March 29, 2012

The New Station

Steam Train

… or how we nearly came to be living in Ailsa Bridge.

In the 1870’s St Margarets had everything that any small self respecting Victorian suburb might wish for - some shops, a church or two and a pub if you needed one. Although the now familiar streets of two-ups and two-down ‘villas’ hadn’t been built yet, there were still plenty of smart, well appointed houses on tree lined avenues to admire. St Margarets even had a railway line running out from London westwards towards Reading. There was only thing that it didn’t have - a railway station… and this really ticked off the local populace…

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29 March 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [1]

Thames Water Hosepipe Ban Starts 4 April 2012

This Notice will come into force at midnight on 4 April 2012 It will remain in force until further notice. Thames Water Utilities Limited has given notice to all of its customers, that the water it supplies throughout its entire…

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29 March 2012 | Category » news | Comments [0]

Event Reminder: From Brahms to The Boyfriend - 21 April 2012

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Enjoy an eclectic evening of music and verse all in aid of The Royal Marsden Cancer Hospital. A wonderful local quartet, Dolcedivas4, will be joined by a soloist and pianist as well as scattering of local actors. With music from Brahms to The Boyfriend, there’s bound to be a favourite for you!

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29 March 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Events from Surya

Gentle and Restorative Yoga Thursday 10.30-11.30am The Studio, Haliburton Rd Twickenham TW1 1PH, next to All Souls Church on. Starting April 19th £10 a class or pay £50 for 6 consecutive classes. Individual assessment advised. Please phone 07770 993289, or…

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29 March 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Pubs for sale: Old Anchor and Marble Hill

Young & Co Brewery plc, who these days are in truth a pubco that no longer brews any beer, are trying to sell 14 pubs, including the Old Anchor and Marble Hill on Richmond Road. The Old Anchor’s asking price…

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29 March 2012 | Category » news | Comments [1]

March 28, 2012

Stars join campaign to save film studio

Steven Spielberg, Sir Paul McCartney and Colin Firth are among the celebrities supporting a campaign to stop Twickenham Film Studios closing. The studios were used in blockbusters War Horse and The Iron Lady and were also used for the Beatles’…

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28 March 2012 | Category » news | Comments [1]

March 25, 2012

Richmond & Twickenham Photographic Society: Annual Exhibition 2012 - 4 to 15 April 2012

The Queen with her corgi

featuring a Diamond Jubilee presentation of informal photographs of H.M The Queen

This year the Exhibition will include a large selection of informal portraits of Her Majesty by Joan Williams, which will form The Society’s tribute to Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. Many of the photographs have not been seen in public before.

This year’s annual exhibition will include fine art prints and projected digital images, plus the Royal Photographic Society Visual Art Group touring exhibition and exhibition work by students of St Catherine’s Girls School, Twickenham, and a Shop open selling cards and books.

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25 March 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

March 23, 2012

Dig This!

Allotment plot

“The standard allotment plot in England and Wales is the ‘10 pole plot’, which if properly husbanded, should feed a family of four for a twelvemonth.”

National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners Website

When I first took up my allotment on Cole Park 20 years ago it was like the steppes with small groups of plot holders scattered across a vast undeveloped plain that hadn’t seen spade or billhook since the days of “Dig for Victory”. The only sound was the gentle swish of scythe and click-clack of clippers. The only concession to modernity was the plastic sacks full of horse manure. This was an ageing community, with some members who claimed they had learned to dig on D.Day. My own neighbour warned me never to walk on freshly tilled ground, not because of the seeds that might be growing there, but because of possible land mines!

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23 March 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Update: Save Twickenham Film Studios

Just to update you, Dr Cable has come out in support and we’re meeting him on Monday. He is raising the issue with Jeremy Hunt. It would also help if residents could write the Council through our three local ward…

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23 March 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [4]

Music at the St Margarets Jubilee Fair

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What to play at the Jubilee Fair?

The St Margarets Jubilee Fair and Street Party Fair takes place on Sunday 3rd June 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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23 March 2012 | Category » news | Comments [0]

St Stephens NUT Strike Information - 28 March 2012

As you will be aware from the media, colleagues in NUT will be taking industrial action on the 28th March 2012. The action (a one day strike) will result in class or whole school closures across the country. The decision…

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23 March 2012 | Category » news | Comments [0]

Turner's Villa Opens to the Public

turners house poster

Sandycombe Lodge, designed and lived in by Turner, will open its doors to visitors on the first Saturday of the month from April - October 2012, commencing on Easter Saturday, April 7.

The house will be open from 10.00am to 1.00pm (last entry 12.30pm) and guides will be on hand to talk about this fascinating Regency building, the famous painter who became his own architect, and his ‘Old Dad’ who kept house. The house now awaits a major restoration, so come and see the ‘before’ stage of this nationally-important project. The entrance fee is £4.00

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23 March 2012 | Category » news | Comments [2]

Charity lecture by Elizabeth Banks - 25 April 2012

Happiness is Gardening FUNDRAISING EVENT ON BEHALF OF INS (Integrated Neurological Services) a charity helping people with Parkinsons-Multiple Sclerosis-Stroke/and other neurological conditions. Elizabeth Banks will give the lecture on “Happiness is Gardening” on 25th April 2012 at Hampton School, Performing…

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23 March 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Annual dance event sees record attendance

Over 400 residents flocked to this year’s Richdance Festival held at Hampton School last weekend, making it the most attended dance event in the borough. The two day festival, now in it’s 10th year, showcased the talents of over 27…

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23 March 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Inaugural Meeting of Richmond Uke Group - 31 March 2012

