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May 31, 2012

The Oldest Inhabitant - Now

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115 years ago, on June 26th 1897, a local paper, “The Richmond Herald” celebrated Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee by publishing an interview with the district’s oldest inhabitant. His name was James Harbor, a boot maker, and he was 93 years old. To celebrate our own Queen’s Diamond Jubilee here is an interview with one of today’s oldest inhabitants. He is 102 years old and has been living in this area for the last 95 years.

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31 May 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [1]

Strawberry Hill House Festival Updates - 3 to 4 June 2012

Don’t forget the Jubilee Jazz Festival on 3 and 4 June 2012! The long range weather forecast is looking horrible… but don’t worry, the performances all take place in a large chandelier lit marquee which has plenty of seating. On…

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31 May 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Kew Sinfonia's Summer Concert - 23 June 2012

Kew Sinfonia’s Summer Concert - 23 June 2012

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This Saturday, 23rd June 2012 at 8pm at St Anne’s Church, Kew Green with guest conductor, Geoffrey Paterson and soloist, Rosie Burton on Bassoon. With music by Cherubini (Overture: Demophoon), Hummel (Bassoon Concerto) and Schubert (Symphony No. 9 in C Major).

More Information

  • Tickets £10 / £8 concessions / £5 students /
    £3 children under 12 in advance or on the door from ABC MUSIC, Station Approach, Kew (0208 940 1892)
  • St Anne’s Church, Kew Green
  • www.kewsinfonia.org.uk

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31 May 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Museum of Richmond's Half Term Family Workshops - June 2012

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The Museum of Richmond has three great half-term family workshops this June.

  • Royal Pets Workshops
  • Walking in Tudor Footsteps
  • Dickens Family Fun Day

Please call 020 8332 1141 or e-mail: museumofrichmond@btconnect.com for more information.

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Summer Activities for Children and Young People 2012

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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.

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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31 May 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

May 26, 2012

St Margarets Jubilee Fair Update

St Margarets Jubilee Fair

Even more entertainment added to the Jubilee Fair!

As you are no doubt aware St Margarets is holding a Jubilee Fair on Sunday 3rd June in Crown Road St Margarets from 11am until 4pm. The event is open to all and will offer a day of family fun and entertainment. Many of the planned activities are free including: Jubilee Punch and Judy shows, children’s magic show, children’s crafts, face painting, balloon modelling, circus skills fun, Flamin June show, hilarious street entertainers and lots lots more. We also have a mini fun fair, lots of games and competitions, live music all day, side stalls, Pimms stall and delicious food stalls including Zoran’s famous BBQ. The Mayor is also joining us at 12 noon.

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

May 24, 2012

Twickenham Riverside Jubilee Festival 2012

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Friday 1st to Sunday 17th June 2012

The Festival, which was inspired by the success of the Twickenham Riverside Regatta in September 2011, will include three days of river based activities. Church Street will host a Jubilee Street Party, Craft Market and Italian Market, while St Mary’s Church will be holding their annual Fayre. There will be many open days including Turner’s House, Pope’s Grotto, the Mary Wallace Theatre, Richmond Yacht Club, Twickenham Yacht Club and Twickenham Rowing Club.

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24 May 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

The Oldest Inhabitant - Then

115 years ago, on June 26th 1897, a local paper, “The Richmond Herald” marked Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee by publishing an interview with the district’s oldest inhabitant. His name was James Harbor, a boot maker, and he was 93 years old…

James Harbor, or ‘Jim’ as he preferred to be called, was born in London Road, Twickenham in June 1804 and had resided in the town ever since. He was in good health and now lived with his extended family, including a son who was nearly 70, his grandchildren and great grandchildren at 36 Colne Road, overlooking Twickenham Green.

James Harbor was born in the same year that Napoleon crowned himself Emperor of France, Richard Trevithick’s “Penydarren” steam locomotive became the first ‘engine’ to run on rails and future Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli was born.

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24 May 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [1]

D-Day Charity Dance at Richmond Yacht Club

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On June 19 1944, just less than two weeks after D-Day, a V1 ‘doodlebug’ flying bomb landed on Twickenham Embankment at the bottom of Water Lane. It destroyed Gotham Villas, killing six people. A further 4 people on the Embankment were also killed.

To commemorate this and D-Day, a dance will be held at Richmond Yacht club on Friday 8th June. Proceeds from the dance will go towards The Embankment Memorial Fund -a fund established to build a memorial to the event and those who died.

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24 May 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Introducing Wanderhood

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The world loves social networks, but there is a gap, according to local resident Scott Gregory. He has designed Wanderhood, an online network for a very important community in our lives, our neighbourhood.

Wanderhood aims to build on the great community spirit that already exists in St Margarets. Scott believes that Wanderhood is a tool that can help people to get out and enjoy their local neighbourhood even more, by putting people in touch with who and what’s happening in St Margarets.

