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Co-Op New Malden to close next month

James Giles



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The Co-Operative has today announced that their store in New Malden is set to close next month.

A spokesperson for the Co-operative said: “We can confirm that our food store in New Malden is to close on 14th May.

“The decision to close the store has been made as part of our ongoing store review process, and is in no way a reflection on the hard work and commitment from the 29 colleagues working at the store.  We would like to thank our shoppers for their valued custom over the years.”

Coombe Monthly have spoken to staff at the Co-Op branch, who anonymously told us that the store was leaving New Malden as “the lease was coming to an end and the rents were too high. As a result, the Co-Op have decided to close it down.”

This paper has been informed from more than one resident that a M&S Simply Food is to open in place of the Co-Operative in New Malden.

Do you know what is opening in place of the Co-Op? E-mail the newsdesk on or call 020 3020 0037.

James Giles is the Editor of the Kingston Enquirer, covering local news and events in Kingston, New Malden, Surbiton, Tolworth and Chessington.

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Award ceremony celebrates achievements of Kingston children with Special Educational Needs

James Giles




Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in Kingston and Richmond have been given recognition for their accomplishments at an awards ceremony.

The awards run by Kingston and Richmond’s social enterprise Achieving for Children (AfC) took place at Clarendon School in Hampton on 20 January. The event is aimed at celebrating the achievements of local children and young people and their impact they have had in inspiring other children, young people and their families.

People from across the two boroughs were invited to nominate an individual or group of children and young people they felt had done something special under four different categories; ‘impact’, ‘inspiration’,‘personal achievement’ and ‘recognition’.

The AfC team received over 100 entries for judging. Nominations were judged by panels made up of a parent, professional and a young person. Twenty nominations were selected as outstanding by the panels.

Cllr Richard Hudson, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Children’s Social Care and Health at Kingston Council, said:

“Having an awards ceremony to recognise the hard work of these individuals is a fantastic idea and are a great way of helping those with special educational needs gain self-confidence. I am confident that they are hugely appreciated by those who receive an award.”

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