• The London Thames

    By Community Correspondent Joel Nulsen The Thames (Celtic Thamesa: ‘The dark one’) is a surprising resource. It has provided fishing, game, literary inspiration and, on one occasion, the means to evacuate more than 300,000 troops from France. Many

  • Man 'raped in park' speaks out

    A man who claims he was raped in a Morden park early this morning has spoken out about his horrifying experience. Police are investigating the allegation made by the father-of-one who claims he was subjected to a 15-minute attack at knife-point

  • Notre Dame Reaches Out a Helping Hand to Haiti

    When the pupils at Notre Dame School in Cobham heard extracts from a letter, written by Fr. Mervyn Williams SDB, a Salesian priest, about the terrible, horrific earthquake that had happened in Haiti, they wanted to do something to help: “ Please

  • A Child's Choice

    By community correspondent Samuel Hopcroft A level choices. Back in year seven I had such a clear idea of what I wanted to do. I was going to do DT because it was really, really fun and I would have done Maths because I thought I was really

  • Sticking it to Stimson...

    Victory over Gillingham on Saturday could not have tasted much sweeter. As Brentford haven't had a chance to take on either of those twin sons of Satan, Fulham or Queens Park Rangers, in recent seasons we have been left scrabbling around to find a genuine

  • Tanners need just one goal to end Casuals' run

    Corinthian Casuals' recent good form in Ryman Division One South came to a disappointing end in an even contest at Leatherhead's Fetcham Grove on Tuesday night, with Casuals old boy Mark Simmons scoring the only goal to separate the sides.

  • Eden's jazz project

    Singer Kate Eden specialises in interpreting jazz standards and she will be bringing her own touch to some classics at the Bull’s Head next Friday. Eden spoke to Will Gore ahead of the gig. What have you planned for the Bull's Head gig?

  • Johnson sticks with Quins trio for Italy clash

    Harlequins trio Danny Care, Nick Easter and Ugo Monye have retained their places in England's starting XV for round two of the RBS Six Nations against Italy in Rome on Sunday. Team boss Martin Johnson has selected Dan Cole to make his senior international

  • Elmbridge asked what it thinks of its museum

    People have been asked to take part in a survey on what they think of Elmbridge Museum in Weybridge. Questionnaires can be sent to your address by calling 01932 843573, or alternatively, you can fill one in online at

  • In Ayckbourn's Wonderful world

    Alan Ayckbourn is a playwright for whom the word 'prolific' would hardly do justice. Since his debut, The Square Cat, in 1959, he has written no fewer than 73 plays, with the latest My Wonderful Day being staged at Richmond Theatre next week. The

  • Councillors back our blue badge bid

    Councillors, members of the public and disability groups have pledged their support to the Epsom Guardian's campaign to keep the blue badge free. Last week, the Epsom Guardian called for councillors to vote against proposals to charge disabled

  • Richmond trio start for England A in Spain

    England's Katy Storie and Karen Jones will make their international returns when England A take on Spain in Gijon this Sunday (1.30pm GMT). Team Northumbria prop Storie and Worcester number eight Karen Jones, who have 54 caps between them, return from

  • New mane attraction at Deen City Farm

    A new team member has galloped into the riding school at Deen City Farm - after a helping hand from the owners of the Wimbledon Guardian. The school has bought a new horse with cash donated by the Gannett Foundation, a fund set up by the publishers

  • England U20s ring changes for Italian job

    Head coach Mark Mapletoft has made six changes to his England side to face Italy in the second round of the RBS U20 Six Nations at San Dona di Piave on Friday(6pm GMT). Harlequins backs Rory Clegg and Sam Smith join and Tom Homer (London Irish), James

  • Hampton Court deer killed by 'poachers'

    A deer has been shot and killed in Hampton Court in what police believe was a poaching attempt gone wrong. The animal was shot once in the head at point blank range in Home Park some time between 3pm on Sunday and 3pm on Monday. The

  • Tesco call Lambeth Council's bluff over Streatham Hub

    Tesco has spurned an ultimatum to protect the future of Streatham Ice Rink and contribute to the condemned Streatham leisure centre’s £3m repair bill – or see the axe fall on its development agreement with the council. The town hall has

  • Richmond Park Resistance Grows

    By Community Correspondent Nick Coats I have previously written a piece for this paper on the planned parking charges for Richmond Park and discussed the different views on the issue. That was at a time when Margaret Hodge MP had yet to

