The danger here is thinking that Dawn Warwick is the problem and not that her case is indicative of a much bigger problem.
There has been a very significant rise in the salaries of people at the top level of local government so far this century. This was justified by the argument that the public sector needed to keep talented people and had to keep pace with executive salary rises in the private sector particularly in financial services.
The basis for this was a bit dubious at the time as there was little evidence that people were being poached from local government but the fiscal position generally was much better so there was money in the pot to pay for these rises.
Two important changes have happened since this time. Firstly the defined benefit pension has more or less disappeared from the private sector and most people under forty won't have one. The fact that half of Dawn Warwick's pay off related to her pension entitlement shows how important this is. The net present value of someone who has had a career in local government and been paid a six figure salary would be millions. We complain about bankers' bonuses all the time but ignore this far greater expense that comes directly out of the public purse. Secondly the state of government finances has deteriorated significantly requiring us to make painful cuts in spending on services. One area where cuts are unlikely to be made is in the salaries of senior public sector employees.
The public sector works very differently to the private sector. A personnel officer once told me that in the latter by 45 you are either firing people or getting fired as there is only room for a small number of people in any organisation who are older than that. Your pay is usually linked to the amount of revenue you bring in and if the people of your generation who were your clients are no longer there it will tend to fall if you keep your job at all.
In the public sector it is like the Hotel California in that you check in but can never leave. People rise to the top whose main talent is knowing how to play the system and therefore aren't really that employable in any job that isn't funded by the tax payer. Because their contracts make them so expensive to get rid of and because it is very much in their interest to hang on as long as possible most public sector organisations gradually accrue more and more senior people many of whom add no real value. It shouldn't escape your attention that Wandsworth's children's service cut a senior position at a time when it is under huge pressure to improve standards and there was no suggestion that the loss of the role would undermine this goal.
These taxpayer funded sinecures will but an even greater burden on public finances as time progresses. It is not just the cost of paying salaries but the pensions that will require other services to be cut. Wandsworth is relatively well off having reduced headcount at an early stage and the borough pension scheme is well funded at this point but that is not the case elsewhere. Schemes in other London boroughs have deficits of over half a billion and I was told of one example in which the number of potential pensioners from the Council scheme could eventually reach 7% of the population. This can't be funded at the local level so we will all have to contribute to the bill, a bill that in large part be paid by people who have no future entitlement to the generous pensions they are having to fund for previous generations.
David Parker ● 1858d4 Comments ● 1846d
Could someone explain what exactly is shameful about this decision in particular rather than the way housing is managed generally.These 'affordable' units that people are getting upset about are going to be sold or rented at a 40% discount to the market level. Given the average price and rent of flats in this development these units could only become the homes of people who earn well above average incomes. So we are currently effectively subsidising the accommodation of the relatively well off - isn't this the scandal here.The only sustainable way to stop London house prices and rents spiralling ever upwards is match supply and demand and that means building as many homes as possible. The 4,200 homes that will be created as a result of this development will do much to put a lid on the market but without them the property shortage would be more acute.Ultimately there is no such thing as an 'unaffordable' home because people will live in these properties. Although they will be for people on higher incomes many of the people moving in to them will be moving out of cheaper properties creating more availability and reducing pressure on prices and rents.As far as the borough is concerned these new homes will all be paying Council Tax and the revenue can be used by the Council on things like social care and be more effectively targeted at the needy.What seems to me shameful here is how every property development is politicised by both parties pretending that our system of 'affordable' housing in some way benefits the poor. It does not.
David Parker ● 2267d5 Comments ● 1847d
Recently elected Wandsworth councillor Maurice Macleod has written a thoughtful and well-balanced article about fire safety in tower blocks which is well worth reading
Gordon Southwell ● 1849d0 Comments ● 1849d
Does anyone by any chance have a copy of the 1989 True Detective Winter Special? I am particularly interested in the content on page 35. Master Detective, part of the True Detective Group refuse to send me a scan of what is published on page 35 but they have forwarded me a scan of the front and inside page stating that a story on page 35 deals with former Hammersmith, Fulham and Putney child killer Harold Jones. They won't send me the scan because they have stolen photographs that I own copyright of and they have used them in the August 2018 edition of Master Detective. They have scanned about 12 of my photos directly from my book Every Mother's Nightmare - Abertillery in Mourning to use in the August edition. They state in an email to me that I should be grateful that they recommend my book.
Neil Milkins ● 1874d0 Comments ● 1874d
Hi everyone! Local theatre group Cygnet Players are set to perform the Sondheim classic 'Merrily We Roll Along' at Putney Arts Theatre from 4th-8th Sept. Shows are at 7:45pm nightly, with a 2:30pm Saturday matinee. Tickets are £18 (£15 concessions). Discounts available for Tuesday night and the matinee. To book, please visit www.cygnetplayers.com/box-office, call 07941 448689, or email email@example.com. Hope to see you there!
Cygnet Players ● 1875d0 Comments ● 1875d
If Freddie Mills was not the killer of 8 women in London between 1959 and 1965 then who was? Will anything be given away tonight on B.B.C.4 at 9.00pm.Murder in Soho: Who Killed Freddie Mills?A look at the life and untimely death of a British boxing hero, set in 1960s Soho.
Neil Milkins ● 1882d0 Comments ● 1882d
I was thinking of going to the showing of Shape of Water in Wandsworth Park later this week but the ticket prices were a bit high for us. We bought tickets recently for open air cinema in Fulham that were just over £6 compared to over £16 each for the Wandsworth Park one. Are there any discounted ticket offers around for this showing or is the only option to pay the full price?
