January 30, 2012

Richmond Council Approves Expansion of Orleans and St Stephens Schools

The January 26 Council Cabinet meeting decided to go ahead with the ‘Expansion Of Orleans Infant And Nursery School And St Stephen’s Church Of England Junior School’. ‘… The proposals are that, in September 2012, Orleans Infant would be converted…

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30 January 2012 | Category » news | Comments [0]

January 26, 2012

Disorder on the Border

 St Theodore

“A good fence helpeth to keepe peace between neighbours; but let vs take heed that we make not a high stone wall, to keepe vs from meeting.”

1640 E. Rogers Letter in Winthrop Papers

The best of neighbours are not always the best of friends and so it was with Twickenham, Isleworth and Heston. For over 1,000 years they have been squabbling about something or other.

In the 7th century. Theodore, the 8th Archbishop of Canterbury, in a move to reform the fledging church, introduced a system of parishes run by a parish priest. For us this meant the parish of Isleworth, later subdivided into the parishes of Heston, Isleworth and Twickenham. All would have been well were it not for the tithes, the payment each church collected within its parish. The larger the parish the more tithes the church could collect… and where there’s tithes there’s trouble!

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26 January 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [1]

February Half Term at Orleans House Gallery - 2012

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. Coach House Club for 6 - 9 Year Olds…

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26 January 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

January 20, 2012

A Vast Esteat To Entertain Soe Many

James Johnston

“Here let us trace the matchless vales of Thames,
Far winding up top where the muses haunt,
To Twitnam’s bowers.”

James Thomson

In the 17th century the walk along the river from Old Isleworth to Twickenham was regarded as one of the most beautiful in Britain. Even as late as 1948 local historian G.E Bate was still generally complimentary. “Although much of it is still beautiful it has lost some of the freshness and rural aspect that it then bore.”

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20 January 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Finally, Richmond Council Consultation on Clifden Road Site

Council statement: Use of the Clifden Road Site, Twickenham [Consultation of residents by the borough council] January 17, 2012 6:38 PM LAST year, the Council agreed to buy the Clifden Road site of Richmond Adult Community College and is now…

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20 January 2012 | Category » news | Comments [0]

Twickerati: Heatham House: Kids! Have Your Say (Again)

The future of youth provision in the Borough is bubbling up nicely as part of the TWAP (Twickenham Area Action Plan). You will recall that when the Plan got its first airing there was a lot of consternation from…

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20 January 2012 | Category » news | Comments [0]

Event Reminder: Catwalk Connections Fashion Show - 2 February 2012

It’s SHOW TIME! Come along to this fun ladies evening with bargain high street fashions offering BIG DISCOUNTS off the in-store prices! Famous high street fashions at CUT PRICES! If your wardrobe could do with a few new mix-and-match separates…

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20 January 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

The Good Wine Shop Closes St Margarets Shop


Sadly, due to circumstances beyond our control, The Good Wine Shop will be moving out of our St Margarets Shop on Monday 23 January.

It has been a pleasure to be part of this amazing community for the last 12 years and we would like to thank you all for your incredible support.

Our business is in good health and within the next year we plan to open two new shops and we are currently scouting for the best locations to do so.

We also have our lovely shop in Kew, which stocks all the St Margarets wines plus many many more. Our friendly staff will be more than happy to show you around.

If you have one of our blue bags, it will still work in Kew and as a thank you for your loyalty you will receive a free bottle of Prosecco the first time you fill the bag up in Kew!

Alternatively, we would love to continue serving you via our website, which provides free delivery on all orders to TW1, TW7, TW9 and TW10 post-codes. You can still enjoy your favourite wines and better still we’ll deliver them directly to your door.

Mark Wrigglesworth

We wish them the best of luck and hope they fine a nearby location soon.

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20 January 2012 | Category » news | Comments [2]

Green Fingered Grant for Local Charity

Local charity Richmond AID’s gardening project for disabled residents is set to receive £5,000 as part of Richmond Council’s Civic Pride Grant fund. The volunteer-run Richmond SPADE provides a tailored gardening service for elderly or disabled residents in the borough….

