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  • Chairman's Annual Report 2014-15

    This year has, as ever, been a busy one for the Association. 

    It has been the first full year of operation for our own Residents’ Pavilion, and I want to begin by thanking everyone involved in its conversion, and in its continuing success. 

    The work to turn the tennis pavilion into a warm and welcoming centre is now complete.  We could not have done this without the expertise and enthusiasm of the Chairman of the Management Group, Jerry Cuthbert. He also continues the time consuming task of managing the site on a day to day basis. The Association owes him a great debt of gratitude.  He has been ably assisted in this work by David Freeman and I also want to thank him for this. 

    We were able to make the centre fully usable for less able people with £9000 from the Lottery Grant. This was secured for us by Christine Rowe.  While she has now left the committee to pursue other interests, I want to acknowledge her great contribution in obtaining this vital extra money. 

    I want to thank Linda Fitch, as well as David, for their work in transforming the overgrown grounds into a pleasant garden, and in maintaining them. 

    Overseeing the complex accounting for this project has been our Treasurer, John Townsend.  He has set up a separate account for the Pavilion so that we can ensure that it pays its way and is not a drain on the general resources of the Association.

    I am delighted to be able to say that the Pavilion is meeting its costs and, even at this early stage, has come into surplus. 

    The bookings for the Pavilion continue to be buoyant and I want to thank the Pavilion Management team for their work in showing people over the building, taking the bookings, and for opening and closing the pavilion on the day. It is heavily booked as weekends as a venue for family parties. 

    I must single out among the regular bookings the Social Club run for our own residents. This takes place every Thursday for two hours in the afternoon, and has been a tremendous success. It clearly is enjoyed and valued by everyone who attends. This is due to the warmth and enthusiasm of its co-hosts, Jill Truman and Andrea Hannan, and I congratulate them. 

    All this has been in addition to the usual work of the Association is trying to preserve the benefits of living in this area. 

    The range of work we cover can seen be seen from the detailed and valuable notes set out in the Guide each month by our joint secretaries, Jill Truman and Jan Bailey.  I want to thank them both for the enormous amount of hard work they put in to keep abreast of what is happening in our area, and for alerting us of matters that we need to comment on and, if necessary, oppose. 

    One successful example of this is that, with others, we managed to persuade the Post Office to retain full counter facilities in the centre of Raynes Park. 

    Planning issues continue to take up a lot of our time. The focus of attention for this coming year is going to be the proposed redevelopment of the Rainbow Estate off Grand Drive, which is the subject of two current planning applications. We have set out our objections at length in responses to these, and I want to thank Jerry Cuthbert and David Freeman for the excellent and expert way they have done so. 

    To summarise, we oppose any housing on this site, which is designed for light industrial and business use. It continues to be needed as such to provide essential local employment. The site is land locked, and is simply unsuitable for housing. This area has more than met its quota for housing, with all the new developments up Grand Drive.  All the schools and surgeries in this area are overflowing, and the developers want to add to the numbers of people living in our community, so as to enhance their own profits, without providing any of the infrastructure needed. 

    What we need in Raynes Park are facilities to drop off and pick people up at the station, and the proposed schemes cannot provide for this. 

    Where a development enhances the community, we support it. We welcome the proposal to build a new library in West Barnes, paid for by residential accommodation, as was the case in the successful redevelopment of the Raynes Park Library. 

    We also welcome the proposal to bring CrossRail 2 to this area, with proposed stops at Motspur Park and Raynes Park. This will enable much easier access for our residents across London. 

    Our planning team is highly experienced, and their contribution to our work is invaluable. They are David Freeman, Jerry Cuthbert, Pamela Robinson, and Jan Bailey. Jan is also an expert on our water courses and drains. Rachel Skinner is professionally engaged in transport matters, and gives freely of her time on issues such as parking, vehicular access to developments, and Cross Rail 2. We thank them all. 

    Communicating what we do, and getting feedback from our members, is vital. We remain, by far, the largest Residents’ Association in Merton, so this is a major task.   We use both traditional and new means to do so. The Guide has been published since 1928, and Jill Truman is carrying on the long tradition of continuously improving it, as our Editor. 

    To get it to our members each month requires the dedicated service of a team of area co-ordinators and road stewards, all voluntary members. They do a sterling job, and we can’t thank them enough. 

    They are all organised by our distribution manager Andrew Barwick and his deputy, Dick Coleman, to whom thanks. 

    The Guide is virtually self funding through the advertisements that it carries. Our advertising manager for the last few years has been Linda Fitch, and I want to thank her for taking on this post and for carrying it through so effectively. She now wants to step down from this role, and we are looking to find someone to carry it on. We welcome any volunteers for this essential task. Linda has agreed to brief anyone fully on the job.   

    We are also modern in our methods of communication, through our web site, which is increasingly well used.   Thanks continue to be due to our Web Master, Charles Briscoe-Smith, for his technical skill, and to Rachel Skinner and Jerry Cuthbert for keeping the content up to date. 

    Our finances continue to be buoyant, and it is extraordinary that we have been able to fund the conversion of the Pavilion while retaining enough funds for everyday and emergency use. John Townsend, whose report will be next, continues to manage these with great aplomb, secure us the best available rates of interest, and has a fine eye to detail. We thank him. I also want to thank our Honorary Auditor, Brian Lewis-Lavender. 

    Brian has now been elected as a Councillor for West Barnes Ward, together with Gilli, his wife, and Mary-Jane Jeanes.  All three of them are assiduous in their attendance at our Committee meetings, and in following issues that our residents raise. 

    We continue to be represented at meetings of the Raynes Park Forum and the Raynes Park Association, which covers the town centre. I would thank Pamela Robinson, Jan Bailey, and Jerry Cuthbert for attending on our behalf, and for their reports back. 

    Of course, we cover also the areas of Coombe Lane, and of Shannon Corner, and we thank Jill Truman and Peter Connellan for keeping us appraised of issues in these areas. We hold an Open Meeting each year in Motspur Park to make it easier for residents there to meet us. 

    Finally, I would repeat my pleas from last year. We are very busy and do an awful lot. But we can always do with fresh blood at all levels. None of us is getting any younger.  We would welcome any new assistance, in any capacity. Just get in touch. Thank you.     

    John Elvidge

     

    18 March 2015 

  • Margaret Pye - Funeral Arrangements

    Sadly Margaret Pye, who was a redoubtable worker on behalf of the Environment for our Association for many years, and worked with Jan Bailey, teaching her a lot, has recently died.  The last few years were unkind to Margaret who had a stroke and was lovingly cared for by Michael.  The funeral will be on 5th April, at 2.00 p.m. at Holy Cross Church Hall, and 3.20 at the Crematorium. There will be light refreshments at the Church Hall following the Cremation.

  • Raynes Park Afternoon Townwomen's Guild - April 2017

    A small group enjoyed their visit to Chiswick at the end of February.  Chiswick House Park is a delight at any time of year but even in daylight seems magical when, all around the grounds, there are large, imaginative and extremely well-made soldiers, Disney characters, and fairy tale tableaux, as well as representations of well known world-wide landscapes.   After a restorative lunch-time snack the group examined and admired the camellias in the conservatory, before walking round to Hogarth House.  Partly closed for restoration, there are nevertheless computers in the dining room which give an overview of the house and historic information.  The kitchen area currently holds an exhibition of items not normally on view, including interesting satirical etchings with full explanations.  Incidentally, one of these is acknowledged (and recognisable) as the inspiration for one of the exhibits at the current Hockney exhibition at Tate Britain.

    Lunch Club members found themselves in a Lloyds Bar full of musicians and miscellaneous large musical instruments.  Pushed out of their favourite spot! They nevertheless found a table and enjoyed their lunch. 

    At our meeting on April 20th (at 1.30 at St Saviour’s Church Hall) Jonathan Jones’ talk is entitled ‘Town Crier’.  The next visit is to Charterhouse (Tour on Wed 12th April) and the lunch club will visit The Watchman at New Malden Fountain (Thurs, 6th). 

    Visitors are always welcome to our meetings and other activities.  For more information please telephone. 

    Dorothy Raymond  020 8395 9489

     

  • Raynes Park & West Barnes Libraries

    APRIL 2017 - ALL CHANGE AT RAYNES PARK and WEST BARNES LIBRARIES! 

    There are exciting developments afoot regarding our two local, much-valued libraries.

    In this month’s Guide we celebrate the input and achievements of Paul McDermott, the outgoing manager of the Raynes Park branch who is taking charge the borough’s largest library in Wimbledon from next month.

    Whilst still a sixth-former at Wimbledon College, Paul was employed on Saturdays at Morden Library and this gave him great insight into the work and activities involved in the development of successful library provision.

    Following completion of an Arts Foundation Course at Croydon College, Paul continued his studies at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design where he obtained his degree. This led to an enjoyable spell working in Wandsworth -first as a teaching assistant - and then as a fully qualified teacher.  For four years he enjoyed the busy, daily life of primary school teaching before deciding to return to his library “roots” in order to pursue the challenges involved in all-age provision.

    In 2011 Paul became Customer Services Officer at Morden Library and undertook the responsibility of developing the Summer Reading Challenge across the borough.  This was a hugely satisfying task and cemented his desire to involve himself in library development

    In November 2014 Paul was appointed as Manager of Raynes Park where he was pleased to inherit a flourishing, well-organised establishment from his predecessor, Hannah. 

    During his two and a half years at Raynes Park Paul has developed a strong volunteer base of over seventy people involved in a huge range of tasks and activities; he has built close ties with local schools and nurseries and consolidated a timetable of daily activities for both pre-school and school-aged children; he is also very proud to have established a huge variety of free activities for adults.

     Visitor numbers for the last month showed an increase of 8% compared to the same month last year – averaging 10,000 visits at Raynes Park library per month!

    Paul’s calm, encouraging and friendly presence will be missed and we offer him our best wishes for the next phase of his career.

    What next for Raynes Park?      

    Kevin, the helpful, knowledgeable security officer will be remaining as will many volunteers.  However, we wish Cathy, our senior librarian who has given 36 years of devoted service, a happy early retirement.  We also wish every success to Marija (Deputy Manager) who will be transferring to Wimbledon and to Fuad who will continue his valuable work at Mitcham.  

    In a challenging but exciting development, Karren, the highly talented manager of West Barnes library will have the task of combining both our excellent libraries!

     

    There will be more about Karren shortly.

  • Raynes Park Afternoon Townswomen's Guild - Mar 17

     

    Our January meeting featured an illustrated talk by a representative of the Air Ambulance Service.  This organisation is a charity set up in the Kent, Surrey & Sussex area in 1989 - the third area service set up - the first and second being London and Cornwall.  The team on board the helicopter includes a Doctor and paramedic, the Doctor commencing immediate emergency care and assessing the appropriate hospital for the patient.  Road traffic accidents make up 40% of call-outs, 40% are to other accidental traumas, the remaining 20% being medical emergencies. It takes 4 minutes for the helicopter to get off the ground but IT can reach any area in the region in 20 minutes. They can land anywhere the pilot decides suitable.  The service has been 24-hour since 2013.  The night-time helicopter is larger taking 9 minutes to take off, but with more space can take patients on board quickly.  This was a fascinating and informative talk from an amazing charity. 

    I think all the local clubs had groups at the Sunday afternoon Magnificent Music Hall at Wimbledon Theatre including a small party of ladies and one husband from the Towns Women’s Guild It was a generously long and varied show, everyone enjoyed this annual event. 

    At our Annual General Meeting held at the February meeting, the current committee was re-elected unchanged.  The secretary then outlined the programme of speakers she had obtained for the year 2017/18 which was well received, following which was a discussion about places of interest to visit. 

    The lunch club dines at the Lloyds Bar, Fulham early in March, on Wednesday 1st, and the next visit has been moved even further forward to Wednesday, 22nd February.  This is to allow members to examine the Festival of Lanterns installations around Chiswick House Grounds before they are taken down on 26th February as well as visiting the Camelia Conservatory, open at this time.  After lunch in the café we will visit the neighbouring Hogarth House. 

    Our next meeting on Thursday, 16th March is at 1.30 for 1.45 at St Saviour’s Church Hall.  At approximately 2.30 pm Mrs S. Bruggeman will give a talk about ‘Falls Prevention’.   Anyone interested in this topic is invited to join us.  

    Dorothy Raymond  020 8395 9489

     

     

  • Raynes Park Afternoon Townswomen's Guild - Feb 2017

    Activities in the New Year seemed to start slowly for the ladies of our Guild, with the lunch club not meeting until 31st.  Nevertheless a number of ladies went to this year’s pantomime Dick Whittington at Wimbledon Theatre, a production which they thoroughly enjoyed, commenting on the costumes and stage sets as well as the professionalism and competence of the cast.  

    A small group also took themselves to the Rose Theatre café for the advertised lunch-time Wednesday Variety Club performance.  This proved to be a disappointment because, regrettably, the entertainment had been cancelled.  Nevertheless, all enjoyed the café’s beautifully presented toasted sandwich lunch-time platter. 

    At the time of writing we are looking forward to our talk by the Surrey Ambulance on 19th January and the Magnificent Music Hall at Wimbledon Theatre on Sunday 22nd. January. 

    Our February meeting will be held on Thursday, 16th February at 1.30 pm in St Saviour’s Church Hall.  This will be our Annual General Meeting with a Bring & Buy sale. 

    Visitors are always welcome to our meetings and other activities.  For more information please telephone. 

    Dorothy Raymond  020 8395 9489

  • Chairman's Blog - Feb 2017

    Council Proposal to surcharge diesel vehicles 

    It will not be generally known that Merton Council is proposing to impose a surcharge on diesel vehicles for the cost of parking permits in controlled parking zones and business permits.  The suggestion was made in a report last autumn, and, if approved at a full Council meeting, could come into effect as soon as April this year. 

    The surcharge, which has already been brought into operation in some other London boroughs, will target only diesel vehicles, which scientists say produce more hazardous nitrogen dioxides and small particulates than petrol or electric vehicles. These get into the lung and bring on long term illnesses.   

    Local authorities are not allowed to bring in such measures for the purpose of raising income, but Merton’s proposals have been calculated to raise a staggering figure of extra income of £516,000 in the first year and over £900,000 by 2019/20. This extra income can only be used on transport measures, but will, obviously, be used to defray other council costs. It is hard to avoid the conclusion that the proposal is driven by the desire to make money, rather than on grounds of health.  

    There have been major published objections to this proposal. 

    The first is that people do not change their cars every year, but only after a period of years, often three. Those who have recently bought a diesel as opposed to a petrol or petrol/electric car will be heavily penalised, given the depreciation in the value of any purchased car.   If the proposal has merit, it should be introduced over a number of years, as the Mayor of London is proposing for a surcharge/ban on diesel vehicles coming within the congestion zone, by 2020. 

    The second is that the surcharge will unfairly hit the less well off, who can ill afford to change their vehicle, simply to avoid extra costs. 

    The third is that most CPZ’s and parking permits are in the west of the Borough, where there is no objective evidence of bad air pollution, indeed the contrary.  

    The fourth, and perhaps major one, is that the Council has not undertaken any public consultation on the scheme, and indeed has had no information campaign to inform the public of it.   This is another example, together with that on wheelie bins, of the majority party on the Council going ahead with an ill thought out policy without full public consultation and approval. 

    TRAIN SERVICES INTO WATERLOO 

    Network Rail and South West Trains have warned of major impacts to services into Waterloo Station next August, between August 5 and 28.  For once, this is nothing to do with strikes or union disputes, but is for a good reason. Waterloo is due to have an £800 million upgrade, which will see the five platforms originally used for Eurostar, and which have been long disused, brought back into use. Platforms 1-4, which are used for the suburban trains from Motspur Park and Raynes Park, are being extended to accommodate 10 car trains.   According to Network Rail, the number of journeys into Waterloo has more than doubled to 234 million in 20 years.

    LETTER TO TRANSPORT FOR LONDON 

    The letter I have written to Transport for London about the traffic light sequencing at the Grand Drive/Bushey Road junction, and about Lower Downs Bridge is below:

     1. The junction of Bushey Road and Grand Drive, SW20, is saturated with traffic for much of the day. We understand that TFL are undertaking a review of this junction. Please let us know whether this is correct, and when we may expect to see the result of that review. In the meantime, the sequencing of the traffic lights has been changed, so that vehicles coming along the slip road from the A3 and wanting to turn right onto Grand Drive are held back far more than other traffic. My observations are that only some 5 cars at a time can get through before the lights change. The result is that traffic is now piled back onto the slip road and as far as the A3, causing obvious danger. To avoid the extended hold up, some vehicles now continue down Bushey Road and then do a U turn, which causes more danger.   I imagine that the purpose of this change was to ease congestion on the other routes, but this goes too far.

     

    2. There continues to be a problem of high vehicles getting stuck under Lower Downs Bridge, SW20. This is despite the new notices warning on both sides that it is a low bridge, height indicators, and electronic warnings. The problem here is that the entrance to the bridge on both sides is higher than the arch in the middle, and this is not apparent to those unfamiliar with the structure. What is needed is a clear warning that the central arch of the bridge is much lower than the entrance. It would help greatly to have large metal rods (to the height of the central arch) hanging from both sides, which would give a visual and aural warning. 

    I look forward to your reply. With thanks. JE

    CARERS 

    I have reported previously about the Council considering whether or not to increase the amount that it pays for social care in the community, on which so many elderly and disabled people depend for their day to day living. 

    A resident contacted me, who herself cares for a neighbour who is disabled. She asked me to make the important point that most elderly and disabled people are enabled to stay in their own homes, and not have to go into care, because of the assistance given by members of their own family or strangers. The charity which supports carers, Carers UK, calculates that across the UK there are 6.5 million people who are unpaid carers supporting a loved one who is older, disabled or serious ill.  That is 1 in 8 of adults. Every day, another 6,000 people become carers. They make an enormous contribution to society and save the economy billions of pounds. 

    The Government does pay a Carer’s Allowance if you spend more than 35 hours a week caring for a relative or friend who is ill or disabled.  You don’t have to live with them or be related to them.  This is currently about £62 a week. You can take up to four weeks break a year from caring and still receive the benefit. But you can only get this allowance if you earn less than £110 per week after tax, and other benefits you receive are taken into account also. 

    Anyone already caring in this way, or thinking of doing so, should consult the local CAB services for details of the Carer‘s Allowance, particularly if they are already pensioners themselves where the arrangements are complex.  Or there is a form on line to complete to obtain this. 

    John Elvidge  

     

     

  • Chairman's Blog - Dec 2016

    WHEELIE BINS 

    By the time you read this, we expect that the Council will have committed the expenditure of 7 million pounds of your money for the purchase of wheelie bins. This is to further the introduction of a new system of waste collection sometime in 2018. 

    This is being introduced presumably to save money, but they have produced no evidence to show any cost savings. 

    They have conducted no survey to show that this is wanted by the majority of residents, and most people who have contacted us are very opposed to the proposed changes. This is because they think that the present system works well, and they support the continuation of a weekly collection service both for waste that goes to landfill and waste that can be recycled. 

    The Council is only proposing to collect general household rubbish from the wheelie bins every fortnight, and not every week. A second wheelie bin will be used to collect paper, newspapers and cardboard on the same fortnightly cycle. Very confusingly, glass bottles, tins and plastic will be put in a green or purple box and collected on the alternative week.  This is a recipe for disaster, and will result in even less rubbish being recycled, and more going to landfill. 

    The Council points to what they call “the successful 2015 wheelie bin project in Lavender Fields ward which saw an increase in resident satisfaction with 89% residents saying they were satisfied with the introduction of wheelie bins”.  However, we understand that these residents were not told that the wheelie bin waste would, under their proposals, only be collected on a fortnightly basis, and not weekly. We are not told either of the mix of houses surveyed, and whether any of the residents suffered from disabilities of any kind. 

    Wheelie bins are large and unsightly, and will need to be stored somewhere. If they are emptied only every other week, they will rapidly be filled up, and spill over, spraying rubbish over the streets.  People in terraced homes will have to take them through the house to get them to a point of collection. People who are infirm will not be able to manage them. They will have to be emptied one by one into the dustcart, which will take further time to process.  

    They say that “Prior to rolling out any agreed wheeled bin scheme, the council will “…address any concerns with the implementation of a wheeled bin collection service”. Many residents have already pointed out that they will not be able to manage to get a wheelie bin to the front of their property.  We doubt very much that the new operators will have the time, or be paid the resources, to help householders on an individual basis to collect the bins from inside their home or from the back or side of it.  

    One local resident wrote a hand written leader to the Council leader asking him specifically how he and his wife were going to cope, given that he has heart problems, and his wife has dementia. He received a standard letter from Councillor Alambritis which did not answer either question. Insultingly, it started by thanking him for his email, which indicates that he did not himself see the letter. 

    This is simply not good enough. One of the main duties of a Council is to collect waste. A system that operates well enough should not be changed without strong evidence that its replacement will be better, and not in this cavalier manner. 

    ADULT SOCIAL CARE 

    Councils have been given permission by the government to increase council tax by 2 per cent to fund extra social care, which is much needed to cope with the increasing numbers of elderly and disabled people. Merton Council has not increased its council tax for some years, but the Council is conducting a survey of residents to see whether people wish to see no increase in tax, or 2%, which would raise an additional £1.5 million, or 3.99%, which would raise an additional £3 million. The intention is that any extra money raised would be ring fenced for social care use only.   

    Very unfortunately, the consultation was conducted through the pages of the autumn edition of My Merton, and this publication failed to get delivered at all to many residents in our area. The Councillors have written to the Chief Executive to ask how this came about.  

    Social care provision is a very important matter: if you wish to express a view, please write to the Chief Executive of Merton Council with your views. The official consultation promises that your views will be kept anonymous and data protected. 

    BOUNDARY COMMISSION PROPOSALS 

    The last edition of the Guide contained our response to the proposals of the Boundary Commission in regard to the local Parliamentary constituencies. Our MP, Stephen Hammond, informs us that all responses will be published next spring, followed by a secondary consultation. New proposals will not be published until the end of 2017, and there will then be an 8 week consultation. 

    DAYLIGHT SAVING 

    Once again the clocks have gone back, so that we are now in darkness by 4 pm.  I have said before that the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has found that more accidents happen in the dark evenings than happen in dark mornings. They want the system changed, but when will Parliament do this?  The argument is always that the present system suits the needs of Scotland, but they now have a separate parliament, and do not need to be on the same time as the rest of us. 

    John Elvidge

     

     

     

     

  • Friends of Sir Joseph Hood Playing Fields

    FRIENDS OF SIR JOSEPH HOOD MEMORIAL PLAYING FIELD UPDATE

    ‘The Friends’ was set up in 2003 in response to the threat of paddling pool closure and a decline in the park. Park users felt intimidated by drug users and underage drinkers and reported increased vandalism, graffiti and littering following a decrease in security. 

    Since its formation, the Friends has benefitted from the tireless work of Caroline Ventom, Sophie Cabral, Dianne Walker and Lucy Hill who in 2004 successfully campaigned to overturn the decision to close the paddling pool and have fought hard to raise funding and work with the council and the community to improve the park’s facilities.  Among their achievements was the installation of new playground equipment, a basketball/multi sports area, resurfacing of the tennis courts, installation of the crazy golf and fitness equipment and the formation of a Friends Cafe. In addition the Friends were intrinsic to the Park successfully securing the prestigious Green Flag status from 2008 - 2014. 

    The park is now a true family friendly hub of the community frequented and appreciated by many. However, further cuts have meant that for a number of years the park no longer has a full time park keeper and the facility management is shared between a number of parks which means more emphasis on the Friends and community groups to keep a diligent eye out to ensure it does not yet again decline. Further to this, cuts in funding have meant that in 2015 the council has again tabled the closure of the park’s paddling pool and the Green Flag was also lost. This prompted a resurgence in local interest and an increased membership in the Friends and some new initiatives. 

    On 5th November the Friends held their annual AGM to review the activities to date and to discuss a new committee structure. A summary of the AGM follows. 

    Events from 2015/16 include a Dog walking community day, a Bat walking expedition, a Family Fun run and Splash Dance event (both to raise awareness for the proposed closure of the paddling pool) a Crazy Golf clean up session (in partnership with the Wimbledon 22nd Scout group) and several litter picking events. 

    A  marketing campaign was set up to lobby against the closure of the paddling pool, seeking to replace it instead with a Splash Pad. The campaign included a manual and online petition, liaison with the local media and a social media presence was created with the creation of a Friends Facebook Group and a twitter account. 

    The Friends logo was rebranded and a newsletter was produced. Local businesses, schools and community engagement was engendered and local sponsors endorsed the campaigns sponsoring publicity. Publicity from the local paper and a short film was put together presenting the case for the Splash Pad.  As a result of this, the paddling pool was opened for the Summer of 2106 and a verified anonymous pledge of £50,000 was received towards the building of a Splash Pad in 2017/18. Additionally, the Friends assisted the council in their bid to regain Green Flag Status for 206/17 and were successful in doing so.  

    Ahead of the pool’s opening, the Friends took the decision to move the Friends Cafe into the Golf Hut and sought to establish support amongst the public. They organised and set up a rota opening the cafe on a regular basis throughout the summer. They took on the running of the Crazy Golf on behalf of the council and as a result took profits of £7,000 over the summer period. During the AGM it was agreed that the Friends would pledge this in addition to £3,000 raised previously by the Friends to Merton Council towards a Splash Pad Fund for Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Playing Field. The Friends continue to run the Cafe, Crazy Golf on a rota basis on Sunday mornings. 9 - 12. 

    As the current fundraising aim for the Friends is for a Splash Pad the Friends are investigating moving the committee to charity status going forwards. Attendees at the AGM were asked to vote upon taking this process forward and all voted in favour of doing so. In the face of the new proposed structure for the Friends, new roles were voted on for the committee. 

    The current chair and vice chair, Caroline Venom and Sophie Cabral outlined their wish to step down in these roles and the following roles were voted upon and agreed:

    ·       Interim Chair - Jane Pritchard

    ·                                    Executive Committee - Sophie Cabral, Caroline Venom, Kate North and Dianne Walker

    ·       Secretary/membership - Sarah Thorne 

    ·       Treasurer - Damian Kiernan

     

    The friends are seeking anyone with knowledge or expertise in the following areas: 

     

    ·           Setting up a charity

    ·           Fundraising/Marketing

    ·           Website development

     

    Please do get in touch if you think you can help in anyway or would like to become a lifetime member for £5. We welcome your support!

    Sarah Thorne 

    07841289990   

    If you have not already joined, please do join our Facebook group: Friends of Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Playing Field. 

  • Raynes Park Afternoon Townswomen's Guild - Nov 2016

    What an amazing local resource Morden Hall Park is!  It is a credit to the National Trust and their many volunteers.   A member who lives locally in Morden and knows the park well met our November Autumn walkers and was able to act as an unofficial guide.  She took us to the wet area especially to investigate the new board walk through the reeds.  Well designed and strongly made this was opened recently by the lady Mayor.  Our member had attended this opening ceremony and showed us a photograph she had taken.  With its magnificent trees and woods, rivulets, hay meadows, rose garden and children’s area – there is something for everyone here.  Needless to say we ended with a drink in the café. 

    The previous week’s meal in the popular Morden Superfish was also well received by the lunch club. 

    The Last Tango – the show at the Phoenix Theatre, starring previous Strictly Come Dancing professionals Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace – proved to be a delight.  Flavia and Vincent are fabulous dancers, their final dance, their speciality, the Argentine Tango, brought the whole audience to their feet.  The quality of the show made up for the group’s horrendous journey there involving torrential rain, traffic light to traffic light solid vehicles, a bus terminated prematurely because of conditions and an emergency taxi.  Ironically the journey back was exceptionally slick! 

    We are looking forward to the usual jollifications during December and would like to wish everyone a joyous Christmas and a great 2017. 

     

    Dorothy Raymond

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    We try to be flexible – if you want to alter the size or content of your advert from one month to another, just let us know.

     

    We offer a discount of 5% for a 6 month booking, and 10% for a 12 month booking. 

     

    Our prices are competitive and do not attract VAT.

     

    All requests or enquiries regarding advertisements in "The Guide" should be emailed to our volunteer Advertising Manager, Dick Coleman, here.

     

    Ordering and Payment

     

    To place your advert, just email your text and/or artwork, in a standard file format, to our Advertising Manager, along with your preferred page size. Your order must be received by the 16th of the month to ensure inclusion in the following month’s issue.

     

    If any changes are needed, we will confirm by emailing you a ‘proof’ image of your advert, in Adobe pdf format. Once the price and content of your booking have been agreed, we will invoice you by email.

     

    Methods of payment are cash, cheque or bank transfer – the invoice will confirm the details. We ask that every effort be made to settle the account prior to publication of your advert.

  • Raynes Park Christmas 2016

     

     

     

     

  • Merton Refuse Collections

    Are you happy with the new proposals? 

    Very many people have expressed concerns about the Council’s proposals to instigate fortnightly collections of household rubbish and waste for recycling.     Below is the Association’s formal objection.

    The final decision is due to be ratified at the Council Meeting on 23rd November.   If you share our concerns, ­ do please write your own letter of objection as this may help to persuade the Council to think again. 

    To: Mr. Chris Lee

    Director, Environment & Regeneration,London Borough of Merton, Civic Centre, London Road, Morden, Surrey SM4 5DX                                             

    18th October 2017

     

    Dear Sir, 

    Merton’s Waste Management Proposals 

    I write on behalf of the Association and its members to express our grave concerns over the waste management proposal to introduce fortnightly collections for household rubbish and recycling, which apparently necessitates the provision of two wheelie bins per household as well as additional recycling containers.   We understand that the ‘raison d’être’ for this is an assumed reduction in costs and an improvement in recycling.   We are not convinced that either of these assumptions will be realized in the long-term, nor are we persuaded that the proposed capital expenditure (which we believe to be around £7 million) can be justified at the present time.  Since the present system appears to be working well, why change it when it will inevitably have a deleterious effect on the street scene?  As for the anticipated improvement to recycling in the borough, we find it hard to believe that residents who don’t currently recycle, will be persuaded to do so (and to do so correctly) simply because they have been supplied with more and/or larger containers for these materials. 

    ·                     We would point out that not every household requires a large bin for their household rubbish even if it is only collected once a fortnight.     It would be reassuring to be informed as to whether single households, for example, are to be offered smaller bins. 

    ·                     Terraced properties, particularly those with little or no amenity space to the front, or properties with no side access, will be forced to fill their frontages with a plethora of unsightly receptacles.  No thought at all appears to have been given to the detrimental visual impact of this. 

    ·                     What consideration has been given to those who may need assistance with their collections – the very elderly, the disabled or infirm?  

    This considerable change in a local authority service that affects every ratepayer has not been consulted upon. Indeed we believe ratepayers have been told that the Council does not need to consult on such matters.  This may be true, but it doesn’t make it right, when the majority party is currently seeking our views as to whether we would prefer a 2% or 3.99% rise in the rates. 

    We understand the final ratification of these proposed changes will be made at the Council Meeting on November 23rd.  We would urge that no decisions are taken until the concerns of Merton residents and ratepayers have been seriously addressed. 

    Yours faithfully,

    Jill Truman

    RP&WBRA

     

     

  • Pavilion User Manual

    RAYNES PARK AND WEST BARNES RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION 

    THE RESIDENTS’ PAVILION, 129 GRAND DRIVE, SW20 9LY 

    USER MANUAL

     

    CONTENTS 

    1.         General description of premises

    2.         Access and Security

    3.         Emergency, Fire and Evacuation Procedures

    4.         Outdoor Space

    5.         Main Room

    6.         Kitchen

    7.         Toilets

    8.         Furniture

    9.         Lighting

    10.       Heating

    11.       Electrical Power

    12.       Rubbish & Cleaning

    13.       Terms and Conditions

    14.       Queries

    15.       Key-Holders opening and closing the premises for themselves

      

     

    1.         General description of premises 

     

                The premises comprise a wooden single storey pavilion, three tennis courts and outdoor space. There is an outdoor picnic area with three picnic tables. All areas are accessible via step-free access. The pavilion includes an entrance lobby, main room, kitchen, toilets and storage areas.

    2.         Access and Security 

                At the start of the hire period, the Hirer shall be shown around the premises by the volunteer allocated for the Hirer’s booking.The Hirer will be shown the key features of the premises and the location of the fire extinguishers and emergency exits. 

                The volunteer shall also return to close the premises at the end of the hire period. 

                The Pavilion only has pedestrian access. Access is via the shared driveway at 129 Grand Drive, SW20 9LY, and the front pedestrian gate. Inside the front gate, there is a 45m pedestrian route, via a second pedestrian gate, to the front-door to the Pavilion. 

                It is recommended that the second pedestrian gate is kept closed when children are present. 

                Car parking is not permitted on the shared drive. The occupants of 131 Grand Drive have a right of vehicle access along the shared drive to their garage at all times. Their access shall not be obstructed. 

                A maximum of 40 people are allowed on the premises. 

    3.         Emergency, Fire and Evacuation Procedures 

                The emergency, fire and evacuation procedures are included in the Pavilion Fire Safety Assessment Plan which may be read at http://www.rpwbresidents.org.uk/issues-and-campaigns/local-news/702-pavilion-fire-safety-assessment-plan . 

                A hard copy is also kept in the Pavilion. 

    Hirers should take the time to familiarise themselves with the Fire Safety Assessment Plan prior to their booking. 

    4.         Outdoor Space 

                The outdoor space is available to hirers. The double courts (Nos 1 & 2) shall only be used for the playing of tennis. Court No 3 may be used for outdoor children’s games. The playing of football is not allowed on the premises. 

                The floodlighting system to Courts 1 & 2 may only be used by prior arrangement. 

    5.         Main Room 

                The main room is 7.3m x 7.3m. 

                All windows shall be closed before leaving. 

    6.         Kitchen 

    For reasons of safety, children are not permitted in the kitchen. A maximum of three adults is permitted at any one time. The sliding door shall be closed when the cooker is in use. 

    The kitchen is not suitable for food preparation. 

    Cleaning materials are provided in the basket at the far end of the left-hand kitchen window. These shall be kept out of reach of babies and children. 

    6.1       Cooker 

                The gas cooker may be used for heating pre-prepared food. The gas must be ignited manually by using the push button ignition. Users shall check that the gas has ignited in the grill, hobs and ovens, whichever is used. All gas burners shall be turned off immediately after use. 

    6.2       Fridge Freezer 

                The fridge/freezer may be used for temporary storage of food. Please ensure you remove any of your food/drinks left at the end. 

                Please do not take any other food that may be there. 

                Please do not adjust the controls. 

    6.3       Tea Urn 

                The tea urn may be used for heating water. Fill it with the required quantity of water, using a jug. Plug it in and set the switch to “On”. It will heat the water close to boiling and maintain this temperature until it is switched “Off”. 

                Hot water shall only be drawn from the urn using its tap. 

                After use, please switch it off, unplug it and ensure it is empty. 

    6.4       Kettle 

                An electric kettle is provided. This should be unplugged after use. 

    6.5       Crockery, Cutlery & Utensils 

                Whilst some crockery is available, neither cutlery nor utensils are provided. Hirers are strongly advised to bring their own. Disposable plates and cutlery may be preferable. 

    6.6       Washing Up

                 Washing up facilities are limited to hot and cold water and a washing-up bowl. Hirers are strongly advised to take their dirty dishes etc away with them. 

    7.         Toilets 

    There are two separate unisex WC’s. One is Disabled Discrimination Act (DDA) Compliant. A baby change table, a child’s step-up and toilet seat insert are provided. Non-flushable waste, such as nappies, shall be taken away by the hirer. 

    The DDA Compliant Toilet has an alarm. Should this be activated, instructions are displayed to the left of the door to the WC. 

    Please ensure the toilets are flushed after each use. 

    8.         Furniture 

                There are 7 folding tables, approximately 40 chairs and 2 high chairs available for use. Please return them to where you found them. 

    9.         Lighting 

    9.1       Entrance 

                The front pedestrian gate is illuminated by a PIR light, activated by movement, with timed automatic switch-off. 

    9.2       Walkway 

                The walkway lights are switched by waterproof two-way external switches, one by the front-gate and the other by double doors to the main room. The lights are also on a timer that prevents them being used during daylight hours or accidentally left on at night, after 11:00 pm. 

    9.3       Lobby 

                The rotary switch to the Conservatory/Lobby lights is by the double doors to the main room. 

    9.4       Main Room 

                The switches are below the window, to the right of the main doors, when viewed from inside the room. 

    9.5       Kitchen 

                The switches are to the left of the emergency exit, when viewed from inside the room. 

    9.6       Toilets 

                There are pull-string switches in each toilet. 

    9.7       Toilet Lobbies and Walk-In Cupboards 

                Each of the two toilet lobbies and associated walk-in storage cupboards have light switches. 

                The left-hand walk-in cupboard next to the DDA Toilet is for the storage of furniture and cleaning tools. 

                The walk-in cupboard in the right-hand toilet lobby is for private use. 

                Coathooks are provided in both lobbies for use by visitors. 

    9.8       External lights are rear. 

    The outside lights that illuminate the step-free access at the rear are switched by waterproof external two-way switches, one located by the emergency exit and the other at the corner of the Pavilion, by Court No 3. 

    10.       Heating 

                Heating is by electric convector panel heaters located in the main room and toilets. 

                Switching is controlled by timers and should not be adjusted by hirers, as the timers are pre-set for subsequent periods of occupancy. 

                Users may adjust the heat output by only adjusting the thermostat knobs, but please do not switch the heaters off. 

                The water heaters and hand driers are on automatic controls. 

    11.       Electrical Power 

    11.1     Socket Outlets 

                The 13 amp power outlets may be used. Please ensure that the child-proof covers are reinserted after use. 

    11.2     Under certain conditions, a circuit breaker may trip out, cutting off power to some or all of the premises. Under normal operations, a routine lamp failure may cause this. It can also be caused by an abnormal electrical fault.

                The circuit breakers are located in the consumer unit, which is located in the DDA Toilet lobby, to the left of the toilet door. Power can usually be restored by returning the circuit breaker to the “On” position. It the fault persists, the hirer shall inform the allocated volunteer. 

    12.       Rubbish & Cleaning 

                Hirers shall put away all furniture as found, remove all rubbish and ensure that general cleanliness is kept as found. 

    13.       Terms and Conditions 

                This User Manual shall be read in conjunction with the Association’s terms and conditions, which may be read at http://www.rpwbresidents.org.uk/issues-and-campaigns/archive/336-pavilion-hire-terms-and-conditions . 

    14.       Queries 

                Any queries about these instructions, the Pavilion and its facilities shall be address to pavilionbookings@gmail.com . 

    15.       Key-Holders and opening and closing the premises for themselves 

                Key Holders are responsible for open the premises at the beginning their own hire periods. 

                Key Holders shall be responsible for the safety and conduct of those they have invited to the premises.  

                Key holders shall follow the additional checklist for opening and closing the premises, which has already been issued to them.

  • Christmas Lights - 6 December 2016

     

     

    LONDON CHRISTMAS LIGHTS COACH TOUR

    TUESDAY 6TH DECEMBER

    From 3.30 pm - Returning about 7.30 pm

    Pick-up Points: 

    Grand Drive (Greenway Bus Stop) 3.30 pm approx 

    Raynes Park (Approach Road)      3.35 pm approx 

    Motspur Park  (Triangle at top of Claremont Ave)  3.40 pm approx 

    COST:  £8.50 (INCLUDES TIP FOR THE DRIVER)

     There will be a short comfort stop in London before the tour of the lights begins. 

    Tables have been booked at the EDWARD RAYNE if you wish to join us for Supper (extra cost).   Please inform us when you book.

     Contact:  Jill Truman at rpwbra@rpwbresidents.org.uk

  • Raynes Park Afternoon Townswomen's Guild - October 2016

    A tour of The Vintners Hall in Upper Thames Street was arranged as the visit for October.  A small group travelled on the District Line to Mansion House, walking down to Upper Thames Street for a tour of this ancient Guild’s Hall.  With its fine panelling, banister carvings, historic paintings, silver items and wine related artifacts, this was an interesting visit.  The surprise was the Vintner’s connection to the queen’s annual swan-upping in which they participate along with members from the Draper’s Guild and the Queen’s representatives.  We left the dining hall with staff just beginning to set up for an evening dinner function. 

    Our speaker at the October meeting was Julie Chandler who gave a talk entitled ‘The Great Stink’.  Her talk was a history of sanitation and the sewers of London.  Although sounding a rather dry topic, this turned out to be a most interesting talk.  With us seated in an intimate semi-circle, Julie illustrated her talk (from right to left) with pictures shown on her laptop computer.  She ended by saying her favourite engineer is Sir Joseph Bazalgette who built the sewer system at the end of the 1800’s, having the foresight to give them twice the capacity needed at the time.  Born in Morden and later living in Wimbledon, he is her local hero.  We are of course still using this sewer system, although she confirmed Thames Water is currently building a further conduit.  She has whetted our appetite to investigate whether a visit can be arranged to the Victorian pumping station at Crossness.  Mrs. Eileen Brewer gave the vote of thanks.  

    The activity for November will be an exploration of Morden Hall Park in autumn on the 8th.  Morden also features for the Lunch Club who will be going to Superfish on 1st November.  In between, on 3rdNovember, a Bonfire Lunch is planned at a member’s house.  At our next regular meeting at 1.45 on 17th November, Sarah McAlister will give a talk entitled ‘Hats for all Occasions’. 

    Visitors are always welcome to our meetings and other activities.  Our monthly meeting is held at St Saviour’s Church Hall at 1.45pm on the third Thursday of each month.  For more information please telephone. 

    Dorothy Raymond

     

     

  • Film "Battle of the Somme" 11/11/2016 at 7:30 pm

    Film Screening: The Battle of the Somme (1916)

    Friday, 11 November, 7.30 – 9.30pm

    Merton Art Space, Wimbledon Library, Wimbledon Hill Road, SW19 7NB 

    On Friday 11 November, as part of Remembrance Day commemorations and to mark the centenary of the end of the Battle of the Somme (18 November 1916), we will be hosting a second screening of this important documentary. 

    Shot and screened in 1916, it was the first feature length documentary about war and changed the way both cinema and film was perceived by the public. In the year of its release around 20 million people, almost half the population of Britain at the time, watched The Battle of the Somme, many hoping to see the image of a loved-one or friend captured on film. These momentous audience numbers make The Battle of the Somme one of the most popular films in British Cinema history. 

    The silent film will be accompanied by Laura Rossi's orchestral score which, screened in Merton's new Art Space, will no doubt be a moving experience. 

    In addition to the screening, there will be exhibitions displaying research on the life stories of Merton men who fought and died in the battle and how Merton newspapers reported on this momentous battle. 

    The screening will take place on 11 November, from 7.30 to 9.30pm at the new Merton Art Space, Wimbledon Library. 

    To book for this event:

    Telephone 020 8545 3239/4038 or Email: local.studies@merton.gov.uk

    Link: http://cis.photoarchive.merton.gov.uk/news/2016/09/the-battle-of-the-somme-1916

     

     

  • Chairman's Blog - November 2016

    BOUNDARY COMMISSION PROPOSALS FOR MERTON 

    The Boundary Commission for England has published its initial proposals to reduce the number of MP’s from 650 to 600, and to average out the number of voters in each Parliamentary seat.  The proposals, as they presently stand, would have major effects on the London Borough of Merton, which would be split into five different constituencies, and result in Councillors and Council officers having to deal with five different MP’s in order to get action on matters that affect local people. We understand that they, as well as both local MP‘s, are very concerned at this prospect, as are we. 

    We believe that these proposals are misconceived, and that, so far as possible, constituencies should remain co-terminus with the boundaries of London boroughs (which are not about to be altered). There are also natural boundaries which should be respected, such as the A3, and Morden Hall Park.  

    It is very important to keep communities together, so that shopping centres, leisure outlets, and transport hubs, for example, are not divorced from the areas that they serve.  In our own area of Raynes Park and West Barnes, residents have always regarded as their centres Wimbledon and the historic areas of Merton and Morden, and this should be retained.   