The first meeting of the Richmond Uke Group (RichUg unless we can think of a better name!) last Saturday of the month starting: Saturday 31st March, 2012. 7.30-10pm upstairs at the Triple Crown Pub, 15 Kew Foot Road Richmond, Surrey…

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23 March 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Richmond Paints the Town Green for Charity

Over 60 local residents joined the Mayor of the Borough, Cllr Clare Head as she celebrated St Patrick’s Day in Twickenham last Saturday. The event, which raised £1,000 for the Mayor’s charity Richmond Citizens Advice Bureau (RCABS), saw live Irish…

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23 March 2012 | Category » news | Comments [0]

March 20, 2012

Save Twickenham Film Studios!

stop unwanted development in your neighbourhood Twickenham Film Studios, which has stood in the heart of St Margarets for ninety nine years, is in imminent danger of being sold to property developers Taylor Wimpey. They are planning to redevelop the…

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

March 16, 2012

Mothering Sunday - 18 March 2012

Cybele

“All right, but apart from the sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?”

REG: The Life of Brian

In a roundabout way they created Mothering Sunday.

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16 March 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Fun with your kids at Easter with For Sanity's Sake - 2012

Gym & Play and Musical Theatre Events With the Easter Holidays around the corner, parents will be thinking of activities to fill their time whilst normal play groups and other activities take a break. For Sanity Sake has come to…

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16 March 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Photos: St Margarets Road Resurfacing - 14 March 2012

Rev Richard Frank of All Souls Church captured some lovely photos (really) of the recent resurfacing St Margarets Road. View a slideshow…

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16 March 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Have Your Say on Local Community Safety Priorities - 20 March 2012

Residents in Richmond upon Thames are being invited to discuss community safety issues with the Borough Commander, Clive Chalk, and Richmond Council’s Chief Executive, Gillian Norton, at an open forum event at York House, Twickenham on Tuesday, 20 March 2012….

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16 March 2012 | Category » news | Comments [0]

Digital TV Cutover for St Margarets - April 2012

Help is at hand to stay tuned in Residents in Richmond upon Thames are reminded that their TV reception will switch from analogue to digital in April and anyone not prepared for the switch will be left with a blank…

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16 March 2012 | Category » news | Comments [0]

Chiswick and Latymer Cricket Club

WHITTON COLTS POSTER

New Colts Section

Despite our name our headquarters are in Wills Crescent on the Whitton and Hounslow border from where we run 4 adult teams on Saturdays and a further 2 teams on Sundays. We are now starting a colts section for ages 7 upwards that will be supervised by ECB qualified coaches who have all been CRB checked.

The first colts coaching session will be on Sunday 1 April from 10 until midday and will run every Sunday morning through the summer.

No need to book - just turn up - and we look forward to meeting you.

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March 15, 2012

A Vision for Twickenham Sorting Office - 23 to 24 March 2012

A Community Planning Weekend You are invited to attend this Vision for Twickenham Sorting Office Community Planning Weekend to participate in creating a new Vision for the future this important site. St James (part of the Berkeley Group) has recently…

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15 March 2012 | Category » news | Comments [0]

March 8, 2012

Tally Ho! What! What!

Stag hunting

It is hard to imagine but there was a time when St Margarets, with its streets and houses, shops and schools, was part of a vast royal hunting ground strictly preserved for the King and his nobles. It stretched from Windsor in the west, eastwards across Hounslow Heath towards the fringes of London and northwards into Hertfordshire. Its popularity as a Royal Chase was due in part to it being almost equidistant from London and Windsor, with Kew Palace and Hampton Court both adjacent. Long before estate agents started describing St Margarets as “the village” (oh, the horror!) our home was woodland and open heath echoing with cries of “View Halloa” and “Tally Ho!” as the wealthy went hawking, shooting, fishing and hunting stags and wild boars, deer and foxes…

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8 March 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [1]

Richmond Council Consultation on Sixth Forms

Richmond Council will be asking parents and other residents their views on statutory proposals to establish sixth forms in the borough’s five maintained secondary schools. Over the past year, the head teachers of all the schools have been meeting regularly…

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8 March 2012 | Category » news | Comments [1]

March 1, 2012

St Margarets - Get Ready to Celebrate

Your local traders are getting ready to celebrate The Queens Diamond Jubilee. We’re going to be turning St Margarets red, white and blue to celebrate the Jubilee. A special edition of the My St Margarets magazine will be published…

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1 March 2012 | Category » news | Comments [2]

Event Reminder: Holi 2012 - Spring Festival of Colour

Saturday, 10th March 11.30am to 4pm Orleans House Gallery bursts with colour to celebrate the begininning of Spring with live dance and music and traditional throwing of colour. Twickenham town centre will become a vision of colour and excitement…

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1 March 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Event Reminder: Richmond Orchestra - Spring Concert

Please come along to the Richmond Orchestra’s Spring Concert on Saturday 17th March 2012 at 7.30pm in All Saints Church, East Sheen, SW14 8AX. Programme Tchaikovsky Overture - Romeo and Juliet Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.3 Soloist: Mitra Alice Tham…

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1 March 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Dreamcatcher Film Camps Go On Despite Closure of Studios

We’re all sad here at Dreamcatcher Media that Twickenham Film Studios have gone into administration. The studios have been home to our 5 day Film Camps for several years now and its back alleys and rooms have been put to…

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1 March 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

A New Fair in Twickenham

V&A Fairs take great pleasure in announcing they have been invited to organise an Antiques, Vintage & Collectors Fair at Richmond upon Thames Community Sports Hall in Twickenham, starting on Sunday 1st April 2012. This fair will be followed by…

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1 March 2012 | Category » news | Comments [0]