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News Archive : Jan-Jun 2005

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A Little Light Music Posted 30 June 2005

Kingston Orpheus Choir presents their Summer Concert on Saturday 2 July at 7.30pm in St Johns Parish Hall. Featuring music from Gilbert & Sullivan, tickets are £5 concert only (on the door) and £10 Supper and Concert (in advance only).

Volunteers wanted for Phase 3 of research into colour and well-being Posted 19 June 2005

The Colour Design Research Centre at the University are again looking for people of all ages (18-99!) to take part in a Kingston University research study on the use of colour in the home. You may have already taken part in other experiments run by us, but we are now inviting you to take part in phase 3 of our colour and well-being experiment. This is being carried out at Middle Mill halls of residence, situated one minute’s walk from Knights Park campus. The test takes approximately 1 hour, and volunteers receive £5 for taking part. We would like to stress that only non-smokers are eligible to take part in the testing. If you would like to share your opinions about which colours to use in the home then please contact Laura Stott: (020 8547 7430/ 8635) at the Colour Design Research Centre, Knights Park. /td> colour samples

Free Dance Workshop - Sunday 17 July 2-6pm Posted 8 June 2005

Dance Team. will be presenting a Free Dance Workshop (an "exploratory event") on Sunday 17 July from 2.00pm – 6.00pm. in the Parish Hall, Grove Lane (opposite No 5). Come and join the musicians and dancers of the newly formed Dance Team to help create a dance experience based on folk/popular dance. We will give you expert tuition in both dance and music so that you will be able show your own creativity. Working as part of a team, you will help to choreograph a new dance and set it to music. The finale will be a ceilidh using all the new dances. The workshop is open to all with no special experience or expertise needed. Children who wish to participate should be capable of working independently and able to contribute to the dance and team activities, (probably not under about the age of 10). We can accommodate a range of disabilities in the workshop and those with particular needs are invited to discuss their requirements with us. The workshop is free and light refreshments will be provided. Prior booking is essential; please book your place by emailing or telephone Liz on 07836-776018

Blue Bridge Party - Sunday 19 June Posted 28 May 2005

The Hogmsill Blue Bridge party on Sunday 19th June from 2pm to 10.30pm will feature a plethora of activities, with walks, talks, stories, mini-raft races, face painting, wildlife groups, dancing, local history, pavement art,tarot-reading and Indian head-assage. There will be bands and a bar after 6pm. Please click on the poster for more details (the poster is also a colouring competition so do print if off and bring it along on the day). Help would be greatly appreciated - please contact Rugh Dalton of the Hogsmill Action Group on 020-8546-8532 or Blue Bridge poster

Police reporting Posted 28 May 2005

The SGRA committee are currently arranging a date in the near future to meet with the new Community police team for Grove ward. Please do report any incidents to the police either using the internet on or by phone to the control room at Kingston police station 020-8541-1212 as it will help them to understand the issues and build a complete picture.

Jumble sale raises £201 Posted 28 May 2005

Takings totalled £241 at the jumble sale on 21 May. The profits (£201), after costs of £40, were split equally between the Church and the Spring Grove Residents' Association.

Jumble sale - 21 May at 11am, Parish Hall Posted 17 May 2005

Jumble sale to raise funds for the SGRA and St John's Church. More jumble will be welcome. If you have any please ring Karol Smal. Gordon Bell or Rev. Annabel Shilson-Thomas.

AGM Minutes Posted 8 May 2005

Topics covered at the recent AGM included University Issues, Community Policing, the Jubilee Bridge, the Hogsmill Blue Bridge Party, the website, Council Issues and points from Ed Davey. Click here for the minutes.

Grove Ward Community Police Team launch - 10 May at 7.30pm Posted 6 May

Inspector Weir the Operations/Town Centre Manager at Kingston Police Station has invited all residents to a meeting to launch the new Community Police Team for Grove Ward. It will be at Kingston College, Kingston Hall Road at 7.30 on Tuesday 10 May. Please go in through the main entrance to the College and you will be directed to the venue. There will be maps available and people will be invited to raise issues of concern and to point out "hot spots".