    The Commission is proposing that the Council wards of Wimbledon Park and Wimbledon Village are taken out of the present Wimbledon constituency to join the current Putney constituency. These wards are integral to the history of Wimbledon, and cover both Wimbledon Common and Wimbledon tennis. They have always looked to Wimbledon as their centre, being divided from Putney by the Common. 

    The proposal is to replace them with four wards from Mitcham, being Colliers Wood, Lavender Fields, Ravensbury, and Cricket Green.  These wards have historically looked to Mitcham as their centre of gravity, and not Wimbledon. The rest of Merton would be hived off to three other constituencies.  Lower Morden ward, for example, part of which is covered by our Association, would become part of the Sutton and Cheam constituency.   

    Our view is that the best solution to keep the cohesiveness of our area would be to keep the existing Wimbledon constituency and to add on parts of the Mitcham constituency that are in Lower Morden. 

    An example of a major issue where it is important to have a unified view across the whole of our area is that of Crossrail 2, where land will need to be safeguarded for ten years or more in Wimbledon, Raynes Park and Motspur Park while decisions are taken as to the re-siting of stations, possible tunnelling and bridges to remove the level crossings, and the number of tracks required.  

    The present suggestions would, in our view, result in a cohesive community being irreparably divided, with real consequences for the effective performance of local government. 

    These proposals are for consultation, and the Boundary Commission will welcome the views of as many people as possible. You can write to them by 5th December at the Boundary Commission for England, 35, Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BQ or e-mail them to information@boundarycommissionengland.gov.uk. You can see the proposals in detail for your area online at www.bce2018.org.uk by putting in your postcode, and clicking on “have your say.” 

    Having received these consultations, the Commission will, we understand, publish revised recommendations with a view to making final ones in 2018. The Government has said that it is committed to acting on these before the next fixed election. 

    There are four factors which the Commission must take into account when making a constituency with the correct number of voters (which is around 70,000 - 76,000). 

    Representations are much stronger when referring to one or more of these. These are:- 

    1  Special geographical considerations, including size, shape and accessibility;

    2.  Local government boundaries;

    3.  Boundaries of existing constituencies;

    4.  Any local ties that would be broken. 

    No local public meetings are planned. But one failure in this process is that Merton Council has done little to bring such important changes to the attention of local residents. We hope that this outline will help to bring these to the attention of our members, so that the response is as wide as possible.    

     

    John Elvidge

  • Crossrail 2 - November 2016

    What the RPWBRA is doing. 

    Through its membership of the Raynes Park Association (RPA), the RPWBRA is joining forces with the other residents’ and business associations in and around Raynes Park, in anticipation of another round of public consultation for Crossrail 2 this autumn. 

    Crossrail 2 coming to our area 

    Crossrail 2 is a new railway line, which is planned to come through Raynes Park and Wimbledon stations, providing a completely new link from our area to central London and northwards into Hertfordshire. 

    The Crossrail 2 trains are planned to provide a direct service from Raynes Park to new destinations in central London. After calling at Wimbledon, the trains will run in tunnels all the way to Tottenham Hale. There will be stations in central London, including Victoria, Tottenham Court Road and Euston/St Pancras. 

    It will thus make many destinations easier to reach, without the need to travel via Waterloo. For example, it should be easier to reach the City and Docklands by taking Crossrail 2 to Tottenham Court Road and changing onto the soon-to-open Elizabeth Line, rather than going via either the Waterloo & City or Jubilee tube lines, as at present. 

    In the opposite direction, the Crossrail 2 trains are planned to serve the existing Network Rail branches all the way to Shepperton, Hampton Court, Chessington South and Epsom. These branches will also continue to carry services to and from Waterloo. These lines, of course, converge on Raynes Park. 

    Likely Changes in Raynes Park and Motspur Park 

    As it is planned to run something like double the number of trains on these branches, it is planned to have two extra railway lines running from New Malden, through Raynes Park to Wimbledon, to carry the Crossrail 2 trains. This would thus increase the existing four lines to six along this stretch of track. 

    Whilst the changes planned in Wimbledon to accommodate Crossrail 2 were the subject of a public consultation last year and there is still an ongoing debate, we have yet to see any details of what is planned for Raynes Park. However, we know that Network Rail are now busy working on the details and we expect that new information will be forthcoming fairly soon. 

    Whilst, of course, the devil will be in the detail, the RPA is keen to get the best outcome for Raynes Park that we can; particularly if Raynes Park Station is to be modified. We are also concerned about what is planned for the two level-crossings along West Barnes Lane (i.e. at the junction with Burlington Road and at Motspur Park), as it seems inevitable that these level crossings would cease to be practical with the planned increase in trains. It is also anticipated that improvements will also need to be made to Motspur Park Station. 

    We consider it important that any changes to the station in Raynes Park incorporate improvements to the connectivity with pedestrian, cycle, bus and road routes. We also would like to see the plans incorporate improvements to the public realm around the station. We are hopeful that step-free access will be provided to all the platforms and that the dangerous gaps between the trains and the platform edge are done away with. 

    Public Consultation Postponed 

    Whilst Crossrail 2 in not programmed to be completed until 2032, we are likely to have several years of construction work in our neighbourhood. Despite this seeming far in the future, the opportunity for us to have our say is likely to be in 2017. After that, the key decisions will have been taken, it will be much harder to change things later. 

    Currently, the Crossrail 2 team are considering the recommendations from the National Infrastructure Commission and Government on the business case for the scheme. As a consequence, the public consultation that was originally planned for this autumn has now been postponed.

     

    You can find out more and subscribe for email bulletins on the Crossrail2 website, http://crossrail2.co.uk/ . You can also find out more on our MP’s website, https://www.stephenhammond.net/campaigns/crossrail-2 . 

    In the meantime, RPWBRA members are reminded to participate in the public consultation when the time comes.

     

     

  • Carved in Stone - 29 October 2016

    Fighting far from Home: First World War Collection Day

    Saturday, 29 October, 11am – 4pm

    Morden Library, Merton Civic Centre, London Road, SM4 5DX 

    As part of the Carved in Stone project, Merton Heritage Service is keen to talk to current Merton residents whose ancestors fought in the First World War, or contributed to the war effort – whether through industry, charitable work, or as medical staff. On Saturday 29 October, the Heritage team and members of Age Exchange will be staging a special collection day at Morden Library. If you have family war stories, photographs or memorabilia that you would like to share, they would love to hear from you. Staff are particularly keen to hear from local residents whose ancestors travelled from overseas to fight for the Allied cause.

    Thousands of servicemen and volunteers from Africa, India, the Caribbean, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Newfoundland fought alongside British troops during the war. They travelled half way across the world to fight for King and Empire; many made the ultimate sacrifice and lie buried in military cemeteries far from their family and homeland. To broaden our knowledge of wartime history, Heritage staff would like to hear from residents, whose relatives fought on either side of the conflict.

    The collection day will run from 11am to 4pm and will also feature a range of activities from talks and displays, to archive film and the chance to handle genuine wartime objects.

    If you would be interested in this event, or have family stories that you would like to record for posterity, please contact Merton Heritage Centre. Tel. 020 8545 3239/4038  or email local.studies@merton.gov.uk

  • Lambton Road Medical Practice - October 2016

    Newsletter - Written by patients for patients 

    PPG Members: Judith Brodie (Chair), Elsa Browne, Marilyn Frampton, Clare Gummett, Clare Pickard, Ian Ritchie, Marie Robertson, Elizabeth Savidge and Peter West 

    CARE QUALITY COMMISSION REPORT

    We mentioned in our last bulletin (April 2016, no 17) that the Practice was having an inspection visit from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Their report, which has been published, commented very well on the care given by LRMP. We send our warm congratulations to the Practice. If you have internet access you can find the report here: http://www.cqc.org.uk/location/1-555730049 

    PRACTICE NEWSLETTER

    Edition 2 (June 2016) of the Practice Newsletter is now available online and in Reception in the racks on the wall. It contains excellent information for patients including details of the mobile app:

     http://merton.healthhelpnow-nhs.net relating specifically to Merton. The Practice plans to produce a Newsletter every three/four months, and we will continue with our PPG Newsletter, as appropriate, in between publication of the Practice edition. The Practice newsletter will cover staff changes, and has plans well in hand to replace staff leaving. In a future edition it will explain how the Lambton Road Practice is part of Grafton Medical Partners. 

    PRACTICE WEBSITE

    Full information on how to make appointments and request repeat prescriptions online, if you so wish, can be found on the Practice website. This website has some good links and the Practice is keen to ensure this page is relevant to patients and to useful organisations. Do you have any suggestions for inclusion?

    http://www.lambtonroadmedical.nhs.uk/useful-links.55575.htm

    STAFF MOVEMENTS

    Dr Ruth Goldsmith has left the Practice. On behalf of patients we would like to thank her for her excellent attention to us. Her caring nature at all times was much appreciated by many patients, and we wish her well for the future.

    We welcome Nurse Tippy who has joined the Practice as one of the lead nurses replacing Nurse Louise who had been with us (both at LRMP and the previous Pepys Road surgery) for many years. We also thank Louise on behalf of patients for her care,much appreciated, over a long time. 

    Patient Participation Group 

    Each year the PPG has a focus and this year we are concentrating our attention, in conjunction with the Practice, on self-care – better ways in which we might take health initiatives on behalf of ourselves - though not as a replacement to seeing a doctor face to face. Online facilities The PPG is planning how best to support patients to use the online facility – if they wish - to make appointments and request repeat prescriptions online. If you can think of any further ways we might be of help we would love to hear from you either at lambtonroadppg@hotmail.co.uk or by a note left for us at Reception. We will keep you in touch.

     

  • Raynes Park Afternoon Townswomen's Guild - September 2016

    On that record breaking September Tuesday, an understandably rather small  group of ladies braved the heat to visit the Salvation Army Heritage Centre and Museum at Denmark Hill.  Although quite small, this is a well presented history of the Salvation Army from its formation and work in the 1800s right through to its activities worldwide today.  Returning to Clapham Junction on the Overground Railway (air conditioned!) we investigated the numerous food outlets and kiosks set up on the overhead pedestrian bridge.  We even found a corner to sit for a drink and a sandwich before the return on SW trains! 

    On another hot day, two visitors joined our September Open Social, a relaxed affair, at which we worked through two quiz sheets as well as enjoying savouries, cake and tea. 

    In September the lunch club visited central Sutton, and plan to visit The Plough on Sutton Common Road in October.  The visit will be to The Vintners Hall on Upper Thames Street. 

    On Thursday, October 20th our speaker will be Julie Chandler whose subject is ‘History of the Sewers of London’.  This meeting will be held at 1.45 at St Saviour’s Church Hall, Grand Drive. 

    Visitors are always welcome to our meetings or other activities.  For more information please telephone. 

    Dorothy Raymond 020 8395 9489

  • Chairman's Blog - October 2016

    RUBBISH COLLECTION 

    In the July edition of the Guide I criticised the proposals of Merton Council to reduce the collection of rubbish from every week to every fortnight. The Council also proposes to introduce wheelie bins to contain all the extra rubbish that would inevitably be built up, at a huge initial cost.

    At the same time, the Council proposes to reduce the frequency of collection of rubbish that can be re-cycled from weekly to every other week. Paper and card will have to be put in one wheelie bin to be collected one week, and plastic, glass, and cans in an open container to be collected the following week. All Councils have to meet targets for the proportion of rubbish re-cycled, or pay financial penalties: these are imposed so as to reduce landfill as much as possible. Merton falls short of meeting these targets at the moment, and reducing the frequency of collecting re-cyclable rubbish will mean that the targets become even harder to reach.

    As we said previously, wheelie bins are not suitable for many smaller houses and flats which have nowhere to store them. They will be left on the streets to become eyesores, will overflow, and will attract foxes and rats.

    Elderly and disabled people will find it difficult, and impossible in many cases, to manoeuvre them through the house and out the front door.

    We find it difficult to understand the thinking behind these proposals. It is

    unlikely to provide any cost saving. The present system works well enough, and the Council has provided no good reason to change it.  If enough residents write in to protest, maybe the Council will change its mind. 

    RUBBISH COLLECTION FROM BINS 

    An example of a change in rubbish collection that has not worked is the decision to remove almost all the dog waste bins, and to require dog waste instead to be put into the ordinary waste bins in our streets and parks. This can only work if the bins are emptied on a very regular basis and before they become full to overflowing. All too often this does not happen. When bins overflow, the results are inevitably disgusting. 

    Removing waste should be the number one priority of any Council, since, while ratepayers may not have children to educate or elderly relatives to care for, we all produce waste. The Council must ensure that enough resources are provided to keep the Borough free of overflowing filth. 

    NUISANCE CALLS 

    Like everybody else, I am plagued by nuisance telephone calls almost every day. When you try to find out who has phoned, the call is not traceable. Many of these calls originate abroad, but some are from the UK. The call companies now use smooth sounding staff to allay your initial suspicion. Often they claim merely to be conducting a survey in your area. What is particularly disturbing is when the caller asks for you by name and knows the area you live in. More elderly and confused people can be very upset by such unwanted calls. Even more disturbing, in a sense, are the silent calls when the phone rings, and no-one is there when you answer it. 

    It should be made a criminal offence, punishable with unlimited fines, to make any single such call. It should be made a criminal offence to make a call from a number that cannot be traced. We should not have to pay for a call barring system on our phones, which in any case does not screen out all of these persistent rogues. 

    WATERSTONES AND W.H. SMITHS 

    These much valued shops in the town centre of Wimbledon were pushed out of their sites on Wimbledon Bridge by the new Metro Bank now being built.  Residents will have been pleased to see that both are now due to come back, 

    Waterstones to the Broadway, and W.H.Smiths to Centre Court. 

    WORKS AT SHANNON CORNER 

    For weeks past, it has taken a good half an hour to move from the traffic lights at Grand Drive, or from the slip road leading from the southbound A3, to get past the gas and road works at Shannon Corner. The traffic crawls along Bushey Road, and, more dangerously, is stationary on the A3 out of London. 

    There is no explanation of what is happening, or as to how long the work will take. Often no work seems to be going on. I thought that utility companies were now contractually committed to get on with such work once it started, and to continue till it finished. This needs to be enforced more rigorously.  

    John Elvidge 

  • Public Meeting - Crossrail 2 - 8 September 2016

    Local Councillors, The Wimbledon Society and Wimbledon East Hillside Residents' Association are to hold a public meeting on Tuesday 8th September  2016 at St Andrew's Church, Herbert Road, Wimbledon, SW19 3SH, on the corner of Graham Road, SW19 from 7 pm to 9 pm. 

    The subject will be Crossrail 2 and the effects on Wimbledon town centre and Raynes Park/ Motspur Park centres too.

    To find out more contact Councillor David Dean david.dean@merton.gov.uk 

    All local residents are invited to attend. 

  • All About Jan

    The loss of Jan Bailey as Secretary was a great blow to the Association, with whom she had been involved for around an unbelievable 30 years.    Jan was a great character, and we thought that many readers would enjoy reading something about her background, and some of the reasons for her great interest in engineering, underground waterways, and flood relief.

    Jan came from mixed stock.  Her father was a Russian-Jewish, Welsh Cockney, and her mother was a Saxon with a bit of Welsh blood.    Jan was very close to both her parents,   Her father was General Manager of a factory, and when she was 8 years old he started taking Jan to work with him” to see how things were done” He was also a complete DIY man as well as a frustrated farmer, and by and by the age of four Jan was her Dad’s best mate!   Jan described her mother as a brilliant couture dressmaker/designer.   Both her parents had beautiful singing and speaking voices and musically were great sight-readers.   By the age of five, Jan knew “the Children of the New Forest” – her father’s favourite book) by heart.  

    Another of Jan’s mentors at an early age was her Uncle, - Birmingham's Regional Head of Sewers and Rivers who took her around with him to inspect underground waterways and sewers and taught her the importance of the whole water conservancy industry. 

     Jan’s brother was ten years her senior.  But, despite the age difference, like all brothers and sisters, they fought - with dangerous bows and arrows;  an air pistol; and with every kind of unarmed combat nature (rather than training) could devise. All Jan’s cousins were boys too, and, except for one for whom Jan babysat, the same age as her brother.   Jan also played and fought with them, something of a Tomboy it would seem. 

    When her brother was 18 he began studying Civil Engineering. Jan says she remembers sitting at his elbow and learning from his textbooks alongside him, and at 14 she designed a boat and when years later her brother found the design he built it as his first boat - no modifications needed.  

    Jan was a keen swimmer and only stopped when she easily beat her father in the Brighton Two Piers race, which Jan said “made him feel old”.  She didn’t swim again until she was living in Plymouth, then she did half a mile a day in Plymouth Sound each evening from March to October.   She also played tennis, took ballet and piano lessons. 

    At nine years old, Jan started serious voice and drama classes, taking all the Associated Board Exams and eventually gained a place at RADA.   She also took the LAMDA extra mural exams and won Honours in the final Gold Medal exam. Jan started serious singing classes at the age of 18. 

    One of Jan’s first jobs was to work within the Theatrical empire of Impresarios Emile and Prince Littler.  She describes this as a “gift” – very hard work but fascinating – where she learned about design, planning, costume and fashion.  Physhe Littler Wright (pronounced Fish) ran a couture business on the side).  At that time Physhe was also designing and building the interior of Westward TV Studios in Plymouth for Enile and Peter Cadbury, so Jan also had the opportunity of learning about interior design as well.   She also learned something else as a Buyer – “never spend a halfpenny if someone else will supply the same thing for a farthing - and hunt fast”! 

    At 19, Jan was one of the 30 girls and boys picked from 1,000 auditioning from all over the world for the September intake to RADA.   The next two years of ‘psychological bashing’ as Jan puts it, was lots of fund but terrifying. During the holidays Jan worked for Manpower for John Tydeman at the BBC; for various solicitors, and during her second year for Trevor Donaldson’s a Property Management company in Jermyn Street. 

    Jan’s career spanned many different.  After gaining a diploma from RADA, she spent five years as an Actress, Singer and Dancer in Repertory, Musicals, Pantomime, Revue and Cabaret. Then, after retiring and settling in Plymouth, she spent time in management; as a Demonstrator; worked for Save and Prosper; and finally ran the white goods operation for Bosch through Dingles (Plymouth’s House of Fraser store).  She was then spotted by Jenny Winters – an ex-Hartnell model who arranged fashion shows in the West Country and needed a lively assistant who understood the rag trade.   She would arrange the shows for Wednesdays (Jan’s day off) and evenings, and together they worked the West Country also undertaking TV advertisements and voice-overs. 

    However, in 1978 Jan’s favourite drama Tutor from RADA appeared at Dingles.   Knowing Jan as a successful performer, she was cross with her for leaving the business, and persuaded Jan to help tutor her ex-students - now with the newly formed Plymouth Rep - whose Director Jan knew to be a great Production Manager but a somewhat less able Artistic Director. 

    In August 1980 that same Tutor arranged for Jan to be interviewed by Gordon Stratford, the new General Manager of the hole in the ground that was to become the Theatre Royal - with an opening date of May 1982 – the job was to become his Personal Assistant.   He was having difficulty in finding someone with all the right skills and background.  Jan was  captivated by Gordon from the outset and remained so as life partners  she said,  her untimely death last may. 

    Together from April 1981 they built and staffed the new Theatre against all the odds of daft delays and massive interference from the Board of 17.  This was made up of City Councillors and other City worthies, only one of whom knew anything about the business and was very supportive, but who was continually outvoted by the rest. 

    Eventually, when Gordon resigned in October 1983, it took the Board nine months to persuade a new person that he would be given a free reign.  Meanwhile Jan stayed to help the Theatre’s wonderful House Manager (who became Acting General Manager) to continue running the show. 

    After a brief rest, Jan joined Plymouth Manpower again undertaking various roles as required,  and in October returned to the bright lights of London, where she stayed, working for Manpower during the week and returning to the West Country for weekends.  

    In 1985 Gordon sold his flat in Plymouth and moved to London to be with Jan.   They chose to live in Raynes Park because by then Jan was working full time in the West End for the Advertising Agency Ogilvy Mather, and Gordon was a Theatre Management Consultant to theatres in the South East, including Wimbledon and Leatherhead.  Raynes Park was, therefore, a halfway house. 

    Gordon and Jan lived a very full life, enjoying visiting art galleries, exhibitions,  and theatres,  cooking and gardening, and also going to Hampstead Parish Church for Evensong, which in Jan’s view encompassed all the need for live,  beautiful and serious music along with spiritual experience, all at the same time. 

    Despite their busy lifestyle, at home, and with visiting family and friends, Jan still found time and energy to start working for the Association around this time.   “Giving something back to the Community” as she might say, which she did for the next 30 years.   She was a truly indomitably woman and we loved her and she is so very greatly missed. 

    Taken from Jan’s notes about her life and edited by Jill Truman

     

     

  • Sepsis Awareness - 6:30 pm,8 September 2016

    SEPTEMBER 2016 IS SEPSIS MONTH 

    DO YOU KNOW ABOUT SEPSIS? 

    Public Sepsis Awareness Event 

    PREVENT RECOGNISE ESCALATE 

    What is sepsis?

    ¨ Sepsis has been previously known as septicaemia or blood poisoning.

    ¨ Early recognition and prompt treatment are critically important

    ¨ Knowing the signs of sepsis can be life saving. To find out more: If you are a member of the public or a patient and would like to learn more about sepsis please join us on: 

    Thursday 8th September, 20166:30 to 7:30 pm. (Please note that the doors will open at 6pm) 

    Speakers:Dr Ram Kumar , ITU Consultant and Lead Clinician for Sepsis 

    Venue: Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Education Centre, 5th Floor Surgical Wing

    Seminar Room, 1 Galsworthy Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT2 7QB. 

    Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information call 0208 934 3614 or email: ftmembership@kingstonhospital.nhs.uk

     

    SEPSIS IS A SERIOUS CONDITION THAT CAN INITIALLY LOOK LIKE FLU, GASTRO-ENTERITIS OR A CHEST INFECTION 

    Seek medical help immediately if you develop any one of the following symptoms: 

    • SLURRED SPEECH
    • EXTREME SHIVERING OR MUSCLE PAIN
    • PASSING NO URINE IN A DAY
    • SEVERE BREATHLESSNESS
    • “I FEEL I MIGHT DIE”
    • SKIN MOTTLED OR DISCOLOURED

     

     

     

     

     

  • Raynes Park Afternoon Townswomen's Guild - August 2016

    Our summer social events went with a swing.  The weather was warm and fair for both the Barbecue in late July and the Garden Party in August.  For the barbecue members were able to sit in the garden to enjoy their barbecue lunch while for the garden party they were able to admire the magnificent display of flowers in the garden of their hostess, have a good chat, and enjoy delicious sandwiches, trifle, cake and afternoon tea. 

    In mid-August our coach trip was to Worthing.  Once again we wish to thank members of local clubs and the residents’ association for supporting us.  As a relatively small group we would be unable to organise such a trip by ourselves, and definitely not in a 53-seater, which proved to be very smooth and comfortable.  The day was fair for this event too – pleasantly warm with very little sea breeze – and with light traffic flows, this was an enjoyable day out. 

    After the August break our September meeting on 15th September is a social - an open event - when, once again, friends and anyone interested is welcome to join us.  It will take place from 1.30 pm at St Saviour’s Church Hall.  Please come along. 

    Dorothy Raymond

     

     

     

  • Guide Editor's Blog - September 2016

    This month, the Chairman's Blog is taken over by the Editor of The Guide, our monthly magazine, which is distributed to all members.

    Motspur Park Post Office 

    Following local consultation, the relocation of the Post Office branch at Motspur Park has been confirmed, a few yards along the road to Ecklee (not Eckle as the PO insists!) convenience store, 345 West Barnes Lane. The new location is currently planned to open for business at 1.00pm on Friday 2 Sept. 

    Among the claimed benefits will be improved disabled access and significantly longer opening hours, although a small number of types of transaction will not be available ay the branch. Full details are available at: 

    https://www.postofficeviews.co.uk/images/pdf/motspur_park_kt36nb_decision_letter.pdf  

    Merton Walk 4 life

    Free health walks in Merton’s parks and open spaces.  Walking in the fresh air is good for you, lowering blood pressure and helping other health issues such as diabetes, and building strong bones and flexibility.  Plus you can make new friends too.  Walk in safety with our led walks which last around 1 hour but you can walk for less and at your own pace.  Details of walk venue’s, dates and times on our web site www.merton.gov.uk/walk4life  

    Abundance Wimbledon 

    Abundance volunteers pick fruit in gardens around Wimbledon, and use it for jam, baking or freezing.   Some of it is donated to the Wimbledon Guild and other groups providing food for the needy, and they have lots of fun doing this. 

    Do you have a fruit tree in the garden and can’t use all the fruit?

    Please give excess fruit to Abundance – we may be able to help you pick it. 

    Would you like to help us pick fruit in the summer? We’d really appreciate your help, even just or an hour or two.  Or we can lend you a fruit-picking pole so you can pick your own. 

    Which other good causes would like free fruit?  Suggest other local non-commercial groups. 

    Please get in touch if you can help in any way.  CONTACT:

    abundancewimbledon@gmail.com  For more information, see www.abundancewimbledon.com .

    The Editor for The Guide

     

     

     

  • Pavilion Fire Safety Assessment Plan

    RAYNES PARK AND WEST BARNES RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION 

    129 GRAND DRIVE, LONDON SW20 9LY 

    FIRE SAFETY ASSESSMENT AND PLAN 

     

    CONTENTS 

    1          Premises particulars

    2          General statement of policy

    3          Management systems

    4.         Duties of Persons Presiding

    5          General description of the premises

    6          Fire safety systems

    7          Plan drawing

    8          Fire hazards

    9          Evaluate, remove or reduce and protect from the risk

    10         Fire prevention, opening and closing the building.

    11         Fire safety signs and notices

    12.        Fire warning systems and Emergency Lighting

    13         Fire fighting equipment

    14         Maintenance

    15         Method of calling the fire service. Method of calling the Fire Service

    16         Emergency Action Plan (EAP)

    17         Training

    18         Rectification of fire safety deficiencies 

     

    1          Premises particulars 

                Name and address of premises: 129 Grand Drive, London SW20 9LY 

                Use of Premises: Private Club House 

                Owner in control of the workplace: Raynes Park and West Barnes Residents’ Association and its tenants, where the tenant is using the Pavilion. 

                Telephone number: The Pavilion has no telephone. 

                Date of Risk Assessment: 31 May 2016 

                Date of review: to be reviewed on or before: 31 May 2017 

                Name & relevant details of the person carrying out the Fire Risk Assessment (“The Plan”): 

                Jeremy Cuthbert, Committee Member 

    2          General statement of policy 

    It is the policy of the Association that all persons, including tenants and contractors to ensure the Pavilion is a safe place to visit. 

    3          Management systems 

    OrganisationThe Chairman of the Association shall appoint a volunteer to review this Plan on an annual basis. 

    Responsibility – Either in the case of tenants hiring the Pavilion for whatever purpose or, where the Association is using the Pavilion itself, the person presiding over the meeting or event shall be responsible for the health and safety of all occupants during each period of use. In this Plan, this person is called, “the Person Presiding”. 

    Duties - The Person Presiding shall ensure he/she is familiar with this plan and shall fulfil and comply with the duties in Section 4 below. 

    MonitoringIn the event of an accident, the Person Presiding shall complete an entry in the accident book.

    Review – The accident book shall be reviewed regularly by the Chairman of the Association or a member of the Association nominated by the Chairman for such purpose. 

    4.         Duties of Persons Presiding 

    The Person Presiding shall ensure that: 

    4.1       At the start of every event: 

    ·                     Take responsibility for the safety of occupants whilst they are on the premises.

    ·                     Ensure all occupants are aware of the non-smoking policy and are reminded of the location of fire exits.

    ·                     Ensure safe use of the cooker and other appliances.

    ·                     Check that the main doors and fire exits are not locked or obstructed.

    ·                     Ensure a mobile phone is available at all times for calling the emergency services.

    ·                     Ensure the occupants know that the alarm is raised by shouting “fire, fire, fire” and to immediately evacuate the building. 

    4.2       At the end of every event, check that: 

    ·                     All combustible materials are away from potential ignition sources

    ·                     The electrical appliances are switched off

    ·                     The cooker is off.

    ·                     The toilets are unoccupied. 

    4.3       In the event of an accident, the Person Presiding shall complete an entry in the accident book. 

    4.4       In the event of a fire evacuation or drill: 

    ·                     Check that both toilets are unoccupied

    ·                     Ensure all occupants are safely evacuated and present in the assembly point. 

    4.5       In the event of a fire being discovered, raise the alarm by shouting “fire, fire, fire” and that the building is immediately evacuated. 

    4.6       Read this Plan and understand it, at least annually. 

    4.7       If presiding on more than 50 separate days in any consecutive twelve months, hold a fire drill. 

    4.8       Advise the Chairman of the Raynes Park and West Barnes Residents Association of any deficiencies in this plan. 

    5          General description of the premises 

    Construction detail of the premises: The Pavilion is a single storey prefabricated building, principally of timber construction. 

    Approximate age of premises    approximately 60 Years

     Times in use: Occasional, both daytimes and evenings. 

    Size of the premises: 105 Sq metres 

    6          Fire safety systems 

    The Pavilion is principally comprised of one large room, with a separate kitchen area which is fully visible from the main room, due to a large service hatch and counter which has no shutters. 

    Only the two toilets (one suitable for disabled persons) are not visible from the main room. However, these are each directly accessible from the main room. 

    Access to the outside is either via steps through the main doors/lobby or through the Fire Exit, which is located immediately between the doorway giving access to the kitchen area and the door to the disabled toilet. The Fire Exit has step-free access. 

    Water Fire extinguishers are provided at two locations around the main room and a CO2 extinguisher in the kitchen. 

    There are no fire alarms or emergency lighting installed. 

    The Association has a No-Smoking policy, anywhere on the premises, both internally and externally. 

    7          Plan drawing

     

    8          Fire hazards 

    Ignition sources: Cooker/oven, Space Heaters, Electrical appliances, Portable electrical appliances (These shall be “PAT” Tested on an annual basis), Lighting, Arson.

    Fuel sources: The building and furniture, Papers and documents, Curtains and tea towels, Display materials, Waste.

    Policy: The Association’s policy is that none of the above fuel sources will be left in proximity to ignition sources.

     Structural features: The building has two large inaccessible cavities, the roof void, (between the ceiling and roof) and the underfloor void. The most likely cause of fire within these voids would be from an electrical fault. Such a fire would probably burn for some time before it would become noticeable. 

    9          Evaluate, remove or reduce and protect from the risk 

    The main risk of fire is from the cooker, an electrical fault or space heater. 

    Fire risk could also arise from contractors’ works e.g.blow-lamp. 

    Either in the case of tenants, hiring the Pavilion for whatever purpose or, where the Association is using the Pavilion itself, the Person Presiding shall ensure that: 

    ·                     He/she takes responsibility for the safety of occupants whilst they are on the premises.

    ·                     All occupants are aware of the non-smoking policy and are reminded of the location of fire exits.

    ·                     Disabled persons are shown the Fire Exit, which has step-free access.

    ·                     Safe use of the cooker and other appliances.

    ·                     In the event of a fire evacuation, check that both toilets are unoccupied. 

    10         Fire prevention, opening and closing the building. 

    It is important to take all necessary precautions to keep flammable materials away from ignition sources. Due to the construction of the building, once a fire becomes established it would be very difficult to control. 

    Both the main doors and the fire exit lead directly to external open space from which evacuation is easy, so the whole building could be evacuated in under two minutes. 

    The Person Presiding at each and every event shall, at the start, check that the main doors and fire exit are not locked or obstructed.

    The only exit from the toilet cubicles is via the main room from which both the fire exit and main doors are accessible. Therefore, in the event of a fire evacuation, the Person Presiding shall check that both toilets are unoccupied. 

    At the end of every event, the Person Presiding shall check that:

    ·                     All combustible materials are away from potential ignition sources

    ·                     Electrical appliances are switched off

    ·                     The cooker is off

    ·                     The toilets are unoccupied. 

    11         Fire safety signs and notices 

    The main doors and fire exit shall be appropriately signed. The signs shall be visible and not be obscured. 

    The fire exit shall be appropriately signed on the outside. 

    The fire extinguishers shall be indicated. 

    12.        Fire warning systems and Emergency Lighting 

    • There is no automatic fire warning or emergency lighting system. 

    13         Fire fighting equipment      

    Three fire extinguishers are provided. These shall be subject to an annual maintenance regime. 

    14         Maintenance

     All persons presiding shall read this Plan, at least annually. 

    All exits, signage, extinguishes shall be visually checked once a month. 

    15         Method of calling the fire service 

    The Person Presiding shall ensure a mobile phone is available at all times for calling the emergency services. 

    16         Emergency Action Plan 

    In the event of a fire being discovered, the occupants shall raise the alarm by shouting “fire, fire, fire” and the Person Presiding shall ensure the building is immediately evacuated.

     Disabled persons must leave via the Fire Exit.

    The fire extinguishers shall only be used to aid evacuation. 

    The fire brigade shall be called using 999 on the mobile phone. 

    The assembly point is marked by a sign and is located in No 3 Tennis Court, adjacent to the gate from that court into the main pedestrian access path. 

    The Person Presiding shall check all occupants are safely evacuated and present in the assembly point. 

    17         Training 

    All Persons Presiding shall read this Plan at least every 12 months. 

    Any Person Presiding on more than 50 separate days in any consecutive twelve months shall hold a fire drill. 

    18         Rectification of fire safety deficiencies 

    All Persons Presiding shall advise the Chairman of the Raynes Park and West Barnes Residents Association of any deficiencies in this plan.

     

  • Memory Lane Club

    The Memory Lane Club is wondering whether there are any local 16-18 year olds out there who might be able to spare some time on Wednesday mornings during the summer holidays. 

    They wouldn't be committing themselves to every Wednesday morning necessarily as we understand things like holidays and social lives, but we would really appreciate any help you could give.

    The Club, which is a drop-in for people with dementia and their Carers, meets on Wednesdays between 10.30 and 12.30 in the Parish Lounge, Edge Hill.

    We would love some help from about 10.00 am with setting up; and we would then hope that any young volunteers would spend the Club time chatting with our members, helping them with the games and entertainments, such as seated Zumba, snooker, dominos, crafts, and afterwards helping to clear everything away.

    We have a huge amount of fun and really hope there are some of you who might want to join us over the holiday.  It looks pretty good on your CV and personal statement too!
      

    If anyone would like to learn more, please contact Jill Truman here , who will pass your details on to the organizers. Please mark your email "Memory Lane Club".


  • Chairman's Blog - August 2016

    CROSSRAIL2 PROPOSALS 

    Crossrail2 is to be the new line, which the government has committed to fund, and which will probably be routed from several places in Surrey, including Chessington and Epsom to north London. Building this line, part of which will be in tunnels, will be a huge feat of engineering, and will cause major disruption to the whole of our area for ten years or more. There will then be additional trains running through Motspur Park, Raynes Park and Wimbledon into central London and beyond. 

    There was a preliminary public consultation over the Christmas holidays which the promoters are now considering.  You can read an account of their conclusions on the consultation in the our article Crossrail 2 - July 2016. 

    What seems to be clear is that both the level crossings at Motspur Park and West Barnes would probably have to be closed. Whether either or both would be replaced by a tunnel or bridge has been hardly considered. Nor have the traffic flow implications. The stations at Motspur Park and Raynes Park might have to be altered or re-located. There would be major works needed in the centre of Wimbledon to accommodate new tracks, and the commercial centre would be decimated for the period of the works. 

    We will ensure that there will be the fullest public consultation for local residents before major and irreparable decisions are taken, including public meetings if required.  The next stage for consultations is likely to be later in the autumn. 

    FLOODING 

    Since the last edition of The Guide, there have been further deluges of rain and consequent flooding.  It was pointed out to me that one of the reasons that the flood water could not escape was that the Council has not maintained the regular clearance of the road gullies. Also I mentioned in the last edition that the grass verges had not been cut for weeks, and were very high.  Ironically, they were finally cut the day before one of these rain storms, but the grass was left to blow into the gutters which further blocked the flow of water.  The grass should have been picked up and bagged as it was cut. 

    Another contributing factor is that the building control inspectors no longer seem to ensure when houses are converted to provide extra space by way of back or loft extensions, that the guttering connects to therain water sewers or to a dedicated soak away tank, rather than to the foul sewer system. The result is when there is flooding, sewage comes back into neighbouring houses. 

    The Association has a complete record of the rivers and streams in this area, as well as the whereabouts of the Thames Water and sewage pipes. This was collected over many years by our expert, Jan Bailey, who sadly died earlier this year. Many times she had to point out to Merton officers, and even to the Environment Agency, that a proposed development would impact on a water or sewer pipe, since the Council did not have the information on record. We intend to keep this invaluable information for the sake of future generations, but to give a copy to the Council for their records. 

    The Times weather correspondent pointed out that London is especially vulnerable to flash flooding as it is so heavily built up. Heavy rains run off roofs, roads and other hard services, quickly setting off floods. He notes that in the past ten years the number of front gardens that are paved over across the UK has risen from 28 to 48 per cent, and that a study in Leeds has shown that the paving of gardens over a period of 33 years has led to an increase of 12% in run off.  It is a pity that as street parking becomes more difficult and paid for parking zones become more extensive, more front gardens are disappearing under concrete. 

    AUTOMATIC NUMBER PLATE RECOGNITION 

    Residents will have noticed Merton’s yellow billboards proclaiming that cameras are being installed that will automatically record bus lanes, box junctions, and banned turns. There’ll be a penalty notice of £130 for offenders, reduced to £65 if the fine is paid within 14 days.  While the principle of trying to keep traffic moving can be applauded, I hope that the Council will be sensible in its enforcement policy. Many motorists, from time to time end up in a bus lane, or find that their exit from a hatched area is unexpectedly blocked by other traffic.  I also hope that no penalty will be enforced if the signage is not absolutely clear. 

    OUR NEW PRIME MINISTER 

    Residents may not be aware that our new Prime Minister, Theresa May, began her political career as a Councillor in Merton, becoming its Deputy Leader and its Chairman of Education. Party Politics aside, we should mark it as a great personal achievement. 

     John Elvidge

  • Crossrail 2 - July 2016

    The Raynes Park Association (RPA) is an umbrella grouping of local residents’ and business associations, of which our Association is a member. The RPA has set up a Crossrail 2 sub-committee to try to achieve the best for Raynes Park. 

    Unfortunately, there is currently a paucity of information about the impact of Crossrail 2 on our part of the existing Southwest branches, down the line beyond Wimbledon.  This is where the Crossrail 2 trains are intended to run on the tracks already owned by Network Rail. 

    In contrast, the current proposals for Crossrail 2 from Wimbledon into London have been so far prepared by TfL, who are leading the design effort for this completely new central section. The project is very much in the development phase and so much is uncertain. However, there may be another public consultation on new proposals sometime soon. It is therefore very important that the community is ready to respond. 

    Currently there seem to be a number of threats and opportunities:- 

    Threat of land take for extra tracks/station improvement.

    This is likely to be of potential concern to those with properties close to the existing main line between Wimbledon and Raynes Park, as it would seem additional tracks may be contemplated. Additionally, Raynes Park town centre may be affected by improvements to the station. However, this is all speculation and there is no certainty as to how the project may proceed in this regard. 

    Changes to service patterns

    Not much information is available but it seems there would be changes to the service patterns to accommodate Crossrail 2 trains. There may be an extra four trains per hour on each of the four branch lines beyond Raynes Park, which would flow into Crossrail 2, going to new destinations in London.  There has so far been no confirmation that these trains will stop at Raynes Park. However, if Crossrail 2 trains were to stop in Raynes Park, there would be additional connections through the Crossrail option. There will inevitably be many years of disruption from construction work. 

    Raynes Park Station

    There may be a requirement to realign the platforms to accommodate longer trains. This would give the opportunity to provide step free access, straighter platforms and to remove the ugly footbridge, amongst other things. 

    Two level crossings in West Barnes Lane

    Increased services may render these level crossings impractical. It is important that they are not simply closed but bridges are provided to keep these much used routes open. 

     

    As and when public consultations take place, it will be important that residents participate, as Crossrail 2 may have a big impact on Raynes Park.  

    In the meantime, if members have any points they wish to share, please contact Jerry Cuthbert, via rpwbra@rpwbresidents.org.uk , marking your email for his attention.

    We would also recommend that you contact Crossrail 2 directly at http://crossrail2.co.uk/contact/

     

  • Curly Hair Project

    The Curly Hair Project (CHP) is a social enterprise  dedicated to supportingfemales with Asperger’s syndrome & other autism spectrum disorders. It aims to improve understanding & communication between women & girls on the autism spectrum & their neurotypical loved ones. Although the CHP was set up with females in mind, most of their work is also relevant to males with autism or Aspergers Syndrome.  

    Dee  McAlinden is a trainer with the CHP & has Asperger’s Syndrome. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge, strategies & experience about her condition. Her presentation about the CHP plus a little bit about Dee, herself is designed for Parents and carers of children and adults with Aspergers.Syndrome, and is being held on Wednesday 6 July, 10am to 12pm, at Chaucer Centre, Room L, Canterbury Road, Morden, SM4 6PX

  • Memory Lane Club - Happy Birthday

    This popular club has gone from strength to strength since it first opened its doors in March 2015. The friendly club operates a drop-in for people with dementia and their carers every Wednesday morning from 10.30am to 12.30pm. 

    Recommended by GPs, right from its opening it has been well supported – news quickly spread across the area that Sacred Heart Parish Lounge on Edge Hill was the place to be each Wednesday morning. 

    Run by volunteers, the purpose of the club is to provide a welcoming space where there can be chat, some fun, laughs and a range of activity for those with dementia and their carers. An additional benefit is the opportunity provided for carers to meet and share experiences with other carers and volunteers, many of whom themselves have had personal experience of looking after a loved one with dementia. 

    A lively party to celebrate one year of successfully serving the local community took place in mid-March. Balloons, birthday cake – and candles - accompanied by the customary singing of ‘Happy Birthday’ were the order of the day. Party games followed – and accompanying laughter as we all competed for mini-prizes. In particular the party provided the opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the new friendships that have been made during the past year. 

    As the Club moves into its second year, we want to encourage any carers of those with dementia that we are a local resource for them. Please do drop in any Wednesday morning along with your loved one. You will receive a warm welcome, will meet new people and it’s all free of charge.  Give it a go! 

    Contact: edgehillmemorylaneclub@gmail.com

    Venue: Sacred Heart Parish Lounge, Edge Hill, SW19 4LU

    Day and time : Every Wednesday morning, 10.30 onwards to 12.30

     

     

  • Raynes Park Bereavement Service - First Annual Report

    REPORT FROM START OF SERVICE IN DECEMBER 2014 TO APRIL 2016

    The Service, managed by Christ Church, West Wimbledon, was launched in December 2014 and in that time has received 49 referrals. 34 of these referrals were from people given the information by their GP and the remaining 15 from other sources e.g. Age UK Merton, local newspaper, Women’s Refuge. Of the 34 referrals originating from GPs, 28 of these were from the Lambton Road practice and only 6 from other practices. 

    All befrienders and our supervisor are volunteers. We have received a grant from the diocese to cover training and admin costs. 

    ‘Befrienders’ 

    We have recruited and trained a total of 12 ‘befrienders’, currently we have 6 people regularly seeing those bereaved. (Some of the volunteers have dropped out, discovering this was not for them, others for personal reasons.) We have held two full days training sessions, the second of which was joint-training with the RC Bereavement Service based at the Sacred Heart Parish in Edge Hill, SW19. The first day was led by a trained counsellor and the second day by the director of training at St. Christopher’s Hospice. 

    Supervision 

    Our service is fortunate to have Breeda Fitzpatrick as our counsellor adviser. Breeda worked until recently as a counsellor at Wimbledon Guild. The group of befrienders meets regularly (about every 6 weeks) with Breeda. The sessions provide ongoing training and support. Indeed since we started, all the befrienders have grown in their ability thanks to the shared experiences of the group. Breeda also provides one to one telephone support to befrienders when requested. Two members of the group attended a training session at St Christopher’s Hospice on the particular needs of older people at times of bereavement. 

