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 ● 1515d2 Comments ● 1492d
The following is a poster from Animal Search about a cat missing in the SW18 area
Carmel Cunningham ● 1492d0 Comments ● 1492d
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 ● 3822d4 Comments ● 1493d
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 ● 1581d1 Comments ● 1493d
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 ● 1506d0 Comments ● 1506d
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 ● 1575d2 Comments ● 1554d
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 ● 1623d0 Comments ● 1623d
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 ● 1638d0 Comments ● 1638d
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 ● 1641d0 Comments ● 1641d
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 ● 1650d0 Comments ● 1650d
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 ● 1701d1 Comments ● 1687d
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 ● 1701d0 Comments ● 1701d
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 ● 1706d0 Comments ● 1706d
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 ● 2175d1 Comments ● 1707d
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 ● 1722d0 Comments ● 1722d
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 ● 1738d0 Comments ● 1738d
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 ● 1744d0 Comments ● 1744d
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 ● 1749d0 Comments ● 1749d
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 ● 1790d1 Comments ● 1750d
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 ● 1755d0 Comments ● 1755d
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 ● 1771d1 Comments ● 1768d
can anybody tell me if st johns church is still in the parish of Battersea please j reed
john reed ● 1788d0 Comments ● 1788d
looking for any relatives of Frederick reed annie kempwed 1910 Battersea john reed
john reed ● 1790d0 Comments ● 1790d
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 ● 1790d0 Comments ● 1790d
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 ● 1833d0 Comments ● 1833d
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 ● 1839d0 Comments ● 1839d
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 ● 1849d0 Comments ● 1849d
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 ● 1854d0 Comments ● 1854d
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 ● 1857d0 Comments ● 1857d
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 ● 1860d0 Comments ● 1860d
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 ● 2592d11 Comments ● 1878d
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 ● 1878d0 Comments ● 1878d
We would be very grateful if you are able to make a donation to help the Save Sunny News campaign to save the shop. The legal challenge is to stop our local shop from being forced to close but it will have a wider impact, if successful, of helping to protect other small, independent businesses which are now also threatened. Please click on this link to read more:- http://bit.ly/1XsWtGl
Southfields Triangle Residents Association ● 1882d0 Comments ● 1882d
Starfish Greathearts Foundation is having a charity run!We work with children that have been made vulnerable or orphaned due to HIV/AIDS, or poverty in South Africa. This weekend, on 6 March, we are excited to be hosting our annual Breakfast Run and Picnic on Clapham Common. We are expecting over 400 runners to join us for a 5k, 10k and 15k run and they will all bring along their friends and family to enjoy a picnic, tombola, kids 100m dash, a bouncy castle and to soak up the atmosphere. Runners can register in advance of the event and we are currently have a spring offer which means, that if you purchase one space, you can purchase a second for 50% off. To register please visit www.starfishcharity.org, or call the Starfish team at 02075973797. You can also find us on Facebook at Starfish GreatheartsFoundation-UK and twitter at @starfishuk. If participants fancy turning up on the day, they can purchase tickets at the run, but it will be cash only. We are extremely grateful for your support and proceeds from the event will help Starfish bring life, hope and opportunity to orphaned and vulnerable children in South Africa. Thank you very much for your support and we hope to see you on Sunday!
Elinor Middleton ● 1897d0 Comments ● 1897d
Thursday 10th March, 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 and are fully redeemable against a purchase of City of Thorns10% of profits from the event will be donated to CalAid (calaid.co.uk)Over the course of four years, Ben Rawlence became a first-hand witness to a strange and desperate limbo-land. To the charity workers, Dadaab refugee camp is a humanitarian crisis; to the Kenyan government, it is a ‘nursery for terrorists’; to the western media, it is a dangerous no-go area; but to its half a million residents, it is their last resort. Among those seeking sanctuary there are Guled, a former child soldier who lives for football; Nisho, who scrapes an existence by pushing a wheelbarrow and dreaming of riches; Tawane, the indomitable youth leader; and schoolgirl Kheyro, whose future hangs upon her education. In City of Thorns, described as ‘timely, disturbing and compelling’ by The Guardian, Ben interweaves the stories of nine individuals to show what life is like in the camp and to sketch the wider political forces that keep the refugees trapped there.Olumide Popoola is a writer, lecturer, poet and performer. In the last year she has made a number of visits to the ‘Jungle’ refugee camp in Calais. Unlike Dadaab, which is administered by the UN, the Jungle is a settlement established by the people who live there, most of whom are trying to reach the UK. Olumide’s experiences will be recorded in Breach, to be published by Peirene Press in August 2016, and will tell the story of the crisis through the voices of refugees stuck in Calais. It documents an illusion disrupted: ‘that of a neatly ordered world, with those deserving safety and comfort separated from those who need to be kept out’. Annie Holmes is the co-writer of Breach. Originally from Zimbabwe, she is a distinguished filmmaker, writer and lecturer. She has worked extensively on tackling the structural causes of HIV at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.What are the root causes of current displacements? What are the long-term prospects for refugee camps and the people who live in them? And of course, what can the UK and the wider international community do to help? Join us to discuss the past, present and future of refugee camps. With an unprecedented refugee crisis in Europe, and the continued displacement of peoples on other continents, there has hardly been a more important time to reflect on the status of these precarious communities.
Dulwich Books at The Bedford ● 1903d0 Comments ● 1903d
My name is Janet Humphrey. I have reached the final of a competition which may give my brother and I a chance to take our Father Stan Ball to Gallipoli. You may be aware that 2016 is the 101st year since the Gallipoli campaign was started.My Granddad Ball (Stanley Arthur William) was born and raised in South London, lived in Eltringham Street Wandsworth, and was married on Christmas Day 1925 at the St Johns Hill Church.He joined the City of London Royal Fusiliers regiment. He had already served in the regular army as a member of 2RF between 14 July 1898 and 29 October 1910. 2RF served in India and Burma, we were told by the Fusiliers Museum in London. He was quite a bit older than others who were asked to join up for the war.He rejoined the army on 8th September 1914 so he wasn't in the first flood of returning reservists. He served in Britain (Home) between 9 September 1914 and 9 May 1915, he then went to join the 2RF again this time in Gallipoli, he remained with them until 12th July 1915, where he earned the Star Medal. He was wounded, there but joined his comrades in France, which lasted from 22 September 1915 to 25 October 1915 he was wounded (a bullet wound in the back) which along with his other injuries lead to his death from untreated gangrene in 1950.My father Stan grew up around Wandsworth, and my granddad was treated at St John Hospital Wandsworth, and after the war he trained and worked as a nurse, partly in repayment for the wonderful kindness he was shown. .We have organised a pledge page below, which gives a lot of extra detail on our pledge, and there is a personal message on there as well from my dad, to potential voters explaining why a vote for our pledge would make such a difference to him.https://www.facebook.com/Discoveryuk-MYWBpledge2016-1513515848952030/?ref=hlVoting closes at midnight on the 29th February 2016 but the more publicity we could get now, the more chance we have of winning. Please vote for "Janet Oxfordshire" as one of your three votes, and support a local WW1 soldier's son. Thank you http://www.discoveryuk.com/pledges/vote-now-2/
janet humphrey ● 1906d0 Comments ● 1906d
Have you heard about the event at The Bedford Pub tomorrow with David Aaronovitch and Jo McMillan? They'll be discuss an upbringing on the fringes of political life, portrayed in their new books. Tracing the decline of the communist tradition in Britain, Party Animals is a deeply personal account of what it’s like to grow up in a family on the far-left. Written by David Aaronovitch, a well-known journalist and commentator, it is a memoir that stands out from the crowd. Jo McMillan’s debut novel Motherland, published in hardback last year, is an incredible story of a childhood in struggle. In this case the struggle is that of thirteen-year-old Jessica, whose mother Eleanor is unerring in her attempts to radicalise the sleepy midlands town of Tamworth. Unfortunately for Jessica, those attempts are mostly met with indifference and hostility. But a visit to the Democratic Republic of Germany beckons… 11th February, 7.30pm. Tickets are £6, which is fully redeemable against a purchase of either Party Animals or Motherland
Dulwich Books at The Bedford ● 1918d0 Comments ● 1918d
Lung SongsSinging Sessions for Respiratory & Cardiac Patients at St George's Hospital Blackshaw Road, Tooting, London SW17 0QTFortnightly Thursdays 2.00-3.15pmNext session February 18thRespiratory and Cardiac Patients welcome to join a fun, free and friendly group for gentle exercises and singing for wellbeing - plus tea and biscuits :)Facilitated by Katie Rose For more information contact Jane Nolan Cardiac Pulmonary Rehab Department, Atkinson Morley Wing 020 8725 3016
Katie Rose ● 1923d0 Comments ● 1923d
Interesting article in the Wandsworth Guardian about the possibility of the borough's low tax regime coming to an end.http://www.wandsworthguardian.co.uk/news/14249692.End_of_the_road__Years_of_low_tax_could_end_after_report_says_council_tax_needs_to_rise_by_75__to_plug_Wandsworth_s___54m_funding_deficit/The headline is actually a bit misleading as the Government has more or less banned Council's from making big increases in Council Tax. This means more cuts or higher charges for services.
David Parker ● 1925d0 Comments ● 1925d
If you own a dog locally you might want to check out this article on the Wandsworth Guardian web sitehttp://www.wandsworthguardian.co.uk/news/14224465.WARNING__Dogs_injured_after__nasty__nail_laced_sausages_left_on_Wandsworth_streets
Peter Higgins ● 1937d0 Comments ● 1937d
I must say that after the months of digging and drilling I had hoped for something more exciting of the pedestrian area outside Costa. With all the artists' impressions I thought we might at least get a fountain or those water jets which kids love these days. Instead it's a boring paved area and not very well paved at that as puddles form in various areas already. Let's hope that the eventual redevelopment of the area is more exciting.
