Friday, 31 December 2010

Happy New Year!

So 2010 draws to a close - a year which saw  over a quarter-of-a-million page views of the Worcester Park Blog. Thanks to all blog contributors, commenters and readers for making it the place that it is.

That's it for me - I'm off to party like it's 1999, so it just remains for me to wish you the a very happy New Year, and wealth, health and happiness for 2011.

I shall leave you with a rundown of the top 20 pages that have had you all electronically excited in 2010. Happy New Year!

WPB

Worcester Park Blog - Top Pages of 2010

1. Worcester Park Restaurant & Cafe Reviews
2. Worcester Park Mosque Plans Denied
3. Stabbing In Worcester Park
4. Hells Bells it's the H.G. Wells
5. Pastor Away
6. Adventures In Food
7. The Lost World Of Worcester Park House
8. Pub Trawl
9. Local Election Results
10. Post Haste
11. CAZBAR Closing Down
12. Traffic Chaos
13. Buy Gone
14. Size Matters
15. Losing Its Touch
16. Central Road To Hell
17. Chaos In The Pipeline
18. Starter For Ten
19. Postcode Snobbery
20. Worcester Parking Permits?

Friday, 24 December 2010

Parcel Farce?

Have you noticed a distinct lack of post through your doors yesterday and today? If so, I may have the answer courtesy of one blog reader who e-mailed to tell me:

"Apparently all the Worcester Park posties were told in a meeting yesterday not to deliver any more letters yesterday and today as packets and parcels had to take priority.  A minority (including ours) have refused to obey this order and are thankfully delivering both but many haven’t, so lots of people can expect to receive no mail for a couple of days in the run up to Christmas.  

As I run a business it’s essential that I receive all types of mail, not just what royal mail management deem important. Our postman found it unbelievable that they could be told not to deliver letters for two days before Christmas."

Has the lack of post been affecting you?

Happy Christmas Worcester Park!

Only one more sleep to go! May I wish all blog readers a very happy Christmas, and I hope it is filled with fun and festive cheer.

I shall leave you with your customary Worcester Park Christmas info. Happy Christmas!

WPB
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Pharmacy Rota


There are no chemists open in  Worcester Park. Nearest pharmacies and opening hours:


Christmas Day 2010:
Ace Pharmacy, Ace Parade, Hook, Chessington 10am -2pm
Lloyds Pharmacy, 11 The Broadway, Tolworth: 9am - 1pm
Imperial Pharmacy, 139 Epsom Road, Sutton: 11am-Midday


Boxing Day 2010:
Lloyds Pharmacy, 11 The Broadway, Tolworth: 9am - 9pm
Boots, 116-118 High Street, New Malden: 10am - 4pm
Imperial Pharmacy, 139 Epsom Road, Sutton: 11am-Midday

New Year's Day 2010:
Boots, 4 Arcade Parade, Hook, Chessington 9am - 5pm
Boots, 116-118 High Street, New Malden: 9am - 5.30pm
Lloyds Pharmacy, 11 The Broadway, Tolworth: 11am - 9pm
Concept, 127 Manor Drive North, Malden Manor - 9am - 4:30pm

Waitrose Worcester Park Christmas / New Year opening times

Christmas Eve - 08.00 - 17.00
Christmas Day - CLOSED
Boxing Day - CLOSED
Mon 27 Dec: 09:00 - 18:00
Tue 28 Dec: 09:00 - 18:00
Wed 29 Dec: 08:30 - 20:00
Thu 30 Dec: 08:30 - 20:00
Fri 31 Dec: 08:30 - 18:00
Sat 01 Jan: Closed
Sun 02 Jan: 10:00 - 16:00
Mon 03 Jan: 09:00 - 17:00

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

Fri 24th Dec 0700 - 2100
Sat 25th Dec Closed - Closed
Sun 26th Dec 0800 - 2200
Mon 27th Dec 0700 - 2200
Tue 28th Dec 0700 - 2200
Wed 29th Dec 0700 - 2200
Thu 30th Dec 0700 - 2200
Fri 31st Dec 0700 - 2200



Refuse Collection Schedule:


Normal refuse collection days will be observed.




