November 30, 2011
We have just received confirmation that our star guest for this weekends St Margarets Christmas Fair will be 00.7 himself Jason Bond aka Sean Canary. Sean will be arriving in his vintage Aston Martin Car and will be suitably dressed…
November 24, 2011
The St Margarets Traders Association proudly presents…
The St Margarets Christmas Fair - Sunday 4th December 2011 from 11.00am Crown Road St Margarets.
The Occupy London protest is not the first to have upset the good people of St Paul’s. There were similar ructions in 1345. Then the dispute was not about anti-capitalism but about fruit and veg… and chickens.
Please be aware that many local schools and businesses will be closed in support of the national public service worker strike action on 30th November 2011, including: St Stephens C.E. Junior School Orleans Infants School The National Archives If you…
HANDS Caregroup are looking for a volunteer minibus driver (Midas trained) who is available once a fortnight on a Thursday between 12.00 and 17.00. They would need to collect the minibus from Richmond and Kingston Community Transport and then pick up 8 clients to take them shopping at Tesco, Mogden Lane and then take them home afterwards and drop the bus back to the depot. Small expenses are available.
Regular Volunteer helpers/escorts would be available to support the clients and driver.
Young and older poets from St Margaret’s and Twickenham were among the 22 shortlisted finalists for the inaugural Poems in the Park competition organised by The Friends of Richmond Park and Sheengate Publishing (publishers of The Richmond and Elmbridge and…
Late last month there was a devastating pollution incident on the River Crane that killed at least 10,000 fish and is likely to take several years to fully recover from. The Friends of the River Crane Environment (FORCE) is a local volunteer group that has been working to improve the Crane corridor for the last eight years and last Sunday the group held its first volunteer event since the pollution spill.
November 18, 2011
‘Go tell the Spartans, thou that passeth by, That faithful to their precepts, here we lie’ Simonides of Ceos (556-468 BC) Last weekend we marked Armistice Day and that moment at the end of the 1st World War when…
The statutory proposals to convert Orleans Infant & Nursery School and St Stephen’s Church of England Junior School from three-form entry infant and junior schools into two-form entry all-through primary schools have been published in the Richmond and Twickenham times…
Twickenham Film Studios have asked the council to consider removing the recycling bins from the council property adjacent to The Barons. The studios have decided that the bins are not suitable for outside their main reception area and request that they be moved as soon as possible. But where to? Do you have any suggestions as to where else in St Margarets that would make a good place for the recycling bins?
Twickenham Rowing Club welcomes new and aspiring rowers and coxes!
What better way to get fit than to join Twickenham Rowing Club where for less than it costs to join a gym you get coaching, a regularly updated training programme, peers with which to train and enjoy social evenings, and the opportunity to embrace your competitive spirit in all-round-the-year races.
We also seek coxswains for our boats - Coxes have the very important role of steering crews towards a Win, and to give instructions and commands about what needs to be done, motivate your rowers and finally coach from within the boat.
Twickenham Rowing Club is a welcoming open club and accepts people of all ages and abilities. We offer a number of different squads for experienced rowers and run regular courses for beginners of all ages.
November 16, 2011
Heathfield Safer Neighbourhood Team have informed us that a man has been calling door to door in the Crane Park area, claiming to be working on behalf of the Friends of the river Crane Environment (FORCE) and requesting bank details…
November 12, 2011
Rob Gray gave the FORCE AGM on 10th November 2011 the inside story: the cause was a jammed ‘penstock’ (a sluice or floodgate for regulating the flow from a pent body of water, as in a watermill) at the point…
November 11, 2011
Last week the power failed twice in St Margarets. The first time was just before noon on Wednesday, 26th October. The radio fell silent, the fridge stopped humming and the computer rolled over and died. After a few of minutes of confused scrabbling around on the phone I finally found a nice pre-recorded woman who told me that Twickenham, Brentford and Isleworth were experiencing “a power outage” and not to worry too much about the food in the freezer. “Normal service will be resumed in two to three hours”, she said - and it was. It was announced later that the “outage” was caused by equipment failure.
