• Kingston Pupils Need Better Libraries

    By Community Correspondent Vithulan Patkunan As revision time looms over students preparing to take exams next month, a calm place to maximise their learning is hard to find. Especially with distractions appearing in the form of televisions

  • Summer Sunshine Strikes Surrey Suburbs

    By Community Correspondent Enya Jha. At long last, after what seemed like an endless winter packed with snow, rain and storms, sunshine hit Croydon – the closest thing we have seen to summer all year. The start of April was unusually

  • Top Tips for Exams

    That time of year is coming again. For Year 11s across the country, GCSEs are fast approaching. For many these are a cause of worry and stress, with school, homework and revision seeming to pile up, leaving little time for anything else. Furthermore

  • The Life Aquatic with Julia Lohmann

    Using seaweed to decorate their homes is something most people have never considered. Julia Lohmann challenges us to do just that at her Laminarium exhibition, launching at the Stanley Picker Gallery on Wednesday. Committed to sustainable product

  • Prompter secures Derby trial entry

    Prompter, whose sire Motivator gave his owners the Royal Ascot Racing Club an unforgettable Investec Derby triumph in 2005, is among 10 entries for the £30,000 Investec Derby Trial (3.30pm) run at the Ivestec Spring Meeting at Epsom Downs on Wednesday

  • Beefy Botham marches through Sutton

    Cricketing legend Sir Ian Botham continued his latest charity walk today exactly 25 years after his famous first walk from John O’Groats to Land’s End. Beefy’s Forget Me Not Walk is covering 10 towns in 10 days, until April 19, to raise money

  • Joining the prawn sandwich brigade

    The MPs expenses scandal got most right-thinking people pretty angry but, to be honest, it only made me wistful. Expenses, eh? Chance would be a fine thing – lunch with a contact here, a night out on the town there – but, as generous as my wonderful

  • A Parish Council for Mitcham

    A Parish Council for Mitcham I attended recently a meeting to discuss the parlous state of Mitcham Cricket Club’s finances What occurred to me was, that here we have one of the oldest cricket clubs in the world with a superb ground at the heart

  • Muzmo’s the word for helping stroke patients

    A South Norwood artist was inspired by his wife’s devastating stroke to invent a device that helps other sufferers regain movement. Joel Arnstein’s “muzmo” is an electronic device that helps stroke victims repeat exercises to aid paralysed

  • Judo player Hoshal fulfilling golden promise

    Ernest Bevin College pupil Adam Hoshal won gold at the 2010 British Schools Judo National Championships in Sheffield, writes Mark Pickering. At the English Institute of Sports venue Hoshal won the top honour in the U81kg category for years 12-13.

  • Football Mundial six-a-side results

    Football Mundial Feltham & Hampton 6 a Side Football League results for Monday, April 12: Premiership: Real Fetish 3 Spelthorne Saints 1, West London Lions 1 Teddington FC 3, Beercalona 0 Hampton Harriers 1, Feltham Park Rangers 6 FC Royals 1 Championship

  • Meads title hopes dealt a major blow

    Old Meadonians virtually kissed their outside Amateur Football Combination title hopes goodbye with their single goal defeat at Riverside Lands on Saturday. Meads’ former coach, Rory Vermeulen, on temporary touchline duty in the absence of coach Jack

  • Brooking backs Chelsea campaign

    The Football Association have added their support to Chelsea’s groundbreaking Search for an Asian Star initiative. The Soccer Star event will offer six young players aged 8-13 the opportunity to win a weeks trial at the Chelsea Academy, playing

  • Palace release four youngsters

    Four Crystal Palace youngsters have been told they will not be offered professional deals this summer. Second year academy scholars Jack Randall, Joe Goldsmith, Kieran Kenlock and Taurean McDonald-Roberts, who is currently on loan at Croydon Athletic

  • Pedestrian hospitalised after collision in Kingston

    A pedestrian was taken to hospital with head injuries, after a Tuesday morning rush hour collision in Kingston town centre that smashed the windscreen of a black Audi. Commuters helped treat the 45-year-old man while they waited for the emergency

  • Swans catch Tanners on the break to end winning run

    Leatherhead 0 Walton & Hersham 1 Walton & Hersham ended Leatherhead’s run of eight straight Ryman Division One South wins, as the Swans picked up three points with a solitary second-half goal from Michael Charles. Leatherhead dominated the opening

  • Sweet Nothings brings Schnitzler and Bondy to the Rose

    The dark world of Austrian playwright Arthur Schnitzler, who chronicled the decadence and darkness of Vienna at the turn of the twentieth century, has been given a modern twist by the Young Vic whose touring production, Sweet Nothings, runs at

  • Christie relives her Daily Mail nightmare

    When trying to make ends meet as an aspiring stand-up Bridget Christie found herself working on the Daily Mail diary column for five years, and how did she find the experience? The title of her latest show, My Daily Mail Hell, gives a big clue.

