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  • Prisoner of Japan seeks compensation

    Hendon: Criteria concerning compensation payments to those interned by the Japanese during the Second World War are 'disenfranchising' British citizens, according to retired Hendon teacher Isaac Abraham. Mr Abraham, 67, of Green Lane, was nine years old

  • Amnesty fear bombers did not get a fair trial

    Finchley: Amnesty International has raised concerns over the convictions of two Palestinians jailed for the 1994 North Finchley car bomb attack. The human rights group believes Samar Alami, 33, and Jawad Botmeh, 31, may have been denied a fair trial and

  • Rugby Union: Errors cost OWs in tight encounter

    Old Tiffinian 22 bt Old Whitgiftian 20 With Christmas approaching, the Old Whitgiftians gifted their opposition the points in a tight Surrey Division One encounter at the Grist Memorial Ground on Saturday. Whitgiftians got off to a cracking start with

  • Rugby Union: Controversial defeat for gallant Mids

    Effingham & Leatherhead 16 bt Old Mid-Whitgiftian 10 The Mids visited an Eagles team replenished since their slow start to the season on Saturday but were denied victory in controversial circumstances. The first 30 minutes were monumentally tedious

  • Rugby Union: Visitors take full points

    Mid-Sussex 13 bt Chipstead U18 10 Mid-Sussex, a club, newly formed from a merger of Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill, came to Chipstead with a large squad and nicked the points. The visitors missed two penalty attempts in the first 10 minutes but continued

  • Ryman League review: Tiverton crush Croydon

    Last Saturday is best forgotten in terms of action for our local Ryman sides because three of our local teams were victims of the heavy rain. Dulwich Hamlets' home trophy tie with Billericay was postponed until this week while Croydon Athletic's Division

  • Cycling: Clubs plan rides to help fitness campaigns

    With the new year coming up and thousands of people resolving to get fit, the Croydon Cycling Campaign has prepared a list of clubs and events to help you get under way. Addiscombe: On Saturday November 3, Addiscombe Cycling Club had a record turn out

  • Golf: Chipstead to show facilities

    Local golfers who want to get into the swing of things for 2002 are welcome to visit Chipstead Golf Club on Saturday at 2pm for an open day. The event will last an hour and a half and will include a tour of the club's facilities and a view of the course

  • Hockey: Kenley denied full points by late London equaliser

    Kenley 2 drew with London Edwardians 2 Kenley twice let a lead slip through their fingers in this Surrey Division Two clash and a last-minute goal meant honours were shared. Felding an understrength team because of notable absentees, Kenley started well

  • Hockey: Addiscombe show depth in easy win

    Addiscombe 5 bt Cheam 0 The benefit of having a large squad of players ensured Addiscombe maintained their unbeaten record and stayed top of Surrey Division Two. With seven first teamers unavailable, the rest of the squad took the chance to impress with

  • Hockey: Purley unstoppable despite slow start

    Purley Walcountians 8 bt Old Cranleighans 1 Purley Walcountians' promising South League Premier Division season continued on Saturday when they visited bottom placed Old Cranleighans and again produced an unstoppable performance. Early exchanges saw both

  • No complacency for country's most improved school

    "Pleased but not complacent" was the message from the headteacher at Wandle Primary, after it went from the worst performing school to achieving the most improved results in the country since last year. Performance tables published by the Department for

  • MP meets UN representative over HIV concerns

    THE latest figures on HIV/Aids infections were the subject of discussion when Walthamstow MP Neil Gerrard met Mary Robinson, the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights, last week. During a visit to London, Ms Robinson attended a meeting at the

  • T5 decision met with disapproval

    More than 1,000 protesters took to the streets of central London last month to appeal against the Government's decision to allow a fifth terminal at Heathrow. The rally, organised by pressure group HACAN Clearskies, was supported by several politicians

  • Walkers put the boot in

    A LOCAL green group has quit a local environment task force and threatened to take the council to court.o Walking group Waltham Forest Pedestrians Association (WFPA) has quit the Agenda 21 group in protest at what it has branded "secretive decision making

  • Give blood

    The next blood donor session will take place at Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton, on Friday, December 14. The mobile donor unit will be next to the rehabilitation unit from 11am until 1.15pm and from 3pm until 5.45pm. A further session will take place

  • Ten years for pervert Carne

    A PERVERT who raped a young mum and molested her baby daughter during months of sickening abuse has been jailed for ten years. Kevin Carne, of Priory Court, Walthamstow, indecently assaulted the tiny girl when she was less than a year old. The 23-year-old

  • Ex-Marine dies during house fire

    A well-known Battersea man died following a fire at his home on November 30. Ex-Marine George Adams, who was 78, died after his clothing caught alight. Initial investigations suggest the fire was accidental and possibly started while he was cooking. He

  • Woodcote unveils nursery

    Local parents are being invited to view Woodcote Infant School's new £250,000 purpose built nursery. A former caretaker's house located on a site next to the school was redeveloped to create the 52-place nursery and enables the school, based in Dunsfold

  • Reports denied

    Reports that a transplant patient died after receiving a diseased kidney have been denied by St George's Hospital, Tooting. A national newspaper claimed Dhanapalan Asbury, 57, of Raynes Park, died last month after receiving a kidney from a donor who was

  • Potholes 'life-threatening'

    INCREASING numbers of dangerous potholes are making the lives of pedestrians and motorists hell. Liz Mammatt, Conservative Party spokeswoman, said she is disgusted by Hounslow Council's negligence of the town's streets and roads and thinks it's high time

  • That's magic

    More than 200 Harry Potter fans came face to face with their hero last week. Accompanied by 21 teachers, children from Hillbrook Primary School, Tooting, enjoyed the blockbuster movie at Wimbledon Odeon. December 5, 2001 16:30

  • HATs off to the past

    MEMORIES of four key areas of the borough and of the changes made to them over the years will be revived at a series of meetings from next week. Waltham Forest Housing Action Trust (HAT) is launching its oral history project, named From Terraces to Towers

  • Mother killed in suspected arson

    A FAMILY is grief-stricken after losing their mother in a suspected arson attack. Harbans Johal of Corporation Avenue, Hounslow died on Wedneday, November 26, five days after the blaze at her home, which police believe was lit deliberately. Firefighters

  • Lollipop men cross over to showbiz

    A group of lollipop men swapped the streets of Wandsworth for the Dominion Theatre's stage last Monday. Denis Leahy, Edmund Lucid, Alfred Robinson and Bisram Garney joined members of the armed forces, Beefeaters, Chelsea Pensioners and comedian Julian

  • Hat could be the future for disabled

    A DISABLED man has helped pioneer a mind-reading computer system for people with severe physical disabilities. Cathal O'Philbin, 40, of Whittle Close, Walthamstow, helped scientists carry out trials of revolutionary thought-recognition computer software

  • The fine art of grabbing attention

    UP AND coming artists are displaying their amazing talents at Brunel University's exhibition of applied arts. Claire Trease, of Ickenham, expressed her creativity at the university's Beldam Gallery with a dazzling display of handwoven and dyed silk scarves

  • Rent rise 'fair' for all

    COUNCIL rents are set to rise as part of a scheme to make councils and housing association charges fairer. The central proposal is that rents charged by housing associations and local authorities should be set on a common basis, and not vary from area

  • Fear reports could spell doom for justice system

    The borough faces a "double whammy" next week as much argued-over reports into the future of police numbers and magistrates courts are finally published. They are likely to spell doom for Barnet's criminal justice system, with the potential closure of

  • Car-jack terror

    A CAR-jacking has left a Hounslow resident distraught after thieves stole her prized £26,000 sports car. The 34-year-old was driving down the Great West Road, Hounslow, on Monday (Dec 3) at 6.40pm when a car went into the back of hers. She pulled over

  • Armed thieves raid chemists

    Two armed men burst into a chemists and violently pistol-whipped four people before escaping with cash last weekend. The men struck at around 4.40pm on Saturday, December 2, at Superdrug in St John's Road, Battersea. One of the robbers went around the

  • Strikers make their point

    SOCIAL services workers held a one-day strike on Tuesday in protest at massive cuts to services for the most vulnerable members of the community. Between 700 and 800 workers from public service union Unison picketed offices in Russell Road, Leyton, Municipal

  • Orchestra hits right note with children

    The London Charity Orchestra (LCO) recently performed at a special fun day for children from Westover Road, Wandsworth, in a bid to generate community spirit. Around 60 children, many kitted-out in fancy dress, attended the event at the Royal Victoria

  • At the heart of Heathrow

    HEATHROW Airport has installed heart defibrillators in all four of its terminals as part of a government health drive to improve the survival rates of heart attack casualties in public places. The initiative makes Heathrow the first airport to trial the

  • Police chief annoyed at article's jibe

    A damning report by a Sunday newspaper which labelled Hertfordshire Constabulary as the fourth worst police force in the country has been criticised by the county's chief constable. The report by The Observer graded the country's police forces in terms

  • GLA-man Arbour to fight back for rights

    TONY Arbour, Hounslow, Kingston and Richmond upon Thames representative on the Greater London Authority, has slammed leaked government proposals to reform the planning system. Mr Arbour's concern comes in the wake of growing speculation that the government

  • A Nutcracker treat for all

    Tchaikovsky's enchanting classic Christmas ballet The Nutcracker will be performed by the acclaimed Russian National Ballet at Fairfield from December 26-31. Founded by Sergei Radcheno, former star of the Bolshoi Ballet, the remarkable talent of Russia's

  • Maureen fosters love and care

    A FOSTER carer who has housed needy children for more than a decade has been honoured with a prestigious silver award. Maureen Simpson, who has fostered 14 young people during the past 10 years, received her glittering trophy from Hounslow Mayor, Cllr

  • Commuters face strikes

    Commuters' festive celebrations could grind to a halt if South West Trains (SWT) staff vote in favour of strike action over Christmas. SWT employees started voting earlier this week on whether to stage a series of strikes over pay and conditions. The

  • Volunteers saved by last minute cash injection

    A SCHEME to provide desperately needed services to the vulnerable has been saved from the chop after receiving a last minute cash injection. Grants of nearly £92,000 from the Community Fund and up to £75,000 from Bridge House Estates this week have ensured

  • It's Christmas

    Santa's elves will bring a touch of festive cheer to Wandsworth Shopping Centre tomorrow and next Friday thanks to interactive performance company Ladder to the Moon. Ellie and Eddie the Elves will be handing out copies of Santa's shopping list giving

  • Help for home buyers

    People buying homes in parts of Battersea and Roehampton could save up to £1,500 on the purchase price because of a relaxation of stamp duty rules. Properties priced between £60,000 and £150,000 in Latchmere and Roehampton wards will no longer have the

  • Soapbox: What's gone wrong, Ken?

    With the sacking of Steve Norris, Ken Livingstone is finally showing his true colours, writes BRIAN COLEMAN, the Conservative Greater London Assembly member for Barnet and Camden: Yes it has finally happened: power has gone to his head and he has become

  • Barton's back

    He's back and he's selling out fast. Dick Barton Special Agent is at The Warehouse Theatre from Friday, December 7 until February 3. This season it's a Latin flavour adventure with The Tango of Terror episode. Previous Barton escapades have been a riot

  • Flag flies free at Eco-School

    Pupils and teachers at Norwood Park Primary School celebrated after discovering they could continue flying a green flag over their school because it had retained its much-coveted Eco-Schools award status. Their Eco-Schools award was re-established, at

  • Award-winning choir tunes up to aid Afghanistan's needy

    An award-winning choir held a concert in Balham to raise money for a children's charity last month. The London Adventist Chorale performed at Balham's Seventh Day Adventist Church in The Boulevard to raise money for UNICEF, one of the charities helping

  • Now it's hip to be square

    The star of Box Story, soon to perform at the Clocktower on December 14, is 51-year-old Bobbi Baker, but her age can be mentioned because its one of the first things she pronounces on stage. The performance artist is known for producing exciting solo

  • Kane not able to win tie

    Tooting & Mitcham were held to a 1-1 draw at Bromley last Saturday in the FA Trophy second round. Conrad Kane put Tooting ahead after 75 minutes, but James Taylor scored for Bromley with six minutes to go. The replay was due to take place on Tuesday

  • A trip around the world in 80 days...on a motorbike

    By her own admission, there is nothing extraordinary about Morag Taylor's life. But that is set to change next August when the 44-year-old mother-of-two aims to travel around the world in no more than 80 days on the back of a motorcycle. Organised by

  • Forget your change, where's my food?

