The Centenary of Armistice Day on which World War I ended fell on Remembrance Sunday on 11th November 2018. The parishioners of the Parish Church of St John the Baptist had already decorated that ancient building with thousands of knitted poppies to commemorate all those from Pinner, and more widely, who fell during WWI.
The sun shone brightly on a huge crowd of Pinner residents and others who had assembled at the Pinner War Memorial at the top of Pinner High Street for the traditional Remembrance Sunday Service, which is organised by the United Services Club, assisted by The Pinner Association. The two minute’s silence was observed during which the distance sound of maroons echoed the falling silent of the guns on the fronts of WWI exactly 100 years previously.
Clergy from local churches and synagogue participated in the Remembrance Service at which the youth of Pinner were represented by the Guard of Honor from the Sea Cadets, the bugler from Nower Hill School, and the representatives of local Scouts, Guides and schools who laid wreaths. Wreaths were also laid on behalf of the armed services, and many national and local organisations.
The Pinner Association wish to thank Geoffrey Wheal and Caroline Ennis who undertook much of the administration of the Remembrance Sunday Service on our behalf. An event which an estimated number of 1,000 people attended takes a great deal of organising and liaison with the local authority, local police and fire service, and St John’s Ambulance, all of whom the Pinner Association thank for their contribution.
During the month of October ten burglaries occurred in the Pinner area. These offences took place at different times during daylight hours and after the hours of darkness.
Methods of entry to properties varied from forcing open a front door, a rear or side ground-floor window or rear patio doors. Access to the side or rear of a property is often gained by climbing over low gates using unsecured bins in driveways.
As the clocks have now gone back and the dark early evenings are upon us, it can be easier for burglars to identify if a house is unoccupied.
Burglars often knock or ring at the door first, before making efforts to enter the property. So, however you feel safest responding to an unexpected visitor at your door, please do answer it as your presence could be enough of a deterrent.
For those of you who regret answering the door to unwanted cold-callers, consider purchasing a ring.com video doorbell that detects movement outside your home, improves its security and allows you to answer the doorbell remotely.
Please do take some time to read the attached burglary prevention advice leaflets and consider what, if any, security vulnerabilities need to be addressed at your home.
Good news, I have received notification from Harrow Council that the planning application for putting advertising banners on the Lamp posts of Bridge Street, Elm Park Road and Love Lane has been refused. Below is the attached verdict.
Over 70 Parishioners and Friends of The Parish Church of St John the Baptist have been have been knitting poppies in Remembrance of those from Pinner who lost their lives during World War I.
The initial aim was to knit 148 poppies to represent one poppy for every Pinner person who did not return. The 148 poppies were completed within the first two weeks of the project so the volunteers kept on knitting.
With over 2,500 completed poppies there will be three displays seen from Friday 2nd November. The display around the font will be to represent the 148 Pinner men, while the outside displays will be at the Lych Gate and the West Door.
The applicants have appealed to the Planning Inspectorate against Harrow Council’s refusal to grant planning consent for “West House Lodge”, a privately owned detached house on a plot that is totally surrounded by Pinner Memorial Park, to be demolished and a block of five flats to be constructed on the site (Harrow Council Planning reference P/0173/18/5419).
A letter concerning this Appeal is being/has been sent by Harrow Council to all those who previously objected to the planning application (Harrow Council planning reference P/0173/18). All the previous objection letters written to Harrow Council Planning and the comments posted on the Harrow Council Planning website will be forwarded to the Planning Inspector so there is no need for additional letters to be written.
As is done every year, The Worshipful The Mayor of Harrow, Councillor Kareema Marikar, will lay a poppy wreath on the Dove of Peace Memorial in the Peace Garden, Pinner Memorial Park, West End Lane, at 2.15 pm on Tuesday, 30th October. This is in remembrance of all those from Pinner and the Borough of Harrow who lost their lives in WWI and WWII and subsequent conflicts.
Pupils from West Lodge School will be present at this short, secular, Remembrance Ceremony, as will members of the Pinner Association, and all residents of Pinner are also warmly invited to attend.
Now that the Harrow borough libraries are back under the council’s in-house control, they are conducting some research to help them understand how to shape the future of the borough’s library service.
Harrow Council state that they would like to continue to modernise the service and improve its digital offer. They also want to make sure that opening hours meet the needs of residents. Completing this questionnaire will help the council plan revised opening hours and library services. They wish to find out:
Understand a bit more about how people use the libraries
How to offer an efficient library service for years to come
Find out how much people know about what the libraries offer
Find out which other services people might be interested in using at libraries in the future