We have received this message from the publican at the Queen’s Head.
“We are in full lockdown as you know. However, I left the benches out at the front of the pub as a kind of civic amenity. However, this has been terribly abused (a) by people buying cheap alcohol from the local supermarkets and drinking at the front of the pub in groups that were clearly not one household and (b) by people who daubed the benches with graffiti and left large amounts of takeaway litter on the pavement at the front of the pub. All of these activities could bring the pub into disrepute or even endanger it’s license. I have therefore reluctantly decided to put the benches and umbrellas into storage until we re-open and can monitor the activities outside.”
We have recieved notification of a new facebook group that has been created.
“It’s been created reflecting the concern which all of us living here feel for how Pinner’s shops and other ‘bricks and mortar’ businesses will cope with the recession, with help from another local resident I have just started a Page on Facebook, ‘Shop Local in Pinner’, https://www.facebook.com/ShopLocalinPinner/ to promote the shops, hospitality and other service businesses with customer premises in the centre of Pinner.
Their aim is to publicise on this Page these businesses’ latest news and activities to as many people as possible in Pinner and neighbouring areas, to encourage them to come and use these businesses!”
The Chairman of the Pinner Pantomime Committee Ian Archer has confirmed that due to the current pandemic the event will not be held this year and the committee will carry forward the funds to next year 2021.
I am pleased to confirm the plan to re-open Pinner Library from Tuesday 18th August 2020 following the Covid-19 lockdown. This follows the re-opening of Stanmore and Wealdstone Libraries on the 14th July.
The priority will remain ensuring the health and safety of both staff and customers. In light of this there will be a limited service offer available initially as has been the case for Stanmore and Wealdstone Libraries.
In order to reduce close contact and avoid group activities the following services only will be available initially:
Returning of books and other stock items that are currently on loan
Collecting books and other stock items that have been reserved in advance
Public computers (a restricted number in order to maintain social distancing)
Collecting ‘Ready Reads’ bags of surprise collections of books by type of stock (for example Crime Fiction)
Enquiries – Enquiries can also be made by email or telephone.
The intention is to re-introduce further services as soon as it is safe to do so.
As is the case with Stanmore and Wealdstone Libraries, Pinner Library will also have revised opening hours in operation initially as follows:
Mondays – Closed Tuesdays – 10am to 2pm Wednesdays – 10am to 1pm Thursdays – 10am to 2pm Fridays – 10am to 1pm Saturdays – 10am to 2pm
First of all a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who is disposing of their litter responsibly in the Pinner Memorial Park, it’s appreciated. I sure it makes everyone’s visit much more enjoyable.
On to important things……..
The following places have signed up to the “Eat Out to Help Out” scheme. (Note this doesn’t cover takeaway meals). If I’ve missed of any restaurants taking part in the scheme – please let me know & I’ll update the list
Ahimsa The Vegan Café
Costa Coffee Pinner
Daisy’s in the Park Pinner
Pinner Hill Golf Club
Silver Grill cafe
Sakee Bar & Restaurant
The Heath Robinson Museum is gearing up to reopen Thursday to Saturday. Initially it will be for friends of HRM. Everyone will be required to book a time slot. From 16 August the general public will be able to book a slot for visits between 21 – 30 Aug. You will be able to turn up and buy tickets for a defined time slot. Visit https://www.heathrobinsonmuseum.org/ for full details.
We have received the following message from the President of Pinner Rotary Club.
“After careful consideration we have decided to cancel this year’s Village Show scheduled for 12th September.
The government’s current guidelines would need to be relaxed significantly for us to be allowed to hold the event. In the time remaining between now and September, it seems unlikely that sufficient change will occur for us to plan a safe and secure event, even one much reduced in size.
The Show has become a regular feature of the community’s calendar and we’re disappointed that we can’t host our usual day of fun and entertainment.
We plan to arrange a local event when conditions allow, with the next target being our traditional Santa’s Sleigh tours. Let’s hope this will be possible in some format.
Well what can I say; Pinner Memorial Park is considered the worst park for litter in Harrow by the Green Team that empties the bins. This isn’t something to be proud of. If the bins are full please take your rubbish home. (In case you ask, they are visiting all parks more often with a reduced team)
We have placed posters at the key entrances to the park with the help of The Heath Robinson Museum and talked to most of the local take away outlets – they were happy to display a poster provided for them reminding people to dispose of their litter responsibly.
Having emailed Graham Henson – Leader of the Council, he informed me “The enforcement officers are visiting the parks and if they see people dropping litter, or even leaving it by the side of the bin, they will face a fine. They will also be checking receipts left in the rubbish and sending fines through the post, which will hopefully educate them of the error of their ways. “ Let’s not be No 1 for fines!
Those of you needing some exercise Better Gym’s has reopened
Ellie’s Antiques is also open
Up at Pinner Green Newspoint Newsagents & Post Office is open.
For people that enjoy visiting Charity Shops: RSPCA & St Luke’s Hospice have joined Barnardo’s & Oxfam in being open. I’ve yet to hear from Mary’s Living and Giving & Sue Ryder shop to their plans.
On the food front, you can now sit and have a coffee at Caffè Nero.
Pinner Chef (Chinese in Cannon Lane) has reopened under new management. Steve is back after a few years away.
Sakee & Thai Villa are now doing table service but with limited hours and bookings only.
Fridolin’s are reopening for selected treatments and are hoping to offer a full service in August
Earth White staff are busy preparing to reopen.
Heath Robinson Museum still has no firm date as to when they will reopen, but they hope next month.
Questions have been asked about the status of the closed shops and restaurants on the High Street.
Carluccio’s and Café Rouge have been confirmed as shutting. Pizza Express had stated that they planned to reopen at the end of July, sadly I don’t think this will be the case. Zizzi have stated that “there are no plans to reopen their Pinner Restaurant just yet”.
Thank goodness for The Queens Head, Café Sombra, Shaketastic and Foodiewuwdies for bringing some vibrancy to the High Street. Thank you.
After waiting patiently to complete their refit, Code Ninjas replaces Luke Ormsby as the new kids on the block.
Welcome to Pinner guys!
Code Ninjas Pinner will open on Saturday (18th July), on Bridge Street in Pinner. The business is owned by four local dads and long-term friends, Prasad Prabhakaran, Srinivasa Rao, Sridhar Bhat and Sharath Iyer.
Code Ninjas Pinner will teach kids aged 5-14 how to code, build video games, robots and drones
The team decided to start their own kid’s coding centre when researching after-school coding groups for their own coding-obsessed children
When there we no local providers offering the fun and engaging sessions they were looking for, they took matters into their own hands!
All four have lived locally for years and are looking forward to bringing kids coding education and employment to the area
To ensure the safety of their students, they’ve put considerable safety measures in place, ensuring social distancing guidelines are adhered to whilst also maintaining the fun environment in their centre.