Battersea Dogs home celebrates 150 years
A host of celebs, including Amanda Holden, Alexandra Burke and Roger Daltrey are expected to mark the 150th anniversary of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home tonight.
The south west London centre, which was established in 1860, has never turned away a dog or a cat in need of their help.
It's hoped performances from the stars will raise vital funds for the animal home.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
And the winner is . . . .
Grey Court School in Ham has been crowned winner of ITV's People's Millions Competition in the last fifteen minutes.
Pupils were competing to win £28,000 to kick start a farm on their school grounds.
The grant will enable them to complete the first phase; getting chickens to start an egg selling enterprise.
Further details of how the cash will be used;
The project will enable the school to undertake the first phase of a larger project which is to set up a small animal farm. This phase would involve the purchase of hens, poultry housing and equipment to rear them, to encourage students and local people to get involved in producing locally grown fresh food. Children will also be encouraged to hatch their own chickens. Local people will benefit from training and volunteering opportunities.
Appeal over Coulsdon student murder
The woman convicted of murdering the Coulsdon student Meredith Kercher in Italy is beginning an appeal to clear her name.
American student Amanda Knox was found guilty of killing the 21-year-old after what prosecutors claimed was a sex game taken to the extreme.
Her lawyers hope they can use new evidence to clear her and will try to introduce new witnesses.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:01 pm
Praise for Wandsworth schools
A number of schools in Wandsworth have been judged outstanding by Government watchdog Ofsted.
32 thousand inspections have been carried out across the country over the last year.
Two nurseries, four specials and one secondary received top marks.
The Elsley and Ronald Ross Pupil Referral Unit also came out on top for its work with disadvantaged children.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm
High abortion rates in Richmond
The number of teenagers having abortions has shot up in the last decade with Richmond seeing one of the highest rates in the country.
The Office for National Statistics figures show 70 per cent of all pregnancies to women under 18 ended in abortion.
Nationally four out of ten women under the age of 20 who become pregnant have an abortion.
Experts think it’s now a major method of contraception by young women.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:57 pm
New public safety plan for Surrey
Surrey Fire and Rescue are putting forward a new public safety plan.
They want more fire engines available during the day and less at night and to increase the training time of crews.
Fire spokesman Gavin Watts says they’re eager to hear from residents as a 3 month consultation on the plans is about to start.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:56 pm
Roehampton songwriter represents charity
A songwriter from Roehampton has been chosen by charity Afghan Heroes to represent them.
John Simon’s song We Are the Brits will be available for download from Sunday.
The charity was formed by a group of mothers who lost their sons fighting in Afghanistan.
John told us, he originally wrote the song to boost national morale.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:55 pm
Sutton and Merton smokers less able to quit
It seems there are some keen smokers in Sutton and Merton.
Islington had the highest number of people who had managed to quit smoking with fifteen-hundred residents kicking the habit while Sutton and Merton had the least - just 400 people managed to stop.
Researchers think smoking could be a marker of poor areas – with 15 per cent of pregnant women smoking during pregnancy in Bexley in Kent, while the figure was just 4 per cent in Richmond.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:53 pm
Surrey Council involve residents in budget decisions
Surrey residents can now have a say in how the County Council spends its budget through an online calculator.
They’ll be allowed to adjust the 1.6 billion pound expenditure to see how their decisions will affect local services before sending their options to the Council.
The responses will be summarised and given to councillors ahead of the final budget decisions in February next year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:49 pm
Warning to Woking diners
People eating out in restaurants in Woking are being warned not to dine with their phones on the table.
It comes after thieves pretended to sell greeting cards to diners before rushing off with their phones last Friday.
Anyone with information is advised to call the Police or Crimestoppers Anonymous.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:40 pm
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
400 year old Ewell painting under the hammer
A watercolour painted at a palace in Ewell is expected to sell for 1 point 2 million pounds next month.
The 400 hundred year old painting is one of only four in existence that shows Nonsuch Palace.
Of course the palace is long gone. It was built by Henry the eighth but was pulled down only 150 years later to help pay off the gambling debts of King Charles II's mistress.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:53 pm
Possible changes to Surrey's fire cover
A third of all of Surrey's night time fire engines could be axed.
