The Zoom boom

June blog post - zoom boom

It’s been an interesting few months hasn’t it? But thank goodness for technology (mainly Zoom) to keep us connected and still learning.

This month it’s been Zoom boom galore and we’ve been getting ready to get back into print for July – something that we’re really excited about.

Meanwhile, our June issue was a bumper 46 pages – when you publish a digital issue you’re not restricted by pagination – but it’s tough to know when to stop writing – we could have included a few more pages but then we might never have got it to press on time!

What we learned

One learning lesson has been that everyone has coped with the lockdown situation in their own way – and that there’s no right or wrong way to handle it.

Some people have embraced the situation and have used it to spend more time with the family, learning new hobbies and enjoying a more carefree, laidback lifestyle.

Others have distracted themselves by keeping busy and carrying on as close to normal as possible. And there have been others that have really struggled with what has become the new norm. In whatever way you’ve handled the situation, it’s important that we seek any help we need – and rally round to support one another.

Producing the digital issues of the magazines has meant that we’ve managed to slow down a little and enjoy some quality family time – and for that we’re truly grateful.

New advertisers

A huge welcome to Dave from The Property Doctor, Thomas Dunton, Liv-In-Chef and Precious Flowers for coming on board for the June issue. We’ve been busy promoting the magazine online – to our newsletter subscribers and across social media and news is spreading fast.

At the time of writing this, we’re planning on being back in print for July – we may have a few distribution hurdles to overcome – namely fewer footfall in places like train stations, but we’re planning on making sure every last magazine gets out there for people to read and will have to revert back to the door-to-door deliveries ourselves for the short term.

Other news & updates

As always, a special thank you to The Bed Post for kindly sponsoring our Puzzle Page where we’re giving away a £15 iTunes voucher to the winner every month.

And thank you also to Tangent Office Supplies in Orpington for kindly donating a £10 stationery voucher every month for the ‘star response’ to our letters page. Send us an email at and you could be our next winner!

Until next month, stay safe!

June: From acorns to bigger acorns

June blog post from acorns to bigger acorns

As the weather warms up so do the events it seems, with places to be and people to see.

We were delighted to meet the lovely Peter Hibble, who works for PDSA Orpington – and who was nominated by his manager Aaron for July’s ‘Local Hero’ – have a read in the July issue.

We also paid a visit to Oxfam Orpington who held a Volunteer Recruitment Day. Charities rely heavily on the goodwill of people giving up their time to volunteer – this could be anything from organising donations and rearranging the shelves, to working on the till and helping people with enquiries. If you’re got a few hours free a week to help, why not call up a local charity to ask if they need volunteers? Sharing is caring!

Right at the beginning of this month the Picturehouse in Bromley opened up and we were invited to the opening preview night (the main picture shows us in the foyer).

The new cinema has done a cracking job in terms of its interiors – really impressive was finding out that it had managed to retain the original Art Deco flooring was wonderful to hear. And did you know that there is a restaurant inside too – you can make a night of a visit there.

A mini expansion

As part of our magazine expansion, we’re now offering local reviews for businesses and services. If you think you’ve got something great and want us to try it out, email us at

This month we reviewed the lunchtime tapas menu at Thara Thai in Locksbottom (also based in Hayes) – you’ll be able to read our honest opinion in the July issue.

We’ve also expanded to start offering local businesses social media management. With Twitter, Facebook and Instagram playing such a large part in today’s society, it’s sometimes hard to keep all the plates spinning when you’re trying to run a business.

Whether it’s just coming up with content and images and supplying these to you to promote, or taking full management over the social media side of things (including engagement), we’ve got it covered. If you’re interested in finding out more, call us on 07403-603569 or email


This month we were invited to a ‘Movers & Shakers’ meeting at Biggin Hill Airport – a new initiative to look at how local businesses can forge better relationships with each other, via networking and with the council.

It was a great meeting with plenty covered and loads of new ideas generated. Many networking event facilitators were in attendance to help spread the word about what was discussed, and we’ll also be covering this in the magazine so that High Street businesses, local companies and sole traders can gen up on what help is available to them.

June blog post from acorns to bigger acorns

For the first time we also attended PIB (People In Business) networking in Orpington. It was a really well organised event and seemed like everyone was very welcoming. It’s great when people just ‘get’ the idea of true business networking – if you’re just attending to ‘sell, sell, sell’, you’re going about it the completely wrong way. It’s about forging new relationships and supporting one another in business.

If you are planning on attending networking events, please be aware that this is the protocol for most of them – after all, no one likes pushy sales people. Be genuine, be yourself and be prepared to help and support others.

There are plenty of networking events happening locally if you’re interested in finding out more. In fact, Bromley Council now has a new networking events section on its website – see We’ll also be covering local networking events available in the August issue (on the business page), so keep an eye out for this.

We also attended the Enchanted Festival in Priory Gardens at the beginning of this month and a prostate charity event at Chelsfield Golf Centre. As fans of interiors, we were also thrilled to receive an invite to the Exclusively Homewares Show and the Lidl Christmas Showcase which we both enjoyed thoroughly.

The kids are away…

On a more personal note, Nicky celebrated her birthday this month and both our girls were whisked away on a ‘PGL’ trip this month – they visited the Isle of Wight to take part in some amazing activities including canoeing, rock climbing, adventure trails and assault courses.

It was strange not having them around (and yes, we missed them very much!), but it’s a new chapter in their childhood and they’ll soon be off to secondary school. It’s scary on how quickly they grow up…we still can’t get used to it!

June blog post from acorns to bigger acorns

We were delighted to see that we featured on the cover for the Crofton Residents’ Association June edition of its newsletter.

They had some glowing words about Life In…Orpington…

“Of all the free publications that we receive, we are most impressed by the very new “Life In Orpington” magazine. If you normally throw such papers aside to read later (and then never do) please have a look at this new one, which was launched in March. It is not just all adverts…there is a very good mix of useful articles, tips, things to do, places to go. They are addressing their readers as human beings with families and feelings.”

We felt chuffed to bits to see this – and comments like this make all our hard work seem worth it.

Coming up next month…

We’ll be attending some more Christmas showcase events which we’re excited about – it will feel odd ‘celebrating’ Christmas in July, but the bigger companies work months in advance on what’s trending for the seasons, but it will be interesting to see what’s new this year!

No doubt we’ll also be attending some more networking events and keeping our ear to the ground on what’s happening locally.

Meanwhile, a quick shout out regarding our local heroes page…if you know someone who deserves a bit of recognition in our local community, please let us know. It could be a neighbour who has been helping someone, a parent at the local school who gives up their time to volunteer, a charity worker or even a child who has done themselves proud. You can email us at