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27 June 2013

Picture by Marzia Nicodemi-Ehikioya


This Shirley poppy grew on Rev. Wilks grave in St. Johns graveyard, Shirley
Marzia Nicodemi-Ehikioya
Editor, linguist, outspoken campaigner
on local and national issues. Loves opera,
books and libraries.
Russell Elliott
Passionate believer and advocate of
alternative - Just cos something has
always been done a particular way
doesnt make it the best!
Andrew Pelling
Former Shirley resident, Councillor,
London Assembly Member & MP.
Investment Banker & commentator
for insidecroydon.com
Robert Dil
Graphic Design Consultant and
Co-owner of TD Studio in Addiscombe.
Loves playing music & diving.
Giovanna Ricciardelli
Travel Consultant specialised in Events.
Loves entertaining, swimming, cooking
Italian food. Seriously interested in
architecture and interior design.
Andrew Dunsmore
Top London photographer, runs
Picture Partnership in his Shirley
Studio or on location. He helps
you take better pictures.
Nathalie Baron
Ayurvedic therapist, loves natural remedies,
nature, books & writing
Elizabeth Ash
Library campaigner, tweeter,
interested in education and social
media, enjoys cooking.
Nadia Nazir
IT Consultant and Interior
Decorator, loves to sew, knit
and bake.
Helen Campbell-MacDonald
Practitioner of alternative medicine
and regular contributor to
Alternatives page.
Jill Latter
Miniaturist, Shirley resident for
more than 50 years, makes
beautiful cakes.
Tom Dunsmore
Family man. Retired engineer. Has
worked abroad. Speaks Spanish.
Enjoys travel.
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online magazine?
Please contact us
on
shirleylife@rocketmail.com
Charles Park
of Planning Partnership Ltd, Shirley.
The man to look for if you want
something special for your home.
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Contents
Shirley Life 5
Lets Talk about Herbs by Editor 11
Heart Start - Free Training Course 15
A picture from Tuscany 17
Tradition and passion by Marzia 19
Better for Beddington? - A Report from Jill and Marzia 22
GLA Sketch by Andrew Pelling 24
Veg boxes and a recipe by Riverford 26
Niclas Agriturismo in Montepulciano by Marzia 28
Useful websites 30
Giovannas Column 32
38 Degrees Campaigns: No to Privatisation of Croydons Libraries 34
Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign Update by Adrian Winchester 37
Shirley shops Update by Editor 41
Nathalies Column: Bone Health 44
News from Shirley Community Centre 48
No to the incinerator and a letter from Paul Pickering 50
Andrew Dunsmore, Picture Partnership, Shirley 54
Shirley Library: July Activities 58
Green Thumb: Chapter 1 61
Diary of a Stakeholder by Editor 62
The plant that could cost your home!!! 63
Front Cover: A sketch by DISH, at CarewManor, just for Shirley Life
Editorial Team
Nathalie Baron, Tom Dunsmore, Jill Latter, Marzia Nicodemi-Ehikioya
(Editor), Andrew Pelling, Russell Elliott (Advertising Consultant), Robert Dil
(Graphic Design Consultant) and Nadia Nazir (Website Administrator).
Contacts
T: 07940 415532

E: shirleylife@rocketmail.com

W: www.shirleylife.com
Blog: http://shirleylifeblog.wordpress.com
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Please remember that Veolia are sponsoring a
recycling/freecycling stall at Surrey Street Market on
Saturday 29 June: it will be a day of free exchange of
items. People can take items that they no longer want
and take away other peoples belongings. The activity is from10amto
3pm. Veolia usually weigh the total amount brought in so they can
report this to the council for their recycling and reuse reporting and try
to encourage local charities to take part and advertise their work on
other stalls. Typical items include books, DVDs, clothes, games, toys,
crockery, electricals (PAT tested) and small furniture.
Veolia needs to look after the
Neighbourhood Recycling Centre at
the Wickham Road/Bridle Road/
Monks Orchard Road junction. It is
a very popular site and the way it is
currently managed is grossly
insufficient: it is becoming an
eyesore and carrier bags are flying
around. On Sunday 23 May, a tall
refrigerator had been dumped there. Moreover, the new layout of the
junction spells danger for the user of this facility because cars speed
away in the slip road.
Let Shirley Life know about good service.
Giovanna highly recommended a professional decorator,
Garfield Williams. You can contact him on 07852464283
and/or Gmansabby@hotmail.co.uk. No jobs are too small. I
have seen his work too and can honestly say it was good.
Oliver Lewis tweeted: I went to Tea Cosy today. A great
addition to the commercial & community offer in #Shirley
#Croydon. Tea Cosy, a new establishment in the Poppy
Parade, Wickham Road (near Halfords) was featured in
Shirley Life last month.
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in this part of Shirley. Now used condoms have been found. The SNT
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Val dOrcia
One would expect me to be biased about
Tuscany. Indeed I am. In 2004 the Val
dOrcia was added to the UNESCO list of
World Heritage Sites under these criteria:
Criterion (iv): The Val dOrcia is an
exceptional reflection of the way the
landscape was re-written in Renaissance
times to reflect the ideals of good governance and to create an
aesthetically pleasing pictures.
Criterion (vi): The landscape of the Val dOrcia was celebrated by
painters from the Scuola Senese, which flourished during the
Renaissance. Images of the Val dOrcia, and particularly depictions of
landscapes where people are depicted as living in harmony with
nature, have come to be seen as icons of the Renaissance and have
profoundly influenced the development of landscape thinking.
Please discover a bit of this Valley on page 28.
Can you believe it?
I spotted the sign below whilst being driven around. We felt we had to
go back to put the horror on record. Amazing, isnt it? Would you be
happy to send your
daughter there? Or
do you think details
and spelling do not
matter? It is sad
that many in
Croydon share the
latter view. I do not.
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LETS
TALK
ABOUT
HERBS
A suggested herb society in Croydon and the surrounding area
the Croydon Herb Society.
As an amateur herb and wild-flower enthusiast, I have been slightly
frustrated by the fact that there is no local herb society in London, the
nearest Herb Society Group being in West Sussex or Essex and other
groups in the North West of England, Dorset, East Yorkshire or the
Wild West of England.
The Croydon Natural History Society, which I suspect is on its last legs,
has given up on herbs etc and has donated its entire herbarium to the
South London Botanical Institute. The SLBI is a marvellous place with
a great library and garden and I would thoroughly recommend a visit
I follow Croydon Transition Town, although I have not been able to attend a
single meeting yet. I am on their mailing list.
When Mike Oliver wrote to the Group about a Herb Society in Croydon, I
contacted him straightaway. I have been a vegetarian most of my life and
herbs are very important for anything I cook. I enjoy the colours and the
smells of wild flowers and herbs.
Rosemary, sage and wild garlic remind me of my childhood in Tuscany. SL
offers the reader alternative choices.
