September 30, 2011
This week’s edition of the Richmond Informer is the last that will be published. The paper will no longer be distributed, along with its sister title the Kingston Informer. The Informer’s website www.richmondinformer.co.uk will also be closing down, and readers…
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September 29, 2011
On Tuesday 4 October at 9am, local resident Daphne Cotton is offering an introductory session to this unusual exercise routine in aid of Amnesty International. Otherwise known as the “Art of the Longevity Stick”, these exercises were devised as a whole body routine to promote health and well-being.
Practicing these exercises for 30 minutes a day will strengthen your body, build up your immune system and prevent the premature onset of old age. Suitable for all ages and physical conditions. Bamboo sticks will be provided.
On the evening of 29th January 1918 three huge Zeppelin-Staaken R.VI Riesenflugzeug “Giant” bombers of the Luftstreitkräfte (Imperial German Air Service) took off from their base in Ghent, Belgium to attack London. The first plane ran into heavy anti-aircraft fire over Billericay and turned for home. It is not known where it dropped its bombs. The second ‘Giant’ was attacked by a night fighter over Tottenham in north London. It too decided to return home offloading its bombs near Wanstead. The third aircraft was also attacked near Hertford by a B.E 12 fighter flown by Capt. A Dennis of RFC 37 Squadron based at Goldhanger in Essex. This attack was unsuccessful and undamaged the ‘Giant’ turned south towards Brentford. Following the Thames towards its target the ‘Giant’ dropped its bombs. The first stick fell on the Old Deer Park, Richmond. The others landed in Brentford, Kew Bridge Road and Chiswick. That night 10 people were killed and the same number injured. According to reports there was little material damage.
As a precursor to Local Democracy Week 2011 Richmond Youth Partnership is hosting, on 7 October 2011, a Richmond Youth Summit with Dr Vincent Cable MP, Zac Goldsmith MP, Susanne Rauprich (NCVYS), Richmond Youth Forum and young people from…
Explore new books! Discover new authors! Swap reading ideas in a friendly library environment!
Richmond libraries are keen to support and encourage local reading groups. Reading groups are a good way to meet new people and share your passion for reading. They are a great way to try out a range of different books and authors, developing and challenging your reading habits. Groups can read anything from crime to poetry, graphic novels to classics, or focus on a particular genre.
Here are a few things to do this October Half-term with the kids. If you know of any more events, either email them to us at email@example.com or add a comment.
Orleans House Gallery
September 28, 2011
A concert for the benefit of Strawberry Hill House This is the very first acoustic concert in Horace Walpoles stunning Gallery at Strawberry Hill House. A champagne reception is followed by an exquisite recital of music which crosses the…
September 26, 2011
Bikes are being stolen locally. Last week two bikes where reported stolen in St Margarets, right outside people’s homes. Unfortunately, neither were locked, but left unattended for no more than 20 minutes. — from Lee Hearson…
September 24, 2011
Duck Pond Market is launching in Richmond on October 23rd, and will be a weekly Sunday market, taking place in the beautiful setting of Heron Square, just off Richmond (Bridge) Road, George Street and the riverside. Entrance is free, and the market will be open 10.30am - 3.30pm every Sunday. We’d love to see you there!
September 22, 2011
Maybe it was a reaction to the horrors of the 1st World War but in the 1920’s there was a revival of interest in mysticism, paganism, ancient beliefs and the romantic tales of King Arthur and Uther Pendragon. We may have won the Great War but it was a brutal, messy business. In the myths and fairy tales of the dark past maybe we hoped to find a more civilised, more chivalrous heritage.
Given the success of our monthly beer tastings, we felt it was time to introduce some of our great wines currently available. So we’ve linked up with our two favourite wine suppliers to give you the chance to try 8…
Richmond based ‘choir-with-a-difference’ Vocality offers to warm the cockles of your heart this winter with the pleasure of communal singing..
Vocality rehearses in central Richmond on Tuesday evenings 8.00-10.00pm, and is now welcoming new members as it begins a fresh programme of uplifting harmony songs from around the world.
No auditions and no sheet music means that anyone can enjoy singing with this choir. Their fun and friendly approach attracts people of all ages and already counts a number of St Margarets residents among its members.
Adults - do you play an orchestral instrument? We meet a few times a year. This is for grown-ups and for the fun of spending one evening playing through some music. No performances and no regular commitment. An indicative standard…
September 21, 2011
It’s a fact that there is an anticipated shortfall of 306 school places Borough wide in the 2012/13 academic year.
