Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Mystery As Police Close Park

Fairlands Park next to Sainsbury's in North Cheam was closed off by the Police this afternoon so they could try to solve a mystery crime. At least half a dozen police were gathered behind a cordon at the entrance off the Sainsbury's car park. The police were rather less than keen to disclose why they were there or what they were looking for but they were from New Scotland Yard so it was reasonably serious although apparently not super serious. It seems it was a new investigation and not one related to an existing investigation, at least not one known to the public. It did also look as if a forensics team was working there. If I hear and more news I'll pass it on.


Thanks to one blog reader who has mentioned that they were in the park when this happened and were asked to leave. Apparently they were told that the police were probably going to pull something out that would be upsetting for the kids to see but wouldn't say what.

Update (11:00pm)

The police apparently have found something that would have upset the kids had they seen it. However contrary to much speculation, it is apparently not a dead body. The park will remain closed (with police guards) overnight and the work will continue in the morning. The park should hopefully be open again later tomorrow.

Thanks For An Egg-citing Time

Waitrose's Steve Barratt with Richard Johnson who organised
the event with the 'Our Worcester Park' Traders Association.
Local resident Richard Johnson who organised the Worcester Park Easter Egg hunt on Saturday would like to say a big Thank You to those who enthusiastically took up the challenge to find 10 OWP Easter egg pictures along Central and Windsor Road. Local traders certainly noted an unusually large number of younger Worcester Parkers peering in their windows. Several children impressively managed to spot 18 out of a total of 20.

Many thanks to Waitrose, especially Store Manager Simon Cuzner, Lynne Raffell and Steve Barratt, without whom, our Easter egg hunt fun and treats would never have happened.

Thanks also to the following 20 traders, who all similarly embraced the community spirit of the event and carried an OWP egg in their windows.

The first winner, Jack Mackay, with his prize
Running west to east (from the bottom of the hill, to the top) these were…

  1. Kingfish Fish & Chips
  2. Mr Ink Cartridge Refills
  3. Centrals Wine Bar
  4. R. Woodfall Optometrists
  5. Marie Curie Shop
  6. H&T Pawnbrokers
  7. Woodward Brothers Meats
  8. Ross Fruiterers
  9. Central Sewing Machines
  10. Fowlers Stationery & Cards
  11. Pets Place
  12. Hendy’s Jewellers
  13. St Raphael’s Hospice Shop
  14. Worcester Sparks Electrical Supplies
  15. Cycle Power
  16. Graham Lee Carpets
  17. Preview Menswear
  18. Connor Prince Estate Agents
  19. Central Locksmiths
  20. Frederick W Paine Undertakers

Promoted by Ranulph Murray, on behalf of Sutton Borough Conservatives Federation, both of 2a Donnington House, Sutton, SM1 4SY

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Planting Stations

At the tidied area: William, Stephen Payne, Nick Baum, Maria Mar and Simon Densley
Part of the team in 2012: William, Stephen Payne,
Nick Baum, Maria Mar and Simon Densley
The spring is sprung, the grass is rizz, I wonder where the Worcester Park Station Volunteers is? The Worcester Park Station Volunteers is on Worcester Park Station where they belong... Or at least they will be next Sunday (27th April) at 9am.

Nick Baum who coordinates the volunteering efforts told the blog:
"We are arranging a session at the station to give it a spring clean. Will be nice to get it looking smart with the renovations and improvements going on."
As usual, all help and volunteering efforts will be appreciated. Please just turn up on Sunday morning. If you have trowels and other gardening tools feel free to bring them but some will be provided so don't let that be a barrier to your attendance!

Lets see if we can make the area look even nicer than last year or even in 2012 when we decorated the area for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee!

For more information please see their facebook page here. You could even 'like' it if the fancy takes you.

