Santa Claus is coming to town

Children will have the chance to meet Santa when he comes to St Ann’s Shopping Centre.

Father Christmas will be in town for three weekends – November 26 and 27, December 3 and 4, and December 10 and 11. He’ll be around from 11am to 4pm at intervals.

St George’s Shopping Centre is also laying on festive fun with “Acro Elves” on Saturday, December 3, a giant snow globe on Saturday, December 11, and an elf factory on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 of December.

There will be a gift wrapping service on offer on Thursday, December 22 and Friday, December 23.

X Factor star to switch on Christmas lights

X Factor star and Harrow resident Johnny Robinson will be switching on the town’s Christmas tree lights.

The singer from West Harrow will kick off the official countdown to Christmas as part of an evening of entertainment in Harrow town centre on Thursday, December 1.

The fun starts at 3.30pm with street entertainers, balloon artists and a giant robot appearing in St Ann’s Road.

A new “light garden” art installation featuring giant flowers will light up outside St George’s Centre at 4.15pm.

Johnny will flick the switch on the Christmas tree near the statue of Katie at 6.30pm followed by carol singers from local churches.

Remembrance Sunday

Harrow’s Remembrance Sunday service will take place this Sunday (November 13) at the war memorial outside the civic centre in Station Road.

The event starts at 10.45am and will be joined by a parade leaving St Ann’s shopping centre at 10am, led by the Glen Trew Pipe Band.


Parcel delivery scam

Police are warning Greenhill residents about a scam involving a fake parcel delivery that has seen victims tricked out of more than £300.

Victims arrived home to find a card on their doorstep claiming to be from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) saying the firm had been unable to deliver a parcel.

But police urged locals not to call the premium rate number (0906 661 1911) on the card as they would be billed £315 for the phone call.

Anyone who receives a card with these details should contact Royal Mail Fraud on 020 7239 6655. For more information click here.

New neighbourhood champion

HCRA residents can now report problems such as fly-tipping and potholes via a new “neighbourhood champion”.

Neighbourhood champions are volunteers who sort out local issues as part of a joint initiative between Harrow Council and the Metropolitan Police.

They can help tackle problems include graffiti, abandoned cars, broken street lights, cracked paving stones and vandalism.

Our new champ lives in Frognal Avenue and can be contacted at

To find out more about the Neighbourhood Champion scheme click here.