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 4.00pmMass 7.00pm (carols)Midnight Mass 10.00pm (carols from 9.30pm)
Christmas Day: Quiet Mass 7.30amMass 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 8.00amFamily Sercice with Holy Communion 10.00am
St Mary The Virgin, Cuddington:Christmas Eve:Christingle Service 3.00pmChristingle Service 5.00pmMidnight Communion 11.30pm
Christmas Day:Family Service, Holy Communion 10.00am
St John The Baptist Church, Old Malden:Christmas Eve:Christmas Crib Service 3pmMidnight Eucharist 11.30pm
Christmas Day:Christmas Said Eucharist 8.00am
Christmas Sung Eucharist 9.45am




Boxing Day (St Stephens Day):
Said Eucharist 8am & 9.45am

Monday, 20 December 2010

4x4 Weddings and a Few Meals


As snow begins to fall once more over Worcester Park, our local heroes at 'Scout 4x4' have been coming to the rescue once again with their 4x4's. On Saturday they made sure one local bride got to the church on time for what was a very very white wedding.

They have also been busy helping the police, meals on wheels and the South East Coast Ambulance Service and will remain ready for action until the snow clears. 

Any new members wishing to join and support the group should visit the website www.scout4x4.co.uk. You don't have to be a scout already, so if you are interested why not drop the a line and find out more? 

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Pharm-assist

Blog reader 'Who?' has been in touch to tell of his good deed for the day yesterday, and encourage other blog readers to do the same:

"I popped into a chemist during the snow and saw a notice asking if customers could help deliver prescriptions to those unable to get out.

I took some to an elderly lady who was most grateful. If you're in or near a chemist, why not pop in and see if you could drop something off on your way?"

The pavements of Worcester Park are apparently treacherously icey today, so do be careful.

Saturday, 18 December 2010

It's All White Out There

For one stranded X26 bus in Worcester Park today, Croydon seemed a long long way off...


It was all too much for one weary passenger stuck on the bus awaiting rescue.....


Thankfully Thames Water were on hand with their idea of the year - reduce Central Road to one lane for water mains works, spilling water onto the remaining lane which promptly turned into an ice rink...


Whilst those with rear-wheel-drive automatic cars needed no help getting stuck. Just a little help getting up the hill.


Meanwhile at Waitrose, an empty car park provided the ideal opportunity for a snowball fight...


Provided, of course, you heed the rather obvious warning:


And lastly, remember:


Stay safe out there!

Friday, 17 December 2010

We're Off To Flee The Blizzard

It looks like 1pm was precisely the wrong time to decide to venture out into Worcester Park today as the sky turned a threatening grey and then unleashed what can only be described as a raging blizzard onto KT4.

It was all over pretty quickly and then the snow came out any everything looked a lot prettier. The roads and pavements are treacherously icy this evening, though, so do take care and don't forget to be good neighbours to those who need a helping hand getting through this weather.

There's a lot more of the white stuff forecast to come our way over the weekend and into the early part of next week. Check out Worcester Park based netweather.tv for the very latest forecast.




Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Ass For Help

This has to rank amongst my all time favourite e-mails to the Worcester Park Blog. The Reverend William Rogers contacted me yesterday to ask:

"...if anyone has or knows of a donkey that could be used in a church service in Wimbledon at 4pm on Christmas Eve? We have used a donkey from Worcester Park before but we have lost the contact details!!"
 
Lost the contact details for a donkey? Eeyore-to take more care in future! But if you can help Rev Rogers with his donkey quest, just e-mule me and I will pass the details on to him. 

Fine Argentine Wine

Aret and Miz, proprietors of The Vin Bin have been in touch to let me know that they have arranged another wine tasting evening before Christmas - it will be held tomorrow (Thursday 16th December) between 5:30 and 8:30 PM.

The wine tasting will be hosted by Solano Pena Lenzi from Hispa Merchants a Spanish, Chilean and Argentine specialist. Hispa Merchants represent family owned wineries, focusing on indigenous grape varieties and introducing up and coming regions.

Aret writes:

"The wine-making regions of Argentina are full of sunshine and temperate weather (we can only dream!) making it perfect for wine growing. With its Italian influence as well as the more obvious Spanish, the extraordinary range of climates and exciting resources of old wine in variety, there is some fascinating wine already on the market with masses more to come!"

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Central Road To Hell

Worcester Park is  braced for months of traffic chaos when a major programme of gas and water mains replacement and street improvements gets underway from January 2011.

The works will see partial or complete closures affecting Central Road and Malden Road as well as Green Lane, Park Terrace, Longfellow Road, Lynwood Drive. The programme of works is due to start on January 10th and will run through until March.

The main disruption to traffic will be from water and gas mains replacement works taking place in Central Road, running from the junction with Green Lane (by Kingfish), going under the railway bridge and up towards the junction with Park Terrace (by the Worcester Park Tavern).

Green Lane and Park Terrace will be closed for two months from January 10th (bad news for those living in Longfellow Road or any of the other nearby feeder roads which will bear the brunt of the extra traffic pouring onto Central Road).

