Celebrate Clock House Heritage At Local Festival

The Clock House area of Beckenham has been the centre of the services and cultural district for more than 120 years, and this heritage will be celebrated at a festival that starts next month.

The Clock House Festival will run from Saturday 30th April through Saturday 7th May and will feature a range of events. Two concerts will mark the start and end of the festival, the first of which will take place in the Methodist Church on 30th April, with the second at the Baptist Church bringing the festival to a close on 7th May.

There will also be a series of heritage talks and walks and an art exhibition for all members of the community to enjoy.

The festival will see the first public performance of Gary Higginson’s “Inventions on a Theme by Carey Blyton” composition. Roy Hanscombe will hold a talk on Bert Hanscombe, his grandfather, who survived World War One along with his eight brothers and unveiled the War Memorial in Beckenham in 1921.

A plaque and information panel on the Clock House District will be unveiled at the end of the festival.

Venue 28, which stands at the precise point where the Clock House Mansion once stood, is at the heart of the district and is now a venue for community activities and events along with weddings and corporate functions.

Do you have memories of the Clock House District that you would like to share?

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