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Your Harrow, your stories March 2011

Budget special

Where your council tax goes

Let’s talk

How you helped to shape our vision for Harrow

Supporting local business

Spotlight on Wealdstone

Win an overnight stay at Grimsdyke Hotel

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South Harrow resident Don Reuben’s favourite place in Harrow is Headstone Manor Park. “It’s a wonderful historic location with a fantastic museum, which is surrounded by a beautiful park and moat where you can feed the ducks and relax.”


If you have a favourite view of Harrow you would like to share, send us your pictures and a photograph of yourself. Every edition we will publish the best one on this page or on our website. Email

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Harrow’s hot topics


Your letters page


Your Harrow, your stories


Top tips for healthy living


Spotlight on Wealdstone


Harrow’s heritage: Escape to Harrow


Where your money goes


What’s happening in your area

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Leader of the Council, Cllr Bill Stephenson

hot topics

As you may be aware, the council has now set the budget for the year ahead - the toughest I have known in all my years in Harrow. I am pleased to say there will be no increase in Council Tax. However, we have had to make a massive saving of £19 million. We have managed to do this without cutting front-line services, by innovating and using new technology, getting better value for the goods and services we buy, streamlining top management and getting rid of unnecessary paperwork as well as many other savings. We will not be closing any libraries or children’s centres. It has not been easy and it will be even more difficult in the next three years when we will have to save a further £43 million. In this edition we explain our new Vision and Priorities as well as how your Council Tax is spent. Our vision is Working Together: Our Harrow, Our Community, and that means involving you, our residents, more than ever in making the right decisions for Harrow. We now want to hear your ideas on what the council should or should not be doing over the next three years and how we can make the council leaner and fitter. You will also find more information about the budget by visiting uk/budget2011 and you can also have your say there. I want you to be involved every step of the way and that begins by working with us on next year’s budget.

Centenarians Gladys Bubb (left) and Gwendoline Hill (far right)

100 years young! Rayners Lane resident Gladys Bubb celebrated her 100th birthday with five-year-old great, great, great nephew Ferdinand Grimsey and the Mayor of Harrow Cllr Asad Omar. Gladys, who is a former model and once worked in the War Office, believes the secret to a long life is keeping as active and independent as possible and not smoking. She said: “It was wonderful to have a visit from the Mayor. I had a wonderful time and I wish I could have another day just like that.” The Mayor said: “It was lovely to be able to meet Gladys and congratulate her on reaching such an amazing milestone.

“I was surprised to see what a remarkable lady she is. She walks about on her own very well and only has a slight problem with her hearing, otherwise she is fit and healthy. She even came out to see me to the car to say thanks and goodbye.” Harrow Weald’s Gwendoline Hill was also joined by the Mayor of Harrow as she celebrated her 100th birthday. Mrs Hill has lived in Harrow Weald since 1938 and says the key to her long life is a love of good food, and avoiding alcohol and cigarettes. She still likes to do her own cleaning and until a few years ago also made all her own clothes.

Finally just to alert you to the fact that discussions on the future of our high schools will be taking place during March. We have produced an information sheet about this and further information is available by visiting uk/academies

Tuning in 130 children from Harrow schools took part in the Harrow Music Service Guitar Festival last month. Children aged 8-18 rehearsed for two days culminating in a fantastic evening concert at Harrow Arts Centre. The programme included a mixture of classical, rock and film music. 4

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I am proud to be Mayor of a borough where the entire community unites to help people in need Cllr Asad Omar, Mayor of Harrow

£12,000 raised for Mayor’s charity Harrow Mayor, Cllr Asad Omar, has raised more than £12,000 for his special charity - Ovarian Cancer action - since May 2010.

Mayor’s Flood Appeal Harrow Mayor thanks local community as flood appeal smashes target The Mayor has praised the generosity of the Harrow community as money raised through his Pakistan Flood Appeal begins rebuilding homes in the country. Nine new homes that will house almost 150 people are under construction in the flood ravaged Kohistan region. A further six are planned to be built after the Mayor’s appeal smashed its £50,000 target. A grand total of £60,413 has now been raised through personal donations and fundraising events staged by the community. The Mayor, Cllr Asad Omar, said: “Thank you to everyone who took part in the appeal and either donated money, time, or their expertise to help people in Kohistan rebuild their lives. “I am proud to be Mayor of a borough where the entire community unites to help people in need, and I know the people in Pakistan send their heartfelt thanks.” Every penny of the money raised is going

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Cllr Omar said: “The reason I chose this charity is because my wife passed away about 18 months ago from Ovarian Cancer and she was diagnosed about four years before that. My aim is to raise awareness of Ovarian Cancer by encouraging women and healthcare professionals to be aware of the symptoms of the disease, because if it is diagnosed early it can be either cured or contained. Unfortunately statistics show that commonly Ovarian Cancer is diagnosed too late. “When I attend any engagement where there are a gathering of women I always speak about Ovarian Cancer in order to raise more awareness of this disease.”

directly towards the rebuilding efforts, and the organisers are inviting Harrow residents to Pakistan to see the project for themselves. If you would like further information or would like to make a donation, go to

Thank you to everyone who took part in the appeal and either donated money, time, or their expertise

Harvest festival The Harrow Tamil community celebrated the Tamil Thai Pongal - the harvest festival for the Tamil Community - for the first time in the borough. Held in the Council Chamber earlier this year, the event - organised by Cllr Krishna Suresh and Cllr Sasikala Suresh - began with the lighting of Thai Pongal lamp, a Thai Pongal prayer, a welcome dance and welcome song. Guests included Harrow Mayor Cllr Asad Omar, leader of the council Bill Stephenson and Harrow Borough Commander Dal Babu. Your Harrow, your stories


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Harrow Association of Disabled people (HAD) HAD, an organisation for, and led by disabled people in Harrow, provides a range of services including Information, Welfare Benefits, Direct Support for people who receive a Direct Payment or Personal budget, Advocacy, Deaf services, IT and Independent Living training, Home Fire Safety checks with alarm installation and Harrow Healthy Living Centre. Funding is always needed to do more. To use one of our services, or make a donation, contact us on: Tel: 020 8861 9920 Textphone: 07985 244 177 Fax: 020 8861 9926 Or email: Website:

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There is free on-site parking, disabled

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Contact details Tel 020 8416 8899 Fax 020 8427 2418 Email: Harrow Teachers’ Centre, Tudor Road,

access and hearing aid facilities available. Our on-site restaurant can provide a variety of catering options to rooms upon request.

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Kirsty McCormack Animal magic I spend a lot of time at the National Animal Welfare Trust, in Watford, where my boyfriend works looking after cats, dogs and other animals in need of new homes. They rely heavily on volunteering and welcome anyone who wants to do work experience with them.

