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How will St Margarets community make the most of the Olympics coming to London?

Hi,

I work for the Gold Challenge, and just wanted to let you know that we have just launched a new charity challenge which we think is perfect way for you to get excited about the Olympic and Paralympic Games coming to London next year.

We're part of the official Olympic Legacy project and work with the British Olympic Association and Team GB, as well as over 130 charities like Cancer Research, Right to Play, NSPCC, Oxfam and Scope.

To celebrate the Olympics coming to London we have created 3 different Olympic Sport themed challenges, including the 2012km challenge where the idea is that you or your team must cover 2012km by cycling, running, swimming and so on, as fast as you can.

You log your distances online through our Totalizer tool, which allows you to track how far you've gone, and keep your sponsors updated with your progress.

What do you think? Find out more about it here by clicking on the 2012 km Challenge button: www.goldchallenge.org

We're also offering a limited reward to people who sign up before the end of August 2011 - you will be entered into a ballot to win 2 tickets to the BT British Olympic Ball: www.britisholympicball.com/ a great excuse to dust off your ball gown early for the festive season this year.

All comments, questions and feedback is welcome and seriously appreciated!

Thanks from Becci at Gold Challenge.

Gold Challenge 2011-08-31 17:02 reply

Grounded

...this is the name of the new bakery and coffee shop in Crown Road, next door to Mrs Moon's haberdashery. Very pleasant place and a jolly good cuppa.

Rogk 2011-08-16 11:57 reply

Mugging on Saturday 9th July

I'm really sorry to say that my husband was mugged at the cashpoint next to Tesco Express on Saturday night. Whilst I believe it wasn't planned, rather an opportunistic occurrence, I thought I'd try and get a word of warning out to as many of people as possible.

There were two of them and the attack was quite violent, they knocked my husband unconcious! It happened very quickly and they ran off immediately, down Broadway Ave.

Please can everyone be extra vigilant, I wouldn't want this to happen to anyone else.

Also, if anyone finds a black wallet (they stole £20 in cash and haven't tried to use any of the cards or the Oyster that was in it) could they let me know please?

Stay safe.

Jackie 2011-07-14 14:42 reply

Re: Mugging on Saturday 9th July

What about the CCTV footage from the pole mounted camera near The Station. This is The "Community Safety" Camera that is used virtually exclusively for issuing parking penalties to motorists. These motorists are caught out by the misleading sign plate in the loading bay outside Tesco Express.

I hope they catch the person/s responsible.

Norman Foster 2011-08-06 17:05 reply

Re: Mugging on Saturday 9th July

Jackie,

This is horrible news. I hope your husband is ok now.

What have the police said? What did the people look like?

Peter 2011-07-15 22:51 reply

Re: Mugging on Saturday 9th July

Thanks Peter, yes it was very unpleasant and shocking. The last we heard from the Police, they were trying to access the CCTV footage from Tesco. Not sure if they've seen it yet, but I'm not holding out much hope that they'll be able to ID them.

Thanks for your concern, I just hope it was a one-off event.

Jackie.

Jackie 2011-07-21 16:12 reply

Dorchester Mews, Sandycombe Road

Does anyone know if this gated development has a residents' association or point of contact?

I live in a flat on the Richmond Road which backs onto it and have noticed a large crack in a wall which can only be viewed externally from the garages in the mews.

Thank you.

jkw10 2011-06-09 20:30 reply

Ballet classes for children?

We are moving to the area and would welcome any info on after-school ballet classes for kids age 4+. Thanks.

genki 2011-05-20 06:00 reply

Dance lessons

Im getting married this year. Can anyone recommend any local dance classes? debbie_bennett77@hotmail.com

Debbie Bennett 2011-02-21 17:55 reply

Hello to all at SMERA from Jerry

And if you wander who is this Jerry - that's the guy who's lived on your doorstep in St Margarets for the past 45 years! He's not unhappy to remain incognito but if some of you would like to look at some parts of the world through his eyes, then you are invited to visit www.retracinghistory.com

or better still visit www.ourrootstrust.org

And you don't necessarily have to keep your opinions to yourself; you could leave them on the blog or in the guest book.

Jerry Kubica 2011-02-20 21:22 reply

Noah and his ark?

04/01/2011 - Did you know that much of St. Margarets sits in DEFRA defined areas at medium probability and high probability of flooding? No? Neither did !

I've been trying to sort out insurance for at least two weeks - most companies would not even give me a quote - but it wasn't until today that I finally tackled a company who had insured my property in the past, were reluctant to quote and then wound up offering me cover at five times the annual amount previously paid. When I pushed for an explanation I received the following.

Dear Ms Rooke,

Your case has been passed to our senior underwriters to review the points that you have put to us.

The senior underwriters advise that your postcode area is now declined due to the risk of flooding in the surrounding area. Whilst we have made an exception in offering a quote for insurance in your case, regrettably we are unable to reduce the quoted premium, as this premium reflects the currently perceived risk of loss....

Do have a look at the map referenced below to see whether this could be a problem for you.

www2.richmond.gov.uk/docs/sfra_figure05_twicks_stmargarets_2010.pdf

and at www.richmond.gov.uk/flood_risk to see more on this issue.

Gail Rooke

Souwester 2011-01-04 19:53 reply

something new that you would like to have in town? pls, let me know :)

hello, everybody,

i am an interior design student from Canterbury School of Architecture and we have a project to redesign the old school and turn it into a space for culture/art activities for the residents and the visitors of the town. I have couple of ideas, but i would really would like to design something that the residents would like to have themselves.

please share any ideas of what would you like to have in town..

simona ivanova 2010-12-06 01:08 reply

Re: something new that you would like to have in town? pls, let me know :)

which 'old school'?

Peter 2010-12-13 10:23 reply

Twickenham netball team looking for new players

Interested in netball?

Teddington Swans Netball Club is looking for new players to join the club.

We are a friendly, sociable club that play a good level of netball.

We train Thursday nights at Richmond College, Twickenham from 7.45 to 9.45pm. Matches are on alternate Saturdays. We have 3 adult teams and cater for all standards. We have an excellent coach and training nights are a mix of fitness, skills and matches. We also have regular socials.

For more information, email teddingtonswans@hotmail.com or pop along to one of our training sessions. Our first session in the New Year is 6th January 2011.

Elaine Garner 2010-12-07 12:15 reply

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