Help for numeracy in Kingston
Kingston Adult Education Centre is offering government funded maths classes to help adults improve their numeracy skills.
It's part of a new project backed by the Department for Education, which encourages adults to take part in an online National Numeracy Challenge.
The initiative comes after a recent survey revealed that nearly a third of adults struggle with numeracy, which could be costing the UK economy over £20 billion a year.
Sarah Jordan, maths coordinator at the Kingston Adult Education Centre stresses the importance of maths skills in everyday life.
To listen to our full interview with Sarah, click here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:35 pm
Police investigating Woking robbery
Police are investigating a knifepoint robbery at a shop in Woking.
A man escaped with around £300 in cash as a result of the robbery, which took place on Saturday at the Londis store in Wych Hill.
The man, who was armed with a knife, went to the shop and forced the assistant to open the till before stealing the cash and making off on foot.
Two men from Woking have been arrested in connection with this offence and have been released on police bail, pending further investigation.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:29 pm
Police still appealing for missing family in Tooting
Police continue to appeal for help to find a 26-year-old woman and her three children who are missing from Tooting.
Kimberley Richards, 26, was reported missing on Sunday February the 23rd with her three young children; Moustapha Abdulrahman Amin, 3, Tamara Abdulrahman Amin, 1, and Tabitha Richards who is six months-old.
Although there is no evidence to suggest they have come to any harm, officers are keen to establish that Kimberley and her children are safe and well.
They were last seen at 8am on the Sunday at their former address in Tooting Grove, and may have subsequently been in the Newham area.
Kimberley used to live in Wales and still has family and friends there, so it is possible that she has travelled to South Wales.
Kimberley is described as white and of medium build. She sometimes wears loose fitting Islamic dress and a head scarf.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Kimberley or her children should call 101 quoting reference 14MIS006189.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:10 pm
Wednesday, 19 March 2014
Hersham Nursery Best
A business in Hersham has been named as the best nursery in the country at an awards ceremony.
Woodlark Nurseries, of Burhill Road, won the Silver Kentia Palm best nursery award at the British Protected Ornamentals Association awards.
Ian Hopkins founded the nursery in 1963 and it celebrated its 50th anniversary last year.
Two men from Walton preparing for bike ride to Barcelona
Two men from Walton are cycling to Barcelona to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Dean Beckett and Martin Wells are leaving after a big send off in the town on the 12th of April.
They’ll cycle 940 miles over nine days via the Pyrenees.
Dean explains why they’re doing the ride.
You can listen to our interview with Dean here.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:10 pm
Web chat for residents
A new live web-chat service has been launched by Sutton Council as part of on-going drive to provide better customer services.
The opportunity to chat in real-time will enable residents to gain greater clarity about specific problems and queries they may have.
Customers will be able to click on the live chat option on the website; which will connect them with a customer services advisor who will best assist with their enquiry.
Live web - chat for these services will be accessible between Monday - Friday 10.00-15.00 and for Council Tax between Monday - Friday 10.00-12.00. and 15.00-17.00.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:10 pm
Internet campaign underway to find good Samaritan in Richmond
An internet campaign is underway to find a good Samaritan who left a note on a woman’s car after seeing a truck scrape it.
Natalie-Jane Davey returned to her Mini in Richmond on Friday afternoon seeing the note on her windscreen.
An anonymous passer by, known only as Lee, left the truck’s registration number on the windscreen after they drove off.
Miss Davey has been told that she can’t prosecute without a formal statement from Lee, so she’s trying to track him down.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:05 pm
The pothole wars continue
A cyclist who claims he suffered a brain injury after hitting a pothole is suing Hertfordshire County Council for up to £100,000.
56 year old Alan Curtis says he was left with hearing and nerve problems, short-term memory loss and a broken arm as a result of the accident as he was training for a charity cycle ride in October.
In Kingston (pictured), potholes are also causing a stir, with the Conservatives accusing the Lib Dem run council of refusing to repair them.
We asked Council Leader Liz Green if it would be preferable for cyclists to sue the council, rather than the money be spent on repairs.
Fraud service bolstered
A clampdown on fraud which has seen Richmond and Kingston Councils claw back more than £1million of taxpayers’ money will see the service awarded an additional fraud investigator.
Richmond and Kingston Council’s joint investigation team will have £50,000 invested into the service to employ the additional fraud officer, Richmond Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, Cllr Geoffrey Samuel announced today.
Thanks to the service’s efforts in clamping down on fraudsters and saving more than £1m in taxpayers’ money, a further £50,000 has been allocated by the service, some of which was collected via the Proceeds of Crime Act through the courts, to further improve the service.
The additional investigator is another blow to fraudsters across Richmond and Kingston – in July last year the joint fraud service received an additional £200,000 to work with housing providers to crackdown on housing fraud for the next two years.
The service now employs ten investigators.
The joint service, launched in June 2012, has retrieved more money than ever with an estimated £381k retrieved from benefit cheats in Richmond since March last year until now.
The fraud team has also been working to clamp down on social housing fraud and has saved £396,000 by recovering 22 properties.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:14 pm
More school places for Richmond's children
The final decision on the expansion of Darell Primary and Nursery School is coming this Thursday.
As part of the Council’s 10-year strategy for providing additional school places, residents were recently consulted on the expansion of Darell Primary and Nursery School from 43 to 60 pupils per year.
