Thursday, 1 October 2015

A Harvest Of Help Needed

A few readers may have heard of the Reverend Andy Cain. Rev. Cain is the vicar at St Mary's church on The Avenue in the Cuddington quadrant of Worcester Park (That's the bit west of the railway line in Epsom and Ewell) and is an active member of the local community.

He was recently elected vice chair of the Worcester Park Residents' Association (which I now chair) and want's to use his resources to reach out to all parts of the local community and bring everyone together as part of a single community - an admirable vision.

As part of this, his church, St Mary's is running a Community Harvest Appeal in aid of the refugee crisis.

Rev. Cain wanted to add that:
“I am impressed by the generosity of spirit exhibited by the good people of Worcester Park, thank you. For the past few years we have been using our Harvest Appeal as a way of giving much needed food to local people who do not have enough. These appeals have principally been through the local FoodBank, although other charities such as Crisis have also rightly benefited. This year, in light of the migration issue seen in our media, it is appropriate to demonstrate our good nature to people who are struggling outside of our area, I realise that the political situation is complex, but with this in mind, we are organising a Community Harvest Collection in aid of the refugee crisis. Many stores in Worcester Park are displaying the attached letter, if you are able to give anything of benefit, whether small or large, please make use of the two allocated drop off areas (St Mary’s Church and the Royal British Legion). Once again, thank you for your help and generosity. Together we can make a greater difference. 
Best wishes,
Reverend Andy Cain"
While putting this post together I am finding myself thinking of things I have around the house that I could easily donate and not even miss. I'm sure if we all did even that bare minimum, together we would make a huge difference. The harvest service is on Sunday 11th October so we have 9 days to get those donations in!

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Burnt Car

Wandering up Longfellow Road this afternoon I got a bit of a shock. Parked on the kerb there, not even a full stone's throw from Central Road was this burnt out car. It still has an acrid smell to it making me think it had only been there for a couple of days but an enquiry or two suggested it had been there since Saturday around lunch time.

The police are already aware of it (according to the notice stuck to the side window) so it didn't need reporting.

Does anyone know what happened here?

Monday, 28 September 2015

A Front To Decent Parking

I have been been contacted by The People's Front Of Buckland Way on more than one occasion regarding school-run-parking and particularly the occasional flamboyant examples witnessed in the area.

The People's Front refers to:
"The crazy parking antics of [these car parkers] - one obviously with an allergic reaction to kerbs..."
and asks
"Is there anything that could be done to restrict parking on this corner as although reasonably empty of cars in this picture, you only need a parent or child crossing the road on the corner (which is common) using the alleyway to cross to the Hamptons when a car comes speeding round the corner and hit them. 
It's amazing that we have a lollipop lady in Yippee outside of the school, but this heavily used part of Buckland Way has no protection to pedestrians crossing the road. 
How there hasn't been an accident so far I am amazed (and mightily relieved) but with the additional pupils now attending the expanded Dorchester, surely it is only time..!"
I do have to put my hand up at this point. As the parent of one WP Junior at Dorchester I have been known, on occasion, to leave my vehicle somewhere not greatly removed from this general area. However I do plead that that at no time did I park illegally. There are no yellow lines here and provided vehicles are parked properly against the kerb, no law has been broken.

However I do take the point made by TPFOBW (who also makes the case that "this corner needs double yellow lines on both sides of the road.")

This is the age old argument of convenience vs safety and where the line should be drawn. Some would argue that if everyone parked legally and followed the local 20mph limit (and just drove carefully and responsibly) there wouldn't be a problem. So the solution is one of enforcement. Others would argue that because some people don't always park legally or follow the speed limit or just drive carefully and responsibly, that we need to add more restrictions.

People will always be running late and feel the need to drive their littleuns to the school gate. (We can encourage alternatives but can't pretend people won't choose the most convenient option when they have too much to get done in too little a time.) There will never be enough parking space right outside any school for them all and cars will always try to find the closest place they can. Personally I would like to see a bit more enforcement of the current rules.

Perhaps an answer might also be a raised crossing in Buckland Way opposite the path through to the Hamptons. This would make cars expect to see children crossing here and slow them down where it is necessary. What do you think dear reader?

Then again of course it could have all been a dastardly conspiracy hatched by the those rotters, The Bucklandean People's Front...

Climbing Thief

A few weeks ago a house in Kingsmead Avenue was burgled. Whoever did this climbed up some scaffolding next to the property and in through an open window. They stole a computer, a tool-kit and some cash and escaped via a conservatory door.

This all happened sometime between 7:30pm and 10:00pm on Thursday, 3rd September.

Luckily an image of a person has emerged that Police want to talk to in connection with this burglary.

If you know the identity of this particular male or have any other information that may help the police (and the victimes of this crime), please contact Sutton Police station on 101 quoting ref no: 4009468/15. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. If there is crime in progress always call 999.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

What A Jumble

It's on again today. Head down to Worcester Park Scout HQ (where Balmoral Road turns the corner and becomes Braemar Road) for this afternoon's Scoutish fundraising event: The Jumble Sale!

