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a letter from a local resident
For a number of weeks I have been attempting to involve our St Margarets neighbourhood police team in doing something about sexually explicit advertisements on the notice boards of our two local news agents - this, in the knowledge that this type of advertisement is sometimes placed not by the individual offering such services, but by those who control them. The response from Constable Peebles is that in his opinion these are perfectly harmless and in the eyes of the police “there is no offence being committed”.
Just some advice (not always understood by parking wardens) for St Margarets residents. Parking on a single yellow line is restricted by the small yellow/black road signs usually attached to a suitable lamp post or similar IN THE ROAD…
Immediately we checked and the report says, we are in-fact blocked by Orange and T-Mobile. We then attempted to get on IRC with the Open Rights Group, tried to call, but ended up emailing them - no response yet. Well it turns out that a lot of other news groups picked up the story and ran very similar versions of it to the original report; however, pulling out this site as an example of the ridiculousness of the blocking mechanism.
At this point we don’t know what is going to happen, but read on if you are interested and comment if you have some ideas.
When we opened this Saturday’s Guardian, the last thing we thought we would see staring back at us was our own Martyn Day. But there he was in his Nark Drool Crepe and Drape!
“When I put on my outfit, I do feel a bit mean. I feel mean, moody and magnificent.”
Martyn, you look great!
Twickenham Film Studios have asked the council to consider removing the recycling bins from the council property adjacent to The Barons. The studios have decided that the bins are not suitable for outside their main reception area and request that they be moved as soon as possible. But where to? Do you have any suggestions as to where else in St Margarets that would make a good place for the recycling bins?
We might be in the middle of an Indian Summer but were busy compiling the Christmas Edition of the My St Margarets Magazine. Thank you to everyone that has submitted ideas and suggestion for content, we now need ideas for the front cover. Do you have a favourite photograph that would make a stunning cover for the Christmas edition? Please send your ideas to email@example.com Ideally in as higher res as possible please.
There is an interesting post in our forum we wanted to draw your attention to, asking local residents “How will St Margarets community make the most of the Olympics coming to London?” The post asks about some charity challenges, but…
Referendum on the voting system for UK Parliamentary elections Notice of the Referendum (pdf, 14KB) Notice of Poll and Situation of Polling Stations (pdf, 44KB) Notice of Appointment of Referendum Agents (pdf, 16KB) The Referendum will take place on Thursday…
Don’t forget to complete your Census today! Oh, and move your clocks forward, if you forgot….
You might have noticed that this site was Hacked overnight. We think we have restored everything, but if you find anything else, please let us know via the comments here or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for all the people…
Well, it isn’t exactly our six year anniversary, but we are looking at a bit of a redesign, so we thought we should run our second ever Reader Poll to see how we are doing. It would be great if you could spare us five minutes of your time to help us know what is working and what isn’t.
St Margarets Community Website is now on Twitter as @stmgrts. You might have already noticed a little box on the homepage of the site with our three latest ‘tweets’ to give you a sense of what we are posting.
Currently we are attempting to post between one and four times a day with links to the latest articles on this site as well as other interesting stories from other local sites that we would normally not post an article ourselves.
If you are on twitter already, try following us and please say ‘hello’.
Being the end of the year, we thought, let’s publish a ‘top ten’ list of the most popular articles on this website. However, it quickly became apparent that many of the most popular articles actually are quiet old. So, we decided to look at the top 15 articles to give a fuller picture what people read. One clear statistic as evolved; search engines are bringing a lot of non-St Margarets readers directly to many of these articles. The top article is the clearest example with more than 90% of readers finding the story directly from a search engine. The same could be said for numbers 2, 5 and 8 as well and has led to us adding the date into article titles more often. Anyway, enjoy the list.
Where we attempt to clarify and affirm our editorial purpose. Until the last two weeks, in the whole of our five plus years, we have only had to remove a single article from the site. In the last two weeks,…
Starting today, we are starting a St Margarets Community Website twitter account at @stmgrts. We will be attempting to publish a tweet or two most days, nothing too onerous, about news and events in St Margarets.
If you are interested, please follow us and perhaps we can even retweet your stuff.
Nearly four years ago I wrote a post on comments, spam and a recommended etiquette for this site that I still believe is the right balance for creating an open forum with some accountability. Admittedly, this is a difficult balance…
Not to point out Nosh in particular, but these are clearly hard times for nearly everyone and we need to help support our local traders. We don’t want St Margarets to become a shopping ghost town. Just look at Church Street in Twickenham, nearly a third of all shops are gone!
If you can, please try and use the shops in our community when you can and keep St Margarets alive and healthy.
It was made clear to us at the local elections that a main issue for St Margarets was the quantity of vehicles and the difficulty of parking them in some roads, especially at night. Though it seemed unlikely that residents…
The editorial by Kim Thomas has resulted in a number of questions and comments about the CPZ that I felt warranted a brief note for clarification and balance. Many people had questions about the original consultation’s results. This site published…
I hope all of you who are concerned about the spread of CPZ in St. Margaret’s read this so you know what is happening currently. I was informed the night two nights ago that the council would be holding an…
To date, with 160 people voting in our informal CPZ poll, ~57% of you have said ‘NO’ to a CPZ in the Moormead and north of the A316 area (only ~37% said ‘YES’). We also know of two non-web…
“The council recently applied for permission to use CCTV images to issues parking tickets to people misusing the loading bay, bus stop and double yellow lines outside Tesco. This is a move that SPASM has been advocating for some time,…
We have changed the forum software; however, you shouldn’t have to re-register — unless you had a username or email address that was from a Russian spam house or contained ‘xxx’, ‘hodia’, ‘cheap_rx’ or anything similar questionable. Why the change?…
The Online Communities (OnComm), the group behind many Richmond Borough sites (e.g. twickenham-online.co.uk, richmond-online.co.uk, Mogden Sewage Treatment Community Site, etc…) has announced that it is closing down after Christmas. Oncom has been been supporting grassroots e-democracy for ten years, but…
Residents regularly receive leaflets asking for items of clothing and household goods to be left for collection. It is estimated by the Association of Charity Shops that the potential value of donated clothing and other items ‘lost’ to legitimate charities…
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