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March 31, 2011

Have you heard THE MINISTER OF CHANCE yet?

Have you heard THE MINISTER OF CHANCE yet?

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Well, you should.

Masterminded from Amyand Park Road, Clare Eden and Bruce Collingwood have created a whole new thing, a modern radio-play.

For the first time high quality audio drama is available directly to the public as an mp3 download so you can listen at any time that suits — on a computer/mp3 player/ipod/kindle etc… An award winning production team creates the innovative MINISTER OF CHANCE starring Jenny Agutter, Paul McGann,Sylvester McCoy and with local resident Julian Wadham in the title role.

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31 March 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Kate and Will Cheese Plate Contest from Yellowwedge Cheese

Excited about the Royal Wedding? Looking for a fun activity for the Easter Holidays? This April, Yellowwedge Cheese is running a fabulous competition to design a Royal Wedding Cheese Souvenir Plate. To get involved, just pop into Yellowwedge, donate…

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31 March 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Bell, Book and Handle

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Last Sunday, after ten years in suspension, ‘All Souls’ Church in Northcote Road was reinstated as the parish church for ‘St Margarets-upon-Thames’. After a simple ceremony involving a bell, a book and the handle on the old church door Revd. Richard Frank was also installed as its Vicar.

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31 March 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Twickenham Plant Fair this Saturday, 2 April 2011

At the Twickenham Farmers’ Market from 10am-2pm in Holly Road Car Park This should be a perfect opportunity to get your garden or window-box started for the new growing season, as around 10 specialist nurseries will be bringing along produce…

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31 March 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

March 30, 2011

Easter Holiday Activities 2011

Here are a few things you can do with your children this Easter break. If you have more, please email us at editor@stmgrts.org.uk….

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30 March 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Event Reminder: Art Picnic Sugarcraft Workshop - 17 April 2011

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With Sugar crafter Danielle Armstrong

Learn how to make Spring flowers from Sugar and decorate Easter cupcakes

During the workshop you will learn how to make miniature roses, spring flowers and Easter themed decorations such as bunnies and decorative hearts. Cupcakes will be provided for you to decorate during the day.

Please bring an apron and rolling pin. All other materials will be provided for your use on the day. Boxes will be available to purchase on the day to take your work home with you, but you could bring your own. Don’t forget to bring a picnic lunch too. Children over 7 years of age are welcome to join us.

ADVANCE BOOKING ESSENTIAL

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30 March 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

March 27, 2011

Census Day!

Don’t forget to complete your Census today! Oh, and move your clocks forward, if you forgot….

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27 March 2011 | Category » editorial | Comments [0]

Event Announcement: Crown Road Summer Fair - 12 June 2011

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A day of family fun and entertainment.

This years Community Fair takes place on Sunday 12th June 2011 in Crown Road from 11am-4pm.

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27 March 2011 | Category » news | Comments [0]

March 25, 2011

Jet Harris

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I first learned the news when my neighbour stuck a note through my door in the early hours of Saturday morning. It said “JET HARRIS has died of cancer aged 71.” He knew that I would be upset…

There wasn’t much about him in the papers and there are probably many reading this who are wondering, “Who He?” but for thousands of fans all over the world Jet Harris was the embodiment of everything that made early British rock ‘n’ roll so great. He was talented, he was mean, moody and magnificent but best of all, he played bass guitar with The Shadows.

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25 March 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [4]

The Friends publish the first Guide book to Richmond Park

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Although established by Charles I in 1637 and fully open to the public since 1872, Richmond Park - the largest of the Royal Parks - has not, until now, had its own guidebook. With the Park attracting nearly 3 million visitors per year, the Friends of Richmond Park (FRP) decided that this gap in the market should be filled and the result is The Guide to Richmond Park, a compact yet informative and broad-based 140-page handbook to be published on 28th March.

As Sir David Attenborough says in his foreword to the Guide: “Richmond Park is a very special place… (its) wildlife is exceptional particularly for somewhere so close to a major urban centre”.

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25 March 2011 | Category » news | Comments [1]

March 23, 2011

Hacked

You might have noticed that this site was Hacked overnight. We think we have restored everything, but if you find anything else, please let us know via the comments here or email editor@stmgrts.org.uk. Thank you for all the people…

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23 March 2011 | Category » editorial | Comments [0]

March 21, 2011

Twickenham Stadium Charity Match for New Zealand Earthquake Appeal

INVESTEC SUPER RUGBY - Crusaders v Sharks Sunday 27th March 2011, Twickenham Stadium - Kick off 4pm Supporting the Red Cross Earthquake appeal in New Zealand New Zealand’s Crusaders Investec Super Rugby match against the Sharks from South Africa has…

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March 20, 2011

Event Reminder: Holi - Orleans House - 20 March 2011

Come join the crowds throwing brightly coloured pigment to celebrate the end of Winter! Orleans House Gallery bursts with colour each spring, in March, as people throw coloured pigment in the air to celebrate the arrival of Holi, the…

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20 March 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

March 19, 2011

Featured Website: Access Richmond

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Access Richmond is a website about disabled access in Richmond and Twickenham, you can post comments on the places that you have visited to let people know what you thought of it.

