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News - 2004 Archive

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New map - thanks to Carole and Nathan Posted 16 December 2004

Thank you very much to Carole Barnes and Nathan Ariss for their excellent map of our area (see the map page). They do not live in the area but Carole is a member of the Spring Grove Fringe and wanted to put something back into the area.

Kingston Upon Thames Society Meeting - Wednesday 16 February, 8pm Posted 8 December 2004

The Kingston Upon Thames Society, which aims to look after the fabric and environment of Kingston, has invited Kingston Council to present their 20 year plan for the future of Kingston Town Centre on Wednesday 16 February at 8pm at the Union Street Baptist Church. It is an open meeting to which all Spring Grove residents are warmly invited.

Invitations from Kingston University Posted 3 December 2004

The Kingston University Chaplaincy and Kingston University Students’ Union have invited all residents of the Spring Grove are to the following seasonal events:

  • Wednesday Dec 8th at 4.30pm – Carol Service at St John’s Church.
  • Monday Dec 13th 5pm – 7pm – Karaoke Carols with free mince pies. Knights Park Bar, Knights Park campus
  • Tuesday Dec 14th 4.30pm – Carol Service at Coombehurst Studios,Kingston Hill campus

Kingston Orpheus Choir Christmas Concert : St Mark's Church, Sat 4 December 7.30pm Posted 1 December 2004

The concert will feature soloists and the choir performing Night of Miracles and a Christmas Cantata plus carols and Christmas music selections from 60 years of music making. Tickets are £5 at the door.

Letter to the Planning Inspectorate Posted 29 November 2004

The committee has sent a letter to the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol to confirm that the views of the residents concerning the proposed Student Village are unchanged since the letter sent to Kingston Council in June. (See the items below dated 11 November and 1 July for more details). All letters concerning the appeal must be with the Inspectorate by 1st December.

Fundraising in October 2004 Posted 17 November 2004

The quiz in the Parish Hall raised almost £1000 for the charity LEAH (Learn English at Home)while the jumble sale netted almost £200 after costs

Windies benefit gig Saturday 27 November, Parish Hall Posted 11 November 2004

Wonderful local band Plan B and a comedian will be providing an evening's entertainment in aid of the Caribbean Hurricane appeal. Click on the poster for more details. Windies poster

Dates for your new diaries Posted 11 November 2004

Details of forthcoming events are listed on the calendar page. They include:

  • An evening (well two evenings actually) of Roald Dahl stories performed by the Spring Grove Fringe (Dec 10th and 11th)
  • The barn dance (Feb 11th)
  • The pantomime Treasure Island (March 11th and 12th)

PC Thomas to attend committee meeting, 25 November 2004 Posted 11 November 2004

PC Melvyn Thomas, the community beat officer for the Grove area, will be attending the next committee meeting on 25 November. If there is anything you would like raised at this meeting please contact a committee member (names and addresses in Springboard) or email us.

Appeal against Refusal for Planning Permission to build Student Village Posted 11 November 2004

Kingston University and Spiritbond Student Housing have appealed against the decision of Kingston Council to REFUSE planning permission to build a student village in Lower Marsh Lane near the Thames Water sewage works. The appeal will be heard by the Planning Inspectorate who are based in Bristol at a date to be set in 2005. Click here to read more detail about the original two applications, the previous decisions and about what has already been said in the Spring Grove area.

Note that if you submitted a comment about the last application this will automatically be forwarded to the Planning Inspectorate. However if you want to make additional comments, or if you have not commented before and would now like to do so you should write by 1st December and send 3 copies of your views to the Inspectorate. Click here for details about the address, reference number etc.

Oklahoma triumph! Posted 13 October 2004

The success of Oklahoma last weekend astounded both audience and cast (especially the cast after the less-than-triumphant dress rehearsal!). This was the Spring Grove Fringe's first foray into musicals, and for several of the stars it was their first thespian experience. Both nights were a sell-out and a considerable sum was raised for the British Legion. The audience relished Ole Okie Chicken with Elephant's eye sweetcorn during the interval, and then were able to critique the performance afterwards whilst eating some mighty tasty Aunt Eller's Home made apple pie and cream. To see the first few photos of the performance click here. Please send more so that we can show a more complete set! Congratulations to director Amanda Shaw.

Forthcoming events in October and November 2004 Posted 13 October 2004

Details of forthcoming events are about to be published in Springboard and on the calendar page. They include:

  • A charity quiz night in add of Kingston's LEAH (Learn English at Home) on October 15th
  • The jumble sale (23 October)
  • A Windies benefit gig on November 27th by our very own "Plan B" to raise funds for the islands damaged by Hurricane Ivan.

