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  • Bellydancing women help celebrate age festival

    Older women shimmied for Wimbledon shoppers to mark the launch of Merton’s annual Celebrating Age Festival. An hour of entertainment at Centre Court shopping centre on June 4 included tap, line and belly dancing - as well as Tamil and Filipino folk

  • Missing grandmother story set to appear on TV

    The plight of a family who’s grandmother disappeared without trace will feature on a new television series later this month. Missing Mums, to be broadcast on June 26 on Sky Real Lives, will tell the story of Annette Francis-Chridi who disappeared from

  • Police hunt for flasher

    Police are appealing for help in tracing this man, who is wanted in connection with a number of indecent exposure incidents. The man, believed to be aged between his mid 20s and 30s, exposed himself in the Nantes Close and Harbut Road area

  • The best bits of yesterday's Palace press conference

    Here's the best bits from yesterday's Crystal Palace press conference, where George Burley was announced as manager with Dougie Freedman as his assistant and Steve Parish and Martin Long made their first appearance as co-chairman. Steve Parish: “

  • Former MP turns down knighthood

    Streatham's former MP, Keith Hill, has turned down an offer to be knighted, saying he would find the title "rather embarassing." Mr Hill, who stepped down as the area's MP after 18 years before the last general election, said although he was honoured

  • Tough little tot nominated for Champions award

    A tough little toddler bravely battling leukaemia has been nominated as a child of courage in this year’s Croydon Champions awards. Two-year-old Nevaeh Green was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (All) on New Year’s eve. Since

  • Mature student's dedication recognised with award

    Croydon College’s best learner has won an award. Student Marie Manzeka was presented the Best Learner Award for her achievements at a ceremony at the House of Lords on May 20. Lord Graham Tope hosted the annual ceremony, which celebrates

  • Ram Surrey Cricket League results

    Ram Surrey Cricket League results, June 12 Premier Division: Battersea Ironsides 128 lost to Old Thorntonians 132-3 by seven wickets, Old Thorntonians A 102 lost to John Fisher 106-2 by eight wickets, Economicals 222 beat Osterley 119 by 103 runs,

  • Wimbledon's Hutchins out to break British cycle at SW19

    Wimbledon doubles star Ross Hutchins reckons he can put a run of first round defeats behind him to recapture the form that put in world’s top 30 this time last year. The 25-year-old will team up with Australia’s Jordan Kerr in the men’s doubles

  • Ashtead FC join the party on England Football Day

    This is the first of a series of regular articles from the Surrey County Football Association, as part of their aim to connect with the audience. This issue is written by work placement media officer Sam Perkins. The beautiful game now sees the

  • Happy Father's Day

    Happy Father’s Day You’re the best! Love you very much Love Dan, Becky, and Luke Pearcey

  • Glynn Clayton

    Happy 1st Fathers Day You are a wonderful loving, supportive great hands on Dad Love Emilio and Daniella XX

  • Long Ditton kids raise £1,115 for Landirani Trust

    Children from Long Ditton Infant and Nursery School in Ditton Hill Road have raised more than £1,000 to help vulnerable people In Malawi. On Wednesday, June 16, a cheque of £1,115 was presented to charity the Landirani Trust by some of the pupils,

  • Game news: Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

    Everyone's favourite female archaeologist will be making a return this summer in Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, a new isometric cooperative adventure that developers, Crystal Dynamics, have promised will deliver instant, intense action and bite-sized

  • Cinema Chatter: The Karate Kid reviewed

    Misty-eyed trips to the cinema seem to be all the rage these days if you are a 30-something movie-goer, as Hollywood turns its attentions to the 1980s for its latest plundering of the filmic back catalogue. With the A-Team on the way next

  • West Molesey woman charged over eight-month-old baby's death

    A 19-year-old woman has been charged in relation to the death of an eight-month-old baby in West Molesey last December. Shannan Woods, who lives in Pool Close, West Molesey, was charged today (June 18) with causing or allowing the death of a child under

  • Hutchins has chance of SW19 progress

    Wimbledon's Ross Hutchins and doubles partner Jordan Kerr have been a golden opportunity to reach the second round of the Wimbledon men's doubles at the All England Club next week. The pair, who are in the middle of a depressing run of first round defeats

  • Alexander excited by the new era at Palace

    Chief executive Phil Alexander cannot wait for the new era at Crystal Palace to get going. The 47-year-old has worked for the Eagles for 14 years so has already experienced the club under three different chairman, Ron Noades, Mark Goldberg and Simon

  • Age Concern Kingston sends out stairlift warning

    Age Concern Kingston has warned elderly people not to hand cash to companies selling stair lifts, after an 85-year-old man gave £2,625 in cash to a salesman but had still not had the device installed weeks later. A salesman called the Kingston pensioner

  • England defeat takes gloss off Smith's heroics

    Epsom rugby player Sam Smith has admitted his World Cup U20s semi-final try would have been one to savour had it meant England reached the final. The 20-year-old Harlequins academy star scored his first of the tournament, but watched a succession of

