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  1. Turner’s House at Sandycombe Lodge, 40 Sandycoombe Road, St Margarets, Twickenham TW1 2LR has reopened to the public after extensive restoration and offers events throughout the year. Check out our spring programme:
    March-May 2018:
    In Turner’s Footsteps walking tour
    15th March 3pm-5pm
    Join us for National Museums & Wellbeing Week on a walk following in Turner’s footsteps beginning with a tour of Turner’s country house, Sandycombe Lodge and continuing to the top of Richmond Hill which inspired several of Turner’s paintings. This is a gentle walk just over 2 miles, with an uphill incline. £15 – tickets available via website soon

    Turner & the Thames Family Storytelling
    31st March and 7th April, 11am and 12am
    Mr Turner loved to live close to the river which inspired him. Discover the watery adventure of Mr Turner and listen to tales of the magical River Thames in this interactive storytelling session with storyteller Olivia Armstrong. All welcome but most suitable for children 5 and up. Tickets available via website

    Garden in Bloom family activity
    28th April 10am-1pm
    As the garden at Sandycombe Lodge bursts into bloom, come and enjoy family activities for all ages in the garden and house and explore Turner’s love of the outdoors. Activities included in admission price.

    London History Day: Sandycombe on the Home Front
    31st May
    11am – Talk on Ship Models and the Napoleonic Wars
    11:45am – Talk on Sandycombe as a Shadow Factory in WWII
    10am-1pm, drop-in family activities (making ship models, and making goggles)
    Ticketed and advertised through English Heritage

    Ten Minute Talks
    Join us for a series of bitesize lunch-time lectures. Join us to delve deeper into Turner’s time at Sandycombe Lodge, hear behind-the-scenes accounts of our restoration project and find out about the hidden history of the building.
    Every other Thursday at 12:45, in-focus short talk – see website for topics and dates (free with general admission).
    Opening Times 2018
    Wednesday-Sunday: 10 –1pm: Self-guided visits, and 1-4pm: Guided Tours
    Last entry: 3:30pm
    Tuesday: Educational Activities only – See Learning page
    Monday: Closed
    Adult – £6.00
    Child (5-15yrs) – £3.00
    Under 5’s – Free
    Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children) – £15.00
    Guided Tours
    Guided Tours will be offered Wednesday-Sunday, between 1-4pm. Tours will be lead by our fantastic and knowledgeable volunteers and will last around 45 minutes.
    Self-Guided Tours
    Should you wish to explore the house without a guide, you can do so between 10-1pm

    For more information visit

  2. Richmond Film Society: Screening of ‘Graduation’ (Romania) – 13 February

    Richmond Film Society’s 55th Season continues at 8pm on Tuesday, 13 February with Cristian Mungi’s acclaimed drama, ”Graduation’. When the daughter of a respected and honest doctor suffers a debilitating assault the day before her critical final examinations, his moral world view is put to the test: just how many strings is he prepared to pull to ensure that she makes the grade ?

    The film will be shown at the brand new 300-seat theatre at The Exchange, 75 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BE, the new community facility situated directly opposite Twickenham Station. Its amenities include a bar and café, lifts and disabled access.

    A doctor, disappointed with his lot in post-Ceausescu Romania, is desperate for his very bright daughter to earn a scholarship to Oxbridge and what he perceives to be an altogether better future in the UK. When she suffers a traumatic and debilitating assault the day before a critical exam, he has to decide just how just far he is prepared to go in order to ensure that she achieves the necessary grades.

    Director Cristian Mungiu (‘4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days’) examines the corrupt underbelly of Romanian society, in tandem with a study of parental obsession and a man under acute pressure on a number of fronts.

    The film has an almost documentary, social-realist feel, with Mungiu’s handheld camera and long, unblinking takes drawing the audience into the world of his characters. The film was produced by the Dardenne brothers – the ultimate mentors in over-the-shoulder cinematic realism – while the element of underlying mystery and menace has shades of Michael Haneke’s work. The result is an intense and engrossing drama that earned multiple awards, including the Best Director Award for Mungiu at Cannes.

    Members go free. Tickets for non-members are £6 (£4 full-time students) and all are very welcome. Tickets can be purchased on the night, from The Exchange Box Office (in person or by telephone) or online on The Exchange’s website –

    For further information, please see our website at, email or telephone 020 8893 3503.

