Monthly Archives: June 2016

Margot Rohan – Passionate Person

Margot Rohan The Orpington Community website was started in July 2011 by Margot Rohan who wanted to provide information about the area. She’s an Orpington girl who’s been living in Green Street Green since 1979 and it’s that she has a pride in the area in which she lives.

There’s a number of interesting things about Orpington on the site – Eleanor Marx Aveling, who’s father was Karl Marx lived there as did David Nobbs who is best known for his writing on the comedy show The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin. You can also read about the famous Orpington black chicken and the Orpington car!

The events page carries details of a wide range of events over a wide area – everything from flying lessons to a pop choir!

Orpington Community

A local information page has a wealth of information via various links to local websites etc. It’s all there waiting for the click of a mouse!

Margot told me that there is no financial gain to the website she does it purely from community spirit and it’s there to inform residents. She encourages people to come forward with the kind of information that they’d like to see on there and would like to see more people get involved with the maintenance of the site! Any takers contact her here.

Tweet up“Tweet-ups” are held every three to four months in the Greenwood Community Centre in Green Street Green and the next one is July 11th. The meetings promote local events and also good internet safety and there are speakers. Sounds pretty good when it’s all free! More information can be found on this page. You can book for this tweet up on Eventbrite.

Margot is also secretary of the Green Street Green Society and the Police Ward Panel and also is a Save Orpington Priory Campaigner. She keenly promotes democracy and encourages local residents to voice their concerns.

Orpington Priory

There is a wealth of information on the website and it is supplemented by a Twitter account and a Facebook page.


Phil Price – update

Phil PriceHearing about what Phil Price was aiming to do really knocked us off our feet here at Life in Bromley and since we first featured him I’ve spoken to him several times. The initial enthusiasm and dedication to both his training and the Maypole Project has not diminished in the slightest.

Since we last spoke Phil had been upping his training and distance in preparation for a 100 mile run. He told me that training was really good (though there had been a slight concern with his shin) and coupled with a great quiz night that raised £1,500 towards his £25,00 target everything was very positive.

Endurance runs aren’t continuous and this was something I didn’t know until I met Phil. There are regular stopping points for water and snacks and the participants spend time walking as well as running particularly when going uphill. This all makes a lot of sense when it’s explained to you!

The first 50k of the run (which happened on 28th May) was uneventful but then around the 70k mark the small niggle in his shin began to become a problem. He kept on running as he was meeting his physiotherapist (Tim) at the 80k mark but by the time he had reached the 78k mark he was hobbling. He told me that at this point he wasn’t just suffering physically but his focus had waned and he was struggling mentally with the challenge. He decided not to continue with the 100 mile target and call it a day at 100k.

This quote from his website shows how hard he found the run –

” I told Tim that I was calling the 100 miles that my head had gone, but I was going to finish the 100k at the point I actually voiced this out loud, I could of cried I thought about all those people who had wished me luck, supported me all this way and I was giving up Tim who had come straight from work to support me and I was giving up this was a new feeling I had never done this. Tim looked at me and then said quite simply not to worry, this was a training run the very fact that a 100k run was a training run for me was astonishing, whilst all the other people around me were using this as their actual goal, their dream. I was using it for training there was no expectation of me and I had not let anyone down. With this I got up and after taking a picture was on my way. Seeing Tim had spurred me on and the shouts of encouragement were still ringing in my ears when I encountered the latest hill.”

Phil is currently injured and his training is restricted to swimming and light strengthening conditioning so he’s currently concentrating on fundraising and learning more about where his strengths lie in order to be able to complete the run – the equivalent of SEVEN marathons over a couple of days isn’t a small aspiration! Getting publicity and raising funds is as hard work as training and this is where he needs your support. He is doing all this to support the Maypole Project and to raise awareness of their work in the wider community. Any amount, no matter how small, will be gratefully received and details of how to give are on his website!

Please follow Phil and his progress on Twitter – the more followers he has, the higher profile the Maypole Project has! His mammoth task begins at the crack of dawn in Cirencester on the 16th of September so if you feel like cheering him on at the start then don’t let us stop you!

Charity of the Week – Mission Care

MissionCafe_LogoMission Care was founded by Dr Selina Fox in 1904 and it has a history that’s worth reading about. The first homes for the elderly in Bromley were opened in the 40s and 50s and now they have over 200 residents in five care homes in South East London.

Mission care commit themselves to not just providing a high standard of care but also in a loving, comfortable environment. The residents are encouraged to exercise their freedom of choice and their dignity and individuality is a priority.

Four of the care homes provided nursing care for older people including people living with dementia and the fifth is a residential home which provides care for younger adults who live with physical disabilities. They can also provide respite care.

To help raise money to run the homes Mission Care have a charity shop called Brix on Chatterton Road and it is open Monday to Saturday from 9.00 – 4.00 – pop in and have a browse! The don’t just sell the usual range of charity shop items, they also have a craft department so those of you who are arty and crafty may well find something to your liking!
If you’d like to make a donation of goods to the shop please do so during opening hours.

The charity have recently opened a dementia friendly café at Unit 8A in The Mall, Bromley. It’s a safe and comfortable environment for those living with dementia and also for their friends, families and carers and is, of course, open to any member of the public who wants to pop in for lunch or a hot drink!


They serve a selection of panini, soups and cakes as well as a selection of hot drinks. If you’d like to see what the café is like before you visit then check out their Flickr page!

You can find Mission Care on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and, of course, their website.