Elmbridge Community Fund

On Thursday evening, Nigel and Susie Abbott hosted a drinks reception to spread the word and promote support for the Elmbridge Community Fund (ECF). Our Chairman, Richard Waller, introduced the evening. I spoke followed by Wendy Varcoe of the Community Foundation for Surrey, and then a presentation by Oasis family centre in Cobham – our first […]

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Thameside Care Home

Last week, I was invited down to Thameside Care Home in West Molesey. It was part open day, and part celebration of a fund-raising effort that resulted in the purchase of a new gazebo, allowing residents to enjoy being outside in the shade as the summer hots up. I had the honour of declaring the […]

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Kingston Hospital Dining Companions

Today, I met up with Elizabeth Meatyard who set up Kingston Hospital Dining Companions. The initiative aims to provide patients at Kingston Hospital some companionship and help with eating at meal times. There is a rota for volunteers, so the commitment is scaleable, and the program has increased from 30 to around 300 volunteers. It […]

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Elmbridge Community Fund

I have blogged previously, here, about local efforts to develop the Esher Neighbourhood Fund, to support the Lower Green Community. Having raised around £100,000 to start a fund yielding an income that can be used to offer grants for local projects in Lower Green, we have been discussing how to take the concept forward and […]

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Meeting Walton Stroke Group

August is a great time to catch up with the many civic and charitable groups we have across the borough. Today, I went and chatted to Walton Stroke Group, at the invitation of their Vice Chair, Max Jefford.   Walton Stroke Group is a fabulous local group, primarily focused on Walton and Hersham, and provides support […]

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National Care Home Day

Last Friday was National Care Home Day across Britain. I visited two of our local care homes to celebrate some of the positives about elderly care, given so much of the negative we hear through the media. I started the day at St George’s Nursing Home in Cobham, and joined in a penalty shoot out […]

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