What are local people doing?

Penge Forum presents


Assistant Group Manager (West) Beckenham Library

Wednesday 25th May 2011 at 8.00 pm

Memorial Room, Penge Congregational Church

Doors open at 7.45pm
Refreshments available

Penge Forum is a non-political, non-sectarian umbrella organisation for groups and individuals living in, working in and interested in Penge and Anerley.


Marie Pender

After retiring just over a year ago I was slowly getting stuck in to all those jobs at home that had been piling up for years, but feeling a little lost after 35 years when I had never been away from work for more than three weeks at a time.

I had done some exercise many years ago but never seemed to have time in recent years. So, believe me, no one is more amazed than me (except perhaps my husband!) to find that I am going down to Beckenham Spa four or five times a week for a wide variety of activities.

This is a new kind of “buzz” for me – getting regular exercise and meeting lots of really nice new people.

“Primetime” is a programme of activities and events aimed primarily at the over 60s, though many younger people take part. There are designated Primtime classes, but for £4.55 for a day ticket you can join in any that take place at Beckenham Spa between 9am and 4pm during the week and after 2pm on weekends.

So my week at Beckenham Spa usually includes Adquafit followed by a swim on Mondays, Keep Fit on Tuesdays, Linedancing on Wednesdays (and sometimes also Fridays in Bromley) and senior circuits on Thursdays.

My favourite is the senior circuits which is pretty much the same exercises and equipment as the circuits done by the twenty- something guys in Lycra, but at your own pace. I hear there are plans to start a senior circuits class in the events because, or course, not all people over 60 are retired.

There are Primetime and other suitable classes at all main Bromley centres which include the Pavilion at Bromley, the West Wickham Leisure Centre and the Walnuts at Orpington as well as Beckenham Spa. There are often short courses such as Tai Chi or even singing plus coffee mornings, theatre outings, lunches, dances and parties.

Costs vary as there are many different packages to encourage participation but, as well as the basic £4.55 for any number of courses on one day,you can get a “Day Membership” for £25 a month or full membership for £36.50 a month or £250 a years for the over-60s, which includes activities at any of Bromley’s centres for no extra charge.

So why not come along and try something? You can find the programme on the internet at or pick up a leaflet at Beckenham Spa.

West Beckenham Lawn Bowling Club


Everyone interested in Lawn Bowling or joining the club is welcome – from aged 10 and upwards.    There is a section for the registered blind/partially sighted, and a junior section.

<alt=”outdoor shot=”” of=”” bowling=”” club=”” and=”” green”=””> The bowling green and clubhouse are situated in Alexandra Recreation Ground adjacent to Alexandra Road and Maitland Road, a few minutes walk from Penge East railway station. Served by bus routes 194 and 75.

Access is via a footpath from either Alexandra or Maitland Road.

The outdoor bowling season is from the end of April to the end of September. However the club activities are organised to provide some social evenings throughout the year beyond the active bowling season.

The bowling season comprises league games; friendly games; club competitions; special matches, such as President’s v Vice President, Captain’s day, the Men v Ladies game and Juniors v Adults, plus three Open Competitions. During the playing season established annual visits via coach to Folkestone Bowling Club & the Island Bohemian Bowling Club at Reading are arranged.

The year ends with an annual Dinner Dance where trophies and prizes are presented to winners of the Club competitions for the season.

<alt=”interior shot=”” of=”” the=”” clubhouse=”” showing=”” bar=”” room”=””>The clubhouse belongs to the Council and the Club members in recent years have furnished and expanded the building with facilities and a Club bar that have created a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for bowling and socialising.

Established ninety-two years ago the Club has long been a popular part of the local scene.


Contacts – Hon secretary – Cecilia Skudder 01689 836198
Blind Section Secretary –
Janet Digby 020 8650 6673

Club website
Lawn Bowling images courtesy of the Club