Hogsmill Talk Posted 13 October 2004

The Hogsmill River is a chalk stream, formed in the North Downs, which rises from springs in Ewell village. It then flows northwards for 7 miles through Ewell, Worcester Park and Surbiton and Kingston to join the Thames at Charter Quay. Barbara Webb gave a very informative talk to Spring Grove residents on September 22nd covering all aspects of the river - including a discussion on the probable setting of Millais' painting of Ophelia (click here to see the painting). She also spoke on the theme of the improvements to the river - in the past (when improvements meant increasing the flow to the mills by taking out the meanders in the river), currently (now that improvements refer to improving access to the river for leisure and flood control) and in the future (as outlined in the Hogsmill Strategy Paper). Barbara has written to thank all the residents for their generous donations which have been sent to the Lower Mole Countryside Trust.

Summer barbeque success Posted 24 September 2004

Click here for pictures of the barbeque held on a glorious summer sunday

Forthcoming Events for September/October Posted 27 August 2004

Details of a number of exciting events are listed in Springboard and on the calendar page. They include:

  • A late summer barbecue (Sept 5th) for all residents in the grounds of Hugh Herland House. Tickets are £1 per person which covers your lunch and soft drinks. You may bring your own alcoholic drinks if you wish.
  • An inauguration service (also Sept 5th)to welcome the Reverend Annabel Shilson-Thomas as the new Priest in Charge at St. Johns'.
  • A talk on the Hogsmill River (Sept 22nd) by Barbara Webb who is an expert on all aspects of our local river.
  • Another wonderful production by Spring Grove Fringe - this time it will be Oklahoma on October 8th and 9th.
  • A charity quiz night in add of Kingston's LEAH (Learn English at Home) on October 15th
  • A jumble sale (23 October)

Knights Park - Possible redevelopment Posted 4 August 2004

Surrey County Council will be moving out of County Hall in Kingston and the council has now approved the change of use so that the university can move their main centre to the County Hall building. The university is therefore reviewing its current portfolio of properties as it will not need to retain all the space it currently owns and it will need to raise revenue. It is possible that it may sell Knights Park. It nows seems highly unlikely that it will be used for student accommodation.

If this were the case then the future use of the site is open and this is an opportunity to make the most of it. Residents and other stakeholders could then communicate their views to the Council and the university on what they would like to see - and what they would not wish to see.

If you have any ideas please use the forum on the website to air them or pass them to the committee. To quote local Councillor, Roger Hayes, we need to use imagination and foresight to make the most of the opportunity that could be presented by the university move.

Meeting with Kingston University Posted 4 August 2004

It was clear from the replies to the recent survey in Springboard that residents are still troubled by disturbances from students. The SGRA committee therefore invited the university to attend a joint meeting with Mill Street Residents' Association to update us on steps being taken to curb such behaviour and to advise on what residents should do if they are troubled by students. Click here for details.

Application for Student Village refused Posted 4 August 2004

The Development Control Committee of Kingston Council turned down the application to build the Student Village in Lower Marsh Lane. The reason quoted in the minutes of the meeting was "because its siting, scale, layout and height was deemed unsatisfactory in terms of the relationship between built development and open space and would adversely affect the open character of this area of Metropolitan Open Land and have an adverse visual impact contrary to Council Policy". Full details can be found on the Council Website

Student Village update Posted 1 July 2004

Thank you to all who sent in comments about the planning application for the student village in Lower Marsh Lane. We received 33 replies of which 32 were against the application and 1 in favour. We combined these with the comments made at the AGM and have sent a letter to the Council on behalf of the SGRA. Click here for a full copy of the letter and comments received (note that names were not included in the letter). For full details about the planning application click here.

Tenors in the Park - 11 July Posted 1 July 2004

Holly Lodge Centre willl be celebrating its tenth birthday with an open air concert in the idyllic gardens of the Royal Ballet School, White Lodge, Richmond Park on Sunday 11 July at 7pm (gates open at 5.30pm). There will be performances from Tenors Unlimited, the Sigma String Quartet, St Margaret's Elastic Band and other surprise guests. Bring your own picnic. Tickets costs £17.50. More details are available from the Holly Lodge Centre 020-8948-3209 (ext 259).

"We love the Hogsmill" Street Party on the Blue Bridge Posted 9 June 2004

This will be an afternoon and evening of events to celebrate life along the Hogsmill River. From 2pm Kingston Tour Guides can take you along the Hogmsill as far as the river Thames, and at 3pm local historian Isobel Robinson will talk about the history of the Blue Bridge, and recount the events and scandals of Middle Mill in the 19th century. Between 2pm and 4pm Gwenda Mark will demonstrate making sculptures from willow - everyone can have a go! At 4pm there will be a raft race. Construct your own raft and race it down the Hogsmill. There will be various other events and stalls for both adults and children. From 6pm onwards there will be a BBQ, and you can relax or dance to music performed by a number of local bands, including our own celebrated bands Plan B and Shamrok.

