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December 2011


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St. George’s Players present Sleeping Beauty

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Seasons Greetings from The Mayor of Bromley

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Don’t be stuck this month, we’ve plenty of ideas... Meeting Lydia - treat a loved one to a cracking read this Christmas (p.4). Turn to p.5 for an editorial on Eden Park Garden Centre; don’t get your Christmas tree from anywhere else! The Rising Sun has mouth-watering menus on pages 6, 24 and 25. Homeworks undertakes all aspects of interior and exterior work on p.7 - so don’t put off those planned refurbishments. Dan Lucas Dining (p.7) will take the stress away from catering at festive events; they also offer private cookery lessons - an original gift idea. New Year, new home - see how Charles Eden can help on p.10. Beckenham Building Supplies is your local builders yard for both trades and general public (p.11). Vic at plumplanet delivers first-class pc support and training - just what you need after receiving all that high tech equipment (p.11). Also on p.11 Chicane school of motoring offer gift vouchers, give someone the perfect present - independence. The Barbers Shop is under new management, with lovely Rachel at the helm, don’t delay, book today (p.11). Brow Beautiful on p.12 specialises in threading and brow parties, why not organise an eyelash extensions party before a festive night out! It’s a busy time of year, so relax and let The Amber Fort eliminate the stress of cooking. Lots of offers available on fine Indian dining, so one to consider for the office party (p.12). International Rug Gallery on p.12 has a beautiful selection of rugs, so treat your home this Christmas. Amazing Spaces - need we say more - check out the centre pages for inspirational ideas. 15% discount off tiles at Shirley Tile Centre on p.18 - time for a change? A dog isn’t just for Christmas so get your pooch booked in on a K9 Course (p.19). Calling all Sugar Plum Fairies - Tindles Dance and Drama Studios are waiting (p19) Pariss Hair & Beauty Salon are offering teeth whitening from just £99 - we all want a white Christmas! (p.19) Karma Studios - shape up for Christmas and then get into shape after - p19. Ben’s Dry Cleaners on p23 are ready for your party gear, excellent value from your local eco-friendly cleaners. On p.23 Plews Garden Design offers ‘The Christmas Gift of Learning’ for greenfingered enthusiasts or wannabies. JNB Interiors on p.26 will transform your bathroom so grab that discount from Shirley Tiles and take the plunge. On p.27 take your pick of top of the range sports equipment and clothing at Beckenham Cricket Specialists, an ideal gift with longevity. 2

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O Littl_ Town of B_]k_nh[m ‘Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat’ - well, that’s definitely true of our Kelsey Park residents! Please remember the wildlife this winter and help where you can. So many great local businesses advertising this month so take a look and let’s support our community. It’s panto season and in addition to the performance put on by the charismatic Players (p.8) Beckenham Theatre Centre is presenting Jack and the Beanstalk on Sat 17th - Thurs 22nd December and also on 27th -1st January. Plus, Citygate Church presents Cinderella on Saturday 17th December. There will be Christmas markets and school fairs galore in December, including Balgowan’s Christmas Fair on 3rd December, Marian Vian Christmas Fair on 10th December and Clare House Christmas Market on 10th December. Christmas carol services are a must; look out for flyers from your local church. St. George’s Chamber Orchestra is performing on 10th December at St. George’s Church at 7.30pm and St John’s Eden Park is holding a Messy Crib on Christmas Eve at 4pm, which provides fun and food for all the family. A special mention goes out to local residents Frank Anderson and Eve Wise who were very complimentary as to our ‘respectful contribution to the fallen’ in November’s edition and shared their wartime recollections. It is great to have your thoughts as readers, so please keep them coming in. Immense thanks to Tim Hart for his superb photographs in the pantomime feature, Marie Shallcross for her article and organising the Players for the photoshoot and The Mayor for taking time out of his busy schedule to write for br3 magazine.

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Get your skates on! othing seems more Christmassy than wrapping up and heading for the local ice rink. The Streatham Ice Arena will be N officially closing on 18th December and they are holding a celebratory Gala to mark the end of this chapter in the history of this iconic South London landmark. Don’t let that stop you going before this date, because it’s fabulous fun for both adults and children alike. It’s also a jolly good work out and we need to make room for copious amounts of mince pies (see recipe on p.20) and other festive foods. If you’d like to learn more about the Streatham Ice Arena and the new development planned to open in November 2013 look online at

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Ladies and Gentlemen please take your seats... br3 magazine met St George’s Players for their Wednesday rehearsal on a chilly November evening. It was, however, a joyous experience, which not only involved finding out about the company but also allowed us to undertake an extremely enjoyable photoshoot – the results of which have been included.

