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JOIN and invite your Neighbours & Friends. It's a FREE site for all of 'us' to have an independent voice in Beckenham Town.

Jon Clarke Info:

Head of Digital at leading indepedent media advertising agency www.SpaceAndTime.co.uk, I've been in advertising for many years, the last 15 in digital, and worked for 3 out of the top 5 UK advertising agencies, including running my own digital business which moved from Beckenham into The City, before being lured back out of the big smoke to work in Reigate at what is easily the best well run agency I've ever worked at. You don't need to have a London office to be excellent and creative, and then having said that we've opened one in London, so I'm split between the two, best of both.


I'm never more at home then when talking about, testing or creating ads and tech ideas and I've started quite a few websites and social media solutions for local, national and international clients. A total Mad Men with advertising running through my blood, it's true.

I always believed there was a genuine need for a local website in Beckenham that was totally inclusive for everyone, independent and easy to use and so BeckenhamTown.us was born. I hope you enjoy it, join it and use it regularly.

I also run @Beckenham on Twitter if you are more on the go and have over 11,000 followers to-date.

If you'd like to advertise on the website and help pay the hosting fees, then email me at jclarke @ ic24 .net

Profile Information

Age
40-55
Road
Clock House Road
How I heard about BeckenhamTown.us
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Do you Twitter? What's your Twitter name? Add the Twitter.com/profilename all together for others to view and follow you
http://twitter.com/beckenham
Got a favourite website or your own you'd like to share?
http://www.seene.com
What would you like in Beckenham?
Light meter running posts in parks - everyone would try them out and see how fast they could sprint, so easy but so addictive, as placed in quite a few theme parks. Batting cages, softball diamond, sandy volleyball type courts in the parks, more youth clubs, crazy golf in the parks, skate park, venues for more bands to play. Not reliving my youth, just wish teens had more places to meet up safely and enjoy.

Wouldn't mind also more empty flower tubs for residents to sow whatever they wanted like flowers or veg. Adding a little colour to our streets and bring together neighbours saving the council some money too
Anything you'd like to share with everyone here?
I created this site for everyone to have a free voice and interact with each other in the local neighbourhood. My day job is digital media advertising (happy to help any businesses or persons with that anytime). My evenings are a mix of family, this site, xbox, and weekends are sport especially archery and either leaping up in the air when West Ham win or looking to the heavens and wondering why I support them when they lose.

Happy to help out anyone here with any site problems or questions about the Internet or Gaming - contact me through here.

I'd really like to see this site expand and more locals to join. I have a 11,000+ who follow my informative Twitter feed (see above) , but I'd also love them to be on here, starting discussions, groups and adding any events. It's free to promote yourself - how great is that!

I have more to add to the site and so do come back often and tell others of this great little site too.

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If you dream it, build it

Posted on November 27, 2013 at 9:58 0 Comments

http://everlapse.com/c/2y113s a great app and opportunity to showcase a dream we had that came true

2012 End of year stats - Woohoo!

Posted on January 3, 2013 at 23:13 0 Comments

WOW! Thanks!

I am so pleased to see that the website has once again increased numbers year on year, especially as I thought the huge increase the year before due to the marvellous patronage it got over the terrible summer riots few days had perhaps over inflated it. Well although we had a BeckenhamOlympic Torch surge the increase in users and especially members has been so rewarding to all the time I spend on adding things here and tweeting via @Beckenham

Some…

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All #TeamGB Olympic Athletes Twitter Profiles to inspire you and follow

Posted on August 7, 2012 at 20:00 0 Comments

Team GB Twitter has made this the first major social Olympics and Twitter has been the social media platform of choice for many of the magnificent Team GB athletes.

Here's a long list, I'll add more as I find them, feel free to help in the comments below.

Congratulations to everyone in Team GB, we are all proud of you, medal winners or not, you lived the dream!

 

Twitter Profile Name / Name / Sport…

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Pinterest

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 13:27 0 Comments

Here's a really quick way to find out if you or your clients have had their pics and vids pinned in Pinterest and by whom.

Type into your browser - http://pinterest.com/source/
and after the last forward slash type in a full web address

If you get a 404 message then no-one has pinned a pic or vid yet

Handy little hint that :-)

3 new things on BeckenhamTown.us

Posted on April 1, 2012 at 21:41 0 Comments

Hi Neighbours

The website is now well past the 1000 members mark and over the past month I added a few more sections to it, so please do check them all out and help them grow by using them regularly.

1. Volunteering - is a new tab that clicks through to a group to join and post any volunteer opportunities you know about locally or also perhaps ones you would like to volunteer for. It's both…

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1000+ Members and #BeckBromFL TweetUp Live

Posted on January 30, 2012 at 22:21 3 Comments

Hi everyone!

CONGRATULATIONS!

I just wanted to say a big thanks to everyone for being part of the website and posting so much great content, we finally sailed past the 1000th signed up member of the BeckenhamTown.us website last week, plus the Twitter following rocketed past 3000 too.

These are really great mile stones to pass and if anything the figures are increasing quicker as you all share the website, Twitter and Facebook pages with friends, colleagues…

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Saying thank you with a difference

Posted on October 27, 2011 at 23:10 0 Comments

I just bought a CD for my Dad for Christmas. It's okay, he's not au-fait with computers and so there is no chance of him seeing this and learning of the obscure 60s Swedish jazz pianist I've found him.

