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Know a local community champion? Nominations for Kingston Mayoral Awards now open

James Giles

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Nominations have today opened for this year’s Mayor’s Community Awards, with the aim of recognising those who have given up their own time to help others within the Kingston community.

A nominee should be someone who has given up their own time and, without prompting, offered to help other people or the community, and could also be someone who has done something which benefits the neighbourhood or even the whole of our borough. Alternatively, an individual could be nominated in recognition of an act of supreme effort, strength, bravery or achievement.

The Mayor would also like to present an award to a young person under the age of 21 who sets an example to their peers through voluntary work (excluding community work undertaken as part of Duke of Edinburgh’s Award or other similar programmes).

Councillor Roy Arora, Mayor of Kingston, said: 
“It’s so important to take time to thank those who have devoted time and effort to benefit others. If you know of someone who you think should be nominated for an award then we want to hear from you.”

To nominate someone for the Mayor’s Award, visit the Mayor’s Community Award webpage. The deadline for nominations is 10am, Thursday 18 February 2016. 

James Giles is the Editor of the Kingston Enquirer, covering local news and events in Kingston, New Malden, Surbiton, Tolworth and Chessington.

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

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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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