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Stanmore themed art/photographic competition

STANMORE THEMED ART/PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION- 2017
There are 3 Art Categories Primary Schools, Secondary Schools & Adults. There is also a separate category for Photography. Prizes will be awarded for each category.

Open to all – Entries to Stanmore Library, owners details attached The awards ceremony & display of winning entries at Stanmore Library early November.

Please download the attached poster to find out more about an Art/Photo Competition.

Please submit all entries by 31 October 2017 to Stanmore Library.

Be sure to include with your entry: your name, age and telephone number together with the category you are entering.

Good luck.
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Headstone Manor reopening to the public later this year

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Headstone Manor reopening to the public
See attached poster to find out about the reopening of Headstone Manor later on in the year.
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Afternoon Meeting Poster on 12 July 2017 

Afternoon Meeting on 12 July
At this afternoon meeting we will enjoy strawberries and you'll also be able to participate in a quiz. Join us at 2pm on Wednesday 12th July in Oakmead Court East Lounge, Valencia Road.
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New Harrow Nature Conservation Forum Workdays Announced

Harrow Nature Conservation Forum (HNCF) have announced several workdays for many of the green spaces in the local area. To view the scheduled workdays, visit our Calendar page or visit the HNCF website http://www.harrowncf.org.

POSTER FOR 2017 AGM RELEASED

Stanmore Society 2017 AGM Tuesday 20th June at 8pm Stanmore Library
Join us in Stanmore Library on Tuesday 20th June for our AGM. We will be joined by guest speaker Rob Hurd, who will give us an update on the redevelopment of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.
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LONDON PRO ARTE CHOIR PERFORMS HANDEL AT CANONS

The venue for London Pro Arte's summer concert is very special! They will perform three of Handel’s Chandos Anthems in the church of St Lawrence Whitworth, Edgware, where Handel composed the anthems as court composer to the Duke of Chandos. Tom Winpenny will conduct the choir and the ensemble Sinfonia Britannica.

 

Please see the poster below to find out more. The choir looks forward to seeing you at this special concert.

London Pro Arte Choir performs Handel concert
Performance of three of Handel’s Chandos Anthems in the church of St Lawrence, conducted by Tom Winpenny.
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AFTERNOON MEETING ANNOUNCED FOR 10 MAY 2017

Enjoyable Walks and Visits With the ‘Stanmore Strollers' Group
Come along to this afternoon meeting to find out about some of the enjoyable walks and visits that have been organised by the ‘Stanmore Strollers’ group by their leader Frank Willis on Wednesday 10th May at 2.00pm.
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HARROW NATURE CONSERVATION FORUM RELEASES REPORT ON STANMORE GREEN BELT SITES

The Harrow Nature Conservation Forum has released a Chairman's report specifically related to the Harrow area. Download the report by clicking on the link below:

Harrow Nature Conservation Forum Chairman's Report on Stanmore Green Belt Sites
Recently released report relation to Stanmore green belt sites.
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STANMORE SOCIETY FETE AT THE RNOH BUTTERCUP WALK

This year, The Stanmore Society fete will be part of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital's Buttercup Walk between 10:30am and 2:00pm on Sunday 25th June 2017.
 
Buttercup Forms can be found in various outlets in Stanmore ie Library, Sainsburys etc.
 
To enter the Buttercup Walk online please visit rnohcharity.org
 
For further details and to receive a Stall Holder Form please contact: 
 
The Fete Co-ordinater at  enquiries@stanmorefete.co.uk
 
To find out more about the fete, download the form below:
 
Buttercup Walk Poster
Poster for the Buttercup Walk at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, 25th June 2017 from 10:30am to 2:00pm.
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HERBAL WALK ON SUNDAY 4 JUNE 2017 AT 2PM BENTLEY PRIORY - STANMORE HILL

Please contact VEENA LIDBETTER direct on 07771 833843

Cost is £3.00-family and friends welcome

 

Walk will commence from Bentley Priory, Old Lodge Way, Stanmore at 2pm.
 

This increasingly popular annual event is not to be missed. We will take a leisurely stroll in a nature reserve and look to identify and discuss medicinal plants that are growing wild. You will learn about identification, history and medicinal use of natures gifts to humanity. Past attendees have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and often return in subsequent years.  