Peter Higgins ● 1890d0 Comments ● 1890d
PLEASE SHARE. I have been in contact for about 10 years with 2 daughters and a son of former world light-heavyweight boxer Freddie Mills. I know a documentary regarding their father being falsely accused of being "Jack the Stripper" The Hammersmith Nudes' Killer was being made. It is now finished and Freddie's daughter Amanda Mills sent the following message to me today.Hi Neil. Yes. We are all well thank you. It's been confirmed for Wed. Aug 1st .BBC4 9pm Murder in Soho. Who killed Freddie MillsTrailer is running now....BBC4 Best wishes Amanda
Neil Milkins ● 1890d0 Comments ● 1890d
Is anyone on here a resident of Abbott House, Nightingale Lane? If so would you mind sending me a private message?Thanks in advance! E
emarisa Battoia ● 2024d1 Comments ● 1892d
Does anybody know what was going on with all the helicopter noise in the area last night? It sounded as if it was coming from over Wandsworth Park. It was from shortly after midnight for around half an hour.
Gordon Southwell ● 1897d1 Comments ● 1896d
I think we can now assume that Justine Greening will be the Tory's candidate for Mayor. They don't really have a credible alternative and she might make it a less uneven contest than it might otherwise have been.
Protocol would allow for her to remain as Putney's MP during the contest and as, she is likely to lose this, in normal circumstances this would be sensible.
However, these are strange times and thinking it through she might consider the option of stepping down as MP. This would have a number of advantages for her. Firstly the 'burning boats' strategy would demonstrate her commitment to the job and attract support. Secondly, it would unshackle her from a Putney seat that looks highly vulnerable as the full implications of Brexit unfolds. There is likely to be a hard fought battle for the Conservative leadership next time around and if a relatively sensible person rather than a Brexit ultra is in charge she would be back in the cabinet/shadow cabinet. So if she stands down then waits for a seat with a more comfortable majority to become available she will be much better placed to take advantage of the fall out.
If she did stand down I wouldn't be pleased because I think she is a good MP but I think ultimately she has a bigger role to play in the nation's affairs and this might be the way to go about it.
David Parker ● 1918d1 Comments ● 1897d
If you get a chance do go and see the new film "Swimming with Men" starring Rob Brydon. It's got great reviews and my son-in-law was in charge of sound production! But best of all, most of the closing scenes were shot in Wandsworth Town Hall last May. Not the bits you and I get to see normally but interesting nevertheless.
Hugh Walton ● 1903d0 Comments ● 1903d
We've bought 3 reserved enclosure tickets for the event next Saturday and one of us can't go. Going for £70 face value. You can email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org for more details."Don't love me for fun, girlLet me be the one, girlLove me for a reasonLet the reason be...."R.
R Rees Williams ● 1906d0 Comments ● 1906d
12noon till 4pm at the Churchfields Recreation Grounds, Hanwell, W7 3BP. Bring your pooch along for a fantastic day of fun. Food and refreshments available. www.thebunnyparkdogshow.co.uk for more info.
Sharron Clarke ● 1935d0 Comments ● 1935d
On Saturday 4 August 2018 at 2.00pm, a memorial service is being held in the Metropole Theatre, Abertillery, South Wales for two Abertillery murder victims, 8 year-old Freda Burnell and 11 year-old Florence Little who were killed in Abertillery in 1921.Their killer, Harold Jones a.k.a Harry Stevens lived in Fulham, Putney and Hammersmith between 1946 and 1971 when he died. With a choir and town band performing at the memorial service there is expected to be over 250 people attending. There will be an expected 50 members of the 2 girls' family members attending from various parts of Britain. After the service there will be a re-dedication of the 2 girls' memorials at Brynithel Cemetery.Over the past 7 months, myself, Councillors Gill Clark and Julie Holt have raised nearly £3,400.00 towards the cost of restoring the 2 dilapidated memorials. We are still about £200 short of paying the memorial mason who has done the work at cost price and about £300 short of printing 260 memorial service programmes. These will consist of 8 pages each.We have now been given a donation to book the Metropole Theatre for the event. We have also been kindly offered a donation of £300 towards the cost a buffet that will be held in the Metropole later in the afternoon.If anyone would like to consider making a donation for this worthy cause please contact me on 07989555376 or email@example.comPlease google Florence Little/Freda Burnell or Harold Jones - Killer for more information.Regards.Neil Milkins
Neil Milkins ● 1936d0 Comments ● 1936d
Regarding Abertillery child killer Harold Jones. 10 years ago, New Scotland Yard informed South Wales Police that they believed it was possible that Harold Jones may have been the killer of 12 year-old Muriel Joan Drinkwater in Swansea in 1946. The Detective Chief Inspector who led the murder inquiry ten years ago has retired from the Force refusing to believe that Jones was the killer, although D.N.A could prove one way or the other whether Jones was or not. Now under instructions from the South Wales Police Chief Constable Matt Jukes, the case is being looked into by South Wales Police Assistant Chief Constable Jonathan Drake, Detective Chief Superintendent Danny Richards and Detective Chief Inspector Mark O'Shea. Five years ago respected Detective Chief Inspector Paul Bethell confirmed that Jones WAS a suspect in the Drinkwater murder inquiry.
Neil Milkins ● 2007d0 Comments ● 2007d
I'm a private cook, specialising in Caribbean, European and Plant based fusions. I'm interested to know who would think of hiring a cook and how often. Or would you prefer for special occasions only?
Angella Williams ● 2014d0 Comments ● 2014d
It would seem that Southside is being hit by the same curse that has affected Putney Exchange and many others. Trespass (the mountain wear people), Cath Kidson, the man Games place, Pizza Storm and (I gather) Byron Burgers either have closed or are about to close down. Argos has moved to Sainsburys and there is an empty unit by Robert Dyas. I know Argos were taken over by Sainsburys and Byron have problems of their but it's a worrying trend.
