Lottery Bid Submitted For Local Bandstand Renovations

The Friends of Croydon Road Recreation Ground, in partnership with other local agencies and the Council, has submitted an application for lottery funding to refurbish the bandstand. This will enable the bandstand at the recreation ground to be restored to its original state so that many more generations to come can enjoy the facilities.

The Friends worked on the Heritage Lottery Fund grant application with the London Borough of Bromley and The Landscape Group, which is the greenspace contractor for the Council. The application was submitted on 14th September and the outcome should be known at some point in December.

This was the first stage of the application process for money from the Heritage Grant. A second application will be required if this one is successful. The money will be used to finance the restoration work and a number of community activities and events to mark the work.

The bandstand is an important feature of the recreation ground, which is situated next to Beckenham Hospital. It was originally built from 1880 to 1921 and has been the setting for a number of famous musical performances, including a concert by David Bowie. Whilst it remains in reasonable condition, some of its features require replacing or repairing.

For further updates on the restoration project and to donate to the work, you can visit the Friends of Croydon Recreation Ground website.

Have you been involved in the restoration project to date? What do you think the bandstand adds to the recreation ground?

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