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Vessel that braved Atlantic storms to win charity challenge to be auctioned off

Your Local Guardian: Will North and Dan Howie with their beloved Blue Steel

7:40am Monday 21st April 2014

Blue Steel, the trusty vessel that carried a pair of rowers through brutal storms 3,000 miles across the Atlantic to glory, will be sold off for charity.

Marathon runners do Merton proud

Your Local Guardian: Caitriona Doohan

7:30am Monday 21st April 2014

An investment banker and a primary school teacher both completed their first London Marathon last weekend.

Opera singer who excelled as Carmen dies

Your Local Guardian: Opera singer who excelled as Carmen dies

6:00am Monday 21st April 2014

International opera star Ann Howard has died at the age of 79, writes Jon Sharman.

103-year-old reveals secret to long life

Your Local Guardian: 103-year-old reveals secret to long life

6:00am Monday 21st April 2014

A great-grandmother who turned 103 this week has revealed her secret to long life - not taking medication.

New finance boss at Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group

Your Local Guardian: HIV charity Herts Aid welcomes legalisation of home testing kits

5:00am Monday 21st April 2014

A new finance boss has taken over the reins at Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group.

Is it the end of the story for charitable Hampton bookshop?

Your Local Guardian: Writing on the wall? Support this bookshop

4:00am Monday 21st April 2014

It might be the final chapter for a Hampton book shop amid fears the store will have to close due to falling trade.

Richmond Roman Catholic church pianist going on a solo mission

Your Local Guardian: Maestro: Carl Bahoshy

3:00am Monday 21st April 2014

A member of a Richmond Roman Catholic church will hold a series of solo piano and organ recitals across the UK to raise money for charity.

Pizza Express launches initiative with Landmark Arts Centre

Your Local Guardian: An evening with: Mari Wilson

2:00am Monday 21st April 2014

Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington is launching its partnership with Pizza Express Music with An Evening with Mari Wilson.

Firefighters called to Chessington gas cylinder blaze

Your Local Guardian: False alarm for fire services

4:44pm Sunday 20th April 2014

Four fire crews were called to a shed fire involving a gas cylinder.

Big band to jazz up Epsom Playhouse

Your Local Guardian: The Big Band Show will be coming to the Epsom Playhouse for one night only

10:00am Sunday 20th April 2014

A jazz musician whose father played with Frank Sinatra will be bringing his big band’s show to town for one night only.

Birthday boy completes marathon for sister

Your Local Guardian: Nat and his sister Aimee

7:50am Sunday 20th April 2014

A loving brother dedicated his 24th birthday to running the marathon in aid of a charity that is helping fight a rare disease afflicting his sister.

An Easter message of love and new life

Your Local Guardian: The Bishop of Kingston Richard Cheetham

7:30am Sunday 20th April 2014

Last week I visited a remarkable charity called Chapter 1, together with Bishop Paul Hendricks from the Roman Catholic Church.

Scarecrow, tinman and lion join Dorothy for possibly the cutest production of Wizard of Oz

Your Local Guardian: Is this the cutest ever cast to play classic story

7:20am Sunday 20th April 2014

There’s no place like St Luke’s Community Hall for children in Wandsworth.

Easter message from Crystal Palace chaplain Chris Roe

Your Local Guardian: Chris Roe

6:00am Sunday 20th April 2014

Happy Easter to everyone!

Seven out of 10 happy with care at St Helier

Your Local Guardian: St Helier Hospital

6:00am Sunday 20th April 2014

Seven out of ten patients at St Helier Hospital are happy with the care they receive.

Kind-hearted Carshalton man's Easter egg giveaway triggers random acts of kindness all over the UK

Your Local Guardian: Some of the 500 eggs that have been given away around Sutton

6:00am Sunday 20th April 2014

A generous Carshalton man's plan to give away hundreds of Easter eggs is taking the nation by storm.

Mum about town with Angellica Bell: My son setting the world to rights with a snail in the sun

Your Local Guardian: Mum about town with Angellica Bell: I've become an over-excited mother

5:00am Sunday 20th April 2014

Not only when the sun decides to put his hat on does it affect the general mood and clothing attire of the nation, but it also means there is more scope for activities when you have children. Now I’m not just talking about trips to the beach or even the zoo, but simply hanging out in the garden.

Unsung hero: Rotary member doing his bit against worldwide disease

Your Local Guardian: Unsung hero: Rotary member doing his bit against worldwide disease

5:00am Sunday 20th April 2014

A long-serving Kingston Rotary club member is this week’s Unsung Hero.

Premiership star Steve Sidwell visits entrepreneurial students

Your Local Guardian: Steve Sidwell visited Blenheim High School, in Longmead Road, Epsom

5:00am Sunday 20th April 2014

A film created by young entrepreneurs will be shown on Sky Sports after they presented it to Premiership football star Steve Sidwell.