For the first four weeks from January 10th, two-way traffic will be maintained on Central Road, but from  February Central Road will be reduced to one lane for a whole month, with temporary traffic lights controlling the traffic.

With traffic already at (or arguably over) critical levels in Worcester Park, it's hard to see these works as bringing anything other than complete gridlock to the town for weeks on end.

Unhappy New Year Worcester Park!  




Sunday, 12 December 2010

Vin Bin Wine Of The Month

If you haven't made the trip to 'Vin Bin', Worcester Park's new wine shop (step inside and you'll understand why I call it a wine shop rather than an off licence) then I highly recommend you do.

I spent a very pleasant evening there the other Friday for one of their regular wine tastings. The evening's guest host was James MacNay whose company 'Rare and Organic' is a specialist importer of high quality Italian wines.

I went home clutching a bottle of Vin Bin's wine of the month for December, Prosecco Tappo Spago (£9.99) - a deliciously light, fruity wine from the acclaimed producer La Jara. Perfect for festive occasions or New Year celebrations and a great alternative to Champagne.

I'm looking forward to the next tasting evening, which will be a journey through the fine wines of Argentina. In the meantime, if you're stocking up for the festive season or just looking for that special bottle, pop in and see Aret and Mislav who will be on hand to guide you through their fantastic range. 

Scouting Fir Trees

The 4th Worcester Park Scout Group will selling Christmas Trees today between 9am and 12.30pm.
 
These will be the popular Non Drop Needlefast Nordman Fir trees, sizes generally between 5ft to 8ft tall.
 
Payment by cash or cheque, and a free netting service is available at their HQ in Braemar Road, KT4 8SW
 
Funds raised to provide facilities for over 200 local youngsters.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Lights Out

I'm not, you must understand, complaining about their absence. I'm just noting the fact that there is a distinct lack of festive decorations on the houses of Worcester Park so far this year.

I appreciate it's only the beginning of December, but you can normally count on at least a handful of over-enthusiastic Worcester Parkers to break out the inflatable snowmen in November, drape their houses with distasteful flashing multicoloured lights and whack Santa Stop Here signs in their front gardens. 

Unless of course you've spotted early signs of festive tack in Worcester Park - in which case I'm sure you'll point it out to me. 

Friday, 3 December 2010

Free Grit

There's a further chance for residents in the Sutton Council part of Worcester Park to get their hands on a free bag of grit (free in as much as you've already paid for it via your council tax) this weekend.

You can collect the grit from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th December from:

• Woodcote Green Garden Centre, Woodmansterne Lane, Wallington (collection from the Express Drive Thru only) (provided already bagged) 10am – 5pm on Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm on Sundays

• Kimpton Park Way Reuse and Recycle Centre – until 2pm on Sundays. (Please bring your own bag or sack to collect the grit. Your garden waste sack or blue bin would be ideal, or a large plastic container.)

You can also collect grit on behalf of elderly friends or neighbours or residents who don't have cars.

Proof of residency in the London Borough of Sutton will be required so bring your council tax bill or a current utility bill with you. If you are collecting grit on behalf of someone else you will need to bring a copy of their bill with you too.

Demand is, unsuprisingly, expected to be high!

Fete Going Ahead

Dorchester Primary School have been in touch to let everyone know that their Christmas fete is still on tomorrow. The fete will be open from Midday to 3pm and they look forward to seeing you there!

Scout Going Out

Scout leaders and adult members form 4th Worcester Park Scout Group in Braemar Road have proved to be true local heroes over the last three days, volunteering in the snow, helping out the emergency services and ensuring the elderly and vulnerable are cared for during the severe weather. 

The group, which runs Scout4x4.co.uk, have been assisting Surrey Police in moving staff around and getting them to and from work, have helped the Police with the search for a vulnerable missing person and have come to the rescue of Sutton's Meals on Wheels service, ensuring the housebound elderly get hot meals.

Meals On Wheels manager Carl Grigg said:

"Thanks from myself, Sutton old persons welfare committee, Sutton Meals on Wheels and all the Vulnerable old people you helped feed.
We have fantastic volunteers who normally do the work but today they needed some help. Thanks again."
The volunteers will remain on standby and ready to help until the snow has gone.

Three cheers for our Worcester Park local heroes. Hip hip.....

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Wine Not Go?

If you haven't already checked out 'The Vin Bin', the excellent new wine shop opposite The North End Tavern, then why not pop along tomorrow night (Friday 3rd December, 5.30pm to 8pm) for one of their regular wine tasting evenings?

