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22 June 2022

Get ready for Kingston International Film Festival!

This Friday sees the launch of the first ever Kingston International Film Festival (KIFF). 

Supported by BAFTA winning film director Mike Newell and Academy Award winning actress Dame Vanessa Redgrave, and part-funded by Kingston Council, the event will see 99 films screened across 5 venues over 3 days.

 Portfolio Holder for Culture and Heritage, Councillor Peter Herlinger, said it shows the town’s huge potential as a creative and cultural hub:

“Creativity is part of Kingston’s DNA and Kingston International Film Festival builds on that. We are embedding culture in our growth and recovery as we come out of the pandemic, bringing cultural events back to venues and high streets across the borough.”

Learn more about the festival

A statement from Councillor Tim Cobbett, LGBTQIA+ Champion at Kingston Council, on Pride Month

"In Kingston we are committed to ending prejudice and harassment wherever it exists - we want to make sure everybody in our community feels safe and included. I look forward to joining with others this month to remember and celebrate our local LGBT+ heritage."

Join us for the premiere of Cinema in Kingston

With help from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Kingston Heritage service teamed up with Digital Works to collect an oral history of the projected image in the local area earlier this year. They interviewed former usherettes, projectionists and film lovers who shared stories of Kingston cinema from its heyday. You can see the final project, Cinema in Kingston at the film’s premiere on Wednesday 13 July at 2pm. Find out more.

Berrylands Festival - Sunday 3 July 

The Berrylands Festival is a free to enter fete-style event on the first Sunday in July every year in Berrylands Park.

Come along to enjoy fun attractions like bouncy castles, coconut shys, crockery smashing, tug-o-war, crazy golf, live music and all sorts of competitions and stalls for families.

The Wagon of Dreams: A New Adventure

Roll up to the Wagon of Dreams tour and meet three best friends on an exciting ocean adventure. Join them on an interactive adventure packed full of puppetry, fun and original music - performed by 3 actors in their retro caravan! 

See the full list of dates.


Keeping Kingston Healthy and Safe

Memorial bench unveiled in honour of key workers

A new bench and tree has been unveiled in recognition of the contribution made by South of the Borough key workers, volunteers and residents throughout the pandemic. Money for the tree and bench was provided by councillor ward funding by former Cllr Sharon Young, after suggestions from local residents.
Cllr Young said:  "I think it's a really positive use of the Ward Funding given to Councillors to enhance and support communities in their Wards."

You can find the bench in King Edwards Recreation Ground on Hook Road, by the childrens play area

FUEL - Summer holiday food and activities for children 

Children playing in a park

With the summer holidays just around the corner, our children’s services provider Achieving for Children are working with local organisations to offer free holiday activity clubs for children who receive benefits-related free school meals. There are lots of clubs on offer, with a hot meal also provided. Find out more.

Draft Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment

Following on from the engagement carried out in late 2021, the council's Health and Wellbeing Board has used the feedback given on current services to produce a draft Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment. Thank you to all of those who took the time to provide their comments. You can view the draft on the Let's Talk Portal, and we are now asking for views on this by 8 July.

National Breastfeeding Week

27 June marks the start of National Breastfeeding Week. Breastfeeding is a skill that can take time to get the hang of, but there is plenty of support available. Start for Life has practical advice on how to breastfeed. Midwives, health visitors, peer supporters, breastfeeding cafes and helplines are also available. For more information on all the local support available, visit Connected Kingston.

Are you involved in Kingston’s voluntary, community and social enterprise sector? 

The council has been holding a series of in-person events, looking to develop needs assessment for the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector locally, and a vision for the future of support to the sector. These sessions are open both to large organisations and to smaller voluntary and community groups. The final session is on 30 June 3-7pm. Register to attend.

Share your ideas for the new Cambridge Road Estate Community Centre

The regeneration programme at Cambridge Road Estate (CRE) is progressing with Phase 1 construction expected to begin in 2022. The next step is to work with residents, stakeholders and the wider community to develop the ideas we previously heard about the new community centre. If you are interested in using the new Community Centre on CRE, there are a number of ways to get involved and give your feedback by Friday 29 July


In the first week of July, we will be holding workshops on Cambridge Road Estate to discuss in more detail how you can help design the new community centre.
Find out more and sign up on our website


The survey is open to anyone interested in the new community centre to share their ideas and experiences. Complete the survey onlineemail the team or call FREEPHONE 0800 304 7633 to request a paper survey form.

You can also find out more about CRE regeneration on the dedicated website.

Tell us what you think of your local area 

We've partnered up with Hello Lamppost, a digital interaction platform that allows you to find out more about and provide feedback on your local area. We're currently trialling this on the new Jubilee Square in New Malden.

Come down to the square today and scan one of the QR cards with your smartphone camera to get started! Don't have a smartphone? You can still get involved by texting the message on the poster to 07480777378.

Electric vehicle charging points - have your say

The council has a vision for a 'cleaner and greener' Kingston, and providing more electric vehicle charging points plays a key part in this.We would like to understand local views on the suggested locations for the charging points, as well as suggestions on future locations, and likely usage habits. Visit the Let's Talk Portal and have your say by 10 July.

Where to find the latest information and guidance

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