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Seasonal rubbish, recycling and food waste collections
 
Collection information over the festive period

Don't forget to leave your bin kerbside by 6am on your collection day and make sure your bin lid is fully closed. Additional recycling can be left by the side of your bin but you will need to take any additional rubbish to the tip (Community Recycling Centre in Charlton Lane, Shepperton).

Visit our Christmas Recycling FAQs page for more information about you can recycle over the festive period.


Wrapping paper

Only put plain wrapping paper in your recycling bin; shiny metallic or glitter varieties need to put in with your general rubbish as they cannot be recycled.


Seasonal rubbish and recycling collections

CollectionScheduled collection dayRevised collection day
Rubbish and food wasteMonday 19 DecemberNo change
Rubbish and food wasteTuesday 20 DecemberNo change
Rubbish and food wasteWednesday 21 DecemberNo change
Rubbish and food wasteThursday 22 DecemberNo change
Rubbish and food wasteFriday 23 DecemberNo change
Recycling and food wasteMonday 26 DecemberTuesday 27 December
Recycling and food wasteTuesday 27 DecemberWednesday 28 December
Recycling and food wasteWednesday 28 DecemberThursday 29 December
Recycling and food wasteThursday 29 DecemberFriday 30 December
Recycling and food wasteFriday 30 DecemberSaturday 31 December
Rubbish and food wasteMonday 2 January 2017No change
Rubbish and food wasteTuesday 3 January 2017No change
Rubbish and food wasteWednesday 4 January 2017No change
Rubbish and food wasteThursday 5 January 2017No change
Rubbish and food wasteFriday 6 January 2017No change

Additional recycling, such as cards and cardboard boxes, can be placed to the side of your recycling bin in a box or a loosely tied bag. Any additional rubbish will not be collected and must be taken to the Community Recycling Centre in Charlton Lane, Shepperton.

For more information call Customer Services on 01784 451499 or email customer.services@spelthorne.gov.uk

Garden waste collections

The garden waste collections restart in February. For more details check your garden waste calendar or visit: http://my.spelthorne.gov.uk

Christmas tree collections

Spelthorne Council is offering a free kerbside collection of real Christmas trees from 2 - 27 January 2017.

Simply leave your tree on your property boundary by 6am on your rubbish or recycling collection day - you do not need to call and register. Please remove your tree from its pot or stand and take off all decorations.

Alternatively between 2 - 27 January 2017 you can take your real tree to one of the following drop-off points:

  • Fordbridge Park, Ashford
  • Manor Park, Shepperton
  • Old Bathing Station, Fordbridge Road, Sunbury-on-Thames

For further information, please email streetscene@spelthorne.gov.uk or call 01784 446411.

Food waste

Remember to put bones, gristle, fat and peelings in your caddy but no gravy, oils or other liquids. Freeze leftovers and any items nearing their 'use-by' date. Visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com or www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes for ideas of meals using your leftovers.

News
The Leader's Christmas message
 
Christmas message from the Leader of the Council, Councillor Ian Harvey

Dear Residents,

lt's been a busy and rewarding few months, the highlight of which is the fantastic deal we struck acquiring the state-of-the-art BP campus in Sunbury. This really is excellent news for Spelthorne as the income generated will go a long way towards enabling us to balance the books and protect the valuable services that our residents and businesses need and deserve. It just shows what can be achieved by teamwork, the right skills, and a measure of grit and determination.

To demonstrate my ongoing commitment to the economic success of the Borough, and to be more business-like in our approach to funding and providing services, I have approved a new logo for the Borough which incorporates the words 'Spelthorne Means Business'.

I was delighted with the momentous news that the Government has given the 'green light' to the Heathrow third runway option. Spelthorne has been a long-standing supporter of Heathrow as many of our residents work there or in related industries and rely on it to provide for their families. It's great news for the Borough's residents and businesses and for the country as a whole. Rest assured we will be working hard to make sure the environmental impacts are minimised and to promote the interests of our residents and businesses.

I am also pleased to report that the Council has funded the replacement of the Spelride buses which provide a lifeline to those with mobility difficulties who would otherwise struggle to get out. The people who rely on these services will really notice the difference and I hope this shows the importance we place on the needs of the more vulnerable in our communities.

