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Kingston’s first Mental Health Festival launches

James Giles




Kingston Council, Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Mind in Kingston have today launched the first Kingston Mental Health Festival, which runs until Wednesday 14 October, which also coincides with World Mental Health Day on Saturday 10 October.

Councillor Cathy Roberts, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Health at Kingston Council, said:

“One in four of us will experience a mental health condition in our lifetimes, making this one of the most common health conditions around. We have made a commitment to ensure that we look after those who are vulnerable within our borough. Working with our health partners to put together the first ever Kingston Mental Health Festival is just one of the ways we’re doing this – there’s truly something for everyone.”

Rianne Eimers, Chief Executive of Mind in Kingston, said:

“The aim of this important Festival is to highlight that it is possible to not only live with a mental health condition, but recover successfully and maintain your mental wellbeing.

“As part of the Kingston Mental Health Festival, Mind in Kingston will hold its annual Arts and Music event at All Saints Church in Kingston from 1pm to 5pm on the 10 October. This showcases artworks, music, drama and spoken word performances by individuals with mental health conditions. It is a free, fun event and all are welcome.”

For more information on Kingston Mental Health Festival and to view an events programme, visit or download the events program here Kingston Mental Health Festival 2015 Programme.

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B&Q to reveal new look store with family fun day

James Giles




B&Q will soon open the doors to its newly revamped home improvement store in New Malden. To celebrate, B&Q New Malden will host a day of family fun on Saturday 14th January, including a special guest appearance from local rugby legend Nick Easter, who played No. 8 for Harlequins and England in international rugby union.

At the launch event the local sports star, known fondly by fans as “Minty”, will be testing out his DIY skills against B&Q New Malden’s store team. Customers will get the chance to see the sporting star getting mucky off the pitch for a change as store staff challenge him try his hand at potting plants in the garden centre, tussle with wallpaper and cause a ruckus with a paintbrush. He will also be on hand to meet, greet and sign autographs for fans. Plus, there will also be plenty to keep the family entertained throughout the day, including a balloon modeller, face painter, stilt walkers and a craft station.

B&Q New Malden has been completely revamped to offer customers a variety of new products and features, including a new paint desk, a new kitchens and bathrooms display, more visual ranges of flooring and tiles, and a new café with windows overlooking the A3 and Burlington Road.

Lee Bayliss, Unit Manager at B&Q New Malden, said: “We’re all looking forward to welcoming customers to our newly revamped store. We’re ready to show off our new look to New Malden’s residents and inspire them to start a new home improvement project under the guidance of our expert advice. We’re all really looking forward to Saturday’s family fun day and, of course, testing Nick with our DIY challenges!”

Nick Easter added: “I’m really looking forward to helping celebrate the launch of the newly revamped B&Q New Malden store. I’m not sure that my DIY skills can beat the in store experts but it will be great to get some advice from them to make my own home improvement projects easier.”

The B&Q family fun day will take place on Saturday, 14th January from 10am to 3pm, with Nick Easter in store from 10:30 -12:30pm, at B&Q New Malden, Shannon Commercial Centre, Beverley Way, New Malden, Surrey, KT3 4PT.

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