I ventured out to the centre of Wandsworth for the first time in month's today. I've been assisting an elderly person in isolation so have been avoiding crowded areas as much as possible and been making do with deliveries and corner shops for supplies. I was a bit taken aback with how much social distancing was being ignored particularly by younger people both on the street and in the Southside Centre. I may be being over cautious but the death rate from Covid-19 remains high and if a second wave has started we won't know until it is too late. The messages from the government seem to have just caused confusion.
Emily Baxter ● 15d0 Comments ● 15d
The time is approaching when I will have to stop working from home and start the daily commute again. Is there anybody using Southern rail services at the moment who could give some travel tips e.g. best times to use the service?
Tony Church ● 29d0 Comments ● 29d
Has anyone in Earlsfield (or elsewhere in Wandsworth) had a door-to-door fishmonger come to their street? I didn’t even know this was a thing until this afternoon when a couple of guys knocked on the door. I presumed they were local but they said they’d driven down from the north that morning. (Either Birmingham or Newcastle, I can’t remember). We bought 5 trays of fish from them and it was really smelly so I then started to worry and began researching online, only to find lots of stories about door-to-door fishmongers being a scam. The guy was very nice and said we could pay by bank transfer, although I now realise his surname wasn’t on the piece of paper he gave us with his company name (which I couldn’t find online or companies house) and bank details on. We cooked the first bit of fish this evening but were both too scared to eat it as it was really fishy, I don’t know if we are just being paranoid so would love to hear other people’s thoughts!
Charlotte Ross ● 213d1 Comments ● 204d
This should be something to celebrate: "Rate for Wandsworth schools now well below national average". Unfortunately I have seen national figures which show horrific numbers of children being off-rolled — this means that the schools have not gone through the proper channels to exclude but simply tell children not to come back. Many of these are not in full time, registered education and, therefore, may be hanging around and vulnerable to being recruited into gangs. It would, therefore, be far more helpful if Wandsworth published its official and unofficial exclusion figures.
Jane Eades ● 285d3 Comments ● 232d
Yet another strike coming up this week — South Western Railway is in danger a falling to the level of Southern in terms of bad service.
Whilst you can certainly blame the operators of the franchise for the high fares given the huge amounts of money they take out of the network you can't blame them for this disruption. It is perfectly reasonable for them to say that a train should still run even though a guard hasn't turned up. Given the high level of absenteeism among staff this happens all to often. The same trains operate perfectly safely without guards in other parts of the country.
As with Southern the RMT is going to call strike after strike on South Western Railway. They are not representing the working man in doing this as most of the people travelling on the train get paid less than the driver. Why doesn't the government just say that what is being proposed by the operator is legal and safe and ban any strikes on the issue?
Barry Elms ● 681d22 Comments ● 245d
Wandsworth Preparatory School would love to invite you and your family to our next Open Morning on Wednesday 13th November from 9am.
You'll have a chance to meet our Headteacher, Bridget Saul, our team of enthusiastic teachers and most importantly our children to give you a true insight for what school life could be like for your child at Wandsworth Prep.
To come along, get in touch with the School Office on 020 8870 4133, email Maria.firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our online form here: www.wandsworthprep.com/admissions/visit-us
Charlotte Burton ● 266d0 Comments ● 266d
Why does this not surprise me? Some motorcyclists and cyclists ride with little respect for the law and it is to be expected that there will be problems.
Jane Eades ● 287d1 Comments ● 286d
Not sure I have every encountered traffic as bad as it was in Wandsworth this morning. I am told it was a burst watermain — is anyone able to confirm that.
The Hammersmith Bridge closure seems to mean that what might have caused minor disruption in the past is now leading to a major incident. As work progresses on the project in the centre of town this is only likely to get worse. A few difficult years appear to be ahead.
Tony Church ● 288d0 Comments ● 288d
Does anyone have an inkling why the Labour party in Wandsworth have not proposed a motion to the Council in support of a People's Vote? Several other borough Labour party's have done this and you would have thought that Wandsworth with its massive majority for Remain would have been one of the first places to jump on board.
Also you would have thought there would be a chance of the motion passing because I can't believe every Tory Councillor would be against the idea.
