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  1. Silent Cinema Presents: The Rocky Horror Picture Show [Edit: Thur 25th July]

    Adult: 14.50 – Student, Volunteer, FoSH: £13

    Something wicked this way comes..

    Silent Cinema is coming to Strawberry Hill House this summer with a screening of the cult classic film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

    Join us and watch as Brad & Janet, a newly engaged couple, break down in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters.

    Bring blankets or chairs to sit on and join us for this ‘time warp’ spectacular – dressing up and joining in is encouraged!

    Doors open at 7.30pm for everyone to enjoy the lawns and picnic before the main event – screening will commence at 8.45pm to ensure that darkness is descending (headphones will be provided). A bar and ice creams will be available to purchase on the night.

    For more information or to book, please visit http://www.strawberryhillhouse.org.uk/whats-on, or call us directly on 0208 744 1241

  2. All welcome to watch or exhibit at Dog Show on Diamond Jubilee Gardens: Saturday June 8th. Registration 1230 onwards, Show Time 2pm – 4pm

  3. Richmond Film Society – screening of ‘The Old Man & The Gun’ (USA) at 8:00pm on Tuesday, 11 June

    Richmond Film Society’s 2018/19 Season concludes with its Twickenham Festival screening, the acclaimed biographical crime comedy, ‘The Old Man & The Gun’.

    Robert Redford, in his final performance, plays Forrest Tucker, a career bank robber whose eighteen audacious prison breaks included one from Alcatraz in a homemade kayak. Following that escape at the age of 70, he and two elderly colleagues (‘the Over-the-Hill-Gang’) embarked upon to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded the authorities. No ordinary criminal, smartly dressed, charming and impeccably courteous, Tucker robbed banks with a casual opening of his jacket to reveal a gun and a few kind words for his victims.

    The chemistry between Redford and Sissy Spacek, the last love-interest in Tucker’s life, is a beguiling highlight of the film, whilst a stellar cast includes Casey Affleck as the obsessive Dallas detective on his tail. The result is a captivating and thoroughly enjoyable comedy drama, aptly summarised by ‘Time Out’ as “a throwback to an era when making beautifully understated crime comedies was the peak of Hollywood’s ambition (before all the spandex took over).”

    Members go free. Non-member tickets are £5 (full-time students £3) and can be purchased in advance from The Exchange’s Box Office (in person or by telephone on 020 8240 2399) or online at http://exchangetwickenham.co.uk/events/. Tickets are also available on the night (cash only).

    Films are screened at The Exchange, opposite Twickenham Station at 75 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BE. The bar opens at 7:00pm, drinks can be brought into the auditorium and coffee, tea and snacks are also available.

    Our next season commences on 10 September. For further information on membership and our programme, please visit http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk or email admin@richmondfilmsoc.org.uk

  4. Big Funny Fest – Richmond Comedy Festival – Sunday 16th June – Father’s (Go FREE) Day

    Location: Old Deer Park, Twickenham Rd, Richmond, TW9 2SL (5 minute walk from Richmond station)

    Timings: 2pm to 10:30pm

    Website: http://www.bigfunnyfest.com

    Ticket Link: https://www.seetickets.com/event/big-funny-fest/richmond-old-deer-park-london/1314456

    See Tickets Discount Code: DAD

    Big Funny Fest – Richmond Comedy Festival – Father’s Day Special – Bring your Dad for free!

    It happens every year, but it doesn’t get any easier. Dads are notoriously tricky to buy for, so when Father’s Day rolls around each summer, finding the special gift can be somewhat difficult.

    Richmond’s inaugural Big Funny Fest takes place on Father’s Day Weekend, the 15 & 16 June and it’s packed full of the hottest, most exciting new and established comedians performing live at the historic Old Deer Park, in Richmond Upon Thames. What better way to celebrate the big day than bringing your old man along for a day of food, fun, sun and laughter (and his ticket is free).

    There are three shows in a fully seated Big Top, an afternoon, early evening and evening, each featuring 4 comedians. The fully seated Little Top hosts 4 shows. Every show ticket gives full access to see all of the shows and comedians performing at the Big Top and on a first come basis at the Little Top.

