The deadline for spending your old £1 coins has passed – or has it?

With banks and Post Offices only accepting the old style coins as deposits from their own customers what can you do if you suddenly come across the odd one whilst hoovering down the back of the sofa or at the bottom of an old handbag?

Well there is some good news, why not spend the odd coin in the following ways;

Pop in to Aldi, Iceland or Poundland

Aldi and Iceland will continue to accept the old £1 coins until 30th October and Poundland until the 31st.

Lidl’s trolleys can accept both old and new coins.

Give to charity

As part of the #poppypound campaign, The Royal British Legion poppy sellers will accept donations of the out of date coins up until Remembrance Sunday on the 12th November 2017.

Almost any charity will continue to accept them as donations.

With an estimated £500m coins still in circulation, The Federation of Small Businesses is advising its 170,000 members to continue to accept the coinage for a while longer.

There were 24 different £1 coin designs in circulation so before you get rid of those unloved coins, check that you haven’t got a rare one. Many can be worth more than their face value. Coins from the “Capital Cities of the UK” are selling on eBay for anywhere between £20 and £40 each.

The Mansion at Beckenham Place Park

The Grand Opening of The Mansion at Beckenham Place Park

The Official Public Opening of The Mansion at Beckenham Place Park is happening tomorrow, Saturday 29th April 2017.

For the first time in decades, this little known historic building will be open daily to the public.

Lying on the border of Beckenham and Lewisham, Beckenham Place Park is one of the borough’s finest nature reserves.

The former mansion, associated buildings and surrounding parkland has had a long and interesting history. It has been a boy’s school, sanatorium, prisoner of war camp and a golf course for 109 years. It has even been visited by Royalty.

For the next 22 months, RJK Properties will manage the estate. Providing a variety of art & craft and wellbeing classes, exhibitions and concerts. Their plan is to turn the Mansion into a dynamic and creative centre of the community.

So come along and join in the fun and help celebrate this momentous occasion.

Schedule:

9am-2pm: Weekly Food Market

9am-2pm: Vintage Market

11:15am-3:30 pm: Free taster sessions in yoga and Pilates for adults, kids and families

9am-5pm: Artist Open Studios

9am-5pm: Friends of Beckenham Place Park -Visitors Centre open

10am-4pm: Free arts, crafts and sewing workshops for the kids

10am-2pm: Children’s Woodland Walks

9pm onwards: ‘Togetherness’
Soul DJ evening and supper club
(visit www.peckhamsoul.co.uk to purchase tickets)

For further information:
http://www.beckenhamplace.org/about/
http://www.beckenhamplaceparkfriends.org.uk/about.htm
https://www.lewisham.gov.uk/inmyarea/openspaces/parks/beckenham-place-park/Pages/default.aspx

The newly released £1 coin standing up on a white background

All Change! The New £1 Coin

With the phased introduction of polymer notes in 2016, we now we can look forward this year to the redesigned £1 coin!

According to the Royal Mint it is estimated that 1 in 30 coins currently in circulation are counterfeit and that the new design will be harder to reproduce.

Along with an undisclosed security feature, the new coins include:

• A distinctive 12 sided shape (Dodecagon)

• Grooved edges on alternate sides

• Micro lettering along the rim of the heads side

• Constructed of two different metals; an outer gold coloured ring of nickel- brass and a silver-coloured inner ring of nickel plated alloy.

• Holographic image changing from a £ symbol to the number 1 when viewed from different angles.

The new coins will be introduced in March 2017 and will be phased out during a 6 month period. The coins will remain legal tender until September 2017 coins so don’t forget to check those jars, draws and down the side of the sofa!

After this date if your bank, building society or post office won’t accept them, they can be exchanged in person at the Bank of England in London.