October 31, 2011

River Crane Polluted

A two-metre valve (penstock) in a major sewer serving Heathrow Airport jammed shut on Saturday afternoon at Cranford Bridge on the A4 Bath Road while engineers carried out routine maintenance. Initial attempts to re-open the valve were unsuccessful but,…

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31 October 2011 | news | Comments [22]

October 27, 2011

7 January 1928 - The Day That St Margarets Flooded

Kew Green

The warning signs were in the local newspapers for all to see…

  • “Kew Garden sustained greater damage by the recent frost and snowfall than had been experienced for 40 years”
  • “Owing to the strong steam it took three tugs to tow and push two coal lighters through the centre arch of Richmond Bridge on Tuesday.”
  • “Twenty three degrees of frost were registered at Kew Observatory at 7.00am last Saturday - a record low temperature for 1927.”
  • “The thaw was accompanied during the night by the wind which at times rose to gale force. These heavy gusts, together with the thud of snow falling from the roofs, kept many Londoners awake.”

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27 October 2011 | around town | Comments [2]

Guy Fawkes Night and Fireworks 2011


Friday 4th November 2011

Kingsmeadow Athletics Stadium - Kingston

The Kingston fireworks display promises to be a massive London fireworks event, with a huge display, family attractions and more kicking off at Kingsmeadow Athletics Stadium.

  • gates 6.30pm, display 8pm
  • Admission: Adults £6.00, children aged 5-11 £4.00
    • Advance Tickets: Adults £4.00, children aged 5-11 £3.00

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27 October 2011 | around town | Comments [0]

Twickenham Station Development - Public Meeting on 18 October 2011

The meeting at York House, organised by TRAG, was attended by more than 200 local residents and councillors. TRAG presented two alternate plans for Twickenham Station redevelopment. Both plans are much smaller in scale than the proposed Solum plans….

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27 October 2011 | news | Comments [0]

Tone Up Voice Workshops

Inspiring creativity, confidence and well-being. This new and unique approach to health and wellbeing uses breathing, warm ups, stretches, and rhythmic and vocal exercises to develop the power and range of your voice and gain confidence in singing and speaking….

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27 October 2011 | around town | Comments [0]

October 25, 2011

Meet the Travel Experts at Strawberry Hill House - 19 November 2011

Spend an inspiring day at historic Strawberry Hill House and plan your next holiday with expert assistance Old Isleworth-based Sunvil and its sister companies Expert Africa and GIC The Villa Collection are hosting a ‘Meet the Travel Experts’ event at…

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25 October 2011 | around town | Comments [1]

October 24, 2011

Announcing the Opening of Dolly Rock

The St Margarets Traders Association is proud to announce the latest edition to St Margarets - Dolly Rock boutique at 14 Crown Road St Margarets.

Dolly Rock opens on Thursday 3rd November.

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24 October 2011 | news | Comments [1]

Event Reminder: Working Mums Networking Evening - 10 November 2011

For Sanity’s Sake’s Working Mums Networking event at the Cabbage Patch Pub is an evening to help local working mums, those looking to return to work or those looking to start-up their own business get together to learn from…

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24 October 2011 | around town | Comments [0]

October 19, 2011

The Thames Valley Cotton Fields

“I have heartaches, I have blues. No matter what you got, the blues is there. ‘Cause that’s all I know - the blues.”

John Lee Hooker

In the early 60’s something rather strange was taking place in Britain and particularly around Twickenham. Roy Carr of the ‘New Musical Express’ summed it up rather neatly…

“Squeezed into off-the-peg Italian mohair bumfreezers and cuban heel boots, earnest young singers attempted to disguise regional accents as they made their chest beating claims….”Ah’m A King Bee…..”, “Ah’m Yo Hoochie Coochie Man…”, or just plain “Ah’m A Ma’an…” before crowing on about mojos, lemon squeezers, wang dang doodles, crawlin’ king snakes, hell hounds on their trail, American cities most would never get to visit and all those pretty women allegedly left panting for a repeat 60-minutes more of their inexhaustible favours.”