    Big Top Line up for Sunday 16th June

    Desiree Burch, Hal Cruttenden, Gary Delaney, Mark Dolan, Jen Brister, Angelos Epithemiou, Darren Harriott, Olga Koch, Nish Kumar, Andrew Maxwell, Glenn Moore and Lou Sanders.

    These star-studded shows take place inside the historic landscape of the Old Deer Park and the riverside location boasts a competitively priced bar and a selection of hand-picked local street food vendors.

  5. Bat species in Richmond-upon-Thames are under threat, but you can help save them!

    Despite Richmond being home to eleven bat species, numbers have been in consistent decline for decades. Increased urban development is resulting in loss of habitat, reduction in food sources, poisoning from building chemical treatments and pesticides, light spillage and disturbance to their commuting routes.

    Sadly, the outlook for our much-loved neighbours is only going to get bleaker if a number of local sites earmarked for development are built upon.

    The South West London Environment Network have launched a crowdfunding appeal to raise £1,560 to purchase a state-of-the-art Anabat Swift Bat Detector. This detector will be deployed at various sites at threat of development and will collect vital evidence of bat activity crucial in protecting their habitats and feeding grounds.

    For more information on the project and how you can help, to go to: https://swlen.org.uk/projects/batting-for-bats/

  6. Richmond Film Society – screening of ‘Glory’ (Bulgaria) at 8:00pm on Tuesday, 28 May

    When Tzanko, a shy, reclusive state-railroad worker, finds a substantial amount of cash on the tracks and hands it in, Julia, a cynical PR executive, sees an opportunity to turn his good deed into a distraction from a corruption scandal involving the Minister of Transport. After Tzanko is presented with a cheap digital watch as a reward at a set piece media event, Julia removes his wristwatch (a family heirloom) and proceeds to lose it. His quest to recover it turns into a bureaucratic nightmare and sets in train an escalating sequence of events which mines urban-rural, generational and class divisions.

    Shot and edited in a naturalistic, documentary-like style reminiscent of the the Dardenne brothers and the Romanian ‘New Wave’, the result is a tense and, at times, darkly comedic fable of political and media corruption in contemporary Bulgaria.

    Members go free. Non-member tickets are £5 (full-time students £3) and can be purchased in advance from The Exchange’s Box Office (in person or by telephone on 020 8240 2399) or online at http://exchangetwickenham.co.uk/events/. Tickets are also available on the night (cash only).

    Films are screened at The Exchange, opposite Twickenham Station at 75 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BE. The bar opens at 7:00pm, drinks can be brought into the auditorium and coffee, tea and snacks are also available.

    For further information on membership and our programme for next season (commencing on 10 September), please visit http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk or email admin@richmondfilmsoc.org.uk

  7. Strawberry Hill Flower Festival 2019 – An Evening of Tours & Talks

    Part of the Strawberry Hill Flower Festival 2019 – Sunday 23d June – Wednesday 26th June 2019

    Strawberry Hill House & Garden, 268 Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, TW1 4ST

    An Evening of Tours & Talks – Monday 24th June 2019 – 18:30 – 22:00

    British flowers are having a resurgence and The Strawberry Hill Festival of Flowers is celebrating a new sustainable floristry by inviting florists and growers to create arrangements that reflect Horace Walpole’s ideas about design. His garden was naturalistic showing a love of flowers and scent and this exhibition will reflect Walpole’s ideas about visual impact; colour and the drama of light and dark, as well as using flowers grown in his eighteenth-century garden.

    Join us for a bespoke tour of the Strawberry Hill House Flower Festival. Gather in the Great Parlour for a glass of fizz and meet your guide for a tour of the house. After the tour, you will be taken to the Gallery where Sandra Pullen, our resident garden historian will give you a brief tour of Horace Walpole’s garden through contemporary 18th-century watercolours. This will be followed by artisan flower grower and florist Sarah Whiting of Nettlewood Flowers talking about working with flowers from seed to bouquet and author and teacher Claire Bowen, of Honeysuckle and Hilda who will speak about environmentally sustainable floristry including foam free techniques.

