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Judy Karbritz

The Full Monty, Warts & All!

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Posted on 9:09pm Saturday 16th May 2015

We tend to take so much of our language for granted, but there are enthralling stories behind many of our phrases and I'd like to share just a few with you.

Judy Karbritz

Harrow's Got Talent!

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Posted on 12:02pm Thursday 16th April 2015

My appointment as Harrow's Community Poet has been extended to the end of the year, and so we can get cracking and plan events that will put Harrow's Arts firmly on the map!

Judy Karbritz

Tuesday Talks at Headstone Manor & Museum

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Posted on 9:34am Wednesday 1st April 2015

Headstone Manor & Museum host regular talks and lectures every other Tuesday in The Granary. I was invited to perform some poetry - and the audience joined in the chorus to my songs with gusto and a good time was had by all!

Simon Ovens

Taking knives off our streets

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Posted on 4:30pm Monday 30th March 2015

I was proud to represent Harrow at the Safer Neighbourhoods Board Conference.

Judy Karbritz

Bollywood and twirling pom poms merge with Poetry

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Posted on 3:30pm Monday 23rd March 2015

World Poetry Day World Poetry Day was celebrated in fine style at Harrow Arts Centre.

Simon Ovens

Handling stolen goods and an invitation from the ministry

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Posted on 3:21pm Monday 23rd March 2015

It is important for the police to be able to reach out to all the communities of London, ensuring we work together to fight crime.

Simon Ovens

Is your home a target for burglars?

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Posted on 4:21pm Tuesday 17th March 2015

On Thursday March 12, I attended the Gurkha Awareness Day at Pinner Fire Station, kindly hosted by Harrow Fire Brigade Commander Richard Claydon.

Judy Karbritz

Whatever would Goldilocks have done?

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Posted on 10:03am Tuesday 10th March 2015

On Monday 9th March I collected all of the entries from Stanmore library where they had been delivered from all Harrow libraries and I had quite a surprise waiting for me .........

Simon Ovens

It's a no brainer: the pros and cons of reporting crime

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Posted on 4:27pm Tuesday 17th March 2015

On Saturday, February 28 I attended Shaftesbury High School to be part of their morning assembly.

Judy Karbritz

Roll Up, Roll Up - Your chance to take part in Harrow's must-see event

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Posted on 12:03pm Monday 2nd March 2015

Pop into any Harrow library and you'll find entry forms for our Poetry Competition. Why not enter and have the chance to perform at Harrow Art Centre as well as having your poem exhibited in all Harrow libraries.

Judy Karbritz

Where do you find poetry, a Mindfulness workshop, a prison chaplain, cookery demonstration and countless talks and discussions under one roof?

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Posted on 9:14am Wednesday 18th February 2015

Poetry can be found where you least expect to find it. This year's Limmud Conference in Harrow boasts an exceptional line-up including Holocaust survivors, a prison chaplain, a discussion on whether luck has a role to play in life and nestled amongst these sessions you'll discover a poetry performance and also a poetry competition.

Antonia Okwu

Barnet Year 10's ... "Speak Out"

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Posted on 8:48pm Sunday 8th February 2015

Last Thursday evening I had the great pleasure of sitting on the judging panel of the Barnet Regional Final of the Jack Petchey “Speak Out” Challenge. I found the experience to be mesmerising, inspirational and a timely reminder as to why we should nurture and value our youth as the ambassadors of the ”Better Tomorrow” that we all so frequently advocate and dream about.

Judy Karbritz

Headstone Manor Museum - 500 years and going strong!

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Posted on 12:33pm Thursday 5th February 2015

Every Tuesday there's a talk ranging from Victorian food and drink to Noel Coward and Ivor Novello with many other subjects inbetween ... and best news is there's even poetry!

Judy Karbritz

Harrow Children Commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day

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Posted on 11:15pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

Hear how the HMD events in Harrow went - perhaps your children/grandchildren took part.

Judy Karbritz

Holocaust Memorial Day

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Posted on 4:55pm Saturday 24th January 2015

Two events coming up to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day - why not join us at this time.

Judy Karbritz

Are you up for a challenge?

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Posted on 7:45pm Tuesday 20th January 2015

Guess you’re wondering who I am and why you may be interested to read my blog. Read on and all will be revealed...

Simon Ovens

Making Harrow the safest borough in 2015

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Posted on 5:05pm Monday 5th January 2015

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 2015 brings new challenges to the Borough and I am committed to ensuring that we become the safest borough in London.