I’m Kirsty McCormack. I’m 23 and I live in Rayners Lane with my boyfriend, Ricky. Welcome to my page. I have lived in Harrow my whole life and went to Rooks Heath College, but in 2006 I decided to study for a degree in magazine journalism and feature writing so I jumped at the chance of editing my own page in my local magazine. I tried to leave Harrow once - I moved to Southampton for university - but I soon found myself getting the coach back to Harrow every weekend as homesickness kicked in! After a year of missing friends and family, I decided to move back and commute down south to finish my studies. I graduated in 2009 and have just recently completed an 18-week course studying for the NCTJ (National Council

Kirsty at the Animal Welfare Trust

for the Training of Journalists) diploma. At the moment I’m looking for my first job in journalism. When I’m not writing I love baking and going to gigs and festivals. Find out more about me by reading my blog at:

You may not think that an animal rescue home is the place for a journalist to find experience, but I’ve been writing for them for over a year now, covering their events and getting the stories published in local papers. It’s great fun but it’s also a brilliant experience. Now more than ever, work experience is really important. Luckily I knew what career I wanted at a young age so when the subject of work experience came about at school, I was adamant that I wasn’t going to spend two weeks twiddling my thumbs. I managed to get a placement on my favourite magazine and it changed my life. Even if you don’t know what you want to do yet, volunteering and doing work placements is a great way of figuring out if a certain career is the right one for you - and it looks great on your CV too! If you would like to volunteer at the National Animal Welfare Trust call 020 8950 0117. For more volunteering opportunities, contact

Kirsty is proud of her brother Josh

‘We’ve all got talent’ Education has been in the news a lot lately, with the scrapping of the Education Maintenance Allowance and rising tuition fees, a lot of young people will be feeling uncertain about the future. Education has been a big part of my life so far, but academic education isn’t right for everyone. My 17 year-old brother, Josh, is a great example of someone who didn’t choose the academic way of life, but is successful in other ways.

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He left high school with only a couple of GCSEs but managed to get on to a BTEC Level One construction course last September at Harrow Skills Centre. He absolutely loves it and my parents were chuffed when his teachers had nothing but excellent things to say about him at his recent open evening. There are so many options available for young people nowadays that cater for everyone. I would advise anyone who is unsure about their educational future to talk to their careers advisors at school and remember that everyone is different. For more information on courses at Harrow Skills Centre call 020 8909 6000.

Park life One of my favourite places in the borough is Harrow Recreation Ground, on Roxborough Road. As the days get longer and brighter, I’m already looking forward to going for picnics with my sister Jade and my niece Talia. It’s got lovely gardens that are perfect for relaxing in, but there are also football pitches, tennis courts, a basketball court and a bowls club if you’re feeling more active. I love getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life here – it’s the perfect free day out! Your Harrow, your stories


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The vibrant and busy town of Wealdstone is one of Harrow’s hidden gems and has excellent transport links into central London. We hit the high street to see if this part of Harrow has more to offer than a quick train to Euston. The council has been working with local businesses, landowners and interest groups to come up with plans for how Wealdstone town centre, as well as business land surrounding Wealdstone and Station Road, will develop in the future. The main Kodak site, Zoom Leisure and other sites in and around Wealdstone are scheduled for new development, which the council hopes will help to improve the vitality and image of Wealdstone.

shops are now being taken by good businesses. The road opening up has made a big difference and the new supermarket is also very welcome as it may help to keep shoppers in the area.

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Situated in the InShop is Jenny’s Card, the perfect store to get cards and gift ideas for family and friends. Owner Jenny Lawrence-Ricketts says: Owner “I “I have been trading in the InShop for have almost three years. I took over from almost a lady a lady who had the stall for over 26 years. years. This has been fantastic as I have customers who have already have been coming here for over 20 years. been “Before I took over the stall, I worked “Before for the council. I decided to start up for my own business and can honestly my say I would never go back. It’s hard say work being self employed, but I love work being surrounded by customers who being are celebrating a special occasion. are

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We profile four key businesses along the high street: a Gold Scissors

Owner Carol Davis has been styling hair at her salon Gold Scissors since 1986. “When I first opened the salon, the area was very different to what it is today. This December we will be celebrating our 25th anniversary and over the years we have seen the area go through some ups and downs. “On the whole, trade is pretty slow for many businesses in Wealdstone at the moment, but fortunately over the 25 years we have been here we have built up a regular client base so we are busy. I have clients that come from all over the world, Nottingham, Ireland and the Caribbean. “I love what I do and get great pleasure from transforming someone’s look. “I would still say that lack of parking in the area and quick access to shops is an issue for trade in Wealdstone. For me, the opening up of one way traffic through the high street hasn’t improved the area as much as I had hoped.

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“I hope the new Sainsbury’s “I supermarket will draw more supermarket people people to the area and help to improve trade for me.” improve

d Wealdstone Healthy Living Centre and Red Brick Café The Red Brick Café provides supported work placements for students with learning disabilities and other support needs. The students are involved in all aspects of running a commercial café. This includes the preparation of healthy food and serving in the café. As well as the café, there are a range of activities taking place at the centre, including yoga classes, exercise classes for over 60s, dance classes and social club for older people. Call 020 8420 9383 for further information. Simon Goodman lives in Stanmore and has worked at the cafe for five years. He said: “I enjoy working with the staff and other students. It keeps me busy and it’s a nice clean environment.” Simon Goodman

c Prestige fashions for men and boys Owner Mr Chan says: “I have been in Wealdstone for over 20 years running my old fashioned menswear and tailoring shop. We cater for people that are all shapes and sizes. Despite Despite the recession, I have recently opened opened up another shop just opposite which which sells children’s clothes inden for special occasions like udent Amanda H Red Brick Café st weddings, christenings and first communions. “I don’t see myself as just a businessman but rather offering a community service. That’s why my business has lasted so long – it’s about putting the customer first. “My only concern is the lack of nearby parking for my customers – many of whom are disabled. The multi-storey car park in Wealdstone is way too far from my shop for them. I would like the council to give more parking access on the side roads, or even a short period of free parking to give shop our customers a chance to shop quickly or pick things up. The double yellow lines and CCTV cameras are putting my customers off.”

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Back to nature Gardeners from The Shaw Trust charity are preparing to get stuck in as the Earth Project opens its gates once more. The popular scheme, which helps residents with learning disabilities to grow their own vegetables and equips them with skills to potentially help them into ts employment, Sheila Clemen is based at Newton Park East Allotments, in Rayners Lane. It is being relaunched by the charity in conjunction with Harrow Council, and the project will soon offer horticulture courses to people with learning disabilities. Community groups and members of the public will also be encouraged to use the buildings and allotments. Sheila Clements, of the Shaw Trust, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been given this opportunity by Harrow Council.

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We can’t wait to move in and we’re excited about building on the success of the Earth Project. “It’s a really valuable local resource and we’re looking forward to becoming a key part of the local community.” The Earth Project was launched by Harrow Council back in 2007 and managed by a third party, but it closed last July. The Shaw Trust, which also runs horticulture classes from its Clamp Hill grounds in Stanmore, are shortly to sign a five-year lease on the main building and a yearly allotment tenancy of the land. The national charity supports disabled and disadvantaged people to prepare for work and live more independently. Sheila hopes vegetables grown at the project will be used at the Trust’s Ewart House Café. Users will also be given the chance to maintain their own allotment

patch, to keep chickens and rabbits and to complete training and employment related opportunities including horticulture, conservation, recycling and animal care. Portfolio holder for property and major contracts at Harrow Council, Cllr Thaya Idaikkadar, said: “This is excellent news. The council has worked hard to find a suitable group to take over this superb community facility and the Shaw Trust’s plans sound exactly what we were hoping for. “As ward councillor I am keen to explore how local businesses can get involved and I hope as many residents as possible will benefit from the new Earth Project as possible.” To find out more about the Earth Project, contact Sheila on 020 8954 4287 or sheila.clements@ Your Harrow, your stories