Mike and SL Team could journey together. Editor
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(free) or even membership for a measly 15 a year. Chelsea Physic
Garden and half a dozen other London gardens with a herb emphasis
are also very useful if you want to see herbs growing or find out more
by taking a course. Together we could explore possibilities.
None of the above answers my own particular wish to have a group of
interested people meet and enjoy herbs (and wildflowers, since there
is often no real difference in definition).
The scope of such a group could be simply to meet, exchange
information, talk about herbs and wildflowers, visit herb gardens or
take part in field trips, have visiting lecturers, find out more about the
various uses and aspects of herb gardening, e.g. medicinal, culinary
and fabric dyeing.
Croydon has a number of places and organisations where mutual
interests come together for those interested in botany generally and
herbs and wildflowers in particular, for example The Croydon Ecology
Centre. Croydon also has one of the largest acreages of parkland and
green space in the London Boroughs. This suggests to me that a local
herb society would be a viable project.
At this stage we are simply kicking the idea around and there is no
definite venue for meetings etc though there are some good ideas
such as the walled garden at Park Hill Rec or the gardens at Croydon
Minster. We can look at these ideas without rushing the decisions.
Personally my interest in herbs is just that an interest. I am not a great
expert but would like to learn more and share my enthusiasm with
others. I have acquired some skills by trial and error such as
propagation that I would be pleased to pass on. If you have some
deeper knowledge from which we all can benefit or want to learn more,
I think this is for you. Again, I speak only for myself, but I find that
groups of people that start off by enjoying each others company
always achieve more than just signing up for an idea. So I would like
this to be fun.
I am kicking things off by contacting members of Croydon Transition
Towns and The Country Park Beekeepers Association but perhaps
you would like to think about friends you know that might also be
interested.
Mike Oliver
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Passion and tradition
A few years ago, we discovered Krumiri
Rossi, by chance, in a shop whilst
driving back from Italy. I knew the name
because biscuits called Krumiri
classici, made by Bistefani, are sold in
supermarkets but this box was different,
old fashioned and attractive. I simply had
to buy it. When we opened it, the fragrance
of the biscuits was extraordinary. We fell in love
with them. It is not easy to find the real Krumiri and
we seldom travel by car, so we had to order them. However, this year
we travelled by van and stopped in Casale Monferrato, a beautiful
town in Piedmont, and visited the shop where Krumiri are made. It
was well worth the detour and what I expected: tradition and passion.
We met Signora Portinaro
and her husband who even
gave us a stylish DVD made
to celebrate the biscuits. We
bought lots of boxes. We will
go back there at the earliest
opportunity and spend
some time in this attractive
town, safe after the Eternit factory was closed down.
From www.krumirirossi.it
According to legend, Krumiri were invented partly for fun and partly by
chance. Italy had been a unified
country for only a few years and
the repercussions of the
Risorgimento could still be felt.
After spending an evening with
friends in his local caf,
Domenico Rossi invited them all
to his confectioners kitchen and
there, with a little alchemy and a
touch of magic, he baked the
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very first Krumiri.
We dont really
know for sure if
thats exactly
what happened,
but thats what
legend tells and
we believe it. One
thing we do
know for sure is
that in 1878, as
the newspapers
of the day report,
the one and only
Krumiri were an
instant sweet
success in the
Italian art of confectionery.
The Kings favourite nibble
Who knows if Domenico Rossi could have imagined that Krumiri
would become the symbol of his beloved town of Casale? As the new
century dawned, Krumiri had already received a series of important
official accolades, such as a bronze medal at the Turin Universal
Exhibition in 1884 and Diplomas as Supplier to the House of his
Highness the Duke of Aosta, the Duke of Genoa and Supplier to the
Royal House of Italy to Umberto I. And, in 1900, it won the Grand
Award of Honour at the Casale Exhibition.
The fragrant biscuit through history
Passion will always take you far. Its like longingly following a smell, a
fragrance that wafts out of a confectioners kitchen, filling the air of a
towns streets, enchanting the senses and imagination, and thereby
perpetuating the history of those who instigated and nurtured that
passion. In the Twenties, Angelo Ariotti took over Domenico Rossis
business and, with it, the recipe and the Krumiro patent, so the biscuit
could continue its grand tradition through history, the same as it
always was.
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Conquering the world
Then Ercole Portinaro took over the company in 1953, followed by
his son Romolo and Krumiri began to outgrow their original local roots
day by day, finally conquering the whole of Italy and the world. In the
space of just a few years they reached the Italian Presidents Palace,
the Italian Parliament, and even headed overseas to the White House,
where they have been appreciated by presidents, famous actors,
showbiz stars and Nobel prize winners. Without ever changing.
Wonderful Krumiri!
At the dawn of the third millennium, Krumiri are an institution. Theres
always the strong desire to look towards the future and a new era,
but also to respect traditions that convey values and security at the
same time. The Portinaro familys confectionery has been a point of
reference for many famous gourmets. In 1998, the President of the
United States, Bill Clinton, received a gift of a selection of the best
produce from the Piedmont region, but he liked one in particular, as
he wrote enthusiastically in a letter of thanks, with a special mention
for the the wonderful Krumiri.
The tradition continues
But thats the tin my grandma gave me! Peoples reactions to Krumiri
are passionate, immediate and honest. Its like love at first sight, but
with a feeling of pride: there isnt anyone from Casale who wont give
the flavour that has become the symbol of their land as a gift to others.
Today the company is managed by Anna, the daughter of Romolo
and Dorotea Portinaro. Her passion is fed by the pleasure of doing
things just as they should be done, and done well of course, like in
times gone by. And by continuing a tradition that has now become a
part of history.
The secret ingredient is simplicity
Soft wheat flour, fresh eggs, butter, sugar, pure vanillin, and, most
importantly, no water. The only thing that softens the mixture are eggs
and butter, giving Krumiri their special irresistible fragrance. Thats how
its been done since 1878. Staying faithful to the most authentic
tradition, never changing the recipe and the simple, wholesome
ingredients are what make Krumiri unique.
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Better for Beddington?
I was surprised to
receive an invite from
the Mayor of Sutton for
the launch of Better for
Beddington.
Beddington means
incinerator to me and I
could not understand
what it was all about. I
knew nothing about
Carew Manor, its Great
Hall and the Dovecote.
I phoned Jill and asked
if she would join me.
She very graciously
accepted and off we
went to explore and learn about the place. It was rather a wet and grey
day. Carew Manor is an impressive building that needs some TLC. It is
a former country house known as Beddington Place or Beddington Hall.
The roof of the great hall dates from around 1500 and is Grade 1 listed.
Carew Manor The Museum and Heritage Service arranges tours of the
hall and dovecote on certain Sunday afternoons during the year. For
2013 they are: 12 May, 16 June, 29 September, 20 October. Tours take
place at 2pm and 3.30pm. Tickets are 5 and bookable from 020 8770
4781.
If one wants to book the hall for a wedding one needs to contact Carew
Manor School on 020 8647
8349.