New University Project : Presentation at the AGM and Meeting on 18 May Posted 30 April 2005

Deirdre Ferrier, the communications officer for the New Univeristy Project Team presented the Univeristy's plans at the Residents' association AGM. She stressed that the university is committed to being a good neighbour and are anxious to maintain a dialogue with the community at all stages of the project. Click here for a copy of her presentation. Alternatively visit the project's own website or read more in the item below posted on March 10th. The university will be holding the first of a set of regular open meetings on Wednesday 18 May at 6.30 in the Picton Room on the Penryhn Road Campus. All are welcome.

AGM tonight - 8pm Parish Hall Posted 28 April

Please do come. Click here for the agenda.

Blue Bridge Party on June 19th Posted 28 April 2005

The next "We love the Hogsmill" party will be on the Blue Bridge on Sunday June 19th. Reps are needed to join the organising committee, Suggestions and volunteers are very welcome indeed. Please contact Annita on

Film and Music Quiz raises £1900 Posted 28 April 2005

In a splendid multi-media extravaganza hosted by the gorgeous Wilhelmina Price in a stunning red dress the fourth film and music quiz raised over £1900 for the church, school and parish hall. Highlight of the evening was undoubtedly the Film in the Community Round in which local luminaries were filmed acting scenes from well-known films with no expense spared on the props. The Leonardo DiCaprio drowning scene from Titanic, for example, was movingly performed with the freezing Atlantic brilliantly simulated by a large quantity of undulating bubble wrap.

Kingston Reader's Festival Posted 28 April 2005

The fourth Kingston Readers' Festival takes place from April 26th to May 26th. There are 49 talks, seminars and discussion groups led by authors including Antonio Carluccio, Alexander McCall Smith, Tony Benn, Maggie O'Farrell, David Starkey and Jacqueline Wilson. Most venues are within walking distance of the Spring Grove area. It's fantastic. Do support it! For more details click here.

Spring Grove Resident's Association AGM - Thursday 28 April 8pm Posted 9 April 2005

A date for your diary - the AGM will be on 28 April at 8pm in the Parish Hall. All residents are welcome. Guests will include Ed Davey MP, Councillors Rachel O'Connor, Chrissie Hitchcock and Bart Ricketts, Inspector Rob Weir from Kingston Police Station and Deirdre Ferrier from the New University Project Team at Kingston University. Full details will follow later on this site and in Springboard - but if you have any issues you would like to raise please do contact us.

Hogsmill Jubilee Footbridge Posted 9 April 2005

The SGRA have received a letter form Capita Symonds, an infrastructure constulatancy, who have been appointed by Kingston Council to look at various options for repair and replacement of the Hogsmill Jubilee Footbridge (by the Stanley Picker Gallery). They recommend that the existing structure is too corroded for repair and have considered a number of different forms of construction for the replacement including steel, concrete and timber, taking into account ease of construction, limited access for equipment, other site constraints and the desire of local residents for the appearance to be similar to the existing bridge. Their recommendation therefore is for a steel construction replacement bridge and they have sent drawings for our information. The proposals will be subject to formal planning consent but RBK have asked for any informal views prior to the planning process. We will be bringing the drawings to the AGM on Thursday 28 April - but if you would like to express any views beforehand please do contact us.

Holly Lodge evening in Richmond Park - June 7th Posted 9 April 2005

The Holly Lodge Centre in Richmond Park is organising an evening of music, poetry and dance on the theme of the flora of Richmond Park in the Belvedere Room, Pembroke Lodge. Tickets including a buffet supper and wine cost £27.50 and all money raised from the evening will support the Centre (whose by-line is special needs in a special place). For more details contact the Centre 8948-3209 extension 259.

Meeting with New University Project Team Posted 15 March 2005

The New University Project (NUP) is Kingston University’s long term estates strategy. At its heart is the intended purchase of County Hall from Surrey County Council. The NUP team invited the SGRA committee to a meeting hosted by Dr Kenneth Hopkins (Pro Vice-Chancellor, Strategic Development) and Anne Williams (Project Administrator) to update us on the objectives, current status and future plans of the project.

