July 29, 2011

TED Talks

As this is a very slow news week, unless you are Angelina Jolie spotting, a friend of St Margarets Community Website suggested we introduce TED Talks to everyone. TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design but has now grown far beyond that with over 900 talks online. The talks are only 20 minutes and are all persuasive, fascinating, inspiring and informative.

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29 July 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

July 28, 2011

Petition: Save Heatham House

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An online petition to save Heatham House has been started and runs until 4th October 2011 and has been created because;

“The Twickenham Area Action plan proposes that Heatham House and its grounds could be sold for residential or hotel use and the youth centre moved into new premises on the old royal mail sorting office site next door.”

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28 July 2011 | Category » news | Comments [2]

July 21, 2011

Sing a Song of Summer

Summer Holiday

“We’re all going on a summer holiday
No more working for a week or two
Fun and laughter on our summer holiday
No more worries for me or you…
For a week or two.”

Someone once said that there are only three types of popular song - songs about love, songs about summer and songs about everything else.

There have certainly been enough songs written about the pleasures of summer to make the point, from the 13th century ditty ‘Sumer is icumen in’, with its charming couplet - ‘Bullock starteth, buck farteth’ - to “Summerboy” by Lady Gaga…

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21 July 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Diversion on London Road - 22 to 24 July 2011

If the recent Emergency Closure of London Road from 8th to 10th July 2011 wasn’t enough fun, there will be a diversion in place from this Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th July. Access will be denied from A316 into London…

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21 July 2011 | Category » news | Comments [0]

July 19, 2011

Photos from the 2011 St Margarets Fair

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It was a wet and windy day, but that didn’t stop thousands of people coming out and supporting the 33rd Annual St Margarets Fair. While the weather caused a few displays to be cancelled, nearly everything else went to plan, including the always popular dog show and music stage.

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

July 18, 2011

Open-air Cinema in Richmond Park

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2,500 acres of beautiful wilderness in London: hills, woodlands, ponds, gardens, grasslands and 650 free roaming red deer — Richmond Park is the largest and wildest of London’s Royal Parks and a fine, fitting backdrop for the Nomad’s 3-night mini-season of Nostalgic Adventure.

The Nomad and The Royal Parks invite you to an unprecedented season of outdoor cinema, screening classics and cult favourites in beautiful surroundings, under the stars, with special guests, live music and theatre and a few more surprises along the way…

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18 July 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

July 15, 2011

NO Attempted Child Abduction in Kew - 15 July 2011

There is an update from the the MET Police restating that there has only been the one incident in Barnes. Updated 18 July 2011 - 6.14pm We have spoken to the Police. This story is not true. Apparently there…

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15 July 2011 | Category » news | Comments [1]

July 14, 2011

Event Reminder: St Margarets Fair - 16 July 2011

Don’t forget that this Saturday, 16 July 2011, from 12 - 7.45pm, is the 33rd Annual St Margarets Fair in Moormead Park. a full programme of entertainment throughout the day, starting with a popular children's '5-a-side' football tournament in…

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14 July 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [1]

The Barnes Mystery Solved

Kate Webster

In October 2008 this website carried an article about the brutal murder in March 1879 of Julia Martha Thomas, who lived at 2 Vine Cottages on Richmond Hill. Her killer was a convicted fraudster, thief and hard case called Kate Webster who Julia Thomas had recently taken on as a maid. Just out of prison, Kate had been looking for easy pickings all over this area. She threw over one position with the Mitchell family in Teddington because, as she said later, “They didn’t have anything worth stealing”… but Julia Martha Thomas did. Just 6 weeks after engaging the maid Julia Martha Thomas had mysteriously disappeared and Kate Webster was walking around in her clothes and jewellery.

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14 July 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Council Confirms Plans for St Johns Hospital Site

Richmond Council announced last week that the St John’s hospital site, in Stafford Road will be used to help expand St Mary’s Church of England Primary School. Costing £3.5m, the expansion will include six new classrooms, a large school hall,…

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14 July 2011 | Category » news | Comments [0]

Event Reminder: Art Picnic - Island Barn Sailing Club - 24 July 2011

New Venue - For The First Time - Island Barn Sailing Club On Sunday 24th July 2011 from 11am to 4pm join artists Emily Burton and Sasa Marinkov at Island Barn Sailing Club for an Art Picnic. Materials for…

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Event Reminder: Celebration of Flanders and Swann

Saturday 23rd July 2011, 7.30pm The magnificent Michael Flanders and Donald Swann are no longer with us - but you can catch a whole evening of their wonderful comic songs at the Normansfield Theatre, Langdon Down Centre, Teddington, at 7.30pm….

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July 13, 2011

Tennis Taster Sessions at the St Margarets Fair

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Free taster sessions for adults and children from 12 to 4.00pm, this Saturday 16th July 2011, starting at 12 with a Serving competition. Run by coaches from the Sports Development Team, Richmond upon Thames, on the Moormead Tennis Courts.

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New Summer Taekwon-do Course in St Margarets

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Learn the dynamic Korean martial art of Taekwon-do. Develop explosive power, fitness and strength. Take a four week summer trial for only £25.

Our TaekwonKids class is a high energy, fun class that is specifically designed to help increase a child’s self confdence, focus and awareness.

