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February 2018


Welcome to the February edition of the ARA Newsletter.  If you’re new the Apostles – welcome!





2018 Quiz

The popular ARA quiz is back!

Wednesday 21 March 2018

Join us at 7.30pm (quiz starts 7.45pm) at

Prince George's Club, Prince George’s Avenue, SW20 8BQ


Join us for a fun-filled evening where you can pit your general knowledge against others. Tickets are £15 and include a cold buffet supper, quiz and prizes.  There will be a cash bar and raffle. Come as a team (up to 6 in a team) or come on your own and we'll put teams together on the night. To book tickets please contact Aprill Barry ( Tickets need to be paid in advance of the event by cash or cheque (payable to Apostles Residents Association). Cash and cheques should be posted to Aprill Barry at 25 Carlton Park Avenue, London SW20 8BJ giving your name, email address, telephone no and number of tickets required.





The only update to local planning applications is for Dundonald Church (17/P0763) which is at 577 Kingston Road.  This planning application for a new church with flats above has been approved by the planning committee subject to various planning conditions and a S106 legal agreement. The church is now fund raising to pay for the proposed development so it will be sometime before any work starts on site. Church activities will have to move to an alternative location for the duration of the redevelopment.





Over the past few years we have all heard about the plans to create a new fast railway line linking SW London to NE London. 


The route is planned to add two additional lines to the four we currently have between Raynes Park and Wimbledon, and the plans are for trains to proceed from Wimbledon to Tooting, Clapham Junction, Chelsea, Victoria and then north-eastwards.  The scheme will cause much disruption during the building phase, especially in Wimbledon, and Raynes Park Station is likely to be moved to the east of its current position. 


So what’s the latest update?  Essentially, things have gone extremely quiet from the Government.  The Chancellor made no significant mention of it in his recent budget and we had been told we would see the revised plans anytime now.  As soon as we have any information, we will let you know via our website.  At an earlier consultation one of the consultants, when asked about the likelihood of the proposals going ahead, remarked that plans for a SW – NE rail connection had first been discussed in 1925!





The Raynes Park Association, of which the Apostles’ Residents Association is a member, has for some time been trying to work with Network Rail to provide some improvements to the environment around our station as it’s a total eyesore.  We’ve pointed out to Network Rail on many occasions that it would not cost a lot to make it look more pleasant.  They have made many promises in the past but nothing has happened… they initially agreed to plant and maintain the embankments, but they stopped after the first year.  They have promised to enlarge the pavement near the rear exit from the station, but after a decade nothing has happened.  Our MP, Stephen Hammond, has, at our request, called a meeting of Network Rail bosses to answer to our complaints.  So watch this space, but don’t hold your breath!





As you may know, Veolia has now taken over the refuse collection and street cleaning contract from Merton Council and there has been a significant decrease in the standard of street cleaning.  Therefore, we encourage residents to help keep the streets clean by picking up any litter that may have been blown by the wind from recycling bins, as well as using the brown food waste caddies to discourage foxes, rats and mice who are attracted by the food waste.  If you don’t have a brown food waste caddy, please contact the council who will supply you with one (go to  Alternatively, please consider putting your bins out on Tuesday morning to discourage vermin.





There has been a recent spate of thefts in the Apostles.  If you would like further information or advice about how to keep your home safe or to find out more about crime in the local area, please go to


There are some simple preventative measures that you can do yourself to help keep your home safe and secure:

  • Motion sensor lights at the front and back of houses
  • CCTV cameras
  • Monitored Burglar Alarms
  • Vigilance – be on the lookout for suspicious behaviour







Chris Larkman (from Bronson Road) is organising a trip to Italy from 3-12 September for people from Raynes Park.  Cost = £850 totally inclusive.  Contact Chris for more information 07950 642550






The ARA website ( is currently being improved. We would like to include more information about each of the Apostles’ roads which will not only interest current residents, but also potential purchasers of properties in the Apostles. We are looking for content such as:


  • Photographs, both current and historical
  • News about the current activities on your road such as upcoming Street Parties
  • Information about the history of your road
  • Adverts relating to your business or rental properties
  • Key issues affecting your road such as rubbish collection


If you have anything of interest to share, or have something to contribute to this newsletter, then do please email the Chair, Aprill Barry.





The current Road Rep is stepping down so if you would like to get involved, or have any questions about the role then do please contact Aprill Barry  The duties and responsibilities are minimal and it’s a great way of getting involved in your local area.





The Apostles’ Residents Association was formed with the aim of protecting and enhancing the local environment and to promote the interests of the local community.  For further information please go to or follow us on Twitter - @ApostlesSW20 or on Facebook



How do I support the association?


To become a member, please contact your road rep. The fee is £4 per annum and £2 for pensioners and those not in work. If you would like to pay your subscription by bank transfer, please transfer to: Apostles Residents Association, account no 02383523, sort code 30-99-66 and put your address as the reference.  There are many ways you can get involved in the association, outside of being a road rep, and it’s a great way of meeting local residents and being part of the community.  If you are interested in getting involved please contact your road rep and let them know.



Your road reps and committee:


Chairman – Aprill Barry 25 Carlton Park Avenue

Vice-Chairman – Cllr Michael Bull, 520 Kingston Road,

Treasurer – Simon

Membership Secretary – Jenny Irvine, 26 Clifton Park Avenue, 020 8540 9272


Gore Road – Luciano -

Clifton Park Avenue – Jenny -

Aston Road – Simon -

Prince George’s Avenue –  


Carlton Park Avenue – Rebecca  -

Vernon Avenue – Edward -

Edna Road – Nick -

Dorien Road - Martin -

Dupont Road - Michael Bull, 520 Kingston Road

Tina -

Sydney Road – VACANT

Chestnut Road - Jane -

Bronson Road - Rae -


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