Hugh Walton ● 1974d1 Comments ● 1967d
There is so much being done for cyclists, often costing lots of money. It seems, though, that nothing is done to encourage or help pedestrians.1. Street furniture should allow the blind and wheelchair users to make easier progress (the back of CJ Station is a nightmare)2. Traffic lights often give pedestrians little time to cross and make them wait for a long time.3. Constructors seem able to block off pavements at will, offering no suitable alternative route.4. Cyclists do not warn pedestrians of their approach on shared paths and frequently use footpaths which are not shared. (plus ignoring red lights)5. Cafes and bars and smokers seem able to spread across pavements, forcing pedestrians into the road.6. Finally other pedestrians: those who use pushchairs at battering rams; walking in groups and not allowing space for someone coming the other way.7. People waiting at bus stops who spread across the pavement (Victoria is a nightmare)
Jane Eades ● 1995d0 Comments ● 1995d
Following the excellent feedback received following last year's event, on Monday 30th November, Wandsworth Prep School will be hosting a highly valuable internet safety workshop with internet safety experts, Childnet International.The event is complimentary and will be open to all local parents.The event will commence at 7pm and will consist of a presentation entitled ‘Supporting Young People Online’. The Childnet Team aim to leave parents with knowledge about how to protect young people online and empower them with take home advice to implement into their children’s online lives.Issues covered will include:1. Positive use of the internet - exploration of websites and applications that offer opportunities to discover, connect and create (this includes a beginner’s guide to Social Networking Sites - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.)2. Potential misuse of the technologies - how children and young people can be vulnerable to inappropriate content, conduct and contact risks3. Cyberbullying - ‘Let’s Fight it Together’ is a powerful film produced by Childnet which is used to help sensitise young people and adults to the pain and hurt which can be caused through cyberbullying4. Minimising the risks - practical advice for adults and children to help them stay safe onlineIf you would like to attend, please contact our Office Secretary, Maria Major, to book your place: www.wandsworthprep.com/contact/
Amy Hebditch ● 2009d0 Comments ● 2009d
EARLSFIELD BUSINESS NETWORK Wednesday 11th November from 6pm we are atBen`s Canteen 422 Garratt SW18 4HWWhere we will be updating you onEARLSFIELD FESTIVE LIGHTS FOR CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGN Ready for the big `Switch on` 26th November at 5.30 pm Join Earlsfield Business Network Members and guests for a free business networking event on the second Wednesday of every month in 2015.Meet local businesses in a relaxed and entertaining environment at Earlsfield Business Network, a part of Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce devoted to business based in Earlsfield. A place where Earlsfield businesses can meet regularly and make the most of local opportunities to grow and flourish. Wandsworth Chamber's networking events are designed to inform, challenge and present opportunities for local businesses to network, make new contacts, develop meaningful business relationships and have fun along the way.We look forward to seeing you The EBN team
Robert McKinlay ● 2011d0 Comments ● 2011d
In partnership with Early Years specialist Lena Engel, Wandsworth Prep School will be hosting a highly valuable "Promoting Positive Behaviour" workshop for local parents with preschool age children.This workshop will enable parents to develop a number of positive and effective strategies to encourage children to behave well at home. It is an interactive session that engages parents to talk and to seek solutions to everyday stressful situations.When: Tuesday 10th November: 19.00 – 20.30Where: Wandsworth Prep School, The Old Library, 2 Allfarthing Lane, London, SW18 2PQCost: No chargeTo book: Visit http://www.wandsworthprep.com/school-life/latest-news/promoting-positive-behaviour-workshop-tuesday-10th-november
Amy Hebditch ● 2021d0 Comments ● 2021d
This month, Co-wheels Car Club, a social enterprise and the UK’s largest independent operator of its kind, has landed in Wandsworth.Co-wheels members will now have access to the car sharing scheme and 10 low emission vehicles across London Borough of Wandsworth, with additional bays in new locations planned for 2016. New members can join for free for a limited time (usually £25), and no annual membership fees. To claim your code for free membership, go to: co-wheels.org.uk/wandsworth. The new cars will predominantly be low emission Toyota Aygos, with Yaris hybrids also available from dedicated parking bays in Wandsworth:2 cars in Wandsworth o Ringford Roado Haldon Road2 cars in Tooting o Crockerton Roado Langroyd Road5 cars in Putney o Holroyd Roado Norroy Roado Earldom Roado Lacy Roado Roskell RdAn additional bay will be coming shortly in 2015.Co-wheels operate as a social enterprise and has a commitment to improving the environment with a fleet that is 40% per cent less polluting than the average public-owned car. Wandsworth is the car club capital of south London but Co-wheels will bring something new and different from the existing operators in the borough. As a Community Interest Company, Co-wheels ploughs all of its profits back into expanding and improving the service, whilst keeping rates as low as possible for membersCo-wheels is the largest Car Club operator in the UK with operations in more than 50 locations, from small villages to large cities. With cars available in popular escapes like the Lake District, Shropshire, Norfolk, and Scotland, Wandsworth members can get on a train and have access to cars across the country.
Daisy Pratt ● 2022d0 Comments ● 2022d
Are you a local performance artist?Our TEDx (x= independently organized) is looking for performers to hold 10-15 minute performances on the day. We're not biased here! Stand up comics, spoken word performers, dancers, musicians, etc etc etc, give us a message! We'd love to hear from you.It would also be an added bonus if you could incorporate and explore our theme 'Be The Change' in your performance. What does 'Be The Change' mean to you...?Saturday 14th November, South Thames College, Wandsworth.http://www.tedxwandsworth.com/https://twitter.com/tedxwandsworthhttps://www.facebook.com/tedxwandsworth
Remi Stride ● 2033d0 Comments ● 2033d
This bar appears to be open but I haven't seen any approved planning permission on Wandsworth council website?
Sophie Cheesman ● 2073d1 Comments ● 2037d
join us at www.earlsfieldbusinessnetwork.eventbrite.co.uk Come along to Mels Bar 573 Garratt Lane SW18 4ST from 18.30 till late on wednesday 14th October, meet new people and promote your business . Informal networking with our friendly group.Earlsfield Business Network brings local businesses together to promote commerce, drive local marketing strategies and encourages a local Earlsfield sense of pride.Please ring Will on 07957404423 with any queries
Robert McKinlay ● 2038d0 Comments ● 2038d
Dear Wandsworth Council - Please could you repaint the Zebra Crossing outside West Hill Primary School and add some speed humps? So that motorists would know that it was a crossing and stop to let you cross rather than serving to avoid a pedestrians when they are half way across!Thank you - A pedestrian frequently missed by cars!
Jill Johnson ● 2087d0 Comments ● 2087d
Registration is open for the Royal Parks Half Marathon, in aid of Starfish Greathearts Foundation on October 11th! This spectacular half marathon in central London is the first and only one of its kind. The stunning 13.1 mile route takes in the captial's world famous landmarks on closed roads, and four of London's eight royal parks - Hyde Park, Green Park, St James' Park and Kensington Gardens.Last year our runners raised an incredible £36,000, helping Starfish to provide, amongst other projects, life-saving healthcare to vulnerable children in South Africa, whose lives would have otherwise been impacted by AIDS. With your support, Starfish can raise even more in 2015!Registration costs £20, and £300 fundraising pledge target, and if you're interested, please visit, www.starfishcharity.co.uk/getinvolved or email email@example.com for more information.STARFISH GREATHEARTS FOUNDATION
Elinor Middleton ● 2135d0 Comments ● 2135d
Celebrate Nelson Mandela day with us! Rugby, games, live music, good food... and all for a great cause! Supporting the Starfish charity which aids South African children orphaned by AIDS. 18/07/15 from 10AM-5PM. GJ's Wandsworth Sports Bar, 89 Garratt Lane, Wandsworth, SW18 4DW. Tickets are £5 and include a hog roast or veggie burger. Buy tickets here www.gj-s.com or here www.starfishcharity.org, or call 02075973797. We hope to see you there!
Elinor Middleton ● 2137d0 Comments ● 2137d
I've been asked to find someone who can appeal a Council Tax Re-assessment of a property in Putney. Does anyone have any personal recommendations please? Thank you in advance.
Joy Griffiths ● 2148d0 Comments ● 2148d
Would you like to be the next family to go 'Back in Time for the Weekend' for BBC Two? We are looking for a fun-loving local family to explore leisure and pastimes from between 1950 and 1999.If you would like to hear more, please register your interest at LEISURE@WALLTOWALL.CO.UKTell us about your family and waht you get up to on your evenings and weekends. Please leave a phone number.(Applicants must be UK residents, homeowners and have a minimum of two children aged 10+)
Soufian Shamsi ● 2156d0 Comments ● 2156d
Really excited that this is back after a far too long absence. But please don't make the mistake of getting biltong and beef jerky confused. Beef jerky is nowhere near as delicious as biltong! ;-)
Dianne Meyer ● 2156d0 Comments ● 2156d
IS YOUR GARDEN / OUTDOOR SPACE IN NEED OF A MAKEOVER?Would you like a visit from The Instant Gardener?We are looking for a garden or outside space in need of TLC for a fun new BBC TV pilot.For more details contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lucy Weston ● 2235d3 Comments ● 2156d
We are working on a project to try and help improve choosing where to give birth in London - please see link below:qtrial2015az1.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_7NYVCSzCocgBLSJYour input is much appreciated! Thank you!
Louisa Chaves ● 2172d0 Comments ● 2172d
Used them two times, fine. Third time we had some very important papers to go to a Harley Street doctor - pick up was fine, but a couple of days later she was complaining nothing had shown up. On the trace log the papers had been taken to the main depot and left there. We entered an on line chat to India, who told us it could be the following week before they were delivered, wished us a nice day and ended the call. We tried them once more this week to deliver a parcel to a kiddie. You pay up front, someone was here all day Tuesday waiting for the pick up, and again all day Wednesday, nobody showed, little boy is already upset. Another on line chat to India - told us they'd have to open an investigation. What good is that to us? I asked who was going to apologise to the little lad. I was wished a nice day again, that was at about 7.00 pm last night. Not worth the hassle. Dreadful service, they've obviously got too busy to be able to cope, and they don't give a toss when you complain. Never again.
Jacqui Murray ● 2498d3 Comments ● 2242d
Forum MessageTopic: Lecture on Hammersmith Nudes' Murders. Posted by: Neil MilkinsDate/Time: 02/03/15 21:10:00Film director/producer Jeff Leahy and myself are giving a lecture on Saturday March 7 dealing with the unsolved murders of eight women in the Hammersmith district of London between 1959 and 1965. Three of the murders took place in Chiswick.The lecture will take place at The Bar Locks public house, 21 White Church Lane, Aldgate, London E1 7QR. Arrive 6.45pm for 7.30pm start.Regards. Neil Milkins. email@example.com
Neil Milkins ● 2262d0 Comments ● 2262d
HiThis is my first post on here so please accept my apologies if it is in the wrong place or if I've broken any rules without realising! If I have could a moderator please let me knowI work at Wandsworth Citizens Advice Bureaux and we are trying to understand how we deal with problems in our daily lives and where advice fits in. We're doing this through the Big Advice Survey - this is a national survey but it has been created and is coordinated right here from WandsworthIt's straightforward and takes about 5 mins - basically, it's just multiple choice unless you want to add further info. We want to use the results to make decisions on how the local advice sector can improve the services we offer to the general publicIf you can help by taking the survey that would be really appreciated. You can take the survey directly from this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BigAdviceSurveyThere's a dedicated site with lots more info, here: http://bigadvicesurvey.org.ukAnd a 1-minute video explaining what we're trying to do: http://youtu.be/WvjFyMvUnOMOnce again, I hope I've not broken any rules by posting this but please straighten me out if I have!Many thanksPatrick
Patrick Torsney ● 2292d1 Comments ● 2268d
Ooops! Forgot to include link for votes:http://www.galaxyhotchocolate.com/galaxyfund2014/profiles/girlguiding-london-south-west Thanks.
Desiree Polluk ● 2273d0 Comments ● 2273d
Girlguiding London South West has put in a bid for funding from the Galaxy Hot Chocolate fund to help the new groups that we are opening in Battersea at STORM and the R&E centre and Roehampton University.We need votes to win the People's Choice category so please vote for us before the deadline at 11.59pm on Sunday 22nd Feb!Thank you!
Desiree Polluk ● 2273d0 Comments ● 2273d
Perhaps predictable but..http://www.cnplus.co.uk/8674091.article?WT.tsrc=email&WT.mc_id=Newsletter16
David Parker ● 2274d0 Comments ● 2274d
Girlguiding London South West is opening a new Brownie group at Roehampton University on Thursdays for girls aged 7-10 years.Girls will have a broad, varied and fun programme of activities including arts and crafts, sport/outdoor/adventurous activities, cooking, games, outings, community action and working towards badges on a whole range of subjects from Circus Performer and Designer to Science Investigator and Computer.For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.orgGirlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. We give girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good.
Desiree Polluk ● 2275d0 Comments ● 2275d
Girlguiding London South West is opening a new Rainbow and Brownie group on Wednesdays in Battersea Park and a new Brownie and Guide group on Thursdays in SW8. If you have a daughter who would like to join or you are interested in volunteering with any of the groups then please email email@example.com for more information.Rainbows are for girls aged 5-7 yearsBrownies 7-10 yearsGuides 10-14 years.Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. We give girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good.
Desiree Polluk ● 2275d0 Comments ● 2275d
There has been some news coverage recently about how popular these bikes are but I rarely see anyone using them and the racks are full. Given how expensive it is to hire a bike this isn't surprising. I can't really see in what circumstance anyone would use them in Wandsworth.
Carmel Cunningham ● 2590d10 Comments ● 2296d
Ignore the spin. The reality is that Wandsworth Museum is being shut down and the premises are being taken over by a private nursery. The idea that the museum is being 'moved' to Battersea Arts Centre is a nonsense. If you shut the National Gallery and moved all the exhibits to the Tate then you wouldn't claim the National Gallery still existed.It looks like the Hintze Foundation cash which was donated to keep the Museum denies the Council a totally freehand in this matter but there is no point in pretending this is good news.
