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2 December 2020

Kingston, along with the rest of London, is now in TIER 2.

Highlighted below are the key restrictions we are being asked to follow to minimise the spread of COVID-19.

IN BRIEF: New Tier 2 Restrictions

  • Socialise indoors only with those from your household or support bubble.
  • The rule of 6 applies outdoors - including in a garden or a public space.
  • Most shops and businesses can re-open.
  • Pubs and bars must close, unless they serve substantial meals.
  • Pubs, bars and hospitality venues that are open must close by 11pm.
    Last orders will be taken at 10pm.
For a more detailed explanation of the new Tier 2 restrictions mean for you, visit the Kingston council website

Free flu vaccine for over 50's

The NHS flu vaccination is available for free to everyone aged 50 and over. This year with COVID-19 in circulation, it is more important than ever to protect yourself and loved ones against the flu virus.
You can get vaccinated at your local GP surgery or a pharmacy. Find out more.

Last chance to have your say on renovation plans for three playgrounds in the borough

More than 50 residents have already shared their views on our exciting proposals for: 

  • RAF Chessington Playground

  • Sir Francis Barker Recreation Ground

  • Athelstan Recreation Ground

Don’t forget to have you say by 5pm on Tuesday 8 December. 

To view the designs and share your views visit:

National Tree Week 2020

It’s National Tree Week - the UK’s largest annual celebration of trees, marking the start of the winter tree planting season.

Our 2020/21 planting programme is now underway, and by March next year 540 new trees will have been planted across the borough. Almost two-thirds of these will be planted in locations chosen by our residents.

We are delighted to have planted around 1,400 new trees across the borough over the last two years. We're continuing to work hard to make sure all of our infant trees are given the best possible chance to thrive. 

But our work doesn’t stop there. As well as nurturing our new trees we are busy year-round looking after our mature trees and protecting them from invasive pests. 
Find out more about the work we do by visiting

Sign up for the Mayor’s (virtual) Christmas charity quiz!

Join the Mayor, Cllr Margaret Thompson, for an evening of trivia and festive fun on Thursday 10 December at 7.30pm for a virtual edition of Kingston's Great Christmas Quiz.

The event is in aid of the Mayor's Charitable Trust, fundraising for two local charities - Kingston Centre for Independent Living, and the youth charity Oxygen.

This year, we will all need a bit of extra Christmas cheer, so jump on Zoom and sign up by Wednesday 9 December to win some prizes!

Have your say on Seething Wells filter beds

Last month, the council introduced a new Article 4 Direction for Seething Wells filter beds, temporarily removing the ability to put up fencing, gates and other means of enclosure on the site without planning permission. 

You can still have your say on whether these planning controls should be made permanent. The consultation lasts until 18 December.

Guildhall to be lit yellow to mark
National Grief Awareness Week

COVID-19 restrictions have meant people might not have been able to mourn the death of a loved one in the way they would have liked.

Today (2 December) marks the start of National Grief Awareness Week. To pay respects to our residents who have passed away, and as a tribute to those who have lost friends and family, we will be joining a national effort - organised by the Good Grief Trust - to light up buildings yellow. So the Guildhall will be illuminated yellow for the next week.

We've also held a Q&A session with a panel of experts answering questions from Kingston residents on how to cope with grief and what help is out there for families struggling to come to terms with loss.

You can watch that discussion here

Good Food Co-op

The Good Food Co-Op is a newly launched initiative, led by Kingston charity Voices of Hope and KingsGate church, aimed at making healthy fruit and vegetables accessible for all.

Voices of Hope Christmas Concert 

Local charity Voice of Hope will be hosting a fantastic online Christmas Concert. Featuring carols from people's doorsteps to help share some Christmas spirit in Kingston.
At the concert we will be announcing the winners of our photo competition, and much more! 

Watch the concert online
on Thursday 17 Dec at 6.30pm

Connecting with nature

Our beautiful borough is home to more than 1,000 hectares of open space, over 2,000 different species, and are known to have one of only a few ‘chalk’ streams in the world.

We’re proud of our diverse habitat and are grateful for the important role it has played in our lives during this challenging year. Lockdown has enabled us to rediscover what’s on our doorstep, inspiring many of us to explore nature in our neighbourhoods for the first time.

Connecting with nature helps provide much needed relaxation and reflection during a time of great uncertainty, supporting our mental health and wellbeing, improving our mood and helping to reducing stress and anxiety.

We want to know how you have connected with nature, so we can share your experiences and help inspire others in the community.

Where do you go for your greenery fix? Have you discovered any hidden gems on your daily walk? Have you spotted a new furry visitor in your garden or become a bird watcher?

Whatever it is, we want to hear from you!

Tag us in your pictures on Twitter or Instagram and include the hashtag #KingstonNature. We will be sharing your posts across our feeds and our favourite picture of the week will feature in our resident e-newsletter.

Community Learning Courses for the New Year

Kingston Adult Education’s Community Learning Programme is back in the New Year to help everyone stay fit and healthy. Courses cover a range of topics including relaxation and meditation, managing stress and more.

Course information is available from Kingston Adult Education or enrol on a course here.

Join our Virtual Culture Club

This Christmas may be different, but there’s still plenty to keep everyone entertained with Kingston’s Virtual Culture Club.

Join our Winter Reading Challenge, rhyme times, craft workshops and much more! There’s even the chance to send a letter to Sant and watch him read it aloud. Visit programme guide for more.

🌟 Help spread some cheer this Christmas 🌟

If you are in a position to donate this Christmas, Kingston Stronger Together has seen a huge rise in demand for food over the past month and all donations are greatly appreciated.

The most needed items are listed here, but long-life Christmas treats are also warmly welcomed and will help provide some festive magic for our residents in need.

Our wonderful 'Street Champs' are volunteering their homes as safe, secure and local drop off points across the borough, you can drop off food to over 100 locations in Kingston. Supplies are then collected and delivered to our food banks.

You can also drop off Christmas gift donations to our Street Champs, who are collecting these on behalf of Growbaby.

Growbaby provides a wonderful Christmas toy and present service for children and care leavers across the borough and would appreciate donations of suitable gifts for older teenagers.
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