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Bee Friendly Planted Verges at New Malden Station and Open Design Call

(Images courtesy of the British Beekeeping Association) The Community Brain has been inspired by these images of Rotherham, where the council has planted 8 miles of wild flower verges! Not only do these verges improves forage for bees, they are attractive on the eye, smell beautiful and save on mowing costs! In September we will be planting bee friendly verges at New Malden Station, either side of the new GoCycle route to Raynes Park. We are looking for volunteers to help plant out UK native flowers, which are rich in pollen and nectar, to help support bees in Kingston. Community Planting Dates: - Saturday 7 September, 12pm - 3pm - Saturday 21 September, 12pm - 3pm ​ Join us in September to

First in Tolworth Market

Saturday marked a celebration of all things local at a new food and craft market that trialled by SHEDx on Tolworth Broadway. The First in Tolworth Market had a range of stalls taking part; from hot food stalls such as Happy Hill Kitchen, to exciting produce stalls such as Bantamlady's Produce, and a variety of local traders and artists including The Place to Make and Sue Heather Art. There was very positive feedback from local residents who attended the market and an enthusiam to see this happen as a regular event in Tolworth. The Market took place from 10am - 2pm on Tolworth Broadway sliproad on Saturday 8th June and also included a programme of live music throughout the event. We enjoyed

School seedball sessions

Children from Tolworth's Knollmead Primary School took part in seedball making sessions today. The seedballs were created with local Tolworth clay, kindly arranged by Winvic Construction, who are working on the Lidl site nearby. Pupils discussed the areas they walk in locally, and places they would like to see 'greened' on their routes to school. Keith McMahon of Kingston Beekeeper's Association ran educational workshops to teach the pupils about the importance of bees as pollinators, along with some fun facts for them to take home.

Debt Counselling at Tolworth Court Farm Garden Centre

Christians against Poverty (CAP UK) is an award-winning nationwide charity dedicated to helping people get out of debt. It works through partnering with local churches to offer face-to-face help and, through the work of a team at CAP national headquarters, plan a budget and negotiate with creditors to offer clients a pathway out of debt. The service is totally free and is open to anyone regardless of background. In 2018 alone 2,575 people became debt free through using CAP. The local partner church, covering the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and London SW20, is St John the Divine, New Malden. Through running a debt counselling service, money courses and drop-in sessions we hope reach

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