Not only will they be having a selection of unusual Organic Italian wines but there will also be authentic finger food provided by Worcester Park's fantastic Italian restaurant Avventura.

The tasting will be hosted by James MacNay. James and his Italian wife Cinzia share a mutual passion about food and wine which led them to found their company 'Rare and Organic'.

The company imports high quality products, benefiting from direct contact with the best local producers with research focused on distinctive quality and sustainable practice.

Rare and Organic's ambition is to showcase the best carefully-selected organic products and their wines constitute a unique and interesting insight into the more refined areas and secret niches of Italian wine culture.


Miserable Grit

Right at the start of this year, I blogged about my experiences clearing and gritting the pavements of Worcester Park (well the bits in my road, anyway) and the fact that very few other citizens seemed to be doing much to help themselves and others.

Yesterday the pavements in WP were treacherously icey, so having fully Risk Assessed the situation I decided it was far far too dangerous for me to risk stepping out to grit the pavements so took the only sensible course of action - sending Mrs WP out to do it.

Out she trooped only to be set upon by a local busybody who told her it was illegal to use grit to clear pavements.

Then 'Saltless' contacted the Worcester Park Blog with a similar tale of grit rage:

"Being public spirited, I always clear the pavement outside my house (it's how I was brought up and wish to do it for as long as I can), and put salt / grit down to stop further snow settling - this is against they current urban myth, where many people believe, incorrectly, that they can be sued for doing this.


I've even done the same for elderly people who can't do it for themselves. I use salt from the council salt bins for this purpose, but this evening I came across someone who accused me of stealing the salt!

I wont go into too much detail, but suffice it to say that I felt bullied into returning the salt into the bin - net result the pavement outside my house cannot be cleared as I've run out of salt, and to do so without salting would definitely create a slip hazard and I could then be sued! The bins clearly state that the salt is for use by local residents for the pavements in the area, and this is confirmed by the website"

So we have turned from a town where few people can be bothered to do the public spirited thing to a town where those who do make the effort to try and make things safer for others get rounded on by their fellow citizens. 

I give up!

Mystery Shop

Roy asks:


"Back in the early 60’s when I was in my adolescent teens I had a job as a grocery boy working a few late afternoons and Saturday mornings for a privately owned grocery shop in Church Road at the junction with Strouds Close, Worcester Park. 

I recall the neighbourhood being known locally as Old Malden or The Plough -a local pub- although sadly the shop has long gone to be replaced, I think, by an Italian restaurant but I guess readers will already know all this!

To this day I don’t know the name of the shop as everyone knew the grocers by the name of the proprietor, a Mrs Mac (possibly Mc Donald) who with her husband and staff were a delight to work for.

I would be really grateful if anyone can tell me the name of the shop with any additional information, photos etc."

Can you help Roy with any information?

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Snow More Bad Puns

Are you enjoying Worcester Park in the snow, or are you fed up already with the chaos it's caused for anyone trying to venture a bit further afield from KT4?

Post your pics of a snowy Worcester Park at http://www.facebook.com/worcesterparkblog or e-mail the address at the top of this blog!

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Fir Trade

If you are planning on having a real Christmas Tree this year, Nonsuch Primary School are on hand to help out.

The Friends of Nonsuch Primary School have teamed up with SFRA to sell top quality Nordman Fir trees which are renowned for their deep colour, good shape and needle retention. The trees are grown in a sustainable forest in Berkshire, with minimal chemical intervention.

Trees will be on sale at the school in Chadacre Road between 10am and 1pm, this Sunday (5th December) with 25% of the profits going to the school. Sales will be cash only.

Leaflets detailing how to get the best out of your tree will be available with each tree sold.

Friday, 26 November 2010

That Was The Night That Was

I'm just  back from enjoying this year's Christmas Late Night.

So good to see so many people out enjoying themselves, listen to some great festive music from the local choirs and bands and enjoy what the local traders had to offer.

Did you all have fun?

Christmas Late Night 2010

Wrap up warm - it's the Christmas Late Night TONIGHT from 6pm to 9pm all along Central Road. As well has enjoying the stalls, rides and attractions along Central Road, don't forget the evening is all about supporting our hard working local traders who keep Worcester Park alive so do make sure you pop in, say hello and hopefully put a few of your hard earned pounds there way as well. 

As I mention every year, the event isn't free to put on  and is only possible thanks to sponsorship from the following Worcester Park traders - so please do make an extra effort to support those who are supporting Friday's event:

One Stop Party Shop
Acacia Hair & Beauty
Worcester Park Motor spares
Zeus Menswear
Avventura
Trutex Schoolwear
John James 
Graham Lee Carpets
Kingfish
AMS Opticians
Hendys Jewellers
St Raphael's Hospice.

