After kicking off the season with a hard-fought win over Richmond last weekend, Esher return to Molesey Road this afternoon for their opening home game of the season, against last year’s National Two South champions, Henley Hawks.
The Hawks marked their return to level three rugby with a stunning, seven-try, 51-17 win over Tynedale whilst Esher were grinding their way over the line in south-west London, and, after scoring over 1,200 points en route to promotion last term, it’s clear that head coach Nigel Dudding’s side will be a real handful.
Esher make three changes from the side that won the first London derby of 2013-2014 against Richmond, with Paul Olima named on the wing in place of Ashley Smith, and ready for his debut.
The only changes in the pack see hooker Simon Edwards and prop Ollie Mines come into the front row, with Neil Sweeney and Stewart Maguire reverting to the replacements’ bench.
They are joined by back-rower Brandon Walker, Robbie Shaw and Mickey Wilson.
Henley head coach Nigel Dudding has named an unchanged starting XV for their trip to Hersham, but there are two changes on the bench. Ant Brennan and Matt Payne come in for Ed Church and Tommy Haynes.
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Colin Firth is to be the voice of childrens’ favourite Paddington Bear in a new film
The actor who lives with his family in Chiswick, is famous for his roles in films such as The King's Speech.
In the original books, the bear from Peru was named after the London station where he was found by the Brown family.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Firth confirmed he’d be voicing the role in the film which also stars Hugh Bonneville as Mr Brown, and Nicole Kidman as a villain. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:47 am
Today is D-Day for Tolworth Broadway
Friday September 13th was the second projected date for works on the Greenway project to be completed.
There’s no word yet from the council on when the new finish date will be. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:46 am
Fire in Battersea
Firefighters were called to a fire affecting a container at an adventure playground in Battersea yesterday afternoon.
The container was badly damaged in the fire and two cylinders were cooled to an ambient temperature at the incident on Clyston Street.
No one was injured.
18 firefighters and officers from Brixton and Clapham fire stations, attended the scene at 3.15 with three fire engines.
Neighbouring properties were evacuated as a precaution.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:39 am
Tooting pub declared Asset of Community Value
Local residents campaigning to save the Wheatsheaf pub in Tooting are celebrating after Wandsworth council agreed to list it as an Asset of Community Value.
It was rumoured last month that the venue was to become a supermarket.
Campaigners now want the pub to be granted an Article 4 Direction meaning developers will require planning permission for any change of use.
Local MP Sadiq Khan hosted a special celebratory event in Parliament last night. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:06 am
Thursday, 12 September 2013
Pothole misery continues in New Malden
Residents in a part of New Malden claim they are being ignored when it comes to pothole repairs.
Jackie listeners sent in pictures of areas said to be affected, including Elm Road, and Chestnut Grove (pictured), which are both near schools.
Earlier this year, Jackie News spoke to Councillor Simon James, who explained potholes could be reported, and in some cases sorted, within two hours.
Kingston Council also gave us the link to its website where troublesome potholes could be reported. Click here
However, a number of residents, who didn't want to be named in public, say that despite reporting these potholes in person and via the website, nothing has been done to fix them.
One resident told us they reported the pothole pictured up to six times.
Potholes are a major factor in causing axle & suspension failure in cars, which costs British motorists an estimated £2.8 billion every year.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:19 pm
Fulham has sent out a warning to fans planning to use smoke bombs or flares at matches
The club has issued a banning order to an individual found in possession of a pyrotechnic device trying to enter a ground.
Fulham says that it’s a serious offence which brings the club’s name into disrepute.
Pyrotechnics are increasingly being illegally ignited among football supporters throughout the country. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:58 pm
A Surbiton shopkeeper has been fined for selling alcohol to a 16-year-old boy.
Kuddithampy Kuganesan, who owns Union Convenient in Villiers Avenue, admitted selling a bottle of alcopop to the youngster.
Trading Standards officials from Kingston Council were with the teenager when he purchased the alcohol last September.
Kuganesan received a £150 fine, as well as being ordered to pay costs and a victim surcharge. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:58 pm
The shortlist for the business awards in Hounslow has been announced.
There are 25 finalists in seven different categories, including Best New Business and Best Business for Customer Service.
Magenta Security Services has the most nominations with 4.
The winners of the awards will be announced next month. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:57 pm
Chelsea warned over Eto'o
Chelsea have been warned that new signing Samuel Eto’o could damage team spirit.
Roberto Carlos, who managed Eto’o in Russia, claims that the striker almost forced him to quit after interfering in managerial issues.
