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  • Volunteers rally at Victoria rec for community clear-up day

    Volunteers rally at Victoria rec for community clear-up day0

    This was the bountiful haul when volunteers cleared the dense undergrowth around the tennis courts in Victoria recreation ground; 50 lost balls (some slightly chewed). The community rallied to spruce up Victoria rec, trim unruly foliage, pick up litter and dramatically improve the Victoria Avenue entrance’s flowerbeds. Twenty five volunteers from the Friends group used

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  • Free cycle training for adults and families at home or in local park

    Free cycle training for adults and families at home or in local park0

    A bit rusty on the old bike? Kingston Council is offering free cycle lessons to rebuild confidence on the road – and cycle instructors will even come to your home to teach you! There are a variety of one-to-one sessions on offer including the very basic skills to learn to navigate around your immediate area,

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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

    Fire rages at garden centre1

    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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