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6 April 2022

Make sure your voice is heard in May's local elections

Ian Thomas, Returning Officer and Chief Executive at the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, talks about registering for the local elections in May

Time is running out to register to vote. Register now to have your say - it only takes five minutes!
You can vote in these elections if you:

  • Live in Kingston
  • Are 18+
  • Are a British, EU or Commonwealth citizen

Your voice matters. Make sure it is heard.
Not able to vote in person? You can register to vote by post until 19 April or by proxy until 26 April on our website.

Stuck for ideas on how to entertain the kids this Easter? Kingston’s businesses have got you covered! On Thursday 7 and 14 April, ‘Thumbs Up It’s Thursday’ events will return with family fun in the town centre. From storytelling to Easter egg decorating, creative workshops and 'kids eat free' deals, there’s plenty to keep little ones happy.
If you can't make it on Thursdays, a free Easter Trail will be running everyday throughout the school holidays (2-18 April). There are colourful eggs to spot on posters in the windows of eight Kingston businesses, and sweet treats and goodies to pick up inside the store!
Find out more.

More egg-citing Easter activities

  • Kingston's free Community Street Tag leaderboard resets on 6 April. Join together with friends and family to collect virtual tags around the borough and be in with a chance of winning prizes throughout the 12 week activity.
  • Kingston Museum and libraries across the borough will be hosting exciting events for children of all ages, including a design competition to mark the Jubilee! If you can’t make it into one of our libraries, take a look through our extensive catalogue of eBooks and audiobooks.
Keeping Kingston Healthy and Safe
Don't miss your cervical screening appointment

Two women die every day from cervical cancer in England, yet it is one of the most preventable cancers. So, if you missed your last one, book an appointment with your GP practice now.

Learn more on the NHS website.

Community Grants Programme funds lifesaving equipment

Steve Collins, Head of Unit at Kingston Maritime Volunteer Service
Two new defibrillators and 10 riverside throw ropes have been funded through the borough’s Community Grants Programme.

Read more on our website

An evening of community support for those affected by conflict

The Good Food Co-Op is hosting a fundraising dinner on Friday 22 April to raise money for the people of Ukraine and others displaced and fleeing conflict. Book your place through Eventbrite

The not for profit fruit and veg scheme celebrated its first anniversary at the end of last year. Every box purchased helps another individual or family in need to receive a box of fresh produce at a heavily subsidised rate. 

Telling stories of survivors through the arts

Voices of Hope, together with Kingston Council, are working on a groundbreaking project which uses creative writing, photography and film to tell the stories of women who have been through abuse.

It’s called the Pearl Project and is focused on Kingston, but will have a much wider reach. Find out more on Pearl Project's Twitter, or get involved.
We know that the cost of living increases are challenging for everyone. 

If you or someone you know is feeling worried about this, you can find lots of information, support and advice that might help on
our website.

Join Kingston's Mayor, Cllr Sushila Abraham, in her fundraising efforts for Milaap and Anstee Bridge.

Who’s your local Kingston hero? 

BBC Radio London are calling for nominations for community heroes who make a difference in their local area. It’s part of their new Make a Difference awards.

Find out more and nominate the people who make a real difference in our neighbourhoods.
Share your stories of Kingston's cinemas

Projected Stories, run by Kingston Heritage Service and Digital Works, and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, is looking for people to share their stories of Kingston cinemas in their heyday. The team is also looking for volunteers to interview contributors. 

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