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Boxing Legends Attend Opening of New Ivybridge Gym

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Former world heavyweight champ Tim Witherspoon visits Isleworth for ribbon cutting

Tim Witherspoon shows he still has moves at Isleworth

A new community venue in Isleworth has been launched in the presence of some major names in the boxing world including two-time former world heavyweight champion Tim Witherspoon who knocked out Frank Bruno at Wembley.


Also in attendance at the grand opening of the Ivybridge Boxing Gym was former European, British and Commonwealth super-middleweight champion and Isleworth resident George Groves and Welsh boxer Barry.


Around 200 residents joined the boxers, Mayor of Hounslow Councillor Ajmer Grewal and Nasira Roy, mother of Sahil Roy who was tragically killed on the estate earlier this year, for a ribbon cutting ceremony.


The gym has been launched in response to residents’ passionate pleas at a community meeting shortly after Sahil’s death. They described an overwhelming need for more activities for children and teenagers living in and around the Ivybridge Estate.


The gym is open to all and is located at The Boiler House, Ivybridge Estate, 238 Summerwood Road Isleworth, Middlesex TW7.


Councillor Sue Sampson, ward member for Isleworth and Cabinet Member for Community Protection, Hounslow Council, said: “Earlier this year the residents of Ivybridge Estate lost one of their own. Sahil Roy’s sudden and tragic passing brought a grieving community together to reflect on what could be done to avoid another young person being hurt, or worse.


“The boxing gym has come about following a public meeting where it was made clear that residents wanted more for children and young people to do on the estate. We have listened to their concerns and have worked hard to get this wonderful facility up and running.


“I’d like to thank John Holland from Westside Boxing Gym in Hounslow, who I have been working in partnership with to deliver this project on behalf of Hounslow Housing and the council, and also Houseline Building Services who refurbished what was a disused building at no cost.”


The event was sponsored by the Marriott hotel, (Twickenham), Clear Island Communications, Light Magic and Bright Shot (photography).

L-R Cllr Ajmer Grewal, Nasira Roy, mother of Sahil Roy and Cllr Sue Sampson


The gym, which is open every Tuesday and Friday, offers non-contact boxing classes for children, adults and women only. Training is delivered by fully qualified ABA and BBBC coaches. Prices are £3 for children and £5 for adults.


Classes are as follows:

Children aged 6 to 10, Tuesday and Friday, 4.30pm-5.30pm

Children aged 10yrs upwards, Tuesday and Friday, 5.30pm-6.30pm

Women only, Tuesday, 7.00pm-8pm.

Mixed Adults Friday 6.30-8pm


For more information about the gym call John on 07939 157375, email [email protected] or visit


October 14 2016

Isleworth War Memorial unveiled

Posted by Sue Sampson on February 26, 2016 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Councillor Sue Sampson And John Roach Unveil

The War Memorial On Isleworth Green.

The memorial on Isleworth Green , at the junction of North Street and Swan Street, was unveiled by Isleworth ward councillor Sue Sampson, Hounslow's cabinet member for communities, and local resident John Roach on 9 August 2014.

Isleworth councillor poses for charity 'nudes' calendar

Posted by Sue Sampson on February 26, 2016 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Councillor Sue Sampson was among the models for the calendar, being sold in aid of domestic violence charities

The great and good of Isleworth have bared their flesh for a 'nude' calendar in aid of charity.


Isleworth councillor Sue Sampson has joined residents and business people from the area in posing for the Calendar Girls-style year planner.


Local artist Lesley Miller, who runs the South Street on the Square Gallery and Gift Shop, painted them all with carefully placed props to preserve their modesty.


The calendars are now on sale for £10 each (plus postage and packing), with the proceeds to be split between the charities Women's Aid and Mankind Initiative, both of which aim to tackle domestic violence.


Ms Miller, who hopes to sell 400 copies, said: "The calendar started off as a joke. After my debut exhibition in February people asked what I was going to do next so I joked it would be a project entitled 'Nudes'.


"Rowan and Janine from the coffee shop said they would do it and began asking around. Quite strangely, it was easy finding volunteers. Isleworth is obviously more liberal minded than I had previously thought."


The project has special significance for Ms Sampson, who appears in the month of May, as her sister was murdered by her estranged husband.


As cabinet member for communities, her portfolio includes responsibility for tackling domestic violence, and she has campaigned tirelessly on the issue.


