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Sadiq comments on the publication of the Government’s report on armed service veterans in the criminal justice system

Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan MP said

"Labour welcomes the recommendations in today’s report. We have been campaigning on this important issue for some time now and it is about time the Government did more than pay lip service to the needs of veterans. 

“At a time when the government didn’t recognise this as a problem, Labour was arguing that more needed to be done to help keep our ex-servicemen and women out of our courts and prisons. It’s just a shame that it’s taken so long for change to happen.

"We owe a debt of gratitude to former members of our armed services. Most go on to have constructive lives after leaving the armed services but some can drift into a life of crime and we need to do more to prevent this. But I hope ministers will make a better fist of implementing the findings of today’s overdue report than they’ve done of producing it in the first place. Their whole approach to the issue has been half-hearted and insulting". 


Future of much-loved pub is safe, owners reassure Sadiq

Rumours have been circulating that the doors of The Wheatsheaf pub would be closing in the New Year, as the current tenants, Antic's lease comes to an end.

This emerged after 18 months of campaigning from the local community, Sadiq Khan MP and local councillors, resulting in planning protection being put in place to try and prevent the pub being sold to a supermarket or turned into luxury flats.

Keen to get to the bottom of the rumours, Sadiq Khan called on the owners, Enterprise Inns for answers.

Sadiq's Christmas message to Wandsworth residents

(Sadiq's letter in the Wandsworth Guardian, 19th December 2014).

Sadiq's column in the Wandsworth Guardian, 19/12/14

Sadiq speaks out on food banks

“Since becoming Shadow Minister for London something I have seen more and more every day is the growing importance of, and reliance upon charities and the voluntary sector. My visits to food banks across London have been bittersweet. It’s been inspirational to see Londoners giving their time, donating food and money to help others in our community who have fallen on hard times. But it is also incredibly sad. We live in one of the richest cities in the world and yet there are still thousands of Londoners, many of whom are children, who can’t afford to eat.

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Diana Balham: A clean break - New Zealand Herald


Diana Balham: A clean break
New Zealand Herald
Nasty latrines are tolerable but a good wash is a must, even on the most basic camping trip, says Diana Balham. 'I'm ashamed to say I have strolled into campgrounds waving my towel with studied casualness to use the shower when free camping ...

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South Londoners, head to Tooting and Balham for Christmas treats - Time Out London


Time Out London

South Londoners, head to Tooting and Balham for Christmas treats
Time Out London
The same event organiser then moves the next day to Balham, which, as anyone who commutes on the Northern line will know, is the most desirable neighbourhood in south London. This second event is being held on Sunday December 7 at the Bedford pub ...

An Angelic Announcement

Brick Testament AngelThey’re familiar words. But they’re brilliant. They’re the words that were uttered in the fields outside Bethlehem on the first Christmas Eve. It wasn’t ‘is there nothing better on the other channel?’ Or ‘where did you put the wrapping paper?’ Or ‘Pants! I’ve got nothing for your Mum, what times does Sainsbury’s close?’ They were,

‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’ Luke 2:10-12

The angels announced that the long awaited, long promised saviour king had finally arrived. But that’s not all they said. As they reflected on the momentous birth of Jesus, they made three qualifying statements that are sometimes missed.

First, Jesus is good news not bad news. But do we think like that? Aren’t we at least a little bit tempted to think that following Jesus isn’t all good? It’s sometimes hard. But what better news can you think of than discovering that God has sent a saviour to rescue you from an eternity of his justified condemnation and righteous punishment for your sins. Make no mistake. It’s what you deserve. As do I. Because we’re wicked and God is holy. But such is His love for us that He sent His Son to save us. Are you really going to tell me that you’ve thought of something better to tell me than that!

Secondly, Jesus is a cause for celebration not a reason to be miserable.  But do we think like that? Aren’t we at least just a little bit tempted to think that Jesus is nothing special; that he’s nothing to get excited about? But what could possible happen to us that could come near to being so amazing as being saved? Getting married? Being promoted? Buying your first house? Having a baby? Are you really going to try to convince me that any of those things will make me happier than knowing Jesus as my saviour!