The walk is led by qualified medical herbalist, Varsha. 

Herb Walk Disclaimer 
This walk is provided for pleasure and education purposes only. The walk is scheduled to last between 20 minutes to 2 hours and will cover a maximum of 1 ½ miles. The terrain is uneven and may be muddy in places, it is not recommended for individuals with limited mobility. Minors should be accompanied by their parents or guardians. The walk should only be undertaken if you feel well enough to do so and are wearing suitable clothing and sturdy footwear.  
Plants which are traditionally used to treat various medical conditions will be referred to. These references are for general information purposes only and do not infer any type of treatment recommendation.  
Many edible and medicinal plants will be pointed out and discussed. Some wild plants are poisonous and accurate identification is essential prior to picking any plants and ingesting them. Ingestion of any plant material is done so completely at your own risk. It is possible (although rare) for individuals to have an allergic reaction to certain wild edible plants. No liability is accepted for such occurrences. If you are pregnant or may be pregnant you are advised against eating any wild plants, which you have not had previous exposure to. 
No liability is accepted for any independent actions taken or not taken as a result of information provided on this walk. 

HELP NEEDED AT STANMORE COUNTRY PARK

A special request! A grazier will be putting a small herd of Red Devon cattle on 40 Acre Field at Stanmore Country Park early in May. This is really good news - grazing is much better for biodiversity than mechanical cutting. However before the cattle arrive I need to get some fallen branches off the fence and repair some breaks in it. Would anyone be able to help me? Possible days are Saturday April 22nd or (preferred option) Tuesday April 25.
 
To find out more, contact Steve Bolsover on:
admin@harrowncf.org
 
Alternatively, you can call:
020 8933 2823 (with answerphone; leave messages here please) or mobile on 0779 483 7302 (don't leave messages here, use 020 8933 2823) .

AFTERNOON MEETING WITH THE DISABILITY FOUNDATION, 15 MARCH 2017

To find out more, download the poster below:
Afternoon Meeting with the Disability Foundation
At this afternoon meeting we will be joined by The Disability Foundation. Based at the RNOH site in Stanmore, The Disability Foundation is able to offer a range of therapies which aim to promote well being at an emotional, physical and spiritual level.

Activities offered include:
Remedial Massage, Therapeutic Massage, Aromatherapy Massage, Acupuncture, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Osteopathy, Acupuncture, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Reiki, Thai Yoga Massage,
Chiropody.

Come to the meeting for an illustrated talk and demonstration.
15MarchSSAMEETING.pdf
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OPEN MEETING 2ND MARCH 2017 AT 8PM WITH LONDON ASSEMBLY MEMBER CAROLINE RUSSELL

Find out more about our meeting by downloading the poster below:

Talk On Air Quality
Our speaker will be Caroline Russell, Green Party Councillor in Islington and Member of the Greater London Assembly. Caroline is already active on air quality and is keen to extend awareness of the problem in outer London suburbs.

Gradko diffusion tubes. are monitoring nitrogen dioxide at 10 locations in Stanmore.
Open Meeting March '17 Caroline Russell[...]
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AROUND MY MANOR RADIO SHOW

On the morning of 7/2/2017, our chairman John Williams was invited by BBC Radio London to give a talk about Stanmore and what makes it special for him, along with other Stanmore residents. The programme item was called "Around my Manor" and was hosted by Robert Elms.

 

John Williams mentioned The Stanmore Society, the BP Museum, RNOH, Bernays Hall  and the Green Belt. He also mentioned the history of our two St Johns churches and some of the notable people that have lived in Stanmore and the fact that many are still with us in the church yard. As well as discussing the churches, John mentioned that Stanmore is a diverse community with all the churches, the Synagogue, Mosque and the Hindu Temple  all living side by side.

 

To listen to the podcast, click on the link below:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04qq7t2

AIR QUALITY MONITORS INSTALLATION

Air Quality Monitors. The quality of London’s air at street level seems to be a topical subject at the moment. We have recently put up 10 air diffusion tubes, a small plastic tube that will be coated with any materials that are present in our air. We have put them mainly in areas with high traffic flows, with a few in what we think may be cleaner air space, so we have a comparison. The diffusion tubes have been supplied to us by the Green Party at the GLA and after one month of exposure will go back to a laboratory to be analysed.
Our next public meeting on 2nd March will be on the subject of local air quality, please see our website for details. We hope to have the results of our test back in time for the meeting.