    Florists include Fiona Pickles of Firenza listed by The Telegraph as one of the Top 20 creative florists in the country and Creative Director for the 2018 Castle Howard Flower Festival, Claire Bowen of Honeysuckle and Hilda, floral designer, art historian and environmental campaigner, Brigitte Girling of Moss and Stone Floral Design, floral designer Leigh Chappell, visual storyteller and designer Janne Ford and local flower farmer and floral designer, Sarah Whiting…all with sustainability at the heart of their practice.

    Tickets start at £18

    Tickets can be booked at http://www.strawberryhillhouse.org.uk/whats-on/ or by calling 020 87441241

    On Sunday 23rd June, Monday 24th June (daytime only) & Tuesday 25th June – Wednesday 26th June, the Flower Festival will be available and free of charge when booking a ticket to the House. Standard admission tickets start at £12.50, with concessions available.

  8. FREE EVENT – Strawberry Hill Gothic Bookclub: The Carhullan Army by Sarah Hall

    Strawberry Hill House & Garden, 268 Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, TW1 4ST

    Wednesday 17th June 2019 – 19:30 – 21:00

    The ever-popular Strawberry Hill Gothic Bookclub returns with an in-depth discussion of The Carhullan Army by Sarah Hall.

    England is in a state of environmental and economic crisis. Under the repressive regime of The Authority, citizens have been herded into urban centres, and all women of child-bearing age fitted with contraceptive devices. A woman known only as ‘Sister’, leaves her oppressive marriage to join an isolated group of women in a remote northern farm at Carhullan, where she intends to become a rebel fighter. But can she follow their notion of freedom and what it means to fight for it?

    Book your place today and join us to discuss your views on this futuristic dystopian masterpiece.

    This is a free event but tickets must be booked in advance via the Strawberry Hill House website.

    Tickets can be booked at http://www.strawberryhillhouse.org.uk/whats-on/ or by calling 020 87441241

  9. Strawberry Hill Music & Fun Day 2019

    Strawberry Hill House & Garden, 268 Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, TW1 4ST

    Sunday 9th June 2019 – 12:00 – 19:30

    Entry by suggested donation: Adult £4, Child £1

    The fabulous family fun day in support of Strawberry Hill House returns with live music, street food, craft stalls, fairground rides and slides, face painting, children’s activities and more.

    Welcoming back some of our favourite bands as well as some new talents, the music kicks off at 12.20pm with a fantastic line-up:

    12.20 – 13.05 PowerJam
    13.15 – 14.05 The Deputies
    14.20 – 15.10 The Milk Men
    15.25 – 16.15 The Launchers
    16.25 – 17.15 The Persuaders
    17.25 – 18.20 The Mustangs
    18.35 – 19.30 Nark Drool & The Shudders

    * Entry will be by donation (suggested donation £4/adult & £1/child)
    * No dogs or other pets permitted
    * Picnics welcome (No glass & No alcohol permitted – see note below)
    * Licensed bar onsite

    Help raise plenty of funds for Strawberry Hill House, the UK’s finest example of Gothic architecture.

    PLEASE NOTE: A new Alcohol & Glass Policy will be in force for 2019. This means that for the first time in the history of the Strawberry Hill Music & Fun Day it will not be possible to bring any alcohol to this event or any glass bottles, glass crockery or tableware. While we appreciate that this may be upsetting for some people, it is in the interest of public health and safety for both the visitors throughout the day and for Strawberry Hill House’s neighbouring communities. The full explanation is provided in the Alcohol & Glass Policy downloadable from http://www.strawberryhillmusicday.co.uk/whats-on/.

    For your safety, security checks will be in operation before entering the festival grounds. Alcohol, illegal substances or any other illegal items will be confiscated. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

  10. Know Your Place: Strawberry Hill – From At-Risk to Award Winning
    Part of “Know Your Place – a Celebration of the Heritage of Richmond Upon Thames”

    Strawberry Hill House & Garden, 268 Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, TW1 4ST

    Wednesday 25th September 2019 – 18:30 – 21:30

    Twickenham’s historic gem, Strawberry Hill House was saved by the initiative of local supporters. This talk will cover how the house went from at risk to winning awards including the top European prize for restoration within 10 years of setting up the Friends of Strawberry Hill. The lecture will illustrate the house before, during and after the restoration and take a closer look at some of the skills and craftspeople involved.