It all begins at 2:30pm and there will be - as it says on the posters here - "Bargains Galore". There are always bargains galore at these things so expect the pattern to continue.

It's all for a good cause too. Our scouting (and guiding) movement brings great benefits not only to the children but to society as a whole as the children learn about discipline, responsibility and teamwork while having fun. This is how they get the money to keep doing these things so go along and support them.

You know you want to...

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

The Books, The Gifts, His Nurse and Her Pawnbroker

Q. What is it that links: Books, Nurses, Charity, and Pawnbrokers?

A. The last H&T fundraising event.

Three Saturdays ago (on 28th August) H&T held the charity book sale where they had hoped to collect 100 books and sell them to raise money for the Macmillan charity. At about 10:45 when I wandered past I was told they had been donated 1180 books and had already sold 100 of those! (I personally found and grabbed a copy of Lord Of The Rings as it is one classic I didn't have at home - pushing the total up to 101)

In 2015 H&T are looking to raise £52,740 to fund a Macmillan nurse for a year between there 190 or so stores. The H&T in Worcester Park is also hosting another event next Friday (25th September). It will be a Macmillan coffee morning, again to raise funds toward the Macmillan nurse goal.

So if you're around - why not pop in for a coffee, a chat and to help Macmillan fund a nurse which in the end will be a Godsend for an unknown number of people suffering cancer.

Stolen Angel

In case you haven't seen this yet - it is a lost (or stolen) necklace found on one of two male youths arrested for interfering with vehicles in Stoneleigh Avenue, back on Saturday, 22nd August at around 4 in the morning (So very late Friday night - well most youf crims aren't exactly early risers...)

The two suspects (both 17) were also found in possession of a large amount of loose change and have been bailed to return in early October.

Police are seeking whom this necklace belongs to and would like to hear from the rightful owner. The silver colour necklace is in the shape of an angel. If that is you (the owner, not the angel), please contact Sutton Police station on 101. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If there is a crime taking place always dial 999.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Work Your Net

When you get involved in the 'goings on' of a community one of the things you notice quite quickly is that there a small group of people who tend to be very involved with many or most of the things going on. (Yes I am guilty of being in this department.) While that group of us all get to know each other rather well, the problem is that the vast majority of people who make up the community are not part of most of these events or groups and their voices are not heard as much as they should be when it come to making things happen in the local area.

This problem has always existed as anyone who has gone along to a few community events will recognise. You will tend to see the same 'usual suspects' at the North Cheam and Worcester Park Local Committee, the Neighbourhood Watch meetings, the Worcester Park Residents' Association (which I now chair), and other local events. And whilst I would heap praise on these people who go and speak up for their communities and take the time to try to ensure their communities are protected and improved - we are all at constant pains to try to get more people involved so as to hear from a wider range of people.

It is in that spirit that a Worcester Park Networking Event has been organised by (yet another local group - which I also sit on) - The Worcester Park Stakeholders Group, to foster and build relationships between local business owners, local councillors and other local 'stakeholders'.

According to Cllr Richard Marston who has done most of the organising for this event:
"It is intended to give them a chance to meet representatives of other local businesses plus invited guests and local councillors. 
It is an informal format of a chat over a drink so nobody will be required to give a speech or presentation. It will also provide an opportunity for local organisations to recruit new members."
The event itself is being conveniently hosted by the Royal British Legion in Central Road (69-73 Central Rd, KT4 8EB for those who don't know) this coming Wednesday evening from 6:00pm until 8:00pm.

It is a chance for local business people in particular to meet a few more like minded people in the community and also some of the people who represent the community and exchange ideas, views and possibly even one or two criticisms! The event is free however it would be preferred if people would register beforehand.

And while you'll probably see some of the same faces you have seen around the place at other local event, hopefully you and (and also we) will see some new faces there!

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Poppy Walk

The Royal British Legion's annual Poppy Walk is on again today (Sunday 6th September).

Members and supporters will be walking a 6 mile round trip around Worcester Park and North Cheam in support of the Legion and raising money to help support the thousands of serving and ex-Service people for whom the RBL is there for.

There is still time to join in. Just pop into the Royal British Legion in Central Road by around 10:30 and ask to speak to Tom Clark - or even just mention to the bar staff that you'd like to join the Poppy Walk.

These photos here are from last year's walk. Unfortunately I won't be able to make this one today due to a less than a week old addition to the family. (Yes WP Junior #2 is now here.)

However I would urge those of you who can, to support the RBL and join the Poppy Walk which begins at 11:00am today.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Bike Marking Today

Police are offering their ever popular bike marking service outside the Police Office in Central Road today.

Getting you bike marked by the Police makes it less beneficial for thieves to steal as it can be traced back to you if it does get stolen - also giving you more of a chance of getting your bike back if recovered.

Bike marking it free and and will be on from 2-5 pm this afternoon (Saturday 22nd August).

If you can't make today's event, there are two more bike marking sessions coming up...

Wednesday 30th September  3-6 pm
Wednesday 7th October  3-6 pm

All are being held directly outside the Worcester Park Police Office at 154 Central Road.