  • 'Heartbreaking' moment Shaker Aamer saw first photo of son

    Clive Stafford Smith, director of human rights organisation Reprieve, has said he believes Shaker Aamer is being detained in Guantanamo because of what he has witnessed there, not because of his threat to US security. Mr Stafford Smith,

  • Wife of Guantanamo detainee speaks of family's torment

    The wife of Shaker Aamer has spoken for the first time about the "psychotic episodes" she developed after her husband's capture, and explained how his imprisonment has robbed her of a marriage and denied her kids a normal childhood. Mrs

  • Were MI5 agents present at Guantanamo man's torture?

    Secret files that could prove MI5 agents were present during the torture of a British resident held by the US in Guantanamo Bay have been seen by his lawyer, who said "nothing in those documents has changed my mind". Brent Mickum said the

  • Dallaglio: England must build on impressive performance

    What a difference a win makes. Thirty points and three tries against Wales in front of a patriotic crowd and that patch of red on the England jersey suddenly looks all the more rosier. The perfect way to celebrate 100 years of England Rugby at Twickenham

  • Champion Rajiv shows his strength

    Hounslow’s Rajiv Ouseph has taken a leaf out of Andy Murray’s book to become the first player for nearly two decades to win three English Nationals Badminton singles titles in a row. The 22-year-old, currently ranked 24 in the world, beat Carl Baxter

  • Face lift for Wimbledon Chase

    New flower beds and bicycle stands are among the latest arrivals in the streets around Wimbledon Chase Station. Merton Council made the improvements as part of a £2m borough-wide project to upgrade signs, street furniture and trees. Changes to the

  • Liz enjoys new lease of life

    Ranelagh Harriers’ Liz Kipling enjoyed her best Surrey Ladies Cross Country League result, at the age of 36, on Saturday. In the final race of the season, won by Thames Hare & Hounds’ Julia Bleasdale, Kipling finished an impressive fourth

  • Residents oppose mosque on former Feltham dairy site

    Neighbours of the old headquarters of Job’s Dairy have expressed concerns over plans to convert the building into a mosque. Residents were tonight due to argue at a Hounslow Council west area committee meeting against the Ahmadiyyah Muslim

  • West London share the spoils

    LACROSSE: West London, defending the title they won last season, dropped their first points of the Rosebowl Season when they met Premier League side Purley at Lonsdale Road on Sunday. Despite being under constant pressure West London led until a few

  • Warnock calls for hostile atmosphere on Sunday

    Neil Warnock wants Crystal Palace fans to crank up the atmosphere at Selhurst Park this Sunday as the Eagles look to cause another FA Cup upset when they play Aston Villa in the fifth round. Palace won through to the last 16 thanks to Danny Butterfield's

  • Ernest Bevin and Richmond reach finals

    Richmond Volleyball’s U15 boys have earned a place in nexxt month’s national finals after finishing second out of five teams at the regional finals at St Gabriel’s School in Newbury. They beat Danes (Watford) and the hosts 2-0, drew 1-1 with Ernest Bevin

  • Easter helps to launch QBE link-up

    Quins star Nick Easter joined England colleagues Mark Cueto and Toby Flood to help QBE’s launch as the official insurance partner of England Rugby. The four year deal will bring advertising, hospitality and business development opportunities

  • Scott can't speak highly enough of skipper

    In a week where the issue of captaincy in football has dominated the media, Brentford manager Andy Scott found time to praise his in-form skipper Kevin O’Connor, calling him an inspiration, not only to the players, but to the community. O’Connor played

  • 'Oscar-worthy' parking con ends in court fine

    Slow and laboured, this pensioner rests on her walking stick – every bit matching her claim she cannot walk 25 metres without stopping or experiencing severe discomfort. But far from being in poor health, Zebunishia Gani is putting in a performance

  • Wilson thanks Welsh fans

    London Welsh coach Danny Wilson has hailed the spirit at Old Deer Park as the Exiles continue to battle against their financial woes. Targeted with raising £500,000 in order to get the Dragons through the remainder of the season, a combination of investors

  • Haiti benefit gig cancelled

    A concert aimed at raising money for the people of Haiti scheduled for next Friday has been cancelled. Eliza Doolittle, The Foals, The Boxer Rebellion and New Young Pony Club were all due to play at Clapham Grand in a night organised by Action Against

