News in Kingston

Anne Boleyn's ornately carved falcon emblem is coming back to Hampton Court Palace (Image: Paul Fitzsimmons)

A unique antique carved wooden falcon, which was the symbol of Anne Boleyn during her ill-fated marriage to King Henry VIII, is to be displayed back at its original home at Hampton Court Palace almost 500 years later.

The white falcon badge, symbolising steadfastness and purity, was Anne's principal emblem when she was Queen and during her brief reign it adorned the walls of the Palace

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New Malden man jailed for 22 years for child sex offences

By Ellie Brown - Local Democracy Reporter

9th Nov 2021 | Local News

Mark Bolton of New Malden will be jailed for 22 years after sexually abusing two children

A man from New Malden has been sent to jail for 22 years after sexually abusing two girls aged under 13, while presenting himself as a "respectable family man."

Mark Bolton, 55, was sentenced to the prison term on Friday, November 5 at Kingston Crown Court and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

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Hand-knitted poppies line the railings of the Royal British Legion branch on Hollyfield Road (Image: Ellie Brown)

MANY people who want to support the Poppy Appeal are struggling again this year because of the increasing number of outlets which are now cashless since the pandemic.

Shops, supermarkets and pubs still have their traditional boxes and pins on the bar or at the check-out but few people carry any loose change to purchase a poppy.

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Imber Court sports club in East Molesey - their annual fireworks are popular with people in the Kingston area (Image: Essential Surrey)

Molesey sports club Imber Court has cancelled its annual fireworks for 2022 after a display on Friday that left some attendees fearing for their lives due to crushes and bottlenecks caused by dangerous overcrowding.

It is the first time in 52 years that the club has cancelled the fireworks event which is popular with Kingston residents and billed as 'Surrey's largest display.'

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Hampton Court Palace, near Kingston, is getting a light show themed around space this Christmas

A SPACE-THEMED light trail will be illuminating Hampton Court Palace this December as part of a tantalising menu of Christmas events at the palace - with the popular ice skating and Christmas Festive Fayre also set to return.

Visitors to the royal site near Bushy Park will be swept up in a "whimsical world of planets and stars" in a new installation inspired by the palace's astronomical clock.

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