Carew Manor is now a
community special school
for pupils aged 7 to16 years
with moderate learning
difficulties. In addition,
some of the pupils have
Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
The presentation was well attended
and organised. The leaflet a vision
for the river wandle, printed using
vegetable-based inks on Forest
Stewardship Council certified paper
containing 100% post-consumer
waste, is impressive. The aims of
the vision are: the river supporting a
mosaic of habitats with high
biodiversity; water, plentiful and
clean, and varied in its flow speeds, widths and depths; good access
with sympathetically managed pathways along the whole river;
engagement with Councils, businesses, government agencies and
public working together to improve the river. Great stuff. I politely asked
the Mayor of Sutton about his views on the incinerator tower. He politely
smiled and offered me a plate to partake with refreshments.
DISH, Neil Dishington, cartoonist extraordinaire was in attendance and
offered free sketches to visitors who told him about their memories. I
approached him and asked if he could draw something to reflect the
future. I told him about the 95 metres tower that might go up nearby.
The sketch is on SL front page. It will be framed!
A lot of money seems to go into this vision. A lot of spin too.
Jill commented: This was a rare opportunity to visit Carew Manor. The
visit to the dovecote and the talk on the hall were a joy. As for the vision
of the river Wandle and its surroundings, it is wonderful if you are looking
with one eye shut. If you open that eye you see the incongruous image
of the incinerator tower and, while you are standing in this idyllic place,
you will be breathing in stuff that you do not even want to know the
names of.
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Jill and Marzia
GLA Sketch by Andrew Pelling
A June Mayoral Question Time of infernos
and incinerators and of clear blue water to
douse a noisy first hour with a packed
heckling audience of fire fighters.
Croydons Kingsley primary school students,
regular visitors to
the City Hall
chamber, will have
been non-plussed
by the barracking
and chanting adults in the public gallery.
A gallery full of opponents to cuts in fire cover and to increased
response times to fires brought an
unsympathetic atmosphere for
Mayor Boris for the first hour of the
Question Time session. Labour
member Len Duvall won applause
for asserting that Mayor Johnson
speaks for the rich and not the
everyday Londoner. The barrackers
left after so disrupting affairs with
chanting that the meeting was put
into temporary abeyance.
When discussing the import of doubled response times to fires Mayor
Boris ever more eccentrically ruffled hair for the cameras and his joking
around by answering questions in French just does not look or sound
that funny. Old Etonian patronising and whimsy doesnt chime well
when considering fire mortalities.
Labour dedicated most of their questioning to defending public
services in the form of the fire service.
Conservatives devoted most of their time to arguing the merits of the
free market calling for the abolition of the minimum wage for students
leaving university.
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In between all this Mayor Johnson pushed a London centric pro EU
membership stance but diluting this by saying that he was not pro
Europe at any price.
Lib-Dem Stephen Knight worried about
the Infernos night club that houses up
1,500 revellers in Clapham Town where
fire engine response time is to double
from 9 to 18 minutes.
Mayor Boris felt that Lib-Dems should not complain as they supported
spending cuts as part of the national government up the Thames at
Westminster.
Things got personal when Labour Assembly member Jennette Arnold
said that response times to Mayor Johnsons
home was 21 seconds compared to 6 minutes
and 26 seconds to Great Ormond Street hospital.
Mayor Johnson said that Arnolds remarks were
a disgraceful thing to say and contemptible.
With the protestors gone attention turned to tackling those who seek
violence in the name of Islam. Mayor Johnson called for increased
monitoring of Skype and of students in universities who do not support
liberal Western principles.
When it came to English nationalist protests our local London
Assembly member felt that whether such public protests were allowed
should be left in the hands of the local police borough commander.
OConnell also felt that police recruitment practices should be changed
to increase black and minority ethnic representation in the Met.
Whilst fellow Conservative Victoria Borwick concentrated on her
blackberry OConnell also ventured the view that young people should
be given the priority in increasing jobs in London. The Mayor employed
the rather ugly, brutish language of having boot camps for young
business people.
The Mayor would not though be drawn into supporting his
Conservative colleagues call for the minimum wage to be dropped for
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students committing to 6 month contracts with the option of being
considered for a job after the first six month period. Assembly
Conservatives also called for the downgrading of employment rights in
small firms.
Conservative Andrew Boff sought support from the Mayor to have
more houses for families built rather than Chinese money building high
rise flats less suited for families. The Mayor recognised the problem
but felt unable to intervene in the operation of the hidden hand of the
market, a concept that he embraced after eschewing it in his previous
answer.
Mayor Johnson said that he was tired of getting
texts from ministers in their official cars
complaining about traffic jams. He called for them
to use a bike in London (with secure red box for
government papers one presumes).
Hands rather unusually flapping, Labour member
Fiona Twycross asked about the proposed
incinerator in our community. Twycross was joined
by Green member Jenny Jones in
questioning the Mayor. Planning
guru, and also Labour member,
Nicky Gavron talked of the incinerator offering up the
prospect of the incinerator
capital of southern England.
According to Gavron there is insufficient refuse in the
four local boroughs to burn and that waste, Gavron
asserted, will come from as far as Guildford and
Reading.
Our local member Steve OConnell did not speak.
http://www.london.gov.uk/webcasts/32793/asx
NO INCINERATOR NEAR PEOPLE
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Niclas agriturismo in Montepulciano
What is agriturismo? It is a combination of the
words for agriculture and tourism in Italian - a
style of holiday in farm house resorts codified into
Italian law in 1985. An agriturismo vacation is
suitable for the whole family and some places can
even be very romantic or luxurious.
If you want real and unadulterated Tuscany, Niclas
agriturismo is the place for you. The donkey is a guest she borrowed
to keep grass under control but might stay on because he has become
a friend. Everything is reused in this small piece of paradise, lovingly
tended and tilled. There are two mini flats with a bedroom, kitchen and
bathroom. The view from the bedrooms is spectacular: olive trees and
vineyards. The cockrel might wake you up but there is so much to do
and visit in the area that you will not mind.
Please contact Shirley Life on shirleylife@rocketmail.com for more
details.