Also lending their support are a number of local schools, churches and other organisations including:

Cuddington & Green Lane schools
Worcester Park's local churches
Worcester Park Womens' Institute
Worcester Park Library

See you there!










Thursday, 25 November 2010

Christmas Light Fantastic

Ho ho ho! The Christmas lights in Worcester Park are being switched on ahead of tomorrow's late night extravaganza, so hopefully you are all getting in the festive mood. 

It's also Christmas Fair time for schools in and around Worcester Park. 

St Cecilia's Primary School in London Road, North Cheam, will he holding theirs on this Saturday from 1pm - 4pm. The children can come and meet Father Christmas in his grotto, try their luck on the sweet & toy tombola or the lucky dip adn there will be mulled wine and mince pies, a cafe for coffee and cakes or you can tuck into some delicious hot food while you wander around the other stalls.
 
There will also be a tuck shop, pick-a-lolly, book stall, Phoenix cards and Micro-Scooter stalls where you can order some superb Christmas presents for the children or even yourself.
 
All the money raised goes back into the school for the benefit of all the pupils.  Entrance is only 50p (children under 3 are free).

Also on Saturday is the Dorris Venner Pre-school Christmas fair (Manor Drive, 11am-1pm) with cakes, tombolas, raffles etc. All are welcopme to go along and show their support.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas Late Night

We've had dry Christmas Late Nights, the occasional wet Christmas Late Night but never a white Christmas Late Night in Worcester Park.

But this year snow is on the way in the next few days. According to the current forecast from Worcester Park based forecasting company netweather.tv, we aren't in line for a dusting on Friday night but there is an 85% chance of snow for KT4 on Saturday.

Feeling Christmassy yet?

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Donnington Road, 1944

Can anyone with a knowledge of Worcester Park history help ex-pat David with his quest for information on a bomb which fell on Worcester Park in 1944? Davvid writes:

"I'm an old geezer who many years ago (about seventy.) lived and went to school in Worcester Park. Our family moved to number 43 Donnington Road in 1938 and owned the house until about 1958 when my mother moved to Eastbourne.



I have lived in Scandinavia, both Norway and Sweden (where I now live) for 45 years.


I have recently started to write about my life including, of course, my boyhood in Worcester Park and am now seeking information about the buzzbomb that fell in 1944 at the junction of Donnington Road and Windsor Road.

I was twelve years old at the time and my brother Bob, eight and when the bomb fell we were evacuated to Stalybridge near Manchester. My sister, who was fourteen, was at home alone and saved herself by creeping under our Morrison shelter and covering her head with her arms. She remembers the event but cannot place it in time.


I am grateful for any information that anyone can give me."
 
If you have any information for David please post a comment below (or e-mail me on the address at the top of the blog and I'll pass your e-mail on to him).

Monday, 22 November 2010

Planting Evidence

I do love a good conspiracy theory and so, it seems, does blog reader Liz:

"As I trekked past Malden Green this morning I noted some spindly saplings planted close to where the poplar trees were decimated.

When I got in I checked the Kingston Council website and the voting page for the type of tree is still operating, so I wonder what has been planted and if the voting website was just to keep us tree lovers otherwise occupied?"

The mys-tree deepens.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Have Your Cake & Eat It

There's a cake sale at St Philip's Church, Worcester Park, this morning (Sunday) from 11am.

All calories go straight to the hips, but then again all proceeds go to Victim Support.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Santander cash in transit robbery - Update

Sources tell me that the thieves were apprehended in St Philips Avenue following the incident at Santander bank in Central Road just before 1pm today (see the blog post below).

Santander certainly has an unluck track record when it comes to robberies, having been victim to a cash in transit robbery in January this year and an armed robbery in April 2008.

Breaking News -Santander bank - police incident



A major police incident is underway at the Santander bank in Central Road following an incident at 13:00 today involving a cash in transit outside the premises.

Central Road has been partially closed to traffic whilst police investigate.

Blog sources tell me that thieves snatched the cash box from the G4S driver before speeding off down Central Road in a car (understood to be a silver Mini) It is not thought to have been an armed incident.


Mum's The Word

For fear of reigniting the perennial Worcester Park Blog debate over Mums, babies and prams in Costa Coffee (see this blog post and also this one), blog reader and new Worcester Park resident LS has e-mailed me to enquire:


"We just moved into Worcester Park area and we really love the place and people! I just wanted to ask what all the mums with babies and toddlers do during the day? Is there any coffee shop for mums with a soft play area for children? I have heard there was one – what has happened to it?"