White middle class boys had just discovered the blues!

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19 October 2011 | around town | Comments [0]

Lib Dems Call Extraordinary Council Meeting for Clifden Road

Lib Dems call extraordinary council meeting to press for consultation on new school Richmond’s Liberal Democrats have called an extraordinary council meeting to press for consultation with parents before the council takes a decision on a new catholic secondary school…

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19 October 2011 | news | Comments [1]

Richmond Council Denies Offering Site for Catholic School

The controversy in the London Borough of Richmond about the plan for a new Catholic secondary school took a surprising turn last night when the Council denied that any decision had been taken to offer the proposed site to the…

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19 October 2011 | news | Comments [1]

Local Boys Help Raise Money for Charity

Ryan and Cameron, Jeevika Trust's youngest ever walkers

Hampton Wick based charity, Jeevika Trust’s youngest ever walker, along with his brother and 30 other walkers have helped the charity to raise over £2000 for water projects in rural India.

Six year old Cameron and his little brother Ryan, four, who attend Orleans Infant School and are from St Margarets, took part in the charity’s annual sponsored Walk for Water through Bushy Park and along the Thames towpath on Sunday 25th September along with other friends and supporters of the charity. Ryan was picked up by his dad half way round the 6 mile route after doing a sterling job, but Cameron had so much energy at the end, he ran home! Liz, the charitable boys’ mum said ‘The boys and I had a great time doing it together. Ryan did a super job to get as far as Ham House, and Cameron felt so wonderful at the end, that after our bus ride to Twickenham, he ran the last half mile home. I am so proud of them - the sponsorship is still coming in and it looks like they have managed to raise well over £100.’

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19 October 2011 | news | Comments [0]

October 15, 2011

Event Reminder: Halloween Disco - 29 October 2011


On Saturday 29th October 2011 from 10am to 12pm in Winchester Hall, the National Childbirth Trust, Twickenham and Diddi Dance bring you Halloween Disco!

  • Fancy Dress!
  • Spooky Treats!
  • Face Painting!
  • Tea and Coffee!

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15 October 2011 | around town | Comments [0]

October 14, 2011

Applying for Reception Place at St Stephens 2012/13

Any local parents who have already applied online for a reception place for September 2012 entry and who wish to add St Stephen’s as a preference, can do so, by the closing-date of Sunday, 15th January 2012, by logging-in again…

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14 October 2011 | news | Comments [0]

Orleans Infants and St Stephens to Convert to Primary Schools by September 2012

It appears that the Richmond Council has finally found some money and are going to push St Stephens CE Junior School and Orleans Infants School to renovate their buildings and become primary schools, each with two form entry with 60…

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14 October 2011 | news | Comments [5]

October 13, 2011

The Cottingley Fairies

Elsie and Frances

In the summer of 1917, in the small village of Cottingley in Yorkshire, 15 year old Elsie Wright and her 10 year old cousin Frances Griffiths were enjoying a holiday together. Frances had just arrived with her mother from South Africa and was staying with Elsie in Yorkshire while Frances’s father was away fighting the war in France. The two girls spent the summer playing in the woods that ran behind Elsie’s house… and it was in these quiet woods that Elsie and Frances meet the fairies.

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13 October 2011 | around town | Comments [1]

Music at the St Margarets Christmas Fair

Singer at the Fair in 2010

Want to play at the Christmas Fair?

The 2011 St Margarets Christmas Fair takes place on Sunday 4th December in Crown Road. If you are interesting in showcasing your band or group at the fair please contact Alistair at livemusic@blueyonder.co.uk.

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13 October 2011 | around town | Comments [1]

Over 50s flock in their hundreds to the Full of Life Fair

500 of Richmond’s senior residents took part in Yoga, voice workshops, dance sessions and Pilates amongst a range of other activities at Richmond Council’s annual Full of Life Fair that took place on Thursday, 6 October 2011.

