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Thank you for getting in touch regarding this year’s Poppy Pebble Project.

As you may know Project Nova is an initiative that is delivered as a
partnership between WWTW and RFEA. It supports disadvantaged
veterans and veterans who have been arrested and enter Police Custody.  

Project Nova started the Poppy Pebble Project to support their
beneficiaries with social isolation and honour those who served. The project has received an overwhelming response, with people around the world taking part and sharing their stories.

This year as part of the Poppy Pebble Project, we are calling on you to
come together in supporting and remembering our veterans during thesedifficult times.
  If you haven’t done so already please join us in painting a poppy on a
pebble, place it on a war memorial or headstone to mark Remembrance
Day, taking place on November 11th. The pebble can be used to
commemorate anyone from friends, family members and even strangers.

If you have already painted your pebbles there is still plenty of time to
create your own story with your chosen person and share it with us by
using the activity pack below.  The project is open until the end of
February 2021 and your stories and images will be shared on our website.

Send your photos and stories to us at viveca.johnstone@wwtw.org.uk.

Download the activity pack here  

Colin Back, Project Nova’s National Manager, commented, “The Poppy
Pebble Project started off as a small idea on social media and it’s been
quickly picked up on a global scale. We have had stories from people in
the USA, Australia and beyond. It has resonated with so many people,
which is remarkable. We’re asking everyone to get involved and share
photos of their pebbles on Project Nova’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
This project has brought people together and invited them to share
stories of those who have served.”

Following Remembrance Day, Project Nova will host an online exhibition, showcasing all of the shared Poppy Pebble images. Share photos of your
pebbles on Project Nova’s social media channels Facebook @ProjectNovaUK, Twitter @ProjectNova. 

Send us your photos and stories here  
Our mailing address is:
Walking With The Wounded, Stody Hall Barns, Stody, Melton Constable,Norfolk NR24 2ED

Walking With The Wounded is registered as a charity in England and Wales (1153497) and Scotland (SC047760).   

Threat to travel passes deferred …

The threat to travel passes hs been deferred; please see the following from Age UK

Early on Sunday morning we finally learnt that there would be no additional cuts to the Older Person’s Freedom Pass or the 60+ Oyster card for at least the next six months.

We would like to say a huge Thank You to you and thousands of other Londoners for making this happen. Ahead of the weekend there was a very real risk that last minute funding deal talks between the government and Transport for London would result in new cuts that might see the permanent loss of concessions including the 60+ Oyster card.

Read our statement which we released yesterday.

A lifeline not a luxury

We have always been clear that older Londoners’ travel concessions are a lifeline not a luxury. Concessionary travel is safe in the short-term and one thing we are certain of is that thanks to you and nearly 50,000 people that wrote to the Secretary of State for Transport, the government are now much more aware of the importance of affordable travel. They will now be in no doubt how important travel concessions are.

Unfortunately not all of the news was good. We were disappointed to hear that the suspension of concessionary travel before 9am on weekday mornings will continue. The suspension started in June. We began our campaign because we knew so many older Londoners had no choice but to make essential journeys before 9am.

We also need to prepare for more battles ahead. Sadly the long-term future of travel concessions is not secure and new calls for cuts will grow louder.

Lastly, we know that the next few weeks will be difficult. We urge everyone to look out for each other. Age UK’s online Coronavirus hub will be updated with a range of information and advice including support for anyone that wants to be a Neighbourly Volunteer.This campaign success wouldn’t have happened without our amazing supporters.

Please do contact campaigns@ageuklondon.org.uk if you have any questions.


A new SPRA Twitter account

Community Safety

Spring Park Residents Association have now created a twitter account to help promote community safety in Shirley by keeping residents informed of local crime reports, fraud/scam warnings and crime prevention advice. This together with the Croydon Borough Neighbourhood Watch Association cbnwa.com, as reported in the September edition of the SPAN magazine, Croydon Trading Standards and above all the dedicated work and commitment of the local Safer Neighbourhood Team it is hoped will help keep residents informed, updated and safe.

To receive the SPRA community Safety messages click on @SPRA_CS  and select ‘follow’.

Attempted burglary from Millers Pond

A resident has sent the following …

I thought it may be sensible to warn other house owners who back onto Millers Pond that there was an attempted burglary yesterday 21 Sept, between 10am & 2pm.  They tried to gain entry to their garden from the pond!

Forensics are visiting the house today to see if they can find anything.  Luckily the glass did not smash or maybe they were frightened off by something as I was in next door and I have a dog?
I put the message below on Facebook.