She is referring, of course, to what was Cafe Kinder in Central Road which closed its doors some years back (there was a further brief attempt at similar venture in the Knightwood Estates/Furniture premises).

So what advice would any fellow blog readers with toddlers have for LS about where to take and how to entertain your little cherubs in Worcester Parl?

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Christmas Late Night Update!


There's just over a week to go until the Worcester Park Christmas Late Night, which takes place on Friday 26th November from 6pm to 9pm in Central Road.

Hendys Jewellers will be open for the Christmas late night, all are welcome to pop in for a mince pie and a glass of wine. There will be goody bags for the children and special offers in store.

Avventura and Espresso Cafe will be offering lots of Italian fun and food. The cafe and stalls will be serving lots of amazing traditional Italian snacks and nibbles and keeping you all warm with  great coffee whilst the restaurant will have a few surprises up its sleeve as well including its famous metre long pizza and lots of tasty fayre and other treats to keep you entertained. 

Local schools are getting involved this year with some festive choirs, and there will be stalls from local charities and community groups.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

For The Fallen



With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.
Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is a music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncountered:
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables at home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.
But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;
As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end they remain

Friday, 12 November 2010

Remembrance Sunday

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Remembrance Sunday will be marked in Worcester Park with a special service of remembrance at Christchurch with St Philip starting at 10am featuring members of the local Royal British Legion, Cadets, Guiding and Scouting groups.

The congregation will then proceed to the War Memorial at St. Philip’s Churchyard for the silence at 11.00am and the laying of wreaths, before marching bands lead the procession down Central Road to Worcester Park's  Royal British Legion premises.


Thursday, 11 November 2010

Christmas Late Night 2010





Christmas is coming to Worcester Park - and it's coming earlier than ever before this year.

The Worcester Park Traders' Association Christmas Late Night takes place on Friday 26th November 2010 from 6pm to 9pm in Central Road.

The evening is your chance to enjoy some late night shopping, supporting Worcester Park's hard working local traders, whilst enjoying an evening of festive family fun.

As well as popular rides and attractions, there will be stalls from local charitites and community groups and local choirs and bands to give the evening that extra special festive feel.



Keep visiting the Worcester Park Blog for more information in the run up to the event!

Monday, 8 November 2010

Bus Fuss

Can you help blog reader Richard solve the riddle of the empty buses?

"I would like to know why when I am waiting for either a 213 or 151 to take me me towards Sutton, a 151 will come down Central Road 'out of service' and then come back from Worcester Park station still 'out of service' and with the same driver! This happens a lot and is very frustrating !!
 
I have spoken to a couple of drivers about this but they were very evasive and i couldn't get a straight answer..."

What's the buzz?

Police helicopter circling over Worcester Park. Any idea what's going on?

Friday, 5 November 2010

Weed Like Your Help

The Worcester Park Station Volunteer Group will be continuing their works to improve  Worcester Park railway station on Sunday. In the past, the volunteers have spent hours working to clear up the areas immediately around the station before planting out the area to get it looking at its best. 

There will be a volunteer session at Worcester Park station this Sunday morning (7th November) at 9am. The group has purchased some tubs and plants for the station platform and also needs a hand with weeding to bring the area up to scratch. 

All are very welcome to come along and lend a hand so if you are at a loose end and don't mind spending a couple of hours putting Worcester Park in better shape then just turn up and introduce yourself to the group!

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Expect Fireworks

Remember remember to support the 4th Worcester Park Scouts on Saturday at their public fireworks display -this Saturday 6th November from 7pm at Scouts HQ in Braemar Road, Worcester Park!





Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Scout's Honour

In response to yesterday's blog post about noise from the 4th Worcester Park Scout HQ in Braemar Road, Chris Vickers - 4th Worcester Park Scout Active Support Manager told the blog:

"I like to point a few things out here about what went on at the 4th WP scout hut. On the Saturday night we held a fundraising event. We need to raise funds in order to sustain the amazing things the group does for its 200+ young people. 

If we dont raise these funds there wouldn't be a group, which would mean these young people would be getting up to all sorts of mischief. I would also like to point out that the music was off just gone 11pm then all the guests left on the Saturday night. 

Then unlike the original comment the next event was on the Monday not the Sunday. This event happened to be my wedding reception so my personal apologies for any inconvenience caused but i would like to say this: 

I made every effort to keep noise to minimum and this included a super silent generator - we couldn't hear it in the marquee so it did what it said on the tin. Dance floor PA system designed to be loud on the dance floor and quite off it - we had a few teething problems with the bass at the beginning of the night but once these were sorted it was amazingly efficient. 