Youngsters are off to the races for bet365 Jump Finale

Your Local Guardian: Raceday: The winners' enclosure Credit: Louise Pollard

3:00am Sunday 20th April 2014

Sandown Park racecourse in Esher will host a Kids Love the Races roadshow alongside the bet365 Jump Finale at the weekend.

Legendary Les Dennis talks theatre and 'uh-uh' ahead of Richmond Theatre appearance

Your Local Guardian: Les is more: It's not just gameshows for this star

3:00am Sunday 20th April 2014

Les Dennis admits some people can be surprised when they realise he can act as well as present game shows.

Items unearthed at Turner's house on display at Twickenham Museum

Your Local Guardian: Event: JMW Turner's home

3:00am Sunday 20th April 2014

Twickenham Museum is showcasing items found by students from Orleans Park School during a dig at Sandycombe Lodge, the country home of acclaimed landscape artist JMW Turner.

Statue theft leaves reverend agog

Your Local Guardian: Unimpressed: The Reverand Chris Scott beside a post that a statue was stolen from on Saturday

2:00am Sunday 20th April 2014

A reverend has been left dumbfounded after a statue donated by a church-goer was swiped from outside the chapel.

Award-winning crime writer to speak at Ewell Library

Your Local Guardian: Denise Mina will be speaking at Ewell Library in Bourne Hall

10:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

The award-winning crime writer of the Field of Blood and the Garnethill trilogy is giving a talk on her work.

Medieval abbey celebrates 900th anniversary with art exhibition

Your Local Guardian: Medieval abbey celebrates 900th anniversary with art exhibition

8:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

Merton Priory is hosting an exhibition displaying eight artist’s works that has been inspired by the theme of ‘Rivers and Relics’.

Britain's first underwater rugby team set to compete abroad

Your Local Guardian: The Putney-based team will be the first UK team to perform abroad

7:20am Saturday 19th April 2014

An underwater rugby team are gearing up for their first international tournament.

Q&A with Avenue Q stars ahead of their show in Croydon this summer

Your Local Guardian: The Avenue Q Cast

7:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

A host of fuzzy friends will be visiting Croydon this summer but it is unlikely they will be on their best behaviour, writes Andy Bloss.

Farmer dissociates himself from cemetery plan

Your Local Guardian: The design for a war memorial as part of cemetery plans

6:10am Saturday 19th April 2014

A farmer whose pigs, miniature ponies and sheep could be kicked off land to make way for a cemetery, is keen to dissociate himself from the plan.

Snapper donates picture to St Helier Hospital after the original was stolen from a ward wall

Your Local Guardian: Mr Christian hands the new picture to St Helier's head of patient experience Shirley Edghill

6:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

An amateur photographer has donated an inspiring picture to St Helier hospital to replace one that was stolen.

First supper club women recreate Da Vinci's iconic painting in time for Easter

Your Local Guardian: First supper club women recreate Da Vinci's iconic painting in time for Easter

5:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

The Last Supper was an all-male affair but, two thousand years later, things are changing.

Des O'Connor talks about his career ahead of a trip to the Rose Theatre

Your Local Guardian: Picture by Ken McKay

4:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

A show business legend comes to Kingston with Des O’Connor’s performance at the Rose Theatre, writes David Gazet.

Richmond Chamber of Commerce has events coming up

Your Local Guardian: Anne Newton: Chamber chief executive

3:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

Richmond Chamber of Commerce continues its busy schedule next week.

Sex shop retains licence despite Richmond Council rules

Your Local Guardian: Private Shop: Still selling its wares

2:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

A sex shop in Richmond will continue trading after its licence was renewed, despite the council’s no sex establishment policy.

Curfew for teen who swiped cash from football club

Your Local Guardian: McKellar was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court

2:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

A teenager who swiped cash from Hampton Football Club has been given a curfew.

PICTURES: Crucifixion re-enacted in Croydon

Your Local Guardian: The reenactment of the crucifixion in Croydon today

6:44pm Friday 18th April 2014

Hundreds of people gathered in Croydon town centre today to witness a re-enactment of the Crucifixion of Jesus.

Hospice and funeral service to encourage conversation on death

Your Local Guardian: Poppy Mardall, of Poppy's Funerals

11:50am Friday 18th April 2014

Planning ahead for a funeral is a topic people prefer to avoid, but the event ‘You Only Die Once’ is hoping to break the taboo surrounding the subject.

Avoid becoming an 'A&Easter'

Your Local Guardian: Epsom Hospital where visitors saw an operation taking place last week

11:00am Friday 18th April 2014

Epsom and St Helier hospitals are advising DIY devotees on how to avoid becoming an ‘A&Easter’.