- Lakes at Syon Park affected as well as Northumberland and Crane rivers.
- An estimated 10,000 fish are now believed to have been killed
- Water quality has benefited substantially from heavy rain over the weekend but people and pets still advised to stay out of the water
- Thames Water have accepted responsibility
- Thames Water are likely to be prosecuted
from Ed Randall
In the week that Richmond upon Thames has been confirmed as a host for the Olympic Torch Relay next July, the Leader of Richmond Council has urged organisers to ensure that the Council is fairly funded for all the local…
Integrated Neurological Services, a local charity supporting people who have Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis or Stroke on Thursday, 24th November at 7.30pm in Clarendon Hall, York House present:
A Scottish Evening
Guests arrive from 7.30pm, drinks followed by a traditional Scottish meal. Scottish dancers will then perform and afterwards invite guests to get up and join them with dancing led by the Richmond Caledonian Society.
A fundraising evening for the Environment Trust for Richmond upon Thames at Orleans House Coach House on Thursday, 8th December 2011 from 7 to 9:30pm.
November 10, 2011
Changez Charity for alternative therapy presents an evening of pure indulgence. On MONDAY 14th November 2011 we will be holding a CHARITY CHRISTMAS PAMPERING FAIR at ‘The Winning Post’ Chertsey Road, Whitton, Twickenham, Greater London TW2 6LS. between 6 and…
November 8, 2011
Aspiring writers, pick up your pens! The new Young People’s festival, which is part of the borough’s Literature Festival is seeking a Youth Laureate this November. For the first time ever, in addition to the main Literature Festival, young people…
November 5, 2011
“I wanna be your Teddy Bear!” ELVIS PUDSEY This is the time of the year when minds turn to fireworks, fallen leaves and fundraising for the BBC’s annual ‘Children in Need’ Appeal for disadvantaged children around the U.K. This…
November 3, 2011
FORCE trustees and members have been very saddened to see the effects of a major pollution incident in the River Crane over the last few days. This has been caused by raw sewage flowing into the river by the A4 Bath Road between Saturday night and early Monday morning due to a defective valve on the two metre diameter sewer that services the Heathrow area.
On Sunday there was clear evidence of a major fish kill along the 10 kilometres of the lower River Crane, as well as the 5 kilometre linked channel known as the Duke of Northumberland’s River (DNR). The Environment Agency stated at the time that around 3,000 fish were believed dead. By Monday the lower Crane resembled an open sewer, local people were visibly shocked by its appearance and the smell was forcing people to cover their faces with scarves and handkerchiefs.
The Environment Agency (EA) has described this as a “devastating raw sewage spill” which has effectively “wiped out” the aquatic life in the lower 10 kilometres of the River Crane, considering it to be “the most serious incident we have had on a tributary of the River Thames for several years”.
About 20 years ago I was walking home along the towpath between Twickenham Bridge and Richmond Lock when an elderly man stopped me.
“Do you know what they are?” he asked, waving his arm in the vague direction of the two obelisks in the Old Deer Park. Thinking that he was a visitor to the area I was about to tell him that I didn’t when he launched into this story…
The Smarter St Stephen’s first ever Duathlon took place on Wednesday, 2 November 2011 in Moormead Park. An amazing all day event with over 300 pupils from St Stephen’s School taking part. The children, aged 7 - 11, had to run, cycle and run again around Moormead Park to raise money for the Smarter St Stephen’s campaign. Local Estate Agent, Churchills, sponsored the event and England Rugby International, Simon Shaw, presented the trophies in a school assembly.
Saturday 26th November - 10.00 am - 12 noon approx.
Explore the River from Richmond half lock to Richmond Bridge. Find out about the history and the function of Richmond half lock and the work of Port of London Authority from the lock-keeper himself.
Walk along the foreshore with the with Elliott Wragg of the Thames Discovery Programme and discover the Tudor wharf of Richmond Palace. Learn about what lives in and around the river with aquatic ecologist Joe Pecorelli. Who knows what exciting discoveries may be made as the walk coincides with the annual draw off when the the river is allowed to drop to its natural level.