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September 2012


Beckenham Ladies Choir Autumn Concert

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Turn Da n’s drea m into a reality!

Discover the Foxgrove Social Club Beckenham’s Hidden Treasure

The Orange Appeal 10k run! Great local companies listed throughout the magazine

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September 2012 Sadly summer is now behind us but we welcome autumn and all its glorious colours. If you’re feeling the post-holiday blues don’t despair as the Seahorse Guest House in Great Yarmouth (pages 12 and 24) offer wonderful short breaks and cater for children of all ages, so book now for the October half-term and banish all feelings of melancholy. On Saturday 18th August, I was honoured to be asked to judge The Hidden Teapot’s Beckenham Bake-Off. The entries were all of a very high standard and it made choosing very hard (although the eating part was easy)! Saundra and her colleagues put on a marvellous event and I was thrilled to be a part of such. To read more about this and future fairs visit: The Foxgrove Social Club on Westgate Road is a hidden gem located within Beckenham Place Park. In such a beautiful location this club has a rich history and wants more people to discover it’s charms. It is a place to relax and have fun, somewhere for children to play and ideal for all types of gatherings, simply turn over to read more. Alexandra Nurseries in Penge is a haven of tranquility and ideal for a coffee with friends. Paul Sharville took a trip down the road to visit this quaint garden centre and vintage home shop and you can read his review on p.10. On the cover this month is Dan Parker, an extremely committed racing driver who is determined to progress in this sport and is hoping local businesses will be able to assist him to further his career by becoming a sponsor. Turn to p.16 to read more. GetThrifty’s has an exciting new event coming up on Saturday 15th September. As well as handmade crafts from buntings and furniture to customised shoes and jewellery they will have lots in store to entertain the children with activities such as sand art, facepainting, balloon modeling and most importantly a special guest visit from Mickey Mouse. It will be held at Freemantle Hall, Bexley Village, DA5 1AA 10am-2pm. *Free Admission* The Orange Appeal 10k run taking place in Hyde Park on 29th September is open to runners of all levels in aid of The National Osteoporosis Society, see p.26 for more information. Beckenham Ladies Choir will be giving their Autumn Charity Concert on Saturday 6th October 2012 7.30pm, at the Penge Congregational Church High Street Penge. The concert is being given to help raise money for Woodlarks Campsite Trust who provide camping holidays for disabled children and adults. Woodlarks has been operating fro 80 years and has launched a campaign to raise £350,000 to build new changing facilities. The programme for the concert has been specially chosen with Woodlarks in mind and includes music by Bach, Rutter and Rogers and Hammerstein. The concert will also feature guest sololist Charlotte Barbour-Condini, finalist of the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2012. Tickets cost £6.00 and are available on the door. Next month br3 magazine will be celebrating it’s first birthday and for everyone involved it has been a busy but brilliant year. Thank you to all our advertisers, contributors, distributors and printers for making br3 magazine such a great little, local read. DISCLAIMER “No part of br3 magazine may be reproduced, stored in retrieval system, or transmitted in any form by means electronic, mechanical, including recording, facsimile or photocopying without the prior permission from the editor in writing”.

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FOXGROVE SOCI@L CLUB – @ HIDDEN TRE@SURE Did you know about a fantastic social club called the Foxgrove? Some of you may have but I would imagine most of you haven’t. This hidden treasure in Beckenham is close to the first green of Beckenham Place Park Golf Course. If any of you play the great but sometimes frustrating game of golf you may have seen the Foxgrove club as you’re walking up the first fairway. The Foxgrove was originally the clubhouse for Beckenham Place Park Golf Course until the Mansion house became the 19th hole in 1934. The setting of this club is stunning and is there to be enjoyed by all. The Foxgrove offer a wide range of events and activities. We have our own snooker, pool and table tennis tables. There is a calendar with events such as quiz nights, live entertainment, celebrations of patriotic days like Burns day, St Patricks day and St Georges day. We have a golf society which takes place at Beckenham Place Park Golf Course with food and refreshments afterwards. The race night is also a popular evening as long you win!! There are charity evenings, summer bbq’s, fireworks night and Children’s Christmas party complete with Santa!! Recently the Foxgrove held a Help for Heroes fund raising day which was a great success. Live music, bbq, bouncy castle, great atmosphere and most importantly, money raised in support of a very worthy cause. To join this club you can come in and sample the Foxgrove on 6 occasions before deciding if you would like to become a member. If you enjoy your time, membership for this hidden treasure is just £15 a year which is exceptional value. The club is run by the committee who give their own time to keep this fantastic social club running. Volunteers are very much welcome to come along and lend a hand and be part of the Foxgrove experience. If you haven’t been to the Foxgrove please come along and see for yourself. Bring your family and friends and relax in the fantastic settings of Beckenham Place Park. Upcoming events at the Foxgrove are: September Saturday 8th Quiz. All Welcome. Starts 9 p.m. Friday 14th Foxgrove Open Golf - Morning competition followed by lunch. £10 per head covers entry fee and lunch. Open to allcomers. Contact Club to register and for full details. Saturday 29th Race Night. Filmed racing with betting. Starts at 8 p.m. October Saturday 6th Quiz November Saturday 3rd Live Music with Malcolm Mills and band. Charity Night £10 per ticket. All welcome.