Among those joining her on the calendar's pages are Chris Wright, managing director of Sunvil Travel, and South Street Coffee Shop owners Rowan and Tom Joyce.


The calendar was officially launched by Brentford & Isleworth MP Ruth Cadbury on Friday September 25 at the gallery, where it will be on sale alongside the usual range of arts and crafts by local makers. The paintings themselves will also be on display in the gallery until November 1.


For more information about the calendar and Ms Miller's other artwork, visit

Hounslow Business Awards 2015

Posted by Sue Sampson on February 26, 2016 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Businesses Search for Hounslow’s best businessses gets under way.

Businesses across the London Borough of Hounslow are being invited to put themselves forward for the third annual Hounslow Business Awards in association with Hounslow Highways.

Organised by Hounslow Chamber of Commerce, the awards are designed to recognise and reward the achievements of Hounslow’s business community. The awards were officially launched yesterday (12 March) at iBurbia Studios in Chiswick – winner of the 2014 Hounslow Business Awards Best Hospitality & Leisure category.

The London Borough of Hounslow and Invest Hounslow are one of the proud sponsors of the 2015 awards. Speaking on behalf of Hounslow Council, Councillor Sue Sampson, cabinet member for communities and economic development, said “The wealth of business we have in Hounslow is second to none. From the big corporate giants on the Golden Mile to the small, independent businesses which make our borough unique, I am very excited about this year’s awards and pleased that the council is backing them again this year.

“The awards complement our Invest Hounslow aims which support and grow businesses in the borough, as well as attract new enterprises to our shores.

“The awards have become a much anticipated annual event and are growing from strength to strength. I’m really looking forward to this year’s event and discovering the wealth of talent and enterprise we have on our doorstep.”

Speaking about the awards, Stephen Fry – chief executive of Hounslow Chamber of Commerce – said “We are delighted to be organising these awards for the third consecutive year. Since we launched the awards in 2013 we have been hugely impressed not only with the quality of businesses who have put themselves forward, but also by the enthusiasm and passion for these awards.

Business owners and managers have had to work very hard over the past few years to keep ahead of their competition, and the peer to peer endorsement that comes from winning one of our awards really can make the difference when it comes to securing new customers and winning new business”.

Speaking on behalf of title sponsors Hounslow Highways, service director Rob Gillespie said “Hounslow Highways is very pleased to be the headline sponsor for the Hounslow Business Awards for the second year running.”

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The London Borough of Hounslow and Invest Hounslow are among the proud sponsors of the 2015 awards. Speaking on behalf of Hounslow Council, Councillor Sue Sampson, cabinet member for communities and economic development, said “The wealth of business we have in Hounslow is second to none.From the big corporate giants on the Golden Mile to the small, independent businesses which make our borough unique, I am very excited about this year’s awards and pleased that the council is backing them again this year.

“The awards complement our Invest Hounslow aims which support and grow businesses in the borough, as well as attract new enterprises to our shores.

“The awards have become a much anticipated annual event and are growing from strength to strength. I’m really looking forward to this year’s event and discovering the wealth of talent and enterprise we have on our doorstep.”

Hounslow Business AwardsThe awards are free to enter and businesses can enter online by visiting the website; companies have two months to complete their entries before the judging process begins. The awards will culminate with a gala dinner and awards ceremony at the Hilton Syon Park on 9th October 2015.

There are twelve categories that can be entered

Best SME Business – Best Business for Customer Service

Entrepreneur of the Year – Commitment to the Community

Best New Business – Best Business for Training & Development

Best Green Business – independent Retailer of the Year

Best Hospitality & Leisure – Best Business for Marketing & Social Media

Logistics Business of the Year – International Business of the Year

2015 sponsors include:

Hounslow Highways

iBurbia Studios

London Borough of Hounslow

Invest Hounslow

Class1 Personnel

JSI Logistics

Brentford FC

out&about magazine

Hilton Hotels – Syon Park

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Hounslow hosts prostitution and human trafficking summit

Posted by Sue Sampson on February 26, 2016 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Hounslow Council, police and charity Eaves partner up in The Not for Sale summit to be held on Wednesday.

Hounslow council Cabinet member for domestic violence Councillor Sue Sampson

A debate on prostitution and human trafficking is being hosted in Hounslow on Wednesday (October 14).


Led by a panel of experts on the subjects, The Not for Sale summit, in support of No Prostitution Day, UK Anti-Slavery Day and EU Trafficking Day, is free and will be held at the Civic Centre at 8pm.