Promoted by Ranulph Murray, on behalf of Sutton Borough Conservatives Federation, both of 2a Donnington House, Sutton, SM1 4SY

Friday, 18 April 2014

Easter Farmers Market

After the disappointing North Cheam farmers market last month, tomorrow a special effort is being made by the local traders to bring forth a super farmers market (not to be confused with a farmers super-market). The special Easter farmers market is starting as usual at 9:30 but has been extended through to 3pm. There will be special local stalls plus an Easter egg hunt, perhaps - almost, but not quite, entirely unlike the Worcester Park traders version.

The big carrots have been hung out again, perhaps this time as an enticement for a big bunny rabbit to turn up...

So for market stalls, fresh and local produce plus extra Eastery stuff thrown in, head to the bigger farmers market extravaganza at the North Cheam crossroads tomorrow. (That would be today if you are reading this on Saturday morning - or sorry you missed it if you are reading it much later than that.)

Promoted by Ranulph Murray, on behalf of Sutton Borough Conservatives Federation, both of 2a Donnington House, Sutton, SM1 4SY

An Unenlightened Crossroad

Anyone travelling through North Cheam this morning has probably noticed that the traffic lights have not been working. The cars (or at least their drivers) have been very good and well manered and not caused as much traffic mayhem as might be expected (at least as far as I have seen). It's probably a good thing though that this occurred on a bank holiday.

Apparently they were not working at 7am (did anyone see them not working prior to this?) and have been off all morning.

So while one corner of the North Cheam crossroads may have been doing its best to enlighten people, the rest has remained stubbornly unenlightened...

Update (3:30pm)

Lights are working again.

Outdoor Service

This morning, the Easter celebrations continue at North Cheam with an outdoor church service at Lavender Corner starting at 10:45am.  Lavender Corner is the corner of the North Cheam crossroads where  Steve's Card shop, The Mexican restaurant, and Santander are. If you look up at the art deco you can actually see 'Lavender Corner' written into the building at the top - but I digress...

The North Cheam Baptist Church have traditionally had an outdoor service on Good Friday but it used to be in the car park at the Elmcroft Centre (next to Sainsbury's in North Cheam). However no one ever noticed them there and last year it was already books so they moved to Lavender Corner. It went so well they decided to stay.

As well as a Good Friday church service there is free tea, coffee and hot cross buns. There are also some tables with seating so people can just sit and relax. They have a band too. There are a few churches involved so they should have at least 50 people along.

It's nice to see them breaking with the traditional Easter worship of a rabbit. Why not pop along and join in? It starts in 10 minutes though (sorry for the short notice).

Thursday, 17 April 2014

High Street Egg Hunt

Easter is just about upon us. And to help the locals celebrate (and particularly the younger locals) Our Worcester Park Traders have organised a High Street Easter Egg Hunt to challenge the observational powers of our young people (and provide them with prizes at the end.)

Worcester Park’s children are invited to take part in the special local event which spans the length of Worcester Park High Street (That would be Central Road and Windsor Road). In the windows of some of the local traders have been placed A5 sized pictures of Easter eggs. Each of these coloured egg pictures is identical and carries the distinctive local ‘OWP’ logo - as seen on the left here. (Some eagle-eyed shoppers may have noticed a few of these already...)

Children are invited to pick up an entry form from Waitrose on Saturday between 9am and 1pm. This form has 10 spaces for the names of any 10 of the shops displaying one of these Easter Egg Pictures. All the children need to do is find 10 of them and fill in the names of those 10 shops where they found them (just make sure you bring a pen or pencil to fill in the form). When they return the completed form to Waitrose they will receive a special Easter Treat.

This is all being organised by Worcester Park's traders with the prizes being donated by Waitrose so there is no cost involved. However there is a limited (albeit large) number of entry forms (and prizes) so get in early!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Get Into Cricket

The 2014 Colts Cricket season is starting at Worcester Park Cricket Club (WPCC) with registration evening on the 22nd and 24th of April - that's Tuesday and Thursday next week.