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New ethical garden centre and vintage home shop puts down roots in Penge Paul Sharville heads down the hill to potter among plants, domestic miscellany and sustainable gardening in SE20. A former caretaker’s house and workshop in Penge, empty since 1970, has been sympathetically restored and transformed into an offbeat garden centre and vintage homeware shop by landscape gardeners (and new residents) Sarah Garcia and John Parker. Alexandra Nurseries in Parish Lane SE20 opened for business on 28 April 2012. “In terms of style, it sort of defies classification, and that’s really the point of it,” says John. “Ethically, we’ve focused on sustainable, lowimpact gardening, covering everything from guerrilla gardening seedboms and peat free compost to fairtrade gloves and planters made from recycled tyres. In terms of what we sell, almost anything goes. You can get your summer geraniums and runner bean and cabbage plants for the allotment, but you can also pick up a vintage gardening book full of beautiful illustrations, then have coffee and cake and sit in the yard next to the Victorian watering trolley. It’s a bit Hampton Court Flower Show meets Steptoe’s Yard! ” In addition to the outdoor garden area, Sarah and John have converted the two-storey former workshop into a shop and café. Tea, coffee and cake reside with Art Angels and handmade greetings cards and various tools, utensils and curiosities. There’s a library of gardening books covering half a dozen decades: yours to browse while you’re having a drink and a snack. Both qualified horticulturalists, the couple are on hand for a wealth of free advice, and they plan to run gardening and craft courses from the shop in the near future. Amongst the quirky paraphernalia in the shop you will find such delights as heritage seeds and eco-friendly, paper lanterns from Holland. Outside in the yard, a thick canopy of fruit-bearing grapevine has grown patiently and companionless while the house remained empty; one suspects it might have known that its day would come. It is now part of the garden ‘centre’, forming a natural roof over reclaimed church pews. Here you’ll find a wellstocked plant shop, along with more characteristically ‘different’ products, like seaweed fertiliser from the Shetland Islands and pea and bean sticks and wigwams made from hazel grown in Sussex. The shop comes with some unique local history. The Alexandra Cottages were built between 1866 and 1868 by the Metropolitan Association for Improving the Dwellings of the Industrious Classes. The house and yard were the caretaker’s home and maintenance workshop for the 181 houses on the estate. Unusually for social housing of the time, the planners provided each house with a generous garden, with tree varieties that included pear and almond: a visionary and philanthropic attempt to nurture a love of gardening and emotional well-being among its ‘industrious’ residents. “It feels absolutely in tune with the history of the area to be building this kind of business here”, says Sarah, “because the estate was born out of a close association with gardens and how important they are within urban communities. We’ve been so encouraged by the neighbours’ enthusiasm, some of whom have walked past this empty site for forty years. They have said how pleased they are that the shop and café will once again become focal points for the community. That’s good for us too, as we’re also going to be living here.” Alexandra Nurseries is at Estate House, Parish Lane, SE20 7LJ (on the corner of Parish Lane and Penge Lane). Penge East station is five minutes’ walk and the 75 bus stops outside. Opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday 9.30 until 5.30; Sundays and Bank Holidays 10 until 4. Website: Phone: 020 8778 4145. Email: The website for the Alexandra Estate Residents’ Association, which includes local history and conservation information, can be found at


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House t s e u G e Seahors

At the beginning of 2012, long Ć&#x;me Croydon residents Phillip and Sandra Grey made a move that many of us dream of – they sold up, moved to the coast and opened a Guest House in Great Yarmouth. Eight months later, the SeaHorse has been awarded three stars by VisitEngland – the naĆ&#x;onal tourist board - and is thriving. It’s fully licensed and enjoys a quiet locaĆ&#x;on

