Thursday, 31 December 2009

It's An Honour

Congratulations to Worcester Park resident Michael Orbell who has been made an MBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours List.

Mr Orbell (pictured) who is currently leader of the 9th Wimbledon Scout Group was given the honour in recognition of his services to the Scouts in Wimbledon and Merton.

Hair We Go Again...



Hooorah! Just as I rumoured at the beginning of this month, Worcester Park's thirteenth hair dressing establishment, Klass, is now officially open for business (next to Classic Wok, in the old 'Voltz' shop unit).

To celebrate this landmark achievement, Worcester Park's pubs and bars will be staying open well past midnight tonight and will be packed to the rafters with revellers.

Perhaps I should start taking bets on how many more coiffeurs we can cram into Central Road in 2010?

Berties Reopening!

As I correctly predicted at the beginning of this week, Berties Cafe is to shortly due to reopen. They are also advertising for staff, which is great news for local job hunters and a really positive end to what has been a desperately difficult and depressing 2009 for Worcester Park's traders and retailers.


As I understand it they are going to be reopening 'as is' but will be under new management. The  look and feel will remain exactly the same as the old Berties but whether they will continue to serve the best Full English breakfast remains to be seen - suffice to say I shall be first in the queue to try it out.

2009 In Review

So 2009 draws to a close, and what a year it's been. Thank you all for your comments and e-mails throughout the year.

As we prepare to welcome in 2010, it only remains for me to wish you a very happy and prosperous New Year - and I shall leave you quick look back at events in Worcester Park in 2009.

Happy New Year!


January: As the New Year started everything was closing down - Silks finished and The Hunstmans Hall remained closed - but at least those pointless yellow box junctions made a welcome disappearance. Some residents were up in arms about alleys were being closed, as was Cameo Office Supplies.

February: Snow fell in Worcester Park - everyone enjoyed it, until Waitrose started running out of supplies.

March: More closures in Worcester Park - Gosletts attracted a crowd as they closed down. Meanwhile The Hamptons Public Enquiry got underway and the great hairdresser invasion of Worcester Park was underway. It was goodbye Huntsmans Hall and hello Midas Touch.

April: Wahoo! Another hairdresser. Some of us celebrated 'St Gorges Day' as I set you to work describing Worcester Park in three words.

May: Some of use were freaked out by a scare craft meanwhile... Wahoo!! Yet another hairdresser. I challenged you to say only nice things about Worcester Park as Waitrose wished me a Merry Christmas.

June: There was a byelection in Nonusch Ward - there was a blaze in Lindsay Road, but the real hot topic of the month was the BNP byelection candidate

July: 'Walk, Cycle, Reward' launched in Worcester Park, CAZBAR was only half the place is used to be.  Everyone came over all nostalgic as I mourned the end of the best cafe in Worcester Park (well, in my opinion). Meanwhile there was no shortage of ideas for the type of restaurant you wanted to open in Central Road (shame we ended up with yet another Italian).

August: You got all hot under the collar over road resurfacing, a nasty accident closed Central Road for several hours and a few residents of Worcester Park saw the light.

September: The great clean-up of Worcester Park station got underway and the Public Enquiry into expansion of The Hamptons ended with the green light being given to further development. We explored the lost world of Worcester Park House and I was left bereft as Ryan Gate closed for a two week refurbishment (which ended up lasting three months).

October: Construction began on your fantasy Central Road which certainly did not feature yet another Italian restaurant opening. Worcester Park's covert notice board was unveiled and I rather foolishly bought something from North Cheam

November: Plans for the invasion of Old Malden gathered pace, Worcester Park paused to remember. Caffe Piccolo went into liquidation, Sutton Council got in touch over the empty notice board fiasco and you reported your ghostly sightings in Worcester Park.

December: Graffiti caught everyone's imagination, Ryan Gate finally re-opened (remarkably unchanged despite three months of refurbishment works). The Worcester Park Traders Christmas Late Night got underway  - a lot of people enjoyed it, but it seemed many blog readers weren't impressed. At least the residents of Leyfield were on hand to bring us some much needed festive cheer.