David Parker ● 2296d1 Comments ● 2296d
Enjoy a Mother’s Day with a difference by taking part in a friendly 5km run on Sunday 15 March on Clapham Common ¬– and there’s a 100m dash for the kids too!Everyone gets a medal, t-shirt, Mother’s Day goody bag and a tasty picnic basket to enjoy on the common afterwards. There will be a pre-race warm-up to get everyone in the mood and there’s even sports massage available if the legs are hurting.The course is clearly marked and totally flat – perfect for those looking to take it easy, as well as for runners aiming to post a fast time. As well as the 5km distance, there will be 10km and 15km runs for the fitter runners, but the emphasis will be on taking part and having fun.For those members of the family happier to support rather than run, there will be loads of activities such as face painting, a bouncy castle, tombola and other stalls to ensure everyone has a great day out.The Starfish Breakfast Run is organised by the Starfish Greathearts Foundation, a UK-based charity that supports children with HIV and AIDS in South Africa. This year Starfish has once again teamed up Wasserman Media Group, sports and entertainment specialists, who have donated their time and expertise to make the 2015 event even better than last year.Elinor Middleton, Global CEO, Starfish Greathearts Foundation commented, “Last year’s run was a huge success and we are aiming for an even bigger turn out this year to raise money for children orphaned by AIDS in southern Africa. We look forward to welcoming a big crowd on Sunday morning to run, cheer on their friends, or just enjoy the picnic. It’s incredible to think that just one person’s entry can provide two hot meals a day for a vulnerable child for over a week”.Feedback from a 2014 participant: “Thanks for putting on the Starfish Breakfast Run. My wife did the 10km course, while me and the kids cheered her over the line and then we all had a good time at the face-painting afterwards. A great day out for a really excellent cause, well done!”To sign up online for the event, which takes place on Clapham Common at 10am on Sunday 15th March 2015, please visit www.starfishcharity.org. Book in January for a discount offer. All proceeds support the work of Starfish Greathearts Foundation.
Katie Wand ● 2304d0 Comments ● 2304d
I have an Good Working Condition A1 Plotter (HP 500ps 24") plus consumables. I have posted on Gumtree as a commercial sale but will donate to local charity or school in exchange for limited (say 12 A1 pages per year maximum). Buyer must collect (Battersea). If interested please reply
Peter Hird ● 2311d1 Comments ● 2307d
Can anyone intimidated by the Big Issue seller in the tunnele opposite the Bedford pub notify the Bedford Ward safer neighbourhood team. Thank you.
robbie forfar ● 2310d0 Comments ● 2310d
Would you like to make a positive difference to the lives of girls and young women in Wandsworth? Many Rainbow, Brownie and Guide groups have long lists of girls waiting to join and we need more volunteers in order to help us get girls off these lists and into a group. Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK and we are holding an informal information evening on Monday 19th January at St. Anne's Church hall on St. Ann's Hill from 7-8pm. Come and hear about our fun, flexible and rewarding roles, without obligation. For further details see our Eventbrite listing: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wandsworth-girlguiding-volunteer-information-evening-tickets-14941959804If you cannot make this date, we are also holding similar events in South Battersea on 21st Jan and Balham on 26th Jan. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Desiree Polluk ● 2310d0 Comments ● 2310d
I feel the newsletter would be all the better if it had less in it.
jeremy hemming ● 2317d1 Comments ● 2310d
Hello everybody, I would like to recommend Open Space London as the most efficient Side Return & Loft Conversion company working in our area. It was word of mouth recommendation as they are relatively small company, but they were really great. They've done amazing job and I'm more that happy to recommend.
Chris Wator ● 2316d0 Comments ● 2316d
Hello there, I am part of a local business networking referral group who meet every week in Wandsworth. We are actively exchanging business between the current members however looking to expand our group. We are recruiting new members so if you have your own business or are looking to develop the area you work in then it will be beneficial. Let me know if you are interested and I can send more details! Best wishes,Claire
Claire Rhoades-Brown ● 2430d4 Comments ● 2317d
Do you own or work in a business where you need to network to win more business? Networking can be daunting. In this 4 hour workshop, I help you learn the skills to get more from the time and money you invest and feel more confident attending events. Early Bird available until 16th:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/networking-nous-learning-the-skills-to-win-business-from-networking-tickets-5672749346
Joanna Gaudoin ● 2319d0 Comments ● 2319d
Hi all, Due to a mishap with our fridge our Christmas Turkey has been spoilt. All the big shops in the area and butchers seem closed. Does anyone know where I may be able to buy a turkey in Wandsworth or nearby Thanks
Henry Fjord ● 2330d0 Comments ● 2330d
We would be delighted to meet you at our Sixth Form Open Evening on Thursday 8th January from 6pm.To find out more about our Outstanding Academy please visit http://chelsea-academy.org/sixth_form.
Holly Power ● 2332d0 Comments ● 2332d
Are you a reg to the Twickenham Rugby Ground for the matches and need to park?The United Resident Association and the Bridgelink Center are renting out our Car Park on match days.The car park has only 10 parking spaces so first come, its situated on Summerwood Rd, Isleworth Tw7.Cars £15 to park.Please contact me on 07561149063...
Simon Anderson ● 2363d0 Comments ● 2363d
This is great news and although I don't live close enough to the planned tube station to be a regular user it will make a huge difference having the tube coming to the area.However with work to start next year (i.e. very soon) and a major restructuring of Wandsworth Town Centre also in the offing, are we not in for a few years of misery caused by traffic and building works. Probably the Thames Tunnel works need to be taken into account as well.
Carmel Cunningham ● 2372d0 Comments ● 2372d
Hello all, We would like to invite you or your migrant, refugee or asylum seeking friends to our ESOL classes every Monday and Tuesday at Springfield Community Flat. SCF is a charity located at the Springfield Estate for many years now, serving the local community & our ESOL classes are completely FREE of charge!In case you are interested to join please contact Despina or Rachel on 02077202699 or just pop in in our office at:Springfield Community Flat 53-54 Brocket HouseUnion RoadLondonSW8 2RE
Springfield Community Flat ● 2382d0 Comments ● 2382d
According to Private Eye the recently published UK accounts of Facebook show that it is still paying no corporation tax in the UK. It avoids tax by routing its sales through Ireland.In market capitalisation terms this is one of the largest companies in the world and it has a significant presence in this country but makes zero contribution to roads, hospitals, schools etc.On the advice of a tech savvy friend I don't use Facebook. He says that they are just as fast and loose with privacy restrictions as they are with the tax laws.
David Parker ● 2385d0 Comments ● 2385d
Hey guys, I was wondering if you can give me an advice about a moving company. I'm about to move in Wandsworth (Tooting) from Dulwich and I am on the look for a good moving company. I came across these guys Removals Wandsworth ( www.removalswandsworthsw18.co.uk ) and if you have any feedback on them or any other company which won't make me break the bank that'd be grand!
Max Shaw ● 2390d0 Comments ● 2390d
British Empire Wrestling Presents Empire Fights Back!! (HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS!!!!!)So on Sunday 16th of November British Empire Wrestling finally makes our debut at the amazing Tooting Tram & Social a show that all fan's of all ages can enjoy The Empire is Fighting back!!Adults £10 - Under 12s come FREE!!! with a paying AdultFirst Match Announced "The Genesis" Dean Michael vs Dragonita. Second Match Announced "Best Friends Collide" Stingray Stevenson vs Rob Cage in a 2 out of 3 falls match Third Match Announced - Female Tag Match as Lola and Nina Samuels face Astronomica and Nightshade Fourth Match Announcer - The Wild Boar vs "Shortfuse" Rude Boy Matt 2 More Matches to be announced *******Card Subject to Change********
Declan Kellett ● 2393d0 Comments ● 2393d
Threads become a bit unwieldy when they stretch too far..and thus on this Easter Sunday..a picture of Anneberth Easter eggs is being tried out first..before being reposted on ChiswickW4 Forum.There is a current thread on the Ealing Forum about learning to Picture Post..and anyone can join in this self-indulgent activity!!
Jim Lawes ● 5505d136 Comments ● 2395d
I have 2 tickets available for Tony Hadley plus orchestra & special guests doing hits of Spandau Ballet at Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Sunday 19th October. Stalls Row J. Cost me £80 each. Will sell for £60 each ONO. Please PM me if interested
Terry Coyne ● 2404d0 Comments ● 2404d
I understand the Council is planning to CLOSE it.Councillor Grimstom is campaigning against this.
Lyn Clark ● 2422d3 Comments ● 2415d
Wish I could afford to eat there on anything other than the most special of occasions but we should cherish having something of such quality in our midst.
David Parker ● 2421d0 Comments ● 2421d
Funfairs and sea air, first meetings and fond farewells: but the memories are fading fast. Unwilling to become lost in the ever-shifting landscape of her past, Edna seeks out ways of learning about how to preserve who she is in the present. When everything she can remember is falling away, who is Edna in the here and now?Join Edna on a journey of re-discovery through the stories of her past, navigating the depths of the neuron forest following a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.An interactive exploration of the personal significance of memories, and how we can retain our sense of self when we begin to lose them.Lost in the Neuron Forest is a promenade performance developed by Bread and Goose with generous support from the Wellcome Trust, The Leche Trust, Arts Council England and Arts Council Wales. The show started out as part of Incubator at the Wales Millennium Centre, and was performed at the World Stage Design Festival 2014.Bread & Goose company info: Bread & Goose create engaging journeys through traditional and non-traditional theatre spaces, always placing the audience at the centre of the story. Our work aims to be curious and thought-provoking, and encourages the audience to participate, to play, and to respond. Our previous work can be seen on our website: www.breadandgoose.co.ukDates & Venues:Southwark Playhouse 10th & 11th October (Previews)Canterbury Christchurch 15th OctoberBangor Pontio 18th OctoberWales Millennium Centre 21st OctoberMemo Arts Centre, Barry 22nd OctoberNewport Riverfront 23rd OctoberAberystwyth Arts Centre 24th OctoberHUB, Leeds 26th OctoberCamden People’s Theatre 30th, 31st Oct & 1st NovemberMORE INFO:http://www.breadandgoose.co.uk/Lost_In_The_Neuron_Forest.html
Hannah Tookey ● 2436d0 Comments ● 2436d
The “feedback and appraisal…is invaluable” - Aviva Philipp-Muller (participant)“A truly memorable and enjoyable experience” – Ashley Harris (participant)Cambridge Theatre Challenge24 -25 OctoberThe LOST Theatre, StockwellWriters block? Interest in new plays? Sky Blue Theatre presents the premiere of 10 new one act plays from around the world. An eclectic mix of comedy, thriller, romance, mystery and horror in two evenings wherein the audience will be asked to vote for the play they believe to be the best. The Cambridge Theatre Challenge is an international playwriting competition, which has been running for two years.This is a unique opportunity to see the premiere of new work by a group of hugely promising playwrights. The evening includes work from established writers such as 3 time Emmy nominee Arnold Kane to exceptional emerging playwrights like GCSE student Jennifer Sancho.The evenings will feature advice from speaker Leigh Chambers from WriteOn about the advantage of belonging to a writing group, whilst Stuart Ardern from Lazy Bee scripts will talk about how to get your work published. Our selected winning plays are of the highest quality, so much so that after last year’s performances nine of the ten plays were offered publication. We expect this year’s plays to at least equal if not better that record.Originating at the Junction Theatre in Cambridge, the CTC now moves to The LOST Theatre in Stockwell. The Cambridge Theatre Challenge is growing rapidly in popularity, having more than quadrupled in the number of entrees from 2012 to 2013.The 2014 Winning PlaysA Darker Shade of Closure (Richard C Harris) – New ZealandBaking Bread (Ashley Harris) - UKPolitically Correct (Jennifer Sancho) - ScotlandIn a League of His Own (Mark Griffin) - IrelandWho’s Andy Warhol? (Anne Hamilton) - USAThat’s Amore (Arnold Kane) - USAThen Again (Marianne Philbin) - USANightwalking: Ladder Play #7 (Frank Canino) - USAUp in the Air (Catherine Comfort) - UKThe Proposition (Brian Coyle) - UKFind out more about Sky Blue Theatre’s Work on our website, or keep up to date with us on Facebook (/SkyBlueTheatreCo) and Twitter (@SkyBlueTheatre)BOOK TICKETS:http://www.losttheatre.co.uk/MORE INFO: http://www.skybluetheatre.com/CambridgeTheatreChallenge.php
Hannah Tookey ● 2436d0 Comments ● 2436d
Change a young person’s life with Action TutoringWithout C grades at GCSE in English and maths it’s difficult to progress in life. Action Tutoring is a registered charity that helps students from low-income backgrounds leave school with at least five A* - C grades at GCSE. These students do not perform as well at GCSE as their more affluent peers, and they are less able to access expensive support like private tutoring. Action Tutoring is trying to change that by using volunteer tutors to make the benefits of tuition more widely available. How can I help? What would I be doing?Apply to be a volunteer tutor and, if successful, we will place you as an English or maths tutor in one of our partner schools. You would then work with one or two pupils for an hour a week across the course of a school term. Tutoring usually takes place after school or on a Saturday morning. Sessions are delivered on school premises at the same time each week. We provide all of our tutors with training and resources, and we will also process a DBS check for you.What will I get out of it?Volunteering with Action Tutoring is a great way to make a difference to the local community, make use of your qualifications and meet new people. It’s also an opportunity to experience a different working environment and develop your skills. If you’re interested in teaching as a career, it’s a fantastic chance to get experience of working in a school, and we are happy to provide references on completion of the programme. When can I start?We run tutoring programmes throughout the academic year. Once you’ve signed-up we will send you a full list of opportunities so that you can select one that works for you.We're working with Lambeth Academy on Tuesday / Wednesday afternoons, starting in mid September. Please contact us for more information.How do I sign up?Applications are open now! Apply here - http://www.tfaforms.com/332860What do our tutors say?"I’ve enjoyed tutoring at a school in my old area. It’s a chance to give something back to the community and pass on some useful skills to younger people. It also gives me a bit of variety and a break from my regular job.” Volunteer TutorFollow us on social media!Twitter: @ActionTutoringFacebook: www.facebook.com/Action-Tutoring/Our website: www.actiontutoring.org.ukAny questions? Get in touch!Email – email@example.comCall – 02079 227760
James Mason ● 2443d0 Comments ● 2443d
Barclays - Please come back to Wandsworth!!! According to the staff before they closed - Barclays hadn't secured any new premises as they had left it too late??
