• Unions angry after two schools get academy status

    Two more Wandsworth secondary schools have announced they are to become academies, despite opposition from teachers and unions. Next month Balham's Chesnut Grove School and Tooting's Graveney School will gain academy status and will be funded

  • England hockey players ready to face old enemies

    One Wimbledon and three Surbiton players are taking part in a prestigeous international tournamernt at Largs in Scotland this weekend for England and Scotland, with Germany and Spain the other two competing nations. But Wimbledon's Rob Moore and Surbiton's

  • Canada through to another Churchill Cup final

    Canada booked their place in a second successive Churchill Cup final with a five-try victory over Russia at Esher tonight. Kieran Crowley’s men followed up their opening day 26-12 victory over Italy A with a workman like five-try display against the

  • Race of discovery for the Rosses

    Dave Ross finished seventh male overall in the challenging Dartmoor Discovery Ultra 32 Miles event in four hours, 25m 44s with his partner Melanie managing 6.6:21. At the Dorking 10 miles event Luis Gomes, from Sutton Runners, finished an excelent

  • Mark Sampson

    Mark Sampson: I have been trying to find my cousin who lives in England. His parents were Pat & Ray Sampson who have passed away. Last address Mullfield Lane Poppleton North Yorkshire yo26 6ne. Hoping you can help me find my cousin Mark Sampson

  • Surrey school kids to compete in P&G athletic finals

    Surrey school kids will get a chance to compete in the P&G Surrey School Games athletics finals this weekend. More than 700 young athletes will take part in track and field events at Kingsmeadow Athletics Centre, in Kingston Road, Kingston,

  • Staines announce Wycombe friendly

    Staines Town have announced a home friendly with Wycombe Wanderers as part of their pre-season schedule. The Swans still hope to arrange a couple more high-profile home games, one of them possibly on Saturday, July 2. They have also to schedule

  • Quins loanee Mitchell recalled by Warrington

    Harlequins RL head coach Rob Powell has named his 19-man squad for the game against the Hull FC at the KC Stadium this Sunday (kick off) 3pm. Lee Mitchell has returned to Warrington but Powell hopes to see him back at The Stoop. “Unfortunately Lee

  • Twomey and Yarde in line for England U20 debut

    England U20 have named their side to face Ireland in the opening Pool C match of the 2011 Junior World Championship in Treviso, Italy (KO 5.10pm UK time, live on Sky Sports). Head Coach Rob Hunter has picked the same starting XV that beat Ireland

  • Mills leaves as part of Brentford restructure

    Andrew Mills is stepping down as Brentford's chief executive officer. As part of a wider restructure at the football club, Mills has decided to leave after three years with the Bees, with his last day on Sunday. He said: "As plans for the restructure

  • Rosler unveiled by Brentford

    Uwe Rosler has fulfilled a long-standing ambition to manage in England after being named Brentford manager this afternoon. The 42-year-old German, best known in England for his four-year playing spell with Manchester City in the mid-1990s, has signed

  • Ks the subject of new documentary

    Kingstonian are planning a club night extravaganza next week to celebrate the premier of a documentary film about the club. Kingsmeadow, a half-hour documentary about Ks, is being given a preview screening at a supporters’ club night at the club’s Ethelred

  • Hamburg off the menu for GB rowers

    Molesey Boat Club’s rowers have been forced to pull out of the second round of the Rowing World Cup next week, due to fears about the dangers posed by the E coli outbreak in Germany, writes Martin Cross. Great Britain announced their withdrawal

  • Quins announce pre-season friendlies

    Harlequins have announced four pre-season friendlies. Tickets for the home games will be priced £10 (U21s £5) and can be bought on 08715 271315. Meanwhile, Amlin Challenge Cup winners Quins say season ticket holders are 24 per cent up on the same stage

  • Chico misses out in qualifier

    Leatherhead goalkeeper Chico Ramos did not feature for Cape Verde Islands last Friday as they lost their African Cup of Nations qualifier 1-0 to Liberia. Ramos was called up for a training camp before the game for the first time but was not included

  • Tanner's farewell to Beavers

    Left-back Craig Tanner has stepped down from the Hampton & Richmond squad due to work commitments. Tanner, made skipper by previous boss Alan Devonshire last season, told the club’s supporters’ forum his new job as as a teacher would get in

  • Richmond youngsters are splash hits

    Richmond claimed a big haul of rowing and kayaking medals at the Thames Water London Youth Games Regatta at the London Regatta Centre and Royal Victoria Docks in Newham on Saturday. They won seven individual medals to retain the rowing team prize they

  • Family guys win at Ham

    Clarita enjoyed a dramatic 6-5 win over Health Care International at Ham Polo Club last Sunday. Health Care, from Fifield Polo Club, impressed in the wet conditions, but could not halt Clarita’s winning streak. Clarita, a family team, featuring daughter

  • Part of road closed off after 'hole' appears

    Part of Victoria Road in Surbiton has been closed off after a hole appeared in the pavement. A spokesman for Kingston Council said: "A hole has formed in the surface of Victoria Road, Surbiton at the junction with Brighton Road, uncovering

