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Starfish Breakfast Run and Picnic 24th Sept Clapham Common

Join Starfish for the 10th annual Breakfast Run and Picnic on Clapham Common on Sunday 24th September 2017!Our friendly Breakfast Run and Picnic offers a choice of distances –2k, 5k, 10k or 15k - and this year we have teamed up with fitness and events specialists, Innovation Sports, to make 2017 the biggest and best yet. The course is totally flat around the common, so you can run as fast or as slow as you like. There’s always a supportive and friendly atmosphere, with crowds cheering along the route, and everyone receives a medal and Starfish t-shirt upon finishing. But the fun doesn’t stop after the run! Everyone gets a picnic basket to enjoy on the common, and there will be a tombola, free 100m kids dash and other stalls for all members of the family. Entry includes: Starfish branded T-shirt Chip timing Medal Picnic basket with healthy snacks to help you re-energise after the run!The event is on Sunday 24th September, starting at 9.30am by the band stand in the centre of Clapham Common (Windmill Drive, SW4 9DE). Facilities include secure bag storage, toilets, medical support and water stations. Prices:  2k (under 12s): £8 5k: £17 10k: £20 15k: £23Get your ticket here - https://starfishbreakfastrun2017.eventbrite.co.ukMoney raised will go towards Starfish projects in South Africa, bringing life, hope and opportunity to the vulnerable and orphaned children Starfish cares for. We invest in the future of over 12,000 children a year so they can grow into happy and independent young adults.We look forward to seeing you there!

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Did you miss out on the ballot for the Royal Parks Half Marathon? Starfish has some available spots!

Starfish have guaranteed places in Royal Parks Half Marathon London 2017 on Sunday 8th October, and we are looking for runners to join the Starfish team and help us change lives. With your support Starfish can provide life saving healthcare, education and child protection to children orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS in South Africa.Royal Parks Half Marathon is one of the world’s biggest half marathons and with 16,000 runners taking part in the 13.1 mile run, it will be an exciting event for everyone involved. This year it is set to be better than ever as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of this race.Starting in Hyde Park, the 13.1-mile route will take you on through four of London’s stunning Royal Parks – Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James Park and Kensington Gardens – and past many of London’s iconic landmarks. As a part of a Starfish team, you will receive:  A fundraising pack with exciting ideas to help you smash your targets Ongoing support and pre-event information A free Starfish branded running vest! Jaffa Cakes and bananas to boost energy levels And of course, cheering support from the loudest voices on the course to keep you motivatedThe fundraising target for each runner is £350 and your sponsorship will help Starfish provide lifesaving healthcare and education to vulnerable children in South Africa.  Registration ends 1st August, so sign up before it is too late!To register please visit the Starfish website http://bit.ly/2sKZqJT. For more information please email us at ukinfo@starfishcharity.org, or call the Starfish team on 0207 597 3797.

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Run for Starfish Greathearts Foundation in the Virgin British 10k on July 9th 2017!

Lace up your trainers and get ready to run the iconic Virgin British 10K London Run on Sunday 9th July. This historical and exciting run takes you through the heart of London on closed roads, past the world-famous London landmarks in Westminster and the heart of London, including London Eye, Nelson Mandela statue and the Houses of Parliament. Join our team and run for Starfish Greathearts Foundation. Running for Starfish, there is a £20 registration fee to take part, and members of the Starfish team will need to fundraise £150. All funds raised will go towards Starfish’s projects in South Africa, where we invest in the future of over 12,000 children a year that have been orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS. This is done through community projects in the areas of healthcare, child protection and education. We support the Starfish running team by providing:  A fundraising Pack including top tips and sponsorship forms Ongoing support and pre-event information A free Starfish branded running vest! And of course, cheering support on the event day and finish line refreshmentsTo register for this exciting run, please visit the Starfish website http://www.starfishcharity.org/get-involved-uk/run,-cycle,-jump/british-10k-london-run-09072017.aspx For any more information about the event and how you can you get involved, please email  ukinfo@starfishcharity.org We look forward to hearing from you!

