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Local Scouts Save Beckenham Charity Fireworks Display

A local Scout Group, the 5th Beckenham South Scouts (www.thefifth.org.uk), has stepped in to take over the organising of the annual Guy Fawkes charity fireworks display at the Croydon Road Recreation Ground in Beckenham. The display, which was established by the Beckenham Round Table club, was set to be cancelled this year as the Round Table lacks sufficient numbers to run it. The cancellation of the display would have been a great loss to the local community as the display has been going for 70 years this year.  Beckenham Round Table started the display in 1946, just after the Second World War. Ironically, the 5th Beckenham South Scout Group was also founded in 1946.

 

Beckenham Round Table, which is a club for men aged 18 to 45, has struggled to attract new members in recent years, but its members are delighted that the Scout Group has taken over the Fireworks Display and has promised that its members will continue to support the event under its new ownership. Anyone interested in finding out more about joining Beckenham Round Table should contact Steve McLoughlin via their website at https://beckenham.roundtable.co.uk/ (Steve confirms that Beckenham Round Table will still be organising the 2016 Easter Egg Hunt.)
Chris Elmer, the Group Scout Leader, said:-
“The community of Beckenham owes a debt of gratitude to the hard work of the Beckenham Round Table and its members for all the hard work they have done over the years, and we hope that the Scouts can keep this going on the same charitable basis for a similar period of time at least!”

 

“This year’s display is appropriately enough on Saturday 5th November; gates open at 6pm in Croydon Road and Village Way. There will be a small, autism friendly, “Quiet Display” for younger children at 7pm, and the main display will be at 8:15pm.”

 

For further information on the display please visit: www.beckenhamfireworks.org.uk
or contact Chris Elmer ( thefifth@thefifth.org).
Date: 30/09/2016