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20 January 2012 | Category » news | Comments [0]

St Margarets Kumon Starts Fifth Year

St Margarets Kumon centre is now in its 5th year and we have helped numerous children from the community and local schools to do better at school. It may be Early Primary years, end of Primary school or transition to…

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20 January 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

January 13, 2012

The Last Wolf in England?

Although it is less than 7 miles from St Margarets you’ve probably never heard of Perry Oaks and you’d be hard pressed to find it on a map - but according to legend this medieval hamlet, now buried under…

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13 January 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [1]

The St Margarets Supper Club

Are you a single 38 to 48 something (give or take a few years) and sometimes feel you have lots of friends all over place but just no one local, or maybe you’re so busy you don’t really have many…

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13 January 2012 | Category » news | Comments [0]

Local Choir Offers Free Taster

If you are one of the many who have relished the particular thrill of communal singing at Christmas carol services and concerts in recent weeks, why not make it a weekly pleasure by joining a choir? Local choir ‘Vocality’ has…

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13 January 2012 | Category » news | Comments [0]

Event Reminder: Sixties Night - 3 February 2012

60sNight info

3rd February 7.30pm til midnight in Winchester Hall, Turks Head Pub

Back by popular demand are The 60s All Stars with original band members of Kinks, Foundations and George Harrison Band. Just £20 a ticket, to include a light supper, it’s a fabulous evening out. Twist & shout, jump & jive and dance the night away.

Places are limited so please book in advance.

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13 January 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Event Reminder: Charity Dog Walk in Richmond Park - 29 January 2012

DogWalk info

Sunday 29th January 9.30am Starts opposite Pembroke Lodge Carpark

You’d be Barking Mad not to fetch your coat and wellies to join us for walkies in Richmond Park. Sweep away the New Year cobwebs and raise much needed funds for The Royal Marsden Hospital too. All mutts, mongrels and pedigrees are welcome, as long as they’re accompanied by an adult.

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13 January 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Mid-Term Break Film Camps with Dreamcatcher Media

Seeing “Warhorse” hit the screens was interesting for us here at Dreamcatcher Media as it’s not long since we walked out of our office at Twickenham Film Studios to see Steven Spielberg in the forecourt discussing the next take with…

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13 January 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

January 5, 2012

Petition to Overturn Planning Permission for the Twickenham Station Tower Blocks

There is overwhelming opposition to the tower blocks over Twickenham Railway Station. Less than 20 comments to Richmond Council supported the height of the residential development and over 5500 opposed it. Despite the extent of public opposition, Richmond Council…

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5 January 2012 | Category » news | Comments [4]

January 6th

Christmas decorations

Sidney Goulter was a strange boy and a constant anxiety for his parents. When he was 15 he developed a morbid fixation on his mother who he followed from room to room. He told his friends that she was dead and even wore a black armband in remembrance. He was also sexually provocative. His father, a retired Metropolitan Police inspector, feared for the safety of Sidney’s younger sister and began escorting her to and from school. He also insisted that the girl kept her bedroom door locked at night. Sidney would spend hours sitting in complete silence with his head in his hands. His mother noticed that he was stealing things from around the house and hiding them. He also spent many hours wandering alone in Richmond Park which was just around the corner from where he lived.

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5 January 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [1]

First Images of New Twickenham Pool Site Unveiled

The first images of how Richmond Council will transform the derelict swimming pool on Twickenham Riverside into a new park and public square have been revealed. An artist’s impression and other drawings of the site have been made public…

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5 January 2012 | Category » news | Comments [1]

January 4, 2012

Gsk Helps The Pluto Appeal Smash Halfway Target

THE PLUTO APPEAL smashes through fundraising halfway mark, thanks to a corporate donation of £500,000 from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). The £1.5 million appeal is to buy a surgical robot named Pluto which will allow surgeons at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital…

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4 January 2012 | Category » news | Comments [0]