I'm not necessarily advocating that Labour should do this as I'm not 100% convinced the People's Vote is the way to go but it does seem odd that it isn't being promoted at the local level.
Alan Harper ● 632d16 Comments ● 288d
A new healthcare app called Medloop has just been released and is currently being trialled in the Wandsworth area, designed in conjunction with the Falcon Road Medical Centre near Clapham Junction.
There are already some medical apps out there that allow you to connect with your GP online and book appointments but Medloop aims to do much more including notifying people about upcoming health checks and making sure that people with chronic conditions such as Diabetes get all of their parameters such as blood pressure and glucose levels under control. The makers of Medloop keen to recruit local users to help test drive the app and give feedback to make sure that the user experience is as good as it can be.
For your efforts we are offering £40.
download via https://medloop.co/uk-app
email us: email@example.com
Paul Grant ● 314d0 Comments ● 314d
Gannett the company that owns Newsquest which publishes the local newspaper has been bought by Gatehouse another newspaper group owned by a private equity company. Their business method is to increase profits by cutting costs. Possibly has limited implications short term for the UK operations but going by reports in the US there is zero chance it means that there will be new investment in the local paper which becomes an ever rarer sighting in Putney.
David Parker ● 337d0 Comments ● 337d
Dear All, I have been posting in various forum sites across London to find potential recipients. For the past few years we where supporting an adoption charity PAC-UK https://www.pac-uk.org/inoculand-forms-first-charitable-relationship-pac-uk/ But we now want to reach a broader range of people and created this incentive. We found already our first recipient Oasis Children's Venture https://oasisplay.org.uk/ So basically your project would need to have some social or educational benefits. And since we cannot pay money to individuals or do the vetting process, we will want it to go through an organisation/establishment/charity/church. The gift will then need to be acknowledged onto their official website with a link to our community page where they will be featured https://www.inoculandpestcontrol.co.uk/diversity-and-community/ So please do contact us or pass on the word. Regards, Daniel
Daniel Neves ● 477d1 Comments ● 474d
Newsraid is on Sat with Chris Mitchell who interviews Local Politicians .
Currently you can listen to Wandsworth Labour Leader Cllr: Simon Hogg talk about Social Housing Mon-Friday 2:30pm
Coming up on Saturday 1st December Newsraid talks to former 3 times Battersea MP Martin Linton on the question of Palestine to be played back Mon-Friday 2:30pm
Also on Podcast listen to Balham Comic Arthur Smith and Actor Guy Henry in Holby City
Coming up GLA Leonie Cooper to talk about London
www.raidersbroadcast.com in Tooting Bec
Mike Summers -Producer
MIKE LOWHING ● 588d4 Comments ● 476d
The article on this site says the future of the High Street branch is 'uncertain'. It isn't. When the banks say they are considered closures it means they have already made their mind up.
With NatWest going last year this means there are far fewer places for people to do face to face banking. Older generations in particular do not want to do online banking because they hear so many horror stories of what can happen when things go wrong.
The loss of ATMs also means it is much harder now to get ready cash in the centre of Wandsworth which has to be more bad news for local businesses there.
We gave billions of pounds to support the banks during the financial crisis. Isn't it time they returned the favour by considering the community impact of their decisions not just the bottom line?
Carmel Cunningham ● 532d2 Comments ● 497d
Unfortunately this doesn't look as though it will bring about new investment in the Wandsworth Times.
David Parker ● 541d8 Comments ● 511d
Have you used the services of the above company? The owner is Domonic Boorman.
If so I would be interested in your feedback. Thank you.
Jean F Fernandez ● 520d0 Comments ● 520d
Dark Son - The Hunt For a Serial Killer will be shown nationally on B.B.C. 4 at 9.00 pm. on Tuesday 12 February. It can still be accessed on B.B.C.2 Wales Iplayer for the next 10 days. However more filming is anticipated in the near future regarding a possible Cold Case Review into the Hammersmith Nudes' Murders. (Copy and paste link below to search bar to see 4 short trailers.)
Neil Milkins ● 523d0 Comments ● 523d
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Ella Hopkins ● 530d0 Comments ● 530d