Memorable events

Scroll down this page to view some memorable events that have taken place in Stanmore.

June 2015

Stanmore Fete report

This year's Stanmore Fete was opened by the Chief Executive  of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Rob Hurd.


This year, we decided to hold the fete in Stanmore Recreation Ground and we had a range of craft and jewellery stalls. We also had a face painting stall which proved very popular with the kids.


As well as the usual hot dogs and burgers, there was a range of Asian food and the ice cream van proved very popular with a constant queue of people from the beginning of the fete until close.


Newly re-elected MP Bob Blackman also made a guest appearance.


The fete proved very popular with between 600 and 1000 people attending throughout the day.

The dog show proved popular again this year with prizes awarded for six different categories as listed below:


PRETTIEST BITCH (14 entries)

1st            Milly Black - Boxer

2nd            Arabella Kaye - Toy Poodle

3rd            Holly Cinnamon - Spaniel


MOST HANDSOME MALE (Class 1) (11 entries)

1st            Brooke Rose - Great Dane

2nd            Murphy O’Leary - Rough Collie

3rd            Hugo Coldham - Shihtzu


MOST HANDSOME MALE (Class 2) (10 entries)

1st            Prince Amber - Bichon-Frise

2nd            Eddie Porter - Afghan Lurcher

3rd            Duke Wright - English Springer Spaniel


MOST LIKE OWNER (6 entries)

1st            Barry Sachs - Pug

2nd            Roxy Acres - German Shepherd

3rd            Brooke Rose - Great Dane


BEST WALK TO HEEL (9 entries)

1st            Ron Viner - Labrador

2nd            Murphy O’Leary - Rough Collie

3rd            Watson Preece - Puggle (Pug and Beagle cross)

WAGGIEST TAIL (9 entries)

1st            Poppy O’Leavy - Cavalier Spaniel

2nd            Cookie Lungay    - Chocolate Labrador

3rd            Buddy Cinnamon - Spaniel

Several acts participated in our Stanmore's Got Talent competition this year. First place was awarded to Tom Wilkins aged 12, who sang 'Where is Love'. This year's second place was awarded to  Rachel Haberfeld aged 12 who sang the song 'Beautiful'. Joint third place was awarded to Harrison Woolf aged 4 (Hula hoops act) and Ethan Hope, aged 5 (dancer act).

Stanmore's Got Talent judges preparing to judge an event.

Stanmore's Got Talent judges

March 2015

Mark Harper MP, the minister for disabled people, visited Aspire Leisure Centre on Monday 2nd March.


The minister previously visited the centre in 2008 and was interested to see what changes had been made since his last visit.


During the visit, the minister learnt about Aspire’s ‘Instructability’ scheme, which trains disabled people to become specialized fitness instructors.


To find out more about Mark Harper's recent visit to Aspire, visit the Harrow Times article by clicking the link below:

Mark Harper MP visits Aspire Leisure Centre

February 2015

Stanmore College students visit 10 Downing Street with local MP

Media students from Stanmore College recently enjoyed sipping champagne in Downing Street with the Chancellor of Exchequer George Osborne at a reception evening.

The five media students were invited by Harrow East MP Bob Blackman to a reception evening after his recent visit to the college with education minister Nick Boles.


The five students attended the event held in recognition of the creative industry at Downing Street on Tuesday, February 17.


Guests enjoyed canapés and drinks while George Osborne championed the flourishing creative sector (worth around £70 billion a year) to the British economy.

Other attendees included chief whip Michael Gove, as well as high profile members of the creative industry.


To find out more about the event, visit the Harrow Times article by clicking the link below:

Stanmore College students with Bob Blackman MP outside 10 Downing Street

January 2015

Stanmore College gets a visit from government minister

Stanmore College students got the opportunity to quiz two politicians on what they could do to improve the education system.


Nick Boles MP, a minister for the departments of business and education, was joined by our local MP Bob Blackman (Conservative, Harrow East) for a tour  around Stanmore College, in Elm Park, Stanmore on 22nd January 2015.


The college students took the opportunity to ask the Conservative politicians how they plan to improve the education system, asking  a wide-range of questions including subjects on sport, media studies and apprenticeships.


After meeting the students Mr Boles commented: “They are a nice, young bunch of students – they were really confident and keen, and I am sure they will all do very well.”


The visit continued with Stanmore College principal Jacqui Mace showing the MPs around the school’s gym, library and into lessons.


During the visit, the education minister bumped into staff member and apprentice George Pearce. Mr Boles insisted on taking a ‘selfie’ with the apprentice - something he tries to do with every apprentice he meets.


The MPs took a keen interest in the vocational courses offered by the college, along with the number of apprentices delivered or offered by the college.