    The Putney branch of Snappy Snaps has donated £300 in prize-winnings to the Blue Cross animal charity after promoting Take Your Dog to Work Day earlier this year. The High Street store won the money in a nationwide competition to find the best window

  • Take a stroll down by the riverside

    A brochure promoting the riverside walk between Battersea and Putney has just been published. The Riverside Walks booklet was officially launched by the Mayor of Wandsworth, Councillor Ron Smith, in Putney's Bar M last week. It includes places of interest

  • A fond farewell to Jay and Silent Bob

    Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back (18) 104mins: 3 out of 5 Your enjoyment of Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back is really going to hinge on two things; your familiarity with the not-so-dynamic-doped-up-duo and your tolerance for what Mary Whitehouse (may she

  • Man cannot afford to pay his bail

    Finance worker Gholami Sacki, charged with taking part in a £100million money-laundering scheme, remained in prison on Friday because he could not afford to pay the £120,000 bail. Iranian-born Sacki, 46, of Evesham Road, New Southgate, who has already

  • Cooking up a storm to order

    The genius of a world-calibre chef has begun to rain hard on South Croydon's pub-life, and may the storm clouds never clear! The bright green doors of the Earl of Eldon on Brighton Road swung open to reveal Mark Dixie, a few of his favourite kitchen gadgets

  • Respect care workers

    So Councillor Jan Leigh thinks there is nothing in the council's proposals to use agency staff for all new homecare work to warrant a one-day strike. According to her, this is because home helpers will not suffer in any way. Perhaps they will not, but

  • Tory MP is wrong to dismiss T5 objections

    The November 21 edition of the Financial Times noted that David Wilshire, the Tory MP whose Spelthorne constituency borders Heathrow, had a very strong opinion about the outcome of the Terminal 5 inquiry. He said: "Hopefully, the obsessed knockers of

  • Thank you all for a wonderful show

    I want to thank everyone, particularly the young, who took part in the Lord Mayor's Show in the City of London on Saturday, November 10. It was a wonderful day and I was impressed by the splendid activities of thousands of people who made marvellous contributions

  • Sad situation

    In July 1997, you published a letter on the eruv controversy. It is sad that this matter is still unresolved. Can we have some plain answers please? Who (and when) specifically decided on poles and the wire and the permissible size of gaps, none of which

  • Cadets' families to go for compensation

    The Ministry of Defence faces a barrage of compensation claims from families of air cadets killed or injured in an horrific coach crash. Lawyers acting for the family of survivor James Topping have already launched a claim against the MoD. They are seeking

  • Eruv confusion

    If Patricia Wilson's opposition to eruv poles is based on her fears of telegraph poles being struck by lightning can we expect she will be vigorously campaigning for the removal of lampposts, mobile phone antennas and traffic lights on the same basis?

  • Prisoner of Japan seeks compensation

    Criteria concerning compensation payments to those interned by the Japanese during the Second World War are 'disenfranchising' British citizens, according to retired Hendon teacher Isaac Abraham. Mr Abraham, 67, of Green Lane, was nine years old when

  • Louise visits the Fairfield

    Tickets are now on sale for Louise, who comes to the Fairfield Concert Hall on February 25. Her Changing Faces UK Tour 2002, is bound to sell out fast, so book early on 020 8688 9291. December 5, 2001 17:00

  • Big crowds expected as museum scraps charges

    Attendances at Hendon RAF Museum are expected to go sky high after admission for everyone was made free from last weekend. After a two-year campaign by Hendon MP Andrew Dismore, children and pensioners visiting the Colindale museum were allowed in for

  • 'We want our dog back for Christmas'

    Two dog-owners convicted of animal cruelty this week said they wanted their pet back in time for Christmas. Paul Rowell, 39, and Leanne Cobb, 27, left Khan, their six-year-old German Shepherd, tied to a concrete post for several days in the back garden

  • Mum stuck on baby magnets

    The magnetic appeal of a Croydon mum's simple idea to celebrate the birth of her daughter has seen it spiral into a full-time business. Joanna Leapman, 31, from Upper Norwood marked the birth of her baby Lara at Mayday Hospital by turning photographs

  • Man cannot afford to pay his bail

    Finance worker Gholami Sacki, charged with taking part in a £100million money-laundering scheme, remained in prison on Friday because he could not afford to pay the £120,000 bail. Iranian-born Sacki, 46, of Evesham Road, New Southgate, who has already

  • Evan's above the rest

    Graveney School pupil Evan Williams races for the line to become the first Wandsworth borough runner to finish the London Heathrow Youth Games cross country championship in the boys 11-12 years age group. Evan, 11, was 30th overall in a field of 157 athletes

  • Fulham Ladies reserves beat Leeds in cup game

    Fulham's women footballers went one better than the men on Saturday, with the reserves beating Leeds United 4-0 to reach the quarter-finals of the League Cup. The Whites took the lead in the fourth minute when Anne-Marie Collins converted Terri Warren's

  • Kane not able to win tie

    Tooting & Mitcham were held to a 1-1 draw at Bromley last Saturday in the FA Trophy second round. Conrad Kane put Tooting ahead after 75 minutes, but James Taylor scored for Bromley with six minutes to go. The replay was due to take place on Tuesday

  • Microwave tower concerns

    Once again local residents are having to face a fight to prevent a microwave tower being built in a residential area. This time the proposed tower is to be situated on South Croydon Bus Garage and local residents are protesting. The proposed tower is

  • Don't cry fowl this Christmas

    MOST cooks operate on the KISS principle at Christmas Keep It Simple, Stupid! and who can argue with that sentiment. But within that framework there are many ways of ringing a few subtle changes without too much hassle and with minimum risk. Try this

  • Eruv confusion

    If Patricia Wilson's opposition to eruv poles is based on her fears of telegraph poles being struck by lightning can we expect she will be vigorously campaigning for the removal of lampposts, mobile phone antennas and traffic lights on the same basis?

  • Take care to stamp down postal costs

    With Christmas looming, may I, through your columns, make a plea for postal users to ensure stamps are well stuck down onto their parcels? Last December, I received a post office card telling me that a parcel awaited my collection from the East Croydon

  • Dave and Grace are on top song

    Mr Musical, Dave Willets, and the sultry Grace Kennedy, combined their talents on Wednesday evening at Fairfield, to present a cracking show with wall-to-wall, non-stop hits from the shows and movies. A disappointingly small audience were entertained

  • Railtrack gets it right

    Congratulations to Croydon Council for finally prevailing upon Railtrack to do something right and provide the anti-fouling measures underneath Norbury Bridge over London Road which once was an eyesore and is now attractively painted. Many thanks Croydon

  • Pure Magic!

    I was one of the privileged few to see a production of The Magic Flute at Old Palace School. The play was performed to a select audience on four nights during November writes Linda Kirby. The director of the show, James Edwards, created a show of exceptional

  • Beatles' legacy will never be forgotten

    I just got up, turned on the radio and heard of the death of George Harrison. They're playing Beatles tracks and the memories have come flooding back. As a teenager of the sixties I remember listening to my tranny under the covers on Sunday night for

  • Keep your garden safe and secure

    WITH the temperature dropping, winter is now setting in and so it's time to finish clearing up the garden. One important job is to rake up the many leaves in order to keep good hygiene and to prevent diseases. It's also a good way of getting rid of the

  • Diary of events - December 6-12

    Theatre ASHCROFT THEATRE: The Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon. Three British Tenors with Barry Clark, Jeffrey Cresswell & Tomos Ellis, December 6. 020 8688 9291. WAREHOUSE THEATRE: Dingwall Road, Croydon. Dick Barton Episode III The Tango

  • Neighbours far from home

    This summer Australian actress Elisha Gazdowicz was feeling a little bit homesick but she should be fine by now. Neighbours' Jessica has now been joined by a fellow Aussie and another famous face from Neighbours, tearaway Toadfish, alias Ryan Maloney,

  • Guilty owners want dog back for Christmas

    Two dog-owners convicted of animal cruelty this week said they wanted their pet back in time for Christmas. Paul Rowell, 39, and Leanne Cobb, 27, left Khan, their six-year-old German Shepherd, tied to a concrete post for several days in the back garden

  • Garlic, croissants? It's the French

    'OH LA LA!' cried delighted visitors to Staines town centre last week when they discovered a real French Market in town. The traders were invited to cross the Channel and set up shop on Thursday, November 29, as part of an initiative by the Staines Partnership

  • Mill Hill spreading seasonal cheer

    Christmas cards showing winter scenes from Mill Hill will sit proudly on coffee tables across the globe this festive season. Eric Partridge, 75, president of the Milldon Art Society, came up with the design in a competition to raise funds for the Mill

  • Little tips go a long way to improving our planet

    A Wimbledon woman has compiled a book containing 365 ways in which people can help the environment in everyday life. Annabel Short, of Somerset Road, in Wimbledon Village, is a freelance journalist who has worked on The Ecologist Magazine and National

  • Soapbox: What's gone wrong, Ken?

    With the sacking of Steve Norris, Ken Livingstone is finally showing his true colours, writes BRIAN COLEMAN, the Conservative Greater London Assembly member for Barnet and Camden: Yes it has finally happened: power has gone to his head and he has become

  • Funding for bike schools

    Merton residents can improve their biking schools thanks to funding from green charity Groundwork. An instructor will meet would-be cyclists anywhere in the borough and take them out over their chosen route, whether to school, work or in a park. Funding

  • Car wash gets Green Belt lovers in a lather

    A decision by Barnet Council to allow a car wash to operate from Green Belt land at Copthall was this week described as "scandalous" by the Mill Hill Preservation Society. Chairman John Turtle accused the council of being "shifty" in allowing the Mr Valet

  • SW London postal service is second worst in country

    Frustrated Royal Mail customers fed up by postal delays have been told their delivery service is the second worst in the country. Figures released by Postwatch a consumer representatives council have shown that only 86.4 per cent of first class mail is

  • Arrests for man killed

    Police have arrested four men in connection with the murder of a man in Merton earlier this month. Sellathurai Balasingham, a Sri Lankan Tamil, was bludgeoned to death on November 6, on the Mitcham housing estate where he lived. The latest arrests follow

  • Bus will run all night

    The 93 bus will now run 24 hours a day as part of a package of bus improvements in the area. The bus, which runs from Putney to North Cheam via Wimbledon and Morden, will run half-hourly throughout the night. Daytime services will also be more frequent

  • Hospital denies diseased kidney killed patient

    Reports that a transplant patient died after receiving a diseased kidney have been strenuously denied by St Georges Hospital, which carried out the operation. A national newspaper claimed Dhanapalan Asbury, a 57-year-old book-keeper who lived in Raynes

  • Councillor's family flees blaze terror

    A MAN has been arrested in connection with a house fire which forced a councillor, her partner and children to flee their home in the early hours of the morning. Labour councillor Liz Brookes, her two teenage children and partner were treated for smoke

  • Town centre shops dispute rumbles on

    A £40 million shopping and leisure complex is still being considered despite deep-seated opposition from residents and traders. Councillors last week decided to leaflet every home and business near the planned development behind the Town Hall in New Broadway

  • British justice is 'a disgrace'

    A woman has branded British justice a disgrace after having her compensation bid for witnessing the death of a policeman thrown out of the High Court. Elizabeth Fagan, 39, who lived in Wimbledon at the time of the accident in 1995, would have made legal

  • Crimes are not art

    Your reader Mark Adam's letter (News Shopper, November 14) regarding graffiti kids expressing themselves, is he totally mad? Let's get this straight once and for all. Graffiti is a crime. It is a criminal offence. You will be arrested and charged if found

  • TO THE POINT

    Word of praise As the only things one hears about Social Services seem to be bad, I would like to give a few words of praise. After my 94-year-old mother had a fall in September last year, they went out of their way to make her life as comfortable as

  • Ocelot is home for sub-urban fox

    There have been several articles, over the years, about the urban fox, so I thought you may be interested in the picture of the sub urban fox I took recently in Chatham Dockyard. Apparently he lives quite happily on HMS Ocelot, a Royal Navy submarine

  • No cash for robber

    A robber escaped empty-handed after brandishing a foot long metal bar at a Mitcham post office. The terrifying attack happened at 6.30pm last Wednesday when a 22-year-old man entered the Church Road shop, demanding money from the till. The 52-year-old

  • It's a shocking betrayal of trust

    The News Shopper campaign to save Bromley Youth Music Trust (BYMT) has received massive backing. We launched the campaign last month to fight council proposals to cut the trust's funding. Support has come in from several high-profile people, among them

  • Eruv confusion

    If Patricia Wilson's opposition to eruv poles is based on her fears of telegraph poles being struck by lightning can we expect she will be vigorously campaigning for the removal of lampposts, mobile phone antennas and traffic lights on the same basis?