Following these results, Richmond Council’s Cabinet will make the decision on Thursday as to whether or not to permanently expand the school.
Since 2010 Richmond Council has provided 14 additional permanent forms of Reception entry and enabled two primary free schools and one voluntary-aided primary school.
This is a total of 540 extra permanent places per year, and almost 4,000 places in total.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:11 pm
Spot strokes FAST
A hard-hitting campaign that aims to save lives by showing people how to spot the signs of a stroke has been launched in Richmond.
The award-winning Act FAST campaign has been launched by the Council in partnership with the Government’s Public Health England.
The campaign shows people the signs and symptoms they should look for to identify someone suffering from a stroke and once identified what to do immediately. These include:
Facial weakness – can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?
Arm weakness – can the person raise both arms and keep them there?
Speech problems – can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?
Time to call 999 if you see any single one of the above signs
The campaign also aims to convey these warnings specifically towards the black and minority ethnic (BME) community.
This is because people of African and South Asian origins are twice as likely to suffer a stroke as people of European origin.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:07 pm
Twickenham is being rediscovered
A community building that will be able to stage theatre, music, exhibitions, film screenings, and dance, in Twickenham has come a step closer.
The community building is a major aspect of the transformation of the Royal Mail Sorting Office site, opposite Twickenham Train Station.
Work will begin in the next few months and be ready for Spring 2016.
The regeneration project also includes a three to five storey building for homes.
It will accommodate 82 new homes - which will consist of 16 affordable homes and 66 private homes; two restaurants; a basement car, motorcycle, and cycle parking and gardens, a courtyard area, and 28 houses with car parking and gardens.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:05 pm
Fulham boss spotted on Boris Bike
Felix Magath is well known for his double training sessions, so onlookers were surprised to see him cycling in Wandsworth yesterday.
The Fulham manager was spotted on a Boris Bike riding down the high street in the afternoon wearing a Fulham tracksuit.
He's been criticised online by some cycling safety campaigners as he wasn’t wearing a helmet.
Twitpic: @kieranroles_posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:48 am
Missing woman from Tolworth has been found
A vulnerable woman who was missing from Tolworth has been found.
Police were originally concerned as 64 year Pauline suffers from Alzheimer’s.
The Met Police would like to thank people for their help.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:02 am
£107m EuroMillions jackpot winner is from Coulsdon
The winner of the £107m EuroMillions jackpot is to be announced today with it hugely believed to be a car mechanic from Coulsdon.
The win puts him as one of the top five on the National Lottery Rich List.
And the winner has automatically become the 745th richest person in the UK.
He won with the numbers 6,24,25,27 and 30 – plus lucky star numbers 5 and 9. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:01 am
Monday, 17 March 2014
Missing Tolworth Woman
Update - Pauline has now been found.
A vulnerable woman is missing in Tolworth this evening.
64 year Pauline suffers from Alzheimer’s.
She wandered off just before 6pm.
Pauline is white, 4’11”, has dark shoulder length hair and is wearing dark jeans and pink jumper and a short black jacket.
If you’ve seen someone fitting that description in Tolworth then please call Kingston police on 101.
£100,000 savings for Woking Council
Woking Council has identified savings of over £100,000 after a review of the Council Tax Single Person Discount.
It’s discovered nearly 300 cases of people falsely or mistakenly claiming the discount.
More than 12,000 taxpayers throughout the borough are listed as living alone and claiming a 25% reduction on their Council Tax.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:27 pm
Vicar's wife receives abuse after complaining about play her daughter was studying
A vicar’s wife who complained about her daughter studying a play containing over 400 swear words has received online abuse.
Geraldine Stockford had expressed her disbelief on Musmsnet after finding 14-year-old daughter Anna studying Mogadishu.
She told the Evening Standard her daughter felt uncomfortable in GCSE drama at Teddington School.
Mrs Stockford launched a petition to get the government to introduce age limits on exposing pupils to swearing.
But she’s received expletive-filled online comments from teachers across the UK criticising her and other parents who complain about swearing.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:59 pm
Yacht crashes into Richmond Bridge
Bemused passers-by on the banks of the Thames in Richmond watched in amazement as the owner of a luxury yacht crashed into Richmond Bridge yesterday.
Strong currents were to blame when the water level rose quickly.
The onlookers watched in awe as the boat hit the bridge time and time again before finally getting through to a round of applause.
Date set for Big Merton Spring Clean
A date has been set for the Big Merton Spring Clean.
The community tidy up will take place on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th April.
The council will hand out litter picks, gloves and bags at 10 locations across the borough.
Dan Goode, from Merton Matters, explains why they campaigned for the day.
Anyone willing to help should register their interest with the council by next Monday.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:29 pm
Vince Cable wants high-speed rail rethink
According to Business Secretary Vince Cable there is a “compelling case” to speed up the extension of the controversial HS2 high-speed rail link to the cities of the north.
The Twickenham MP’s intervention came as HS2 chairman Sir David Higgins outlined his plan to accelerate the projects construction timetable.
In his report Sir David says the rail route from London to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds is vital for the future of the country. posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:38 am
Sunday, 16 March 2014
A call for more blood donors in Tooting
Blood donors in South-West London who are O negative and B negative are being asked to help rebuild stocks of those groups.
Stocks are currently at their lowest level for four years.
The donor centre at St George’s Hospital in Tooting is open tomorrow with extended appointments available.
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