  • 6.30pm - 7.30pm - TaekwonKids (7-13 years)

Our Adult class will give you the chance to get fit in a fun environment. As well as developing your core stability you will learn one of the most powerful and effective martial arts

  • 7.00pm - 8.30pm - Adults (14 yearrs +)

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July 10, 2011

My St Margarets Magazine Looking for Local Authors

2011 summer my stmagarets magazine cover

We are currently planning the next edition of My St Margarets Magazine. The autumn edition is due to be published in September and will feature local authors. We are keen to hear from any local writers who have had their works published and perhaps might like a write up in the magazine.

If you or somebody you know are interested in being included in the feature please contact traders@mystmargarets.com

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

July 7, 2011

Emergency Closure of London Road - 8 to 10 July 2011

Due to emergency gas works in London Road, Richmond Council is going to have to close the road affecting southbound traffic in a part of London Road, Twickenham. Whilst the works take place no person may permit a vehicle to…

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7 July 2011 | Category » news | Comments [0]

Sign-up for 5-a-Side Football at St Margarets Fair

Enter a team for the 5-a-side Football Tournament at this year’s St Margarets Fair on 16th July 2011. You now have until Thursday, 14th July to submit your form. The matches will be held on the morning of the fair…

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7 July 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Did Shakespeare Come to Isleworth?

W. Shakespeare

In his 1948 book, “And So Make A City Here” local historian G.E Bate suggests that our greatest poet and playwright William Shakespeare may have come to Isleworth in 1615, the year before his death, and stayed for a fortnight at the Vicarage, the home of his friend Nicholas Byfield. Like Shakespeare, Nicholas Byfield was born in Stratford on Avon and according to G.E Bate this shared birthplace was enough to make them good friends.

Bate adds that Shakespeare “was no doubt well acquainted with the district” as evidenced in his work - although giving Falstaff the disguise of “The Wise Woman of Brentford” in the “Merry Wives of Windsor” is no clear indication of familiarity with the locale. Any local knowledge that Shakespeare may have had of the area could have been acquired when riding up the Thames on a barge on his way to perform at Hampton Court for Queen Elizabeth and later King James with the Lord Chamberlain’s Players.

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7 July 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Old China Needed

from the st margarets fair site

1st St Margarets Scout Troop needs your help. We require old china for our Krazy Kitchen stall at the St Margarets Fair. Horrible mugs, broken teapots, non-matching cracked plates and novelty eggcups all welcome — no donation too small! We just need to avoid vitreous china (looks like a cross between glass and china) as it is dangerous when it shatters.

Please either deliver to 133 Haliburton Road TW1 1PE (leave on doorstep or in front garden if no-one in) or if you would like it collected please email hilary@hilarythomson.co.uk

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7 July 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Launch of the Pluto Appeal

Buy a Piece of Pluto The Surgical Robot for £1 and help kids and babies get better quicker The Children´s Hospital Trust Fund (CHTF), based at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, has launched the Pluto website, www.theplutoappeal.com, which is part…

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7 July 2011 | Category » news | Comments [0]

Summer Activities - Play Beach 2011

From 27th July to 7th August 2011 at Champions Wharf on Twickenham Riverside (near St Mary’s Church) Join Richmond Council’s Play rangers daily from 10am to 4pm. It is free and loads of fun with… Arts workshops with Orleans…

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7 July 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [1]

July 6, 2011

Police Warning to Women After Three Attacks

Police urge residents to be vigilant as they investigate incidents of a man grabbing women. Police are urging residents to be vigilant after two women reported being grabbed by a man and a third reported that a man attempted to…

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6 July 2011 | Category » news | Comments [0]

July 5, 2011

Richmond Council to Refund Parking Charges Issued by Council Cars

Richmond Council Leader, Cllr Nicholas True, today apologised to motorists for issuing over 20,000 PCNs for parking-related offences from camera cars that were not properly certified. The charges total over £1 million. The PCNs were issued between June 2009 and…

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5 July 2011 | Category » news | Comments [3]

Pupil Safety Warning from Richmond Council

Notification to schools - Pupil safety Please could you notify all parents that yesterday, at the vicarage garden at Michael’s Church, Barnes, there was an attempted abduction of a child. The child concerned managed to escape and was unharmed,…

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July 4, 2011

Event Reminder: Twickenham Police Station Open Day - 10 July 2011

Public invited to Open Day at Twickenham Police Station by Borough Commander People of all ages are invited to an Open Day being held at Twickenham Police Station from 10am to 4pm on Sunday 10 July 2011. Officers from eight…

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

Event Reminder: Charity Curry Night - 7 July 2011

Charity Curry Night in aid of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity this Thursday, 7th July 7.30pm at the Sheesh Mahal, London Road, Twickenham. Get a two course dinner, poppadoms, tea/coffee for £20. Book in advance 020 8891 2221 adams.appeal@virgin.net…

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

Event Reminder: Twickenham Station Meeting - 14 July 2011

Residents are invited to have their say on the plans to redevelop Twickenham station at a public meeting at Richmond College in Egerton Road, on Thursday July 14, from 7 to 9 pm. It is being organised by the Twickenham…

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4 July 2011 | Category » around town | Comments [2]