Monday, 28 December 2009

Dr Bowen-Perkins

Some sad news at Christmas, courtesy of one of my blog readers:

"Dr. Bowen-Perkins (retired) aged 86. passed peacefully away in his sleep on Tuesday 22nd December. He had been a GP in Worcester Park for over 50 years, first on the Malden Road and then moving to Shadbolt Park until his retirement.

He was one of the old school of Doctors who would sit and talk over your problems and visit you at home when he was in practice. My mother was taken ill at one time and he even rang the next day to see if she was any better, he was a very kind and caring man and I first met him in 1960.

He will be sadly missed and was expecting his first great grandchild on the 29th December which he was looking forward to but now will never see.

I'm sure there are many people in Worcester Park who will remember him."

Anyone Notice?

What became of our beloved community notice boards? Well they are both now up and running, although more up than running if the truth be told.

The Worcester Park notice board, which is conveniently tucked out of site on the side wall of Pizza Express, contains nothing except for Sutton Council notices and publicity. Meanwhile the North Cheam notice board has already had one of its perspex panels pushed in, whilst the other panel is already scratched, obscuring the majority of the Sutton Council notices which adorn it.

Hardly good value for the £800 a piece that these items cost us.

Meanwhile as I continue to bemoan the fact there there is nowhere in Worcester Park serving a decent full English breakfast, blog sources tell me that there could soon be a reopening (of some sort) in the 'Berties' cafe unit on Central Road. Fingers crossed!

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Happy Christmas Worcester Park!

NORAD's Santa Tracker isn't quite advanced enough to give us a precise time of when the great man himself will be making it to KT4 but I think to be on the safe side the children of Worcester Park should make sure they are tucked up in bed by 10pm at the very latest (9pm, by law, if you are in The Hamptons social housing).

For those of you wanting to indulge your religious side, you can find details of midnight masses and other Worcester Park Christmas church services here - and for those of you planning to overindulge in other ways there are handy details of chemists near Worcester Park open on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy, safe and enjoyable Christmas.

I shall leave you with some pictures from Worcester Park's most festive street, Leyfield.

Merry Christmas!





Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Grit Or Determination?

There have been a few comments on the blog about the lack of grit on the pavements of Worcester Park.

Thankfully the worst of the treacherous ice appears to have melted away today but I did notice on my travels that the Kingston Borough side of Worcester Park has pavements liberally sprinkled with rock salt whilst the Sutton Borough side seems to have none.

Very much a tale of two boroughs.

Monday, 21 December 2009

A Mini Adventure?


I had a few hits on the blog over the weekend from people looking for information on 'Worcester Park police car chase'.

Today The Brinkster is also reporting on his blog that there was some speedway action involving a Mini Cooper (boo hiss) and police cars (hooray) in Worcester Park on Saturday night.

Did you witness any of the action?

Sheppard Spy

Eric Sheppard is looking for information on a descendant and wonders if the readers of The Worcester Park Blog can help:
"A family member Alfred Charles Sheppard was living at 28 St Philip’s Avenue, Worcester Park in 1915 and I was wondering if anyone in the area knows of the family?"

If you can help Eric with his search for information, contact the blog (e-mail address is at the top of the page) and I will pass your information on.

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Worcester Park Christmas Info


Waitrose Worcester Park Christmas / New Year opening times


Christmas Eve - 08.00 - 17.00
Christmas Day - CLOSED
Boxing Day - CLOSED
Sunday 27th December - 10.00 - 16.00
Monday 28th December - 09.00 - 18.00
Tuesday 29th December - 08.00 - 19.00
Wednesday 30th December - 08.30 - 20.00
New Year's Eve - 08.00 - 18.00
New Year's Day - Closed
Saturday 2nd January - 08.30 - 19.00

Sainsbury's Local - Worcester Park. Christmas / New Year opening hours

Tue 22nd Dec 0700 - 2200
Wed 23rd Dec 0700 - 2200
Christmas Eve 0700 - 2100
Christmas Day Closed - Closed
Boxing Day 0800 - 2100
Sun 27th Dec 0700 - 2200
Bank Holiday 0700 - 2200
Tue 29th Dec 0700 - 2200
Wed 30th Dec 0700 - 2200
New Years Eve 0700 - 2100
New Years Day 0800 - 2100