ASPIRE LEISURE CENTRE GETS REFURBISHED

Aspire Leisure Centre on Wood Lane has recently reopened after a refurbishment funded by generous donors. To find out more about the refurbishment, please visit the following article:

 

http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/west-london-news/stanmore-aspire-leisure-centre-re-12460850

 

CONCERT ORGANISED BY FRIENDS OF ST LAWRENCE ON 2ND OCTOBER 2016

On Sunday 2 October 2016 at 3.00 pm, St Lawrence's in Little Stanmore will be hosting an English Baroque concert where Hungarian harpsichordist and organist Zsombor Tóth-Vajna will give a recital of English organ pieces including works by Blow, Byrd, Handel, Purcell and Stanley.


The church building retains its eighteenth century interior where Handel’s Chandos Anthems were first performed and he will play a reconstruction of the organ that Handel would have known while composer in residence at nearby Cannons.

 

The recital forms part of the celebrations to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the rebuilding of the Church.


Refreshments will be available after the recital.

 

To find out more about the event, download the poster below:

AFTERNOON MEETING - TALK ON THE METROPOLITAN FIRE BRIGADE TO CELEBRATE THEIR 150 YEARS, 14TH SEPTEMBER 2016

Come and join us at the afternoon meeting on 14th September 2016 where we will hear a talk from the Metropolitan Fire Brigade who are celebrating their 150 year anniversary.

 

The afternoon meeting will be held from 2pm in:

 

Oakmead Court East Lounge, Valencia Road, Stanmore.

 

To find out more, download the poster below:

September 14 2016 Afternoon Meeting
A talk to celebrate the 150 year anniversary of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade.
FireBrigade.pdf
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GARDEN PARTY AT BERNAYS GARDENS, 4TH SEPTEMBER 2016

There will be a Garden Party on Sunday 4th September 2016 between 2 and 5pm, where entertainment will include several children's games and live singing. To find out more please visit the following website: www.lesleydemeza.com or download the poster below:

NEW VOLUNTEER WORKING DAYS ANNOUNCED FOR HARROW NATURE CONSERVATION FORUM

Several volunteer working days have been announced by Harrow Nature Conservation Forum for various sites in Stanmore.To find out more, visit our Calendar page or the Harrow Nature Conservation Forum website.

STANMORE SOCIETY AGM 2016

This year's AGM will be held on 28th June at 8pm in Stanmore Library. To find out more, download the poster below:

AGM 2016
AGM '16.pdf
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WOOD LANE FARM OPENING UP TO THE PUBLIC EVENT, 25 JUNE 2016

Wood Lane Farm is the latest addition to Harrow's public wild open spaces. To find out more about the opening event, download the poster below.

BREXIT DEBATE HOSTED BY SKY NEWS PRESENTER GILLIAN JOSEPH, 17 MAY 2016

We've invited Sky News' breakfast presenter Gillian Joseph to host a BREXIT debate between local politicians Bob Blackman (Conservative MP for Harrow East) and Sachin Shah (future Labour leader of Harrow Council) so they can put forward their arguments for leaving or remaining in the EU. You can listen to the debate and will have the opportunity to ask questions in the Bernays Hall from 8pm.

Sky News presenter Gillian Joseph

INVITATION TO ROCKS 'N OILS EXHIBITION SATURDAY 16 APRIL 2016

An Exhibition of Painting and Photography
by
PETER WILLIAMS: Landscapes - oil on canvas
DICK BARNATT: Photography - portraits of rock and pop stars

 

SATURDAY 16 APRIL 2016   :   11 am till 5.30 pm

 

Old Harrovian Room, Harrow School
Located within the War Memorial Building
Harrow on the Hill
Middlesex

 

FREE EVENT - ALL WELCOME

Afternoon meeting Wednesday 13 April 2016

Come and join us a the afternoon meeting on  Wednesday 13th April at 2.00pm in Oakmead Court East Lounge, Valencia Road where we will show a
film and update by Dick Seaman from the RNLI.
 