The event, which was held at the Harlequins Rugby Club in Twickenham, featured a selection of over 60 informative stalls ranging from advice on Council services to volunteering, housing and care options, health checks and information on local arts, culture and fitness.

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13 October 2011 | news | Comments [0]

Event Reminder: ETNA's 25th Birthday Party - 5 November 2011

There willl be a 25th Birthday Party for the East Twickenham Neighbourhood Association on Saturday, 5th November from 1.30pm, at the ETNA Community Centre, 13 Rosslyn Road, TW1 2AR. Find out what goes on at the centre. Enjoy displays, performances and activities. Grab a bite to eat from the barbecue and a drink from the bar. And buy some raffle tickets for a chance to win prizes donated by local traders. Come and find out what you’ve been missing!

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13 October 2011 | around town | Comments [0]

Celebrating 40 Years of Amateur Theatre in Kew

Illustration from Wind in the WIllows

Q2 Players will present The Wind in the Willows by Alan Bennett, based on the book by Kenneth Graham on 1st and 2nd December at 8pm as well as 2.30 and 7pm on Saturday 3rd December (note earlier, family-friendly evening performance on Saturday) in the Alexandra Room, St. Luke’s in the Avenue, The Avenue, Kew.

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13 October 2011 | around town | Comments [0]

Schools in Looking for Help with Academy Status Dilemma

Secondary schools across Richmond are looking for help deciding whether to break away from tradition and become self-controlled academies instead of council-led schools. Three schools in the borough have already made the switch; becoming Twickenham, Hampton and Richmond academies, and…

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13 October 2011 | news | Comments [0]

New Cadet Unit for Twickenham Cadets

The Right Honourable Dr Vince Cable MP for Twickenham was guest of honour at the official opening of the long awaited new cadet centre in London Road Twickenham. Cadets, staff, friends and supporters toured the new building which will serve…

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13 October 2011 | news | Comments [0]

"Bamboo Sticks" Exercise - 16 October 2011

Daphne completing a half marathon

Sunday, 16th October 2011 at 9am in Marble Hill Park near the car park

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 will strengthen your body, build up your immune system and make you feel good, especially if you do them first thing in the morning out in your local park. The half marathon completed, Daphne would now like to see 100 local residents out in Marble Hill Park on Sunday morning to complete her fundraising activity. If you have already donated to the cause it is free and if you don’t wish to donate, come anyway and explore Bamboo Sticks!

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13 October 2011 | around town | Comments [0]

October 7, 2011

Twickerati: Twickenham station debate gets up steam

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It’s been weeks if not months since we covered the saga of the redevelopment of Twickenham station on here. In short, we’ve let you have your summer without irritating you with endless station shenanigans. Well, time’s up. Summer’s over and the autumn campaigning season is underway. All the players are still there so let’s ave a quick recap on who’s who…

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7 October 2011 | news | Comments [0]

Orleans House Gallery Autumn Half-Term Activities - October 2011

Orleans House Gallery class for kids

Orleans House Gallery offers a range of fun, inspiring and creative activities to keep you busy creating. Visit our website to find out more about what is happening each day.

Half Term Holiday Activities:

Booking essential: Please call 020 8831 6000 or visit our website where you can book online at: www.richmond.gov.uk/arts

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7 October 2011 | around town | Comments [0]

October 6, 2011

An Extraordinary Character

Chevalier Billing

“In the court of the evening, by particular desire of several persons of distinction, the celebrated CHEVALIERE D’EON will FENCE with a NOBLEMAN.

On the evening of 23rd August 1793 the patrons of the Theatre Royal, Richmond were looking forward to a real treat. Included on the bill that evening was a fencing display by that acknowledged champion of the flashing blade - the Chevaliere d’Eon. This was the same person who on June 19th that year had received the personal congratulations of the Prince of Wales and his mistress Mrs Fitzherbert after a fencing demonstration that had shown “a vigour and firmness incredible”.

