of contacts to be made, and then time for open networking.  On the warm evening The Club Patio made a great setting.

All Beckenham Businesses are very welcome to meetings – next is early December, so watch the web site for news update.

New Town Centre Manager

In April Beckenham got a new Town Centre Manager (TCM), well an old-new TCM. Cheryl Curr worked as Beckenham’s TCM back in 2002 before moving to Orpington. During her time there Cheryl worked with the businesses in Orpington to achieve a positive ballot so they could become a Business Improvement District. On this achievement Cheryl said, “I was pleased that during my time in Orpington we developed a real feeling of community, no one can achieve much on their own, I like working as part of a team.” We welcome Cheryl and very much look forward to working collaboratively.

Cheryl went to school at Cator Park Girls, she was married in Beckenham Methodist church in 1979 and has four children. Before Bromley Council, Cheryl had worked for Marks and Spencer for 25 years in a variety of management positions at head office and stores across the South East of England.

Currently Cheryl is Chairman of the Bromley Business Education Partnership steering group. She has been on the NSPCC committee for Beckenham for several years and has been a school governor at Highfield infants and Leesons primary.

We bid farewell to Tina Slater who Cheryl replaces. Our Association would like to thank Tina for all her support, especially in helping us get the Olympic Torch Run, George to George Candlelit Procession and Christmas events off the ground last year.
Thanks to Copers Cope Road Area Residents’ Association for details.

Remembrance Poppies

Remembrance Poppies, Beckenham, Kelsey ParkHow glorious this tribute to our fallen servicemen and women looks on the corner of Kelsey Park Road, Thornton’s Corner. 

Our thanks to Town Centre Manager Tina Slater

They serve as a reminder of this year’s Remembrance Day parade and wreath laying ceremony, at the Beckenham War Memorial on Sunday 11 November. The parade begins at 10.15 am in St. Georges Road and proceeds to the War Memorial to observe the two minutes silence at 11.00 am.

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Tuesday 4 September 6.00 pm

Tuesday 4 September 2012
6.00 pm to 8.00 pm
Kent County Cricket Club, Worsley Bridge Road, Beckenham,  BR3 1RL

This event is  generously hosted by Kent County Cricket Club with complimentary buffet

We’re delighted and honoured to confirm the following speakers:-

John Woods, Manager Sainsbury’s, BeckenhamMaking a positive difference to our community
“For us, retailing is about more than quality products and great service. It’s also about supporting and helping the communities where we work, and being a good neighbour. We aim for our stores to be at the heart of the communities they serve.”

–  Janet Bradford, Executive Director, BMI The Sloane Hospital
The Sloane Hospital – offering services to the local community and Businesses

Janet Bradford started working at the Sloane Hospital in 1983 as a Registered Nurse and ITU Sister. In the 1990’s she retrained and was appointed Training and Quality Manager. Janet subsequently transferred to BMI Healthcare Head Office in 1997 and worked in Human Resources. She returned to the Sloane in 2007 as an Operations Manager during which time she project managed the new Outpatient development circa £1M.  Janet was appointed Executive Director in August 2008.  Her long-standing relationship with the Sloane has inspired her to be passionate about the culture and profile of the hospital which aims to be part of and to serve the local community

Tina Slater, Beckenham Town Centre Manager
A great opportunity to meet the new TCM and find out her remit to help your business

Plus lots of networking!

Booking is essential please to

Should you find you are unable to attend, please let us know as we always have a waiting list for such meetings and we may need to charge.

We look forward to meeting you there!  

Our generous sponsors for the evening are – Kent County Cricket Club and BMI Sloane Hospital

Did you know?

Did you know that the David Bowie plaque on the Zizzi’s building was commissioned and half paid for by the Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association (CCARA). On behalf of CCARA, Cliff Watkins designed and arranged for the casting of the Bowie plaque back in 2001. More recently, the CCARA were very supportive of a ‘Fanfare for Beckenham’ concert in St George’s Church in March last year when Cliff commissioned local composer, Gordon Carr (born in The Drive), to write the opening music.

The 80th anniversary of a more widely known composer, Carey Blyton, was celebrated this year in several concerts. When the Beckenham Junior Choir sang on the roundabout to entertain the crowds awaiting the arrival of the Olympic Flame they including three of Carey’s tunes including his international hit Bananas in Pyjamas. That very successful day is recalled here

Next year the Lewisham Concert Band (featuring several Beckenham musicians) and the Beckenham Ladies Choir will be taking part in a concert themed around some of Beckenham’s many famous women.