Hit the lights: Riverside Kingston illuminated for opening night

Your Local Guardian: Stilts performer Desiree Kongerod lights up the official opening of the Riverside Kingston development. Photo: Jon Sharman

10:01am Friday 18th April 2014

The £30m development has four new restaurants already open, with a fifth to be up and running in June.

Teen masters ADHD with magic

Your Local Guardian: Frank Roome will feature in the 100 Londoners film

7:30am Friday 18th April 2014

A teenager with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Dyslexia has found himself in the spotlight after featuring in the London-wide documentary, 1000 Londoners.

Kingston Council deny CCTV cars which have raised £2.7m are 'prowling for easy targets'

Your Local Guardian: Kingston Council deny CCTV cars which have raised £2.7m are 'prowling for easy targets'

7:00am Friday 18th April 2014

Kingston Council’s infamous CCTV enforcement cars are a source of annoyance for many residents.

Surbiton company designs background for Mo Farah waxwork

Your Local Guardian: Olympian Mo Farah with his waxwork

6:00am Friday 18th April 2014

The backdrop for Madame Tussauds’ latest offering – Olympian Mo Farah – was designed by a Surbiton company.

Businesses raise charity money with Great British Bake Off

Your Local Guardian: Dawn Hartwell with the judges

6:00am Friday 18th April 2014

A publishing company held a charity cake sale to raise funds for the Diamond Riding Centre for Disabled Riders.

Parking boss who oversaw bumper profits axed to save council money

Your Local Guardian: Parking boss who oversaw bumper profits axed to save council money

5:00am Friday 18th April 2014

The man who oversaw a bumper year for parking fines in the borough has been let go as part of a cost-cutting scheme.

'Desperate' - homeless couple with six-month son old break into empty council flat to try and claim squatters' rights

Your Local Guardian: 'Desperate' - homeless couple with six-month son old break into empty council flat to try and claim squatters' rights

5:00am Friday 18th April 2014

A family with a six-month old baby say they resorted to squatting in an empty one-bedroom Tolworth council flat out of desperation after spotting it was empty, write Nazia Dewji and David Gazet.

Benefits cheat busted after stealing £70k

Your Local Guardian: JAILED: David Young, 23, used his ex-girlfriend's accounts to buy himself takeaway food, mobile phone top-ups and accessories, and shoes and clothing.

3:00am Friday 18th April 2014

A woman from Richmond received a year's suspended sentence after being found guilty of benefit fraud.

Footy fan fined after admitting ban breach

Your Local Guardian: Keston oil trader faces jail over multimillion fraud

3:00am Friday 18th April 2014

A football fan who breached his banning order was forced to cough up more than £200 after appearing in court this week.

Heart shopping centre hosts Easter kids' workshop tomorrow

Your Local Guardian: Easter excitement: Head to the Heart

3:00am Friday 18th April 2014

Children can create their own egg cups and make Charlie and the Chocolate Factory sweets at a Kids’ Club Workshop held at the Heart Shopping Centre tomorrow.

Blues bonanza at Barnes' Bull's Head tonight

Your Local Guardian: Blues brothers: Paul Lamb and Chad Strentz

2:00am Friday 18th April 2014

For the chance to catch two of Britain’s most respected blues players this bank holiday weekend, head down to the Bull’s Head in Barnes.

People wasting time queuing for "disastrous" recycling centre

Your Local Guardian: Oh dear: Teething problems are causing long queues

2:00am Friday 18th April 2014

Users of a newly renovated recycling centre think it is a load of rubbish.

Dancing horses delight at Hampton Court Palace

Your Local Guardian: Neigh bad: Roland Heiss, Brahim Brinkhaus, Arne Koets, Maruis Schneider, Janna Behrens and Wolfgang Krischke

2:00am Friday 18th April 2014

A troop of horses put on their dancing hooves when they performed a routine at Hampton Court Palace this week.



London News

Man stabbed in south London street (link)

BBC London 11:47am Sun 20 Apr 14

A man is recovering in hospital after being stabbed in a fight between a group of men in south London.

Amateur photographer takes stunning snap of St Luke's Church in Bromley Common (link)

News Shopper 9:33am Mon 21 Apr 14

An amateur photographer took this stunning shot of St Luke's Church near Bromley Common on Saturday.

Youth programme helps teenagers in schools (link)

Haringey Independent 8:30am Mon 21 Apr 14

Young people in Haringey are being helped by a youth programme to help them get into education, employment or…

Scooter club collects cash for children (link)

Guardian Series (Chingford, Epping, Wanstead and Waltham Forest) 2:45pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Hundreds raised for Haven House Hospice.

Five star award for Enfield hairdressers (link)

Enfield Independent 8:00am Mon 21 Apr 14

An Enfield hairdressers has recently been given a five star rating by a salon guide.

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