Simon Ovens

Remembering one of Harrow's shining stars

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Posted on 12:53pm Tuesday 30th December 2014

On behalf of all the officers and staff at Harrow Police, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Alison Morrison's family and friends at this terribly difficult time.

Simon Ovens

Support the Commissioner's Christmas tree campaign

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Posted on 5:01pm Tuesday 2nd December 2014

On Friday November 28 we unveiled our Christmas tree outside South Harrow police station as part of the Commissioners Christmas Tree Campaign.

David Taylor

Pumpkin and Almond Tart Recipe

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Posted on 11:42am Monday 20th October 2014

Delicious recipe - perfect for using up those leftover Halloween pumpkins!

Antonia Okwu

Simple Positive Reflections!

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Posted on 1:25pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

Positive Reflections

Antonia Okwu

How To Be The Very Best Version Of ....... YOU!

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Posted on 12:00am Tuesday 14th October 2014

After many years of deep soul searching and various life experiences, I finally discovered a pathway to becoming the very best version of myself. It is now my  pleasure to share some of these very simple tips with you in the hope that they will help you to establish for yourself a pathway to becoming the very best version of YOU!

Multi function room

Posted on 6:13pm Monday 11th August 2014

Age UK Harrow are pleased to announce the refurbishment of its existing confernce room facilities to transform it from a drab, boring, old 1960's room into a state-of-the-art, dynamic mult-function learning facility for the silver surfers.  Bipin Dattani, one of Age (UK)'s Trustees gave up his weekend to supervise and carry furniture up 3 floors to the Age (UK), Harrow office after the lifts stopped working. Bipin ensured that the legacy left by Mr. Richard was utilised to help Harrow's older population learn IT Skills.

Simon Ovens

Flying the flag for our boys and girls in the forces, and those at school

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Posted on 5:10pm Thursday 10th July 2014

On Monday, 23 June I attended the Armed Forces Day flag raising ceremony at Harrow Civic Centre.

Government Minister Visits Age UK Harrow

Posted on 11:11am Tuesday 8th July 2014

Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd MP visits Age UK Harrow

Dal Babu

Chair of Age UK Harrow shares our weekly work

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Posted on 9:19am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Welcome to Age UK Harrow's new and regular Blog. I will be sharing information with you about our members, staff, volunteers and projects. I would like to start this week’s Blog to tell you about our Star Trustee and volunteer Ann Groves.

David Taylor

New recipe - Incanto raspberry soufflé

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Posted on 6:35pm Monday 30th June 2014

Wow your dinner party guests with this amazing dessert, this recipe has come straight from our kitchen so trust us when we say it's one to try!

Simon Ovens

Harrow is on track to become London's safest borough

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Posted on 1:01pm Thursday 29th May 2014

As I have mentioned many times it is my objective to make Harrow the Safest Borough in London.

Simon Ovens

The biggest booze bust in Harrow's history

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Posted on 11:41am Friday 9th May 2014

On Tuesday, 6 May, Operation Secure Streets targeted High Street, Wealdstone. With help from our partners we were able to make one of the biggest alcohol seizures the Borough has seen.

David Taylor

My top picks for National Vegetarian Week

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Posted on 3:55pm Thursday 1st May 2014

May is the host of National Vegetarian Week which is taking place between 19th and 25th May. This got me thinking about some of the veggie friendly ingredients we use at Incanto which are perfect to include in home cooking.

David Taylor

New Recipe - Strawberry Bavarese

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Posted on 12:17pm Tuesday 29th April 2014

A delicious dessert, this recipe is straight from our kitchen at Incanto… Strawberry Bavarese Serves 3 Ingredients 3 free-range egg whites 250g caster sugar 150ml water 2.5 tsp of agar agar (vegetarian gelatine) 200g strawberries 50ml double cream Biscuit Base 225g digestive biscuits, crushed 60g butter - melted

David Taylor

St George’s Day – The finest English ingredients

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Posted on 10:58am Monday 14th April 2014

With St George’s Day just around the corner, it got me thinking about the wonderful English ingredients currently in season featured on our spring menus. Here are a couple of my favourites for this month.

Simon Ovens

You could be a champion

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Posted on 9:32am Monday 31st March 2014

On 26 March I attended the KP Centre, Kenmore Avenue for the Neighbourhood Champion’s conference. Being a Neighbourhood Champion is an extremely important role and has my full support.

