Since 1945, West Beckenham Residents’ Association (WBRA) has represented the interests of residents in local matters.
WBRA covers an area of about five square miles in the Beckenham addresses in the wards of Clock House, Penge and Cator, and Kelsey and Eden Park. Each of these wards is represented by three councillors.
We are not affiliated to any political party. Our committee is currently made up of ten volunteers. We meet every few months, but most of our day-to-day business is conducted easily by email between us.
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Also see the notice board outside the Odeon cinema near the war memorial
NEXT EVENT – AUTUMN FORUM
8pm 19 OCTOBER
BECKENHAM PUBLIC HALLS
Beckenham’s Post Office at the war Memorial closed last week. WBRA along with CCARA and the Beckenham Business Association, in collaboration with the Communication Workers Union, tried very hard to stop this by collecting thousands of signatures on petitions, but to no avail.
The business is now franchised to W H Smith in the High Street.
Also closing is the sub Post Office on Croydon Road. This will now operate from Brandon’s a few doors down.
The Metropolitan Police have published the third issue of their booklet on scams and how to avoid them. You can download it here.
Little Book of Scams
Scams can come from the internet, by phone, by post or at the door. This booklet has lots of useful information on how to recognise them and deal with them.
Saturday 13 August was a great day for the latest Bowie concert at Croydon Road Recreation Ground. The weather was glorious for a change and the music was great. The Bowie tribute act looked and sounded very much like Bowie, and was kept on stage for encores.
The ground was full, with many families sitting on rugs or chairs. There were facepainting stalls, a bouncy castle and a slide, a tent showing Bowie memorabilia, book signing stalls and lots of food and drink.
The event was held to raise money for the restoration of the bandstand where Bowie held his “free concert” in August 1969.
Work has now started to re-align the roads at Beckenham Junction station crossroads – Rectory Road, High Street and Albemarle Road.
The aim is to make it easier for large vehicles to turn left from Rectory Road to go across the bridge and into Southend Road. The pavements on the opposite side of the road outside Patrick’s and O’Neils will be made narrower, and the centre of the road shifted, so that the turning circle from Rectory Road can be made wider. There should also be slighter more room for pedestrians at this difficult corner.
At present there is no left turn from Southend Road/ High Street into Albemarle Road. Work is scheduled to last 7 weeks – until mid September.
Work on the major changes to the High Street has again been delayed through more queries from TfL.