Jill Johnson ● 2446d1 Comments ● 2445d
Friendship Matinee provides people who are part of a charity, community or voluntary organisation the opportunity to come to the Royal Albert Hall to see world-class shows for only £5.00 per ticket.In partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra this year's concert presents a tribute to the musical brilliance of John Williams, undoubtedly one of the world's most respected film music composers.The celebration of this iconic composer will unleash the power of the film score in his internationally renowned blockbuster classics with instantly recognisable theme tunes, including Star Wars, Superman, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Harry Potter, Schindler’s List, Jaws, War Horse, ET, Fiddler on the Roof, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Jurassic Park.For more information and to book tickets, see our website:http://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/friendship-matinee/default.aspxFriendship Matinee 2013:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPSP2BB86Ls
Royal Albert Hall ● 2448d0 Comments ● 2448d
Education may well be a critical tool of socialisation; But it's only a tool.. that's why it's debatable whether education does, should, or can imbue us as citizens with a sense of our national identity and priorities. It all depends on how education gets used, and by whom. So from my own critical perspective I certainly don't think education does or should act like a gang of construction workers, cementing a shared but distinctly concrete narrative of common purpose. Rather I suppose education should kindly facilitate whatever individuals want to learn, whenever or wherever we want to learn it.. but maybe this might seem too radical.. If you had a non-Muslim school that encouraged teenage girls to dress modestly, successfully persuaded pupils not to drink alcohol, railed against gambling, engaged in lengthy study of ancient scriptures and languages and achieved good exam results, the Conservatives would be lining up to lavish it with praise. More so if it were Christian. Michael Gove's disastrous tenure as Secretary of State for Education has united the vast majority of Academics, Educationalists, Head Teachers and Teachers against hi...m like never before in the UK. 'At its May 2013 conference, Gove was criticised by the National Association of Head Teachers, whose members condemned the climate of bullying, fear and intimidation they claimed he had created during his time as Education Secretary. The conference passed a vote of no confidence in his policies. Votes of no confidence were also passed by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers at conference in March 2013, the National Union of Teachers at its conference in April 2013 (unanimously), and the NASUWT.' I hope the new secretary of state for education will do something positive to improve the educational standard of the Muslim children. Muslim children not only need halal meat or Eid Holidays but they need state funded Muslim schools with Muslim teachers as role models during their development period also. There are hundreds of state primary and secondary schools where Muslim pupils are in majority. In my opinion all such schools may be opted out to become Muslim Academies. This means the Muslim children will get a decent education. Muslim schools turned out balanced citizens, more tolerant of others and less likely to succumb to criminality or extremism. Muslim schools give young people confidence in who they are and an understanding of Islamic teaching of tolerance and respect which prepares them for a positive and fulfilling role in society. Children like discipline, structure and boundaries. Bilingual Muslim children need Bilingual Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods, who understand their needs and demands. There is no place for a non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school. Muslim schools should be inspected by Muslim members of the Ofsted. They understand the needs and demands of the Muslim children as well as their parents. Twenty leading educationalists and Muslim leaders have questioned Ofsted's impartiality in the Birmingham 'Trojan Horse' affair, education consultant Robin Richardson reflects on the factors behind its controversial recent inspections. What gives OFSTED the right, or indeed any Brits, to preach to minority groups about how they should live their lives. This is a cosmopolitan country, the Muslim community have the right to educate their children how they choose. What has being British got to do with your religious belief? In Britain there are Hindus Sikhs pagans Jewish Buddhists atheist Zoroastrians Rasta's and many more should they all change there religious beliefs because they are British? Studying the Qur'an will certainly help towards these children becoming fully integrated citizens of the UK. Like many Ofsted stories this is no news. There are lots of schools up and down the land without male teachers. Teaching is so female dominated you wonder why pupils are so poorly behaved. After all feminism blames men for everything and here are the results of female dominance...IALondon School of Islamics Trusthttp://www.londonschoolofislamics.org.uk
Iftikhar Ahmad ● 2492d1 Comments ● 2464d
Muslim schools should be inspected by Muslim members of the Ofsted. They understand the needs and demands of the Muslim children as well as their parents. Twenty leading educationalists and Muslim leaders have questioned Ofsted's impartiality in the Birmingham 'Trojan Horse' affair, education consultant Robin Richardson reflects on the factors behind its controversial recent inspections. What gives OFSTED the right, or indeed any Brits, to preach to minority groups about how they should live their lives. This is a cosmopolitan country, the Muslim community have the right to educate their children how they choose. What has being British got to do with your religious belief? In Britain there are Hindus Sikhs pagans Jewish Buddhists atheist Zoroastrians Rasta's and many more should they all change there religious beliefs because they are British? Studying the Qur'an will certainly help towards these children becoming fully integrated citizens of the UK. Like many Ofsted stories this is no news. There are lots of schools up and down the land without male teachers. Teaching is so female dominated you wonder why pupils are so poorly behaved. After all feminism blames men for everything and here are the results of female dominance... You were doing so well then 'under Ofsted's guidance', you perhaps don't realise that Ofsted is controlled and run by career educationists who agree with any latest trend advocated by an ambitious, not unlike the present incumbent, minister for education. Ofsted inspectors are composed largely of failed teachers who fled the classroom and have found a nice little earner writing up reports on those brave enough to soldier on. Teachers should have 7 years training with regular in service attaining at colleges of education staffed by academics, then given complete control, without political interference from heads, governors and most certainly ministers of education.Michael Gove's disastrous tenure as Secretary of State for Education has united the vast majority of Academics, Educationalists, Head Teachers and Teachers against hi...m like never before in the UK. 'At its May 2013 conference, Gove was criticised by the National Association of Head Teachers, whose members condemned the climate of bullying, fear and intimidation they claimed he had created during his time as Education Secretary. The conference passed a vote of no confidence in his policies.Votes of no confidence were also passed by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers at conference in March 2013, the National Union of Teachers at its conference in April 2013 (unanimously), and the NASUWT.' What gives OFSTED the right, or indeed any Brits, to preach to minority groups about how they should live their lives. This is a cosmopolitan country, the Muslim community have the right to educate their children how they choose. What has being British got to do with your religious belief? In Britain there are Hindus Sikhs pagans Jewish Buddhists atheist Zoroastrians Rasta's and many more should they all change there religious beliefs because they are British? Studying the Qur'an will certainly help towards these children becoming fully integrated citizens of the UK. Ofsted should be an advisory body - full of experts who are able to support and guide schools into a better service for our young people. Instead, figures are massaged, teachers bullied, children get a raw deal and all because there are 'standards' to be reached or else the brown stuff hits the fan. The standards seem to me to be all wrong; my children's first school had a motto 'learning with love and loving to learn'. From what I have seen in primary schools throughout my 20 years (I have just thrown in the towel) is a continual drive to get children to higher standards quicker than ever which tends to overlook the fact that they are children and need time to explore and assimilate their learning. Child-centred learning should be top of the agenda with Ofsted helping to achieve the goals. We get what we pay for and currently we have a system which berates rather than supports.If 8 out of 10 schools are getting good or outstanding why is that not a headline? That would be positive & when the next Pisa comes out & shows no improvement the government would be made to look stupid because the 8 out of 10 schools are good or outstanding is buxxxhit just like much of what Ofsted say. Ofsted are a political tool used to show progress to the electorate & win votes. Their comments, inspections & judgements are utterly, utterly worthless. Wilshaw was just on radio 4 and he seemed to reject the proposal that parents have any responsibility for their children's attitude to learning and behaviour, preferring to point out that Head teachers 'have tremendous powers to set the culture'. This wilful blindness is what has hindered the progress of too many students in mainstream state schools for too long.One of the most remarkable things about this whole through-the-looking-glass "debate" is that the media still treat OFSTED as anything other than a bad joke. OFSTED are corrupt, incompetent, self-serving and redundant parasites. There are plenty of cases which demonstrate that an OFSTED "judgement" has slightly less value than wet toilet paper, and Michael Wilshaw is an oafish buffoon so lacking in intelligence that he finds it absolutely impossible to imagine that there might be any other way of teaching than the one he used himself thirty years ago.Twenty leading educationalists and Muslim leaders have questioned Ofsted's impartiality in the Birmingham 'Trojan Horse' affair, education consultant Robin Richardson reflects on the factors behind its controversial recent inspections.The Trojan Horse story in Birmingham is one in which carelessness, incompetence, coincidence, opportunism, self-interest and sheer wickedness all play significant parts. The dominant narrative began to be public when the security correspondent at the Sunday Times provided on 2 March 2014 some quotations from a document which he claimed had been written by a Muslim in Birmingham for sending to a Muslim in Bradford. It was obvious from the quotations to any reasonable person with time and inclination to think about it that the document was a forgery, a false flag operation. It was not, alas, obvious to journalists in the mainstream media, including to its shame the Guardian.Anti-Muslim hostility advances the electoral prospects of certain political parties and individual politicians, and in consequence narratives about the Trojan Horse affair were affected by campaigning for local and European elections on 22 May 2014, and for the general election in UK in 2015. For example, there are politicians who stress as part of their party's appeal to voters that Britain is a Christian country and that Muslims should accept this and they link this claim to the Trojan Horse affair.And then there are the ambitions of individual politicians. The current secretary of state for education, for example, stands to gain a great deal or to lose a great deal, depending on how the Trojan Horse affair plays out. He could become leader of his party, or alternatively could end up in the political wilderness.Further, there are tensions and disagreements about the role, independence and future of Ofsted, and in relation to the expectations which different interest groups have of Ofsted. These tensions exist within the coalition government, and between the Department for Education and Ofsted, and within Ofsted itself. In common with secretary of state for education, Ofsted stands to gain a great deal or to lose a great deal, depending on how the Trojan Horse affair plays out. Muslim parents and communities rightly want the education received by Muslim children and young people to be improved. In recent years there have been major improvements nationally in the achievement of Pakistani heritage and Bangladeshi heritage pupils, and nationally there is no longer a gap between the achievement of these pupils and the average for all pupils.The Trojan Horse affair must not be allowed to hinder improvements that are urgently needed in educational provision, and in the representation of Muslims in educational policy-making and decision-making.A Birmingham school at the centre of the Trojan Horse investigation spent £50,000 on a taxpayer-funded trip to Saudi Arabia for students and staff. The school had described the Saudi Arabia tours as ''modern foreign languages trips'' with the ''double benefit'' of allowing students to perform Umrah, a religious pilgrimage.Last May 40 students and eight staff travelled to Mecca and Medina. The ten-day visit involved stays at luxury five-star hotels.The 2013 trip to Saudi Arabia had initially won praise from Ofsted in a report last year. Talking about pupil feedback, the report stated: "For pupils who spoke to the inspectors, last year's trip had clearly been a life-changing experience.''But in the new damning Ofsted report, released on Monday, inspectors raised concerns. "Governors have used the academy's budget to subsidise a trip to Saudi Arabia for only Muslim staff and pupils,'' it saidIALondon School of Islamics Trust http://www.londonschoolofislamis.org.uk
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We thought you might be interested to know that in October we are running a free respite break to Eastbourne for older people, with a coach picking up from the Wandsworth area. This break will last 5 days (27th – 31st October) and we will be staying at the Mansion Lions Hotel, by the sea.Our respite breaks are a great opportunity for lonely or isolated older people to spend 5 days in a relaxing and sociable holiday environment where we will put on activities, day trips and workshops throughout the week. You are more likely to be offered a place if you are over 65 and living on a low income.We will pay the costs of our guests food, accommodation, coach travel and entertainment throughout the week. For more information and to apply please go to bit.ly/respitebreaks, call 020 7828 0200 or email Sophie.firstname.lastname@example.org.”
