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News Archive 2006

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Grove Crescent Conservation Area Posted 10th December 2006

The Grove Crescent Conservation Area, which includes Springfield Road, Bloomfield Road, Bellevue Road and parts of Grove Lane, Portland Road and Alfred Road, is subject to an ongoing Character Appraisal. The appraisal, using agreed methodology from English Heritage, offers an opportunity to re-assess, evaluate and record the areas Special interest. This will provide a sound basis for future planning decisions and for developing initiatives to improve the area.

The SGRA committee has a role in the early consultation, before a second stage consultation involving all residents and businesses in the area takes place early next year. If any residents wish to look at the draft appraisal or to comment on the early consultation, please contact Alan Leeds on 8287 5135.

Barn dance - Parish hall, Friday 16th February at 8pm Posted 10th December 2006

Please make a note in next year’s diary for SGRA’s annual Valentine Barn Dance. All the members of our community, including children, can come and enjoy themselves dancing to great live music from our local musicians. Please note that many schools have their half term holidays over this weekend, so if you regularly come to the Barn Dance please plan accordingly. More details and ticket information will be available nearer the time.

Christmas Services at St John's Church Posted 10th December 2006

On Christmas Eve there will be a Children’s crib service at 4pm, a chance for your children to take part in the Christmas story. Shepherds, angels and kings are required – but no costumes are needed. Midnight Mass will be at 11.30pm and the Parish Communion Service will take place at 10am on Christmas Day

Christingle carols in St John's Church - Sunday 17th December at 4pm Posted 10th December 2006

A Carol Service of light and symbolism. Come with your children and join in the singing. Refreshments will be available afterwards.

Latest Springboard Posted 10th December 2006

Click here for the December 2006 issue of the Springboard newsletter which is delivered to every household in the area.

Plan B’s ‘Early Christmas Party’ raised £1,200 Posted 10th December 2006

This event in November, with new lead singer, Daisy Jones, raised £1,200 in aid of Dogs for the Disabled and Amnesty International.

Learn English AT Home (LEAH) Quiz night raises almost £1000 Posted 10th December 2006

The quiz evening n October raised nearly £1000. LEAH wishes to thank Joan McConn for her work in organising the event; Deane, for writing and presenting the quiz and Nando's chicken for providing the food; the SGRA and McCluskeys Off License for providing bar facilities; and all who donated prizes. Thanks also to the other people who helped before and during the evening to ensure its success.

Christmas Unsigned - A concert at St John's Church, Saturday 9th December Posted 25th November 2006

St John's church are holding a concert by candlelight of the very best contemporary acoustic - electric music featuring Revere, Kate Walsh and local duo Phil Chapman and Janie Churchyard in their new incarnation as Madden. Tickets are £10 and all proceeds will go to the church. Contact Tony Hardy on 07802-381130 or by email For more details click on the poster or on the link   Christmas Unsigned poster

Message from Pam Vaughan, Director of an "Error of Comedies" Posted 19th November 2006

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Sorry for the delay in posting this report but I had hoped to have some photos to go with it but since they haven't arrived, I thought I'd better get on with it. This is just to let you know that we have sent a donation of £1,035 to the Shooting Star Children's Hospice, as a result of your support of 'An Error of Comedies'. This is a fantastic result, so I thank you all on behalf of the Spring Grove Fringe. Keep an eye on this web site for details of our next production in the New Year which promises to be very exciting!!

