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Medieval abbey celebrates 900th anniversary with art exhibition

Wimbledon Guardian: Medieval abbey celebrates 900th anniversary with art exhibition

8:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

Merton Priory is hosting an exhibition displaying eight artist’s works that has been inspired by the theme of ‘Rivers and Relics’.

Avoid becoming an 'A&Easter'

Wimbledon Guardian: Epsom Hospital where visitors saw an operation taking place last week

11:00am Friday 18th April 2014

Epsom and St Helier hospitals are advising DIY devotees on how to avoid becoming an ‘A&Easter’.

Teen masters ADHD with magic

Wimbledon Guardian: Frank Roome will feature in the 100 Londoners film

7:30am Friday 18th April 2014

A teenager with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Dyslexia has found himself in the spotlight after featuring in the London-wide documentary, 1000 Londoners.

23-year-old man charged after police find sub-machine gun and ammunition

Wimbledon Guardian: A Scorpion sub-machine gun was recovered during the Commonside East raid

4:50pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A 23-year-old man has been charged after police recovered a Scorpion sub-machine gun and bullets at a house.

Scooby Doo surprises children ahead of mystery-solving gang reunion

Wimbledon Guardian: Scooby surprise!

4:12pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A surprise from Scooby Doo brightened up a library trip for more than 30 children yesterday.

Marathon man completes century of runs

Wimbledon Guardian: John Krause has now run 100 marathons

3:55pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Marathon man, John Krause, 53, made Sunday’s London marathon his 100th marathon.

WWI soldier poet Wilfred Owen spent holidays in Wimbledon Village

Wimbledon Guardian: Portrait of Wilfred Owen, by his uncle John Gunstun

2:20pm Thursday 17th April 2014

War poet and soldier, Wilfred Owen, spent his holidays with family in Wimbledon, the writer of a musical celebrating his life has revealed.

Postwoman stole gift vouchers and cash from greetings cards

Wimbledon Guardian: Beata Lincel with her husband

12:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A Royal Mail postal worker who stole more than £500 worth of gift vouchers and cash from greetings cards has avoided a prison sentence despite her "gross breach of trust".

More than 75 families not offered primary school places

Wimbledon Guardian: WIMB GREEN Did your child miss out on their primary school of choice?

10:10am Thursday 17th April 2014

More than 200 disappointed families were not offered a primary school place from any of their five choices yesterday, with 76 children left without a school place at all.

Epsom and St Helier hospitals "working hard" to achieve clinical standards for London

Wimbledon Guardian: Epsom Hospital where visitors saw an operation taking place last week

5:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

Epsom and St Helier hospitals are to invest at least £2m more a year in new staff in a bid to meet all the new clinical standards developed for London hospitals.

Comedian Eddie Izzard stops off in Morden on campaign tour

Wimbledon Guardian: Eddie Izzard with Council leader Stephen Alambritis and MP Siobhain McDonagh

5:40pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

Comedian and actor Eddie Izzard stopped off in Morden today, as he tours the city ahead of next months European and local elections.

Wimbledon food bank gives 45 tonnes of food to 5,000 people in two years

Wimbledon Guardian: WIMB GREEN Food bank chief says "everyone is a paycheck away from disaster"

12:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

The growing demand for emergency food has seen a food bank distribute the weight of three double-decker buses in food over the last two years.

Fight for future of Dundonald Rec to reach final court showdown

Wimbledon Guardian: Battle over school expansion is still not over

12:26pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

Campaigners against the expansion of Dundonald Primary School have made a series of inflammatory allegations against the council in a published newsletter.

Social club swaps illegal poker for snooker tables under new owner

Wimbledon Guardian: New owner Rob Frost at the refurbished club

11:31am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A social club investigated for hosting illegal poker has come under new ownership.

Councillor Peter Walker, 68, finishes the London Marathon

Wimbledon Guardian: Finished: Councillor Peter Walker after the race

12:12pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

Peter Walker, councillor for Figges Marsh ward, finished the 26.4 mile race in 6 hours 27 minutes, putting him in 22,047th place.

Basement extension with gym, sauna and chinese room irks neighbours

Wimbledon Guardian: 67 Murray Road

11:13am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Merton Council’s clampdown on basement extensions has done little to deter subterranean ambitions in the leafiest streets of Merton.

Merton parents set for primary school places results

Wimbledon Guardian: WIMB GREEN Did your child miss out on their primary school of choice?

10:16am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Thousands of families will find out if their children have been offered a primary school place in one of their chosen schools today.

Father died in hospital following surgery after telling his wife 'I'm going home tomorrow'

Wimbledon Guardian: St George's Hospital in Tooting

6:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A middle-aged father died in hospital following surgery after telling his wife ‘they are going to send me home tomorrow’, a coroners’ court heard.

