And in other news….

The current craze for winter ice rinks could reach Twickenham this winter. Perhaps you’re thinking that the seemingly endless dose of rubbish weather is actually the beginning of winter but it’s worth holding onto the hope the summer could still appear at some point. While you’re clinging to that thought, the peeps at TwickenhamAlive, “purveyors of things to do for the people of Twickenham”, have submitted a planning application for a temporary ice rink on the tennis courts at York House. It would run for 6 weeks and add a new option for those who enjoy hobbling around on ice, arms flailing, donning a hat and scarf despite it being 9 degrees, and wearing a facial expression that’s 50% sheer terror, 30% embarrassment, 18% enjoyment and 2% “other”. Brothers and sisters, we’ve all been there! The idea of some post-skate recuperation at nearby hostelries such as the Royal Oak or White Swan doesn’t sound too unpleasant either but best of all, we can’t wait for the inaugural ice hockey match between Lord True’s Conservative Wildcats and Stephen Knight’s Lib Dem Rockets.

Ice rink here?

Somerset House, Hampton Court Palace, Kew Gardens, the Natural History Museum and Hyde Park all host, or have hosted, temporary ice rinks. Why not Twickenham? Do you want one? Will it draw in the punters? Will you be doing your Torville & Dean or your Robin Cousins at York House? In short, are you up for it?

* TwickenhamAlive
* LBRuT Planning page


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9 responses to “And in other news….

  1. Yvonne Hewett

    A revised application has been submitted. This places the refrigeration units on the tennis courts, and it’s for having the rink there for TWO winters, not just one.

    This is a bit odd, since having a rink so close to housing, in an area of congested roads, is an experiment that should be tried for one year, if at all. No one knows what the effect the music, lighting, traffic by foot and road would have, if permission were granted, or how much damage there’d be to the surface of courts, or the impact there’d be on York House Gardens themselves.

    Still time to comment:

  2. ruggabugga

    I like the idea of a temporary ice rink in Twickenham, but surely there is a more suitable location that won’t impact tennis players.
    What about the Jubilee Gardens or Twickenham Green?

    Perhaps, the Duke of York House wants it in his grounds so he can go for a quick lunchtime spin to show off his moves.

  3. Clearly some people are less happy about this than others… Sign at the York House tennis courts.
    Ice Rink Objection

    Some just don’t want a rink, others suggest different location such as the Green or the new Jubilee Gardens.

  4. Robert Youngs

    This is an excellent idea. Even at my advanced years, I love a little skating in the winter. Whizzing round the rink for half an hour and then popping into the Eel Pie or the Fox (in that order) would be very appealing.
    I can’t see why anybody should want to object to this proposal.

  5. This is an excellent application and I look forward to skating at the new ice rink this winter.

  6. George

    Nice idea but I wonder if the setting will not be as alluring as the likes of Hampton Court and Somerset House. Still, what it might lack in atmosphere it might make up for in being local and getting repeat visitors.

  7. Boss

    First pétanque, now ice skating. At this rate, Twickenham one day could have an international reputation for sport.

  8. rickyandbianca

    I am still waiting for the Richmond replacement as promised when I was a kid…I still have my size 2 Bauer Turbos in the garage….