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Subject: Extremism Islamic extremism and Washington’s extremism is not really that different in their goals of domination. I am more concerned about being shot by a cop in my own house than being shot or blown up by a Muslim also. None of 7/7 bombers and British Muslim youths who are in Syria and Iraq are the product of Muslim schools. They are the product of British schooling which is the home of institutional racism with chicken racist native teachers. It is absurd to believe that Muslim schools, Imams and Masajid teach Muslim children anti-Semitic, homophobic and anti-western views. It is dangerously deceptive and misleading to address text books and discuss them out of their historical, cultural and linguistic context. It is not wrong to teach children that Jews are committing the same cruelty in Palestine what German did to them before or during Second World War. It is not wrong to teach children that anti-social behaviour, drinking, drugs, homosexuality, sex before marriage, teenage pregnancies and abortions are western values and Islam is against all such sins. This does not mean that Muslim schools teach children to hate westerners, Jews and homosexuals. The West has never been at ease with Islam since the Crusades. It is unfortunate that huge oil supplies lie under the Arabian Deserts. It is the West that stirred the trouble that led to 9/11. That attack was a desperate act of by men prepared to lose their life. We need to get to grips on who is the terrorist? On 24 November 1963, Lyndon Johnson said, “the battle against communism… must be joined… with strength and determination. Some three million lives were lost in the consequential battles. The US had to pull out due to Public Opinion. Communism lived on. So who was the terrorist? Peoples all over the world are condemning the two attacks by Muslims and fail to condemn tens of attacks on Muslim areas by American forces using drones, etc. Tens of Muslims are being killed in Palestine and other places. Muslims' right to exist has been negated. It needs to be restored to it's original position.Right now the war is on. If you cannot fight at least do not condemn those who are fighting for the cause of Allah. Remember that your words are recorded in your books of account and you might have to read it with fright in your heart on the day of Judgement. In a war mistakes can happen - like a bomb exploded in public where women and children are also present, etc. But the enemy is doing the same. The British establishment is wrong in thinking that Imams are to blame for extremism. Imams are not solution to the problem for extremism. Extremism is nothing to do with Imams. Extremism is not created from abroad, it is coming from within. Britain fails to help Muslim communities feel part of British society. Race trouble is being predicted by the Daily Express, because of an ethnic boom in UK major cities. Muslim communities need imams for the solutions of their needs and demands in their own native languages. Muslim parents would like to see their children well versed in Standard English and to go for higher studies and research to serve humanity. The fact is that majority of Muslim children leave schools with low grades because monolingual teachers are not capable to teach Standard English to bilingual Muslim children. A Muslim is a citizen of this tiny global village. He/she does not want to become notoriously monolingual Brit.Terrorism and sexual grooming is nothing to do with Masajid, Imams and Muslim schools. Those Muslim youths who have been involved in terrorism and sexual grooming are the product of western education system which makes a man stupid, selfish and corrupt. They find themselves cut off from their cultural heritage, literature and poetry. They suffer from identity crises and I blame British schooling.Only less than 10% of Muslim children go to Muslim schools and over 90% go to state schools to be mis-educated AND DE-EDUCATED BY STATE SCHOOLS WITH NON-Muslim TEACHERS. All those Muslim youths who are in Syria and Iraq, are the product of state schools where they could not develop their linguistic, cultural Identities. They find themselves cut off from their cultural heritage and are unable to enjoy the beauty of their literature and poetry. It is an educational issue. It is nothing to do with integration or segregation. The shocking level of targeting of the Muslim community of Birmingham is indicative of the normalisation of the dehumanisation of the Muslims of Britain. Under the pretext of "extremism", criminal undemocratic and unethical abuse of public institutions and the Muslims of the UK can occur without much accountability. This pervasive attitude, especially amongst officials like Michael Gove needs to change. Our schools are truly trying to develop our children to do well at schools so later in life they are able to stand on their own two feet, but if we stop our schools from doing this than our country will have up rise of unemployment, benefit issues, crime levels high, I think its time for you apologize and allow practitioners to do their job right. Muslim children not only need halal meat or Eid Holidays but they need state funded Muslim schools with Muslim teachers as role models during their development period also. There are hundreds of state primary and secondary schools where Muslim pupils are in majority. In my opinion all such schools may be opted out to become Muslim Academies. This means the Muslim children will get a decent education. Muslim schools turned out balanced citizens, more tolerant of others and less likely to succumb to criminality or extremism. Muslim schools give young people confidence in who they are and an understanding of Islamic teaching of tolerance and respect which prepares them for a positive and fulfilling role in society. Muslim schools are attractive to Muslim parents because they have better discipline and teaching Islamic values. Children like discipline, structure and boundaries. Bilingual Muslim children need Bilingual Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods, who understand their needs and demands. There is no place for a non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school. Legally, the state has an obligation to respect the rights of parents to ensure that 'education and teaching(of their children) is in conformity with their own religious and philosophical convictions.' The schools must satisfy the spiritual, moral, social, and cultural needs of Muslim pupils. State schools with non-Muslim monolingual teachers are not in a position to satisfy their needs. A good school is not just a knowledge factory or a conveyor belt for churning out exam passes - it is a community, a family. A community is held together by common values and principles.IALondon School of Islamics Trust
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Posted by: Neil MilkinsDate/Time: 08/07/14 17:50:00Since May 2014 there have been nearly 22,000 hits on youtube of the Sky TV documentary Harold Jones - The Welsh Serial Killer. I am convinced that former Fulham, Puntney and Hammersmith resident Harold Jones was responsible for 8 unsolved murders in the Hammersmith district between 1959 and 1965, which includes 3 at Chiswick. The 45 minute documentary can be accessed via the Internet by googling Harold Jones - killer. Pass the word darlings! If anyone remembers Jones who also used the name Harry Stevens please contact me via the forum or at email@example.com Regards. Neil Milkins. Author of Every Mother's Nightmare - Abertillery in Mourning and Who was Jack the Stripper? The Hammersmith Nudes' Murders.
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Colette Kenny ● 2493d0 Comments ● 2493d
Interesting article on this in the Standard todayhttp://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/rich-chinese-to-snap-up-new-flats-which-will-be-built-on-site-of-brewery-in-wandsworth-9043923.html
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Subject: FGM Vs Chastity Belts Chastity belts were very common during the middle ages in the UK. The key of the belt was always in the pocket of the fathers. At the time of marriage, the key was given the husband. It is just possible that FGM has the same purpose of chastity. FGM has no connection with any religion, it is as prevalent in African Christian communities as those practicing other faiths including tradition African religions. It is primarily a tribal/cultural element, much like ritual scarring etc. FGM is an ancient practice that originates across a plurality of cultures, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and the Arabian peninsula, whether these are Christian, Islamic or animist. It in fact affects only a tiny minority of British Muslims. FGM is nothing to do with Islamic teaching. 'FGM is violence against women and girls. Over 99.9% of British Muslims are not concerned with it. British Establishment should concentrate on the education of Muslim children who have been mis-educated and de-educated by the state schools with non-Muslim teachers. Muslim children need state funded Muslim schools with Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods. There is no place for a non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school. Muslim children attending state secular schools were subjected to an educational environment that pressured them to adopt values that contradicted Islamic values, such as evolution theory, sexual relations outside marriage and drinking alcohol.' " According to UNICEF, the top rates are in Somalia (with 98 percent of women affected), Guinea (96 percent), Djibouti (93 percent), Egypt (91 percent), Eritrea (89 percent), Mali (89 percent), Sierra Leone (88 percent), Sudan (88 percent), Gambia (76 percent), Burkina Faso (76 percent), Ethiopia (74 percent), Mauritania (69 percent), Liberia (66 percent), and Guinea-Bissau (50 percent). Outside Africa FGM occurs in Yemen (23 percent prevalence), among the Kurds in Iraq (giving the country an overall prevalence rate of eight percent), Indonesia and Malaysia. These are the facts and we shouldn't ignore them. For that reason there is probably not too much point in warning all the children in Truro about it, but attack it at the likely sources, which is where there are immigrants from the listed countries.The white man complex is a term that is not discussed much but can be seen nearly in all cultural discussions. This term basically describes the superiority complex that many in this community possess which has deluded them to believe that their culture is superior or that their OPINIONS matter which is far from the truth. Instead of looking at problems within in their own community; Mass exploitation of the poor, mass corruption, paedophilia that is prevalent in schools and churches, entertainment business and even politics they instead focus on other communities and cultures. I suggest seeing as this practice of female circumcision is not so prevalent in the UK that you focus on you own issues and stop talking down on others. I can guarantee that the communities in question care not for your words and for you to stop dictating to everyone how they should live and what they should do.Yeah like your people ever followed the rules of the country which you entered illegally in the past. To this day you still do not follow the rules and customs of nations which you migrate to (Emirates,Qatar, India etc). How about you learn the languages of the nations which you migrate to, follows their rules and customs and then complain when the same is not done in the UK. Like i said before, this talk of female circumcisions has been going on for a very long time, but nothing has changed because the communities which practice it do not listen to a bunch of bigoted people who talk down on Also, as it seems it needs to be pointed out, from a few comments here, I'd like to add that it's quite wrong to see FGM and the circumcision of boys as equivalent. A circumcised boy can, as an adult, enjoy a normal (or even not so normal) sex life. A girl or woman who has been exposed to FGM cannot do that, in the sense that she can never have an orgasm. There is a tremendous difference, and it's a pity that the term "circumcision" is often used where both sexes are concerned -- it's highly misleading.every other culture and custom. Once you realise this you can do more worthwhile things such as stopping your priests from molesting your children.I suggest seeing as this practice of female circumcision is not so prevalent in the UK that you focus on you own issues and stop talking down on others. I can guarantee that the communities in question care not for your words and for you to stop dictating to everyone how they should live and what they should do. Yeah like your people ever followed the rules of the country which you entered illegally in the past. To this day you still do not follow the rules and customs of nations which you migrate to (Emirates,Qatar, India etc). How about you learn the languages of the nations which you migrate to, follows their rules and customs and then complain when the same is not done in the UK. IALondon School of Islamics Trust
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Can I just ask local residents to look out for a 5 door silver, although it looks more pale bronze, 5 door hatchback, reg LD03 CWC which was stolen from our drive on Monday 2/6/2004I'm sure by now it is well out of the local area, but some nasty person/s may have abandoned it locally, as the battery needed replacing.Many Thanks
