Kingston Upon Thames Association for the Blind

KAB Eye Opener

KAB Eye Opener
Issue 20 - 11 August 2022
The KAB bowlers had a friendly match against the Hook and Southborough Bowling Club on the 9th of March and a great day was had by all.

News for our Members

KAB Notices

Office Telephone Numbers
Office Hours: 9am - 4pm.
KAB Office Telephone Number: 02086050060.
Mobile: 07305011133.

KAB Activities Weeks 11 August to 24 August
Tuesday, 16 August, 2:30pm to 4pm, Social Eyes Club, Squire's Garden Centre, Long Ditton.
Tuesday, 23 August, 2:30pm to 4pm, Outdoor Lawn Bowls, Hook and Southborough Bowling Club.

South London Working Age Forum Quiz
Sutton Vision will on 6 September 2022 at 6:30pm host the Quiz between sight-loss charities situated in London.
There are still places available in the KAB team.
Please call Mariza at the office at 02086050060 to book.

KCIL Annual Conference 6 September
The KCIL Annual Conference will take place on 6 September 2022 and they have invited KAB members to attend. The theme of this conference will be “Out and About: the Wellbeing Benefits of Getting Outside”. Attendance to the Conference is free-of-charge and there will also be a lunch buffet.
The Conference will take place at Glenmore House at 6 The Crescent, Surbiton KT6 4BN.
Please email or call KCIL at 020 8546 9603 to sign up to attend.

Assisted Boarding Points
It’s now quicker and easier to get assistance at South Western Railway, you can arrive at the station with 10 mins notice and contact the South Western Railway Accessibility Team on WhatsApp through 0800 528 6599 and simply tell them:
  • Where you are
  • Where you are going
  • The time of the train you would like to travel on
  • What assistance is required
The team will contact the guard on the train that you intend to travel on, informing them that you are waiting on the platform. When the train arrives, the guard will approach you and help you board the service.
For more information please click here.

Lunch Club August
The August Lunch Club will take place at the Balance Café at St. Matthew’s Church in Surbiton on Wednesday the 31stof August at 12:30pm.
Please call Rana at the Office at 02086050060 to book.

Big Give Christmas Challenge
Can you make a pledge for our Big Give 2022 Christmas Challenge?
We are now collecting pledges for the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2022. We are looking for people who will pledge a minimum of £100. If we reach our goal of £1,500 this will then be matched by ‘Champion Funders’ to provide additional funding support to us. This is a fantastic opportunity to raise money for The Kingston Association for the Blind. It would be amazing if we could reach our goal as soon as possible. All pledges need to be received by Friday the 2ndof September at 1am. They will not need to be paid until December. To make a pledge, please follow this link: and complete the short form.  There is also further information about how the Big Give Christmas Challenge works there.
We also need people who will donate online, this happens later in the year between the 29thof November and 6thof December 2022.
For more information or assistance, please call Mariza at the office at 02086050060.

Tenpin Bowling
There will be no tenpin bowling during the school holidays. The Monday tenpin bowling sessions will restart on the 12th of September at 11am at Hollywood Bowl in Tolworth, and the Wednesday tenpin bowling session will restart on the 14th of September at 6pm at the Rotunda Centre in Kingston.

Denbies Trip
The Social Eyes Club is planning a trip to Denbies Vineyard on Thursday 15 September 2022. We will be leaving the Kingston Quaker Centre at 9:30am and will be returning at 3pm. During the day the group will also do an hour long train tour of the vineyard.
To book, please call Rana at the Office at 020 8605 0060.

Social Eyes August
During the Month of August, there will be children’s holiday clubs hosted at the Kingston Quaker Centre so the Social Eyes Club will move out for the month. The Social Eyes Club will, on the 16thof August, go to the Squire’s Garden Centre in Thames Ditton for afternoon tea.
Please watch this space for other arrangements for August.
For more information call Rana at the office at 020 8605 0060.
KAB Chairperson Vacancy
The Kingston Association for the Blind is looking for a new Chairperson. Could this be you? For more information and to apply, please click here.

