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The Men of Raynes Park, 1914-18

The Men of Raynes Park, 1914-18 Armistice Exhibition 

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the WWI Armistice, an exhibition about the lives of the men from Raynes Park who fought and died in the Great War of 1914-18 will be launched at St Saviour's Church on October 27th. 

Ninety-seven men from the Parish are named on the war memorial in the church grounds next to Grand Drive.   The exhibition will explore the history of Raynes Park and the Parish of St Saviour's, how the memorial came into being, and who the 97 men were, where they lived, where they died, the battles they fought and some of their remarkable stories. A poem has also been specially written for the occasion. 

The exhibition launch event will be at 2.15 pm on Saturday October 27th.  

The aim is to create an understanding and appreciation of the lives of the men commemorated on the memorial and the sacrifices they made.   A number of guest speakers will provide context and background stories to the exhibition.  These include Sarah Gould, Head of Merton Heritage, and representatives of the families of Thomas Mewburn Crook, the original sculptor of the memorial, and Wing Commander Frank Brock, a director of the Brock Firework Company, who died in a daring raid on Zeebrugge in April 1918. 

All residents of Raynes Park, and others who have an interest, are warmly invited to this occasion.  Visitors are advised to arrive early and either walk or use public transport as parking space is limited and there will still be disruption along Grand Drive. 

Over the last 100 years, the names on the memorial have been gradually eroded.  The St Saviour's Parochial Church Council plans to restore the memorial subject to the necessary permissions being granted and hopes to achieve this in the Spring of 2019.  St Saviour's priest-in-charge, Reverend Peter Kelley, will outline progress on this at the exhibition launch.  If anyone would like to make a contribution towards the costs of the Memorial Project, or a pledge to support the restoration should funds be required, please contact the St Saviour's church wardens at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Following the launch, the exhibition will be open until Remembrance Day at various times.  Please check. 

Peter Hutton

Rememberance Sunday, 11/11/2018

London Borough of Merton -  2018 Services of Remembrance

The following arrangements are proposed: 

Sunday 11 November 2018 - Services of Remembrance

Nelson Health Centre

Kingston Road, SW20 8DA

The Service of Remembrance will commence at 9.00am and will be

attended by the Mayor of Merton, Councillor Mary Curtin, civic representatives, and the Royal British Legion.


Mitcham War Memorial

Lower Green West, Mitcham

The Service of Remembrance will commence at 10.40am. 

Attended by the Mayor of Merton, Councillor Mary Curtin, Ms Clare Whelan OBE, Deputy Lieutenant, civic representatives and members of organisations in the borough. Members of the Mitcham branch of the Royal British Legion will be in attendance. 

Following the service the Deputy Lieutenant together with the Mayor will take the salute.

Please note: For the Mitcham Service, the Parade assembles outside the British Legion Hall, Mitcham.


Wimbledon War Memorial

Wimbledon Village, SW19

The Service of Remembrance will commence at 10.40am. 

Attended by the Deputy Mayor of Merton, Councillor Geraldine Stanford, civic representatives and members of organisations in the borough. Members of the Wimbledon Branch of the Royal British Legion and the 210 Transport Squadron will be in attendance. 

Following the service the Deputy Mayor will take the salute. 


Monday 12 November 2018 - Armistice Day

Civic Centre, London Road, Morden to commence at 10.50am

The Mayor and civic representatives


Mitcham War Memorial to commence at 10.50am

The Deputy Mayor and civic representatives,

Open Day - 29 September 2018

We are pleased to invite all our members to an 



Saturday 29th September 2018 

Between 3.30pm and 5.30pm

Members of the Committee and the Pavilion Management Group will be on hand to show you our “headquarters”, answer any questions you may have for us and generally treat you to an array of light refreshments. 

This is a free drop-in session, and we would be delighted to meet as many local people as possible. 

No need to RSVP, just keep a note of the date and come along!

Summer Coach Trips




The Annual trip to Wisley Flower show will be on


with pickup points at: 

Motspur Park, Opposite the Earl Beatty @ 9.15 a.m. approx. 

Station Approach, Raynes Park @ 9.25 a.m. 

Greenway bus stop, Grand Drive @ 9.35 a.m. 


The Coach will leave Wisley at 4.00 p.m. 

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

Money to be paid with the booking please, giving your name, contact information and preferred pick-up point.