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USEFUL WEBSITES
NEWS AND BLOGS
If you want to know what is going on in Croydon
insidecroydon.com/
If you are interested in police matters
http://inspectorgadget.wordpress.com/
If you are interested in checking facts
http://fullfact.org
FOOD AND HEALTH
Bradleys for the best frozen fish around
(quality, price and great choice)
www.frozenfishdirect.co.uk
For books and health products that might change a few
things in your life for the better
www.credence.org
For organic food on your doorstep, check
www.riverford.co.uk and discover, once more, what real
food tastes like
For a fun and inspirational blog full of gluten free recipes
http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.co.uk/p/site-index.html
If you want to make a difference about better prices, decent
working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of
trade for farmers and workers in the developing world
http://www.fairtrade.org.uk
LIFESTYLE AND BEAUTY
For Ayurvedic theraphy, enter the peaceful world of
www.gardenofpomegranates. com and enjoy beauty, the
natural way
When you need a freelance make-up artist, check
www.mimidmakeup.com
For a hairdresser with a difference
www.wickhamstudio.co.uk/
WEBSITES
If you are looking for a reliable person to build your own
website, check www.nadianazir.com
TRAVEL
Before travelling and planning an outing, DO check
www.tripadvisor.co.uk for real feedback
SERVICES
For superb and traditional shoe repairs
www.traditionalshoerepairs.co.uk
For electrical work
www.shirleyelectrical.com
LIBRARIES
Save Croydon Libraries Campaign
soslibrary.blogspot.co.uk
Alan Wylie's Stop the Privatisation of Public Libraries
http://dontprivatiselibraries.blogspot.co.uk/
The Library Campaign
http://www.librarycampaign.com/
Voices for the Library
http://www.voicesforthelibrary.org.uk/wordpress/
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Giovannas Column
I often meet Celia during the school run. She
has three children of 5, 3 and 1 and although
raising a family is typically quite demanding for
most mothers with three young children, Celia
always seems to find the time to read a good
book, to go out with her friends in the evening,
to go out for dinner with her husband, to go to
her yoga classes and even to hit some balls in
the golf range almost every week. In addition,
she also works part time from home on her own
business. I found this quite fascinating, because, in my view, it is incredibly
difficult to be a mum and not be extremely exhausted at the end of the day
to do anything else apart from having a few minutes to relax in front of the
TV before falling asleep in the sofa.
I once asked Celia to tell me what her secret was to be able to run a
house, work, spend time with her family and friends and also have spare
time to do certain activities which are typically not compatible with raising
three young children. She told me that she had help at home. What type
of help, I asked. She simply said: I have an au pair. She told me that
since she had her first au pair about 5 years ago, her life changed
completely and later she decided to set up her own au pair agency to
help other families to find suitable au pairs. Please read below to know
more about her story:
I always wondered why families, in general, found it so difficult to find an
appropriate au pair and why a large number of families had to replace
their au pairs after a relatively short period of time.
I found the answer when I learn about how the au pairs were typically
selected by the families. I noticed that there are two main ways of finding
an au pair: 1) to search online and 2) to use an au pair agency.
Finding an au pair online is typically quite straight forward. There are plenty
of internet sites where families can place an ad highlighting their
requirements and after a week, they have well over 100 applications of
potential candidates. Now, it takes some time to make a first screening,
then arrange an interview by phone or video conference with several
candidates and finally choose the right au pair.
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This type of au pair selection works for many families, it is relatively cheap
and only requires having time to undertake the interviews and final
selection. However, in my view, it is not ideal as it is extremely difficult to
get to know a person after interviewing her/him in English, which is
typically a language that do not speak well, and therefore, it is not easy
to assess personality, background and motivation to come and work in a
foreign country.
The second approach to find an au pair is by using an agency to do the
work for the family. This is a very convenient approach but I realised that
most agencies in the UK depend on other agencies based abroad for
their au pair selection, without knowing the specific needs of each family.
Given that these two ways of finding an au pair were not in line with my
expectations and probably the main reason for the high number of failures
in selecting appropriate au pairs, I decided to create a different type of au
pair agency for those families that were finding the same challenges as
me. That is how aupairsfromspain.com has been created.
I was convinced that if I selected each au pair as if it were for my own
family, some people would enormously value this type of personalised
service. In addition, I thought that the best way to ensure a successful
placement is to get to know the hosting families very well before starting
the au pair selection process. I do not rely on third parties to select my au
pairs. I conduct the selection process having in mind the specific needs
of each family.
Why do I only focus on au pairs from Spain? Simply because I am Spanish
and, by interviewing au pairs in their mother tongue, I feel I can get to
know them better.
The fact that most of my hosting families contact me every time they need
a new au pair is extremely rewarding and makes me believe that I am
achieving my ultimate goal of exceeding my families expectations.
Celia Cortijo
celia.cortijo@aupairsfromspain.com
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Save Croydon Libraries Campaign
grew from the council's divisive consultation on just 6 libraries, driving
a wedge between communities. It formed from the realisation that
acting individually, fighting the cause of just one library, was not only
counter-productive but damaging to communities as well as the
libraries cause.
More than 20 thousand spoke up to defend our libraries.
Individually we have little power or impact; our strength is in number.
Croydon communities are realising that we must unite to fight the
cause - not just for libraries but against the incinerator and the
decimation of the arts, to strip away the cloak of secrecy and to
address the paucity of local democracy.
Coming together is the only way to make a REAL difference.
Giving up is not an option!
We have to stand up together for what is right for Croydon.
Please support the 38Degrees Campaign.
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screenings, as there will be five Monday
Spread Eagle screenings in addition to our
South Norwood event. Printed copies of
the programme are now available at the
Spread Eagle; Croydon Visitor Centre and
Matthews Yard and the Whitgift Centre
Information Desk.
Monday 1 July at 2.30 and 8.00pm
HITCHCOCK (15) 2012 USA 98 mins
Director: Sacha Gervasi | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren,
Scarlett Johansson
At the height of his creative powers, Alfred Hitchcock (Hopkins,
barely recognisable) takes a huge gamble by self-financing and
producing an adaptation of the horror novel Psycho, placing further
strain on his affectionate but volatile relationship with his wife and
creative collaborator Alma Reville (Mirren).
Monday 8 July at 2.30 and 8.00pm
PREMIUM RUSH (15) 2012 USA 91 mins
Director: David Koepp | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael
Shannon
Celebrating the Tour de France on one of its official rest days, the
Campaign brings you this pedal-powered action thriller! Taking split-
second decisions as he's chased through New York City by a corrupt
cop, courier Wilee (Gordon-Levitt) has to make a valuable delivery
on a bike with no brakes... The 2.30pm screening will be subtitled.
Monday 15 July at 2.30 and 8.00pm
THE SESSIONS (15) 2012 USA 95 mins
Director: Ben Lewin | Stars: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H
Macy
A 38-year-old man (Hawkes), who uses an iron lung, is determined
to lose his virginity, and is put in contact with a professional sex
Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign Update
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Spotted in Shirley: children seemed to enjoy it.
surrogate (Hunt). Based on a true story, this sensitive yet often
humorous drama follows the fascinating relationship which develops
between them.
Monday 22 July at 2.30 and 8.00pm
BROKEN (15) 2012 UK 91 mins
Director: Rufus Norris | Stars: Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy, Eloise
Laurence, Rory Kinnear
An eleven-year-old girl (Laurence) witnesses a sudden, brutal attack
close to her home. In the aftermath of the attack, the lives of three
dysfunctional families become intertwined. Realistic, touching and
funny, Broken was named Best Film at the 2012 British Independent
Film Awards. The 2.30pm screening will be subtitled.