    Please come along and join us at The Exchange.

  3. Claire Tomalin and Michael Frayn in conversation with Anne Sebba for ‘Relate Island Records’

    Where: Queen Charlotte Hall, Richmond Adult and Community College (RACC), Parkshot, Richmond TW9 2RE

    When: Sunday 11 March 2018 at 3.30pm for 4.00pm

    For event info and tickets look on:

    For more info about RELATE:

  4. SING FOR THE PLANET – Get involved!

    On Sunday, March 18th, local music group, the “Kindred Spirit Band” ( are offering the opportunity for singers to “Sing for the Planet” by literally adding their voices to a new environmental track the band are recording, dealing with overpopulation.

    Have a look about the overpopulation problem and project here:-

    Here is a demo of the song, “Don’t Have More Than Two”:-
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    There is also a Facebook group, called “Sing for the Planet”, which anyone interested in taking part, can join, where details about the recording studio location, times and transport etc will be posted:-

    or you can contact me directly on:-

    The Kindred Spirit Band will be performing at Twickenham’s spectacular, new arts centre, “The Exchange”, on Friday 23rd March. Find more details about the concert here:-

  5. Very much against English Heritage’s plans to close down the uniquely charming Coach House Cafeteria in Marble Hill Park – so characterful and cosy, Lovely homemade snacks and cakes – for a change these days !

    Is there an ongoing petition in support of the cafe in particular ?

  6. Comedy in Twickenham Brewery tonight at 6.30pm! Saturday 20 Jan

    It’s that time again! Twickenham Fine Ales welcomes you for a breath of fresh hoppy air and four comics looking for your funny bones.
    Drink craft beer brewed next to you or sip a selected wine.
    in a truly unique setting. Book now, bring all your mates, walk on the wild side and laugh in the face of dryanuary. 🙂



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  7. The Kindred Spirit Band have a concert at the Exchange Arts Centre, Twickenham, on Friday 23rd March. Doors open at 8pm and the concert starts at 8.30pm. Tickets are on sale now £8 (£6 concs) and you can pick which seat you would like in the theatre:-

    The Kindred Spirit Band sound is special and distinctive, driven by “haunting and bewitching” female vocals, guitar, two classically trained , virtuoso, lead instrument players (on violin and flute / sax), dynamic, driving drums and bass guitar and laced with jigs, reels and duelling improvisations.

    This progressive folk rock band play powerful “perceptive and intriguing” original material which is inclined to the mystical, magical and environmental.

    “I have finally found music again…I have not heard such wonderful, uplifting music in ages.” Gene Saul, Alabama

    Have a listen here:-

    The band have performed at Theatres, Art Centres, festivals and clubs including the famous Cavern Club, Liverpool, where John Lennon’s half sister, Julia, rushed back stage to congratulate them on their set! The band’s singer / song-writer / guitarist, Elaine Samuels, has been featured on TV, radio & Glastonbury Festival as well as tours up and down the UK.

    “The day began with Kindred Spirit, whose blending of some electrifying folk rock with a prog sensitivity, ensured the Spitfire stage got off to a good start… they held the crowds attention with some quite delightful music”
    Laurence Todd, Classic Rock Society

    Since the release of their last album, “Phoenix Rising”, which has been receiving some great reviews, the band have been featured in Prog Magazine and the album is being distributed globally.

    ”Stunning new album… extraordinarily beautiful songs written for our generation”
    Neil Mach, AdPontes

    Find out more from the venue:-

    Find out more about the Kindred Spirit Band:-

  8. Richmond Film Society moves to The Exchange

    Our 55th season continues at 8.00pm on 16th January with the Jim Jarmusch film “Paterson”. The film was nominated for the Palme d’or at Cannes while lead actor Adam Driver won several Best Actor awards for his performance.

    “Paterson” will be the first film at our new venue. From now on our screenings will be at the brand new 300-seat theatre directly opposite Twickenham Station at:

    The Exchange, 75 London Road, TWICKENHAM, TW1 1BE

    Paterson is a 2016 drama film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. The film stars Adam Driver (in a role a long way from Kylo Ren in Star Wars) as a bus driver and aspiring poet named Paterson (living in his namesake town in New Jersey), and Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani as Laura, his wife, who dreams of being a country music star and opening a cupcake business.

