Posts made in December, 2015

MidasPlus is a registered charity dedicated to helping the disadvantaged in Middlesex, Surrey and surrounding areas.

Please read the Can you help us page. We really need some help even if just for a few hours a month – we cannot continue to do this without you.

We have been nominated by readers of the The Local Family Directory in North West Surrey to receive a share of a £500 donation.


MidasPlus raises and distributes funds to community groups and individuals who have nowhere else to turn. Since it was first established in 2005 by volunteers, Ray Blowers, Felicity Wylie and Mike Wylie, MidasPlus has distributed more than£100,000 to worthwhile causes.
These have included:

Sharon_Maloney_in_her_wheelchair5 fully powered wheelchairs to individuals (Sharon Maloney pictured in her wheelchair)
A shower bed for the Lindon Bennett School for children with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties as well as severe physical disabilities
A specially designed bicycle for a boy with cerebral palsy
New carpet for a single mother with twins
A new bath and toilet for an elderly man living independently
Fencing for a farm near Heathrow who give riding lessons for the disabled
2 new mobility scooters for Staines Shopmobility
Making a garden safe for a young girl with severe Down’s Syndrome and hyper-activity
A donation towards an annual holiday for 50 adults with severe disabilities & special needs
Funding of a new shower room for the White Lodge Centre

Read more about these gifts and how to apply for funding in the Who We Support section.

Map-1MidasPlus evolved in two ways. From King Midas who was said to be able to turn all that he touched into gold and the area that we cover Middlesex and Surrey plus surrounding areas (West Berkshire). The map to the right gives a good perspective of the area in which we operate.

MidasPlus raises most of its funds through local fundraising events and activities. These have included persuading local restaurants and hotels to hold dinners and karaoke evenings, Elvis nights, an annual Valentine Ball, RAF concerts, Golf Days, bucket collections and duck races.
Click on Forthcoming Events to find out what’s coming up and when. MidasPlus is eternally grateful to the many businesses who support the variety of events and activities in so many different ways. We are also incredibly grateful to the many volunteers including Rotary and even the Local Mayor on occasions who help out at every.



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Local News & Events on Surrey & Middlesex

Local News & Events on Surrey & Middlesex

Do you know or have any local News on Surrey & Middlesex you want the local community to know about ?

email and we will put on our News Feed, where people can read up all on their local area at the same time of listening to some banging tunes 🙂


Local News and Events in Staines, Ashford, Richmond, Twickenham, Feltham, Surrey & Middlesex
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No looking back for Nicky Forster, Staines Town's manager

No looking back for Nicky Forster, Staines Town’s manager

Swans manager still believes he is the man to turn around club’s fortunes at Wheatsheaf Park

Boss Nicky Forster has revealed he is not about to give up on his mission to bring success to Staines Town alongside his assistant Graham Abercrombie.

Having endured a torrid time in attempting in vain to arrest a slide from Step 2 last season, after taking over from Marcus Gayle in January, Forster had high hopes of being in and around the Ryman Premier Division play-offs area by this stage of the campaign.

Instead, three home defeats within a week have knocked Swans for six – or make that eight, in goals conceded, with none scored in reply – prompting Forster to reassess while contemplating making some “tough decisions”.

The latest reverse, 4-0 at home to Grays Athletic on Tuesday (December 15), was particularly damaging.


But ahead of this weekend’s latest home clash, against sixth-placed Wingate & Finchley, Forster reinforced his intentions when he declared: “My situation is governed by someone else [chairman Matt Boon] but I am still 100% committed to this job and I want to be the person to take us from this period and come out the other side.

“I was the one in charge when we were doing well. We had games in hand which could have taken us to a good position and we were also at Brisbane Road [Leyton Orient in the FA Cup] enjoying a day out there.

“So I want to do the other side to it as well [the difficult times] and sometimes you learn a lot more from this type of situation.”


Forster continued: “I read somewhere about [Jose] Mourinho, how he said he has never had to deal with this sort of situation in his career and he’ll learn from this [Chelsea’s struggles and being sacked].

“And there was someone else who tweeted that you will learn a lot more from this type of situation as a manager than you will from the good times.

“It’s the case that once you have dealt with the pressure of this, then next time it will possibly be that slightly bit easier.”

Forster is determined the season has not got to the stage where there is nothing to play for in the Ryman Premier, but he agreed: “We are not making it easy for ourselves. It’s probably time that I assess myself, and the squad, and make some tough decisions.”


“The season isn’t petering out yet although I do think we need to change some things,” the managed said.

“We didn’t lose any ground [against Grays Athletic] as such because that wasn’t one of our catch-up games. But it’s a worrying position for us and a worrying trend at the moment.

“It’s more a crisis of confidence though. There are good players in that dressing room, there’s no doubt about it. There’s ability. But we have to get the right mentality.

“A lot of it comes down to poor decision-making, not being comfortable on the ball, not being prepared to take a risk, or to be the one to stand up and shoulder the burden of responsibility.”


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maxresdefaultAs part of the Staines-upon-Thames initiative, a new website will soon be launched with the aim of promoting the town as a major hub for businesses.

‘Invest in Staines-upon-Thames’ highlights the town’s key strengths – a buoyant economy, close proximity to Heathrow and London, excellent transport links, a well-educated work force, competitive house prices, a riverside location and the promise of great lifestyle. As well as highlighting the town’s assets to prospective businesses, the website also features a business directory, news area, chat forum and location maps.

Spelthorne Council and the Spelthorne Business Forum anticipate the new website will be key a tool in attracting businesses to the area; whether they be brand-new start-ups or established businesses looking to relocate.

Spelthorne Council has shown a long-standing commitment to supporting local businesses and creating an environment in which they can flourish. And that commitment is paying off, with Spelthorne enjoying the position of being the fastest growing borough for start-up businesses in Surrey, and having a low unemployment figure of just 0.9%.

A promotional brochure to complement the website is also being produced, using the tag line: “the perfect blend of town and river with Heathrow on the doorstep.”

Speaking about the new website, Cllr Colin Davis, Spelthorne Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development said: “Staines-upon-Thames has been a fantastic team effort and continues to gain support daily; we now have an area with a new public identity that we intend to market fully. This website is a golden opportunity for business whether they are looking to invest or have been trading here for 100 years. It is about optimising and making available to a wider public the fantastic opportunities and unique environs that Staines-upon-Thames has to offer. It is precisely the kind of initiative I had in mind when I first proposed the Staines-upon-Thames project.”

Visit the new Invest in Staines-upon-Thames website at www.investstaines-upon-thames.comstaines-bridge


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Staines Market

Posted By on Dec 20, 2015

200_fruitDates for Staines Market over the Christmas period

Due to the bank holidays, Staines Market will be closed on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 December.

The Market will be open on the following dates:

Tuesday 22 December

Wednesday 23 December

Thursday 24 December
Opening will return to normal the following week (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday).

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