At the gates of your average nursery or pre-school in and around St Margarets’ there has been a lot of discussion and anxiety surrounding schooling. Where will we get a place for our little ones when they are 4? Will we get a place? Will we have to traipse across the Borough to go to a school not of choosing? Many parents have been surprised that they simply have not been given a place for their 4 year old due to the chronic shortage of places.
It is time for the 1st St Margarets Scout Troop’s Nearly New Sale at the St Margarets Catholic Church from 12 to 2.30pm, Saturday, 1st October 2011. Good quality clothes, bric-a-brac, books and toys will be on sale as well…
September 15, 2011
This is my memory of 9/11 and the reaction of the people I was with at the time.
On Tuesday September 11th 2001 I was in the Balkans, sitting in front of an editing machine in the basement of a building in Skopje, Macedonia. We were cutting a children’s TV drama series called “Nashe Maalo” about a multi ethnic group of young people - Albanian, Macedonian, Roma and Turkish - who solved their cultural differences through peaceful conflict resolution and understanding. The series was produced in response to the recent war in Kosovo, 7 miles to the north. Fearing a repeat of similar inter-ethnic conflict in Macedonia “Nashe Maalo” had been commissioned by UNESCO to promote peace between the various cultural groups.
Phoebe Armstrong, a true St Margarets girl, who went to Orleans Infants, St Stephens and Orleans Park School is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with two girlfriends on 20th October 2011 to help raise funds for the charity Help for Heroes and she needs our help. As their leaving date gets nearer, they need a final push to get to their target of £12,000. So far they have raised an impressive £9,934.94 by standing on the A316 with their Hope for Heros buckets on major rugby days and by having donation pots in the Turks Head Pub.
So if you can, please help the 3 Blondes reach their goal.
Open House London celebrates all that is best about the capital’s buildings, places and neighbourhoods. Every September, it gives a unique opportunity to get out and under the skin of London’s amazing architecture, with over 700 buildings of all kinds…
Richmond Council will repay over £1 million in wrongly issued penalty charge notices, after Council Leader Lord True admitted tickets were issued ‘when the authority should have known better’. The decision has been taken even though the Council is not legally compelled to do so.
Between April 2009 - April 2011 around 18,500 tickets were paid after being issued by incorrectly certified Council-operated CCTV patrol cars to motorists who had committed apparent parking violations in the borough. A ruling that the Council was wrong was given by the independent Parking Tribunal Service (PATAS) after a motorist appealed his PCN.
September 13, 2011
The big debate about a revolution in Borough schooling will not be televised. True, but you will be able to see it on a webcast via El Brute’s site tonight. And it’s not really a revolutionary debate either. More of an airing in the ‘chamber of secrets’ at York House. You’re now thinking, “That made no sense whatsoever”. You could well have a point. No, you DO have a point.
So, to summarise where we are in the great Roman Catholic secondary school debate, coz that’s what we’re talking about…
Twickerati - 13 September 2011
Learn about IT with a cuppa and a biscuit
Residents over 50 who are new to computers or want to pick up some new skills can come along to a series of free basic IT courses from the 19-25 September at Richmond Reference Library.
‘ITea and Biscuits’ is an event coordinated by Age UK designed to give older residents the opportunity to learn to use computers at a ‘taster session’, all attendees will also be given a cup of tea and a biscuit.
The classes will cover beginner’s computer skills, using the internet, Facebook and email.
September 12, 2011
“Golding came from a set down to triumph against the top seed Jiri Vesely, from the Czech Republic, in the final - the first time a British player has lifted a boys’ Grand Slam title since Andy Murray won at Flushing Meadows in 2004.”
— from the London Evening Standard - 12 September 2011
This afternoon of short talks and question sessions at Kew will offer practical advice about the things you can do now to help birds and other small creatures in your garden. There will also be the opportunity to take part in a new survey of local garden biodiversity.
September 11, 2011
The autumn edition of the My St Margarets Magazine is about to be published - look out for your copy arriving through local letter boxes over the next week. Copies will also be available online and from local businesses.
September 10, 2011
For our first Autumn event we are pleased to have the ZSL coming down to give us a talk on their work. Learn about their Eel monitoring programmes on the Thames along with other work, including the subject of invasive species. A great opportunity to learn more about the Thames and to ask plenty of questions. Come and find out what lives within our river and how it affects our fishing. The event is on Thursday, 22nd September 2011 from 19:30 - 22:30 at the The Bell Inn, 8 Thames Street, Hampton, TW12 2EA
Admission is free and all are welcome.
September 9, 2011
The actor David Walliams is swimming the 140 mile length of the Thames for Sports Relief. He has caught the ‘Thames tummy’ and progress has slowed a bit, but he is expected to make it to the Twickenham/Richmond area Sunday or Monday.