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Muslim children not only need halal meat or Eid Holidays but they need state funded Muslim schools with Muslim teachers as role models during their development period also. There is no place for a non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school. The schools must satisfy the spiritual, moral, social, and cultural needs of Muslim pupils. State schools with non-Muslim monolingual teachers are not in a position to satisfy their needs. A good school is not just a knowledge factory or a conveyor belt for churning out exam passes - it is a community, a family. A community is held together by common values and principles. It is a common saying that British schooling is upholding British values of integration, respect, tolerance and equality. But all minority groups find British schooling is the home of institutional racism and British teachers are chicken racist. This is one of the many reason why they would like to see their children attending their own schools with their own teachers. Muslim community started setting up school in the 80s and I set up the first Muslim school in 1981 and now there are 180 Muslim schools and only 12 are state funded. Sikh and Hindu communities have set up their own schools. Now Black community is thinking of setting up schools with their own teachers.Western media and politicians have been trying their best to propagate against Muslim schools. Muslim schools are even called Osama bin Laden Academies by a Teaching Union. Only less than 5% of Muslim children attend Muslim schools while more than 95% are in state schools to be mis-educated and de-educated by non-Muslim monolingual teachers. The demand for state funded Muslim schools is in accordance with the law of the land. Muslim community is not asking for any favour. Muslim community pays all sorts of taxes and is less burden on social services. Church leaders say it is no longer "appropriate" for them to run Sacred Heart RC Primary School which has just six Christian pupils. The school in Blackburn, Lancs, could be handed to the nearby Masjid-e-Tauheedul mosque.The Muslim community has been passing through a phase of fourth Crusades. The battleground is the field of education, where the young generation will be educated properly with the Holly Quran in one hand and Sciences in other hand to serve the British society and the world at large. A true Muslim is a citizen of the world, which has become a small global village. We are going to prepare our youth to achieve that objective in the long run. A true Muslim believes in Prophet Moses and the Prophet Jesus and without them one cannot be a Muslim. My suggestion is that in all state, independent and Christian based school special attention should be given to the teaching of Comparative Religion and Islam should be taught by qualified Muslim Teachers to make the children aware the closeness of Islam to Christianity and Judaism which will help them to think about Islam, as “A Pragmatic and Modern Way of Life,” during their life time.Muslim schooling is on the rise in the West. Anti-Muslim attitudes in state schools contribute to its growth. there are 240 to 250 private Islamic schools in the U.S and 188 Muslim schools in the United Kingdom and out of that 12 are state funded. The increasing enrolment in these schools reflects the religion’s growing number of Muslims and the desire of parents to shelter young Muslims from discrimination and discomfort they might encounter at state schools. But Islamic schools, like mosques and other Islamic institutions, can be viewed with distrust and even hostility. Jewish Schools in Israel teach Children about Evolution. They have a curious way of teaching it. They said the Jews were made by god and the Palestinians evolved from apes. On the other hand, Muslim schools teach children that human beings are from Adam and Eve(peace be upon them)The demand for Muslim schools comes from parents who want their children a safe environment with an Islamic ethos. Parents see Muslim schools where children can develop their Islamic Identity where they won't feel stigmatised for being Muslims and they can feel confident about their faith. Muslim schools are working to try to create a bridge between communities. There is a belief among ethnic minority parents that the British schooling does not adequately address their cultural needs. Failing to meet this need could result in feeling resentment among a group who already feel excluded. Setting up Muslim school is a defensive response. State schools with monolingual teachers are not capable to teach English to bilingual Muslim children. Bilingual teachers are needed to teach English to such children along with their mother tongue. According to a number of studies, a child will not learn a second language if his first language is ignored. “A good grasp of one’s mother tongue is an essential base for a child who then has to get to grips with the language of their host country,” reckons Amelia Lambelet of the Fribourg Institute of Multilingualism. Therese Salzmann, an expert in multilingualism at the Swiss Institute of Youth and Media, agrees. “The teaching of mother tongues reinforces self-confidence and gives the child a feeling of security.” She adds that “taking account of a child’s double cultures is a determining factor in their social integration and professional success.”It is absurd to believe that Muslim schools, Imams and Masajid teach Muslim children anti-Semitic, homophobic and anti-western views. It is dangerously deceptive and misleading to address text books and discuss them out of their historical, cultural and linguistic context. It is not wrong to teach children that Jews are committing the same cruelty in Palestine what German did to them before or during Second World War. It is not wrong to teach children that anti-social behaviour, drinking, drugs, homosexuality, sex before marriage, teenage pregnancies and abortions are western values and Islam is against all such sins. This does not mean that Muslim schools teach children to hate westerners, Jews and homosexuals.British society must learn to respect and tolerate those who are different. God has created diverse human beings to live in this tiny global village of one family. Creation by its very nature is diverse with different species, different communities, different cultures and languages. These differences represent the beauty and wonder but diversity is sometimes not fully appreciated, resulting in all sorts of clashes. The British society and Establishment must learn to respect and accommodate others, as if in a family. A report by the Institute for Community Cohesion found that native parents were deserting some schools after finding their children out numbered by pupils from ethnic minorities. Schools in parts of England are becoming increasingly segregated. The study focused on 13 local authorities. Many of the schools and colleges are segregated and this was generally worsening over recent years. This is RACISM because British society is the home of institutional racism. A study by Bristol University reveals that a high level of racial segregation in Oldham schools and tension between communities resulted in recent riots in 2001. The solution is that those schools where Muslim children are majority, may be designated as Muslim community schools. The native parents do not want their children to be educated along with migrant children. As soon as they find that the number of other children are on the increase, they remove their children to those schools where native children are in majority.During colonial days, British did not follow local customs or culture. They didn't exactly "go native". They even forced the native Americans and native Australian to adopt all the evils of their culture and customs. They are still the underdogs of American and Australian societies. At least Australian Prime Minister apologised to the natives for their evil deeds. Brits living in Spain and France don't even bother learning the language of the new adopted country. Frankly suggesting that people don't want to become "British" they should move elsewhere is extremely irritating. Immigrants are in UK because they are needed, it was never an act of charity. Without migration, British economy and society will bleed to death. British culture and customs will undoubtedly change as it has for millennium due to immigration. I am not quite sure why Brits would be worried about that. You better teach your children in your own schools and let migrant communities teach their children according to their needs and demands. British Establishment and society should concentrate on the evils of their own society and stop trying to change the way of life of Muslims. Muslim community does not want to integrate with the British society, indulging in incivility, anti-social behaviour, drug and knife culture, binge drinking, teenage pregnancies and abortion. Prince Charles, while visiting the first grant maintained Muslim school in north London, said that the pupils would be the future ambassadors of Islam. But what about thousands of others, who attend state schools deemed to be "sink schools"? In education, there should be a choice and at present it is denied to the Muslim community. In the late 80s and early 90s, when I floated the idea of Muslim community schools, I was declared a "school hijacker" by an editorial in the Newham Recorder newspaper in east London. This clearly shows that the British media does not believe in choice and diversity in the field of education and has no respect for those who are different. Muslim schools, in spite of meager resources, have excelled to a further extent this year, with couple of schools achieving 100% A-C grades for five or more GCSEs. They beat well resourced state and independent schools in Birmingham and Hackney. Muslim schools are doing better because a majority of the teachers are Muslim. The pupils are not exposed to the pressures of racism, multiculturalism and bullying. There are hundreds of state primary and secondary schools where Muslim pupils are in majority. In my opinion all such schools may be opted out to become Muslim Academies. This mean the Muslim children will get a decent education. Muslim schools turned out balanced citizens, more tolerant of others and less likely to succumb to criminality or extremism. Muslim schools give young people confidence in who they are and an understanding of Islam’s teaching of tolerance and respect which prepares them for a positive and fulfilling role in society. Muslim schools are attractive to Muslim parents because they have better discipline and teaching Islamic values. Children like discipline, structure and boundaries. Bilingual Muslim children need Bilingual Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods, who understand their needs and demands.IALondon School of Islamics Trust
Iftikhar Ahmad ● 2562d6 Comments ● 2534d
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Kirsten Taylor ● 2553d0 Comments ● 2553d
Parent Information Event:‘Managing the Transition into Key Stage 2’Tuesday 20 May, 19:00 – 20:00In September 2014, Wandsworth Prep will enter an exciting phase of continued expansion as we open the doors to our first Year 3 Class. Children experience a number of transitions during their educational career and as a school we recognise the importance of ensuring a smooth transition from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2, both socially and academically. We will be hosting an information evening for any interested parents within our local community whose children are currently in Year 2 either in the maintained or independent sectors. The event will take place at Wandsworth Preparatory School on Tuesday 20 May from 19:00 – 20:00.The information evening will provide parents with an opportunity to:• Learn how WPS will support the transition into Key Stage 2 at Year 3• Learn how WPS will prepare pupils for 11+ and future schools• Meet our Year 3 teacher• See the Year 3 classroom and examples of what our curriculum looks like in practiceTo register your attendance, please contact Fiona Heath on 0208 870 4133 or email@example.com.This event is open to the parents of children who will be joining us in Year 3 in September 2014 as well as other interested parties. If you have any friends who would be interested in attending our information event, please feel welcome to register and bring them along with you.For more information about Year 3 at Wandsworth Prep, please visit:http://www.wandsworthprep.com/school-life/year-3-september-2014/
Amy Hebditch ● 2562d0 Comments ● 2562d
Shaker Aamer is the last British citizen held in Guantanamo. He has never been convicted of a crime and two American presidents have expressed a willingness to let him go but this country won't have him back despite his family living here in Wandsworth. He is now severely ill and legal action is being taken to try and get him freed.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26933512
Mark Evans ● 2591d6 Comments ● 2563d
Can I alert readers to some worrying breaking news? I have just read that the Ukraine crisis has now spread to Wandsworth, with reports of street-fighting in Roehampton and scenes of harrowing devastation in the Tooting Broadway area. Read more at: http://wandswortheye.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/ukraine-crisis-spreads-to-wandsworth.html
Leopold Kingley ● 2566d2 Comments ● 2563d
The following report has appeared in the Evening Standard about Wandsworth's Mayor, Angela Graham's, car parking on zig zag lines outside a school in the borough on a recent visit. http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/wandsworth-mayor-investigated-after-her-car-breaches-safety-rule-by-parking-on-zigzags-9111168.htmlObviously this is indefensible if it actually happened although one thing the article doesn't make clear is whether or not the car was parked there when restrictions actually apply. If you look at the picture with the article carefully you will see that parking is limited only around school drop off and pick up times so it may be her car was parked perfectly legally.
Carmel Cunningham ● 2652d3 Comments ● 2565d
I'm looking for a builder who could do a hip to gable extension and a rear permitted development extension. Anyone know any good ones in the Wandsworth area?
Andrew Thomas ● 2572d1 Comments ● 2569d
An open letter from Putney Society, Wandsworth Society, the Clapham Junction Action Group and Friends of Putney Common has been sent to David Cameron about Wandsworth Council's failures in planning procedure and the development of localism.Too many examples of 'bad practise' in recent years. Hard hitting stuff which you should read.http://cjag.org/2014/04/07/open-letter-concerning-wandsworth-councils-localism-planning-procedure-failure/
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nataliya petrova ● 2586d0 Comments ● 2586d
Earlsfield Business Network Meeting 12th March 2014 is on Wednesday at 18:00Come along in a friendly & relaxed venue and make new business contacts.Everyone welcome Bar 366366 Garratt LaneEarlsfieldSW18 4ESPlease ring Will from Wired & Wonderful on 07957404423 for further info.We look forward to seeing you there !!
Will McKinlay ● 2588d0 Comments ● 2588d
Recently the ONS has published data making it possible to compare the profile of Wandsworth with the UK. A profile shows how many are in each band and a comparison shows which bands are most and least representative. For example the largest age band in Wandsworth is 28 containing 3.25% of the total population. The peak age of the UK is 47 containing 1.47% of the Total. 28 is also the age at which Wandsworth is most overrepresented at 2.42 times the UK and both 68 and 83 are the least represented at 49% of the UK.This data can be visually seen on population pyramids but the principal points are:Age: Wandsworth:UK Ratio0 1.34Between 3 & 4 117 0.60 (minimum)Between 22 & 23 128 2.42 (maximum)Between 42 & 43 168 0.49 (minimum)Over 90 0.55This table leads to my main question on whether Wandsworth Council is efficient as it claims or whether it is profligate based on the demographics, plus the ability, taken to full advantage, to exploit parking. The ages when most people are subsidised from the public purse are when they are being educated, say 4 to 21, and requiring additional health and social care in old age. The intervening years are when we work and subsidise.Clearly Wandsworth having more subsidisers and fewer subsidised has been dealt a good financial hand. Most funding comes from Central Government. If government ignores how good a hand Wandsworth has been dealt and provides funds on say a simple per capita basis then our council is profligate. If on the other hand funding takes full account of demographics and the ability to exploit parking then our council is a paragon of virtue. For those of us that have no idea how government funding works it would be useful to know. Can anyone reading this provide enlightenment please?