    Speaker Terry Smith is a founder member of the Friends of Strawberry Hill and a founder trustee of the Strawberry Hill Trust. Terry is a Twickenham Architect and was a chair of the restoration project committee.

    This lecture has been organised as part of the “Know Your Place – a Celebration of the Heritage of Richmond Upon Thames”. All proceeds will continue to help fund the maintenance of the House.

    Tickets are £10, £8 (booked in advance)

    Tickets can be booked at http://www.strawberryhillhouse.org.uk/whats-on/ or by calling 020 87441241

  11. Richmond Film Society – screening of ‘The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years’ at 8:00pm on Tuesday, 21 May

    Richmond Film Society, in conjunction with The Exchange, presents ‘The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years’. Copyright : © 2016 Apple Corps Limited. Distributed by STUDIOCANAL LIMITED
     
    The screening is part of The Exchange’s ‘Beatles in Twickenham’ events. The film will be preceded by a short introduction from Dr Richard Mills, a Senior Lecturer at St Mary’s University, an expert on The Beatles and author of the forthcoming book ‘The Beatles and Fandom: Sex, Death, and Progressive Nostalgia’.

    Members go free. Non-member tickets are £5 (full-time students £3) and can be purchased in advance from The Exchange’s Box Office (in person or by telephone on 020 8240 2399) or online at http://exchangetwickenham.co.uk/events/. Tickets are also available on the night (cash only).

    Films are screened at The Exchange, opposite Twickenham Station at 75 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BE. The bar opens at 7:00pm, drinks can be brought into the auditorium and coffee, tea and snacks are also available.

    For further information on our programme and on membership for next season (commencing on 10 September), please visit our website at http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk or email admin@richmondfilmsoc.org.uk

  12. Hi Guys – Just want to shout out about this show which promises to be brilliant.
    12th June 2019
    TOKEN MAN COMEDY (Part of the Twickenham Festival)
    Tickets £10/£8 adv Doors 7.30pm – doors 10.30pm
    The Exchange Theatre, 75 London Road, TW1 1BE
    Tel: 020 240 2399 email: exchangetwickenham@stmarys.ac.uk
    Five cracking women – one pretty good bloke!
    Presenting the best in female comedy and female comedians but because we think it’s important to be inclusive, we always have a chap on the bill and he’s always one of the good ones so fear not!
    Reversing the zeitgeist of the traditional, box ticking girl, on most traditional comedy nights or game show panels, we thought it would be fun to see how it works the other way round.
    Headlined by the brilliant Catherine Bohart.
    (high res photo on request)
    Catherine started performing stand-up in 2015 and has enjoyed a rapid rise through the ranks of UK and Irish comedy. In 2016, she was a finalist in both the BBC New Comedy Awards and Funny Women, drawing praise in the former for having “a distinctive voice and a story you’d like to hear” (Chortle) and in the latter for being “pretty much the perfect comedy package” (Beyond The Joke).

    Catherine’s burgeoning broadcasting career has seen her appear on Comedy Central UK’s Roast Battle, BBC2’s The Mash Report, ITV2’s Stand Up Sketch Show and BBC NI’s The Blame Game. She has written material for BBC shows The Now Show, The News Quiz, Newsjack and Frankie Boyle’s New World Order, co-hosted BBC Radio 4 Extra Comedy Club with Arthur Smith and appeared on Reasons To Be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd. In 2017, Catherine was named on the BBC New Talent Hotlist, dedicated to listing the most exciting new broadcasting talent in the UK.

    Also featuring Arielle Souma, Sally Firth, The Dirty Carols
    Token Man – Luke Toulson
    MC Janis Haves
    Full details of all artists and performance clips on http://www.tokenmancomedy.com

  13. Richmond Film Society – screening of ‘120 BPM (Beats Per Minute)’ (France) at 8:00pm on Tuesday, 14 May

    Richmond Film Society’s season continues with Robin Campillo’s drama on AIDS/HIV activism in early nineties Paris, focusing upon the ‘Act Up’ group, who lobbied for legislation, research and treatment to combat the global pandemic and perceived government indifference. The film meshes the political with the personal to powerful effect and won 47 awards worldwide, including the ‘Grand Prix’ at Cannes.