Fundraising Notices

Are you planning to take part in a Challenge?
Do you have a place in a marathon, cycle race, or other similar event this year? Please consider using  your entry to help KAB. Challenge Fundraising can be a very rewarding way to generate income for charities. So if you have a place in such an event please let us know. Together we can use your place to fundraise for KAB. Please call us on 02086050060.

Platform Fundraising
A gentle reminder, KAB is registered with both Amazon Smile and Easy Fundraising. By using their Apps to shop, and selecting Kingston Association for the Blind as your chosen charity, we will receive a small donation from your purchase.

Co-Op Charity of the Year
And another reminder: KAB is one of the three Local Charities of the Year of the Co-Op. For us to get the highest benefit from this, all our members with Co-Op cards can select KAB as their favourite charity. You can do so by either calling 08000234708, choosing option one and asking for help in choosing your favourite charity, or doing so through the Co-op App which can be found by following this link.

Kingston Lottery
The Kingston Community Lottery is an exciting weekly lottery that raises money for 'good causes' in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, and KAB is delighted to let you know that you can now support them as your 'good cause', by visiting the following link:
If you find the link inaccessible, or you do not have internet and you would like to play, and support KAB, please contact the office for assistance by calling 02086050060.
Tickets cost just 1 pound a week. Each ticket has a 1 in 50 chance to win a prize each week, with a top prize of £25,000. That's a much better chance of winning than the National Lottery, or the Health Lottery. Each ticket has six numbers and each number is between 0 and 9. There will be a draw every Saturday night when a six-digit winning combination will be picked. Prizes will be given to players with tickets that match the first or last 2 to 6 numbers from the winning combination. All 'good causes' supported by the lottery will benefit the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and its residents. We hope you'll support us in making KAB even better, and have some fun along the way!

Community Notices

Love to Sing
We want to encourage anyone who loves singing to come along and join in an hour of fun, music and dancing. There are so many reasons why everyone should have the opportunity to be part of this lively and exciting group.
With musicians upbeat modern and old songs, this is a group like no other, suitable for anyone who loves to sing. 
Sessions take place every Friday from 10.30am to 12pm at the Kingston Quaker Centre.
Attendance is £5 per session, no booking is required. 
For more information please contact Suzie Speed at 020 8942 4137 or email
If you need assistance with transportation, please speak to Suzie and she will see what she can organise.

Upcoming Surbiton Club Events
  • 13 September Chessington Garden Centre
The Surbiton Club will meet like normal during the month of August except for the 16th, which has been cancelled.
For more information, please contact Jo Westlake at

Balance Community Cafe
Balance is a local Kingston charity providing community-based support to disabled and vulnerable people. Every Wednesday we hold the Balance Community Cafe at St Matthew's Church, St Matthew's Avenue, Surbiton KT6 6JQ from 10am to 3pm. The cafe is a welcoming space for people to meet and enjoy our menu including panini, jacket potatoes and cakes. Balance has a supported horticulture project, Stud Nursery, in Home Park, so we try to use our produce including the sale of eggs laid from our rescue chickens. 
We are a member of the Chatty Cafe scheme, aiming to offer a friendly welcome to everyone. The Balance Community Cafe at St Matthew's Church is accessible, including the toilets.

Blind Aid - Courses for Persons with Visual Impairments
Blind Aid is currently offering places at their Camden Community project to anyone with a visual impairment living in London who is able to travel to Euston or Kings Cross stations (or a local bus stop). Each service user is offered a 16-week place (free of charge) and they run classes in IT/NVDA (Non-Visual Desktop Access), safe cooking and healthy eating, yoga, art and creative writing.
Please forward your details to the KAB Office if you are interested in taking up this offer.

Let's Talk
Let's Talk is a series of regular meetings for blind and partially sighted people hosted by London Vision to discuss the things that have a positive effect on their lives so that others can find out how to experience the same. 
Let's Talk offers the chance to enthuse about the aspects of life that make people feel good.
The last session will take place on Thursday 18 August from 6pm to 7pm on the Zoom virtual platform.
To register to attend, please email or call 0203 761 3651.

Have an enjoyable weekend from everybody at KAB!
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