Newsletter - August

Positive, Local News from the Borough of Bromley

Banquets held inside Crystal Palace Dinosaurs

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to eat a fancy dinner inside a hollowed-out dinosaur sculpture? 

This bizarre banquet was held in 1853, in Crystal Palace Park’s infamous Dinosaur Court. Organised by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, the creator of the dinosaur sculptures, this peculiar party was held on New Year’s Eve. 


Although the reveal of the dinosaurs was already highly anticipated by the people of the era, the Victorian banquet was meant to catch the attention of the press and the public even further. 

As one of the more unusual PR stunts of the century, the event was described as ‘rowdy and boisterous’ by the newspapers of the time. 

Although no dinner parties have been thrown in them ever since Crystal Palace’s dinosaurs are still a fun day out for the whole family - see if you can spot how inaccurate the models are! 

Source: https://www.mylondon.news/news/nostalgia/fascinating-origin-story-behind-famous-20752216 

Walk and Talk for Mums in Bromley

If you’re a mum with young children who wants to interact with other mums, this weekly event is just for you! Every week Bromely mums meet up in front of Home-Start’s office and go on a walk together. 

Those types of events are fantastic for mums who might not have a wide support network, or for those who would like to simply expand their circle. 

Home-Start
is a Bromley charity that focuses on the welfare of families with at least one child under 5. Their mission is to support families in Bromley and work alongside them to overcome any challenges that may arise. 

If you would like to join in their Walks and Talks, send an email to [email protected] to register. 

Source: https://twitter.com/BromleyHomeSt

Tree Planting in Bromley 

Boasting 160 parks, 52 allotments, and 21 outdoor sports facilities, Bromley is one of the greenest boroughs in London. 

Bromley Council has now announced that they have put into plans some more extensive tree planting, which means green Bromley is here to stay! 

The council is planning on planting 5000 more trees in the next four years, spending £1.35 million on this project. 

Bromley residents will be able to nominate areas where they would like more trees to appear. 


We applaud their commitment to keeping Bromley emerald green! 

Source: https://www.bauk/news/article/2737/treemendous_commitment_for_this_generation_and_the_next

Source: https://www.bromleyparks.co.uk/about/

Long lost Roman Villa...in West Wickham! 

Noviomagus was a Roman Villa and a trading post that was searched for over 400 years by many archaeologists and treasure hunters. It was finally discovered by Brian and Edna Philip in the early 2000s. 

After 34 years of research and collecting evidence in secret, the archaeologist couple has concluded that the villa lies under the fields next to St John the Baptist Church in West Wickham. 

Noviomagus was written extensively about in the Roman archives, including mentions in their travel guides. It is thought to be a small market town to which traders would flock to sell their products. Inhabited by around 1000 people, Noviomagus was quite the hotspot for anyone near the area. 

You can now learn more about the long-lost Roman settlement at the Crofton Roman Villa (1st August), during the Festival of Archeology. You will be able to admire a few special finds from the archaeological site, as well as hear the Director of Excavations talking about this fascinating discovery.

“Victoria County History described it as “one of the greatest puzzles of Romano-British topography”.

Source: https://www.bromley.gov.uk/events/event/4550/noviomagus_the_long_lost_town_west_wickham_at_crofton_roman_villa

Bowie’s Beckenham Oddity 

As one of David Bowie’s songs goes, ‘don’t you know they’ll be dancing, dancing in the street’?

You can expect more than just dancing your heart out to Bowie at the Croydon Road Recreation Ground - some of the other activities you can expect at the Bowie bonanza are: 

  • Live music 
  • Merch
  • Food and drink stalls 
  • Face painting
  • Kids rides
  • Raffle 
  • A Bowie themed auction


Bowie was one of Beckenham's most famous and most beloved residents. He grew up in the area and was a regular at The Three Tuns, throwing Arts Lab nights and playing some of his first concerts at the pub. 

Bowie’s Beckenham Oddity will take place on the 15th of August, so put on your red shoes, and dance the blues with all the other Bowie fans - all proceeds will go towards the Bowie Bandstand restoration and plaque. 

https://www.bromley.gov.uk/events/event/4545/bowies_beckenham_oddity

Penge Heritage Trail

If you’re a fan of heritage trails, we’re sure you’ll enjoy this one! Organised by Penge Festival, this free trail will take place on Saturday, August 14th.

Simply show up at the Penge West Entrance to Crystal Palace Park (2 pm) and enjoy being led around this lovely area, while learning all about the history of Penge. 

The walk will take you to see the Dinosaurs, Penge Recreation Ground, the Victorian Murder Mystery, Ira Aldridge connection, the Royal Naval Asylum, and much more. 

Source: https://www.pengeheritagetrail.org.uk/whats-on/

Beckenham Place Park Events 

Beckenham Place Mansion has organised a plethora of events this summer. From yoga classes for postnatal mums and a Kids Summer School to wasteless markets and Sunday DJ sessions, there is something for everyone at Beckenham Place Park! 

We have compiled a list of some of our favourite events: 


A message from the team at Home Instead Bromley


Learning all about the wonderful community we have in the borough of Bromley is one of our favourite things about writing this newsletter.

Discovering positive stories and impressive events that bring local people together is so heartwarming! 

As an elderly home care company, we understand the importance of community and camaraderie. 

There is no reason for anyone to really feel alone - we hope this newsletter allows you to make some new friends this summer! 

The team at Home Instead Bromley

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