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Dan Lucas Dining Childrens Birthday Parties Sit back, relax and let Dan Lucas Dining do all the work for you with our kid’s party package! Do your kids love Pizza, Cakes & Cookies - Well how about treating them to a cooking birthday party...? If so we can create the perfect bespoke party for them. We offer a fun and unique way to celebrate your little chef’s big day. We offer packages that suit anyone from the age of four and upwards, a variety of menus are available to choose from and packages are tailored to suit your individual needs. Our parties typically last for 2 hours and as long as we have access to an oven, sink and hand washing facilities we are happy to cater at any venue. To top it off, the birthday child and each guest will get to take home a copy of the recipe they prepared and a child-sized wooden spoon perfect for future culinary adventures. If you would like to book a birthday party with us, please contact us for pricing information and additional details. Testimonial: “We booked a cooking party for our 10 year old, they all loved making homemade pizza’s and had lots of fun playing the food recognition game. We were delighted our kitchen was handed back clean and tidy!” Helen, West Wickham Contact Dan Lucas on 07921 313325 Email:

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Dedicated Dan! 32 year old Daniel Parker knows Beckenham well, he used to work here. In fact working is something Dan does all the time, he never stops, because Dan is on a mission and this is why... Dan Parker has been racing cars for as long as he can remember, his father raced stock cars in the 1970/80's and took him to his first Grand Prix aged just one. As his father worked in the business they got lots of tickets to all kinds of motorsports. Needless to say, motor racing is in Dan's blood. When Dan turned 18 his father told him to fund his hobby himself but things didn't go quite according to plan. In 1999 Dan enrolled in the Army and during his three years service he was posted to Bosnia, an experience that will stay with him forever. Dan never lost sight of his one true passion and on returning from the army he threw himself back into racing, namely the Formula Four series, which is the way all racing car drivers start out i.e. Jensen Button, coming 3rd in his first race and got his licence in 2004. The first Formula Four car to compete in Canada was a Walker imported from England, fitted with a Suzuki 250 cc. engine. The car was first driven by Jim Johnston (now a respected writer with PRN magazine) at Harewood Acres Ontario, in June 1967. The Walker had been imported by Bob Long of London Ontario from Johnny Walker Racing Ltd. Bob went to Europe in Jan 1967 in an attempt to locate an open wheel car that could be raced inexpensively, and there he discovered Formula Four. 1

With an impressive list of achievements under his belt, Dan is currently racing Pickup Trucks. First launched in 1997, the Pickup series is for purpose built 230bhp racing specials. A tubular spaceframe chassis follows well-proven SHP Motorsport principles and the racers are pushed along by a 2 litre multi-valve twin-cam engine. Weighing in at just 900kg, these dramatic machines place the emphasis firmly on driver ability. 16

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The racing is fast and furious and the racing Pickups have won the hearts of race fans and drivers alike. Several of the leading drivers consider the Pickup to be the finest racing machine to date to be created at SHP. They are a joy to drive and simply beg the driver to give the throttle a further prod to kick the back end out of line. Progressive power over steer and beautifully balanced handling makes the Pickup a racer to be enjoyed, whether you are at the front or back of the field.2 However, realising ones dreams comes at a high price and Dan works three jobs in order to keep competing. He's a fully qualified BMF Instructor in Tunbridge Wells (British Military Fitness), he teaches others to race cars in Loughborough and also models. To join a touring car team you need £250,000 - £500,000 progressing to a £1,000,000 a year. 2

However, realising ones dreams comes at a high price and Dan works three jobs in order to keep competing. He's a fully qualified BMF Instructor in Tunbridge Wells (British Military Fitness), he teaches others to race cars in Loughborough and also models. To join a touring car team you need £250,000 - £500,000 progressing to a £1,000,000 a year. Dan is a great driver and massively committed to achieving his goals but he needs sponsorship if he's going to make into the big league. His Sponsorship Manager, Paul Clark had this to say about him: '"Dan Parker is a man who works tremendously hard. He has three jobs which some may consider a little greedy. These have, however, a purpose: to get himself on the race track. With a wealth of karting experience, Dan impressed all when he graduated to circuit racing by finishing on the podium in his very first race. Since then he has had a number of successes on track. However, these successes are not as many as they ought. Racing is an expensive place in which to plough a furrow of a career. Without either family riches or sponsor backing it is impossible to progress. And that is what we look to change. Working with local companies we are putting the talented Dan Parker on track"! If you think you can assist Dan or know someone or can, please get in touch with Paul Clark at Stopwatch Hospitality ( To see Dan in action, he will be racing at Brands Hatch Truck Super Prix on 3rd and 4th November, ticket prices start from £15, call Brands Hatch for more information. If you would like to learn more about Dan you can find him on Facebook (danieljamesparker or racedriverdan) or follow him on Twitter @racedriverdan. 1. 2.