    Members go free. Non-member tickets are £5 (full-time students £3) and can be purchased in advance from The Exchange’s Box Office (in person or by telephone on 020 8240 2399) or online at http://exchangetwickenham.co.uk/events/. Tickets are also available on the night (cash only).

    Films are screened at The Exchange, opposite Twickenham Station at 75 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BE. The bar opens at 7:00pm, drinks can be brought into the auditorium and coffee, tea and snacks are also available.

    For further information on our programme and on membership for next season (commencing on 10 September), please visit our website at http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk or email admin@richmondfilmsoc.org.uk

    All are very welcome, so do please come along and join us at The Exchange.

  14. THE TEMPEST – STRAWBERRY HILL HOUSE – FRIDAY 31ST MAY

    Performance starts at 7pm
    Doors open at 6pm

    The world’s first cycling theatre company, The HandleBards, pedal from venue to venue with all the set, props and costume necessary to perform environmentally sustainable Shakespeare across the globe.

    Join their all-female troupe at Strawberry Hill House & Garden for a bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s ’The Tempest’ like no other. In usual HandleBards style, expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter.

    And what’s the play about? Well – a shipwreck washes the court of Milan up onto a mysterious desert island, inhabited by magicians, sprites and monsters, where nothing is as it seems. There’s magic, musicality and mystery a plenty!

    This is an outdoor production, so please bring your own chair or blanket to sit on, a picnic to dig into, and dress for the weather!

    Notes on Performance:-

    Doors open at 6pm, so bring a picnic and come and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
    Chairs, picnics, blankets and any other low level accessories are welcome.
    In case of rain, please don’t bring umbrellas as they block sight-lines for other audience members. Ponchos and raincoats are just as fetching, so please wear these instead.

    To book tickets go to: http://www.strawberryhillhouse.org.uk/whatson

  15. RUGBY DAY CAKE SALE – Saturday 4th May 11.30am – 1pm – Twickenham Riverside (next to the White Swan Pub). Raising money for 2 yr old Esme Handley who desperately needs funds for lifesaving Leukaemia treatment. Join us for some delicious cake and please give what you can!

  16. Richmond Film Society – screening of ‘Truman’ (Spain) at 8:00pm on Tuesday, 30 April

    Richmond Film Society’s season continues with ‘Truman’, the award-winning Spanish drama-comedy – a film about the most essential subjects: life, death, love and friendship. Julián (Ricardo Darin) has terminal cancer. His oldest friend, Tomas, flies halfway round the world to be there for him and to tie up loose ends, including finding a home for Truman, a rather morose, elderly Bull Mastiff.

    The film garnered 29 awards worldwide, including five Goyas.

    Members go free. Non-member tickets are £5 (full-time students £3) and can be purchased in advance from The Exchange’s Box Office (in person or by telephone on 020 8240 2399) or online at http://exchangetwickenham.co.uk/events/. Tickets are also available on the night (cash only).

    Films are screened at The Exchange, opposite Twickenham Station at 75 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BE. The bar opens at 7:00pm, drinks can be brought into the auditorium and coffee, tea and snacks are also available.

    For further information on our programme and on membership for next season (commencing on 10 September), please visit our website at http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk or email admin@richmondfilmsoc.org.uk

    All are very welcome, so do please come along and join us at The Exchange.

  17. Free Guided Meditation at Heart, Twickenham
    Sunday, May 5, 2019
    4:00 PM 5:00 PM

    SUB/MERGE is a meditative practice introduced by Cocoon for modern folks who feel they need to find their roots. The guided meditation is simple and concise, and takes you deeper into your own being, or consciousness.

    The construction of consciousness is the basis of this modality: in the spiritual world, the mind is like a tree, and with excessive stimulation, desire and fear, it becomes overgrown and difficult to manage. S/M is designed to tend to the mind, so that it becomes the joyful instrument it was intended to be.