  • Freedman: I won't be registering as a Palace player

    Dougie Freedman will not be dusting off his boots and playing for Crystal Palace again. The former Eagles striker was yesterday named as assistant manager to fellow Scot George Burley, having performed the same role under Paul Hart at the end

  • Keeper in Roos rally

    Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer has called on the senior members of the Australia squad to provide a calming influence as they look to recover from their 4-0 defeat to Germany in their opening World Cup clash. The Socceroos face Ghana tomorrow in a must-win

  • Blade cuts through the opposition to win in two disciplines

    Talented all-rounder Blade Ashby gained two individual wins competing for Wandsworth in the annual London Schools track and field championships at Battersea Park on Saturday. Ashby, 16, who goes to Salesian College, Battersea, took the intermediate

  • Give dad a personal valet this Fathers Day

    Open since summer 2009, The Valet is already established as THE place to head to in the Borough for classic men's grooming and barber services. Discerning males and even the odd celebrity are regulars at this upscale grooming emporium, which offers

  • Mighty Mo in perfect shape for Norway challenge

    Twickenham’s Mo Farah warmed up for this weekend’s European team championships in Bergen, Norway, by winning the European Cup 10,000m title in Marseille in dominating fashion. Farah, who had clocked an impressive 27:44 to win the Bupa London 10,000m

  • Wyld ready for double test

    Leatherhead Swimming Club’s Katherine Wyld admits she is banking on one month of stress leading to five of calm as the switch from part-time student to full-time swimmer begins in earnest. The 24-year-old is looking forward to a bumper summer, having

  • Esher flyer Isabel wins county title

    Esher College student Isabel Brinsden was one of three record-breakers in the annual Surrey track and field championships at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday. Brinsden was one of only two runners in the senior girls’ 3,000m and won by more than a minute

  • Cobham man gets on his bike to highlight diabetes fight

    A 78-year-old man from Cobham has modelled for a photography exhibition cataloguing the different lives of diabetes sufferers. Gordon Mills, who has type one diabetes, took part in the A Portrait of Diabetes exhibition, posing on his beloved 1960 Triumph

  • Woods held to losing draw

    Woodmansterne first XI 159–9 v Old Tiffinians first XI 191–9 declared Woods can consider themselves disappointed with a losing Fullers League Division Two draw after a much-improved start to the season. Batting first, Old Tiffs posted 191–9 declared

  • Ill East Molesey man lifted by MBE

    An East Molesey man seriously ill with cancer has had his spirits lifted with news he has been made an MBE. Jonathan Horne, 70, who lives in Matham Road, has been rewarded for his services to English ceramics in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.

  • Burley sets out his plan for Crystal Palace

    George Burley has laid out his plans for Crystal Palace after being named their new manager yesterday, with backroom staff and new players top of his list. The Scot, who signed a two-year deal, has just two weeks until his squad returns for pre-season

  • Mel South and Laura Robson learn Wimbledon fate

    New Malden's Mel South and Wimbledon's Laura Robson have both received tough ties after the draw for the First Round at SW19 was made this morning. Robson will face world number four Jelena Jankovic, while South has been drawn against world number 69

  • UK first for Sutton's deaf

    Deaf people will be able to sign with council workers through live webcams in a UK first. Residents will get instant answers to queries, without having to make an appointment, under the Significan’t UK system. Deputy council leader councillor

  • Sarah's variety show

    From Appalachian folk songs to early English music, Sarah McQuaid is an artist who is unafraid of traversing genres in search of musical inspiration and she will be showcasing her eclectic repertoire in a concert at Thames Ditton’s Ram Folk Club

  • Vegas comes to Kingston...

    For two nights only next week, the legendary Sands nightclub will be alive and swinging in the heart of Kingston as one of Frank Sinatra’s most famous live albums is brought to life on the Rose Theatre stage. Since making the Stars in their

  • A class chorus

    The first Kew Music Festival starts tomorrow and one of the picks of the festival programme will be a performance of Verdi’s La Traviata at St Anne’s Church on Wednesday at 6.30pm, writes Will Gore. The performance is being staged by Garden Opera in

  • Couple injured in Tolworth Broadway attack

    A man and woman were injured in a terrifying and unprovoked attack at a bus stop in Tolworth Broadway in the early hours of Saturday, June 12. They were assaulted by as many as 15 people, aged between 18 and 25, and the woman, 55, was taken to Kingston

  • Learn coaching techniques from one of the best

    Great Britain Deaf boss Chris McGinn will be passing on his years of coaching experience in an FA level one course at NPL Sports Club in Teddington starting later this month. McGinn learned his trade from some of football’s biggest names, including

  • Concerts to make a splash at pool

    The line-up for this year’s Hampton Pool Summer Picnic Concerts series has been announced with 10cc, Elkie Brooks and The Lightning Seeds all set to perform at the intimate outdoor venue, writes Chloe Brett. 10cc will open the run of concerts

  • Group takes to the tills for community project

    A group of students packed other people's bags to get moving on a community project. Members of the Prince’s Trust Team Programme, a personal development programme for unemployed 16-25 year olds, set out to redecorate the communal lounge and kitchen

  • Rhymetime at Surbiton library

    Surbiton library marked National Bookstart Day with a special rhymetime session last week. Bookstart day, on Friday, June 11, celebrated a programme run by charity Booktrust, which gives a gift of free books to all babies, toddlers and pre-school children

  • Welcome back Nicky...

