Neighbourhood Food Collection

Earlier this month, I dropped in to check out the annual Neighbourhood Food Collection at Tesco, in West Molesey. The event is a collective partnership between Tesco, the Trussell Trust and FareShare and is part of an ongoing effort to encourage customers to donate long-life food to charity to help those most in need. Since […]

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Walton Heritage Day

Despite the rain, Walton Heritage Day went ahead today. I went along to join the community spirit. As usual, we had music from the Ember Big Band, a dog show, hog roast, boat rides and much more besides. Joanna Gordon (from Walton-on-Thames Trading Alliance) was marshalling the organisation brilliantly. I dropped by a few of […]

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Streets Apart Project

Today, away from the noisy leadership contest dominating Westminster, I got stuck into a range of important local issues. I joined the Elmbridge Community Fund for their latest panel meeting, looking at our efforts to raise a community endowment to support local neighbourhoods or projects in need. I visited Surrey County Council to talk through […]

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Claygate Village WI

Last week, I joined a meeting of the Claygate Village WI, at the invitation of their president Pat Whiffin, at the village hall. Claygate Village WI have an important role in the local community, organising activities from bridge to bowls, and regular outings. Their interests span from Morris dancing, to supporting Chelsea pensioners, and preserving […]

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Merry Christmas & A Very Happy New Year!

The blog’s been a bit quiet for a couple of weeks, so I just wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, and a peaceful and prosperous year in 2015. The reason for this unprecedented blog inactivity is that, on the 11th, Erika and I were blessed with the arrival of our second son, Joshua […]

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Walton Digital Work Hub

Earlier this year, I visited The Digital Work Hub, a flexible co-working space in Walton-on-Thames set up by Alec Grant. Its focus is on providing hot desks, meeting rooms and event space for home workers, micro-businesses, startups and entrepreneurs – ideal for local businesses, or those who want to try a middle ground between literally […]

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Save Money on Energy Bills

I have just seen Surrey County Council’s ‘switch and save’ scheme, which aims to use the collective bargaining power of local residents to encourage energy supplies of gas and electricity to give us a better rate on our bills. For chapter and verse, click here. Which? ran a similar scheme and saved homes an average of […]

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