Christmas/New Year rubbish collection days:
Revised times for Sutton Council's collection of brown refuse wheelie bins and green recycling bins in Worcester Park:
Normal collection day
Revised collection day
Mon.  21  December  09
Sat.     19 December 09
Tues. 22 December  09
Mon.    21December 09
Wed.  23  December 09
Tues.  22 December  09
Thurs. 24  December 09
Wed.   23 December  09
Fri.     25  December 09
Thurs. 24 December  09
Mon.  28  December 09
     No Change
Tues. 29 December  09
     No Change
Wed. 30 December  09
     No Change
Thurs. 31 December  09
     No Change
Fri. 1 Jan 2010
Sat. 2 Jan 2010

Kingston Borough residents- revised rubbish and recycling collection days in Worcester Park:




Usual Collection Day  




Revised Collection Day  



Friday 25 December 2009

Monday 28 December 2009

Monday 28 December 2009

Tuesday 29 December 2009

Tuesday 29 December 2009

Wednesday 30 December 2009

Wednesday 30 December 2009

Thursday 31 December 2009

Thursday 31 December 2009

Saturday 2 January 2010

Friday 1 January 2010

Monday 4 January 2010

Monday 4 January 2010

Tuesday 5 January

Tuesday 5 January 2010

Wednesday 6 January 2010

Wednesday 6 January 2010

Thursday 7 January 2010

Thursday 7 January 2010

Friday 8 January 2010

Friday 8 January 2010

Saturday 9 January 2010



 Pharmacy Rota - Christmas Opening Times for chemists near Worcester Park
Christmas Day 25 Dec 2009:
D. Parry Pharmacy
124 Arthur Road
Wimbledon Park

Wimbledon
11.00am – 12.00pm
Rosehill Pharmacy
28 The Market
Wrythe Lane

Carshalton
11.00am – 12.00pm
Gaiger Chemist
Unit 12, 303 High St
Sutton

Sutton
11.00am – 12.00pm
Lloyds Pharmacy
37 Woodcote Road
Wallington

Wallington
11.00am – 12.00pm
Hilton Pharmacy
360 Grand Drive
Raynes Park

Merton &
Morden
11.00am – 12.00pm
Victoria Chemist
524 London Road
North Cheam

Sutton


11.00am – 12.00pm
Barkers Chemist
100 Hour Pharmacy
16 Lambton Road

Raynes Park
8.30am – 11.00pm
Sutton & Merton OOH
28 The Market
Wrythe Lane 
Carshalton
10.00am – 10.00pm

Boxing Day, Monday 28 December 2009:

Ridgway Pharmacy
65 Ridgway
Wimbledon Common

Wimbledon
11.00am – 12.00pm
MPS Pharmacy
46 The Market
Green Wrythe Lane

Carshalton
11.00am – 12.00pm
Cooper & Co
3 Grove Road
Sutton

Sutton
11.00am – 12.00pm
Day Lewis Pharmacy
Roundshaw Centre
Wallington

Wallington
11.00am – 12.00pm
Day Lewis Pharmacy
12a Abbey Parade
Merton High Street
Merton &
Morden
11.00am – 12.00pm
Imperial Pharmacy
139 Epsom Road ,Sutton

Sutton
11.00am – 12.00pm
Barkers Chemist
100 Hour Pharmacy
16 Lambton Road
Raynes Park

Raynes Park
8.30am – 11.00pm
Sutton & Merton OOH
28 The Market
Wrythe Lane

Carshalton
10.00am – 10.00pm

New Years Day, 1 January 2010:

T James Chemist
385 Durnsford Road
Wimbledon Park

Wimbledon
11.00am – 12.00pm
Beeches Pharmacy
2b Beeches Avenue
Carshalton

Carshalton
11.00am – 12.00pm
Your Local Boots
109 High Street
Sutton

Sutton
11.00am – 12.00pm
Lloyds Pharmacy
37 Woodcote Road
Wallington

Wallington
Merton &
11.00am – 12.00pm
Jeskap Pharmacy
43 St Helier Avenue
Morden

Morden
11.00am – 12.00pm
Sainsbury's In Store
566 London Road
North Cheam

Sutton
11.00am – 12.00pm
Barkers Chemist
100 Hour Pharmacy
16 Lambton Road
Raynes Park

