Paddling Pool status update
Paddling Pool status - The Paddling Pool is currently closed for the winter.
There is a currently a problem
with the water supply which is being repaired
Bowie Bandstand, Croydon Road
The table below shows the indicative timetable for the delivery of the bandstand refurbishment, restoration and repair works project:
For more details about the bandstand refurbishment, restoration and repair works project, follow the link to the Bandstand Project page
and adjacent Gateway to Croydon Road Recreation Ground
HISTORIC ENGLAND HAS STATED THE FOLLOWING REASONS FOR DESIGNATION DECISION
The gate lodge and gateway to Croydon Road Recreation Ground, Beckenham, built in 1890 to 1891, are recommended for listing at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
A late Victorian gate lodge forming a strong architectural composition alongside the gateway at the entrance to the park, including wooden verandas, a circular bay window for the supervision of the park covered by an elegant ogee dome, and a pyramidal roof rising to a tall central chimney stack;
The lodge survives relatively well and compares favourably to listed lodges of the period.
For the historic association with the wider expansion of the public park movement in the late 19th century, following the Public Health Act (1875), when parks developed in suburbs and small towns for recreation and as an expression of civic pride.
As a component of a fine late Victorian and Edwardian ensemble alongside the Grade II-listed (2019) Bowie Bandstand (1905), which is also associated with the 1969 Summer Growth Festival and David Bowies rise to fame after performing in the park, adjacent to housing of the same period.
Friends Volunteering COVID-19 Update
May 2021 update from idverde
As I am sure you have become accustomed in recent times, we have an update on volunteering activities in relation to the most recently confirmed easing of Covid-19 restrictions coming into effect on 17th May 2021.
See the link below for a PDF document detailing these changes, which affect self-led volunteering activities. Once again Id like to take the opportunity to thank and congratulate you all for the commitment and positive impact your efforts have had on Bromleys parks and greenspace over the last few months.
Singer performed to audience of few hundred at Beckenham landmark in summer of 1969
Beckenham bandstand, known to fans as the Bowie bandstand
was used for singers 1969 summer festival
Fifty years after a young David Bowie performed from a south London bandstand in front of a tiny crowd at a summer festival he organised, the historic iron structure that served as his modest stage has been Grade II-listed.
Known to fans as the "Bowie bandstand", and thought to be the only surviving example from the Glasgow-based McCallum and Hope iron foundry in the UK, it was the centrepiece of the Growth summer festival, held by Bowie and friends on 16 August 1969 in Beckenham.
2022 Events in the Recreation Ground
Sunday 19th June 2022
Beckenham Concert Band will play near the Bowie Bandstand
Saturday 2nd July 2022
Saturday 13th August 2022
Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September 2022
Previous events in the Recreation Ground
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