To find out more, download the poster below:
Saving Lives at Sea- Stanmore Society Afternoon Meeting
Film and update by Dick Seaman from the RNLI about the work of the Lifeboat crew.
StanSoc13April2016.pdf
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Commitee meeting Monday 11 April 2016

Our next committee meeting will be in Sainsbury’s – meet upstairs in Committee room along corridor (please remember to sign in at downstairs rear info desk - request by Manager).

 

To find out more download the poster below.

Stanmore Society Committee Meeting 11 April 2016
Agenda for the April 2016 Committee Meeting.
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RNOH development update

Chief Executive, Rob Hurd will give the latest Development Update at our public open meeting on Tuesday 22nd March at 8pm in Bernays Memorial Hall, Stanmore Broadway.

 

Find out more by downloading the poster below:

RNOH redevelopment open meeting
Open meeting to discuss RNOH redevelopment with RNOH Chief Executive Rob Hurd.
Open Meeting March '16 RNOH.pdf
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Zac Goldsmith kicks off mayoral election campaign in Stanmore

Zac Goldsmith paid a compliment to Stanmore by opening  his election  campaign for  Mayor of London with his very first hustings meeting at the Bernays Hall on Tuesday 16th February.. The meeting was by invitation and limited by available space, around 130 people filled the hall to hear what he had to say and put their questions to him.

If you want to hear what Zac had to say, click on the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/ZacGoldsmith/videos/vb.311126315707480/611206412366134/?type=2&theatre
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Zac Goldsmith addresses Stanmore residents at Bernays Hall

Stanmore Moons closing down at the end of February 2016

The Stanmore Society has learnt that the Moons in Stanmore is set to close down at the end of February, resulting in Stanmore losing its last pub, We were very surprised to hear the news as the pub always seemed busy.

 
The pub is set to turn into a Nando's with speculation that the building's landlords wanted to convert the pub to a restaurant due to the conversion of the offices above the pub into flats.
 
We tried to contact Wetherspoons headquarters in Watford to clarify the situation but they refused to comment,

Afternoon meeting Wednesday 10 February 2016

Come and join us at this afternoon meeting where teacher Marilyn Raymond will host a talk on how children's education in hospitals has changed in recent years.

 

Join us on Wednesday 10 February at 2:00pm in Oakmead Court East Lounge, Valencia Road.

 

For more information see the poster below.

Thanksgiving Service for Rita Jourdan

This is to advise you of the Thanksgiving Service for Rita Jourdan, who died peacefully early in the morning of 2nd December.

 

The service will be held at Stanmore Baptist Church, HA7 2PH, at 3pm on Saturday, 19th December.  The church is on the corner of Old Church Lane and Abercorn Road.  Parking is free on the roads around the church if you are coming by car.

 

Rita was never keen on people wearing black at funerals, so please feel free to dress in colour!

 

Please don’t bring flowers or gifts.  We would like all gifts in memory of Rita to go to the St Martin’s-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal.  We are setting up a dedicated appeal on Just Giving to support this charity in memory of Rita, where you will be able to leave messages and remember mum long into the future. The Christmas Appeal was not set up with Just Giving, but they are doing so specially for us, and it should be up and running early next week.  We’ll email around the details as soon as we have them.

 

We have also set up a web page to collect and share photos, tributes, recollections and stories about Rita.  This can be found at www.ritamemories.com.  If you would like to contribute anything to the site, please send it be email to ritamemories@gmail.com.  All contributions are much appreciated.  If you would prefer your contribution to remain anonymous, please just let us know in your email.

 

Paul Jourdan
48 Morningside Park
Edinburgh EH10 5HA

Events at Bentley Priory Museum

Bentley Priory Museum have just announced several events that will be taking place in the museum. The events include several talks relating to the Battle of Britain and a workshop relating to the glamourous hairstyles of the 1940s.

 

After entering the museum, you will need to pay an additional £3 to attend a talk. The workshop will cost £25. Find out more by downloading the poster below.

Forthcoming Events at Bentley Priory Museum October 2015
Forthcoming Events at Bentley Priory Museum October 2015
Forthcoming Events October 2015.pdf
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Taster session for new Stanmore based rock choir

A new rock choir is being set up by local resident Simon Reynolds and there will be a free taster session in St Anselms Church Hall on Wednesday 8th July .

