Sunny News - Farewell Party
Dear Save Sunny News Campaign Supporter
We are pleased and sad to announce that we have arranged a gathering on Sunday 11th March 2018, 2-5pm, at The Gardens Tennis Club, to say farewell to Sunny & Jaymi. You are warmly invited to this. The bar will be open at the club throughout the afternoon.
Since we have arranged this and word has started to spread, many people have asked if a collection is being organised for Sunny & Jaymi to get them a leaving present, with some asking if we could organise this for those people who want to contribute.
If you would like to make a donation for a leaving gift for Sunny & Jaymi you are welcome to donate via the link on our crowdfunder page https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/leaving-gift-1
All funds raised will be exchanged for John Lewis gift vouchers and presented to Sunny & Jamyi at their farewell party.
WE MUST MAKE CLEAR THAT THIS IS NOT A FUND RAISING CAMPAIGN TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE “SAVE SUNNY NEWS CAMPAIGN.”
THIS IS PURELY INTENDED FOR THOSE FRIENDS, NEIGHBOURS & CUSTOMERS WHO WISH TO CONTRIBUTE TO SUNNY & JAYMI’S LEAVING GIFT.
If you would like to sign a card for Sunny and Jaymi, it is available behind the counter at BUDGENS on Replingham Road. Please feel free to call in and sign it.
We look forward to seeing you on the 11th and, once again, we THANK YOU for your support for our community.
Save Sunny News Campaign Team
Update on Sunny News
Dear Supporter of Sunny News
It’s with a heavy heart and great sadness that we have to announce that, after 30 years of invaluable community service, Sunny will be closing his shop and vacating the premises at the end of March 2018.
The parties were due to attend the trial last Thursday at Wandsworth County Court but, due to the cost of legal fees that he would have incurred had he lost the case, Sunny was left with no alternative but to settle the claim and agree to vacate the premises. We understand that the landlord based their claim for possession on their intention to convert the premises and live there themselves but as the case was settled, the landlord’s case was never able to be tested at court.
You may be wondering what happened to the money we, as a community, raised via crowdfunding to help Sunny fight this case and why didn’t he use those funds for this recent court case. Those funds were exhausted during the Judicial Review process at the High Court earlier this year. This fight was to try and reverse the planning inspectorate appeal decision against Wandsworth Council who refused the original planning application to convert the shop into a private dwelling.
You may not be aware but the shop has always been used as a shop and was built for that purpose where it could serve its local community. This is something Sunny and Jamie have done in our corner of Southfields admirably over so many years, with our children growing up buying their sweets from Sunny’s and all of us benefitting from having our local paper delivery and so much more. Most importantly, Sunny and Jamie have served the wider community far beyond from just the other side of the counter, by being a lookout for our young and old alike and being a true community service to our friendly neighbourhood. This was recognised when the Southfields Triangle Resident’s Association succeeded in having the shop being granted the status of an “Asset of Community Value”.
Sadly, in March next year Sunny, Jamie and their family will have to close the shop, vacate their home and move away from their friends, home and livelihood to try and establish a new life for themselves elsewhere.
This is really a very sad outcome not only for Sunny but for our whole neighbourhood who will now lose this unofficial community centre, with all its associated services, which is closing against the wishes of everyone!
Thank you all very much for your huge and continued support throughout our Save Sunny News campaign.
Southfields Academy Music Department Candlelight Concert
On behalf of the Southfields Academy you are warmly invited to attend their Christmas concert. Its a great opportunity to hear their talented musicians and get in to the Christmas spirit!
Mulled wine and mince pies will be served.
We look forward to welcoming you.
Southfields Christmas Lights
In association with the Southfields Business Forum we would like to share their invitation to invite all Southfields residents to the turning on of the Christmas Lights.
The big switch on is at 5pm on the 6th December and this will be opened by the Deputy Mayor of Wandsworth.
Live Jazz, Market Stalls, Carols, Mince Pies, Mulled wine and the harmonic sounds of the Sing Swell Choir.
This event is sponsored by the All England Club and we look forward to seeing everyone there.