Bromley Museum at The Priory, Orpington is changing – have
The Council has received a development grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to work up plans to conserve and protect the Priory's heritage and to improve the museum service offered. They are currently consulting with a range of groups about the proposed improvements and are especially keen to hear what businesses have to say.
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How about popping into your local garden centre to see what they have in stock this weekend? Coolings, in Rushmore Hill, Pratts Bottom, have a fine selection of plants at reasonable prices - and some special offers.
Today I purchased a pretty dwarf rhododendron in a ceramic blue pot (pictured) for, what I consider good value, at £29.99, plus 4 for £18 trailing fuschias of various shades of red and purple.
REVIEW: Unfortunately my experience of this event was very poor. As I drove along Orpington High Street, I was looking for posters and banners advertising the event, but there was nothing to be seen. I parked in Sainsbury's car park, wondering why there was no promotion here - an ideal place for posters.
Walking through The Walnuts, there was one 'Orpington 1st' vertical banner in the market area - which I only noticed on my way back
events being indicated as occurring in those places (see press release below). The only promotions appeared to be on the Bromley Council website, the Orpington History Facebook page, OrpingtonTownTalk (rebranded Orpington 1st from 1 May) and in the News Shopper (the day before online).
What a pity there was not more support in promoting the various venues and activities, in order to point shoppers towards the businesses taking part, as members of the public who were not aware of this 'Showcase' would only have encountered the events by chance. I wonder how much the marketing budget was for this 'promotion' and what exactly has been achieved. Was this really good value for government and local business funding?
Local businesses supporting High Street revival
Businesses have approved an exciting initiative to boost Orpington Town Centre. Orpington 1st was established on 1st April, with the simple aim of developing a high street in which businesses and visitors enjoy spending time and feel proud of.
With that in mind, Orpington 1st is hosting Saturday Showcase on 4 May 2013. Attractions and information about what Orpington has to offer will be available from10am to 4pm in and around the town centre.
Events will be taking place in:
- Walnuts leisure centre (Saturday and Sunday)
- The Walnuts Shopping Centre
- The Library
- Market square.
Retailers will be offering in-store promotions and there will be free-to-enter competitions, free gifts (while stocks last) and events, including:
- free kids arts and crafts at Wilkinson’s
- a range of free fun activities at the Walnuts leisure centre
- children’s vegetable planting at A Time 4 flowers.
Shoppers, visitors and businesses looking for retail opportunities can find out more about what Orpington has to offer and the exciting plans Orpington 1st has for the town centre.
Local groups will be exhibiting, including The Orpington History Organisation. Visitors can learn about the rich history of Orpington from the Doomsday book up to today.
Local Friends of the Parks groups will be promoting up and coming events. Visitors can learn how to volunteer with one of Orpington’s many voluntary groups, and save money by signing up for the loyalty card and enjoy savings of up to 30% with town centre businesses.
For full details of the line up for the day, visit the website: www.orpington.towntalk.co.uk/events
If you would like more information, please contact BID chairman, Martin Price, at The Walnuts Shopping Centre on 01689 832 923 or email: Martin.Price@walnutsshopping.com
A local resident of Green Street Green for nearly