New free school still searching for site for autumn term

Wimbledon Guardian: New site confirmed for the school in Dorset Road, Merton Park

5:49pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A free school set to open in five months time has found a site, but it won't be ready before September 2015.

Car flips over on Wimbledon bell bollard outside Elys

Wimbledon Guardian: Car flipped on its side in Wimbledon town centre

1:54pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

UPDATED 4pm: A car flipped onto its side after crashing into a bell bollard in Wimbledon town centre.

Marathon runner proposes to girlfriend 200m before the finish line

Wimbledon Guardian: Engaged: Alex Prior takes a selfie with fiance Jess Seldon after proposing

11:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

With thousands of spectators watching, Alex Prior, 25, of Compton Road, Wimbledon, crouched down as far as his pained muscles would allow him to offer his hand to girlfriend Jess Seldon.

Car crashes into road sign in Tooting

Wimbledon Guardian: GREEN EPS Firefighters cut man from car following lorry crash

8:38am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A busy crossroads is experiencing serious traffic delays after a car struck a road sign this morning.

PICTURES: Playground opens in memory of toddler who died from heart condition

Wimbledon Guardian: The Ashton family

6:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

A new play area in memory of a Wimbledon toddler who died suddenly from an undiagnosed heart defect has been unveiled.

Banstead-Mitcham bus route finally extended to Lavender Fields

Wimbledon Guardian: Councillor Edith Macauley celebrates the new bus route with residents

2:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

Residents will be better connected after the launch of the long-awaited new bus route between Banstead and Lavender Fields via Sutton, St Helier and Mitcham.

Merton Lib Dems election pledge to improve economy, wellbeing and environment

Wimbledon Guardian: Tim Farron MP and councillor candidates at the manifesto launch in Raynes Park

12:06pm Monday 14th April 2014

The Merton Liberal Democrat manifesto has been launched, with promises of 20mph speed limits on residential roads, disabled access to Motspur Park and Raynes Park stations and a thorough review of planning policies.

Sub-machine gun seized in raid - woman Tasered by police

Wimbledon Guardian:

8:26am Monday 14th April 2014

A sub-machine gun and 70 rounds of ammunition were seized by police during a firearms raid in Mitcham.

Missing 12-year-old girl found safe and well

Wimbledon Guardian: webpix police arrest

10:01am Monday 14th April 2014

A 12-year-old-girl missing from Mitcham has been found.

Girl goes missing for third time

Wimbledon Guardian:

9:14am Sunday 13th April 2014

Police are appealing for the whereabouts of a 12-year-old girl who has been reported missing for the third time since September.

Morden Little League looking for young footballers for the new season

Wimbledon Guardian: King George's Playing Fields in Morden

6:00am Sunday 13th April 2014

Morden Little League looking for young players both male and female for the new season.

Guests get sneak preview of new Wimbledon pub en-suite bedrooms

Wimbledon Guardian: L-R Jackie Dedman, the deputy mayor of Merton John Sargeant, Mandy Dribble and operations manager Cormack Rawson.

5:00am Sunday 13th April 2014

Guests donned hard hats to get a sneak preview of the new bedrooms at the Dog & Fox pub in Wimbledon Village.

Aspiring young film-maker has won a place on summer course to hone skills

Wimbledon Guardian: Aspiring film-maker Tariq Daley, aged 16 years.

5:50am Saturday 12th April 2014

Aspiring young film-maker Tariq Daley has won a place on summer course to hone skills

Wahaca Mexican restaurant to open this Easter in Wimbledon

Wimbledon Guardian: Wimbledon piazza where Wahaca will be

5:50am Saturday 12th April 2014

Wahaca Mexican restaurant to open this Easter in Wimbledon

Wimbledon man to take on 40-hour tennis marathon for charity

Wimbledon Guardian: Mike Mitchell pictured outside his workplace Hemingways bar in Wimbledon

5:50am Saturday 12th April 2014

Wimbledon man to take on 40-hour tennis marathon for charity

Folk music played in church as part of Colliers Wood Festival

Wimbledon Guardian: Musicians at the event. Photo: Auriel Glanville

5:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

Folk music played in church as part of Colliers Wood Festival

Suspected drug dealers arrested after police chase in Mitcham

Wimbledon Guardian: Murder probe after man is knifed in Greenford

2:50pm Friday 11th April 2014

Two people have been chased by police and arrested on suspicion of drugs offences this afternoon.

Road blocked after Morden collision

Wimbledon Guardian: The car after the collision in Martin Way, Morden

10:32am Friday 11th April 2014

UPDATED 12pm: A young man was taken to hospital with neck, chest and back pain after a collision in Morden this morning.