Raynes Park
8.30am – 11.00pm
Sutton & Merton OOH
28 The Market
Wrythe Lane
Carshalton
10.00am – 10.00pm
WORCESTER PARK CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICES & MIDNIGHT MASS:

Worcester Park Baptist Church:
Christmas Day: Family Service 9.30am - 10.15am

St Matthias Roman Catholic Church:
Christmas Eve:
Children's Mass 4.00pm
Mass 7.00pm (carols)
Midnight Mass 10.00pm

Christmas Day:
Quiet Mass 7.30am
Mass 9.30am (carols)
Mass 11.15am (carols)
No evening mass

Christ Church with St Philip:
Christmas Eve:
Blessing Of The Crib for Children 4.00pm & 5.30pm
Carols By Candlelight 8.00pm
Midnight Communion 11.30pm

Christmas Day:
Holy Communion 8.00am
Family Sercice with Holy Communion 10.00am

St Mary The Virgin, Cuddington:
Christmas Eve:
Christingle Service 3.00pm
Christingle Service 5.00pm
Midnight Communion 11.30pm

Christmas Day:
Family Service, Holy Communion 10.00am

St John The Baptist Church, Old Malden:
Christmas Eve:
Christmas Crib Service 3.30pm
Midnight Eucharist 11.30pm

Christmas Day:
Christmas Said Eucharist 8.00am
Christmas Sung Eucharist 9.45am


Panic Buying

Panic seems to be the best seller in Waitrose at the moment - everyone is out buying it.

Of course the shops do shut for a whole two days over Christmas (although thank goodness for Ryan Gate which is always on hand for those who run out of olives or humous).

Do take care on the pavements  - the ice is treacherous in places, not helped by some shopkeepers who wash their floors at closing time and sweep the waste water out onto the freezing pavements. See above.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Trade Critical

It has been disappointing to read the negative reaction to this year's Christmas Late Night. From what I saw there were plenty of people enjoying themselves, so I trust and hope that those who felt disappointed by the evening's offerings are in the vocal minority.

The evening did succeed, at least, in bringing larger crowds into Worcester Park - the rides and stalls were, after all, merely a sideshow to the 'main event' which was to encourage more people to shop locally and support their local traders in these troubled economic times.

Yet whilst such events can bring the people to Worcester Park, I am left wondering if our local traders have been doing enough to help themselves.


Worcester Park is, of course, no Oxford Street. Nor is it even on a par with other larger local shopping towns, but that is no reason why our local traders cannot grab a small slice of the festive spending boom.

Whatever you may have thought of the rides and stalls last Friday night, did the local traders make any impact on you? If they were doing anything to drum up some business it certainly passed me by.

Perhaps there were exceptions, but from what I observed the local traders failed spectacularly to take advantage of the crowds and the attention to promote themselves and bring in some more trade.

Ironically in these commercial times, it was the charity shops who did the best - with tables outside their shops or raffles/promotions inside they tapped into the sense of occasion.

From our local traders, however, there was nothing and instead of being at the heart of the event they reduced themselves to being a mere backdrop to everything else that was going on. With a captive audience, a little creativity and imagination would have paid dividends, but where were the incentives for us to shop locally? Where were the 'struggling' local restaurateurs drumming up some much-needed extra trade?

Those who have criticised last Friday's event are entitled to their valid opinions. If the event is to succeed in future, however, it needs to be the product of more than one person's hard work. To succeed and meet its real purpose it needs the traders of Worcester Park to buy into it - to engage with the evening and do more than simply adjust their opening hours, to seize the opportunity and do a little more to help themselves.

Monday, 14 December 2009

Late Night Last Night


Relive the fun and festivities at Friday night's Worcester Park Traders' Association Christmas Late Night in the Worcester Park Blog's photo slideshow, above.

I hope you all enjoyed yourselves?

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Park Life

Blog reader Matt has sent me these pictures of filming activity taking place at the historic Nonsuch Mansion last week. As you may have read on The Brinkster's blog earlier this year the interior of the mansion has recently been rennovated making the local venue of choice for for weddings as well as an increasingly popular TV and film location.