It's after the council published its new Public Safety Plan.
The FBU says the plans to cut the number of fire engines from 33 to 21 will have a big impact on response times.
Councillors will vote on whether to send the plan to public consultation next Tuesday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:51 pm
Police hunt raiders in Sunbury
Three members of staff say they were left “very frightened” after being tied up during a raid by masked men in Sunbury.
Six men overpowered them after breaking into the business in Windmill Road West, in the early hours of yesterday.
The thieves searched the building before stealing mobile phones and a set of keys.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:50 pm
Chelsea v MSK Zilina
Chelsea will be without John Terry and Frank Lampard for the Champions League game against Zilina tonight.
Terry has a long-standing nerve problem while Lampard still has a leg injury.
Centre-back Alex will play despite requiring knee surgery at some point.
The Blues go into the game with manager Carlo Ancelotti forced to dismiss speculation he is set to quit the club.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:49 pm
Brentford team news
Brentford will have three players back for tonight's clash with Colchester.
Stephen Wright,Myles Weston, and Sam Wood all return are missing Saturday's win over at Plymouth.
Midfielder Kevin O'Connor was forced to limp off at the week-end but was only suffering from cramp and should be fit.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:48 pm
Driver convicted of assaulting traffic warden in Wallington
A motorist has been convicted of assaulting a traffic warden in Wallington.
23 year old Antony Lacey was so unhappy about being given a ticket he grabbed the officer and held onto her.
When 3 taxi drivers came to help he said he was “cuddling her” and wouldn't let go until the ticket was removed.
Lacey was given a 12 month supervised probation order and ordered to pay compensation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:47 pm
Vote for Sutton's champion
Residents in Sutton are being invited to crown Sutton’s community champion.
More than 100 names were put forward when Sutton Council asked people to nominate those who go out of their way to make the borough a better place to live.
These have been whittled down to a shortlist of five.
Residents are now being invited to vote on who they think should win the top award.
Cllr Sean Brennan, Leader of Sutton Council, said: "There are so many unsung people out there who do so much to make Sutton a great place to live. It’s fitting that we should honour the truly exceptional people in this group whose contribution really makes a difference to the lives of residents.”
The five people shortlisted are:
Jean Crossby [pictured] Before her recent retirement, Jean Crossby was chair of the Sutton Federation of Tenants and Residents Associations, where she served for 16 years. Her vigorous campaigning for the rights of tenants to have decent housing took her to Downing Street to lobby ministers personally.
Her list of achievements also includes the successful relaunch of the St Helier Festival with great success and a campaign to secure Heritage Lottery Funding for the Circle Library in Carshalton
Twenty one-year-old Jonathan Moritz’s commitment to the role of Troop Leader with the Cheam Scout Group has provided an enormous source of inspiration to the young people that follow him.
Whilst studying for an apprenticeship, Jonathan volunteered to take control of the group to rescue it from closure and has since invested huge amounts of time and energy into providing activities for his Scouts, including a Halloween camp and a role in the recent Cheam War Memorial.
His energy, enthusiasm, and dedication make him an ideal role model for young people
Ted Gates MBE
Ted Gates is a devoted and dedicated individual who has overcome his disabilities to complete a vast amount of volunteer work with numerous notable organisations and projects.
His list of contributions includes helping to set up Sutton Shopmobility, a charity offering wheelchair and powered scooter loan service to people with mobility problems, whilst he is also heavily involved with the Sutton Centre for Independent Living and Learning among various other initiatives.
A well respected and popular member of the community, Ted’s inspirational commitment to his borough shows disability is no match for heart and dedication.
Oliver Teuten [pictured]
A regular volunteer with the Sutton Nature Conservation Volunteers and Ecology Centre, Oliver Teuten has contributed massively to life at the wildlife centre. He has regularly given many hours of service, including teaching children and adults the importance of wildlife and their habitats, as well as assisting with the management and maintenance of local reserves.
The outstanding commitment provided by Oliver is invaluable to the wildlife community and he is an excellent role model for others of his age from which such service is rare and worthy of recognition.
Meg Hart is a 93-year-old widow who tirelessly cares for her wheelchair-bound friend Vera Beard. Each day she takes a long journey, which involves four buses, to Vera’s house, where she tidies, makes lunch and dinner and keeps Vera company. Meg has made this journey six times a week, every week for the last ten years since Vera lost her leg.