  • Wacky fun

    CHARACTERS from the Wacky Warehouse Wacky Gang joined forces with the NSPCC recently for a day of fancy dress and fun at the Myllet Arms in Western Avenue, Perivale. Wacky Wesley and Spike of the Happy Kids are seen above playing with children in the

  • Chickening out of Christmas sales

    BEWARE of buying chicken is the message to shoppers after the RSPCA revealed the appalling suffering the birds experience in their short lives. The RSPCA has launched a campaign to highlight the catalogue of illness, from sudden heart failure to leg pain

  • Hat-trick hero

    Camberley 0 Wingate & Finchley 3 Ryman League Division Three Danny Fitzpatrick's first hat-trick for Wingate and Finchley, gave them a comfortable win at bottom club Camberley on Tuesday and hoisted them to sixth place. Fitzpatrick struck in the 20th

  • Shots fired

    Two shots were fired across the street at a 30-year-old male by two men on Church Road in Acton at 4.40pm on Monday (Dec 3). The bullets missed their target, hitting the window of a shop while the two suspects escaped towards South Acton Estate. The area

  • Points lost

    Bank of England 2 East Barnet OG 2 Southern Amateur League Division Two East Barnet had to settle for a point, conceding a late equaliser to Bank of England at Roehampton on Saturday. EBOG went 2-1 ahead through Goran Kucinovic, with his 19th goal of

  • Scouts recall past at group's 90th birthday

    A VAST array of Scouts both past and present gathered to celebrate the 90th birthday of the 1st Farnborough Scout Group. Seven former Scout leaders were among the group of 70 "old boys" who spent an afternoon reminiscing at the Scout Hut, in Farnborough

  • Xmas party

    Southall MP Piara Khabra attended a Christmas party on Sunday (Dec 2) organised by Age-Link, a social club for pensioners of which he is a patron. Age link groups from Ealing, Acton, South Acton, Southall, Greenford, Northolt and Hanwell all enjoyed the

  • Band are devastated

    I am writing to add my support to your campaign to safe guard the future of the Bromley Youth Music Trust. For five years my niece has played in the Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra, and worked with BYMT's peripatetic teachers for five years before

  • Potter day

    Potter-mania is coming to Little Ealing Primary School as it hosts a wizard- themed fancy dress contest. The Christmas bazaar will be at Weymouth Avenue, South Ealing, from 2pm until 4pm on Saturday (Dec 8). A sleigh loaded with presents will be drawn

  • Deeply dismayed

    I am deeply dismayed to learn of the proposed cuts in the funding of the Bromley Youth Music Trust, which may result in the closure of the Bromley Youth Chamber Orchestra. I quote from the article in this week's local News Shopper in which you referred

  • Distressed at proposed closure

    I was distressed to read the article on the plans which could lead to the closure of the BYMT. I have supported the BYMT over many years and our three children have all attended the orchestras and bands. The BYMT has been (and still is) hugely important

  • BYMY encourgaed my son in music

    We write at this time in response to the article which appeared in the November 14 edition of the News Shopper, regarding the cuts in funding for Bromley Youth Music Trust. Based on the encouragement our son received from BYMY, he is currently studying

  • I support BYMT

    Further to your article in this week's edition (November 14), I write to support your campaign to save the Bromley Youth Music Trust. Our son, Andrew, has enjoyed eight years of working his way up through the various bands at the BYMT. For the past three

  • Very upset at BYMT closure

    I am very upset to hear that Bromley's education department are considering winding down to nil the funds for the Bromley Youth Music Trust. I've lived in Bickley for most of my life and was a member of the Bromley Youth Orchestra from the age of 8 until

  • Madness on Merseyside

    The 51st State 18 3/5 AN EXTREMELY odd mix of British and American stars feature in this transatlantic drug underworld movie with screen legend Samuel L Jackson going head-to-head with Robert Carlyle under the direction of Ronnie Yu (Bride of Chucky,

  • Learning boost for ethnic minority kids

    A NEW research project designed to raise educational achievement and reduce school exclusions has benefited 31 Black African and Caribbean boys. The scheme, a Quality Projects initiative by Ealing Council, has been devised to improve the life chances

  • Keen sportsman defied the odds

    ORPINGTON: Six weeks to live turned into a half century A DOWN'S Syndrome man from Orpington who was given only six weeks to live when he was born has died at the age of 52. When John Wood, of Court Road, was born with the genetic disorder and a severe

  • Time for electoral change

    Shadow Chancellor Michael Howard, speaking in Hendon, wouldn't reveal details of his policy "with three years at the earliest before the election" (Tax, health and future elections', November 29). Well the electoral law isn't quite so precise, or so restrictive

  • Three new advice centres to open

    THREE new citizens' advice bureaux are set to open next year, offering advice on issues such as education, employment, benefits and immigration. The new centres will bring the total of CABx in Ealing to four and will be located in central Ealing, Hanwell

  • Rocky seas

    Described as a comedy romance, Meat And Two Veg is making a welcome return to Battersea Arts Centre (BAC), writes Gareth Foreman. Staged by Cartoon De Salvo (pictured), the tale is loosely based on Shakespeares Twelfth Night, yet the heroes of the piece

  • Please weed this TV stalker out

    Celebrity seed pedlar Alan Titchmarsh has become a waking nightmare for HARRY COLE ... When I was a child, there was an actor named Eric Von Stronheim who was a villain in so many films he was billed as The Man You Love To Hate. Sadly, Eric got left behind

  • Best than Zero

    I am a fan of people in bands having made-up names, writes Stuart Moses. It suggests some thought has gone into the concept behind the music. But does the music of the amusingly-titled Dr_A, Sneaky and Crash_303 match up to their imaginations? Opening

  • A wise choice as winner

    Owls about that: nine-year-old Matthew Martin of Sellwood Drive, Barnet, won his family a holiday with this imaginative picture of a swooping barn owl. The youngster entered the competition organised by Center Parcs to encourage interest in the British

  • Lucky strike

    Your enjoyment of Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back is really going to hinge on two things; your familiarity with the not-so-dynamic-doped-up-duo and your tolerance for what Mary Whitehouse (may she rest in peace) would no doubt have called a torrent of

  • Go to Birmingham

    So, 57,000 people from all over the country signed up the petition to encourage Barnet Council to obliterate 30,000 square metres of Green Belt to build another football stadium. Why, since less than 2,000 people bother to turn up for matches? What business

  • Jeannine beats cancer and takes on the desert

    A RESIDENT is prepared to undertake the challenge of a lifetime, just a few years after recovering from life-threatening cancer. Mrs Jeannine Green, 53, of Winton Road, Farnborough, was given just a slim chance of survival when she was diagnosed with

  • Doctor out over MMR controversy

    The consultant who sparked fears that the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination can lead to autism and serious bowel disorders has been forced out of his job at the Royal Free Hospital. Professor Andrew Wakefield, who worked as a consultant gastroenterologist

  • Evening of good cheer for all

    Crowds enjoyed a magical evening as Wimbledon town centre kicked off the festive season in style with street performers, a parade and spectacular fireworks. Shoppers and their families were entertained last Thursday by a variety of attractions from unicyclists

  • Muslim children bullied at school

    VICIOUS assaults on members of the Muslim community have risen dramatically since the September 11 terrorist attacks. Children are being bullied and taunted at schools because of their religion, while Muslim women are encountering greater isolation due

  • No Mayor spells a nightmare

    PROTESTERS claim the borough will be run by 'arrogant part-timers' after the council decided to continue using a leader and cabinet structure. Ealing has had a leader and cabinet for 18 months and that was made permanent on November 20. But campaigners

  • Williams folly

    To sacrifice an idyllic cricket pitch and an avenue of mature and ancient oaks to the corporate altar is criminal. It's scarcely surprising, considering bombastic projects like the Tally Ho Arts Centre, that Alan Williams is backing the new stadium against

  • Life's miseries

    From the perspective of elderly folk living in Barnet there are two sources of misery that the council does not seem able to address despite all their promises. Firstly the abysmal bus service on the 263 route. We have to be resigned to up an hour's wait

  • Don't cry fowl this Christmas

    MOST cooks operate on the KISS principle at Christmas Keep It Simple, Stupid! and who can argue with that sentiment. But within that framework there are many ways of ringing a few subtle changes without too much hassle and with minimum risk. Try this

  • Audley's a knockout

    HUNDREDS of fans braved the cold to see a home-grown hero switch on the lights in Wembley town centre on Thursday last week. Olympic Gold medallist Audley Harrison, who hails from Kingsbury, delivered a knockout start to the festive season. The lead-up

  • Drew's riding high

    Riding in cars with boys (12) SPANNING a period of over 20 years, this comedy-drama (based on a true story) follows the life of writer Beverly Donofrio. From her adolescent years in the 60s, we witness the life changing moments which shape her future

  • Keep your garden safe and secure

    WITH the temperature dropping, winter is now setting in and so it's time to finish clearing up the garden. One important job is to rake up the many leaves in order to keep good hygiene and to prevent diseases. It's also a good way of getting rid of the

  • Panto fun

    Christmas is coming and so the pantomime season is here again, writes Gareth Foreman. Oh no it isnt, I hear you cry, Oh yes it is and theatres across South West London will be home to all the well-loved panto stories, plus a few not so well known tales

  • Xmas refuse rota

    ROTAS have been distributed to every home with a wheelie bin this week to remind residents of Christmas refuse collection. There will be no collections from Christmas Day until December 28 and a blank day again on New Year's Day. The first week of the

  • Neighbours far from home

    This summer Australian actress Elisha Gazdowicz was feeling a little bit homesick but she should be fine by now. Neighbours' Jessica has now been joined by a fellow Aussie and another famous face from Neighbours, tearaway Toadfish, alias Ryan Maloney,

  • Young spirits soar at concert

    MUSIC was on the agenda when children at Saxon Primary School were treated to an array of talent on Friday last week. The four to 11-year-olds at the Briar Road school listened in delight as the South East Music Centre played a selection of popular songs

  • Neighbours far from home

    This summer Australian actress Elisha Gazdowicz was feeling a little bit homesick but she should be fine by now. Neighbours' Jessica has now been joined by a fellow Aussie and another famous face from Neighbours, tearaway Toadfish, alias Ryan Maloney,

  • Council has clear sight

    BRENT Council has been nominated as one of the country's most visionary organisations. The nomination for BT Vision 100 Index follows a visit from the Improvement and Development Agency (IdeA) executive director Mel Usher. The Index is a list of the UK's

  • Jewish community 'failing' foster kids

    A WORSENING fostering crisis has prompted a charity to issue urgent calls for more Jewish families to open up their homes to children in need. Staff at Norwood Ravenswood, based in Broadway House, Stanmore, have admitted that they still do not have enough

  • Racial equality policy shortlisted

    HARROW Council could be awarded beacon status for the second time after being shortlisted for its promotion of racial equality. In the coming weeks, the council will be visited by a team of officials and given the chance to make presentations to further

  • In back of the Net

    When Phil Presland wrote to Webworld and said: Here is an interesting sports website I had to laugh. The words sports and website can mean only one thing to me boring. However, I put personal prejudice aside and logged on, writes Heidi Wyithe. Luckily

  • Local sites

    In a desperate bid to get with the people, Webworld is on the look out for local websites. Yes, nothing too saucy, too rude or lewd, just an honest, hardworking, god-fearing website for the Guardian to review. If you have a website on any subject and

  • Hat-trick hero

    Camberley 0 Wingate & Finchley 3 Ryman League Division Three Danny Fitzpatrick's first hat-trick for Wingate and Finchley, gave them a comfortable win at bottom club Camberley on Tuesday and hoisted them to sixth place. Fitzpatrick struck in the 20th

  • What's on in town

    WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 5DANCE: Senior citizens. St John's Church, Bourne Hill, Palmers Green. 2pm-4pm. 8363 2285. SHOP: Cards for Good Causes Multi-charity Christmas Card Shop. Palmers Green United Reformed Church, Fox Lane, Palmers Green. Monday to Saturday

  • Points lost

    Bank of England 2 East Barnet OG 2 Southern Amateur League Division Two East Barnet had to settle for a point, conceding a late equaliser to Bank of England at Roehampton on Saturday. EBOG went 2-1 ahead through Goran Kucinovic, with his 19th goal of

  • Payne answers call to rescue crisis club

    Colin Payne has enjoyed a passionate involvement with football. He has been manager of four Ryman League clubs, player-manager of another and has enjoyed a fair measure of success. But now he's facing his toughest task to date, reviving the flagging fortunes

  • Police release Lawrence man on bail

    Police in London have released on bail a 27-year-old man questioned in connection with the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence. Detectives have not released details of the man's identity but it is understood he is not one of the five suspects previously

  • Yelland forced to taste first defeat

    James Yelland, 26-year-old superbantamweight from Finchley, lost his unbeaten record when his six-round clash with Canning Town's John McKay was stopped in the last round at York Hall, Bethnal Green, last Wednesday. Yelland's run of five wins and a draw

  • Hendon win right to join Barnet in Trophy draw

    Barnet have been drawn away to Fisher Athletic while Hendon must visit Cambridge City in the FA Trophy third round on Saturday, January 12. For Barnet fans, the clash with Fisher will trigger memories of the greatest day in the club's history. Back in

  • Brown on top form

    Watford 7 Hendon 45 Herts/Middlesex League Division Three Andrew Brown was man of the match, contributing 21 points, three tries and three conversions, for Hendon who led 26-7 at half-time. The visitors had to survive an early onslaught, but their speedy