The filming that Matt's pictures show was for an advertisement for a high street retailer - you will also be able to catch scenes filmed inside Nonsuch Mansion in the forthcoming film 'From Time To Time', starring Dame Maggie Smith and Dominic West in cinemas next year...

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Pond Life

If you've been keeping an eye on the Waitrose green tokens for local charities recently you may have spotted one of the slots raising funds for the restoration Shadbolt Park Pond (there is a map is at the bottom of this blog post, if you're not familiar with where Shadbolt Park is).

Blog reader Andrew B (not to be confused with the other Andrew B who supplied Wednesday's rat story) has alerted me to the fact that a Public Meeting about the proposed restoration of the pond will be taking place at 11am this coming Sunday (13th December) at the Health Centre in Shadbolt Park (Salisbury Road).

Full details are on the photo of the notice below, which Andrew also kindly sent in.





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Friday, 11 December 2009

Let The Festivities Begin!

Stallholders have been busy all afternoon setting up tonight's entertainment, so wrap up warm and enjoy the festivities and do remember to support your local traders this year and make Christmas for Worcester Park's hard working shopkeepers, publicans and restaurant owners that little bit merrier.

A warm welcome too to those of you who are finding the Worcester Park Blog for the very first time - you'll find everything there is to be written about Worcester Park here, and more besides. If you're feeling particularly brave, hit the 'random post' link to your right and plunge yourself headlong into the archives of the Worcester Park Blog.

Now, where did I put my hat and gloves...

Tonight's The Night!

There is a distinct Christmassy chill in the air but thankfully the rain is going to hold off so it looks like perfect conditions for Worcester Park's Christmas Late Night event tonight.

Come a long and join in the fun for all the family, with funfair rides and stalls along Central Road and a good sprinkling of festive bands and choirs to add to the atmosphere.

Most importantly of all, a number of Worcester Park's local traders will be staying open late to give you that extra chance to do your Christmas shopping.

The following local traders are official supporters and sponsors of the Christmas Late Night. Without their funding and support the event would not be possible - so make sure you are especially good customers at:

  • One Stop Party Shop
  • Ross Fruiterers
  • John James
  • Broadway Bargains
  • Hendys Jewellers
  • Dawson Aerials
  • Cycle Power
  • St Raphael's
  • Kingfish
  • Costa
  • Central Plumbing
  • Zeus Menswear
  • Casuals
  • Sole 2 Sole
  • Woodfall Opticians
  • Mr Ink
  • Connor Prince
Wrap up warm and enjoy. I shall see you there!

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Comb Again

Disturbing reports are reaching the Worcester Park Blog that Central Road may soon be home to yet another hairdressers.

We have, at last count, 12 hairdressing establishments in Worcester Park. Could it really be that we are to be unlucky enough to get a thirteenth?

If the trend continues, by the end of 2010 almost every shop in Worcester Park will be offering some kind of hairdressing service in a bid to stay in business and cement the town's reputation as the hairdressing capital of the South (except for Dual Tools, which will instead be hiring out industrial shears for DIY haircuts).

Surrey Nefis will be in on the act too - employing the same chap who slices the strips from the giant revolving kebab meat (I think it would work if the barbers' chair was revolving at the correct speed).

You know it makes sense.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Rat Bags!

I can't believe it's been nearly two years since the last Worcester Park rat-related story. Thankfully blog reader Andrew B (not to be confused all the other Andrews who comment on the blog) has come to our rescue with this rat tail tale.

"While speedwalking along Donnington Road last week an elderly gentleman with a shopping bag crossed the quiet road from my left. As he reached the middle of the road (partly hidden from my view by a parked car) there occurred an out-of-the-blue commotion;

"Squeak squeak squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeak squeak squeak !" and then "get out of it, go on get out of it!" accompanied by frantic flapping of the shopping bag.

Unbelievably, he revealed, a rat had actually "gone for him". He felt it should have been the other way around and had not seen a rat in that road before. I think he was only shaken....as was the old man!

My return journey half an hour later showed "ratty" happily mooching through gutter debris under the same parked car. I didn't get too close ! So, be on the lookout for rampant rats fellow residents."

If things carry on like this we'll have to call in Rentokil. Or Gino D'Acampo.

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Gate'ing Ready?

I have it on good authority that Ryan Gate is, finally, set to re-open very soon.