 

What I just received as a 'Thank you' in my email from the Internet music retailer, CD Baby, made me laugh so much and is easily the best little message I've been greeted with on buying anything on the Net. It costs nothing to say thanks they say, well these guys went further…

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London Neighbourhoods Online Unconference 2010

Posted on August 24, 2010 at 11:38 0 Comments

Looking forward to attending London Neighbourhoods Online Unconference 2010 on the 25th September in London - It will be interestesting to meet other local social website owners http://lno-unconference2010.eventbrite.com/



The London Neighbourhoods Online Unconference 2010 is an opportunity for Londoners running neighbourhood…

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World's Greatest Dance Routines

Posted on July 21, 2010 at 0:46 0 Comments



I've a great passion for 30s 40s 50s music, style & film and these two routines sum up the best. BGT, Xfactor & Strictly you can keep… Continue

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At 7:44 on June 19, 2013, Sam W said…

Hi John

I am coordinator for  Walking for Health in Bromley scheme - I wonder if you could put our leaflet up on your site please as we are always looking for new walkers

I attach the leafletsWalking%20for%20Health%20Bromley%20Poster.pdf

Walking%20for%20Health%20Bromley.pdf

Many thanks - Sam

At 20:57 on November 8, 2012, Reg Adams said…

Hi Jon: Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner. My colleagues, the eleven LibDem Councillors on Lewisham Council, issued the appended press-release about the A&E closure. But the position on Beckenham Beacon Hospital is less clear. The Administrator is not talking about closing that but says he wants to expand the number of services, though evidently Physiotherapy and X-rays will probably be moved to Farnborough.

 

Lewisham A&E threatened by Woolwich hospital’s PFI mess

A dodgy finance scheme used by a Woolwich hospital could cause the closure of Lewisham’s Accident & Emergency Department. The Private Finance Initiative (PFI) was strongly supported by the last Labour Government, when hospitals were encourage to sign risky contracts with private funders. Under Labour, Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich signed a PFI contract that is now causing the hospital to lose millions of pounds every month. As a result it is now being proposed that Queen Elizabeth becomes the main A&E for the Lewisham area as well, to help raise more money for the debt-ridden hospital in Woolwich.

A ‘Special Administrator’ appointed by the Government has proposed closing Lewisham’s A&E and other departments  to help restore Queen Elizabeth Hospital to financial health.

Lewisham’s Liberal Democrats have reacted angrily to the proposals, saying Lewisham residents should not have to suffer for mistakes made by a Woolwich Hospital. Leader of Lewisham’s Lib Dems, Cllr Chris Maines, has also called for the PFI contract to be re-negotiated, something the Special Administrator failed to consider. Cllr Maines commented, “The solution to stem the £1 million per week debt is to re-negotiate the PFI contract.  The Special Administrator, Matthew Kershaw, has failed to consider this in his recommendations, even though it could resolve the problem without closing Lewisham’s A&E Department. His list of closures and downgrades fails to deal with real problem, which is PFI. Labour told us that PFI was good for hospitals and claimed the private sector would take on any financial risk. This was always a myth. In reality it’s the NHS that has to take on the risk and patients that suffer when PFI contracts siphon off the money. We call on the Special Administrator to look seriously at re-negotiating the South London Healthcare’s PFI contract as a way of dealing with this mess.”

Lewisham LibDems are urging local residents to sign the petition to save Lewisham A&E. See

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/41027

At 22:39 on May 18, 2012, Jon Clarke said…

Dexys' first new album in 27 years..... Oh this is sooooooooooo good. Released 6 June. My youth, "Searching for the young soul rebel", Kevin Rowland has one of the best voices ever. So glad they made this.

At 20:07 on April 1, 2012, Jon Clarke said…

At 20:32 on January 30, 2012, Jon Clarke said…

FOR SALE - Beckenham eBay - fish tank aquarium, filter pump, heater and lights plus more etc http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180808451220 

At 22:16 on June 22, 2011, Jon Clarke said…
At 12:28 on August 24, 2010, Networked Neighbourhoods said…
Cheers Jon. Look forward to seeing you there.
At 15:49 on July 31, 2010, Roderick Andrew Reed said…
Dear Jon,
Congratulations on your web initiative to create a forum for ideas and discussion for Beckenham
Since 2004/5, Beckenham has lost many services having previously had a Hospital, Police Station, Day Care Centre fro the main stream elderly and also a Job Centre.
I would encourage all your respondents to join me in writing to our new M.P. and encouraging him to reverse the trend. Beckenham with its special and historic identity deserves better treatment from a remote Bromley Council and we should aspire to having our old Town Hall restored so that we can manage our own affairs once more.
A Police Office open 2 hours a fortnight is unacceptable as is an area the size of Penge and Beckenham with no NHS beds.
Even our Parliamentary boundary is a nonsense with the Post Office, Library, Baths all in the Lewisham Constituency.
There is much that needs to change and now is the time to push for it given the national and local political mood,
Thank you again for your splendid initiative,

Best wishes,


Rod Reed.(Lifelong Beckenham resident)
At 21:44 on February 16, 2010, Emma Jones said…
Thank you Jon, amendments done :-)
At 12:09 on May 14, 2009, Imogen Moore said…
Thank you Jon!
 
 
 

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