    Sacred Heart RC Parish, Wimbledon 

    We have worked closely with the Bereavement Service offered by the local RC church, as already indicated in terms of joint-training. Whilst they operate on a slightly different basis than ourselves, we find that we work together collaboratively. For example, on one occasion we took on someone referred to them whom they thought we could assist more effectively,

    because of the person’s close ties to their parish. Their service additionally offers a monthly drop-in group session. We’ve agreed that people referred to our service are also welcome to join this group. Our working relationship with our ‘sister’ group has given us a further dimension to our learning about bereavement. 

    Referrals to the Service 

    Befrienders meet bereaved people mainly at Lambton Road practice – the practice gives us one of the doctor’s rooms to use on Wednesday afternoons. (A room at Christ Church is also used on occasions.) People are offered a session of up to one hour. For some people one session is enough and for others several sessions have been given. (The decision on the number of sessions is largely the choice of the bereaved person.) Some people have had up to 6 to 10 sessions. 

    Whilst we are based at Christ Church and most of the volunteers are members of that church, our service is offered without reference to anyone’s personal belief. 

    The initial referral to the service is made either by phone or email. The phone is held by Chris Larkman (Service Co-ordinator) who takes responsibility for answering it or checking for messages. (Lucy Christie deputises for Chris when he is away.)

    The spectrum of situations befrienders have been confronted with has been vast:

       - People who have died recently. People who have died some years ago Partners, parents, siblings, sons or daughters, friends

       - Suicides

       - Cot death

       - People of all ages in terms both of those who have died and those bereaved (though we have not and probably would not undertake befriending a child.

       - Parents of a suicide – we met separately.

       - We have also ‘filled a gap’ when someone who contacted us was waiting for another service ‘holding’ them through difficult weeks.

    Feedback

    Although we do not request feedback from the people we meet, we have received many complimentary remarks, 

    Are we ‘Befrienders’ or ‘Counsellors’? 

    The simple answer is that we are not ‘counsellors’ – we could not use that term because we have neither the qualification nor the training to claim such a title. On the other hand we are more than the term ‘befrienders’ implies. Precisely because our training and shared experiences, we’re able to ask some relevant questions and at times to offer reassurances. 

    Conclusion and the Future 

    The project has proved our original assumption of the need for a bereavement service. We have learned that a majority of our referrals have come via GPs. The usual scenario appears to be: a patient speaks to their GP about a bereavement.

    GPs recognize they can only give a short time to the patient. They are then able to reach for one of our cards and offer it to their patient in the knowledge that we will be able a) to give time to listen and b) respond quickly to their request. 

    Chris Larkman (Co-ordinator)

  • Raynes Park Afternoon Townwomen's Guild - July 2016

    Once again, the engaging harpist Margaret Watson gave us an excellent and entertaining performance when she came to our May meeting.  With pieces ranging from part of a Beethoven Harp Concerto to folk tunes, there was something for everyone in her thoroughly enjoyable programme. 

    Eileen’s Coffee Morning at the end of May was a well received occasion, and then - success at last!  This year the lunch club managed to choose a fine day for their annual trip to The Rocket in Putney, so the first time members were able to sit outside to benefit fully from this Pub’s riverside location! 

    The following week, a small group braved the changeable weather and the rather awkward journey to visit Kenwood House, Hampstead on 14th June.  The house proved to be a bit of a treasure with renovated original décor, interesting furniture pieces and fine collections of paintings.  After a slow examination of all the rooms we were ready to repair to the café for sandwiches, but disappointed that it was raining again when we emerged.  This stopped us finding the dairy and touring the extensive garden to admire the views, but with things still to see we may visit again in May 2016 to catch the rhododendrons in full flower. 

    The June meeting was a red, white and blue themed social to celebrate our 83rdbirthday party and the Queen’s 90th.   A friendly, relaxed afternoon, we enjoyed tea together followed by a piece of cake and a toast to the Queen. 

    With a Midsummer Lunch at Eileen’s house on 30th June, the lunch club off to The Woodman on 5th July, a visit planned for The London Wetland Centre, Barnes on 12thJuly and a Barbecue at Dorothy’s scheduled for 28th July, there are plenty of other activities over the next few weeks to keep members busy. 

    Our next regular monthly meeting (held on the third Thursday of each month) will be on Thursday, 21st July at 1.30 for 1.45 pm at St Saviour’s Church Hall when Peter Rainey will tell us all about ‘Wiltshire Farm Foods’.  Visitors are always welcome to our meetings or other activities. 

    For more information please telephone. 

    Dorothy Raymond   Tel: 020 8395 9489

     

     

     

  • Chaiman's Blog - July 2016

    ST HELIER AND EPSOM HOSPITALS 

    At our Open Meeting in June we had a presentation from Daniel Elkeles, who is the Chief Executive of the Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust, and Tim Hamilton, its Communications Director. They are in the process of meeting a number of residents’ associations in order to discuss the hospitals’ future. 

    Residents will remember the furore a couple of years back when suggestions were made that St Helier should close, with the loss, inter alia, of its accident and emergency department, and its maternity services. The decision was eventually taken to keep both hospitals open, and to maintain all existing services until 2020, while a review was undertaken to discuss all the options. 

    Mr. Elkeles has been in post for only 18 months, and it is his remit to oversee that review. We were impressed by the daunting scale of the problems that the Trust faces, and the obvious care with which he and his team are trying to resolve them. For example, they have managed to reduce the use of expensive agency nursing staff by 70% in the last twelve months by recruiting more extra full time nurses, and also reduced the vacancy rate. But the Trust is in deficit every year by millions of pounds, and the deficit is increasing. 

    A major part of the problem with St Helier is simply its age, dating as it does from the 1930’s, and an astonishing 43% of its occupied floor area has been defined as “functionally unsuitable” for modern health care delivery, and not even fit for purpose. The layout of the rooms is too small to prevent and control infection effectively, and results in over a million of pounds extra a year being spent on cleaning. The wards are situated well apart so that time and money is wasted on taking patients between them. Only 21% of the bedrooms are single occupancy, as opposed to having 4 or 6 beds, and the structure of the buildings means that more single rooms cannot be easily added. 

    It is clear that if St Helier is to remain open, a large part of the building has to be demolished, and rebuilt, although there is enough green space to allow this to happen. That would depend on funding being provided by the Treasury, and planning permission being granted by Sutton Council. 

    The Trust is now developing what is called a Strategic Outline Case which they aim tocomplete by the end of this October. That will then go out for formal public consultation to the Treasury, the two local authorities, and to the public at large. So the process of deciding what to do is still at an early stage, and there will be plenty of opportunity to comment later. 

    One measure of the problem they face is that last week, each hospital had 500 people a day coming into their A and E departments. The officers

    calculate that only 100 of these needed urgent and specialised hospital treatment, and the others could have been treated by other community facilities, including GP’s. They know that the population is getting older and they need more hospital based capacity. They also accept that they need to provide seven day working, with consultants available at all times. 

    The officers of the Trust have promised to come back and discuss this further with us as the plans develop. 

    RUBBISH COLLECTION 

    The Council is set to reduce the rubbish collection from every week to every fortnight, and to introduce wheelie bins. A scrutiny panel voted on June 9 to support a recommendation for Veolia to take over waste collection and street cleaning services in Merton, as part of the South London Waste Partnership. 

    This means that, if Veolia wins the contract, wheelie bins would be brought in across Merton from October 2018. We understand that each household would be provided with 3 smallish wheelie bins, as a cost to the ratepayers of £7 million. 

    The recycling collections for paper and card and for plastic, glass and cans would be divided, and would be collected only on alternate weeks. We regard the decision to move away from weekly collections as utterly misguided, and this will simply contribute to the fundamentally dirty state of Merton’s streets. 

    Public rubbish bins are overflowing in the streets and parks, since they are not regularly emptied, and now have dog waste added to them as well. The results are disgusting. 

    Wheelie bins are not suitable for many smaller houses and flats which have nowhere to store them. They will left on the streets to provide an eyesore and overflow with rubbish, and will attract foxes andrats. Elderly and disabled people will not been able to manhandle them. There is no sustainable evidence of any savings in these proposals. We cannot believe that any sensible and responsible Council could vote to bring in such a scheme. 

    GRASS CUTTING ON VERGES 

    Residents will have noticed that the grass verges, which used to be trimmed regularly, have been left uncut for weeks, and are growing wild. This is the result of another attempt by the Council to save money, which has backfired. 

    The Council thought it could save money on grass cutting by putting it out to tender, but the result has been a gross failure in the provision of services which residents have a right to expect. 

    FLOODING 

    Flash floods reduced the centre of Raynes Park to a standstill when two cars got marooned under the bridge. The surrounding area was awash and roads blocked all around. This is a reminder that this Association was founded in 1928 because of flooding in the area, which resulted, among other things, in the Raynes Park Golf Club having to re-locate to the Malden Golf Club. 

    It remains vital that any planning application should be carefully considered to see whether there are suitable run-offs for water, and that we retain as much open space as possible to allow for adequate drainage. 

    PRUDENTIAL BIKE RIDE 

    Don’t forget that much of Coombe Lane and Wimbledon Hill will be closed to traffic all day for the annual bike road on 31 July, and that pedestrian access will also be severely restricted. (See below for more information.)

    SOME GOOD NEWS 

    We thought that we had lost Waterstones and W H Smith for good from Wimbledon when their leases ran out, and Metro Bank took over. However both firms are coming back to Wimbledon with opening dates promised for the autumn. We don’t yet know where they are going to be located. 

     

    John Elvidge

  • Spectacles Needed Urgently


     

    Have you got some old specs that you no longer use, but haven’t yet made the decision to part with?

     

    MORDEN ROTARY CLUB collects used glasses for villagers in Africa who desperately need them but can’t afford to buy even the cheapest pair.

     

     

    The Post Office in Mospur Park collects donations of spectacles for the Rotary Club to forward on. Please think of them when you are having a clear out.

  • Lambton Road Medical Practice - June 2016

    Longer days 

    As we move into British Summer Time with longer days, we also seem to have an increasingly earlier hayfever season.  Please be aware that you can obtain hayfever remedies from the local pharmacists (free-of-charge if you do not ordinarily pay for escriptions) under the Minor Ailments Scheme. 

    If you are buying medication over the counter, we recommend a once-daily non-sedating antihistamine such as Cetirizine 10mg or Loratadine 10mg. Anasal spray such as Beclometasone (Aqueous Beconase) needs to be taken regularly from the onset of symptoms, as do eye drops such as Sodium Cromoglycate (Opticrom) or Otrivine-Antistin. 

    Longer days also mean more sunshine. Vitamin D deficiency is extremely common and current guidelines advise 1 to 11⁄2 hours daily midday sunshine for all of us. This is, of course, not always possible and we recommend certain groups continue to take a daily 1000 unit supplement throughout the year. 

    We are currently having a catch-up campaign for the pneumococcal vaccine at the surgery. This protects against bacterial pneumonia and it is highly recommended for elderly patients and others in high-risk groups. We will be contacting patients who are eligible over the next couple of months and would highly recommend this vaccine which gives lifelong protection in most people. 

    Shingles 

    The shingles vaccine is a relatively new vaccine for over 70s and the eligibility can seem quite complicated. Ultimately, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation advised that all 70 year olds should be vaccinated as this is felt to be the most at-risk group and the age group for which we know the vaccine to be most effective. 

    The protection is thought to last eight years so vaccinating a 70 year old takes them through most of their 70s. We know vaccinating those over 80 becomes less effective so those in this age group will not be offered the jab on the NHS. 

    The ‘rules’ we must abide by are quite cryptic. The jab is currently being offered to all people who are aged 70 and 78 between October 1st 2015 and before August 31st 2016. In addition, anyone who was eligible for immunisation in the first two years of the programme but has not yet been vaccinated against shingles remains eligible until their 80th birthday.

    This includes people aged 71 and 72 on September 1st 2015 and people aged 79. If you are eligible, we will be writing to you. 

    Online services

     As of April 1st 2016, it is possible to request access to view some of your medical record online. To ensure this is safe, and that records are only accessible to the patient they relate to, it is necessary to apply for this facility providing photographic ID. 

    Online services are developing. We are offering increasing numbers of online bookable appointments – including on-the-day slots which open at 7am – and we are pleased that more local pharmacists are signing up to the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) which enables you to request repeat medication from the surgery online. 

    These requests can then be authorised and sent to an eligible nominated pharmacy of your choice, removing the need for a paper slip or a trip to the surgery to pick your issued prescription up. Please ask at reception for further information. 

    Booking online also offers you the ability to cancel scheduled appointments online. We have developed an annotated guide which gives clear details as to how to download Patient Access, our online booking app, onto your smartphone. Please ask at reception or take a copy from our leaflet rack. 

    Every day we still waste huge numbers of  appointments. Please keep a note of our cancellation line (020 3668 1946) and let us know if you cannot make your scheduled appointment. Extraordinarily, we continue to have patients who make on-the-day appointments and then fail to turn up and do not even attempt to cancel them. We will be sending letters to our frequent offenders this year and are trying to reduce our Did Not Attend (DNA) rate as it impacts on all of us. Please ensure your contact details, particularly mobile numbers, are up-to-date in our records. This ensures that you receive text reminders of booked appointments and allows you to cancel conveniently by return text. Rising workload, increasing amounts of work transferred from struggling local hospitals, an ageing population and diminishing resources are affecting all GPs. 

    We are not any different. We continue to try and maintain and improve our services but we need you to work with us to do this. 

    Please realise that free NHS appointments are a precious resource and cancel if you cannot attend. Please treat our staff courteously and appreciate that they can have a difficult task at times. 

    Resources for our older patients 

    A recent study led by academics from the University of York was an analysis of data from over 20 studies involving over 180,000 subjects. This suggests that loneliness may be as substantial a killer as obesity and smoking. 

    Our Patient Participation Group (PPG) remains a dynamic ‘critical’ friend. We thank them for their ongoing support and input and for such a detailed analysis of their listening week responses. The practice is working through these and feels confident this will help us to develop better services. 

    Finally, a request. We have two disabled parking spaces at the front of the building. To use these, you need a Blue Badge. Every day, we are very sad to see cars parked there who should not be there, which hugely inconveniences and stresses those who should be able to park there. If it is you, please reconsider. 

    Dr Penelope Smith (Senior Partner) - Lambton Road Medical Practice

  • Lambton Road PPG - June 2016

    Lambton Road Medical Practice - Patients Participation Group 

    PPG Members: Jan Bailey, Judith Brodie (Chair), Elsa Browne, Marilyn Frampton, Clare Gummett, Clare Pickard, Ian Ritchie, Marie Robertson, Elizabeth Savidge and Peter West

     

     

    Annual General Meeting 12 March 2016 

    Thanks to all patients who attended our third AGM. Full Minutes, Chair’s remarks and appendices are being sent to patients on our e-mail list, and are also available to view in our folder in Reception. 

    The main focus of the Meeting was the Listening Week and its findings, see our special March Newsletter, no 16. Lisa Manara expanded on the results, and a full copy of her presentation is contained within the appendices to the Minutes of the Meeting. 

    Naturally, as with the country generally, the availability of appointments featured highly in remarks by those attending the AGM, but a final comment from the floor drew attention to the immense challenges faced nationally by primary care, namely funding, capacity and increasing demands. It was nevertheless clear that we are fortunate to have a Practice that successfully provides and delivers high quality clinical treatment to a large population. 

    HOT NEWS FROM LAMBTON ROAD MEDICAL PRACTICE

     By the time you read this the Practice will have had an inspection visit on Tuesday 12 April from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The Practice receives a verbal report on the day, with a formal printed report available some weeks later. 

    The Practice has now issued a Practice Newsletter on their website www.lambtonroadmedical.nhs.uk Printed copies will shortly be available in the surgery. Additionally, the Practice has produced an excellent updated booklet that new patients receive when they join, and which can be obtained from doctors by existing patients when they attend appointments. 

    Patients aged over 75 have a special telephone line (available from 10-12 Mon to Fri) but it now has a new title- the Blue Star Patient Line. If you have mislaid the telephone number this may be obtained via Reception. 

    The Practice has also agreed an action plan from the PPG Listening Week including on the Appointments system. 

    Comings and Goings within the Practice 

    Dr. Conor Molony

    Most of you will have heard that Dr Molony has left the Lambton Road Medical Practice. The PPG wishes to say thank you to him on behalf of all patients for the excellent professional care received over 13 years’ service (between Pepys Road and LRMP). In addition, he attended PPG meetings and was a valuable linchpin between the Practice and the PPG so a very special thank you to Conor, from us. All good wishes for the future. 

    Dr. Elisabeth Wood

    Dr Wood who has joined the Practice graduated from Southampton University in 2008. She has worked in a variety of locations including Bournemouth, Bristol and New Zealand prior to arriving at LRMP. Dr Wood has just returned to work having enjoyed maternity leave with her baby daughter. Her interests include Elderly Care and Children’s Health. 

    The Practice will also be recruiting additional GPs to the Team, albeit they are in short supply nationally. 

    Cancellation of appointments 

    Even with the direct telephone cancellation line and text messaging service, there are still “no shows” by some patients – sometimes for good reason and unavoidable. A wasted appointment deprives another patient of its use. The cancellation number is 020 3668 1946. If you wish to be included in the text reminder service, just leave your mobile tell no with Reception and this will automatically happen. 

    Smoking Cessation Service 

    Are you thinking of making a decision to stop smoking? If so, get some help at Lambton Road. The Practice is offering a free smoking cessation service in conjunction with Live Well Sutton & Merton. You can see an advisor in the Practice.  

    PPG Membership 

    As mentioned at the AGM, four members of the PPG have stood down - Charlotte Bennett and Dennis Railey - (both had been with the Group since the inception of LRMP), Janice Cameron and Lisa Manara. We would like to thank them all for the extremely valuable contributions they have made to the work of the Group, and wish them well for the future.  Clare Pickard and Peter West have joined as the new members of the Group.

  • Raynes Park Afternoon Townwomen's Guild - June 2016

    At the April meeting Mr. Colin James gave us an excellent talk entitled ‘Secret Gardens of London’.   Screened photographs illustrated his descriptions of their origins and character.  We came away with a list of ideas for future trips! 

    At the beginning of May a new lunchtime venue was tried at West Ewell - another Superfish, run on the same lines as the one at Morden.  A group enjoyed a nice bus trip out for a very good meal.   

    A backstage tour of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, was the visit in May.  The tour guide was excellent taking us first up to the upper tier of the blacked out auditorium to look down at the pool of light on the stage, where a technical rehearsal for the ballet Ondine was in progress.   We also looked into a studio where male dancers were walking through a new dance, the area where the sets were stored, and through the sewing room and costume department, with everything carefully bagged up and labelled.  An hour and a half later we were more than ready for a sandwich and cup of tea in a small café near The Strand. 

    In June the TWG will be celebrating our 83rd birthday with a ‘Birthday Party with Royal Elements’ on Thursday, 16th at 1.30 pm at St. Saviour’s Church Hall.  Everyone welcome to this social. 

    June’s luncheon will be taken at The Rocket at Putney and the visit will be to Kenwood House by Hampstead Heath.

    For more information about any of our activities please telephone. 

    Dorothy Raymond  Tel: 020 8395 9489

  • Trip to Hever Castle - 28 July 2016

    Pavilion Social Club - Trip to Hever Castle

    Tuesday 28th July

     Cost:  £21 including entry to the castle and gardens, the coach and the driver’s tip.

     Pick up points:

    9.00a.m. The Green at the bottom of Claremont Avenue, Motspur Park. 

    9.15a.m. Raynes Park Station (The bus stop adjacent to ‘Whistle Stop’). 

    9.30a.m. Greenway bus stop, Grand Drive. 

    Money to be paid by cash or cheque within one week of booking please.   (All seats allocated on receipt of payment). 

     To Book contact Jill Truman, here.

  • Association Open Meeting - 15 June 2016

    We are holding the June meeting  open to all members of the Association,  at West Barnes Library in Motspur Park on 15th June.  It will start at 7.30 pm and will finish at the latest by 9.30pm. 

    We will begin the meeting with and important discussion from the Chief Executive and the Communications Manager of the Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust. 

    They are conducting a review into the long- term future of the hospitals and want to talk to as many local people as possible about the future of these buildings, and the consequences for healthcare locally. This is very important, so do come along. 

     

    Alternatively, if you want to raise an issue or problem with us, or if you just want to hear what’s going on in the locality, our Open Meetings will provide you with the opportunity to do so; for instance, you may want to talk about the new policy on parking on pavements, or residents’ parking problems in your roads. We always have local Councillors in attendance, so your concerns will certainly be taken up and or advised upon.

  • Prudential Ride London - 2016

    Image result for ride london logoPrudential Ride London comes again to Raynes Park on Sunday 31 July 2016.

    Come to Raynes Park and enjoy the atmosphere, as the cyclists pass through.

    However, be prepared for road closures for virtually the whole day. These will, once again, mean that a large part of West Wimbledon north of Worple Road and Coombe Lane will be almost totally cut off for the whole of the day, with very restricted access in or out. People with plans for travel, social events, holiday arrangements and needing visits from carers and the like are strongly advised to plan ahead.

    The official leaflet on road closures, crossing points for residents etc can be downloaded here. See pages 8 & 9 of 12 for Raynes Park and Wimbledon.

  • Raynes Park Community Forum - 22 June 2016

    The next Community Forum will be held in the Library Hall (Aston Road Entrance), Approach Road, SW20 8BA, from 7:15 - 9:15 pm. on 22 June 2016. For more information click here.RAYNES PARK FORUM MEETINGS – 2016/17 

    Future Forum Meetings will be on

    Wednesday 22 June 2016

    Thursday 29 September 2016

    Wednesday 3 November 2016

    Wednesday 8 March 2017

  • Tragic News about Jan Bailey

    It is with great sadness that we report to our members that Jan Bailey died suddenly on 3rd May 2016.

    Jan had been our Joint Secretary and Minutes Secretary for the past 15 years.  She was was full of physical energy, and thought nothing, for example, of regularly clearing out the Meadowstreet Ditch off Grand Drive collecting rubbish with her bare hands, in order to prevent flooding of the surrounding properties. Jan was bubbly, lively and extrovert, and great fun to be with. 

    Jan was also a mine of information about everything that was happening in the area and whomsoever on the Council to approach to get things done. She kept an eye on all the proposed planning applications, and the stage that each one had reached. She could remember exactly what had happened on a traffic scheme proposal in particular, 

    Jan knew more about the drains and watercourses in the area (a special concern in Raynes Park and West Barnes because of frequent flooding) than anyone on the Council; and worked closely with the Environment Agency, keeping meticulous records of everything that occurred, and so was able to turn up vital information that would otherwise have been lost to posterity. 

    We had twice nominated her for Merton's Sir Cyril Black Award that goes each year to the person who has done most for the community, but without success. 

    Jan trained as a professional actress, who could sing and dance, and it was while performing as Cinderella at the Theatre Royal Nottingham (with Mike and Bernie Winters in the cast as a comedy duo), that Jan met her partner, Gordon Stratford, when he was General Manager of Theatre Royal in Plymouth. 

    He needed a PA, and she applied for the job, got it, and stayed! 

    We shall miss her immensely. She leaves her husband, Gordon, and their family. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

    Latest News about the Funeral Arrangements – Updated 15 May

    Jan Bailey's funeral has been scheduled for Thursday 26th May. The service will be held at St. Matthews Church (Durham Road) at 11.00 a.m, with a small reception afterwards probably at the Olive Garden, to be confirmed, followed by a family and close friends only woodland burial at Clandon Woods.  

    The RP&WBRA will be supplying flowers for the top of the coffin, and donations can be made of bulbs for the plot, or money to Headway; the brain injury association;  the Child Brain Injury Trust; and/or the Dog's Trust, and sent to: Truelove, 254 Martin Way, Morden SM4 4AW, Phone:020 8540 6667.

  • Heritage Discovery Day - 28 May 2016

     Carved in stone

     

     

    Explore Merton’s fascinating history. Morden Library, 28 May. 12.30 – 4.30pm. ADMISSION IS FREE. For information: Tel 020 8545 3239 or click here.

     

    The day’s programme includes:

    12.30 – 4.00: Open Air Cinema. Screenings of archive film from Merton and beyond; and on

     Morden Library’s: Ground floor:

    12.30 – 4.30: London’s Open Spaces. A display by the Royal Photographic Society.

    12.30 – 4.00: Kids Archaeology: A mini excavation for children aged 6+. Discover a range of historic finds.

    1.30 – 3.30: Children’s crafts: – Stained glass colouring and dressing up

    First Floor and Merton Council Chamber:

    12.30 – 1.15: Captured on Film. A screening of archive films from the First World War.

    12.30 – 4.00: War Stories. Your chance to watch a fascinating series of filmed interviews with the descendants of Merton’s First World War combatants.

    12.30 – 2.30: Web demonstrations. Your chance to view the new Carved in Stone website about Merton during World War 1.

    Second floor:

    12.30 – 4.30: Exhibition. Discover the story of the St. Helier Estate.

    12.30 – 4.30: The Heritage Marketplace. Stalls and displays from Merton’s many museums,

     

    Local History Talks:

    1.15 – 1.45: Conservation in action ( Ann-Marie Miller, Codex Conservation )

    2.00 – 2.20: Capability Brown and Wimbledon Park ( Dave Dawson, Friends of Wimbledon Park )

    2.30 – 2.50: Rutlish Combatants in World War One ( Cynthia Clift & Peter Moulin, Rutlish School )

    3.00 – 3.20: Merton Military Tribunals in World War One ( Keith Penny, Merton Historical Society )

    3.30 – 3.50: The Canons and Mitcham Cricket Green ( Tony Burton, MCGC&H )

    4.00 – 4.30: The Merton at War Alphabet ( Sarah Gould, Merton Heritage Centre )

     

     

    Historic find: Merton during World War One. local history societies and community groups.

  • Motspur Park Post Office - May 2016

    The PO has started a public consultation regarding a proposal to relocate Motspur Park PO 85 metres from its current premises (334 West Barnes Lane) to Ecklee convenience store at 345 WBL. The consultation began on 22 Mar & runs for 6 weeks up to 5 May. The relocation itself is planned for July/August. 

    Services at the proposed location ‘will be offered from a till on the retail counter’, there will be ‘longer opening hours’ & ‘the majority of Post Office products & services will still be available’. It is reported that disabled access will be better than currently at No 334.

    Full details in a document available at the PO and also here. 

     

  • Raynes Park Residents' Lawn Tennis Club - May 2016

    The club’s next Open Day is on Sunday 15th May from 10am in conjunction with the LTA’s Great British Tennis Weekends at which there will be special introductory offers, free coaching and refreshments. 

    Prospective members are encouraged book in advance through the LTA website here and enter sw20 9 in ‘Find and Book’ or just turn up on the day. 

     

    Paul Sadler, rprltc.co.uk, Meadowview Road, SW20 9AN

  • Annual Visit to RHS Wisley Flower Show - 9 September 2016

    The RPWBRA Annual trip to Wisley Flower Show will be on FRIDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER 

    With pickup points at: 

    Greenway bus stop, Grand Drive @ 9.15 a.m. 

    Approach Road, Raynes Park @ 9.20 a.m. 

    Motspur Park, Opposite the Earl Beatty @ 9.30 a.m. approx. 

    The Coach will leave Wisley at 4.00 p.m. 

    The fare will be £10.00 which includes entrance and driver’s tip. 

    Money to be paid within a week of booking, please. 

    Seats may be booked with Margaret Barratt (8949 4304), Edna Gumbrell (8542 5811) and Jill Truman (8859 3525)

     

     

  • Raynes Park Afternoon Townwomen's Guild - May 2016

    ‘Collective Legal Solutions’ was the title of the talk given by Mr. Trevor French from the Co-op Group at our meeting on 17th March.  Touching on such matters as Inheritance Tax Planning, Long-term Care Costs, Trusts, Insurances, Funeral Plans, Wills, Powers of Attorney and the term ‘Tenants in Common’, this talk held the groups full attention.  Questions followed.  Mrs. Eileen Brewer gave the vote of thanks. 

    Caught by showers for the journey both to and from The Haywain, Epsom, the group of ladies taking a leisurely lunch on 7th April still enjoyed their visit to this favourite venue, where all meals were of the usual high standard and were accompanied by good conversation! 

    On Tuesday, 12th April a group of ten visited the Dickens Museum set in a typical 3 storey Victorian house, also with basement, which he rented for a time in Doughty Street, Holborn.  It was interesting exploring this house and examining the pictures, letters, furniture and other personal items on display.

    Afterwards a cup of coffee and slice of cake in the ‘Garden Café’ was very welcome. 

    The popular Harpist, Mary Watson, is rebooked to play to us at our May meeting on Thursday, 19th May at St Saviour’s Church Hall.  Visitors, friends and family are invited to join us for this recital.  Please join us for a cup of tea beforehand between 2 or 2.15 pm.  You will be very welcome. 

    As a preliminary notice - friends and family, Residents, Rendezvous Club Members and Pavilion Club Members are also invited to join us on our summer outing to Worthing.  This will be on Thursday, 18th August, Tickets £16, picking up in the area from 9.30 and returning at 4.30 p.m. 

    Dorothy Raymond

    Tel: 020 8395 9489

  • TfL News - A3 Improvements for Cycling and Walking

    Between 17th August and 27th September 2015, we consulted on proposals to make improvements for pedestrians and cyclists at six locations along the A3. After considering all the responses, we intend to proceed with the scheme as set out in the consultation documents. We plan to start work in autumn 2016. 

    Descriptions of the proposals 

    ·         Allowing cyclists to formally use existing pedestrian subways without having to dismount at Ely Close, Bushey Road, Keswick Avenue, Southwood Drive, and Warren Drive South. The subways would be designated as shared use, with signage positioned on approaches to clearly identify areas of shared use

    ·     Improving pedestrian and cyclist safety in these newly created shared use areas by installing cycle barriers at carefully selected locations, guiding cyclists into pedestrian sightlines to be more visible, and reducing the risk of conflict.

    ·    Resurfacing of footways and new tactile paving at Keswick Avenue connection to subway, and improved ease of access  for cyclists with the installation of a dropped kerb.

     ·    Introducing raised tables across the roadway, bollards along the footway edge and tactile paving to assist visually impaired pedestrians at the junctions of Malden Way(Southbound) with Consfield Avenue, Byron Avenue, Stanley Avenue and Woodfield Gardens. The raised tables would have the effect of slowing approaching vehicles and making it safer for cyclists to cross the junction.

    ·   Extending the pavement and formalising shared use for pedestrians and cyclists at the junction of Elmbridge Avenue with Tolworth Rise North, making it safe for cyclists to ride on the footway at the end of the eastbound slip road to continue across Elmbridge Avenue without dismounting

    ·   Widening the shared use path on Beverley Way beneath the Coombe Way Flyover, installing new tactile paving at crossing points and resurfacing the shared path.

     

     

  • The Rotary Club of Morden - May 2016


    Rotary - changing people’s lives for the better -Come and join us.

    Your local Rotarians would like to thank everyone who supported our Christmas collection.  It was by some distance our best ever total. The weather was relatively kind, so all Santa's sleigh tours went well, plus we had a very good response with our collection in Lower Morden Lane aka "Electric Avenue". 

    Most of the funds have already been distributed to these local good causes:

    St.Raphael’s Hospice tops the list. Regular readers will know it receives 25% of its costs from the NHS, and each year depends on over £3 million from local fund-raising.  The Hospice assists over 1000 patients and their families annually, and your Rotary Club will continue to give as much support as possible to its essential service to our community. 

    Other organisations we have supported with donations are as follows. 

    Arthritis Care Merton; Merton Guild of Social Welfare; 16th Morden Scouts Morden; Little League Football.Friends in St.Helier and Friends in Lower Morden.  (These Friends are local clubs to prevent loneliness, isolation and to keep people independent and living in their own homes);
    Priory School Wimbledon. (Special gift of books for Year 6 students); ABCDreams (Rotary supports self-help projects in Lyamungo Sinde Village in Tanzania). 

    Also, as I write, the Club is aiming to help a severely disabled local nine year old child with individual transport needs to and from his special needs school in Kingston. 

    We have another two current projects we'd like to ask you to help us with. Firstly, we're collecting your unwanted spectacles again! Any strength and style in serviceable condition please. 

    The first batch of over 100 pairs of specs that were sent out to Tanzania was all taken up by very happy kids and parents straightaway. If we can send the same amount again we now know that there are many more people who would be thrilled to have them! 

    You can take them to the Mace Store / Post Office counter at 340 Grand Drive, and our thanks to Mr. Ashwin for his support. Also you may take to the Millennium Stores / Post Office at 334 West Barnes Lane, and thanks also to Mr. Surej for his help. 

    Secondly, we do collect for
    St.Raphael's all year round.  If you have loose change in a jar / box, ring us if you'd like to donate this to the Hospice, and we'll collect. Your donations are boosted by the charitable giving" tax benefit this way. We've raised over £5000 in loose change, and have a number of "regulars" 
    we'd like to thank. 

    If you'd like us to pick up some change, or specs if the Post office is not convenient, we're happy to oblige. 

    Once again, our sincere thanks for your support, 
    Morden Rotarians. 
     

     

    Contact 0208 404 6451 Joss Ollett, for any collection requests. 

  • Chairman's Annual Report 2015/2016

    At this time last year, we were all concerned at the proposals to build a huge number of flats and houses on the Rainbow Estate off Grand Drive. This is a landlocked site, which is surrounded by railway lines, and is designated for mainly industrial and business use. There was also meant to be a facility to park and ride at Raynes Park station, but this was not fully worked through.  Despite our reasoned objections, the proposals were approved by the Planning Committee and not called in by the Mayor of London. 

    The anxiety we felt about these proposals remains, but the chances of any major development being progressed in the near or medium term have been much reduced by the impact of the even more devastating possibilities connected with the proposed CrossRail 2. This is the new cross London railway which will pass through Raynes Park and Wimbledon on its way to north London, and for which the Government has pledged funding. 

    Many of the proposals for enhancing the rail links in this area will cause planning blight for 10 years or more and would seem to prevent any work being carried out on the Rainbow site. 

    We have set out in The Guide our concern at the weakness of the consultation held so far for what is being proposed, and our horror at the suggestions being made. I know that our MP Stephen Hammond is deeply concerned and has held a recent meeting at the House of Commons to find a way forward that does not result in the wholesale destruction of the town centre of Wimbledon. As he will be speaking to us tonight, I will not repeat his views now. The best solution for this area would appear to be a tunnel from Berrylands under Raynes Park and Wimbledon, which would obviate the need to close the two level crossings at Motspur Park and West Barnes. Any other solution would result in traffic being gridlocked on Grand Drive for the whole day and not just at rush hours. 

    Speaking of Grand Drive brings me to the lively debate we have been having as to finding a way to ease the movement of traffic. Coming south from the station, approaching the junction with Bushey Road, the junction is controlled by Transport for London, but Merton Council traffic officers are able to have a real input into proposed solutions. 

    We will continue to put pressure on the authorities to find a permanent solution to this long term problem. 

    One good piece of news is that the gas works intended to be carried out on the bottom part of Grand Drive will not happen this year. Instead, we have been promised a full consultation before the works starts next year. We will hold a public meeting as part of that consultation to try and find a way to keep traffic moving from the Beverley roundabout, without making life intolerable for people living along Cannon Hill Lane, along which the traffic is likely to be diverted.  

    I would like to thank the members of the Committee most involved in planning and transport matters for their hard work and expertise. They are David Freeman, Jerry Cuthbert, and Jan Bailey. I particularly tonight want to single out Rachel Skinner, who works as an expert in the field of transport management, for her enormous contribution, but who is moving away from the area. We’re very glad that she promises to keep in touch. 

    The focus of attention for the Association has continued to move from being principally concerned with matters of planning and traffic to that of its historic role of being a social organisation. 

    Last year was the first full year of operation of the Pavilion which is the centre of the many activities now open to members of the Association and local residents generally. It continues to go from strength to strength, and the Treasurer will shortly be able to confirm this when he reviews our accounts. It houses regular weekly sessions run by various activity and interest groups and bookings are also solid for family parties over the weekends.  

    The Pavilion is managed by a dedicated group of members who take the bookings, open and close the building and keep up the improvements. This voluntary work is time consuming and onerous, and I want to thank again Jerry Cuthbert and David Freeman, as well as our Treasurer John Townsend. Linda Fitch has also been a great help in taking care of and improving the gardens.  

    We would welcome some more assistance in managing the Pavilion which is now such an important part of our activity. We are grateful that Mrs. Deveson has come forward during the year to assist us, and hope that more members can be found to do the same. 

    The Association established the Pavilion Social Club two years ago and is very successful, with growing numbers of men and women at its weekly get-togethers on Thursday afternoons, which have occasional guest speakers. It also organises visits out to places of interest. It has been run from the outset by Jill Truman and Andrea Hannan, and I have seen for myself their extraordinary rapport with the members and the enthusiasm they bring. We thank them. 

    We intend to hold a summer party to thank another much larger group of people without whom the Association could not begin to function. These are our dedicated Area Co-Ordinators and Road Stewards who deliver the Guides to all our members in all weathers. The party will be held at the Pavilion on the afternoon of Saturday 11th June during the weekend of celebrations to mark the 90th Birthday of The Queen. The invitations will be going out soon, and we hope that as many of them as possible will come and join us.  I want to thank also Andrew Barwick and Dick Coleman, our Distribution Managers, for their skilful organisation of such a large group of people. 

    Our web site is much visited, and is always kept fully up to date with matters of both general and immediate interest. We get an increasing numbers of enquiries in this way. The technical work is managed by our Web Master, Charles Briscoe-Smith and on a day to day basis mainly by Jerry Cuthbert. We thank all those involved. 

    The backbone of the Association continues to be the work put in by our Joint Secretaries, Jill Truman and Jan Bailey. They are simply invaluable and are human dynamos.  Jill not only finds time to edit the Guide, but also to act as our Advertising Manager, and we can only continue to afford to publish The Guide if we can obtain ongoing advertising revenue. Jan continues to amaze everyone with her encyclopaedic knowledge of everything that happens here and whom on the Council to approach to get things done she also prepares meticulous minutes of our meetings.   I thank them both. 

    We continue to play our full part in the wider Raynes Park Association and on the Raynes Park Forum. We are proud that Raynes Park is now widely heralded to be one of the finest small high street shopping areas in the whole country. I would thank Jerry Cuthbert, Jill Truman, and particularly tonight Pamela Robinson for their contribution to these community discussions. 

    I must mention also the vital role that our West Barnes and Raynes Park Councillors play in coming to our meetings, in acting on our concerns and in bringing them to the attention of the powers that be in Merton. 

    As our Treasurer will tell you, we are financially in good heart, and John Townsend is that rare person, who is not only excellent with numbers, but can make an explanation of them interesting.  I want to thank him, and would also thank our Honorary Auditor Brian Lewis-Lavender. 

    We are sorry that our of our Committee stalwarts, Peter Connellan, passed away recently. He was a perfect gentleman and looked after the Shannon Corner area of the Association for very many years, as well as serving on local schools and in many other voluntary roles. We will miss him. 

    Finally, as I said last year, we do need fresh blood at all levels both to manage our affairs, and especially to help with advertising, and with running the Pavilion. If you can spare any time or energy to help, we will welcome you with open arms. Thank you. 

    John Elvidge, Chairman

    13th April 2016

  • West Barnes Library - April 2016

    West Barnes Library urgently needs more volunteers to assist staff at a range of levels.  You could be helping to keep the library open for the people of Motspur Park! Don’t hold back - training will be given – and you might find it fun.  For more details and to apply, please ask at the library counter. 

    And the good news is…

    Anthony Hopkins, Merton's Head of Library and Heritage Service has told the Friends of West Barnes Library that the London Borough of Merton remains committed to developing the West Barnes Library site so that first class library services are enjoyed for generations to come. Council officers have been working to explore what will provide the best value and best quality approach for the site and are expected to publish further news regarding the proposed approach soon. As part of the work into starting the development some interesting new options are being explored including the formation of a council run development company to realise the new library and residential property. Due to the detailed work undertaken in looking at the different options there may be a slight delay to the new development starting and we will continue to update you when there is further news.

  • Morden Rotary Club - April 2016

    Rotary - changing people’s lives for the better -Come and join us. 

    Your local Rotarians would like to thank everyone who supported our Christmas collection.  It was by some distance our best ever total. The weather was relatively kind, so all Santa's sleigh tours went well, plus we had a very good response with our collection in Lower Morden Lane aka "Electric Avenue". 

    Most of the funds have already been distributed to these local good causes:

    St.Raphael’s Hospice tops the list. Regular readers will know it receives 25% of its costs from the NHS, and each year depends on over £3 million from local fund-raising.  The Hospice assists over 1000 patients and their families annually, and your Rotary Club will continue to give as much support as possible to its essential service to our community. 

    Other organisations we have supported with donations are as follows. 

    Arthritis Care Merton; Merton Guild of Social Welfare; 16th Morden Scouts Morden; Little League Football.Friends in St.Helier,  and Friends in Lower Morden.  (These Friends are local clubs to prevent loneliness, isolation and to keep people independent and living in their own homes);
    Priory School Wimbledon. (Special gift of books for Year 6 students); ABCDreams (Rotary supports self-help projects in Lyamungo Sinde Village in Tanzania). 

    Also, as I write, the Club is aiming to help a severely disabled local nine year old child with individual transport needs to and from his special needs school in Kingston. 

    We have another two current projects we'd like to ask you to help us with. Firstly, we're collecting your unwanted spectacles again! Any strength and style in serviceable condition please. 

    The first batch of over 100 pairs of specs that were sent out to Tanzania was all taken up by very happy kids and parents straightaway. If we can send the same amount again we now know that there are many more people who would be thrilled to have them! 

    You can take them to the Mace Store / Post Office counter at 340 Grand Drive, and our thanks to Mr. Ashwin for his support. Also you may take to the Millennium Stores / Post Office at 334 West Barnes Lane, and thanks also to Mr. Surej for his help. 

    Secondly, we do collect for
    St.Raphael's all year round.  If you have loose change in a jar / box, ring us if you'd like to donate this to the Hospice, and we'll collect. Your donations are boosted by the charitable giving" tax benefit this way. We've raised over £5000 in loose change, and have a number of "regulars" 
    we'd like to thank. 

    If you'd like us to pick up some change, or specs if the Post office is not convenient, we're happy to oblige. 

    Once again, our sincere thanks for your support, 

    Morden Rotarians.  

     

    Contact 0208 404 6451 Joss Ollett, for any collection requests. 


  • Raynes Park Afternoon Townwomen's Guild - April 2016

    At the well attended AGM on 18th February the existing Committee of four was re-elected for another year.  The Chairman thanked all those members who help out in various ways at monthly meetings to support this small group, but encouraged members to consider joining the team.  The Bring & Buy table made £35. 

    A large group went to Wimbledon Theatre for Chicago.  Black fishnets, skimpy clothing and tight fitting hipster trousers matched the suggestive movements of the dancers and the sleazy All That Jazz music.  This was played by excellent musicians visible at the back of the stage.   A nicely ironic production which surprisingly had me laughing out loud at some tongue in cheek moments. 

    Following the successful lunch in Fulham on 2nd March, a group tried in vain to get to the Dickens Museum on the 8th.  However, after a long wait for the bus, followed by the investigation of an alternative bus route and another wait, we went to the pleasant  Natural Kitchen at Waterloo Station for a coffee and to warm up.  Here we decided to take the tube to Trafalgar Square, where the party split, some continuing last month’s exploration of the Portrait Gallery and others taking on the National Gallery. 

    We will try again for the Dickens Museum on Tuesday 12th April! 

    The lunch club will go to the Haywain, Epsom on Thursday, 7th. 

    Our monthly meeting is at 1.30 pm at St Saviour’s Church Hall on the 3rd Thursday of the month.  In April Colin James will give an illustrated talk entitled ‘Secret Gardens of London’.  Visitors are always welcome at our meetings. 

    Dorothy Raymond; 020 8395 9489 

  • Raynes Park Residents' Lawn Tennis Club - April/May 2016

    We are pleased that our head coach José Marquez has been appointed to take over the supervision of the Saturday morning junior coaching sessions following the departure of our previous coach Michele Shanley. He already runs the coaching sessions on Tuesday and Friday so this should assist in our aim of increasing the number of junior tournaments and competitions. 