Full details about the project (including frequently asked questions and a 46 page estates strategy document) are available on the excellent website

Key points were:

  • The objectives of the NUP are to develop a civic university to be proud of, which will offer an improved experience for students and staff and better access for the community.
  • The university is a major contributor to the local economy with 1800 employees, 17.000 students, a direct turnover of £100m+ and an indirect turnover (including expenditure by the students) of £250m+.
  • The NUP aims to consolidate the university into 3 main sites; the town centre, Kingston Hill and Roehampton Vale. Plans for the town centre comprise the purchase of County Hall, improvements to the current Penrhyn Road site and a link between the two sides of the Penrhyn Road to create a single campus. Knights Park will be sold to help finance the purchase of County Hall. Neither County Hall nor Knights Park will be used for student accommodation.
  • The university have appointed Arup and McAslan as the project management and design teams. The design will aim to reduce car usage, open up space and to ensure that the university is a real part of the community.
  • The NUP team are anxious to maintain an ongoing dialogue with the community at all stages. This will be done through public meetings (beginning this year), exhibitions, newsletter (the first issue is on the website) and through the website itself.
  • Note that Kingston University already offers a number of its facilities and events to the local community. Click here to access the relevant page on the NUP site for links to information on community use of the university’s sports facilities, libraries, for details of public events etc.

    Film and Music Quiz Night - Saturday 16 April, 8pm Posted 10 March 2005

    The third annual film and music quiz night - an amazing multi-media experience - will take place on Saturday April 16th at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12 including supper and must be purchased in advance (from March 20th) from Bill Price (32 Grove Lane, Tel: 8287 4548). The doors will open at 7.30pm and the quiz will start promptly at 8pm. Come as a team of six or join others on the night. There will be a licensed bar. Proceeds to St John's school and the Church.

    Volunteers wanted for research into colour and well-being Posted 10 March 2005

    The Colour Design Research Centre at the University are looking for people of all ages (18-99!) to take part in a Kingston University research study on the use of colour in the home. Colour tests are being conducted at Knights Park campus, as part of an on-going study on Colour and Well-being. The test takes no more than 1 hour, and participants are offered light refreshments during the test, and £5 for participating. If you would like to share your opinions about which colours to use in the home then please contact Laura Stott (020 8547 7430/ 8635) at the Colour Design Research Centre, Knights Park. colour samples

    Kingston Orpheus Choir Easter Concert : St Andrew's Church, Sat 12 March 7.30pm Posted 10 March 2005

    Kingston Orpheus Choir are performing a new edition of Bach's St Matthew's Passion with Walton and Oatlands Choral Society and Addlestone Singers on Saturday 12 March at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 at the door.

    Barn dance raised £230 Posted 10 March 2005

    The standard of the food, dancing and music was particularly splendid at this year's Valentine's barn dance in the Parish Hall, which raised £230 for SGRA funds. Thanks to the inimitable and enthusiastic calling of John and Liz Scholey the dancers mastered jigs, reels, rants, hornpipes, and of course, strip the willow! A big thank you also to Alan Leeds and team for the food, to the local band (name for the night Karol's swingers!) for the music and of course to Karol himself and all on the committee for the organisation.

    February 2005 Springboard Posted 10 March 2005

    The Springboard newsletter is delivered six times a year to local residents. For the latest version please click here. Note that addresses and telephone numbers have been excluded.

    Valentine's Barn Dance tickets now on sale Posted 24 January 2005

    The Spring Grove Residents' Association Valentines Barn Dance will be on Friday 11th February at 8pm in the Parish Hall. Tickets (in advance only) include supper and are available at £6 for adults and £3 for children from Gordon Bell (15 Grove Lane), Patrick Rayner (11 Springfield Rd), Karol Smal (9 Grove Lane) or McCluskeys Off Licence in Blookfield Rd.

    Tsunami benefit concert raises over £1900 Posted 24 January 2005

    Over 120 people attended a concert in the Parish Hall to raise money for the Tsunami appeal. Entry was by donation and the performers included two local bands, Plan B and Shamrok, singers Kate Walsh and Martha Tilston, and duo Cozma Vaughan. So far donations have totalled £1909. For a full write up by Phil Chapman please click here.

    Next SGRA Committee meeting - Thursday 20 January Posted 16 January 2005

    Please contact us if there are any issues you would like to be raised at the next meeting.

    Student Village - appeal withdrawn Posted 16 January 2005

    Spiritbond housing and Kingston University have now withdrawn both their appeals to the Planning Inspectorate against the decision of Kingston Council to refuse planning permission for the student village in Lower Marsh Lane.

    The Council now intends to prepare an action plan for the area to achieve a comprehensive and co-ordinated approach to its future planning. It will also progress the Hogsmill Valley Walk Strategy (see and click on Environment, then Leaflets&Forms then Planning - Hogsmill Valley Strategy).

    The Council will be liaising with Thames Water, landowners, the University, local residents and stakeholders.

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