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Let’s talk - a new conversation for We want you, our residents, to be at the centre of everything we do, and that is why we developed Let’s talk. It is a totally new way for you to have your say and work with us to deliver a better future for Harrow. During these challenging economic times, it is important we know what you think. As we all know there are difficult decisions ahead and we want to make sure you have the opportunity to tell us what matters to you the most. Last year, we started this new way of working by launching an open and genuine conversation with residents about where the council should focus its resources in the future. The activity included the innovative pop-up living room complete with a sofa, rug, coffee table and lamp which toured the borough with the aim of trying to reach as many residents as possible at venues convenient to them. Many of you took the opportunity to sit on the sofa and have a conversation with councillors and senior officers as it made its way across the borough. In addition, 2000 of you visited our open days which were held at the venues you visit on a daily basis such as supermarkets and libraries. Thank-you to those of you who took part and made you voice heard. The conversations you had on our sofa, and the surveys you completed online and in person, have all been collated and were used by the council in coming up with the vision and priorities for the coming year. The conversation has only just begun and we will continue to talk to you to find out what you think, and what is important to you. We know you are busy people, so we don’t expect you to come to us. Instead we’ll be coming to you, making it as easy as possible for you to tell us what you think. This is why we have designated 2011 the year of Community Debate. If you want to get involved go to 12

What you said: “Keep roads and especially pavements in good order”

“More regular cleaning of local streets, not just main streets.”

“Communicate with residents more”

“…ensure that all available funds are spent on the most urgent priorities and to avoid wasteful spending e.g. it is unnecessary to foster ties with towns in the EU.”

“Tackling crime is a top priority” “We are in this together, so listen to us, lead and support those affected by the cuts.”

“Increase front line staff and reduce directors and managers”

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ew or Harrow We have collated all of your feedback and thoughts, and the results are now in. Overall the consultation clearly points to residents putting levels of crime and clean streets as their priority. However, most of you were satisfied with cultural and sports facilities in the borough.

Our vision • A n overwhelming 71% of you support the council’s vision “Working together: Our Harrow, our community”. Only 4% actively disagree, with the rest either not stating an answer (11%) or being neutral (14%). (11%) or being neutral (14%).

How you can get involved The conversation does not end here. If you enjoyed having your say and telling us what you think, we would like to invite you to help us make 2011 the year of the Community Debate by going to www. This means you getting involved and working with us to discuss how we manage the very difficult decisions we will have to make over the next few years.

Our priorities • 9 2% support the priority of “Keeping neighbourhoods clean, green neighbourhoods clean, green and safe” protecting people who are most in need” (83%), • 83% support “Supporting and protecting people who are most in need” (83%), • 8 1% support “Having a united and involved community and being a council involved community and being a council that listens and leads” • 7 1% support “A Town Centre to be proud of, changing Harrow for the proud of, changing Harrow for the better” (71%). • T his same order is seen when respondents were asked respondents were asked priority. Half (50%) stated to rank the most important single priority. Half (50%) stated that the single top priority was “Keeping neighbourhoods clean, green and safe.” • T he top responses analysed are to communicate/listen more with waste residents (6%), reduce council waste (5%), clean streets (4%) and crime/ safety (4%). • W hen looking in detail at a list of possible environmental and service issues and activities the level of crime and health were rated the most important (both 90%), followed by clean streets (86%). Having listened to your feedback we recognise the need to make clear our commitment to all our district centres. Therefore we have changed the fourth priority to better reflect these views – Supporting our Town Centre: our local shopping centres and businesses.

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The feedback we gathered from residents during the Let’s talk roadshows, explained on the previous page, helped us to decide on our Vision and Priorities for the coming year. You overwhelmingly supported our suggested vision ‘Working Together: Our Harrow, Our Community’. We’ve already helped many of our residents this year. Here are some of our priorities in action: Keeping neighbourhoods clean, green and safe Let’s talk showed us that these services are among those you value the most. Through the Neighbourhood Champions scheme we are building an army of volunteers to help make their area a clean and safe place to live and work.

One of the newest recruits is retired school caretaker Ray Cooper MBE. Mr Cooper said: “I’m well known around here; people see me walking my dog. I make sure everyone knows that I’m their new Neighbourhood Champion so people know they can come to me if they’ve got any problems or they are worried about anything.” United and involved communities: a council that listens and leads We will do all we can to support volunteers groups and individuals who 14

want to improve their area and make a difference locally.

Gaye O’Connell describes her experience of the Harrow Help2Let scheme. “It might

Sumo Charles won the 2010 Volunteer of the Year award. He has been volunteering as a mentor for the Harrow Youth Offending Team (YOT) for the last

three years. Sumo said: “I volunteer because it is important for me to give something back to the community, it helps to create a good work ethic, and builds community spirit.” Supporting and protecting people who are most in need Although Harrow is a great place to live, there are also many people who are in real need. Help2Let is a Letting agency set up by the council to match residents on the housing waiting list with private landlords and bridge the gap between the high demand for social housing and a lack of supply.

sound dramatic, but I don’t know what I would have done without it. I was living in unsuitable, overcrowded accommodation and it had affected my health. They managed to find this flat for myself and my son that is near his school and gives us our own space.” Supporting our Town Centre: our local shopping centres and businesses Mark Rughani from Vision Care Opticians in Wealdstone, says: “The opening up of Wealdstone High Street to traffic has definitely helped improve things for traders in Wealdstone, although we hope the council could go further and open the street up to two way traffic. The multistorey car park is very helpful because parking has been an issue here. For a long time we didn’t have a supermarket in the town which meant people went elsewhere to shop, now we have two which has definitely increased the flow of shoppers coming into the area.”

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Protecting your services

This is going to be a very challenging year, and we need to make changes to the way local services are delivered. The council must save £62.7 million over the next four years and we are committed to working with you to protect priority services. Harrow Council has approved a budget that makes £19m of savings in 2011-12 but protects front line services and creates a leaner, fitter organisation. Council Tax is frozen. Over the next four years, the council has to find £62m of savings. £31m of these savings have already been identified. The council is carrying out an intensive review and reform of services, called the Better Deal for Residents Programme, to find innovative and cost effective ways of working. Ten major projects will contribute significant savings in 201112 at the same time as protecting or improving services. For example, installing new self service technology in libraries is keeping branches open while delivering savings of £1.1m a year. Improvements in

procurement will deliver £2m of savings. In adults services, the council is spending an extra £1.5m in services for people with disabilities. Renegotiating care contracts, joining up with other boroughs to buy services in bulk and a unique pilot to help hospital patients recover quicker are among a package of savings totalling almost £4m. Children’s centres are being protected while extra money will be spent on safeguarding children. Modernisation of children’s services will deliver over £1.1m of savings across children’s services as a whole in 2011-12. Cllr Bill Stephenson, Leader of Harrow Council, said: “We have stood up for Harrow and in very challenging circumstances have defended and enhanced front line services.

“Although we have made a very good start in modernising the council and improving services, we still face very serious financial challenges. “We have to look forward and begin to address these issues now. We want to fully engage and involve local residents and all our partners in helping to decide what sort of council we want and what sort of services it should provide in four years time.” Given the financial challenges we face, it is really important for you to give us your views on how we can continue to reform, modernise and ultimately provide you with a better service. You can also go to www.harrow. to get involved in the debate.