The Brazilian says that Eto’o did everything at Anzhi except play football. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:34 pm
Mitcham puppy reunited with owner
A puppy snatched on Mitcham Common has been reunited with its owners six months later.
Bella, a Patterdale Terrier, was found roaming the streets in North Kensington and was being cared for at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
Battersea contacted her owners last week after identifying Bella by her microchip.
Head of intake at Battersea, Liz McWalter, says the story shows the importance of microchipping pets. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:34 pm
Crystal Palace are most expensive for pies
It’s been revealed that Crystal Palace sell the most expensive pies in British football.
Along with Kidderminster Harriers, Palace charge £4 for their pies.
You could buy three pies for £4 and get change at Forfar Athletic in Scotland, where pies only cost £1.20.
A pie is £3.80 at Chelsea, while Fulham charge £3.50. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:33 pm
Fulham clamp down on pyrotechnics
Fulham have sent out a warning to fans planning to use smoke bombs or flares at matches.
The club have issued a banning order to an individual found in possession of a pyrotechnic device trying to enter a ground.
Fulham say that it’s a serious offence which brings the club’s name into disrepute.
Pyrotechnics are increasingly being illegally ignited among football supporters throughout the country. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:58 pm
Should schooling be delayed?
A group of academics and teachers is calling on the government to delay the start of formal schooling in England.
They claim countries where children begin learning the 3Rs when they're 7 get better results.
Instead they're suggesting a system that would see youngsters enjoy more play-based activities.
Author Toby Young co-founded the West London Free School in Hammersmith. He says he has found evidence that contradicts that.
Entries must be in by the end of the month. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:58 pm
A woman’s been attacked in Streatham by a man trying to sexually assault her.
On Monday, the victim who’s in her thirties, was walking through Streatham Common Southside just before midday when a man came up to her saying he had a knife.
The attacker pushed her to the ground and attempted to have sex with her but was fought off.
The man’s white, stocky and about 5ft 6 with brown mousy hair and stubble.
He was wearing gloves, a hooded black puffa-style coat, a navy jumper, white t-shirt, and black jeans.
If you recognise the description or witnessed anything suspicious in the area at the time then contact the Met Police on 101. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:06 pm
Chobham Drugs Conviction
A man from Chobham’s been given an 8 month prison sentence, suspended for 2 years, after being found guilty of importing class C drugs.
Forty Six year old James Patterson of Bracken Way was found guilty at Guildford Crown Court.
Following his arrest at his home in March a package from Thailand was found containing 2,000 diazepam and valium tablets with a street value of up to £10,000. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:04 pm
Fire in Earls Court
Two fire engines and 14 firefighters and officers from Kensington and Hammersmith fire stations went to the scene of a fire in a mansion block on Warwick Road in Earls Court in the early hours of this morning.
The fire caused a small amount of damage to a basement flat and no one was injured. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:54 am
Molly is Surrey's ''best dog.''
A 15 year old black mongrel from Woking stole the show at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s Annual Reunion Fun Day on Sunday after bagging the prestigious award for Best Battersea Dog.
Waggy-tailed Molly and her owner Ruby Clare, showed over 20 younger pups how it was done in the main ring in front of hundreds of spectators.
The loveable hound, who was rescued from Battersea’s London centre when she was only six months old, won over the judges with her zest for life, despite struggling with sight and hearing problems in her old age.
Ruby, 14, said: “It’s brilliant to win Best Battersea Dog because we’ve entered every time we’ve been to the Annual Reunion and this year was Molly’s year. I’ve known her my whole life and she’s the most wonderful dog we could ever have asked for, she’s deaf now and going blind but she’s still a great dog.'' posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:11 am
Goldsmith Tribute To Richmond Charity
Richmond’s MP Zac Goldsmith has paid tribute to a charity which provides bereavement support for military families.
The Cruse Bereavement Fund is set to receive more than £500,000 from the Chancellor’s Libor Fund.
Whilst the charity’s headquarters are in Richmond it also has bases in Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland and other parts of England.
Over £9 million has been given to Armed Forces charities, with the proceeds coming from fines levied on banks for manipulating LIBOR. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:47 am
Runnymede Landlord Prosecuted
A landlord from Runneymede has been prosecuted for failing to obtain a multiple occupant licence, for a property in Egham.
The licence is needed when a property has a common area and is shared by more than one household.
Christopher Liddiard and Mulberry Estate Agents pleaded guilty on Friday at North Surrey Magistrates Court.