Hugh Walton ● 2047d1 Comments ● 2036d
For the first time in 40 years a new Management Plan for Wandsworth Common is being written.The Council have appointed consultants, and one of the first things they've done is devise a survey to hear what users of the common think about the common and how it's managed. YOU now have the opportunity to have a say in the process.You'll find the survey by following this link.https://haveyoursay.citizenspace.com/wandsworthecs/wandsworth-common-18/consultation/intro/You have until March 16th to submit itWhat's in the Management Plan will be a blueprint for managing the common for several years. The more people who complete the survey, the more representative and credible it, and the ultimate plan, will be. So do spend some time giving it thought, and also please tell any of your contacts who use the common regularly.What happens next?A draft plan should be available mid-year. Further consultation will then take place before it is finalised in December.
Richard Fox ● 2043d0 Comments ● 2043d
Hi,I noticed various planning notices being put up for the placement of phone boxes around southside. Outside Cotswold, Starbucks and TXMax. these are basically advertising boards to clutter the high street, we already have 3 unused phones boxes within 2mins of the proposed sites.We really need to protect the pavements, for the blind,wheelchair, pushchair and other pedestrians as the pavements are getting busier and we dont need more obstacles. https://planning1.wandsworth.gov.uk/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/Generic/StdDetails.aspx?PT=Planning%20Applications%20On-Line&TYPE=PL/PlanningPK.xml&PARAM0=919602&XSLT=/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/SiteFiles/Skins/Wandsworth/xslt/PL/PLDetails.xslt&FT=Planning%20Application%20Details&PUBLIC=Y&XMLSIDE=/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/SiteFiles/Skins/Wandsworth/Menus/PL.xml&DAURI=PLANNINGhttps://planning1.wandsworth.gov.uk/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/Generic/StdDetails.aspx?PT=Planning%20Applications%20On-Line&TYPE=PL/PlanningPK.xml&PARAM0=920604&XSLT=/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/SiteFiles/Skins/Wandsworth/xslt/PL/PLDetails.xslt&FT=Planning%20Application%20Details&PUBLIC=Y&XMLSIDE=/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/SiteFiles/Skins/Wandsworth/Menus/PL.xml&DAURI=PLANNING
Ian Jones ● 2055d0 Comments ● 2055d
Can someone please clear the bulk of ads - some go back to 2015 - as nobody has been able to post a new ad for months (or maybe years!). Many thanks
Gill Gray ● 2092d0 Comments ● 2092d
Why I am not seeking re-election as a Conservator in the February 2018 election…..and why I am recommending that none of the Conservators elected in February 2015 do so either.We need a clean sweep so that the charity can move forward with confidence into the next triennium. Our precious open spaces are more important than any individual or group of individuals.Regrettably there is an extremely destructive small group who, in my view, will go to almost any lengths to try and bring the charity down. This, I believe, is their aim. The Charity Commission’s statement of 22nd December 2017 made clear ‘It would encourage those with appropriate knowledge and skills to consider standing.’The statement continues: ‘The Commission hopes that after the election all the elected and appointed trustees will work together to take the charity forward. This would include considering mediation to resolve any outstanding issues within the trustee body and putting into place any actions issued by the Commission.’It is not encouraging to think the new Board may have to consider mediation as a starting point. With new, ‘fresh faces’ and open minds this should not be needed.The Commission has given an indication, but without commitment, that they are looking to close the Statutory Inquiry within the first six months of 2018.It is my understanding, from a meeting I had with the Charity Commission on 18th December 2017, that the Commission wants to bring this whole matter to conclusion so that the trustees can get on with running the charity. I am equally clear that the only issue that the Commission is investigating is that within the current remit of the Interim Manager.I will be looking to give my five votes to candidates who are able to prove to me that they are not coming with any ‘baggage’ or arguments from recent past disputes. We have many talented levy-payers with sound common sense and appropriate skills including the ability to work collectively who we need to support to take on these important Conservator/trustee roles. I will give them my full support in whatever way I can. I will also continue to give my full support to the quite excellent staff that WPCC is fortunate enough to employ. Prue WhyteElected Conservator
Prue Whyte ● 2095d1 Comments ● 2094d
Bit of a long shot but these forums have been such a help over the past 10 years. I am trying to contact relatives of the above who were married in Chelsea in 1931. Eileen's father John Widdows and sister Muriel Ellen May Widdows lived at 29 Hestecombe Avenue Fulham in the 1960's. George and Eileen had a daughter Patricia A Crowe born in Chester in 1941. It is believed Patricia married Dennis M Jones in Chester in 1959. Someone with the name B.Trott may have been in the family.