The chart below shows how much money we need to save over the next 4 years 2011-2012 = £19m 2012-2013 = £14.6m 2013-2014 = £15.6m

Join the conversation at uk/budget2011 and tell us what you think we can do for next year’s budget

2014-2015 = £13.5m

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Where your mon In order to make the savings explained in the previous page, we have carefully managed the budget and watched every penny and the council has still managed to freeze Council Tax so that the amount paid for a Band D property remains at the same level as last year, £1,496.37. We hope this helps to ease the strain on household budgets as we understand that during these difficult financial times money is particularly tight and you are all concerned about the future.

your home, the one nearest to the top of the following list will be responsible for paying Council Tax:

We are working hard to improve your lives keeping household bills to a minimum and providing support and help where we can. Who has to pay? Only people age 18 or over have to pay Council Tax. Where there is more than one person age 18 or over resident in

Resident freeholder

The Council Tax for each band is as follows:

Resident leaseholder


Resident tenant

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Resident licensee

Band B


Any other resident

Band C


The owner, where there are no occupants

Band D


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The Council Tax charge is based on two adults living in a home. If there is only one resident in your home, your bill many be reduced by a quarter (25%).

Band F


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We want to ensure that you know where your money goes; from street cleaning to schools, libraries and parks, we provide many services all day, everyday. The chart below shows you how your Council Tax is spent:

£112m Adult Social Services & Housing

Housing, Adults Services, Community Care

£213m Children’s Services Children’s Services, Education and Schools

This is how much you need to pay


These amounts include the precept levied by the Greater London Authority and other agencies.

£60m Roads, Refuse & Recycling/ Arts, Community & Culture Environmental Health, Parks, Transport, Libraries, Community Development, Cultural Services

£5m Planning

Planning Permission, Planning Development

£18m Customer Services


Customer Care, Human Resources, Access Harrow, Harrow People, Council Website

£5m Legal & Governance £144m Benefits & Financial Support

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oney goes These are some of the innovative ways in which we spend your Council Tax to help improve the quality of resident’s lives. ‘Xcite helped me get back to work’

‘Shop4Support changed mum’s life’

‘Look Ahead gave me a lifeline’

The council provides a wide range of services from street cleaning, to libraries, schools and parks. In addition, we also provide schemes which directly help improve the quality of residents’ lives. Xcite is one of these schemes, and its aim is to help get unemployed parents back into work. The scheme has estimated to save £1 million per year in benefit payments.

The council’s Shop4Support is another example of a scheme which is directly improving the lives of residents. Shop4Support allows residents to shop for services or equipment using their personal budget - a sum of money provided by the council for them to spend to meet their social care needs.

John Barrett was once a fit, strong man who was managing a pub and living comfortably in the flat above with his wife and two children.

Diana Lewis signed up to the Xcite programme, following an event at her child’s nursery. Xcite has given her the confidence to get back into work. Diana found a job as a community care worker, where she visits elderly people to help with cooking, washing and small jobs in the home. Diana said: “Without Xcite I would have really struggled to get a job after being a full-time mum for over seven years. They understood that being a mother was not the end for me and that I had other ambitions in my life. “The workshops were great, helping with my CV, filling in application forms and interview techniques.”

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Arvinda Patel tells us about the huge impact the scheme has made on her family.

Having a set budget allocated means we can decide what care to buy. So it is about what is right for mum and what she needs and wants. Arvinda Patel

“Having a personal budget has not only changed mum’s life, but our whole family. Having a set budget allocated means we can decide what care to buy. So it is about what is right for mum and what she needs and wants.”

Then, due to a complication with his diabetes, his right leg had to be amputated above the knee and tragically later, his left leg was also amputated. “I left hospital after a nine month recovery period. By this time I had lost my job and my home and had no income whatsoever. “This was the lowest point of my life. I felt so alone and I didn’t know where to turn.”

“Fortunately, there was an agency called Look Ahead - funded by Harrow Council.They treated me like a human being and gave me a lifeline. They told me what benefits and eventually helped me find a permanent home. Now I have a three-bedroom house and I am back living with my wife and two children.” Your Harrow, your stories


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Dear Harrow

Dear Harrow resident,

Welcome to your Harrow People letters page. This page is open to all residents to question, comment and air their views on any council service, or product. We want you to dictate what is published on this page every issue, so get writing, emailing or phoning with your questions and comments. This page will give residents a platform for their views and questions. By publishing your correspondence, both positive and negative, we intend to make this magazine even more interactive and relevant to readers.

This month we visited Harrow’s Youth Parliament to ask some of our younger residents for their questions HarSHIl VekarIya, 14, Kenton As somebody who uses school transport, why is it not possible for us to open windows on the buses in hot weather or after sport?


There are a number of windows in our buses which can be opened, however these are limited for the health and safety of our service users and other road users. Unfortunately there have been occasions in the past where passengers have put themselves and other road users at risk, by leaning out of windows and throwing items out of the moving bus. It was decided to limit the number of open-able windows and to ensure that all our new vehicles are fitted with climate control, to ensure that our passengers can be transported safely and in comfort. and in comfort.


rHIya Pau, 17, Youth MP for Harrow, Hatch End What is the council doing to ensure the future of all our libraries?


We look forward to hearing from you. Contact our mailbag today on: Tel: 020 8424 7504 Email: Write: Harrow People, Communications Unit, PO Box 21, Civic Centre, Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2XF

the local Inspector - Russell Hughes. Although it is not permanently staffed it is already proving very useful to these teams. these teams.

TrISTan THoMaS, 17, HYP Chair, Hatch End

The council is investing heavily in a libraries transformation programme to bring self-service technology into our libraries, enabling staff to concentrate on helping customers rather than processing transactions. It will also enable Harrow to deliver a more cost-effective service to protect library services going forward. The council is committed to keeping all of our libraries open and developing them into the hub of the local community. of the local community.

What is happening with the police kiosk in Harrow Town Centre? Can someone explain what it’s for and what will be happening there?


The police kiosk in Harrow town centre is now open and is used by the Police as a base for their town centre officers. It’s also used to hold Sector Inspector “surgeries” where members of the public can come along and meet

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Letters JoHn WIllIaMS, Chairman, Stanmore Society. Trustee, Bentley Priory, Battle of Britain Trust.

leanne HenneSSy, 19, Harrow Weald I am a single mum of two kids and I receive housing benefit. I have managed to get myself a part-time job as a carer, but it is so difficult to persuade private landlords that I will be a responsible tenant. As a result, I am still in temporary hostel accommodation. Many of the landlords won’t accept me because I am on housing benefit. I would like someone from the council to perhaps speak on my behalf to a landlord to help me find somewhere permanent.


The council has set up our Help2Let scheme to help bring tenants and landlords together. Some landlords are concerned that tenants on housing benefit won’t look after their accommodation. There is no evidence that this is the case, but to help overcome this the council can offer some guarantees and support. We have also implemented tenant training to help prospective tenants understand their rights and obligations to assist with creating successful lettings. As Ms Hennessy has now passed this course the council is seeking a suitable private rented property for her. rented property for her.

ladan dIrIe, 15, Stanmore Why do young people have to pay for library services?


