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Anyone remember Pathfinders Judo?
I was fondly recalling, when I lived in St. Margaret's and belonged to a 'Pathfinders' Judo club, run by St Stephen's Church in the 1960's. It was great fun and the members, boys and girls, all got on well together and enjoyed our bouts. I would love to hear from anybody who belonged, or can remember anything about it. Thanks.
Haliburton / River Crane
For those backing directly onto the River Crane, what are the best aspects of being on the river? What are the worst parts? Anything to watch out for? Going through a purchase on Haliburton at the moment and love the idea of being on the water and the large gardens but curious of other's experiences. Thank you!
Re: Haliburton / River Crane
A few years ago, Martyn Day wrote this - stmgrts.org.uk/archives/2010/03/f_is_for_flooding.html might be worth a read.
Thanks Peter. I had stumbled across that and have been in touch with Martyn re: the NSMRA. Spoken now with a handful of very friendly neighbours on the street and the consensus seems very much River Crane = good.
Black BMW Z4 LV53VVZ parked in Cassilis Road
Does anybody know the owner of the black BMW Z4 LV53VVZ left parked in Cassilis Road for more than 2 months?
I guess they have gone abroad or something and and thought they had left it somewhere safe.
Unfortunately during this time the council has agreed and implemented a CPZ, which came in to full force last week. The car is accumulating fines at the rate of one per day. Please let the owner know.
Estate Agent Signs
I don't know if anyone else gets as infuriated as I do by the plethora of "Success", "Let by", "Sold" etc signs that local estate agents infest our streets with. They seem to see them as free advertising, and as a result our streets have become a battleground for them to tout for customers.
It may be of interest to learn that by law, they are only allowed to leave these up for 14 days following the completion of a sale or letting. This is stipulated by clause 3A (3) of the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) Regulations 1992, which states: "The advertisement shall be removed within 14 days after the completion of a sale or the grant of a tenancy".
If you find that your street, like mine, has become dominated by these signs, you can simply email the offending estate agent(s) & ask them to remove the sign, quoting the above clause. It doesn't matter whether the sign is on your property or not. You can also contact (or threaten to contact) the Planning Enforcement Officer at Richmond Council, or the Office of the Ombudmsan for Estate Agents if you so wish.
Give it a go! Tell your friends! It would be nice for our community to become villagey again, don't you think?
Re: Estate Agent Signs
I live in a small block of six flats in St Margarets. Twice in the last year Dexters and Yourmove have nailed 'Success' notices to our front garden gate when there have been no flats for sale at all! When I rang them to complain they just say their driver has made a mistake. Very fishy.
St. Margaret's History
Can someone help me? About 50 years ago I worked in a radio repair shop which - I think - was quite near to St. Margaret's Railway Station, and which had a name something like Sansom & Capps. I can't find anything on Google, so could someone confirm or correct my memory? Many Thanks.
Re: St. Margaret's History
Sansom and Capps were at 120 St Margarets Road (opposite the station). In the 1940 Kelly's Directory they were listed as 'Electrical Engineers and Post Office'.
Has anyone been to Rock & Fairy and if so would you recommend them?
Re: Rock & Fairy
My 12 year old son, with long long hair, will only go there. They are excellent with him and he is very happy.
We have found her!
Lost black cat
We lost our 5 month old cat yesterday. Never been out of garden before then disappeared in the ducks walk park house garden area.
Please call if you see her 07954898983
Re: Lost black cat
She is called GWEN
Harris + Hoole
No-one can fail to have noticed that we are about to be blessed with yet another coffee shop, this time one 49% owned by Tesco.
I can't help but feel that this will tip the balance in St Margarets and take enough clients away from other coffee shops and restaurants as to make them unviable.
A shop like H+H is great on a high street where it is competing against Costa or Starbucks, but not against smaller outlets.
That said, at least one person I have spoken to has said that while they support this in principle, the H+H coffee is exceptionally good, and that local cafes should strive to up their game, so it may come down to a straight commercial fight (or a blind tasting competition!)
On balance, I would rather persuade them not to open here (a campaign in Whitstable has done just that), and devote their energies to a big high street that can support them. Then the Superdrug site could be used for a shop or shops that we don't have.
If you agree, please write direct to the H+H Chief Exec at email@example.com or tweet them @HarrisandHoole - Please use the hashtag #HHGoHome
As this is the 21st Century, there is a Facebook page (please come and Like it and get your friends to do so) at www.facebook.com/HarrisHoolePleaseDontOpenInStMargarets
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