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“This is the time of the year when St Margarets empties out and turns into a ghost town…”

Overheard at the St Margarets Fair - Saturday 11th July 2015

The speaker was right. Over the next few weeks St Margarets will turn into a ghost town. Parking will be easier, trains less crowded and our streets empty with most of the school children away on their holidays — unless of course you live in Surrey where the schools don’t break up until the 21st July. This is summer and a time for frivolity, fun and fairs.

There have been at least four major neighbourhood fairs in the district over the last week or two. First the Twickenham Green Fair on the 5th July, then the St Margarets and Barnes Fairs on the 11th and then the Strawberry Hill Music and Fun Day on the 12th. The mix is usually the same… bouncy castles, food stalls, bric-a-brac and live music. The St Margarets Fair — always a pace setter — even had a Dog Show, a Karate demonstration and a Soap Box Derby. The sun shines some of the time and people enjoy themselves most of the time and communities bind themselves together to raise money for charity — but it wasn’t always so.

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16 July 2015 | around town | Comments [0]

Record Breakers - Summer Reading Challenge 2015

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Record Breakers is this year’s Summer Reading Challenge in libraries all over the country for children aged 4 to 11, produced by The Reading Agency in association with Guinness World Records.

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Event Reminder: Shakespeare in the Garden - 8 to 9 September 2015

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We’re not just famous for rugby - this Summer, Shakespeare in the Garden is back at the Turk’s Head. Permanently Bard presents “Romeo & Juliet” - the greatest love story ever told.

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16 July 2015 | around town | Comments [0]

Local Languages Over the Summer

Prepare for your holiday, or pretend you’re already there, by joining me (Adrienne at Live Languages) for private or small group lessons in French, German or Spanish. I do bespoke languages tutoring from primary through to degree level. Adults, children,…

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16 July 2015 | around town | Comments [0]

Twickenham Votes for a Lido on Twickenham Riverside

twickenham Lido Plan

During consultations with local stakeholders it has become clear that there is a wish to bring back a Lido on Twickenham Riverside. Twickenham Alive has identified a successful “courtyard” style lido in Bristol which would fit into the site available.

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16 July 2015 | around town | Comments [0]

Event Reminder: Summer Family Workshops - Gardens Through Time

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Events every day from 10 to noon from Tuesday 28th July 2015 to Friday 31st July 2015.

The Museum of Richmond is thrilled to announce that its Summer Family Workshops will be on the theme; GARDENS THROUGH TIME. This will complement our ‘Feeding London; the forgotten market gardens’ exhibition which runs at the museum until September 1st

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15 July 2015 | around town | Comments [0]

Lashings of Ginger Beer!

Denis Compton

Of all the summer sounds of my suburban childhood - the spine tingling theme to “Dick Barton - Special Agent”, the clack of leather against willow as the brylcreemed Denis Compton showed the rest of the world how to play cricket - the one I most clearly remember is the woman next door constantly asking me if I wanted a Ginger Beer Plant. “Do you want to make some ginger beer, ducks?”

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8 July 2015 | around town | Comments [1]

Event Reminder: Fun Art Day in JMW Turner's Home - 12 July 2015

Children’s workshops, art demonstrations, exhibition and music are all included at ‘the little draw’, a fun family art day taking place at Turner’s House on Sunday 12 July, with a programme of events from 12 noon to 6pm. This is…

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8 July 2015 | around town | Comments [0]


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