They were fined £1,000 each and ordered to pay costs of £920 each. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:50 am
Wednesday, 11 September 2013
Nearly half of London's roads will still be over legal pollution limits in 2020
That’s according to the Green Party.
Leader Jenny Jones said 45% of the main road network will have illegal and harmful levels of nitrogen dioxide by 2020.
Putney hit the headlines earlier this year when its smashed its pollution limits just 10 days into the start of 2013. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:20 am
An elderly man whose body was found at a beauty spot in East Sussex has been formally identified.
76 year old John Gilbert from Croydon was discovered on a path in Seven Sisters Country Park in the early hours of Friday.
A 78 year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murdering him. She’s been bailed until the 10th of October.
Police said the couple were believed to have been staying in Brighton. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:13 am
Fines for boaters who overstay their welcome
Fines are to be brought in for boat owners who stay too long at moorings on the Thames.
A trial scheme that has already been piloted in Oxford will begin on Thursday at three sites in Weybridge and Walton.
The Environment Agency said the aim was to ensure as many people as possible could benefit from its free moorings.
Under the scheme, anyone who overstays their mooring is subject to a £100 charge. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:11 am
Witnesses to Sheerwater assault sought
Detectives in Woking are appealing for witnesses to an assault in Sheerwater.
A teenager was punched in the mouth and kicked in the head on the tow path behind Sheerwater recreation ground in Blackmore Crescent.
The attack happened between 6pm and 7.30pm last Friday.
The Sheerwater Carnival was going on at the rec at the time and anyone who saw what happened should contact Surrey Police on 101.
A 19-year-old man from Sheerwater is on bail in relation to the incident and is due back on 27 September 2013. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am
Nordic challenge for Wimbledon Charity
A team of Nordic walkers will be raising more than £2000 for Wimbledon Guild this weekend, by walking 50 or 25 kilometres in the Thames Path Challenge, from Putney to Hampton / Runnymede.
Sandy Layton and Margaret Pedder will walk 25 km, whilst Jackie Reiss, and Gill James will continue on to complete 50 km.
A fifth member of the team, Rhoda Matthews from Fulham, will be walking 50 km in support of Trinity Hospice.
The women all walk regularly with StrideOutdoors Nordic Walking, and have been in training on Wimbledon Common and surrounding areas for the past few weeks.
The Wimbledon Guild is dedicated to help people throughout the borough of Merton lead a better life by tackling poverty, supporting ageing and encouraging mental wellbeing.
Fifteen year old Oliver Standing who has learning difficulties is now back at home.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:07 am
Tuesday, 10 September 2013
Former Walton Hop DJ believed to have been arrested on sex offence charges
A former Radio One DJ is believed to have been arrested over historical sex offences.
The Metropolitan Police have arrested a 72-year-old man, who's thought to be Chris Denning.
It's part of Operation Yewtree - the investigation sparked by the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal.
Denning has already served time in prison after being found guilty of committing child sex offences at the Walton Hop disco in the 1970’s. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:08 pm
Post box keys lost in Tooting
Up to 12 post boxes remain sealed in south London after a postman lost a set of keys two weeks ago.
The boxes in Tooting were broken into by staff and emptied before being blocked for security reasons.
Royal Mail has apologised for any inconvenience but wouldn’t comment on how much it cost to replace the locks. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:10 pm
Tributes are being paid to a teacher who’s died at Chessington Community College
Dr Jim Gill, who was in his fifties, passed away from a suspected heart attack this morning.
Principal Rob Niedermaier- Reed says he was an “outstanding colleague who had given so much to the community”.
The school will be closed for the rest of today and tomorrow. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:09 pm
Do you remember a trip to A&E in the 60s?
Or perhaps you had a baby and were taken care of by a midwifery team?
Sutton’s Director of Public Health, Dr Ellis Friedman, wants to hear residents’ medical experiences in the borough up to 1975.
He’s preparing the annual public health report; the first chapter of which will be about the history of health in Sutton.
For details of how to submit your anecdote, or experience, go to Sutton Council’s website. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:04 pm
Celebrating achievements of young people in care in Richmond
Over 120 children and young people in Richmond Council’s care or have just left care, had their educational achievements recognised at a celebration event at Orleans House Gallery yesterday.
The event was attended by Ashley John-Baptiste, a care leaver who obtained a History degree from Cambridge University and achieved success on the X Factor in 2011 with the boy band, The Risk.
Youngsters between the ages of 5-25 years old have been rewarded for achievement in school, in the community, for volunteering and particularly celebrated successes with GCSEs and Year 11 exams (including Sharif Khan pictured).
