Interview with the Mayor of Bromley and her Deputy
Councillor Kathy Bance, MBE, of Penge and Cator Ward (Mayor of Bromley) and Councillor Kevin Brooks, also of Penge and Cator Ward, (Deputy Mayor)
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Interview with Colonel Bob Stewart DSO MP (Beckenham)
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2017: Beckenham Fireworks is bigger and better for 2017
Beckenham Fireworks is back for 2017 on Saturday the 4th November and will be better than ever with more stalls, a bigger funfair and even more fireworks blasting into the sky. Gates open at 5pm for a quieter autism-friendly display at 6pm that is also perfect for younger children. The bigger display with all the bangs is at 7.45pm.
Primary school kids get in for free (must be accompanied) and under 18s are only a fiver. Adults cost a tenner, a family of two adults and two teenagers or one adult and three teenagers is only £20.
Food stalls this year include burgers, jerk chicken, pulled pork as well as warming drinks –baileys hot chocolate anyone? They’ll be serving from 5pm and the rides and stalls will be running all evening until the end of the fireworks.
Most of Beckenham seems to turn out for the display that has been running for more than 70 years. Last year the 5th Beckenham South Scout Group took over the organisation from the local Round Table and they have continued the tradition of using the profits to support local charities.
Get there early to pick your spot, grab a bite to eat, find a flashing toy for your kids and have a go at the funfair; entrances are in Village Way (BR3 3NJ) and Croydon Road (BR3 3PR).
More information can be found at http://www.beckenhamfireworks.com
Photo credit: Roger Bahari
2016: 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 ( [email protected]).