  • Sloppy Bees throw it away at the end

    Wycome 5 Brentford 3 (Dec 1) AN EIGHT-goal thriller left players and fans stunned to be making the short journey home with nothing to show for their efforts. The Bees started better and opened the scoring after 12 minutes. A Gibbs corner found its way

  • 'Scoring three and losing is disappointing'

    GAVIN Mahon gave an insight into the players' feelings after the Wycombe game. "To come away from home and score three goals and then lose is disappointing." In a week where he has been linked with a high-profile move to Crystal Palace, Mahon refused

  • Sad situation

    In July 1997, you published a letter on the eruv controversy. It is sad that this matter is still unresolved. Can we have some plain answers please? Who (and when) specifically decided on poles and the wire and the permissible size of gaps, none of which

  • Hockey

    Woking 3 HEHC 1 (Dec 1) In recent weeks a win has proved elusive for Hounslow and Ealing 1st XI, who were hoping to rectify this on Saturday in Woking. With the home advantage, Woking attacked from the start, putting the H&E defence under sustained

  • Drew's riding high

    Riding in cars with boys (12) SPANNING a period of over 20 years, this comedy-drama (based on a true story) follows the life of writer Beverly Donofrio. From her adolescent years in the 60s, we witness the life changing moments which shape her future

  • Uproar at £1m golf move

    PLANS to spend £1m on moving three holes off a golf course so a school can be built on the site were branded "scandalous" by residents. The proposal sparked the latest row in a long-running battle over where to build a new secondary school in Bromley

  • Keep your garden safe and secure

    WITH the temperature dropping, winter is now setting in and so it's time to finish clearing up the garden. One important job is to rake up the many leaves in order to keep good hygiene and to prevent diseases. It's also a good way of getting rid of the

  • Scrappy Rs glad to grab a point

    QPR 2 Colchester United 2 December 1 It ended all square at Loftus Road with Kevin Gallen grabbing a second half equaliser after Mickey Stockwell and Joe Keith had overturned Rangers' early lead to go ahead before the interval. It was Gallen's second

  • Athletics

    Thames Valley Harrier Andrew Hennessy continued his series of good performances in the Metropolitan Cross Country League when he finished second at the third meeting of the season at Horsenden Hill, Perivale on Saturday. Steve Norris gained the better

  • Nice town is now a mess

    I was born and raised in Hayes and lived there for more than 20 years until I moved away 10 years ago. Last week, I visited for the first time since I left and I have to say I was horrified by what I saw. I cannot tell you how much I was looking forward

  • Chorus of approval

    RYEFIELD Primary School entered into the festive spirit with its Christmas fair on Saturday last week. The event raised £2,000 for the Ryefield Avenue school in Hillingdon, as over 600 people flocked to see a range of sights, including the school choir

  • Chicken aid

    Shoppers are being urged to help ease the suffering of broiler chickens before they are slaughtered. A new report by the RSPCA provides evidence that many of the 820 million chickens bred for their meat in the UK each year experience a catalogue of illness

  • College building

    Building is due to start early in the New Year on a £1.8m training centre at Uxbridge College. The Community Hospitality and Training Leisure Centre will be an extension of the Hayes Community Campus and will be fully equipped with a fitness room, gym

  • School leaps up the league table

    PUPILS and teachers at Swakeley's School were heartily congratulating each other after leaping up the league table to become one of the country's most improved schools. The school, in Clifton Gardens, Hillingdon saw an increase of 19 pupils gaining five

  • Noddy in Ruislip

    NODDY, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the original Batmobile will be brightening the streets from 4.30-9pm tonight (Dec 6). The cartoon characters will be on parade in Ruislip High Street as part of the Toy Parade. The colourful event will also see shopkeepers

  • Clean team targets illegal fly-tippers

    A NEW team is tackling flytipping and rubbish dumping after the borough was found to be the worst in London and the home counties by the Environment Agency. Hillingdon Council has hired enforcement officers after 1,129 instances of unlawful tipping incidents

  • Fire deaths among the lowest in London

    THE danger of dying in a fire is less in Hillingdon than in almost any other borough. Findings from London's Fire Authority show that Hillingdon has one of the lowest annual death rates with 2.4 deaths per million population (pmp) due to accidental fire

  • Cash for community

    REGENERATION projects are being given a huge lift with a multi-million pound investment. Hayes and West Drayton Partnership has earmarked £4.1 million for new projects out of the government's Single Regeneration Budget allocation of £21 million. These

  • The fine art of grabbing attention

    UP AND coming artists are displaying their amazing talents at Brunel University's exhibition of applied arts. Claire Trease, of Ickenham, expressed her creativity at the university's Beldam Gallery with a dazzling display of handwoven and dyed silk scarves

  • Education cuts not beneficial

    I'm a parent of a child who needs the special lessons available at Grangewood Special School in Eastcote and I would like to say that your report is absolutely true ( 'Parents angry at cuts in special classes' Times, November 29). My daughter has been

  • Accept T5 decision

    I'm really starting to get quite bored with all the moaning about the decision to give Terminal 5 the go-ahead. It's not such a big deal! I live near the airport and yes, it is very noisy but people should be big enough to admit that after a while, you

  • Unaware of development

    I am absolutely livid about the work that is taking place on the former Kone Lifts Estate, whose entrance is in Wellington Road, Hounslow, by developers Wimpey. I live directly in front of this estate and I am horrified to discover that three townhouses

  • Let us know your views on Urgent Treatment Centre

    With reference to your story ('New threat to 24-hour centre', Edgware & Mill Hill Times, November 29). We have recently reviewed services at the Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) and have found that the overall service has grown from strength to strength

  • Hospital is 'appalling'

    How depressing to read that stroke care at West Middlesex Hospital has been described as 'appalling' ( 'West Mid stroke care 'appalling' Guardian, November 29). The report makes for worrying reading and the excuses given, regarding a lack of funding,

  • city status a good bet at bookies

    A GREENWICH punter is taking a chance on the town's long-shot bid for City status. The council has launched a campaign to become the third city in London to get the title, joining Westminster and the Square Mile. But when Mayor Terry Malone was invited

  • Whose fault?

    Teachers, council officials, social workers and journalists are among those criticised for their handling of allegations against a five-year-old boy that led to a mass boycott of a Friern Barnet primary school. A six-month investigation headed by former

  • Jenkins left cold

    Harpenden 14 Finchley 13 London League Division Three (North-West) Vivian Jenkins, who began his rugby career with Finchley in 1930, before switching to London Welsh and gaining 15 international caps, celebrated his 90th birthday on Saturday. He was a

  • Daniel 'gets through' in style

    CHART-TOPPER Daniel Bedingfield believes his childhood in Lewisham is the secret behind his sudden success. He believes the multicultural environment in the borough aided his music, and helped him to reach number one in the singles' chart last weekend

  • A new chapter

    I would like to be among the first to welcome the new chapter for Chiswick Library (Guardian, November 29). The improvements, if approved, will enhance what is already an excellent facility. But, like many, I am frustrated by the lack of state-of-the-art

  • Former Afghan PM not happy with new regime

    A former acting prime minister of Afghanistan, now living in Finchley, attacked the UN yesterday over the imposition of a new government on his homeland. Ahmadshah Ahmadzai, who fled Afghanistan when the Taliban came to power in 1996, says the interim

  • Firms vying for hospital deal

    A £16million deal to build the third phase of Edgware's new community hospital has finally gone out to tender after an eight-month delay. Six companies are vying for the deal and are expected to return first-stage tenders to Barnet Primary Care Trust

  • Met is second worst force in the country'

    A damning report by a Sunday newspaper has labelled the Metropolitan Police the second worst in the country. The Observer report graded the country's police forces in terms of detection rates, complaints, sick leave and response times to incidents and

  • Deep-end on us, say Orcs

    A SWIMATHON organised by Dartford Lions Club, based in Spital Street, has raised more than £4,000. Up to 200 swimmers took part in the event at Fairfield Pool, Lowfield Street, Dartford, raising money for the Lions Hospice. The hospice, in Coldharbour

  • Police release Lawrence man on bail

    Police in London have released on bail a 27-year-old man questioned in connection with the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence. Detectives have not released details of the man's identity but it is understood he is not one of the five suspects previously

  • Club affects many

    I write in response to letters by Messrs Ballard and Moody ('Bias from Bees' and 'Traffic chaos', November 26) regarding the planning application of Barnet Football Club. There has existed a 10,000 capacity in Barnet Lane for almost a century, a capacity

  • Green concerns voiced by experts and pupils at forum

    YOUNG nature lovers gathered on Monday this week to discuss various environmental issues at Spelthorne Borough Council's offices in Knowle Green, Staines. The event, which was sponsored by the council and BP, involved 50 youngsters from six secondary

  • Magazine hits news shelves

    PLANS for the Queen's Golden Jubilee and changes to the town centre will feature in this month's free council magazine. Spelthorne Council's magazine 'Exciting Times Ahead' contains the latest on Tilly's Lane, Staines' High Street and the Two Rivers retail

  • Williams folly

    To sacrifice an idyllic cricket pitch and an avenue of mature and ancient oaks to the corporate altar is criminal. It's scarcely surprising, considering bombastic projects like the Tally Ho Arts Centre, that Alan Williams is backing the new stadium against

  • Lifeline for High Street

    Grand revamp plans could aid Erith's suffering traders A PLANNING application to redevelop Erith's town centre was lodged with Bexley Council on Monday. For the traders who have managed to survive the gradual decline of the town, the news will be a lifeline

  • Rent rise 'fairer' for all

    COUNCIL rents are set to rise as part of a scheme to make councils and housing association charges fairer. The central proposal is that rents charged by housing associations and councils should be set on a common basis, and not vary from area to area

  • MP doc's skills called on

    DARTFORD MP Dr Howard Stoate came to the rescue in the House of Commons when a member of the public fainted. During the debate on the new Terrorism Bill, the MP who is the Commons' only practising doctor, was summoned to the public gallery where an elderly

  • Just Poles apart!

    ONE of the most successful exhibitions at the National Maritime Museum received a special visit from the King of Norway. Accompanied by HRH the Duke of York, who is a trustee of the museum, King Harald of Norway toured South: The Race To The Pole. This

  • Connex has new scheme to penalise free riders

    FARE dodgers on commuter services to and from London will be punished by an innovative football-style red and yellow card system. Train operator Connex will scrap its current method of issuing £10 on-the-spot fines in a bid to claw back the &

  • An antique visitor

    STUDENTS will be searching their homes looking for lost treasure after receiving valuable advice to get them started. Laars Tharpe, the ceramics expert from popular BBC television programme The Antiques Roadshow, popped into St David's School on Tuesday

  • Wildlife home in orchard

    MORE than 30 people helped with planting a community orchard at Woodlands Farm. Sponsored by Barclay Sitesavers, the aim is to create a home for wildlife and help conserve ancient apple and cherry varieties which would once have been common in the area

  • Timetable to turkey success

    d=4,6What will your Christmas be like? Will you be kissing Santa under the mistletoe or frantically mashing the turnip to get the hard bits out? Relax, just follow our countdown to Christmas and it will all fall into place effortlessly. Particularly if

  • School's green facelift

    MORE than 1,000 shrubs were planted by volunteers to add a dash of green to a primary school. Thirty volunteers rolled up their sleeves to plant hawthorn and blackthorn at Northcourt Primary School, in Dickens Road, Gravesend. They were planted around

  • Prince Charles helps hospital

    PRINCE Charles's architecture ideas will influence the building work at Lewisham Hospital. The Prince's Foundation said the Prince of Wales has agreed to take on the role of design champion for the NHS. University Hospital, in Lewisham, is planning phase

  • Avoid the seasonal calorie calamity

    Christmas is a cruel time of year for anyone who wants to lose weight or cut down on calories. Even regular exercisers have to work extra hard to find the motivation, and the energy after all that food, to get to the gym. Gym instructor Mike Gallagher

  • Controversial system set up

    GREENWICH: Local government changes style A CONTROVERSIAL new system of government will kick off in Greenwich Council when it holds first cabinet meeting, next Wednesday (December 12). The cabinet will be made up of a leader, two deputies and seven other

  • Tale of two castles

    IT'S hard to think of Windsor Castle as a proper castle. Its stonework is too clean, its surroundings too polished it looks like a picture on the box of a giant jigsaw puzzle. But, in fact, Windsor has been a proper castle since the Conquest, although

  • Beating the vandals!

