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University Open Meetings for Local Residents Posted 4th December 2005

Kingston University has launched a series of termly meetings to brief local residents about developments at the University and to provide a forum where they may raise issues of interest or concern with representatives of the University (including those responsible for security, interaction with the local community, travel/parking initiatives, student discipline, green issues etc). The next two nmeetings will be on Wednesday 15th February and Wednesday 17th May at 6.30pm in the Picton Room at the Penryhn Rd campus. Light refreshments will be served. It would be helpful for catering purposes if you could let Rebecca Hardy know if you will attend (Tel: 8547-8053 email: r.hardie@kingston.ac.uk)

Barn Dance - Friday 10 February Posted 4th December 2005

The Valentine's barn dance will be on 10th February. All members of our community, including children, can come and dance to great live music from local musicians. John and Liz Scholey will call the dances. More details andticket information will be available nearer the time.

Next Spring Grove Fringe Pantomime - Wizard of Oz Posted 4th December

In February the SPring Grove Fringe will present the Wizard of Oz as a pantomime. If you would like to join in, either on stage or backstage, please come to the auditions on Tuesday 6th December at 8.30pm at the Parish Hall

Christmas Services in St John's Church Posted 4th December 2005

On Christmas Eve there will be a Children's crib service at 4pm and Midnight Eucharist at 11.30pm. The Parish Communion Service is at 10am on Christmas Day.

Carols by Candlelight - St John's Church, 'Sunday 18th Dec at 6pm Posted 4th December 2005

A service of Carols by candlelight around the tree. Come with your children and help decorate the tree and join in the singing. Refreshments will be available afterwards.

Grove Ward Police Public Meeting Posted 1st December 2005

All residents are invited to a public meeting on 7th December at 18.30 at St John's Primary School, Portland Rd

Muggings on the Blue Bridge Posted 1st December 2005

A number of muggings have been reported to the SGRA on the Blue Bridge in recent weeks. In each case the victims have been male university students, the muggings have taken place between 8pm and 10.30pm and the perpetrators have been a group of teenage lads. Please contact the police if you have any information either using the internet on www.online.police.uk or by phone to the control room at Kingston police station 020-8541-1212 or come to the meeting on 7th December (see above). The contact details for our local community police are 0208-247-4939 and mobile 07767-456320.

Kingston Orpheus Choir Christmas Concert - 10th December, St Mark's Church Posted 1st December 2005

Kingston Orpheus Choir presents Vivaldi's GLORIA with Christmas Music and Carols and guest soloists on Saturday 10th December at 7.30pm in St. Marks Church, St Marks Hill, Surbiton. Tickets 5.00 at the door or contact 0208 336 1311

Result of hearing for the Knights Park Student bar application Posted 13th October 2005

At the Licensing sub-committee meeting on September 29 Knights Park student bar was awarded a licence as follows:

  • Alcohol may be sold until 11pm (Sun-Thurs) and until 11.30pm (Fri-Sat).
  • Films, recorded music, indoor sports and dance are also premitted at these times.
  • Live music must finish by 10pm (Sun-Wed) and 11pm (Thurs-Sat).
  • There will be an additional 10 minutes drinking up time. The venue can stay open for 30 minutes after licensable activities cease.
  • The applicant can have 12 unspecified extensions to the licence subject to a minimum 10 days notice to the Police and the Council. The Police have an absolute veto.

There was also an "informative" requiring the bar:

  • To work with other establishments in the area to find the most suitable dispersal route for its clientele
  • To have termly meetings with the Residents Association.

The reason given for not granting the application in full as to meet the Prevention of Public Nuisance and Crime and Disorder licensing objectives. The applicant and any person who has made a relevant representation has the right to appeal within the next 21 days (i.e. by Novebmer 3rd).

Result of hearing for the Kelly Arms application Posted 3 October 2005

At the Licensing sub-committee meeting on September 19 the Kelly Arms was awarded a licence as follows:

  • Alcohol may be sold from 11am-11pm (Mon-Thurs), 11am-midnight(Fri + Sat) and noon-11pm (Sunday). Late night refreshments, indoor sporting events, live + recorded music and films are also premitted at these times.
  • There will be an additional 10 minutes drinking up time. The venue can stay open for 30 minutes after licensable activities cease.
  • The external seating/garden area may not be used after 23.00
  • Hte applicant can have 12 unspecified extensions to the licence subject to a minimum 10 days notice to the POlice and the Council. The Police have an absolute veto.

The applicant and any person who has made a relevant representation has the right to appeal within the next 21 days (i.e. by October 15th). If you would like the SGRA to be aware of your opinion please either tell a committee member or click here to send an email. Thank you.

Knights Park Student Bar Hearing - Thursday 29th September Posted 22 September 2005

The Licensing Sub-committee will be hearing the Knights Park student bar application on Thursday 29 September at 6pm in the Queen Anne Suite, Guildhall, Kingston. 38 letters of objection were received against this application. Only people who have already written a letter will be eligible to speak.

