We were thrilled to be at the inaugural Clock House Celebrates event last Friday, 5 October.
A collaboration between a number of local businesses and organisations, including Three Hounds Beer, Beckenham Together BID, the Purple Flag and Link Asset Services, the event was organised to celebrate Beckenham’s prestigious Purple Flag award for its night time economy.
A number of local traders were located between the Library, the Spa and Venue 28, along with live music and a children’s book reading session. There were lots of food and drink stalls, plus several local traders selling great gifts and items and the atmosphere was buzzing!
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Beckenham will once 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, visitwww.coperscope.org.uk. Any local businesses wishing to offer samples or special discounts for the festivities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org Tuesday 1 December 2015.
Small Business Saturday
This 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.
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.
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..
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 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.