    SOUND MOVE: Belvedere Community Forum chairman Ernie Stockbridge (right) and Peter Alexander with pupils Paula Barnes, Thomas Jeffries, Sarah Willis and Ming Tan-Wong and a stereo to replace equipment at Woodside Special School which had been trashed

  • Euro takes money in tax

    Councillor Hyland has announced (November 29) that Bromley is to receive a grant of £160,000 from the Euro-pean Social Fund for a scheme to support people with mental heath needs in Bromley. But he has not mentioned that for every £1 the European Union

  • Restriction order for offender

    A TEENAGER from Gravesend, accused of a string of offences, was sent to a secure unit after appearing before magistrates. The 15-year-old, who cannot be named, faces a long list of charges including GBH and shooting a cat with an air rifle. Dartford magistrates

  • Hitman Leon turns on the style as Bees win again

    Barnet 2 Hereford United 0 Nationwide Conference Leon Bell, Barnet's 20-year-old midfielder, underlined his class with two magic moments in the 2-0 win over Hereford United on Saturday. Barnet's fourth win in a five-match unbeaten league run lifted them

  • High spirits

    Noel Coward's ghostly comedy, Blithe Spirit, is coming to Laleham Village Hall this weekend. The Tower Players' Christmas treat tells the story of widowed novelist Charles Condomine and his second wife Ruth, who are enjoying happily married life until

  • Why waste is out front

    I am writing in response to recent correspondence in the News Shopper's Letters page concerning the Council's proposals that householders will have to place their waste for collection at the front of their property. The Council's recent decision to ask

  • Shoppers get discount vouchers

    RESIDENTS will be able to get discounts in a host of shops tomorrow (Thursday) thanks to a voucher scheme. Gravesend's retailers have come up with a reward voucher entitling residents to special deals in town centre shops after 6pm. Participating shops

  • Songs for the season

    Norwood Green Choral Society's Christmas concert will be taking place at The Holy Angels Church, High Street, Hounslow on Saturday December 15. As well as a good variety of traditional songs, the choir will be performing A Celebration of Christmas by

  • Law says kids can kill

    UK law currently allows a child of any age to use a shotgun to kill animals for pleasure. Last April, parliament's Home Affairs Select Committee warned the government that an age threshold of somewhere between 12 and 14 had to be introduced, but the government

  • M25 farm threat lifted

    VICTORY has been secured in the battle against plans to use Simplemarsh Farm as a service area for the M25 motorway now that the developer has withdrawn its appeal. The decision was announced at a pre-inquiry meeting held by inquiry inspector, Stuart

  • Spruce up for station

    A FACELIFT has finally been given to Swanley's police station, thanks to a donation and hard work by community workers. Beejay Garden Supplies, of London Road, donated 150 shrubs so work on the police station's grounds could be completed. Community service

  • Double car parking standards

    I read the letter from R Peel of St Paul's Cray with interest. As a disabled person myself, the double standards really annoy me. This week I had occasion to spend an evening out in Orpington with my friend from Dorset, who is currently suffering with

  • Sea school formed

    I wish to bring to the attention of any of your readers who may have an interest, the recent formation of the Gravesend Sea School/College Association. The Gravesend sea school was founded in 1918 following the first world war and existed until 1996.

  • Hard ro believe BYMT closure

    I find it very hard to believe that Bromley Council should even be considering such drastic and far-reaching funding cuts for BYMT. Bromley musicians have shown in an exceptional way what young people can achieve, given the right support. They have made

  • Lager thieves

    Teenage robbers stole a case of Stella Artois lager from Threshers off-license in Nursery Road, Sunbury on Sunday last week (Nov 25). The two youngsters, aged15 or 16, entered the shop at 6.45pm, swiped the lager, worth £36, and fled. One is around 5ft

  • Extra funds insufficient

    Bromley's share of £22m given to the Metropolitan Police to cover the extra costs of securing London against terrorism has already been spent. Chancellor Gordon Brown announced £22m funding to the Met, to cover the extra costs of policing London between

  • Council leader in row with top cop

    BEXLEY: Clash over chief's remark about police numbers A SECOND public row over policing has erupted between Bexley's council boss and its top cop following a lull in hostilities over the summer. Councillor Mike Slaughter criticised Chief Superintendent

  • Waste of council tax money

    I read with interest about the West Wickham resident fined for putting domestic rubbish in a Council litter bin. Unfortunately, the full story reveals a disgraceful waste of Council tax payers money and a mis-direction of Council Officers' efforts. What

  • Regular listings

    AIKIDOo Spelthorne School of Gymnastics, College Road, Ashford every Mon, Tues and Thurs from 8pm. Beginners and experienced welcome. Call Jim on 01784 464769. ARTo The Shepperton Artists meet on Thurs at 7pm at the Greeno Centre, Glebelands Gardens.

  • Outburst beggers belief

    Rob Yeldham's petulant outburst in last week's News Shopper beggars belief. Of course, Bromley Council should complain about declining Police numbers and it would be failing in its duty to local residents if it ignored the problem. The real spin merchant

  • Silence from Bromley Council

    With regard to the EU Regional Assembly Offices being set up here and in Brussls. There seems to be a conspiracy of silence and secrecy in the Bromley Borough Council regarding this issue. I have for about 12 weeks sent letters to the council leader and

  • Please help this man

    My concern is about a young man who sits all day and every day in the forecourt of Elmers End train and tram station. This lad, aged about 16-17 just sits with head bowed and unseeing eyes and doesn't move an inch. Just sits there with hands clasped starring

  • City status a good bet at bookies

    Greenwich: A Greenwich punter is taking a chance on the town's long-shot bid for City status. The council has launched a campaign to become the third city in London to get the title, joining Westminster and the Square Mile. But when Mayor Terry Malone

  • Chubby ginger wins with trimmer figure

    A FAT cat from Sidcup has won his way through to the finals of a national competition. But he is not a top executive who has just awarded himself a mega bucks pay rise. He is a six-year-old ginger tom called Purrseus who successfully lost more than 27

  • "I remember when......"

    I recently had occasion to go into Iceland to replenish my fridge and surprise, surprise they were selling boxes of broken biscuits. What memories this brought back, because when I was young and I am thinking of the time when I was between 11 and 13 years

  • Setting record straight

    In response to Rob Yeldham's letter (Tory hypocrisy just goes on and on. November 14) I feel compelled to write and set the record straight. Conservative councillors called on the Met Police Authority to provide a level of service in Bromley comparable

  • I'm in a rage

    Yet another day begins and I am in a rage because I have seen the same bloke who passes-by nearly every morning and lets his dog crap right on the pavement, and he isn't the only one. I see it all the time. I have one thing to say to these scum dog owners

  • Different term dates are a pain

    I am writing in particular about the half term dates in 2002. Although I live in the borough of Bromley my son attends a Croydon school and my daughter a Bromley school, this partly due to the fact that Anerley borders Croydon. Next year Bromley and Croydon

  • Difficult to recruit

    There are a considerable number of old and infirm people living alone in the Borough of Bromley, many in very sad conditions, who rely on a 'Meals on Wheels' service, provided by voluntary drivers for a midday meal, every day of the year, including weekends

  • Whose fault?

    Teachers, council officials, social workers and journalists are among those criticised for their handling of allegations against a five-year-old boy that led to a mass boycott of a Friern Barnet primary school. A six-month investigation headed by former

  • This is not the Bromley I remember

    I grew up in Bromley and, 30 years later, I recently re-turned to live in the borough with my family. One of my reasons for moving in - on my return to London from living in Yorkshire - was that I thought it would be a good place for my children. Now

  • Christmas Lights add festive fun to Wanstead

    WANSTEAD High Street has been decked out in sparkly Christmas lights for the first time this year thanks to generous funding by Wanstead Business Partnership and ward councillors. The High Street received £2,500 towards the cost of the lights and enjoyed

  • Junior athletes grab first place

    Harrow took full advantage of near perfect running conditions to take first place in the 24th London Heathrow Youth Games Cross-Country Championships. More than 1,450 runners took part in the meeting from 27 of London's 33 boroughs. Harrow, with a team

  • Nothing wrong with campaign for peace

    The anonymous reader who wrote in about the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament's activism against wars (News Shopper, November 28) may not realise the CND's motives. I am not a member, but I feel it important to clarify its actions. The CND is not preaching

  • Garlic, croissants? It's the French

    'OH LA LA!' cried delighted visitors to Staines town centre last week when they discovered a real French Market in town. The traders were invited to cross the Channel and set up shop on Thursday, November 29, as part of an initiative by the Staines Partnership

  • Not enough police to patrol this town

    RE: 'Proof We Have Too Few Police' (News Shopper, November 14). A few weeks ago, during a party in Biggin Hill, police were called to an incident. Two lads had left the party and had driven off in a car. The car smashed into two or three parked vehicles

  • High spirits

    Noel Coward's ghostly comedy, Blithe Spirit, is coming to Laleham Village Hall this weekend. The Tower Players' Christmas treat tells the story of widowed novelist Charles Condomine and his second wife Ruth, who are enjoying happily married life until

  • Arts for arts sake

    Mark Adam's letter to you last week, declaring that "youths need an outlet" was a clear indication of how his own education in art had been 'sidelined', as he himself puts it. If he believes that allowing our young boys and girls to deface and despoil

  • Anger at blind discrimination

    I am writing to voice my anger at the discrimination faced by blind and partially sighted televi-sion viewers which is causing frustration across the country. I have a sight problem but enjoy watching television as much as anyone. It is my main source

  • Does anyone have a clue?

    Harking back to an old copy of the News Shopper (News Shopper September 19) regarding my remarks about the coronation of King Edward I, there is a slight error shown. The date of Magna Carta receiving the seal of King John at Runnymede should read 1215

  • Not all dog owners are the same

    I write to the letter which appeared in your edition of November 28 concerning dog mess. Please do not tar all dog owners with the same brush! I own dogs and clear up after them. The council dog waste bins are often full, so there are responsible dog

  • Questioning the sale of Turkeys

    In view of recent events plus the fact that American Thanksgiving Day will be on the fourth Thursday of this month, can I make the point that if we question the sale of Turkeys in supermarkets using this American celebration as good justification, Pilgrim

  • Neighbours far from home

    This summer Australian actress Elisha Gazdowicz was feeling a little bit homesick but she should be fine by now. Neighbours' Jessica has now been joined by a fellow Aussie and another famous face from Neighbours, tearaway Toadfish, alias Ryan Maloney,

  • Stop disgusting trade in donkeys

    Having learnt of the terrible conditions that Polish horses, donkeys and foals are transported to Italy in, I wish to ask readers to help stop this disgusting trade. These animals cross six countries to reach their destination where they are slaughtered

  • Sloppy Bees throw it away at the end

    Wycome 5 Brentford 3 (Dec 1) AN EIGHT-goal thriller left players and fans stunned to be making the short journey home with nothing to show for their efforts. The Bees started better and opened the scoring after 12 minutes. A Gibbs corner found its way

  • Let down badly by Labour

    I was so glad when Labour came to power. My husband and I thought life would be better and most of all transport would be sorted out more fairly. How wrong we were. The poor motorist is treated like a criminal. Local councils make it almost impossible

  • Regular listings

    AIKIDOo Spelthorne School of Gymnastics, College Road, Ashford every Mon, Tues and Thurs from 8pm. Beginners and experienced welcome. Call Jim on 01784 464769. ARTo The Shepperton Artists meet on Thurs at 7pm at the Greeno Centre, Glebelands Gardens.

  • 'Scoring three and losing is disappointing'

    GAVIN Mahon gave an insight into the players' feelings after the Wycombe game. "To come away from home and score three goals and then lose is disappointing." In a week where he has been linked with a high-profile move to Crystal Palace, Mahon refused

  • Where are the parents?

    Emma Couts-Wood's piece on the lawless youth of North Kent contains no mention of the most important element in the matter - parents. If a thirteen year old is roaming the streets - at any time let alone at night (when most mischief is committed) then

  • Hockey

    Woking 3 HEHC 1 (Dec 1) In recent weeks a win has proved elusive for Hounslow and Ealing 1st XI, who were hoping to rectify this on Saturday in Woking. With the home advantage, Woking attacked from the start, putting the H&E defence under sustained

  • Why is Martin's Hill treated such?

    It was sad to stand at the Bromley Memorial to the fallen on Martin's Hill at 11 o'clock on the 11th day of the 11th month with just a sprinkling of people who had come to honour the dead and to remember their friends and relatives lost in conflict. The

  • TO THE POINT

    Get a life! I am surprised A Shepherd can be so upset about dogs fouling the pavements (News Shopper, November 28) when just a general look around the area shows bigger problems of vandalism, graffiti, garden walls pushed over, broken glass, litter, used

  • Fine win hauls Hayes out of the drop zone

    Hayes 2 Leigh RMI 1 December 1 The Missioners hauled themselves out of the relegation zone with this battling victory over fellow strugglers Leigh RMI on Saturday. It was a pair of strikes in seven minutes which turned a half-time deficit into a valuable

  • Remembering September 11

    GOD got groovy when one church's congregation dressed in jeans and baseball caps for the Sunday service. The pews of the Christian City Church, which meets weekly in the Paddock Suite at Kempton Park racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury, dressed casually

  • Ding second best to Woods in seven-goal thriller

    Northwood 5 Yeading 2 (Dec 4) Middlesex Senior Cup Round Two What a difference eight days can make. After a battling League Cup win at Purfleet, the Ding, without a game on Saturday, were back in cup action at Northwood on Tuesday, but never really got

  • Reds face tricky Cup replay

    Uxbridge 1 Tooting and Mitcham Utd 1 Ryman League Cup Uxbridge grabbed an equaliser with only two minutes left on the clock to force a replay in this Ryman League Cup first round tie. Dean Wordsworth slid in to meet a fine Stuart Goodall cross and force

  • At the heart of Heathrow

    HEATHROW Airport has installed heart defibrillators in all four of its terminals as part of a government drive to improve the survival rates of heart attack casualties in public places. The initiative makes Heathrow the first airport to trial the equipment

  • What will this war achieve?

