Circle Housing Merton Priory Homes’ Proposed Regeneration – Residents Offer Dates


Hi All,

If you live on The High Path Estate, then your letterbox would have sighed with relief, as a letter with the dates for the next stage of consultations regarding the Residents Offer, is now out.

It seems like an age since Circle Housing Merton Homes (CHMP) have had one of their sessions with the residents and this was due to the purdah before the General Election and also, their regeneration team consulting with their regional and national boards.

In addition to news of these dates, the letter also tells us that between 11 -18 June 2015 there will be an opinion survey by Membra, who are an independent research and survey agency.

If you are unable to open the official document: High Path invitation letter_Residents Offer May 2015  or if you didn’t receive it in the post then the dates are as follows:

Saturday 30 May: 11am – 3pm, St. John the Divine Church hall, 135 High Path, SW19 2JY
Thursday 4 June: 3.30pm – 7.30pm, Elim Pentecostal Church, 59 High Path, SW19 2JY
Wednesday 10 June: 3.30pm – 7.30pm, Elim Pentecostal Church, 59 High Path, SW19 2JY

Hope you all have a peaceful and relaxing Bank holiday weekend 😉

Carved in Stone

This Saturday 23rd May 2015, you are warmly invited to share your stories of the past at Merton’s Heritage Department.

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3.30 – 4.00 For Valour: Merton’s V.C: Discover more about the
ordinary men, whose extraordinary bravery was honoured
with a Victoria Cross.

War Story Day
Morden Library, 23 May.
10am – 4pm. ADMISSION FREE

For information: Tel 020 8545 3239

Morden Library: Ground floor:
10.00 – 4.00 Fields Unsown : An exhibition by Attic Theatre about the use of
Morden Hall as a military hospital during the First World War

1.30 – 3.30 Children’s activities: A range of activities for children aged 6+. Make your own
wartime bi-plane; create a Remembrance poppy or colour wartime characters.

First Floor and adjoining café floor:
10.00 – 3.45 War Story Interviews: Help us to raise awareness of Merton’s heritage
by taking part in short filmed interviews about your relatives and their experiences
during the First World War, whether as combatants, war workers, conscientious objectors or wartime refugees.

10.00 – 12.00: The First World War on Film – A chance for visitors to view a range of
short archive films about life during World War One

10.00 – 4.00: Photographic displays about the First World War and Merton 1914 – 18

NOTE: Café Gusto will be serving a range of food and drinks throughout the day.

Second floor:
10.00 – 4.00 Photographic displays: Merton 1914 – 18 ( continued )

10.00 – 1.00 Access to the Archives : A chance for visitors to take a closer look at a
range of wartime records and memorabilia.

1.30 – 2.00 Meet the team: An opportunity for visitors to chat to some of our project
volunteers about their research into Merton’s wartime history.

2.00 – 2.30 The Quiet Before the Storm : Merton in 1914
This short illustrated talk will give an insight into life before the Great War.

2.45 – 3.15 Merton 1914 – 18: Combining historic photos and the reminiscences of local people,
this illustrated talk will give an insight into life in Merton during the First World War.

Hard work pays off on the Eastfields Estate: Merton Saint BMX gains World Championships places


Earlier this year, on a cold sunday morning we, at High Path estate, visited the other estates that were chosen for a proposed regeneration – Eastfields was first up, then Ravensbury.

It was a casual, fact finding mission and it was clearly noticeable that the estates need more than a lick of paint. What was most evident, in Eastfields’ case especially was the strong bond that they had with their local surroundings.

The Ravensbury estate sits between the green and splendid Ravensbury Park and equally  proud, Morden Hall Park.

Eastfields’ charm, however, is different. The site is not as close to a vast, green and pleasant land: Mitcham Common is a steady 15 minutes walk away from the outskirts of the estate.

So, for the youth of today and leaders of tomorrow on Eastfields estate – what to do?

Build something for our young people to be challenged by was most probably what somebody said. On our visit we could see an adventure playground but more challenging is a BMX track managed by, Merton Saints BMX.

The track is housed within the estate and it shows that when a facility is maintained and loved by local people, it can produce a positive outcome if honed and nurtured in the right way.

Gone are the days of the 80’s when BMX riding was for the disenfranchised and sulky delinquent (not that that is necessarily a bad thing). Now in this new era, we see sponsorship deals awarded to the professional riders; and with an added injection of progression, the sport has been globally recognised and is notably an Olympic event (since 2008).

Merton Saint BMX demonstrates that with the support of funding, and, the guidance of experienced coaches what can be achieved if an outlet is allowed to prosper and healthily encouraged.

So without further ado we should all extend our hearty congratulations to the coaches, riders, parents and guardians connected to Merton Saint BMX as we applaud fresh news that was released recently.

Eleven of their riders have been selected for the World Championships, 21-25 July, in Belgium. Yes, eleven riders! Not one or two token wins from a small group, but eleven strong and brave athletes, determined to take their skills to the global stage.

The level of strength required to maintain a strong body position whilst landing from performing a trick in the air, with a bike, is immense. The level of bravery and courage to even contemplate such a feat is equally as high. The opportunities that this gives to the people of Eastfields are too many to mention and amongst these are the transferable skills you can take into other walks of life – regular bike maintenance, for example, is a key component that riders must master to enable their two wheeled instruments to elevate them to those dizzy heights, a loose nut out of place will land you in A&E very quickly!

To add to this, statistics have shown that as a sport it is one of the most inclusive and calorie burning activities for people to pursue – surf boarding, snowboarding, and downhill skiing are just a few of the other non contact/combative sports that achieve the equivalent fat burning levels but crucially training or competing at these events comes with a significantly higher burden, in financial terms.

In an age where the computer is king/queen and opportunities are few and far between for people to extend themselves appropriately, it is heartening to see this group go beyond the norm and excel where others might have written themselves off.

Take a bow Eastfields: onwards and upwards.

Share your family stories of World War One

Did any of your relatives live in Merton during the First World War?

As part of the Carved in Stone project, we will be staging a number of War Story Days where volunteers will film short interviews with Merton residents whose relatives fought in the First World War, or supported the local war effort. If you have family stories that you would like to share, or wartime memorabilia that we can record for posterity, we would love to hear from you.

The War Story events will also feature a range of talks, photographic displays, children’s crafts and access to wartime documents and objects.

War Story Day 1: May 23rd, 10am – 4pm. Morden Library, Merton Civic Centre, London Rd. Morden.

War Story Day 2: June 20th, 10am – 4pm. Acacia Centre, Grove Road, Mitcham.

War Story Day 3: August 1st, 11am – 5pm. Wimbledon Studio Theatre, The Broadway, Wimbledon.

If you would like to be interviewed, or want more information about these events, please call:

Kelvin Shewry or Sarah Gould, Tel. 020 8545 4038/3239. Email:

Full details of the events will also be advertised through the local press and via