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24 May 2012 | Category » news | Comments [0]

Twickenham Film Studios Back on the Market

Twickenham Film Studios is back on the market after the company that won the bid pulled out for “personal reasons” last week. Gerald Krasner, of Begbies Traynor, joint administrator of Twickenham Film Studios, said he could not say why the…

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24 May 2012 | Category » news | Comments [2]

Volunteer at Missing People?

Come and check us out! We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us in a number of roles. Pop into our Missing People East Sheen office during National Volunteers’ Week - between 6-8 June and the hours of 9-5pm….

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24 May 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Dreamcatcher Film and TV Summer Camp 2012

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Students who enroll for our one week course will receive all the fundamental instruction they need to get to grips with completing a short film. We take students aged 7 to 17 and children are put in age appropriate groups. We have a young, middle and older group. Classes run from 9am to 2pm each day.

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24 May 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Event Reminder: Jubilee Festival River Cruise

Enjoy an evening’s cruise along the Thames from Eel Pie to Hampton Court with a wine tasting from 30/50. Fish & chip supper and live jazz. Two nights only — 7th or 13th June 2012! More Information tickets £30…

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24 May 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

May 19, 2012

No Such Thing as Bad Publicity? Really?

Well, this week we received some tweets from @MustardSeedUK about a new report from the Open Rights Group about mobile operators blocking sites incorrectly as ‘p0rn’ sites.

Immediately we checked and the report says, we are in-fact blocked by Orange and T-Mobile. We then attempted to get on IRC with the Open Rights Group, tried to call, but ended up emailing them - no response yet. Well it turns out that a lot of other news groups picked up the story and ran very similar versions of it to the original report; however, pulling out this site as an example of the ridiculousness of the blocking mechanism.

At this point we don’t know what is going to happen, but read on if you are interested and comment if you have some ideas.

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May 17, 2012

Bold Nevison

“And the fame of Dick Turpin had been something less
If he’d never rode to York on his bonnie Black Bess.”

ELIZA COOK: Black Bess

Dick Turpin Comic

Everyone knows the tale of brave Dick Turpin, don’t they? The handsome hero of Hounslow Heath, the gallant ‘Robin Hood’ highwayman who, with a hearty “Stand and Deliver!” stole from the rich to give to the poor, his legend immortalised by his epic 200 mile ride from London to York on his faithful steed “Black Bess”?

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17 May 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

New Cooking Classes for Families

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Tuck for Tots is passionate about tasty home cooked food, healthy eating and families enjoying meal time together around the kitchen table. Run by local Mum, Elaine Baxter, Tuck for Tots knows that all parents want what’s best for their family but not all children are enthusiastic about food! The aim is to give Mums and Dads the know-how to create simple delicious meals that will be loved by all the family.

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17 May 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [1]

Orange Tree Theatre's 40th Birthday Garden Tea Party

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Continuing the Orange Tree Theatre’s 40th birthday celebrations, this extra-special Garden Tea Party presents a rare opportunity to enjoy tea, cake, BBQ and Pimm’s and a selection of local stalls in the sumptuous grounds of Grade I-listed Trumpeters’ House, situated between the River Thames and Richmond Green on the historic site previously occupied by Richmond Palace.

This annual event raises funds for the Orange Tree’s renowned Community and Education programme, whilst providing the ideal opportunity to browse stalls selling everything from bath products to romantic dresses, to olive oils and silver jewellery.

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17 May 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

New Yoga Fitness Classes

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I have been practicing yoga for over 6 years and am currently training as a student teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga (UK Governing Body for Yoga in the UK).

After the birth of my two sons (have two sons under the age of three), I realised that I needed a career that could work around my children (my previous career was Account Director within a busy marketing agency, so long hours and lots of stress) and I have been lucky enough to turn a passion into that career, hence the birth of Yoga Fitness and my new Yoga class in St Margarets, Twickenham.

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17 May 2012 | Category » news | Comments [2]

Richmond Furniture Scheme has Extended Their Hours

I should be most grateful if you could publicize the fact that the Richmond Furniture Scheme a charity (1133019) based in 1a Fortescue Avenue, Twickenham TW2 5LS has extended its opening times and is now open from Mondays to Fridays…

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17 May 2012 | Category » news | Comments [0]

Sir David Attenborough Digs New Jubilee Pond

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During the Queen’s visit to Richmond Park on Tuesday, 15 May, Sir David Attenborough dug the first spade of earth for the new Jubilee Pond to commemorate her Diamond Jubilee.

Funded by the conservation charity Healthy Planet, the Friends of Richmond Park and through a public appeal, the pond will retain water in the park and create a new wildlife habitat.