  • Palace FT advert was a bad idea

    Vintage football club, 105,000 miles, many careless owners, bodywork in need of attention, roof owned by third party, interior worn but a good little runner, MOT until May, fitted with sought after Neil Warnock optional extra, financial constraints force

  • PWC deny Selhurst Park deal

    PricewaterhouseCoopers has denied reports Lloyds Bank is set to take over the ownership of Selhurst Park. The bank is said to be taking control of Crystal Palace's ground in payment for debts they are still owed by Paul Kemsley's Rock Investment Holdings

  • Rising star Reece at the Rose

    After months of build-up, A Midsummer Night’s Dream has finally opened at the Rose and, understandably, it is Judi Dench, who stars in the production as Titania, who has grabbed all the headlines. Yet there is far more to this home-grown production than

  • Talking heads at cornerHOUSE

    In the latest play at the cornerHOUSE none of the actors speak.  What’s going on inside their heads, however, speaks volumes.  People, Watching is set in a generic waiting room where the only words spoken are by the receptionist as she calls the next

  • Soul band Strut their stuff in Kingston

    New soul band Bambus City Strut are playing their first gig of the year at Kingston’s Grey Horse on February 17. The band’s songwriter and lead vocalist, Sasha Patterson, took some time out from managing the seven-piece to talk to Claire Fox.

  • Recession-beating event planned for Kingston

    People struggling during the economic downturn are invited to a special event next week, to get information about services to help beat the recession from agencies in Kingston. The Kingston Recession Recovery Group, which includes the Citizens

  • Husband broke down over affair, court heard

    Peter Ling’s wife told how her husband broke down two weeks before their wedding anniversary as he confessed his affair with a teacher. Mr Ling, 50, a gardener from Wallington, is accused of murdering Coulsdon’s Lynda Casey in Banstead Woods

  • Selhurst Park 'safe' despite Crystal Palace administration

    The future of Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park stadium is safe despite the club’s financial crisis, Croydon Council has pledged. Fans have long feared the ground could be bought by developers and demolished to make way for more a profitable housing

  • Suspended jail term for drunk train guard

    A railway guard who downed half a bottle of vodka while on duty and failed to let passengers off the train admitted putting lives at risk, a court heard. Patrick Coyne, from Morden, was so drunk he was incapable of operating the doors on the

  • Building work nearly complete on £44m care home project

    The finishing touches are being made to a pair of state-of-the-art care homes as part of a £44m project. Building work on the Addington Heights and Langley Oaks resource centres is close to completion, with residents due to move in during the

  • Sheep-gate: Three lambs die after theft

    A flock of distressed and underfed lambs have been found dumped in Kingston, after they were snatched from a north Hampshire farm. Thieves stole 59 two-week old lambs, which are so young they cannot be eaten or hand fed, from three sheep pens

  • War hero grandma honoured 70 years after WWII ends

    A grandmother who was sworn to secrecy for her work decoding enemy messages during World War II has just received a war medal. Accountant Gwen Churcher, from Caldbeck Avenue, Worcester Park, was only 17 years old when she was selected to go

  • City worker to walk from Liverpool to Chiswick for charity

    One man is giving packed commuter trains the cold shoulder by walking from his office in the centre of London back to Chiswick. But the long walk pales in comparison with the 200-mile trek Scott Cargill, 37, will be taking on to raise money

  • Croydon College students sign for top London football clubs

    Students from Croydon College will be signing for top London football teams thanks to a groundbreaking business deal with six of the capital’s clubs. A total of 60 new coaching jobs are being created for 16 to 24-year-olds at sides including

  • Plans to cut council tax in Merton

    Council tax is due to be cut for the first time in more than a decade with a 1.4 per cent reduction recommended to Merton’s cabinet. About £1 a month will be shaved off band D tax rates at an overall cost to the local authority of £1.1m. Council

  • Walton bikes get safe and secure

    People can get their bikes made safe and secure at an event in Walton on Saturday, February 13. After the revelation last month that in the past year bike thefts had gone up by 60 per cent, the Elmbridge Community Partnership decided it was

  • 'Re-open the case', says man acquitted of Demko murder

    An Ashtead football coach cleared of a former public schoolboy’s murder has broken his silence one year on from his dramatic acquittal to ask police to re-open the case. Michael Jordan, 26, from Ashtead, was found not guilty of 25-year-old Matthew