Peter Hird ● 2804d3 Comments ● 2591d
Afternoon folks,I've set up a new petition on this, which you can see & support via the link below:http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/safer-people-friendly-streets-for-wandsworth-20mph-is-plenty/For ease, below is the ask, and more background information:We, the undersigned, call on Wandsworth Council to consult residents borough-wide about introducing 20mph as the speed limit on all our residential and local shopping streets.Why is this important?This petition is supported by the following local voluntary groups in Wandsworth: Battersea Society; Putney Society; Wandsworth Cycling Campaign; Wandsworth Society; Wandsworth Environment Forum; Wandsworth Living Streets; Wandsworth Friends of the Earth.The council has been moving on this matter, albeit very slowly. Recent trials in West Putney and the Dover House Estate were strongly supported, and have had positive outcomes in line with the experience across Britain of other local authorities improving their streets in this way. We would like the council to respond more pro-actively in light of the positive local outcome of the initial trials, and the growing demand from people to have safer, more inclusive, quieter and more forgiving streets. Fewer collisions occur when the top speed is 20mph, and those that do are have significantly lower chances of resulting in fatal or serious outcomes. Further details in terms of the evidence gathered to date, and briefing sheets can be seen via the national 20s Plenty for Us website - http://www.20splentyforus.org.uk/
Jon Irwin ● 2746d3 Comments ● 2592d
Muslims say a prayer before they kill an animal. Christians say a prayer before they eat it. I'm not sure why either of these practices should be thought particularly offensive. How on earth does eating a piece of meat or poultry that has been slaughtered with a prayer equate to accepting or supporting a religious practice? Why are you so threatened if a person has said a couple of words in Arabic beforehand? With so much crap going on in the world it's ridiculous (and frankly embarrassing) that this is something of major concern to the extent that it is creating so many headlines. Granted, people should be told if they are eating halal meat, but the vitriolic responses are becoming increasingly disturbing. This is not about food standards, it is not about 'defending' a secular society, it is not about labelling or consumer rights or animal welfare. This is about the fact that some people just don't like Muslims.Slaughterhouses are businesses, they also have "the right to choose" to conduct and practice their business in whichever way they wish in order to maximise their customer base. Pizza Express and other restaurants also have "the right to choose" what their menu consists of, again in order to maximise their customer base. Both halal-compliant slaughterhouses and Pizza Express are doing just that, nothing sinister or malicious or untoward. You have the right as the consumer to choose what you buy/eat, sure, which is why it's important that products are labelled well and that, say, places which use halal meat say that they do. Which Pizza Express was doing anyway. This wasn't a secret, the company are pretty clear about it on their website and if this matters so much to you then surely in order to exercise your "right to choose" as a consumer and decide whether/not to eat there you have to actually go and do some research? If you want to be an engaged consumer you have to actually be an engaged consumer, you can't expect everybody to do it for you, you have to ask. When you buy a chocolate bar, do you expect somebody to rush up to you and say 'BY THE WAY THAT CONTAINS NUTS~!' or do you read the packaging?This is a story about lazy people who couldn't be bothered to act like engaged consumers and are horrified to find out that they were 'unwittingly' being given something they never asked not to be given in the first place. That is all it is. My only concern is mislabeling food. If it is halal - it should be labelled as such. For example, the branches of subway which sell halal meat clearly show it. So, you have a choice - go in and buy halal food or not. In the case of supermarkets selling meat which is actually halal but not clearly labelled, this should change. Just like for a muslim it is important they eat halal eat meat it is important for some people (e.g. Sikhs) that their meat not be ritually slaughtered. In regards to animal welfare its a load of bullcrap. Ask the animal how it feels when it's life is taken. Calling it 'humane' is just nonsense. These type of news articles are purely about inciting hatred - the only ones who don't see it are the ones who truly believe that they have a right to hate on another group of people purely by what they believe. As my son asked "All our tongues are the same colour so why do they hate us daddy?" You guys can eat anything even pigs that roll in their own filth but you wont eat HALAL which is clean meat. You know, the bible also says you shouldn't eat pork as it is 'unclean'.....just saying for all of you stating this is a christian country. Bit of course it's nothing to do with the meat, it's just another excuse to have a pop at Muslims isn't it. I for one am proud to live in a multicultural society and am glad that my child is growing up in one. I would hate for her to grow up as a little Englander with a hateful, narrow view of the world and frightened of anything even remotely different to her. Pork is banned in the christian religion. Read the bible and find out. Stop this vendetta against Halal meat......how many will get an Asian / Indian halal curry after a night Boozing! And as usual I bet the Muslim parents wouldn't have an issue with pork etc as long it was served n cooked separately to the Halal food which would also apply if catering for vegetarians and non vegetarians!! British Muslims have every right to be catered for. They are as British as the rest. I think people are worried in case the ritual prayers are in fact spells which will turn them all into Muslims. This week's row has got nothing all to do with animal welfare. The fuss is about people's fears over the covert Islamification of society. You may or may not agree that concerns are realistic or even legitimate, but food suppliers and others concerned ought not to deny that it is an issue or answer criticisms honestly. I don't think eating halal meat actually turns you into a Muslim. This time it is aimed at Muslims. However assaults on ritual slaughter have a long history in terms of European anti-Semitism. This is just more of the same, prejudice dressed up as concern for animal welfare. Taking lives, foods and shelters of others are cruelty, so, don't take meat, fish and vegetables for food because they have lives. Don't milk animals because they are their babies food. Don't take drinks because they are the abodes of so many living creatures. Don't let mothers do breast-feeding because it harms their beauty.....Just be the champion of saints of mankind! " - Do this words sounds funny? Hope, don't for those champions who are the modern advocates of "RIGHTS". Stunning is unethical. Stunning causes the animal SO much pain. Halal is HUMANE and CARING to the animal. Denmark is a country that SUPPORTS animal cruelty. Science has shown the Halal is peaceful. Science has shown that stunning causes animals PAIN and SUFFERING. Centuries ago people were more natural. Stop perverted GMO and perverted food practices. Islam is the best way of life.Birmingham school says sorry for serving non-Halal meat to Muslim pupils. Council catering staff had wrongly dished up the non-Halal food to Muslim pupils on December 12, but details have only just come to light. On Monday parents received a letter from Craig Jansen, head of the 1,400-pupil secondary school and sixth form, in which he apologised unreservedly for the incident. There are hundreds of state and church schools where Muslim children are in majority. In my opinion, all such schools may be opted out as Muslim Academies so that non-Muslim children could enjoy their own meals in their own schools. IA London School of Islamics Trust
Iftikhar Ahmad ● 2611d0 Comments ● 2611d
Trojan Horse Tahir Alam is allegedly the man behind a blueprint for the ‘Trojan Horse’ plot for the radical ‘Islamisation’ of secular state schools. An alleged plot to takeover some of Britain’s schools by Islamist extremists has been reportedly masterminded by a ringleader who had drafted a guide document on the process, a media report has said. Tahir Alam, chairman of governors at Park View school in Birmingham, is allegedly the man behind a blueprint for the so-called “Trojan Horse” plot for the radical “Islamisation” of secular state schools. He called for “girls [to] be covered except for their hands and faces”, advocated gender segregation in some school activities, and attacked a “multicultural approach” to collective worship, the Sunday Telegraph' reported. In his 72-page document, published by the Muslim Council of Britain in 2007, Tahir Alam and co-author Muhammad Abdul Bari categorically attacked many state schools for not being “receptive of legitimate and reasonable requests made by some Muslim parents and pupils in relation to their faith-based aspirations and concerns”. They described how Muslim governors could be activated to press the “views and aspirations of Muslim parents and the local community” on reluctant schools. Birmingham has a large Muslim population, nearly 22 per cent, according to the 2011 census. The “Trojan Horse” plot had come to light recently and involves the alleged takeover of secular state schools and the removal of secular head teachers in Birmingham by radical Muslim staff and governors. There are more Methodist schools than Muslim schools in England and 33% of English state schools are Christian. There’s been a big kerfuffle over a supposed Muslim influence on six schools in Birmingham, with outlets like the BBC and Telegraph alleging a “Trojan horse” takeover by Muslim parents. But whether you agree with religion in schools or not, the faith that is most clearly represented in Britain’s education system is Christianity. There are more Methodist schools (26 or 0.13%) than Muslim schools in England. Out of the total number of state-funded schools (primary and secondary) in England this is what percentage were Muslim in 2012. Some 0.06% or 12 schools are Muslim faith schools. Out of all UK state-funded schools, 33.61% or 6751 schools are Christian. School segregation: 12% of state schools are split into boys and girls. Charges against the six schools in Birmingham include not teaching the curriculum, inviting radical speakers to talk to the children and gender segregating classrooms – to the detriment of girls. A small, but significant number of traditional British schools are split by gender too. The man accused of being at the centre of the plot, Faisal Khan, has denied the allegations, saying his sole motive was to improve the standards at schools and that he had no wish to “Islamize” British schools. British authorities are now investigating the alleged plot. UK Education Secretary Michael Gove appointed Peter Clarke, former head of Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command, to lead the probe. The appointment of Clarke has faced criticism, with critics saying the move has resulted in rising fears over a possible government crackdown on Muslim communities in the UK. There are concerns that the plan could prevent ordinary Muslims from getting involved in their children’s schooling affairs for fear of being branded extremist. “The idea that MCB document was a Communist or Trotskyite-type plot to takeover all Birmingham/UK schools is laughable. This feeds into a wider 'counter-jihadist' (Breivik, EDL, etc) narrative that Muslims want to "take over". To describe the handbook as 'a document on manipulating teachers and curriculum' or 'a detailed blueprint for the radical "Islamisation" of secular state schools', as Sunday Telegraph says, is an insult to the many thousands of professionals and lay people who have been involved over the last ten years in the massive improvements in the educational achievement of young Muslim people. There is a level of hysteria building which is not justified, we need to take the temperature down and politicians must not play with these issues or else face a potential backlash, possibly in community cohesion." Abdul BariThe whole saga is outrageous, beyond belief and frankly if it was not so serious, it would be comical. The documents on which this whole action is perused is false and as there is no proof of extremism in schools, Mr Gove has made it illegal for Muslims to have conservative views (coming from a minister of conservative government, its comical really). Feel like we are back in the fifties in the USA again. Michael Gove is an avowed Zionist which is not the best way to approach issues like this! Because it can lead greater attacks on Islam. It amazes me that on the basis of an anonymous letter the whole country has been lead to believe that there is an organised plot to somehow take over schools, now allegedly across the length and breadth of Britain! Furthermore the amount of coverage that this has received from the media as being a credible story, to me, suggests the level of Islamophobia in our society has reached alarming and dangerous heights. I would suggest that for the sake of fairness, equality and justice all schools are subject to the same level of scrutiny. For example Christian, C-of-E, Jewish and Hindu, Sikh schools. I believe that this not only a witch hunt but a move to tarnish and undermine the credibility of Muslims in general and the noble teachings of a widely practiced and rapidly growing religion which a people devotedly choose to follow. Islamophobia should be stopped - especially when the racist is a government minister or department. you must share this island with many people, why does it belong to one people? Grammar schools regularly carry out gender segregation, shall we remove those Head teachers too. The horse in question, it is alleged, contained Muslim extremism – brought to state schools by stealth, by governor bodies launching subtle pincer movements, to remove the kind of pesky teachers who might object to the segregation of pupils by sex, or a refusal to stick to the syllabus. How incredibly extremist. Schools where segregation of pupils by sex occur. How different from boy's only Grammar schools and High schools for Girls that exist in predominately Conservative areas. And that exist predominately in the private school sector. It does though surely produce better exam results, as pupils are less influenced by the idea of 'girl's subjects' and 'boy's subjects', and are less likely to be distracted by sex. Allegations of an Islamic takeover plot of Birmingham schools are just the latest in a string of slurs against Muslims. It is not clear what is meant by an "Islamic plot takeover", and whether that is the same thing as saying or hinting that some Muslims might want to get some schools to adopt their particular version of Islamic religious values, behaviours and life-styles. If it is the latter, that would not necessarily be an indication of "terrorism", so I struggle to see the need for 'counter-terrorism' input. It is not terrorism in any way shape or form. It is important to remember this is not about Islam as such but yet another chance to bash people perceived as foreigners. To many Muslim is another word for immigrant and coloured person, two terrible bugbears. Why