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May 26, 2011

The Good Wine Shop is Fully Stocked for the Summer!

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Exclusive Offer: Reduction on single or multiple bottle purchases
To celebrate the start of summer, The Good Wine Shop in St. Margarets is offering subscribers to the St Margarets Community Website newsletter a special discounted rate.

Simply mention that you saw The Good Wine Shop’s article in the community newsletter and you will receive case discounted price on all your still & sparkling wine purchases - a saving of up to 15% on normal prices. Offer valid for through Saturday 4th June 2011.

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26 May 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Observer Food Monthly Awards 2011 - Vote now!

Observer Food Monthly Award 2011

For anyone who loves our local food businesses - cafés, restaurants, pubs, and independent food retailers — the OFM awards are a great place to show your affection by voting for them and possibly seeing them scoop one of these prestigious prizes. The awards are some of the most sought after in the world of food, and you can help them to recognise some of your local St Margarets food heroes.

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26 May 2011 | Category » news | Comments [0]

Mums Choose Favourite Picnic Spot in Richmond Borough

Mums, tots and teddies celebrate by holding a Teddy Bears Picnic in the winning park.

Local survey reveals Marble Hill Park is most popular picnic spot in the borough

A survey, organised by local community web site For Sanity’s Sake, asked its members (1,850) to vote for their Favourite Family Picnic Spot in the borough of Richmond.

Marble Hill Park won the top spot, with Bushy Park’s Woodland Gardens coming a close second. Kew Gardens was in third place.

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26 May 2011 | Category » news | Comments [0]

Orleans House Gallery Seeks Submissions for 2012

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Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham is seeking submissions from individual artists and groups to exhibit in the Stables Gallery in Twickenham and Riverside Gallery in Richmond as part of the 2012 exhibitions programme.

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26 May 2011 | Category » news | Comments [0]

Kidsdance Dance Cource at Rambert - 25-29 July 2011

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Kidsdance Multi Arts Summer Course at the Rambert School in St Margarets

Stormalong is a holiday dance course for children aged 5 to 12, which includes workshops in singing (sea shanties!), music and art.

The course runs from 25th to 29th July 2011 in the school’s professional dance studios, every day from 10am to 3pm, ending with a performance in the Rambert School’s Anya Linden Studio Theatre.

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26 May 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

May 24, 2011

Local School Cancels Mosque Trip

Orleans Infant School headteacher defends decision to cancel mosque trip over terror attack fears A headteacher today defended her decision to cancel a school trip to a mosque over fears of revenge attacks in the wake of the death of…

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24 May 2011 | Category » news | Comments [2]

Dylan at 70: I Told Bob Dylan He was Dead

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In the summer of 1969 I told Bob Dylan he was dead. He hadn’t heard the news at the time but he didn’t appear to be too bothered. Perhaps, like the rest of us who had made it through the Sixties, Bob had become inured to rock deaths - including his own. Since Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper had died in that plane crash in February 1959 a whole gang of rockers had joined the great tour bus in the sky - Eddie Cochran, Otis Redding, the Bar-Kays, Brian Jones, Johnny Kidd, Sam Cooke, Bobby Fuller, Johnny Burnette, Joe Meek, Frankie Lymon and countless others. There was one major difference however. They really were dead and Bob Dylan wasn’t but it didn’t matter. The story going round in the summer of ‘69 said he was and the rumour carried just enough fact to make it seem plausible.

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24 May 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

May 19, 2011

The Turning of the Tide - Richmond Lock

Richmond Lock footbridge

When Richmond Lock and Weir and its footbridge were opened in 1894 by the Duke and Duchess of York there were cheers and celebrations in St Margarets. Now they had a short cut to Richmond on their doorstep. (_Twickenham Bridge would not be built for another 39 years._)

There were celebrations in Isleworth as well. They were cheering because they didn’t have a short cut to Richmond on their doorstep.

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19 May 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [8]

Celebrate Orleans Infants Centenary at the Crown Road St Margarets Fair

Orleans Infants School are hoping to raise funds at the fair to help with their refurbishment project. The school are producing a 1911 themed programme and are looking for any local photographs of the era that could be included in…

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

Get in the Mood for the St Margarets Fair

This year we have a beautiful little comedy movie produced and donated by local film-maker Joel Byron (www.bigplusproductions.com). The film was shot on a mixture of retro Super 8mm film and 35mm Lomography photos taken from last year’s 2010 Fair,…

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

Film Camps this Summer for Children at Twickenham Film Studios

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It’s that time of year again and while the paparazzi chase the stars at the Cannes Film Festival, here at Twickenham Film Studios we’re busy getting ready for this year’s Summer Film Camp. As for the studios themselves, Steven Spielberg has now left after completing filming of “Warhorse” but the studio crews are still working morning to night filming two series for BBC3.

Here in Dreamcatcher Media’s office, we’re busy finalising some exciting plans for this year’s Camp! As well as the usual mix of fascinating visits to working film and TV studios, we’re planning on some special filming opportunities during the summer.