  • Anonymous Tip keep their punk political

    Twickenham’s Anonymous Tip have been making a racket on the underground punk scene with their politically conscious music since 2002 and their latest single, The Weirder Brave, follows in a similar vein. Like most Anonymous Tip tunes, The Weirder

  • BREAKING NEWS: Antifascists clash with BNP

    Anarchy has broken out on the doorstep of Croydon’s Lunar House immigration centre as anti-fascist protesters clashed with members of the BNP. The planned BNP demonstration took just minutes to collapse into chaos as 20 hooded and masked members

  • You decide: Putney candidates lock horns in live hustings

    If you live in the Putney constituency and you’re still not sure how to vote in the general election, why not watch your candidates in a live debate? The Wandsworth Guardian is supporting a free hustings at Roehampton University on Wednesday

  • BREAKING NEWS: Firefighters battle blazes in Broad Green

    Firefighters were called to battle two blazes in Broad Green this afternoon. The emergency service responded to a number of calls from concerned citizens seeing plumes of black smoke from as far away as the centre of Croydon. They were

  • All-weather racing at Kempton this evening

    Kempton Park hosts an all-weather flat race meeting tonight (5.40pm). Former champion Jockey Jamie Spencer and former champion apprentice David Probert go head-to-head, while Prince's Trust ambassador Richard Kingscote and successful British Racing

  • The Campaign Trail Begins

    By Community Correspondent William Caruana UK voters will elect the next government on May 6th after Gordon Brown called a General Election last week, but who, if anyone, will you be voting for this time round? The Liberal Democrats have held the Richmond

  • MacDonald urges Bees to keep Cort

    Brentford hotshot Charlie MacDonald reckons pinning strike partner Carl Cort down to a new contract would be a major boost for the League One outfit. Boss Andy Scott has confirmed he is set to open talks with the 32-year-old after the former Newcastle

  • Harrington gets a preview of new-look Wentworth

    Padraig Harrington is to get an an exclusive preview of the new-look West Course at Wentworth tomorrow (Friday), more than a month ahead of this year’s BMW PGA Championship event (20-23 May). In the company of selected Wilson Golf retail customers,

  • Thieves steal catalytic converters

    New Addington residents are fuming after a spate of catalytic converter thefts from parked vehicles hit the area. Police say they have had a number of reports of the thefts over the past couple of weeks, especially around King Henry’s Drive

  • Entrepreneurs offered £50,000 boost by Barclays

    Croydon businesses are being encouraged to return to the entrepreneurial spirit shown before the economic downturn. Research from Barclays shows more than 10,000 new businesses were started in the borough between 2005 and 2007, with 12 per

  • Why the Voter Apathy?

    By Community Correspondent Peter Lidbetter. The Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith is rapidly closing the gap on the current Lib-Dem MP, Susan Kramer, in the battle for the Richmond Park seat, which has only ever been held by a Liberal

  • Richmond win first title for 13 years

    Richmond Women have cantered to the Premiership title for the first time in 13 years after winning their last three games. Tries from Fran Matthews, Alice Richards, Laura Jenkins, Amy Turner and Rebecca Essex saw them beat Wasps 34-10 last

  • Richards to leave Richmond at the end of the season

    Director of rugby Geoff Richards will leave Richmond at the end of the season having decided not to renew his two-year contract with the club. The former Grand Slam winning England women head coach had said his future depended on the Athletic Ground

  • Mitcham schoolgirl set to dazzle

    Local dancers Niamh Rush and Rebecca Almodovar will be among 100 performers aged between 8 – 18 chosen from a recent very competitive audition to perform in a new adaptation and dramatic ballet - Giselle. Rush, who attends Mitcham's St Thomas of Canterbury

  • Gem thief jailed after £221k raid at jewellers

    A jewel thief who daringly stole more than £200,000 of gems has been jailed for five years. Clint Crafton, 35, of Sutton Court, in Brighton Road, broke in to jewellers Ernest Jones between January 14 and 17 this year. First, he forced

  • Injured try machine Broughton may not finish top dog

    London Scottish winger Charlie Broughton fears a season-ending knee injury will see him lose out in the race to be National Division One’s leading try scorer this term. The 24-year-old ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in the opening ten minutes

  • Safo boosts hopes of Moscow place

    Teenager Elliot Safo boosted his chances of representing Britain at next month’s inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Moscow on Sunday. Safo, 16, who competes for Croydon Harriers, produced the performance of the day at Hercules Wimbledon’s annual young