Thanks to Cliff Watkins for the above details. If anyone would like to be associated with the concert, please let Cliff know.

Torch Relay – Beckenham – 23 July

A great party atmosphere fell over Beckenham High Street this morning with anticipation of the Relay runner and accompanying parade vehicles – flags a-waving, whistles and cheering..

The waiting crowds were entertained by Beckenham Junior Choir” and “Beckenham Youth Voices” conducted by Director John Webber stationed on the War Memorial opposite the Odeon Cinema, outside Sainsbury’s was Dan Darling’s Jazz Band with plenty of strawberries from Sainsburys, further along the High Street  outside Chessington’s were the Kentones Barbershop singers. Local Composer

From one end of the High Street to the other was a lively, bubbly crowd being fed and watered with delicious refreshments from the generous cafes and shops along the way.

This tremendous community spirit is all thanks to the team consisting of BBA (predominantly Marsha Berg), Leslie Appaduray and Jackie Groundsell, Chair and Secretary of BBA respectively, Chloe-Jane Ross of Copers Cope Residents’ Association and Tina Slater Events Manager of LBB.

What a fabulous occasion – huge thanks to all who came and supported the event.

Torchbearer Arran Khannan

Beckenham Children’s Choir

Parade preamble

Diamond Jubilee Window Display Awards 2012

The sun shone brightly as Bromley Deputy Mayor and Mayoress, Cllr Ian Payne and Mrs Payne presented the winners with their Awards on Saturday for the best Diamond Jubilee Window Displays.

Accompanied by representatives from the Beckenham Business Association and Copers Cope Residents’ Association who had organised the event, the morning started off with a meeting at Zizzi’s Restaurant which had kindly opened early to accommodate everyone with refreshments. Deputy Mayor presented the Beckenham Flower Studio with their winning cup and certificate, 2nd prize was awarded to Red Boutique and 3rd prize to Beckenham Toy Shop. Many other shop-owners were delighted as he popped into the shops for a chat.

Diamond Jubilee Window Display Awards – Saturday 23 June 2012

We are delighted to announce the winners of the Diamond Jubilee Window Display Awards:

1st – Beckenham Flower Studio
2nd –  Red Boutique
3rd – Beckenham Toys
Joint 4th  Chas Norman cameras
Julienne Dancewear
The Kitchen Range
5th –  Thackray Williams

Deputy Mayor 2012-13, Cllr Ian PayneDeputy Mayor of the London Borough of Bromley,  Councillor Ian Payne will be honouring the occasion by presenting the certificates and Award to the winners.

The Awards Ceremony is generously hosted by Zizzi’s High Street, Beckenham, commencing 11.00 am.  Cllr Payne will be accompanied by representatives of Beckenham Business Association and the Copers Cope Residents’ Association which jointly organised the event, who will then visit the winning businesses.

Please join us for this very special occasion.




Torch Run – Route Map & Timings – Beckenham – Monday 23 July 2012

On Monday 23 July the Olympic Torch Relay will pass through the LBB.  It will set off from Lewisham and run through Bromley to Crystal Palace Park.

The Relay is expected to reach the Manor Road, Kelsey Park Road, High Street junction, Beckenham at 9.57 am.

The Torch Convoy itself is anticipated to take around 15 – 20 minutes to pass a particular point although additionally there will be advance vehicles and partner activation vehicles ahead of the convoy.

This is a fabulous once in a lifetime happening right here in our town.

The Torch will be carried from Lewisham to Wandsworth..   After coming up Bromley Road from Lewisham, the torch will go through Bromley High Street and then using back streets arrive at Beckenham via Wickham Road.   The procession then joins Beckenham High Street and follows on its way through Beckenham Road to Penge High Street.   It will then parade through Crystal Palace Park and round the stadium, before heading out at the top of the hill and along Church Road into Croydon.

It will be carried by 29 runners, click the link to find out their stories and why they were chosen   – TORCHBEARERS

Check out the map to find your vantage point  TORCH RELAY ROUTE  and display this poster in your window if you can


Beckenham Toys – Face painting, cupcakes and giant bubble toy.

Caffe Nero – free coffee and cake samples

Love A Slice –  cakes, free samples cakes

Zizzi’s – Tasty food buffet

Odeon cinema and Bricklayers Arms special early opening

Wimpy – Mister Wimpy (man in costume) outside premises

Villager sausages – free samples of cooked sausages

Blockbusters video – free samples popcorn and fizzy drinks

Mr Simms sweetshop – free sweet samples

With lots of music and fun bands to speed them on their way!