On 27th February a blue plaque in honour of Sir Ambrose Heal was unveiled on the Fives Court in Moss Lane, Pinner by his grandson Oliver Heal. Sir Ambrose was the Founder of the Furniture Store in Tottenham Court Road, and built the Fives Court where he lived from 1901 to 1917. In addition to the current owners, Mr & Mrs Martin Verden, Sir Christopher Frayling, a former Chairman of the Arts Council attended the unveiling together with officials from English Heritage and the Chairman of Heal’s, Mr. Will Hobhouse.
Extract from the February 1942 Villager (issue no.14)
Horseflesh for sale, ostensibly for human consumption, at 120 Marsh Road was, to say the least, an unpleasing sight which detracted from the amenities of the district. Definitely and emphatically there is neither necessity nor demand for such an establishment in this neighbourhood. Immediately the place was opened the Pinner Association sent a vigorous protest to the local Food Control Committee.
Extract from the June 1942 Villager (issue 15)
Horseflesh for sale. Regarding the paragraph in our last issue dealing with this matter, we have been informed that the premises at 120 Marsh Road were scrupulously clean, and that the meat was passed by the proper authority.
NEW PINNER WALK FOR BEGINNERS Look out for a new “beginners” walk that will start in Pinner on January 10th 2013. This is a short, slower paced walk on mainly flat ground around the beautiful Pinner Memorial Park. The route includes benches and toilets and will use paths and grassy areas that can be slippery when wet, so appropriate footwear should be worn. This walk is great for those new to walking or those who aren’t quite ready to participate in the regular, 60 minute Pinner walk. It will be a great way for new walkers who want to try to live up to their New Year resolution to get healthier/fitter. The 30 minute walks will start from the Daisy’s in the Park cafe, in the Pinner memorial park at 9:15am each Thursday
For further information on this and other walks visit: www.harrowhealthwalks.org
November 27 saw the usual crowds in Pinner to mark the beginning of the Christmas season. Here are photos of some of the wonderful shop displays etc. [Thanks to Ruth Boff for taking all these photos in my absence. Ed.]
Over the last couple of weeks instances of Bogus Builders have increased – specifically with regards to Roofing scams in the north of Hillingdon Borough.
Bogus Builders or Rogue Traders are people who turn up unannounced with the intention of tricking people either by high pressure selling or using false ID’s. They may offer to inspect the structure of your building and come to you with an initial problem quoting a reasonable cost for repair and when you have entered an agreement, the cost then increases considerably. If someone calls at your door and offers to do repairs to your home or asks to come in you should do the following: Lock the door – Think are you expecting anybody – Put your chain on the door to prevent them using force to gain entry – Ask for ID and official headed paperwork with head office contact details on it so you can make you on enquiries. Ask the caller to make an appointment to come back later when you have some else in the house and also to give you time to check their details to establish if they are a legitimate company.� The elderly and people living in isolation are often targeted by these unscrupulous practices of one sort or another: – Paying an exorbitant price for house repairs and garden maintenance; – Having to pay cash in full before the job is completed; – Being left with an incomplete job or substandard work; – Refusal from the trader to finish the job or undertake necessary repairs; – Insufficient contact details to get the job finished. You may only be given a mobile telephone number and when contact is attempted you are unable to get through; – Having possessions stolen.
Never pay for anything before the agreed work is completed and to your satisfaction. If you think work needs to be done then get quotes from other local companies and ask friends and relatives for recommendations. Never agree to have work done by someone who is just passing or take their word that work needs to be done.
If you encounter any such problems contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team. Details can be found on www.met.police.ukand the Crime Prevention Officer Stuart Read who can be contacted on 0208 246 1822
Despite the typical Bank Holiday weather on 4th June, some 1,000 residents of Pinner and the surrounds assembled in the Memorial Park for a ‘Picnic in the Park’, organised by the Pinner Association. Morris Dancing, Jazz, Rock Chorus and the Storyteller entertained the crowd.
St George’s Day was marked once again by traditional celebrations in Pinner High Street and the Wheelbarrow Race , despite last minute objections from both Harrow Council and the Police, both of whom have previously been very supportive.
Our President, Martin Verden, backed up by the Merrydowners, was honoured to be selected as the equerry to HRH the Duke of Edinburgh on the recent royal visit to Harrow, here at the Krishna-Avanti Primary School on 29th March. The visit was to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty’s accession to the throne.