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

Update: The Minister of Chance

For background information, read Have you heard THE MINISTER OF CHANCE yet? We wanted to let you know that Episode Two has just been released on 12th May - we had to delay it because of a very exciting development…

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

May 17, 2011

Event Reminder: Apart from Rod

Hurry and get your tickets now! A Musical Celebration of the Original Rod Stewart Group The David Adams Appeal Fund are organising a live music gig on 20 May 2011 at York House by a fantastic new band Apart…

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

Brook House Nursery Turns 20

Twickenham’s Brook House Nursery, in Cole Park Road, opened on 3rd June 1991. It is celebrating its 20th birthday by inviting past pupils to take a walk down memory lane and revisit their preschool years. Any past pupils wishing to…

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

May 15, 2011

Event Reminder: Orange Tree Theatre's Garden Tea Party

Stop and smell the roses, laze on the luscious lawn and enjoy tea and delectable cakes at the Orange Tree Theatre’s Garden Tea Party. The annual fundraising event returns to the beautiful gardens of the Grade 1 listed Trumpeters’…

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

May 12, 2011

New Twickenham Station Plans Published

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Solum have withdrawn their planning applications for a 165-unit development and a podium for it to rest on above the platforms. Instead they have submitted a new single bid (11/1443) for a 115-unit development plus podium, which was published on May 11, 2011. The usually-mandatory affordable housing has been cut out allowing a 1-floor height reduction.

The piling work for the podium is scheduled for October (there are no rugby internationals this autumn) so Solum are looking for a quick go-ahead for this scheme, either from the Council or from an Inspector on appeal. So if you wish to comment or object you should do so quickly.

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12 May 2011 | Category » news | Comments [1]

Cod Liver Oil, London Zoo and Tigger

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Why is it that when people talk about the Welfare State - or ‘state welfare’ as I prefer to call it - they always mention the major provisions of this wonderful institution like education, health care, pensions and so on but rarely touch upon the little things that older people remember so well? Where is Double Concentrated Orange Juice in the conversation? Why leave out Extract of Malt? What is it about Cod Liver Oil that leaves a nasty taste in the mouth?

For centuries Cod Liver Oil had been used across Northern Europe for lighting and tanning leather. Some people actually used to eat it. In Iceland, for example, poor people enjoyed a mutton tallow and fish liver oil concoction called ‘broedingur’ which was highly valued for its health-giving properties…

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12 May 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Event Reminder: Charity Barn Dance - 18 June 2011

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Come to an old fashioned barn dance from 7.30 to 11.30pm on 18th June 2011 with caller and music by “Fire in the Mountains” in The Parish Hall, St Margarets Church.

Bring a picnic for the garden if the weather is fine. Also, a bar will be available in the Hall.

Proceeds in aid of the Church Building Fund and Music in Prisons

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12 May 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Event Reminder: Teddington Theatre Club's The Old Country

The Old Country

Dealing with questions of loyalty and betrayal, homeland and exile, friendship and family, in a way which is both funny and touching, The Old Country, written in 1977 is of several forays that Alan Bennett made into the realm of spying. It deals with the mythical case if Hilary, a British spy exiled to the Soviet Union, having betrayed king, country and class. When his sister and newly-knighted brother-in-law come to visit him and his long suffering wife Bron, they are all forced to re-examine their priorities and allegiances, and face up to their different pasts.

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12 May 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

River Thames Boat Project Charity Concert - 20 May 2011

Marking 25 years since the Chernobyl nuclear accident, Richmond-based charity the River Thames Boat Project is organising a special song and music recital. Funds raised by the recital will go towards a holiday on Richmond Venturer for children from Belarus…

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12 May 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Marble Hill Play Centres - Reopening 31 May 2011

Adventure Playground will be re-opening on Tuesday 31st May at 12 noon. It is currently closed for essential maintenance works. The One O’Clock Club is open now for under 5s every weekday from 1 - 4pm. — from Marble Hill…

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12 May 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

May 11, 2011

Strawberry Hill Jazz Festival

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On Sunday, 5th June 2011 from 2 to 9.30 pm (gates open 1pm).

“a careless song, with a little nonsense in it now and then, does not misbecome a monarch”

Horace Walpole

Excitement is mounting for the very First Strawberry Hill Jazz Festival, in the grounds of the recently refurbished Strawberry Hill House. Horace Walpoles Gothic masterpiece.

Guest players include:

  • Alan Barnes with the Robin Aspland trio
  • Gilad Atzmon’s Orient House ensemble with Sarah Gillespie
  • Kelvin Christiane with Nigel price on guitar
  • Ross Stanley on piano
  • Karen Sharp on alto and baritone saxophone with Adrian fry on trombone.

Ales will be from the Twickenham Breweries food from the Strawberry Hill Café with a massive marquee with plenty of seating.

Proceeds form the event are towards the continued renovation and maintenance of the house and grounds.

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11 May 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [1]

May 5, 2011

Poison Gas Week

Early in May 1942, the third year of the war, people of Richmond were rather surprised when this leaflet from the mayor, E. A Collings, dropped through their letter box.

Poison Gas leaflet

POISON GAS WEEK

Dear Sir or Madam,

During the period June 15th - June 20th it will be necessary upon one or two occasions to liberate in the streets of the Borough a form of War-gas….

