New “gateway” for Staines Too good to be true

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                                                                                         New “gateway”
                                                                                         for Staines
                                                                                         The pedestrian pathway that leads from Staines
                                                                                         station to the town centre was in desperate
                                                                                         need of improvement. All that greeted
                                                                                         commuters and shoppers using Station Path
                                                                                         were a few old tree stumps, some broken
                                                                                         fencing, and the remains of a train bunker.
                                                                                         Now pedestrians and cyclists are greeted with a
                                                                                         handcrafted welcome sign, featuring the various
                                                                                         attractions of Staines – the bridge, swans and
                                                                                         boats; all with a vibrant sun watching over them.
                                                                                         There are new stepped bedding planters made
                                                                                         from timber edging and bricks, which display
                                                                                         evergreen plants and spring bulbs (donated by
                                                                                         Civic Pride).
                                                                                         The project was funded by the environmental
                                                                                         project management group budget at cost of
      The sign design was chosen from 50 entries and was based on pictures               £18,500. Network Rail will now take over the
      drawn by five talented children, who were presented with prizes by the             on-going maintenance responsibility of the site.
      Mayor of Spelthorne, Cllr Patricia Weston. The prizes (high-street store
                                                                                                   Kirsty Rice, Environmental Services
      vouchers and a poster copy of the sign) were presented to: Hannah Willis
      (8), Nicole Andrews (10), Richard Cook (10), Rebecca Williams (9) and Lisa
                                                                                         INFO:     on 01784 446419 or e-mail
      Chapman (11).                                                                      

       Staines Bowling Club
       are holding a public coaching
       day at Staines Park on Saturday
                                                                  Too good to be true
       1 July between 10am-12noon.                            Have you ever been tempted by a letter saying you have
       All are welcome - just                              won a large sum of money or the chance to earn good money
       remember to bring flat shoes.
                                                            working at home? Did you send money or personal details?
       Contact 01784 451791 for
                                                                         If so, you may have been scammed.
       more information.
                                                          Early research shows nearly half of the UK population have been
       Stanwell Bowling Club                             targeted by a scam. Scams are designed by both individuals and
       are having their Open Day                                international gangs to separate you from your money.
       on Sunday 2 July between                              Many people who reply to a single letter are then flooded
       11am-4pm. Beginners and all
                                                                                   with similar scam letters.
       age groups are welcome. Free
       tuition. Contact Dave on                         It is all too easy to become a victim. If you think you have received
       01784 259083 for more                               a scam, do not respond or send money. You are unlikely to get
       information.                                       anything back, except more offers to take your money from you.

                                                                 Report the matter to Trading Standards via the Consumer Direct
                                                        INFO:    service on 08454040506 or at

                                                                                                                                                    COMMUNITY VOLUNTARY

                            Spelthorne In Bloom
                                                                                                                                        Business Forum
                                                                                                                                        With the appointment of a new Chairman
                                                                                                                                        to the Spelthorne Business Forum, an
                                                                                                                                        opportunity is being taken to re-organise
                                                                                                                                        the way meetings are held.
                                                                                                                                        It is hoped that all businesses in the
                                                                                                                                        Borough (big or small) will find it
                                                                                                                                        beneficial and a useful opportunity to
                                                                                                                                        network with other business colleagues
                                                                                                                                        in the Spelthorne area. It will also be an

                                                                                                                                        opportunity to meet the Council’s new
                                                                                                                                        Chief Executive, Roberto Tambini.
                                                                                                                                        The breakfast Forum meeting is being
                                                                                                                                        hosted by Kempton Park and members
                                                                                                                                        attending will receive a short talk and tour
                                                                                                                                        of their new facilities.
                            More than 150 people joined the                                                                                       To register your free attendance
                            Mayor of Spelthorne, Councillor                                                                             INFO:     and receive further details
                            Patricia Weston to launch of the                                                                                      including time and date of the
                            Spelthorne in Bloom 2006 campaign and                                                                                 event contact Liz Phillis on
                            to announce the winners of the children’s                                                                             01784 446276 or e-mail
                            poster competition.                                                                                         
                            Jordain Williams, age 11, from St Michael’s                                                                           or complete an e form at
                            Roman Catholic School, was the overall                                                                      
                            winner of the hand drawn section. Her
                            winning design was displayed on posters
                            across the Borough and on entry forms for
                            the 2006 Spelthorne in Bloom competition.                                                                   Link up
                            Second place was awarded to Carla Grecco,                                                                   Age Concern Spelthorne has launched a
                            age 11, also from St Michael’s. Joint third                                                                 new befriending service called “Link-Up”  .
                            were Ciara Louise McBride age seven, from                                                                   This new service is for older people living
                            Laleham Church of England School and                                                                        in the Spelthorne area who are isolated in
                            Lucy Rock, age 11, from Ashford Church of                                                                   their homes. The success of the scheme is
                            England School.                                                                                             hugely dependent on volunteers who can
                            The special school hand-drawn poster                                                                        help in many ways, including home visits,
                            winner was Curtis Moore, age 6, from the                                                                    outings, dog walking, helping with
                            Rainbow Centre at Manor Mead School.                                                                        internet shopping and e-mails. If you
                                                                                                                                        are16+ with time to spare, please contact
                            The computer generated poster winners                                                                       Debbie Fuller on 01784 444200/203 for an
                            were:                                                                                                       application form or more information on
                                                                                                                  PHOTO: STEVE CONNOR

                            First - Kelly Rowan age 9, from Echelford                                                                   becoming a volunteer and helping to
                            Primary School                                                                                              make a positive difference to the lives of
                            Second – Harry Saunders age 9, from                                                                         older people in Spelthorne.
                            Saxon Primary School                                                                                        Age Concern Spelthorne are also looking
                            Third – Andre Moore age 9, also from                                                                        for volunteers with an information and
                            Saxon Primary School.                           Poster winner Jordain Williams with
                                                                                                                                        advice background or knowledge of the
                                                                            the Mayor Councillor Pat Weston
                                                                                                                                        local voluntary and statutory sectors, to
                            Judging will soon be taking place for the 2006 Spelthorne in Bloom competition                              answer the phone in their busy office in
                            and winners will be announced at the awards presentation evening held at                                    Knowle Green. Training will be given.
                            Notcutts garden centre.
                                                                                                                                                  Sue Metcalf or
                                                                                                                                        INFO:     Carol Sheppardson on
                                      Natalie Gaskin on 01784 446312
                            INFO:     or e-mail                                                                 01784 444200 /203


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