Having peered through the shutters last night (I've had to re-type that, as I missed the 'r' out of peered - which would have landed me in all sorts of trouble) it's hard to see what has actually changed.

I wouldn't put it past Ryan Gate to have spent three months transforming the shop without actually changing anything - all part of its quirky charm. No doubt when it does open, all will be revealed.

I shall be first in the queue for my lamb schawarma (if it's still on the menu).

Monday, 7 December 2009

Coming To Town

You better watch out, you better not cry, better not pout I'm telling you why - Father Christmas and his merry band of helpers from Nonsuch Rotary will be the touring streets of Worcester Park and the surrounding areas on the following evenings:

■ Monday 7 Dec – Starting at Woodlands Rd, Worcester Park

■ Tuesday 8 – Starting at Sparrow Farm Rd, Stoneleigh

■ Thursday 10 – Starting at Langley Rd N. Cheam

■ Friday 11 – Starting at Lumley Rd , Cheam Village

■ Monday 14 – Starting at Palmer Ave N. Cheam

■ Tuesday 15 – Starting at Esher Rd, N. Cheam

■ Thursday 17 – Starting at Green Lane, Worcester Park

Father Christmas will also be outside Sainsbury’s North Cheam on Saturday 12th and 13th December and at Tescos Cheam Park Farm on Friday 18th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th December.

Sunday, 6 December 2009

We Wish You A Scary Christmas

I do love the Seasonal Shop - it's one of the festive highlights of Central Road and I challenge anyone not to to be transported back, for a moment at least, to their childhood at the sight of their Christmas display.

Blog reader Lizzie, however, was perplexed by this rather disturbing inflatable outside the smaller of the two Seasonal Shops - so much so that the took a snap of the offending item.

I suspect that whoever designed this decoration intended it to be a giant snowball adorned with various festive characters.

Instead they have created a demonic snow monster which is slowly ingesting some hapless Christmas creatures. Either that or they are emerging Alien-like from its frosty bowels. I can't decide which.

Lizzie explained:

"I took this picture and sent it to various friends and relations. The general consensus was ''weird, even by Worcester Park standards.' '' I thought it was just me.

Probably eaten by something even bigger than an 7ft Father Christmas and reindeer-eating snowman. There was a half eaten penguin sticking out of its other side."

I'm pleased to report that the scary inflatable is no longer outside the Seasonal Shop, so it is safe to take your children there without scarring them for life.

Friday, 4 December 2009

Support Your Local Traders!

There is just one week to go now until Central Road comes alive for the Worcester Park Traders' Association Christmas Late Night (Friday 11th December, from 6pm).

As well as the usual array of stalls, games, funfair rides and music along Central Road, many of your local traders will be staying open late for your late night shopping needs.

The evening's entertainment would not be possible without the involvement of Worcester Park's local businesses. The following are sponsors of this year's event - local traders who are actively supporting the event. In return I hope you, as Worcester Park residents, will show them your support and give them your custom. Without them, Worcester Park would not be the place it is:
  • One Stop Party Shop
  • Ross Fruiterers
  • John James
  • Broadway Bargains
  • Hendys Jewellers
  • Dawson Aerials
  • Cycle Power
  • St Raphaels
  • Kingfish
  • Costa
  • Central Plumbing
  • Zeus Menswear
  • Casuals
  • Sole 2 Sole

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Graffiti, My Arts

After his recent blog comment, BenjyP has e-mailed me this photo of graffiti on the wall along 'Pigs Alley' (which runs from Green Lane, past the back of The Hamptons and over to Trafalgar Avenue).

There is, of course, a whole debate to be had about when graffiti stops being graffiti and starts being art. Or perhaps this is just artistic graffiti?

Then, as I was admiring the photograph, Mrs WP interjected to muddy the waters further;

"Nice. Very talented." she observed. "Shame - it will probably just be graffitied over soon...'



10 Days Of Christmas

With just ten days to go until the big event, posters advertising the Worcester Park Traders' Association Christmas Late Night have gone up in the shop windows of Central Road - complete with Worcester Park Blog logo and web address, so a warm welcome to any new blog readers.

If you haven't made it along to the Christmas late night before, you can see a selection of pictures and read the comments of those who went to last year's event here.