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  1. The RTT have picked up the story on the Army Plans for Kneller Hall, the staff and musicians are going to Winchester in 2018 but the Hall itself might remain as the Museum of Army Music:

  2. Richmond Film Society (RFS) continues their 54th Season on Tuesday, 14 February at 8.00pm with the screening of ‘Dheepan’, a drama set in France and directed by Jacques Audiard. Audiard is a multi-award winning director including two BAFTAs and five Césars. His impressive œuvre includes ‘A Prophet’ (2009) and ‘The Beat My Heart Skipped’ (2005 – shown by RFS in 2006).

    ‘Dheepan’, released in 2015, took the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. It has also garnered a further 5 awards, and has been nominated for this year’s BAFTAs (winners to be announced tomorrow, Sunday 12 February).

    ‘Dheepan’ is a gripping, human tale of survival. On the losing side of a civil war in Sri Lanka, a Tamil soldier (Antonythasan Jesuthasan) poses as the husband and father of two other refugees to escape their ravaged homeland. Arriving in France, the makeshift “family” sets about establishing a new life, only to find themselves once again embroiled in violence on the mean streets of Paris. A heartrending saga of three strangers united by circumstance and struggle, Dheepan is both a tour-de-force thriller and a powerful depiction of the immigrant experience.

    “We meet [Dheepan] in a brief Sri Lankan prologue, as a woman called Yalini (Kalieaswari Srinivasan) wanders a refugee camp searching for orphaned children. Civil war hostilities have recently ceased, and the Tigers are trying to slip back into the general population. Yalini’s best hope for a life in Europe, along with Dheepan’s, is to form a kind of makeshift family, which they do when a young girl called Illayaal (Claudine Vinasithamby) agrees to join them.

    Audiard manages the shift to the Paris suburbs, where all but one remaining scene will take place, with one of his most breathtaking and unmistakably Audiardian coups…

    …As an empathetic snapshot of the current immigrant experience in France, the film is compelling right through, but it’s the central relationship that really digs its way into your soul. Jesuthasan and Srinivasan, both of whom give beautifully detailed, worry-filled performances, get their characters edging towards an intimacy with each other that only makes the occasional flare-ups more bitter and personal in their animus.”

    Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph

    All are 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.

  3. Alan Winter

    Postcard Fair tomorrow Saturday 11th February. 20+ tables of paper ephemera and postcards. Starts at 10.00 at Baptist Church Hall in Church Road, Teddington. Refreshments throughout the day. I will have a couple of tables including my stock of local postcards from 1900 through to modern times. Great for the local historians as well as the collectors. Come and say hello. See you there.

  4. Philip Glass opera, “The Juniper Tree” UK premiere in March 2017.

    Based on a tale by the Brothers Grimm, this spell-binding production by Glyndebourne’s Donna Stirrup will leave you on the edge of your seats. Professional soloists sing alongside children from local schools, a community chorus and musicians from the Royal College of Music conducted by Andy Langley.

    30th, 31st March at 7.30pm The Hammond Theatre, Hanworth Road, Hampton, TW12 3HD. Tickets via theatre.

  5. Mark De Novellis

    This is the last week of Oi Nuen Sprunt’s and Sarah Hacking-Brian’s exhibition in the Stables Gallery at Orleans House Gallery, so make sure you catch it before it ends.

    The exhibition is an atmospheric walk-through installation of floating paintings by Oi Nuen Sprunt featuring Japanese ink painting, copper and aluminum leaf, culminating in a large screen video presentation of Sarah’s song Hollow Winter. The song and video explore the theme of depression and the overriding message is “You are not alone.”

    The exhibition runs until this Sunday 5 February and admission is free.

  6. Richmond Film Society (RFS) continues their 54th Season on Tuesday, 31 January at 8.00pm with the screening of ‘The Company you keep, a US drama directed by Robert Redford. The film, released in 2012, was awarded two prizes at the Venice Film Festival that same year. The film’s glittering cast includes Redford himself, Susan Sarandon, Nick Nolte, Julie Christie Brendan Gleeson and Shia Labeouf.

    Sharon Solarz (Susan Sarandon) is nervous. She’s driving along a lonely road, lost in thought. As she goes over a hill, her car drifts a little too close to the center-divide and she’s almost crushed by a truck going in the opposite direction. Rattled further, she pulls into a gas station. She looks like any another woman until cars come screeching in all around her, FBI agents begin waving their badges and a shotgun is pointed at her head.