    How can we stand by and accept in our name the most barbaric, depraved torture and massacre of human beings, including the Taliban by the Northern Alliance? It is dehumanising all of us. We would not tolerate this treatment in our own country, even for

  • War always ends in tears

    I write with regards to a recent letter ( 'Just for the record' Times, November 22). I think I am right in thinking that Turkey is illegally occupying the north of Cyprus. People were fighting for the freedom of Cyprus. Brits, Greeks, Turks and Cypriots

  • Chickening out of Christmas sales

    BEWARE of buying chicken is the message to shoppers after the RSPCA revealed the appalling suffering the birds experience in their short lives. The RSPCA has launched a campaign to highlight the catalogue of illness, from sudden heart failure to leg pain

  • Smacking has no effect

    When I started school, I was called to the front of the class to be smacked, which began a chain of events that led to a phobia of physical contact and being away from my parents. But it is effective in stopping bad behaviour. If I started my schooldays

  • Doctors' fury at parking fee

    DOCTORS in Lewisham are furious at an 800 per cent price hike in parking permits which give them reduced benefits. Changes to Lewisham Council's parking policy mean doctors will now have to pay an annual fee of £200 to see their patients when they previously

  • Disaster in the making

    What price safety? After weeks of hearing politicians and pro-T5 supporters congratulating themselves for approving the new terminal, we finally discover that the safety risks posed by the development have been largely ignored ('Air disaster risk rockets

  • Accept T5 decision

    I'm really starting to get quite bored with all the moaning about the decision to give Terminal 5 the go-ahead. It's not such a big deal! I live near the airport and yes, it is very noisy but people should be big enough to admit that after a while, you

  • Bees better than QPR

    The first derby in 36 years between west London rivals Queens Park Rangers and the super Bees cannot be allowed to pass without a few words. Wasn't it marvellous. I've been following Brentford for long enough to have a good memory of that last time we

  • Police release Lawrence man on bail

    Police in London have released on bail a 27-year-old man questioned in connection with the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence. Detectives have not released details of the man's identity but it is understood he is not one of the five suspects previously

  • Praise for hospital

    At a time when it is common to read horror stories of how hospitals have mistreated patients and misdiagnosed patients, it is reassuring to finally hear some good news ('Ashford excels in stroke table' Guardian, November 29). According to research compiled

  • Stalemate hard to take

    As many Brentford and Queens Park Rangers Football Club fans will agree, supporters have waited patiently for 36 years for these two sides to meet in the same division, and what happened when they did not a lot. When Rangers were relegated from Division

  • Windfall to assist tourism

    BUSINESSES affected by the events of September 11 could benefit from a new £1 million support programme. As part of the London Tourism Action Group's (LTAG) £4 million tourism aid package, Business Link for London, an advice and support service for small

  • Seven-year battle for payout ends in victory

    f=Clarion MT s=10 w=10 l=10.5A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD boy left brain damaged after complications during his birth at Enfield's Chase Farm Hospital won a record £3.5 million compensation deal on Monday.o Seven-year-old Anthony Michaels, from Enfield, was starved

  • Bottleneck uncorked!

    Bexley's biggest traffic bottleneck, Bexley Village, could soon be a thing of teh past thanks to proposals by the council. The village is currently gridlocked twice a day with traffic queuing back onto the A2 and the North Cray dual carriageway at peak

  • Search on for prison escapee

    A PRISONER desperate to be reunited with his young child and lover is on the run this week after fleeing police in a dramatic chase. Scott Stockbridge absconded from Springhill Prison, an open facility in Aylesbury, Bucks on November 2, after serving

  • Captivating Kathakali magic

    YOUNGSTERS at a Sidcup primary school were treated to a display of ancient Indian story-telling. A performer from the internationally-renowned Kala Chethena Kathakali Theatre Company entertained the children at Days Lane Primary School with a demonstration

  • Yule all be in the dark

    ONE of Swanley's most popular Christmas attractions is under threat. This year's High Street yuletide lights could be the last says the town's chamber of commerce after battling to find the £8,000 needed to fund them. It fears the Christmas lights will

  • From tramways to electric trains

    TRAMWAYS played an important part in the borough's early transport infrastructure.o In 1881 a horse tramway was opened by the North London Suburban Tramway Co between Stamford Hill and Ponders End with a depot at the aptly named Tramway Avenue. The northernmost

  • Stone in wax

    ROCK idol Mick Jagger's wax work double is on display at Bluewater's Rock and Pop exhibition. The local celebrity has joined 40 other pop stars from Madam Tussauds including The Spice Girls, Prince, George Michael, Madonna and many more. It is the first

  • Calling for campus cop

    BEXLEY College has appealed to the police for support in trying to control trouble on its St Joseph's campus. The campus, in Woolwich Road, Belvedere, has now been turned into a sixth form college, with students aged 16 to 19 taking GCSEs, A levels and

  • Cement works to close

    ONE of north Kent's key employers for the past 153 years is to close with the loss of 240 jobs. Blue Circle Industries' decision to close Northfleet Cement Works by 2005 is seen as inevitable by industry insiders as the Eastern Quarry is running out of

  • Christmas in concert

    A CHRISTMAS concert in Gravesend attracted around 150 residents on Saturday. Gravesend Salvation Army Band and the East Kent Girls' Choir were among the musicians entertaining the crowds at the National Children's Homes (NCH) concert at Milton Road Methodist

  • Vic keeps straight face for sculptress

    Shooting Star Vic Reeves dropped into Whetstone on Saturday to show off his "generously-shaped lips" when he posed in a charity art exhibition for sculptress Frances Segelman. The TV funnyman managed to keep still for two hours at the event held at the

  • Jermyn needed 40 stitches after unprovoked attack

    Barnet: A 20-year-old man needed more than 40 stitches in a head wound after he was involved in a brutal attack in High Street, Potters Bar, late on Saturday night. Jermyn Landon, of Ware, was walking to the BP garage in High Street, at around 11.15pm

  • Help catch the pervert

    It's disgusting that a man is going round trying to grab children off the streets ( 'Child stalker's fourth snatch attempt' Times Nov 29). It sends a shiver down my spine when I think of those poor little kids and what that monster would have done to

  • Rugby Union: Streatham make it seven

    Streatham-Croydon 39 bt Chipstead 7 Despite a slow start, Streatham-Croydon extended their unbeaten run to seven games with an impressive 39-7 victory over Chipstead on Saturday. After failing to assert any dominance in the opening period, a series of

  • Aladdin's girl is back home

    A rising star from Borehamwood has left behind the bright lights of the West End to take a leading role in a pantomime a lot closer to home. Jamie Farr, who performed in the London show Les Miserables for two years, will appear in Aladdin at the Radlett

  • Rugby Union: Warlingham demolish rivals despite slow start

    Warlingham 51 bt Reedonians 7 The tide finally turned for Warlingham on Saturday in this London Division 4 SW league encounter with Reedonians as a virtually full-strength side ran away comfortable winners. It was no cakewalk however and the home side

  • Rugby Union: Brave Purley outclassed by league leaders

    Richmond 58 bt Purley John Fisher 12 Purley John Fisher put up a brave fight against runaway league leaders Richmond on Saturday but they simply could not live with the power and quality of the former Premiership side. Richmond have just come back to

  • Athletics: Striders fail to get stuck in the mud

    Striders of Croydon again proved their cross country credentials when they had five of the first 14 finishers at Wimbledon Common last Saturday. The joint Vets AC & Hercules race was held on a 5.8 mile course over three muddy laps. Arguably the

  • Boxing: Bryant wins again

    Amateur boxer Bobby Bryant from New Addington ABC comfortably saw off Bavavash of Barking ABC last week. The pair fought at the South Norwood and Victory Show on Thursday, November 29 and Bryant extended his winning record. In the first round Bryant took

  • Hockey: Swale's hat-trick knocks over league pacesetters

    Kenley Ladies 2nd XI 3 bt Purley Walcountians 2 Kenley Ladies Second XI overcame top-of-the table Purley Walcountians on Saturday in what proved to be an exciting match that Kenley won 3-2. Both teams had chances early on but Kenley scored first through

  • Basketball: Towers axe coach after European failures

    Kinder London Towers and coach Lino Frattin have parted company because the team lies at the bottom of the Euroleague, without a win so far this season. Towers' managing director Rick Taylor said: "We wish to thank him for his contribution up to now and

  • Chickening out of Christmas sales

    BEWARE of buying chicken is the message to shoppers after the RSPCA revealed the appalling suffering the birds experience in their short lives. The RSPCA has launched a campaign to highlight the catalogue of illness, from sudden heart failure to leg pain

  • One of our reindeer is missing

    MISSING: one 5ft-long plastic reindeer. The Parkinson's Disease Society sold the novelty animal by mistake at a fundraising sale at St Edmund's Church hall, Chingford Mount Road, Chingford, on Saturday. The charity uses the illuminated beast for promotional

  • Charity's Xmas Woolly warmer

    A VISIT to Santa's grotto could help raise money for the Acorn Appeal. Woolworth's in Walthamstow High Street has once again created a grotto with a wishing well. All money thrown into the well will go to Whipps Cross Hospital's new children's unit. Woolworth's

  • Police appeal for more information on Zoe murder

    Police are reiterating appeals for information about the murder of Zoe Louise Parker, a year after her severed torso was recovered from the Thames in Battersea. The upper torso of Miss Parker, also known as Cathy Dennis, was dragged from the river near

  • Bottom of the class

    THE education of children in Waltham Forest Council care is among the worst in London. Pupils who are looked after by the council are continuing to get drastically low academic qualifications with claims that the service is badly run. In 2000 to 2001,

  • Schools face budget cuts

    Wandsworth's primary and secondary schools could face cuts of more than £10,000, unless the Government's decision to end subsidies to grant maintained schools is reversed. The council may have to find extra cash for 11 of the borough's former grant maintained

  • A dog's tale with a truly happy ending

    A dog who was left cooped up in a garden shed for three years has received an award from a national charity. Tooting resident Tina Caird adopted Max, a Leonberger, after he had been cruelly treated by his previous owner. Mrs Caird said: "He was very matted

  • Use your vote

    Poor numbers at the polls have led Battersea MP Martin Linton to back a campaign to make voting compulsory. He said: "Apathy is a common feature in modern democracies but we don't have to accept it as inevitable."The matter was debated in Parliament last

  • Woman slams High Court's ruling over compensation

    A Tooting woman branded British justice "a disgrace" after her compensation bid for witnessing the death of a policeman was thrown out of the High Court. Elizabeth Fagan, 39, from Topsham Road, would have made legal history if she had gained six-figure

  • Quiz night raises cash for charity

    The Castle in Tooting High Street raised £572 for Children in Need by holding a race evening and raffle last month. William Hill bookmakers and Young's Brewery joined forces to donate the prizes and the charity event went down a treat with locals and

  • Police fear rape may be tip of the iceberg

    Police are urgently appealing for witnesses to a rape in Battersea after fears the rapist may have struck again. A 20-year-old student was raped in Frere Street on October 17 at 11.45pm and there has been a number of other sexual assaults in the area

  • Chorus of approval

    RYEFIELD Primary School entered into the festive spirit with its Christmas fair on Saturday last week. The event raised £2,000 for the Ryefield Avenue school in Hillingdon, as over 600 people flocked to see a range of sights, including the school choir

  • Brooch nailed bogus callers

    HEARTLESS conmen who preyed on old and vulnerable victims were caught after grabbing a brooch with special sentimental value, a court heard on Monday. Posing as council workmen investigating tower block water contamination, two of them entered the flat

  • Inquest opens

    A second inquest into the death of a schizophrenic man from Putney, who died in a Lambeth care home, opened on Monday at West London Coroners' Court, Fulham. Julian Hegarty, who was paralysed after a fall in 1996, choked on his own vomit at the Havelock

  • Event promotes family learning

    A picture illustrating that family learning can be fun has won first prize in a competition held to celebrate Family Learning Week. Eight-year-old Rosa Uddoh from Regina Coeli school was pronounced the winner at a prize-giving ceremony at her school on