    We will be holding an Open Day on Sunday 15th May in conjunction with the LTA’s Great British Tennis Weekends at which there will be special introductory offers, free coaching and refreshments. Prospective members can book in advance through the LTA website or just turn up on the day. 

    Paul Sadler, rprltc.co.uk

    Meadowview Road, SW20 9AN

     

     

  • Chairman's Blog - April 2016

    AGM 

    The Annual General Meeting of the Association will be held in the meeting room behind the Raynes Park Library on Wednesday 13th April, starting at 7.30 pm. 

    Do come along. We’ve invited our local MP, Stephen Hammond, and he will be discussing the latest proposals for CrossRail 2, and other local issues. He’s always keen to answer questions from members present. 

    There’s also going to be a break from the formal business with some wine, soft drinks, and nibbles.   It’s a relaxed and informative way to spend the evening. 

    MERTON BOWLING CLUB 

    In the February edition of The Guide I mentioned that the Council was thinking of ceasing to maintain the lawn of the bowling club in the Joseph Hood recreation ground, as it cost too much to keep it in a first class condition. The result would have been that the Club would have had to close.  

    I’m very glad to report that the Council has relented after a massive effort by the Club, the community, and local Councillors.  The majority party was impressed by its level of support, as shown by a petition attracting 1000 signatures, with a further 1000 people protesting on-line. The Club had also found an experienced contractor who was able to halve the yearly cost of maintenance. The Club has been given a year’s grace to see if it all works out, but the signs are good. We are told that the publicity has helped the Club to bring in another 20 members so far. 

    As we said before, this kind of sporting facility can be used by people of all ages, and helps greatly to keep the more elderly among us in good health. It would be very short sighted to lose it. 

    GRAND DRIVE/BUSHEY ROAD TRAFFIC LIGHTS 

    We’ve had a good number of comments about our suggestion that a right hand filter be added at these lights to assist traffic coming from the direction of the station up Grand Drive and wanting to turn right to clear the junction. It would mean that traffic coming down Grand Drive or along Bushey Road  would have to be held up for longer. Most of the comments have been supportive of the idea. 

    The problem is that while there’s enough room for two cars coming from the station to stand alongside each other, there isn’t enough room for a car and  a lorry, bus, or a large 4 x4. So if one of these wants to turn right, it clogs up the whole road, often right back to the tunnel under the railway.  

    It is not possible to widen the road at that point. 

    Our Councillors have taken this up with the Council’s transport officer. The lights are actually controlled by Transport for London, whose decision it would be. It is recognised that this junction, during the rush hours, is heavily congested, but the solution is not easy. The Council says that a re-modelling exercise will be undertaken of the sequencing of the lights, to see if anything can be done. We will keep a close eye on its progress.  

    CARE IN THE COMMUNITY 

    Each year the Council carries out a detailed review of issues and services that affect local people, through a scrutiny panel.  We have suggested that this year they look at the whole issue of care in the community, given the increasing age of the local population.  This would cover such things as day to day physical help and meals for those who are house bound, access, and the inability of hospitals to discharge in - patients back to their homes because of the lack of care for them ( “Bed blocking”) . 

    HELP NEEDED!

     While we continue to have a marvellous team of hard working area co-ordinators and road stewards, we do urgently need some fresh blood to help us manage the Association.  We have been looking for an honorary advertising manager for some time, since we can only continue to publish The Guide each month if we get revenue from the advertisements placed in it. 

    Also, the Pavilion continues to go from strength to strength, with large numbers of new bookings. It is run by a dedicated team, but they need extra help with opening and closing the premises. 

    We would be very grateful for anyone who can volunteer their help in any way they can. 

    John Elvidge 

     

     

  • Sir Joseph Wood - Litter Pick - 12 March 2016

    The Friends of Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Playing Fields are organizing a Litter Pick on 12th March, meeting in the Car Park at 2.00 p.m.  

     

    The Friends would be grateful for as many volunteers as possible.  You will be warmly welcomed if you can join them.  Bin bags and Grabbers will be provided.

  • Raynes Park Afternoon Townswomen's Guild - February 2016

    Oh dear! Oh dear!  What a disappointment in January – so our apologies to visitors who came along to the meeting hoping to hear our lady harpist.  Regrettably a hiccup in her diary meant she missed the booking with us.  She is devastated about this and has promised to come to our meeting in May. 

    The Lunch Club visit to The George on 2nd February was a welcome social gathering with a large group filling up one corner of the pub.  The following week a group of five visited the National Portrait Gallery.  With so many interesting contemporary and historic faces to examine, despite breaking for a bite in the basement café, and lingering, we did not get round all the displays in this surprisingly extensive and enjoyable Gallery. 

    Next month the lunch club will visit the Lloyds No. 1 Bar in Fulham on Wednesday 2nd March.  The visit will be on Tuesday, 8th March to the Dickens Museum in Holborn.  Our next monthly meeting will be on Thursday, 17thMarch at 1.30 for 1.45 start at St Saviour’s Church Hall and will feature a speaker. Visitors are always welcome. 

     

    For more information please telephone Dorothy Raymond on 020 8395 9489.      

  • Lambton Road PPG - AGM 12 March 2016

    Lambton Road GP Practice – Patient Participation Group (PPG) 

    Annual Meeting - 2016 

    Listening Week – the results! 

     

     

    §  Come and hear your feedback about the practice

    §  What are your ideas for improving the appointments system?

    §  Meet the PPG, and have your say 

    Saturday 12th March 2016; 2 p.m. - 3.30 p.m.

    Raynes Park Health Centre

    Please note that this meeting will include the PPG AGM 

     

    No need to RSVP – We look forward to seeing you.

  • Kids First - March 2016

    "Helping your child sleep"

     with Gail Wagstaff, Parent Advisor, Contact a Family 

    Understanding sleep issues, the importance of sleep, top tips & practical solutions.

    Plus sources of help, advice & support 

    Thursday 10 March - 10am to 12.30pm

    Chaucer Centre, Room L, Canterbury Road, Morden, SM4 6PX 

    Places are limited so please book ahead for all events to guarantee your place 

    Tracy Blackwell; Kids First/Talk Autism Administrator

    Merton Mencap

     T:    020 8687 4644

    E:    kids.first@swlondonmencap.nhs.uk

     

    visit us at www.mertonmencap.org.uk

  • Peter Connellan - December 2015

    Earlier this year we received the sad news that Peter Connellan, who had been an active member of the Association, had died on 17 January 2016. Until his recent retirement, Peter was for many years our Area Co-ordinator for the Association’s Claremont Avenue area. 

    The following article about Peter is taken from the article by David Hurst in the December 2015 issues of “Edgeways”, The Sacred Heart’s Parish Magazine.

     

    The list of Peter’s roles and activities shows that both he (and his wife Mary) worked tirelessly for others, both within their local Parish of Sacred Heart and in the wider community. 

    Indeed they were both awarded the Pope’s Benemerenti Medal for long and exceptional services to the Catholic Church and, in their case, to Scouting and Guiding as well. 

    Married in 1951 at the Church of the Good Shepherd near Bromley (by Fr Rourke SJ), Peter knew his wife since childhood. In fact, it has been said that he was very nearly born in Mary’s parents’ house!   We are also told that before becoming engaged Peter used to visit Mary regularly ‘travelling by 604 trolley, four trams and the 54 bus - and it cost just one shilling and sixpence’! Since then both of their lives have been ridiculously full and fulfilling. 

    Peter worked for BT (formerly the GPO) for 42 years,  and in his spare time - amongst other activities - he was a Governor of two local  schools, Treasurer of the Scientific Society, Secretary of the local Civic Society, Group Scout Leader of 19th Wimbledon Scouts, formerly 5th and 15th Wimbledon Scouts, as well as running the Sacred Heart Mass Centre. 

    Peter’s connection with the Raynes Park & West Barnes Residents’ Association spanned many years – indeed, as long as any of us can remember - as both Area Co-Ordinator for the Claremont Avenue area, and a Committee Member, retiring only very recently, when his health and that of Mary’s, forced him to do so. 

    Mary was equally dedicated.  She was a founder member and vice chair of the National Federation of Credit Unions, treasurer for the local Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme, chair of the Women’s Sodality Group and secretary for the Wimbledon Scout District for which she received a Medal of Merit for Services to Scouting. Mary also received the Mayor of Merton’s Community Award in 1994. 

    Just last July Mary and Peter were honoured at a school leaver’s mass and handed a special icon of the Sacred Heart with Peter’s name on the Heart of Jesus to thank him for running the school’s Mass Centre for so many years 

    We offer Mary and the couple’s family of seven children, our heartfelt condolences on their loss, and our grateful thanks for Peter’s life and all he has done for the local community.

     

  • Notice of AGM 2016 - 13 April

    THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

    of the

    Raynes Park & West Barnes Residents’ Association

    Will be held at the Raynes Park Library Meeting Rooms

    (Via side entrance in Aston Road) 

    ON WEDNESDAY 13th APRIL 2016 at 7.30 p.m. 

    AGENDA

     

    1.         Apologies for Absence

    2.         Chairman’s Report on the Work of the Association during 2015/16

    3.         Treasurer’s Report

    4.         Election of Officers and Committee

     

    Break for Refreshments

     

    5.         Speaker:       Stephen Hammond M.P.

     

    HH

     

     

    6.         Updates on current Planning Matters

    7.         Residents’ Forum and Any Other Business 

     

    Please bring a copy of ‘The Guide’with you to verify membership

     

  • TfL News - February 2016

    Image result for tfl logoNew Film to help make London’s Roads Safer 

    We recently launched a hard-hitting film showing the dangers of taking risks on the road. The film is part of our latest road safety campaign to address the five main sources of road danger that contribute to casualties and collisionon London’s roads:

    • Travelling too fast
    • Becoming distracted
    • Undertaking risky manoeuvres
    • Driving under the influence of alcohol
     or drugs

    • Failing to comply with the laws of the roads


    To watch the film, visit 
    our YouTube page

     

     

    Cracking Down on Congestion 

    A new team of 40 TfL Road and Transport Enforcement Officers is being deployed to key traffic routes across London to tackle illegal road behaviour. The team, which will be 80-strong by spring, will deal with problems such as illegal stopping and delays to road users caused by the unloading of deliveries. 

    Funding Secured for New Stations 

    We have secured €4m from the European Commission to progress plans for two new London Overground stations located at Old Oak Common. We will match this funding to develop the various options for possible stations at Old Oak Common Lane and Hythe Road. 

    Temporary Closure of Holland Park Tube Station 

    Holland Park Tube Station will be closed until August 16th for lift replacement work. 

    Bakerloo Line Extension

    We are starting detailed technical work to build a case for extending the line from Elephant and Castle to Lewisham via Old Kent Road, after a thorough assessment of possible routes. We published a summary of our findings which shows this route has the strongest case, and the potential to support around 25,000 homes. By terminating at Lewisham, the link could be operational by 2030. We have not ruled out a second phase extension beyond Lewisham in the future. 

  • Holiday Top Tips

    Top tips from the Safer Neighbourhood Teams to help you avoid being burgled whilst away on holiday 

    • Mark or etch your property with your postcode, house or flat number or the first three letters of your house name.
    • Register items with a serial number at: www.immobilise.com
    • Do not leave your car keys or ID documents near doors, letterbox or windows. Lock them away safely.
    • Close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you are only going out for a few minutes.
    • Keep your valuables out of sight through windows.
    • Leave some lights on & ask a neighbour to pop in and open/close curtains if it will be dark before you get home or you are away for a few days.
    • Install a visible burglar alarm &/or CCTV & don’t forget to set it!
    • Always keep sheds and outbuildings securely locked.
    • Lock away any ladders safely out of view.
    • Cancel milk or other deliveries if you will be away for days or weeks at a time.

    Don’t advertise your holiday on Social Media!!!
    If you see anyone acting suspiciously in your area, call 999 immediately.

  • Peter Connellan

    It was with great sadness that the Association learned of the death of a dear friend and long-standing Member, Peter Connellan, on Sunday 17th January 2016.  Until his recent retirement, Peter was for many years Area Co-ordinator for the Association’s Claremont Avenue area.  We offer our heartfelt condolences to Peter’s wife and family.

     

     

  • The Memory Lane Club

    The Memory Lane Club celebrated nine months of opening with a Christmas Party for all its members in mid-December. Thanks to the generosity of local shops, the members enjoyed wonderful food and mince pies, in a hall filled with balloons, crackers and gifts, followed with dancing to suitably festive music. Everyone was in good voice for a selection of rousing Christmas carols before going home.

    The Memory Lane Club is a free drop-in meeting place for people with dementia and their carers, enabling them to socialise in a supportive environment. It is run by a group of volunteers and meets every Wednesday from 10:30am to 12:30pm in the Parish Lounge, Edge Hill, Wimbledon, SW19 4LU. 

    In addition to fun and friendship, the Club offers a range of games and activities which include dominoes, bingo, snooker, singing and Zumba Gold.  Refreshments are served. The Parish Lounge is a welcoming, comfortable space with disabled access, a kitchen and toilet facilities.  

     

    Enquiries:  edgehillmemorylaneclub@gmail.com. 

  • Lambton Road Medical Practice - January 2016

    Written by patients for patients 

    Listening Week – 2

    Many thanks to all those who participated at the Practice or online by filling in the survey form and comments leaflet. We had a great response – a total of 400 survey replies and, additionally, over 100 comments card responses. These are now being analysed and we will let you have further information in due course. We particularly appreciated the time given by patients who talked to us on a one-to-one basis. 

    Local Services for Older People – 2015 edition

    This booklet, which gives details of services that are available for older patients in our area, has been updated by the PPG. After their 75th birthday the Practice will write to patients with details of their dedicated doctor and will include a copy of this booklet. Patients who recently attained the age of 75 will also be sent a copy. 

    We did make a formal application to NHS England for a grant towards its production. Our application, although unsuccessful, was highly commended. Our thanks to the Practice, therefore, for meeting the cost of printing this updated version. 

    The booklet is on the Practice website under Our Documents or a copy may be obtained via Reception. We hope you will find it useful, and if you spot any services that we’ve missed please let us have details (either by email to Lambtonroadppg@hotmail.co.uk or by leaving a note with Reception for passing on to us) for inclusion in any future edition. 

    Revised guide to healthy ageing

    NHS England, in partnership with Age UK, has published a revised version of A Practical Guide to Healthy Ageing (mentioned in our April Newsletter). The guide is particularly relevant for people aged around 70 years who may be suffering from mild frailty. It covers key areas including preventing falls, staying well in winter, eye and foot care and mental social isolation, with suggestions on when to seek medical advice and support. Free copies of the guide can be ordered by calling 0300 123 1002 quoting reference HA2, or online via www.orderline.dh.gov.uk 

    Brief Profile of Doctor Johns who recently joined our Practice

    Melloney Johns studied medicine on the graduate entry program at St George’s Hospital Medical School, qualifying in 2009. She completed her GP training at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals and worked in an inner city practice in Lambeth until moving to join Lambton Road in September this year. Her particular interests include nutrition, health promotion and preventative medicine. She enjoys running and travel. 

    We are thinking about the possibility of a new look News letter in the New Year, but meanwhile we send Seasons Greetings to all our fellow patients and best wishes for a healthy 2016. 

    Contact: Lambtonroadppg@hotmail.co.uk or leave a note with Reception 

     

    Patient Participation Group (PPG) Members: Jan Bailey, Charlotte Bennett, Judith Brodie (Chair), Elsa Browne, Janice Cameron, Marilyn Frampton, Lisa Manara, Ian Ritchie, Marie Robertson, Elizabeth Savidge

  • Crossrail 2 - The Association's Response

    We submitted the following response to the Crossrail 2 Public Consultation, which closed on 8 January 2016

    The Raynes Park and West Barnes Residents’ Association (RBWBRA) was formed in 1928 to protect the interests of residents living in the communities of Raynes Park and West Barnes. It now represents around 5000 local residents, via a formal household membership that is renewed annually. 

    1.            Overview

    RPWBRA is supportive, in principle, of Crossrail 2 and its promise of improved connectivity for the areas around both Raynes Park and  Motspur Park stations. That said, it is crucial that the scheme details as they affect both areas are given careful thought in order to minimise (a) construction impacts and (b) longer-term adverse impacts on existing and future residents, businesses and visitors. At this time, RPWBRA does not have sufficient detail to form a definitive view about whether this is likely to be fulfilled for our own area or Wimbledon, our closest major retail and commercial centre. 

    Despite our overall support for the scheme, it is worth noting that many of our residents remain very concerned about the Crossrail 2 proposals, as there is very little official information in the public domain and the public consultation exercise was not well advertised in the local area, given the number of local residents who have an interest in the proposals. As a result, speculation is rife and many inaccurate ‘facts’ are in circulation. 

    RPWBRA and our residents would welcome further detail as it becomes available and would also ask for discussions with the team about local opportunities and constraints as they relate to the Crossrail 2 proposals. 

    2.            West Barnes & Motspur Park level crossings

    There are two existing level crossings within the RPWBRA boundary, both of which cross the branch line to Epsom and Chessington South. The first is at West Barnes Lane / Burlington Road, just south of Raynes Park station, while the second is in West Barnes and adjacent to Motspur Park station. 

    Both level crossings are well used and it is essential that high quality rail crossings are maintained once Crossrail 2 is operational. Specifically: 

    •  Leaving the two level crossings unchanged, with an uplift in service, would not be acceptable. The level crossing barriers are already closed for a significant proportion of the day, giving rise to delays, safety concerns and poor journey time reliability by car.
    • Closing the level crossing points is not a viable solution, given current levels of demand. Existing traffic congestion in the area is already high, particularly during peak hours, and closure of the level crossings would divert thousands of vehicles, adding pressure to key local routes such as the A3, Grand Drive and Bushey Road as well as local residential roads.
    • Permanent access across the railway must be maintained, ideally via grade separated crossings in similar locations near to the existing level crossings.  We recognise that the installation of bridges or similar is unlikely to be possible in the exact locations of the two level crossings. We see, however, that it may be possible to provide a new bridge across the railway at West Barnes Lane/Burlington Road, perhaps using land from the Tesco Extra car park and the office building located at the Tesco exit onto West Barnes Lane. We can also see potential to bring land to the south of Motspur Park station into new use (e.g. the former BBC site and/or the former gasworks), perhaps via a southward relocation of the station and the provision of a new bridge across the railway to replace the level crossing. We have not undertaken any formal investigation of these options but would ask that they are considered.

    ·         Care must be taken to balance the end solution in the wider network, to avoid pulling additional through traffic into the local area on distributor and local roads.

    ·         Such designs would also need to take into account the proximity major drainage watercourses in the vicinity that come under the Environment Agency’s authority. 

    3.            Line between Wimbledon and Raynes Park

    Given that the railway is on embankment close to Raynes Park, it is not clear whether a feasible design solution exists to add two new tracks without significant residential land-take. We are also aware of other significant constraints that exist alongside the rail line that would be costly to amend or divert. 

    RPWBRA can see the potential benefit, although not formally mentioned in the consultation material, of an alternative tunnel alignment for the two future ‘fast’ tracks running between Surbiton and London Waterloo, with a possibility for tunnel portals close to Berrylands and Earlsfield. This would then allow the existing four tracks between Raynes Park and Wimbledon (and beyond) to be converted for use by the increased numbers of stopping services, adding route flexibility and alternative routes when incidents occur. 

    4.            Raynes Park and Motspur Park stations

    RPWBRA would welcome the opportunity to share ideas about the future potential for improvement at both stations as part of the Crossrail 2 proposals. We understand that further design work and consultation is planned for 2016 on this section of the route and would ask that we are formally included in this process at the earliest stage.  One key requirement is that both future station layouts allow for full step-free access. 

    To form a more detailed view, we need full detail about the proposed totality of future rail services that will serve Raynes Park and Motspur Park, once Crossrail 2 is operational. 

    RPWBRA recognises that one of the next steps will be to safeguard land at both Raynes Park and Motspur Park stations. In our view, given the single access point to the southern side of Raynes Park station and other known constraints, it will be essential to safeguard land to the south of the station to offer flexibility and maximise long run benefit. 

    5.            Wimbledon station options

    We have reviewed the available information for the proposed Crossrail 2 changes at Wimbledon and we are keen to ensure that disruption is minimised. Specifically:

    ·         We do not have sufficient detail to be able to comment in full at this stage.

    ·         The option shared for consultation, even taking into account the latest construction phasing proposals, would appear to result in very significant and long-term disruption to Wimbledon’s retail and commercial centre.  This will directly impact Raynes Park and West Barnes residents.

    ·         The earlier proposals for a tunnel portal at Dundonald Road would appear to offer a far less disruptive (and possible less costly) alternative. The turning point for trains terminating at Wimbledon could be moved further down the line if necessary, perhaps past Raynes Park. We would ask that alternative options for the tunnel portal and Wimbledon station layouts are considered in full, and that we are involved with any onward consultation.

     

    We trust that the above is useful and look forward to receiving more detail very soon, and to engaging far more fully during 2016 and 2017.

     

     

    Click here to find our previous article on Crossrail 2. 

     

    Click here to link to Crossrail 2's own website.

  • Raynes Park Library - January 2016

    Coffee morning—Tuesday 12th January 11.45-1pmJohn Potter will be speaking about Josiah Wedgwood who was an English potter who founded the Wedgewood company and is credited with the industrialisation of the manufacture of pottery. 

    Children’s author event—Monday 11th JanuaryNew author OA Clement talks about how children can become anything in life and how success is about the state of your mind and desiring to reach your goals. 

    Free blood pressure checks—Thursday 21st January 4-5.30pm.

     

    Everybody is very welcome at our regular events

     

    Monday

    Chess Club 11-1pm—brush up on your chess tactics or learn to play .

    Jewellery making 2-4pm—there is a small charge for materials

    Falun dafa 5-6.30pm—this is a traditional Chinese practice which improves mind and body. 

    Tuesday

    Story time 11-11.30—this is suitable for 0-4 year olds

    Write Afresh 1-3pm—aspiring authors and poets would you like to freshen up your writing, if so come and strengthen your skills and discuss your work at this friendly drop in group.

    Thursday

    Story time 3.45-4.15pm – this is suitable for 0-4 year olds

    Yoga 5.30-6.30pm—this is hatha yoga which is suitable for beginners to help you relax and manage stress. 

    Friday

    Arty Social 2-3pm—lead by students from Kings College get creative learn new techniques and share ideas

    Homework Club 4.30-6pm – for 4-14 year olds. This is run by library volunteers. Children benefit having a space to study, access to a wide selection of books and supervised internet access. 

    Saturday

    Knitting Club 12-1pm—share your ideas, swap tips and tricks and enjoy a good old knit and natter. 

    Cathy Field, Customer Service Supervisor

    Raynes Park Library

    Contact number 020 8274 5718 
    cathy.field@merton.gov.uk

     

    www.merton.gov.uk

  • Raynes Park Afternoon Townwomen's Guild - January 2016

    At our monthly meeting in November our speaker was Christopher Bishop from Bishop & Sons, a removal company established in 1854.   A member of the British Association of Removers, the company logo is a bishop chess piece.  The first vans were horse-drawn with the company breeding horses to pull them, although in the 1800s the company also made use of the railways.  To illustrate vehicles used over the years, Mr. Bishop brought a number of charming Corgi and models of yesteryear toys.  The company’s best publicity came from a Kit Kat advert with the men with van having a break!  Today, the company can provide cartons for books, wardrobe cartons and small boxes for miscellaneous items to pack into a  pantechnicon with a sleeping area for two drivers.  However, I cannot agree with Mr. Bishop’s assertion that we should all move every three years! 

    On 24th November a large group travelled to Chessington Garden Centre  to examine the amazing choice of Christmas decorations and gift ideas which put us all in the mood for our Christmas Lunch on 3rd December.  This year we booked into The Woodman in South Wimbledon to thoroughly enjoy an excellent meal served in their spacious and airy extension at the rear. 

    In January a group will go to Peter Pan at Wimbledon Theatre (6th) and the following week to the Music Hall (13th) and then on Thursday, 21st,  a favourite with members, the harpist Margaret Watson, is returning to St Saviour’s Church Hall to entertain us again at our meeting at 1.30 pm.  You are invited to join us if you would like to hear her play.  Visitors are always welcome.

     Dorothy Raymond   020 8395 9489        

  • Bogus Trader Knocks on Doors

    One of our most elderly members was caught by a bogus trader just before Christmas 2015.

    Someone rang his bell, he answered the door to be told that he had some roof tiles missing. The guys wanted £700 to fix it. He went to the bank and drew the £700 and paid them in cash up front. They disappeared.

    Never pay "door knockers" up front for any job. Better still, just say no and have someone you know to quote to do the job for you. Always obtain a quote on paper up front and never pay until the job has been completed to your satisfaction.

    If you do have a visit from one of these criminals, ring 999 as soon as you’ve closed the door. Write down all the details you can remember including the registration number of any vehicle they use and contact Stewart Fletcher in Merton's Trading Standards Dept. Tel: 020 8545 54098, email stewart.fletcher@merton.gov.uk

  • Crossrail 2 - Public Consultation - Benefit or Burden?

    Will Crossrail 2 be a Benefit or a Burden on our Area? (Updated April 2016)

    Members may be aware that there are plans to construct a new railway line through London. This is currently in its early planning and feasibility stages. More information may be found at http://crossrail2.co.uk/ .

    The new railway line is planned to come through Wimbledon, Raynes Park and Motspur Park, amongst other places, linking the suburbs in the Southwest of London, via a new underground section in Central London and on to the Northwest suburbs.

    Some of the objectives of Crossrail 2 are to increase the railway capacity serving our area and to provide a direct route to more destinations in Central London and beyond, thereby taking pressure off Waterloo Station.

    There has been an initial public consultation excercise, which closed on 8 January 2016. This Association submitted its response as part of this consiltation, which can be read here .

    You can also access the original public consultation leaflets at https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/crossrail2/october2015/ , however the period during which one could submit comments and observations is now closed.

    The report published by Crossrail 2 on this consultation can now be accessed at http://crossrail2.co.uk/consultation/

     

    Two of the major threats to our locality is the proposal to

    Demolish almost the entire commercial centre of Wimbledon Town, including the Centre Court shopping centre and

    the possibility that the two level crossings on West Barnes Lane might be permanently closed to road traffic.

    If you are concerned about these or any other proposals, you are urged to make your views known to Crossrail 2, your local councillors and MP.

     

  • WLO's "Radio Times" - 25 to 27 November 2015

    Wimbledon Light Opera Company’s production of Radio Times, the Musical

    will take place at Wimbledon Village Hall, 26 Lingfield Road, SW19 4QD, on the evenings of Wednesday 25th November to Friday 27th November at 7.45 and 6.00 p.m. on Saturday 28th November. 

    In the heart of London’s blitz-torn West End the cast of the BBC’s light entertainment radio show Variety Bandwagon are doing their bit for the war effort;  but with bombs falling outside can star of the show Sammy Shaw hang on to his leading lady and broadcast live to America for the very first time?  Full of quick-fire gags, dance routines and classic songs by Noel Gay (Me and my Girl) Radio Times features a host of forties musical favourites. 

    Tickets costing £14.00 each for premium seats and £12.00 for general seating may be obtained on line at: www.wlos.org.uk; by telephone on: 07951 652953 or by email: boxoffice@wlos.org.uk  

  • Rotary Club Charity Concert

  • Planning Update - November 2015

    St Catherine’s Field PA 15/P3633

    This is a most peculiar application – not in what it is for – a 2 metre high chain-link fence with 6 metre high ball-catching fence above to surround the boundary of the field – but in the heading which is Wimbledon College Campion Centre (not St. Catherine’s field) and incorrect information given to certain clauses in the application form. As young people have become taller and more powerful, fences of this kind are needed around all playing fields but the implication of the fence being on the boundary might mean removal of the hedge on the Grand Drive boundary. The flood protection ‘safe access’ which runs from St. Catherine’s Square to the field Car Park is not mentioned or shown on the site plan. This must remain with access at both ends so that the fence parallel with Grand Drive must be on the far side of the ‘safe access’, thus safeguarding the hedge. The Association has  objected to the detail of the planning application but it’s most important that individual members send their own objections to Jock Farrow (email jock.farrow@merton.gov.uk) if they want to preserve the hedge (professionally pruned as requested on 15th September but yet to be done).

     

     

    Raynes Park Playing Field PA 15/P3360:

    The All England Lawn Tennis Club wants to change start play on Sundays and Bank Holidays from Condition 8 of the permission for PA 14/P3466 which states 9.00 a.m. to 8.00 a.m. This will cause noise in the car park behind Grand Drive residents' houses from approx 7.30 a.m. on any Sunday or Bank Holiday during the next 10 years. The Association has objected, suggesting that they wait for – say 12 months of use – before changing any of the conditions to allow adjacent residents and planners time to consider any implications based on experience. Again – our objection would carry more weight if adjacent residents wrote individual objections to the Planning Officer, Catherine Bryant (email catherine.bryant@merton.gov.uk) even though now it’s theoretically too late to respond.

     

     

  • Raynes Park Afternoon Townswomen's Guild - November 2015

    In September, at our first monthly meeting after the summer break, the annual Open Social Meeting under the Celebration of Age Programme was well received.  We were pleased to welcome six visitors who joined Guild Members for a friendly, relaxed social afternoon which included quizzes and afternoon tea.

    More food was consumed at St Saviour’s Church Hall on 1st October when the Committee provided a Harvest Lunch.  The Committee’s efforts were appreciated by the group of 16 members who attended.  This was closely followed on 7th October by the lunch club monthly meet which this time took 10 members to The Woodman in South Wimbledon, where a lively discussion took place about what we should arrange for the Guild Christmas Dinner.  I think it can be concluded the Raynes Park TWG enjoy socialising together over a meal! 

    We do have other interests.  At the end of September a small group went to Wimbledon Theatre for a production of the intense musical Jesus Christ Superstar.  Then, on 6th October another mixed and matched group of 10 members visited The Geffrye Museum of the Home in Shoreditch.  We took a very worthwhile stop-start 35 minute bus journey from Waterloo to reach the front entrance to this Museum for a most enjoyable day.  Members liked this museum with its interesting series of rooms giving a broad view of the changing decorative trends in urban middle-class homes in London from 1600 to the present day.  The light and airy café overlooks the garden which similarly features a series of ‘rooms’ showing typical gardens for different periods.  Despite the lateness of the season these gardens were still in good shape and colourful.  To reach them visitors pass through an extremely interesting herb garden, with areas dedicated to medicinal, cosmetic, and culinary plants.  On examination this walled garden proved to have a very wide range of fascinating herbs all extremely well labelled.

    Looking to November, the monthly meeting will be on Thursday, 19th at 1.45 pm in St Saviour’s Church Hall when the speaker will be Christopher Bishop who will give a talk entitled ‘Moving is Fun’. 

    On November 5th the Committee is arranging another meal, appropriately entitled ‘Bonfire Night Luncheon’, (£5) also at St Saviour's Church Hall, 12.45 for 1.00 pm.  (Numbers required in advance, please)  

    Other activities include a trip to Wimbledon Theatre (12th)  for the production of Annie, a trip to Elmcroft Hall, Cheam for a Comedy Afternoon arranged by the North Surrey Federation of Townswomen’s Guilds (18th), and a trip to Chessington Garden Centre (to check on Father Christmas!) on 24th. 

    Please telephone if you would like further information about any of our activities. 

     

    Mrs. Dorothy Raymond (020 8395 9489)

  • Raynes Park Library - November 2015

    All events are drop in:

    COFFEE MORNING -Tuesday 10th November 11.15-1pm

    Norman Smith leads you on a virtual tour of the homes of noble personalities in the area with anecdotes and quotations to entertain and inform.

    CHESS CLUB - Mondays 11-1pm

    Improve your chess tactics or learn to play from scratch.

    JEWELLERY CLASS - Mondays 2-4pm. Learn how to make jewels. (There is a small charge for materials)

    FALUN DAFA - Mondays 5-6.30pm. This is a traditional Chinese practice that improves mind and body. 

    WRITE AFRESH - Tuesday 1-3pm

    An opportunity for aspiring writers and poets to freshen up their writing skills and discuss their work. 

    ARTY SOCIAL - Fridays 2-3pm

    Join our friendly art club led by students from King’s College School. This is a chance to get creative, learn new techniques and share ideas. 

    KNITTING CLUB - Saturdays 12-1pm. Join our new and friendly knitting club. Swap ideas and tips. Beginners are welcome. Please bring with you needles and wool. 

    Cathy Field, Customer Service Supervisor

    Contact number 020 8274 5718 
    cathy.field@merton.gov.uk

    www.merton.gov.uk

     

     

  • Merton's Fireworks - 5 & 7 November 2015

    Sparkling show lined up for Merton fireworks displays

     

    Tickets for two of London’s most popular fireworks and bonfire displays, put on by Merton Council, are on sale now. The displays this year take place at Wimbledon Park on Thursday 5 November and Morden Park on Saturday 7 November. Like last year, tickets can be bought online ahead of the event and at a cheaper price. A limited number will be available on the night, but people are encouraged to book in advance to avoid possible disappointment at the gates. Children aged four and under get in free.

     

    Two fantastic performances are lined up this year with the themes The wonderful music of Disney, for the early performance more suitable for younger children, and Through the decades at the later show. Gates will open at 5.15pm for the first show and 7.15pm for the second. People are encouraged to arrive early for the show they are seeing to avoid queues. Fairground rides, stalls and refreshments will be open until 10pm.

     

    Merton’s cabinet member for community and culture, Councillor Nick Draper, said: “You won’t find a fireworks and bonfire display like Merton’s anywhere else in London. Each show will have great fireworks, music, fun and attractions – and as Morden Park, with its natural bowl setting, and Wimbledon Park, with its classical Capability Brown-designed openness, are very different venues, you have the choice of either (or both!). Come and share the experience- and make sure to book your tickets online to save money. I look forward to seeing you all there.”

     

    For more information or to buy tickets, visit merton.gov.uk/fireworks.

  • Paddling Pool - Sir Joseph Hood

    The Friends of Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Playing Field are looking to fund a replacement to the paddling pool through a heritage lottery fund application. They need people's memories of the playing fields and in particular using the paddling pool.  

     

    They are also interested in any old photographs of the playground, paddling pool, playing sport in the park or the pavilion.  Please could you email them to: contactus@friendsofsjh.org or drop copies of them in an envelope to 27 Marina Avenue, New Malden, Surrey KT3 6NE http://www.friendsofsjh.org

  • St Saviour's Christmas Fair - 2015

    Saturday, 14 November 2015,  12:00 noon - 2:00pm

    The Christmas Fair season is upon us and St. Saviour’s Christmas extravaganza will be held this year on Saturday 14th November from 12 noon to 2pm. This annual event gives St. Saviour’s an opportunity to welcome local residents as well as those from further afield to the church in Grand Drive where they will find a large selection of stalls for Christmas gifts, opportunities to play games and win prizes as well as sample the delicious refreshments on offer. There will also be representatives of the local libraries and the Neighbourhood Police team present.  

    Do please go along and join them for this happy family occasion.

  • Chairman's Blog - November 2015

    MEDICAL CENTRE FOR MOTSPUR PARK? 

    The successful merger of two local GP’s practices into the Nelson Medical Centre brings into focus the lack of a similar centre in Motspur Park. While the existing West Barnes Practice is highly regarded by its patients, it cannot have the range of facilities now on offer in a dedicated medical centre, such as is provided at the Nelson Hospital. 

    Of course, there would be a major cost for such a provision, and it would take years in the planning, but do local residents think that steps should be taken now to see if one can be provided? Please let us know the extent of public interest in such an idea.  The suggestion has been made that it could be placed on the Tesco site where the store already has a pharmacy, and might be welcomed by them as providing further customers as well as supplying an imaginative community  facility! 

    THE RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION ROLE IN SOCIAL ACTIVITIES 

    When the Residents’ Association was formed in 1928, its major purpose was to prove social activities of all kinds for the people leaving inner London in the housing boom of the late 20’s and the 30’s.  You can see the range of social activities that are still affiliated to the RA on the inside cover of The Guide. 

    The Association used to run parties and dances for local residents, but this ended sometime in the 70’s. 

    The conversion of the former tennis pavilion into a warm and accessible centre, that can hold events of all kinds, has been highly successful, and has led to the resurrection of the Association’s role in social activities. 

    The Pavilion Club, which meets on Thursday afternoons, is thriving, and is much enjoyed by our more senior citizens. Its members are adventurous, and the Club has organised successful trips recently to Blenheim Palace and to Bletchley Park.  These outings were also offered to the Raynes Park Town Women’s Guild and the Tuesday Rendezvous Rendezvous Members, as well as to the wider Resident’s Association community.

     Separately there is an annual trip to the gardens at Wisley, which is always a highlight of the horticultural year.   More trips and outings are being planned for next year, and in addition Pavilion Club Members meet for lunch about once a month, and are currently planning their Christmas celebration.   So do look out for invitations to these events in The Guide each month.

     When I was a child, the Association used to organise a children’s party each Christmas, which was held at St Saviour’s Church, but this too fell into abeyance. Is there anyone out there who would like to organise a similar party, perhaps to celebrate the Queen’s official 90th birthday in June?

     The Committee has already taken the decision to have a social event on a Saturday afternoon around that time for our loyal band of area-co-ordinators and road stewards, given the success of the ‘Thank you’ party we held for them when the Pavilion was officially opened.

     HONORARY ADVERTISING MANAGER

     The Guide pays for itself through the advertisements it carries for local businesses. Many of these are “repeats” carried in each monthly edition, but we are also on the lookout for new advertisers.  This is co-ordinated by an honorary Advertisement Manager, and, at the moment, we need an enthusiastic volunteer to undertake this role. It is not too time consuming, but is vital if we are to continue being able to send out the Guide in its current form each month.   If you are at all interested, please contact Jill Truman here, who is combining this position at the moment with her duties as Editor, and who will be very happy to explain what is involved.

     THE RAINBOW DEVELOPMENT

    At the moment, we await to hear whether the London Mayor’s office has called in the development proposals for this site, which we set out at length in the October edition. We very much hope that they are, given the over intensity of flats on the site at the expense of business and light industrial user.

     It has been reported to this Association that the debate in Merton’s Planning Applications Committee was perfunctory and unsatisfactory.

     PARK BINS COLLECTION

     It may not be generally realised that there are now no specific bins in our parks in which to put dog mess. Instead, the Council has decreed that this be placed in the general litter bins.  This is hardly a hygienic option and since the bins have no tightly fitting lid, they will become very smelling in warm weather.  This makes it even more imperative that the bins are emptied on a regular basis and as soon as they are full. The ones on the Sir Joseph Hood and Joseph Hood Playing Fields and on Cannon Hill Common are frequently overloaded and spilling over with mess at weekends. They are not collected until the Monday. The same problem afflicts the Prince George’s Playing Field and Morden Park. While we appreciate the financial constraints that the Council operates under, this does seem to be something worth high priority as it is a complete eyesore.

    John Elvidge

  • Lost Your Wedding Photo Album and Briefcase?

    Email Received by:           Jan Bailey

    From:      Name & Address supplied

    Date:       6th October 2015 

    I live in Westway and subscribe [as a member of the Association].   I recently found a leather brief case by the side of my house.  In the brief case is a very expensive wedding album with photos of someone's wedding.  I thought it maybe had been stolen and then dumped. 

    It looks like it means a lot to someone but I don't know how to go about finding the owner

     

    If you know who this belongs to, please contact Jan Bailey here.

     

     

     

  • Raynes Park Playing Fields - Oct 2015

    Copy of email from RPWBRA to Merton Planning Dept; 05/10/2015  

    Planning Application 15/P3360 Raynes Park Playing Field Alteration to Condition 8
    to Planning Permission for application 14/P3466

    Please accept this email as Raynes Park & West Barnes Residents Association's official objection to PA 15/P3360 re change in start of playing time from 9.00 a.m. to 8.00 a.m. on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

    I note from Planning Explorer that this application was dated 14th September and the closing date as 2nd September. Even if this is a misprint for 2nd October, the usual 21 days would expire today, 5th October. In practice the application was not in the public domain until the Weekly Planning list for 18th September appeared on Merton's website late on 21st so I hope you will accept our objection as being lodged within the time allowed.

    In Condition 8 of the permission for PA 14/P3466 the timing is given as 9.00 - 21.30 for Sundays and Bank Holidays. The reason stated is to safeguard amenities of the surrounding area. 

    Planners may recall that local residents were seriously concerned  about the noise factor and it would seem that this Condition was imposed precisely to deal with with noise early on Sunday and Bank Holiday mornings.

    We therefore object to PA 15/P3360's change to an 8.00 a.m. start as Grand Drive residents adjacent to the car park behind their properties would be likely to suffer noise from 7.30 a.m. as young people, staff, parents and friends arrive on any Sundays and Bank Holidays during the next 10 years.

    We would suggest that the All England Lawn Tennis Club waits to see how their establishment works before pressing for alterations to planning consent. We would suggest allowing a 12 month delay which would give local residents and planners time to consider any implications based on experience.

    Jan Bailey, Co-Hon Secretary, Raynes Park & West Barnes Residents Association

  • Raynes Park Afternoon Townwomen's Guild - Oct 2015

    On August 20th we went on our coach outing to Hastings. We were very pleased to welcome the residents from various local organisations who joined us. It was good to be able to take a full coach. Thank you to all who came. Despite a doubtful forecast, the weather remained fine, and an enjoyable day was had by all. 

    August is always a quieter month, as many of our members are away or entertaining grandchildren, but our Social activities resumed in September with a boat trip to Hampton Court on September 3rd.  Seven members met at Wimbledon, and travelled to Westminster for the 11.00 a.m. boat. Due to an ebbing tide, the trip took well over three hours, leaving us plenty of time to relax and enjoy the scenery. An interesting commentary on some of the landmarks we passed was given by a member of the crew, and going through two locks added to the excitement. At Hampton Court, we were fortunate in catching a train back to Raynes Park fairly quickly. The wind was getting up towards the end, but (despite the forecast) the rain kept off. All agreed it had been a most enjoyable day. 

    The following week, a smaller group went to the Haywain at Epsom for a leisurely lunch – another enjoyable social occasion.

    Our regular monthly meetings resumed in September with an Open Social Meeting under the Celebration of Age Programme. At the time of writing, this will be our next event. 

    Our monthly meeting in October will be on Thursday 15th October, 1.30 for 1.45 pm in St. Saviour’s Church Hall, when Mrs. Woolfe Skinner will be giving a talk entitled “Exit of Children from Germany” (a personal story of Kinder Transport.) we understand she is an entertaining speaker – and, as usual, all are welcome to come along to the meeting. 

    There will be two Social activities during October. On Thursday 1st October we are organising a ‘Harvest Lunch’ in St. Saviour’s Church Hall – 12.30 for 1.00 pm. (For catering purposes, numbers are needed in advance for this.) Then on Wednesday 7th October, we will be meeting at the Woodman, in Wimbledon Park, for lunch. 

    Our October visit will be on Tuesday 6th October (brought forward a week as some members will be going on the outing to Bletchley Park on Wednesday 14th) when we will be meeting at Waterloo to go to the Geffrye Museum in Shoreditch. The garden will also be open, so we are hoping the weather will be fine. 

     

    If you would like further information about any of our activities, please contact Mrs. Dorothy Raymond on 020 8395 9489.

  • Rotary Club News - October 2015

    The local Club continues working in the community and would like to update its many supporters in the Residents' Association.

    Just a reminder that the Rotary Club raised most of its funds by its Christmas collection, so the sleigh will be out again this year, and the elves have been checking that it will be running well. One major change that you may have noticed last year is that Santa now runs to keep up with it!  This is not a new fitness thing - although Mrs. Claus thinks the old chap could lose a few pounds - no, it’s the rule now that Santa must wear seat belts - and what Santa thinks - is, well, different!

    In December you'll also see Rotarians alongside local residents collecting in Lower Morden Lane - or "Electric Avenue" as it's better known.

