The Fellowship Inn, Bellingham
After a £4 million refurbishment the Fellowship Inn in Bellingham is due to open this spring. The pub a will include a cinema, cafe and theatre. There will also be a music hub and rehearsal space.
Phoenix Community Housing, which owns the building hopes that The Fellowship will be at the heart of the local community.
Beckenham Place Park
For the first time in decades, the beautiful Georgian mansion is open daily to the public as an arts, cultural and community centre. The Mansion now houses artist studios, a yoga/pilates/wellbeing centre, arts and crafts classes, a record shop and a café. In addition, there will be regular special events and activities like food and vintage markets, concerts, pop-up cinemas and more!
Proposed Statue of Sir Henry Cooper
There is a plan to erect a statue of Sir Henry Cooper at the corner of Bromley and Randlesdown Roads.
The proposed life-sized, bronze-cast statue is to be erected in Bellingham on the corner of Randlesdown Road and the A21 Bromley Road, halfway between Catford and Downham.
Known to all as “Our ‘Enery”, Henry Cooper represented Great Britain at the 1952 Olympic Games and was the first man to win three Lonsdale belts becoming British, Commonwealth and European heavyweight champion. In 1963, heavyweight boxer Henry Cooper lived and trained at the The Fellowship Inn next to Bellingham station in the lead up to his first fight with Muhammad Ali at Wembley Stadium.
These achievements are represented in the statue designed by Carl Payne – a limited number of miniature replicas of the proposed statue have been sold to fundraise for the monument.
Councillor Alan Hall said: “We have been working with the London Ex-Boxers’ Association and Phoenix Community Housing since 2015 to support this. The erection of the statue will complement the restoration of the historic Fellowship Inn opposite, where Henry Cooper trained as a young man. Indeed, if Sir Henry’s statue faces in the right direction he would see it!”
Sir Henry Cooper was born in 1934 and started his amateur career in 1949. He and his identical twin brother, George, grew up in their council house in Farmstead Road on the Bellingham Estate, before they were evacuated to Lancing on the Sussex coast during the second world war.
For more details please see the website of Cllr Alan Hall.
31 March 2018