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Posted: 10 Apr 2012
The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime has produced the following statement regarding allegations of racist behaviour by Metropolitan Police officers There are reports of alleged racist behaviour by Metropolitan Police Officers. Whilst not anticipating the outcome of any disciplinary or CPS decision, the Chief Executive of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, Catherine Crawford said: "Racism is always reprehensible, but racism within the Metropolitan Police Service, whose officers and... read more
Posted: 10 Apr 2012
Safer Merton are now consultating on a new dispersal zone in Wimbledon Town Centre. Parts of Wimbledon town centre are currently covered by a dispersal zone. This is due to expire and police have made a new application for another 6 months. This is proposed to run from 29th April 2012 to 28th October 2012. The Area: (See the attachment at the end of this email, the area is shaded and outlined in red) Boundaries: Trinity Rd jct with Princes Rd. Montague Rd jct with Pelham Rd. Pelham Rd jct with... read more
Posted: 5 Apr 2012
The first round of funding for the Arts Development Fund, 2012 is now open.To obtain an application pack and for more information please click here. All applicants should check the guidelines and criteria before applying. Please note a total of £1,500 is the maximum amount an organisation can apply for. Also, please be aware of new objectives such as the Olympics and Diamond Jubilee.  
Posted: 5 Apr 2012
NHS London is undertaking a review of children's emergency services in London hospitals, with the aim of developing standards that will secure consistently safe and high quality emergency care for children across all hospitals in London, seven days a week. This work builds on the review of emergency care pathways for adult patients, where clinical standards of care have been developed to improve the way the services are provided and to reduce the variation in services and outcomes for patients... read more
Posted: 3 Apr 2012 is a fantastic new website for charities and community group. It is specifically designed to support small, local charities by providing easy-to-use online marketing and donation tools that help to promote groups to local donors, engage with supporters and raise donations. is the only website to enable those charities that are too small to register with the Charity Commission to claim Gift Aid, thus boosting donations by 25%. By signing up with,... read more
Posted: 2 Apr 2012
The application window to the Communitybuilders Fund for a feasibility grant will close 13 April so there is still time to apply! Half a million will be available for organisations looking to research and develop a sustainable and entrepreneurial idea that meets social needs of their local community. 20 to 30 grants and up to 5 days business support will be awarded to high quality applicants with a proven track record. Organisations can apply for a maximum of £25,000 and minimum of £10,000 in... read more
Posted: 2 Apr 2012
Congratulations to the church who have been awarded £150,000 by English Heritage for urgent repair works.
Posted: 4 Aug 2011
This year’s Festival for the over-50s offers an exciting range of activities, including outings to Margate, Chartwell, Canterbury, Portsmouth and Sandown Park, open meetings, theatre and arts and crafts. The brochure is available to download below, or pick up a copy in over 100 places borough-wide, including the Civic Centre, Age Concern Merton, Merton & Morden and Wimbledon Guilds, libraries, community centres and churches, with the full programme also available online on both Age Concern... read more
Posted: 31 Jul 2011
At this special public meeting organised by Siobhain Mcdonagh, MP for Mitcham and Morden, you can learn about the campaign to stop loan sharks, doorstep lenders and high interest short-term money lenders.   With guest speaker Stella Creasy, MP for Walthamstow and leading anti-loan-shark campaigner.   8.00pm, Tuesday 2 August at Christchurch Church Hall Christchurch Road, Colliers Wood SW19 2NY To book your place email call 020 8542 4835
Posted: 29 Jul 2011
To celebrate National Play Day there will be free activities for children and young people (up to the age of 16) at the Acacia Intergenerational Centre on 3 August from 12.00 to 4.00pm. The Centre will be open to children and young people on a timed ticket basis. For more information call 020 8274 5121 or see the poster here.