Thank again. Pam Vaughan

Plan B's Early Christmas Party - Saturday 18th November Posted 7th November 2006

Local band Plan B are holding an early Christmas party on Saturday 18th November in the Parish Hall from 8pm. Proceeds will be donated to Amnesty International and Dogs for the Disabled. Tickets are £7 each and are available from John Higham (8546-0120), Tony Hardy (8549-7572), any band member or email For more details click on the poster.   Plan B poster

Police Issues and the Safer Neighbourhood Team Posted 7 November 2006

The Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) )for Grove Ward has been operating since April and now comprises five officers; Sgt Matthew Smith, PC Matthew Cefai, PC Sharon Bailey, PCSO Greg Ward and PCSO Dan Harris who are based at Kingston Police Station. The objective of the SNT is local policing; to work in conjunction with the community to identify and tackle issues of concern in the neighbourhood. The team want to hear about any areas of concern - be it for example anti-social behaviour, graffiti, noisy neighbourhoods, yobs, vandalism -so please contact them if you have any concerns either by:

More details are available on the Safer Neighbourhoods Team website Note that the SNT do not deal with emergency 999 calls - these are dealt with be the emergency response team.

A neighbourhood panel has been set up comprising the SNT and representatives of the local community to help identify those issues of concern in the neighbourhood. The SGRA has been offered a seat on the panel and so if you would like the committee to be aware of any issues of concern to raise at the next neighbourhood panel meetings please email on

New refuse and recycling days

You have probably all received a leaflet from the RBK about the changes to refuse and recycling days which take effect from this week. If you missed it you can check the days for your address by going to the home page of Kingston Council's website and typing in your postcode in the box labelled Local Services which is about halfway down on the left hand side (or telephone 020-8547-5560).

Hogsmill Clean Up Day - Sunday 12 November Posted 7 November 2006

The next clean-up will be on 12 November along Lower Marsh Lane, Berrylands. Meet at 10:30am at the milk depot at the junction of Villiers Road and Lower Marsh Lane.

Application form for Spring Grove Fringe Production - An Error of Comedies - Friday 20th and Saturday 21st October Posted 20 September 2006

The Spring Grove Fringe are presenting three comedies in aid of the Shooting Stars Children's Hospice on 20th and 21st October. There will be a fine supper during the interval, with a vegetarian option available on request. Tickets cost £15. Please click here for an application form for tickets and send the completed form to Box Office, 21a Grange Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2QU.

Summer Barbeque Pictures Posted 20 September 2006

Yet again the weather was perfect for the Residents' Association summer barbeque in Hugh Herland House. Click here for somewhat hazy pictures which come with apologies from our roving reporter who had the wrong setting on her camera!

Family Ice Skating at the University - Saturday morning 23 September Posted 8 September 2006

Residents are invited to family ice skating on the morning of Saturday September 23rd on the Penrhyn Road quad from 10am - 1pm. Only under 14s are allowed and please note that children should be accompanied. Free squash and tea and coffee will be available.

Lots of Dates for your diary Posted 8 September 2006

There are many activities to look forward to in the area in the next month including:

    – see posters nearer the time for further information
    All are welcome at this family service where children (and adults) will celebrate and give thanksgiving for the bounty of harvest time.
    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.
    St John’s Church Barn dance will be held in the Church, Springfield Road, with doors opening at 7.30pm. Tickets (Adults £5, child £1, Family £10) are available from Pat Lines (8546 8181) or Tony Hardy (8549 7572). There will be live music and soft drinks and snacks will be on sale. You can bring your own beer or wine (corkage £1) if you wish.
    Spring Grove Fringe presents three comedy plays – A bit of a laugh in aid of the Shooting Stars Children’s Hospice with a delicious supper during the interval. Tickets (including the meal) cost £15 and are available from Pam Vaughan on 8549 0313 or apply to Box Office, 21a Grange Road, Kingston KT1 2QU. There will be a Licensed bar.

    Students return from 16 September Posted 8 September 2006

    The committee have received an email from Mark Horne, the manager of Kingston University Students Union to forewarn us that the students will start moving back on the 16th September. KUSU will endeavour to make sure that they minimise disruption as much as possible. They will be posting new SSHH (silent students, happy homes) literature at all bars, the professional permanent signs are still up at Knights Park and there will be other reminders for the students about noise.

    If there are any issues Mark Horne can be contacted either by email to or by phone on 020-8547-8027. He is willing to address any concerns and points out that it is better to nip any trouble in the bud.

