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St James Church Summer Fair

An Evening of Music for Choir and Concert Band

Beckenham Concert Band and their special guests, The Choir of the Royal Free Music Society, present “An Evening of Music for Choir and Concert Band” in aid of ‘The Cancer Centre at Guy’s’. The programme includes music from ‘Grease’, The Blues Brothers’, ‘Les Miserables’ ‘Frank Sinatra’ and much more.

 The Concert on Saturday 24 June 2017 at St Barnabas Church, Perth Road Beckenham, is free with a retiring collection in aid of the charity. Doors open at 7:00 for a 7:30 start.

” The Beckenham Concert Band has partnered with Choir of The Royal Free Music Society for several concerts on both sides of the Thames. This time we come together to enjoy making music and to raise funds for the Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital which brings cancer care under one roof, and whose vision is to be “a world leader in caring for people with cancer – continuously innovating to improve the lives of our patients”.”

  The Beckenham Concert Band was founded in 1977 by the late Ken Messenger and is a community band performing in the Borough of Bromley and throughout London and the South East. 2017 is their 40th anniversary year and over that time they have raised many thousands of pounds for local and national charities. The Band’s Musical Director is Dwight Pile-Grey and membership ranges from school students to those who have retired.

More details at or contact Philip Emery on 07950 099766

 About the Royal Free Music Society

 The Royal Free Music Society is a friendly, non-auditioned choir based at the Royal Free Hospital in North London. The choir was founded in 1999 by staff of the hospital but now includes many members of the local community. The Musical Director is Benjamin Wolf.


Purple Flag raised at Beckenham Junction

Beckenham achieved the award in January 2016. The flag was raised on 19 May by PC Russell Edwards and Chloe Ross of CCARA (centre right) outside Beckenham Junction station. Cllr Michael Tickner (third left) made the speech.

The Purple Flag is awarded by the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM). Similar to the Blue Flag for clean beaches and the Green Flag for great parks, the Purple Flag is for towns with diverse and safe evening and night-time economies.

At the time, Beckenham was one of only 42 places in the country to have been awarded the flag. ATCM was most impressed by the collaboration from the two residents’ associations representing local people (CCARA who chair the Town Centre Team and WRBA who provide the secretariat), and wants to use Beckenham as a case study. Usually applications are driven by the council or businesses.

Last Christmas the number of incidents related to late night drinking fell significantly in Beckenham whilst the rest of the borough saw an increase. Purple Flag status lasts for two years and the town will need to maintain and hopefully improve standards in order to re-qualify.

Please help us to re-qualify by completing the survey on your feelings about the town centre on

Dorset Road Allotments and Leisure Gardens Open Day

Bromley Age UK Open Day