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Charles Eden wins Guild Estate Agent Of The Year – South Region

(L–R): Anthony Carey, Gillian Stubberfield, Marcus Whewell (CEO of The Guild)

Members of The Guild of Professional Estate Agents from across the UK came together at Wokefield Park in Reading, Berkshire on Wednesday 4th July for its annual conference including celebrating the outstanding achievements of its 700 strong network. Its prestigious annual Awards were announced and presented at a sumptuous gala banquet presided over by Marcus Whewell, CEO of The Guild. Charles Eden from Beckenham was for the second year running selected as the outstanding member for the South. The judges were particularly impressed by their commitment to outstanding marketing, their dedication to regular training and high standards, and delivering a truly outstanding service to all their clients. The ceremony and dinner followed the Annual National Conference, where Guild members congregated for a day of senior presentations and seminars. These covered a wide spectrum of topics including; the economic outlook, professional brand identity, importance of good PR & media, marketing, referrals, lettings and the mortgage market. The theme of the Conference was Independence Day, or rather ‘Inter-dependence Day’, which celebrates the connectivity offered by Guild members - allowing them to offer the very best of local service supported by the latest marketing innovations and the highest standards of education and practice. Presenting the awards to the winners was Marcus Whewell, CEO of The Guild of Professional Estate Agents who says: “I am once again delighted to celebrate the outstanding achievements of our member agents who are great ambassadors for The Guild and the industry. The quality of award entries this year was exceptional, indicating how The Guild is moving forward and assisting its agents to give a truly outstanding service to the public. My hearty congratulations go to Justin Flanagan and the team at Charles Eden who should be very proud of winning this prestigious award for the second year running”. “Anthony Carey, Sales Manager comments “We are all extremely proud to have won this prestigious award for the second consecutive year in recognition of our team’s hard working approach and dedication to our clients. We are proud to be part of The Guild of Professional Estate Agents and to be their agent of choice for Beckenham and the Shortlands area. If you have a property to sell we would be happy to help so please ring us for a Free Market Appraisal on 020 8663 1964.” For more information visit:


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LAYHAMS FARMSHOP THE BARN AT LAYHAMS FARM Layhams Road, Keston BR2 6AR Tel: 01959 572777



AUTUMN PLANTS NOW IN STOCK Our farm shop in a beautiful restored barn is just a short scenic drive away from the surrounding areas, but a world away from the hustle and bustle. Established since 1920, serving residents with fresh local produce. We offer a wide selection of quality plants, a florist and a food emporium of delicious pies, traditional preserves, homemade cakes and local dairy ice-cream, to name just a few of the lines we carry. A friendly and personal shopping experience from a dedicated family run business awaits you. Once you visit The Barn at Layhams Farm, we’re sure you’ll come back again and again.


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At Solitaire Jewellers, our friendly family team will always make you feel welcome. We have an extensive knowledge of the jewellery and watch industry, and are always on hand to help and advise our customers. Darren has worked in the jewellery machine & tool trade, Tracy has worked in the luxury goods industry and I, Charlotte, have gained two prestigious jewellery qualifications (Diploma) having worked at a jewellers for over four years before joining my family business. We all have a passion for jewellery, giving excellent customer service and having a family business in the heart of Penge really allows us all to get to know our customers on a personal level. Living in Beckenham, we are grateful for the loyal customer base we have at Solitaire Jewellers from all areas, and are always welcoming new customers who have moved into the area. We stock a gorgeous range of silver jewellery, gold jewellery and an extensive giftware range. We have more recently, in stock, an amazing, quality range of cultured and freshwater pearl jewellery. Some pieces are set with diamonds and semi-precious stones, and we now can match the colour of your pearls to another piece of jewellery, for example, if you have a pearl necklace that you treasure, why not treat yourself to a pair of earrings or bracelet to match. We also handle jewellery repairs on-site, watch batteries and repairs and on-site machine engraving. We are buying gold and silver in any condition, so bring in those broken chains and unworn earrings and we will offer you a great price. Come in and say hello, and we all look forward to seeing you soon. 22

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4 Bedroom detached located within this popular road close to Beckenham High Street and Recreation Ground. Cloakroom, two receptions, study, kitchen, conservatory, bathroom and w.c. 60ft garden with pool and a tandem garage.