Starfish Greathearts Foundation ● 1227d0 Comments ● 1227d

The Chairman fails to tell us why

The often declared intention to operate openly and transparently has fallen on deaf ears as far as Prue Whyte, Charman of Wimbledon and Putney Common Conservators is concerned. Does this matter? Is this just me having another so-called "rant"? No, this time the standard of governance has fallen to such a low level that all 60,000+ Council Tax payers need to be very worried indeed.A year ago the Charity Commission imposed a formal action plan. The most important element of that plan was to establish whether a loss had occurred through a 'Qualified Surveyors Report' (QSR) when they sold the access rights at Putney Hospital. A subject that has been discussed here for over three years.So what has changed? This time the board of Trustees have decided to spend over £60,000 on a second unnecessary QSR, without discussing the existing one they commissioned from Montagu Evans LLP. The one that ME offered to review in the light of any additional information the Conservators might provide. The one that their own lawyers said could be considered. Ignored? Completely. This means that the loss-making WPCC Trustees are quite happy to waste yet more money to avoid facing up to their earlier mistakes. Mistakes we as so-called "Levy-payers" have to accept.So, no explanation of why they are acting like this. No reaction to the 150+ people who have signed the FofPC petition, just pretence that everything is alright. Just refer everything to their lawyers. Call no 'Open Meetings' as they promised. Keep the governance of the charity under wraps. People will just get bored and drop the subject, after all what's another £60,000 for the lawyers and the advisers. The much-vaunted new governance processes have been suspended, and how the tax-funded charity is run goes from bad to worse. If they can make such a hash of this, what else is being hidden? Their procedures are now so bizarre that they issue a press statement about their special board meeting before the Trustees have seen the minutes.They lost over £1.5m. It's a year since they were told what action should be taken. The Charity Commission must appoint an interim manager now to sort this mess out. For all our sakes.Nick

Nicholas Evans ● 1505d0 Comments ● 1505d

Royal Parks Half Marathon 2016

Starfish have guaranteed places in Royal Parks Half Marathon London 2016 and we are looking for runners to join the Starfish team and help us change lives. With your support Starfish can provide life saving healthcare, education and child protection to children orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS in South Africa.Royal Parks Half Marathon is one of the world’s biggest half marathons and with 16,000 runners taking part in the 13.1 mile run, it will be an exciting event for everyone involved. Starting in Hyde Park, the 13.1-mile route will take you on closed roads through four of London’s eight Royal Parks – Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James Park and Kensington Gardens. After the run, Food & Fitness Festival will provide loads of entertainment and fun activities throughout the whole day. As a part of a Starfish team, you will receive:  A fundraising Pack including top tips and sponsorship forms Ongoing support and pre-event information A free Starfish branded running vest! And of course, cheering support on the event day and finish line refreshmentsThe fundraising target for each runner is £300 and your sponsorship will help Starfish provide lifesaving healthcare and education to vulnerable children in South Africa.  To register please visit the Starfish website http://bit.ly/29JHGHf, and for more information please email us ukinfo@starfishcharity.org or call the Starfish team on 0207 597 3797. Places are limited, don’t miss out!Judith

Elinor Middleton ● 1561d0 Comments ● 1561d

Vitality British 10K

The Vitality British 10K has returned to the capital, one of the most unique routes in the world! Set yourself a challenge for 2016 and register now with Starfish to run the iconic Vitality British 10K London Run on Sunday 10th July. The historial and exciting run takes you through the heart of London on closed roads, past the world-famous London landmarks in Westminister and the heart of London, including London Eye, Nelson Mandela statue and the Houses of Parliament. You will be joined by tens of thousands of spectators lining the route from start to finish, you can’t miss it ! Join our team and run for Starfish Greathearts Foundation, a charity supporting children orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS in South Africa by providing life, hope and opportunity. Running for Starfish, there is a £20 registration fee to take part, and members of the Starfish team will need to fundraise £150 to help bring life, hope and opportunity to the children Starfish cares for in South Africa. We will support you throughout, providing: Fundraising Pack including top tips and ideas  Free Starfish running vest  And of course, cheering and welcome refreshments once you complete the race.To register for this exciting run, please visit the Starfish website http://www.starfishcharity.org/get-involved-uk/run,-cycle,-jump/british-10k-london-run-10072016.aspxFor any more information about the event and how you can you get involved, please email me at ukinfo@starfishcharity.org. We look forward to hearing from you,Judith Solanas

Elinor Middleton ● 1610d0 Comments ● 1610d

LONDON FAMILIES WANTED FOR BBC2 BACK IN TIME SERIES

Wall to Wall Television, the makers of hit series ‘Back In Time For Dinner’ and ‘Back In Time for the Weekend’ are looking for a fun, food-loving family to go on an adventure further back in time.Guided by the experiences of real families in the early 20th century, one family will be fast-forwarded through 50 years of incredible history to explore how we lived and what we ate.Wall to Wall are currently casting in the London area for a family to immerse themselves in history for their series. This time the family will go further back in time to the early 20th century and then on through five decades of dramatic history, experiencing for themselves how British families lived and ate in the years before modern technology and conveniences.Previous living history series Back in Time for Dinner and Back in Time for the Weekend for BBC2 were both extremely well received and were among BBC2’s top rating factual shows last year, averaging 3 million viewers a week. Both series followed a modern family as they lived through each decade from the 50s to the 90s with their home, clothes and diet all transformed accordingly. Everything they did was underpinned by historical data that detailed real spending and eating habits of each period.This is a fantastic and exciting opportunity for a family to share in the amazing experience of being filmed over the summer, taking part in a truly immersive journey back in time.Wall to Wall are currently looking to hear from families with a minimum of two children aged 8+ who are available to film over the summer holidays this year. Anyone interested can simply email backintime@walltowall.co.uk for information.Below are links to interviews with previous contributors, who came away from the series with a rewarding and truly unforgettable family experience. Links:Back in time for Dinner –Brandon Robshaw’s diary for the Independent: - http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/features/new-bbc-series-savours-half-a-century-of-food-in-britain-from-vesta-curries-to-nouvelle-cuisine-10071775.htmlBack in Time for the Weekend - http://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/feb/02/gadget-free-1970s-was-happiest-period-says-time-travelling-tv-family

Paul Braund ● 1625d0 Comments ● 1625d

Do you want to preserve and improve the historic environment or ....