    You can forget Robert Green’s howler, Spain’s shock defeat to Switzerland and the Jabulani controversy – the big news to rock the football world this week is that super striker Nicky Forster is back at Griffin Park. Just over 13 years since the Cockney

  • An Unexpected success

    The Unexpected Items scored a YouTube hit earlier this year with one of their skits, Gap Yah, which has been watched by 1.7m people to date. The six-member sketch group are now building on that success with dates at Glastonbury and the Edinburgh Festival

  • Catch Surrey v Kent at the Oval before cheering on England

    Surrey Lions play Kent Spitfires today at the Brit Insurance Oval - and what better way for sport fans to warm up ahead of England’s next World Cup match against Algeria tonight? The start time of the Twenty20 derby clash has been brought forward to

  • Fire at Wallington home for vulnerable people

    Three people were rescued by firefighters from the roof of a home for vulnerable people after two fires at the property in the same night. A further five people were rescued from inside the home on Maldon Road, Wallington, after thick smoke

  • Week 2: Ricky Finding his feet

    This week I have properly found my feet. I do not get lost around the zoo anymore and have mastered the animal inventory. I have made time to get to know each of the keepers on my sections - cats and hoof stock - and have spent a morning working with

  • Rosslyn Park legend Andy Ripley passes away

    Everyone at Rosslyn Park is devastated at the news that Andy Ripley has finally lost his brave battle against cancer just four weeks after receiving his OBE for services to sport. Andy was a rugby legend; a superstar before the era of superstars – and

  • Try for Smith but England's hopes ended by Australia

    England U20 16 Australia U20 28 A try from Harlequins wing Sam Smith was not enough to save England's bid for the IRB Junior World Championship title after they fell short in the semi-finals against a classy Australia side in Rosario. Smith grabbed

  • Community rallies for fire-hit Sutton nursery

    The community has rallied round to offer its support after a children's nursery lost its premises in a fire at Sutton Common Park last week. Teresa Fox made an appeal in last week's Sutton Guardian to find new premises for her nursery after

  • Jet-set Scott ready for Pim talks over Bees switch

    Boss Andy Scott expects to have to make a last minute dash to the Continent if he wants to add Dutchman Pim Balkestein to his squad on a permanent basis. The 23-year-old centre back, released by Ipswich Town last week, enjoyed two impressive loan spells

  • Hospice revamp to go ahead

    A £500,000 grant to refurbish St Raphael's hospice has been granted. The Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander announced the news in Parliament yesterday. The money will fund refurbishment in the patient bathrooms, nurse stations

  • Kingston Hospital says "thank you" for breast milk donations

    Kingston Hospital has received unprecedented interest from people wanting to donate to their breast milk bank. The high levels of interest came about after an appeal was made last week for donations to help provide food for the premature and ill babies

  • Clapham students battle to exhibit at the Saatchi Gallery

    Seven Streatham and Clapham High School students have beaten off competition from 1,600 other participants to make the final 100 shortlist of Young Brits at Art, a national art award for 11 – 19 year olds. Eleanor Catlin, Anna Dark, Isobel Napier, Tilda

  • Children get green fingers at Oliver House Preparatory School

    Children at Oliver House Preparatory School got creative this term making their own summertime gardens with their families. The Oliver House in Bloom competition saw entries with jungle, Japanese and mermaid themes - judged by Sandra Hartley and Dee

  • Special parking permits during Wimbledon Championships

    Southfield residents have received special parking permits that can be used by friends and relatives who visit them during the Wimbledon tennis championships. The permits are designed to be used by friends, relatives, carers and other visitors

  • Kind, funny teacher is kid's champion

    An outstanding primary school teacher has been nominated as teacher of the year for this year’s Croydon Champions. Emma Baker, from Addiscombe, received the nomination for her constant hard work at St John’s C of E Primary School in Shirley

  • Man pleaded guilty to making false benefit claims

    An Epsom man pleaded guilty to claiming benefits while working as a minicab driver. Bouraoui Ben Akili, 49, of Rosebank, Epsom, pleaded guilty at Redhill Magistrates Court on June 7 to three offences of dishonesty which resulted in him fraudulently

  • Milkmen deliver cash for cancer charity

    Dairy Crest staff and customers in Epsom have rallied round to raise more than £6,000 for charity. Since the firm chose cancer group Macmillan as its charity partner, a range of events, including car washes to fitness challenges, have raised a

  • Council 'not in this for popularity' as swingeing cuts loom

    Croydon Council is preparing to slash its spending by almost a third as it struggles to deal with the fallout from the recession. Almost £70m is expected to be cut from council services through “tough decisions that will not be universally

  • Cheerleaders to help warm up charity runners

    Women taking part in the Epsom Race For Life next week are set for a pleasing diversion to prepare them for the trek - or to ease them down after their exertions. Organisers have confirmed that the NIVEA male cheerleaders will be on-hand to help