Thirdly, Jesus is for everyone not just a few. But do we think like that? Aren’t we at least a little bit tempted to think that Jesus is just for the good people? The religious people? The people who don’t stuff up quite as much as we do? But he came for all types. All nations. All classes. All sorts. And that includes you and me. He didn’t come for those who have no need of a saviour. Because first, people like that don’t need to be saved. And more importantly, secondly, there are none! Are you really going to try to persuade me that you’re the one person that Jesus didn’t come for!

I’m not at all sure that the vast majority of people in our neck of the woods realise just how good the good news is. And that’s our task as a church. It’s a task that’s made somewhat easier at Christmas because people are willing, keen even, to come to events where we try to communicate that. So we’ll keep praying. And we’ll keep inviting. And whilst we do, we’ll keep remembering that Jesus’s rescue is good news producing great joy for all people.


Balham church group to set up laundry for homeless families - Wandsworth Guardian


Balham church group to set up laundry for homeless families
Wandsworth Guardian
Friends of Nightingale Square, mainly based at the Balham Community Church in Endlesham Road, wants to improve laundry facilities for people living at the temporary accommodation in the square. The council is offering financial support to the group to ...

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Christmas is coming to Balham!

An afternoon of festive activities will take place on Sunday 30th November in Hildreth Street, from 1pm – 5pm to celebrate the completion of its stunning new makeover and to mark the start of the Christmas season.

The new look Hildreth Street and its businesses will be joined by a wandering Father Christmas and his elves. The afternoon will continue oozing Christmas cheer with community carol singing accompanied by local choirs and the Balham Ukelele Orchestra. Free mulled wine and cider will add to the merriment.

For the first time, Hildreth Street will also have its very own Christmas Tree, a 15’ beauty no less, which will be officially switched on by The Mayor of Wandsworth, Councillor Stuart Thom at 4.30pm. Also not to be missed are the beautiful new Christmas lights adorning Balham’s lamp columns in and around the town centre.

Flower Sanctuary owner, Lisa Carr, said ‘This is a really exciting development for Hildreth Street and will change the area
for the better’.

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The program for the day is as follows:

1pm onwards:
Hildreth Street Businesses In-Store Events & Activities
2pm–3pm
Wandering Father Christmas & His Elves (Featuring The Southside Players & Stagecoach Battersea Theatre)
3pm onwards
Mulled Wine & Music (with the Balham Ukulele Orchestra)
3.30pm onwards
Carols & Community Singing
4.30pm
Lights switch-on by the Mayor of Wandsworth
4.45-5.00pm
Event Finishes

In store promotions include:

-Free balloons at JN Money Transfer
-Warm winter cocktails & cheese fondue at The Lodge
-Boxes of celebrations at Julie’s Nails
-Christmas windows at FARA Charity Shop
-In-store tastings at We Brought Beer
-Robots, candy canes & sweets at E-Computing
-Red carpet with models and face painting at Balham Bou
-’Make your own wreaths’ at The Flower Sanctuary
-Christmas decorations at No. 9 Antiques

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Christmas is coming to Balham!

An afternoon of festive activities will take place on Sunday 30th November in Hildreth Street, from 1pm – 5pm to celebrate the completion of its stunning new makeover and to mark the start of the Christmas season.

The new look Hildreth Street and its businesses will be joined by a wandering Father Christmas and his elves. The afternoon will continue oozing Christmas cheer with community carol singing accompanied by local choirs and the Balham Ukelele Orchestra. Free mulled wine and cider will add to the merriment.

For the first time, Hildreth Street will also have its very own Christmas Tree, a 15’ beauty no less, which will be officially switched on by The Mayor of Wandsworth, Councillor Stuart Thom at 4.30pm. Also not to be missed are the beautiful new Christmas lights adorning Balham’s lamp columns in and around the town centre.

