Penge Heritage Walk 2

Penge Heritage Walk 2 is on Saturday November 30. Meet at 9.30am outside the Penge West entrance to Crystal Palace Park. Walk ends at 11.00am in Empire Square. A free walk but donations gratefully received towards Blue Plaque projects.

Pavement Plaques

A little nearer to the installation date of the heritage pavement plaques: sometime in early Spring, 2020, date to be confirmed. On installation of the plaques an inaugural guided walk will be arranged and various children’s activities are planned. Details to follow.


Fundraising is scheduled for the cost of the Blue Window-Plaques. A wine-tasting What’s My Wine?quiz evening is planned for Saturday, February 8, 2020, at 7.30pm at the West Beckenham Bowls Club in Alexandra Recreation Ground. A Jazz Band evening is proposed later in April/May. Further details later.

International Conference

Chris O’Shaughnessy, coordinator of the Penge Heritage Trail project, gave a well-received presentation on Walter de la Mare at the first international conference on de la Mare at Cambridge University last September.

Birthday Party

Plans are in place for ‘ Walter de la Mare’s Birthday Party‘, a celebration on Saturday, April 25, 2020, involving a poetry recital (with a chance to read your own poems), music, song, a talk on Penge’s most famous poet, wine, cheese and a slice of birthday cake!

Painting of the Month

All of the Paintings of the Month, replicated at the foot of each page, are by Penge artists.

Walter de la Mare Walk

A new edition of Selected Poems of Walter de la Mare, edited by Dr William Wootten, will be available in the shops next year. We were delighted that Dr Wootten came on the Walter de la Mare walk earlier in June during the Penge Festival. We are hoping Dr Wootten will give a presentation here in Penge on his new edition of the poems later next year.

Researching the Plaques

The Blue Plaques project for shop window display in Penge gathers apace. A working party of seven is busy researching and negotiating past stories and histories of Penge businesses and shops. We have discovered lists of all the shops in Penge High Street from 1878. That’s the easy bit. Now which ones do we celebrate? And what are their beginning and end dates?

Invitation to Oxford

Kellogg College at Oxford University has extended an invite to the editor to give a presentation on the Penge Heritage Trail at a forthcoming conference concerning town centre initiatives. Amazing how news gets around.