Photo courtesy of Tim Hart

St. George’s Players were established in its current form in 1992, although a drama group had existed in the parish before that during the 1960’s. Membership is mostly church-based but open to everyone with an encouragement for members to join as actors and stage crew and welcome all ages. In fact, the cast of younger players is continually changing as they progress to bigger roles before rushing off to university or a working life elsewhere. The Players have now established a link with the Beckenham Amateur Dramatic Society (BADS), who are also involved in staging dramatic productions in St George's Hall with future joint productions featuring members of both groups. Christmas is synonymous with pantomime and this year the St George’s Players are putting on a real family favourite - Sleeping Beauty; with the cast list as follows: Director & Author: Bill Butler

Prince: Jasmine Penaydo

Stage Manager: Simon Waterfield

Wicked Witch: Alison Colegate

Musical Director/Set: Christian Strover

Fairies: St George’s Church Brownies: 15th Beckenham Brownies (one of the oldest/longest established packs in the area.)

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Playing Dame is difficult since such a central character is integral to the balance and success of the production. Many comics over the years have `put on the skirts’ at Christmas time with the legendary Edwardian comic Dan Leno considered by Clarkson Rose in his book “Red Plush and Greasepaint” to be Drury Lane’s most famous pantomime dame. There are now so many post war and contemporary Widow Twankies, Sarah the Cook or Mrs Crusoe’s for us to recall and if we miss your special favourite please let us know at br3 magazine. Our list attempts to recall and admire their gifts in reaching an audience through finely tuned comedy skills and the all important timing, starting with Clarkson Rose or Clarkie to his fellow Water Rats, Arthur Askey with a small part for daughter Anthea, the musically out of tune and rubber faced Les Dawson, `Oh you are awful – but I like you’ Dick Emery, Terry Scott with the latest about “my brother” the lesser known but fondly remembered for their dancing skills, Billy Dainty and Jack Tripp and perhaps another Dan but this time the elegant sophistication of Danny La Rue, who back in the early 1960’s was fortunate enough to find, foster and then give a West End theatrical start to our own pantomime poppet Ronnie Corbett who played Dame locally at The Churchill Theatre, Bromley. St. George’s Players will be performing Sleeping Beauty at St. George’s Hall, Albemarle Road, Beckenham. On Friday 9th December at 8pm and two shows on Saturday 10th December (4.30pm and 8pm). Tickets cost £6 for adults and £4 for children. For Box Office: please email

Photo courtesy of Tim Hart

The guest choirs performing in the panto again this year are: St George’s Junior Choir, Christ Church Choristers and Bromley Boy Singers. Many thanks to all the St George’s Players involved in the photoshoot.

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Simply the best On Sunday 6th November br3 magazine were delighted to attend Beckenham’s Night of Honour sponsored by It was an occasion in celebration of Beckenham’s best where those extraordinary people that we have within our community receive recognition and are honoured with an award in the presence of The Mayor of Bromley. Citygate Church looked amazing with brightly coloured lights projected onto the walls. As they arrived the guests were given the red carpet treatment and greeted by a performance from the Bromley Youth Music Trust. This uplifting experience set the scene for a most memorable evening. So many worthy folk were nominated in recognition of the part that they play in making Beckenham `simply the best’. It was a time to be generous with praise and where the achievements of those who are sometimes overlooked were definitely not allowed to go unnoticed by work colleagues, family, friends and honoured guests. The welcomed sponsorship allowed us an evening of non-stop entertainment. Band Avenue South were exceptional and had everyone up on their feet. Radiate dance troupe provided slick routines and Five Voices sung Il Divo’s ‘I Believe’. The hosts Julian Melfi and Becky Lewis presented with a smooth narrative and Andy Elmes delivered a captivating closing speech. Sainsbury’s of Beckenham received the award for Beckenham’s Best Customer Service with some very familiar faces, recognised from the store. The Branch Manager spoke on behalf of all 120 staff unable to attend and said he is “very proud and this (award) is for the staff on the shop floor who deal with the community everyday”.


