The role of the local high street has chaged over the last ten years - why is this and is it really such a good thing.
Sam Brougham takes a look at two of the most important celebrations of the past month, and puts them head to head. Halloween, or Bonfire Night - who will come out top?
An insight into the annual remembrance ceremony by Tallah Usmani
By Community Correspondent: Hannah Davies An offer to study at one of the most prestigious universities in the world: that’s what will be on the Christmas list of every Oxbridge applicant this year. However, before that moment a gruelling procedure of taking exams, submitting essays and attending interviews must be endured; unfortunately all taking place during the lead-up to Christmas.
The nights of the 5th, and in fact the 6th, 7th and 8th of November were filled with the annual cacophony of noise and rainbow of colours. Yes, it was fireworks night once again. Dogs were locked away in sheds and children gazed up in amazement as Catherine Wheels and Rockets exploded before their eyes.
With the 2012 London olympics looming over the horizon, the plans to close Streatham's 78 year old ice rink should be deemed questionable...
Students at ACS Cobham were cooking up a storm last week as part of a healthy eating workshop hosted by food educationalists Kids Can Cook (KCC).
Residents are being asked to get into the charitable Christmas spirit and take part in the Wimbledon Common Parkrun for charity.
Meet the mischievous meerkats and go nose-to-nose with sharks at Chessington Zoo this winter.
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A cleaner accused of killing her 81-year-old employer has been cleared of her murder today.
The number of violent attacks on staff at the trust which runs Tolworth Hospital decreased last year.
Struggling Sutton & Epsom were unlucky not to get any reward from their best National Three performance of the season against a well-drilled Bracknell side on Saturday.
Sutton & Epsom skipper Steven Munford reckons his squad is 100 per cent confident of National League Three London survival.
Blenheim High School carry out various activities to help raise lots of money for children in need.
A night of festivities got everyone in the mood for Christmas 2009 at the Wimbledon Winter Wonderland event on Thursday 26th November.
The Lawn Tennis Association has announced a £50,000 investment into Thames Ditton Lawn Tennis Club to help install floodlighting over three courts and build a new junior pavilion.
In November local Sixth Forms had the opportunity to visit Dorking Halls and see the Surrey County Council presentation, 'Safe Drive Stay Alive'.
Kingston College is among 10 in England to be awarded the Focus College status by British Colleges Sport and The Football Association.
Every year it’s the same. Nearly all households in the UK get a Christmas tree and decorate it to celebrate Christmas. Some families choose a real tree and others choose an artificial one. There are positives and negatives to both. Real trees smell fresh but most drop their needles. Artificial trees can be used for many years but they do not have the appeal of a real tree. But what about the environmental impact of real trees? Walking around the streets of Sutton you will see the trees blowing around the streets, causing an eyesore. Some may say that it is bad for the environment, chopping down trees to use for a few weeks in the festive season. However there are arguments against this. Most Christmas trees are grown for a purpose. They are grown by special farmers who plant new ones to replace them. Christmas trees also take a long time to grow, so whilst they are growing they are taking in a lot of the worlds CO2 and changing it into oxygen when they photosynthesize. There are even ways to tackle the problem of wasting the trees. There are services where you can rent a tree for a few weeks, as it is in a pot. Then it is taken away again and taken care of for the rest of the year. It is even possible to have the same tree every year!
A graffiti gang has been jailed after causing £270,000 damage to trains - which led to disruption and delays for passengers as carriages had to be taken out of service.
The Environment Agency today warned residents there was a flood watch in force along the River Brent.
By community correspondent Sarah Tully For many many years I didnot realise that I felt much sadder and more miserable during the winter months. Now I know that I have Seasonal Affective Disorder which is recognized medically as a form of depression which effects 2-3 % of people in the UK every winter between September and April and lack of light is one of the main things which causes SAD. At times I felt devastated, suicidal and completely defeated. But I struggled on determined to put something in place which might make everything a bit more bearable.
A man who befriended a vulnerable woman only to assault her and rape her twice has been convicted at Croydon Crown Court.
Around his time of year we remember many of the people who sacrificed their lives in wars around the world, and gave their lives for peace. This is even more poignant this year with the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq being the most deadly. But many people question these wars. Originally it was said that the then Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction that were capable of devastating areas. But when these claims were found out to be untrue many people expected that troops would be withdrawn. This wasn’t the case. Now the government say that the troops are their rebuilding the country of Iraq and trying to defeat the militant group: The Taliban in Afghanistan. Also they claim that by fighting in these countries we are actively stopping terrorism in the U.K. They say that many terror plots have been foiled. Unfortunately, as no-one heard of these attacks (as they didn’t happen) many people find it very difficult to comprehend why the troops are still fighting.
Matt Lucas scored a late try to give Old Wimbledonians victory over league newcomers Fordingbridge in a scrappy game on Saturday, writes Eddie Bell.
Former international pole vaulter Jeff Fenge has died suddenly at the age of 63.
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Striders of Croydon’s men finished fifth in the five-mile Brent Shield race at the South of the Thames inter-club race at Sparrows Den, West Wickham on Saturday.
History-maker Martin Grant insists he has shed the arrogant tag that blighted his early days at new club Walton Casuals, and reckons the Stags will continue to reap the benefits of his new-found humility.
Cobham showed why they are London One South title contenders with a 21-11 win over Wimbledon on Saturday.
New European Superstock 600 champion Gino Rea flies to Hong Kong this weekend to compete in the Asia Road Racing Championship in the Supersport 600s, which is the main class in the series.
A naked cyclist has been exposing himself to women along towpaths next to the River Thames.
Sam Gargan bagged a hat-trick as Sutton United stormed into a play-off position by sweeping aside Wealdstone in impressive fashion on Saturday.
Police are warning owners of high-powered motorbikes to be vigilant following the theft of six vehicles from addresses across Sutton.
I visit 'Realistic Rock!' Academy in Epsom and watch the young musicians rehearse for their performance.
Mike Schmid has told his Esher high-flyers to expect a backlash from struggling Nuneaton at Molesey Road on Saturday.
Molesey struck four goals for the second successive Saturday - and it would have been more but for a man-of-the-match performance by Dorking player-manager Tony Webb, writes Andy Finch.
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Tim Wilkes was Tadworth AC’s first finisher in Saturday’s South of the Thames five-mile cross country race over a hilly woodland course at Sparrow’s Den, West Wickham, which attracted a field of more than 200.
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Old Whitgiftians were held to a 3-3 draw at a Farnham side without a Surrey One victory all season on Saturday, writes Bob Schad.
A film lecturer at the University for the Creative Arts in Epsom is heading to Bangalore to film an earsplitting series of shouting matches for an unusually loud conceptual art film project.