With the last song once again at just gone 11pm we were by no means going on all night. As for the bouncer on the gate - well this was a friend or my cousin who operates a security firm specialising in the close protection of both celebrities and the wealthy - this body gaurd who was a very nice lady was purely there to keep the riff raff out from my wedding. 

I would also like to point out that both events were fully licensed by the council. I am a leader at the scout group and so is my wife. We give an awful lot of our time for free to the group as do all the other leaders and is it so wrong to allow them to use our wedding reception marquee for a fundraising event the weekend of our wedding in order to keep their costs down? 

How many nights of the year do we really cause that much of a nuisance to local residents while providing activities for young people and giving up our time free of charge? 

I again apologise for the nuisance but please get the facts right before we plast them all over the internet."

Monday, 1 November 2010

Night Cubs?

Murmurings of discontent have reached the blog from a local resident concerned about merry-making at the 4th Worcester Park Scout HQ in Braemar Road:

"One Saturday night the sky was lit up by a number of exterior lights and there was a very loud PA. This happened again the following night and continued to 11pm. The noise could be heard through locked doors 2 streets away. 


They had a bouncer on the gate on the second night -  a particularly surly chap, who said that it was a private party. Is it becoming the new local Wembley Stadium? Twice in 3 nights is a concern..."


I must admit that when I was sat out late last summer enjoying the Dave Marion band's concert at the Scout HQ I did (for a very brief moment) pity their immediate neighbours - especially those trying to get children off to sleep.

But there's little else in the way of entertainment in Worcester Park, so I'm sure the occasional night of disruption won't hurt too much.

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Tricky Business

Halloween -  one night of the year when strangers can give sweets to kids and not have to answer awkward questions. Or sign registers.

So far it has been a busy night at Worcester Park towers - hopefully there won't be too many more visitors as the stocks of Haribo are rapidly depleting.

Meanwhile, if you are after some ghostly Worcester Park tales, why not revisit this blog post.

Happy halloween!

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Please Choose From The Following Tree Options



Europaea Pallida

Quercus Palustris

So, Kingston Council has rummaged down the back of the sofa and has all of sudden found funding to replace the trees it chopped down on Malden Green last week and is asking you to vote for your choice of replacement.

Is this Kingston proving its green credentials, or a belated attempt to make up for its maladroit handling and failure to consult with local residents in the run up to the tree felling?

I'll let you decide that one. In the meantime you can visit a special page on Kingston Council's website to find out more information and to vote for the species of tree you would like planted along Malden Green (they should have called it the Oaks Factor... fnarr fnarr).

The two finalists are Europaea Pallida (from the lime family) and Quercus Palustris (from the oak family)

Now, the problem  is I like Europaea Pallida but then again I also like Quercus Palustris. But which is best?


There's only one way to find out........

Friday, 29 October 2010

Free Bags Full

The sudden cold snap of the past week has, much earlier than expected, brought memories flooding back of the frozen days of last winter's Big Freeze and the quite pathetic disruption it caused to the whole of the UK.

For me it brought back memories of my temporary role as pavement gritter for Worcester Park. During one snowy spell at the start of January, I made my way across the ice-rink pavements of Worcester Park to check on stocks of rock salt in the yellow them - fully expecting every bin to have been completely emptied.

Instead I found several bins almost full to the brim with rock salt and so I set about gritting the pavements of my road. It took me a good hour and a half of traipsing back and forth to the salt bins, filling up containers and spreading the grit by hand but I managed to de-ice a considerable stretch of pavement.

There was no shortage of help and appreciation - from the young chap who helped shovel grit into buckets for me and the woman who me carry a particularly heavy load to the man who helped me haul some containers into the boot of may car and the neighbours who opened their front doors and thanked me for my efforts.

Yet as I toiled away, the radio phone-ins where filled with callers adamantly insisting that they would not be clearing or de-icing any stretch pavements outside their homes as that is what they paid the Council to do.
Others insisted that they would only do their bit if they got a rebate on their Council Tax. I'm not precisely sure that I understand the logic of that argument. I cut my hand last year and applied a dressing to it - can I get a rebate from the NHS because I treated myself?

Of course not everyone was is a position to scrape ice from their pavement or haul buckets of grit around. I was never suggesting that the octogenarians of Worcester Park strap snow chains to their mobility scooters and carry on regardless.

What surprised me back then was the number of perfectly fit and able people who seemed to have lost the ability or simply the will to help themselves and others.