Together with the local councillors and Spelthorne staff, I will continue to work for the best interests of all Spelthorne residents throughout 2017.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and healthy Christmas, whatever you have planned.

Cllr Ian Harvey, Council Leader
email cllr.harvey@spelthorne.gov.uk
BP purchase
 
Spelthorne purchases final part of BP campus

Spelthorne Council is pleased to announce the purchase of the south west corner of the BP campus in Sunbury-on-Thames, completing their ownership of the site.

In September the Council announced a sale and lease back agreement involving the entire BP campus excluding the south west corner which was not included as part of the original sale.

Under the terms of the latest agreement, BP will remain as tenants on the 145,500 sq ft site, leasing back the offices from the Council for a minimum period of 12 years. The arrangement will generate a significant annual income for Spelthorne and forms a key part of the Council's strategy to develop new ways of generating long term income streams to protect its services.

To fund the project, Spelthorne Borough Council has borrowed at a very competitive rate of interest from the Public Works Loans Board (PWLB).

Cllr Ian Harvey, Leader of Spelthorne Borough Council, said: "I am delighted to be able to announce that we have purchased the remaining portion of the BP site. The withdrawal of Government funding is forcing us to find new ways to plug the gap in our finances and we believe that these kind of investments are the best way to secure services for our residents into the future."

Spelthorne Rent Assure
 

New rent guarantee scheme for private landlords launched


Spelthorne Borough Council has launched a unique new rent guarantee scheme for private landlords in and around the Borough called 'Spelthorne Rent Assure'.

The scheme allows landlords to rent their properties through Spelthorne Council to people in genuine need of a place to live. Rents are guaranteed and will be paid monthly in advance by the Council, for up to two years. Payments will be made directly to landlords at full local market rent.

This couldn't come at a better time for local landlords, with the Autumn Statement announcement that lettings agency fees are set to be banned.

The scheme is designed to take away risks around the uncertainty of regular rental payments as well as features such as free tenancy agreements, an independent property inventory and a six week repair bond which will make working with the Council as attractive and straightforward as possible for prospective landlords.

All tenants accepted on the scheme will have undertaken training and support will be provided to both landlords and tenants for the duration of the tenancy. The landlord will have the final choice of tenants.

Homes in the Spelthorne area with two bedrooms are currently most in demand.

The scheme is perfect for landlords because renting properties with the Council gives them a reliable source of income to offset any risk of ventures into the private rented sector. It also means that the Council takes responsibility for finding and supporting tenants.

Cllr Jean Pinkerton, Cabinet Member for Housing and Transformation, said: "The scheme is a great deal for landlords across the Borough. I would urge them to get in touch and find out how they can reap the benefits of hassle-free letting".

To find out more email sra@spelthorne.co.uk or call 01784 448611.

Council Office closure
 

The Council Offices at Knowle Green, Staines-upon-Thames, will be closed from 1pm on Friday 23 December 2016 until 8.45am on Tuesday 3 January 2017


The Council Offices at Knowle Green, Staines-upon-Thames, will be closed from 1pm on Friday 23 December 2016 until 8.45am on Tuesday 3 January 2017.

The Council's out of hours emergency number is 01784 451499.

Support for rough sleepers
 
Spelthorne Council has published advice for residents who may be concerned about someone who is sleeping rough

Spelthorne Council has published advice for residents who may be concerned about someone who is sleeping rough.

How can a rough sleeper get assistance?

Spelthorne Council encourages rough sleepers to approach the Housing Options Department at the Council offices in Knowle Green, or to telephone 01784 446383 during office hours. Outside normal working hours rough sleepers can call Spelthorne Council on 01784 451499 and they will be routed through to Surrey Emergency Duty Team who will be able to help.

If you are aware of someone sleeping rough you can notify the Housing Options Team by calling 01784 446383 – it is helpful if you can provide some details such as the person’s name, location and any means of contact.

Winter Shelter provision 

Spelthorne Council is due to open a winter shelter in the Staines area from 5 January 2017 to offer evening and night-time shelter for rough sleepers. A bed and a warm meal are provided. Access to this project is via referral from our Housing Options team. The shelter is planned to operate until March 2017.