should an unnamed, undated, unspecific source has effected students, teachers, governors, parents in one swoop. It has serious implications on unfounded accusations for hundreds of people. In no way shape or form is this right, nor should have it EVER happened. Just by a anonymous letter how can you judge the schools and it is bringing such bad vibe to Birmingham schools and local Muslim community we feel like we're targets no matter how hard we try we will never please and move forward from the terrorist labelling. I am disgusted at the way these particular schools and governors were targeted for no reason other than being Muslim. No solid evidence wa available to substantiate these accusations which arose and yet such great weight and focus was attached to them. Morally unjust and utterly unacceptable. The Trojan Horse document was clearly written by someone who knows little about Birmingham and even less about Islam. It has chimed, however, with widespread Islamophobic fantasies and fears amongst non-Muslims, and as a result of unethical reporting in the media has done much damage. On the one hand we get told we are not integrating enough and we should engage more in civic society. On the other, when we do, we get accused of having sinister agendas. Since when do concerns by religiously conservative parents about teaching on homosexuality, girls and boys mixing, and the reciting of prayers, require anti-terrorist experts to get involved? Allegations of an Islamic takeover plot in Birmingham schools aren't justified by the evidence – and the government response is way out of proportion. Perhaps its best to let the Muslim community sort these issues out. These are in effect Muslim schools now. It is up to the Muslim community to see off hard liners (if there are any) otherwise it is their own children's' education that will suffer. I think it would be very difficult for non Muslims to get involved either as governors or management so perhaps that it is one of the reasons for the conflicts that have arisen. It may be best for the Government to but out providing the record of the school is O.K. from an exam point of view. I am so disgusted that even after it was proved there is no factual evidence or basis for that racist and hate filled document, schools in Birmingham are being subjected to this horrific ordeal and the name of many good reputable teachers is being tarnished... Why? Clearly viewable that this accusation has been purposely placed on these schools which surprisingly consists of majority Muslim children. Clearly the school policies are being contradicted by Mr Gove as they clearly state that it is the schools priority and job to meet the needs of the local community and of the students within the school. So if a school is doing that then what is the issue? What is happening feels like the persecution of a religious group. This is important because the wit hunt feeds Islamophobia. As we can see from the bombings and arson attacks on mosques in the UK, Islamophobia is a very dangerous and divisive form of racism. I'm sick of this hatred of Islam and Muslims. Haters, ignorant scum, look for any means to target Muslims, now even in our schools. It's a joke and this has to stop. How hypocritical does a country have to be to illegally invade Muslim countries and then accuse Muslims of terrorism? I am a Muslim. I am an anti-terrorist. I never realised how racist and anti-Islamic this country is until I moved here. These people are here legally and have the right to live how they want to. Just because there are terrorists who use Islam as a doctrine to justify their hateful acts, does NOT mean that every Islam wants to change Britain to Sharia Law, kill the gays and put all women in burkas! These people are being judged and punished for the actions of others that have nothing to do with them, simply because they are of the same religion. Do you judge Germans in the same way because their country committed genocide? Or the Irish if they are from an area where religious conflict was particularly violent? No. Seems like thinly veiled racism to me, not the 'staunch upholding of British rights against religious extremists' as you all seem to espouse. What do people mean when they talk about 'multiculturalism'? If a lot of people come from a foreign country and settle in a particular area they will bring the culture of that country with them. Of course they will want their schools to promote their values. Gender segregation is everywhere in the Muslim world including in EU applicant, Turkey, so either we believe in Britain as multicultural or we don't. You don't get to pick and choose the bits you want. Why not sit down with parents and listen to their concerns, instead of ordering an investigation? Shocked at this terrifying witch hunt against Muslims who are simply trying to raise standards. Its totally unacceptable to create a furore in the country over anonymous accusations with no proof. Because it is a divisive move and will affect community relations. This is the very reason why society does not function properly, this is a deliberate attempt to spread fear amongst communities, as the best way to control a nation is through fear itself. because this is NOT ,,I repeat is NOT an Islamic plot to take over Birmingham, so DO NOT put false information in the media to put Muslims down!!!!! What next.....Muslims taking over hospitals, banks, pubs....come on... Tomorrow, a Pakistani MP would become the PM of GB and this does not mean that the country has become a colony of Pakistan. What's taking place is an absolute disgrace. This whole witch hunt is putting Muslims off from becoming governors at a time when it is need the most. Why should Muslim parents be targeted when all they want at the end of the day is a good all round education for their children. Before Muslims governors came on to the scene all the inner city schools were doing poorly and failing all the children of the school. Muslim parents were criticised for their lack of involvement in their children's schools. Now they are being vilified. It is an absolute disgrace that an ex anti terrorist police office has been brought in to investigate the situation. It stinks of racism and the desire to label all Muslims into the category of extremist and jihadist. What a disgrace by the national and the local government. It's wrong for Gove to be deliberately politicising our Education system. All our children deserve respect and not to be scapegoated. What a total waste of tax payers money and tactical manoeuvre by Michael Gove to divert attention away from the real issues. Gove’s war is designed to destabilise governing bodies where Muslims form a majority. Don't want us to be part of 'big society'? We totally reject the idea that there is Muslim plot to take over Birmingham schools. We abhor the scapegoating of the Muslim community being whipped up by the media. We call for the removal of Peter Clarke as we believe this is a provocative appointment, designed to divide our community. I don't believe that there is an Islamic Plot to take over Birmingham schools. It's a set-up. Anonymous complaints have been used in the past to hound good head teachers of community schools out of their jobs in order to facilitate the creation of academies. This whole story smells of falsification and corruption. I suspect that the people wishing to take over schools are not Islamic extremists, but Academy Chains with business interests. A shamefully irresponsible and sensationalised inquiry whose adverse impact on community relations locally and nationally will sadly be lingering long and far. If British authorities are so concerned about their education institutions being infiltrated by ``extremists'' then I suggest they stop Tony Blair, architect in chief of the illegal and violent 2003 Iraq invasion from speaking at colleges and universities across the UK and the world. His lies and fabrications caused the deaths, directly and indirectly, of thousands of Iraqis, British and Americans. While the survivors of his wars suffer in silence, this former British Prime Minister makes millions through his speaking engagements at educational institutions across the world with little or no sign of remorse for the suffering he caused. Nothing I see in the above articles suggests the British Muslim educators in question did anything illegal, let alone anywhere as remotely destructive as the twice elected British Prime Minister. Britain's interests would be served better if they questioned their own domestic and overseas policies instead of perennially whining on about ``extremist'' from their (mostly) law abiding immigrant communities. There are a total of 21300 Primary and 3900 Secondary schools in the UK. Finding that 6 out of these 25200 had board members who wanted to push their extremist views over the governance of those school is not a Islamic Plot or Trojan Horse to Islamises UK. This is a massive overreaction and the Islamophobia on display in the comments is more terrifying than the actual case itself. Stop the racist witch hunt in Birmingham schools. We Muslims have a right to our religion. I decry everything which denigrates Muslims in this country. The media and governmental attitudes and actions, inflame prejudice and ignorance. We want the best for our children and such baseless witch hunt of school governors does not help the cause of better education. Stop this hate against Muslims. It is not them who are terrorists , but all those who imply they are with the help of media you try bringing others to your side giving false details - twin towers wasn't Muslim either - that was the Americans - you will not win as Islam Will forever grow and prove it is peaceful through the will of God (Allah SWT)... amen. This is undermining confidence in the Muslim community and increasing Islamophobia. This is another example of the media whipping up hysteria against the UK Muslim community. The way our Govt treating British Muslims is as if all Muslims are terrorists unless they prove otherwise. Govt should focus on its job. Governors of this school worked hard to help a failing school achieve outstanding rating from Ofsted. Please fix Ofsted and stop demonising Muslims. Nick Clegg on LBC radio indicated that the DFE is full of right wing ideologues and extremist loons. Islamic schools protect Muslim children from the onslaught of Euro centrism, homosexuality, racism, and secular traditions. All education systems appear to be indoctrination systems. I went to a good private school. Guess how we were 'encouraged' to think about politics! Having a Muslim name in UK is a crime. All UK job application forms have sections ask your race and religions. Most UK employers simply reject your applications just by looking at this section. Native Brits must learn to respect and tolerate those who are different. The needs and demands of the Muslim community are different from those of natives. Muslims are in Britain not to give up their cultural heritage. They must integrate in their new home country, learn new languages and apply for political representation -- without forgetting their cultural heritage. It is important to learn Standard English, but their languages should not be neglected. They need Masajid and grave yards. Muslim children not only need halal meat or Eid Holidays but they need state funded Muslim schools with Muslim teachers as role models during their development period also. There is no place for a non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school. A Muslim is a citizen of this tiny global village. He/she does not want to become notoriously monolingual Brit. The whole world belongs to Muslims. He/she must learn and be well versed in Standard English to follow the National Curriculum and go for higher studies and research to serve humanity. At the same time, he/she must learn and be well versed in Arabic, Urdu and other community languages to keep in touch with their cultural heritage and enjoy the beauty of their literature and poetry. For a Muslim English is an economic language and Arabic is a religious while Urdu and other community languages are their social and emotional languages.Muslim children not only need halal meat or Eid Holidays but they need state funded Muslim schools with Muslim teachers as role models during their development period also. There are hundreds of state primary and secondary schools where Muslim pupils are in majority. In my opinion all such schools may be opted out to become Muslim Academies. This means the Muslim children will get a decent education. Muslim schools turned out balanced citizens, more tolerant of others and less likely to succumb to criminality or extremism. Muslim schools give young people confidence in who they are and an understanding of Islamic teaching of tolerance and respect which prepares them for a positive and fulfilling role in society. Muslim schools are attractive to Muslim parents because they have better discipline and teaching Islamic values. Children like discipline, structure and boundaries. Bilingual Muslim children need Bilingual Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods, who understand their needs and demands. There is no place for a non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school. Legally, the state has an obligation to respect the rights of parents to ensure that 'education and teaching(of their children) is in conformity with their own religious and philosophical convictions.' The schools must satisfy the spiritual, moral, social, and cultural needs of Muslim pupils. State schools with non-Muslim monolingual teachers are not in a position to satisfy their needs. A good school is not just a knowledge factory or a conveyor belt for churning out exam passes - it is a community, a family. A community is held together by common values and principles.IALondon School of Islamics Trust
Iftikhar Ahmad ● 2615d0 Comments ● 2615d
If you have Economy 7 or Economy 10 dual tariff electricity a faulty or incorrectly set time clock can cost you money Up to 3.9 million households across Britain may have paid too much if their meter clocks were faulty.Consumer champion Which? says those with different peak and off peak tariffs, Economy 7 or Economy 10, may have been overcharged for years. Customers on a time-of-use tariff, pay a lower rate for electricity during some hours and a higher rate for others.Customers can be thousands of pounds out of pocket if clocks come on at the wrong time, an investigation has revealed.It is your responsibility to check this, if you suspect that yours may be faulty or set incorrectly you should contact your energy company.
Will McKinlay ● 2633d1 Comments ● 2633d
I am often asked whether it is better to replace an old boiler or to fix it?My answer is that it depends on the age of the boiler and whether it is a condensing (high efficiency) boiler or not.If it is the latter then it will probably have been installed since 2004 and parts should still be readily available, so a repair should definitely be considered.If it is non condensing then I would seriously consider replacing it: depending on the efficiency of your boiler you can save 20% - 30% on your gas bill by upgrading it - that is £2-£3 out of every £10 you spend on gas.....There are some guidelines from the Energy Savings Trust on their website http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Heating-and-hot-water/Replacing-your-boiler.Obviously it comes down to cost, but be aware that throwing good money away on fixing an old boiler with no warranty, that could be contributing to a new boiler with a long w