Neil Milkins ● 2100d0 Comments ● 2100d
Join Starfish for the annual Breakfast Run and Picnic on the 4th of March 2018.This friendly event offers a choice of distances – 2k, 5k, 10k or 15k – and the course is totally flat around Clapham Common, so you can run as fast or as slow as you like. There’s always a supportive and friendly atmosphere, with crowds cheering along the route.Everyone gets a t-shirt and medal, as well as a picnic basket to enjoy on the common afterwards. There is lots to do after your run, with a tombola, free 100m dash for the kids, face painting and stalls for all members of the family.Starfish Greathearts Foundation has teamed up with fitness and events specialists, Innovation Sports, to make the 2018 the biggest and best yet. Entry includes: - Starfish branded T- shirt - Chip timing - Medal - Picnic basket including a drink, breakfast muffin, fruit and healthy snacks to help you re-energise after the run.Facilities include pre-race warm up, children's entertainment, toilets, bag drop, sports massage, medical support and water stations.Visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/starfish-breakfast-run-and-picnic-tickets-36111599767
Starfish Greathearts Foundation ● 2107d0 Comments ● 2107d
The Abertillery Singing Detective is now on YouTube.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQbejlJ22Wc
Neil Milkins ● 2113d0 Comments ● 2113d
School Funding still in Crisis: There is a public meeting to be held in Putney Community Church, Werter Road. 7 - 9 pm on Tuesday, 5th December. Among the speakers are a local parent, a local governor and parent, a speaker from the National Association of Head Teachers and chaired by a representative of Fair Funding for All Schools.The cuts facing Wandsworth schools when inflation is taken into account can be found at: https://schoolcuts.org.uk/#!/schools?query=Wandsworth
Jane Eades ● 2125d0 Comments ● 2125d
Best Painters and Decorators in the Wandsworth area
Dee Williams ● 2128d0 Comments ● 2128d
I have had extensive contact with adult children of 6 of the Hammersmith Nudes' victims who were murdered between 1959 and 1965. Veronica Fleming the daughter of the sixth victim, Chiswick resident Mary Fleming visited Abertillery on the weekend to take part in a major B.B.C. documentary "The Hunt For A Serial Killer." I am still trying to locate relatives of 8th victim Bridget O'Hara who was murdered in January 1965. She had lived in a flat at 41 Agate Road, Hammersmith. Her husband was Micheal O'Hara and Bridget had many brothers and sisters. If anyone can help please contact me at 07989555376 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Neil Milkins ● 2134d0 Comments ● 2134d
In August 1996, Kim Rossmo, a detective inspector from the Vancouver Police Department (VPD), was contacted by a UK police task force called Operation Lynx. The task force involved police officers from three counties -- Leicestershire, West Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire -- who were all searching for a man responsible for five abductions, rapes and violent sex attacks over the previous 15 years.Rossmo had developed geographic profiling, a method of tracking serial criminals which used data about the location of the crimes. Because of Rossmo's geographic profiling the rapist was caught. Rossmo recently identified Aldensley Road Hammersmith as the centre of a hotspot where he believed the Hammmersmith Nudes' killer lived. Who lived in Aldensley Road when the murders took place? The Dark Son of Abertillery, Harold Jones!
Neil Milkins ● 2140d0 Comments ● 2140d
Does anyone remember a former police officer who lived at 29 Hestercombe Avenue from 1945 until his death in 1962. He had a number of children including Muriel Ellen May Stevens nee Widdows.
Neil Milkins ● 2144d2 Comments ● 2144d
If there are any Welsh ex-pats on the forum please google walesonline.co.uk This concerns the restoration of the graves of 2 children who were murdered by former Fulham, Putney, and Hammersmith resident Harold Jones aka Harry Stevens aka Harry Jones. Help from anyone would be appreciated. Regards. Neil Milkins.
Neil Milkins ● 2183d4 Comments ● 2153d
Does anyone know anything about the recently installed cameras on Buckhold road, Broomhill road and Merton road? My neighbours and I have been wondering about them and also why on earth there is a very prominent 'elderly people crossing' sign next to one of them on Buckhold road in an area where there are 3 nurseries and (to my knowledge ) no retirement homes ? I have e mailed one of the councillors but he seems pretty busy and may take a while to get back. Would be good to know soon. The traffic management plan for the Tideway scheme in King George's park and Dormay street has been published and is up for consultation till the 10th 2017/5028 -
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Neil Milkins ● 2190d1 Comments ● 2190d
A new book- The Secret Life Of Freddie Mills has been released by a former Sun newspaper reporter, Michael Litchfield published by a former Sun editor of Bizzare, John Blake. The book alleges that former world boxing champion Freddie Mills was the person dubbed The Hammersmith Nudes' Killer of the 1960's. Evidence proves that Mills has been wrongly stitched up. The book has been publicised in the Sun, the Daily Mail and other newspapers including the Bournemouth Echo the town where Freddie Mills was born. Comments from readers of the Bournemouth Echo have roundly condemned the malicious lies. If you read the Bournemouth Echo story most persons would I believe think the alleged evidence to be preposterous. (google Freddie Mills-Bournemouth Echo.) For instance in the book Freddie Mills had allegedly confessed to John du Rose the officer in charge of the case that he was the killer. But because Du Rose and Mills were Freemasons Du Rose never told his superiors. Even more ludicrous- fact Freddie Mills was desperately short of money when he died yet the book claims he gave the Kray Twins £1000 to assassinate him. Rightly Freddies daughter Susan and his stepson, actor Don McCorkindale are incensed.
Neil Milkins ● 2206d0 Comments ● 2206d
Join Starfish for the 10th annual Breakfast Run and Picnic on Clapham Common on Sunday 24th September 2017!Our friendly Breakfast Run and Picnic offers a choice of distances –2k, 5k, 10k or 15k - and this year we have teamed up with fitness and events specialists, Innovation Sports, to make 2017 the biggest and best yet. The course is totally flat around the common, so you can run as fast or as slow as you like. There’s always a supportive and friendly atmosphere, with crowds cheering along the route, and everyone receives a medal and Starfish t-shirt upon finishing. But the fun doesn’t stop after the run! Everyone gets a picnic basket to enjoy on the common, and there will be a tombola, free 100m kids dash and other stalls for all members of the family. Entry includes: Starfish branded T-shirt Chip timing Medal Picnic basket with healthy snacks to help you re-energise after the run!The event is on Sunday 24th September, starting at 9.30am by the band stand in the centre of Clapham Common (Windmill Drive, SW4 9DE). Facilities include secure bag storage, toilets, medical support and water stations. Prices: 2k (under 12s): £8 5k: £17 10k: £20 15k: £23Get your ticket here - https://starfishbreakfastrun2017.eventbrite.co.uk - and get your friends half price!Money raised will go towards Starfish projects in South Africa, bringing life, hope and opportunity to the vulnerable and orphaned children Starfish cares for. We invest in the future of over 12,000 children a year so they can grow into happy and independent young adults.We look forward to seeing you there!
