When the dream of the Hub was born in our thinking, right back when Kingston Vineyard started, and when we first launched Growbaby we always believed that we would one day need our own home. The first Kingston Vineyard events were held in people’s homes, pubs, coffee shops and anywhere we could find to meet. Growbaby started in the Farrelly’s garage and quickly expanded to two further garages located in Surbiton. We had almost outgrown ourselves from the start. 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, a year and half after first seeing it, on 6th September 2011 something wonderful had finally come into being. A home for the Church and a home for Growbaby was born. All the hard work, prayer and agony was finally worthwhile. As our overseers, Neil and Kate Woodward told us, it needs to be a great story of God’s work in the community or you might just have got there by yourselves. It has certainly been a great story.
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. It was wonderful talking to local firms like Howden’s and John Lewis who supported us amazingly. The Kingston Vineyard family donned their painting garb, picked up their drills and set too.
The launch party was set and we decided to invite all the people who had supported us. In the end about 100 people turned up for nibbles, bucks fizz and a rousing speech by Peter. The Hub was duly launched.
One of the lovely things about having our own space is that we can do whatever we wish and whatever we see a need for so if you have any suggestions or thoughts about events you might wish to see run here please do not hesitate to let us know.
It has always been our dream that The Hub would provide a place for local families, students, singles, married’s and anyone else you care to name. That is why on the front window of the Hub we have the following:
- Here for Everybody
- Many different events
- Supporting the local community
- Helping to meet your needs
- A place to meet
- Just drop in
However the Hub has a specific dual role with Growbaby and Kingston Vineyard, both of these roles are expanding over time.