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Jon Clarke, creator of was awarded Beckenham’s Best Community Project. He seemed surprised to have won and said it’s not often people get to see “the face behind the avatar”. He went on to say “he wants people to get to know their neighbours again” and thanked all who nominated him. Manuel Chowdhury, his wife Samantha and daughter Alissa-Taylor were given Beckenham’s Family of the Year 2011. Last April aged just one year, Alissa-Taylor contracted meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia and during her battle lost both her legs and right hand. She is an incredibly brave and beautiful little girl who is coping remarkably well with the aftermath of her illness but she has been able to adapt so quickly given the unfaltering support of her devoted parents. Archie Palmer won Beckenham’s Best Rising Star, Steve and Katherine Thring were awarded Beckenham’s Best Carer. Beckenham’s Best Investor In Children went to John Webber, whilst Clare Mangan took the prize for Beckenham’s Best Schools Worker. Thomas Wright is Beckenham’s Best Sport’s Star and the Lifetime Achievement Award 2011 was presented to Lloyd Williams. Many local businesses donated prizes including Friends of Mine, Beckenham Toys, Connexions Cuisine, La Rascasse and Ascott Beauty. To nominate for Beckenham’s Night of Honour 2012 apply online at

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“O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, how lovely are your branches...” Or are they? Whether it’s real or artificial, how do you know the tree you buy is of good quality and won’t harm the environment? The argument would seem to be that live, cut Christmas trees are the ‘greenest’ option, taking in to consideration the amount of carbon dioxide they absorb whilst growing. As ever there are pros and cons, one could say that the land used for farming Christmas trees (cut & live) should be used for edible crops; to me that would be a stronger argument for having artificial trees than the bandying of statistics. But is the land suitable for edible crops? Has the artificial tree racked up many travel miles? The tree is supposed to be representative of life in the midst of winter, so it should by that argument be a proper living tree. Hmm. It’s not always easy to balance being green with the demands of the modern world; we can all only do our best. Here are a few pointers to help:‘Cut’ Christmas trees are a farmed product, ie they are cultivated in order to be cut and sold; they are generally recycled by shredding them into mulch, which is then used as part of a green waste compost or directly onto the soil. This means that the carbon & nitrogen is put back into the soil and the tree forms part of the natural cycle. Living trees in pots usually languish at the bottom of their owners’ garden, dying a slow, un-watered death because the majority of gardens are too small for them to be planted. However, if your garden is big enough and you’re prepared to dig it up every year then this can be a special family tree. There are plenty of trees grown in the UK, so check out the Forestry Commission’s and the British Christmas Tree Growers’ websites for a sustainably grown local tree near you. What are we having? A mix; a small wire tree I made years ago; and a real tree as I love the scent. For our family the Christmas tree is important: we don’t go overboard with presents but we do love to deck the house in greenery and shimmering decorations. Marie Shallcross

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Christmas greetings from The Mayor of Bromley Well, November has almost gone! I just want to pay tribute to the volunteers of the Poppy Appeal who gave up their me leading up to Remembrance Day to raise money for the Brish Legion – a fantasc and very worthwhile charity. I managed to do events with the Brish Legion in Orpington, Beckenham and Bromley over the course of the weekend and was honoured to have met so many veterans at these. I was also delighted by the huge turnout from members of the public. So December sees the Christmas season approaching. I will have been at light ‘turning on’ ceremonies in Orpington, St Mary Cray, Hayes, Bromley and Farnborough by the me December comes. I am also aending Christmas fairs in schools and those supporng local charies. Inevitably there are also Carol Concerts to aend. I am really looking forward to these and have been invited to those supporng various local charies, the Bromley Philharmonic Choir and also local primary and secondary schools. The staff in the Civic Centre also has a Carol Concert which is usually very well aended. As I write this arcle in mid-November I have had about 230 events and meengs in the first 6 months of my mayoral year. I have hugely enjoyed meeng so many people and seeing the tremendous work done by so many volunteers and charies as well as vising many local schools. I am looking forward to more of the same in the next 6 months!

I wish everyone a very merry Christmas and give you my best wishes for 2012.


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Alternative, Blues, Classical, Country, Dance, Easy Listening, Electronic, HipHop, Gospel, Jazz, Latino, New Age, Opera, Pop, R&B, Reggae, Rock and World. If you have an event you’d like listing in January’s issue  Email Me! 9th Dec Purple Zepplin - Railway Hotel, Bromley 10th Dec Beckenham Concert Band - Hayes Free Church 10th Dec Christmas Concert with St Georges Chamber Orchestra St George’s Church 7:30pm 12th Dec Bromley Youth Concert Band - St George’s Church 16th Dec Cold Steel - Railway Hotel, Bromley 23rd Dec Juicy Lucy - Railway Hotel, Bromley

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