Monday 29 July at 2.30 and 8.00pm
PITCH PERFECT (12A) 2012 USA 112 mins
Director: Jason Moore | Stars: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel
Wilson
Following our hugely popular screenings of The Sapphires, we bring
you the best of the recent Glee-inspired college musicals. After new
girl Beca (Kendrick) is cajoled into joining an all-girl singing group,
there are plenty of songs and a wickedly funny script and supporting
cast on her journey to the inevitable campus choir competition.
The Spread Eagle is in Katharine Street, Croydon, next to Croydon
Clocktower. Screenings are free just order your drinks/food before
going upstairs. Seats are first-come, first-served, but we usually
manage to accommodate everyone.
To be added to the Campaign mailing list, please email:
savedavidlean@gmail.com
Adrian Winchester, Campaign Chairman
Our Facebook page is a useful resource for anyone interested in the
Campaign, with photo albums, scans of press coverage and screening
reminders: http://www.facebook.com/LeanCampaign
For additional updates, film presentation reminders, etc, please follow
the Campaign on Twitter: @SaveDavidLean
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Shops Update
We are recording the changes as they happen. We have a new barber
which makes three barbers in Shirley. Mario is under new management.
Poppy Parade
580-582 - The new restaurant will open soon: it looks as if it will be a very
chic establishment. I had a chat with the Cyprus born owner who was
supervising the extensive
refurbishment. He seems to
be keen on detail and that is
reassuring. He promised that
the food would be as good
as in the previous restaurant
if not better. We look forward
to trying it.
http://www.kozrestaurant.co.uk/
578 - The place is still empty.
Shirley Library Parade
242 - Oscar Barbers will open soon. Oscar Barbers is West Wickham's
premier gentleman's hairstylists and grooming salon. Contemporary, with
a twist of tradition, the salon is
designed around the busy lifestyle
of todays man. They offer many
modern cutting-edge techniques
for todays hairstyles. They say that
their staff are fully trained with
years of experience so you can
expect nothing but the highest
standard of work from them.
Shirley Inn Parade
182 - No change and no contact from Simon Barren.
Broom Road Parade
17: Red Chillies have gone and Haldi have taken over. See Shirley Lifes
report on page 43.
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Tea Cosy is a welcome
addition in Shirley for tea
lovers. It has a quaint look
and the decorations are
very pretty. It reminded me
of some New England
establishments and I loved
the row of books on display.
It is situated in the Poppy
Parade, Wickham Road, by
Halfords, and one can sit
outside if one wishes.
I went with a friend and had
a carrot cake that was
scrumptious but the coffee
machine was being tried for
the first time so I will have to
go again to give a proper
opinion. I am not easy to
please regarding espresso
but I am aware it takes a
little time to get used to a
new machine.
Friends who went there for
lunch were not impressed
with their meals. They
complained there was not
much on their plates.
One might want to walk
there because there is no
parking. However, one can
leave the car in the
surrounding roads.
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Giovanna, Marzia and Russell had a working dinner at the Shirley
Community Centre and decided to sample food from Red Chillies in
Broom Road as leaflets had just been distributed in the area. No sooner
had they stepped into the immaculate establishment that they were
informed that the take-away was under new management. Undeterred,
they proceeded to order.
The owner made them welcome and offered poppadom and relishes
whilst they were waiting for their dishes to be cooked.
Giovanna chose a mild curry dish and discovered Peshwari nan.
Marzia asked for a hot (not burning) vegetable Byriani dish and was truly
impressed with it. It was perfectly cooked and the vegetable curry tasted
authentic.
Russell commented: I enjoyed my vegetarian choice and would definitely
go back for another Indian meal again there soon.
Giovanna has already tried a second time and her husband, not overly
keen on Eastern delights, liked what he ordered.
Marzia and family went back too. Her husband said it was the best
Vindaloo curry he had had in years.
Consistency is an issue in many takeaways: many in Shirley have
deteriorated over the years and serve dishes that do not resemble Indian
food at all. We hope that Haldi will maintain its standards. The prices are
competive, the staff is friendly and proud to deliver good food. They also
have a special weekday offer, Monday to Thursday, of a starter, main and
side dishes for 9.95.
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BONE HEALTH
Osteoporosis is a condition that makes bones
brittle and weak and more prone to break. In
women the menopause increases the risk of
osteoporosis so it makes sense to start looking after
your bones in your thirties before you become menopausal.
Osteoporosis can also be age-related and usually occurs in men and
women when they reach their seventies. Also, people with specific
conditions such as Coeliac disease (a severe allergy to gluten), eating
disorders, alcoholism or HIV maybe at risk.
Whatever your age, your medical history or your sex, it is never too
early or late to start looking after your bones. Here are a few tips to
ensure that your bones remain strong and healthy:
EAT CALCIUM RICH FOOD
A good dietary intake of calcium is essential to maintain bone density.
The average person needs approximately 700mg of the mineral per
day according to the NHS. However, the figures differ from country to
country and France and the USA set it at 1,000mg/day. Most of the
calcium goes toward renewing bone cells but calcium is also used in
regulating muscle contractions including the heartbeat, to ensure that
blood clots normally and for healthy nerve function. They are many
ways to get calcium from dairy products to tinned sardines and
broccoli. I recently found that some mineral waters are one the biggest
provider of the mineral. Just by drinking a litre of French mineral waters
Courmayeur or Hepar you can get over half the RDA (recommended
daily allowance). I have managed to source both waters from a
company called www.frenchclick.co.uk.
Listed below are the top 10 foods highest in calcium:
Whole milk 1,180mg/l
Sesame seed 989mg/100gr
Cheddar cheese 730mg/100gr
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Hepar mineral water 549mg/l
Courmayeur mineral water 533mg/l
Sardines (tinned with bones in oil) 500mg/100gr
Tofu 372mg/100gr
Almonds 266mg/100gr
Flax seed 255mg/100gr
Collard greens (cooked) 210mg/100gr
Can you overdo it with the calcium? According to the NHS website
dosage of over 1,500mg per day could lead to stomach pain and
diarrhoea. However, if you suffer from specific conditions where
malabsorption of minerals and vitamins is an issue, it is recommended
that you take double the RDA amount.
THE VITAMIN D FACTOR
Vitamin D is essential for calcium to be absorbed from the digestive
tract and plays a role in protecting your bones. Deficiency in the vitamin
can lead to softening and weakening of the bones. Your skin makes
vitamin D from the ultra violet light in the sunlight, it is then stored in the
body ready for later use. Therefore the easiest way to get vitamin D is
to be in the sun without any sunscreen which would block the process.
Exposing the unprotected skin of your arms and legs to the sun for
ten to fifteen minutes during summer months should be enough. Be
mindful not to burn and take advantage of the early morning rays or
late afternoon sun. If the sun is not always available then eggs and oily
fish such as salmon, trout and sardines are also a good source.
Most people should be able to get the daily recommended amount of
vitamin D from their food or summer sun and therefore supplements
are not essential. It is advised to take no more than 25 micrograms if
taken as a supplement. You skin will never produce too much of the
vitamin so you should not have any concerns about overdosing on it
from skin exposure.
