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The Bowl bounces back with live music this summer

We all need something to look forward to after the last twelve months and news that a series of big name fronted gigs in one of Penge’s local parks has to be a tonic. The venue, the Crystal Palace Bowl in CP Park, will launch an amazing new month long music and arts festival: @southfacingfestival…

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Help fund a new stage for Crystal Palace Bowl

The legendary Crystal Palace Bowl has hosted the likes of Pink Floyd and Bob Marley, while in 2021 the venue celebrates its 60th birthday. However, the striking open-air concert stage that sits on the site has been dormant for more than a decade and sadly fallen into a state of disrepair over recent years. Having…

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How to keep supporting our businesses during lockdown

We are losing count of the number of lockdowns (is this number 3?) and for our great local businesses every one jeopardises their future existence.  There are ways that we can still support them though and many are offering services, just not quite in the same way as they used to.  So here are some.  Let…

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Local eateries sign up to Eat In To Help Out

The Government has introduced an initiative to help cafes, restaurants and other eateries by offering discounts to customers who eat in participating outlets on a certain days in August. The Eat Out to Help Out Scheme allows you to get a 50% discount on food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in (up to a…

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Reactivate the Crystal Palace Park Concert Platform

Bromley Council is looking for creative and community-minded business proposals to reactivate the cherished concert platform in Crystal Palace Park. In 1996, Ian Ritchie Architects won a competition to design a permanent concert platform in Crystal Palace Park. The structure, which is largely made of oxidised Corten A steel, was designed on the principles of…

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They Came, They Sawed, They Conquered – Penge Men in Sheds

Penge’s Men in Sheds are a regular presence at local events, selling lovely handcrafted nick nacks, usually created from old re-purposed wood, at ridiculously cheap prices.  But what is Men in Sheds? The Men’s Shed concept brings together older men in a space with which they are comfortable. They can socialise and carry out activities that…

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Crystal Palace Park – Through the lens of Trish Anderson

We are very lucky to have the magnificent Crystal Palace Park as our very own extended back garden.  It’s a beautiful space, with woods, lakes, historic artefacts and sports facilities.  In fact, all it seems to lack is a big glass building… It attracts many people from all over London and beyond to enjoy its…

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Poetry in the Park Winners 2019

This summer the Friends of Cator and Alexandra held a Poetry in the Park event to celebrate the launch of London as a National Park City. This was one third of a long weekend of events which included an enhanced version of our annual Music in the Park and another special — Physicality in the…

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High Street spruce up nears completion

Some much needed TLC has recently been delivered to Penge Town Centre with facelifts to pavements, the squares and a number of local businesses. In the last 2 years funding from the TfL and GLA totalling nearly £1m, has been used to implement a programme of regeneration for the town centre. Penge has seen its two public…

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