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UPCOMING EVENTS ORGANISED BY KEW COMMUNITY CENTRE

 

Thursday, 18th May @ 1.30 p.m.                 Chris Holmes – Lord Holmes of Richmond – Medal-winning Paralympic Swimmer – a fascinating insight into his life.  Not to be missed.

Free with tea and biscuits – Donations gratefull received.

Thursday, 25th May @ 11.00 a.m.               Orange Tree Theatre Players – “I Happen to Like New York” – Join us for a jolly trip to Broadway in the Big Apple with songs from Cole Porter, Frank Sinatra, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.  This is always an excellent and hugely entertaining performance.  Brighten up your Thursday morning.

Free – Donations gratefully received. 

Thursdays are our Roast Dinner Lunch Day : Very delicious and just £4 (members) £5 (non-members) including a pudding.  Yummy!

It’s very useful if you could call to book lunch : 020 8948 8807 – We’d hate to run out!

Monday, 12th June @ 1.30 p.m.                  “Summer Melodies” with The Bold Balladiers.  Old time music from the Victorian/Edwardian era with plenty of sing-a-longs and wonderful costumes.   A highly entertaining show, like “The Good  Old Days”!  Free – Tea & Biscuits – Donations gratefully received.

 For more information call 020 8948 8807

Kew Community Centre

The Avenue Club is a community of over 330 members. It provides a social lifeline for older people who want to get the most out of life. We welcome new members the Annual subsription is only £30 a year. Call us on 020 894 88807 or pop in for a chat. We would love to meet you.
The Avenue Club is managed by Kew Community Trust (Reg. charity 289707).

The club issues a regular newsletter giving details of the activities and can be contacted by email at

avenueclub@kewcommunitytrust.org.uk

Can you help Support this charity?

We need your help. The Avenue Club is a fabulous community resource that enriches the lives of older residents of Kew and in some cases provides the only social activity they have.

This all takes money. Our activities and lunches are heavily subsidised to keep them affordable. We also provide transport and carers for those most in need so that they can also visit our club. In addition we also need money to maintain our lovely Victorian building.

We would be very grateful for any support that you would like to give and we outline a number of ways you can make a donation.

Send Us A Cheque
If you would like to help support our work please send us a cheque made out to Kew Community Trust and post it to:
Kew Community Trust, St. Luke’s in The Avenue, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 2AJ.

You Can Donate Securely
By clicking on the “donate button” on the right hand side of the page, you can make a donation on-line using a credit/debit card or your paypal account.

Make A Regular Donation
The most popular way of making a donation is by setting up a regular payment by standing order. You can download the form on the right and send it to us at the above address.

Leave Us A Gift In Your Will
If you have a will all you need to do is to create a codicil to add your gift to us. The form for this can be found on the right hand side of the page. We would recommend that you consult your solictor.

News

Uber should lose its licence if it doesn’t improve workers’ rights, say drivers

A group of minicab drivers, many employed by Uber, have joined black-cab drivers and unions in calling for improved workers’ rights to be a condition of Uber being able to renew its London licence later this month, The Guardian reports.

United Private Hire Drivers, which says it has 1,200 members and organised a go-slow protest blocking roads in the capital in November last year, is calling on Transport for London to insist Uber and other minicab drivers are guaranteed basic employment rights, including the minimum wage and holiday pay, under the terms of its new five-year licence.

The Uber drivers are joining calls from the GMB union and the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association, which speaks for London’s black cabbies, in calling for minimum employment rights and better regulation of operators.

Two drivers were backed by the GMB when they won an employment tribunal against Uber which ruled that its drivers were not self-employed contractors but workers , and were therefore entitled to the national minimum wage and holiday pay. Uber is appealing against the ruling.

James Farrar, who was one of the drivers involved in the GMB-backed case and co-founded UPHD, said: “TfL has avoided all responsibility for the abuse of workers in the licensed trade for far too long. Now the legal situation has been clarified, TfL and the mayor must take decisive action to protect workers in the interests of public safety by making worker rights protections a condition of Uber’s licence renewal.”

He added “Uber in turn also has a simple choice to make: obey the law on workers’ rights or forgo its license. It can be longer acceptable for TfL to literally license exploitation for London’s public transportation system.”

Steve McNamara, the general secretary of the LTDA, said organisation had written to TfL setting out a legal challenge against the renewal of Uber’s licence on the grounds it was not a fit and proper operator and was jeopardizing public safety.

McNamara said: “Uber’s aggressive business model forces its drivers to work dangerously long hours in order to make ends meet, putting passengers and other road users at risk.”

The GMB is also calling for TfL and other licensing authorities to ensure all minicab operators including Uber ensure their drivers have worker status.

“Licensing authorities have the ability to put in conditions for operators’ licences under local bylaws. We believe TfL can can put in a requirement for drivers to be guaranteed the rights of workers not just for Uber but all operators,” said the GMB national officer, Mick Rix.

But Rix admitted that changes to national legislation might be required as local authorities were afraid of a legal challenge against such bylaws.

Rix said the union would be lobbying the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, who has close ties to the GMB, but would also consider “alternative options” such as legal action if its demands were not met.

An Uber spokesperson said the “vast majority” of drivers using its app wanted to remain their own boss.

The spokesperson said: “Millions of Londoners rely on Uber to get a reliable ride at the touch of a button and thousands of licensed drivers make money through our app. More choice for consumers is a good thing and we believe that black cabs and apps like Uber can and should live side by side.
“Almost all taxi and private hire drivers in the UK have been self-employed for decades and with Uber they have more control over what they do.”

The company said it had recognized that drivers wanted more security and so had recently starting offering discounted illness and injury cover for drivers.

Despite the protests, TfL is expected to renew Uber’s licence.

Under proposed new rules for how much Uber and other private hire operators will have to pay for a licence, that could rise dramatically. Over the next five years Uber’s bill could rise from about £3,000 at present to more than £2m under the scheme, which would charge higher fees to operators with more cars. However, consultation on the new fees does not close until June and any new rules may not come into force for some time.

A TfL spokesperson said: “We do not comment on the status of individual licence applications.”

Minicab law & safety

Taking a minicab is one of the quickest and most pleasant ways of getting around London, but there are one or two things to be aware of to make you experience safe and enjoyable. Unlike taxis, private minicabs more often than not look like ordinary cars, and with over 49,000 of them in London, the following advice should help you distinguish the good from the bad .

– Did you know that all minicab journeys that have not been booked beforehand by phone, over the internet or at a minicab office are illegal and because of this the driver will not be insured? Always book beforehand and don’t be tempted to organise travel directly through a driver.

-All legal, professional private minicab companies must be registered with the Public Carriage Office. Drivers should have their license on display at all times.

– Private cars that tout for business outside of pubs and clubs are breaking the law. If you need transportaiton after a night out, book your return with us or text Cabwise to receive the number of two nearby licensed minicab firms.

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