    Everyone is welcome to share this universal practice. The full series of SUB/MERGE workshops are free of charge and open to all.

    For more details or to register please visit:
    http://www.cocoonacademy.com

    or drop a line to:
    info@cocoonacademy.com

  18. Congratulations to Richmond Council for their ‘kind’ gesture to gardeners this morning. The centre of Twickenham was choked by eager folk driving to the Holly Rd car park to collect their free compost. But hey by midday they had run out and had sent for more rations. I didn’t get mine but decided it wasn’t worth hanging around for half an hour to pick up my allocation of two plastic bags of compost the size of packets of frozen peas!

    I know the sweet folk at Richmond Council need to think of their backs when lifting said bags but was it really worth handing out soooo many planet-fouling plastic bags as well as inviting all those smelly cars to descend on town in anticipation of receiving something worth going out for? You could almost have popped them in your pocket and I bet not one of those dirtied dirt bags get re-used afterwards.
    What a disaster.

  19. Richmond Film Society – screening of ‘Sweet Country’ (Australia) at 8:00pm on Tuesday, 16 April

    Richmond Film Society’s season continues with ‘Sweet Country’ (Australia), Warwick Thornton’s acclaimed drama, which is set in the Australian outback in 1929. Loosely based on an actual case, it tells the story of a middle-aged Aboriginal farm-hand who, in fear for his life, kills a violent, boorish and racist landowner whilst acting in self-defence. Lacking any faith in the local justice system (“I’m a blackfella who killed a whitefella”), he and his wife flee and are pursued across the bleak and beautiful landscape by the town’s police sergeant and his posse.

    Members go free. Non-member tickets are £5 (full-time students £3) and can be purchased in advance from The Exchange’s Box Office (in person or by telephone on 020 8240 2399) or online at http://exchangetwickenham.co.uk/events/. Tickets are also available on the night (cash only).

    Films are screened at The Exchange, opposite Twickenham Station at 75 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BE. On screening nights, the bar opens at 7:00pm and drinks can be brought into the auditorium. Coffee, tea and snacks are also available.

    For further information, please visit our website at http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk or email admin@richmondfilmsoc.org.uk

  20. PLANT SALE FOR WILDLIFE

    Charity fundraising event – Sunday 28th April 10am-3pm. Kilmorey Mausoleum wildlife garden, 275 St Margaret’s Road, Twickenham, TW1 1PN

    Bring wildlife into your gardens by coming to our Plant Sale! We will be selling a wide range of plants which encourage and sustain local wildlife including annuals, biennials, perennial, herbs and MANY more. Whether you have a huge garden or tiny outside space, there will be plenty of bargain plants to get your gardens buzzing.

    Our wild animals and plants have been losing their homes over the years – over half of UK species have declined over the last 50 years (State of Nature report, 2013) – so it’s very important we look after them. Many of our most beautiful garden plants are attractive to wildlife and any garden, however small, can be turned into a sanctuary for wildlife.

    So please join us for our second Plant Sale for Wildlife at the beautiful and historic Kilmorey Mausoleum Garden in St. Margarets. Our plant sale will be combined with the mausoleum’s Open Day, so as well as buying some plants you can also explore the wildlife garden and have a look inside the mausoleum where our volunteers will be giving fascinating tours. There will be something for all the family to enjoy!

    Entry is £3 which includes refreshments, tour of the mausoleum and wildlife garden.
    Delicious homemade cakes will be available.
    Raffle with lots of great prizes!
    Unrestricted parking in the area all day!

    All proceeds will support the Environment Trust’s nature and heritage conservation work.

    For more details please e-mail lucia.pekarova@environmenttrust.org or call our office on 07860878462 .

    Kindly supported by Petersham Nurseries

  21. Richmond Film Society – screening of ‘Faces, Places‘ (France) at 8:15pm on Tuesday 2 April – please note the slightly later start time

    There will be a short Members’ EGM before the film at 8:00pm. As a result, the screening will commence 15 minutes later than usual at around 8:15pm and not – as stated below – at 8:00pm. Our apologies for the confusion.

    Ample time will be allowed for everyone to take their seats before the film commences and the screening will now conclude at around 9:50pm.