Her remarkable show of unwavering commitment and care is testament to their enduring friendship which has lasted nearly 80 years.
The winner will be announced at Sutton’s first Community Leadership Awards reception at the Sutton Life Centre on Wednesday 8 December.
As well as the title, the winner will receive £100. The four runners-up will receive £50 each.
To vote for your favourite, send the name of the person you think should win to firstname.lastname@example.org..uk or telephone Michelle Ryan on 020 8770 5145.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:31 pm
Monday, 22 November 2010
Cobham's Rugby players strip off for charity
Cobham’s rugby players have stripped off for charity.
They’ve taken part in a semi naked calendar shoot to raise money for The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Type One Diabetes affects 25,000 children in the UK.
Cobham Rugby Club’s players were chosen to appear in the calendar as they represent and promote healthy lifestyle choices.
Head coach Billy Davison is Mr October.
To buy your copy, click here To hear the full interview, listen to the Drive on Monday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:59 pm
Pietersen signs for Surrey
England batsman Kevin Pietersen has signed for Surrey.
The 30-year-old spent the end of the summer on loan at the club but has now made the move permanent.
Pietersen’s currently in Australia preparing for The Ashes, which gets underway on Thursday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:53 pm
Surrey's Ramprakash to miss start of season
Surrey batsman Mark Ramprakash will miss the start of the 2011 county cricket season after damaging knee ligaments.
The 41-year-old picked up the injury while playing football in the close season.
Ramprakash was the Second Division’s leading run-scorer last season.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:40 pm
Amanda Knox starts appeal
The American woman serving life for the murder of Coulsdon student Meredith Kercher, will launch a fresh appeal against her conviction today.
Amanda Knox is serving 26 years in jail in Italy for killing her 21 year old housemate while they were studying together in Perugia in 2007.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:38 pm
Police appeal after suspected hit and run on A3
Police are appealing for witnesses after a suspected hit and run on the A3.
A man's died in hospital after being struck by a vehicle on the southbound carriageway at Esher in the early hours of Sunday.
He was taken to hospital but died from his injuries later.
Police are urging anyone who saw any vehicles parked on the hard shoulder or pedestrians nearby between 3 and 4 in the morning to contact them.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:37 pm
Two from Epsom guilty of burglary
Two men from Epsom have pleaded guilty to burglary.
21 year old Ashley Elson and 25 year old Charlie Kane were arrested after officers responded to calls of a break in at a house in Kestrel Way earlier this month.
Both have been remanded in custody and will be setenced next month.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:37 pm
Fulham look to boost firepower
Fulham are still in the hunt for a new striker.
Their attention has been drawn to Frieburg’s Demba Cisse.
The Senegalese international hits a goal every 2 games in the Bundesliga and Fulham could make a £4m bid next summer.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:36 pm
Question marks over public footpath in Merton
A public footpath in Merton could be closed after a school petition.
The path links John Innes park to the recreation grounds, but crosses Rutlish School.
The school has asked for the footpath to be closed during school hours to protect staff and students.
A public meeting takes place tonight at the school.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:35 pm
Surrey and Borders launch new guide
A new guide to disabled access available at Surrey and Borders NHS sites is now online.
The trust provides health and social care across the county and parts of Hampshire.
Disabled Go has produced the information, so people can access mental health and learning disability services.
It’s hoped the guide will improve disabled peoples experience and use of the services.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:34 pm
New details about Kingston woman's death
It’s believed a woman found dead in Kingston last week, fell to her death from a top floor window.
Police were initially treating the death of 66 year old Antonia Da Costa Carneiro as suspicious after she was discovered in the back garden of a property in Brunswick Road last Monday.
However a post mortem revealed the cause of death as injuries consistent with a fall.
Neighbours say Antonia, lived in one of the top floor flats.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:28 pm
Wimbledon back on top
AFC Wimbledon moved back to the top of the Conference after yesterday’s 3-2 win over Kettering Town at Kingsmeadow.
Sami Moore continued his good scoring form with 2 goals for the Dons.
He’s now hit the net four times in their last two matches.
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