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by mikej
20 Sep 2008 09:44
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Penge moving ahead of Sydenham?
Replies: 96
Views: 84688

I've just heard a rumour in the checkout at Sainsbury's (wow!) that Penge Homebase is closing, to be an Asda!
(Personally, I don't think that is very likely as the site isn't great for a supermarket like that? I wonder what others think?)

:)
by mikej
17 Sep 2008 19:21
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: New Pizza Restaurant
Replies: 26
Views: 17678

Why's that Eagle? I love to sit outside in the warmer months.
by mikej
15 Sep 2008 21:49
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Penge moving ahead of Sydenham?
Replies: 96
Views: 84688

Penge moving ahead of Sydenham?

I see that Wilkinsons - a useful short of shop which we don't have in this area (nearest in Orpington?) is opening soon in Penge - in the Blenheim Centre next to Iceland. Also, a new Lidl is opening almost opposite Sainsbury's - in the old Edgington furniture store. Two very good additions. Is Penge...
by mikej
8 Aug 2008 22:20
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Coop buys Somerfield!
Replies: 31
Views: 18749

Referring to DaveT's good point, Competition watchdogs will most probably require some of the Somerfield stores to be sold - with other food retailers to be interested in any of the disposals. I can't see how the competition aspect would be relevant in Sydenham's case - after all, we're not inundate...
by mikej
7 Aug 2008 21:47
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: Sydenham Past & Present
Replies: 38
Views: 18936

I well remember the SCH - we took our youngest there in 1986 when she was unwell. They were lovely there. It closed a year or two after that I think. It is strange about there not being a decent fish & chip shop in Sydenham. I ten to use the Blue Dolphin in Penge which is quite good. Fish shops - th...
by mikej
7 Aug 2008 21:33
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: ANY1 BEEN TO ELACHI OR RECOMMEND SOME GOOD LOCAL RESTAURANT?
Replies: 7
Views: 5281

I can also vouch for El Molino - had some great tapas there, as well as a more normal style dinner too. They had a funny welsh waitress the last time. She was great. If you can go to Crystal Palace, I'd recommend Lorenzo's also, but also try La Numidie (North african/French) - great, Joanna's (lots ...
by mikej
7 Aug 2008 21:29
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: Good primary schools?
Replies: 6
Views: 5185

I think georgemichael's comment was very funny... I don't mean anything personally against Jessie, but her first post does now look rather amusing!
lol
by mikej
7 Aug 2008 21:10
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Tree Works signs
Replies: 11
Views: 7726

With reference to Catscratch's comment: I agree wholeheartedly with you that Bromley are not to be trusted in how they treat Penge. You then go on to suggest that they will eventually want to build on Alex Park. I have to say that is highly unlikely - the planning laws forbid this sort of thing. Eve...
by mikej
13 May 2008 19:55
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Family Cafe -Newlands Park
Replies: 4
Views: 5437

I have to say I have always loved corned beef sandwiches, though you've got to have lashings of ketchup on them (or maybe real sliced tomato) so I may call in this cafe!
by mikej
24 Apr 2008 20:12
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: Schools
Replies: 17
Views: 9955

Jwana, Sorry to hear of your difficulties. You were probably just very unlucky. If a school doesn't have a vacancy, then they won't offer you a place. It's not that they are being deliberately obnoxious. They are often very over-subscribed, so if a "casual vacancy" should come up at age 14, then the...
by mikej
20 Apr 2008 07:36
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: Schools
Replies: 17
Views: 9955

No way!
This is for entry at 11+
by mikej
19 Apr 2008 19:54
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: Upper Norwood's Fun House
Replies: 1
Views: 3218

Certainly I remember it quite well - our kids had a play there back in the late 80s I would guess it was. Don't think it's still there though.
by mikej
19 Apr 2008 19:43
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: Schools
Replies: 17
Views: 9955

I don't klnow how to guarantee a place! You child has to be bright and do well in the entrance exam. Get hold of the papers the school gives as examples, and get a good tutor and give them plenty of practice at the maths english and verbal and non-verbal reasoning. The last gave me a headache when I...
by mikej
18 Apr 2008 19:51
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: Schools
Replies: 17
Views: 9955

I have to say that - if you can afford it - by far the best local-ish school is Alleyns. Such a happy, such a simply civilised school. In addition it has great results, wonderful sport, art, drama, D of E, CCF, etc. And it takes boys and girls. Truly remarkable. I have never regretted sending my kid...
by mikej
18 Apr 2008 19:47
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: forest hill boys school
Replies: 7
Views: 10413

I have to say that - if you can afford it - by far the best local-ish school is Alleyns. Such a happy, such a simply civilised school. In addition it has great results, wonderful sport, art, drama, D of E, CCF, etc. And it takes boys and girls. Truly remarkable. I have never regretted sending my kid...
by mikej
21 Dec 2007 17:21
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Fly tipping vs £15 for council collection
Replies: 3
Views: 4696

Bromley did that collection thing you mention but not for years now - at least 7 or 8. Was quite good while it lasted though. I think they did it once a year for a few years.
by mikej
26 Oct 2007 17:25
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: Simple question about the Domesday book
Replies: 3
Views: 3960

Was Bellingham a separate parish then? Perhaps it was part of a larger place/manor in those days? For instance Dulwich was part of Camberwell parish when the latter was just a village.
by mikej
24 Oct 2007 17:57
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: Town Boundaries
Replies: 17
Views: 24873

Dear Falkor If you read the article in Wikipedia on the Domesday Book (for instance), it indicates that settlements WERE covered - yes, you are right about the manors of course, but the other groups that made up the towns and villages were also mentioned in detailed so all could be taxed. That way h...
by mikej
24 Oct 2007 11:20
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: Town Boundaries
Replies: 17
Views: 24873

Actually, what I was saying isn't a theory, it is what I studied at uni back in the 70s, and that is exactly how our villages developed. The manorial system dates from much later - after the Norman Conquest I think. If you study the Domesday Book (1086) you will see that over 90% of our current town...
by mikej
16 Aug 2007 20:56
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: Town Boundaries
Replies: 17
Views: 24873

Regarding the origin of parish boundaries, if you imagine (say) three villages established back in the dark ages, in a forest (most of England was forested) they would gradually clear the trees to create more farmland and provide wood for buildings. As the population grew, they would have to venture...