Open Spaces

Lots of open spaces with the Green, the Thames and Richmond Park nearby

Kew Market (currently suspended)

Held on the first Sunday of each month (except January), the village comes alive with over 45 stalls and music

Kew Midsummer Fete

Kew fete 2020 has had to be cancelled. Last year saw the 10th annual Kew Midsummer Fete, a great family day out that has raised over £150,000 for local charities.

Oliver's Wholefoods

Kew Village

Kew has a real village feel with lovely shops and restaurants

Kew Bridge

Lots of open spaces with the Green, the Thames and Richmond Park nearby

Community Groups

Kew has numerous thriving community groups - get involved!

Kew Sparkle

THE family Christmas event in Kew - Kew Sparkle 2019 raised £2250 for the Vineyard Community Centre

 10th April 2020

Welcome to all friends in Kew

KewTW9 is run by keen volunteers in the community. Our aim is to bring people together, through enjoying local events. But, for now, we’re focusing on collating very local, accurate information about coronavirus.  We're putting all this into a "Lockdown Resources" section, please let us know if there are more questions and we'll try to point you in the right direction.

Within this section, we've introduced a new feature: articles from local writers, reflecting on how their past experiences help to make sense of our current situation.  This week Mike Thexton, who became a hostage during a hi-jack in 1986, tells in "Bad Things Happen, But People Survive", how sharing his story has helped others - and himself.  And please enjoy an earlier fascinating article "Thoughts from Space" by Kew resident Helen Sharman - she was the UK's first astronaut, and the first woman to visit the MIR space station, so knows how to cope with isolation!

Our Lockdown Resources include daily advice during the week from our local MP, Sarah Olney.    Richmond Council has set up a Community Hub to support vulnerable residents, working with local volunteers.    Our primary source of help for the vulnerable in Kew is the highly-experienced Kew Neighbourhood Association - they've been "inundated" with kind offers of help, and are still looking for even more younger volunteers, as many dedicated helpers are themselves in the vulnerable age group.  Here is the latest guidance from Richmond Council and the local police.   There are so many wonderful very local street groups which already existed in happier times, or are now rapidly being established.  Here is the Council's guidance about how to manage these safely. (And, sadly, we need to watch out for coronavirus scams and a few unscrupulous people.)  Our Lockdown Resources also include details of waste collection arrangements over Easter and throughout these difficult times.

The Lockdown Resources include shopping details:  some of our essential shops are still open , please do keep us updated!  Kew Post Office is closed, but here are other Post Office arrangements, and here is the current local Supermarket information.  Hurrah for our local Thai restaurant, Montien, which is doing takeaways, and we're daily hearing of more others who are keeping going to serve the community.  Do let us know of others that are doing the same!

Local Churches:  sadly these are now mostly closed, but are supporting their congregations.  We've been delighted to hear from the local Jewish community, and would love to be in touch with other faith groups, as religious communities find new ways to stay in touch .

Events across our sociable community have had to stop.  Some virtual events are emerging, mostly Easter Church Service streaming arrangements, and we're keen to publicise other online Events!.

KewTW9 has no formal connection with the local authorities, it is entirely a community initiative – but we are in touch with local councillors, our MP and many local groups. So please contact us if you'd like to share what’s happening, or send us lovely uplifting photos of Kew in Spring or imaginative images of how you're coping [get permission from everyone visible!] for our Gallery - so we can all continue to bring people together in Kew, especially in these challenging times.

To find out what else is - or was! - happening in Kew, please visit our news and events sections, and we also feature local community groups.

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Coronavirus – Sarah Olney MP – 9th April

CHILD PROTECTION I have been very worried this week about reports of an increase in child abuse during this difficult period. Many families are under additional stress now due to physical isolation, financial pressure and health problems, and this may lead to an abusive home environment. With schools closed and children kept at home there…

Please note - most events are now cancelled due to Covid-19

Good Friday Liturgy

April 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Monthly tea/coffee/biscuit chat morning – CANCELLED

April 10 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Pensford Field Work Party – CANCELLED

April 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Easter Sunday Sung Eucharist

April 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am