  • Hendron's canoe marathon triumph

    Richmond Canoe Club kayaker Richard Hendron with James King of Army won the 2010 Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Marathon over the Easter Weekend. Overcoming deceptively tough conditions as cold temperatures plummeted on the overnight section

  • Tamil Tiger pensioner gets election go-ahead

    A pensioner has been given the go-ahead to run candidates in the upcoming elections despite his links to a banned terrorist organisation. Nadarajah Balasubramaniam, 69, hopes to persuade people the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are freedom

  • Mrs Emily Kileen (or Emily Killeen), Wimbledon

    I live in Ireland but back in England in 1957 I was born and adopted, and over the course of the last three years have managed to trace my birth mother and find I have three siblings, all of whom are my full brothers and sisters as both my parents

  • Idiots of Ants start Clocktower's summer season

    Edinburgh Festival favourites Idiots of Ants kick off Croydon Clocktower's summer season with their unique sketch show comedy next Wednesday. Andrew Spiers, James Wrighton, Elliott Tiney and Benjamin Wilson have sold out three Edinburgh shows and have

  • Band aim for chart success with ode to Isleworth

    An Isleworth three-piece that count TV stars from Skins and Shameless among their fans are hoping to conquer the charts with an homage to their home town. The Ruskins, also known as Eamon Sukkar, David Bevan and Ricky Johnston, are hoping to

  • Dance meets fashion at festival

    A dance troupe that won a contest to star in an advert for a Hollywood blockbuster is set to appear at the Croydon Fashion Festival. Drawing on the popularity of acts such as Diversity, from the TV show Britain’s Got Talent, this year’s Croydon

  • Beavers chairman optimistic over future

    Hampton & Richmond Borough Chairman Steve McPherson reckons the Beavers would be thinking of the play-offs had it not been for a succession of injuries and suspensions at the start of the season. Goals from in-form Dave Tarpey and Barrie Matthews secured

  • St Mary's launches new sports centres

    Olympic canoeing gold medallist Tim Brabants and Virgin London Marathon race director Dave Bedford will be among the speakers at the formal opening of three new sports centres at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, on Wednesday, April 28. The three

  • Thompson double secures safety for Chipstead

    Chipstead secured their Ryman League Division One South status for another season last night with a 2-1 win over Sittingbourne. Full back Jason Thompson scored both goals against the play-off chasing Brickies, who were playing for the second night in

  • Election, election, what?

    Now that the election has been announced and the politicians have scurried back to their constituencies, the political shape of Britain is in for a big shake up. Will there be a hung parliament? Can Gordon cling onto power? Will the Conservatives regain

  • Woman cyclist injured in Clapham Junction crash

    A cyclist was rushed to hospital on Sunday evening after a collision in Clapham Junction. The woman, in her 20s, sustained head injuries after the accident at 6pm at the junction of Queenstown Road and Lavender Hill. A London Ambulance

  • Jim sets the standard at new parkrun

    There were nearly as many marshals as runners for the Kingston 5km parkrun on Saturday. But there was still a course record on the newest of the national network of parkrun events, held along the Thames Towpath for the fifth time. Wilmslow Running Club

  • Man barred from Pubwatch venues

    A 20-year-old Ashstead man has received a two year ban from all Leatherhead pubs involved in the Pubwatch scheme. Luke Goodge, of Ralliwood Road, was given a six-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £87 in costs. Mr Goodge

  • Brian enjoys a tasty Breakfast!

    Herne Hill Harriers’ Brian Wilder gained a comfortable victory in the Kingston Breakfast 16-mile road race which started and finished in the town centre on Sunday. Wilder clocked one hour, 27 minutes, 24 seconds to finish 50 seconds clear of Thames

  • We must recapture form against Derby

    The quicker we can block the memory of Saturday out of our minds the better. I haven’t seen such a timid display from a Palace side in a very long time. Don’t get me wrong I’ve seen bad performances but never with so little fight.

  • Five escape head-on collision in Battersea

    Five passengers miraculously escaped a head-on collision between two cars in Putney on Monday night. One woman, 25, was trapped in a car for half an hour with spinal and abdominal injuries while fire crews battled to cut her out. Two

  • Surrey team in Sportshall finals

    Surrey’s girls U15 team has qualified for the this Sunday’s National Sportshall Finals in Birmingham on Sunday (April 18). They qualified as the best of the second-placed teams in the regional finals nationwide. Kingston & Polytechnic official Gillian

  • St Mary's students lead the way

    St Mary’s Twickenham students helped Britain to women’s team victory at the World University Cross Country Championships in Kingston, Ontario, Canada on Sunday. Jess Sparke was runner-up in the 5km event in 16 minutes, 41.9 seconds, 12 seconds behind

  • Three marathons in three days for 'boob' pair

    Two runners will run three marathons in three days this month. They'll also be wearing huge rubber boobs! The Daveys are running to raise money for breast cancer research, as both their grandmothers died from the disease. They

