Kingston Society is looking forward to welcoming Kay Garmeson from the residents’ group Ealing Matters. This is a borough-wide alliance of more than 60 residents’ associations and community groups. Their aims are to raise awareness of how Ealing is changing and to help local people shape these changes and enhance their quality of life. Their remit is to respond to a range of issues that are common to groups from across the borough, notably over-development, the loss of heritage assets and the unresponsiveness of Ealing Council to the concerns of local residents. (Where have we heard that before?) Here is a link to their presentation.
To be clear they are not doing an Ealing version of the Kingston Society, but by acting as a central resource Ealing Matters provides the groups and associations that support it with:
a channel through which they can publicise new Government, GLA and LBE policies and proposals that affect them,
a platform on which they can air views and concerns about changes and developments taking place in the borough,
an information resource which they can use to help shape these changes, and
a network for groups to support one another in their campaigns and activities
As we enjoy the celebrations of our diamond anniversary year it is timely that we on the committee consider the goals and strategies that might be necessary if the Society is to endure. In early May we are meeting to have a broad based discussion that we hope will enable us to present to the wider Society some initial ideas, but more importantly gather your ideas. More news on this very important topic to come.
Coming to our public meetings
Unless otherwise noted, all our meetings are held in the Judge Lecture Theatre, Tiffin School, Kingston upon Thames KT2 6RL. Click here to see a map of the area.
Access is from the London Road entrance where there is free parking available, subject to other events happening at the school. There are bus stops outside and opposite the school entrance, and the main bus and railway stations are within short walking distance. The Judge Lecture Theatre is accessed through the main doors next to the new circular school cafeteria. It is on the ground floor and we believe you will find it accessible.
Meetings begin promptly at 7:30pm. Doors are open at 7:00.
Free admission for members of the Society. Members of the public are very welcome to attend and are asked to pay £2 toward our costs, alternatively they can join the Society on the night for just £10.