Just visit www.accessrichmond.info

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19 March 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Richmond Council: Plans for Next 'all in one'

Following the massive response to the All in One Survey, Richmond Council is set to continue as a leader in localism and involving residents in decisions on their localities. In the next phase of the All In One programme it…

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19 March 2011 | Category » news | Comments [0]

Richmond Council: Sixth Form Provision Update

Parents and young people in Richmond upon Thames are being asked for their views on sixth form provision in the borough. A survey due to be launched online in the next few weeks will ask pupils and parents for their…

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19 March 2011 | Category » news | Comments [0]

March 18, 2011

Improve the Health and Wellbeing of Our Local Communities

Local Yoga and Music teacher Surya Cooper and Alexandra Scott, who is a Complementary Therapist based in Sussex and will be hosting a Health and Wellbeing day in early July 2011. The Health and Wellbeing day will be held at…

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18 March 2011 | Category » news | Comments [0]

March 17, 2011

Queen Elizabeth's Ghost

Queen Elizabeth I

The thing about ghosts is that they are unpredictable. They turn up when you least expect them and then they scare the living daylights out of you. That’s how they work. You cannot set your watch by a ghost because ghosts do not keep to schedules or time tables… apart from the ghost of Queen Elizabeth 1st which is supposed to make an annual appearance every March 24th in the courtyard of Richmond Palace.

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17 March 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [2]

Fairtrade Flies the Flag at Schools' Tea Party

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For Fairtrade Fortnight (28 Feb - 13 March), Richmond Fairtrade (www.richmondfairtrade.org.uk) ran a cotton bunting competition for all borough schools to help the Fairtrade Foundation break the record for the world’s longest length of hand-designed bunting - a massive 2.7km.

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17 March 2011 | Category » news | Comments [0]

Become a HOST

Here is an unusual opportunity to practise a bit of international diplomacy in your own home. HOST, a well-established national charity, is looking for new volunteer hosts to offer the occasional one-off day, weekend or Christmas invitation to international students…

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17 March 2011 | Category » news | Comments [0]

Event Reminder: Spring Showcase - 4 April 2011

On Monday 4th April 7pm some of my marvellous Guitar and Ukelele students are performing at a Spring Showcase in St Margarets. This will be an interesting mixture of ages- from 11 to Adult, and include a variety of styles,…

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17 March 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Event Reminder: Isleworth Baroque Vivaldi Concert

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A Concert of Music by Vivaldi at St Margarets Roman Catholic Church on Thursday 31st March at 7.30pm.

Our programme will include some well-know choral pieces (Gloria, Magnificat, Beatus Vir), some beautiful instrumental pieces (Concerto Grosso, Concerto for two trumpets), some delightful solo arias and - new for 2011 - our ‘Young Isleworth Baroque’ group of younger voices.

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17 March 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Event Reminder: Real Ale Tasting with Wye Valley Brewery

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This month we’re pleased to have ventured a little further afield, and have teamed up with Hereford based, Wye Valley Brewery. Founded in 1985 by ex-Guinness brewer, Peter Amor, we will be joined by Peter’s son Vernon, who trained at Youngs Brewery in Wandsworth. They source their ingredients locally, wherever possible, with their determination to constantly improve meaning they have attracted many awards.

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17 March 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Event Reminder: The World We Live In Exhibition

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Creative and Media Diploma students collaborate to produce a fresh and imaginative perspective of the world we live in today. Featuring sculpture, digital media, photography and painting, this exhibition explores the themes of environment, technology and multiculturalism.

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17 March 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

March 15, 2011

Event Reminder: Rock & Roll & Reels - 18 March 2011

Friday, 18th March 20011 from 8pm there will be dancing to live music, supper, a raffle and bar at the St Margarets Catholic Church. Details Tickets: £10 Family: £25 Enquiries: 07747 035461 In aid of St Margarets Lenten Project…

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15 March 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

March 10, 2011

Pete and Me

The Trekkas

Although we’ve never talked I know quite a lot about him. I know where he lives and where he has his office. I know where he went to school and what he does to make a living. I saw him once on Twickenham riverside and again on Ranelagh Drive in St Margarets when I said “Hello.” He was polite enough to smile back but he didn’t recognise me. Why should he? The only time that we had met before was on Thursday June 17th 1965.

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10 March 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [3]

New Kilmorey Mausoleum Website

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The Kilmorey Mausoleum project group now has a new research website (www.kilmoreymausoleum.co.uk) that contains photographs of the original construction plans and elevations of the mausoleum, many of Lord Kilmorey’s letters about the mausoleum and various other documents.

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10 March 2011 | Category » news | Comments [0]

Event Reminder: Fairport Convention

Event Reminder: Fairport Convention

On Saturday, 19th March 2011 in The Live Room at Twickenham Stadium

After virtually creating the British folk rock form in the late 1960s, Fairport Convention proceeded to establish itself as an institution in the genre. Formed in 1967 by guitarist Simon Nicol, they are still going strong today. Their music is a fusion of rock, folk and traditionally-influenced songwriting delivered with wit and charm.

