Come on, Eileen!

Eileen Sheridan smile

A celebrated and award-winning cyclist lives in Old Isleworth. Her name stands alongside other British cycling legends like Reg Harris, Beryl Burton, Victoria Pendleton and Sir Bradley Wiggins. In her time she has established over 30 speed and distance cycling records. Although she effectively retired from competitive cycling in 1955, 60 years ago, many of her records still stand to this day. Her name is Eileen Sheridan.

Eileen was born in Coventry on 18th October 1923 and took her first ride when a schoolgirl upon an old fashioned ‘sit-up-and-beg’ bicycle given to her family by an aunt. Eileen described it as “Sedate and sluggish, it had the usual huge loop frame and handlebars that curved gracefully upwards and backwards - dignity expressed in ironmongery.”

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26 February 2015 | around town | Comments [0]

Digging new ground at Our Barn

From the editor

I found this amazing local project called Our Barn while looking for some local events. I have asked them for some information about their programme and they sent the following article along which gives a little history and some news about a new plan to help with a garden at Osterley House. Please help if you can.

our barn outside

They started because they knew things were tough and going to get tougher for young people with learning difficulties.

“I’ve spent a significant part of my son’s life advocating, campaigning and sometimes begging for services that can meet his needs” says Our Barn co-founder Karen Adams, whose 20 year old son, Zack, has autism and severe learning difficulties. “We received a sympathetic ear and a place at a great special school, but after his 19th birthday there was going to be nothing” she continued.

Alarmed by the prospect she got together with parents Lesley Beck and Judith Sheppard who shared a similar dilemma for their children, Barnaby and Stuart.

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26 February 2015 | around town | Comments [0]

Consultation: Local Flood Risk Management Strategy

Flooding

Under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames was designated as a Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) with responsibilities for managing local flood risk across the borough. The primary duties of a LLFA are to ensure that flood risks from surface water runoff, groundwater and ordinary watercourses are identified and managed appropriately.

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26 February 2015 | news | Comments [1]

Event Reminder: Talk on Johan Zoffany and The Sayer Family - 16 March 2015

zoffany poster

A talk by art historian David Wilson. Monday 16th March 7.30pm at St Mary Magdalene Church, Paradise Road, Richmond. Writer and historian Dr David Wilson, FSA, will give a talk on his book, published in 2014, ‘Johan Zoffany RA and The Sayer Family of Richmond’, which concerns one of the most prominent families in Richmond upon Thames in the second half of the eighteenth century.

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25 February 2015 | around town | Comments [0]

Event Reminder: Contemporary Textiles Fair - 6 to 8 March 2015

Linda Dooley

The Contemporary Textiles Fair at the Landmark Arts Centre, the Teddington based arts charity, brings together more than 76 individual designer makers offering a dazzling range of contemporary textiles and, to celebrate our 20th anniversary, this year a chance to meet and work with renowned textile artist, Sophie Long.

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24 February 2015 | around town | Comments [0]

St Margarets Question Time Video

Unfortunately we were unable to attend the St Margarets Question Time event at the Turks Head. However, John Addicott, the Community Links Coordinator at Richmond Council provided a video of the evening. If you have an hour and 45 minutes,…

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19 February 2015 | news | Comments [1]

Event Reminder: RTPS Annual Exhibition - 25 March to 6 April 2015

RTPS Exhibition Poster 2015 - Photograph by Seamus Reid, President, Richmond and Twickenham Photographic Society

The Richmond & Twickenham Photographic Society are holding their annual exhibition at The Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington, from March 25th to 6th April.

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19 February 2015 | around town | Comments [0]

On The Twickenham Ferry with Betjeman, Pooter and Marzials

Betjeman at the BBC

In a radio programme broadcast on Christmas Eve 1950, the poet John Betjeman invited listeners to join him at a Victorian musical evening…

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14 February 2015 | around town | Comments [2]

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