Starfish Greathearts Foundation ● 2225d0 Comments ● 2225d
What do others think of this? Is this another example of Wandsworth Council selling out to developers or is it sensible? http://www.wandsworthguardian.co.uk/news/15446828.Developers_behind___600million_revamp_of_Ram_Quarter_given_green_light_to_alter_near_300_year_old_Grade_II_houses/?ref=ebln
Jane Eades ● 2246d1 Comments ● 2239d
Balham BNI is a local networking group that really helps small businesses to grow. We meet every Thursday morning at 0645 at Gazette. We have approx 25 members from the Wandsworth area who act as a sales and marketing team for each other. It's all about Givers Gain. Only one person per profession can join. If you'd like to find out what it is all about, do drop me a line to email@example.com
Gill Perkins ● 2260d0 Comments ● 2260d
Cycle access from Smugglers Way to Jews Row via 'The Boulevard' was blocked today but the Riverside West development team after erecting signs last week stating that cycling is no longer permitted. Based on the planning constraints laid down by Wandsworth Council and this recent FOI request, they have absolutely no right to do this as it is designated a public access cycle route:https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/right_to_cycle_through_the_boule#incoming-502689 I appreciate that some people have safety concerns but I would argue that the route is wide enough for both pedestrians and cyclists to share safely. If safety is the concern then a separate cycle lane could be established to separate the traffic and the metal barriers recently erected that turn the route into an obstacle course could be removed. Would be interested to know what everyone else thinks!
William Smith ● 2324d3 Comments ● 2267d
A Putney based property management company offers apprenticeships for people starting to study AAT/CIMA/ACCA accountancy courses. Please see the classifieds section under 'Accountancy Apprenticeships' for more details.Thanks.
Timothy Emmanuel ● 2299d0 Comments ● 2299d
Just to congratulate whoever organised this last weekend. It gave some life to the area - can we have it once a month please? I've often thought that OYR would be ideal for a Columbia Road (London E2) type flower market but no idea how that could ever happen.
Hugh Walton ● 2302d0 Comments ● 2302d
A quick mention of this new shop in Southside. I took my new phone in there (I didn't buy it there)but the staff could not have been more helpful in getting it set up. They did in minutes what it would have taken me days to work out on my own. All credit to them.
Hugh Walton ● 2337d0 Comments ● 2337d
Please sign and share my petition to get a speed camera installed on Queenstown Road. The speeding on the road throughout the day and night is appalling loud and dangerous. 2 fatalities in a few years, - I can't believe this doesn't warrant a camera!https://democracy.wandsworth.gov.uk/mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx?id=101
emily hale ● 2339d0 Comments ● 2339d
Does anybody know where my aunt was buried/cremated. She died in Malta on 24 September 2010. The Surrey Coroner confirmed the body was found at a location in the county but would not disclose the whereabouts of the body.My family and I would be very grateful for any information that would lead to my family being able to say our final goodbyes to a much loved aunt. It may help if you can recall the very sad story about my aunt's body and her son's european travels.My aunt was a President of the Wandsworth Parkinson Disease Society and was a lay preacher for the United Reform Church in Wimbledon.I stumbled across your website purely by chance
Roger Oliver ● 2358d1 Comments ● 2340d
Im a Clapham based curtain and blind maker. I can make beautiful handmade lined, black out lined or interlined curtains and blinds bespoke to your requirements. I can also make cushions, box cushions, valances, pelmets etc. I'd be happy to talk to you about your ideas and make some recommendations.Give me a call on: 07545970883 firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicola Griffiths ● 2347d0 Comments ● 2347d
Lucky members of Kensington Singers sang with Gary Barlow and the cast of the Girls at the Olivier Awards, to be broadcast this Tuesday April 11th on ITV.Members of Earls Court-based Kensington Singers were given an amazing opportunity to perform with Gary Barlow and the cast of his musical “The Girls” at the Royal Albert Hall for the opening of the 2017 Olivier Awards. Gary and co-writer Tim Firth were nominated for three awards. Hannah Brine, founder and leader of Victoria Park Singers said “It was again a real privilege for us to be performing with Gary and Tim. Many of us were involved in the 2016 Royal Variety Performance with them and it was a real highlight of the year. At the Oliviers we performed “Yorkshire” - a wonderful song about the customs of the north, with lyrics depicting the countryside and english traditions such as eating fish and chips. Its really moving and evocative. Thanks so much to Gary and Tim and everyone for inviting us!”The choir was then able to watch the ceremony which also included performances from Amber Riley (Dream Girls) and the cast of School of Rock and Jesus Christ Super Star. Kensington Singers new term starts on Monday 24th April and new singers are always welcome. Anyone who is interested in joining the choir should visit www.kensingtonsingers for more information and to sign up
Claire Bradshaw ● 2359d0 Comments ● 2359d
Was walking through Hugenot Place recently and it struck me that I knew so little about the reason it was named thus and local history in general. Resolved to find out more I did a bit of searching online and came up with this very interesting article on the subjectMOUNT NOD: THE ALMOST FORGOTTEN RESTING PLACE OF WANDSWORTH’S HUGUENOTS
David Parker ● 2359d0 Comments ● 2359d
Reading the article in this site's newsletter about the unfortunate events surrounding the naming of a building in the Ram Quarter the thought occurred that we may not be hearing the full story. The Chinese developers aren't likely to have picked the name of Verdon Roe out of thin air - someone must have advised them it was a good idea. Given that there is apparently a plaque in the borough to this man it may well have been the Council who made the original suggestion. If it was they are clearly anxious to shift the blame onto the Chinese. Having had some limited business dealings with the Chinese this would have been a very bad idea. They won't scream and shout about it but they will not forget the loss of face. I would anticipate dealing with them will become a lot more difficult probably to the detriment of local people.