What are the severe weather arrangements?

During the cold winter period, (when the temperature at night is expected to be below zero for three consecutive nights) the Council will offer winter shelter access or emergency Bed and Breakfast accommodation to people who are believed to be rough sleeping in the Borough. This will also apply to people rough sleeping in flood risk areas.

Eating out this Christmas?
 
Spelthorne Council is calling on residents to check the food hygiene ratings of restaurants before booking their Christmas meals

Spelthorne Council is calling on residents to check the food hygiene ratings of restaurants before booking their Christmas meals.

Christmas is a time to enjoy good company and good food without worrying about food poisoning. But the truth is, you can't tell a restaurant's hygiene standards by how busy it is or clean it appears.

Put your mind at rest by checking the food hygiene rating before you choose where to eat. These ratings are determined by our Environmental Health Officers who inspect all the Borough's food outlets and give a rating out of 5.

Check online at http://ratings.food.gov.uk/spelthorne or call Environmental Health on 01784 446291.

Cemetery opening times
 
All the Borough's cemeteries are open to visitors 365 days a year

All the Borough's cemeteries are open to visitors 365 days a year.

The vehicle gates to all Spelthorne cemeteries will remain open for Christmas visiting from 24 December to 27 December 2016 and for the New Year from 31 December to 2 January 2017.

Telephone 01784 446379 for further information.

Get cab-wise this Christmas
 
Spelthorne Council is warning residents to take care and only use licensed cabs

Spelthorne Council is warning residents to take care and only use licensed cabs.

With the party season approaching, Spelthorne Council is warning residents to take care and only use licensed cabs. 

Licensed taxi and mini cabs drivers will have undergone a series of background checks. Unlicensed drivers could have criminal records and if you're involved in an accident in an unlicensed vehicle you might not be covered by insurance. Look for a licence plate or sticker at the back of the vehicle.

Only taxis are allowed to wait at taxi ranks or stop when hailed in the street. Mini cabs must be booked in advance; they are not allowed to pick up unbooked customers. Unlicensed drivers sometimes hang-around busy areas hoping to pick up a customer but they may represent a danger to the public.

These are the Council's top tips:-

  • never get in an unlicensed taxi or unbooked mini cab
  • if booking a mini cab, check what the fare will be when you make the booking
  • ask the driver who they are waiting for when the car arrives
  • if you have any problems make a note of the vehicle licence plate number and report it to the Council

Cllr Robin Sider, Chair of the Licensing Committee, said: "Lots of residents use mini cabs to get around over the Christmas period and it's very important that they know the best way to keep themselves safe. Please follow these guidelines and don't be tempted to get in an unlicensed or unbooked car, no matter how keen you are to get home."

Taxi ranks can be found in the following locations:-  

South Street, Staines-upon-Thames, outside Communications House (24 hour)

Gresham Road, Staines-upon-Thames, outside the train station (24 hour)

Station Approach, Staines-upon-Thames, outside the train station (24 hour)

Mustard Mill Road, Staines-upon-Thames, near Metro Bank (24 hour) 

Clarence Street, Staines-upon-Thames, near 13 High Street (11pm-6am)

Market Square, Staines-upon-Thames (11pm-6am)

Recycle right at Christmas
 
Much more waste is generated over Christmas and most of this can be recycled

Much more waste is generated over Christmas and most of this can be recycled

Food waste

Food waste in Spelthorne is collected weekly so make good use of your food waste collection service over Christmas. All food waste can go in your caddy which you can now line with plastic/carrier bags. Visit http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/ for handy tips on having a waste free and cheaper Christmas.

Christmas wrapping

Wrapping paper, cards and envelopes can go in your recycling bin unless they are shiny metallic/foil and glitter varieties. Any ribbons, bows and other adornments need to be removed before recycling. Many large retail stores also recycle Christmas cards.

Sweet and biscuit tins

Sweet and biscuit tins (made of plastic or metal) can go in the recycling bin.

Extra recycling over the festive period

Please ensure you flatten recycling before putting it in your bin. However, if you have too much recycling to fit in your bin, put it in an open bag (so we can see what's in it) next to your light green recycling bin on your recycling collection day. You can do this at any time of year, not just Christmas.

No thanks!

