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!