  • Man jailed for almost killing friend in drunken argument

    A man has been caged for six years for stabbing his friend during a violent row so hard the blade snapped off in his chest. Brian Lyon, 32, attacked Darren Cheyne at 2am on October 28 in Croydon after an alcoholic binge. The fight broke

  • Family fun day runs full steam ahead

    Families are being invited to jump aboard a steam train-inspired fun day. The event at the Elmbridge Museum in Weybridge on Saturday, June 12, will celebrate the introduction of steam travel to the borough in the 19th century. During

  • Chertsey's promotion to Ryman League confirmed

    Chertsey Town have been told by the FA that they will take their place in the Southern League next season after Guildford City withdrew their arbitration appeal. The Curfews finished last season in second place, but champions City were denied promotion

  • Walton Casuals mourn club president

    Walton Casuals have announced the death of club president and founding member Bob Mott. The 79-year-old, who passed away in his sleep in the early hours of last Tuesday, was one of the original members of the club in 1948, playing an active part in the

  • Pupils get education off to a racing start

    Students put their learning to practice during a day out at the races. Pupils from Glyn Technology School in Epsom and Kings International College in Camberley took part in the Racing to School Programme at Sandown Park in Esher on Friday,

  • Doctor stabbed by hospital patient

    A doctor was stabbed by a patient in a secure hospital ward yesterday. The female consultant psychiatrist, 33, was attacked with a hair clip by the 46-year-old patient while working on Rose Ward at Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton, at 10am

  • BREAKING NEWS: Occult-sex paedo jailed

    A gravedigger has been jailed for 11 years for raping and sexually assualting young girls in a churchyard. William "Bill" Lambert, 74, preyed on four vulnerable girls, aged 11 to 15, after he lured them to an informal youth club he ran at St

  • Rail chaos after attempt to steal signal cables

    Train travellers were forced wait for up to four hours in carriages last night after someone tried to steal signalling cables. Network Rail said that 60 trains coming out of London passing through Clapham Junction were stuck outside Woking

  • Royal Russell headmaster retires

    The Headmaster of Royal Russell School is retiring after fifteen years running the school. Dr John Jennings has overseen the construction of a new library, sports hall and a new performing arts centre. He was appointed to the Headmasters

  • GB hockey team show off their pecs appeal

    Rob Moore and the rest of the Great Britain hockey team chose a rather novel way to highlight their sport this week - by going topless in a national newspaper. The GB lads, which included Surbiton's Richard Alexander, did the flesh-filled photos

  • Quins boss excited by Heineken Cup draw

    Harlequins may have been given a tough pool draw in the Heineken Cup but the challenge is one Conor O'Shea is relishing. Quins were drawn in pool six alongside last season's semi-finalists and the most decorated team in the competition's history,

  • Onslow-Cole wants wins after rejoining Team Aon

    Tom Onslow-Cole is targeting race wins after making a sensational return to former employers Team Aon. The 24-year-old New Malden driver left Aon at the end of last season and has been driving for minnows AMD Milltek in the opening four rounds

  • Hamlin pleased to remain at Kingstonian

    Dean Hamlin has committed his future to Kingstonian and could not be happier. The defender is one of six first-team players to have signed on for next season, joining top scorer Bobby Traynor, goalkeeper and player of the season Rob Tolfrey and fellow

  • 'Service will break down'

    A breakdown recovery truck driver is spearheading a campaign to protect the “fourth emergency service” from changes to the low emission zone (LEZ). Phil Elliott, who runs PPE Recovery in Elmwood Close, Wallington, has warned Transport for London

  • David Lloyd hosts nutrition awareness week

    Raynes Park’s leading health, sports and leisure operator David Lloyd Leisure is running its first ever Nutrition Awareness Week from June 13-18, with a programme of fun and educational events, offers and activities for its members. The programme,

  • Bhest comes to Sandown Park Racecourse

    Kings International College and Glyn Technology School will be ‘adding up’ with a difference on Friday 10th June as 35 pupils will head to Sandown Park Racecourse to take part in the Racing to School programme, an initiative devised and developed by The

  • Dogs trapped in house fire

    Two dogs were trapped in a house fire after their owners went out leaving a chip pan on their stove. Firefighters rescued the border collie and weimaraner dogs from the house in Beddington Lane at about 7.45pm last night. A neighbour

  • Single traffic camera nets TfL £676k in three years

    Motorists have handed over more than half a million pounds worth of traffic fines because of a single camera in Colliers Wood. The camera, which catches out drivers who stop in the middle of a yellow box in Christchurch Road, next to the derelict

  • Game review: LA Noire - Playstation 3

    Possibly my most anticipated game of 2011, LA Noire is the latest effort published by Rockstar - the same guys responsible for the seminal Grand Theft Auto series and last year's old western smash, Red Dead Redemption. With Rockstar having already

  • Hospital agrees to pay compensation after maternity blunder

    A baby was dangerously starved of oxygen at Kingston Hospital after mistakes were made in his delivery, the High Court has heard. Nicola Ricket’s son Alexander, now five, will need 24-hour-care for the rest of his life after being born with