    These funds support a number of local good causes, including:- St.Raphael's Hospice; The Children’s Trust, Tadworth; Princess Alice Hospice; The Spinal Muscular Atrophy Trust; Kids Out; Special Needs Projects at Perseid; West Wimbledon and Cricket Green Schools; Sponsorship for Maddy Stone, a local student, who climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, in aid of Hope For Children.

    In recent years charitable causes have become an industry, and certain aspects have been in the head-lines. Without commenting further, the simple rule with Rotary is not a single penny is taken for expenses. Everything you donate is directed to causes that our members discuss and approve.

    One of the things Rotary offers of great value is help for the individual person, or little known charity. For example you've probably not heard of Spinal Muscular Atrophy mentioned above. This is a genetic disease that affects muscle structure. It affects several thousand people in the UK, and can be fatal. Recently our club acquired a special therapy bath for a local family whose baby was diagnosed as a severe case.  The Club was able to consider their request and provide funds within a week. Neighbouring Clubs at New Malden and Kingston joined in to meet the full cost.

    Also the Club was so impressed by a talk and film by Canine Partners that a visit to their training HQ at Midhurst was aranged. Subsequently the Rotary Club presented them with a cheque to cover the full cost of training a dog to be a live-in help for a disabled Merton resident.

    Besides the charitable side, Rotarians are very active supporting community projects. The Club initiated and sponsors "Rotary Young Chef of The Year" which has become a national competition in less than ten years. Likewise Morden Rotary was the originator of "Little League Football" in
    the 1960s, and that has become internationally recognised.


    At Wimbledon Park the Club helped to provide sailing dinghies for special needs children.
    It has liaised with local scouts groups who've helped with the collections, and Rotarians have supported their projects in turn. Thanks to 4th Worcester Park and 3rd Cheam Groups.

    Also, two current appeals should be mentioned. Firstly the "Pennies from Heaven" collection for St.Raphael's Hospice goes on throughout the year. If you collect loose change in a jar contact the Rotary Club and they'lll call and gather funds together to donate to the Hospice. Thanks again to all the regular collectors who've together contributed over £5000 in the past few years.

    Secondly those old spectacles in a drawer that never sees the light of day!  These can be put these to very good use in Tanzania, which a Rotarian visit
    s several months a year.  John is involved in educational programmes in rural areas, and spectacles are a very much needed resource.  If you can collect several pairs of specs together please call to arrange a pick-up. Or take your specs to Raksons Supermarket at 340 Grand Drive (The Post Office) where Mr. Ashwin has kindly agreed to accept them on our behalf. 

    Lastly there is a permanent invitation awaiting anyone who'd like to suggest or help with the Club's projects. Initially you may be a "Friend of Rotary" - that's no commitment other than to help when you can. Please be re-assured it's really worthwhile, and better still it's definitely good fun. 

    Once again the Rotary Club thanks all of you for your support and encouragement.  

    Joss Ollett. Rotary Club of Morden.

     

    https://www.facebook.com/mordenrotary

  • Litter Pick - Sir Joseph Hood Memorial PF

    Sunday 17 October 2015 - 2:30 pm 

     

    The Friends of Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Playing fields at Motspur Park have arranged a Litter Pick for Saturday 17th October, meeting at 2.30 p.m. in the Car Park.   If you can help, do please go along.

  • Kids First - October 2015

    Nutrition with Deborah Norman, Consultant Dietition 

    Practical advice on nutrition & diet which could improve your child’s behaviour, concentration, sleep & more… 

    If you have a specific issue you wish to discuss please advise when booking your place. 

    Thursday 8 October, 10am to 2pm (lunch included) 

    Chaucer Centre, Room G, Canterbury Road, Morden, SM4 6PX

    Places are limited so please book ahead for all events to guarantee your place. 

    THIS SESSION IS FOR PARENTS/CARERS ONLY 

     

    For more information or to register with Kids First and receive news of all our events, email: kids.first@swlondonmencap.nhs.uk

  • St Saviour's Christmas Fair

    Saturday 14 November 2015 

    St Saviour’s Christmas Fair will be held this year on Saturday 14th November from 12 noon to 2pm. This annual event welcomes local residents, as well as those from further afield, to the church in Grand Drive where they will find a large selection of stalls for Christmas gifts, opportunities to play games and win prizes as well as sample the delicious refreshments on offer. There will also be representatives of the local libraries and the Neighbourhood Police team present.  

    Do please come along and join us for this happy family occasion.

  • Vote Now for Raynes Park High Street

    Raynes Park High Street shortlisted for Great British High Street Award – one of three in London 

    Raynes Park High Street has been named as one of the country’s best high streets by being shortlisted in the annual Great British High Street competition. It has been named as one of the top three in the London High Streets category.  

    To win the award Raynes Park High Street needs local people’s votes. 

    This year’s competition saw a record 230 applicants and now, for the first time, the public can vote for their best-loved high street online at:  www.thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk until mid-November. 

    If Raynes Park High Street wins, not only will it get a share of the £80,000 prize, but it’ll get expert training and tailor-made tips from Google’s training taskforce – the Digital Garage on Tour – for many of its shops, bars and restaurants. 

     

     Voting closes in mid-November 2015.  

    To cast your vote visit 

    www.thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk 

    You can follow @TheGBHighSt on Twitter and using the hash tag #GBHighSt.  Please tell all your friends and family and ask them to vote too - We MUST win!

     

  • Chairman's Blog - October 2015

    RAINBOW INDUSTRIAL ESTATE 

    The Planning Applications Committee gave approval on 17th September to the proposed development of the Rainbow Industrial Estate.  This is the site whose entrance is off Grand Drive and Approach Road, and whose only access is under a railway bridge. 

    The approval was given by a narrow majority, ignoring the reasons given for rejection by many local objectors, including at the meeting a representative from this Residents’ Association, a resident of Grand Drive, and Councillors from both Raynes Park and West Barnes Wards. 

    The site is still designated for light industrial and storage use, and, despite its run down appearance, provides employment for up to 200 staff at present. The proposal is to demolish all the buildings on the site, so that these businesses will need relocation.  This is a very significant change of use. The planning brief adopted by the Council, as approved by the Planning Inspector, insisted that any re-development on this site should be employment led. However, the plan proposes that only 13% of the buildings would be for employment and 87% for new housing. The number of jobs being provided would also be far less than at present.  

    This alone would provide justifiable reasons for opposing the development. 

    When coupled with the other problems of putting housing on the site, the arguments against are overwhelming. 

    What is proposed are 224 units of accommodation, consisting of 79 one- bedroom flats, 100  two-bedroom flats, and 36 three-bedroom flats, all in six blocks of flats, 5-7 storeys high.  In addition there would be a terrace of nine town houses, four storeys high. 

    Despite the Council’s target that 40% of all housing developments should be for “affordable” housing, only 15.2% of these will be. The Council has accepted the developer’s argument that the scheme would not be financially viable otherwise. 

    Anyone who has been there knows that the site is landlocked, surrounded on three sides by busy railway lines on high embankments, and has only the one entrance. A grimmer place to live is hard to conceive. 

    Parking will be provided only for 126 cars, the hope being that people will not need cars as the station is so near. The price of a 1 bedroom flat in Raynes Park is in excess of £200,000. Most of these flats will be bought by youngish people who can afford a mortgage, and will want to buy a car. Where are these people going to park other than in the surrounding streets, which are already subject to residents’ parking permits owing to the lack of parking provision? 

    One of the complaints we have raised time and again about the planning process is that each application has to be considered, by law, “on its own merits”.  This means that the effect of this new development cannot be considered in the context of the cumulative effects of other nearby developments, in terms of traffic, schooling needs, and health provision. 

    In the past ten years, new flats and houses have been built in three major developments in Grand Drive;  on the site of St Catherine’s school; on the former LESSA  sports grounds;  and on the former RSA sports ground. 

    These have had a major impact on traffic. Everyone knows that traffic is at a standstill for much of the day up and down Grand Drive. This can only get worse, particularly since there will be cars coming in and out of the site, and having to stop to avoid the many people crossing on foot to get to the station.  

    The money that the developers have to pay by way of Community Levy does not begin to pay for the extra school places, and health care needed. 

    The Council’s approval has still to be referred to the Mayor of London for any direction, and we hope that he will see fit to reject it. 

    KISS AND RISE SCHEME 

    The second linked application considered by the Planning Committee and also approved was for the provision of a “Kiss and Ride” scheme at Raynes Park station to enable cars to drop off and pick up passengers. The scheme has not yet been fully worked up, and, indeed we understand that much of the land needed for the scheme is owned by Network Rail and not by the developers. Some six temporary stopping places are being proposed. 

    The scheme envisages a widening of the entrance, and a mini roundabout for turning, with signals to control the use of traffic in and out of the site. 

    We do welcome this proposal, which is long overdue, and cannot be provided on the Coombe Lane side of the station. 

    We also welcome the decision that the use of the major Rainbow development is conditional on the actual provision of this set down and pick up scheme. 

    WEST BARNES LEVEL CROSSING 

    To add to the local traffic standstill, the Council has issued an order so that track repair work can take place at West Barnes level crossing. They are closing a length of West Barnes Lane between its junctions with Burlington Road and Linkway. Traffic diversions will be in operation. The order came into force on 21st September and will remain in force for three weeks, even though the work should be completed over four unspecified but consecutive nights between 11.30 pm and 5.30 am. 

     

    John Elvidge

  • TfL Public Consultation - A3 Walking/Cycle Routes

    TfL Proposed walking and cycling improvements along the A3

    Subways at Ely Close and Bushey Road

    TfL are proposing to formally allow cyclists to use these subways without having to dismount.

     

    These proposals are in response to a request from the London Cycling Campaign and letters from residents regarding pedestrian safety in subways. They are in line with the Mayor’s Transport Strategy to facilitate an increase in walking and cycling.

     

    By implementing cycle barriers at carefully selected locations in the subway entrance, cyclists will be guided into pedestrian sightlines to be more visible, reducing the risk of conflict. Due to the low flow of cyclists, the area within the subway will not be divided exclusively for use by either pedestrians or cyclists.

     

    Malden Slip Roads: Consfield Avenue, Byron Avenue, Stanley Avenue, Woodfield Gardens

     

    TfL are proposing to install raised tables across the roadway, bollards along the footway edge and tactile paving to assist visually impaired pedestrians at:

    ·         Consfield Avenue

    ·         Byron Avenue

    ·         Stanley Avenue

    ·         Woodfield Gardens (both junctions)
     

    A raised table brings the roadway up to the level of the pavement to make the crossing easier for pedestrians. By slowing vehicles, raised tables also make it safer for cyclists as they cross the junction. 

    Business activity at Cobham Avenue does not make it practical to install a raised table at this junction, although a new surface treatment will be applied.

    Please see the plans below for more detail on the proposed changes.

     

    Beverley Way beneath the Coombe Lane Flyover

     

    TfL are planning to provide better facilities for people that cycle and walk along the A3 by widening the existing shared use path running along Beverley Way beneath the Coombe Lane Flyover. The shared use path is already available for both pedestrians and cyclists.

     

    TfL are planning to widen the shared use path by removing strips of grass and vegetation. The path will be widened from two to three metres, wherever this is possible.

     

    TfL will lay new asphalt along this section and plant new, easy to maintain vegetation.

     

    New tactile paving will be provided at crossing points along the shared path.

    We intend to start the works in early 2016. However, this will depend, in part, on other works in the area.

     

     

    For further information click here

  • Abundance Wimbledon - 19 September 2015

    Abundance volunteers pick fruit in and around Wimbledon and use it for jam, baking or freezing.  Some of it is donated to the Wimbledon Guild and other groups providing food for the needy. 

    Abundance Fruit Day is on 19th September, when between 11.00 am and 2.00 p.m. in St. Mark’s Church Garden (behind Wimbledon Library) you can see the fruit press in action; buy jams, chutneys, cakes, and local honey; watch a pie-making demonstration or take part in the ‘longest peel’ and other games for children and adults; enjoy the International Ukelele Orchestra and lots, lots more.  For more information about this special day and how you can help in the future, see www.abundancewimbledon.com .

  • Table Surfing and Unexpected Callers - August 2015

    Table Surfing – a message from your Safer Neighbourhood Teams 

    Residents need to be aware of recent personal thefts in the Village and Town Centre areas known as table surfing.

    Whilst in Cafes, victims have been distracted by two females asking questions. Whilst chatting, a map or paper is placed over any mobile phones on the table. When females have left, the victim's mobile phone has disappeared with them. 

    Please be aware…..keep valuables safe in a closed bag and never leave your mobile/laptops unattended on tables in public places.

     

    Unexpected callers touting for work  

    We are also warned to beware of strangers door knocking and suggesting work needs to be done on our premises or in our gardens.  These may well be ‘chancers’ whose claims are unfounded, and even if they are right, will not necessarily do a good job and are likely to overcharge.   Better to wait and if necessary, get a quote from a business or tradesperson known to you.

  • Free Mother and Baby Seminar

    Thursday 3rd September 2015

    6.15 to 7.30 pm

     

    RAYNES PARK HEALTH CENTRE,

    LAMBTON ROAD, RAYNES PARK, SW20 OLW

    There will be a mother & baby seminar for new mums, pregnant women and their partners at Raynes Park Health Centre. It is a free seminar providing a chance to speak to a midwife and physiotherapist and we will be providing refreshments. 

    Places are limited. Register your place now:

     

    Balvinder.chohanai@kingstonhospital.nhs.uk

  • Favourite Tree Competition

    NOMINATE YOUR FAVOURITE TREE IN MERTON 

    We know that trees are essential to our health and well-being and can be beautiful and interesting, as is the fine False Acacia Robinia pseudoacacia in Dorset Rd SW19. Do you know of a tree or group of trees in the borough that you really like for whatever reason? If so, why not nominate it for the Favourite Tree in Merton competition and have a chance of winning a prize? It can be growing anywhere – a street, park, railway line or garden but must be visible from the public realm. It can be old or young, large or small and to nominate it you don't need to know the species - we will.  The Tree Warden Group Merton will inspect all nominations and the winner, which might be worthy of the protection of a Tree Preservation Order, will be decided by the borough’s Tree Officers.  

    Whoever nominates the winner will receive a tree (12/14cm girth), planted by the council in a park or vacant tree pit of a street nearby. The aim is to help people take more notice of their environment with special emphasis on trees. We have more trees in Merton than most London boroughs but we need to care for them to sustain our future. 

    REASON FOR YOUR CHOICE

    Historical and cultural value – we have trees in Merton possibly 1000 years old. What a story they could tell!

    Wildlife value – not just birds and animals but bats, insects and other plants and fungi depend on trees for their very existence. 'Townscape’ or visual value – how they contribute to our streets and how that varies with each season. This competition is organised by the Merton Tree Warden Group and LBM Tree Officers. 

    Please email your Nomination to favourite-trees@treewardensmerton.org.uk, with the following information: 

    ·                     Species of tree (if known)

    ·                     Location (As exact as possible, so it can be found)

    ·                     Description and approx. size

    ·                     Reason for Choice

    ·                     Your Contact details 

     

    Closing date 15 September 2015

  • Coach Outings - Blenheim & Bletchley Park

    There are still places available on two outings as follows: 

    BLENHEIM PALACE

    FRIDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER and 

    BLETCHLEY PARK 

    WEDNESDAY 14TH OCTOBER 

    Tickets cost £25.00 each and this includes entry, coach fare and Driver’s tip. 

    CONTACT ANDREA

    on 020 8540 0164 for more details

    Read More : Pavilion Social Club - Trips

     

     

  • Raynes Park Forum - 30 June 2015

    Notes from the Raynes Park Community Forum held on Tuesday 30 June 2015 

    The meeting was chaired by Councillor Michael Bull, assisted by Tony Edwards from the local business Place, Design & Planning. 

    Local Issues covered: School Places, Planning Applications, Cycle Route, Best High Street, Health Services, Future Meetings.

  • Raynes Park Afternoon Townwomen's Guild - September 2015

     In July the Guild welcomed Mr. David Roe who gave a talk entitled ‘Pub Signs and their Stories’.  With screen illustrations this proved to be an extremely interesting and entertaining talk.  Margaret Wright gave the vote of thanks. 

    I am glad to report that our social activities during July and August have gone with a swing.  Miraculously, sandwiched between a Wednesday when the skies opened in the afternoon and a Friday when it rained steadily all day, once again the sun shone on the Thursday of Dorothy’s annual Barbecue.  Members were able to enjoy a pleasant afternoon socializing and eating a barbecue lunch together in the garden. 

    Another pleasant afternoon was spent at Margaret’s Garden Party.  The weather was not quite so kind but during the afternoon it brightened and (always a treat) members were able to go into the garden to admire Margaret’s colourful display of flowers.  Afternoon tea was delicious! 

    At the time of writing the August Hastings coach outing is the next event when we look forward to welcoming many residents from the various local organisations. The September monthly meeting at 1.30 for 1.45 on Thursday, 17th September at St Saviour’s Church Hall is an Open Social Meeting under the Celebrating Age programme.  Featuring a quiz and afternoon tea, all are particularly welcome to this meeting. 

    For more information about any of our activities, please contact Mrs. Dorothy Raymond on 020 8395 9489.

  • The Pavilion Club - September 2015

    Apart from a delightful coach trip to Chartwell, probably the highlight for Pavilion Club Members in August was a talk from our local Milliner, Sarah McAlister about hat making. 

    Sarah brought with her a selection of different hats from her collection, together with the blocks used to make them and samples of the various materials employed. She described in detail all the processes involved – from damping, steaming and pulling - to get the basic shape required,  to the intricate hand sewing involved in a creation.  Straws hats, for example come in various types of ‘straw’ including man-made varieties, all of which are produced in rolls of single strands, which then have to be stitched together to form the crowns and then the brims before joining the two. 

    The fun part, for a milliner is probably choosing the fabrics and trims for decoration once the hard work of creating the basic shape has been completed. 

    After Sarah’s very informative talk, we were given the opportunity of trying on some of her ‘historical’ creations which was great fun, and all of us understood why made-to-order hats and caps are expensive – designing and making them doesn’t just involve great skill but it is also time consuming, and the materials themselves are costly too. 

    Jill T.

     

     

     

     

  • Sir Joseph Hood Playing Fields - September 2015

    Demise of the paddling pool - interactive water play as a replacement? 

    We believe that this is the last year the paddling pool in Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Playing Field (off Marina Avenue) will be opened by the Council, due to increasing financial pressures. This would be a great loss to our community as well as having a big impact on the park itself.  However, the Council have funding to put an interactive water play area (like the one in Wimbledon Park) into another one of their parks, which is simpler and cheaper to run.  The Friends would like them to build this in our park but we need to show how much we would really miss our pool and how much we want this as a replacement.   

    Petition

    If you haven't already done so, please sign the petition in Sima Brothers Newsagent on West Barnes Lane, the park cafe or sign the petition online ** on our website (www.friendsofsjh.org). 

    Awareness - Fun Run 

    In order to raise awareness of the Friends and its role in the community as well as demonstrating to the Council how well used our park is, we are organising a Family Fun Run in the park on 5 September. 

    The program for the day is: 

    10:30 - Warm up

    10:40 - 500m Toddler Walk 

    11:00 - 3km Fun Run 

    11:30 - Picnic 

    The toddler walk is aimed at younger children (non-walking toddlers and babies can ride in their buggies!) The warm up and start will be at the gate to the horses. The 3km fun run is for older children and adults and will start outside the Pavilion, near the crazy golf and Rascals softplay.  We’d be grateful for any donations and suggest £1 per participant. There will be certificates for finishers.

    Even if you don't fancy either a walk or run please come and join us to find out more information about the Friends as an organisation, the park and its facilities as well as meet other families. 

    Picnic and Raffle
    We are hoping for a sunny day so please bring a picnic to enjoy after the run. There will also be a raffle on the day for some great prizes which include a voucher for a hypnotherapy session, Forever Living products, handmade girls ballet tutu, artwork, vouchers for ballet and many more.
      

    Contactus@friendsofsjh.org

  • News from Raynes Park Lawn Tennis Club

    We had a highly successful Open Day on the middle Sunday of Wimbledon during which nearly 40 new members, adults and seniors joined. Many of them are now starting their 6 coaching sessions  with our popular LTA Level 4 head coach José Marquez. These sessions are being subsidized by the club, which is part of an offer specific to the Open Day of which the new members are availing themselves. We have already welcomed some of them to our social sessions at weekends and Wednesday evenings. 

    On the 18th July we were fortunate to have perfect conditions for the Finals Day.       The results were as follows: 

    Men’s SinglesNick Wood beat Arunan

    Ladies’ Singles: Saidhanya beat Nicky

    Junior Exhibition: Sebastian & Amber beat Ruben & Caitlin

    Ladies’ Doubles: Saidhanya & Angela beat Nicky & Martine

    Men’s DoublesArunan & Keith beat Sean & Neville

    Mixed Doubles: Mike & Nicky beat Nigel and Handan 

    All the matches were of high quality and several were very close. 

    Refreshments were available throughout and the day concluded with a barbecue. 

     

    Paul Sadler

    http://www.rprltc.co.uk

  • Raynes Park Afternoon Townwomen's Guild - August 2015

    Two visits featuring cultural heritage and history at the end of June and beginning of July, both thoroughly enjoyed by those attending.  The first was to the Houses of Parliament and the Jewel Tower in Westminster and the second to Hampton Court Palace, currently celebrating 500 years.  Personally, I was quite unprepared for how beautifully decorated the Palace of Westminster is, the artwork and other treasures.  We had an excellent full tour including both Houses, culminating in the House of Commons, shortly on the point of being prepared for the afternoon session, which meant we were able to watch the security officers and a sniffer dog entering the Strangers’ Gallery!

    At Hampton Court, on arrival, all saw the ‘Tudor Welcome’ Timeplay but then split up so members could explore the Palace by different routes and at their own pace.  Most managed a full tour and short exploration of the formal gardens.  The Timeplays throughout the day were a feature of the 500 years celebration, setting the scene and bringing history to life, in appropriate parts of the Palace.  One enterprising member organised her tour to catch most of these, including the ‘500 Years in a day Finale’, when she enjoyed a 500 year toast, and lively dance! with cast members.

    Our June meeting was our 82nd birthday party, an enjoyable social event featuring two quiz sheets to tease the brains a little, followed by a well received afternoon tea.  We forgot the matches to light the candles on the birthday cake.  Luckily a church member in the building took pity and gave us a lighted candle from the church!

    August activities include a Garden Party (13th) and the coach outing to Hasting (Sept 20th) tickets £15, Pickup 9.30 Motspur Park/Claremont Avenue Junction, and 9.45 am at Raynes Park Station Approach Road side, when many local residents will be joining us.

     In September on Thursday 3rd, a River Trip is planned from Westminster to Hampton Court.  On Tuesday, 8th, the Lunch Club will go to The Haywain, Epsom. 

     The next monthly meeting at 1.30 for 1.45 at St Saviour’s Church Hall is an Open Social Meeting under the Celebrating Age programme.  All are particularly welcome to this meeting.  For more information about any of our activities, please contact Mrs. Dorothy Raymond on 020 8395 9489

     

  • TfL News - August 2015

    More Stations to become Step-Free

    We are now aiming for more than half of the stations on our network to be step-free by 2018. Brent Cross Tube Station will be the next station to gain a lift and benefit from our step-free programme. We met the previous target of 45 per cent of our stations being step-free ahead of schedule. 

    Victoria Line Summer Closures

    As part of work to increase capacity, services on the Victoria line will be closed between Seven Sisters and Walthamstow Central from Saturday 8 August to Sunday 30 August. Services between Seven Sisters and Brixton will run less frequently. 

    New Bus Technology to make London’s Roads Safer.

    New Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA) technology is being trialled on 47 buses. ISA recognizes speed limits on the route using our Digital Speed Limit Map of London and ensures buses cannot exceed it.

    Safer Lorries Scheme launches in September

    The first of 600 Safer Lorry Scheme signs were installed across the Capital last month. The scheme, starting in September, ensures only lorries with vital safety mirrors and sideguards will be allowed on London's roads.

     

  • Pavilion Social Club - Trips

    Following on from the theme of World War II and the commemorations, we are offering three day trips.  All are welcome to bring friends or family members

    There will be three coach pick up points:  The Earl Beatty (9.00a.m.), Grand Drive/Greenway (9.15a.m.) and Raynes Park Station - Grand Drive side (9.30a.m.).  We aim to depart at 4.00p.m.  

    Blenheim         Friday 4th September

    Price £25 to cover the cost of the coach and driver’s tip, entry to the Palace, the gardens including the Memorial Walk, and a visit to the graveyard of St. Martin’s Church in Bladon where Churchill was laid to rest.

     

     

     

     

    Bletchley Park - Wednesday 14th October

    Price £25 to cover the cost of the coach and driver’s tip, entry to the mansion house, the gardens and the huts of Bletchley Park, in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, which was the central site of the United Kingdom's Government Code andCypher School. 

    Guidebooks for Bletchley Park cost £3.50 when pre-ordered or £5.00 on the day. 

    Please let Andrea know if you require further information. 

    Tel. Andrea on: 020 8540 0164 , 07941 561936 or Jill on 020 8879 3525

  • Tree Wardens' News - August 2015

    Outsourcing of Greenspaces Services 

    Despite being threatened by an increasing number of new pests and diseases, our trees and woodlands offer the ability to mitigate climate change. We consider that the management and expansion of tree cover in the borough should be a high priority to ensure a sustainable future and that the proposal to outsource responsibility for the maintenance of trees and woodlands within our green spaces to be a grave error. It is to be hoped that officers and Councillors alike will re-consider the wisdom of the proposed outsourcing. 

    As the proposed outsourcing of parks maintenance may happen, the Tree Warden Group Merton's has sought to input into the specification for tenders, so the following was sent to Doug Napier and copied to Cllr. Judge.

     

    “This document has been produced by the Tree Warden Group Merton (TWGM), in response to the request from Chris Lee and Andrew Judge for information to inform the LBM’s specification, which is being prepared before the intended outsourcing of maintenance of green spaces in the borough. 

    At the meeting we had with Doug Napier, Andrew Judge and James McGinley, we were surprised they were not able or prepared to confirm that the management and maintenance of trees and woodlands in the borough would remain in-house. The following is worded in relation to this uncertainty. 

    We are aware that contractors are employed by the arboricultural section of Greenspaces to carry out tree surgery, planting and maintenance works. We believe, it is essential that this continues to be the case, irrespective of how other green spaces’ maintenance is dealt with. We also believe that advice to other council departments should remain the responsibility of the Greenspaces arboricultural officers. This is necessary in order to:

    - Retain in-house knowledge of the borough’s tree stock

    - Protect against risk of unskilled works or inappropriate maintenance, aimed at making a contractor's life easier

    - Protect and conserve the original landscape design of parks

    - Protect and conserve old trees

    - Protect the trees and woodland when future changes are considered

    - Ensure a succession of tree planting for future generations

    - Ensure adequate watering and management of new trees

    - Ensure direction of management of tree canopy remains with the council, in conjunction with their ecological consultant and other interested parties, to ensure optimum habitat protection for wildlife (bats/birds/fish/invertebrates etc), for sustainability and to combat climate change

    - Ensure that the council’s statutory responsibility of monitoring the condition of trees in the public realm, to ensure the health and safety of the public, is properly discharged and council officers and councillors are fully aware of their responsibilities in this regard

    - Ensure any fallen tree is reported to the arboricultural officer for a decision on whether and who should cut and stack the arisings

    Advise anyone it may concern against mowing under trees to protect the Root Protection Area (RPA) as described in BS 5837:2012 from compaction

    - Arrange for trees to be protected when events are held in parks, to prevent cars parking under trees and compacting the RPA

    - Ensure the continuation of use of local arboricultural contractors of known abilities to carry out work as they have local knowledge, retain skills and jobs within the borough and are likely to be more cost effective than an arboricultural service through a large maintenance contractor with greater overheads. 

    TWGM has been involved by the arboricultural section, and also at its own direction, with much tree and fruit hedge planting around the borough. These community led projects should be included in the specification to ensure they are protected and managed to aid their establishment, to increase visual interest, biodiversity and canopy cover.

     Since 2010, TWGM has obtained trees, at no cost to the council, for all the projects listed, and the hours given by our volunteers has been calculated as 1,330 hrs in 2013. This funding and time should be included in the  outsourcing calculation, as the continuation of voluntary support cannot be guaranteed if/when the management of trees and woodlands of the borough is outsourced. 

    We are concerned at the disruption to the ground staff service and the potential loss of staff who are skilled in their jobs and have extensive knowledge of the borough’s green spaces but we would be further alarmed if that were to include the arboricultural section, who provide the expert knowledge on tree matters within the council. 

    As a minimum, we expect that the general condition, safety and level of maintenance of trees and green spaces should not fall below current standards. Despite the lack of certainty, we expect that the contractor should be contracted to liaise/meet with our group on a regular basis, whether through the council’s arboricultural officers or directly, to agree future maintenance plans and their delivery.  In the meantime, we will look forward to commenting on the draft specification before it goes out to tender”.

     

    The Tree Wardens Group has yet to receive a response. 

    Now with other Friends and environment volunteer groups, we are considering forming a “Merton Greenspace Forum”, independent from Merton council, to better engage with the council.

    An inaugural meeting showed concern that a contractor will notcontinue the existing level of service, despite the promise made by the council. We have asked for early sight of the draft specification that preferred bidders are to tender against, in the hope of amending it to benefit the future of our well loved parks and green spaces.

  • Chairman's Blog - August 2015

    GAS WORKS IN GRAND DRIVE 

    We reported last month that major works were to be carried out to replace the gas pipes along Grand Drive, right down from Heath Drive to the lights at Bushey Road, and then from those lights to Raynes Park station. This would necessitate one way traffic routing in the whole of this area. 

    The work was scheduled for July and would have caused wide spread traffic chaos, for which no warning had been given. 

    It turned out that the gas engineers are well behind schedule, perhaps because of the difficulties of water seepage in this area. 

    The work will still take place, and confusingly the websites stated that the work was being re-scheduled for September, although this date was not agreed or finalised. 

    The latest information from Merton Council (that had to be prised out of Merton Council by our Joint Secretary, Jan Bailey) is that it will now be done in two sections. 

    The first work is to replace the gas mains between Bushey Road and Approach Road.  This will result in one way working from August 10. Traffic coming under the railway will be diverted along Kingston Road and then onto Bushey Road where it can turn left up Grand Drive.  This work is due for completion before the end of the summer holidays. 

    Work on Grand Drive itself has been postponed till next year in order to seek wider consultation and better planning of the diversionary routes. 

    We repeat our hope that before the work is finally scheduled, there be wide consultation as to where the traffic will go, and that adequate warning signs and traffic diversions are put in placefor miles around, not least from the A3. 

    RAYNES PARK PLAYING FIELDS- AELTC DEVELOPMENT 

    The All England Lawn Tennis Club was granted planning permission in December 2014 to build new tennis courts, covered by an air dome, on the Raynes Park Playing Fields, which they own. These are needed for their Junior Tennis Initiative, which gives the chance to pupils in Merton and Wandsworth to learn to play tennis. The JTI is currently held at Church Road, SW19, and a move is necessary so that a roof can be put on Court 1 at the Championships, which will take the next four years to build. 

    The sports ground are surrounded by Cannon Hill Lane, Elm Walk, Southway, and Grand Drive. 

    The Club has now informed local residents that the work will start immediately and that the main construction should be completed by December. Construction of the new car park and landscaping will then continue until March 2016. The working period will be from 8 am until 6 pm Monday to Friday and until 1 pm (if required) on Saturday. 

    BARCLAYS BANK CLOSURE IN RAYNES PARK CENTRE 

    We understand that the branch of Barclays in the centre of Raynes Park is due to close on 25September.  We regard this as a serious blow to the economic viability of this growing local centre. Although we will protest to Barclays about this, there seems little that we can effectively do to prevent it, since it is line with their policy, as with other high street banks, of closing local branches, and forcing people into on-line banking. 

    The nearest alternative Barclays branch is in the centre of Wimbledon. Even this major branch has reduced the number of counters to one, and instead forces customers to use machines for deposits and withdrawals, or else makes you wait until a “customer adviser” is free. Of course, the system is so frustrating and time consuming to use that the bank has to employ people to help customers use the machines. 

    All this has nothing to do with customer service, but everything to do with reducing staffing costs and maximising profit. 

    WHATLEY AVENUE ADULT EDUCATION CENTRE 

    No decision has yet been made on the future use of the site currently occupied by the Whatley Avenue Adult Training Centre. It appears that the site is too small for the proposed new secondary school, which is needed to cater for the extra 2000 secondary school spaces caused by the rising birth rate. We hope that any decision made will not affect the Joseph Hood Primary School, adjacent to the Centre, and which is itself oversubscribed. 

    The need for extra spaces is particularly acute in the Wimbledon area. 

    The council has been in talks with the charity, the Harris Federation, to provide a new state funded school somewhere in Merton, in addition to the academies that it already runs in the borough. The government’s Education and Funding Agency is responsible for finding the site for the new school.  

     

    John Elvidge

  • Garmin Marathon - 11 October 2015

    2015 Garmin Kingston Run Challenge.

    This year it will include a full marathon distance and raise money for dementia care at Kingston Hospital.

    A marathon distance will be on offer when the Garmin Kingston Run Challenge returns on Sunday 11 October 2015. The 26.2 mile test of body and mind endurance will join the returning 8 and 16 mile courses which will start from the traditional point of ancient market square in Kingston-Upon-Thames. High demand for the new marathon distance has seen entries surpass the combined total of the other routes.

    Each of the three distances will follow a picturesque riverside route alongside the Thames and pass by the world famous Hampton Court Palace. The course also touches the edge of Esher and goes through charismatic Thames Ditton. The Garmin Kingston Run Challenge course has gained a reputation in the running community for being particularly flat, making it appeal to amateurs who don’t wish to take on tough inclines, and also to regulars who see it as an ideal opportunity to score a personal best time.

    Plenty of help will be on hand to assist runners of all abilities in achieving their goals. The Garmin Pace Team will be running at 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 minutes per mile with flags to clearly identify them amongst the packs of participants. The idea behind the team is to help runners achieve a steady pace and reach their target finish time. Those who would prefer to track their own pace can hire a state-of-the-art GPS watch completely free of charge thanks to Garmin.

    “We have been organising running events in Kingston for 25 years” said Nick Rusling from organisers Human Race Events. “We have been keen to bring this marathon to Kingston for a while but did not want to compromise the 8 and 16 mile runs that people know and love. We are delighted that after a lot of hard work by our planning team we can offer all three great running events on 11 October as part of the Garmin Kingston Run Challenge”.

    Members of the surrounding community will have extra motivation to take part this year as Kingston Hospital Charity will become an official partner of the Garmin Kingston Run Challenge. Did you know that Kingston has one of the highest rates of Dementia in the country? Nearly 50% of the hospitals patients over 75 have Dementia so Kingston Hospital Charity is aiming to raise £750,000 over the next 12 months to make their elderly care wards dementia friendly. If you are interested in running for the Dementia Appeal please contact the fundraising team on: 020 8934 2470 or email:

    fundraising@kingstonhospital.nhs.uk 

    Places in the 2015 Garmin Kingston Run Challenge can be secured by visiting www.humanrace.co.uk/running, where you are also able to pre-book your Garmin hire. 

    www.humanrace.co.uk

    Office: +44 (0) 208 391 3913

    Address: The Typhoon Business Centre, Unit 6 Oakcroft Road, Chessington KT9 1RH

     

     

  • Early Morning Running Group - Prework Run - Motspur Park

    PRE WORK RUN IN MOTSPUR PARK

    Every Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30 am – all year round the Early Morning Pre-Work Run takes place at Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Playing Fields, Motspur Park. This fitness group is      FREE and open to anyone who has the desire to get fit, fitter, or faster, and enjoy early morning exercise.  The group meets in all weathers, even on dark snowy mornings, but whilst training is taken very seriously there is also a strong social side to these sessions. 

    The Early Morning Exercise Group is organised by Olwen Seear, a UKA Level 3 Performance Coach; YMCA/RSA Exercise to Music Teacher; Indoor Cycling Instructor; and Sports Massage Therapist. 

    Serious training is no exaggeration,  for on Tuesdays the group undertakes speed work  as follows: using the tarmac area (1000m full circuit); around the wildlife circuit (400m); cones to mark out 400m on the grass; a straight run on Green Lane (350m). They do something different every week. Total mileage is approximately 6-8 miles, including a warm up and a warm down. 

    On Thursdays it’s hill training on The Hamptons. From the clock house, one hill is 305m long, another 205m. They use these hills for repetitions. They also use the perimeter to run an undulating 10k distance as part of marathon training. Total mileage each session is 6-8 miles including a warm up and a warm down.   Phew!!  

    Finishing back at the gates in Marina Avenue for a good stretch, some group members will dash to catch the train to Waterloo, others will drive on to work and shower there, or work from home, or maybe have a day off. All  ages and abilities are invited to join in and because the Group exercises in a circuit it makes it easier for people to be able to train as hard as they can, or as easily as they want, without feeling left behind or intimidated. A friendly, sociable group, why not give it a try! Contact: olwenseear@gmail.com for more information, or just turn up.

  • Raynes Park Afternoon Townswomen's Guild - July 2015

    At the June meeting, the Guild was visited by Graham and Rosemary Legge, from Chessington Evangelical Church, where the principal charity is Hope for Children in Riga, Latvia.  Rosemary set up an amazing (and very popular) display of the “37 varieties” of homemade goodies which she makes and sells in aid of the charity, while Graham set up computer and screen.  This was to show us a well produced video, made by young people that the charity had helped, illustrating the charity’s work.

    As a Baltic state, Latvia was until 1991 behind the iron curtain and struggled with poverty on independence.  Now in the EU, it remains one of the poorest members with 10% of the working population going abroad leaving many poor families and street children.  Helen Vipass MBE is founder and director of this charity which provides caring, loving and secure day centres for children, family support centres and works with foster families.  A Christian charity, it provides food, meals, clean clothing, showers and warmth in winter.  As education is also vital for the future of the children and the country as a whole, the charity also ensures that children are able to go to school, providing equipment were necessary and somewhere to do homework with computer access.

    Following the talk, video and members’ questions, Mrs. Janina Craske gave the vote of thanks to this delightful, hard working couple.

    The Lunch Club travelled to The Rocket in Putney on the river front, hoping that this year it would be warm enough to each outside, but once again it was too cold and windy.  Nevertheless our group enjoyed this trip.

     Next month, on Thursday, 2nd the Lunch Club will travel as a group to The Plough on Sutton Common Road.  The following week, on Tuesday, 7th July, because Hampton Court Palace is currently celebrating its 500th anniversary, the next group visit will be a re-exploration of the Palace and grounds.  The next regular meeting at St Saviour’s Church Hall at 1.30 pm on Thursday, 16th July features a talk by David Roe ‘Pub Signs and their Stories’.  Finally, a week later on Thursday, 23rd July, Dorothy’s annual Barbecue will be held.

     For the August Hastings Trip on Thursday, 20th, during July Mrs. Raymond will be collecting any outstanding balances of fare (£15 or £10 if a £5 deposit has been paid).  There are still one or two places available if any friend or relative would like to come along.  We leave Raynes Park Station (Approach Road side) at 9.45 am and there will be a pick up at Motspur Park, at the junction of Claremont Avenue and Motspur Park at 9.30 am.  Please ensure we know if you are joining the coach at Motspur  Park.

    For more information about any of our activities, please contact Mrs. D Raymond on 020 8395 9489.  Visitors are always welcome to join us.

     

     

     

  • Chairman's Blog - July 2015

    GRAND DRIVE TRAFFIC 

    The Association opposed the installation of traffic lights at the junction of Cannon Hill Lane and Grand Drive. We took the view that they held up the cars unnecessarily trying to get from Cannon Hill Lane, and were not needed for safety reasons. 

    For the past weeks they have been wrongly calibrated, so that traffic on Grand Drive is held up in both directions, with the result that for large parts of the day, and not only in rush hour, the traffic is virtually stationary from one end of the road to the other. 

    The Council department dealing with this has been understaffed for years, and, despite our complaints, and those of our Councillors, nothing seems to get done. 

    We were promised a review of the safety measures installed along the road, six months after the installation, but the lead officer retired, and this has never happened.  

    The latest news, as discovered by our joint Secretary, Jan Bailey, and not publicised, is that, for the whole of July, Grand Drive will be dug up so that  replacement gas pipes can be installed. It will be closed to two way traffic from Blenheim Road to the lights at the Grand Drive/Bushey Road junction, and from the lights to the Station.  This will necessitate a one way system northbound along Martin Way and Cannon Hill Lane. 

    The result will be absolute chaos, and standstill traffic for miles around. The traffic will be held back under the two railway bridges, and tail back along the slip road from the A3 and onto the A3 itself. 

    It is disgraceful that no warning has been given of these proposed closures, which affect not only cars but bus routes.  

    THE GUIDE 

    In collecting the subscriptions for this year in my area, I have been heartened by the many people who have spontaneously said how much they value our monthly A5 sized magazine, the Guide, and how useful they find it. It has, of course, been published in this form ever since the Association was founded in 1928, and funds itself through the advertisements it carries. 

    The Guide has a different mix of articles, only some of which appear on this website. If you're not a member of our Association, click here, to make contact to join and receive The Guide monthly. 

    BAT WALK 

    The Friends of Cannon Hill Common organised a walk at twilight in early June to look at the bats on the Common. It was led by an expert, who armed the 20 people who turned up with detectors that can measure the different echo frequencies that bats make, and so identify them. It was fortunately a lovely evening, and these tiny creatures, once detected, could be seen swooping for insects around the hedgerows and trees. We learned that there are three species of bat on the Common. We saw the Common Pipistrelle and the Soprano Pipistrelle, but were unable to find the third kind - the Daubenton’s - which prefers the habitat over the Lake.    It was a lovely way to spend an hour on a summer’s night. 

     

    John Elvidge

  • Raynes Park Pavilion Tennis

    Children's Tennis Lessons start again - 14 September 2015

    Raynes Park Pavilion Tennis will be running children's tennis lessons again at the Residents’ Pavilion, 129 Grand Drive, Raynes Park, SW20 9LY.  This course aims to provide children with tennis coaching in a fun and educational environment. 

     Mondays          9:00 – 10:15 am

                            3:45 – 5:30 pm

     

    Wednesdays     1:15 – 2:00 pm

                            3:45 – 5:30 pm

    Tiny Tots (ages 3-4)  Cost £40

    Mini Red (ages 5-8)  Cost £90 

    ·         Run by LTA qualified and licensed coaches from The All England Lawn Tennis Club

    ·         All equipment provided

    ·         This is an outdoor event, however, we have a small indoor area for other activities in the case of bad weather

    ·         Free on street parking 

    Sibling and multi booking discounts available! Please contact RPPT at info@rpptennis.com for further information. 

    Registration can be completed online at www.rpptennis.com

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    All information provided will be held in strict confidence.

     

  • Raynes Park Forum - 30 June 2015

    Local people are invited to 

    THE RAYNES PARK COMMUNITY FORUM 

    AT 7.15 PM ON WEDNESDAY 30 JUNE 2015 

    IN RAYNES PARK LIBRARY MEETING ROOM 

    Chair:  Cllr Michael Bull 

    AGENDA

    1) School Places.  Tom Procter (Service Manager, Contracts & School Organisation, LB Merton) 

    2) Current & Anticipated Planning Applications.  Neil Milligan (LBM). 

    • Rainbow Estate
    • Travelodge
    • Proposed New Malden to Raynes Park to Wimbledon Cycle Route.
    • Area to the South of the Skew Arch.
    • 14-16 Coombe Lane – 24 hour gym. 

    3) Offending Advertising Hoardings in West Barnes Lane.  Tony Edwards. 

    4) Application for Best High Street Award.  Tony Edwards (Place, Design & Planning) 

    5) Local Health Issues.  ‘Merton on the Move’ Project.  Clare Gummett, Lay Member on Merton Clinical Commissioning Group.  

    6) Open Forum – an opportunity to raise any other issue of local interest.  

    Future dates for the Raynes Park Community Forum: I October, I December,3 March 2016. 