  22. CURATOR’S TALK AT TURNER’S HOUSE – Miniature Lands of Myth and Memory 6th April, 11.30am-12 noon FREE with catalogue included in general admission of £8

    Join historian and curator Dr Jacqueline Riding as she discusses J.M.W. Turner’s exquisite book illustrations for two of Sir Walter Scott’s epic Poetical Works and The Life of Napoleon Buonaparte.

    Dr Riding is the author of Jacobites: A New History of the ’45 Rebellion (2016) and Peterloo:The Story of the Manchester Massacre (2018)), and was consultant on the Mike Leigh film Mr Turner. She is a trustee of the house Turner designed for himself in Twickenham and curated its first exhibition of their collection of Turner’s lesser-known masterpieces.

    J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) and Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) were two of the most influential and successful celebrities of their day, with Scott’s poetry and prose breaking publishing sales records and Turner, praised for his sublime, romantic landscapes.

    Turner and Scott first collaborated in 1818 on the Provincial Antiquities and Picturesque Scenery of Scotland, while Turner was still living at his Twickenham villa, Sandycombe Lodge. This exhibition, the first ever to be staged at Turner’s newly-restored home, is focused on their last collaboration before Sir Walter’s death in 1832; the illustrations to his Poetical Works and Turner’s next commission, the designs for the Life of Napoleon Buonaparte.

    Combining Turner’s exquisite designs and Scott’s powerfully evocative text, Miniature Lands of Myth and Memory will take the visitor on a time-travelling journey through the north of England, the contested Border country between England and Scotland and the wild Western Highlands. Visitors are invited to follow a trail of landscapes, antiquities, folk tales and ballads that inspired Scott’s poetry, before turning to recent history, the warmer climes of France and Italy and the battle fields of Napoleonic Europe.
    Jacqueline says: “Our first exhibition focuses on two of Georgian Britain’s cultural greats. Turner and Scott were uniquely suited. Both viewed topography as landscapes of myth and memory, the silent witnesses of past ages and more recent history. Turner’s exquisite designs, translated into elegant engraved miniatures, are a fitting celebration of the source of Scott’s inspiration and his extraordinary creativity.”

    Admission price of £8 includes the curator’s talk, admission to the house for a self-guided tour and a full colour 22 page exhibition catalogue.

  23. Love Your Local Care Home Week 25th – 31st March
    Care home staff do an amazing job looking after some of the oldest and frailest people in our communities, and we want them to know how much the work they do it appreciated.
    You can get paid more for walking a dog than looking after our older people! Let’s show these committed carers across the Borough of Richmond some love.
    Simply pop into your local care home between 25th – 31st March with a box of chocolates or similar for the staff, and a little note saying how much their work caring for our older people is valued.
    You can find more info on our website http://www.embracingage.org.uk
    Please share and spread the love! 🙂 Thanks

  24. Richmond Film Society – screening of ‘On Body and Soul‘ (Hungary) at 8:00pm on Tuesday 19 March

    Richmond Film Society’s season continues with the 2017 Berlinale Golden Bear winner and 2018 Foreign Language Oscar nominee, ‘On Body and Soul’. Two abattoir colleagues experience the same recurring woodland dreams, though they are not aware of it. When it comes to light, despite their contrasting characters, they try to understand what it means for their personal lives. An eerie, disorientating but mesmerising love story about two withdrawn outsiders.

    ‘On Body and Soul’ was one of ’25 must-see films’ identified last month by ‘The Observer’ film critics as defining a century of European Cinema.

    Members go free. Non-member tickets are £5 (full-time students £3) and can be purchased in advance from The Exchange’s Box Office (in person or by telephone on 020 8240 2399) or online at http://exchangetwickenham.co.uk/events/. Tickets are also available on the night (cash only).

    Films are screened at The Exchange, opposite Twickenham Station at 75 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BE. On screening nights, the bar opens at 7:00pm and drinks can be brought into the auditorium. Coffee, tea and snacks are also available.

    For further information on our current season of films, please visit our website at http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk or email admin@richmondfilmsoc.org.uk

    All are very welcome, so do please come along and join us at The Exchange.

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