David Parker ● 2382d2 Comments ● 2359d
The following is a poster from Animal Search about a cat missing in the SW18 area
Carmel Cunningham ● 2359d0 Comments ● 2359d
I've been looking in vain for several days now for someone even prepared to give me a quote for renovating a small bathroom. Plumbing and possibly some tiling involved. Grateful for any leads.
Andrew Hogg ● 4689d4 Comments ● 2360d
Can anybody recommend a good property management company preferably specialising in small blocks of flats. I live in a converted house consisting of 5 flats and we are looking primarily for management of the interior and exterior decorating and general maintenance of the property
Ian R Todd ● 2448d1 Comments ● 2360d
Looking for a highly experienced, reliable cleaner with exceptionally high standards for a 2 bed 2 bath flat in Barnes, very close to public transport. 4-5 hours per week. Must be comfortable working around resident cat! Willing to pay well if person demonstrates consistently high standards and reliability. Please contact through the forum in the first instance and I will then provide contact details. Any recommendations more than welcome. Thanks!
Shilpa Bhatnagar ● 2373d0 Comments ● 2373d
Beware of computer scam. Just clicked on a link regarding a false claim that Professor Stephen Hawking had died. The screen froze and a warning was given that my computer was infected with a virus. The only way to get into my laptop was to shut down and restart. All is now fine. The warning was to phone 0800 086 9834 to speak to an engineer from Windows (lies). When I phoned the number the engineer wanted to take control of my computer and would have wanted a huge fee to put it right. When I told him the computer was now fine he slammed the phone down. If you google 0800 086 9834 you will see posts from many others who were given a fright.
Neil Milkins ● 2442d2 Comments ● 2421d
Dear Wandsworth Council Why is the beginning of Merton Road (off Wandsworth High Street) so dirty with rubbish? It must be one of the dirtiest roads in Wandsworth!The main problem is that the Town houses do not have anywhere to put their bins as their doors open directly onto the street. So they and the restaurants and takeaways just dump the rubbish by the council bins...Couldn't a huge council wheelie bin be put there for them to place their rubbish inside...it is disgusting to walk along there!!! Putting up ''do not fly tip here'' isn't going to help as that is not the problem - the residents do not have anywhere to put their rubbish!Councillors please act and do something about it!
Jill Johnson ● 2490d0 Comments ● 2490d
Yes of course, SGN's action - or rather lack of it - in failing to alert motorists and residents to the traffic chaos they were about to inflict is deplorable. However, being cynical I cannot help but think that this is just a sign of things to come when next year (?) the new traffic system requested by the Ram Brewery people comes into effect and Armoury Way will be two lanes eastbound for ever! Still, it's good to know that I'll be nearly 150 before the gas pipes need to be replaced.
Hugh Walton ● 2505d0 Comments ● 2505d
We have an M&S cream double wardrobe that is in excellent condition that we can't take to our new flat. Needs to be collected by Wednesday 16th November and we will consider reasonable offers.Located on Atheldene Road SW18Let me know if you're interested
Jamie Burley ● 2508d0 Comments ● 2508d
I was shocked to see tonight's B.B.C. 6.00 p.m news. Mr Nichols was asked by reporter Martin Bashir regarding the E.U. crisis, "What is the Christian and Biblical response to this crisis."Mr Nichols replied, "It goes back to the very fundamental question posed by God [to Cain after he had murdered his brother Abel] "Are you not your brothers keeper."Genesis 4v9 actually reports that after God had asked Cain, "What have you done with your brother" it was Cain who stated, "I do not know. Am I my brother's keeper." According to the news report Mr Nichols credits God for uttering words that were uttered by the murderous Cain.
Neil Milkins ● 2517d0 Comments ● 2517d
Dear shoppers,The Wandsworth Town Food Market is back!We have over 10 stalls selling everything from Organic meats, fruit and veg, artisan bread, cheese, charcuterie, cakes, preserves and also an ever changing selection of quality street food.Located just outside Wandsworth Town Station, every Saturday 10am till 3pmSee you this Saturday!!
Dan Marshall ● 2568d1 Comments ● 2554d
Dear shoppers,The Wandsworth Town Food Market is back!We have over 10 stalls selling everything from Organic meats, fruit and veg, artisan bread, cheese, charcuterie, cakes, preserves and also an ever changing selection of quality street food.Located just outside Wandsworth Town Station, every Saturday 10am till 3pmSee you this Saturday!!
Dan Marshall ● 2568d0 Comments ● 2568d
I would be extremely grateful everybody could read and sign this petition. https://www.change.org/p/hounslow-council-a-call-for-hounslow-council-to-review-their-discretionary-succession-policyThank you in advance!