HEALTHY DIGESTION & ABSORPTION
Eating calcium packed food is great but so is a healthy digestion to
enable the absorption of the vitamins and minerals provided by your
diet. For healthy digestion, Ayurveda recommends drinking ginger tea
before main meals to stimulate digestion. Also use spices in your food
that facilitate the digestive processes such as cumin, coriander, fennel,
turmeric, ginger and cinnamon. Avoid bad food combination that upset
the digestion such as mixing fruits with other food fruits should
always be eaten on their own and never with dairy products.
REDUCE VATA
In Ayurveda, the natural energy Vata which is made from air and space
governs the bones. Excess
Vata causes stress and also
makes the bones porous,
weak and brittle. Keeping
Vata in balance is therefore
essential. To reduce Vata in
your life concentrate on
reducing your stress levels
and eating food that keeps
Vata in check such as warm,
soupy, well cooked food. Eat
and sleep at regular times
and make time for relaxation.
Treat yourself to a weekly
massage to keep stress at
bay.
BONE FIT
Bones get stronger with use and the best way to strengthen them is
to do weight bearing exercises such as brisk walking, yoga and weight
training. Aim to do at least three to five moderate sessions a week
(forty-five minutes to one hour each) and vary the sports to get
maximum benefit out of it. If you are new to exercise take it easy and
build it up. If you are already suffering from osteoporosis, it might not
be safe to do high-impact exercises. Please check with your doctor
which exercises are safe for you to perform.
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Don't bend;
Don't water it down;
Don't try to make it
logical;
Don't edit your own
soul according to
the fashion.
Rather,
follow your most
intense obsessions
mercilessly.
Franz Kafka

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NEWS
from the Shirley Community Centre
SCCA wishes to thank:
Charles Park of Shirley for
responding to SCCAs cry for help.
A local surveyor extraordinaire, he
has assessed the external fabric of
the building and is actively helping
SCCA to put together an affordable
refurbishment.
Jill Latter for the exquisite cakes she
made for the French film screening.

The Friday Club who meet every Friday between 2 and


5pm would be happy to welcome new senior residents.
There is no charge and you can enjoy a chat over tea (or
coffee) and biscuits plus games and bingo. Just drop in!
SCCA (Shirley Community Centre Association) would like
to welcome new Trustees. If you are interested in helping
the Centre become an even more lively place, please email
scca-shirley1@hotmail.co.uk for further details.

The Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign screening of


A Sunday in the Country on Saturday 15 June saw a
record attendance of 105. A few in the audience had
difficulty reading the subtitles due to heads in front of them
blocking their view of the bottom of the screen. We will ask
taller people to sit closer to the back or on the edges! Also,
not all could sample Jill's wonderful French-style pastries
during the interval. The attendance was higher than
expected or, perhaps, they looked too tempting!
You can hold your parties at the Centre on Saturdays and
Sundays. Contact the Site Manager, NOG, on 020 8777
4298 from Monday to Friday from 9 to 11am or Friday
afternoon. He will be happy to show you around.
The Centre is available for hire during the morning and
early afternoon. We are slowly populating the day slots:
please consider meeting at the Centre for your group or
association.
SCCA will organize fundraising activities during the
summer. There will be a sale of pre-loved items: you will
be able to hire a table for 10 and bring all your goods (no
electrical items, please) to the Centre. Your house will be
decluttered and you might make a tidy sum of money.
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We lost a battle but...
STILL
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NO INCINERATOR NEAR PEOPLE
KEEP WRITING
TO
mayor@london.gov.uk
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Hello All
I wanted to let a wider audience know about our progress with the
lawyers.
Shasha, Dave, Stuart Collins (Croydon Labour councillor) and I met with
Sue Willman and Charlie Dobson last Thursday in London. Sue and
Charlie are from Deighton Pierce Glynn solicitors and have previously
met with Taus Larsen and Jonathan Essex (with me on speaker phone).
We agreed to proceed with taking advice from a Barrister at a capped
cost of 2,000. I deposited 1,500 with the solicitors on Monday so
that they would instruct Justine Thornton to begin work.
We need to raise 800.00 to cover the immediate shortfall that our funds
did not have to allow this process to begin and a further 500.00 that is
due to be paid in around 2 weeks time! (Gordon, this is where your kind
offer of cash may well be much appreciated!). Although I have paid the
800.00 balance (to be repaid!), I am not able to pay the further 500.00.
If we are advised that there is a good chance of winning a Judicial
Review, the total costs will be in the region of 33,000 - which includes
around 6,000 of VAT. My personal belief is that we would not be able
to raise this kind of money - but I'm happy to be proven wrong.
Our hope is that if Justine finds good cause for a Judicial Review; we can
then write to Boris and (maybe) the threat of legal action with a Barristers
instruction will be sufficient to make him be on the side of caution and
reject the application. We have 3 months from the time that the decision
is made to lodge a Judicial Review.
We could, if our fundraising fails to raise sufficient funds, request 50% of
the pledges that have been made. We (STI) have a fundraiser organised
for Friday 28 June at the Green Dragon starting at 19:30. Croydon
Labour party have a fundraiser planned for July 12 which I believe will be
a meal - details to follow. Could any other groups organise
fundraising events or do you have any money to donate?
Finally, if you have any signed Boris letters please get them to me or
Charlotte as we delivering to City Hall now.
Thanks,
Paul Pickering, Chairman
http://www.stoptheincinerator.co.uk/
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Andrew Dunsmore,
Picture Partnership,
Shirley
Competition
How creative can you be with your
Summer pictures?
A FREE STUDIO PORTRAIT from us
at Picture Partnership - or A FREE
TWO HOUR STUDIO HIRE if you
are serious photographers who wish to
expand their photography skills and
experience.
Please submit your entries to Shirley
Life: a winner will be chosen by 20
th
September 2013.
Terms and Conditions apply and your
picture(s) may be used in the publication
showing the entries and/or winners. SO
please ensure you have permission to enter
the picture and it MUST be your own
picture and you must own the Copyright.
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Cherubs
The Royal Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in April
2011 was a most joyous occasion throughout the land and no doubt
the country will equally celebrate the birth of their heir, expected in July
of this year.
All parents will remember the anticipation of awaiting the arrival of their
child, especially their first-born, and the happiness they bring and we
can be sure that Their Royal Highnesses are no exception. Although
we will not be suggesting to them that they register the Royal Heir on
to our Cherubs scheme, we at Picture Partnership wish to share their
joy by offering free registration on our Cherubs scheme to any child
with the good fortune to be born on the same day. For those not
familiar with our scheme, you attend 3 photo-shoots during your
babys first year, capturing those stages which you think you will never
forget, but frequently do; first grasping a finger, holding their head up,
sitting or crawling and those early first steps you choose. After each
photo-shoot, of all the photos taken you select your favourite one from
each session which you will receive in a luxury triple folio at the end of
the year. Those born on any other day, in the same month, are also
most welcome to be registered on our Cherubs scheme at 50% OFF
our normal fee of 99. Visit us to see the possibilities.