  • Cabinet roadshows to begin this month

    The council’s cabinet road shows are due to begin this month. Residents will have the chance to talk to cabinet members and senior council officers about issues they are facing. The road shows have replaced the neighbourhood partnership

  • HND Information Evening at Carshalton College

    Carshalton College has introduced a new course for September 2011 with the Higher National Diploma in Advanced Practice in Work with Children and Families (Education). If you are currently working in early years or a school-based setting with children

  • The Wonders of Iceland

    Recently I visited the icy but truly spectacular Iceland. It was an amazing experience and I had never encountered such a distinctive and amazing country. Despite it being well-known for its many volcanic eruptions, the sights and views are magnificent

  • Killer accused over Lillian Groves death pleads guilty

    The driver charged with killing schoolgirl Lillian Groves has pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving. John Page, 35, also admitted to driving without insurance at Croydon Crown Court yesterday morning. The 14-year-old was

  • Bridge Banter: Guus who's coming to town?

    Happy anniversary to the 53rd richest person in the world! It is precisely eight years since Roman Abramovich checked his bank statement, took a deep breath, and bought Chelsea FC. Eight years since one bearded football fan took the football club off

  • Seven-year-old bitten by vicious dog in play area

    A seven-year-old girl was attacked and repeatedly bitten by a vicious dog in the children’s play area of her local park. Southmead Primary School pupil Miah Lynch spent two days in hospital, but was saved from even worse injuries by her four-year-old

  • Football fans banned from club

    A group of fans accused of verbally abusing a football club’s controversial owner and manager have been banned from the club. The nine supporters have been banned from Carshalton Athletic’s War Memorial Sports Ground as an on-going dispute

  • Blondie tribute act set to get the crowds going

    A Blondie tribute act are set to get the crowds going when they headline an upcoming fundraising concert. Bootleg Blondie will play the Gig on the Rec concert at the Claygate Recreation Ground on Sunday, July 17. The event has been organised

  • Pet detectives in search for missing cat

    Pet Detectives were called to Earlsfield this week to search for a missing cat. The Hall family notified Animal Search UK when their 2-year-old, cream-coloured cat, Buddy, disappeared on June 1 (Wednesday). The search team, led by former

  • Thieves take valuable copper roof from crematorium

    Thieves stole valuable copper from the roof of a West Norwood crematorium. The thieves made off with a section of the copper roof from the High Street building some time over the weekend, believed to be either Saturday (June 4) afternoon or

  • Retired engineer sees funny side of life

    At a time when most people start thinking about taking it easy, a semi- retired civil engineer is setting the UK comedy circuit alight. Purley resident Palan Nsor is living a schoolboy dream bringing laughter to comedy fans. The 68-year-old

  • Mysterious food hoarder’s cunning takes the biscuit

    A mystery biscuit thief is stashing hundreds of packets of the baked goods in gardens. Residents of Sunningdale Road, North Cheam, have been baffled for months after finding scores of packets of Tesco Value digestives and rich tea biscuits

  • Opponents cry foul on Boris bus crime stats

    Boris Johnson has been accused of using misleading figures about bus crime statistics, which show Merton has seen the third highest increase in London in the last year. According to the most recent statistics published by Transport for London

  • Royal Regiment to celebrate Freedom of the Borough

    Second Battalion of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment will parade through the streets of Epsom next week with bayonets fixed and colours flying as it celebrates being granted freedom of the borough last year. The council granted the

  • School pupils rewarded for outstanding achievements

    Ninety eight students from Lambeth’s secondary schools have been rewarded for outstanding achievements. The Jack Petchey achievement awards honoured those aged 11 to 25 for a variety of achievements. They were nominated by their peers and leaders

  • First picture of new leisure centre

    This is the first picture of how the revamped Westcroft leisure centre could look. The centre in Carshalton will close for a year on September 30 to update the facilities, which will include an eight-lane swimming pool, large multi-sports hall

  • Record number of pubs and bars recognised at safety awards

    Fourteen pubs and bars in Epsom and Ewell have been recognised at the borough's Safer Pubs and Bars Awards, the highest number since the scheme began in 2006. Councillor Sheila Carlson, Mayor of Epsom and Ewell was joined by David Hodges, Surrey

  • Human library project shows reality of mental health

    People dealing with mental health issues are set to become talking books at a human library project on June 15. The project will take place between 2pm and 5pm on June 15 on level one of the main Croydon library in Katharine Street.

  • Lifeboat named in memory of woman's parents

    A lifeboat has been named in memory of a woman’s parents after she donated money to pay for its purchase. Kingston-based Hilary Saw came up with the title ‘Olwen and Tom’ in memory of the couple who passed away in 1975 and 1980. The

  • Lambeth sailing team wins overall regatta title

    The Lambeth sailing team has won the overall sailing title in Saturday’s Thames Water London Youth Games Regatta at the Royal Victoria Docks in Newham. The team also took home a handful of individual medals for the borough as they improved