Under threat residents in police owned homes plead with Boris

Wimbledon Guardian: Save Us: Residents fighting for their homes with Coun Andrew Judge and Tom Copley

10:01am Friday 11th April 2014

Residents facing eviction from their police-owned homes are presenting a petition to the Mayor of London, pleading with him to reverse the decision.

Merton's big spring clean to tackle litter bugs

Wimbledon Guardian: Cleaning up: Councillor Stephen Alambritis with litter-pickers

3:06pm Friday 11th April 2014

Councillors and residents determined to banish litter from the borough donned rubber gloves and high-vis jackets for a huge spring clean.

Wimbledon - The Early Home of Stars

Wimbledon Guardian: Kate O’Mara (1939-2014)

5:30am Friday 11th April 2014

Heritage by The Wimbledon Society: Kate O’Mara and her younger sister, the actress Belinda Carroll, both lived in Wimbledon during their earlier lives although not as children.

'You have to work at it': Diamond couple on secrets of a happy marriage

Wimbledon Guardian: Diamond couple: Mr and Mrs Newton

5:00am Friday 11th April 2014

A couple celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary has revealed the secrets to a happy marriage.

Woman 'regarded as parents' possession' slapped in face by man in park

Wimbledon Guardian: Whitchurch teacher cleared of having sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl

4:12pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Afghani man who slapped woman in park is given supervision order by courts

Gun, bow and arrows and knuckle dusters seized in police raid

Wimbledon Guardian: Seized: cache of dangerous weapons discovered by police

12:44pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Police seized a cache of weapons including a bow and arrows, nunchucks, knuckle dusters and a pistol during a raid this morning.

New political party formed to save St Helier Hospital

Wimbledon Guardian: Keep Our St Helier Hospital Party candidates

11:11am Thursday 10th April 2014

Exclusive: A newly formed political party has announced six prospective candidates for the May local elections in Sutton and Merton.

Pensioner mowed down at same junction as tragic teen Claudia Landa

Wimbledon Guardian: Carmen Harrison before the accident

10:35am Thursday 10th April 2014

The tragic death of Claudia Landa came just months after a pensioner almost suffered the same fate in the same spot.

Building work starts at Pelham Primary School in Wimbledon

Wimbledon Guardian: Pelham School children celebrated Easter before building work began

5:00am Thursday 10th April 2014

Building work starts at Pelham Primary School in Wimbledon and is set to last over a year.

Joseph Hood Primary School does fancy dress for World Book day

Wimbledon Guardian: 'The Naughty Bus': Jack Shepard, reception class, dressed up for World Book day

5:00am Thursday 10th April 2014

A primary school celebrated World Book day with a dress-up day, literacy-based activities and assemblies.

Racist Croydon doctor who took £100,000 from out-of-hours GP service did not do it dishonestly, tribunal decides

Wimbledon Guardian: Ravi Sondhi

6:30pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

A racist doctor who sent offensive messages to his staff has been cleared of dishonestly taking £100,000 from the out-of-hours GP service he ran.

Councillors pledge to reduce life expectancy gap between east and west of Merton

Wimbledon Guardian: Merton Council

3:40pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

Merton Council is determined to bridge the widening gap between life expectancy in the east and west of the borough, despite receiving a third of public health funding awarded to neighbouring Wandsworth.

Lorries stuck in Wimbledon side road after new traffic posts installed

Wimbledon Guardian: The traffic calming posts on Ashcombe Road

1:16pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

Lorries reverse down residential streets after posts installed on Wimbledon rat run

'Maria Miller is the victim' - Ex-council leader defends cabinet minister after resignation

Wimbledon Guardian: Maria Miller. Picture: David Jones/PA Wire.

11:05am Wednesday 9th April 2014

Merton's former council leader and friend of Maria Miller has said she is a victim of the system and did nothing wrong in the expenses scandal.

News from our neighbours

Snapper donates picture to St Helier Hospital after the original was stolen from a ward wall (link)

Sutton Guardian 6:00am Sat 19 Apr 14

An amateur photographer has donated an inspiring picture to St Helier hospital to replace one that was stolen.

Fire breaks out at Tooting construction site (link)

Streatham Guardian 6:47am Tue 15 Apr 14

UPDATED 4pm: A block of flats just one month from construction completion have been wrecked in a fire which started…

First supper club women recreate Da Vinci's iconic painting in time for Easter (link)

Surrey Comet (Kingston news) 5:00am Sat 19 Apr 14

The Last Supper was an all-male affair but, two thousand years later, things are changing.

Britain's first underwater rugby team set to compete abroad (link)

Wandsworth Guardian 7:20am Sat 19 Apr 14

An underwater rugby team are gearing up for their first international tournament.

Q&A with Avenue Q stars ahead of their show in Croydon this summer (link)

Croydon Guardian 7:00am Sat 19 Apr 14

A host of fuzzy friends will be visiting Croydon this summer but it is unlikely they will be on their best…

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