David Taylor

My Seasonal Favourites

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Posted on 5:21pm Monday 24th March 2014

As spring is finally in the air and we look forward to the sunshine, I’m also glad to be welcoming back some of my favourite seasonal ingredients this month.

David Taylor

My favourite ingredients for February

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Posted on 2:46pm Monday 10th February 2014

Despite the cold and incessant rain, it is a wonderful time of year for seasonal ingredients so I thought I’d share my top picks with you this week.

David Taylor

Delicious Sicilian Lemon Tart Recipe

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Posted on 4:23pm Monday 20th January 2014

Take advantage of lemons being in season at the moment and wow your friends and family with this dessert or simply enjoy it with a nice cup of tea!

David Taylor

The perfect alternative for Christmas pudding

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Posted on 3:45pm Friday 13th December 2013

Bored of Christmas pudding or fancy a change this year? This week I’m sharing a recipe for a delicious bread and butter pudding made with panettone – a Christmas dessert with a fabulous Italian twist.

Simon Ovens

Six new Police Constables join the borough

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Posted on 1:26pm Monday 10th June 2013

I was very pleased to welcome six new police officers to Harrow on Monday. I spent time with them spelling out my expectations and sharing with them the issues facing us in Harrow. These are the first of the extra officers being posted to our Borough which will see our numbers rise considerably over the next few months. They have all been posted to Safer Neighbourhoods Teams and are already out fighting crime!

Simon Ovens

Harrow's community stands united.

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Posted on 11:03am Wednesday 5th June 2013

The tragic event in Woolwich is still at the forefront of people's thoughts and the police investigation is well underway.

Simon Ovens

I am overwhelmed by the support from the community

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Posted on 1:11pm Tuesday 28th May 2013

The tragic events in Woolwich last week sent shock waves through all of our communities.  Here in Harrow, one of the most racially diverse boroughs in London,  it's understandable that there is concern from members of our community about their safety and the ramifications of such an event. I am overwhelmed by the support from the community for your local police.  In particular, I was able to address all of Harrow's Councillors at their meeting in the Civic Centre last Thursday. I brought them up-to-date with events and explained to them all the action we are taking to provide reassurance in the community.  They asked me lots of questions and offered me their support.  Last Friday I also attended  Harrow Central Mosque where I spoke to the entire congregation about what we are doing in Harrow. My message to you is, please carry on your normal business as usual and be reassured that the Metropolitan Police are doing everything within their ability to bring those responsible for this shocking attack to justice and to maintain peace and harmony in our community.  It is at times like these when we are at our best in terms of community cohesion and mutual support.

Simon Ovens

PC puts British Sign Language training to good use.

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Posted on 1:44pm Monday 20th May 2013

Officers from Harrow's Safer Transport Team attended the Harrow Deaf Awareness Day organised by the Harrow Asian Deaf Club in partnership with Harrow Council.  This was a great opportunity for PC Percy Sillitoe, who is level one British Sign Language trained, to put to good use his skills to communicate important crime prevention messages and to understand the barriers that deaf people face when coming into contact with the police.

Simon Ovens

Fewer reports of burglary. Inconsiderate driver fined for parking illegally outside school. Cadets in recruitment drive.

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Posted on 10:21am Monday 13th May 2013