There is also free coaching for boys and girls aged 8 to 12 year old (Years 3 to 7) on Thursday evening (24th). See here for more information. The evening will be a mix of games and drills followed by a chance to meet the coaches and find out more about the club.

The Colts are WPCC's young people's teams and there are usually around 130 children, from Years 3 to 12 involved with many Senior Colts also playing in the Men’s Senior teams.

The Club is certified under the ECB Club Mark scheme, providing a safe environment for children to enjoy playing cricket. They are also a Surrey County Cricket Club Focus Club, promoting cricket in the County and liaising with both Sutton and Kingston Local Authorities.

They run 4 Colt League teams, U11, U12, U13, & U14 in the Mid Surrey League to try and give all of the Colts’ experience of competitive cricket. An U9/10 team plays a number of friendly Pairs matches later in the season, and the U16/17s play in the National U17 Cup.

ECB qualified coaches provide top class training on Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6.30 – 8.30 at the club (U9 and below 6.30 - 8.00). Most matches are played on Sunday mornings, with U10, U11 and U12s playing some games on Friday evenings.

The Colts teams are open to both boys and girls. At present there are only a few girls playing and many more boys but both are encouraged to join up and get involved. Ian Burrows from the club told the blog that while they would love to have dedicated girls/womens teams, at the moment the girls play with the boys on what are effectively mixed teams. He also mentioned that there are some clubs with women playing on senior 'mens' teams where the women do rather well!

Registration is at the club in Green Lane. For U13 and older the registration is on Tuesday from 6:30pm. For U12 and younger the registration is on Thursday, also from 6:30pm. You can just turn up and register but you are welcome to telephone the relevant coach to discuss things first if you prefer. A list of coaches and numbers is available on this page.

If you would like to download application forms etc. here some links:

You can download an application form here.

You can download a Training and Behaviour policy document here.

You can also download a fixture for the season here.

And you can download more information here.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Come Out From Under There

The extra work continues at the top of Central Road.

Yesterday and today Sutton and East Surrey Water find themselves moving an underground stopcock because 'someone' went and installed a bench over it.

The gentleman working on it told the blog that luckily the stopcock all comes as one section and it shouldn't take to long to move it the necessary 18 inches or so and redirect the pipes even though they have to work underneath the bench to get it out. Hopefully it should be done by the end of today (Tuesday 15th).

When I asked if perhaps it would have made more sense to move it before installing the bench, the rolled eyes and shaking head rather said it all really.

Promoted by Ranulph Murray, on behalf of Sutton Borough Conservatives Federation, both of 2a Donnington House, Sutton, SM1 4SY

Monday, 14 April 2014

Lit Up Line Up

A few people have commented about the new shop fronts and signage at the top of Central Road. This is one aspect of the Outer London Fund (OLF) project that I think has genaraly been implemented rather well.

The neon signs look really good when they all on in a row - although I have yet to see it with every single one on. As one guest commented a few days ago:
"All bar two of the neon signs were lit yesterday evening and it looked really great. Come on Stitch Right and the accountants, join the party please."
The awnings look good too when they are all out - that will be nice for the summer.

I contacted the architectural firm Jan Kattein Architects regarding why they recommended painting the art-deco façade rather than restoring it to it's original glory. Tony Staples from the firm told the blog:
"We often encourage restoration of original features on existing buildings, however at 2-18 Central Road the façade had undergone different treatments at different times. Sometimes painted and sometimes re-rendered with varying quality and finish. Given the existing state of the building we felt that repainting not only delivered the greatest visual impact but also represented best value for money."
He also sent a photo of the original finish before the painting was done in order to show what he meant (Click on the picture to enlarge):

I just hope the council has a plan for what happens if any of these shops move or go out of businesses. This only works if all the shops partake. If a new shop moves in I hope the resulting change of signage will be in keeping with the theme and not spoil the effect.

Promoted by Ranulph Murray, on behalf of Sutton Borough Conservatives Federation, both of 2a Donnington House, Sutton, SM1 4SY