    The Raynes Park Community Forum is managed by the Raynes Park Association and chaired by a Councillor from one of the local wards

  • Morley Park - 13 June 2015

    A Morley Park Wildlife Walk is being planned by LUNG for Saturday 13th June in the afternoon. Tony Drakeford, author of the Morley Park Wildlife Guide, will be leading this walk and showing you some of the amazing variety of wildlife he has found on this site. There will also be an opportunity to see the new scout building and hear about plans to improve their woodland area. Everyone is welcome.  No need to book but please let Jane Barnes at enquiries@amhlung.org.uk know if you think you might join the Group, so they can get some idea of numbers to help them plan the event.

  • Prudential Ride London - 2 August 2015

    Prudential Ride London comes to Raymes Park again this year.

     
    Please make a note of the date.  The route is the same as before so the local areas of the North West Wimbledon Residents’ Association, the West Wimbledon Residents’ Association and parts of the Raynes Park & West Barnes Residents’ Association, will be surrounded by closed roads.  We have been assured that the vehicle crossing points in Raynes Park and the Village will be operating more efficiently this year but it will still be slow and it is recommended that residents only use them when essential.  There will be a leaflet delivered to all affected households with details of the arrangements.

  • Merton Sensory Services Team

    The council supports people who are hard of hearing, profoundly deaf, visually impaired or who have lost both sight and hearing senses. 

    Its sensory services team visits people who need support, providing them with information and advice on accessing council services and making day-to-day tasks easier. They are also able to demonstrate and provide special equipment including personal amplifiers, which help people who are hard of hearing to hear the TV, doorbell or alarm clock and hear more clearly when they are out and about. 

    Merton Council’s Director of Community and Housing, Simon Williams, said: “We offer a range of products that can help people keep safe in the home and when they’re out and about. It’s a great service and equipment is free for people who live in Merton. We like to offer our residents a holistic service, so when people with hearing or sight impairments come to see us and they have a physical disability and we think they would benefit from a particular care package we can refer them to the right people so all their needs are catered for. Our team does a lot of good work and they’re here to help those who need it.”

    Merton Council’s sensory services team is available every week as follows:

     

    Wednesdays, 2pm – 4pm

    British Sign Language support for profoundly deaf people.

     

    Fridays, 1pm – 3pm
    The Hard of Hearing Assessment Centre is in the Resource Room on the ground floor of the civic centre. Residents who are hard of hearing can come in to be assessed and to see the equipment available to them.

     

     

    Editor’s Note: Whilst this press release provides scant information on how to access these services, if you are interested or need to contact somebody, you may need to explore Merton's Website further.

     

    http://news.merton.gov.uk/2015/04/28/council-to-showcase-sensory-services-this-deaf-awareness-week/

     

  • Raynes Park Townswomen's (Afternoon) Guild - June 2015

    A gardening theme to our April meeting, when Garden Designer Janet Brown gave us a talk entitled ‘Spring Gardens’.  Our sales table also featured plants.  Cuttings of ‘background’ shrubs or framework plants with interesting foliage were passed round for us to examine before Mrs. Brown talked about the various types of spring plants for sunny and ‘woodland’ conditions.  We were also given tips on colour combinations and how to achieve a harmonious or contrasting planting scheme.  Finally she touched on how pots could be designed to be altered from a spring to a summer display with the change of one plant.  Miss Margaret Wright gave the vote of thanks for this enjoyable, colourful talk which matched the spring sunshine outside.

    On a very blustery 5th May a small group enjoyed a leisurely lunch, coffee and friendly chat at The Haywain, Epsom before planning another trip out to the riverside in Putney for  lunch in June.

    The trip on 12th May to the BBC for a tour of Broadcasting House was thoroughly enjoyed by a group of 15, which included two husbands.  It was fascinating to look down on the newsroom, to look into The One Show studio, and hear about the history of the BBC and buildings and the internal playhouse theatre.  Then some fun in two other studios.  Congratulations to Janina Craske for her skill in reading the news from the autocue!  Congratulations, too, to Mr. Patrick Browne for his competent handling of a number of sound effects (champagne cork, gong, running footsteps etc) for the group’s radio play recording, and Janina again for her contribution as a member of the cast.  Lunch was taken in the Media Café in new Broadcasting House following which a small group took the opportunity for a brief look inside All Souls Church before returning home.

    The next visit is a tour of the House of Commons (Monday, 29th June) and The Jewel Tower in St Margaret Street (fully booked).

    Not quite fully booked, the Hastings Coach Trip on Thursday, 20th August - £15 a seat.  Leaving Raynes Park Station (Approach Road side) at 9.45 am.  £5 deposit now payable, balances due in July.  All welcome to join us.

    The monthly meeting in June is on Thursday, 18th June, 1.30 for 1.45 at St Saviour’s Church Hall, when we will be celebrating our 82nd birthday.  As ever, visitors are welcome to join us at this social event.

     

    All are welcome to our events.  For further information about activities or the Raynes Park Townswomen’s Guild, please telephone Mrs. D Raymond (020 8395 9489).

  • Lambton Road PPG - June 2015

    Lambton Road Medical Practice - Patient Participation Group (PPG)

    NEWSLETTER April 2015 No.12Written by patients for patients 

    Annual General Meeting - 14 March 2015 

    We thank all patients who attended our second Annual General Meeting. Full Minutes and appendices have been sent to patients on our mailing list and are also available to view in our Minutes Book in Reception. 

    The outgoing Chair (Jenny Cairns) reported on the achievements of the PPG over the past year, and that our focus for the coming year will be “Measuring and Enhancing the Quality of Patient Experience”. 

    Clare Gummett of Merton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) gave a very interesting presentation on “Changes to the NHS in Merton”. The incoming Chair (Judith Brodie) and Dr Conor Molony thanked retiring members, Jenny Cairns, Clare Gummett and Jacques Lee, for their much valued contributions to the work of the PPG. Appendices to the Minutes include more details. Participation from the floor covered a range of questions including appointments, buggy park, positioning of PPG Notice Board and parking facilities. Full details of the questions and answers can be seen in the Minutes Book in Reception. 

    At the end of Questions and Answers it was good to hear the view expressed that we have an excellent Practice with excellent clinical skills. Why not, if you are on email, send us your email address via lambtonroadppg@hotmail.co.uk to ensure you get future Newsletters and AGM Minutes sent to you directly? It is also a way of contacting us with any feedback about the Practice – we always want to hear it either by email or by leaving us a note at Reception. 

    Nelson Health Centre

    The Nelson Health Centre (built on the site of the old Nelson Hospital opened last month. It brings a wide range of health and care services to our local community, including diagnostic and outpatient facilities covering x-rays, physiotherapy, diabetes, phlebotomy, cardiology, gastroenterology, endoscopy, and other clinical services. It also houses the new Nelson Medical Practice, an amalgamation of two local GP practices (Cannon Hill Lane and Church Lane). Fuller details are available on the Merton CCG website: www.mertonccg.nhs.uk 

    Cancelling appointments

    If you wish to cancel an appointment, please telephone the cancellation line 020 3668 1946; this will enable the slot to be made available to another patient. No other services are available on this number. 

    Information for older patients 

    The new national programme gives everyone at age 75 a named GP who will be responsible for co-ordinating their care. The Practice writes to patients around the time of their 75th birthday informing them of the GP who will be  responsible for them, and giving details of the dedicated telephone line number which can be used by the over 75s between 10 am and 12 noon Mon-Fri for non-urgent enquiries/ making appointments.  

    AT OTHER TIMES THE NORMAL SURGERY NUMBER 020 3668 1999 SHOULD BE USED. 

    Additionally, Nurse Marlon Molina has taken responsibility for elderly care, and he can help to liaise with your named GP to maintain your good health and independence.

    The Practice is constantly trying to improve the care for all groups, and trusts these measures will help care for our older generation at a challenging time for general practice. 

    A Practical Guide to Healthy Ageing” prepared by NHS England and Age UK may be of  interest.   It is a clear, well laid-out document

    containing helpful general information - but it should not be used as a substitute for seeking specific advice from a GP. Copies may be ordered free either online at www.orderline.dh.gov.uk, or by calling 0300 123 1002 quoting reference HA1. 

    Dementia Care and Support 

    (1)        Kingston Hospital is launching an appeal to raise £750,000 to transform Dementia Care. A leaflet/information can be obtained here or by phoning 020 8934 2470. Most hospitals have their own charities. For example, details of St George’s can be found at http://www.stgeorgeshospitalcharity.org.uk/ 

    (2)        The Memory Lane Club, a meeting place for people with dementia and their carers, is now open every Wednesday morning, in the Sacred Heart Parish Lounge, Edge Hill, SW19 4LU. chat and games, all in an atmosphere of warmth and friendship.   For more information contact: edgehillmemorylaneclub@gmail.com. 

    For more information about the Patient Participation Group, Contact: Lambtonroadppg@hotmail.co.uk or leave a note with Reception.

  • Carved in Stone - WW1 Project

    Share your family's stories of World War One.  

    Did any of your relatives live in Merton during the First World War? 

    As part of the Carved in Stone project two War Story Day events are being hosted across Merton in the months of June and August. We hope that they will be interesting and engaging days where members of the public will be able to learn about Merton during the First World War. Additionally, we hope to contribute to the known heritage of Merton through the filming of short video interviews with residents whose relatives fought in the First World War, and/or who supported the local war effort. 

    If you have family stories that you would like to share, or wartime memorabilia that we can record for posterity, we would be delighted to hear from you. 

    The War Story events will also feature a range of talks, photographic displays, children's crafts and access to wartime documents and objects. 

    War Story Day 2:  is on June 20th, 10am - 4pm. Acacia Centre, Grove Road, Mitcham. 

    War Story Day 3: will be on August 1st, 11am - 5pm. Wimbledon Studio Theatre, The Broadway, Wimbledon. 

    If you would like to be interviewed, or want more information about the events, please contact:

    Kelvin Shewry or Sarah Gould, Tel. 020 8545 4038 / 3239

    Email: local.studies@merton.gov.uk

     Link to Carved in Stone

     

  • Merton's Parks - Have Your Say

    Future of Merton’s parks & green spaces 

    There is widespread concern among Friends groups and others about the implications of Merton Council’s proposed outsourcing of park and green space maintenance.  We hope it is helpful to have an update on some of what is going on and a reminder of the opportunity we all have to input to the Council’s plans. 

    We understand six contractors have shown interest in the parks and green spaces maintenance contract for Merton and Sutton and detailed conversations will begin next month once the specification for the maintenance work required has been prepared.  

    We all have an important opportunity to input to this specification so it addresses the specific needs of the different parks and green spaces across Merton. 

    You may recall that Chris Lee, Merton Council’s Director of Environment and Regeneration, invited Friends groups to input into the specification.  This was at a meeting called by Cabinet Member Andrew Judge on 2 April at Morden Assembly Hall. 

    Only a small number of responses have been made and it is important that everyone takes the opportunity to help define what will be required of the successful contractor.  

    We are advised by Andrew Judge that the specification will be ‘amended through the dialogue process’, so your input is urgently required if it is to be included.  

    We suggest you need to submit your views on the maintenance work which is essential in your area and to identify any specific issues or unusual aspects which need to be covered. 

    Andrew Judge has been clear that there should be no decline in current standards as a result of the changes and this is your chance to define what these are.  

    Your views should be sent to Merton’s Greenspaces Manager Doug Napier (doug.napier@merton.gov.uk) as soon as possible. 

    We would ask that you copy us in so we can keep an overview of what is being submitted.  

    Looking ahead it is clear that Friends groups and others who care for Merton’s parks and green spaces will benefit from closer collaboration. 

    There is a growing number of people calling for a Merton Greenspaces Forum to be established independent of Merton Council with a view to sharing information and practical experience as well as presenting a more united front in future discussions about the borough’s parks and green spaces.  This would build on the discussions last year led by Tony Leach from the London Parks and Green Spaces Forum.  

    We would be interested in your views on this suggestion. 

    Tony Burton – Mitcham Cricket Green Community & Heritage and Chair, Wandle Valley Forum

    Jane Plant – Friends of Ravensbury Park, Friends of the Canons and Volunteer Coordinator, Tree Warden Group Merton

     

  • Adults First - June 2015

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  • Annual Outing to Wisley - 11/09/2015

    ANNUAL OUTING TO RHS GARDENS, WISLEY 

    Friday 11 September 2015 

    There will be coach pick-ups at: 

    • Greenway Bus Stop, Grand Drive, at 9.15 a.m.
    • Raynes Park Approach Road, at 9:20 a.m
    • Motspur Park, opposite the Earl Beatty Pub at 9.30 a.m. 

    We shall leave Wisley at 4.00 p.m. 

    The fare will be £10.00 which includes entrance and driver’s tip.  Please can the money be paid within a week of booking to secure a seat. 

    To book, please contact: 

    Margaret Barrett on 8949 4304

    Edna Gumbrell on 8542584 & 

    Jill Truman on 8879 3525

  • Raynes Park Residents' Lawn Tennis Club - 5 July 2015

    It’s at this time of the year that people start thinking about the Wimbledon Championships and assessing the prospects of the British players. Typically, inspired by the sight of players on television and the warmer weather, people will think about where they last saw their racquets, and they may even get them out for a quick knock in the park. 

    To capture the mood, we are holding an Open Day in Meadowview Road on the middle Sunday of Wimbledon, the 5th of July, with free coaching and refreshments. All levels of ability are welcome from beginners to advanced. Balls will be provided and racquets are available. There will be a barbecue from mid-afternoon onwards. For those who can’t get there in the afternoon, there will be some people at the club in the morning. Discounted membership will be available on the day. 

    Jose Marquez, our popular LTA level 4 coach, already runs successful group coaching sessions on Tuesday and Friday afternoons and evenings. He is looking for feedback from members as to whether they require additional types of coaching and he is also looking to expand the programme. 

    Paul Sadler

    Click this link for more information: rprltc.co.uk 

  • "The Light House"

    Quality care in a family home 

    In April, we were invited to an Open Day at The Lighthouse,  Raynes Park, a newly opened registered children’s home that offers accommodation for up to five children and young people (girls and boys) aged from 8 – 18.

    This is the second Lighthouse project to be opened, the first one having been set up in Surbiton. 

    The Lighthouse project specialises in working with children with autistic spectrum disorder and/or learning difficulties who may have a variety of needs, including those who display associated challenging behaviour.  It offers a stimulating yet calming environment for children with sensory and social impairments, with a needs-led range of therapeutic support, such as intensive interaction, play therapy, and PAT “Pets at home Therapy”. 

     The home itself has been thoughtfully designed to provide four bedrooms upstairs, with a bathroom and shower room, as well as one downstairs suitable for a wheelchair user with an ensuite wet-room.  All the bedrooms are light, airy, welcoming, homely, and beautifully furnished and decorated in styles appropriate for young people.  Downstairs there is a sitting room, a kitchen/dining room and a purpose built multi-sensory room.   The latter has many benefits for children with special needs providing place of  peace and calm, where amongst other things it can also help to encourage learning, motor development, cognitive development, language and social interaction skills. 

    The project believes in the principle of gentle teaching, reinforcement and use reward, praise and recognition to promote positive behaviour.  All children have an individual behavior support plan that is followed by all staff. 

    From the Kitchen/Dining room there are patio doors to the garden, which as yet is simply laid to grass.   However, there is room to play, relax and do some planting of flowers and vegetables so the youngsters can see them flourish as the months go by. 

    It seems that everything has been thought of. At the end of the garden is another small building which houses the Office, where staff can have meetings with parents and others, so that the homely atmosphere of the house is not disturbed.   There is also a laundry room where the household washing is done and which the children can also learn to use. 

    The Lighthouse encourages participation in leisure interests within the local community and participation in activities at the home that engender and build self-esteem and confidence.  The children are offered opportunities to go out and about – such as swimming, visits to the cinema, shopping and eating out, and trips to places of interest such as Richmond Park and Kew Gardens. 

    All this, including a high staffing level comes at a cost.  Basic fees are £2,800 per week, per child, with additional support priced at £22.00 per hour.   Fees for short breaks are £375.00 per night.  Children are generally referred by their Local Authority.    The costs may seem steep, but for the families and children who need the help that The Lighthouse offers, the project is a Godsend, and we wish them well. 

     Jill Truman 

    “The Lighthouse“ Grand Drive is run by Ream Care www.reamcare.co.uk 


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  • West Barnes Library - May 2015

    DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 

    Garden Party - Friends of West Barnes Library Saturday 20 June (1.30pm- 4.00pm) 

    Following the success of the recent FoWBL Photography Competition we will be holding another competition later in the year.  Look out for the details in the library in the next couple of months.    

    Check out the updated Friends of West Barnes Library website at www.friendsowbl.org.uk. 

    Volunteers needed

    Can you spare a couple of hours occasionally? West Barnes Library urgently needs more volunteers to help at a range of levels to assist staff. You could be helping keep the library open for the people of Motspur Park. Training will be given. For details and to apply, please ask at the counter. 

    The FoWBL Events team is looking for volunteers to organise events and to come up with some new ideas.   If you are interested in helping please contact the Friends at mail@friendsowbl.org.uk or friendsowbl.org.uk 

    What’s on?

    Coming up at West Barnes Library

    To reserve a place where required, talk to staff, call 020 8274 5789 or email westbarnes.library@merton.gov.uk. 

    NEW Kiddirama Tots – Storytelling and drama classes for the Under 5’s (1st and 2nd Monday of the Month, 10am-11am). Term time only. £2 per child.  For more information visit www.kiddirama.com; email kiddirama@mail.com or text 07542 170604.

    Kiddirama Tots – Storytelling and drama classes for the Under 5’s. (Tuesdays, 10am-11am, except every third Tuesday of the month 9.30am-10.30am). Term time only . £2 per child. For more information visit www.kiddirama.com; email kiddirama@mail.com or text 07542 170604.

    Computer Classes For Beginners (Tuesdays, noon-1.30pm, and Thursdays, 1.30pm-3pm).  Booking essential.

    Rendezvous Club (Tuesdays, 1.30pm-3.30pm). Weekly drop-in for over 55s. £2. For more information call Gilli on 020 8543 1781.

    Kiddirama Juniors. Storytelling and drama classes for children aged 7-11 years. (Tuesdays, 4pm-5pm) Term time only performance and s. £2 per child. For more information visit www.kiddirama.com; email kiddirama@mail.com or text 07542 170604.

    Knit & Natter (Thursdays, 11am-1pm) Bring your own knitting or crochet.  We also knit items for various charities or for sale to raise funds for them. This year we have made blankets for the Cats Protection League and for the Premature Baby Unit.  We have also made hats, gloves and scarfs for the homeless as well as poppies for the British Legion.  Free tea or coffee provided.

    Toddlers’ Rhyme Time (Fridays, 10.30am-11am). Rhymes and musical activities for 0 to 5 year-olds followed by Story Time (11am-11.30am).

    The Sparkle Club (Saturdays, 2.30pm-4pm). Eight-week story-writing course for children. To book call 020 8274 5789 or ask in the library.

    Family Craft to celebrate Children’s Book Week Saturday, 9 May (2pm-4pm).  Come along dressed as a character from a children’s book.  This is a family activity for children and their adult to get creative together.  No need to book.

    Knit & Natter Saturday 9 May (1.00pm-3.00pm). Bring your own knitting or crochet. 

    Microsoft Excel Workshop Monday 11 May (2.30-3pm)

    Booking essential.

    Local History Coffee Morning – Tuesday 19 May (10.30-12pm) please contact West Barnes library for further information.  Tea and Coffee Provided

    Police Surgery Friday 15 May (2-3pm).  Drop in and speak to your local PC about any issues you may have.

    Explore Learning Workshop - Horrid Henry – Thursday 28 May (1-2pm). This Explore Learning workshop is a must for Horrid Henry fans!

    Help Henry to plan a fantastic food fight and get to know healthy foods yourself. Suitable for 5-7 year olds.  Booking essential.

    Indian Cookery Workshop - Saturday 30 May (1-3pm).  Roll up your sleeves and join award-winning local caterer Shermin A Ali of Najma’s Catering & Events for a hands-on Indian Cookery Workshop.  Learn how to make healthy, oven-baked North Indian Samosas with an accompanying dip!  Suitable for the whole family.  Booking essential

    Adults’ Book Club New members are warmly welcomed.  Please contact the library for date and time. 

    To receive a monthly eNewsletter of events at West Barnes Library, write to mail@friendsowbl.org.uk or sign up at www.friendsowbl.org.uk. 

    Karen McCarthy, Team Manager

  • Raynes Park High School - May 2015

    Inspiring the next generation of medical practitioners 

    On20th March a group of six Year 12 students attended a clinical skills taster day at St George’s Hospital London. During the morning the students attended a talk on medical ethics, applying to medical school and gaining work experience which were designed to support students in making future educational and career choices. In the afternoon the students participated in some clinical skills interactive workshops and practical hands-on sessions that medical students also use in training. They measured blood pressure, lung capacity and listened to the valves of the heart with a stethoscope. The students also took part in a clinical course of involuntary reflexes, diagnosing pregnancy and learning the steps of emergency resuscitation. Medical students from different subject areas were on hand to offer guidance on applying for medical university courses. Overall the students gained a range of valuable skills and really enjoyed the day. 

    'The St. Georges Trip was a really good insight into my future path, it provided me with a lot of knowledge and information on how to get the best work experience for the medical field. The clinical skills practice was really fun and gave a really good idea of what university life will be like for students wanting to work in healthcare.'  Said Yr. 12 student. 

    Music Students do Gamelan 

    In 1987 the Southbank Centre was privileged to receive a beautiful Javanese percussion orchestra called gamelan. This was a remarkable gift from the Government of the Republic of Indonesia to the people of the UK as a gesture of friendship. As is the case with many important gamelan ensembles, it was given a name ‘Kyai Lebdha Jiwa’ or ‘The Venerable Spirit of Perfection’.

    No previous musical experience is necessary to play the gamelan and enjoy its wonderful sounds; it is a rewarding musical and social activity. Playing gamelan can: inspire self-confidence; improve co-ordination; encourage team-building; enhance listening skills; be a great chance to try something new and develop your playing experience in a relaxed and friendly environment. 

    Royal Festival Hall 

    On the 24th March a group of Year 10X and Year 9 music students went on a trip to play some gamelan music at the Royal Festival Hall. 

    “I expected it to be boring and that all we would be doing would be hitting some kitchen pots! However, there were many interesting instruments such as a Kempui and a Rebab (not a kebab). They sounded beautiful when played together. Music Teacher Mr. White joined in too. I would recommend playing gamelan to anyone; it was a fun and educational experience.” 

    Resounding Success for Raynes Park Footballers 

    Tuesday 7th April was the start of the first RPHS football tour since 2009. 40 pupils and four members of staff departed for a five-day tour to Valkenburg in Holland which included: 3 back to back matches, 2 training sessions, swimming, bowling and a stadium tour of FC Koln, a top Bundesliga team. 

    Day 1: Mr. Hayes, Miss McGullion and Mr. Skinner took the Year 10 boys, Year 8/9 Boys and Girls teams through their paces at a mid-morning training session and began to formulate their strategies for the evening fixtures. RPHS won 6 - 2, 2 - 0 and 2 - 1, exactly the start needed to set us up for a brilliant week 

    Day 2: We played 3 evening matches, the Year 10 boys won 7 - 0, the girls won a thrilling game that went back and forth ending 4 - 3 and the Year 8/9 boys drew 1 - 1 with some heroic defending. After the game we discovered they had actually played a Year 10 team so a draw was a brilliant result.

    Day 3: It was an early start as we headed across the border to Germany to visit the impressive FC Koln stadium. 

    Later that day the girls experienced their first loss to a very powerful de Stein team, despite scoring another 4 goals thanks largely to the top goal scorer of the week, Chloe Osborn.

    The Year 8/9 boys won comfortably 11 - 1 and the Year 10 boys finished the tour unbeaten, winning 3 - 1 in a very physical game. 

     

    After 4 days and lots of hard work, RPHS Played 9, Won 7, Drew 1 and Lost 1

  • West Wimbledon Primary School - May 2015

    Anyone for Tennis? 

    The Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative team visited West Wimbledon Primary School on Wednesday 11th March. All nursery, reception and Year One classes enjoyed tennis sessions led by the head coaches of the Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative programme. 

    They had fun learning and practising some agility, balance and co-ordination games that support the development of tennis skills. The programme is funded by the Wimbledon All England Lawn Tennis Club to support tennis in the local area and to maybe even find the next Andy Murray from a local school. 

    National Gallery Artists’ Trip 

    Six talented artists from Key Stage 2 enjoyed a trip to the National Gallery in London. The children loved exploring the history and techniques behind various works - from grand medieval paintings (painted for palaces and churches) to the breakaway 19th century impressionism. Sketch books were out and at the ready when looking at Monet's 'The Water Lily Pond' and Van Gogh's 'The Sunflowers' (two famous works that were instantly recognisable to all!)

    Gallery staff not only commented on the superb level of skill that went into the children's sketches, but also their excellent behaviour. "I loved every moment of the day," said Saranjan. "Can I ask Mr. Harris if we can go to another art gallery?" Watch this space... 

    Easter Egg-stravagansa 

    Reception classes getting ready for Easter. Here are some of Dove class painting Easter eggs and making Easter baskets. 

     

    Simon Harris, Headteacher

  • Grace McCormack, 1927 - 2015

    Born in North Wales, Grace moved to London in 1948 from her home town of Rhos On Sea North Wales with her husband Arthur and settled into her home in Berrylands in 1966. Before retiring in 1991, she worked for many years at the government laboratories in Waterloo and Teddington. 

    Grace was a very active member of the local community over the years, taking on several roles including Neighbourhood Watch warden, and road steward for the Raynes Park and West Barnes Residents Association and The Guide. 

    Many people will recall her public spiritedness and acts of kindness, which would make too long a list to include here. You may have enjoyed one of the apples she picked from her tree and put on her front wall for passers-by, along with bowls of water for thirsty dogs. Grace was the kind of neighbour everyone would want to have, with her door always open, ready to help and with a cheerful smile.

    Grace leaves a son, Ian, and will be sadly missed by her many friends and neighbours.

     

     

  • Mable Cluer, 1912 - 2015

    We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Mabel Cluer who passed away recently just one month short of her 104th birthday. Right up to the end of her life – if the weather was kind enough – Mabel could be seen taking a daily stroll up and down Elm Walk, guided by Edwin, as her sight had by then almost gone. 

    For many years Mabel, together with her husband, who died in his nineties, ran a Health Food shop in Wimbledon Village.   Both Mabel and her husband, as well as the children Edwin and Dilys were strict vegans. 

    Mabel was a very keen gardener and had an allotment at The Paddock for many years.  She also developed an extensive knowledge of the botany of plants and herbs and was even consulted by BBC Gardening programmers from time to time.   She was also very interested in poetry and had a book of her own poems published some years ago. 

    Mabel may have been a little lady, but she had a big heart and a sharp mind, she will be much missed.

  • Raynes Park Afternoon Townwomen's Guild - May 2015

    At our March meeting, before handing the floor to his wife, Mr. Reynolds, who was due to give a talk entitled ‘Painting Canal Barges’ explained that although he had accompanied his wife to our meeting he was not fit enough to address us himself as he had only been discharged from hospital the day before.  Mrs. Reynolds stepped into the breach to entertain us with an amusing recollection of what happened when she took her elderly mother for a trip on Concorde.  In the circumstances, Mr. & Mrs. Reynolds decided to divide the fee between RNLI and Air Ambulance.  Mrs. Eileen Brewer gave a special vote of thanks to Mrs. Reynolds for the enjoyable anecdotes, and thanked them both for their generosity.

    In early April the group lunching at The Lloyds Bar, Fulham enjoyed their visit to this venue once again.  The following week a small group travelled to the Imperial War Museum – an attraction which always seems to be busy with tourists and students.  In this interesting and thought provoking museum, we particularly enjoyed the special exhibition ‘Fashion on the Ration: 1940s street style’ before spending a little time in the John Singer Sargent gallery, in particular examining the large, poignant canvas of the aftermath of a mustard gas attack.  A beautiful April day so sandwiches were taken on the terrace before finishing our tour with a quick look at the gallery of ‘Extraordinary Heroes’ stories, of VCs and other medals.

    In May lunch will be taken at The Haywain, Epsom and a guided tour is booked of the BBC’s Broadcasting House.

    The May meeting will be on Thursday, 21st at St Saviour’s Church Hall at 1.30 pm when Mr. & Mrs. Legg will give a talk entitled ‘Hope for Children in Latvia’.

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    Coach trip to HASTINGS – Thursday, 20th August 2015

    £15 per seat including driver’s tip  £5 deposit now payable

    There are still places available for friends on this coach outing, although in April numbers have jumped up dramatically.  To secure your place please contact me as soon as possible with a £5 deposit.  We will leave Raynes Park Station area at 9.45 am (or 9.30 am in the Motspur Park area) returning at 4.30 pm.  

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        All are welcome to our events.  For further details, please telephone Mrs. D. Raymond (020 8395 9489).

     

     

  • Chairman's Blog - May 2015

    NEW HEALTH CENTRE AT NELSON HOSPITAL 

    The NHS has converted the Nelson Hospital in Kingston Road into a major health centre at a cost of £12 million.  Members of the Association were invited to its opening last month and given a tour of the extensive new facilities. They are very impressive. 

    The aim is to have as many of the primary health and community services that people need under one roof, so as to provide integrated health care.   Two of the local GP’s practices, the ones at Cannon Hill Lane and at Church Lane in Merton Park, re-located there at Easter, and will, in essence, merge. The new practice contact details are:

    The Nelson Medical Practice, Kingston Road, London SW20 8DB, telephone number:  020 3668 3400.Website:

    www.nelsonmedicalpractice.co.uk  

    You can now book appointments, request prescriptions, and access your medical records online. 

    Other services will also be provided at the building, which will assist in speedy diagnosis of illnesses.  These include x-rays, ultrasound, blood tests, and endoscopy. There will be physiotherapy and outpatient clinics.  Minor surgery will be undertaken. Community mental health services are also going to be provided.  

    There is some parking available at a fee, although this is limited. 

    The design of the building has been carefully and lovingly done, so as to incorporate the original Nelson Hospital, which dates back 100 years. This is an example of NHS planning at its best. 

    REPLACEMENT OF ST HELIER HOSPITAL? 

    An example of NHS planning at its worst is seen in the long running saga on the future of St Helier Hospital. The Times reported last month that secret plans to close St Helier and Epsom Hospitals were revealed when management consultants were heard discussing the plans on a conference call on their mobile phones while on a commuter train into Waterloo. A BBC London reporter recorded the conversation on his mobile phone.     

    Of course, none of these plans had been discussed in any public forum. The public had been assured last time these plans were put forward, and which were then widely opposed and withdrawn, that there would be full consultations before they would be re-considered. 

    It now appears that the hospital trust has commissioned the consultants to consider the closure of both hospitals, and to replace them with a new “super hospital” on the site of the former Sutton Hospital as the preferred option. The two other options being considered are for the hospital to be built on the site of one of the existing hospitals. 

    Assurances have been given that existing services at both hospitals, including A & E, and maternity, are safe for the next 5 years, and that there will be extensive consultations in due course on the proposals.

    We pointed out in our Members' Monthly magazine, The Guide, during discussion of the previous plans, that A&E and maternity services are increasingly under pressure, and indeed overwhelmed, that the population of this area - and particularly of older people and children - is growing, and that the transport available in Merton does not allow for quick access in an emergency or at all to the then proposed alternatives of Croydon, Guildford, The same would be true of Sutton.  

    We share the outrage of all those who have so far commented at the underhand and secret way these unwelcome proposals have been pursued, at public expense, and without any prior consultation. 

    BULB PLANTING ON CANNON HILL COMMON 

    Our affiliated organisation, The Friends of Cannon Hill Common, report that they managed to obtain and plant about 1000 free spring bulbs over the New Year. These were daffodils and narcissus which have been planted along the borders of  Parkway and Cannon Hill Lane, and alliums planted on the site of the former pavilion. Some of these have already emerged in the recent warm weather, and do much to delight the spirit. 

    We urge everyone who loves the Common to join the Friends. They do a great  deal to preserve and enhance its beauty. The annual membership fees are small.  Read more here. 

    SUBSCRIPTIONS 

    The mention of fees reminds me that subscriptions  are now due for this year for continued membership of the Raynes Park and West Barnes Residents’ Association.  The subscription remains at £3 and we hope that you will continue to think that this is very good value for an organisation that tries to preserve our local environment and has done so since 1928, as well as providing the Guide every month.  Our road stewards will be calling to collect the subs over the next month or so. Please assist them. They are all volunteers, and we thank them very much for their time and service to the community. 

     

    John Elvidge

    Chairman

  • Exhibition of Latest Equipment to Keep Residents Safe

    The free exhibition will be open to all, at South Thames College in London Road, Morden on Tuesday 14 April from 10.30am to 3pm .It will feature a range of new technology products from telecare services that provide help for older people and people with disabilities in their own home including a new range of alarm pendants. Follow this link for more info http://news.merton.gov.uk/2015/04/09/free-exhibition-to-showcase-the-latest-equipment-to-keep-residents-safe-at-home/

  • Raynes Park High School - April 2015

    INAUGURAL DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY - SUMMER SHOW 

    We have a very exciting date in the school calendar fast approaching. No, I’m not talking about the end of the summer term; I am in fact referring to the inaugural Design and Technology Summer Show. In what we hope will be an annual event, we will be showcasing the best work from across all the years, in a spectacular week long show. We will kick the week off with an evening Private View of the work, where we will have a live fashion show, music and food and drink, all provided by the students themselves. The exhibition will then remain up for the following week in the Design and Technology department. The exhibition will feature work from all disciplines in Design and Technology, including Graphic Design, Fashion and Textiles, and Product Design. Food will also be prepared and provided by some of our Catering students. We will be showcasing GCSE and A Level coursework, alongside the best work from Years 7, 8 and 9. We will also be displaying teacher led work, and the work of our triumphant Robotics teams.

    The Private View will take place on Wednesday 6th May from 5-7pm in the workshops in the Design and Technology building. The exhibition will then continue until Wednesday 13th May. 

    Head of Design and Technology - Mr. Pull

     

    YEAR 10 EXPLORE THE WORLD OF WORK 

    It was a real treat to visit Rebeka Raffai and Tahir Ali on work experience at West Barnes Library. Staff told me they were very pleased with both students and it was clear on my visit that both Rebeka and Tahir were making the most of the opportunity to experience day to day life in the workplace. I was given a guided tour of the library and was shown the excellent World Book Day display and poster that the students had created. Both students were really enjoying the placement (Tahir is now a huge fan of the Dewey Decimal System) and are considering volunteering at the library at weekends! I returned confident in the knowledge that students who really get 'stuck in' to their placement get a fantastic experience that stays with them long after the week is over.

    Media English Teacher - Mr. Hebden

     

    STUDENTS GO WILD IN WALES 

    On 22nd of February, a selection of "Highly Achieving Highly Skilled" students from Years 10 and 11 were taken on an incredible three day trip to the Snowdonia National Park in Wales. I was lucky enough to be invited on this trip, and I can honestly say it was one of the best and most rewarding experiences of my life. 

    On arrival and after a very short rest, we found ourselves covered in waterproof clothing with wellies and hiking boots on, ready for our first challenge. We were going to build shelters which we hoped would shelter us from the rain. 

    The next day, the real challenge began. Originally, we were hoping we would be hiking up Mount Snowdon, however, we were told the conditions on the mountain were too dangerous for us to climb. Not wanting to spoil our day, we made a quick decision with our guides and decided to hike around the mountains surrounding a beautiful lake. Although this may sound less exciting than climbing up Mount Snowdon, actually hiking around rather than up the mountain may have created a much more enjoyable experience. 

    The trip took much of the day and was hard work. Our legs were aching and sore by the time we arrived back at the coach, however, the beautiful scenery and quiet that surrounded us was a blissfully beautiful occurrence, which was worth the hike.

    On our final day, we completed a morning of orienteering, using maps to help us find our points. The woodland was beautiful, and helped myself, as well as many of the other students who attended the trip, appreciate the nature around us. It also challenged some of the students who previously said that they did not enjoy the outdoors and didn't think that they would do very well to realise their own capabilities, and challenge themselves. 

    Overall, the trip to Wales was a complete success, and helped to teach some very valuable lessons about perseverance, challenging ourselves, and overcoming our fears. I'm sure many of the students, and even some of the teachers, will benefit from the skills and attitudes that were developed as they look towards the future with college applications and the changes to come.

     

    Young Reporter—Paige Chappell

  • Raynes Park Afternoon Townswomen's Guild - April 2015

    In April, our meeting on Thursday, 16th at 1.30 pm at St Saviour’s Church Hall, will be a talk by Janet Bacon entitled ‘Spring Gardens’.  Appropriately, the sales table features plants.  All interested residents are invited to attend and will be made very welcome. 

    The lunch club will visit The Lloyds Bar at Fulham Broadway on Thursday, 2nd April and the visit on Tuesday, 14th April will be to the Imperial War Museum.  There is free entry to the main museum but for the special Exhibition ‘Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style’, which is of interest to some of our members, there is a £7 concession ticket price. 

    Finally at the end of the month on Thursday 30th April at the church hall a belated St George’s Day bangers and mash celebration (£5) is being organised by the committee. 

    All are welcome to our events.  For further details, please telephone Mrs. D Raymond (020 8395 9489) or Mrs. E Brewer (020 8542 6491). 

    Early March activities included a leisurely and friendly lunch enjoyed at The Woodman, South Wimbledon by a group of 8 on the 4th 

    Then on Tuesday, 10th a group of 15, 13 ladies accompanied by 2 husbands, journeyed by train, underground train and bus to the magnificent Baps Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, the Hindu Temple at Neasden, currently celebrating 20 years since it was opened.  We were shown a video about how it was built on a big screen in part of the prayer hall in the adjacent Haveli Cultural Complex before being whisked up to the Mandir where an eight minute service had just begun.  This temple is a masterpiece of traditional Hindu design with exquisite Indian workmanship throughout.  Made from Italian and Indian Marble and Bulgarian Limestone, the dome, the pillars and every available surface is smothered in beautiful, intricate carvings as are the seven ornate and colourful shrines housing murtis (sacred images) of the Deities.  Returning to the ground floor we took in the Understanding Hinduism Exhibition before making our way back to the Haveli to admire the equally amazing carvings on every surface here too, this time in Burmese wood. 

    To complete our cultural experience, the whole group took lunch at the Shayona Restaurant, a delightful vegetarian restaurant with traditional Indian décor and serving mouth watering authentic tastes.  We all agreed such an architectural gem and interesting cultural experience fully justified the travelling time to Neasden. 

    Coach trip to HASTINGS – Thursday, 20th August 2015.  £15 per seat including driver’s tip. 

    Because of the interest being expressed in this trip I have now booked a larger coach (49 seater) and will be discussing a Motspur Park pick up with the coach company.  Husbands, family members, residents and friends in local organisations are all booking.  Please contact Mrs. D Raymond or Mrs. E Brewer (see above) to reserve your place.  

  • Sir Joseph Hood Memorial PF

     Friends of Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Playing Field 

    Representatives of the Friends Group recently attended a meeting with Councillor Andrew Judge and Council Officers in charge of Greenspaces. We were told about the arrangements for outsourcing Parks Maintenance which is due to come into effect within two years.

    This is a money saving decision by the Council, in the current climate of funding cuts. The plan is that the current Parks maintenance teams will be re-employed with the new contractors, but should hopefully mean that local knowledge isn’t lost and that Friends Groups maintain a relationship with the staff they know. 

    We have been invited to make a list of maintenance jobs we feel are important that are specific to our park and we have been also told that standards should be maintained at current levels. 

    The important thing is that there are plans to revamp the council website so if people notice things are not done this needs to be relayed to the council. This is how they will hear if the contractors are not working effectively. The onus will be on the public to draw their attention to any concerns.

    We are pleased to know that there are no current plans to remove the paddling pool and the Friends will continue to open the summer café this year in the park. 

     

    Mark Ventom

  • Wast Barnes Surgery PPG

    Patients' Participation Group - Open Evening 

    Thursday 23rd April 2015 

    West Barnes Library, Station Road, Motspur Park 

    7.15 until 9pm 

    Come to hear talks on:- 

    Diabetes - Does this affect you or a family member?

    Dr Matthew Oldfield, Consultant diabetologist, Kingston Hospital, will give us all a fascinating insight into this all too common condition 

    Appointment options at the surgery - One of the GP's will talk about the appointment booking system and what services they can offer us as patients 

     

    ALL WELCOME

  • Wesr Barnes Library - April 2015

    DATES FOR YOUR DIARY - Saturday 20 June (1.30pm- 4.00pm) - Garden Party – 

    Following the success of the recent FoWBL Photography Competition we will be holding another competition later in the year.  Look out for the details in the library in the next couple of months.    

    Check out the updated Friends of West Barnes Library website at www.friendsowbl.org.uk 

    Volunteers needed

    Can you spare a couple of hours occasionally? West Barnes Library urgently needs more volunteers to help at a range of levels to assist staff. You could be helping keep the library open for the people of Motspur Park. Training will be given. For details and to apply, please ask at the counter. 

    The FoWBL Events team are looking for volunteers to organise events and to come up with some new ideas.   If you are interested in helping please contact the Friends at mail@friendsowbl.org.uk or friendsowbl.org.uk 

    What’s on?

    Coming up at West Barnes Library

    To reserve a place where required, talk to staff, call 020 8274 5789 or emailwestbarnes.library@merton.gov.uk 

    NEW Kiddirama Tots – Storyelling and drama classes for the Under 5’s (1st and 2nd Monday of the Month, 10am-11am). Term time only. £2 per child.  For more information visit www.kiddirama.com; email kiddirama@mail.com or text 07542 170604.

    Kiddirama Tots – Storyelling and drama classes for the under 5’s. (Tuesdays, 10am-11am, except every third Tuesday of the month 9.30am-10.30am). Term time only. £2 per child. For more information visit www.kiddirama.com; email kiddirama@mail.com or text 07542 170604.

    Computer Classes For Beginners (Tuesdays, noon-1.30pm, and Thursdays, 1.30pm-3pm).  Booking essential.

    Rendezvous Club (Tuesdays, 1.30pm-3.30pm). Weekly drop-in for over 55s. £2. For more information call Gilli on 020 8543 1781. 

    Kiddirama Juniors. Storytelling and drama classes for children aged 7-11 years. (Tuesdays, 4pm-5pm) Term time only performance and s. £2 per child. For more information visit www.kiddirama.com; email kiddirama@mail.com or text 07542 170604.

    Knit & Natter (Thursdays, 11am-1pm) Bring your own knitting or crochet.  We also knit items for various charities or for sale to raise funds for them. This year we have made blankets for the Cats Protection League and for the Premature Baby Unit.  We have also made hats, gloves and scarves for the homeless as well as poppies for the British Legion.  Free tea or coffee provided.

    Toddlers’ Rhyme Time (Fridays, 10.30am-11am). Rhymes and musical activities for 0 to 5 year-olds followed by Story Time (11am-11.30am).

    The Sparkle Club (Saturdays, 2.30pm-4pm). Eight-week story-writing course for children. To book call 020 8274 5789 or ask in the library.

    Local History Coffee Morning - Celebrating 50 years of Merton 1965-2015.  Tuesday, 21 April (10.30-12pm).  Tea and Coffee Provided

    Children’s Art Saturday, 11 April (2pm-4pm).  Easter Art with Arnold.  Booking required.

    Knit & Natter Saturday 11th April (1.00pm-3.00pm). Bring your own knitting or crochet. 

    Children’s Craft Saturday, 18 April (2pm-4pm).  Bring the children for fun activities. Easter activities.  No need to book.

    Craft and Chat Saturday 25April (3pm-4pm).  Kate North will give a hands-on demo of Artists Trading Cards.   Booking is essential as places are limited. 

    Adults’ Book Club Tuesday 28 April (5.45-6.45).  New members are warmly welcomed.  Please contact the library for further details.

    Police Surgery. Drop in and speak to your local PC about any issues you may have.

    Contact the library for date and time. 

     

    To receive a monthly eNewsletter of events at West Barnes Library, write to mail@friendsowbl.org.uk or sign up at www.friendsowbl.org.uk.