Fairport Convention won the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2002 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Their seminal album Liege And Lief was voted ‘Best Folk Album Ever’ by Radio 2 listeners and in 2006, it was awarded a Gold Disc for its continuing sales.

This event is also a fundraiser for music in local schools, the first of a series of gigs planned for this excellent venue, its going to be very exciting and Fairport have promised something very special in their set to mark the occasion.

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10 March 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Event Reminder: Art Picnic - Kew Gardens in Spring

On, Sunday 27th March 2011: 11am - 4pm, with artist Jill Storey and an study the sweep of historic landscape, magical trees in blossom, and banks of spring flowers Glasshouses historic and modern, lakes and ponds.

Materials for sketching (paper, pencils, and charcoal) and drawing boards will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own equipment if you prefer.

Don’t forget to bring a picnic lunch too.

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Event Reminder: Historic Buildings -- Conservation in Action

Across the country our legacy of old buildings is under threat. What can be done to save it? What skills do we need?

Join us for a special evening on Wednesday 23 March 2011 to hear from national experts about the dramas and triumphs of building conservation. And find out how you can get involved!

The event will be chaired by Sir Donald Insall, renowned architect and Patron of the Environment Trust.

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Event Reminder: Newts, coots, and muddy boots

Sir David Attenborough and the Great Crested Newt

A special lecture event for children Saturday 14th May 2011 at 2.30pm Duke St Baptist Church, Richmond…

A Natural History of Richmond upon Thames in 5 objects chaired by Sir David Attenborough and the Great Crested Newt also starring …

  • Nigel Reeve (head of ecology, Royal Parks) on the world of rotting wood
  • Joe Pecorelli (aquatic ecologist) on exploring the River Thames
  • Keith Martin (Friends of the River Crane) on his best bird
  • and the children of Archdeacon Cambridge Junior School with their mystery 5th object

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Thames Bird Walk from Richmond to Kew with Keith Martin

On Saturday March 19th from 10am to 12 noon. Meet at Richmond riverside next to The White Cross pub. We will walk along the river to Kew Bridge and hopefully see the courtship display of the grebes, nesting herons and…

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March 3, 2011

The Phantom in Richmond Park

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In November 1939, at the very beginning of the 2nd World War, Air Marshal Barratt, the Commander of the British Air Forces in France, set up a special semi-secret unit, the 3rd British Air Mission, to gather as much information as possible about the disposition of the enemy and the terrain that they were rapidly occupying. The code name for this unit was “Phantom.”

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3 March 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

New Socially Conscious Alcohol Unit Counter from Nova

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Tiffin Girls’ School has a Young Enterprise company called Nova and they are about to launch a new product called ‘unit’, an innovative alcohol unit counter. It will be available for people to buy from local stores or directly from their website.

Unit: it’s sleek and perfectly discreet; a pocket sized dial that allows the user to effectively keep count of their units.

Young Enterprise is a registered charity that aims to try and forge links between businesses and schools. In effect, it’s a competition whereby many different companies comprising of 6th form students from schools across the country are created; each company must create their own product for retail sale, and there are different regional heats before the final later on in the year.

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3 March 2011 | Category » news | Comments [0]

Cool2Care Opens New Office in Richmond

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Cool2Care opens new office in Richmond to support local families with disabled children in Southwest London.

Cool2Care, an innovative social enterprise, has opened up a local office in Richmond to compliment its successful Surrey team. With over 15 offices around England, this is the latest office to be opened by the organisation and will service Richmond and the SW London area.

Cool2Care is a professional childcare recruitment agency for families with disabled children or young adults. It recruits, screens and trains care-workers and places them with families needing support and care. Whilst the parents gain assistance or a short break, the disabled child or young adult benefits from friendship and fun through the provision of skilled and trained one-to-one care which can take place either at home or out in the community.

Cool2Care was founded in 2007 by Phil Conway, himself from Surrey and the father of a disabled child, who saw a need in the market for skilled, flexible childcare. Having found it difficult to find a suitable person to look after his son, he was determined that other families should be offered better care provision.

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3 March 2011 | Category » news | Comments [0]

Film London 90 Second Film Competition: Capital Tales

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Richmond Arts Service and Film London are delighted to announce the return of the 90 second film competition!

Your chance to tell a short story about London

Following the success of the 90 Second Film Competition in 2010, we are delighted to announce the launch of this year’s competition in partnership with Film London.

The competition is open to all age groups and is designed to get budding filmmakers inspired about their city. Entrants do not need to have any experience and can shoot their film on anything from the latest HD camera to a mobile phone. Films must be shot in Richmond.

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Performance Academy London Easter Drama Courses

Performance Academy London holiday courses (for children between 7-13 years) run in the school holidays throughout South West London. The courses are designed to give children the opportunity to create their own unique piece of theatre in only one week….

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March 1, 2011

Working Mums Evening

On Thursday March 17th, For Sanity’s Sake are hosting a Working Mums networking/chat evening in Richmond, Surrey, with a whole host of inspirational Mums attending, as well as stalls showcasing local entrepreneurial Mums’ businesses, franchises and social enterprises. Three…

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