Dear fellow residentThe "local" developer who replaced the wonderful King of Denmark Pub on the Rigdway with the eyesore that is the Denmark Lofts is at it again, but on residential streets in the village conservation area --  on Clifton Road no less. Notwithstanding the fact that Merton's own Tall Building strategy regards developments of the scale being proposed the developer is seeking to exceed all reasonable limits and the council's stated objective to conserve and enhance the historic environment. Replacing a wonderful 1940s family home (which was looked after by an old chap who recently passed away) with  4+ storey monstrosity with a huge basement car park, removing much of the planted gardens -- huge demolition, sheet piling, huge dumper trucks and deliveries for what could be 2 years in the making. All next to the older folk who live in Rutland Lodge and Lyston House and causing huge potential risk to the young kids and parents of Kings Junior School, to name a few.BUT -- this is only the first concern because letting one in lets the next one and next one and so on.  Please visit the Denmark lofts on the Ridgeway (9 units and empty restaurant, studio/office and planting that is dying or go to Kemble Hall, 24 Keswick Road, Putney – 22 flats -- on another family house plot in a similar style to what is proposed -- but at least this had the top floor flats in the roof -- that's not the plan for Clifton Road -- the roof is on top -- making this a very high building.Have no doubt that the developer wishes to break the restrictive covenant in the title deed established by Dame Julia Vertue Mansel in 1920 to keep the home at 3 Clifton Road a single dwelling;  remove the existing shrubs and hedges; build apartments that will need to sell for more than 1.5-2.0m each (if there are only 4) -- this is not for the likes of most of us.  BUT what is more likely  -- he gets permission, then works out the selling price is too low, and seeks to convert the permission into even more units -- but "all in the envelope of the existing permission".  We have all seen this before. so we end up with Denmark Lofts again or Kemble Hall -- 9 or is it 22 units rammed on top of one another.  Welcome to high rise living and the complete lost Wimbledon's historic character  Please do have a look at the application and submit your comments/objections to:  planning.representations@merton.gov.ukWith the following information1 Application reference number : 15/P27252 Your name 3 Your address 4 Planning application description  DEMOLITION OF EXISTING HOUSE TO BE REPLACED WITH A FOUR STOREY BLOCK OF FLATS (4 X 2 BEDROOMS) WITH UNDERGROUND PARKING.5 Your commentsHere's the link:   (http://planning.merton.gov.uk/Northgate/PlanningExplorerAA/Generic/StdDetails.aspx?PT=Planning%20Applications%20On-Line&TYPE=PL/PlanningPK.xml&PARAM0=1000089928&XSLT=/Northgate/PlanningExplorerAA/SiteFiles/Skins/Merton/xslt/PL/PLDetails.xslt&FT=Planning%20Application%20Details&PUBLIC=Y&XMLSIDE=/Northgate/PlanningExplorerAA/SiteFiles/Skins/Merton/Menus/PL.xml&DAURI=PLANNING)

Andy Miller ● 1902d0 Comments ● 1902d

Run the British 10k for Starfish Greathearts!

Registration is now open for runners to take part in the iconic British 10k on Sunday 12th July 2015, in aid of Starfish Greathearts Foundation, a charity supporting children orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS in South Africa by providing life, hope and opportunity.The run takes you through the heart of London on closed roads, past the many world renowned sights that London has to offer; in its 15th year, the British 10k is both exciting and historical. Run along famous streets lined with cheering supporters, of which your Starfish friends will be the loudest! Running for Starfish, you will pay a £20 registration fee, and fundraise £150 towards our life-changing work in South Africa. We will support you throughout, providing a Fundraising Pack including sponsorship forms, ongoing fundraising advice, a free Starfish running vest – and of course cheering and welcome refreshments once you complete the race. The deadline for registration is Wednesday 1st July.To register to run the British 10k in aid of Starfish Greathearts Foundation today, visit our website at http://www.starfishcharity.org/get-involved-uk/run,-cycle,-jump/british-10k-london-run-12072015.aspx or email ukinfo@starfishcharity.org for any more info!We do hope to hear from you.STARFISH GREATHEARTS FOUNDATION---------------------------------------------------------------------------Email: ukinfo@starfishcharity.org Website: www.starfishcharity.orgTel:  020 7597 3797 twitter.com/StarfishUK facebook.com/starfishgreatheartsuk

Jessica Francis ● 1961d0 Comments ● 1961d