They were all nominated by their foster carers, social workers or leaving care workers.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:01 pm
Air traffic controllers in France are on strike today.
The move is likely to cause disruption to flights at Heathrow and Gatwick, as well as across the continent.
Passengers are being urged to check the status of their flight before setting off.
We’ll keep you fully updated in travel bulletins throughout the day.
Battersea’s ITV series wins at TV Choice Awards 2013
The hugely popular show, which has now run for two series and a Christmas Day Special, beat off stiff competition in the Best Factual Entertainment & Lifestyle Show category.
The public voted in their droves for Paul's Battersea programme, beating the likes of Top Gear, Peter Andre, One Born Every Minute and Embarrassing Bodies, to become the nation’s favourite programme.
This is the second award Battersea has scooped this year for the hit ITV series, which follows the Home’s Ambassador Paul O’Grady behind the scenes at the world famous animal charity.
In January Battersea picked up a National Television Award for the first series of Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs, and shortly after was nominated for a BAFTA. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:10 am
Monday, 9 September 2013
Tidying Sutton's green spaces
Green spaces in Sutton will get a spruce up this month with the annual litter pick.
It’s after Sutton Council teamed up with The Challenge - a charity that provides voluntary work for 16-18 year olds.
They are to litter pick around Sutton Arena and Greenshaw woods.
With the event taking place over the last weekend in September. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:27 pm
Work has started on new facilities for Woking Leisure Centre
Work has started on a new car park and state of the art football pitches at Woking Leisure Centre.
The single story parking facility will be built on the existing tarmac tennis and football courts.
To maximise space available, four 5 a side football pitches will installed above the car park.
The works are scheduled to be completed in May 2014 and include new CCTV and floor lights. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:26 pm
Cause of West Molesey fire revealed
Friday’s fire in West Molesey was not caused by a gas explosion.
That’s the result of an investigation by Surrey Police over the weekend.
A house went up in flames in Spurfield, and was alight for several hours.
Initial reports pointed to a gas leak, however, it now seems that petrol vapour from an outside shed housing a motorbike, was to blame.
No one was injured in the fire. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:13 pm
Father and daughter fined for letting their dogs foul the pavement
A father and daughter have been fined for letting their dogs foul the pavement after a sophisticated investigation by Sutton Council officers.
Gary Guilfoyle, 52, and Savannah Buncher-Guilfoyle, both of Mill Lane, Carshalton, were fined a total of £340 by Croydon Magistrates after admitting to two counts each of letting their dogs foul the footpath.
Sutton Council officers mounted an operation to catch the culprits in response to a number of complaints from locals about the disgusting behaviour of the pair.
In December 2012, enforcement officers sited mobile CCTV cameras at the junction of Mill Lane and Butter Hill. Carefully sifting through the footage in January, they spotted a pattern to when offences were committed.
When the pattern of times was established, officers carried out live surveillance early in the mornings and established the identities and address of the pair.
After they failed to pay a fixed penalty, Sutton pressed on with the prosecution and magistrates fined them both £50 for each offence plus £50 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
To report dog fouling in your area log on to www.sutton.gov.uk and click on ‘report it’ or call 020 8770 5070.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:57 pm
Crystal Palace news
French defender Florian Marange claims to be "disgusted" that he hasn't been named in Crystal Palace's 25-man Premier League squad.
The left-back only joined the club last month, and played in the League Cup defeat to Bristol City.
He can't now play in any of Palace's top flight matches.
Marange told French newspaper L'Equipe he would have had a clause put in his contract had he known the squad rules. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:48 pm
Get your questions in now
Question Time Sutton is back tomorrow night.
It's a chance for residents to question Council Leader, Ruth Dombey, and other panelists, on issues concerning them in the borough.
It's being held at SCOLA Business Centre, 660 London Road in North Cheam from 7pm.
Surrey's drains are a "potential safety hazard"
There are concerns over flooding in Surrey.
This follows a recent report from the County Council about poor maintenance work by its subcontractors particularly on unblocking road drains and emptying Council soakaways.
The Lib Dems say it's a potential safety hazard and could result in homes being flooded.
A survey said 42% of Surrey residents were dissatisfied with drain cleaning in 2012.
There are calls for urgent action to be taken before any heavy rain. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:30 pm
Councils call for new aircraft noise study
Councils opposed to expansion at Heathrow expansion are calling on the Airports Commission to order a new study of attitudes to aircraft noise.