    Jarmusch (Stanger Than Paradise, Ghost Dog and Coffee and Cigarettes) builds up a picture of Paterson’s life through small, amusing details and observations, and it is the repetitions and patterns of daily life which gradually take hold. In particular, the passengers’ conversations, walking his dog, having a drink in a bar and his conversations with his supervisor. Jarmusch appears to be setting himself the same challenge that his lead character faces, namely finding comedy, novelty, drama and magic in the minutiae of daily life. The film unfolds over the course of a week.

    As The Independent review of the film notes – ‘This is a movie in which very little happens. A bus breaks down. A dog eats a notebook. A jealous lover pulls a stunt with a fake gun. Paterson’s girlfriend bakes cupcakes and plays her new guitar. A Japanese tourist comes to town. That’s about the sum of it. The film proceeds at the same deliberate pace that Paterson drives his bus. Somehow, the repetitions don’t chafe. They give the film its distinctive rhythm and unlikely charm.’

    Adam Driver received nominations from the Chicago Film Critics Association and the London Critics Circle for Best Actor in 2016, and won the Best Actor at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association in 2016. It was nominated for the Palme d’Or in 2016. However, perhaps the real star of the film is Nellie the dog, who won the Palm Dog Award in 2016 – posthumously (how sad!)

    Admission is free to RFS Members. Tickets on the door for non-members are only £6 (full time students £4).

    Please come along and join us.

    1. Our aim is, and always was, to bring the very best in World Cinema to our community. To provide as broad a coverage as possible, this will, of necessity, mean that most of our films are in a foreign language with subtitles. However, our friends at Twickenham Cinema Club, have a more mainstream offering, and they also show their films at The Exchange, screening their films once a month on a Wednesday.

  9. Richmond Film Society: half season memberships now available

    Pondering what gift to buy family or friends or thinking about taking up a new pastime in the New Year ? Discounted memberships for the second half of Richmond Film Society’s 2017/18 season – comprising eight films and commencing with ‘Paterson’ on 16 January 2018 – are now available for £35 – i.e. for less than £4.40 per film (full-time students £20).

    If you would like to take advantage of this offer or treat a member of your family to the perfect Christmas gift, please email, telephone 020 8893 3503 or visit our website at You can also ‘sign up’ in person prior to our first screening of 2018 – ‘Paterson’ on 16 January 2018.

    Please note that Richmond Film Society has now relocated from The Pete Postlethwaite Picture House at St Mary’s University and, from January 2018, we shall be screening all our films at The Exchange, 75 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BE. The Exchange is located directly opposite Twickenham Station and its amenities include an impressive 300 seat theatre, with very comfortable tiered seating, lifts, disabled access, a bar and a café.

    New members are always very welcome and tickets will continue to be available on the night for non-members in view of the enhanced capacity of The Exchange.
    The cost of non-member tickets will remain at £6 (£4 for full-time students) They can be purchased on the night (as now), from The Exchange’s Box Office or online via The Exchange’s website.

    The Programme and dates for Season 55 remain unchanged and films will continue to be shown on alternate Tuesdays at 8.00pm. Between 16 January and 24 April 2018, we are screening eight films, namely:

    – 16th January 2018 – Paterson (USA)

    – 30th January -Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia)

    – 13th February – Graduation (Romania)

    – 27th February – Men and Chicken (Denmark)
    – 13th March – Outside the Law (France)

    – 27th March – Marshland (Spain)

    – 10th April – Toni Erdmann (Germany)

    – 24th April – A Man Called Ove (Sweden)

    For further information, please email us, telephone 020 8893 3503 or visit our website at

    All are very welcome. Please come along and join us.


    Richmond Film Society (RFS) continues their 55th Season on Tuesday, 12 December at 8.00pm with the screening of ‘The Other Side of Hope’, a multiple award-winning Finnish comedy drama, written and directed by Aki Kaurismäki. Aki Kaurismäki took the Silver Bear at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival, and the film garnered several other awards around the world, including Dublin, Jerusalem, Luxembourg, and San Sebastian.

    This will be our last screening at the Pete Postlethwaite Picture House (Room G5), St Mary’s University, Waldegrave Road, TWICKENHAM, TW1 4SX. (See below for details of the venue for future screenings in 2018.)

