Croydon Road ball park gets repaint from local business volunteers

The team from Bailey Ahmad

The Bailey Ahmad team, from left to right, David Perkins, Tony Connor, Paul Bailey, Chloe Fortucci & Kimberley Bates

Croydon Road Recreation Ground’s ball park got an overhaul last week when staff from local Beckenham business Bailey Ahmad Business Recovery decided to get their hands dirty and volunteer to repaint it for the benefit of the community.

Bailey Ahmad, who are members of Beckenham Business Association (BBA) decided to help The Friends of Croydon Park Recreation Ground with the repainting following Bromley’s inaugural Corporate Social Responsibility Expo in March this year.

Bailey Ahmad director Paul Bailey, who is also BBA Treasurer, said: “Our staff regularly use the park at lunchtime, so we were delighted to become involved with The Friends of Croydon Park Recreation Ground for the day.

“The day was both a team building exercise for us and, more importantly, a way for us to improve the environment of the local community in which we work.”

The CSR expo, which was organised by Community Links Bromley in partnership with Bromley Community Fund and Bromley Council, gave local businesses and voluntary groups the opportunity to network and find ways they could work together for their mutual benefit. It was hosted by the Mayor of Bromley at Council offices.

Beckenham in the running for High Street of the Year Award

Thornton's Corner, Beckenham

Thornton’s Corner, Beckenham

Beckenham is set to go up against the country’s best in the Great British High Street Awards after it was nominated for the national award by Beckenham Business Association (BBA).

The Government-backed competition to find and celebrate the nation’s best high streets is run by the Future High Street Forum and the Association of Town and City Management.

Jackie Groundsell, Chair of Beckenham Business Association said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be in the running for the Great British High Street of the Year Awards.

“Our application focuses on how we’ve been collaborating with other local groups to improve life and business in Beckenham through better community cohesion.”

The news was welcomed by local businesses, residents and other town centres on Twitter this week, including Chislehurst, who wished Beckenham well.

The winners of the awards, who will be announced in the autumn, will receive a share of £50,000 of prize money and dedicated support and mentoring from industry experts.

People can show their support for Beckenham online by tweeting their photos and endorsements to @TheGBHighSt, using the hashtag #gbhighst.