  • Sadiq Khan heads up campaign to open playing field

    Residents have launched a campaign to open up a council-owned playing field in Tooting which is only available to those who can pay. Led by Sadiq Khan, who has been Tooting’s MP since 2005, they have demanded the council make Fishponds Playing

  • Quins' Strettle hopes to improve at Sarries

    Harlequins winger David Strettle reckons Saracens could see his best years and he is hoping to give his new employers a taste of what to expect during this weekend’s trip down Wembley Way. The 26-year-old, who scored in Saturday’s 46-11 win over Leeds

  • Molesey's Searle: I could be better than ever

    Molesey Boat Club comeback king Greg Searle reckons he could be in better shape for the London Olympics than when he won gold at the Barcelona Games 18 years ago. The 38-year-old former Hampton School student joined the race for 2012 before

  • OAP charity warns of bogus collectors

    A charity is warning elderly residents to be extra vigilant after a bogus caller posing as an Age Concern employee carried out distraction burglaries. Age Concern Sutton director Marion Harper said there were three incidents reported to Sutton

  • Brentford injury crisis deepens

    Brentford boss Andy Scott fears he could have a starting eleven sitting in the stand for Saturday’s trip to Bristol Rovers. Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny (ankle), Marcus Bean (hamstring) and Karleigh Osborne (dead leg) all limped out of Tuesday’s 2-2

  • BNP candidate revels in Burka shame

    This is the true “face” of British National Party election candidate Charlotte Lewis she would rather you did not see. As she swigs from a bottle of alcopops at a Halloween party, burka clad BNP parliamentary hopeful Miss Lewis reveals her

  • Sutton Council backs our ban on sex ads

    Sutton Council is to ban advertising in publications that carry sex advertisements, as part of a campaign to protect trafficked women. Chief executive Paul Martin confirmed the authority would back the decision to ban adverts for massage parlours

  • Sutton gearing up for Take Part, Take Pride festival

    Residents and businesses are once again gearing up to be part of Sutton Council’s Take Part, Take Pride Summer Festival. There are just over three weeks left to register an event and be included in the printed programme. Groups and individuals

  • Only tree in high street chopped down

    The only tree on a busy Crystal Palace high street has been removed because it posed a danger to residents. The sizeable potted tree near Budgens supermarket in Westow Hill was removed by Lambeth Council because it had become too large for

  • Opposition grows to temporary ice rink plan

    Fierce opposition is growing against plans to construct a temporary ice rink on Streatham Common, that campaigners say could be illegal. Community groups are campaigning against Lambeth Council and Tesco’s proposal to build the Olympic sized

  • Surbiton hotel helps businessman's marathon effort

    A Surbiton hotel hosted a fundraising evening on Saturday, April 10, to help a businessman with his marathon bid. Paul Stevens, who has done most of his six-month training in Richmond Park, was at Bosco Hotel and Lounge for a last-minute fundraising

  • Mother of savaged child calls for change to Dangerous Dog Act

    The traumatised mother of a five-year-old left permanently scarred after he was mauled by a Staffordshire bull terrier in Mitcham is campaigning for the Dangerous Dogs Act to be tightened. Doctors who carried out emergency surgery said reconstructing

  • Famous quote fans can test knowledge for charity

    Fans of famous quotes are getting the chance to test their knowledge in a new charity competition. Epsom Entrepreneur, Anjali Paul is running an online quiz with opportunity to win copy of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations and prize money

  • Safety concerns over street light reduction plan

    Concern has been raised over community safety after it emerged street lights could be switched on later or turned down at night in a green scheme aiming to slash energy bills. Officers from Lambeth Council - which is under huge pressure to

  • Pigeon chicks trapped by railway fencing

    Dozens of pigeons and chicks are starving to death near Wallington train station, after being trapped behind Network Rail fencing. The fencing has been put up against the railway bridge that crosses Wallington High Street (Manor Road) and has

  • Brass bands making music in Tolworth next month

    Kingston’s brass players will come together for a rare chance to show off their skills at a musical showcase in Tolworth next month. Eight bands will take part in the Kingston Borough Bands Tattoo in Tolworth, which aims to give youth marching

  • Tories' mental health 'slurs'

    Conservative leader David Cameron has personally entered into the election battle for Croydon Central by urging constituents not to vote for Andrew Pelling. Mr Cameron has written a personal letter to residents in Croydon Central after Mr Pelling

  • Parent power wins support for new school in Battersea

    Parent power has won initial political consensus on the need for a new secondary school in Battersea, which could be built on the old Bolingbroke Hospital site. The Neighbourhood School Campaign (NSC), believed to be one of the biggest parent