 

Simon told us the following the new choir:

 

Hi all! Thought you might be interested to know that I will be starting a new Rock Choir in Stanmore! I will be running a free taster session at St Anslem's Church Hall Wednesday 8th July at 8pm if anyone wants to come along? To book a place visit the website
 www.rockchoir.com Would be great to see some of you there! Simon :)

Many thanks in advance,

 


Simon

AGM Tuesday 16th June 2015

This year's AGM has been booked in for the 16th June in Stanmore Library. The AGM will start at 8pm.

 

This year's guest speaker will be Rob Hurd, Chief Executive of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital who will update us with the latest news on the hospital's redevelopement.

Stanmore Society AGM 16th June
Join us at this year's AGM on 16th June at 8pm in Stanmore Library. Download the PDF below for more information.
AGM2015.pdf
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Hustings report

The Stanmore Society gave local residents the opportunity to quiz aspiring MP’s at our election hustings event held on 20th April in Stanmore College.

Residents of Harrow East can choose from a range of candidates from across the political spectrum. Representing the Conservative Party was our current MP Bob Blackman who has held the seat since 2010. Also in attendance was Uma Kumaran from the Labour Party, Ross Barlow from the Liberal Democrats.  They say when police officers look very young you are getting old, these two candidates, both locally educated, seemed  young indeed but none the less  gave very good accounts of themselves. Our former mayor and Harrow Councillor Nana Asante is representing the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition and teacher Emma Wallace represented the Green Party . Unfortunately the local UKIP candidate Aidan Powlesland was unable to attend.

Many questions seemed to be focussed around the NHS and it seems this could be an important factor for this election.  The pundits are predicting the election will be a close run event with no clear winner in sight. Your vote could make all the difference both locally and nationally.  

RNOH secures a £20 Million loan

After several years of campagining, the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital has managed to secure a £20 million loan from the NHS Trust Development Authority to help with its rebuild.

 

The hospital received unconditional approval from the development authority on its business case for redevelopment.

 

To find out more about the loan, please visit the link below on the Harrow Times website:

 

http://www.harrowtimes.co.uk/news/12867696.Loan_for_spinal_injuries_hospital_hailed_a__great_victory_/

Hustings meeting 20th April 2015

Join us in Stanmore College at 8pm on 20th April 2015 for the chance to put those all important questions to our local prospective candidates in the forthcoming General Election. We have invited all of those standing,  so far we have agreement from the Conservative and Labour candidates. We are waiting to hear back from the Lib Dems and the Green Party. To find out more, open the poster below:

2015 Pre-Election Hustings Meeting
Poster advertising the Pre-election Hustings Meeting with local candidates from the main political parties.
2015 pre Election Hustings meeting.pdf
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Vote for Stanmore Marsh

People are being urged to vote to make Stanmore Marsh (a currently underused open space) to become an attractive park and wetland area.

 

Boris Johnson’s Big Green Fund has been set up to provide grants of up to £175,000 towards environmental projects across London.

 

You can vote for your preferred open space at: www.london.gov.uk/biggreenpoll

Stanmore Marsh

Redevelopment of public houses

The Crazy Horse now has full planning permission for 13 flats and some retail space. A modern looking building, in our opinion out of keeping with the surroundings. A public house has stood on this site for over one hundred years.

 

We are also about to lose The Vine. The current owners have applied for demolition of the building.

 

The Abercorn Arms has ceased trading and is likely to be converted into flats.

 

Times in Stanmore are changing and it is sad to see all of these iconic landmark places disappearing.

Website reorganisation

We are planning to reorganise the website so that memorable news events are archived on a new page. We are currently reviewing how to handle this and will implement a solution soon.

Updated membership form

Please note our membership form has been updated to reflect the name and address of our new membership secretary (Audrey Phillips). You can download a new version of the form from the Membership section of our About us page.

Anmer Lodge planning application update

Anmer Lodge development  now also has full planning permission for over one hundred homes and an M &S Simply Food store. We are still waiting for confirmation on when the work will start. We will provide an update as soon as we have more news.

Facebook page

The Stanmore Society is now on Facebook. We will post more information about this soon.

 

Contact us

We are a non-profit organisation and welcome any kind of support. If you would like to support us, please check out the Contact us page for more information.

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