    Khaled, a Syrian refugee stows away on a freighter to Helsinki. Meanwhile, Wikström is a traveling salesman who wins big at a poker table and buys himself a restaurant with the proceeds. When the authorities turn down his application for asylum, Khaled is forced underground and Wikström finds him sleeping in the yard behind his restaurant. He offers him a job and a roof over his head and, for a while, they form a Utopian union with the restaurant’s waitress, the chef and his dog.

    “The latest from Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki follows Syrian asylum seeker Khaled (Sherwan Haji) as he attempts to make a new life for himself in Helsinki. Emerging from a coal freighter covered in soot, Khaled maintains that crossing the border was easy, because “nobody wants to see me”.

    The second in a loose trilogy that began with his 2011 film Le Havre, Kaurismäki’s wry comedy is a timely critique of an intolerant Europe, and a winking cheer to those who offer a handshake of solidarity to their new neighbours. One such individual is the cranky but generous Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen), who wins a poker game and buys a decrepit restaurant (the delightfully rubbish Golden Pint, a single painting of Jimi Hendrix adorning its otherwise bare walls) with his prize money. “I’ve always been interested in restaurants, theoretically speaking,” he admits.
    It takes a while for Khaled and Wikström to cross paths, but when they do, the ensuing culture clash is drily comic. With the help of the Golden Pint’s quirky staff, Wikström sets about transforming the place into a sushi restaurant with quietly hilarious results.

    “The melancholy ones are always deported first,” Wikström warns his new friend. Indeed, there’s a gloominess to the way the film looks, though there’s also a lovely, scuzzy quality too. Helsinki feels stuck in a time warp, with crap 70s furniture, cheap vodka and even a town troubadour whose bluesy riffs punctuate the droll proceedings. Haji’s Khaled is serious and self-effacing, but he isn’t pious. He is simply ordinary. Ordinary, too, is the disdain he’s met with – from the cold bureaucracy of the asylum centre to the violent treatment he receives from a gang of fascist, Finnish punks. In this sense, the film resists platitudes about immigration, aiming for something closer to tragicomic realism”
    Simran Hans, The Observer

    The film will be followed by the RFS Christmas party at the Waldegrave Arms. All are welcome. Admission is free to RFS Members. Tickets on the door for non-members are only £6 (students £4) or £8 if you would like to attend the RFS Christmas party.

    Please come along and join us.

    Best regards


    As noted above, this will be our last screening in the Pete Postlethwaite Picture House at Waldegrave Road. This is chiefly because we have outgrown the space and need a bigger venue. So, from January 2018, our screenings will be at the brand new 300-seat theatre at The Exchange, 75 London Road, TWICKENHAM, TW1 1BE, opposite Twickenham Station. RFS Members will still be entitled to free entry to all our screenings at the new venue, and ticket prices will remain unchanged for the remaining eight films of our season in the new venue.

  11. So more empty shops under the Scruby development. That side of Heath Road seems to suffer from lack of footfall with the Auction House still empty and the possibility of MultiYork furniture store closing now that they are in administration. Still empty under the new flats at Twickenham House opposite Tesco’s and now Hugo Oliver down in York Street empty again. Not that surprises me, always thought it was a bit of a dodgy set up, never got properly finished and never saw a soul in there. Yet we have two more barbers opening, one in Church Street and another around the corner in York Street. Well I suppose it makes a change from coffee shops.

  12. Twickenham Craft fair 2017
    11am-3pm, Saturday 9th December @ Twickenham Library.
    Beautiful, Handmade Christmas Wreaths for Sale by Local Artist & Gardener.

  13. Hi everyone

    Please come and join us to sing carols and Christmas songs in Crown Road, St Margarets, on Saturday 16 December at 3pm.

    We’ll be raising money for Crisis to enable homeless Londoners to have Christmas lunch, and we also hope to entertain the “last weekend before Christmas” shoppers.

    You’ll find us around the Christmas tree at the top of Crown Road, just next to St Margarets Station. All are welcome – bring a tambourine if you have one!

  14. The Poppy Factory’s Carols at Christmas

    Wednesday 13 December
    St Mary’s Church, Twickenham

    The UK’s leading employment charity for disabled veterans, The Poppy Factory, will hold a one off magical evening of Christmas carols sung by the South London Military wives choir on Wednesday 13th December 2017.

    The ‘Carols at Christmas’ concert, taking place in St Mary’s Church, Twickenham, will be hosted by Jazz FM & BBC Radio’s Jamie Crick.