Please contact Lucy or Petty at Picture Partnership :- 020 8656 4024
Terms and conditions apply. Registration on the scheme must be within 30 days of the Royal birth.
Picture Partnership - June 2013
www.picturepartnership.co.uk. @PPPictures
SAVE OUR
LIBRARIES
and make your
voice heard!!!
27 January 2011
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tried to close dow
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D
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to Ashburton Library? W
e said w
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ouldnt and fought back
This philistine Council is still trying to destroy our library services.
Libraries are m
ore than buildings.
Please read about the petition against the privatisation of Croydons
libraries on page 34 and sign it.
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SHIRLEY LIBRARY
July 2013
Summer Reading Challenge
This is our free reading scheme for children and teenagers which runs for six weeks
from Monday 29th July to Saturday 7th September. The theme is Creepy House and
children will receive rewards along the way for the books they read. Therell also be
lots of other activities and events linked to the Creepy House theme for children,
teenagers and families to enjoy.
Free regular activities and events
Storytime: 2.15pm on the following Thursdays: 4, 11, 18 and 25
Rhymetime: 10am on the following Fridays: 5, 12, 19 and 26
Once upon a Rhyme: 10am on the following Saturdays: 6 and 20
Saturday Crafts: 2.30pm on the following Saturdays: 13 Teddy Bears Picnic and 27
Summer Fun
Chatterbooks is a reading group for children aged 8-11 years old. Just like the Teen
Reading Group it meets once a month and its a chance to discuss all things book
related whilst playing some fun games and quizzes. Friday 19 from 4 to 5pm
Teen Reading Group: This group meets once a month to read and discuss books,
recommend books to each other, choose new books for the library and do lots of
other book related activities such as quizzes and games or any other activities that
the members suggest. Thursday 25 from 4.30 to 5.30pm
Board games: Do you like playing Scrabble, Monopoly, cards, chess and Battleship?
We have a selection of games which can be used in the library any time. Just ask
a member of staff.
Monthly Craft Workshop: Card Making on Tuesday 9 from 2.30 to 4.30pm.
Stitch, Knit and Natter from 2.30 to 4.30pm Friday 12 and 26
Work Club on Tuesday mornings from 10am to 12 noon. The Work Club is here to offer
support with job search, help with typing CVs, help filling in application forms and
there is access to the internet and email. No appointment is needed, just drop in.
Computer sessions for beginners: Learn to set up an email account, use Facebook,
do online shopping, use Word, Excel and Powerpoint or improve your typing skills.
These sessions are offered on Mondays and Tuesdays in the morning and afternoon
and on Saturday mornings. Please contact the library for further details.
Display boards
Our display boards are available for use free of charge to advertise your club or
society. Please contact Fiona or Irene at Shirley Library on 020 8726 6900 or email
shirley@croydon.gov.uk
Free monthly talks om authors or speakers
Barrie McKay, from Crystal Palace Museum, will give a talk on Tuesday 23 July
from 2.15-3.30pm. His talk will be on Strange but True Incidents at the Crystal
Palace.
Tea and coffee will be served afterwards. Please contact the library to reserve
your place.
READING
GROUP
FOR ADULTS
The group will discuss The Hare with the Amber Eyes by Edmund De Waal on
Thursday 18 July at 6pm.
264 wood and ivory carvings, none of them bigger than a matchbox: Edmund
de Waal was entranced when he first encountered the collection in his great
uncle Iggie's Tokyo apartment. When he later inherited the 'netsuke', they
unlocked a story far larger and more dramatic than he could ever have
imagined. From a burgeoning empire in Odessa to fin de siecle Paris, from
occupied Vienna to Tokyo, Edmund de Waal traces the netsuke's journey through
generations of his remarkable family against the backdrop of a tumultuous
century.
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Police surgery with Shirleys Safer Neighbourhood Team.
This no longer takes place at the library. The teams local
monthly street briefing will take place at Potters Close on
Thursday 18 July from 7 to 8pm
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Green Thumb: Chapter 2
One is reasonably pleased with the colour and the texture of the lawn
but the weeds have grown too. The first treatment was the Early
Summer Treatment in
conjunction with Water
Conserver on 28 May.
For the EST they applied a
coated mini granular feed
and selective herbicide for
weed control. For the WC
(CH) they applied their Oasis
Treatment Programme that
will help the lawn to make
the best use of any available
water.
The third treatment was
Slowmow on 14 June.
They applied the plant
growth regulator that
affects the grass plant in a
variety of different ways.
One was told not to cut the
lawn for 3 days.
The strange weather is not
helping matters.
One will keep the readers
informed about the progress of the treatment.
GreenThumb was founded in April 1986 in North Wales by Stephen
Waring. They have 450,000 customers nationwide and say that they
have seen every lawn problem and can always recommend a solution.
The nearest franchise is in New Addington. Phone 01689 849830.
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SV to be relocated,
Thames Water cover to
be lowered
Provide 6no new Tapered
bollards.
Gully to be relocated
Gully to be removed.
Existing connection to
be used for new gully.
Allow for extra 5m of
ducting north of of gully
to enable sewer
connection at correct
fall
Tree to be removed
Road name sign
to be relocated
Drawpit to be relocated
Kerb build out to slow
vehicles down
Footway widened
Drawpit to be relocated
RS08 - provide
new London
Network cycle sign
on new post
Provide new
lighting column
Drawpit to
be relocated
BT Chamber to
be relocated
Bus stop flag to
be relocated
Provide new
lighting column
Chamber to
be relocated
BT and Electric
ducts to diverted
in this area
Combined traffic signal pole and lighting
column - (SeeTfL Electrical Design Section:
Guidance for Installation of Signals on
Lamp Columns - 1.2 Sept 07)
Virgin Media ducts to
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Center line amended and cycle lane to be
removed to increase capacity through
junction for eastbound vehicles
Guard rail to be reinstalled
Kerb cut back to tighten junction
an slow vehicles down
Footway widened to
provide better desire line
Kerb cut back to increase
capacity through junction
CCTV camera to be
relocated by TfL
Possible location for
bell bollard to stop
overrunning by HGV's
RS01 - New Illuminated signs to be
installed
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A232 WICKHAM ROAD
RS03 - Banned left turn sign to be
incorporated onto traffic signal aspect
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Pedestrian splitter island
to be removed
Bollard to be
removed to tip
Prismos patch to match existing
Privately Owned Land
Island to be demolished
and rebuilt in new location
Electrical inspection chamber
installed onsite on 04.04.2011
RS02 - One way sign and post
to be replaced
Proposed new gully to be
located at lowest point. Precise
location TBC
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front of controller box -
TfL to confirm
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Carriageway widened
Prismos patch
Provide triple/
double height
kerbs
Granular material (manually
compacted) may be used
around tree pit area. Any
problems with tree roots to
be dealt with on site with
aboriculturist
Provide far sided secondary signal
head for northbound traffic (pole 9)
Remove left filter arrow from
nearsided signal head for
southbound traffic (pole 9)
Lane markings revised
Secondary left turn
filter arrow not to be
provided RS08
RS04 - New illuminated
signs to be installed
Gully to be relocated.