  • West Wimbledon Primary School - Spring Term 2015

    Chess Champions 

    On Sunday 1st March, six children from West Wimbledon participated in the Surrey West Champion's League chess tournament at Wimbledon Park primary school. What a remarkable achievement for the West Wimbledon team! 

    Artur Imykshenov, Mostafa Ahmed (captain), Isaac Moore and Noah Moore achieved gold medals from amongst the nine schools which took part. To put icing on this achievement, Noah Moore won all the five games and got a cash prize. In the individual events, Samuel, Year 4, and Timothy, Year 2, won joint second place. 

    Congratulations to the players who qualified for the finals to be held in May. 

    Trip to Gatton Park 

    Year 1 enjoyed a trip to Gatton in beautiful sunshine. The children took part in lots of Activities; creating their own mini Japanese gardens and giant mini-beast sculptures using natural materials. We spent the afternoon using different measuring equipment to measure the circumference of trees and the distance between trees. 

    We finished the afternoon with a game of stuck in the mud in the beautiful grounds. 

    Fancy Joining a Choir? 

    At the end of February, Reverend Richard Lane and the Musical Director of Christ Church, Richard Hall, came to visit the children in their weekly singing assembly. The children had fun taking part in some unusual voice and body warm ups and learnt a beautiful song with signed actions. 

    The church is currently recruiting for members of their children’s choir and a warm invitation is extended to all at West Wimbledon Primary School. Children and their families do not need to be regular church goers to attend or even need to be able to read music. Rehearsals take place during term time on Fridays at 6.30pm at Christ Church, Copse Hill, West Wimbledon.

     

     

  • Chairman's Report for 2013/2014

    CHAIRMAN’S ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE YEAR 2013-2014 

    This year has been a remarkable one in the history of the Association. It has seen the fulfilment of our long held dream to have a meeting place of our own. We have used the opportunity created by the vacation of the tennis club from the pavilion in Grand Drive to create a warm and comfortable venue, which can be used for a variety of social events and parties. 

    We were able to celebrate its opening by inviting all our hard working area co-ordinators and road stewards to a tea and Bucks Fizz party in September, and over 60 people came. I would like to repeat the thanks I gave to them all then, since they are our backbone, and we could not exist without them.  

    I am glad to be able to report that the bookings for the Residents’ Pavilion are strong and increasing, and that, as the Treasurer will report, it is paying its way. There are discounted rates for members of the Association, and we hope that it will become a vibrant and essential venue for all kinds of local events. 

    The management group who lead and the success of the project is down to run it, and we owe them a great debt of gratitude. They have worked tirelessly. Foremost among them is Jerry Cuthbert who has organised and overseen the complex building work necessary to bring the pavilion up to modern standards. Then I must mention David Freeman for his day to day management of the site. We did the work in two phases, and the second phase was to make the building suitable for access for disabled people. We were only able to afford this since Christine Rowe used her expertise to obtain a large grant for us from the Lottery Fund. Our Treasurer, John Townsend, made sure that we remained within budget, and devised an accounting system that shows clearly the capital and running costs. Linda Fitch has taken on the role of overseeing the garden improvement and maintenance. Finally, and very much not least, Clary Hughes who took on the exacting job of bookings manager. 

    We thank them all very much for turning the dream into a reality. 

    All this has been on top of the usual work the Association has been undertaking ever since 1928. 

    There has been one signal success. We successfully opposed, with others, the two proposals by the All England Lawn Tennis Club to build housing on the Raynes Park Playing Fields, off Grand Drive. The Club has decided, instead, to bring its junior tennis academy to the ground, and to create 6 new tennis courts there. Although 3 of these will be covered, the impact on the residents will be far less than any kind of housing development. 

    There remain planning problems for the future. We continue to oppose the building of any housing on the Rainbow Industrial Estate next to Raynes Park Station. The site is landlocked, has railway lines on two sides, and has only the one access.  It continues to be needed to provide local employment. However, the Council has already drawn up a planning brief that allows for some 250 dwellings, so all we can is to try and bring this number down by pointing to the access problems and the lack of any realistic funding for the extra schools and health care facilities that these new residents will need. 

    The 12 year planning saga on the LESSA site is not yet complete, since there is still no conclusion as to who will be taking over the sports field, which the Inspector stated should be used principally for junior sports. We constantly remind the planning department to keep up the pressure on the developers to bring this about. 

    The saga of parking in Raynes Park town centre is also long running and won’t now be resolved until the autumn. We have repeatedly pressed for clarity in the parking controls levied, and a scheme that keeps out commuters while allowing a period of free parking sufficient to allow people to do essential things like getting to the post office, or to the chemist or the new health centre. 

    We continue to press for the retention of a post office in the Centre, particularly as we were promised that this would be maintained when the very useful one in Coombe Lane was closed. 

    We are currently seeking from the Council the long promised review of the traffic calming measures in Grand Drive. We are urging the police to do more to monitor the problem of vehicles speeding through the rat runs in rush hours and to bring a few prosecutions.  There is no point in having 20 or 30 mph limits if they are never enforced. 

    I would like to thank our planning and transport experts for their constant vigilance on our behalf. These are David Freeman, Rachel Skinner, Jan Bailey, Pamela Robinson, and Jerry Cuthbert. 

    We continue to make what representations we can to make sure that all vital services are maintained at St Helier Hospital, given the difficulty in getting from this area to St George’s, Kingston, Epsom or Croydon. 

    As ever, Jill Truman and Jan Bailey have continued to be key members of our team, as our joint secretaries. Jill is also the Editor of the Guide, which goes from strength to strength, and she keeps a close eye on what is happening in the Coombe Lane area.

    Jan is not only our minutes secretary, but knows who to contact about anything. Despite the very heavy rain over the winter, we have suffered no serious flooding, which must be at least in part to her expertise as to local rivers and drains, and her continuing to press the authorities to maintain them properly. 

    I would like to thank also Andrew Barwick, who is our distribution manager, and who organised our party last September, and Dick Coleman, his deputy. They have also been of great assistance, together with our Web Master Charles Briscoe-Smith, and Jerry Cuthbert and Rachel Skinner who are keeping our web site up to date.  Peter Connellan continues to keep us up to date on events around Shannon Corner. 

    The financing for the Guide comes largely from advertising, and Linda Fitch has continued to act as our Advertising Manager, and we thank her for this. 

    John Townsend is our Treasurer and his job entails keeping control over a myriad of separate transactions.  He does this in exemplary fashion. We also thank our Honorary Auditor, Brian Lewis-Lavender. 

    Our area covers the three Council wards of Raynes Park, West Barnes, and Cannon Hill. All 9 of our Councillors have helped us over the year, and we wish them well. 

    Finally, I would emphasise that, like all voluntary organisations, we need a constant inflow of fresh blood, talent, and enthusiasm, if we are to continue to our 100th anniversary in 2028.   If anyone can help, either tonight or reading this later, we would be delighted to welcome you on board. Just get in touch here 

    John Elvidge, Chairman 

    26 March 2014

     

     

  • Chairman's Annual Report 2015/2016

    At this time last year, we were all concerned at the proposals to build a huge number of flats and houses on the Rainbow Estate off Grand Drive. This is a landlocked site, which is surrounded by railway lines, and is designated for mainly industrial and business use. There was also meant to be a facility to park and ride at Raynes Park station, but this was not fully worked through.  Despite our reasoned objections, the proposals were approved by the Planning Committee and not called in by the Mayor of London. 

    The anxiety we felt about these proposals remains, but the chances of any major development being progressed in the near or medium term have been much reduced by the impact of the even more devastating possibilities connected with the proposed CrossRail 2. This is the new cross London railway which will pass through Raynes Park and Wimbledon on its way to north London, and for which the Government has pledged funding. 

    Many of the proposals for enhancing the rail links in this area will cause planning blight for 10 years or more and would seem to prevent any work being carried out on the Rainbow site.  

    We have set out in The Guide our concern at the weakness of the consultation held so far for what is being proposed, and our horror at the suggestions being made. I know that our MP Stephen Hammond is deeply concerned and has held a recent meeting at the House of Commons to find a way forward that does not result in the wholesale destruction of the town centre of Wimbledon. As he will be speaking to us tonight, I will not repeat his views now. The best solution for this area would appear to be a tunnel from Berrylands under Raynes Park and Wimbledon, which would obviate the need to close the two level crossings at Motspur Park and West Barnes. Any other solution would result in traffic being gridlocked on Grand Drive for the whole day and not just at rush hours. 

    Speaking of Grand Drive brings me to the lively debate we have been having as to finding a way to ease the movement of traffic. Coming south from the station, approaching the junction with Bushey Road, the junction is controlled by Transport for London, but Merton Council traffic officers are able to have a real input into proposed solutions. 

    We will continue to put pressure on the authorities to find a permanent solution to this long term problem. 

    One good piece of news is that the gas works intended to be carried out on the bottom part of Grand Drive will not happen this year. Instead, we have been promised a full consultation before the works starts next year. We will hold a public meeting as part of that consultation to try and find a way to keep traffic moving from the Beverley roundabout, without making life intolerable for people living along Cannon Hill Lane, along which the traffic is likely to be diverted.  

    I would like to thank the members of the Committee most involved in planning and transport matters for their hard work and expertise. They are David Freeman, Jerry Cuthbert, and Jan Bailey. I particularly tonight want to single out Rachel Skinner, who works as an expert in the field of transport management, for her enormous contribution, but who is moving away from the area. We’re very glad that she promises to keep in touch. 

    The focus of attention for the Association has continued to move from being principally concerned with matters of planning and traffic to that of its historic role of being a social organisation. 

    Last year was the first full year of operation of the Pavilion which is the centre of the many activities now open to members of the Association and local residents generally. It continues to go from strength to strength, and the Treasurer will shortly be able to confirm this when he reviews our accounts. It houses regular weekly sessions run by local activity and interest groups and bookings are also solid for family parties over the weekends.  

    The Pavilion is managed by a dedicated group of members who take the bookings, open and close the building and keep up the improvements. This voluntary work is time consuming and onerous, and I want to thank again Jerry Cuthbert and David Freeman, as well as our Treasurer John Townsend. Linda Fitch has also been a great help in taking care of and improving the gardens.  

    We would welcome some more assistance in managing the Pavilion which is now such an important part of our activity. We are grateful that Mrs. Deveson has come forward during the year to assist us, and hope that more members can be found to do the same.

    The Association established the Pavilion Social Club two years ago and is very successful, with growing numbers of men and women at its weekly get-togethers on Thursday afternoons, which have occasional guest speakers. It also organises visits out to places of interest. It has been run from the outset by Jill Truman and Andrea Hannan, and I have seen for myself their extraordinary rapport with the members and the enthusiasm they bring. We thank them. 

    We intend to hold a summer party to thank another much larger group of people without whom the Association could not begin to function. These are our dedicated Area Co-Ordinators and Road Stewards who deliver the Guides to all our members in all weathers. The party will be held at the Pavilion on the afternoon of Saturday 11th June during the weekend of celebrations to mark the 90th Birthday of The Queen. The invitations will be going out soon, and we hope that as many of them as possible will come and join us.  I want to thank also Andrew Barwick and Dick Coleman, our Distribution Managers, for their skilful organisation of such a large group of people. 

    Our web site is much visited, and is always kept fully up to date with matters of both general and immediate interest. We get an increasing numbers of enquiries in this way. The technical work is managed by our Web Master, Charles Briscoe-Smith and on a day to day basis mainly by Jerry Cuthbert. We thank all those involved. 

    The backbone of the Association continues to be the work put in by our Joint Secretaries, Jill Truman and Jan Bailey. They are simply invaluable and are human dynamos.  Jill not only finds time to edit the Guide, but also to act as our Advertising Manager, and we can only continue to afford to publish The Guide if we can obtain ongoing advertising revenue. Jan continues to amaze everyone with her encyclopaedic knowledge of everything that happens here and whom on the Council to approach to get things done she also prepares meticulous minutes of our meetings.   I thank them both. 

    We continue to play our full part in the wider Raynes Park Association and on the Raynes Park Forum. We are proud that Raynes Park is now widely heralded to be one of the finest small high street shopping areas in the whole country. I would thank Jerry Cuthbert, Jill Truman, and particularly tonight Pamela Robinson for their contribution to these community discussions.

    I must mention also the vital role that our West Barnes and Raynes Park Councillors play in coming to our meetings, in acting on our concerns and in bringing them to the attention of the powers that be in Merton. 

    As our Treasurer will tell you, we are financially in good heart, and John Townsend is that rare person, who is not only excellent with numbers, but can make an explanation of them interesting.  I want to thank him, and would also thank our Honorary Auditor Brian Lewis-Lavender. 

    We are sorry that our of our Committee stalwarts, Peter Connellan, passed away recently. He was a perfect gentleman and looked after the Shannon Corner area of the Association for very many years, as well as serving on local schools and in many other voluntary roles. We will miss him. 

    Finally, as I said last year, we do need fresh blood at all levels both to manage our affairs, and especially to help with advertising, and with running the Pavilion. If you can spare any time or energy to help, we will welcome you with open arms. Thank you. 

    John Elvidge (Chairman)

     

    13th April 2016

  • Chairman's Annual Report 2015

    This year has, as ever, been a busy one for the Association. 

    It has been the first full year of operation for our own Residents’ Pavilion, and I want to begin by thanking everyone involved in its conversion, and in its continuing success. 

    The work to turn the tennis pavilion into a warm and welcoming centre is now complete.  We could not have done this without the expertise and enthusiasm of the Chairman of the Management Group, Jerry Cuthbert. He also continues the time consuming task of managing the site on a day to day basis. The Association owes him a great debt of gratitude.  He has been ably assisted in this work by David Freeman and I also want to thank him for this. 

    We were able to make the centre fully usable for less able people with £9000 from the Lottery Grant. This was secured for us by Christine Rowe.  While she has now left the committee to pursue other interests, I want to acknowledge her great contribution in obtaining this vital extra money. 

    I want to thank Linda Fitch, as well as David, for their work in transforming the overgrown grounds into a pleasant garden, and in maintaining them. 

    Overseeing the complex accounting for this project has been our Treasurer, John Townsend.  He has set up a separate account for the Pavilion so that we can ensure that it pays its way and is not a drain on the general resources of the Association.

    I am delighted to be able to say that the Pavilion is meeting its costs and, even at this early stage, has come into surplus. 

    The bookings for the Pavilion continue to be buoyant and I want to thank the Pavilion Management team for their work in showing people over the building, taking the bookings, and for opening and closing the pavilion on the day. It is heavily booked as weekends as a venue for family parties. 

    I must single out among the regular bookings the Social Club run for our own residents. This takes place every Thursday for two hours in the afternoon, and has been a tremendous success. It clearly is enjoyed and valued by everyone who attends. This is due to the warmth and enthusiasm of its co-hosts, Jill Truman and Andrea Hannan, and I congratulate them.  

    All this has been in addition to the usual work of the Association is trying to preserve the benefits of living in this area. 

    The range of work we cover can seen be seen from the detailed and valuable notes set out in the Guide each month by our joint secretaries, Jill Truman and Jan Bailey.  I want to thank them both for the enormous amount of hard work they put in to keep abreast of what is happening in our area, and for alerting us of matters that we need to comment on and, if necessary, oppose. 

    One successful example of this is that, with others, we managed to persuade the Post Office to retain full counter facilities in the centre of Raynes Park. 

    Planning issues continue to take up a lot of our time. The focus of attention for this coming year is going to be the proposed redevelopment of the Rainbow Estate off Grand Drive, which is the subject of two current planning applications. We have set out our objections at length in responses to these, and I want to thank Jerry Cuthbert and David Freeman for the excellent and expert way they have done so. 

    To summarise, we oppose any housing on this site, which is designed for light industrial and business use. It continues to be needed as such to provide essential local employment. The site is land locked, and is simply unsuitable for housing. This area has more than met its quota for housing, with all the new developments up Grand Drive.  All the schools and surgeries in this area are overflowing, and the developers want to add to the numbers of people living in our community, so as to enhance their own profits, without providing any of the infrastructure needed. 

    What we need in Raynes Park are facilities to drop off and pick people up at the station, and the proposed schemes cannot provide for this. 

    Where a development enhances the community, we support it. We welcome the proposal to build a new library in West Barnes, paid for by residential accommodation, as was the case in the successful redevelopment of the Raynes Park Library. 

    We also welcome the proposal to bring CrossRail 2 to this area, with proposed stops at Motspur Park and Raynes Park. This will enable much easier access for our residents across London. 

    Our planning team is highly experienced, and their contribution to our work is invaluable. They are David Freeman, Jerry Cuthbert, Pamela Robinson, and Jan Bailey. Jan is also an expert on our water courses and drains. Rachel Skinner is professionally engaged in transport matters, and gives freely of her time on issues such as parking, vehicular access to developments, and Cross Rail 2. We thank them all. 

    Communicating what we do, and getting feedback from our members, is vital. We remain, by far, the largest Residents’ Association in Merton, so this is a major task.   We use both traditional and new means to do so. The Guide has been published since 1928, and Jill Truman is carrying on the long tradition of continuously improving it, as our Editor. 

    To get it to our members each month requires the dedicated service of a team of area co-ordinators and road stewards, all voluntary members. They do a sterling job, and we can’t thank them enough. 

    They are all organised by our distribution manager Andrew Barwick and his deputy, Dick Coleman, to whom thanks. 

    The Guide is virtually self funding through the advertisements that it carries. Our advertising manager for the last few years has been Linda Fitch, and I want to thank her for taking on this post and for carrying it through so effectively. She now wants to step down from this role, and we are looking to find someone to carry it on. We welcome any volunteers for this essential task. Linda has agreed to brief anyone fully on the job.    

    We are also modern in our methods of communication, through our web site, which is increasingly well used.   Thanks continue to be due to our Web Master, Charles Briscoe-Smith, for his technical skill, and to Rachel Skinner and Jerry Cuthbert for keeping the content up to date. 

    Our finances continue to be buoyant, and it is extraordinary that we have been able to fund the conversion of the Pavilion while retaining enough funds for everyday and emergency use. John Townsend, whose report will be next, continues to manage these with great aplomb, secure us the best available rates of interest, and has a fine eye to detail. We thank him. I also want to thank our Honorary Auditor, Brian Lewis-Lavender. 

    Brian has now been elected as a Councillor for West Barnes Ward, together with Gilli, his wife, and Mary-Jane Jeanes.  All three of them are assiduous in their attendance at our Committee meetings, and in following issues that our residents raise. 

    We continue to be represented at meetings of the Raynes Park Forum and the Raynes Park Association, which covers the town centre. I would thank Pamela Robinson, Jan Bailey, and Jerry Cuthbert for attending on our behalf, and for their reports back. 

    Of course, we cover also the areas of Coombe Lane, and of Shannon Corner, and we thank Jill Truman and Peter Connellan for keeping us appraised of issues in these areas. We hold an Open Meeting each year in Motspur Park to make it easier for residents there to meet us. 

    Finally, I would repeat my pleas from last year. We are very busy and do an awful lot. But we can always do with fresh blood at all levels. None of us is getting any younger.  We would welcome any new assistance, in any capacity. Just get in touch. Thank you.     

    John Elvidge

    18 March 2015

  • Wimbledon Stables - Charity Ball

    Wimbledon Village Stables Annual Charity Ball is on Saturday 7th March at the Cannizaro House Hotel. Everyone is welcome to come and join us for an enjoyable evening raising funds for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and World Horse Welfare. Tickets £95 each please e-mail admin@wvstables.com for further information.

    Wimbledon Village Stables
    24 a/b High Street
    Wimbledon

  • Holly Lodge, Richmond Park - March 2015

    Holly Lodge Centre

     

    The Holly Lodge Centre provides an opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy and learn from a series of hands-on experiences focusing on the rich natural environment in the unique setting of Richmond Park. These activities range from art, gardening and photography to environmental and historical interpretation programmes that are linked to the National Curriculum for schools. All kinds of groups are catered for and have included special schools, day centres, mainstream schools, holiday clubs, hospitals and many other kinds of organisations. Activities are adapted to help visitors gain maximum benefit and enjoyment from the Park.

     

    In addition to outdoor activities, groups can also experience and learn about life and society in Victorian times by visiting 'Mrs. Sawyer's Kitchen' - an old farm building that has been transformed to provide an authentic glimpse of the Victorian age. There is also a kitchen garden planted with old varieties of vegetables, and our replica Victorian Pharmacy.


    The Centre is located at Holly Lodge, the Park's administrative headquarters and base for the Metropolitan Police. This is a secure site. It is run as a charity (charity no 1076741) in collaboration with the Royal Parks.
     

    Spring lunch to feature “Calendar Girls” Creator, Tricia Stewart Mark 

    On Wednesday, 18 March, the Centre’s annual spring lunch will feature Tricia Stewart, creator of the fabulously successful “Calendar Girls” calendars. Tricia will speak about how her “crazy idea” for an alternative calendar for the Women’s Institute has, over 15 years, become a phenomenon, inspiring the blockbuster film, “Calendar Girls”, the long-running West End stage version of the story and Tricia’s own book, “The Calendar Girl”.

    The luncheon will be in the Belvedere at Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park. 12:30 for 1:00.

    Doors will open at 11:30 giving everyone the opportunity to browse the fashion stalls.

    In addition to Tricia’s talk which promises to be amusing and inspirational, guests will receive a welcome drink and a three course lunch with half a bottle of wine per person. There will be a raffle with a variety of prizes.

    Tricia is a much sought after speaker with in excess of 100 speaking engagements each year. And the calendars themselves continue to be a huge world-wide success that has raised £4 million for Leukemia and Lymphoma Research.

    One person who recently heard Tricia speak said that she “told the story of the Calendar Girls with so much humour, honesty and energy she well deserved the standing ovation she received. She made us realise that with some out-of-the-box thinking, you can achieve great things if you just go ahead and do it.”

    Tickets: £45

    Telephone: 020 8940 8730 

    E-mail hlcevents@thehollylodgecentre.co.uk

  • Notes from Raynes Park Forum - 9 December 2014

    Management of Parks and Other Local Issues

    Councillor Andrew Judge, Cabinet Member for Environmental Sustainability and Regeneration, gave an overview of proposals for the future management of Merton’s parks (a summary note is available here )

    In response to questions on the management of Merton’s parks, Councillor Judge explained that outsourcing the management contract will be done on approximately a 25-year basis, to encourage bidding companies to invest in parks; however, break clauses will be included to allow early termination of the contract if the contractor underperforms. In addition to parks, any bidder will need expertise in sports grounds and grounds maintenance. 

    The Parks contract will be a single one, between both Sutton and Merton; however, each borough will have its own team managing the parks in its area. Current Parks' staff will be transferred over via TUPE to the successful bidder. Consultation on the subject continues, including with Friends of Parks groups. 

    Councillor David Dean is working on a social enterprise bid with unions, parks staff and Friends of Parks for the contract. 

    Other local issues

     following the sale of 28 maisonettes, at "Raynesfield", Grand Drive, that were police properties, Councillor Judge led a petition which has resulted in a change to policy on the sale of police properties. Any such properties with sitting tenants will now have to be sold to social landlords, giving tenants security of tenure. 

    A decision has been made to implement a residents’ Controlled Parking Zone in the Cambridge Road area of Raynes Park. 

    Health

    Dr Sion Gibby said the St George’s Hospital had been appointed as the provider of services at the Nelson, which is on schedule to open on 1st April 2015. All 25 GP practices in Merton are forming a federation of practices, which will allow patients to access various services from different practices; they are bidding for government money to provide more services in the borough. 

    Kingston Hospital’s car park is no longer pay and display, but pay on exit. Customers can also now pay by credit card and there are more spaces. The hospital’s Audiology service has been accredited; and audiology will also be provided at Raynes Park. 

    A tour of the day unit at Kingston Hospital  is being held on 11th  February and is open to all. 

    Ride London

    Ride London 2015 will take place, passing through Merton on Sunday 2 August. The format will be the same as Ride London 2014, with hand-cycling, the mass participation event, and the professionals’ race, which the BBC will televise. The proposed route will be the same, with the same road closures. 

    James Taylor from Ride London and Christine Parsloe, Merton Council’s Leisure and Culture Development Manager explained that they are meeting with community groups in Merton to look at how management of the event can be improved and to fix the problems that occurred during Ride London 2014. This included using a new stewarding company in 2015 and looking at improving access and egress around the route for residents. Communications around the event will commence in the New Year. Leaflets will be distributed to the whole area in the summer, highlighting where access points will be. 

    The Ride London team is also happy to work in advance with anyone who may need access arranged for specific reasons such as health concerns, a wedding or holidays. There is a dedicated telephone number and email address on Ride London’s website for this. 

    Current and Anticipated Planning Applications, including the Rainbow Estate

    Neil Milligan, the Development Control Section Manager at Merton Council, provided an update on planning applications: 

    An application has been submitted for the Rainbow Estate.  A five-week consultation will be carried out on the application, which is likely to go to committee around April 2015. The council is investigating unauthorised advertising hoardings going up on roads. 

    Raynes Park Bereavement Service Launch

    A free bereavement service has been launched, run by trained volunteers across Raynes Park.

    Click here for further details, contact 07914 263420 or raynesparkbereavement@gmail.com

  • Raynes Park High School - March 2015

    Drama – The Dog and the Elephant 

    On 5th February, Yr 12 and Yr 13 Performing Arts students visited the disused tunnel underneath Waterloo Station for an exciting and unconventional piece of live theatre. 'The Dog and The Elephant' explored the story of Bare Knuckle Boxer Bendigo Barlow, and his friendship with an elephant. The play charted his struggles with OCD and Tourette's syndrome at a time before these were understood, alongside exploring his tempestuous relationship with the Romany Gypsies. 

    It was a hard-hitting account of the ugliness of isolation and the need for acceptance and, as such, was a hugely relevant and rewarding experience. 'The Dog and the Elephant' demonstrated to our aspiring young actors the power and impact that a one man performance can have on an audience.

    Feeding in to the method acting processes explored in their lessons, students recognised the influence of widely studied practitioners such as Berkoff, Brecht, Frantic Assembly and Kneehigh. 

    Head of Drama - Ms Valmarana 

     

    Ms Ford, Ultimate Frisby Champion - What is Ultimate Frisbee?

    It is a fast-paced, non contact team sport where two teams of seven players compete to score goals by catching the disc in the end zone. It is one of the fastest-growing sports in the UK and around the world with over 3500 competing players in the UK alone. 

    Law Teacher, Ms Ford says,

    "I have been playing Ultimate Frisbee for around 8 years now and yes, it is a real sport! It is a game that is played on a pitch similar to a football pitch and on grass; there are 7 players on each team. Games last for 90 minutes and at a weekend tournament you play around 7 games. It is high intensity and involves a lot of running, jumping, throwing, catching and diving. I represented Great Britain in 2011 winning a Silver Medal at the European Championships and I am off to Dubai to represent GB again at the start of March. My other successes include 3 National Titles and 3 European Titles with my club team Iceni. Ultimate has taken me all over Europe and also to the US and I hope to see many other parts of the world this way in the future."

  • Morden Park and Playing Fields Assoc'n.

    Users of the Park and Playing Fields Association carry out regular litter picking sessions that you might care to join. 

    Weekday litter picks take place on the 3rd Tuesday of the month  starting  12.30pm to 3pm.  Pickers  meet on the London Rd footpath below the Travelodge.  

    Weekend Litter picks/workdays are held on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 10am to 2.p.m. 

    As the meeting points can change. Please contact Liz Sherwood Secretary to the Association by mobile:

    07891 889 389 or email:  liz.sherwood@talktalk.net  

  • Tennis Club - Open Day 18 April 2015

    The Raynes Park Residents' Lawn Tennis Club is participating in the LTA inspired Highland Spring Mini Tennis Month on Saturday morning 18th April from 9 am. The aim of the event is to promote tennis as a family sport by showing parents how easy and what fun it is to play tennis with their children. Free expert coaching is provided for the whole family, so just turn up at the club. In the afternoon from midday there will be an Open Day for adults of all abilities, again with coaching available. There will be refreshments provided, and if the weather is fine the day, may well conclude with a barbecue. 

    Paul Sadler  rprltc.co.uk

     

  • West Barnes Library - March 2015

    News from the Friends of West Barnes Library (next to Motspur Park Station) 

    DATES FOR YOUR DIARY - Friends of West Barnes Library 

    ·                     Friday 27 March (7.30pm) - Quiz Night 

    ·                     Saturday 20 June (1.30pm- 4.00pm)  - Garden Party – 

    Following the success of the recent FoWBL Photography Competition we will be holding another competition later in the year.  Look out for the details in the library in the next couple of months.   

    Check out the updated Friends of West Barnes Library website at www.friendsowbl.org.uk. 

    Volunteers needed - Can you spare a couple of hours occasionally? West Barnes Library urgently needs more volunteers to help at a range of levels to assist staff. You could be helping keep the library open for the people of Motspur Park. Training will be given. For details and to apply, please ask at the counter. 

    The FoWBL Events team is looking for volunteers to organise events and to come up with some new ideas.   If you are interested in helping please contact the Friends at mail@friendsowbl.org.uk or friendsowbl.org.uk 

    What’s on?

    Coming up at West Barnes Library - To reserve a place where required, talk to staff, call 020 8274 5789 or email westbarnes.library@merton.gov.uk

    Kiddirama Under 5s (Tuesdays, 10am-11am, except every third Tuesday of the month 9.30am-10.30am). Term time only (Commences 13/1/2015).  An interactive, fun story, song and sensory class. £2 per child. To book, email kiddirama@mail.com or phone 07542 170604

    Computer Classes for Beginners (Tuesdays, noon-1.30pm, and Thursdays, 1.30pm-3pm).  Booking essential.

    Rendezvous Club (Tuesdays, 1.30pm-3.30pm). Weekly drop-in for over 55s. £2. For more information call Gilli on 020 8543 1781.

    Kiddirama Juniors (Tuesdays, 4pm-5pm) Term time only (commences 13/1/2015). Interactive sessions for 7-12 year-olds focusing on team building, confidence boosting, performance and s. £2 per child. To book, email kiddirama@mail.com or phone 07542 170604.

    Knit & Natter (Thursdays, 11am-1pm) Bring your own knitting or crochet.  We also knit items for various charities or for sale to raise funds for them. This year we have made blankets for the Cats Protection League and for the Premature Baby Unit.  We have also made hats, gloves and scarves for the homeless as well as poppies for the British Legion.  Free tea or coffee provided.

    Toddlers’ Rhyme Time (Fridays, 10.30am-11am).Rhymes and musical activities for 0 to 5 year-olds followed by Story Time (11am-11.30am).

    The Sparkle Club (Saturdays, 2.30pm-4pm). Eight-week story-writing course for children. Booking required.

    Adults’ Book Club. Thursday 5 March (5.45-6.45). This month’s book is Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch as part of the Cityread scheme.   New members are warmly welcomed.

     Craft and Chat Saturday, 7 March (3pm-4pm).  Easter Flower Arranging

    Join the Friends for an interactive workshop and take home your own floral masterpiece. £5.00 charge – payable in advance.   Booking is essential as places are limited.

    Police Surgery Tuesday 24 March (3-4). Drop in and speak to your local PC about any issues you may have.

    Quiz Night Friday 27th March (7.30pm)    Sign up as a team (maximum 6 people) or join with other on the night.  FoWBL members £3 / non-members £4.  Booking essential.  Call 020 8274 5789 or email westbarnes.library@merton.gov.uk.

    Children’s Craft Saturday, 28 March (2pm-4pm).  Bring the children for fun activities. Easter activities.  No need to book. 

    To receive a monthly eNewsletter of events at West Barnes Library, write to mail@friendsowbl.org.uk or sign up atwww.friendsowbl.org.uk

  • The Prevalent "Cold" Phone Call Scam

    Neighbourhood Watch: How best to avoid this continuing scam 

    The scam illustrated below has been around for several years and those who read the Borough Commander's emails will be aware that Merton residents have had their share of cold calls from miscreants pretending to be either Bank Staff or Policemen attempting to ‘con’ them into giving bank account or credit card details. The 'con' is very plausible and some people have had their Bank Accounts drained.

    Recently, one our local members had a call on his land-line purporting to be from Inspector Michael Thomas of Charing Cross Police Station, and that his credit card had been cloned.
     

    The caller asked for details of his card. Our member said it wasn't on him and he would have to find it. He then asked how he could prove that the caller was who he said he was. It was suggested he phone the Station to check.

    As requested he hung up but Instead of calling the number from his land-line, he phoned 999 from his mobile and gave the police the name and number of the caller. Several times he checked his land-line and it was still open but by the time the police arrived the miscreant caller had hung up.

    This is a good way to avoid being scammed and help the police catch these evil people.
     

     

    Remember: no Bank or Police Officer will ask for bank or card details over the telephone.   The same can be said for scam emails from National Companies such as BT suggesting that there is a problem with your account.

  • Operation Endeavour

    This is an MPS operation into the keyless theft of cars and vans. 

    Currently 28% of all vehicles stolen in London relate to instances where the victim still has the original key(s).

     

     

     

    Your motor vehicle could be at risk if it is controlled with an electronic key.

    • Organised criminals are able to steal some of these vehicles in less than 30 seconds.

    • They do this by using specialist equipment to programme a blank key that is compatible with the vehicle.

    • They do not need the original key. This means that they do not need to steal your key in order to steal your motor vehicle. 

     

    To reduce the chances of becoming a victim of keyless vehicle theft, please consider additional security measures such as an approved car alarm, steering wheel lock or gearstick lock in addition to your vehicle’s own security.

  • Raynes Park Afternoon Townswomen's Guild - March 2015

    The weather has restricted our New Year activities a little.  Nevertheless on 2nd February two members did travel to Kingston to the refurbished All Saints Church for the Monday lunch time concert.   These weekly concerts are obviously popular.  Catherine Leonard’s piano recital with music by Liszt, Schubert and Chopin was very well received by the audience of between 50 and 100 people.   Their coffee shop is also welcome!   Then on 3rd February a group of seven ladies dodged the snow flurries to enjoy lunch together at a favourite venue – Superfish in Morden.

    A larger group of 11 visited Twickenham on 10 February.  Arriving via a scenic and circuitous bus route from Kingston we made our way down to the riverside to walk along the river embankment, past the bridge over to Eel Pie Island, to the quaint building of the Twickenham Museum.   Of all the local memorabilia displayed the item that sticks in my mind is a home made ‘tin can’ diving suit made by a local character who in the early days of diving apparently gave demonstrations from Eel Pie Island Bridge.  Air was pumped to him by a boy paid 6d a session later increased to 1/- when he went on strike mid dive!   Amazingly, when tested recently by a diving club, it was realised, the apparatus still works.

    From the Museum we proceeded next door to the welcoming atmosphere and roaring open fire of The Barmy Army Pub.  After an enjoyable leisurely lunch our host suggested we should look at the naked lady statues, close by in York House Gardens.  These proved to be part of an enormous, ornate Italian Fountain around a large pond, tucked at one end of these delightful gardens on the riverside.

    Our next meeting is on 19th March when Mr. & Mrs. Reynolds will give us a talk entitled ‘Painting Canal Barges’.  Anyone who would like to join us at 1.30 pm at St Saviour’s Church Hall will be very welcome.

    As mentioned before it is open house to all local friends for our summer coach outing on Thursday, 20th August to Hastings for which bookings are now being taken.  The fare is £15 including the driver’s tip.  The main pick up will be at 9.45 am at Raynes Park Station (Approach Road/Grand Drive side).  Return from Hastings 4.30 pm.  Further details to follow.

    For more information about any of our activities, or if you would like to join us on a visit or lunch outing, please contact Mrs. D Raymond (020 8395 9489) or Mrs. Eileen Brewer (020 8542 6491).

     

    Dorothy Raymond

  • Works at A3 Hook and Local Bus Stops

    Announcement from TFL - March 2015 - Works at the A3 Hook and Local Bus Stops

    The A3 Hook Roundabout is a grade separated junction where the A3 Kingston Bypass runs under the A243 Hook Road. The grade separated roundabout is sustained by two road bridges and pedestrian access is provided by a separate adjacent footbridge. A map attached illustrates the location.

    In 2011, an HGV collided with the footbridge and road bridges at the Hook Underpass and caused damage to all the structures which require repair. The proposed works involve concrete repairs to the damaged road bridges and replacement of the existing footbridge with a new, wider footbridge that can be used by cyclists and pedestrians safely.

     Footbridge Replacement - Pedestrian and Traffic Management during the works

     The footbridge and immediate surrounding footways will be temporarily closed for approximately 11 weeks whilst the works are taking place and there will be pedestrian diversions in place to ensure safe crossing of the A3. The details of the pedestrian diversions are being reviewed following engagement with stakeholders including the local Borough council officers, the works contractor for TfL, the Metropolitan Police, Southborough High School and Tolworth Girls School. In principle, the pedestrian diversion routes proposed for crossing the A3 are as follows:  

    1.    Using the zebra crossing points and footways on the west side of the Hook Road roundabout

    2.    Along Hook Rise (North & South) slip road footways and the Fullers Way subway.

    Early feedback from Southborough High School and Tolworth Girls School suggests that they are supportive of the project and agree that the works will be of benefit to the local community. Currently, we are planning for this work to be carried out during the coming Spring / Summer 2015. The exact dates will be confirmed once all the necessary arrangements for the works are finalised.  

    Whilst the old footbridge is being lifted and removed from the site, the A3 carriageway will be temporarily closed in both directions for the safety of road users. This operation will be carried out overnight (one night only) and will be scheduled to take place during a weekend.  

    Once the footbridge is removed, only lane closures and slip road closures will be required to carry out the other highway and bridge support modifications required for the new footbridge. On completion of the modification works, a full road closure on the A3 will be repeated again to install the new footbridge. Traffic diversions will be put in place to manage traffic on the A3 during each of the road closures.  

    Pre-scheme BT Service diversion works (enabling works)  

    Prior to the footbridge works, BT will need to carry out some work to reposition their cables in the footway alongside the A3 Hook Rise southbound off slip road, in preparation for the footbridge replacement works. These works are planned to take place from 14 February 2015 for up to 3 days. During this time, it will be necessary to close one lane of the A3 Hook Rise South Slip Road for the duration of the works.

      A3 Hook Underpass Road Bridge - Concrete Repairs  

    We are planning to carry out some initial concrete repair works to the damaged road bridges at Hook Roundabout towards the end of March, with the remainder of the works programmed together with the footbridge replacement works. These initial works will be carried out during night time over two weekends and will involve a road closure for southbound traffic only.

      A3 Elmcroft Drive - Road Safety works

      I would also like to advise you of another scheme taking place at the junction of the A3 Hook Rise South and Elmcroft Drive. This is unrelated to the Footbridge work and consists of installing a vehicle crash barrier at the northern end of Elmcroft Drive. This is planned to complete prior to the main footbridge works.  

    The Hook Footbridge programme is being finalised and I will keep you updated regarding any further developments. We will be delivering letters to local addresses giving information of the works, for your information a copy of the letter is attached to the email.

    Please contact  Gary Murphy, Consultation Specialist,  Consultation Team Transport for London (STEngagement@tfl.gov.uk) directly if you for further information

    Changes to Bus Stops – 200 Copse Hill

    Working together, Transport for London (TfL) and London Borough of Merton will be making some changes to the bus stops in the Copse Hill area during March 2015. The changes are necessary to improve the safety and the accessibility of the bus stops. All the affected stops are served by bus route 200 which runs between Mitcham and Raynes Park via Wimbledon.

    Here is what we will be doing at each bus stop:

    a)             Stop outside 35a Cottenham Park Road – Bus stop extended

    We will extend the bus stop ‘cage’ and clearway marking by approximately 8 metres east (outside Holland Gardens). This will help deter parking and allow buses safe and easy access to the kerb. 

    b)            Stop outside 18 Cottenham Park Road –  Bus stop removed

    We will remove this stop. It is located on a left hand bend, meaning bus drivers have a restricted view of traffic behind as they pull away from the stop. It is also very close to the next stop. Unfortunately there is no suitable alternative site available but the next stop is only a short distance away (approximately 120 metres) near the Church Hall. 

    c)              Stop outside Church Hall, Cottenham Par Road – Bus stop moved south slightly and shelter removed

    We will move this stop to a new location approximately 15 metres south, outside nos. 4 & 6 Cottenham Park Road. The existing stop does not meet accessibility standards due to the length of the raised kerb, and it is not possible to extend it due to the vehicle crossovers at either end. Also, buses stopping at the existing stop can reduce visibility for the nearby zebra crossing. The new location will allow a longer raised kerb, meeting accessibility standards, and will improve pedestrian and driver sightlines for the zebra crossing. 

    The new location is not suitable for a bus shelter due to the presence of tree roots and the need to maintain clear pedestrian access to the stop. We will remove the existing shelter as it will be in the wrong place. However, most people waiting for buses towards Mitcham prefer to use the bus stop in Copse Hill outside the tennis club, which does have a shelter, as the journey is shorter. 

    d)              Stop outside 3 & 5 Cottenham Park Road – Bus stop and shelter removed

    We will remove this bus stop and shelter. This stop is located almost directly opposite the new location for stop c) described above. This means that if both stops are occupied by buses there would not be enough room for traffic in both directions to pass. Unfortunately there is no suitable alternative site available but the previous stop is only a short distance away (approximately 160 metres) in Copse Hill outside the tennis club. 

    e)             Stop outside 5 Copse Hill – Bus stop moved to west of High Cedar Drive with shelter provided

    We will move this bus stop approximately 150 metres west to outside Cedarland Terrace and nos. 19 & 21 Copse Hill. We will also provide a bus shelter at this new location. We will need to relocate an existing sign post at the new bus stop location – the new location for the post is to be confirmed. 

    The existing stop is located on a busy road nearly opposite another bus stop. When both stops are occupied by buses there is limited space for other vehicles to pass, causing traffic to build up and leading to some vehicle drivers making dangerous manoeuvres. This also makes it difficult for pedestrians to cross the road. This area is particularly busy at school start and finish times. 

    Also, the existing stop is very close to the previous stops for both directions and a long way from the next stop at Atkinson Close, leaving some bus users from the area to the north of Copse Hill with a long walk.

    The new location will be more suitable, will ensure the bus stops are more evenly spaced, and will reduce the walking distance for some bus users. 

    f)              Stop outside tennis club, Copse Hill – Bus stop extended 

    We will extend the bus stop ‘cage’ and clearway marking by approximately 11 metres west (outside no. 16 Copse Hill). This will help deter parking and allow buses safe and easy access to the kerb. 

    g)            Stop in Durham Road near Cottenham Park Road – No change to bus stop


    h)    Stop outside 162 & 164 Durham Road –  No    change to bus stop


    i)      Stop outside Roskeen Court, Ridgway – No change to bus stop

     

    j)    Stop in Atkinson Close – No change to bus   stop 

    Impact on bus service and parking

    There will be no change to the way bus route 200 serves this area. It will still serve the two stops in Copse Hill in both directions, turning at the stop in Atkinson Close as now. 

    All bus stops will have ‘no stopping except buses’ restrictions, as now. Although there will be some changes to where parking is available, with some parking space removed and some parking space released, we expect that the overall impact on the availability of parking space will be limited. 

  • Merton AGE UK - Walks in March 2015

    Walks and Outings by public transport 

    Walks organized for the March are: 

    ·                     Wednesday 4 March – British Museum Outing

    ·                     Tuesday 10 March – Back Stage Tour of Wimbledon Theatre

    ·                     Wednesday 11 March – Shakespeare’s London Walk  

    To book your Place on the many social activities organized by Age Concern for Merton Residents can and to find out more about any of their services:  visit 277 London Rd, Mitcham, call 020 8648 5792 or email info@ageukmerton.org.uk

  • Chairman's Blog - March 2015

    This month, our Blog is by Jill Truman, Editior of "The Guide", our monthly magazine for members.

    Public Meetings about the Proposed redevelopment of Plough Lane

    Merton Council organised a public meeting on 11th February to give Merton residents the opportunity to hear directly from applicants, AFC Wimbledon and Galliard Homes, about their proposals for a new 11,000-2,000-seat football stadium, retail and residential development. 

    The meeting was chaired by Merton Councils’ head of sustainable communities James McGinlay.  Wandsworth Council  held a similar meeting for their residents.

