Category Archives: Health

Campaign for Pedestrian crossing on Village way

Village Way and cut through to Kelsey Way

The long running campaign for a pedestrian crossing on Village Way to facilitate children crossing to Harris Academy Beckenham may yet prove successful. Despite multiple collisions, Bromley’s road traffic engineers haven’t considered the road dangerous enough to merit any intervention. Following the death of a motorcyclist in November, a roadside parent and teacher protest, and the support of Lib Dem London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon (Chair of the Greater London Assembly’s transport committee) Bromley Council has  bowed to pressure. The Bromley News Shopper (6h December) reports that “Following an analysis of the police and coronary reports the Council will be reassessing road safety on Village Way potentially with a  view to introduce traffic calming measures”. Belisha Beacons may still be out of sight, but the Council’s gear shift is an encouraging sign.

Crooks Saxaphone Quartet at Clock House Methodist Church 16 December

The Crooks Saxophone Quartet is delighted to be performing at Clock House Methodist Church this

Saturday 16th December at 7pm

in aid of St Christopher’s. The church is on Clock House Road at the side of Clock House station. In its long history, it has actually been a concert hall!
The quartet invite you join them for a celebration of Christmas favourites, popular classics and pop and jazz hits and a chance to sing along to some favourite carols!
Mince pies, tea and coffee will be available in the interval for a small donation to the hospice.
There will also be a retiring collection for St Christopher’s.
To listen to some of The Crooks’ music visit:

Carers Bromley has lost funding

Carers Bromley, the local charity, has lost its funding from Bromley Council. It needs this funding to support unpaid carers in Bromley. The charity has been operating for 26 years and supported 5,500 carers of all ages in 2016/7, including some as young as 4 years old.

A carer is someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a friend, neighbour or relative who could not manage otherwise because of frailty, illness or disability.

Most carers would still not recognise themselves under the term ‘carer’, they are just people trying to cope as best they can whilst helping to look after a relative or friend who is frail, ill or disabled. They may even be juggling paid work with their unpaid caring responsibilities at home or they may be a young carer aged 4-18 years who is also having to attend school.

Carers Bromley give practical support and information to carers in the London Borough of Bromley.

Jane Palmer, a carer for her disabled husband, said “the decision by the Council is beyond comprehension. All the expertise that Carers Bromley has will be lost. We don’t know what will happen next. Carers are very upset.”

The future of the service now hangs in the balance and the organisation is planning ways to try to survive in order to continue to offer much needed support to carers in Bromley.

Personal Note from Lionel Sawkins: In the last decade of the life of my late wife, Maureen, I was given invaluable support by Carers Bromley. Their social workers guided me through the minefield of getting Attendance Allowance, and they provided trained nurses to stay in the house on two occasions so I could go for a holiday for a few days. Carers Bromley were my lifeline in those days, and I am in disbelief that the Council have discontinued their funding. Some of the money frittered on cosmetic changes to footpaths in Beckenham could have been better spent, surely?

 If you want to sign the petition to call on Bromley Council to restore Carers Bromley funding, here is the link:



Elmers End Green – work begins on conversion of toilets

At last planning permission has been granted and work has started on the conversion of the toilets to a medical/ clinical practice.

Of course WBRA did NOT want the toilets to close, and would have preferred the building to be demolished and changed into a flower bed. But LB Bromley were adamant that it had to be sold to raise money.

WBRA are as confident as we can be that the new owners will be good neighbours and help us look after the Green. We wish them well.

Bromley Age UK Open Day