Cash or Cheques made payable to RPWBRA should be given to:

John Townsend, 128 Grand Drive, SW20 9DZ, Telephone: 07714 705976

90th Anniversary Dinner - 8 November

Raynes Park and West Barnes Residents’ Association

90th Anniversary Dinner

Thursday 8th November 2018 

Taste Restaurant

 Merton College, London Road, Morden, SM4 5QX 

7.00pm for 7.30pm 



Roast pumpkin velouté, toasted pumpkin seeds and chilli (v)


Smoked haddock ravioli, soft poached egg, parsley sauce, pancetta crumb 


Sautéed chicken, dauphinoise potatoes, spinach, sauce forestiere


Caramelised onion risotto, rocket, balsamic glaze, shallot rings (v) 


Bread and butter pudding, vanilla custard


Shortbread Mille feuille, seasonal fruit and vanilla cream, fruit coulis 

Freshly brewed tea and coffee 

Please make your server aware of any allergies or dietary requirements Information about allergens in our dishes is kept onsite and is available on request

Cost per person, including a drink on arrival, will be £25 

Members wishing to attend should make contact via the details published in September’s Guide.


Raynes Park Library - Events


Click here for the latest news and events taking place at Raynes Park Library.





Community Forum 18 Sept 2018






In the Chair:  Cllr Stephen Crowe


1)     Introduction by Chairman of the Raynes Park Association


2)     Open Forum – an opportunity to raise any other issue of local interest not covered elsewhere on the agenda.    Kindly email your request in advance of the meeting to:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


3)     Leader of the Council, Stephen Alambritis, will provide an update on key issues with the Council and take questions


4)     Abbas Mirza, from Merton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will provide an update on local services and commissioning intentions. 


5)     Town Centre Developments & Railway.  Tony Edwards

·         Seating on south side of Skew Arch    

·         Possible Removal of Bins on North of Skew Arch

·         West Barnes Lane Community Infrastructure Levy [CIL]

·         Land purchase corner on South side of Station entrance


6)     Raynes Park Matters.  Neil Milligan, Raynes Park Champion, LB Merton

·         New Malden to RP Pedestrian and Cycle Link

·         Advertising hoarding between station and Waitrose

·         Planning Matters


7)     Feedback, Reminders & Updates

·         Citizens UK – Merton Branch Peter Brierley

·         Prevention of Flooding – update on planned cleaning of gullies. 

·         Feedback from Ride London Sunday 29 July 2018

·         Feedback from Raynes Park Summer Festival 29 June until 8 July 2018

·         Reminder Christmas Festival 7 December 2018 

Close at 9 p.m. 

Future date for the Raynes Park Community Forum:

Thursday 6 December 2018, Tuesday 26 March 2019

The Raynes Park Community Forum is managed by the Raynes Park Association and chaired by a Councillor from one of the local wards by rotation. 

West Barnes Library - Latest Events

West Barnes Library in Motspur Park

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.friendsowbl.org.uk

Up-Coming Events 

Click here to link to the latest Monthly Activities

Click here for the latest West Barnes Library Newsletter





St Saviour's Concert - 6 October 2018

A reminder about the up-coming concert at St Saviour's Church in Grand Drive when Mark Eden and Chris Stell - internationally recognised as one of the world’s leading classical guitar ensembles - will be playing works by Johannes Brahms, Mauro Giuliani, Domenico Scarlatti, Francis Poulenc,  Federico Mompou and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. 

The Concert is on Saturday 6th October 2018. Reception 7.00 for 7.30pm. and tickets are available at £12 from Wendy Cannon (in advance), or at the door.

Merton Ladies' Fitclub


The Residents' Pavilion, 129 Grand Drive, SW209LY 

mornings every week on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Pay as you go! 

Join Najat for this fun, affordable, effective fitness class! 

NEW - from February 2017 - PILATES CLASSES

Najat is a mother of 3 young children and has over 15 years experience teaching exercise classes and personal training.

Member of The Register of Exercise Professionals.

Specialist in Ante & Postnatal exercise! (Babies in buggies very welcome to the morning classes).

To help you feel Firm, Fit and Fabulous in 2015!

Workout with like minded ladies in a fun, outdoor, social environment. 

Call or text  07779591558 to reserve your space or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Holy Cross Church - Cafe

A new Pop-up Café at Holy Cross Church 

Holy Cross Church is opening a pop- up cafe on October 6th and from then onwards it will be held on the first Saturday of the month.  The Café will be open from 10.00am to 12.00pm and will be serving tea, coffee, cake and soft drinks. It’s so good to meet and chat we hope you will come.  All are welcome.  For more details contact Sally Pusey, Parish Administrator.

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