Hogsmill Clean up day - Sunday 16th October Posted 21 September 2005

A new Community Environment Officer, Carlos Queremel, has been appointed by Kingston Council who will be furthering the development of HAG (the Hogsmill Action Group). He will be organising a clean-up day on the Hogsmill on 16 October. Please call him for more details on 8547-5347 or email carlos.queremel@rbk.kingston.gov.uk

STOP PRESS : Knights Park bar - Confusion over deadline Posted 14 September

There has been some confusion over the deadline for submitting objections to the application by Knights Park bar to extend hours. The Council believed the deadline to be September 2nd - and they sent out letters rejecting any submissions received after this date.

However the date displayed by the bar itself in its public notification (on the gate by the Hogsmill River) was September 14th - and this was therefore the date quoted on this website and in Springboard. Now that this has been brought to their notice Kingston Council have agreed to accept all submissions received up to midnight tonight. If you have already sent a letter it will be included in the representations to the committee.

Hearing for Kelly Arms application - Monday 19 September Posted 11 September 2005

Fifteen valid letters of objection have been received from local residents concerning the Kelly Arms application to extend its opening hours. Some of these had several signatories so the letters were from a total of 32 people. The case will therefore be heard by the Licensing Sub-Committee at the United Reformed Church in Eden St on Monday 19 September at 10am. Anyone who has sent a letter of objection is entitled to speak.

Result of hearing for Duke of Buckingham licence application Posted 11 September 2005

At the Licensing sub-committee meeting on August 24 the Duke of Buckingham pub was awarded a licence as follows:

  • Alcohol may be sold from 10am until 11.30pm (Sun-Thurs) and midnight (Fri + Sat). Late night refreshments, indoor sporting events, recorded music and films are also premitted at these times.
  • There will be an additional 10 drinking up time. The venue can stay open for 30 minutes after licensable activities cease.

It was also agreed that all entrance doors, side doors and windows shall NOT be fixed in an open position when live music, DJ or karaoke is in progress. The reason given by the Council for imposing the conditions above was that "having considered the representations from the interested parties [they were] not satisfied that the public nuisance and crime and disorder licensing objectives would be met without such changes."

The applicant and any person who has made a relevant representation has the right to appeal within the next 21 days (i.e. by September 19th). If you would like the SGRA to be aware of your opinion please either tell a committee member or click here to send an email. Thank you.

Result of hearing for Spring Grove licence application Posted 6 September 2005

The Council received 24 valid letters of objection from local residents to the application by the Spring Grove pub to extend its hours (others were submitted but rejected on the basis that the sender lived too far away from the pub). A hearing of the Licensing sub-committee was therefore held on August 25 attended by the committee and their advisors, the police, the Area Manager for Youngs Brewery (who was the only representative from the pub), two local residents and the Spring Grove Residents Association. Click here to read the SGRA representation.

The sub-committee have awarded a licence to the pub as follows:

  • Alcohol may be sold from 10am until 11pm (Mon-Thurs), midnight (Fri + Sat) and 10.30pm (Sun)
  • There will be an additional 10 drinking up time. The venue can stay open for 30 minutes after licensable activities cease.
  • Live music must stop by 10pm (Sun-Thurs) and 11pm (Fri-Sat)
  • Recorded music, indoor sporting events and films are permitted during licensing hours.
  • Dancing is allowed 25 times per year during licensing hours
  • There can be 12 annual unspecified extensions to the licence subject to a minimum of 10 days notice to the police with the police having an absolute veto on any of the events.

This is less than the original application made by Youngs - see the article below posted on 20 July for details of the application. The reason given by the Council for imposing the conditions above was that "having considered the representations from the interested parties [they were] not satisfied that the public nuisance and crime and disorder licensing objectives would be met without such changes."

The applicant (i.e. Youngs) and any person who has made a relevant representation has the right to appeal within the next 21 days (i.e. by September 26th). If you would like the SGRA to be aware of your opinion please either tell a committee member or click here to send an email. Thank you.

Summer barbeque success Posted 4 September 2005

About 50 people basked in the sunshine at the Residents' Association summer barbeque in Hugh Herland House today. Click here for pictures.

Summer Barbecue for all residents - 4 September, Hugh Herland House, Portland Rd Posted 22 August 2005

The SGRA are holding their late summer barbecue in the grounds of Hugh Herland. This enables the residents there and other senior citizens living in our area, as well as all residents and children, to become more involved in community activities. Tickets are only 1 per person, and this covers your barbecue lunch (meat or vegetarian burgers, sausages, salads and soft drinks) and you may bring your own alcoholic drinks if you wish.

This is a real family event and we hope that you will come along with your children and have a fun afternoon. Live musical entertainment will be provided by Phil and Janie (from Plan B) and there will also be a raffle.

Charity Quiz Night, Friday 15 October 7.30pm Posted 22 August 2005

Kingston's Learn English At Home (LEAH) charity is holding a fundraising quiz night in the Parish Hall. Last year's event was a great success and we anticipate that this year's Quiz with a Difference will also be a sell out. Tickets are 12 per person, which includes an evening meal, and must be purchased in advance from LEAH (8255 6144) or Joan McConn at 9 Grove Lane (8549 8424).