Unfortunately growing celebrity and royal approval did not please everyone at the theatre that night. One reviewer commented that the event was “a disgusting sight… a fine display of fencing by the Chevalier but in a dress that was scarcely decent.”

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6 October 2011 | around town | Comments [0]

Minster of Chance Continues

Minister of Chance logo

Good news, locally produced Minister of Chance, a modern, pay-as-you-go radio-play is going to continue with Episode three.

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6 October 2011 | news | Comments [0]

Heathrow Airport to Test 'Mixed-mode' Runway Use

People living under Heathrow Airport’s flight path have been sent leaflets about changes to rules that allow the use of both runways simultaneously. The runways are restricted to take-off or landing and switch each afternoon, except in an emergency, to…

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6 October 2011 | news | Comments [6]

Dreamcatcher Film Camp - 24 to 28 October 2011

After a very successful summer running Film Camps in Notting Hill, Elstree and Twickenham Film Studios, Dreamcatcher Media have announced their Mid-term break Film Camp running from 24th to 28th October. Director David O’Keeffe says; “We had a great summer…

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6 October 2011 | around town | Comments [0]

October 4, 2011

St Margarets Christmas Fair - 4 December 2011

Looking up Crown Road at the 2010 Christmas Fair

The St Margarets Traders Association is delighted to announce that this year’s St Margarets Christmas Fair will be held in Crown Road St Margarets on Sunday 4th December from 11am-5pm.

Please join us for a day of family fun and entertainment including: live music, mini fun fair, children’s entertainers, Santa in his Grotto, Side stalls, games and competitions, mulled wine, mince pies and traditional fayre and lot’s lot’s more.

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4 October 2011 | around town | Comments [0]

Prizes For East Twickenham Village Ideas

Community-minded local residents, traders and neighbourhood groups from East Twickenham are running an exciting competition that is open to all local children. The aim of the competition is to help raise awareness of East Twickenham as a distinct village. The children are being asked to submit creative ideas that explain through words, art, film or any other media, how and what they think an East Twickenham Village could be in the future, or to research how it was in the past.

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4 October 2011 | around town | Comments [0]

October 3, 2011

Ideas and Images for the Christmas Edition of the My St Margarets Magazine

Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham

We might be in the middle of an Indian Summer but were busy compiling the Christmas Edition of the My St Margarets Magazine. Thank you to everyone that has submitted ideas and suggestion for content, we now need ideas for the front cover. Do you have a favourite photograph that would make a stunning cover for the Christmas edition? Please send your ideas to traders@mystmargarets.com Ideally in as higher res as possible please.

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3 October 2011 | editorial | Comments [0]

Exhibition of Jim McCluskey's Paintings

St Mathias Church (Oil on canvas, 50

Following Jim McCluskey’s popular exhibition of paintings shown from 16th to 25th September, at the 12 Richmond Hill Art Gallery, the exhibition will reopen for a further two weeks.

The opening times will be from 3rd to 16th October 2011.

Jim McCluskey will be at the gallery when it will be open from 5.30 pm to 7.00 pm in weekdays.

At weekends it will be open from 11.00 am till 7.00 pm.

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3 October 2011 | around town | Comments [0]

Creativity is Key! Bucking Employment Trends

Emily Mascarenhas with Caterpillar, Trudi Harrison and Rachel McLean by Luke Dixon - www.lukepatrickdixon.com

The high cost of childcare and commuting is forcing women to give up their jobs to avoid ending up out of pocket, according to new research.

The latest ONS Labour Force Survey says the number of women opting to look after their children instead of doing paid employment has risen by 32,000 nationally since last summer, with rising childcare costs being a key factor in their decision.

However, local, entrepreneurial parents are taking matters into their own hands and returning to work under their own terms.

Two examples of success are For Sanity’s Sake co-founded by Rachel McLean and Andrea Quinteo, from Twickenham; and the local franchise of Caterpillar Music started by Emily and Tim Mascarenhas from Teddington.

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3 October 2011 | food | Comments [0]