…it will cause extremely unpleasant symptoms if breathed without the protection of a respirator; and, since no warning will be given of the “surprise attack”, you will therefore required to have your gas-mask constantly with you.

This was the announcement of a week designed to raise public awareness of the dangers of an enemy attack with poison gas. Similar notices appeared on the front pages of the local newspapers with the warning…

DANGER - THERE WILL BE SURPRISE POISON GAS ATTACKS SO CARRY YOUR GAS-MASK - ALWAYS

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5 May 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

RACC Business, Enterprise and Networking events

Following the first RACC Business Networking event held in February 2011 which featured presenters from the Chambers of Commerce and the local Council, we received numerous requests to provide similar opportunities which combine essential information needed by modern businesses with…

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Event Reminder: Head to Head

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A bar to bar analysis of Eddie Harvey and Dave Gelly’s favourite Jazz recordings on Thursday, 19th May 2011 in the Studio Theatre Parkshot Richmond from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm. Two Jazz legends choose, talk about and play their favourite Jazz recordings on their very own Jazz on a desert island - live in the Studio Theatre.

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Zumba Classes in Winchester Hall

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Whatever your inspiration… Whether it’s a love for Latin music, the need to get fit, or if you want to lose some weight or shift the baby bulge, come to Zumba and party with Natasha!

Classes are Thursdays in Winchester Hall at The Turk’s Head from 9.30am and cost £5 per adult.

You’ll leave with a smile on your face!

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5 May 2011 | Category » news | Comments [0]

All in One Planning Event - 11 June 2011

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Last year, over 13,500 local people took the opportunity to have their say about their local areas through the survey run by Richmond Council. That represents 17% of households spread evenly across the borough.

First results from the survey, show that 92 per cent of local people have said they were happy with their local area — however they did highlight a number of areas that need improving.

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5 May 2011 | Category » news | Comments [0]

Twickenham Rowing Club

Time to get back on the river… Calling all rowers! Spring is here, the days are getting longer, what better way to spend your spare time than on the water? Maybe you’ve just finished Uni or recently moved to the…

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Event Reminder: Teddington Theatre Club's Steel Magnolias

Steel Magnolias

In the world of Truvy’s local-homegrown beauty salon, six very different women come together to gossip, counsel, criticise and comfort one another. Helped by her eager new assistant Annelle, the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to Ouiser, the town’s rich curmudgeon, Miss Clairee, an eccentric millionaire, M’Lynn, the local social leader, and M’Lynn’s daughter Shelby, who’s about to marry a “good ole boy”. From weddings to divorces, babies to funerals, new beginnings to happy endings, they share each moment in their lives with grace, determination, and perfectly coiffed hair. When tragedy strikes, it is in the familiar comfort of Truvy’s salon where they seek the solace and support that carries them through.

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5 May 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Take the Police's Public Access Survey

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has launched a review into the different ways in which the public can contact police and access our services. These range from telephone, online and face-to-face methods, including via police stations and appointments. In these…

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5 May 2011 | Category » news | Comments [1]

Don't Forget to Vote - 5 May 2011

Referendum on the voting system for UK Parliamentary elections Notice of the Referendum (pdf, 14KB) Notice of Poll and Situation of Polling Stations (pdf, 44KB) Notice of Appointment of Referendum Agents (pdf, 16KB) The Referendum will take place on Thursday…

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5 May 2011 | Category » editorial | Comments [0]

May 4, 2011

Obituary: Mac McGann - Local Musician and Artist

Michael “Mac” McGann was a folk singer and songwriter, a unique guitarist, barrelhouse blues pianist, harmonica player, graphic artist, wood carver and cartoonist. He was best-known for his live performances in pubs and clubs around London alongside guitarists and…

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4 May 2011 | Category » news | Comments [0]

Event Reminder: Apart from Rod

A Musical Celebration of the Original Rod Stewart Group The David Adams Appeal Fund are organising a live music gig on 20 May 2011 at York House by a fantastic new band Apart from Rod. The band is made…

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4 May 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Whittall's Wine buys half of Oddbins' stores

“Whittall’s Wine Merchants has agreed to buy almost half of the remaining Oddbins stores open for business. Whittall’s, a subsidiary of multi-millionaire Raj Chatha’s EFB Group, will take on 37 of the 85 stores still open, with the rest staying…

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Event Reminder: Charity Concert - 14 May 2011

Carl Bahoshy performs Chopin, Debussy, Gershwin & Liszt Saturday, 14th May 2011 at 7:30pm Tickets £10 at St Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church 130 St Margarets Road, Twickenham TW1 1RL (opposite St Margarets train station) www.stmargarets-church.co.uk Call the Parish Office…

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May 3, 2011

St Margarets' Royal Wedding Street Parties

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St Margarets had at least five street parties to celebrate the Royal wedding. It was lovely to see neighbours coming together to share and meal and toast the newly weds. We saw lots of games for children and adults, bands and long tables full of food.

Here is a slide-show on flickr of some of the parties in St Margarets.

If you have more photos, please send them to content@stmgrts.org.uk

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