Use existing connection
Gully to be relocated.
Use existing connection
Gully to be relocated.
Use existing connection
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Gully to be relocated.
Use existing
connection
Gully to be relocated.
Use existing connection
Kerb build out to slow
vehicles down
Center line amended and cycle lane to be
removed to increase capacity through
junction for eastbound vehicles
RS05 - Lane destination sign to be
mounted on two new posts in grass
verge. Recycling sign to be mounted
on one post (closest to carriageway)
under destination sign.Take extra
care with the post foundations due to
close proximity of electric cables
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illuminated Traffic
signal warning sign on
existing lighting column
if suitable. (Lighting
column may need to be
replaced -add to BoQ)
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RS06 - New lane destination sign to
be mounted on two new posts in
grass verge
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Based upon a reproduction from the Ordnance Survey
mapping with the permission of the Controller of Her
Majesty's Stationary Office Crown Copyright.
Unauthorised reproduction infringes Crown Copyright and
may lead to prosecution or civil proceedings. Transport for
London, Account/Licence No. GLA100032379
RE-GRADED AND RESEED GRASS VERGE
NEW GRASSED AREA ON TOP OF OLD CARRIAGEWAY
REPLACE EXISTING FOOTWAY WITH NEW GRASSED AREA
NEW CARRIAGEWAY CONSTRUCTION
NEW FOOTWAY CONSTRUCTION ON TOP OF CARRIAGEWAY
NEW FOOTWAY CONSTRUCTION IN GRASS VERGE
RESURFACED FOOTWAY
DEEP CHROME GREEN HIGH FRICTION SURFACING
PRISMO PATCH TO MATCH EXISTING
NEW RED BLISTER TACTILE PAVING
NEW CHARCOAL GREY BLISTER TACTILE PAVING
NEW / RELOCATED 150MM GRANITE KERB
NEW / RELOCATED 300MM GRANITE KERB
NEW 50MM EDGING
NEW TRAFFIC SIGNAL (EXACT POSITION TO BE CONFIRMED WITH
TRANSPORT FOR LONDON - TRAFFIC INFRASTRUCTURE)
NEW COMBINED LAMP COLUMN AND TRAFFIC SIGNAL HEAD
(REQUIRES LIAISON WITH TRANSPORT FOR LONDON - TRAFFIC
INFRASTRUCTURE AND STREET LIGHTING TEAMS)
NEW / RELOCATED LIGHTING COLUMN
NEW BELL BOLLARD
NEW / RELOCATED BOLLARDS. SEE DETAIL S
NEW / RELOCATED ILLUMINATED BOLLARD
RELOCATED GUARD RAIL (SUBJECT TO GRAF ASSESSMENT)
NEW GULLY AND GULLY CONNECTION
POSITION OF EXISTING GULLY TO BE RELOCATED
NEW LOCATION OF TRAFFIC SIGNALS DRAWPIT (EXACT POSITION
TO BE CONFIRMED WITH TRANSPORT FOR LONDON - TRAFFIC
INFRASTRUCTURE)
PROVIDE NEW RELOCATED BUS TRANSPONDER (TO BE CARRIED
OUT BY TfL - BUS INFRASTRUCTURE).
RELOCATED BUS STOP FLAG
PROVIDE RECESSED COVERS
RELOCATED LITTER BIN
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1. All setting out is to be agreed on site with the
Supervisor prior to commencement of any works.
2. All dimensions are in metres unless otherwise
stated.
3. All dimensions are to the face of the kerb, where
appropriate.
4. The Contractor is to check all setting out
information prior to the commencement of the
works. Any discrepancies are to be reported to the
Supervisor immediately.
5. All lining and signing to be in accordance with the
Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions
2002 and the Traffic Signs Manual.
6. Contractor to be aware of hazards identified on the
Residential Hazard Record.
7. Drawing to be read in conjunction with resurfacing
drawing nos. S2011_0056_034-LP-001-004
8. Works around trees must adhere to BS5837 and
NJUG4 (particularly with regard to treatment of
roots and general tree protection). Ground levels
must not be changed around trees.
9. For sign schedule refer to S2011_056_034_SS
10. Drawing based on topographical survey
11. All materials to be disposed off site to contractor's
licensed tip.
12. Traffic Management to be in accordance with
Chapter 8 of the Traffic Signs Manual and relevant
Codes of Practice.
13. All traffic signal poles to have NAL sockets
FOR CON8TRUCTON
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DIARY OF A STAKEHOLDER
Re: A232 Wickham Road / Monks Orchard Junction Improvement Works aka
e junction from hell in Shirley
The Bridle Road
pedestrian crossing is
well used but traffic is
not flowing any better.
The arrows in the
middle of the junction
are totally ignored and
traffic from Monks
Orchard Road turns
right as if they did not
exist. It is scary.
A new big sign has
now appeared in
Wickham Road:
Shrublands is on it and so is Beckenham but West Wickham is not. It
is rather ridiculous. Who designed it?
The arrow for the Neighbouring Recycling Centre seems to have a life
of its own as if it were beyond or on the left in the slip road. The slip road
is dangerous with a bus stand on the left and the Recycling Centre on
the right. Traffic
speeds through the
middle. Bigger vans or
lorries cannot go
through when a bus
and a car are parked.
I have spotted a few
residents taking lots of
pictures and hear that
many going to West
Wickham prefer to go
via Oak Avenue in
order to avoid the
junction.
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The plant that could cost you your home!!!
It was even in the Evening Standard and the word is spreading:
Japanese knotweed is cause for concern for all homeowners
Japanese knotweed
looks like lots of
other weeds to the
untrained eye, but it
has the power to
ruin your home and
cost you thousands
of pounds. It can
grow 10cms a day
and takes over
everything.
A family in Herts
were told a couple of
years ago that their
300,000 four-bed home needed to be demolished in order to treat the
scourge of Japanese knotweed that had penetrated their walls. The
plant had spread from waste ground near the newly-built property and
quickly advanced the length of the garden to enter their home through
walls and skirting boards. Surveyors told them that the value of the
property had dropped to just 50,000, and that the only way to
effectively remove the scourge was to knock the house down, treat the
plant and then rebuild.
Another home seller saw his deal fall through within weeks of exchange
because a tiny 3cm piece of Japanese knotweed had been found in his
garden. His buyers lender panicked and refused to lend the money.
If you are trying to sell your home and you discover Japanese knotweed
in your garden, it is likely to cause you problems. Some buyers wont
touch a house if they know this plant is in the garden, or even
neighbouring gardens.
A few years ago, John Burlton, a Shirley resident tried to alert people
about this problem. The Council did not lend an ear and other residents
were not interested. There is knotweed in our area. One is warned.
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