Archive of posts from September 2009

66 Crown Road Update

In August, LBRUT refused an application for planning permission to convert 66 Crown Road into a hostel – essentially 8 bed sits. The refusal was welcomed by the many local residents who opposed the scheme.

25 September 2009 |

Jayne Mansfield and the Chiswick Flyover


There was a time when we loved our cars with a passion. On Saturdays we would wash them and on Sundays take them out for a spin. We would titivate them with fluffy dice and padded steering wheels. On the back seat – already trimmed in polyester tigerskin – we would throw a tartan travel blanket and a couple of lacy cushions. We even wore special clothes to drive too. Boxy ‘car coats’, leather fronted ‘driving gloves’ and special non-slip driving shoes to help with those tricky double declutching gear changes were de rigeur. And when we were done with all that we would stick our names on them – usually under the plastic sun shield. Such was the love of the car that some people would take picnics to busy lay-bys just to sit and watch them go streaming by.

24 September 2009 | around_town

Event Reminder: St Margarets Craft Fair


Local Craft including fused and cast glass, hand blown glass, sand blasted glass, jewellery, bunting and fabric accessories.

Come to ParVinu this Saturday, 26 September 2009 from 10:30am-4:10pm and see their second local Craft Fair.

24 September 2009 | around_town

Flikz Film Nite Continues at Orleans House Gallery


Flikz is aimed at young people between 12 and 19, and is a great activity taking place on the last Wednesday of every month from 6:00 to 8.30: and the next one will take place next Wednesday 30th September .

It is completely free, and there will be snacks for those attending. The idea is to give young people the opportunity to meet in a safe environment after school, and enjoy a film.

24 September 2009 | news

Pay As You Go Pilates Classes

Gentle Pilates, suitable for beginners, is continuing until December 2009 at All Hallows Church Hall, Erncroft Way, Twickenham on Tuesdays from 3.15 to 4.15pm costing £7 per class.

24 September 2009 | around_town


Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled.

23 September 2009 | news

News from the St Margarets Traders Association

The traders association with support from Richmond council has been actively seeking to encourage and support new businesses to the area. We are very please to become on of the few local areas that does not have any empty shops on the market. The last few remaining empty units in Crown Road and St Margarets Road are all ‘work in progress’ and very soon should all have re opened. We thought you might like a summary of some of the changes taking place:

  • Mrs Moon haberdashery will be opening at the empty shop at 41 Crown Road
  • Gaia is moving into the empty shop at 8 Crown road (whilst their premises is being re-built).
  • The former ‘Nosh’ restaurant is currently being refurbished and will reopen later in the year under new ownership.
  • The car showroom at 49 Crown Road has re-opened under new management
  • The empty unit at 91 Crown Road is under offer – watch this space.
  • The former ‘Fiori’ site at the station is due to be refurbished – the owners say they also have a tenant in place for the New Year.

17 September 2009 | news

Turing's Poisoned Apple - A Footnote

Alan Turing in a chair

On 21st May this year this website published an article about Alan Turing, the mathematical genius and code breaker who helped shorten the Second World War by unravelling the German’s Enigma Code. Despite his inspired, patriotic work, in 1952 Turing was charged with gross indecency as a homosexual and underwent “chemical castration” — the injection of the oestrogen hormone – for his so called ‘crimes’. He also lost his security clearance, meaning he could no longer work for GCHQ, the post-war successor to Bletchley Park.

17 September 2009 | around_town

How to Find a Bargain?


Great Annual Street Sale – September 19th

Hard to believe but on Saturday 19th September the streets of North St. Margarets are going to be stuffed with some real bargains as the locals residents, entrepreneurs all, set out stalls for their annual street sale.

17 September 2009 | around_town

A Cautionary Tale

A confidence trick or confidence game (also known as a bunko, con, flim flam, gaffle, grift, hustle, scam, scheme, or swindle) is an attempt to defraud a person or group by gaining their confidence.

11 September 2009 | around_town

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