    Residents are invited to family ice skating on the morning of Saturday September 23rd on the Penrhyn Road quad (under 14s only).

    New Rector for All Saints and St John's Posted 8 September 2006

    The SGRA would like to welcome Rev Jonathan Wilkes as Rector of All Saints and St Johns. He is looking after both churches until a new Team Vicar is appointed to St Johns. Jonathan and his wife Linda are living in the Rectory in Woodbines Avenue and if anyone wishes to contact him on matters connected with the church they can do so on 3132 8717.

    Villiers Playpark Posted 18 August 2006

    The SGRA committee have spoken with the Council about the somewhat tired state of Villiers Playpark and raised the following issues:

    • Shade is required over the equipment to make it more usable during the hot weather
    • An area for teenagers is needed as there is currently nothing
    • The football pitch (following use by the fairground)is in poor condition
    • One of the two swings is broken
    • The disabled swing is isolated and not very inclusive in its current position

    It was felt that more could be made of the park.

    The Council have agreed to fix the swing asap. In the autumn the football posts will be moved so that the pitch can be re-done. The other items are going to be looked at by the new contractor, Quadrant Services. The Council are planning to appoint a neighbourhood representative to liaise will locals about what we would like to see though the time frame for this is not yet known. We have been advised to contact Neighbourhood Services in two months' time for an update.

    If you have any suggestions or comments about the park please do pass them on to a committee member or email them to

    New ad for art courses Posted 18 August 2006

    See the small ads page for a new ad about art courses run by a Spring Grove resident.

    Permaculture Group meeting - Sunday 20th August Posted 18 August 2006

    The Knollmead Permaculture Group are meeting on Sunday August 20th 2006 at 12 noon for an afternoon of practical conservation tasks on the Kingston Permaculture Reserve, Knollmead, Surbiton. Tea and biscuits provided.

    Bring along secateurs (for those who want to continue the 'battle of the bramble'), gloves and any gardening equipment that you think you'll need. Please wear stout footwear and protective clothing. This site is uneven underfoot and the bramble thorns vicious! Secateurs, lobbers and leather gardening gloves are ideal. Please also bring containers to collect fruit to share.

    This site was designed about 10 years ago using the Permaculture philosophy of combining gardening and nature conservation.

    To get there turn into Barnsbury Lane from the Tolworth roundabout. Go Right at Hazel Bank, left at Alpine Avenue and follow signs for Knollmead Primary School. Leave your vehicle on the road and walk into allotment site. Turn right at T-junction and the site is at the end of the track. You can bring bikes on site.

    Provisional dates for the next Spring Grove Fringe Production Posted 18 August 2006

    The Fringe are targeting Friday 20th October and Saturday 21st October for their next production - An Error of Comedies. Watch this space for more details.

    Message from Kingston University Students Union bar Posted 14 June 2006

    The Manager of Kingston University Student's Union, Mark Horne, has emailed the SGRA to inform us that the university bars will close for the summer on Friday 17 June. If you saw more visitors than usual on Tuesday it was because of the degree show launch for the art students. Knights Park is a world cup free zone, so any football related stuff isn’t them!

    Jumble sale raises £207 Posted 14 June 2006

    Takings totalled £232 at the jumble sale on 20 May. The net profit after costs was £207 which will go towards Spring Grove Residents' Association funds.

    Report on Kingston University open meeting - 17 May 2006 Posted 19 May 2006

    The university held an open meeting on 17 May for local residents. It began with an update on the New University Project, the long term estates strategy:

    • There is now a tower crane on the Penryhn road site which will used to build the new quadrangle building in the place of the old workshop block which has now been demolished. The new building will provide additional teaching and office facilities and will a courtyard at the heart of the campus. Work should be finished by Autumn 2007. See the university website for details.
    • The University has been very disappointed by the decision of Surrey County Council not to proceed with the sale of County Hall. The university, with their consultants, are at the early stages of developing alternative plans but they now plan to be in Knights Park for some years to come and will be spending £2m over the next 4 years to improve facilities there.
    • The number of students on the local campuses is projected to increase by 2,000 to 18,000 by 2009/10.

