MTV Newsletter 22. January 2019
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Last week, we finally signed the lease with Richmond Council to use the old caretakers bungalow on the St Mary’s School site to run MTV Youth.

This is huge news for us as it means that after two years of running the club at two separate venues we’ll be able to bring the youth club back onto one site. Our volunteer team has been stretched as we’ve run clubs at both the Hampton Baptist Church (for indoor activities) and St Mary’s School (for outdoor sports) and the young people have had to make a choice about which site to attend. Getting back to one site will make the club more sustainable to run and gives the young people more options for activities.


The great news is that MTV Youth was successful in being awarded £75000 from the Council’s Community Fund to refurbish the caretaker’s bungalow next to St Mary’s School. Thank you to everyone who voted for us. The money should make a terrific difference. Now the lease is signed we hope the work will commence promptly so we can get in to the building as soon as possible. In the meantime we have already got to work on the outside space - a huge thank you to Laura and her amazing team at The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) who did a fantastic job clearing away the jungle of weeds and brambles! It was a pleasure to meet the team of volunteers and quite something  to see them go to work and transform the area in such a short space of time. If you are interested in joining TCV please visit for more information.


We had a wonderful awards evening and 7th birthday party in July on a beautiful summer's evening at the St Mary’s School site. Children were joined by volunteers, trustees, parents and supporters. Our thanks to Cllr Gareth Roberts (Hampton Councillor and new Leader of the Council) who handed out the awards. Congratulations to Maddie and Kyle – the Male and Female Stars of the Years.


Ten of our young leaders, including four new ones went to Hindleap Warren on a residential weekend in October. The young people enjoyed lots of activities focused on team building and leadership skills, including kayaking, jacob’s ladder, crate stacking and problem solving challenges.

The young leaders are a terrific addition to the team and have again been leading activities at the club on Friday nights – including making slime, ‘armpit fudge’ and catapults.

Ex club member and now adult leader Briony commented ‘The weekend gave so much opportunity for the teenagers to develop communication during team building activities and especially in the egg breaking competition.’

Max C said ‘the trip to Hindleap Warren massively helped to strengthen our team and helped us all to make new friends’.


To Amy Gould and her pianist David for holding a  cello recital in October raising £853

We were also thankful to Rob Blackwood from  for running a Gin Tasting Evening raising £800

To the Stragglers Running Group who have donated £3,174 to the club

To Bottomline Technology for donating a further £200

To our ‘anonymous’ couple who for the second successive year have donated £1,000 to the club.

To Rob and Cheri Kimbel for donating $10,000 USD to the club.

To James Plumer at Canine Assisted Learning for bringing his beautiful assistance dog Maui to meet children at MTV Youth


18 January – 5 April 2019 (except half term 22.2.19) 7-8.30pm

St Mary’s School for Outdoor sports, Hampton Baptist Church for indoor crafts, cooking and games.

For more information please look at, ring or text the club mobile 07469 147137 or email

For more information please look at, ring or text the club mobile 07469 147137 or email

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