Both these businesses might be closed under the current COVID-19 restrictions but this hasn’t stopped them ensuring that the High Street is in bloom.
Sean White, Landlord of the Queens Head, has kindly taken the horse trough, previously planted up by a Pinner Association volunteer, under his wings and has had it planted up to complement the hanging baskets on the front of his historic pub in the High Street. Sean has managed to connect the horse trough to the automatic watering system for the hanging baskets, so we can expect a wonderfully colourful display all summer whatever the weather.
Fridolin’s has also had their hanging baskets, window boxes and tubs replanted, making the front of this Listed building even more attractive for all.
Over the weekend a burglary occurred at a ground-floor flat in The Chequers, West End Lane.
This opportunistic burglary was committed at some point during the night after entry was gained via an open / unlocked window.
Car keys left in view of the window were stolen which resulted in a car being stolen. A purse with debit / credit cards inside was also taken.
– Please do not forget to close and lock all of your downstairs’ windows if you leave your home, and before retiring to bed;
– Keep house / car keys and other valuables away from and not in easy reach of an open window;
– Affix a steering wheel lock to your vehicle.
Please read the attached documents for further burglary and vehicle crime prevention advice.
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Yes, I’m late. Birthday celebrations and at last being able to see my father for the first time since February got in the way.
This week saw the announcement that the annual Band Concerts in the Park that we organise have been cancelled. For those of you that missed the post – this is why.
“Unfortunately we have made the tough decision to cancel this year’s Band Concerts. Harrow Council has banned all events on public land for the foreseeable future. The Bands wouldn’t be able to practice and lastly we took a pragmatic view that when the lockdown is eased, it might be a while before large gatherings are again permitted. Don’t worry, like Pinner Fair, this is a one off occurrence. Hopefully normal service will continue next year and we can all enjoy music wafting across the park.”
On the business front
Daisy’s In the Park have reopened 7 days a week so that those of using the park can now have a take-away. Please remember to take the rubbish home with you if the bins are full.
Foodiewuwdies have re-opened be it reduced hours but its good so see them return.
The Heath Robinson Museum shop is now operating again on-line.
Smart Guys Professional Dry Cleaners are open with reduced hours but these might be extended in the future.
Pinner News once again raised their shutters for business, so those of you that have been trying to pay your bills can pop down to the shop in the morning.
CC Vassar have also extended their opening hours, this will be a relief to those that aren’t good at getting up early in the morning.
Pinner Green MOT Centre are operating as well as West End Lane Motors
Unfortunately we have made the tough decision to cancel this year’s Band Concerts. Harrow Council have banned all events on public land for the foreseeable future. The Bands wouldn’t be able to practice and lastly we took a pragmatic view that when the lockdown is eased, it might be a while before large gatherings are again permitted. Don’t worry, like Pinner Fair, this is a one off occurrence. Hopefully normal service will continue next year and we can all enjoy music wafting across the park.
Whether you are a fan of the annual fair or not; a much reduced fair graced the top of the high street yesterday. This was the location where the fair was first situated.
I spoke to William Pettigrove who is the 8th generation of his family to run rides at the show. He was extremely proud of this fact and his heritage. It was his ancestors that provided the token stall during WWII. He was very thankful that Harrow Council allowed him to maintain the family tradition of attending Pinner Fair despite the fair being granted in perpetuity with no reservation about cancellation.
Speaking to him, he stated that they had also run a token non-operational fair at Beaconsfield in order to maintain that tradition. (both have royal charters).
The historic organ playing music started with “Always look on the bright side of things” which wasn’t lost on me.
The Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain would have loved to have run the ride but the representative from Harrow Council who was in attendance said “No”. This wasn’t possible.
In keeping with tradition the Vicar from Pinner Church came out to bless the showmen.
Next year they hope to be back here with a full contingent of rides
These twousedBBQ’s were found on the grass under trees in Pinner Memorial Park today. BBQs are not allowed in public open spaces and parks for valid health and safety and nuisance reasons. Particularly in dry weather they pose a real fire risk to these lovely green spaces that are so important to many residentsduring “lockdown”.
Message from the Showman’s Guild regarding Pinner Fair.
“Harrow Council spoke to the Showman’s Guild last Friday regarding the Pinner Fair.
The Showman’s Guild remains compliant with the Government guidelines with regards to social distancing and respects the well-being and safety of the public.
With these restrictions in place, the Guild fully understands that large gatherings are not permitted in public places.
Notwithstanding Royal Charter or not, in order to retain certainty to maintain this historic Charter Fair, which was granted circa 1336, the London & Home Counties Section of the Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain have requested a token appearance.
Having consulted with colleagues regarding current slightly more relaxed government guidance and restrictions we are permitting a small token appearance in Pinner for 2-3 hours on the 27th May 2020.
The Showman’s Guild will be building up a small juvenile ride (not operational), a vintage fairground lorry and hopefully a fairground musical organ to represent the annual street fair. We will be suspending five parking bays (see below) by the High Street War Memorial and setting up the ride in the parking bays and a portion of the footway.
The reason for the fairground equipment being in place is not for profit or gain, but simply to maintain this historic event.”
We have received the following Information about HS2 roadworks.
TBM Power Supply work has started
Work to start week beginning 18 May 2020 and last until the end of July 2020.
UKPN undertook some trial holes during the late summer and autumn of 2019 along the line of the cabling route. The result of the trial holes allowed them to understand the ground condition and confirm existing utilities.
During this current Covid-19 outbreak, UKPN, in conjunction with both Harrow and Hillingdon London Boroughs, will prioritise work at road junctions due to vehicle numbers being significantly reduced in the area. This work will involve digging a trench to install ducts that will carry the power cable.
The affected road junctions will be:
Rayners Lane roundabout to Whittington Way – starting 26 May to 11 June
Whittington Way over Yeading Brook – starting 12 June to 19 June
Junction between Cannon Lane and Cannonbury Avenue – starting 22 June to 29 June
Deane Croft Road and Field End Road junction – starting 30 June to 7 July
Windmill Hill and Westholme Gardens junction – starting 8 July to 15 July
Windmill Way intersection with Manor Way – starting 18 May to 26 May
Westholme Gardens, The Ridgeway and East Way junction – starting 27 May to 3 June
Ickenham High Street, Midcroft and Ickenham Road junction – TBC
The White Bear roundabout (Ickenham Road across Sharps Lane) – TBC
These dates are subject to change and if necessary updates will be made on Commonplace.