Your Bromley Newsletter Oct 2021

Update from Frances Forrest, BID Manager 

September has been about celebrating our community and recognising the hard working people of Bromley who kept our town running through the pandemic. 

Thanks You lunch recipients from Robert Dyas enjoying their meal at The Greyhound
Our Thank You Lunch scheme rewarded deserving employees including retail, pharmacy and banking staff, security workers and more, and gave them a chance to enjoy a meal in one of Bromley’s wonderful restaurants.  The scheme was part of our Food Festival that celebrated the amazing food and drink we have right here on our doorstep in Bromley.  

We are delighted to share a video of our Food Festival launch event here 

This month our Book Bench Tour also came to an end but three of the benches commissioned to celebrate the heritage of our town have found new long term homes in Bromley.  We hope you have fun finding them in their new locations in The Glades, in the children’s area at Bromley Central Library and at The Churchill Theatre.

Bromley has also made national and international news this month with the incredible success of local girl Emma Reducanu at the US Open.  We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate her on her phenomenal win!

Updates & Diary Dates

October is Black History Month and taking the theme Dig Deeper, Look Closer, Think Bigger Bromley Central Library will offer promotions and displays for young readers in the children’s section of the library and via their e-book service.  

Coming to Bromley town centre this October, a different kind of trail for the family!⁠ ⁠ The ‘Alebrije’ AR Trail is positioned around Bromley centre with ten magical creatures to find. Alebrije is a form of folk art that originated in Mexico where animals, both real and fantastical, are ornately decorated with colourful patterns and motifs. The ten creatures on the trail have been specially commissioned for the trail and five of them have been modelled in 3D for augmented reality. Once players open the AR they can take selfies or even record movies with the creatures.⁠ ⁠ The use of Augmented Reality means that players can not only discover the characters in participating businesses windows, but they actually get to see them burst to life right in front of them.⁠ 

For younger Bromley residents The Churchill Theatre will be featuring a stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’ What The Ladybird Heard with a morning and lunchtime show from Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd October suitable for children aged 3+.

To mark Remembrance Day and honour those who have given their lives we will be filling town centre trees with poppies.  These will be in place from 8th November for ten days.

Christmas In Bromley

Following the success of the Book Bench Tour we will also be welcoming The 12 Snowmen of Christmas Trail to Bromley for the festive season.  

We will also be hosting a small, COVID secure, Bromley Christmas Lights Switch On event on Sunday 21st November.  The event will see Bromley’s brand new Christmas lights switched on for the first time, including lit up trees and beautiful selfie opportunities on the High Street.

And Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas in Bromley without the panto at The Churchill Theatre.  This year’s production of Sleeping Beauty, starring Lee Mead, Bonnie Langford, Myra Dubois and Lloyd Hollet opens on 4th December and runs until 2nd January with tickets available here.

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