He has raised nearly £500k so far for Sports Relief and could use your support both on the riverside and financially. Why not come down to the Thames and cheer David on?
You can track his current location here: www.sportrelief.com/whats-on/the-bt-sport-relief-challenges-walliams-vs-the-thames or you can donate to Sports Relief here: https://www.sportrelief.com/donate/walliams
— hat tip to Ed Randall
September 8, 2011
Richmond Mayor Councillor Clare Head visited St Margarets recently to help launch, local trader Jason Payne’s campaign to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.
Jason who runs Crown Classic Cars in Crown Road St Margarets is planning to trek the 5895 metres to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in March next year.
Jason’s trek will take him through four eco systems on his way to the summit. Mt Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and one of the largest volcanoes ever to break through the earth’s crust. Jason will be trekking for 7 days with only a small tent to call home; he is actively training to get into shape for the mammoth task.
September 7, 2011
The ukulele is back in vogue again following the same high curve of popularity as the piano accordion, the banjo, the ocarina, the mouth organ and the guitar before it. Although the guitar is the only instrument to have maintained its level of popularity the little uke looks set to follow.
West Middlesex has scored excellent in all three categories of the latest assessment of its inpatient services, putting it in the top 15 per cent of NHS and participating independent organisations. NHS sites are each given scores from 1 (unacceptable)…
Please help support All Souls Church’s bid to get funding through the ‘Energy share’ fund to get Solar panels installed on the church roof. If they are successful in winning the grant they will be reinvesting the money made from the ‘feed-in-tariff’ to support community projects with local schools and young people in the long term.
They have managed to get into the final 100 successful bids across the whole of the UK but only have until the end of September to seek as many local supporters as possible to ensure they are successful in gaining the fund and installing the panels.
Please support them now, it is only and only take a minute: www.energyshare.com/all-souls-solar
September 5, 2011
The Richmond upon Thames Literature Festival, formerly Book Now, is back and celebrating their 20th anniversary.
“To mark this occasion we have curated a superb line-up of authors, artists, thinkers and speakers.
This year’s programme really does have something for everyone - foodies can indulge in our fantastic food weekend in the elegant surroundings of 17th Century Ham House, Jeremy Paxman will be entertaining at Richmond Theatre while younger literary fans can get their groove on to the sounds of Charlie Dark’s Dr Octopus Show or take part in our podcasting workshop led by BBC Radio 1 producer Amy Redmond.
Of course no birthday would be complete without a party and ours is no exception - Caught By The River will be hosting a literary shindig on board the Richmond Royale, featuring authors and special guests playing their favourite tracks.”
September 1, 2011
Local business owner Jason Payne from Crown Classic Cars in Crown Road, will be trekking the 5,895 metres to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in an attempt to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. Jays is training hard for the trek that will take place in March next year, he hopes to raise at least £5,000 for the charity. The Mayor will be launching Jays charity campaign as part of her visit to St Margarets on Saturday. Please join the Mayor on Saturday from 11 am outside Armstrong’s butchers in St Margarets Road and help launch Jason’s campaign.
Please visit Jay’s charity page to make a donation: www.justgiving.com/jason-payne1
There was some confusion as to which cards were trial cards and why would someone have to re-register. We asked the Richmond Council and here is their answer:
Registered RichmondCards have the swirl design (as pictured below)
Trial cards are white with black print only (no design)
There is an interesting post in our forum we wanted to draw your attention to, asking local residents “How will St Margarets community make the most of the Olympics coming to London?” The post asks about some charity challenges, but…
Ken Livingstone the Labour Candidate for the Mayor of London will be visiting Twickenham on Monday, 5th September 2011 to meet members of our community and discuss the issues facing Twickenham.
The main part of his visit will be the ‘Tell Ken’ event that will take place at Cole Court starting at 7:00pm. Cole Court is a short walk from Twickenham Station and the event is open to all so please bring along friends and family.
On Sunday, 18th September 2001, there will be a Block Printing workshop with Sasa Marinkov at a riverside house on Thames Ditton Island which is accessed via a footbridge next to The Olde Swan pub on Summer Road, Thames Ditton.
Stuart Campbell, head teacher at St Mary’s schools, has been nominated to carry the Olympic Flame in the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. “Mr Campbell is an amazing head teacher who runs a infant and junior school (St. Mary’s…
The Richmond and Twickenham Photographic Society is one of the oldest Photographic Societies in the country, having been formed in 1890, as the Richmond Amateur Photographic Society. The name was changed to Richmond Camera Club in 1893 to reflect the…