    The evening will also include readings from Poppy Factory clients and supporters and will be followed by a festive reception of wine and mince pies.

    Anyone who buys a ticket for the concert will be helping to raise funds for The Poppy Factory’s life-changing employment support, helping to restore disabled veterans’ financial independence through sustainable and rewarding work.

    The Poppy Factory’s Chief Executive, Deirdre Mills said:

    “Our carol concert is always a great opportunity for friends and family to come together and enjoy a festive evening. We are delighted to have the South London Military wives choir and Jamie Crick supporting our concert. It is the perfect event to get you into the Christmas spirit.”

    The Poppy Factory is the country’s leading employment charity for veterans with health conditions or impairments. The charity provides bespoke opportunities and ongoing employment support for hundreds of disabled veterans across the country, helping to restore their financial independence through sustainable and rewarding work.

    Complex health issues developed during or after Service can make it incredibly tough for veterans to find and sustain civilian work but The Poppy Factory believes that employment can give disabled veterans their independence back. By donating to The Poppy Factory, you are helping to provide a truly life-changing experience.

    Tickets cost £15 and include wine and mince pies. Under 16s are free. To order a ticket please go to: or call 020 8939 1872.

  15. Richmond Film Society’s 55th Season continues at 8.00pm on Tuesday, 28 November with the screening of ‘Letters From Baghdad’ a dramatised documentary voiced by Tilda Swinton and directed by Sabine Krayenbühl and Zeva Oelbaum. The 2016 documentary explores the life of English writer, archaeologist, diplomat and spy Gertrude Bell. Critical of Colonialism, Bell offered a counterpoint to British all-male power. ‘Letters From Baghdad’ took the festival prize at the Beirut International Film Festival in 2016, and was nominated at the Munich International Documentary Festival in 2017.

    “It is one of the injustices of the universe that the fame of TE Lawrence, AKA Lawrence of Arabia, lives on (probably mostly thanks to David Lean and Peter O’Toole), while far fewer people are familiar with the biography of his contemporary and comrade-in-diplomacy, Gertrude Bell (1868-1926), a character no less colourful, charismatic and compelling than Lawrence. Getting a niche arthouse release, this finely wrought documentary won’t rectify that imbalance in their respective reputations. But it does serve as a handy summary for those who want a cinematic introduction to Bell’s sprawling, singular story, and don’t want to start with Queen of the Desert, Werner Herzog’s dramatised flop that starred Nicole Kidman as Bell.

    Here, an unseen Tilda Swinton reads extracts from the many elegantly written letters Bell sent while she was finding her feet in the Middle East, learning Farsi and Arabic, and then later exploring the desert, where she developed a particular bond with its people. Eventually, along with Lawrence, she would help to shape the modern states we have today – especially Iraq – before moving into the field of archaeology.

    Various actors are seen reciting recollections of friendships and encounters with her, as she cut a stylish swathe across the region, always dressed immaculately. Directors Zeva Oelbaum and Sabine Krayenbuhl have opted to make the film a touch more uncommercial by filming even this original footage in smudgy black and white that matches the wealth of archive footage used to illustrate the story.

    Sure, it is a little like how you imagine it would be if Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour made films instead of audio-only features, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.”

    Leslie Felperin, The Guardian

    All are very welcome. Admission is free to RFS Members. Tickets on the door for non-members are only £6 (students £4).

    Films are shown on alternate Tuesdays on a state-of-the-art screen in the Pete Postlethwaite Picture House (Room G5) at St Mary’s University, Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, TW1 4SX.

    Please come along and join us.

    Best regards

    Richmond Film Society


    Posted on November 20, 2017

    On the River Crane Sanctuary – Churchview Road…Garages TW2.

    Well today in the early hours The Hedgerow we were seeking to protect has been ‘maintained’ or is that compromised by hacking away fruting brambles and ivy and elderflower whilst we fear the blackbirds have moved on from their traditional nesting and feeding and roosting site… where? A flock of redwings were here only yesterday and the variety of birdlife, butterflies, bats and more that have visited and foraged here in peace for over two decades have no voice as developers seek to build on a wildlife corridor which is already strangled by over development. Of course, they say there are no birds here and no wildlife…take a look at the River Crane Sanctuary website and our flickr album

    Please support us by objecting to any appeal or new application by these developers .