Young people are asked to pay to borrow DVDs and CDs from the age of 14 as this stock is self-financing, with the income from loan charges used to buy new titles. There are however a range of other library services which are completely free of charge, such as the borrowing of books, accessing of the internet from our public PCs and homework support.

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I write in response to Ivan Martin Block’s letter in the February edition, regarding Sir Hugh Dowding, Blue Plaque, Montrose, Gordon Avenue. Montrose was a large house built around 1890, standing near the golf club. Like most of the Victorian Villas that once lined Gordon Avenue it has now been demolished to make way for higher density developments, in this case the Water Gardens. However, part of the garden survives as a little known

but very pleasant park, Montrose Walk, running adjacent to the Stanburn stream, from Gordon Avenue to Wolverton Road. Sir Hugh certainly warrants a plaque but as Montrose no longer exists a Blue Plaque is not possible. However, Harrow Heritage Trust have an excellent Brown Plaque scheme for historical locations, one could be placed at the entrance to Montrose Walk, perhaps they would like to consider it? An illustration of Montrose can be found in a Harrow publication, The Countryside Lies Sleeping, available at our libraries.


The Grim’s Dyke Hotel at Old Redding, Harrow Weald, is one of London’s leading country house hotels, a magnificent Grade II listed Victorian building nestled in 40 acres of beautiful gardens and just 12 miles from the West End. Harrow People is offering one lucky reader, plus guest, the chance to win a one-night stay in one of the hotel’s best rooms in its main house. The prize includes full a la carte dinner with free bottle of house wine in the double AA rosetted Gilbert’s

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restaurant, and breakfast the following morning. The winners will also be able to enjoy the hotel’s recently launched Afternoon Cream Teas menu, which has proved hugely popular with locals as well as guests staying at the hotel. To be in with a chance to win this of fabulous prize, send your name, address and daytime number to: The Editor, Harrow People, Civic Centre, Station Road, Harrow HA1 2XF before April 30th, 2011. Your Harrow, your stories


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Stand up and be counted We are all required by law to complete our Census Questionnaire Form. If you are unsure what the Census is, these questions and answers will help you. What is the Census? The Census provides an estimate of the population in England and Wales on Sunday 27 March 2011.

Will I have to complete my questionnaire?

Why do we have a Census?

Yes. Every householder must, by law, complete and return a 2011 Census questionnaire. A householder is the main person who owns or rents the property and is wholly or partly responsible for paying household bills.

The information collected on the questionnaires is used to plan Harrow services and resources, such as transport, housing, healthcare and education.

What happens if I don’t complete my questionnaire?

When is the Census?

You could face prosecution, a fine (up to £1000) and a criminal record for failing to complete your questionnaire or providing false information.

Census day is on Sunday 27 March 2011.

What will I have to do? You will need to complete the paper questionnaire, which will be delivered to you this month and return it by post in the pre-paid envelope provided. Alternatively, you can fill it in online.

When should I complete my questionnaire? You should complete and return your questionnaire before, on or as soon as possible after 27 March 2011: just make sure your answers refer to that date. 20

Will I be able to do it online? Yes. Your paper questionnaire will include an internet access code to enable you to do this securely.

How can I get help to complete my questionnaire? Come to one of the borough’s Fill it in Days. These are an opportunity to ask any questions about the Census, or bring along your form and we will help you fill it in. Alternatively visit or call 0300 0201 101.

Harrow is the most religiously diverse borough in London. Shamim Ibrahim is a Community Advisor in Harrow and it is her job to engage with and inform Harrow’s Indian community about the Census. “Community Advisors were introduced for this Census due to the low return rate of forms from minority ethnic groups at the last Census. There are over 10 different types of Indian communities in Harrow and it is my job to communicate with these groups, promoting the Census and answering any concerns people may have. “Over the last six months I have been meeting and speaking at a number of groups in Harrow, including the Ashiana, Ekta and Om Shakti groups. “The feedback I have received from all the groups I have been working with is that some people just don’t know what the Census is and may not have a Census in their home country and others are confused as some ethnic and religious groups are not specifically listed on the form. Thoughts on the security of the Census is a concern for many, but I reassure them by

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Census ‘Fill It In’ days If you want some help filling in your Census form, bring it along to one of our Fill it in Days at locations across the borough.

outlining how the Census data is strictly confidential and how each response is just translated into data and no names or addresses are captured. “The Census is extremely important for everyone to fill in and I hope the work that I have been doing with the Asian community enforces the importance for everyone to take part.” Dhiren Malde, aged 54, has lived in Stanmore for 19 years and is a Jain. Jainism is not listed as a religion on the Census questionnaire but members of Harrow’s large Jain community are being encouraged to ‘write in’ Jainism in the space provided. We spoke to Dhiren about the Census and why it’s important to fill it in. “I feel that the Census is a brilliant thing as it helps plan for the next 10 years. Without it we would not get a snap shot of the borough so funds can be allocated to Harrow to provide services for the next decade. “I would strongly recommend that Jains, or any other religious or ethnic group not listed on the form, use the space provided to write in their religion or ethnicity. This way we will get a clear and accurate picture of our diverse community and you never know, if more people detail this, it could be included in the next Census.”

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Saturday 26th March 14.00 - 17.00 Harrow Leisure Centre Christchurch Avenue, Harrow Monday 28th March 10.00 - 16.00 Access Harrow Civic Centre, Station Road Tuesday 29th March 9.30 - 12.30 Harrow Mencap Event Civic Centre, Station Road Tuesday 29th March 16.30 -19.00 The Castle Pub, West Street, Harrow on the Hill, Harrow Wednesday 30th March 9.30 - 12.30 Beacon Centre Scott Crescent, South Harrow Wednesday 30th March 11.00 - 16.00 The Broadway, Stanmore. Outside Sainsbury’s Thursday 31st March 9.30 - 12.30 Hillview Children’s Centre 2 Grange Road, South Harrow Thursday 31st March 14.00 -17.00 Stanmore Park Children’s Centre William Drive, Stanmore Park Friday 1st April 14.00 - 17.00 Cedars Children’s Centre Whittlesea Road, Harrow Friday 1st April 9.30 -12.30 Harrow Association of Disabled People 21 Headstone Drive, Harrow Friday 1st April 10.00 - 16.00 Access Harrow Civic Centre, Station Road Saturday 2nd April 10.00 - 12.00 Swaminarayan Temple Westfield Lane, Kenton Saturday 2nd April 13.00 -15.00 Swaminarayan Temple Wood Lane, Stamore Saturday 2nd April 13.00 - 15.00 South Harrow Outside Family Eyecare, 246 Northolt Road Monday 4th April 9.30 - 12.30 Wealdstone Library 38/40 High Street, Wealdstone

Monday 4th April 14.00 - 17.00 Harrow Leisure Centre Christchurch Avenue, Harrow Tuesday 5th April 9.30 - 12.30 Pinner Wood Children’s Centre Latimer Gardens, Pinner Tuesday 5th April 14.00 - 17.00 Savoy Court Community Centre Station Road, North Harrow Wednesday 6th April 9.30 - 12.30 Beacon Centre Scott Crescent, South Harrow Wednesday 6th April 11.00 - 16.00 Love Lane, Bridge Street, Pinner Thursday 7th April 9.30 - 12.30 Chandos Children’s Centre Chandos Crescent, Edgware Thursday 7th April 14.00 -17.00 Sangam Centre 210 Burnt Oak Broadway, Edgware Friday 8th April 14.00 - 17.00 Kenmore NRC Kenmore Road, Harrow Friday 8th April 10.00 - 16.00 Access Harrow Civic Centre, Station Road Saturday 9th April 11.00 - 16.00 Rayners Lane Rayners Lane Station Sunday 10th April 11.00 - 16.00 Harrow Town Centre St Ann’s Road (Outside St George’s Centre)

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Boost your chance of successfully quitting smoking on no Smoking day

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Earlier this month we marked No Smoking Day so now is a great time to make that life changing decision and give up the cigarettes for good.