    One resident asked why the Council was proceeding with a development brief for the Knights Park site if the university were not planning to move. A representative from the Council, who was at the meeting, replied that the Council wanted to be prepared for all eventualities.

    Issues raised in the open Q+A session included noise from student neighbours, noise at dispersal time from the bars, dangerous driving by students and student parking. In each case the university agreed to look into the details of the case. The university now holds monthly meetings with the police and have become more interventionist at dealing with issues. They have invested effort in getting all the agencies (police, council etc) to work together to the best effect.

    The next meeting will be on 15th November.

    Kingston University Students' Union - contact details Posted 3 May 2006

    At the recent AGM Mark Horne,the General Manager of the Kingston University Students’ Union, agreed that his phone number and email address could be put on the website so that residents could contact him if they were concerned about noise or behaviour from the student bars. He said that he would prefer to deal any issues immediately rather than residents waiting for months to report them at the AGM.

    Mark can be contacted either by email to or by phone on 020-8547-8027.

    AGM Minutes Posted 3 May 2006

    Topics covered at the AGM on 27 April included the launch of the new community police team, university issues and a report from Councillor Chrissie Hitchcock about the K+20 strategy and the Knights Park planning brief. Click here for the minutes.

    Latest Springboard Posted 24th April 2006

    Click here for the April 2006 issue of the Springboard newsletter which is delivered to every household in the area.

    Spring Grove Residents' Association AGM Posted 14th April 2006

    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. There will be a number of guests including local politicians, a representative from the university and a member of the Grove Ward community police team. To ensure that everyone gets an opportunity to be heard, anyone wishing to put a question to the speakers or to place an item on the agenda, should notify Chairman Alan Leeds (10 Grove Close – 8287 5135) in writing by Thursday 27 April. As a limited amount of time is available, questions tabled in advance will be given priority by the Chairman.

    New Committee members sought Posted 14th April 2006

    The following Committee Members have expressed their willingness to stand for re-election at the AGM: Gordon Bell, Phil Chapman, Andrew Jordan, Alan Leeds (Chairman), Patrick Rayner, Deborah Robinson, Karol Smal (Treasurer) and Jackie Steinitz (Secretary). Jill Collis, Rachel Rafter and Charlotte Stockley are stepping down from the committee. Many thanks to them for the work they have done on behalf of our community in the past. Any resident wishing to join the committee or help with community activities please contact Jackie Steinitz on 8541 4482. There are normally about six committee meetings (lasting about 1½ hours) during the year together with several social events, so it is not an onerous task.

    Grove Ward Police Meeting Posted 14th April 2006

    On 30th March the Grove Ward community police team held an open meeting for local residents. The aim was to enable residents to meet their local officers and to discuss any police related community problems that they are experiencing. This was the second meeting and the intention is to hold them approximately once every three months. Issues covered included:

    • The launch of the Safer Neighbourhoods Team on April 3rd. The team will be a dedicated team of police officers for the community and will enable local residents to work with police officers to identify and tackle issues of concern within the neighbourhood. The issues might include, for example, anti-social behaviour, graffiti, noise, yobs or vandalism. The Grove Ward team comprises four officers; Sgt Matthew Smith, PC Sharon Bailey, PC Matthew Cefai, PCSO Greg Ward and there is a new contact number 020-8721-5895.
    • The launch of a neighbourhood watch scheme
    • Report back on recent operations and activities in Grove Ward.
    One of the Community Police team will be attending the SGRA AGM on 27th April and will report on the issues above. Click here to read a copy of the latest SNT newsletter.

    The next meeting will be on Wednesday 31 May from 7-8.30pm at Kingston University in the Picton Room on the Penryhn Road campus.