Please don't put foil, foil gift bags, foil/glitter wrapping paper and cards, crackers or polystyrene in your recycling bin.

Recycling banks

Don't forget you can save space at home by using one of the recycling banks across Spelthorne. Visit www.spelthorne.gov.uk/recycling-banks for locations.

Recycle for Surrey search tool and app

Use the search tool to check what you can and can't recycle and download the app to help make your festive recycling easier.

For more information visit www.spelthorne.gov.uk/recycling or call 01784 451499

Very merry meals on wheels
 

Spelthorne Council has been working with local councillors and London Irish Rugby Club to give the Borough’s Meals on Wheels customers some thoughtful treats this Christmas.


Cllr Maureen Attewell and thirteen fellow councillors* have joined together to donate £2050 from their Better Neighbourhood Grants to fund a selection of gifts which will be given to Meals on Wheels customers in the run up to Christmas and on Christmas Day itself. 

And the gifts don’t stop there as Meals on Wheels customers will also receive a gift containing a Christmas pudding, a box of sweets and a satsuma, courtesy of London Irish Rugby Club in Sunbury-on-Thames. 

Cllr Maureen Attewell, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, said: “I am really pleased to have been able to arrange the purchase of these gifts, together with my fellow councillors, for our Meals on Wheels customers. It’s a small gesture but we hope it will make the residents smile and show that we are thinking of them at Christmas - particularly those without family or friends living nearby. I would also like to thank London Irish Rugby Club for their kind donations; they support us every year and it is very much appreciated.”   

Jackie Roy, Office Manager and Team PA at London Irish Rugby Club, said: “London Irish is delighted to support this wonderful initiative again this year and we hope Spelthorne’s Meals on Wheels clients enjoy their Christmas gifts. We would also like to take the opportunity to wish everyone in Spelthorne a very happy Christmas and wonderful New Year. 

For more information on the Meals on Wheels service call Spelthorne Council on 01784 444265. 

*Better Neighbourhood Grants were received from the following councillors:- 

Councillor

Better Neighbourhood   Grant Donation

Cllr   Maureen Attewell

£200

Cllr   Colin Barnard

£50

Cllr   Richard Barratt

£100

Cllr   John Boughtflower

£100

Cllr   Sabine Capes

£600

Cllr   Rose Chandler

£200

Cllr   Tim Evans

£100

Cllr   Mark Francis

£50

Cllr   Nick Gething

£100

Cllr   Vivienne Leighton

£50

Cllr   Sinead Mooney

£100

Cllr   Jean Pinkerton

£100

Cllr   Joanne Sexton

£250

Cllr   Robin Sider

£50

Spelthorne MP presides over Commons debate
 
Spelthorne MP Kwasi Kwarteng took the Speaker's chair for a lively Commons-style debate recently

Spelthorne MP Kwasi Kwarteng took the Speaker's chair for a lively Commons-style debate in the Council Chamber recently.

He played the role of Speaker of the House as part of a Parliament event for senior schools, organised by Spelthorne Council at Knowle Green.

Teams comprising year 11 students from Thamesmead, Matthew Arnold and Sunbury Manor schools spent the afternoon learning the finer points of the Parliamentary process before breaking into groups to debate the lowering of the voting age to 16.

MP Kwasi conducted the debate along Commons lines - ensuring the members addressed him and fellow debaters in the correct way, and following the protocols of the House of Commons.

The debate soon became animated as the students speaking for and against the issue argued their cases and tried to persuade their fellow "MPs" to vote with them. A division vote saw the Ayes in favour of the motion outnumber the Nos by 18 to 11.

Prizes of Kwasi's latest book were given to the two students chosen by Kwasi as the best speakers. He said they demonstrated debating skills which would not be out of place in the current House of Commons. He also fielded several questions from the students, ranging from the life of an MP through to current political issues and his opinions on the future of Spelthorne.

Cllr Maureen Attewell, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing said: "The Council is committed to supporting the Borough's schools via enrichment events such as this. This opportunity to engage with their MP and local councillors under the guidance of the Parliament Education team is an amazing experience.

"As the students' knowledge and understanding of Government and the democratic process grows, we hope they will become informed and involved citizens of the future."