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When stopping smoking, there are a number of things you can do to increase your chances of success.

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• G et support from Smokefree Harrow - your local NHS stop smoking service. Using the Smokefree Harrow’s service is your best chance of success – you are four times more likely to successfully quit using the service than if you try without help. The service offers free and confidential support from experts and free nicotine replacement therapy (a one-off prescription charge may apply).

this free test for smokers. The test will also indicate whether you have any obstruction in your lungs. There is no need to make an appointment just call in to one of the participating pharmacies below and ask about lung age testing.

– F airview pharmacy on Burnt Oak Broadway

– D esons Chemist on Harrow View

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• S ave all the money you would normally spend on cigarettes and at the end of six months treat yourself to something you have always wanted. After six months of not smoking you will have saved a lot of money!

Your Stop Smoking Advisor can give you further tips on how to beat your cravings and successfully quit.

• F ind out your current “lung age” as compared to your actual age. Smokers often have a lung age greater than their real age and a new test available will show you just what your lung age is. A number of pharmacies in Harrow currently offer

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Around No Smoking Day, Smokefree Harrow will be holding promotional events in various locations across Harrow so look out for the banners and posters advertising the service. For more information or to find your nearest advisor call Smokefree Harrow on 020 8966 1008 or email

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The Neighbourhood Champions scheme is a network of volunteers throughout Harrow whose role is to inform the council about everyday street-level nuisances such as litter, graffiti, fly-tipping and broken street lamps that they see in their own streets. It’s a joint initiative between Harrow Council and the Metropolitan Police.

How to apply You can spend as little or as much time as you can spare in your role as a Neighbourhood Champion. Please email neighbourhoodchampions@ or call 020 8901 2666.

Harrow’s oldest neighbourhood champion, 97-year-old Harry Fridkin, has many tales to tell of his time fighting in WW2 and being imprisoned in a POW camp. “I was born in Spitalfields, east London, in 1914 and moved to Kensal Rise, north-west London, in 1928. I remember that we had a toilet of our own for the first time in this house, as before that we had to share with three flats. There was no bathroom though, you had to go to Porchester Hall or Lancaster Road baths if you wanted to wash.

Austria for about two years, from 1942 to 1944, until I was asked to become an interpreter in another camp. Parcels from the Red Cross would come every week and contained 50 cigarettes (although I wasn’t really a heavy smoker anyway) coffee, tea, tinned food. I still support the Red Cross today, as they supported us all that time.

“After leaving school I began a hairdressing apprenticeship and worked there until war broke out in 1939. I joined the army the same day that war broke out. I wanted to play my part and so joined the Royal Army Service Corps, 211 company.

“Every camp used to receive information from the British Government – the serious one was to keep yourself clean and tidy – because it is good for morale.

Lane. I then opened up another shop Lane. I then opened another shop nearby in Eastcote and by the time I retired, I had five ladies and three gents hairdressing salons.

“Eventually we escaped to an American camp in Munich, which had been completely bombed to hell. They flew us home to a camp in Surrey to recuperate. When I got to the camp I called my wife – she got the shock of her life! My wife had waited for me, a lot of the lads had received ‘Dear John letters’. My wife, she waited. I was in Surrey for about six weeks as I was only eight stone when I came home.

“I have been a Neighbourhood Champion for two years now, since it first started in Harrow. I wanted to get involved to do something for the community. Things have changed in London and especially in my area, young fellas get together and cause damage. I’ll go down and talk to them. I think it’s a good way to give back to the community and to improve the areas we live. It’s also something that I’d recommend people to do.”

“I moved to Harrow in 1946, continuing the trade I had began before the war and opened my first shop ‘Fridkin Hair Fashions’ in Alexandra Avenue, Rayners

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“By April 1941, Germany had invaded Greece and we were redeployed there to help them in that campaign. We were placed in a makeshift POW (Prisoner of War) camp for two or three days and fed on a diet of a kind of potato skilly (a type of soup). One of the German politicians came down – I think it was Himmler – he ordered all of us to do the Nazi salute. He got a salute alright – a two fingered one! “I was then moved to Wolfsberg in

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Have a ‘Cracking’ holiday School’s out and it’s time to enjoy the holiday. If you find yourself bored or stuck for things to do then look no further. We have listed some of the many activities taking place in Harrow over the Easter holiday. This is just a selection of the activities running. Full a full list download a copy of the Do something this Easter guide at

Kids camps Kids camp Date 11th-15th & 18th – 21st April 2011 Time Extended 8.30am -5.30pm Standard 9.30am - 4.30pm Half Day 9.30am – 1pm (34yrs only) Venue/address Harrow Leisure Centre Christchurch Ave, Harrow HA3 5BD Age Group 3-12 years Cost Extended £27 per day Standard £20 per day Half Day £12 per day Telephone number 0845 456 3233 Scheme Assistant Training Camp (Teen Camp) Date 11th & 12th April. 18th & 19th April 2011 Time 10.00am - 3.00pm Venue/address Cedars Children’s Centre Age Group 13 - 16 years Cost £6.50 per day Telephone number 020 8424 1811

Films How to Train Your Dragon Date Monday 11th April Time 2pm Venue/address Harrow Arts Centre Description A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed. This touching Dreamworks animation features some of

the UK’s biggest vocal talents: David Tennant, Ashley Jensen and Gerard Butler. Age Group Cert PG Cost £3 Telephone number 020 8416 8989 / Wall-E Date Wednesday 13th April Time 2pm Venue/address Harrow Arts Centre Description In the distant future, a small waste collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. Age Group Cert U Cost £3 Telephone number 020 8416 8989 / The Princess and the Frog Date Thursday 14th April Time 2pm Venue/address Harrow Arts Centre Description A fairy tale set in Jazz Age-era New Orleans and centred on a young girl named Tiana and her fateful kiss with a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again. Age Group Cert U Cost £3 Telephone number 020 8416 8989 / Sound of Music Sing Out! Date Saturday 16th April Time 8pm Venue/address Harrow Arts Centre Description Have you ever

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been to see one of your favourite musicals and had an uncontrollable urge to burst into song? Well, you won’t want to miss OUR ‘sing along’ to one of the most iconic films of the 20th century! In 1930’s Austria, a young woman named Maria (Julie Andrews) is failing miserably in her attempts to become a nun. When a Navy captain writes to the convent asking for a governess to handle his seven mischievous children, she jumps at the opportunity. Initially greeted with some hostility, her kindness, understanding and sense of fun soon brings them closer as a family. So, what are you waiting for: wash that wimple, hang out your nun’s habit, lace up your lederhosen and put those vocal talents to good use and join us for a truly fabulous evening! Hosted by the inimitable Harvey H Hendricks. Age Group Cert U Cost £8 / £6 concessions Telephone number 020 8416 8989 /