     

    Merton Council took the decision to host these meetings given the huge public interest in such a major development in the borough.

     

    The planning application and associated documents are available on Merton’s website. (Reference 14/P4361).

     

    New Neighbourhood Watch Group – a chance to save money on your home insurance! 

    Association Member and Cannon Hill Resident, Lizzy Ewer, has started a Neighbourhood Watch group for that part of Cannon Hill Lane that stretches from Grand Drive to the mini roundabout. To join, residents in that area should email Lizzy on lizzy.ewer@hotmail.com. Members can then receive the weekly crime reports from the police. It is worth taking part in the scheme because some insurance companies will offer a reduced premium to NHW members.

     

    Morden Park and Playing Fields Association  

    Residents who enjoy using Morden Park will be interested to note that there is an Association dedicated to looking after the Park.  Elsewhere in this issue, we carry details of their monthly litter picking and work sessions.    You might wish to join them for some exercise whilst gaining a ‘feel good’ factor by helping to keep the Park pristine.  

    It’s worth also mentioning that litter blowing into the East Pyl Brook, flowing through the park, winds up in the Pyl Brook and can create blockages in the culvert with inevitable results!

    Jill Truman

  • Health Poverty Action

    One of the volunteers  of this Charity is organizing a ‘hot’ Caribbean evening on Wednesday 25th February 2015

    Can you handle the heat?”if so why not join them to sample some of the hottest food in SW19. 

    Where: Ting n Ting, Unit 2, The Pavilion, Merton Abbey Mills,

    Watermill Way, London, SW19 2RD.

    When: Wednesday 25th February 5pm-9pm.

    Menu: £12.50 (with a percentage donated to Health Poverty Action)

    ·           Spicy Beef with potatoes, Rice N Peas and Cucumber Salad.

    ·           Jerk Chicken Wings, Sweet Potato Wedges and Coleslaw. 

    ·           Mutton Curry, Plain Rice and Salad or Coleslaw

  • Talk Autism - 24 February 2015

    Volunteer Centre Merton with Sharon Clark

     

    Come & find out about the Supported Volunteering Programme for people with learning & sensory difficulties.

    Volunteering is a very effective way of helping people to engage, through socialising, overcoming isolation, building self esteem & confidence, & using, or learning new skills.

     

    For parents/carers of young people & adultsaged 16 plus 

    Tuesday 24 February,10am to 12pm

    Chaucer Centre, Room B, Canterbury Road, Morden, SM4 6PX

    Please book ahead for all events where possible 

    Contact:                       Tracy Blackwell, Kids First/Talk Autism Administrator , Merton Mencap 

    T:    020 8687 4644

    Visit us at www.mertonmencap.org.uk

     

     

  • Lambton Road PPG Annual Meeting

    Lambton Road GP Practice Patient Participation Group (PPG) announces its Annual Meeting – 2015. 

    ·   Come and hear what's happening

    ·      Find out about recent changes in Merton NHS from your local representative

    ·      Meet the PPG, and have your say

     

     

    Saturday 14th March 2015

    2:00 - 3.30pm

    Raynes Park Health Centre 

    This meeting will include the PPG AGM 

    No need to RSVP. 

  • Raynes Park High School - February 2015

    This is an exciting and busy time for the Sixth Form.

    Year 12 and 13 AS / A Level students are eagerly awaiting results from their Pre Public Exams (Mock exams).

    The Results Assembly on Wednesday 21st January included a ‘target setting’ session to help students focus on the months ahead.  The 21st January was also the second of our Sixth Form drop down days covering study skills, interview techniques and careers, along with reviewing students’ progress to date. 

    Sixth Form Parents Evening -Thursday 12th February 5-8pm

    All Year 13 Students who applied to universities for September 2015 have had offers and are working hard to achieve their required grades. They have applied for courses ranging from Engineering, Mathematics, Media, to Psychology, Sport and Social Work, to name just a few. 

    Our Year 12 Level 3 students will be visiting the annual UCAS Fair in March. All the universities are represented along with organisations providing information and guidance on choices after Sixth Form including apprenticeships, the Armed Forces and volunteer work. We will be following this up with a University Information evening for parents and students after Easter. 

    Don’t Miss this year’sAwards Assembly - Organised and produced by the students, which House will take the 2015 trophy? 

    Our Sixth Form students’ hard work and achievement was celebrated at their own end of term assembly. 

    Ms Lawner presented awards for key subjects and Mr. Castle gave a tablet to SMX student Priyanka Shrestha who was one of the students who achieved 100% attendance and positive added value. Once again it was a fitting end to what had been a long and busy term. 

    Ms Lawner, Director Sixth Form 

    Digital Rangers Graduate with Flying Colours

    Raynes Park High School had a graduation ceremony with a difference on Tuesday 13th January. Members of the Rendezvous and The Pavilion Clubs in West Barnes were presented with certificates having successfully completed their six week ‘Digital Rangers’ computing course in the school’s Sixth Form. Thirteen ‘silver surfer’ students took part in the BT Internet Rangers programme which partners schools with local senior citizen groups to teach computer skills. 

    The project led by teachers Ms Derrington, KS3 Maths Coordinator and Mr. Priddle, Head of ICT and Computing, involved students giving one-on-one support to the senior citizens on diverse topics such as, how to find supermarket deals, internet safety tips, and what to look out for when Internet shopping. They also sent Tweets, set up Facebook pages and learnt how to email, use Word, PowerPoint and Excel. 

    “The programme opened up a whole new world to me”, Joan Fennell, said. “I was so scared of all computers, the subjects and the content were exactly the right level, especially for the ‘oldies’.” 

    RPHS student Shahmir Khan (11NZ) said, “Seeing the group’s progress every week and knowing our support has helped them achieve what they couldn’t at the beginning of the programme has given us a lot of pleasure”.  

    Mr. Wheatley said “Judging by the buzz in the classroom every week, students young and old were thoroughly enjoying the practical lesson.”  

    RPHS is planning another five week Digital Ranger Course in the spring term. Anyone over the age of 65 interested in learning how to use computers, tablets, smart phones or social media should contact Ms MacEwen

  • Association's Representations for the "Kiss & Ride"

     “Kiss & Ride” at Rainbow Industrial Estate, Approach Road, Grand Drive, SW20 OJY (14/P4288) 

    It is noted that the proposed “Kiss and Ride” facility on the south side of Raynes Park Station (14/P4288) has been submitted as a separate application from that for the Rainbow Industrial Estate (14/P4287). The RPWBRA supports this methodology, on the basis that the “Rainbow Estate Application” (14/P4287) may not be approved or may be subject to subsequent amendments or delays. It is important that the “Kiss and Ride” facility is delivered for the local community, irrespective of the outcome of the “Rainbow Application”. 

    We therefore support in principle the need for improving the current unsatisfactory arrangements for setting down and picking up train passengers on the south side of Raynes Park Station but have serious concerns about the design and safety factors:, as follows:

     

    1.         SAFETY CONCERNS WITH THE PROPOSED DESIGN 

    We consider that current design for the “Kiss and Ride” has several short comings that need to be addressed. 

    We understand that the minimum requirement for a mini-roundabout in normal road circumstances would be 12m Inscribed Circle Diameter (ICD). However, we do not believe that this would work safely in such a confined Kiss &Ride (K&R) scheme, even if it was slightly enlarged so as to incorporate the whole of the rear garden of No 9 Grand Drive.  

    This is because of: 

    ·                    The close proximity of property boundaries on two sides (south and west), with which drivers are likely to avoid contact.

    ·                    The close proximity of the footpath on north side, which narrows to a 1.2m pinch-point, right by the mini-roundabout. 

    It is likely, therefore, that many vehicles will have to execute a three-point turn. 

    There are also likely to be conflicts between: 

    ·                    Traffic doing “U” turns,

    ·                    Traffic doing three-point turns,

    ·                    Traffic crossing directly over the mini-roundabout, as it enters the Rainbow Estate,

    ·                    Parked vehicles, due to there being in sufficient space for dropping off and/or collecting passengers

    ·                    Pedestrians crossing the access road.

     

    2.         SAFEGUARDING THE “KISS AND RIDE” FOR THE COMMUNITY. 

    Notwithstanding the above, we note that the Planning Brief for the Rainbow Industrial Estate, Site Proposals, Section 6.4, states that the Kiss and Ride is a requirement. It is thus implicit that the “Kiss and Ride” facility is a crucial part of the Brief and thus enabled by the “Rainbow Estate Application” (14/P4287). 

    Therefore, assuming that redevelopment of the Rainbow Industrial Estate may eventually be approved in whatever form, the delivery of the “Kiss and Ride” facility (14/P4288) should be made the subject of a S106 Agreement or similar Condition attached to the main application. 

    This would guarantee the provision of this key requirement of the Planning Brief for the community. Additionally, the S106 Agreement or condition should fix a suitable point for completion of the “Kiss & Ride” within the construction programme for the re-development of the Rainbow Industrial Estate. 

    Neglecting to incorporate this safeguard could result in the delay or non-delivery of the “Kiss and Ride”, particularly in view of the complexities of ownership of this part of the site close to the railway station. The potential for failure of this part of Merton’s LDF is significant and should not be overlooked. 

    Regards

    J R Cuthbert

    on behalf of the Committee for the Raynes Park and West Barnes Residents’ Association.

     

     

  • West Barnes Library - February 2015

    WEST BARNES LIBRARY OPEN DAY / NATIONAL LIBRARIES DAY

    SATURDAY 7TH FBRUARY 2015 

    Come along and find out what events take place in your local library.  There will also be information on Ebooks, National Numeracy Challenge and lots more…

     

    Programme of events

    Children’s Craft 11am-12pm

    Book Club 12 noon-1pm

    Drop in IT session 1pm-2pm

    Knit and Natter 1pm-2pm

    African Story Time with Suzanne from  Kiddirama 2pm-3pm

    Sparkle Club – creative writing group 2.30-3.30pm

    Craft and Chat - Talk and demonstration on weaving with Madeline Jude – 3pm-4pm   please book 

    Volunteers needed

    Can you spare a couple of hours occasionally? West Barnes Library urgently needs more volunteers to help at a range of levels to assist staff. You could be helping keep the library open for the people of Motspur Park. Training will be given. For details and to apply, please ask at the counter. 

    The FoWBL also need volunteers to help with their website, publicity and events.  If you would like to know more please visit the library or contact the Friends at mail@friendsowbl.org.uk or friendsowbl.org.uk 

    What’s on?

    Coming up at West Barnes Library

    To reserve a place where required, talk to staff, call 020 8274 5789 or email westbarnes.library@merton.gov.uk. 

    Kiddirama Under 5s (Tuesdays, 10am-11am, except every third Tuesday of the month 9.30am-10.30am). Term time only (Commences 13/1/2015).  An interactive, fun story, song and sensory class. £2 per child. To book, email kiddirama@mail.com or phone 07542 170604. 

    Computer Classes For Beginners (Tuesdays, noon-1.30pm, and Thursdays, 1.30pm-3pm).  Booking essential.

    Rendezvous Club (Tuesdays, 1.30pm-3.30pm). Weekly drop-in for over 55s. £2. For more information call Gilli on

    020 8543 1781.

    Kiddirama Juniors (Tuesdays, 4pm-5pm) Term time only (commences 13/1/2015). Interactive sessions for 7-12 year-olds focusing on team building, confidence boosting, performance and s. £2 per child. To book, email: kiddirama@mail.com or phone 07542 170604.

    Knit & Natter (Thursdays, 11am-1pm) Bring your own knitting or crochet.  We also knit items for various charities or for sale to raise funds for them. This year we have made blankets for the Cats Protection League and for the Premature Baby Unit.  We have also made hats, gloves and scarfs for the homeless as well as poppies for the British Legion.  Free tea or coffee provided.

    Toddlers’ Rhyme Time (Fridays, 10.30am-11am). Rhymes and musical activities for 0 to 5 year-olds followed by Story Time (11am-11.30am).

    The Sparkle Club (Saturdays, 2.30pm-4pm). Eight-week story-writing course for children. Booking required.

    Open Day Saturday, 7 February (11.00am-4.00pm).  Come along and celebrate National Libraries Day.  Ask in the library for a programme of events or call 020 8274 5789

    Adults’ Book Club.  Saturday, 7 February (12noon-1.00pm).We will be reviewing The Go-Between by LP Hartley and The Terracotta Dog by Andrea Camilleri. New members are warmly welcome.

    Craft and Chat Saturday, 7 February (3pm-4pm).  Weaving talk and demonstration by Madeleine Jude. Booking required.

    Microsoft Excel Workshop Monday, 16 February (2pm-3pm).  Booking essential.

    The story of Nian – Chinese New Year stories and activities for the under 11s Tuesday, 17 February (3.30pm).

    Microsoft Excel Workshop Thursday, 19 February (10.30pm-11.30pm).  Booking essential.

    Children’s Craft Saturday, 21 February (2pm-4pm).  Bring the children for fun activities. No need to book. 

    Police Surgery – Chat to a PC about any local topics. .  Please contact the library for the date and time  

    To receive a monthly eNewsletter of events at West Barnes Library, write to mail@friendsowbl.org.uk or sign up at www.friendsowbl.org.uk.

  • Kids First - March 2015

    Monday 2 March, 10am to 2pm (lunch included)

    Behaviour Management Workshop

    with Duncan Fennemore, a specialist in the management of behaviour in children with SEN

    Is your son or daughter’s behaviour difficult to handle, unpredictable & tiring?

    Learn strategies to deal with challenging behaviour & underlying anxieties

    Chaucer Centre, Room B, Canterbury Road, Morden, SM4 6PX

     

    Thursday 12 March, 11am to 1.30pm (lunch included)

    Education, Disability and the Law with Anna Kennedy OBE & Austin Hughes from Ann Kennedy Online& Sean Kennedy, a qualified solicitor advocate

    Discrimination, information on advocacy & more . . .

    Plus legal advice on care & education issues.

    Come along & put your questions to our panel of experts.

    Chaucer Centre, Room B, Canterbury Road, Morden, SM4 6PX

     

    Tuesday 24 March, 10am to 12pm

    Family Footings with Yvonne Linton, Family Footings Facilitator

    Family Footings is a project funded by the Department of Education to support parents to cope with the pressures they experience navigating the SEN system.

    Find out how Family Footings can help train parents to think & plan for their children by providing free training in Person Centred Approaches (PCA) which can help improve a child’s outcomes

    Chaucer Centre, Room B, Canterbury Road, Morden, SM4 6PX

     

    For catering reasons, please BOOK ahead for all events. Just email us or leave a message on the answerphone with your name, contact details and the event you wish to attend

    Tel: 020 8687 4644

     

    website: www.mertonmencap.org.uk/kidsfirst.htm 

     

    Merton Mencap. Registered Office Address: The Wilson Hospital, Cranmer Road, Mitcham, Surrey CR4 4TP

  • Raynes Park Afternoon Townswomen's Guild - February 2015

    The last of the many events arranged for December was the Christmas Party.  The Committee worked hard to provide a suitable tea and nonsense entertainment, but throughout the afternoon was ably supported by many other members who helped in various ways to make this social a happy, friendly occasion.  The party continued with each member choosing a ‘raffle’ prize from the fine selection offered and finished when we all joined hands to sing We wish you a Merry Christmas.

    Following this enjoyable event, members have been quieter in January although a small group did venture to The George, Morden to lunch together.

    Our regular meeting on 15th January featured Mr. Dennis Sexton who gave us an instructive and entertaining talk entitled Trumpet Fanfare having first placed a fascinating collection of instruments on a large table beside him.  Starting with a Cow Horn, Mr. Sexton explained the features of each instrument before demonstrating with a tune.   Instruments included a Hunting Horn, Bugle, Fanfare (or Flag) Trumpet, Brass Band Cornet, Echo Trumpet, Pocket Trumpet, Fugle Horn, ‘C’ Trumpet, E Flat & D Trumpet as well as several regular brass trumpets with different finishes.  Personally I loved Teddy Bears Picnic on the Pocket Trumpet, Cossack Patrol on the Echo Trumpet and Kenny Ball’s Midnight in Moscow on his favourite instrument.

    In early February we will be lunching at Superfish, Morden, and the following week visiting Twickenham Museum.  Our regular meeting at 1.30 pm at St. Saviour's Church Hall is on Thursday, 19th February (third Thursday of the month).

    The cold weather has made us think forward to the summer outing.  We will be organising a coach trip to Hastings on Thursday, 20th August! last year we would like to invite any Residents and members of the Rendezvous and Pavilion Clubs to join us on this trip.  For now, if the idea is appealing, please make a note of the date.  Arrangements and price will be confirmed later.

    We look forward to seeing you.  Friends and visitors and new members are always welcome.

    Please telephone if you would like more information about Raynes Park Townswomen’s Guild. 

    Dorothy RaymondTel: 020 8395 9489

     
  • Raynes Park Residents' Lawn Tennis Club - February 2015

    An end of year ‘American’ tournament was held on a bright Sunday afternoon and was well attended. It was a great opportunity to shake off the cobwebs after Christmas. Players have different partners and opponents in each of the 6 or 7 short sets they play. Three courts were in continuous use. Congratulations are due to the winner, Tina Fuselli.  The day concluded with a convivial refreshments and drinks. 

    We welcome our new Head Coach Jose Marquez. His group sessions take place on Tuesday and Friday afternoons and evenings.  

    Paul Sadler

  • Notice of AGM - 18 March 2015

    THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

    of the

    Raynes Park & West Barnes Residents’ Association

    Will be held at the Raynes Park Library Meeting Rooms, Aston Road, SW20 8BA.

    (via side entrance) 

    ON WEDNESDAY 18th MARCH 2015 at 7.30 p.m. 

    AGENDA 

    1,         Apologies for Absence

    2.         Chairman’s Report on the Work of the Association during 2014/15

    3.         Treasurer’s Report

    4.         Election of Officers and Committee 

    Break for Refreshments 

    5.         Speaker:       Cllr. Stephen Alambritis, Leader of Merton Council has been invited to speak

    6.         Updates on current Planning Matters

    7.         Residents’ Forum and Any Other Business 

     

    Please bring a copy of ‘The Guidewith you to verify membership.

  • Avoid becoming a victim of Burlgary

     – advice from the Borough Commander

    • Fit key operated locks on doors and windows and remember to use them. 
    • Remember that multi-point UPVC doors are not properly locked unless you have locked them with the key. In most cases, you also have to lift the handle before locking it to correctly deploy the multi-point locking mechanism.
    • Use a 'spy hole' or a window to see who is outside prior to opening your door.
    • Stop letter box burglaries by storing keys away from the front door and ensure they are out of sight from outside the property.
    • Install timers which switch lights or radios on and off automatically while you are out.
    • If you are going out after dark, draw the curtains and leave some lights on.
    • If you live in a flat, don’t let strangers in via the entry system or by allowing them to follow you in through the communal door. Always ensure the communal door is locked properly when you enter or leave the building.
    • Don't leave tools lying around that can be used to force windows or doors.
    • Keep a photographic library of your jewellery by photographing each piece on a flat surface next to a ruler to give an indication of its size. If you are unfortunate enough to become a victim, this will help you with your insurance claim and will also help us to try to recover your property for you.
    • Mark your possessions, including jewellery, using a UV property marking liquid.

    Det Chief Supt Stuart Macleod
    Merton Borough Commander
     

     

     

     

  • Chairman's Blog - February 2015

    PLANNING APPLICATION FOR THE RAINBOW INDUSTRIAL ESTATE 

    The Application 

    As expected, a planning application has been made for the complete re-development of the Rainbow Industrial Estate.  This is the large stretch of land that is accessed by a single road that starts in front of the Grand Drive entrance to Raynes Park station. 

    For many years it has provided a number of useful small businesses, which provided lots of local employment, and that was its planning status. 

    The site became run down, and the owners have decided not to improve it for business use, but, instead, to maximise the value of the land by applying to demolish the existing buildings, and to build no less than 229 residential units. 

    The proposal is to erect 6 blocks of flats of 5-7 storeys and a terrace of 9 houses.  

    There will be some limited space reserved for commercial and professional use, and a restaurant or café. 

    There will be parking for only 126 cars, and 10 light goods vehicles, largely in basement areas. 

    The developers say that the entrance to the road will be widened to provide a “Kiss & Ride” facility near the station entrance, to allow for dropping off and picking up passengers. 

    Our Response 

    This scheme has been suggested for some years, and we, as a Residents’ Association, have always supported the maintenance of the area for business use, since it provided much needed local employment.  Very unfortunately, Merton Council totally failed in its duty to uphold the wishes of local people, and has already endorsed an outline planning brief which permits housing on the site. This is doubtless because of their policy to increase even further the number of housing units in the Borough, which it has recently re-endorsed.

    We opposed any housing for many good reasons. 

    Aside from the need to maintain as much local employment as possible, Raynes Park has become saturated with new housing developments, largely consisting of flats,  over the last ten years. 

    The former site of St. Catherine’s School’s building and playground is now entirely flats. A significant part of the former LESSA sports ground (now Meadowview Road) is a mixture of flats and houses.  A chunk of the former Royal and Sun Alliance sports ground (off Linkway) is also a development of flats and in addition there are a large number of flats built over Waitrose. 

    The Council has a target to deliver 4,800 residential units over a 15 year period running from 2011 to 2026.   Out of this total the number of units aimed to be delivered in the Raynes Park sub area is set at between 500 and 600.   We calculate that more than 300 units of housing have already been developed in West Barnes and Raynes Park wards.   You can see from these figures that Raynes Park and West Barnes are well on target to meet their share of the overall housing target WITHOUT the need to build flats on the Rainbow Estate. 

    What is particularly difficult about this sudden influx of new residents is that the developers have no duty to provide the infrastructure necessary to provide for their needs.  The amount of money developers have to pay to the local authority in this regard is seldom more than a small fraction of what would be needed to cover the essential supporting infrastructure, such as schools, medical facilities, nurseries, libraries, community centres and so on. 

    The Site's Deficiencies for Housing 

    In any event, the site itself is totally unsuitable for housing. It is landlocked and surrounded by railway embankments on three sides.  

    It can be accessed only by the single road, and the volume of extra vehicular traffic created will put at real risk the thousands of pedestrians who use the station daily.  The result will be to make even worse the tailback of traffic coming down Grand Drive or off the A3, or from Coombe Lane under the railway arch.  

    It is hard to see how there will be space for a meaningful Kiss and Rise scheme. One is necessary to cater for the many people who need it because of infirmity or in bad weather; and it cannot beprovided on theCoombe Lane side of the station. 

    The number of car spaces proposed is entirely inadequate. The result will be that anyone living in the flats that does not have a designated space will simply park on surrounding roads. This will in turn necessitate the introduction of more paid for car parking zones.  

    Opposition

     We would urge all our members to oppose the proposed re-development. The substantial change of use from industrial to residential is simply unacceptable. The height and massing of the flats is inappropriate for the area. The access road cannot cope with the additional traffic, will cause major delays in the whole area, and will endanger the many pedestrians who use the station daily. 

    The site should be largely maintained for business use, and a proper Kiss and Road scheme proposed within a revised scheme. 

    This is further information on our website here.

    John Elvidge 

    Chairman

  • Rainbow Estate (14/P4287) - The Association's Representations

    Arising from the discussions held at our most recent Open Meeting in Decmber 2014, the following email has been submitted to Merton's Planning Department on 20/01/2015:

    This email is submitted on behalf of the Raynes Park and West Barnes Residents’ Association (RPWBRA)

    by Jerry Cuthbert, Committee Member, as follows: 

    Application reference numbers:  14/P4287 and 14/P4288.

    Name:                                         Jerry Cuthbert for the Raynes Park and West Barnes Residents’ Association.

    Address:                                     address supplied

    Planning application description:

                Redevelopment of the Rainbow Industrial Estate, Approach Road Grand Drive, SW20 OJY (14/P4287)

    and

                “Kiss & Ride” at Rainbow Industrial Estate, Approach Road, Grand Drive, SW20 OJY (14/P4288)

     

    The Raynes Park and West Barnes Residents’ Association objects to the Planning Application for Redevelopment of the Rainbow Industrial Estate (14/P4287) on the following grounds: 

    Note: This document refers to Merton’s Local Development Framework (LDF), its supporting documents, including its Core Strategies (CS), its planning policies and its “Planning Brief for the Rainbow Industrial Estate” (the Planning Brief).

     

    1.         EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 

    Background 

    The origins of the proposals stem from the decisions reached at the Examination-in-Public ( EIP ) for the Core Planning Strategy, in March 2011. At these hearings, the Inspector noted that the designation for the site was - and still remains – as a Locally Significant Industrial Site; the permitted uses of which are mainly Industry and Storage. At the hearing, Workspace Group’s representatives made the claim that, in order to redevelop the site, they were seeking a broader range of uses. The Inspector accepted that a wider range of uses "may be considered " for the site " where these uses contributed to the site delivering the aims of Policy CS12 ( Economic Development in the Core Strategy ) and meet the terms of other Policies in Merton s Development Plan".  The Inspector specified that a Planning Brief would need to be Adopted which set out proposals for the whole site and she specified that the proposals " must be employment led and may incorporate a greater mix of uses " other than Industry and Storage. The Inspector did NOT indicate what the "greater mix " could include. 

    Conflict with Planning Policies 

    We submit that the proposals fail to meet the requirements of Policy CS 12 and other Policies in Merton ' s Sites and Policies DPD for reasons set out below but in particular we believe the proposals are NOT "employment led ". The huge quantum of proposed residential development in comparison to the very modest amount of additional business-type development clearly demonstrates that in overall terms the proposals are in reality residential led and therefore in significant conflict with adopted Planning Guidance, including the conditions imposed by the Inspectorate. 

    Unsuitable Location for Residential Development 

    We further submit that the proposals are in conflict with Policies in the Sites and Policies DPD in that the site is a highly unsuitable LOCATION for any residential use due to the proximity to the Railway Station and Railway lines due to noise, dust, vibration, station announcements, etc and equally unsuitable due to the limitations and potential risk factors of the single entrance with no prospect of securing a second means of access. 

    Long Term Considerations

    We further believe that if longer term considerations were taken into consideration, the site should be retained for its current restricted uses, in case the site was deemed essential to provide more important uses; possibly in connection with the proposals for Crossrail 2. If the proposals were implemented it would render it almost impossible to use the site for such needs and in that sense we submit that the proposals fail to represent Sustainable Development and are therefore in conflct with the National Policy Planning Framework. 

    Conclusion 

    The following paragraphs set out our concerns in greater detail: 

    ·         The need to safeguard the Kiss & Ride facility,
    ·         Loss of employment land.
    ·         Overbearing massing.
    ·         Noise, pollution and vibration from the railway
    ·         Lack of affordable housing.
    ·         Omission of sustainable urban drainage
    ·         Severe access limitations

     We therefore urge Refusal of this Application.

     

     2.         THE NEED FOR SAFEGUARDING THE “KISS AND RIDE” FOR THE COMMUNITY. 

    It is noted that the proposed “Kiss and Ride” facility on the south side of Raynes Park Station has been submitted as a separate application (14/P4288). The RPWBRA supports this methodology, on the basis that the “Rainbow Application” (14/P4287) may not be approved or may be subject to subsequent amendments or delays. It is important that the “Kiss and Ride” facility is delivered for the local community, irrespective of the outcome of the “Rainbow Application”. 

    The Planning Brief, Site Proposals, Section 6.4, states that the Kiss and Ride is a requirement. It is thus implicit in the Site Planning Brief that the “Kiss and Ride” facility is a crucial part of the Brief and thus enabled by the “Rainbow Application” (14/P4287).

     Therefore, assuming that redevelopment of the Rainbow Estate may eventually be approved in whatever form, the delivery of the “Kiss and Ride” facility (14/P4288) should be made the subject of a S106 Agreement or similar Condition attached to the main application (14/P4287). This would guarantee the provision of this key requirement of the Planning Brief for the community. Additionally, the S106 Agreement or condition should fix a suitable point for completion of the “Kiss & Ride” within the construction programme for the re-development of the Rainbow Industrial Estate.

     Neglecting to incorporate this safeguard could result in the delay or non-delivery of the “Kiss and Ride”, particularly in view of the complexities of ownership of this part of the site close to the railway station. The potential for failure of this part of Merton’s LDF is significant and should not be overlooked.

     

    3.         THE APPLICATION IS NOT EMPLOYMENT LED AND REPRESENTS A LOSS OF LAND AVAILABLE FOR EMPLOYMENT, CONTRARY TO THE PLANNING BRIEF AND LDF.

     The Planning Brief, states:

     ·         in the Objectives, Section 5.4 (b), that Merton will resist the loss of employment uses within Raynes Park.
    ·         in the Site Proposals, Section 6.1, that the site delivers employment-led regeneration, and
    ·         in Section 6.2, that there will be a minimum 3,400 or more of employment floor space.·          

    Merton’s LDF, Core planning Strategy, Policy CS12, Economic Development, includes: 

    • Item a, the requirement for increased provision in jobs in the Borough;
    • Item c, the protection of the supply of sites for employment use.
    • Section 20.12 requires an increase in employment opportunities,
    • Section 20.13 sets a restrictive approach to the transfer of industrial sites to non-employment uses, and
    • Section. 20.16 specifically requires that the Rainbow Industrial Estate must be employment led and meet the terms of Policy CS12. 

    The applicant states that the Commercial Gross External Floor Area (GEA) will be 3,758 m2,. This is very similar to the current amount of enclosed commercial available on the site. By concentrating this into only part of the site, the application proposes to convert 2/3 of the site to residential use, thereby leaving only one third of the land currently remaining available for employment uses. 

    Additionally, the application states that the Residential GEA will be a massive 24,336 m2. Thus only 13% of the developable space will be given to employment uses and that 87% of the floor space would be allocated to residential use. 

    Effectively, the application removes any opportunity for increasing employment opportunities on the site and represents the loss of approximately 13,000m2(1.3 hectares) of land designated for employment use. 

    The application therefore fails to deliver the requirements of the Brief: 

    • It represents a loss of employment uses within Raynes Park.
    • It is not employment-led regeneration. 

    The application also fails to comply with the LDF, Policy CS12, for the following reasons: 

    ·      It does not provide an increased provision of jobs.

    • It represents the loss of land available for employment.

    ·      It does not deliver an increase in employment opportunities.

    ·      It transfers land from employment to residential use.

    ·      It is not an employment led development.

     

    4.         THE OVERBEARING MASSING OF THE BUILDINGS IS CONTRARY TO THE PLANNING BRIEF AND LDF. 

    The Planning Brief, Site Proposals, Section 3.43, Design Principle, requires that the development be limited to 4-5 storeys in height, with the upper storeys set back. 

    Merton’s Sites and Policies, DM D2, Design,. Policy a) i) , “requires that new developments relate positively to the … height … massing of surrounding buildings” 

    Additionally, the LDF Policy CS14, Design, Item c, states that tall buildings may only be appropriate in certain specified locations. These locations do not include Raynes Park. 

    However, in this application the following building heights are proposed:

    Block A           6 Storeys plus plantroom

    Block B           7 Storeys (no stepping back of upper floors)

    Block C           6 Storeys (no stepping back of upper floors)

    Block D           5 Storeys

    Block E           6 Storeys (with extra height top storey and no stepping back of upper floors)

    Block F            6 Storeys (no stepping back of upper floors) 

    The massing is therefore overbearing and out of keeping with the urban landscape in Raynes Park, which is principally comprised of 2 storey houses. The design is even several storeys higher than other blocks in the vicinity such a “Waitrose” and “Bushey Court”. 

    This visual impact of the overbearing massing can be seen in the applicant’s Design and Access Statement, Section 3.5, Views of the Site. 

    The applicant has therefore failed to meet the requirements of the Planning Brief and LDF Design Policies, in that:

    • The development is not limited to 4-5 storeys, with the upper storeys stepped back.
    • The massing does not relate to the height and massing of the surrounding buildings.
    • It introduces tall buildings into Raynes Park. 

     

    5.         THE APPLICATION HARDLY PROVIDES FOR ANY AFFORDABLE HOUSING 

    The Planning Brief, Policy Context, Development Plan Policies, Housing, refers to the requirement for 40% affordable housing. This is now incorporated into Merton’s Core Planning Strategy policy CS8, Housing Choice, section (d)..

    The applicant’s Planning Statement says that 16 affordable homes will be provided out of a total of 229 (i.e. a mere 7%). 

    This is woefully short of Merton’s Core Strategy CS8 and the Planning Brief. 

     

    6.         THE RESIDENTS WILL BE EXPOSED TO NOISE, VIBRATION AND POLLUTION FROM THE RAILWAY 

    The RPWBRA Association avers that the Rainbow Industrial Estate is completely unsuitable for residential development. One reason, as many, is that the site is completely surrounded by busy railway lines and is close to Raynes Park Station. 

    There is a significant amount of noise associated with proximity to the railway; 

    ·         Noise from passing trains.

    ·         Wheel squeal as the trains passing through tight bends in the track.

    ·         Brake noise from stopping trains.

    ·         Platform announcements on the public address system.

    ·         Night-time engineering works. 

    There is also vibration from passing trains and pollution caused by brake dust. 

    Merton’s Sites and Policies, D2, Design, Policy a) vi), requires that developments are protected from “… noise, vibration and pollution.” 

    The applicant’s Design & Access Statement and Noise and Vibration Statement correctly identify the railway lines that surround the site as being a source of noise, and vibration. 

    Whilst some mitigation measures are proposed for noise, it is noted that no measures are propose to combat vibration. Also, the applicant’s documents put emphasis on the outdoor amenities to be provided, for children and adults, but completely overlook the proximity of busy railway lines, with the concomitant noise and vibration. 

    The application is therefore only partially addresses the requirements of Merton’s Sites and Policies, D2, Design. 

     

    7.         OMISSION OF SUSTAINABLE URBAN DRAINAGE (SUDS) 

    The Planning Brief, Policy Contact, Flooding, requires the development to utilise sustainable urban drainage unless there are practical reasons for not doing so. 

    Merton’s Sites and Policies, DM F2, Flooding and Drainage, incorporates the following requirements for new developments: 

    Item i               - A sustainable design approach to drainage,

    Item iii - A demonstration of maintenance and long term management,

    Item vi             - Demonstrate the local network has adequate capacity. 

    The applicant’s Below Ground Drainage Statement proposes that surface water drainage is collected into underground storage facilities, before being discharged into an existing culvert. Additionally, it is proposed that pumps will be necessary due to the lack of sufficient slopes. 

    Whilst the Statement explores the possibility SUDS at some length, the proposed solution is NOT a SUDS scheme. The Statement fails to consider: 

    a)         Whether, if the development were less dense, that there would be less run-off and also more space and opportunity to incorporate SUDS.

    b)         Any proposals for maintenance and long term management

    c)         Whether the local network has adequate capacity. 

    Therefore, by proposing an inappropriately dense development, the applicant claims that SUDS are not viable, contrary to the Planning Brief. 

    The application also fails to meet requirements of Policy DM F2 on the several matters as listed above under Items i, iii & vi. 

     

    8.           THE SEVERELY LIMITED ACCESS IN INAPPROPRIATE FOR THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT. 

    The RPWBRA avers that the applicant’s Transport Assessment shows many symptoms of the site being inappropriate for a dense residential development, as follows: 

    a.         Applicant’s Appendix L

    In order to provide safe pedestrian access under the railway bridge, the access road will be reduced to a single lane at this pinch-point, controlled by traffic lights. However, no consideration is given to the likelihood of queues backing up into the K&R area. 

    b.         Applicant’s Appendix M

    It is proposed that there will only be a single lane access road to blocks D, E and F, with a small single vehicle turning area at the end. This is likely to lead to queuing and traffic conflicts and grid-lock, as soon as more than one vehicle needs access to these blocks. Attendance by the emergency services and refuse collection are all likely to experience problems. 

    c.         Single Point of Access

    The only access to the whole site is through the railway arch. The RPWBRA avers that, in an emergency, this is an unsafe arrangement, as it totally depends on the railway arch not being blocked; for example, by a broken down vehicle, a vehicle fire in the K&R area or traffic congestion on the south side of Raynes Park Station. In such circumstances, all the residents would be trapped on the site.   

    We therefore urge Refusal of this Application. 

    J R Cuthbert

    on behalf of the Committee for the Raynes Park and West Barnes Residents’ Association.

     

     

     

     

  • West Barnes Library - January 2015

    DON’T MISS

    The FoWBL Photography Competition.    Rules and entry forms are now available from West Barnes Library.   Entries need to be submitted to West Barnes Library by the 5January 2015 so get your cameras out and start taking some winning photographs.  A prize will be awarded to the winner of each category as well as one for the overall winner. 

    Volunteers needed

    Can you spare a couple of hours occasionally? West Barnes Library urgently needs more volunteers to help at a range of levels to assist staff. You could be helping keep the library open for the people of Motspur Park. Training will be given. For details and to apply, please ask at the counter. 

    The FoWBL also need volunteers to help with their website, publicity and events.  If you would like to know more please visit the library or contact the Friends at mail@friendsowbl.org.uk or friendsowbl.org.uk 

    What’s on?

    Coming up at West Barnes Library

    To reserve a place where required, talk to staff, call 020 8274 5789 or email westbarnes.library@merton.gov.uk. 

    Read Aloud (Mondays, 10.30-11 am). Join Jennifer as she reads stories to toddlers.  No need to book.

    Kiddirama Under 5s (Tuesdays, 10am-11am, except every third Tuesday of the month 9.30am-10.30am). Term time only (Commences 13/1/2015).  An interactive, fun story, song and sensory class. £2 per child. To book, email kiddirama@mail.com or phone 07542 170604. 

    Computer Classes For Beginners (Tuesdays, noon-1.30pm, and Thursdays, 1.30pm-3pm).  Booking essential.

    Rendezvous Club (Tuesdays, 1.30pm-3.30pm). Weekly drop-in for over 55s. £2. For more information call Gilli on 020 8543 1781.

    Kiddirama Juniors (Tuesdays, 4pm-5pm) Term time only (commences 13/1/2015). Interactive sessions for 7-12 year-olds focusing on team building, confidence boosting, performance. £2 per child. To book, email kiddirama@mail.com or phone 07542 170604.

    Knit & Natter (Thursdays, 11am-1pm) Bring your own knitting or crochet.  We also knit items for various charities or for sale to raise funds for them. This year we have made blankets for the Cats Protection League and for the Premature Baby Unit.  We have also made hats, gloves and scarfs for the homeless as well as poppies for the British Legion.  Free tea or coffee provided.

    Toddlers’ Rhyme Time (Fridays, 10.30am-11am). Rhymes and musical activities for 0 to 5 year-olds followed by Story Time (11am-11.30am).

    The Sparkle Club (Saturdays, 2.30pm-4pm). Eight-week story-writing course for children. Booking required.

    Craft and Chat Saturday, 10 January (3pm-4pm).  Patchwork and quilting talk and demonstration by Kate North.  Booking is essential as there are limited places.

    Photography Competition Social EveningFriday, 16 January (7.30pm).  Join us for the opening of viewing and voting.  There will also be a short talk about photography by a member of the Mitcham Camera Club. There will be a small charge of £2 to cover refreshments.

    Microsoft Excel Workshop Monday, 19 January (2pm-3pm).  Booking essential.

    Local History Coffee Morning (Topic to be confirmed) Tuesday, 20 January (10.30am-noon). All welcome. Please contact the library for further information.

    Children’s Craft Saturday, 17January (2pm-4pm).  Bring the children for fun activities. No need to book.

    Sophrology Relaxation Techniques Thursday, 22January (5pm-6.30pm).  Booking required.

    Photography Competition Awards Saturday, 31 January (3pm-4pm).  The winners of the competition will be announced and prizes presented.

    Adults’ Book Club.  Please contact the library for the date, time and chosen book. New members are warmly welcomed.

    Police Surgery  –  Chat to a PC about any local topics. .  Please contact the library for the date and time 

    To receive a monthly eNewsletter of events at West Barnes Library, write to mail@friendsowbl.org.uk or sign up at www.friendsowbl.org.uk 

  • Raynes Park High School - January 2015

    UpStArt Competition - Charlotte Hendry wins Judges’ prize

    Former Student Charlotte Hendry, has been awarded the Judges’ Prize in the UpStArt competition launched this year to give Sixth Formers in Greater London a chance to show their work beyond the classroom. A panel of almost 40 expert judges from across the world selected thirty finalists from over 1000 entries and Art Dealer Jeff Salmon (and presenter of Channel 4’s Four Rooms) chose Charlotte’s entry as the Judges’ overall winner for her work titled ‘Mournful Man’. 

    Charlotte won a cash prize of £500 and an internship at UK Greetings and MBA Advertising. A private view of the work was held on Tuesday 25th November and the art department was proud to join Charlotte for the evening to celebrate her success. The students’ work is currently being auctioned to raise money for Anne Frank Trust. All entries can be viewed on the UpStart Art website. https://up-start.co.uk

    Head of Creative and Performing Arts - Ms Curtis

     

    RPHS -Young Reporter 

    Inside the Head of a Female Politician

    In the news I often hear about the lack of female representatives in parliament. This issue does give me cause for concern as I, a young female with aspirations to pursue a political career, would not be taken seriously as a voice for their country. So this made me think about my local Labour MP, Siobhain McDonagh, whose surgery is just moments away from where I live. 

    Within modern society there is still prejudice against gender in various jobs, so by discussing this with an experienced politician it enabled me to get a wider insight of what working in such a male-dominated job is like. 

    Ms McDonagh who has been the local Mitcham and Morden MP since 1997, was delighted to hear about my interest in the topic and we arranged to meet for a short interview the following Thursday. The weather was horrendous as I approached her compact yet friendly office in the centre of Morden; she greeted me, robed in a vivid post-box red overcoat, proudly reflecting the colour of her political party. 

    In the casual setting of her surgery, we were sat over a table discussing the importance of equality in politics. Ms McDonagh stated that she believes “lots of people do get discriminated against (in politics), anybody who’s not out of the norm mainstream”. She then later told me “politics has to be both about men and women, young and old, black and white… this is the 21st Century!” 

    I asked Ms McDonagh what she thought of women not necessarily being the best person for a job in politics due to family and personal commitments, she said that “being an MP is for everybody, really – there’s not only one way of living your life”. The Labour MP stressed the idea that “life is hard for working women irrespective of the job they’re doing. The thing about being an MP is that you have levels of flexibility that ordinary jobs don’t have”.

    Interestingly, upon being put forth the question what her advice would be for aspiring female politicians, she concluded “I don’t really know what a female politician is, my only advice is you need a strong belief in activism and working with a range of different people”. 

    What I have discovered from speaking to a dedicated Labour party member is that what is initially portrayed in the media is not necessarily experienced in everyday life, and perhaps this issue isn’t a cause for concern. Should I, as a young person still be? 

    Katie Fegan 11 MZ

     

    Former Pupils Can you Help? 

    We were delighted to welcome former pupil Trevor Clark (left RPHS in 1987) and now a partner with global law firm Linklaters to a Career’s Academy event. Trevor’s talk was inspiring for our students who are considering a career in law. 

    Raynes Park High School is one of nearly 400 state schools and colleges across Britain which have registered with the charity Future First to set up networks of former students or alumni. 

    More than 90,000 former students have already signed up to stay connected with their old school. They are inspiring young people in a number of ways; as career and education role models, mentors or e-mentors, work experience providers, governors, donors or fundraisers. “More than 39 per cent of state school students don’t know anyone in a job they’d like to do,” said Alex Shapland-Howes, Managing Director of Future First. “If they see that someone who went to the same school, grew up in the same community, has achieved a fulfilling and satisfying job, it helps them see it’s possible for them too. It’s really important for all students to be motivated to succeed in the working world and hearing first hand from relatable people in interesting jobs can make a huge difference.”  

    Becky Brake, Head of Personal Development and Careers, is waiting to hear from former students on bbrake@raynespark.merton.sch.uk. Former students can also sign up to Future First’s alumni scheme by clicking on the “Former Students” link on the website www.futurefirst.org.uk.

  • Kids First - Spring Term 2015

    Thursday 15 January, 7.30pm to 10.30pm

    Kids First “New Year” Line Dancing evening!with Janice from HotShots Line Dance Club. Come along, have fun & meet other parents. Free buffet & refreshments.