Balham in Bloom

Beautify Balham is holding its first ever Balham in Bloom competition next month in June! For more details see this flyer or visit their website at

Closing date for entries is 1 June and presentation of prizes by the Mayor of Wandsworth is on Saturday 26 June at 2pm in Bedford Hill Place.

Beautify Balham are also looking for business sponsors to support their campaign to green up and clean up Balham! See this flyer for more details. 

Finally, you can join Beautify Balham’s next litter pick on Saturday 5 June at 11am in Bedford Hill Place if you are free. 

Tooting Common

Parkrun’s back!

Tooting Common parkrun is back!

Time to dust off those trainers…

Tooting Bec and Balham

Community Roadwatch events in 2021

Community Roadwatch is where the police use a mobile speed gun to measure the speed of vehicles on a road and issue warnings where vehicles exceed the speed limit. In Bedford ward the following three events will be held this year:

  • Montana Road on 28 May 2021 from 0900hrs to 1000hrs.
  • Ritherdon Road on 25 August 2021 from 1600hrs to 1700hrs.
  • Bedford Hill on 11 November 2021 from 0900hrs to 1000hrs.

Anyone is welcome to have a go on the mobile speed gun, including children, so just turn up on the day and find the police and say hello. However, there are some rules around COVID of course. You will not be able to participate if you:

  1. are positive for COVID-19,
  2. are symptomatic (even mildly) and in self-isolation,
  3. have a household member who is symptomatic, or is in contact with anyone with COVID or who is symptomatic,
  4. have been contacted by the NHS COVID-19 Trace system and are in isolation.

Community Roadwatch requests for events on your road can be sent directly to the police using the following email address:

Tooting Bec and Balham

Parkrun’s return to Tooting Common

Like many hundreds of you, we are all looking forward to the safe return of Parkrun to Tooting Common. We asked the council what the status of this was and this was their response:

The Council and its partners on the Safety Advisory Group are working to ensure the safe return of Parkrun to the borough’s parks and open spaces in line with step 4 of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown. To ensure compliance with all guidelines, event organisers must submit an event management plan and site specific risk assessment which is shared with and considered by relevant Council services and the multi-agency Safety Advisory Group. The return of Parkrun is being considered with the safety of runners and the borough’s park visitors at the forefront of decision-making.

We’ll keep you informed when we get any more information.