The discussion will be chaired by Hounslow councillor Sue Sampson, cabinet member for domestic violence, whose sister was murdered by her estranged husband.


Ms Sampson said: “We’re proud to be taking a stand against prostitution and human trafficking, as well as all other forms of abuse against women.


"We will not tolerate it in Hounslow; we will support legal action wherever possible, we will protect vulnerable women and their families and we will do whatever possible to ensure survivors of any form of abuse can live their lives free of fear.”


The Not for Sale debate is part of a two-year partnership programme between Hounslow Council and various partners, including Hounslow police operations Kerb Safe and Pathway team tackling the exploitation of women; and Eaves, a charity supporting women who have experienced or are experiencing violence to enable them to recover and regain independence.


According to the police, in the past 12 months, seven men have been arrested and around 40 have been sent letters warning them they may be prosecuted under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.


Charity Eaves has supported around 20 women who have been referred to the partnership since it was set up a year ago.

Drop-in service for victims of gender-based violence given new home in Hounslow

Posted by Sue Sampson on February 26, 2016 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Confidential advice and support is available for those facing domestic violence, FGM, forced marriage and other forms of abuse


Councillor Sue Sampson launches the new drop-in service

Victims of gender-based violence can seek help at weekly drop-in service, which has moved to a new home in Hounslow .


Confidential advice and support for those facing abuse will be on offer at the One Stop Shop every Wednesday, from 10am to midday, at Route 36, in Bath Road, Hounslow.


The service was launched by Councillor Sue Sampson, Hounslow Council 's cabinet member for communities, whose sister was murdered by her estranged husband in 1976.


"The One Stop Shop is there for those who are experiencing gender based violence that is causing them to be scared and fearing for their life and safety and that of their families," she said.


"We want the One Stop Shop to be a place both women and men can come to in confidence, knowing that they will get the help and advice they need and most importantly, to know they are not alone, there is someone who can help them get out of a difficult situation they may be in."


The drop-in service will run every Wednesday, from 10am-midday, at its new home

The service is there for people of either sex, including those who are facing domestic violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) or forced marriage.


Trained staff and advisors from a team of agencies will provide face-to-face guidance on issues ranging from personal safety and accommodation to legal and child care matters. They can also direct people to support available outside usual opening hours.


One woman who previously sought help but asked to remain anonymous, said: "I was so scared, the police officer gave me details about the One Stop Shop and I went there.


"I was nervous but left with a better idea of what I should do and I can go back there as many times as I want."


Hounslow Council was last year awarded White Ribbon status in recognition of its efforts to end violence against women and girls. It is one of only three London councils to achieve this accolade.


The One Stop Shop is funded by the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime, and run by the council's Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence Outreach Service. People should always dial 999 in an emergency.


Route 36, which also houses a rehabilitation service for addicts, is just west of Hounslow High Street, opposite a council car park.

Hounslow stands up to female genital mutilation

Posted by Sue Sampson on February 26, 2016 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Hounslow council and charity FORWARD host free event to encourage people to learn more about how to help tackle female genital mutilation

Hounslow Council has joined the fight against FGM

Stand up to female genital mutilation (FGM) and spread the message with Hounslow Council and charity FORWARD on Saturday (February 6).


People in Hounslow are being urged to join the council and the leading anti-FGM organisation to mark International Day of Zero Tolerance against FGM at Isleworth Public Hall.


The free event will give people a chance to find out what’s being done locally to tackle FGM, women most likely to be at risk, and how people can get involved in raising awareness of the issue and the fight to erase it from society.


There will be speeches, live music and free food and drink at the event which runs from 4pm to 7pm.


READ MORE: March planned as London's only under-18s FGM clinic closes.


Councillor Sue Sampson, Hounslow council’s cabinet member for communities, recently launched a weekly drop-in service for victims of gender based violence to seek help , in Hounslow.


She said: “I urge residents from across the borough to join us on Saturday for this event.


“The more we make everyone aware that this illegal practice is going on, the more we can do to tackle it.


“FGM is acknowledged in the UK as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. It has been a taboo subject, hidden from general society, for far too long.


“With more public awareness, with events like this, we can make sure that it won’t remain hidden any longer and we can end it happening in all cultures for good.”


READ MORE: More than 750 reports of FGM in London in three months.


Last year, Hounslow council became a 'White Ribbon' borough, and together with FORWARD (Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development), who are funded by the council to raise awareness of and prevent FGM, hosted the first Hounslow Against FGM Community event.


