Twickenham War Memorial in Radnor Gardens on Remembrance Sunday.
The death of an eight year old schoolgirl in Twickenham was caused by a playground accident. That is the finding of an inquest at West London Coroner’s Court into the death of Freya James who was a pupil at Trafalgar Junior School. The court heard that Freya fell onto an ornamental railway sleeper after another pupil playing ‘British Bulldog’ accidentally collided with her. The fall ruptured her liver and she died from internal bleeding only hours later at West Middlesex Hospital.
The BBC London website quotes Professor Nigel Heaton, a specialist liver surgeon, as saying that “isolated liver injuries are very difficult to recognise and there would have been little indication of the “catastrophic nature of her injuries”". The incident happened on 14th February this year.
A statement from the family read out in the court said that, “Freya was a breath of fresh air. She was a beautiful girl with a sparkle in her eyes and an intoxicating smile”. The school has created a garden outside her classroom and set up an annual Freya James Prize in her memory.
A sad, sad story. Our condolences go out to Freya’s family and friends.
As you very well know, the Richmond College site in Egerton Road Twickenham has been the subject of much debate. Could it accommodate a new secondary school? Could the Clarendon School for young people with special needs also move there from Hampton? Could Haymarket Media Group bring something to the party too?
The proposal now getting a more thorough airing courtesy of El Brute is for the site to be redeveloped to contain a new HQ for Haymarket Media, a new secondary school (and we’re talking a non-faith, non-selective community free school, of course) whilst still keeping the college to provide the post-16 education. It’s a bold idea and we suspect it’s exactly the sort of thing that The Govemeister-General would love – business and education coming together on one site to serve the community.
BOO! That scared you didn’t it? Halloween seems to be the UK’s fastest growing thing. A celebration of all things something-or-other that dates back to the time when Charlie Brown and Snoopy became the first characters to trick or treat their way across our television screens. Yes, it really does go back that far. And further! In fact, if you were to delve into the history of Halloween you’d find that its origins pre-date not just the bite-sized Milky Way but Haribo sweets as well. Incredible stuff!
In honour of the occasion, Twickenham’s Church Street will be getting all spooked up for the day. There’s a children’s treasure hunt from midday – find the goodie bags hidden in some of the shops in the road. There’s a “Creepy Cupcake Decorating Class” at Sweetie Pies Boutique Bakery from 4.30pm to 5.30pm (£10 each for ages 4-10) and also a fancy dress competition in the Square at 5.00pm. Later on The Fox will be hosting an ‘Undead Disco’ with prizes for the best & worst dressed punters, apple bobbing and punch. And we’re sure the Halloween theme will be gripping many of the town’s other boozers too – by the neck, perhaps. You have been warned! *Cue evil laugh*
* More from TTBA
BOOM! The other great celebration at this time of year commemorates the explosive impact of something that didn’t actually happen. That’s right, we’re talking about Guy Fawkes not blowing up the Houses of Parliament back in the days before he opted to become a successful right-wing blogger. There are always lots of firework displays going on around south-west London so we’re sure you’ll find one to suit. Or you can just stay at home and turn the up TV if you prefer. Perhaps the biggest and best of the regular fixtures is at Richmond Athletic Ground. This year’s display is on Sunday 3rd. At £25 in advance for a family ticket (£30 on the night) it’s not the cheapest but it always delivers an impressive show to a musical theme – this year it’s the sounds of The Beatles. We’ve not tried to list out other shows here as Totally Richmond have already done a great job doing that just for you covering school, pub and leisure club displays. Now then, give us an “oooohhh”.
* Richmond Athletic Ground tickets
* Totally Richmond – firework display page
And we leave you with the award for the lamest Halloween cash-in piece of advertising… Please step forward Greggs on King Street!
Panic over! All those members of the twickerati who’ve been wondering how on earth they were going to buy let alone sell a house can now relax. Twickenham has just received the Foxtons seal of approval. Yes folks, the seller of flats to the yuppie generation has now set up shop on York Street in our fair suburb. Some might take the view that we’ve already got quite a few estate agents round these here parts but then others might take the standpoint that you can never have too many of them. We’re not sure who those people might be but for the purposes of this update, we’ll assume there are some. Foxtons have flung open their doors and are giving it the big, old introductory marketing push. By George, they were even bribing children with free muffins on Sunday! It’s brutal out there.
Thursday 14th November 2013. Remember the date. 8.30pm. Remember the time. As to the place? Well, you’ll have to keep reading to find that out. The occasion? The third not-quite-annual Twickenham hyperlocal meet-up. The aim? To bring local tweeters, bloggers, scribblers, web types, business types, none-of-your-business types, interested in all things local people, members of the great Twickenham public and, most importantly of all, anyone who doesn’t easily fit into any of those categories, together for a social catch up. Call it a Twickenham meet up, if you like. Call it a “tweet up” if you must. It’s a very informal evening designed to get people talking Twickenham to each other, swapping ideas, making new social contacts, and maybe even making new business contacts. Whatever. There is no agenda. There will be no speeches. The creeping death of “round the group” introductions is banned.
The first twickerati meet up took place in January 2012. About 20 people attended. The second took place in January 2013 with about 45 of Twickenham’s finest. It featured a right old mix, all of whom were very interesting and most excellent company. And as for the third? Well, that’s up to you but you’ll definitely fit right in. You just need to ask yourself when the time comes years from now and someone says to you, “So, did you go to the great Twickenham tweet up in November 2013?” will you be able to hold your head up high and say, “Yes, child, I was there that night. I was part of it”.
Don’t be shy. Your town needs you. Or at least your local pub does.
One last thing… if you run a local website, blog or whatever then it would be good if you could wear some kind of ID so that people can hunt you down and also confirm that you’ll be there (either with a comment below or by email) so we can stick up a list. You never know, some people might actually want to speak to you!
Date: Thursday 14th November 2013
Time: From 8.30pm
Location: Ales & Tails Bar, York Street, Twickenham
Got a question? Post it below or email us: twickerati @ gmail .com
See you there!