  • College building

    Building is due to start early in the New Year on a £1.8m training centre at Uxbridge College. The Community Hospitality and Training Leisure Centre will be an extension of the Hayes Community Campus and will be fully equipped with a fitness room, gym

  • Tenants showered with £35m windfall

    NEW kitchens and bathrooms are coming the way of council tenants following the announcement of a £35 million grant from the Secretary of State. More than 15,000 council homes in Hounslow could be transferred to a new 'arm's length organisation' following

  • School leaps up the league table

    PUPILS and teachers at Swakeley's School were heartily congratulating each other after leaping up the league table to become one of the country's most improved schools. The school, in Clifton Gardens, Hillingdon saw an increase of 19 pupils gaining five

  • Pupils show Xmas spirit

    Pupils from Selsdon Primary School successfully completed their mission - Operation Christmas Child - on Friday, November 23 by offering 260 gift-wrapped shoeboxes brimming with goodies to brighten up Christmas for children in Eastern Europe. The pupils

  • Improvements all round in borough's SATs

    THE results of the 2001 SATs taken by the borough's 11-year-olds show a steady improvement of standards in English, maths and science. There has been an overall improvement in the results over the past six years in the three core subjects but the council

  • Northern Line reaches 75

    The Northern Line extension, which opened up vast swathes of south London to commuters, celebrates its 75th birthday today (Thursday). To mark the occasion a birthday cake will be cut at Balham station and leaflets about the line will be handed out to

  • A timely reminder

    Town centre shops are to remind their suppliers to stick to rules which North End a pedestrianised zone. Only a very limited number of vehicles, including emergency services, are permitted to use the road between 9am and 6pm. All other vehicles are expected

  • Festival faces revamp

    Next year's Balham Festival may be compressed into three days in a bid to attract more visitors and increase the event's impact beyond the borough. It is just one suggestion being looked at by organisers to provide the best ever festival, enjoyed and

  • Biker dies

    A man was killed when his motorbike hit the central reservation in York Road, Battersea, on November 22. Dispatch rider Danny Jones, of St George's Way, Peckham, fell off his Honda CB500 at 5.55pm and suffered fatal head injuries. December 5, 2001 16:

  • A job well done

    Two Wandsworth cyclists have been praised by football legend Gary Lineker for their efforts in the London Bikeathon. Stephanie Gavillet and Tony Chase were among 3,000 riders who raised money for the Leukaemia Research Fund. December 5, 2001 16:30

  • Spying suspect may be freed

    THE Isleworth man being held in Greece on spying charges could be freed this week following the intervention of Euro MP Richard Howitt. Antoni Adamiak, one of 12 British and Dutch plane-spotters arrested on suspicion of spying during an organised trip

  • MP takes on cab drivers who won't take guide dogs

    A BILL forbidding minicabs from "humiliating and upsetting" people by refusing to accept their guide dogs is long overdue. This is the opinion of Alan Powell, who needs a dog to help him get around. But Mr Powell, chairman of the Waltham Forest Talking

  • For a good cause

    Staff and sixth formers at Tooting's Graveney School raised more than £400 for the Great Ormond Street Hospital Jeans for Genes appeal by wearing old denim for a day. December 5, 2001 16:30

  • Scrooge donates to charity

    AUDIENCES received a real treat last week when the Friends of Shooting Star took to the stage. The amateur dramatic group shone during their performance season of Scrooge at the Paul Robeson Theatre in Hounslow High Street. Director Paul Joyce said: "

  • Good schools

    The government has awarded £3.8 million to aid the development of an Excellence Cluster helping schools to raise standards. Rod Stafford, headteacher of Mellow Lane School, will chair the partnership of schools in Hillingdon.

  • Late night shopping

    A series of late night shopping dates will allow Christmas shoppers extra time for buying gifts in Croydon town centre. Late night shopping will take place every Thursday and Friday until Christmas, with most shops staying open until 9pm. Then from Monday

  • Have a crime-free Christmas

    CHRISTMAS provides would-be thieves with plenty of opportunities and police are urging people to be vigilant this season. Presents sitting in bags or under the tree, often conveniently next to the window, will mean a criminal's Christmas shopping is easily

  • There's no place like Heathland

    FOLLOW the Yellow Brick Road and it's sure to lead you to Wellington Road South in Hounslow. That's the home of the Heathland School, whose pupils are preparing to enthrall audiences with their sparkling production, The Wizard of Oz. Performances will

  • Future plans for eco-care homes

    A state-of-the-art eco-friendly residential development for the retired could inspire similar developments if a multimillion pound planning application is given the go-ahead. Designed by architects behind Beddington Zero Energy Development, developer

  • Beat bobby scoops Met's officer of the year award

    Battersea's cycling' policeman has scooped the Metropolitan Police's Community Policeman of the Year Award. PC John Johnson, a home beat officer for Latchmere ward, received the award at a recent lunch with the Met Police Commissioner, Sir John Stevens

  • Council hits dodgy traders in the pocket

    Dodgy traders in Wandsworth have forked out more than £70,000 in fines and court costs over the last three years following prosecution by trading standards officers. The council's Trading Standards Department has successfully prosecuted 40 traders since

  • Mummy stars in changing tombs

    Get ready for The Mummy - The Panto! It's time for another venerable tale of derring-do to be subjected to the ignominious lampooning of a Theatre Workshop Coulsdon panto makeover. This year it's dusty pyramids, bristling moustaches and hideous ancient

  • Party time

    Mecca Bingo in Garratt Lane, Wandsworth, is celebrating the festive season with a special Christmas party on Sunday. Every member who visits Mecca will be given a free Christmas cake and a scratchcard offering them the chance to win a pair of mountain

  • Desperate Dons are in need of a victory

    Wimbledon visit struggling Stockport County this Sat-urday in depserate need of a pick-me-up after a run of poor results. Last weekend, the Dons lost 3-1 away to Coventry City, who are flying high and looking for a quick return to the Premiership. First

  • Editor's comment

    IT is sad that the Christmas tree that traditionally stands outside the George pub in Enfield will not be there this year. Owing to a shortage of volunteers the Samaritans who usually man the tree have had to call a halt to this year's festivities. Each

  • Tribute band roars in

    T-Rex tribute band T.Rextasy will be bringing a glamorous touch to the New Year at the Halfmoon in Putney. The 20th Century boys have even signed up original T-Rex keyboard player Dino Dines for the gig. The band also has the accolade of Best Tribute

  • Wimbledon youngsters impress on their debut

    Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Clubs youngsters made a successful debut at the Sports Hall Indoor Athletics at Guildfords Spectrum Centre when they competed in the second of this seasons meetings organised by the Surrey County Athletic Association. Sports

  • Bus service improves

    The number 93 bus will now be in service 24 hours a day. The bus, which travels from Putney to North Cheam via Wimbledon and Morden, will run every 30 minutes throughout the night. Daytime services will also increase in frequency. December 5, 2001 17:

  • Offenders to face victims

    Volunteers are needed to bring Wandsworth's young offenders face-to-face with their victims as part of a new initiative. The council's youth offending team is aiming to recruit 20 volunteers, aged 18 or over, to chair new youth offending panels. Wandsworth's

  • Alice visits Wimbledon Wonderland

    Forbidden Theatre presents an original musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland for Christmas at Wimbledon Studio Theatre. This show for all the family runs from Tuesday, December 11 to Saturday, December 22. You can meet the characters

  • Imogene is in fine form

    Wimbledon Hercules runner Imogene Stoddart turned in a star performance at the London Youth Games cross county championships. Imogene, 12, came fourth in the girls U13 event, which was held at Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath, and which included runners

  • Don't be alone

    People spending Christmas Day alone are invited to join in the festive celebrations at Caius House in Battersea. The centre's annual Christmas lunch includes entertainment and tea. Residents can arrange to be picked up and taken home after the event.

  • Stage notes

    There's a lot of beanstalks growing this panto season. One giant species will be blooming at Wimbledon Theatre from December 7 to January 20, when Shane Ritchie takes on the role of Jack. This comedy and West End musical star will don the tights and take

  • Park's restoration picks up pace

    Battersea Park has just entered a phase of major work to further improve the site. The riverside promenade and Festival Gardens will be restored over the next nine months and will re-open late next summer. The area, which will be fenced off for safety

  • Don't wait for the directive, buy a flag and fly it

    It really was a huge disappointment not to have the Union Flag flying alongside Old Glory, Stars and Stripes on the 11th of the 11th (Feeble flag excuse', Times Letters, November 29). It's only symptomatic of the continuing political correctness that

  • Soapbox: What's gone wrong, Ken?

    With the sacking of Steve Norris, Ken Livingstone is finally showing his true colours, writes BRIAN COLEMAN, the Conservative Greater London Assembly member for Barnet and Camden: Yes it has finally happened: power has gone to his head and he has become

  • Jermyn needed 40 stitches after unprovoked attack

    A 20-year-old man needed more than 40 stitches in a head wound after he was involved in a brutal attack in High Street, Potters Bar, late on Saturday night. Jermyn Landon, of Ware, was walking to the BP garage in High Street, at around 11.15pm after a

  • Care for cancer sufferers

    Volunteers in Battersea have received certificates for successfully completing a course about caring for housebound people affected by cancer. The two-month home visiting course has been held at The Wandsworth Cancer Resource Centre in York Road since

  • Sharon's father to visit Garry Malone in Spain

    Murdered Sharon Malone's grieving father is to visit his grandchildren in Spain for the first time since his son-in-law fled the country. Harry Clinch will come face-to-face with murder suspect Garry Malone when he flies to Malaga later this month. He

  • Bureau granted new council deal

    Wandsworth Volunteer Bureau has been granted an extension to its contract with the council. The new deal runs until December 2002 and is for the services the bureau currently provides in the borough. The bureau provides training courses for local groups

  • The cost of eruv

    The difference between an eruv pole and a telegraph pole is that an eruv pole is a symbolic structure marking out a private domain for the more observant Jews to evade their strict rules of Sabbath observance. Telegraph poles are a public utility for

  • Free parking permits for visitors? It's news to me!

    I was recently in Tooting Parking Shop buying £1 visitors' parking permits when, by chance, I picked up a copy of Wandsworth Parking News and read an article on the back page. The article informed me that ten free one-hour visitors' permits are available

  • Know your rights on Christmas presents

    Christmas is three weeks away and the shopping season is in full swing. But, when it is all over, what rights do you have if the slippers from great aunt Alice don't fit or they are a duplicate present, or something is wrong with them? In the past, receivers

  • Now That's what I call music

    The UK's favourite Rock n' Roll Musical show That'll Be The Day returns to Fairfield on Tuesday, December 11 at 8pm with even more music and laughs from the fifties, sixties and seventies. This award winning music feast features a perfect mix of music

  • Jazz pianist Earl Okin at the double

    Are you a jazz fan? Then give yourself an early Christmas treat. Legendary jazz pianist and raconteur Earl Okin is presenting two Christmas cabaret concerts at the Wimbledon studio Theatre, The Broadway, on Sunday December 16. At 5.30pm Earl plays tribute

  • Nursery's work gets in the swim

    Abbey Wood Grange Day Nursery pupils got the chance to display their paintings depicting their favourite toys at Purley Pools leisure centre this month. Purley Pool's customers marvelled at the colourful exhibition created by children as young as three

  • Sewerage work brings results

    Investment in Beddington's sewerage treatment facility has lead to huge improvements in the water quality of the River Wandle. In a five-yearly report published by the Environment Agency last week, the river achieved a B rating based on year 2000 measurements

  • CD review

    Fight The Saucermen Goteki (Wasp Factory) I am a fan of people in bands who adopt made-up names, writes Stuart Moses. It suggests some thought has gone into the concept behind the music. But does the music of the amusingly-titled Dr A, Sneaky and Crash

  • Shot-shy strikers in a Cottage bore draw

    Two of the most attacking sides in the Premiership conspired to cancel each other out on Sunday afternoon and produce a turgid goalless draw. After the hype surrounding Liverpool lad Robbie Fowler's debut for Leeds, it was a case of waiting for god' to

  • Club provides furniture to go

    A new furniture store opened on the Purley Way last week, offering a new way to buy your household goods. Furniture To Go opened its new 50,000 square feet furniture store on Tuesday, November 27, the third branch in the UK. With over 50,000 items in

  • Howard's way is too mellow

    Howard Marks is a charming, intelligent man. Some consider him a revolutionary, an opportunist, a genius or just a stoner who gets intoxi-cated in front of an audience. He was once a major league marijuana smuggler, creating new markets for the drug and

  • Rosslyn left rocking as defeat tally mounts up

    Rosslyn Park lost again on Saturday to Wharfedale and have not won in the league since October 20, writes Bernard Wiggins. Park had the edge up front early in the game and caused the visitors problems. So it was only just when Torquil Mathewson chipped

  • Stage notes

    o An all-day fund raiser will be held at The Cartoon, London Road, on Sunday, December 9, to help Answers on a Postcard get some cash together top replace their stolen drum kit and PA system. This well established band have been playing the local circuit

  • No time for flagging as Vic wins Harriers' open

    Herne Hill Harriers held an open and club veterans' six-mile cross country race in Brockwell Park on Saturday, which Vic Maughn won in 32 mins 15 secs. First veteran to finish was Rob Jacobs (33:30), while Pat Angell winged his way home in 35 minutes

  • Beyond the Pale

    Flying in from Jamaica for a one-off Croydon comedy special tonight, Thursday, December 6, is comedian Tony Paleface' Hendricks. Best known for his quirky appearances on Sky One's Jamaica Uncovered, Tony targets everything from world-wide card design

  • Fight for our P.O.