The event was supported by the Parliament Education service and is one of Spelthorne Council's regular annual events for schools which also include the Junior Democracy event and quiz.

It's a yes
 
Staines-upon-Thames BID vote success

Businesses in Staines-upon-Thames have overwhelmingly backed a project that is set to deliver £1.6 million investment in a range of exciting town centre projects over the next five years.

The majority of businesses supported plans to set-up a Staines-upon-Thames Business Improvement District (BID) having been voting for the past month.

The backing will allow Staines-upon-Thames BID to improve the visitor experience, increase footfall and enhance business performance.

Over 76% of businesses supported the proposals to establish a BID in the town centre, and the yes votes represented 72% of the rateable value.

The money will come from each business paying between 0.75 and 1.5 per cent levy on the rateable value of each company to a newly formed BID company, depending on whether or not they are in a serviced area.

"I am absolutely delighted that so many businesses have backed the plans that we put together," said Steven Harvey, Chairman of the BID project and owner of Oasis Estate Agents on Clarence Street.

"The BID represents a really bright future for Staines-upon-Thames and by working together, we will be able to achieve great things for the town with this £1.6m of investment over the next five years.

"I would like to thank everyone who has supported these proposals, the voters first and foremost, but also the other members of the steering group who have put in hundreds of hours of work over the recent months to get us to this position today. I'd also like to thank our BID Development Manager, Michelle Baker at Regen Management and the team at Spelthorne Borough Council for supporting us along the way."

Michelle Baker, BID consultant said: "We have lots of work ahead of us, but the BID will be ready to start delivering business and customer benefits in Staines-upon-Thames and we look forward to working alongside the businesses in the coming months."

Staines-upon-Thames BID will formally launch on 1 April 2017. It will be incorporated as a company limited by guarantee and its Board of volunteer directors will be drawn from the businesses in the BID area. Projects will include marketing and promotion to draw in customers, high profile events, new BID Rangers, free WIFI for businesses and parking initiatives.

These will be funded by the levy which will be paid annually by all eligible businesses in the area.

Among the BID's first tasks will be to draw up detailed operating plans for the first 12 months.

There are established 240 Business Improvement Districts in the UK including in Kingston, Camberley and Guildford.

For more information and to view the 5-year BID business plan visit www.staines-upon-thames.bid or contact Michelle Baker, Staines-upon-Thames BID Development Manager on tel 07527 016338 email Michelle@staines-upon-thames.bid.

Surrey Business Awards
 

The achievements of Surrey’s best small and medium sized businesses were celebrated at the SME Surrey Business Awards at Epsom Racecourse on 30 November.


The achievements of Surrey’s best small and medium sized businesses were celebrated at the SME Surrey Business Awards at Epsom Racecourse on 30 November.

The ‘Best Business in Spelthorne’ category was won by Staines-based coffee shop Caffe Gusto. Cllr Colin Davis who presented the award on the night said: "It was an honour to present the awards. The winners of these prestigious awards should rightly be congratulated. I look forward to initiating a broader based localised awards programme to encourage local initiative and innovation in the near future."

For more details including a full list of winners visit http://surreyawards.co.uk/

Leisure time
Saturday Craft Club
 
A new half term of our popular children’s Saturday Craft Club starts on 7 January at 10am (5-7 years) and 11.30am (8-11 years).

A new half term of our popular children’s Saturday Craft Club starts on 7 January at 10am (5-7 years) and 11.30am (8-11 years).

For more information or to book a place please visit www.spelthorne.gov.uk/craftclub

Sports club celebrates 10th anniversary
 
Spelthorne Disability Sports Club celebrated its 10 year anniversary on Saturday 17 December.

The Club was started by Spelthorne Borough Council in 2006 and runs weekly, during term-time, on Saturday mornings at Spelthorne Leisure Centre in Staines-upon-Thames. Members of the club enjoyed participating in cycling delivered by Wheels For All, an inclusive cycling charity. 

The young people also played badminton, table football and on the bouncy castle and presentations were made to the volunteers, both past and present, to thank them for their contributions to the Club. 

Cllr Maureen Attewell, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing said: “Spelthorne Disability Sports Club offers a fantastic opportunity for young people with disabilities and their siblings to participate in a variety of activities from goalball to boccia and trampolining to new age curling. We are very grateful to all the volunteers who give up their time to run the Club.” 