Swimming pools Harrow Leisure Centre Christchurch Ave, Harrow. HA3 5BD TEL: 020 8901 5980 Hatch End Pool Uxbridge Rd, Hatch End, Harrow HA5 4EA Tel: 020 8428 8041 Aspire Pool Wood Lane, Stanmore, HA7 4AP Tel: 020 8954 5759

Swimming Harrow Leisure Centre Lessons Beginners Date 11th – 14th April 2011 18th – 21st April 2011 Time 10am - 10.30am, 10.3011.00am, 11am - 11.30am, 11.30am-12pm (16 spaces per half hour. First come, first served) Age Group 4 – 16 years

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Cost FREE Cost Lessons Improvers Date 11th – 14th April 2011 18th – 21st April 2011 Time 10am - 10.30am, 10.3011.00am, 11am - 11.30am, 11.30am-12pm (8 spaces per half hour) first come, first served Age Group 5 - 16 Cost FREE Aqua Kids Date 12th – 14th April 2011 19th – 21st April 2011 Time 11am - 12pm Age Group 8 - 16 Cost FREE Float session Date 12th – 14th April 2011 19th – 21st April 2011 Time 12pm - 1.30pm Age Group 5 – 10 years Cost FREE Hatch End Leisure Centre Lessons Beginners Date 10th – 13th April 2011 and 18th - 21st April 2011 Time 10am - 10.30am & 10.30am – 11pm Venue/address Hatch End Leisure Centre Age Group 5-8 years Cost FREE Lessons Improvers Date 10th – 13th April 2011 Time 11am – 11.30am Age Group 7-10 years Cost FREE Inflatable fun Date 11th, 14th & 20th April Time 12pm – 3pm (3 sessions. Call for session times) Age Group 8-16 years Cost FREE Aqua disco Date 14th April Time 5pm – 6.30pm Age Group 8-16 years Cost FREE Aqua aerobics Date 14th April Time 10am – 11am Age Group 12+ years Cost FREE Kayaking Date 19th April Time 12pm – 12.45pm & 12.45pm – 1.30pm Age Group 8-16 years Cost FREE Your Harrow, your stories


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Looking for childcare in Harrow? Harrow Families Information Service can help • For information on childcare in Harrow • After school and breakfast clubs • Holiday playschemes • Childminders including up-to-date lists of childminders who have current vacancies • Day nurseries, pre-schools/playgroups Are you a parent/carer looking to return to work or study or perhaps already in employment or training or new to the Harrow area?

Call 020 8416 8416 or email:

Childcare career opportunities in Harrow If you would like information about a career in childcare,working in a childcare setting, becoming a registered childminder in your own home or perhaps advice on setting up your own childcare provision then call the Families Information Service for details.

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specialist foster carer? Harrow children’s services are looking to recruit foster carers for its specialist-fostering scheme to look after young people aged 12 to 18 who require a foster home. • A weekly fostering retainer allowance of £350 once approved. • An additional weekly fee of £250 once a young person is in placement. • A package of specialist training. If you are interested in making • A professional team to a difference to the lives of assist you. young people, then contact • Paid annual leave of four us on 0208 736 6971, weeks. 0800 064 1000 or email – • 24X7 support. • A minimum of two years experience of caring for young people with challenging behaviour. • A spare bedroom, a valid driving licence and car.

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HAVE A VOICE IN POLICING HARROW THE HARROW POLICE AND COMMUNITY CONSULTATIVE GROUP Warmly welcome you to their bi monthly meetings • Come, participate and make a difference. • Make senior Harrow Police Officers accountable

• Hear about Crime Prevention and valuable updates • HPCCG - Community and Police working together For further information call 020 8424 1785

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your essential Competitions guide to your area A la carte dinner for two and family ticket to Playgolf

020 8866 6832. www. West Harrow Bowling Club Try for free. Sunday mornings 10am-12pm. Equipment and coaching provided. From May to the end September 2011. Meet people, make friends and get regular exercise. A sport for everyone - teens to seniors. West Harrow Park, The Ridgeway entrance or call Jack on 020 8248 5844. Steve Glen and the Steve Glen Band

Shri Academy of Dance Come and experience Bollywood fusion, Street & Hip Hop & belly dancing at its best with British/ International dance champions. Classes conducted in Harrow throughout the week. We cater for all ages from 3 yrs to adult. All ages & abilities welcome. A great way to keep fit, build confidence in dance, make new friends & have fun! For more info and to book your trial class, call Raj on 07903 716354. Inner Glow Dance Introducing three new dance classes – Commercial Funk, Commercial Pop, and Lyrical Sway - which ignite creativity, independence and confidence. Aimed at children between 7 and 12 years old. Venue: Jewish Free School, The Mall, Kenton. Call 07904 571236 or 07950 763944 for more information. Fists Taekwondo School Classes every Thursday at St George’s church hall, Pinner View from 4pm. Run by former Olympic competitor and English national coach Chris Sawyerr. Call 07956 325268 for more information.

Tap Dancing Adults 8.00 pm to 9.30pm. Tuesdays. St Martin’s Church Hall, Ruislip. Contact 07979 952277 www. Senior fitness. 10.45 am to 11.45am. Wednesdays. Wealdstone Methodist Church, Locket Road, Wealdstone. Contact 07979 952277 1.45pm to 2.45pm. Wednesdays. Ruislip Methodist Ickenham Road, Ruislip. Contact 07979 952277 Bums & Tums Wednesdays. 8pm to 9pm 19th Harrow Scout Hall, High Road Harrow Weald. (nearest side road Claremont Rd). Contact 07979 952277 Line Dancing. Thursdays 8.30pm to 9.30pm. St Albans Church Hall. Norwood Drive N Harrow. Contact 07979 952277 Play Tennis Vagabonds Tennis Club welcomes new members of all standards. Adults and juniors. Call

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Steve Glen is a renowned composer, songwriter and record producer. He has produced over 100 recording artist and acts including the hits of Cliff Richard, Hot Chocolate, Gloria Gaynor and Bucks Fizz. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the hits performed by the composer himself and hear the stories behind the songs. At the Harrow Arts Centre, Uxbridge Road, Hatch End, HA5 4EA. On Sunday 27th March. Call Box Office for tickets on 020 8416 8989. Housing conference Public conference for our tenants on 6th April at the Kadwa Patidar Centre, Kenmore Avenue, Harrow. We are holding three sessions throughout the day; morning, afternoon and evening with on-site crèche facilities available for young families. The conference aims to help residents through proposed housing changes, involve residents in any decisions on Harrow’s allocations policy, ask residents for help drafting local standards we want you to judge us on and to create even greater opportunities for our residents to have their say in the future. Call 020 8424 1742 for more information.

The Harrow Miller & Carter has teamed up with Harrow People to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a threecourse meal for four and a bottle of wine. The menu at the Harrow steakhouse features traditional cuts such as Sirloin and Rump, which are aged on the bone for a minimum of seven days, before being matured for a further 21 days, ensuring the meat is flavoursome and tender. Terms and Conditions Prize must be claimed by 31st May 2011. Prize is as stated; there is no cash alternative. Prize cannot be claimed on bank holidays or Mother’s Day. The complimentary meal is for the winner and three guests. Meals can be up to three courses. Prize meals include one bottle of house wine only for the group Prize can only be claimed at The Leefe Robinson Miller & Carter. For more information on Miller & Carter please visit:

Win a family ticket for: • A round of adventure golf • A round of baseball • 2 5 golf balls for each family member Terms and conditions The ticket is for a family of four. The ticket must be used before the end of May 2011. Equipment hire included in prize.

