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Kelsey Park Centenary Celebrations


By special decree the public were allowed into the Kelsey Estate to celebrate the coronation of King George V.

In 1908 Tom William Thornton (1857 – 1933) secured most of the land against housing development (yes we had developers even then) and lobbied the local council to create a park which officially opened on 31st May 1913. Thanks to his vision we have today a park of outstanding beauty adorned by lakes, waterfalls, wildlife and other attractions cared for by experts and volunteers for the enjoyment of the public.

To commemorate his gift and great achievement a small plaque dedicated to T W Thornton can be found just inside the Court Downs Road/ Kelsey Park Road entrance gates.

The Friends of Kelsey Park will be hosting celebrations during May and June to mark this Centenary. Information about these events will be posted on notice boards in the Park and in the newly opened Information Centre which is open between 14:00 and 16:00 hours at weekends. It will be a good time to look back and remember the efforts of people behind the scenes


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 HousePenge 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 mostly conducted by email between us.

For more information, or contributions for the Review, email

Also see the notice board outside the Odeon cinema near the war memorial

Scam Warning

The London Borough of Bromley’s Contracts and Compliance team has been alerted about a bogus care worker who is preying on service users with key safes in the Borough.

The ‘care worker’ says she has forgotten the key safe number and is then let in the property by the service user. The bogus care worker then unlocks the back door and goes back at night time to take belongings, sometimes through patio doors and taking keys to cars, etc.

The person responsible has been reported to the police and is described as wearing a navy uniform (similar to a care worker’s uniform), medium build, has short dark hair and is English.”

Beckenham Beacon

The Beckenham Beacon Urgent Care Centre is here to treat anyone with a minor injury or illness, that does not require emergency treatment at an Accident & Emergency Department.

If you are not sure whether you should come to Beckenham Urgent Care Centre, you can give the unit a call first to ask. Telephone: 01689 866037.

The future of Beckenham High Street

Beckenham Civic Society (BCS) is holding a talk entitled “The future of Beckenham High Street” on Thursday 29 March at Beckenham Public Hall, 7.30pm for 8pm.

Last December the BCS published a report, Recommendations for the Future of Beckenham High Street, which it sent to Bromley Council for urgent consideration. So do attend if you want your views to be heard.