The Club will restart on Saturday 14 January and will be relaunched as Spelthorne Parasports Club. For more information, please call 01784 446433 or email leisure@spelthorne.gov.uk

Tennis League
 
Join the Spelthorne Tennis League

Join the Spelthorne Tennis League. Friendly singles matches for adults of all levels.  Play where and when it suits you. New players always welcome. Join for only £15.

Round 4 starts Thursday 2 February to Wednesday 29 March 2017. Closing date Monday 30 January 2017.

For more information or to join the league please visit www.localtennisleagues.com, email info+spelthorne@localtennisleagues.com or call 07503 281732.

Workplace Challenge
 
Companies and organisations across Surrey are invited to take part in the 'Workplace Challenge'

Companies and organisations across Surrey are invited to take part in the 'Workplace Challenge'. The aim of the programme is to promote sport, physical activity and health improvements across the UK's workplaces.

Sign up at www.workplacechallenge.org.uk/activesurrey to record your sport and physical activity online to receive points - and points make prizes! But it's not about winning, 'spot prizes' are offered during the national eight-week Activity Log challenge simply for taking part.

Get Active 50+
 

Get Active 50+, for longer, healthier, happier lives is a new project, funded by Sport England, offering opportunities for adults aged 50 and over to become more active


Get Active 50+, for longer, healthier, happier lives is a new project, funded by Sport England, offering opportunities for adults aged 50 and over to become more active. New sessions are starting in January 2017.

Visit www.spelthorne.gov.uk/getactive50 for more information or call 01784 446433.

Community news
The Mayor's Christmas message
 
Christmas message from the Mayor of Spelthorne, Councillor Alfred Friday

Christmas message from the Mayor of Spelthorne, Councillor Alfred Friday.

After being elected in May of this year, the Mayoress and I said that we had the ambition of showing how Spelthorne sparkled, and so on 6 September we held a Civic Day to introduce the other boroughs and districts in Surrey to some of our highlights and hidden gems, like Shepperton Studios and Sunbury's Walled Garden.

Later in the month we also ran a Roaring Twenties themed trip on the Thames - the Flappers and Dappers riverboat, where we raised nearly £2,000 for charity. All those civic dignitaries who toured the Borough, and the very generous folk who joined us on the boat, agreed that Spelthorne does sparkle!

Since May, Kaye and I have had the privilege too of visiting all parts of the Borough and meeting many of our residents. Like most of our predecessors we have been humbled by the tremendous work carried out by the numerous volunteers and charities who contribute so much to the life of our community. We look forward to the second half of our year and meeting many more. If you want to contact us, either to invite us to see what you do, or find out more about us, simply email mayor@spelthorne.gov.uk

Finally, as we approach Christmas, Kaye and I wish each and every reader of the Bulletin a sparkling Christmas. No matter whether you think of it as a holy celebration of God's search for us and our search for God, or simply an opportunity to take a well-earned break with your friends and family, we hope you have a wonderful time, and may we all look forward to a healthy, prosperous, secure and peaceful New Year in 2017.

Cllr Alfred Friday, Mayor of Spelthorne For further information please email the Mayor's Secretary at mayor@spelthorne.gov.uk or call 01784 446275.

Christmas comes early to Spelthorne
 
Grants made available for community and voluntary organisations

Council Leader Ian Harvey has announced that a 'windfall' grant of £20,000 per Ward (£260,000 total) is being made available as a result Spelthorne Council's improved finances following the recent purchase and lease back of the BP Sunbury International Campus and other investment initiatives.

Cllr Ian Harvey said: "I am delighted to announce this grant, which will bring an early and tangible benefit to the residents of Spelthorne following our recent ground breaking purchase of the BP campus in Sunbury. Local community projects and voluntary organisations will benefit from this. It reverses the trend of councils cutting non-essential funding. My vision is that this should be used to fund modest community or voluntary sector capital projects which can make a real difference to our Borough.

We are especially encouraging applications which have an element of 'match funding'. Organisations or groups interested in applying should contact their local ward councillors. I very much hope this brings some welcome pre-Christmas cheer".