The event takes place at Isleworth Public Hall, South Street, TW7 7BG, from 4pm to 7pm on Saturday (February 6).

UK should copy French ban on stores throwing away food, says Hounslow Councillor

Posted by Sue Sampson on February 26, 2016 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Isleworth ward councillor Sue Sampson says the amount of food currently going to waste is 'outrageous'

Councillor Sue Sampson has called for Britain to follow France's tough new laws on food waste

A Hounslow councillor has urged Britain to follow suit after France banned supermarkets from throwing away or spoiling unsold food.


The law requiring larger grocery stores to donate unwanted food to charities or food banks was passed unanimously by the French senate on Wednesday, February 3.


Companies caught flouting the ban will now face a fine of up to 3,750 Euros.

sleworth ward councillor Sue Sampson has launched a petition on the campaigning website Change to get a similar law introduced on this side of the Channel.


"It's outrageous how much food is going to landfill when we have people starving in this country," she said.


"All stores should be required to donate unwanted food to charities and to food banks."


Cllr Sampson, who is a supporter of Hounslow Community FoodBox, said it and other food banks currently suffered from a shortage of fresh food, like meat, fruit and vegetables, which the measure could help address.


The French ban came about following reports of supermarkets pouring bleach over discarded food or locking it up to prevent foragers.


The charity Wrap estimates that the UK retail and wholesale industry wastes around 0.2 million tonnes of food each year , though this is dwarfed by the seven million tonnes it says are thrown away in households across the country each year.


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Apprentice duo from Hounslow score top marks for rebuilding new water system

Posted by Sue Sampson on February 26, 2016 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Gurpreet Lotay, 19, an electoral services apprentice, and Khammy Sandhu, 21, a trading standards apprentice win Thames Water challenge

Hounslow council apprentice Gurpreet Lotay, with Councillor Sue Sampson, and, apprentice Khammy Sandhu winners of Spark! Network Challenge

An apprentice duo from Hounslow scored top marks to win first place in the Spark! Network Challenge.


Hounslow council’s Gurpreet Lotay, 19, an electoral services apprentice, and Khammy Sandhu, 21, a Trading Standards apprentice, beat six other teams representing several local businesses in the contest run in partnership with Thames Water.


The pair were presented an award by MP for Brentford and Isleworth Ruth Cadbury on January 28 at the London Museum of Water and Steam in Brentford.


Miss Lotay said: “The apprenticeship gives you a great chance of not only just getting work experience, but an opportunity to get many other skills that you will need in the workplace, such as dealing with different people on all levels.


"It also gives you a great stepping stone to what you want to do in your career going forward.”


Both apprentices joined forces with ambassadors from local schools to compete to show their skills in a number of different areas.


Tomi Moronkola, internal apprenticeship coordinator at Hounslow Council said: “Once again our apprentices have proved they possess a range of sought-after skills and that they’re very capable, intelligent and talented. Well done Gurpreet and Khammy.”


Each team was tasked with demonstrating how best to troubleshoot and budget by taking part in a scenario involving the rebuilding of a new water system.


The teams had to show problem-solving skills and find a workable solution to the challenges they faced.


Hounslow’s apprentices scored maximum points in each round securing top spot in the competition.


Mr Sandhu added: “Being an apprentice here at Hounslow Council has given me confidence in myself.


"I am looking to see how best I can use the skills I have learnt already and take this into whatever I want to do next.


"It is experience that is on your CV and that is important when looking for jobs."


Councillor Sue Sampson, cabinet member for communities, said: “This is fantastic news. We’re extremely proud of all our apprentices and our apprentice scheme we run here at Hounslow council.


“I was once an apprentice myself. It’s all about being given a chance to start on the career ladder. I think it’s so important that we can give an opportunity to young people in our borough to gain experience in a real life work environment.


“The aim is to provide them with the confidence and skills to land a position for themselves at the council or go elsewhere to forge a career, having had that vital opportunity.”


Hounslow council retains many of the apprentices they take on, with around 70% securing long term employment at the council once their apprenticeship is finished.


The Skills and Employment team works alongside local businesses to find positions to help young people get employment and training opportunities.


For more on Hounslow council apprenticeship programmes click here.


Hounslow Council is to host an event for Year 10 to 13 students and their families on Thursday (March 17) at the Civic Centre, Lampton Road, Hounslow, in the council chambers from 4pm, as part of National Apprenticeship Week.


Places are limited, so book ahead by emailing [email protected]