    You may know Consignia Post Office Ltd are about to close down East Croydon General Post Office early next year. I'm an ardent user of this P.O. along with countless others and we do not want it closed. I live in a retirement complex and most of the residents

  • Drew's riding high

    Riding in cars with boys (12) SPANNING a period of over 20 years, this comedy-drama (based on a true story) follows the life of writer Beverly Donofrio. From her adolescent years in the 60s, we witness the life changing moments which shape her future

  • Don't wait for the directive, buy a flag and fly it

    It really was a huge disappointment not to have the Union Flag flying alongside Old Glory, Stars and Stripes on the 11th of the 11th (Feeble flag excuse', Times Letters, November 29). It's only symptomatic of the continuing political correctness that

  • An object lesson in distortion

    A sonic equivalent of a sore thumb Needleye's platter virtually rips itself free of any competition and charges straight for the kill, writes Jo Pitches. Sounding as though it's been crafted by an altogether different mind-set from its peers, any lesser

  • Review the act, not the audience

    I would like to complain about a review in the Croydon Guardian on November 22 of the Midge Ure concert at Fairfield Halls. Your reviewer states that the "audience doesn't do itself any favours", claiming all the Midge Ure fans are balding (although sensibly

  • Government tube plans on wrong track

    Please tell John Speller, the political nobody who visited Croydon last week to ride on one of the almost empty Tramlink trams, that one of the benefits of living in Croydon is that Croydon is NOT on the Tube network. Here in Croydon we have trains that

  • The cost of eruv

    The difference between an eruv pole and a telegraph pole is that an eruv pole is a symbolic structure marking out a private domain for the more observant Jews to evade their strict rules of Sabbath observance. Telegraph poles are a public utility for

  • Kember delivers festive cheer

    Crystal Palace FC assistant manager Steve Kember surprised local children on Friday November 30 when he arrived at South Norwood Centre to draw the winning ticket from a raffle aimed at raising cash for its child care unit. Raffle prizes included a signed

  • Sad situation

    In July 1997, you published a letter on the eruv controversy. It is sad that this matter is still unresolved. Can we have some plain answers please? Who (and when) specifically decided on poles and the wire and the permissible size of gaps, none of which

  • Teenager wins medal for saving her friend

    An intrepid teenager who pulled her friend from a swamp during an expedition to the Lake District has been honoured with a gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. Cerys Barrow, 19, from Morden, achieved her award through the Girls Brigade after helping at an indoor

  • Safety courses

    Charity workers can brush up on basic food hygiene or health and safety on two free one-day courses. Access 21 Ltd is offering up to 15 free training places, one per company, on each of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Healths certificates in

  • Health watchdog's fears over review

    Barnet's health watchdog fears controversial proposals to close Edgware Community Hospital's Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) at night could be used as a "political football" in the run up to local elections next year. Peter Packer, vice-chairman of Barnet

  • Pupils sort out rubbish for recycling bins

    Pupils at a Wimbledon primary school launched a bid for eco-status by collecting litter from all their school bins. Children at Wimbledon Chase Primary School, Merton Road, recorded the bins contents as 85 per cent paper and recycling bins have been installed

  • Cabbies plan to boycott road until gunfire stops

    A mystery gunman is taking pot shots at black cabs in Wimbledon, putting the drivers in fear of their lives and planning to boycott the road unless the police do something to help. The random attacks in Gap Road have been going on for about three weeks

  • Vital speech therapy is denied to children

    Some of the boroughs most needy children are being denied vital speech and language therapy because the Local Education Authority has failed to meet its legal obligation to provide it, concerned parents claim. The South West London NHS Trust has reduced

  • Fishermen's friends unite

    The Golden Anchor fish and chip shop in Mitcham is joining hundreds across the UK to raise money for the Fishermens Mission. Last year was the worst in fishing history for tragedies and few people realise the real cost of the fish and chips we all enjoy

  • Fast food giant beaten in legal battle

    A Wimbledon businessman is celebrating slaying fast food giant McDonalds in a courtroom battle over the name of his Chinese restaurant chain McChina. The High Court judge presiding over the case rebuked the inventors of the Big Mac for seeking to monopolise

  • Plans to re-open cottage hospital supported by MP

    Mitchams cottage hospital could re-open if plans supported by MP Siobhain McDonagh get the go-ahead. The Mitcham and Morden member has launched a campaign to oust the Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth Health Authority from its offices in the former Wilson

  • Let graffiti 'artists vandalise your walls

    I read with interest your letters page most weeks and find, on the whole, the Bromley public to be quite moderate in their responses to the goings on in our town. However, Mark Adam's letter (News Shopper, November 14) filled me with rage. I wonder what

  • Young artists

    YOUNG artists at Hathaway Primary School in Hathaway Gardens, West Ealing were treated to a Day of Art on Friday last week. More than 300 pupils participated in the day, designed to reflect the many cultures of the school and produced art of many different

  • Biggin Hill is not a 'sleepy hollow'

    Re: 'Proof We Have Too Few Police' (News Shopper, November 14). A few weeks ago, during a party in Biggin Hill, police were called to an incident. Two lads had left the party and had driven off in a car. Within minutes the car had smashed into two or

  • Police fear losing two officers

    EALING'S already under-strength police force could be further depleted when the Greater London Authority announces new personnel requirement figures on Monday (Dec 10). Ealing is already coping with a shortfall of 38 officers but this could increase with

  • Tenants set to benefit from fair rent scheme

    A FAIRER system of working out the rents charged by councils and housing associations is set to benefit tenants. Under new government guidelines, rents will be set on a common basis, and will not depend on which local authority or housing association

  • Pressure grows for Dons to remain closer to home

    Pressure is mounting on Wimbledon Football Club to abandon its plans to move to Milton Keynes and consider sites closer to home. Merton Council stepped up its campaign to get the club back to a permanent home in or close to Merton by passing two motions

  • High hopes for better relations

    Barnet Council claims its race relations work will go from "strength to strength" after it withdrew all funding to Barnet Racial Equality Council BREC last week. Council cabinet members stopped the North Finchley-based organisation's £58,000 annual grant

  • Dustmen work harder than ever

    In response to Mr L Gregory's letter (News Shopper, November 21) I have to dispute his comments. My husband has been a dustman for 26 years so is equally qualified to comment. The dustmen have not requested this change. It is a way to reduce the workforce

  • Thrashed at home

    Hendon Youth U18s continue to find life in the Southern Counties Floodlit Youth League a chastening experience and crashed 5-0 at home to Kingsbury Youth. Kingsbury were restricted to a 1-0 lead in the first half but it was a different story in the second

  • That dog's no pomeranian, it's a spaniel

    A PET shop owner was handed a one-year conditional discharge for falsely describing a puppy. Girolama Pontearso, owner of the Pet Aquaria Garden in Churchfield Road, Acton sold a dog which she described as a Pomeranian in March 2000 for £200. However,

  • Bin hiding?

    TWO spiritualists could have given the world another clue to where terror chief Osama bin Laden is hiding. The women, Angela Bayley, 42, and Elizabeth Collis, 40, say the world's most wanted man is holed up east of the Afghan town of Wazi Khwa. Wazi Khwa

  • Guilty of sex abuse

    Mertons former mayor-elect, Sam Chaudhry, could be jailed in the new year after being convicted of a series of sexual assaults on two children one of whom may have been as young as five. The 70-year-old ex-councillor dramatically changed his plea to guilty

  • Association gets festive with carols

    BROMLEY Association of People with Disabilities is holding a community carol service on December 9. The service, at St Mark's Church, in Westmoreland Road, will feature the church choir, Beckenham Chorale and Kemnal Technology College Steel Band. Bromley

  • Hair-raising effort for charity

    SCENES of merriment in a Mottingham pub raised almost £3,000 for charity. The highlight of the Children in Need celebration at the Prince of Wales, in Mottingham Road, was when 40-year-old Robert Sowden had 12 years of hair growth cut off in

  • It was a visit in a million

    RADIO DJ and Who Wants to be a Millionaire host Chris Tarrant was unusually quiet when he visited a special school in Bromley. The game show host was carrying out a 24-hour sponsored silence for homeless charity Shelter when he visited Rectory Paddock

  • Goodbye Billy

    Billy, a much-loved white fronted Capuchin monkey, was put to sleep recently at Brent Lodge Animal Centre in Church Road, Hanwell, following rapid deterioration in his health. Billy, 38 when he died, arrived at Brent Lodge in 1977 and is part of a species

  • Armed raid

    A Securicor van was held up in Pitshanger Lane, Ealing by a man who threatened two guards with a gun. The van was at the Post Office at 2.15pm on Thursday last week when the suspect appeared. He escaped with two cash boxes in a dark coloured Volvo driven

  • Pictures of sites not usually seen

    PHOTOGRAPHS of the top site of Crystal Palace Park, which is not fully accessible to the public, are to be displayed. The exhibition, by Sydenham photographer Wendy May Flower, has travelled the five boroughs which surround the park and will spend December

  • Putting an oar out for kids

    AN ACTOR training to kayak across the channel for a leading children's charity got to flex his pecs at a fundraising evening in Beckenham. Yao Chin, from Catford, took part in gym activities at Beckenham Spa, in Beckenham Road, for the launch evening

  • Rail users demand Sunday service

    RAIL passengers overwhelmingly support a full Sunday Thames rail service at West Ealing Station, according to a recent poll conducted by Ealing Green Party. More than 100 passengers were asked whether they want the train station currently closed on a

  • Payne answers call to rescue crisis club

    Colin Payne has enjoyed a passionate involvement with football. He has been manager of four Ryman League clubs, player-manager of another and has enjoyed a fair measure of success. But now he's facing his toughest task to date, reviving the flagging fortunes

  • Fighting the power

    AGGRESSIVE salesmen are using sneaky tactics to trick vulnerable householders into switching electricity and gas providers. Now, Ealing Trading Standards, alarmed by the sales techniques, is warning pensioners to beware of utilities companies cold calling

  • Delighted at flying start

    I am delighted to read of the "flying start" of your campaign to save Bromley Youth Music Trust and am writing in support of it. As a parent of two children involved in the Trust's activities, I have always been hugely impressed with the organisation,

  • Hendon win right to join Barnet in Trophy draw

    Barnet have been drawn away to Fisher Athletic while Hendon must visit Cambridge City in the FA Trophy third round on Saturday, January 12. For Barnet fans, the clash with Fisher will trigger memories of the greatest day in the club's history. Back in

  • Appalled at cut

    I am writing to you regarding the planned cuts for BYMT. I am a former member of the Bromley Youth Chamber Orchestra and I have also worked for the Trust. I am absolutely appalled by the proposals. Music in our schools has already been reduced to near-nonexistent

  • Ramblers root for a woodland lesson

    EIGHT hardcore nature enthusiasts braved the December chill to take part in a two-hour educational ramble around Horsenden Hill, organised by the Parks and Countryside Service on Sunday, December 2. The walkers, who gathered at the Horsenden Hill Visitor

  • Dustcarts to get new sprinklers

    Dustcarts are to be fitted with on-board sprinkler systems after a spate of mysterious fires decimated the borough's fleet. Five Dennis Eagle vehicles have burst into flames since 1998 including two this year but a report into the cause of the fault proved

  • Right spice

    Southall-based company, Noon Products, has found the right ingredients for export success as it has been shortlisted for the 'Frozen and Chilled exporter of the Year' at the annual Food From Britain and HSBC Export Awards. Having already scooped the prestigious

  • Amnesty fears trial was unfair

    Amnesty International has raised concerns over the convictions of two Palestinians jailed for the 1994 North Finchley car bomb attack. The human rights group believes Samar Alami, 33, and Jawad Botmeh, 31, may have been denied a fair trial and appeal

  • AIDS dance

    Students will raise money for African AIDS awareness with a Christmas club night tonight (Dec 6). Tickets for the show, at Thames Valley Students' Union, St Mary's Road, Ealing, cost £3 before 7pm. Afterwards £5.

  • Boat show

    Boat lovers can claim £2 off a ticket at the 2002 London Boat Show simply by calling the Box Office and quoting the Times and Guardian Series. The show is at Earl's Court from January 3-13 next year. Adult tickets are £11 before the reduction. Call 0115