Changes at Staines Community Centre
 
A new community café is set to replace the restaurant at Staines Community Centre

A new community café is set to replace the restaurant at Staines Community Centre

Following Spelthorne Council's announcement that a new community café is set to replace the restaurant at Staines Community Centre next February, the Leader of the Council has been reassuring residents that the future of the Centre itself is secure.

Demand for the restaurant lunches has fallen significantly in recent years and despite the contract being tendered three times in the past four years, the Council has been unable to appoint a contractor. This, together with the need to free up space for activity classes and events, has prompted the Council's decision to replace the restaurant with a volunteer-run community coffee bar.

Cllr Ian Harvey, Leader of the Council, said: "Due in part to the high number of alternative food outlets in Staines, the restaurant at Staines Community Centre no longer represents a viable business opportunity for catering companies. I am aware that there has been some concern about whether the Centre as a whole will be closing but I would like to reassure the members and their families that this is absolutely not the case and we are committed to continuing to provide a fantastic range of classes and activities for older people in Staines."

To help with the transition, staff at the Community Centre are working to negotiate discounts with local restaurants on behalf of their members. 

Surrey Sports Awards
 
Congratulations to Andy Bennett from Littleton Sailing Club who won the `Outstanding Service to Sport’ award

Congratulations to Andy Bennett from Littleton Sailing Club who won the `Outstanding Service to Sport’ award at the Surrey Sports Awards on Tuesday 6 December at the HG Wells Centre in Woking. Mr Bennett was put forward for the award after winning the Spelthorne Sports Award in October.

Spelthorne Disability Sports Club
 

The Spelthorne Disability Sports Club recently celebrated their 10 Year anniversary


The Spelthorne Disability Sports Club recently celebrated their 10 Year anniversary. The Club is for young people with disabilities and their siblings and meets every Saturday from 10.15-11.45am (term time) at Spelthorne Leisure Centre. The cost is £4 a session (£2 for siblings) payable on the day.

For more details email Leisure Services at leisure@spelthorne.gov.uk or call 01784 446433.

 

Bags of Help
 

Are you running outdoor activities? Do you want to develop a green space? In need of funding?


Are you running outdoor activities? Do you want to develop a green space? In need of funding?The Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ scheme might be just the thing for you. Projects that develop or utilise green and open spaces to bring people outdoors can now be funded through the money raised by the 5p bag charge at Tesco.

Three projects will be voted on in local stores and benefit from the funding of up to £5000 each month. Bags of Help is a rolling funding programme without deadlines, but the sooner you apply the better the chances of winning a grant.

Please find more information about the Bags of Help grant at https://www.groundwork.org.uk/tesco

Any questions? Get in touch with your local Community Enabler anke.thurm@groundwork.org.uk or telephone 01273-022320.

Spelthorne in Bloom
 
Spelthorne in Bloom had another successful year in 2016, the 28th year in the history of the campaign

Spelthorne in Bloom had another successful year in 2016, the 28th year in the history of the campaign. The winners were presented with their prizes at the Big Awards Night at Shepperton Studios.

The Mayor of Spelthorne, Cllr Alfred Friday, attended the evening with his wife Kaye, and presented many of the prizes. Winner of the Best in Show was Sue Pollock from the Grange Farm Estate in Shepperton, who also took Best-Kept Front Garden.

Sue was presented with her Award by the category sponsor, Colin Squire, Chairman of Squire’s Garden Centres. Colin also presented Barbara Barnard from Shepperton with Best Riverside Garden, judged from the boat on the Thames for the first time.

David Godfrey, Director of International Operations at Pinewood Shepperton Studios, was the host, and presented Best Kept Public Building to Chaucer Ward at Ashford Hospital.

Oliver Florence and Charlotte Talbot, senior editors at the Surrey Advertiser, presented Best Small pub to The Harrow in Charlton Village, and Best Large pub to the Bells in Church Street, Staines.

The 12 categories plus Best in Show will be open again for next year on Monday 24 April, when the Mayor will launch the 2017 campaign at Notcutts Garden Centre in Laleham. New members of the Committee of volunteers are welcome, especially from Sunbury. Please contact Katy Frame on 01784 446312 for further information about Spelthorne in Bloom.

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