Becki Vallis ● 2573d0 Comments ● 2573d
I hope the good people who run this site don't mind me putting this message up. I'm confident they won't given what I am told about their basic decency.The local chapter of the NUJ is currently balloting for industrial action for staff working for Newsquest in the South London area. This includes the Wandsworth Guardian. What is proposed is a significant number of job cuts across the area and a move to 'remote working' for many of the editorial staff. The paper is currently based in Sutton.Newsquest is owned by a Texas based media conglomerate with a CEO who is paid millions. The UK subsidiary is profitable and only needs to make these cuts to maintain the dividend growth to the parent company.This is not comparable to the opportunistic industrial action taken by overpaid tube drivers. The people who work at these newspapers are skilled professionals on relatively low wages.Many of us may no longer read a local newspaper, and I have to confess to not having picked up a copy of the Guardian for a long time. I do often read their articles online though. There is no doubt that newspapers in general have declined from their heyday but it would be wrong to say that they have lost all value to the local community and we would miss them if they were gone.We are lucky in this area to have a good independent news web site but that is nicely complemented by printed paper and so a shuttered Wandsworth Guardian or a paper produced with minimal editorial content would be bad news for us all.IF you aren't inclined to lobby on behalf of the Wandsworth Guardian by for instance writing to Sheila Boswell, Jane Ellison or Justine Greening then you could still support the local paper simply by reading it either in print and online.
David Parker ● 3042d1 Comments ● 2574d
A new project has been set up for Wandsworth residents living with and beyond cancer, in association with Thrive and the Macmillan Cancer Information Centre at St George's hospital.please contact: 0208 725 2677 or email Cancer.Information@stgeorges.nhs.uk
Kathryn Hair ● 2589d0 Comments ● 2589d
Wandsworth Horticultural Association will be holding its annual Vegetable and Flower Show on Saturday 3rd September 2016 at Earlsfield Baptist Church Hall, Magdalen Road, SW18. Free entry. Open to the Public from 3pm to 5pm. Refreshments available. At the end,auction of locally-grown vegetables and flowers (grown on allotments in Wandsworth). Please come and see 'this little bit of the country in Wandsworth'.
Susan Mary Jones ● 2605d0 Comments ● 2605d
Hello,We are excited to announce that we are proposing to start a new branch of the Women's Institute in Tooting and we are looking for members!!The new Tooting branch will have an initial meeting at Holy Trinity Church, Trinity Road, SW17 7RH on Wednesday, September 14 at 7.30pm.No booking is required and attendance to this meeting is free for anyone who wants to come along and find out a bit more about us. You can see more details at www.tootingwomensinstitute.eventbrite.co.uk or follow us on Twitter at @TootingWI.Anyone who would be interested in joining the committee to help establish the new WI should email email@example.com. Get in touch!
Kathleen Humphries ● 2611d0 Comments ● 2611d
My dear SW18 community, I am having a hard time to find participants to complete this short online study. The study is CONFIDENTIAL and will not ask for personal details. Please help me out by completing the survey and I would really appreciate it if you could pass the link to friends and family. I thank you immensely for all your help. Below is a brief invitation letter with the link. Further information is provided on the first page of the survey.Dear all,I would love to invite you to participate in our study that aims to examine the effect occupational stress has on gambling behaviors. I really appreciate all your help in completing this short study. It should take approximately 7 minutes to complete. Your participation is crucial to our understanding of how occupational stress affect us. Please click on the link below:https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/occustressThank you very much for all your help
A.kharus ● 2616d0 Comments ● 2616d
HiOur 2 year old cat disappeared from Wilna Road at the junction with Inman Road last night. She's a white calico cat and very affectionate. She has calico ears and tail. If it hasn't come off, she has a red collar with a name tag and our phone number.We have just moved to the area and she had not been out through the front door yet so will not really know where she is or how to find her way home.If you see her, please call us on 07870 652728 (and if you're able to entice her to stay with you whilst we come to collect her, all the better!)
Andy Tennant ● 2657d1 Comments ● 2617d
Hi All,Some of you may have seen this press release by the council yesterday (21/07/16)http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/news/article/13440/help_research_into_car_clubsI am currently looking for people to complete this short questionnaire about Car Clubs in Wandsworth to understand why they aren't an attractive option to many people. I would really appreciate your help with the survey which forms part of my research for a masters dissertation in Urban Planning. The survey can be found here:http://goo.gl/forms/5RHAN2Ys6KHMFenU2Your time is greatly appreciated!
Roisin Naughton ● 2622d0 Comments ● 2622d
I just received notification that there is a new block of single person apartments to be built in the Melody Rd/Geraldine Rd block.This new development is being funded by viridianhousing.org.uk who bought rights to the parking area between the two large blocks of Council estate - details can be found here http://www.housinglin.org.uk/Topics/ECHScheme/search/Overview/?cid=9840&msg=0Construction will start at the end of this Summer and run through the Summer of 2017. COnstruction work is planned for six days a week.
Clinton Jones ● 2638d1 Comments ● 2635d
can anybody tell me if st johns church is still in the parish of Battersea please j reed
john reed ● 2655d0 Comments ● 2655d
looking for any relatives of Frederick reed annie kempwed 1910 Battersea john reed
john reed ● 2657d0 Comments ● 2657d
Hi, I've just moved to longstaff road and need some work doing. Kitchen extended . Bathroom moving etc. can anyone recommend someone that the know or have used?Thanks
Matt Carr ● 2658d0 Comments ● 2658d
Flip Out Wandsworth is a huge arena of integrated interconnected trampolines with something on offer all ages! It's located in Earlsfield with a lovely cafe and over 200 car park spaces!Flip Out is running a pre-launch special where you can use our facilities for just £1 on Wednesday 11th May between 5-9pm. You must book online at http://wandsworth.flipout.co.uk/ and use the promo code TASTER11 Make sure you sign your waivers and you can purchase socks for £1 on the door!Looking forward to see you all!