Flower Sanctuary owner, Lisa Carr, said ‘This is a really exciting development for Hildreth Street and will change the area
for the better’.

christmasjpg

The program for the day is as follows:

1pm onwards:
Hildreth Street Businesses In-Store Events & Activities
2pm–3pm
Wandering Father Christmas & His Elves (Featuring The Southside Players & Stagecoach Battersea Theatre)
3pm onwards
Mulled Wine & Music (with the Balham Ukulele Orchestra)
3.30pm onwards
Carols & Community Singing
4.30pm
Lights switch-on by the Mayor of Wandsworth
4.45-5.00pm
Event Finishes

In store promotions include:

-Free balloons at JN Money Transfer
-Warm winter cocktails & cheese fondue at The Lodge
-Boxes of celebrations at Julie’s Nails
-Christmas windows at FARA Charity Shop
-In-store tastings at We Brought Beer
-Robots, candy canes & sweets at E-Computing
-Red carpet with models and face painting at Balham Bou
-’Make your own wreaths’ at The Flower Sanctuary
-Christmas decorations at No. 9 Antiques

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November 2014 Balham Town Centre News

Read the November 2014 Balham Town Centre newsletter here: Balham November Newsletter

In this edition: Christmas is coming to Balham!, Small Business Saturday, Reporting Crime, Business Priorities Survey and a Warm Welcome to The Lodge!

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November 2014 Balham Town Centre News

Read the November 2014 Balham Town Centre newsletter here: Balham November Newsletter

In this edition: Christmas is coming to Balham!, Small Business Saturday, Reporting Crime, Business Priorities Survey and a Warm Welcome to The Lodge!

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Independent mindbodysoul combine and refurbish their spas at Balham High Road location

Independent mindbodysoul’s mummy & baby spa is moving!

They’d like to say a huge thank you for the amazing support Balham has shown them at their Ritherdon Road mummy & baby spa over the years and now have some news to share… Both spa locations will be brought together with the mummy & baby spa moved into their Balham High Road site from 3rd December.

Customers will be offered a one-stop hair and beauty experience, and the Balham salon will also be revamped with a new Garden Room for mummy and baby to enjoy!

You’ll still be able to enjoy a massage, facial, waxing and other treatments in the downstairs spa with your tot in tow and can make use of a travel cot in your treatment room, just like at Ritherdon Road.

For those visiting us without little ones, rest assured that the spa will remain the oasis of calm you expect with just the added extras of our new ‘garden room’ upstairs.

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Independent mindbodysoul combine and refurbish their spas at Balham High Road location

Independent mindbodysoul’s mummy & baby spa is moving!

They’d like to say a huge thank you for the amazing support Balham has shown them at their Ritherdon Road mummy & baby spa over the years and now have some news to share… Both spa locations will be brought together with the mummy & baby spa moved into their Balham High Road site from 3rd December.

Customers will be offered a one-stop hair and beauty experience, and the Balham salon will also be revamped with a new Garden Room for mummy and baby to enjoy!

You’ll still be able to enjoy a massage, facial, waxing and other treatments in the downstairs spa with your tot in tow and can make use of a travel cot in your treatment room, just like at Ritherdon Road.

For those visiting us without little ones, rest assured that the spa will remain the oasis of calm you expect with just the added extras of our new ‘garden room’ upstairs.

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September/October 2014 Balham Town Centre newsletter

Read the June/July 2014 Balham Town Centre newsletter here: Balham TC Newsletter Sep Oct

In this edition: New faces in Town Centre Management in Balham, public realm improvements update and reducing your business rates!

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September/October 2014 Balham Town Centre newsletter

Read the June/July 2014 Balham Town Centre newsletter here: Balham TC Newsletter Sep Oct

In this edition: New faces in Town Centre Management in Balham, public realm improvements update and reducing your business rates!

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