    Jim Grant (Robert Redford) has made a good life for himself as a small-town lawyer in Albany New York. He has managed to juggle his job and raise his 11-year-old daughter Isabel after the death of his wife a few years ago. His world is turned upside down after he’s approached by his old friend Billy while dropping his daughter off at school. Billy fills Jim in on Sharon’s arrest which took place not far from them. Billy asks if Jim will help Sharon in any way, but Jim wants no part of it.

    We learn that Sharon was a former member of a radical group called the Weather Underground. The group robbed a bank way back in the late ’70s and the security guard, an off-duty policeman, was shot and killed in the process. Sharon has been charged with murder. Jim is suddenly under suspicion of somehow being involved.

    During the ensuing investigation, evidence is unearthed and connections are being made, namely by young and clever Albany Sun-Times reporter Ben Shepard (Shia LaBeouf). Ben uses his local and FBI contacts and slowly begins to think that Jim was involved in the robbery and murder. But past appearances can be deceiving and as he tries to get to the bottom of it all, Jim leads Ben and the FBI on a cross-country manhunt, while trying to find the third remaining member-at-large, Mimi Lurie (Julie Christie), so that he might convince her to come forward and prove his innocence and save his daughter.

    All are 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.

  7. New – Sunday night yoga classes at Dera Hall, TW2 7QB
    6.30pm-7.30pm Ashtanga
    7.40pm-8.40pm Yin🙏

  8. Concert in Twickenham on Saturday, March 25th

    I am a local and a singer / songwriter / guitarist. I began my career in the 90s and raised enough interest to be featured on television a number of times, as well as radio, and be invited to perform at Glastonbury Festival among many other festivals and clubs up and down the country. I have been evolving a band, which is an unusual genre, fusing classical, folk, pop and rock. This has created some truly beautiful music, with meaningful “perceptive and intriguing” lyrics and enhanced by the use of all these genre elements to create a dynamic and melodic soundscape.

    The cross over of the genres has not helped the band to rise in the music business, however, because we have been seen as too “rock” for the folk world and too “folk” for the rock world. In 2016, however, we were discovered by the prog rock world (who love fusions of genres) and have now been embraced. Our latest album, “Phoenix Rising” is now being distributed in Germany and Japan, as well as the UK and we are about to be featured in the recently resurrected Prog Magazine.

    The band is doing a special concert in Twickenham, in the beautiful setting of All Hallows Church, on Saturday, March 25th, which adventurous music lovers, curious to hear something a bit different, might be interested in coming to!

    The band is called “Kindred Spirit”.

    I have put the web page, from where you can buy a ticket and read all about this concert in the “your details” boxes with this comment. If this is not a working link, just search for “Kindred Spirit Band” and you will find us!

  9. Richmond Film Society (RFS) resumes their 54th Season on Tuesday, 17 January at 8.00pm with the screening of ‘Mustang’, a Turkish drama directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven. The film, released in 2015, was nominated for the best foreign language film at the Oscars, BAFTAs and the Golden Globe.
    In a village in northern Turkey, Lale and her four sisters are walking home from school, playing innocently with some boys. The immorality of their play sets off a scandal that has unexpected consequences. The family home is progressively transformed into a prison; instruction in homemaking replaces school and marriages start being arranged. The five sisters who share a common passion for freedom, find ways of getting around the constraints imposed on them.
    “Full of life even as it depicts lives in lockdown, “Mustang” is a stunning debut feature by Deniz Gamze Ergüven about five sisters in rural Turkey. Confined to their grandmother’s house, the girls bridle against losing their freedoms in a story grounded in both laughter and tears, and above all in the resilient strength of these girls against soul-deadening strictures.
    Ergüven, who was born in Turkey, brings deft timing and an unapologetic appreciation of beauty to the story, qualities missing from other, schematic portrayals of clashes with traditional mores, Turkish or otherwise. Feather-light camerawork by David Chizallet and Ersin Gok is matched by a nimble screenplay written by Ms. Ergüven with Alice Winocour. The ensemble of young actresses is a constantly restless and real presence.”
    New York Times
    All are 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.

    If you have any queries or would like any further information, please visit our website at

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