Archive of posts from January 2014

Letters - Flood insurance

Trying to sort out renewal of my home insurance I’ve had a quote higher than ever before – just over £800 for this year.

31 January 2014 | editorial

James Hewens

Richmond Railway Station c 1870   1900.LCF 3806

“In endeavouring to save the life of a fellow creature, he lost his own.”

It was 11.15pm on Monday night and John Charles Jepson was drunk. A witness, Thomas Darnill, saw him staggering up and down the platform at Richmond Station ‘in a most unsteady manner’. When Darnill approached Jepson for a light ‘he appeared to be under the influence of drink’… Another witness, James Everill, said that at 11.25pm, just as the ‘up’ train was pulling into the station John Jepson “reeled and then fell onto the tracks”. Moments later another traveller, James Hewens, jumped after him and tried to pull him off the line. The tragic events of that night, Monday, 23rd September 1878, were later reported in the ‘Richmond and Twickenham Times’…

31 January 2014 | around_town

February 2014 Half Term Activities at Orleans House Gallery

Feb Half Term Poster 2014

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

31 January 2014 | around_town

Singing Group Class at Strawberry Hill Golf Club - Sprint 2014

helen astrid

Would you like to improve your singing abilities and confidence? And have some fun? Develop an inner strength that goes well beyond the limits of natural talent and skill.

Learn simple techniques in breathing, tuning, increasing your vocal range, freeing your voice, improving your confidence all whilst singing fabulous songs. Songs chosen include popular classics, folksongs and show songs. No ability to read music is necessary.

31 January 2014 | around_town

St Stephen's Community Choir - Spring 2014

Do you enjoy singing? Then why not join the St Stephens Community Choir to make some musical magic on Thursday evenings! Our spring term rehearsals have just begun, and we welcome new singers from all areas of the community and of all abilities – no auditions necessary, just come along and sing!

31 January 2014 | around_town

American Pie

Don McLean

42 years ago, on the 22nd January 1972, a record by American singer Don McLean reached No. 2 in the UK charts. “American Pie” was and remains a significant song of the period and has been voted No. 5 in the 100 most important recordings of the 20th century. For an entire generation it marked the end of the 1960s and put a final full stop on their teenage years. In a series of cryptic verses the song tells how the popular music they had grown up with had lost its innocence.

23 January 2014 | around_town

Apply Now to Join ARThouse Open Studios Festival 2014

arthouse logo

ARThouse is Richmond’s annual Open Studios, celebrating the vast creative talent that exists within the borough of Richmond upon Thames.

Applications for ARThouse 2014 are now open welcoming individuals, groups, schools and community groups to take part.

23 January 2014 | around_town

Tesco Might Be Closed, but the High Street is Open!

St Margarets Traders Association

With Tesco closed until 15 February 2014, it’s the perfect time to find out what your local traders can offer you. Many of them have special deals and promotions, January sales and Richmond Card offers to take advantage of right now!

20 January 2014 | around_town

A Sweete, Cleare and Pleasant River

The first two red Flood Warnings came together around noon on New Year’s Day -

Flooding Is Expected. Immediate Action Required.

Crane River flooding

The first concerned the Thames from Teddington to Putney Bridge. It said that so much water was coming over Teddington Weir it seemed likely that it would flood low lying areas like Ranelagh Drive and the Thames towpath from Richmond to Kew. The second warning for the tidal River Crane was more significant. Although the lower section of the Crane is protected from tidal surges in the Thames by a lock gate, the warning said that because of the amount of water coming down the Crane following recent heavy rainfall the gate could not be closed. When the high water going out on the Crane met the surge coming in up the Thames with the 2.30pm high tide it would flood low lying land and gardens, although it was hoped that houses would be spared.

16 January 2014 | around_town

Proposed New Secondary School for Twickenham

Over the past two years Richmond Council has been working with Richmond upon Thames College on a project to create a new purpose built college, new special school and brand new secondary school for the borough at the Egerton Road site in Twickenham.

16 January 2014 | news

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