Doors will open at 7.30pm and the quiz will start promptly at 8pm. Come as a team of up to 6 or join others on the night. There will be a licensed bar organised by the SGRA.

Spring Grove Fringe prsent An Evening with Cole Porter - Friday 21 and Saturday 22 October Posted 22 August 2005

Another wonderful production starring well known and loved local artistes in an evening of song and dance. These two Supper nights are in aid of the Mary Webb Cancer Charity and as last year's production of Oklahoma was a sell out (raising 1000) get your tickets soon. Tickets are 15.00 (including a delicious meal) and are available from Barbara Higham (8546 0120) or Amanda Shaw (8549 8411). There will be a Licensed bar.

Knights Park Student Bar has also applied to extend its hours; Deadline for objections 14 September Posted 22 August 2005

The Student bar at Knight's Park has applied to extend its opening hours until midnight from Monday to Saturday and until 11pm on Sundays. They seek permission for films, indoor sports, live and recorded music, making music and dancing. Any objections must be submitted by September 14th to:

Licensing Section
Royal Borough of Kingston
Guildhall
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 1EU

Note that individual letters are very important - see the council website for details.

STOP PRESS : Licence Hearings on Wednesday 24 August (Duke of Buckingham)and Thursday 25 August (Spring Grove) Posted 21 August 2005

There will be two meetings of the licensing sub-committee this week. Both meetings will be held at the Queen Anne Suite in the Guildhall, Kingston at 2pm.

  • On WEDNESDAY 24 August at 2pm the Duke of Buckingham's application will be heard. The members of the committee will be Cllr Shiraz Mirza, Cllr David Berry and Cllr Janet Bowen-Hitchins. The DoB application will be the third of three after the Kingston Tup and La Locanda.
  • On THURSDAY 24 August at 2pm the Spring Grove application will be heard. The committee will be Cllr Siraz Mirza, Cllr Ian Reid (chair). Cllr Frank Thompson. The Spring Grove application will be heard third out of 4 (Casa, Albert Arms, Spring Grove, Kingston Mill)
In both cases the room will have four tables: table 1 for responsible authorities (police, noise officers etc), table 2 for local residents and businesses, table 3 for the applicants and table 4 for the case licensing officer. Full details of the hearing procedure and papers can be found on www.kingston.gov.uk/business/licensing.

STOP PRESS : The Kelly Arms has also applied to extend hours; DEADLINE TOMORROW MONDAY 22 AUGUST Posted 21 August 2005

The Kelly Arms has applied to extend its opening hours until midnight from Monday to Thursday, to 00.30 on Friday and Saturday and to 11.30pm on Sundays.

The committee are sending a letter to the Council - click here to see it. If you wish to object individual letters are very important and should be sent/delivered by Monday 22 August to:

Licensing Section
Royal Borough of Kingston
Guildhall
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 1EU

IMPORTANT : The Duke of Buckingham pub has also applied to extend hours Posted 20 July, Updated 26 July 2005

The pub has applied to permit films, indoor sporting events, recorded music, live music, late night refreshments, until midnight each day closing 30 minutes after licensable activities. Any objections must be in by Friday July 29th. The committee are sending a letter to the Council highlighting concerns that have been raised to the committee - click here to read a copy. If you wish to write yourselves - and individual letters are very important - please note the details of address etc. in the article below about the Spring Grove application. However the reference will be different.

IMPORTANT - Application by Spring Grove Pub to extend its opening hours/provide live music Posted 20 July 2005

The Spring Grove pub has applied to extend its opening hours and provide live music evenings as follows:

  • Extended opening hours to 12.30am every night
  • Provision for live music 7pm-11.30pm Monday to Thursday and 12pm to 11.30pm Friday to Sunday
  • Provision for recorded music 12pm - 11.30pm
  • Provision for dancing 5pm -11.30pm Monday - Friday, 2pm - 11.30pm Sat-Sun
  • Late night refreshments 11pm - 12am
  • Seasonal variations 1 extra hour to 1am on all Bank Holiday Sundays and Mondays, 23rd-30th December, Easter and up to 7 other event days
Click here to see a copy of the letter to sent by the Council to the SGRA. At a recent committee meeting concerns were raised about the potential increase in noise disturbance and crime and disorder if the application is approved. The committee have sent a letter to Kingston Council - click here to read it.

If you have any views about this application please forward them to

Licensing Section (Ref: Youngs and Co Brewery)
Royal Borough of Kingston
Guildhall
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 1EU

The deadline for objections is Friday 5th August 2005. Please note that

  • Individual letters from concerned residents will make a difference
  • You need to sign your letter of objection and give your address as annoymous letters cannot be considered by the licensing officers.
  • Further information regarding the new licensing laws can be found on Kingston Council's website at www.kingston.gov.uk/business/licensing.htm

DVD of Hogsmill Blue Bridge Party Posted 20 July 2005

DVDs of the Blue bridge party are available from Terry on 0208 287 3650, priced at 5.00.

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