Any residents who are inclined to be a bit more community-minded and who live in the Sutton Council part of Worcester Park can get ahead of the game this year by collecting a free 10kg allowance of grit for use on footpaths, pavements or roads at the front of their homes.

You will need to bring your own bag or sack to collect the grit. Your garden waste sack or blue bin would be ideal, or a large plastic container.

Collection of the free grit is available from 10am to 5pm on 30 & 31 October 2010, and 6 & 7 November 2010

You can collect the grit from:

• Woodcote Green Garden Centre, Woodmansterne Lane, Wallington (collection from the Express Drive Thru only) (provided already bagged) 10am – 5pm on Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm on Sundays
• Sutton Hospital (car park off Chiltern Road)
• Clockhouse (the central green at The Mount)
• Council offices (car park, Denmark Road, Carshalton)
• Kimpton Park Way Reuse and Recycle Centre – until 2pm on Sundays. (please check the webcam to avoid busy times – www.sutton.gov.uk/kimptonwebcam)

You can also collect grit on behalf of elderly friends or neighbours or residents who don't have cars.

Check out Sutton Council's website at http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=8639 for more information and details of proof of identity/residence that you will need to provide.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

The Tactless Chainsaw Massacre?

As the felling of Worcester Park's poplar trees continues along Malden Green, so the debate rages over whether Kingston Council is guilty of overkill (literally) in cutting down too many of them.

Hot on the heels of Coffee Man's earlier pictures of the felled pieces of badly rotted trunks, Jeff has sent me pictures of what look to the untrained eye (of which I have two) to be perfectly healthy, solid trunks:



Jeff writes: "The majority of stumps show solid healthy heartwood right through to the centre with no disease. I took photos of TEN healthy tree stumps - one of them even has fungii at the base, which according to the Council's tree expert indicated the tree should be hollow, but it's solid wood to the core (see the photo). This is why some of us wanted a second opinion from an independent qualified tree surgeon.

The decision to cut down trees should have be taken on a tree by tree basis with rotten trees removed and healthy ones protected. I mean, you don't axe all the trees in a park just because a number are diseased.

The Council's tree expert clearly adopted the attitude "While we're cutting some down we might as well (near enough) get rid of the lot". This is why they didn't want to discuss the matter and when they did agree a meeting didn't have the courtesy to turn up."


Whatever the rights and wrongs of Kingston Council's actions, it's hard to see this as anything other than a PR disaster for them, with a lack of consultation, lack of explanation to the residents and still no clear answer to whether anything will be replanted in their place. 

It looks like they underestimated just how attached Worcester Park was to its greenery. 

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Rotten Borough



Kingston Council's works to fell many of the iconic poplar trees along Malden Green is continuing - and has generated a healthy debate here on the blog. 

'Coffee Man' has e-mailed me this picture of one of the felled trees and it you don't have to be a brain (or tree) surgeon to see that the tree was not in the best of condition, which appears to support Kingston Council's decision to take down the tree on safety grounds. 

That said, other blog readers have reported spotting felled trees that looked to be in a healthy state.

Keep the photographic evidence coming!

Monday, 25 October 2010

Un-Poplar Decision

Barring a last minute reprieve, the felling of up to 21 of Worcester Park's iconic lombardy poplar trees will commence this morning.

Kingston Council claims that the trees, which line Malden Green on the approach to Worcester Park, are showing signs of fungal brackets around their bases which 'could' indicate that the internal structure of the trees has been compromised thus making them potentially unstable.

Councillor David Fraser has led calls for Kingston Council to halt the felling of the trees pending further investigations, whilst Sutton Conservatives have raised fears that removal of the trees could affect the water table, exacerbating ongoing flood problems from Beverly Brook which runs alongside Malden Green.

There are no plans to replace any of the trees which are scheduled to be cut down.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

New Crawl-den

Huge disruption to traffic going northbound through Worcester Park this morning (well huger than normal anyway) due to a fire in New Malden which has shut New Malden High Street at the junction of Kings Avenue.

If you are trying to make the journey there by road this morning you have my sympathy!

Monday, 18 October 2010

Desperately Seeking Sylvie


Can you help in the search for missing scaredy‐cat Sylvie? She is a very timid house cat who has disappeared from her house in Buckland Way. She was last seen Saturday 13th October 2010. 

Her owner has asked that you please check sheds and garages for her – she has a tendency to hide when scared (and is scared of everything including cars, dogs, people, other cats etc).

She is 16 years old and has never gone missing before – if you have seen her please call 020 8337 4961 or 07939 571 828.