Valentine’s Day. What do you think of when you hear those two words? Love? Secret admirers? A romantic evening for two? Or three?? Or perhaps it brings to mind standing in a shop, staring blankly at the rows of greetings cards with a mixture of frustration and irritation at the sense of obligation forced upon you by persons unknown and wondering if the people shuffling around next to you are thinking exactly the same thing. And trying to catch a sly glance at them to help you speculate about what they might be thinking and wondering whether they’re thinking you’re a good soul for getting into the spirit of it all, or whether they know what you’re really thinking. Of course, if truth be told, they’re firmly stuck in their own world – they haven’t noticed you at all. So, you buy your card and you hurry out with that telltale red envelope peeking out from the top of the paper bag.
But there’s more to it than that. Church Street will be getting into the Valentine’s mood with a series of goings on this Friday. There’s a children’s treasure hunt from 4.00pm with goody bags hidden in some of the shops, and there are discounts and offers at the likes of Mint Spa, Complement, Sweetie Pies Boutique Bakery, Pincho, Kiss n Make Up and Crusader Travel. The Twickenham Town Business Association website has the full details.
And if it all gets too much for you, Friday is the day that The Eel Pie pub re-opens, so you can check out their extended new look from 6.00pm.
* TTBA – Valentine’s Goings On
Think of ‘the river’ in Twickenham and the Thames probably springs to mind. But of course that’s not the only river in town. The River Crane, from its source near Hayes flows through Twickenham on its way to joining the Thames at Isleworth. At just 8.5 miles long the River Crane is not exactly huge but it does run through a mix of urban and suburban environments – industrial, residential and green space. Twickenham resident Richard Clemence has been photographing the Crane Valley for many years and has created a gallery of over 250 images on his Crane Valley Blog on Flickr. In this guest posting he shares some of his photos of this fascinating but often overlooked part of south west London…
Crane Valley Blog
(copyright: Richard Clemence)
“I live near Twickenham station and have cycled up and down the Crane Valley for years, many of them on the school run with my daughter. About 10 years ago there was an assault by the then Council administration on the protected status of many areas of open land. This lead to a Public Enquiry, and I submitted photos in an attempt to show the Enquiry the value of the open land for all of us.
Some of the land is now covered in bricks and mortar but large chunks still survive (for the time being) – thanks to the huge efforts of many local inhabitants.
I carried on taking photos and found myself becoming even more interested and protective of the our local ‘patch’. I discovered some pockets along the Crane Valley where I felt I could almost be in the New Forest, or maybe the Bronx, or Siberia.
Crane Valley Blog: Crane Park
(copyright: Richard Clemence)
The Eel Pie on Church Street is currently getting a major makeover. The ground floor space is getting extended into where the toilets used to be and the ‘facilities’ are being moved upstairs. The new look will divide the pub up into more clearly defined different areas (the sporty bit, the relaxy bit, etc) and they’re even going to start doing food n everything. It’s the modern way, you know. The pub is due to re-open later in February. Good luck to ‘em.
The Eel Pie – work in progress
You can take a a look at more updates on their Facebook page.
Meanwhile, at the other end of town, The Prince Blucher is also getting the major refurb works. Work is well underway and it too is set to re-open later this month. You can see a picture of the work there on their Twitter feed.
(And in other news, we’ve seen that The Royal Oak looks set to become a sports bar – or at least that’s what one pub website said)
Water. Bloody brilliant, isn’t it? You can drink it, give it to plants, take a shower in it and even heat it up to help make a Pot Noodle.
High tides in Twickenham
Apparently, some people use it in toilets in their homes rather than use their neighbour’s garden. Fascinating. H2O
, it really is a versatile element. It’s the perfect combination of oxygen and, err, helium. And with all that helium it’s no wonder that if you drink too much of it – in the form of beer – then you end up talking in a silly squeaky voice. Older readers may recall hydrogen being used as the preferred ingredient for water but, after the Hindenburg disaster in 1937, this was deemed too dangerous for public consumption. Despite its uses, water’s not so good when there’s absolutely loads of it – and mucky stuff at that – and it gets into your carpet or your parked car. We’ve seen it happen and when it does it’s called flooding and flooding can be right royal pain.
Flooding has many causes. It’s often caused by too much rain or by high tides or by leaving the bath running. Often it’s a combination of all three. And of course if you live in Henley it can be caused by David Silvester the local UKIP councillor writing to complain to David Cameron who’s just got a gay marriage… to a man. Continue reading
Just when you started to wonder if the redevelopment of Twickenham station was all just a dream given the complete lack of communication over the last few months and, hey presto, a drop in session suddenly appears.
Twickenham Station commuters
So here we go! It’s time for Solum Regeneration to reveal the details and timing of their plans for the station and the flats and shops they’re building. Except that it isn’t going to be quite like that.
According to the blurb from the Council, the focus of the session which is being put on by Network Rail and the South West Trains Alliance (who they?), is on the platform level improvements. In fact, it even makes reference to the £1.6m funding from the Greater London Authority which, among other things, will be used to improve the footbridge over the tracks. The money, whilst welcome, comes not from the developer Solum but from one of Boris’s budget pots. Some have pondered on this very site why additional funding was needed to put basic platform and bridge improvements in place rather than them being part of the developer’s scheme. But what do we humble folk know about how such weighty decisions are taken?
The intention now seems to be to get some basic station improvements through before the 2015 rugby World Cup and leave ‘the big build’ until after the tournament has finished. In fact the details on the El Brute website make clear that this meeting is all about the platform work and not the wider project which means those interested in the detail of Solum’s plans will just have to wait a little longer.
The session is on 29th January from 4.00pm. A presentation is scheduled for 6.30pm. The fun takes place in the Churchill Suite at Twickenham Stadium.
* Richmond Council Press Release
In a slightly bizarre but perhaps understandable move, residents of 34 streets in Whitton have been petitioning to be part of Twickenham rather than Hounslow. The Richmond & Twickenham (but not Hounslow) Times is reporting on how a ‘We Want to be Whitton’ campaign is trying to get the ‘postal town’ of the 34 roads changed from Hounslow to Twickenham. In other words, they want to be part of TW2 rather than TW3 or TW4. Now some might say that people generally don’t define themselves by their postal towns, after all, who are the Royal Mail to tell us where we live and if you want to say you’re part of Whitton then, hell, you’re part of Whitton. However, it’s not quite as simple as that. Postcodes and postal towns can influence house prices, insurance and more, and if you expect estate agents, insurance companies and automated systems to understand the nuances of what’s Whitton and what’s not then good luck to you. Continue reading