To be in with a chance to win any of these fabulous prizes, send your name, address and daytime number to: The Editor, Harrow People, Civic Centre, Station Road, Harrow HA1 2XF before April 30th, 2011. Your Harrow, your stories


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Contact your councillor...

Hatch End

Susan Hall (Conservative) 07860 742093 Jean Lammiman (Conservative) 07946 973 970 Stanley Sheinwald (Conservative) 07908 851196


Queensbury Rayners Lane



Ajay Maru (Labour) HEADSTONE 07949 026 030 NORTH MARLBOROUGH Vina Mithani (Conservative) 07875 760810 HEADSTONE SOUTH Yogesh Teli (Conservative) GREENHILL 07770 222307


ST Mitzi Green STANDMORE P PARK (Labour) 020 8420 9604 HARROW RO ROW WEALD Navin Shah (Labour) 020 8427 0341 Victoria Silver (Labour) 07866 757389




(Labour) 07769 837623 Varsha Parmar (Labour) HARROW ROW ON RO 07535 064 495 THE HILL David Perry (Labour) 07505 430133

Lurline Champagnie OBE (Conservative) 020 8428 6707 Paul Osborn (Conservative) 020 7692 7188 Stephen Wright (Conservative) 07899 920133 Kam Chana (Conservative) 07779 133457 Chris Mote (Conservative) 020 8868 9315 John Nickolay (Conservative) 020 8248 6405

Stanmore Park


Nizam Ismail (Labour) 020 8952 7886 Zarina Khalid (Labour) 07812 007385 Sachin Shah (Labour) 07949 949745 Joyce Nickolay (Conservative) 020 8248 6405 Chris Noyce (Liberal Democrat) 020 8422 3120 Krishna Suresh (Labour) 07967 565477 Bob Currie (Labour) 020 8864 4934 Mano Dharmarajah (Labour) 020 8248 1594 Graham Henson (Labour) EDGW EDGWARE 07721 509916

QUEENSBURYThaya Idaikkadar


Headstone North Headstone South Kenton East



Harrow Weald

Ramji Chauhan (Conservative) 07956 477229 Anthony Ferrari (Conservative) 07914 961035 Stephen Greek (Conservative) 07779 639408

Asad Omar (Labour) 020 3084 4957 Bill Stephenson (Labour) 020 8427 0247 Sasikala Suresh (Labour) 07894 980039

West Harrow

Harrow on the hill

Ann Gate (Labour) 020 8864 2354 David Gawn (Labour) 07817 717499 Simon Williams (Conservative) 07796 580010

James Bond Independent 020 8868 6790 Janet Mote (Conservative) 020 8868 9315 Anthony Seymour (Conservative) 07956 604216

Kenton West


PINNER Sue Anderson (Labour) 07875 094900 Bill Phillips (Labour) 020 8248 1919 PINNER Ben Wealthy SOUTH (Labour) 07919 120243




Nana Asante (Labour) 020 8424 1344 Mrinal Choudhury (Labour) 07803 083106 Margaret Davine (Labour) 020 8863 3675



Husain Akhtar (Conservative) 07984 029147 John Cowan (Conservative) 020 8952 3501 Richard Romain (Conservative) 07770 850110

Pinner South


Manji Kara (Conservative) 07919 016535 Barry Macleod -Cullinane (Conservative) 07976 712611 Lynda Seymour (Conservative) 07967 357214

(Labour) 07812 028 741 KENTONJerry Miles EAST (Labour) 020 8723 7531 Raj Ray (Labour) 020 8869 9242

Camilla Bath (Conservative) 07736 660781 Christine Bednell (Conservative) 07709 959420 Mark Versallion (Conservative) 07801 271410 Keith Ferry (Labour) 07922 227147 Phillip O’Dell (Labour) 020 8861 0090 Rekha Shah (Labour) 020 8427 0341 Brian Gate (Labour) 07939 540412 Kairul Marikar (Labour) 07587 094120 William Stoodley (Labour) 07742 598786

Your Harrow, your stories

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Step into Spring Celebrate the warmer weather with bright colours and floral styles. Treat yourself and the family to something from the great new ranges now in store at St Anns.

£38.50 The Perfume Shop

£8.00 Bhs Cuddle up to this cute and colourful owl cushion.

Treat yourself with Jimmy Choo’s indulgent signature scent, this spring’s most glamorous fragrance.

£8.00 Primark This floral tapestry bag brings vintage styling bang up to date.

£18.00 M&S

Dhalia maxi dress coming soon from River Island.

Who needs a royal prince when you can own 2011’s most sought-after gem?

£39.00 Wallis Complete the look with these trendy wedges.

£13.50 Boots Slick on this shimmery gloss for glamour on the go.

Events at St Anns Fashion on the Move

Saturday 2nd April, 11am – 4pm – FREE

Storytime with Mr Bump

Saturday 16th April, 11am – 5pm – FREE

£29.50 M&S Mr Men and Little Miss ranges available in stores including WhSmiths and HMV.

Visit for more details. Over 40 Stores | 600 Seat Food Court | Open 7 days | 940 Parking Spaces

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HOUSING BENEFIT CHANGES FROM APRIL 2011 Important information about changes to Local Housing Allowance From 1 April 2011 the rules for Local Housing Allowance (LHA) are changing. These changes will affect all tenants who are receiving Local Housing Allowance (LHA). Changes coming in from 1st April 2011 • The maximum number of bedrooms any customer is allowed will be four • LHA rates will be capped nationally at a maximum of £250.00 for a one bedroom, £290 for two bedrooms, £340 for three bedrooms and £400 for four bedrooms, although maximum rates for Harrow will be lower • Excess Housing Benefit Payment of up to £15 will end - This means you will not be able to get more money from Housing Benefit than the amount you pay in rent • An additional bedroom will be allowed for a disabled claimant whose condition requires a live-in carer • LHA rates will be set at the 30% percentile (go to for further information) For new customers These changes will take effect from 1 April 2011 For existing customers If you are currently getting the £15 excess, it will stop from April 2011 depending when your claim started. You will be protected from the other changes for 9 months. For example: If your Local Housing Allowance rate is due to be reviewed on 15 April 2011 the new rules will apply on 15 January 2012. The changes may affect you sooner if your household changes, such as someone leaves or comes to live with you, you move home or have a break in your claim. Discretionary housing payments If you are currently getting payments from this fund it is unlikely you will continue to get this payment if you reapply. This fund is cash limited and administered outside the Housing Benefit scheme. People who live with you If you have a non dependant living with you, for example, an adult son or daughter, a deduction may already be made from your Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. This deduction will increase from April 2011. Example: the minimum deduction for Housing Benefit for nondependants who are not working or have an income of less than £122.00 gross a week will increase from £7.40 to £9.40, for working non-dependants with an income of more than £387.00 gross a week, the deduction will increase from £47.75 to £60.60.

For further information please call 020 8901 2610 or visit our website

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Harrow People - March 2011  

Council magazine