When the dream of the Hub was born in our thinking, right back when Kingston Vineyard started, and when we first launched Growbaby, we had always hoped that families we helped might one day want to become involved in helping us run Growbaby. Finding the venue for the Hub has been a long and painstaking process. But one morning in 2010 Noni walked into 38 Surbiton Road and knew this was the place. Getting there was time consuming and not without complications, our solicitors were amazing (thank you Kate Slattery) and our Trustees could not have been more supportive and when Kingston Vineyard finally signed the lease on the Hub on 6th September 2011 something wonderful had finally come into being. A home for the Church and a home for Growbaby was born.
We set a launch date of Monday 26th September 2011 and the intervening weeks were chaotic. We had so many local firms who gave us products, local tradesmen and women who gave us time and individuals from Kingston Vineyard who gave us support with time, energy, products and money.
Growbaby itself takes no money in, so all the costs of the Hub are found by the people who call Kingston Vineyard their home and the friends of Kingston Vineyard. Without them the Hub simply could not exist. They pay the rent, the rates, the utilities and all the other costs associated with such a huge project. We have a wonderful ongoing partnership with John Lewis who continue to provide us with amazing baby clothes and equipment and with Epsom College whose staff and students help us with our Growbaby Christmas present programme.
Over the last 6 years we have partnered with them each Christmas time and they have provided literally thousands of Christmas presents for children in the Borough..