• Hook up for Marie Curie fun day

    Shiver me timbers! Swashbuckling pirates took over Crystal Palace's training ground this week. The young bucaneers were promoting a Marie Curie Cancer Care event. The charity wants people to dress up for its International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September

  • Bats’ new homes

    Youngsters in Elmbridge had a fabulous time making their own bat-boxes to attract these creatures of the night into their gardens. The children, aged seven to nine, used real woodworking tools as they learnt more about the mysterious creatures during

  • Man jailed after club glassing

    A man who walked into a Croydon bar and glassed a customer in the neck in an unprovoked attack has been jailed for three and a half years. Steven Smyth, 39, of Streatham, was handed the sentence for grievous bodily harm when he appeared at Croydon Crown

  • Knife attack on tram sees two people hurt

    A teenage girl and an elderly man were allegedly stabbed with a kitchen knife in a broad daylight attack on a Croydon tram last week. Officers from the British Transport Police were called to the tram stop close to Wellesley Court Road in Croydon town

  • Slim figures down south

    While many up north are piling on the pounds, a new survey shows the svelte people of Elmbridge are among the slimmest in the country. A recently published report on body-mass index (BMI) by Dr Foster Intelligence and the Information Centre for Health

  • Celebrating age in Merton

    Celebrating Age, Merton's fourth annual festival for the over-50s, starts this week with a busy programme of activities for the more mature leisure consumer. Starting on Saturday, September 9, this collection of events has been organised by Age Concern

  • Haydon is a Womble!

    Watch out kids - there is a new Womble in town! Haydon is AFC Wimbledon's new official mascot and has been wombling around Kings-meadow since making his debut in last week's game against Boreham Wood. The name Haydon was chosen by author Elizabeth

  • Is Iain up to challenge?

    Following my recent letter in the Sutton Guardian (Tough on crime' but scared of a pensioner, May 25). I wrote to police commissioner Sir Iain Blair asking him to accompany me on a walk around Sutton to meet some of the pensioners who live in the borough

  • Help tracing my family tree

    I am seeking information about long lost relatives who lived in the Cheam and Worcester Park area in a quest to complete my family tree. My uncle Ken McMullen, and his wife, who I think was called Kath, lived around 1937 to 1940 at two addresses in Boscombe

  • Nurture spark or we’ll lose it

    I groaned at the laughable double standards regarding the removal of live rock bands from the High Street. Mr Rogers must suffer from a highly selective form of deafness, hearing only young people playing electric guitars. Whenever I walk down the High

  • Value for money irrelevant

    With reference to Councillor John Drage's letter in your August 17 issue (Following own advice about checking facts) I found it interesting to note that the average council tax increase for the past eight years for Liberal Democrat-run local authorities

  • Talent needs room to grow

    Only a few weeks ago one of the best musicians in this country that lived in the borough died. I refer to Don Lusher, jazz and session musician and first trombone with the great Ted Heath orchestra for many years and to whom the Sutton Guardian recently

  • Give ourselves some credit for our green credentials

    Sutton is well known for being the greenest borough in London, with pioneering initiatives like the BedZED development, the Ecology Centre and, on a more mundane level, a council that actually gets financial rebates instead of landfill levy. In fact

  • Hercules end year on high

    Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club's Southern Women's League team ended their season at Reading on a high note. Fielding their largest-ever team, Hercules scored their highest number of points for many years. Teenager Emily Martin gained an individual

  • Keep civic planning in mind

    Having read Richard Lyons article (Planners hands tied by legislation, August 10) may I be allowed to comment on the statement by Graham Willins with respect to his views on why Worcester Park is sadly in decline. His statement that the council has no

  • Why did council blow £1,000 on artwork?

    It appears that Councillor Drage (Following own advice about checking facts, August 17) would rather attack an opposition councillor than concentrate on giving readers the full facts about the current state of finances within the borough. For instance

  • Epsom A&E not closing

    From October we will be changing the way we work at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust. I would like to take this opportunity to explain what this will mean for patients as there seems to be a considerable amount of misunderstanding of

  • Unbeaten Dons mix and match

    AFC Wimbledon boss Dave Anderson abandoned his 3-5-2 formation for the first time this season to register only the club's second win of the campaign on Saturday. The Wombles manager adopted a 4-4-2 line-up on Saturday, which saw Brentford loan signing

  • Winning start in World Cup

    Richmond's women got off to a winning start at the IRB Rugby World Cup in Canada as they helped both England and Scotland to two rounds of victories. Second rows Jenny Lyne and Jenny Sutton and flanker Shannon Baker were part of the England teams who

  • Final stand is all important

    A remarkable last-wicket stand on 67 denied Dulwich victory on the final day of the cricket season - but they did enough to preserve their Shepherd Neame Surrey Championship status. But they took just one point thanks to the efforts of Stuart Hampton

  • Hooray for flood plan

    The anti-flood plans to deepen the Thames will be received locally with shouts of welcome. For it was round here that we bore the brunt of the 2003 floods, and every winter there has been the fear of reoccurrence. It is notable that the plans come from

  • Goverment is wrong on ‘menace’ threat families

    The recent BBC interview with Tony Blair marks a new low in Labour's thinking. For the PM to suggest it was possible to spot the families whose circumstances made it likely their children would grow up to be a "menace to society" is the nanny state taken

  • Day centres are a vital asset to our elderly

    My complaint to the Ombudsman concerning the Tory Councillors' decision to close the Stanwell and Benwell Elderly Day Service Centres has done well to reach Stage Three, the semi-final. But of necessity, it has had to be on procedural grounds. The Ombudsman

  • Stanwell will rise again

    I have read with interest the letter "Day Centre closure appeal - stage three" by Comrade Harold Trace, who is the New Labour Party information officer, as we all know. He is not a Stanwell resident and has not been elected to represent Stanwell and

  • Dickson takes plaudits after cup victory

    Dulwich Hamlet manager Wayne Burnett was not overdoing the celebrations after his side made it through to the first qualifying round of the FA Cup with a 3-0 win at home to Three Bridges. The result was welcome after Dulwich's slow start to their Ryman