    Kingston Reader's Festival Posted 14 April 2006

    The fifth Kingston Readers' Festival takes place from Wednesday April 26th to Friday May 26th. There are 57 talks, seminars and discussion groups led by authors including Antonio Carluccio, Sir Peter Hall, Prunella Scales, Clare Short, MAtthew Parris, Sarah Waters and John Sergeant. Most venues are within walking distance of the Spring Grove area. It's always brilliant - do support it! For more details click here.

    Spring Grove Fringe Production - Dine & Die - Parish Hall, Friday 5 May at 8pm and Saturday 6 May at 7.30pm Posted 14th April 2006

    Spring Grove Fringe will present “Dine & Die”, an intriguing murder mystery and a brainteasing quiz accompanied by a delicious supper (with a vegetarian option). There is a licensed bar. To get your tickets (£15 including supper) please call Pam Vaughan on 8549-0313 or apply to Box Office, 21a Grange Road, Kingston KT1 2QU. Profits from SGF productions are used to fund future productions and, when possible, to make donations to a charity or other worthy cause.

    Grand Jumble Sale - Saturday 20 May at 11am, Parish Hall Posted 14th April 2006

    Raising funds for various SGRA activities. There will be furniture, bric-a-brac, crockery, children’s toys, clothing, books, records etc. If you have any jumble please ring Karol Smal (8549 8424) or Gordon Bell (8548 8540). Please do not leave jumble in the hall porch without letting one of the above know beforehand

    Renovation work continuing in the Parish Hall Posted 14th April 2006

    Renovation work has continued at the Prish Hall over the past year. Damaged and spalled brickwork has been repaired and the hall floor has been resurfaced and varnished over the Easter holidays. It is a great local facility for toddlers at Kingston Kindergarten (contact Angela Brooks on 8286 9326), badminton (see details below) the Spring Grove Fringe theatre group (if you would like to join the group please contact Gavin Chaplin on 8549 7779) and various other social events. You can hire the hall for children’s parties etc. by contacting Joan McConn on 8549 8424.

    Addison Gardens Allotments Posted 14th April 2006

    Allotment gardening is a great way of producing your own fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers, having light and regular exercise in the open air and making new friends. Addison Gardens allotments are off Lower Marsh Lane, a few minutes walk away. For more details contact Gary Privett on 8547 5507. Bell (8548 8540).

    SGRA Committee Meeting - Thursday 30th March Posted 14th March 2006

    There will be a committee meeting after the Police Meeting (see below) on 30th March so if there are any issues that you would like to discussed by the committtee please email us.

    Grove Ward Police meeting - Thursday 30th March Posted 14th March 2006

    A meeting is being held on Thursday 30th March 2006 at Kingston College, Kingston Hall Road, Kingston from 6.30pm – 8.30pm. The meeting is for the residents of the Grove Ward community and will provide you with the opportunity to meet your local officers and discuss any police related community problems that you are experiencing.   Barn dance photo

    Barn Dance raises £200 for SGRA funds Posted 12th March 2006

    About 75 people from the community danced with impressive vigour and nimbleness at the Valentine's barn dance, arguably the best one yet! John and Liz Scholey were the inspirational callers, teaching a wide range of old and new dances, Alan Leeds and team provided a fantastic meal, and the music was provided by local musicians, Jackie, Dominic and the Plan B dance band. Thanks to all especially to the brains behind it all, Karol Smal! Click here for photos.  Barn dance photo

    Kingston Orpheus Choir Concert - Saturday 1st April Posted 9th March 2006

    Kingston Orpheus Choir will present Faure\'s Requiem, the Cantique de Jean Racine, and Pergolesi\'s Stabat Mater, with guest soloist and strings on Saturday 1st April at 7.30pm in St. Marks Church, St Marks Hill, Surbiton. Tickets £7.50 at the door or contact 0208 336 1311.

