Monday, 14 July 2008

A full weekend

Sadly, I missed the Worcester Park walk on Saturday morning as I was busy with my martial arts grading (green belt thank you!) and also missed the Graveyard Bash on Sunday due to commitments to Cheam Common Junior's Summer Fair, which the whole Brinkster Clan thought was excellent with rides, inflatable things, go-karts, games, stalls, food, music, yada, yada, yada..... The highlight, of course, was the very sporting headmaster putting himself in the stocks to become a target for wet sponges......

In serious news a local primary school, Dorchester, has become embroiled in some controversy by banning the chairman of its own governors, as the local Guardian relates,

A primary school has banned the chairman of the governors from its premises after he threatened to expose a series of violent incidents involving its pupils.

In one of the most serious episodes at Dorchester Primary School, a six-year-old boy stabbed a teacher with a pencil. In another, a boy was suspended after physically assaulting a girl.

But when chairman of the governors Chris John, 40, tried to raise concerns to the authorities about the children's behaviour he was barred from entering the school in Dorchester Road, Worcester Park, by Sutton Council.


I think the phrase "shooting the messenger" is the on that came to my mind first......... If you want to read more about the incidents and what Mr John is doing about it then read the full article here. Any parents from Dorchester here?

Lastly congratulations to Laura Wood of Relaxation Station in Worcester Park for reaching the finals of the British Beauty and Spa Awards, to be held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in September. She's in the category of "Beauty Therapist Of The Year".

8 comments:

The_Parkerilla said...

What was the "Graveyard Bash" ?

cheers

The Brinkster said...

Hi Parkerilla
It was the gardening/cleanup up at the graveyard at the top of Central Road, which I posted about back on the 3rd July, but I think I mistakenly called it Christ Church graveyard when on reflection I think it's St Phillip's graveyard (not his personally, just one named after him).

Andy said...

I have friends who send one of their daughters to Dorchester, one of those disruptive kids is in her class. I'm told that he's allowed to bring a mobile phone in and use it at will.

hairtogo said...

Hi, thanks for posting about the Graveyard bash at St Philips Graveyard. It went really well and we were able to reveal some plots that had almost disappeared under excess greenery. It was lovely to work in the sunshine and we hope to do it again sometime as there's so much more to work on.
Sally, The Acorn Project

hairtogo said...

Hi, thanks for posting about the Graveyard bash at St Philips Graveyard. It went really well and we were able to reveal some plots that had almost disappeared under excess greenery. It was lovely to work in the sunshine and we hope to do it again sometime as there's so much more to work on.
Sally, The Acorn Project

The Brinkster said...

Hi hairtogo!
You might like to know that my latest article for Worcester Park Life is now online called "Things to do in Worcester Park for nearly nothing" and contains mentions for both the graveyard and the Rosa Smith Playground.
http://www.ourkt4.com/home/things_to_do_for_nearly_nothing

hairtogo said...

Hi Brinkster, great article, a lake in Nonsuch? I had no idea. Will have to Google Earth that one!
So glad your family enjoy using the Rosa Smith Playground, mine too! The Acorn Project has finally secured funding to develop the other side i.e. resurfacing and sports markings, goal ends and basketball hoops so hopefully the damage to knees will be more limited when diving for a ball! Just drumming our fingers now waiting for the work to start...

The Brinkster said...

Hi Hairtogo
Thanks for the kind words about the article!! Google Earth won't help you in this case I'm afraid as it's almost entirely covered in reeds and the like so is well camouflaged from the air. I know where it is and I have a hard enough time spotting it!! On reflection I might have been better off using the word "pond" but having said that it is about 400 feet long, though quite thin.

Glad to hear the news about the Rosa Smith Playground!! It's one of Brinkster Minor's favourite places to play football so he'll be excited to hear about the work!