  17. Richmond Film Society’s 55th Season continues on Tuesday, 14 November with the screening of ‘Tangerines’ an Estonian-Georgian film directed by Zaza Urushadze. This powerful, multiple-award-winning drama was nominated for Best Foreign Language film at the Oscars and at the Golden Globes.

    In 1992 Abkhazians are fighting to break free from Georgia. In an ethnically Estonian village Ivo and Margus have stayed behind to harvest the tangerine crop. Two wounded men from opposite sides are left at Ivo’s door, and he is forced to take them in…

    *** Please note that this film will be preceded by the RFS AGM which will commence at 8.00pm. It is anticipated that the film will commence at approximately 8.30pm ***

    “Ivo, a taciturn grandfather with a straight back and a silver beard, makes wooden crates in his workshop. He hopes to make enough to contain the harvest from his neighbor Margus’s tangerine grove. The two men are among the last Estonians remaining in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia during the 1992 war in the Abkhazia region.

    That remote conflict — part of a flurry of ethnic and regional wars in the immediate post-Soviet era — is the setting of Zaza Urushadze’s “Tangerines,” a humanist fable that was among this year’s nominees for the best foreign-language film Oscar. The mountain valley where Ivo (Lembit Ulfsak) and Margus (Elmo Nüganen) live seems quiet enough, a place of rural rhythms and ancient routines. (Their families returned to Estonia when the fighting started). But the tranquillity is disrupted by a skirmish between Georgian soldiers and Chechen mercenaries fighting for the Russian-backed Abkhazian separatists.

    There are two survivors, one from each side, both wounded and both reluctant beneficiaries of Ivo’s hospitality. Ahmed (Giorgi Nakhashidze), the Chechen, has the milder injury and the hotter temper. He swears that he will kill Niko (Mikheil Meskhi), the Georgian, as soon as he can, but promises Ivo that he won’t do it under the old man’s roof. A tense period of convalescence follows, during which Niko and Ahmed glare at each other over cups of tea, Margus frets about the state of his fruit and Ivo sternly tells everyone to calm down.

    The audience, meanwhile, has time to meditate on the stupidity of war and the nature of honour. The film, beautifully shot and cleanly edited, has the economy of a short story, unfolding in a mood of slightly sentimental masculine stoicism. There are no women to be seen — a photograph of Ivo’s granddaughter is the only female presence — and occasionally some more fighting men show up, to increase the tension and underscore the themes.

    “Tangerines” is a modest film, sure of its proportions and clear about its intentions. The key to its effectiveness lies with the actors, in particular Mr. Ulfsak, who radiates wry, weary wisdom and Mr. Nakhashidze, who is as charismatic and menacing as a mastiff at rest. The friendship that develops between Ivo and Ahmed is touching and credible, and seems like a small mercy in the midst of cruelty and hatred.”
    O. Scott, New York Times

    All are very welcome. Admission is free to RFS Members. Tickets on the door for non-members are only £6 (students £4).

    Films are shown on alternate Tuesdays on a state-of-the-art screen in the Pete Postlethwaite Picture House (Room G5) at St Mary’s University, Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, TW1 4SX.

    Please come along and join us.

    Best regards

    1. I belong to ‘Force’ a local community group who meet to clear up our stretch of the Crane river..WE always need more volunteers. I also daily pick up litter and other peoples dog mess when I walk my dogs..If more people had a social conscience about our environment perhaps the stretch of river you are talking about would not be such a mess… There are other groups too who care about the river..and they need more members too .. everyone can join

    2. Unfortunately there is a bit of land housing an electricity sub station, this and portable rugby loos including all the litter thrown in by passing pedestrians is a private fenced in patch of ground. Additionally the sorry mess of Heatham House bordering the river and overgrown foliage/tree is not within the public domain but require maintenance. The river bridge itself could be beautified.

    3. Well how about looking at what you personally could do to help resolve this issue ?
      ie: Clear up your local space your good self.or with friends ,,,,,
      .Engage with groups that would help you and help to create and keep clear yet another great local asset.. or continue to complain. from your comfortable chair like so many
      Twickenham residents do …

  18. This is a wonderful park and it is great to see an event based on its historical merits. I am an everyday person who looks at and values the Crane rivers contribution to our natural environment we must support it & Thank You to all who work for this

  19. 11th November-Free Family Event at Crane Park Island – Explosive History.An event to commemorate the work of the Hounslow Gunpowder Mills during the First World War.
    Meet George the gunpowder maker and go on a guided walk with him to learn about the site
    Find out about WW1 herbal remedies
    Make willow lanterns
    Try WW1 themed cafe with bully beef and good strong tea
    All free 2.30-6.30 at the Shot Tower Crane Park.

