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
Trutex Schoolwear
John James 
Graham Lee Carpets
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

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.