They say they fear without an updated study the Commission will be limited to basing recommendations on sites for new airport capacity on surveys carried out more than 30 years ago. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:28 pm
James Bond's famous Lotus to be auctioned
A submarine car used in the James Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me, will be auctioned later.
The Lotus Esprit is expected to fetch between £650,000 and £950,000.
The vehicle is said to be fully operational and was used in the underwater scene of the 1977 film starring Roger Moore as 007.
The car will go under the hammer at RM Auctions in Battersea. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:27 pm
4G comes to Woking
Woking is set to become one of the most connected places in Europe.
That’s according to the council after the switch on of cutting edge 4G mobile services.
Super fast 4G services are on average 5 times faster than 3G services, allowing residents to do more on their smartphones and tablets.
Research has shown that 4G is more likely to drive economic growth locally by improving business productivity. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:14 pm
Croydon Rail Death
A man’s died after being hit by a train at East Croydon station.
The incident happened just before 5.30 this morning and isn’t being treated as suspicious. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:13 pm
This year’s Surbiton Festival has been given a helping hand
The annual week - long event, which began in 1992, will be officially launched by the Mayor when it returns on September the 21st.
The event is an eclectic mix of theatre, music, comedy and charity, including the annual RNLI rally.
Kingston Council has announced it has donated almost £800 to help it go with a bang.
Over 20,000 people are expected to visit the event over the course of the week.
We’ll of course keep you fully updated with travel reports throughout. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:58 am
Hanwell Cross Rail Access Worries
Campaigners have called on Crossrail to provide step-free access at Hanwell station when the service starts in 2018/19.
It’s one of seven Crossrail stations which will have no step-free access.
The Hanwell Community Forum says access to the station is impossible for wheelchair users because a long, steep staircase is the only way to the platform.
£14.5 billion is being invested in the cross London service. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:00 am
Kingston School Places Concerns
Parents in Kingston could face major problems with school places within two years as there’ll be significantly more primary pupils than places available.
That’s the warning from the Local Government Association based on analysis of official data from 2012.
The LGA says that rising birth rates began the squeeze but uncertainty over funding's has made it worse.
Kingston Council’s assuring parents they’re already taking steps to address the problem.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:19 am
Ealing council continues fight to save A&E's at local hospitals
Ealing Council has secured an oral hearing at the High Court next month as it presses for a judicial review of plans to downgrade four local hospitals.
The council applied for a JR in March after the NHS approved plans to shut A&E departments and downgrade other services at Ealing, Central Middlesex, Hammersmith and Charing Cross hospitals.
The application was turned down so the council sought the oral hearing to press its case.
If it’s successful at the hearing on October 9th the council will be able to pursue a full JR.
They’ve also referred the issue to the secretary of state for health.
Elderly woman bailed after death of pensioner from Croydon
A woman,arrested on suspicion of murdering an elderly man whose body was found at a beauty spot in East Sussex, has been released on bail.
The body of the man, also in his 70s, was found on a path in Seven Sisters Country Park in the early hours of Friday.
The couple from Croydon, were believed to have been staying in Brighton.
The 78 year old woman has been bailed until October the 10th.
The identity of the man, who has not yet been formally identified, has not been released.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:04 pm
Heathrow says it can reduce noise
Heathrow has told the Airports Commission that it can increase the number of flights, while continuing to reduce the number of people affected by aircraft noise.
For the government to support a third runway at the airport – Heathrow must improve its noise impact on surrounding homes.
Heathrow’s latest proposal to the Airports commission recommends providing free noise insulation to homes in high noise areas,decreasing the number of noisy planes by 50 per cent for a 2030 deadline and improving flight paths, keeping planes higher in the air for longer.
The proposal was submitted on Friday. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:34 pm
Supporting independent shops in Sutton
A new scheme to promote high street shopping and small businesses has launched in Sutton, Cheam and Worcester Park.
People are asked to vote for their favourite independent store and have a chance of winning £100 to spend in it.
The aim is to make people aware of the number of choices available on their door-step.
Paul Scully, the organiser, says it's important to support shops on the high street in order to keep them.
To have your vote go to http://www.suttonlocal.org.uk posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:15 pm
Kingstonian stay top in Ryman League
In League one Brentford suffered a heavy 4-nil loss at Bradford.
AFC Wimbledon continued their good start in League Two with a 2-nil win at York.
Kingstonian remain at the top of the Ryman League after a 4-1 win over Grays Athletic at Kingsmeadow.
Hampton & Richmond lost 3-1 at home to Maidstone. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:15 am
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