The Hongerwinter

Loading Lancaster with food

Almost exactly seventy years ago, at the end of April 1945, an unusual activity was taking place on Bomber Command airfields across England. Although the war in Europe had only 10 more days left to run, the ground crews and armourers were as busy as ever but instead of loading their aircraft with bombs they were filling the bomb bays with sacks of food.

Between 29th April and 8th May 1945 the Royal Air Force, the Royal Canadian Air Force and the United States Army Air Forces were to drop over 11,000 tons of food into those parts of the Netherlands still occupied by German forces, to help save the civilian population from starvation. It was a period in Dutch history remembered as the ‘Hongerwinter’ (Hunger winter).

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26 April 2015 | around town | Comments [0]

Lord Fellowes Becomes Patron of the Museum of Richmond

Lord Fellows, Photo Tony McSweeney

The Museum of Richmond is honoured to announce that Julian, Lord Fellowes of West Stafford, has very kindly agreed to become a Patron of the Museum.

He said, in accepting the invitation, “I admire and support the museum and I would like to be a patron very much.”

Lord Fellowes has already been a great friend of the Museum, having given talks in 2009 and 2013 in aid of the Museum’s renewal appeal. He also lent the Museum the portrait of his paternal great, great, great, great aunt, Georgina Gill, daughter of Admiral Sir Thomas Fellowes, for its exhibition “Living and Dying in Nineteenth Century Richmond”. The photograph below shows him with the portrait when he opened the exhibition in March 2013.

— from a Museum of Richmond press releases - 21 April 2015

26 April 2015 | news | Comments [0]

Local Job Vacancies: 50 Degrees North

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50 Degrees North is a RIBA Chartered practice based in East Twickenham, next to Richmond Bridge. We have a passion for residential architecture and love to create beautiful homes which function magnificently.

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26 April 2015 | around town | Comments [0]

Mini Explorers Club at Marble Hill Park

Mini explorers Marble Hill poster

Join the team from Brilliant Play for some exciting adventures on your doorstep! Mini Explorers Club will be exploring Marble Hill Park where adventures are waiting to be had, friendships made and little imaginations engaged in the great outdoors. All adventures are enhanced by games, stories, crafts, dressing up and other play elements to maximise the fun. Adventures will be primarily child led and supported by the ‘Lead Explorers’ who are experts in children play. Mini Explorers is for children aged 3-5 years.

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26 April 2015 | around town | Comments [0]

Register Your Support for Proposed Richmond Bridge School

richmond bridge girl and teacher

Bellevue Place Education Trust has announced that it will be submitting an application to the Department for Education for a primary free school in the St Margarets/East Twickenham area in May.

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26 April 2015 | news | Comments [0]

Why Was Easter So Early This Year?

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Of all the really big questions being asked over the Easter holiday this year - like “How come Fireman Stevie won ‘The Voice’ and not flame haired Lucy who really can sing?” and “When will David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nigel Farage finally realise that they were beaten hollow in the Leaders Debate by smarter and spin-doctor free Nicola Sturgeon, Leanne Wood and Natalie Bennett?” the one question that foxes us all is “Why was Easter so flipping early?”

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17 April 2015 | around town | Comments [3]

Get Ready for the 2015 Crown Road Community Summer Fair!

crown road summer fair 2015

Sunday the 7th June on Crown Road, 11am - 5pm!

After the success of last year’s musical fair, Crown Road will again be closed to traffic so the St Margarets Traders Association can bring you a day of family entertainment!

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16 April 2015 | news | Comments [0]

Event Reminder: London Potters Local at Redlees Studios - 25 to 26 April 2015

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London Potters Local is a new initiative by London Potters to promote and sell the work of
members of our Society, whose practice is based in West and South-west London.

Exhibiting artists will include well-established professionals as well as newcomers, showing work ranging from sculptural to functional, from traditional to quirky, in celebration of originality and the creative spirit.

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9 April 2015 | around town | Comments [0]

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