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17 May 2012 | Category » news | Comments [0]

Event Reminder: National Garden Scheme Open - 27 May 2012

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Our garden at 7 St.George’s Road, St Margarets is open for the National Garden Scheme on Sunday 27th May from 2-6pm. Lots of unusual plants for sale and our speciality pelargoniums. Tea and cakes. We also have an evening opening on Saturday 30th June, 6-8pm with a glass of wine. Absolutely all proceeds go to charity which include Macmillan Cancer, Marie Curie and Help the Hospices.

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May 12, 2012

Idea of the Week : Go to Isabella Plantation 2012

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We have been told that the azaleas in Isabella Plantation are perfect. It will probably only last a couple of weeks, so be sure to get there soon if you are interested.

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12 May 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

May 11, 2012

New Jubilee Pond in Richmond Park to be Created

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Sir David Attenborough launches Richmond Park Ponds & Streams conservation appeal.

The Queen’s visit to Richmond Park on May 15 will see a new Jubilee Pond being created in her honour and to commemorate her Diamond Jubilee.

Sir David Attenborough, Patron of the local charity the Friends of Richmond Park, will dig the first spade of earth and hand over the pond to The Royal Parks (which manages Richmond Park) for completion.

Located on the road from Sheen Cross to the Royal Ballet School, the pond is next to the area of the community celebrations which The Queen will visit during the Wild London Jubilee event, which will be held on Richmond Park’s sports fields on May 15.

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11 May 2012 | Category » news | Comments [1]

Event Reminder: Queen's Diamond Jubilee Richmond Park - 15 May 2012

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In Her Majesty’s first official visit to the borough in 23 years, The Queen will attend the specially commissioned community festival ‘Wild London’ in Richmond Park on 15 May 2012. Richmond Council and The Royal Parks have teamed up to host this special event which will pay tribute to The Queen’s six decades on the throne and celebrate both London’s natural environment and the important role that the borough’s parks and gardens play in bringing people closer to nature.

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Posters in the Park 2012

Posters in the Park 2012

Design an eye-catching poster to help protect Richmond Park

The Friends of Richmond Park has launched Posters in the Park, a competition to find an iconic, eye-catching poster to help protect Richmond Park’s environment and wildlife.

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Orleans Gallery Exhibition- Richmond's Royal Connections

To mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, The Leader of the Council, Lord True, opened an exhibition showcasing the Borough’s royal history, at Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham. The Royal Connections exhibition is a culmination of a £40,000 project funded by…

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Pilates Plus Opens New Space + Two Open Days

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After 10 successful years running her Crown Rd Pilates studio, owner Sarah Duley is pleased to announce the opening of 117, an additional studio in St Margarets, Twickenham.

Sarah and her team of experienced teachers will be offering more classes and more choices, adding Gyrotonic, Gyrokinesis, Yoga and Family Friendly Fridays, to the already well-established Pilates studio classes.

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May 10, 2012

Planning: Lidl Supermarket and Travelodge in East Twickenham

Residents of East Twickenham and St Margarets should be aware that a major planning application has been submitted to Richmond Council to redevelop the existing office block and car park on the main Richmond Road Road, behind the bus stop…

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10 May 2012 | Category » news | Comments [7]

May 9, 2012

Richmond Park - Starfish Decoy Sf8A - The Fires Burn On!

Following on last week’s article about Starfish Decoy SF8A - the “fake” town built in Richmond Park during WW2 to attract Luftwaffe bombers away from London - I have located some interesting photographs taken at the time. The first, taken…

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9 May 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

May 5, 2012

More Breaking News form the St Margarets Traders Association

It is with great regret we announce that the famous St Margarets Diamond has gone missing! The story so far… The famous and very valuable St Margarets Diamond was recently re-discovered in St Margarets after being lost for centuries….

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5 May 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

May 3, 2012

Richmond Park - Starfish Bombing Decoy SF8A

“I think it is well also for the man in the street to realise that there is no power on earth that can protect him from being bombed. Whatever people may tell him, the bomber will always get through.”…

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3 May 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

Event Reminder: East Twickenham Village Jubilee Picnic

Monday 4 June 2012 - from noon to 3pm Celebrate the Jubilee with an old-fashioned picnic in Cambridge Gardens, our local riverside park. Bring your own food and drink, or buy snacks and drinks at Rachel’s Café. They will be…

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3 May 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]

New Local School for Twickenham

A bid to open an 11-18 secondary free school in the Twickenham area has progressed to the next stage of the assessment process. The RET Twickenham Trust, which includes local parents and representatives of the Russell Education Trust (RET), will…

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3 May 2012 | Category » news | Comments [0]

Events: June 2012 Half Term - Orleans House Gallery

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Activities for Children and Young People

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.

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3 May 2012 | Category » around town | Comments [0]