    Last few days to buy tickets for Barn Dance - Friday 10 February Posted 8th Feb 2006

    Following previous years' successes, the SGRA are holding a Valentine's Barn Dance. Jackie and Dominic and the Plan B dance band will provide the music, and Liz and John will be calling. This is an occasion where all the members of our community, families, the young and not so young can come together and enjoy themselves. A great evening out!! Tickets are £6 for adults, £3 for children and include a delicious hot supper. Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks will be available at the licensed bar. Please ensure you purchase tickets beforehand from: Gordon Bell -15 Grove Lane (8548 8540), Patrick Rayner - 11 Springfield Rd (8241 5680), Karol Smal -9 Grove Lane (8549 8424) or McCluskey's Off-Licence.

    Wizard of Oz : a tour de force Posted 8th Feb 2006

    More than 50 people from the local community were involved in the Spring Grove Fringe production of the Wizard of Oz in the Parish Hall. The script was ingeniously rewritten by Nigel Duffin to incorporate a whole host of new characters that would not have been familiar to Judy Garland; the Tree Hugging Women Against Terrorism, the Flying Monkey Security Squad and a whole forest of talking trees including the only May in the village. The action, (and the tornado)was moved from Kansas to Kingston. It was another tour de force by directors Nigel Duffin and Amanda Shaw. Click here for a full review, and click here for photos.   Wizard of Oz photo

    Dates for your diary - March 5th, May 5th and 6th Posted 8th Feb 2006

    On Sunday March 5th at 12.30pm Joanne Zorian with Paul Reeves on the piano will be performing Ladies who Lunch - "A funny, poignant and very memorable show". Tickets are £20 from Amanda Shaw, 020-8549 4811 or email

    ON Friday 5th May and Saturday 6th May the Spring Grove Fringe will be presenting An Evening of Murder, Mystery and ...Supper. Tickets will be available from Pat Lines (020 8546 8181)and Amanda Shaw, 020-8549 4811 or email

    Grove Lane resurfacing - 16-20 February Posted 7th Feb 2006

    Grove Lane will be resurfaced on Thurs 16th, Fri 17th and Mon 20th February with work taking place between 8am to 5pm. A road closure order will be in force when the contractors are working though access will be maintained a sfar as possible. Residents have been asked not to park on the street while work is in progress.

    Planning Proposal for phone masts and dishes on roof of Kingston College Posted 6th Feb 2006
    Amended 9th March 2006

    Hutchison 3G UK limited applied on 18 January for planning permission to erect new radio communications equipment (3 new antennae each 1.7m high and 3 new dishes) on the roof of Kingston College to provide coverage across South Kingston for 3G mobile phones. Copies of the application (no. 06/12030/FUL)can be viewed at the library or a the Environmental Services reception desk in Guildhall 2 until mid-February.

    We have been told that Hutchison (and the other 3G operators) use a ‘Traffic Light Rating Model’ to determine the level of consultation required for each of its new 3G transmitter bases. The higher the score it gives to each of a range of potential ‘negatives’ - like the proximity of schools or residential properties, or the prevailing attitude of the local council towards phone masts – the harder Hutchison acknowledges it will have to work in order to get its scheme approved. For this particular application, it is said that Hutchison gives the Kingston College site an Amber light - suggesting it won’t be the most difficult to obtain approval, but not the easiest either. "Previous residents activity\” (this means the degree of residents’ opposition to previous planning applications) was given 6 out of 10, while the proximity of residential property scores an understandably negative 10 out of 10, with the existence of local school and nursery playgrounds was given 7 out of 10.

    If you wish to comment to the Council or lobby your Councillors you need to act quickly. The decision target date shown on the RBK website is 15 March - but comments may need to be received ahead of this date.

    [Note added 9 March] - Earlier versions of this article linked the Hutchison name to Orange. Apologies to Orange - this is no longer the case.]

    Wizard of Oz - February 3rd and 4th Posted 2nd January 2006

    Spring Grove Fringe will be presenting the Wizard of Oz on Friday February 3rd at 8pm and on Saturday February 4th at 2.30pm and 7.30pm in the Parish Hall. Details of how to buy tickets will be posted on the website soon - or watch out for posters.

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