Stamping Out Boredom

Every year, Paragon housing trust organise ‘Stamp Out Boredom’, a Summer project that engages youngsters across Elmbridge in a range of activities over several weeks. The idea is to find constructive and fun things for youngsters to do, to stop them getting bored, or worse still in trouble. It also gives parents a bit of […]

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Running for a Good Cause

The London Marathon is coming up this weekend. I suspect a fair few of you will be gearing up to run, know someone who is, or are just glad that you’re not running 26 miles on Sunday morning! As is traditionally the case with the London Marathon, apart from being an elite sporting event, many run […]

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Fight For Peace

I have been volunteering again at Fight For Peace, a boxing and martial arts academy in Newham, in East London, that has a wider remit to help get youngsters from tough backgrounds on a positive path into study, training or work. The Academy has centres in London and Rio. You can find out more about […]

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Stamping Out Boredom

Throughout August, I have been dropping by on a range of Summer programmes for youngsters across the borough. It is good to see a lot of creative thinking going in to this kind of Summer holiday project. Last week, I joined Elmbridge Housing Trust, Surrey Youth Services, Elmbridge Council and Surrey Police to celebrate the […]

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Lower Green Holiday Club

On Wednesday, I dropped in on Lower Green Holiday Club. Around 30 local children have been attending each day. Activities on offer have included basketball, judo, making rock music, skipping, martial arts, craft, street dance, cake decorating and art. There is also a Happy Days toddler group running for the under 5 year olds and […]

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Quiz Night in Cobham

Last night I joined the Cobham, Oxshott, Downside and Stoke d’Abernon youth group (CODS) for one of their regular quiz nights at Costa Coffee, in Cobham – see photo below. Local volunteers present included Rick Westley (quizmaster), Vicky Cannings (secretary), Syd Brier, James Mawson, Cathy Marland, Jane Emsell and Ian Nelson (treasurer). They hosted a trivia […]

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Planning for the Olympics

I have had a number of emails and letters querying the local contingency planning for the Olympics. One line of inquiry concerned police coverage given their additional duties. I raised this directly with the Chief Constable, and received a detailed explantion of the planning that has gone into the local preparations. Part of this relates […]

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Women in Sport

On Thursday I joined the Us Girls project sponsored by Sport England. It was an opportunity to showcase the world class female sportswomen Britain has. It was a great turnout, with a staggering array of British team captains turning up in support, including: Charlotte Edwards MBE, (Cricket), Faye White MBE (Football), Maggie Alphonsi, (Rugby RFU), […]

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Team-Building with Walton Cadets

Last Thursday, I visited Walton Army Cadets, a detachment led by Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant Charlie Cooper. I am a big fan of the army and sea cadets, and was thoroughly impressed by the Walton detachment. The cadets is a great – positive – way to engage youngsters in learning practical life skills, team-building and having […]

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