Welcome to my Christmas 2014 eBulletin|
As we head into the Christmas period I hope this short eBulletin with seasonal information is useful. If you are planning to travel in the next few weeks, do take a look at the travel information below, to see if your journey will be affected.
Our lovely penguin (right) is the 2014 Christmas Card Competition winner. We had hundreds of entries and Battersea artist Michael Warren chose this design by Emily Clare-Hunt from Broomwood Hall Upper. Well done Emily and congratulations to Runner-up Odun Alagganall from Griffin and the Highly Commended entries from Allfarthing, High View, and Thomas’s Battersea.
Lastly, if you are looking for music to digest Christmas lunch to, I took part in the Parliament Choir’s Christmas Concert earlier this month which Classic FM will broadcast on Christmas Day at 5pm. I will be tuning in to see how we sounded when my husband and I get back from serving at the Rotary Pensioners' lunch!
Recycling and Refuse Collections over the Christmas and New year period
For the weeks beginning 22 December and 29 December, collections scheduled for Thursdays will take place instead on Friday. Collections scheduled for Friday will take place on Saturday. Christmas trees will be collected for recycling between 5 and 16 January on the same day as rubbish collections are made.
For roads enforced by Wandsworth Council (NOT TfL roads and housing estates), controlled parking zones will not be active on 25 and 26 December and 1 January, BUT yellow lines and obstructive parking offences will be enforced.
Lavender Hill Police Station is open 24 hours a day. For emergencies contact 999, textphone 18000. For non-emergencies contact 101. Each ward in the constituency has a Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) consisting of police officers and police community support officers (PCSOs) Their contact details are:
Balham and Queenstown Wards SNT - 020 8247 8691
Latchmere and St Mary Park Wards SNT – 020 8247 8609
Shaftesbury and Northcote Wards SNT – 020 8247 8602
Fairfield Ward SNT – 020 8785 8874
Out & About
Here is a cross-section of some of the things I have been doing:
World War 1 exhibition at Sacred Heart School; Ahmadiyyan Muslim Peace Symposium; Remembrance Sunday service at St Mary’s Church; Remembrance Day service in Battersea Park; Battersea Society meeting on Air Quality; out with the police in Wandsworth; attended panel discussion at St Luke’s Church; meetings with St John Bosco School on site, with Newton Prep, with Paul’s Cancer Support Centre, with Wandsworth Council leader and CEO; retirement party for local PC, Fred Ahmad; visit to Bluebell Dementia Café at the Katherine Low Settlement;
Mayor of Wandsworth’s Civic Service of Thanksgiving; Wandsworth Symphony Orchestra concert; sang with the Parliament Choir in Verdi’s Requiem and Christmas Concerts; hosted reception for OASIS charity in the Houses of Parliament; Northcote Road Christmas lights switch-on; Battersea Police Ball; Hildreth Street clean-up; visits to Balham and Battersea Post Office Delivery services; hosted constituents’ tour of Parliament; Small Business Saturday events; Winstanley Citizens’ Big Lunch; Wandsworth OASIS Carol Service; Battersea United Charities Christmas Food Parcels event; celebration of canonization at St Thomas a Beckett, Wandsworth; presentation of Christmas Card Design prizes at Broomwood Hall and Griffin Primary Schools.
Check before you travel during the holiday period
Between Monday 22 and Wednesday 24 December 2014, London Overground services will not operate to and from New Cross. A replacement bus service will run between New Cross, Surrey Quays and Canada Water, and some services may be busier than usual as passengers use them as alternatives to other routes affected by works.
Full travel information on timetabling (including buses, and including travel to airports) can be found here.
Live status updates for the Tube, Overground, and DLR can be found on TfL’s website, here. TfL’s planned tube maintenance information can be found here. For live Twitter updates for these services follow @TfLTravelAlerts. For general updates from TfL, follow @TfL.
Network Rail’s planned engineering over the Christmas to New Year period can be found here. For live updates on Twitter from Network Rail, follow @NetworkRail.
Information on flight arrivals and departures for Heathrow can be found on their website, here.
For Gatwick arrivals and departures, click here.
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