4 bed semi, large hall, 2 receptions, kitchen/breakfast room, cloakroom. Approx. 140ft landscaped garden, garage Close to Kent House & Clockhouse Stations.

Detached family home on a corner plot. Internally the property comprises 4 bedrooms, three receptions, kitchen, bathroom, separate w.c and a 75' mature rear garden. Garage and parking for several cars.

4 Bedroom detached comprises large kitchen/breakfast room, lounge, utility, w.c, two en-suites and bathroom, 100ft south west facing rear garden. Off street parking. Chain free.









Charles Eden are pleased to offer a three bedroom 3rd floor flat with balconies to front and rear with superb view over Kelsey Park and communal gardens. Generous proportions. Needs to be viewed.

A chain free brick fronted 3 bedroom halls adjoining Edwardian family home extended to the ground floor. Comprising through lounge, breakfast room, kitchen, conservatory, balcony and bathroom. 40ft garden.

3 Bedroom extended 1930's with open plan living. Benefits from a re fitted kitchen and bathroom, 50 ft garden. Convenient location for transport facilities of Elmers End and Birkbeck Stations,

Spacious 2 double bedroom apartment in this popular tree lined avenue, comprises a sitting room, fitted kitchen, en-suite and family bathroom. Balcony, lift and two parking spaces. Internal viewing comes highly recommended.









Extended 3 bedroom Victorian home, two receptions, kitchen, utility room. Externally there is a 50ft rear garden. 1/3 of a mile from both Clock House Station and Kent House Station.

2 Bedroom ground floor flat with balcony. Ensuite bathroom, separate shower room. 18ft reception, kitchen. 1/3 mile from Beckenham High Street and Beckenham Junction Station.

CHAIN FREE 1930s 3 bedroom end of terrace house requiring updating close to Langley Schools and Eden Park Station.

A CHAIN FREE two double bedroom ground floor garden flat, lounge/diner, fitted kitchen & bathroom. Private garden to the rear. Access of Clockhouse Station & Kent House Station.









2 Bedroom second floor purpose built with lift service. 13'11 x 13'3 lounge, re fitted kitchen and bathroom. 1/3 of a mile from Beckenham Junction Station and High Street.

A chain free 2 bedroom end of terraced property situated in a popular residential road. Internally the property comprises lounge, kitchen, conservatory, bathroom, two bedrooms and separate w.c. Benefits include double glazing, ample storage, central heating, garage and off street parking.

Well-presented 1 bedroom flat located on a popular road close to New Beckenham station and around 2/3 mile from Beckenham Junction station. No onward chain, a share of the freehold, garage en-bloc.

One bedroom warden assisted first floor retirement studio flat situated in a well maintained block. The property comprises lounge/bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. Benefits residents lounge, laundry services, lift, communal gardens and residents parking and offered chain free. Offers invited.









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Evelyn Medcalf and Andrea Magold like taking part and watching runs all over London, both their husbands are keen runners too and while watching them run last year they thought to themselves wouldn’t it be great to organise their own run and this how Ace Race Events came to be! Two friends that both live locally and are full-time working mums who really do enjoy raising money for charities through their events. Their mission at Ace Race Events is for the runners to really enjoy their race events while raising more awareness and money for charities and whatever your level of running, it’s all about the taking part that counts! Evelyn and Andrea’s first event will be a 10km race in Hyde Park, London and is in support of the National Osteoporosis Society. They have called the race The Orange Appeal 10k to link with The National Osteoporosis Society’s charity colour. They hope the race will be a great success and in doing so raise more awareness and money for the National Osteoporosis Society. They feel organising this race will be a great way to do just that and hope The Orange Appeal will grow and grow with each passing year. Evelyn and Andrea would really like to thank all the runners who have entered so far and local business Beckenham Building Supplies who have kindly offered to sponsor the race alongside two other businesses. The race is now only 4 weeks away and they hope even more people will register for their Orange Appeal race. Barbara Windsor, a proud Patron of The National Osteoporosis Society will be showing her support by starting the race and waiting at the finishing line with trophies for the first man and woman to cross. If you like running and would like to take part please sign up on line at, click on the events section and enter orange appeal 10km or contact Evelyn or Andrea at Ace Race Events: 26

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br3 magazine - September 2012  

Beckenham's local community magazine, September 2012 edition featuring Dan Parker & lots of local companies.

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