    1. I stumbled on this yesterday, really good to see the shot tower thriving and full of life, and adding encounters with History to the fantastic chance it has always offered to teach and inspire our children about wildlife. To Twickerati who don’t like to venture over the A316 you really should……

  20. Richmond Film Society’s 55th Season continues at 8.00pm on Tuesday, 31 October with the screening of ‘Chevalier’ directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari. This comedy drama won the best film category at the London Film Festival in 2015. The jury statement reads:

    “Chevalier is a study of male antagonism seen through the eyes of a brave and original film maker. With great formal rigour and irresistible wit, Athina Rachel Tsangari has managed to make a film that is both a hilarious comedy and a deeply disturbing statement on the condition of western humanity.”

    “Promoted as “the buddy movie without the buddies” Athina Rachel Tsangari’s third feature outing as director finds six men on a fishing trip on the Aegean Sea in a luxury yacht.

    Friction develops when the men play a game in which one player thinks of a person and the others have to ask metaphorical questions – such as what type of animal that person would be – in order to identify the individual in question. As an alternative one of the guests suggests playing Chevalier.

    In Chevalier the players set up tasks for all participants to perform and whoever wins the most rounds wins a Chevalier signet ring. However, for one of the men on board this is not enough. They must compete for who is the “best man” in general. All onboard immediately set about judging each other’s actions and abilities in competitive and mundane tasks with uncomfortably funny and increasingly absurd darkly comic consequences.” – David Mahoney

    All are very welcome. Admission is free to RFS Members. Tickets on the door for non-members are only £6 (students £4).

    If you would like to become a member (or renew your membership), you can join on the night before the film, but please arrive no later than 7.45pm so that we can complete the administration before the film begins. Membership is £60 for the season of 15 films (full time students £35).

    Films are shown on alternate Tuesdays on a state-of-the-art screen in the Pete Postlethwaite Picture House (Room G5) at St Mary’s University, Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, TW1 4SX.

    Please come along and join us.

    Best regards


  21. Diwali started this week on Wednesday 18th Oct and runs for five days until Sunday 22nd October. It is a celebration of Light over Darkness ; Truth over Falsehood ; and Love and Gratitude for all Life. River Crane Sanctuary supporters are raising awareness of the wealth of wildlife along the River Crane Corridor from Kneller Gardens to the Shot Tower and asking local walkers and neighbours to help protect this important space from developers by recording what they see along the route and posting it onto the GIGL database:Record What Where When and Who sees it on: Some species are now on the Red List which says they are globally threatened: Bats,Hedgehogs,Red Admiral and Comma Butterflies,Stag Beetles. Please see our flickr album on River Crane Sanctuary Home Page for new photos of Windsong in the Trees and Sparrows in the Hedges. Just because you do not see a nest does not mean it is not there!
    Thanks to all Nature Lovers for taking time to stop and stare and hopefully also take Action!

  22. Richmond Film Society – 8.00pm Tuesday 17th October screening of ‘The Salesman’
    Richmond Film Society – 8.00pm Tuesday 17th October screening of ‘The Salesman’

    Richmond Film Society’s 55th Season continues at 8.00pm on Tuesday, 17 October with the screening of ‘The Salesman’, Asghar Farhadi’s absorbing psychological drama and winner of the 2017 Foreign Language Oscar.

    A schoolteacher, Emad, and his wife Rana are playing the unhappy salesman Willy Loman and his wife in Arthur Miller’s ‘The Death of a Salesman’ (the play to which the title alludes), when they are forced to leave their flat in Tehran because of structural problems. They are more than happy to take up the offer of an empty apartment from a fellow cast member but, unfortunately for them, it transpires that the previous tenant had regularly entertained numerous male clients there. When one of them visits the apartment and finds Rana alone, it results in a traumatic event.

    A decision is made not to involve the police but Emad, consumed by righteous indignation and aggrieved male pride, embarks upon a relentless and obsessive pursuit of the perpetrator, notwithstanding his wife’s traumatised objections. Farhadi’s film, set against the backcloth of Iranian middle-class marriage and society, examines the corrosive effect of this incident on the couple’s relationship and their conflicting responses to it.