The 🤬 scumbags failed in their attempt to burgle my new neighbours house by trying to smash their back garden bi folding patio doors. Please be vigilant, my neighbours are very shaken but relieved that the 🤬 thieves didn’t get in.

School buses – new arrangement

We have been advised of the following from Transport for London …

Extra buses for school travel

Transport for London has announced that extra buses will run on many routes from 1st September (until the end of October) to cater for travel by school pupils, whilst still enabling social distancing on-board for other passengers using regular services.

Specially designated buses will be operated in the morning peak (07.30 til 09.30), and will have yellow “School Service” signs in the windscreen. Note that these buses might be in a different livery than usual or may use single-decker buses. Moreover these extra buses might not appear on departure information screens at bus stops and on travel apps.

On these special services it will permitted for all seats to be occupied, so other travellers should avoid using these buses and instead wait for a regular service, where the existing social distancing arrangements will still apply. Regular services will have red “Non-school service” signs in the windscreen. Equally, school pupils travelling without adults should use the special “School Service” buses rather than crowd onto regular services.

In the Shirley area additional “School Service” journeys will be operated on routes 194, 198 and 466 in the mornings. Meanwhile on routes 119, 130, 356, and 367 overall frequency of the morning service will be increased, but some journeys will be designated as a “School Service”. This means that other passengers may have longer to wait for a non-school bus.

Routes 130 and 367 will also have additional buses in the afternoon school peak (14.30 til 16.30). The existing 689 school bus service to Orchard Park High School (formerly Edenham) will have additional buses in both morning and afternoon.

Non-school passengers are asked to avoid travel at school times if possible; those who absolutely need to travel at those times are recommended to allow extra time for their journey. There is of course the possibility that some pupils who used to travel to school by bus will instead be taken by car, which would increase traffic and delay bus services. However it is hoped that as many pupils as possible will use the extra bus services being provided (at tax-payers expense) or walk or cycle to school, in order to minimise that problem.

SPRA has previously requested Transport for London to particularly monitor usage of route 198 in order to address any overcrowding issues whilst the current road works closure continues (preventing route 194 from also serving Bridle Road). Please report any such problems to SPRA as soon as possible.

All Saints, Spring Park – a consultation

You may have become aware that the Southwark (Anglican) Diocese have issued a Proposed Pastoral Scheme under the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 covering the Benefice and parish of All Saints, Spring Park; and parishes of St George, Shirley; and Shirley (also known locally as St John, Shirley). The link below gives the details

Draft Scheme – 07092020 – Spring Park and Shirley

Members may also wish to visit the church’s own website

Coronavirus – SPRA response

April SPAN will not be delivered due to the severe restrictions on us all arising from the coronavirus situation. We know that a number of our Road Stewards are deemed “at risk” through age, if nothing else – it would be irresponsible of us, in the current circumstances, to request that they deliver magazines to the homes in their “patch”.

In any event, much of the April magazine related to the SPRA AGM – which has been postponed; to church services over the Easter season – which have been cancelled; and to the “routine events, Library events and “yellow pages” events – all of which are suspended.

The short-term future for SPAN looks like a blank for several months at least; production will be resumed as soon as this is feasible. In the meantime, collection of the annual subscription is suspended for three months.

Please re-visit this site from time to time to stay up-to-date with what (if anything) is happening. 

In the meantime, SPRA will continue to watch out for issues impacting our members and will let you know what actions have been taken. 

Coronavirus testing – beware of this scam

The following may be with us soon – watch out, and if you come across it, tell your neighbours, especially older or otherwise vulnerable ones:-

Local police are warning people of suspicious activity after several reports of people knocking on doors claiming to be offering on-the-spot coronavirus tests.

Some local residents or elderly relatives in Greenwich, Lewisham and Bromley have reported people knocking on their doors claiming to be from “the health authorities.”

People were then told they were carrying our compulsory Covid-19 tests, or just offering on-the-spot tests.

Similar scams have been reported across the UK, in Harrow and in Wales.

Police believe they may be attempting to gain access to houses or tricking people into parting with their money.

Greenwich West and Shooters Hill Police both asked residents to be aware, and if in any doubt, not to open their doors and speak to callers through a window.

Annual General Meeting – postponement

Due to the unprecedented guidance given by the Government for people to avoid social contact wherever possible, the AGM is postponed from the May date to a date yet to be agreed. The closure of all suitable venues for the AGM including Harris Academy Benson would in any event have made continuing with the meeting frankly impossible.

As soon as meetings generally can resume, the Executive Committee will seek another date; members will be advised, through the magazine and the website, of the new arrangement at the earliest opportunity.

We trust that members will understand the need for such a move and be assured that this important element in the governance of the Association will be held whenever circumstances change for the better.