• Waterworks railway’s history kept alive through the work of volunteers
    The Hampton and Kempton Waterworks Railway, known as south west London’s best kept secret, is kept running through the work of volunteers. They run one of the few narrow-gauge railways operating within the M25 and it is open every Sunday. The railway and the educational centre is operated solely by a group of volunteers, who
  • Local artist showcases exhibition at creative space FuseBox
    Martin Alton is an artist in Kingston whose pieces were on show in an exhibition titled Cracked Paint at FuseBox on Friday (April 19). The creative space, part of Creative Youth, hosted the exhibition and a book signing event where some of his work of the last ten years was on display. Alton’s work focused
  • Volunteers at the heart of the monthly held Surbiton Farmers’ Market 
    Since 2009, Surbiton Farmers’ Market has been bringing people together from the local community on the third Saturday of each month.
  • RBKares charity celebrates two years of spreading kindness across Kingston
    The past two years have proven that mobilising the local community to help those in need is possible, according to the Chair of RBKares, Kate Kenyon BEM. RBKares is a local charity, which focuses on helping vulnerable people and disadvantaged communities in the Royal Borough of Kingston. According to Kenyon, their two biggest achievements so
  • Reception and reputation: Uncovering the role of public relations today
    Kathryn Hughes (L) joins Moiz Saifuddin and Taina Popoola to talk about public relations in today’s day and age.
  • Supporting struggling families in Kingston during Christmas
    As the festive season unfolds, shops and restaurants are experiencing the busiest period of the year. While some families find joy in the Christmas shopping spree, others are hardly coping with rising food and energy bills. Challenges of poverty can be experienced even in seemingly affluent London boroughs, but there is support available. Daniel Tison
  • Giving The Mic: Black History Month- Where are the Black British pioneers?
    Welcome to Giving the Mic, the show where in each episode we will explore current topics and give our thoughts on them. In this episode, we will be talking about all things Black History Month in relation to Kingston-upon-Thames, and explaining why it was a disappointing but promising year for the Black community. Black History
  • The viral auction house less than 10 miles from Kingston
    Auction houses are not often considered a must-visit for Gen-Z-ers, who seem to be stuck in a cycle of instant, unsustainable purchases and trend-chasing. However, one such establishment which has experienced an unprecedented amount of popularity amongst the Instagram masses sits unassumingly along a residential street, and is only a 30 minute bus ride from
  • Doctors and nurses take to the streets of London to protest for NHS help
    As the crisis in the NHS continues, doctors and nurses took to the streets of London on March 11 in protest of their continuing struggle. Organised by NHS SOS, a coalition of campaign groups and trade unions. The protest’s demands were simple: emergency funding for the struggling NHS, investment into a fully publicly owned NHS
  • Radio Jackie launches new weekend lunchtime show in the run-up to Christmas
    Southwest London radio station Radio Jackie has launched its new weekend lunchtime show as the weeks draw near to Christmas in a bid to help combat festive-time loneliness.  The show is on every weekend at 12pm to 3pm and is hosted regularly by James Gaffney. Gaffney, 20, said that the launch of the new show
  • In Conversation: Discussing men’s mental health
    On this episode of In Conversation the team at the Kingston Courier each bring a story that deals with men’s mental health. We are joined by sub-editors Louis Foster and Cameron Hill, as well as sports editor Joe Roberts and multimedia editor Phillip Barr.
  • In Conversation: A quick football roundup as the World Cup group stage ends
    The World Cup group stages have come to an end, and we are starting the round of 16. So Media Editor Phillip Barr decided to have a sit down with Sports Editor Joe Roberts to discuss all of the exciting developments that have happened so far.
  • COMMENT: Elon Musk’s free speech appeal to the far right will spell doom for Twitter
    Twitter has been undergoing a surrealist displacement for the past month following Elon Musk’s purchase of the app
  • Podcast: A Deep Dive into The Caucasian Chalk Circle
    Emily Dalton, News Editor, and Phillip Barr, Multimedia Editor, discuss the recent adaption of The Caucasian Chalk Circle being played at the Rose Theatre in Kingston. A first in a series of podcasts where our Kingston Courier Reporters take deeper dives into the stories that we report.
  • Review: Podcast host Elizabeth Day shows a live ‘How to Fail’ episode
    Elizabeth Day’s first live recorded show of the ‘How to Fail’ podcast made for a relaxed and insightful evening.
  • VIDEO: The ‘most dog-friendly restaurant’ Megan’s opens a branch at the Griffin in Kingston
    The self-proclaimed ‘most dog-friendly restaurant’ Megan’s opened its first new branch of 2022 at the Griffin in Kingston upon Thames.
  • VIDEO: Local charity Save the World Club in need of a new home
    Save the World Club are looking for a new location to continue their work in the borough of Kingston as their lease at The Circulatory is due to end in September 2022. The Surbiton-based charity is run by volunteers, who commit their time to saving and upcycling goods that would otherwise be sent to the
  • VIDEO: Lecturers take strike action at Kingston University over pay rates and workload 
    Members of the University and College Union (UCU) took strike action between March 23 to April 1 to protest low pay rates. 
  • VIDEO: CAAT protest outside annual ADS dinner
    Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) organised a protest outside the annual ADS dinner which took place at JW Marriott Grosvenor Hotel, Park Lane London. ADS is the trade organisation representing the aerospace, defence, security and space industries in the UK. Attendees of the dinner included members of ADS, arms dealers, politicians and other affiliates. On
  • VIDEO: Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at the Rose Theatre raises money and awareness for brain cancer research
    The British Hat Guild organised a nationwide ‘Wear a Hat Day’ on Friday 25th March to raise money and awareness for Brain Cancer research.  Bee Smith, a local miliner and member of the British Hat Guild, was tasked with organising an event for Kingston residents. She organised a ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ at the Rose Theatre
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