    Benefitting from powerful and naturalistic performances from the leads, the film is shot in the director’s familiar realist style, whilst his carefully crafted script gradually provides a nuanced view of the characters and their motivations as events unfold. ‘The Salesman’ is the fourth of Asghar Farhadi’s films screened at RFS in the last five years following ‘About Ely’ (2009), the Oscar-winning ‘A Separation’ (2011) and ‘The Past’ (2013).

    ‘The Salesman’ garnered multiple awards worldwide, including Best Actor and Best Screenplay at Cannes, and it went on to win Farhadi his (and Iran’s) second Foreign Language Oscar in February 2017.

    All are very welcome. Admission is free to RFS Members. Tickets on the door for non-members are only £6 (students £4).

    If you would like to become a member (or renew your membership), you can join on the night before the film, but please arrive no later than 7.45pm so that we can complete the administration before the film begins. Membership is £60 for the season (full time students £35).

    Films are shown on alternate Tuesdays on a state-of-the-art screen in the Pete Postlethwaite Picture House (Room G5) at St Mary’s University, Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, TW1 4SX.

    For further information, please email us at or visit our website at

    Please come along and join us.


    When: Tuesday 17th October

    Time: Doors 6.30 Screening 7.30

    Where: St James’ Church, Hampton Hill,

    SPEAR, the local charity helping individuals suffering homelessness will host a screening of Daisy May Hudson’s acclaimed documentary, Half Way. Documenting her own family’s experiences with homelessness the film offers a fascinating and personal insight.

    Daisy, herself, will join us at the event for a director’s Q&A after the screening, chaired by film maker, Morag Livingstone.

    Admission for this screening will be just £8.

    There will be complimentary Ben & Jerry’s ice creams for guests plus soft drinks and hot food available to buy.

    For more details see here and to book tickets from Eventbrite see

  24. Fireworks Night
    St James’s Primary School, Wellesley Rd, Twickenham
    Friday, Nov 3rd
    Join us to see the night sky illuminated by a dazzling display of firecrackers, fountains, rockets and comets from the folks that staged the Olympics fireworks.

    For your delectation will be a gastronomic feast of gourmet hot dogs, sourdough pizzas, posh burgers from local providers Dough & Deer, The Flying Frenchman and Heena’s Kitchen. Hot drinks and cakes will be provided by The Wacka Wagon Co. while Sweet Dreams of Surrey will keep the kids happy as the adults head to the bar. Finally a stunning array of glow-in-the dark accessories will be available for purchase to adorn big and little kids alike.

    Advance tickets £6 each / £22 family ticket
    On the gate £7 / £24
    Doors open at 6pm. Tickets available at

    an evening with David Lindo, aka The Urban Birder, in aid of the Environment Trust
    Sat, 14th October, starts 7.30 pm, at the Duke Street Church, Richmond, TW9 1DH
    Tickets only £11. BOOK YOURS NOW!

    Have you ever wondered what prompts people to take up field-glasses and rise at dawn? Birders and non-birders will enjoy this dynamic and inspirational talk by David Lindo (a.k.a. The Urban Birder) about his adventures in urban settings and the fascinating – and sometimes surprising – wildlife he discovered there. You will be amazed, intrigued, and laugh out loud at David’s incredible tales. Expect to leave feeling inspired to grab a pair of binoculars, rush to the nearest bit of open sky and “look up”! Not to be missed.

    David Lindo is The Urban Birder – broadcaster, writer, speaker and tour leader. His mission is to engage city folk around the world with the plentiful urban nature that surrounds them. He is a regular television and radio presenter and has been featured on the BBC’s The One Show, Radio 4’s Open Country, ITV and Channel 4. David is currently a judge on the Observer’s Ethical Awards and was recently named as the 7th most influential person in wildlife by BBC Wildlife Magazine.

    This is a fundraising event on behalf of the Environment Trust, a small charity based in East Twickenham, and will enable us to continue our nature conservation work in Hounslow, Richmond and Kingston.

    David’s books (The Urban Birder, Tales from Concrete Jungles: Urban Birding Around the World, The Urban Birder’s City Guide) will be on sale, so pick up a copy and get it signed!


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