Celebrating Orpington’s Small Businesses

Last Saturday was Small Business Saturday, a day to appreciate the important role small businesses play in our local economy. The high streets and parades across the Orpington constituency are home to a wide selection of small businesses.

Google Digital Garage Visits Orpington

On Friday, the Google Digital Garage visited Orpington, giving local residents and businesses the chance to improve their digital skills. Jo came along to see the group and individual sessions held to help educate people about online security, social media and conducting business online.

Remembrance Day Photograph

Jo is grateful to constituent Martin Moss for allowing him to share this picture taken at the Remembrance Day parade in Orpington. 

Jo visits Foal Farm, Biggin Hill

Earlier this month Jo visited Foal Farm, an animal rescue centre in Biggin Hill. The farm, which was founded in 1962, takes in sick, distressed and unwanted animals and helps restore them to health.

Farnborough Hill bus depot fire

There has been a fire at the bus depot in Farnborough Hill.

London Fire Brigade report:

'Around 60 firefighters tackled a fire at a bus depot on Farnborough Hill in Orpington this morning.

Crofton Lane closure update

Jo has received the following update from Thames Water regarding the closure of Crofton Lane:

The Chelsfield redevelopment plans

Earlier this month I visited The Chelsfield (temporarily renamed ‘The Helsfield’ for Halloween!) to discuss proposed redevelopment plans for the pub.

Jo to attend Remembrance Service in Orpington this Sunday

Jo will lay a wreath at Orpington War Memorial this Sunday. The wreath laying ceremony will be followed by a service in All Saint’s Church. The ceremony will begin at 10:40am at the memorial, prior to the two minutes silence at 11am.

Crofton Lane Disruption - Bus Diversions

I have contacted Transport for London to ask for an update on bus route diversions due to the closure of Crofton Lane. 

Please find below a breakdown of these diversions, which are in place from 5 November until 4pm on Wednesday 14 November: