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  • Mask up for Hogsmill water voles

    Mask up for Hogsmill water voles0

    Stand out from the crowd, and support a good cause at the same time, by sporting this eye-catching water vole mask (see pic above). The Get InVOLEd mask costs £7.50 with free postage thrown in. Made to order by volunteers from recycled polyester and cotton bed sheets (50-50), it has an endearing water vole logo

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  • Grey heron goes fishing

    Grey heron goes fishing0

      This statuesque figure (see picture below) visited the good folk of Ditton Reach the other day. The grey heron, which was strutting its stuff along the riverbank in Long Ditton, was snapped by Good Life deliverer Irene Reece. “The heron lives in Home Park but we have no idea if they have nested as

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  • New battle over phone mast in Victoria Recreation Ground

    New battle over phone mast in Victoria Recreation Ground0

    EE is appealing against Kingston Council’s decision to refuse its bid to build an 82ft (25m) mobile telephone mast in Victoria Rec. The plan to build the mast (the size of two double decker buses standing on end), a large compound around it, and associated paraphernalia in the Surbiton park off Balaclava Road, was thrown

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  • Fire rages at garden centre

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    Fire swept through a Long Ditton garden centre overnight, destroying several buildings and leaving the main office as a charred ruin. Flames were spotted rising behind a line of tall conifers at one edge of Hill Park Roses & Plant Centre just before midnight by the intersection of the A3 slip road and Woodstock Lane

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  • Brain hits the jackpot!

    Brain hits the jackpot!0

    Congratulations to the group which organises wacky events such as Surbiton Ski Sunday, and regeneration initiatives including Tolworth’s food and arts and crafts market. It has hit the jackpot in the latest batch of Arts Council grants. The Community Brain has been given £28,843 to help it weather the coronavirus crisis. Although the pandemic has

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  • Wildlife mural transforms Tolworth roundabout

    Wildlife mural transforms Tolworth roundabout0

    It’s worth taking a walk around Tolworth roundabout these days. A second stunning wildlife mural has transformed the entrance to one of its underpasses. It features a common kingfisher, dragonfly, badger and a water vole. All of the animals can be found locally and inspiration was taken from Surbiton-based Citizen Zoo’s recent film about the

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