Chairman's Blog - September 2014

This month's blog is from our Editor of The Guide.

The West Barnes Singers

Our affiliated social Group the West Barnes Singers (originally formed under the auspices of the Association in the 1970s) will be presenting their Autumn Concert on Saturday 1st November 2014 at 7.30pm, at  St Paul’s Church, Augustus Road, Wimbledon Park SW19 6EW 

This time they will be performing Faure’s Requiem which is loved the world over and are delighted to be including with it a selection of French Romantic Motets.

Tickets for this concert will cost £10 each, but Children go free!  

If you are interested in the Choir or want to go along to the West Barnes Singers’ concerts, please call Penelope Prendergast on 020 8648 3987 or visit their website at 

Farewell to Bob and Tom 

The local community owes a big debt to Bob Forsberg and Tom Moor; Bob for having taken over publicity for the Friends of West Barnes Library, and Tom as a Road Steward for Marina Avenue, delivering our Guides and collecting Subscriptions. 

However, Bob and Tom left Motspur Park in August to start a new enterprise in Dorset. They have taken over a licensed guest house – lock stock and barrel – that has been running successfully for over quarter of a century. It’s called Glenlee Guest House and the address is 6 Cauldon Avenue, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 1PQ. (Yes, that is right, it IS Cauldon and not Cauldron!). Amongst its virtues, Glenlee has its own car park, is in a quiet road opposite a park, and is only five minutes’ walk from Swanage’s award-winning sandy beach. The town centre with its many shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes is just a ten-minute stroll away along the promenade. 

The phone number of the guest house is 01929 425794. It is on the Web at, as well as on Facebook and Twitter(@DreamySwanage). 

Bob and Tom say they’ll be happy to offer a discount to our Members who ring up to say they’re from West Barnes or Raynes Park! 

Whilst it is sad to say ‘adieu’, we do wish them well in their new venture, and would like to thank them once again for their contribution to the locality. They will be missed. 

Can you give some Blood?

The Blood Transfusion Service has a session coming up on Tuesday 9th September and there are still a large number of appointments to fill. Over the summer the service sees a drop in the number of people booking appointments as they jet off on their well-deserved holidays.  If you are able to donate some blood on 9th September, details of the session are as follows: 

Tuesday 9th September

14:00 - 16:30 &  17:30 - 20:00

Dundonald Church,

577 Kingston Road,

Raynes Park.

SW20 8SA

 Your contribution will be very gratefully received. 

Kingston Post Office 

The Post Office says it is changing to meet the needs  of its customers and so the branch at Kingston Upon Thames

(2-26 Eden Street, KT1 1BL) will be open from 09:00 to 22:30 on Sundays. All the key services will be available including:

 Vehicle Tax, (Vehicle Tax - Duplicates), Travel (Foreign Currency; Travel InsuranceTravel Money;  Card Plus;

SIA Licence Application, Driving (DVLA Applications), Your Finances, (Current Account - Servicing

Savings application forms; ATM - 24hr, Mail (Drop & Go, Parcelforce Express Services)

Identity & Licences (Passport Check & Send Lotto prize payments,Lotto ticket sales)

They continue :“We want to make our unrivalled network of more than 11,500 branches better than  ever. So keep your eyes open.  This is just the start.”


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