Ezgi Aygan ● 2700d0 Comments ● 2700d
COSTA AND SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE WINNER HELEN MACDONALD, ROBERT MACFARLANE AND CHINA MIÉVILLE ANNOUNCED TO HEADLINE THE INAUGURAL BALHAM LITERARY FESTIVAL IN JUNEAn exciting line-up of bestselling authors, performers, and outdoor workshops has been announced for the inaugural Balham Literary Festival, at The Bedford in Balham (Friday 10th June to Sunday 12th June). Costa-winning author Helen Macdonald, Robert Macfarlane, China Miéville and performance artist Inua Ellams will be headlining the three-day festival, which is curated by Dulwich Books of West Dulwich and will celebrate ‘A Way of Being in the World.’ The festival starts with a taster event on 4th June called The Midnight Run, a night-time cultural exploration of Balham with award-winning poet, playwright and performer Inua Ellams. On Friday 10th June, Rob Cowen, author of the bestselling Common Ground will explain how to find your own piece of edgeland. Later, Helen Macdonald, author of the Costa-winning H is for Hawk will be discussing the resurgence of British nature writing with Sara Wheeler and Patrick Barkham. The day ends with live music presented in conjunction with Caught by the River. On Saturday morning, bird-watcher and author Tim Dee will be discussing ‘the Birds and the Bees’ with poet and artist Sean Borodale, author of Bee Journal, whilst Lauren Elkin and Matt Beaumont will recount their experiences of being ‘flâneurs’ in London and Paris, by day and by night. That afternoon in the Bedford’s Map Room, Kirsty Gunn, Tendai Huchu and Will Cohu will speak about the song of the land, and the creation of landscape and atmosphere in fiction. For those who would rather enjoy the summer outside, Ruth Potts from anarchist collective bread, print and roses will be leading a walking tour around South West London. Back in The Bedford, the festival’s second day continues with Andrea Wulf, James Macdonald Lockhart and Will Atkins on extremes of flight and exploration, followed by China Miéville who will skew the picturesque in an investigation written especially for the event.Sunday begins with Bradley Garrett and Inua Ellams exploring the urban landscape and then sees two events with bestselling academic and travel writer Rob Macfarlane, speaking first about the myth of the Green Man with China Miéville and Nina Lyon, and then later in conversation with Andrew Michael Hurley, author of 2015’s Costa winner The Loney, and Stephanie Cross. Environment writer and author Fred Pearce and architectural writer Owen Hatherley will close the festival discussing our built and natural landscapes and how we can save them. Tickets start from £10.00 and are available at www.balhamliteraryfestival.co.uk.
Hayley Steed ● 2706d0 Comments ● 2706d
Are you disappointed with your child’s allocated school place for September? Are you now considering an independent education for your child? If so, we invite you to find out about the close-knit and welcoming family that is Wandsworth Prep School.Wandsworth Prep School is a co-educational independent day school, for children aged 4-11. Graded Outstanding in our latest Ofsted inspection, we are a small school and pride ourselves on our child-centred approach to teaching and learning, celebrating the individual talents and personalities of each child. We believe that school should be a fun, exciting place where pupils learn in a nurturing environment and are willing to take risks when encountering new ways of learning. We believe that how pupils learn is the key to what they learn and achieve.We have a couple of places available in our Reception 2016 class, so if you would like to find out more, Maria Major, the school’s secretary, will be very happy to answer any questions you may have. Please call 0208 870 4133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.In the meantime, you may like to look at our website where you can watch a short video showing life in our Reception Class: http://www.wandsworthprep.com/admissions/the-wandsworth-prep-school-family
Amy Hebditch ● 2716d0 Comments ● 2716d
It is worth getting a copy of the much improved Wandsworth Guardian today to read their report on the debacle of children's services in the borough.The very excellent Rebecca Taylor has produced another piece of journalism that the Council isn't going to like but needed to be written. OFSTED found that children's services in the borough were so deficient that they were putting youngsters in care at an elevated risk of sexual exploitation. Putting this right is going to be a hard and expensive task
David Parker ● 2721d0 Comments ● 2721d
Earlsfield Business NetworkAt the Wandle pub 332 Garratt Lane SW18 4EJ opposite Earlsfield BR stationLocal traders wanted !In business and looking for new markets & ideas ?Join members and local businesses in Earlsfield for an informal business network session, part of the thriving business community in Wandsworth, celebrating the best in Earlsfield and promoting a 'buy local' agenda.Get together over a glass of wine, beer or soft drink in a friendly welcoming environment.Our aim is to keep things simple and allow a natural flow of relaxed and informal networking. There will be an introduction from the Chamber with an update on the Earlsfield Business Network, a part of Wandsworth Chamber devoted to business based in Earlsfield. Register now for this free event via the linkhttp://www.wandsworthchamber.org/events.phpInline images 1 or just turn up.You can also check out & join our new Earlsfield Business Network group on `Meet Up`For more info, Please ring Will on 07957404423
Robert McKinlay ● 2724d0 Comments ● 2724d
The council are replacing these roofs, but it is not clear to me who's paying the multimillion pound roofs that are being replaced on some, but not all, houses.
Alex Collins ● 2728d0 Comments ● 2728d
It is very generous of these nice property developers from China to fund a new design for the roads around the centre of Wandsworth. It will be interesting though to see how the people who live in roads that will get the traffic displaced by the new more pedestrian friendly design that is promised will react.
David Parker ● 3459d11 Comments ● 2745d
Think it must be a quiet week for Town Hall corruption if Wandsworth made rotten boroughs this week (and surely there must be much worse happening even in this borough).Formula E isn't necessarily something I would go out of my way to see but a large number of people are big fans of motorsport and they get excited about things like this. If hosting it brings in over £200,000 to the borough with the main thing people are complaining about being slightly restricted use of the park for a few weeks, I find it hard to object.
David Parker ● 2745d0 Comments ● 2745d