Mr Blackman said: “It is always a pleasure to be invited to the college and visiting with Nick helps pupils to know that the government cares for their education.


“Some people think that vocational training is somehow frowned upon as second class or as less important, but it is important that people match their skills for the type of education they need and apprenticeships can help with that.”

Nick Boles prepares to take a 'selfie' with apprentince George Pearce and Harrow East MP Bob Blackman

Paralysed film producer uses robotic suit to walk for first time in 11 years at Aspire Leisure Centre

A film producer who was left paralysed after a motor cycle accident has defied medics by walking again with the help of a robotic suit in the Aspire Leisure Centre in Stanmore.

Nicholas 'Pikki' Fearon, whose films include Dead Man Running, starring rapper 50 Cent, was the first person to use the REX Robot technology at the centre earlier this month.

Mr Fearon said: "Standing and walking again in REX felt weird and wonderful but natural at the same time. It's fantastic to be back at eye level with everyone again."

Aspire decided to team up with Rex Bionics and physiotherapy provider PhysioFunction to launch an appeal to raise £100,000 for one of the devices, that they could use at the centre in Stanmore.

To find out more about REX Robot technology at Aspire, visit the Harrow Times article below:

Nicholas 'Pikki' Fearon using REX Robot technology to walk for the first time in 11 years at Aspire Leisure Centre in Stanmore

December 2014

RNOH gets visit from Olympic medallist Max Whitlock

The RNOH's Coxen Ward got a visit from Max Whitlock, an Olympic World and Commonwealth medal-winning gymnast last week.


Mr Whitlock is an ambassador for the RNOH Charity Redevelopment Appeal, which aims to raise £15 million for new equipment and facilities at the hospital, which will be undergoing a £90 million redevelopment.
To find out more about the visit, visit the Harrow Times website article:
Max Whitlock at the London 2012 Olympics

November 2014

Photos of Lloyds Bank volunteers at Bernays Gardens

On a recent visit to Lloyds Bank, Tony Raymond learnt that two local branches, Stanmore & Edgware wanted to carry out a local voluntary project. Tony suggested Bernays Gardens as a possibility. After a couple of cancelled dates they finally agreed to a mornings work (9.30 to 12.30) for four of them on 25th November. John Williams was given the task of finding a project, providing tools and materials for four people for four hours work. 


John Williams planned the event, which included leaf clearance, as well as planting some of the bulbs and bedding plants provided by the Shaw Trust. 


John Williams felt that the daffodils should be planted in the centre grass area and the primroses planted in two small beds by the old cow sheds, as there were already bulbs and bedding plants near the front entrance. Should look good in the spring.

Rememberance Sunday wreath

Our Chairman, John Williams laid a wreath on behalf of The Society at this year’s Remembrance Sunday service at St John's Church. The striking RAF Roundel wreath was laid by our Society member Mr Jeffery Austin (ex RAF) on behalf of Bentley Priory Museum. The service was led by our new Rector, Matthew Stone, and was very well attended this year with around one hundred people, Air Cadets, Guides, Brownies and many local people. It's good to see that this occasion is not forgotten by the citizens of Stanmore on the Hundredth Anniversary.

Close up of wreaths laid on Rememberance Sunday
Wreaths laid for Rememberance Sunday at St John's Church

August 2014

Bob Blackman gets behind Sainsbury's food counter

Local MP Bob Blackman got behind Sainsbury's fish counter in Stanmore this week to learn about about food safety and preparation.


Store worker, Carole Singh from the fish counter gave Mr Blackman a few tips about how to best fillet a fish. As well as getting the chance to learn a thing or two about food safety and preparation, Mr Blackman spent the day finding out about local job opportunities in his constituency.


The Sainsbury's supermarket chain were awarded its second Gold Investors in People accreditation earlier on in the year, in recognition for their support and help in developing staff skills.

Bob Blackman behind the counter at Sainsbury's

April 2014

Princess Eugenie opens new children's unit at Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital

Stanmore had a royal visitor last week when Princess Eugenie visited the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital on 2nd April to open the new children's unit.

Princess Eugenie was treated at the hospital 12 years ago and is now patron of the hospital charity's redevelopment  appeal. To find out more about the new children's unit, click the link below:

Princess Eugenie unveiling the plaque at the RNOH's new Children’s High Dependency Unit

December 2013

George Osborne visits Stanmore


Stanmore had a surprise visit from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne. After a quick visit to some Broadway shops he came into Buckingham's on the Parade, where he sought the opinions of members of the newly formed Chamber of Trade on any problems they are experiencing. Top of the list was business rates and he announced a future cap, and a small reduction for some small businesses.

Buckingham's provided delicious snacks which we all enjoyed and I must give full marks to the enterprise of the Traders to arrange this visit, and I must say that Mr. Osborne came over very well to all of us.

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