Spring Grove marathon success Posted 24 May

Paul, the landlord of the Spring Grove Tavern completed his first London Marathon in 4 hours 55 minutes to raise £3100, split £2000 for Kingston Cancer Care and £1100 for the National Childbirth Trust

Knights Park campus - sale or student accommodation? Posted 20 May 2004

Kingston University are considering the future of the Knights Park campus by the Hogsmill Riveras part of the New University Project. They seek residents' views on whether the site should be sold to a private developer or used for student accommodation.

Proposed student village at Lower Marsh Lane Posted 20 May 2004

Spiritbond Housing and Kingston University have applied for permission to build a student village comprising some 22 buildings with accommodation and facilities for 716 students and 144 key workers. Click here for more details about the application, for the views already expressed in the Spring Grove area and for a list of key dates for writing to the Council etc. Please do let us know your views on the application either by using the forum on this website or by emailing us or by using the form on the next Springboard, which will be issued in early June.

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting Posted 20 May 2004

Topics discussed at the AGM on 29 April included the proposed development at Lower Lane, the University, the new police Safer Neighbourhoods programme and the Hogsmill Street Party. For a summary of the minutes please click here.

Songs from the Shows - 3 July Posted 18 May 2004

Kingston Orpheus Choir will be presenting SONGS FROM THE SHOWS including West End Showstoppers from Cats, Carousel, Oklahoma, Les Miserables, South Pacific etc on Saturday 3 July in the Church Hall, Grove Lane at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 for concert and buffet supper (please buy in advance) or £5 for the concert only (at the door). Contact Barbara Duffy on 02083361311 or

Film and Music Quiz raises £1350 May 2004

This year's Film and Music quiz raised £1350 for St John's Church and St John's school. It may also prove the launchpad for the acting careers of a number of local residents, whose performances on the big (sheet) screen for the Film in the Community Round were breathtaking. A mini-DVD of their performance can be obtained for £5.

Plans to replace Hogsmill Bridge by the Picker gallery? May 2004

The council may be considering the replacement of this historic bridge in the near future. Mill Street residents, who prepared and painted the bridge for the Jubilee are corresponding with the Council seeking their reasons for replacement. Watch this space.

Mill Steet Sale - 5th June May 2004

Mill Street's glorious recycling of junk from one house to the next takes place on Saturday 5th June. The sales are held mostly from table tops in the front gardens but space is available in the Amenities Area if any Spring Grove Residents would like to join in as buyers or sellers. Please email if you are interested and your details will be forwarded.

St John's School Barn Dance - Friday 14th May May 2004

The school will be holding a barn dance on Friday 14th May in the church hall. All proceeds will go towards the new classroom building fund. More details to follow.

Hogsmill Walk - Kingston to Ewell Village - Sunday 16th May May 2004

Kingston's Ecology and Environmental Education Officer, Marie Claire Edwards will guide a walk from Charter Quay (meet at 10am) to the Hogsmill Pub in Worcester Park Road. Stewart Cocker form Epsom and Ewell will then continue to the guided walk to the source in Ewell. There will be a stop for a rest, drink and lunch at about 12.30 to 1pm. You can leave of join the walk at this point if you wish. In total the walk is around 7 miles.i

Kingston University Events Calendar for Spring/Summer 2004 April 2004

More cultural events on your doorstep are available through Kingston University spring and summer programme ( Look out for concerts, exhbitions, lectures, courses and dragon boats!

Kingston Readers' Festival - througout May April 2004

The third annual Kingston Readers' Festival takes place this May with over 40 authors and speakers participating in talks, seminars and workshops throughout the month. Most of the venues are less than 10 minutes walk from the Spring Grove area! For further details visit or

Kingston Town Neighbourhood Committee consultation on solutions to anti-social behaviour April 2004

Kingston Town Neighbourhood Committee will be consulting residents about possible solutions to the anti-social behaviour that has been affecting the Fairfield area

AGM - Thursday 29 April at 8pm, Parish Hall April 2004

The annual general meeting of the Spring Grove Residents Association will be held in the Parish Hall. All local residents, longstanding or recently arrived in the area are welcome to attend. As usual we will have a main guest speaker who, with our ward councillors will answer your questions on matters concerning ourthe area.

Valentine's Barn Dance and Jumble Sale raise £450 February 2004

The barn dance on 13 February made a net profit of £202 while the jumble sale the following week raised £250 for church and SGRA funds.

Iran Earthquake Benefit Concert raises £2300 January 2004

The Iran earthquake benefit concert on 17 January organised by local band Plan B was a great success raising £2300 to benefit victims of the earthquake. The evening featured three bands (Shamrock, Third Wheel and Plan B), singer Martha Tilston and comedian Michael Ross

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