I was invited to the official opening ceremony of Harrow Primary School in Gayton Road which is the first independent day school in Harrow with an Islamic ethos.  I had a tour of the school and met with the school's founders, teaching staff and Head teacher.  The facilities are impressive and the pupils and staff must feel very privileged to be working in such a positive environment. We continue to see a decrease in the number of burglaries reported, however by no means are we complacent.  Just as I am writing, a call came in from a Stanmore resident reporting that he had seen a man jump into his back garden. There were also reports of another man in the same area acting suspiciously.  Colleagues from the Air Support Unit assisted officers on the ground who stopped and detained two men in Ennerdale Avenue matching the descriptions.  They are now on their way to the police station for further questioning.  A good job done by all. And at court last week, a 24-year-old man received a two-year suspended prison sentence for carrying out a burglary in Wetheral Drive, in Stanmore. The man and an accomplice stole a flat screen TV from a house whilst a 15-year-old boy was at home at the time in his bedroom. The boy heard banging downstairs and just thought a family member had come home. It was only when the banging got louder and he heard someone running up and down the stairs that he became concerned and looked out of the window. He saw two men loading a flat screen TV into the boot of a taxi and immediately called police giving the registration number of the taxi. Acting swiftly on this information the officers located the taxi driver who took them to the address where he dropped the men off and arrested the defendant. A second suspect who ran off is still being pursued by officers. A motorist was given an £80 fine by Sgt Roni Doyle of Pinner Safer Neighbourhoods Team for parking illegally outside West Lodge School in Pinner.  Several parents had complained to us about this driver's inconsiderate parking and when PCSOs Walker and O'Brien spoke to him he was very abusive and refused to move his car.   Sgt Roni Doyle issued the driver of the black Volkswagen Golf with a fine for abusing members of her staff.  Parking restrictions are in place for reasons especially outside schools and in this case it was clear the driver of this vehicle was putting his convenience before that of the safety of school children. Harrow's police cadets have been busy taking part in role play activities at Hendon Training School.  Over 30 cadets were involved, enacting out scenes of burglary, criminal damage, drugs and public order offences to offer a realistic environment for trainee police officers which tested their knowledge. One trainee officer's diversity skills were put to the test when one of the young cadets refused to allow him to search her due to religious beliefs. During the recent Bank Holiday weekend, the cadets were helping out at the May Day event at Heritage Museum in Pinner View.  Harrow Council hosted the family event which was visited by several hundred residents. In addition to assisting with stewarding and collecting entry tickets the cadets seized the opportunity to promote the police cadets scheme to which fourteen new recruits signed up to.  If you would like to find out more about becoming a cadet or cadet leader visit our website at www.met.police.uk

The importance of community policing - and how two PCSOs found a suspected brothel

Posted on 9:00am Monday 22nd April 2013

I attended the AGM of the Harrow Police and Community Consultative Group last week and met with many of the ward panel members for the borough who so willingly give up their time to work with their Safer Neighbourhood Teams to tackle local concerns.

Simon Ovens

Delivering babies, helping police the Olympics... and giving fines to motorists

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Posted on 12:19pm Tuesday 16th April 2013

This is my first blog since arriving at Harrow almost three weeks ago, and I'm happy to report that I am settling in well to my new role as Borough Commander.

PCSOs assist in arrest of driver for dangerous driving

Posted on 10:23am Monday 25th February 2013

Inspector Aiden Whelan has nominated PCSOs Diane Harris and Robert Chidgey from Greenhilll Safer Neighbourhoods Team as officers of the week for assisting with the arrest of a man driving a car illegally and dangerously.  PCSOs Harris and Chidgey concerns were raised when they pulled up alongside a Honda Civic waiting at traffic lights on Station Road, Harrow near Tesco and noticed an inordinate number of people within the car. They called for assistance from police officers before pulling the car over to the side of the road to speak to the driver. The officers told the driver to let the passengers out for their own safety and were astonished when six children and three adults, including the driver, piled out of the car.  One of the children had been sitting in the footwell of the front passenger seat, hiding under the front passenger's legs.  Had it not been for the sharp observations of these officers, the driver, who was arrested for numerous driving offences and had his car seized for driving without insurance, would still be driving dangerously around the streets of Harrow.  Well done

Targeting robbers and burglars

Posted on 9:42am Tuesday 27th September 2011

This has been a busy week and weekend.

Tackling street robberies

Posted on 3:21pm Wednesday 7th September 2011

Harrow has seen falls in both violence and property crime. However we have seen a recent rise in street robbery. The main factors for this year’s increase are a rise in the theft of high-value smart phones and digital media players. Thefts of gold jewellery, where chains and necklaces are being stolen for sale on the second-hand gold market have also risen. We work closely with the second-hand gold industry looking at preventing thieves making financial gain from this crime.

Cash machine safety and Sign up to Neighbourhood Link

Posted on 10:10am Tuesday 30th August 2011

Chief Superintendent Babu is currently enjoying a well-deserved break. I am acting Borough Commander with overall responsibility for policing in Harrow in his absence.

Dealing with robbery

Posted on 12:33pm Thursday 11th August 2011

This week I have been focusing Harrow Police resources to deal with robbery . I have been surprised with the number of young people who have been arrested for robberies who have no previous convictions.

Neighbourhoods Champions Conference this week

Posted on 3:30pm Monday 4th July 2011

The recent warm weather has led to an increase in burglaries that have taken place because householders have left windows open and doors unlocked. Please remember that over half of all burglaries occur in homes with windows left open (particularly at night) and when doors are left unlocked.

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