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727 responses to “Your Twickenham News & Views

  1. Mother’s Day Sunday 26 March – don’t forget to buy your mum a gift
    Stuck for ideas – how about getting your mum a relaxing organic massage oil from Twickenham Medical Practice?
    For a limited period Twickenham Medical Practice will be selling organic massage and bath oils from NHR Essential Organic Oils. We currently have the following organic oils:
    – Organic Elixir Synergistic Massage Oil 100ml – A soothing and nourishing blend for overworked muscles and joints £14
    – Organic Samadhi Synergistic Massage Oil 100ml – A relaxing blend, excellent for soothing and restful night’s sleep £14
    – For mums to be – Organic Pregnancy Tummy Oil 100ml – A deeply soothing & incredibly nourishing blend to help keep skin soft and supple (safe to use in pregnancy after 3 months) £12

  2. We’re excited to launch a new 4N Business Network Group at the Beefeater Fountain, 8am – 10am on Thurday March 30 and every two weeks thereafter. You don’t have to join until after 2 visits. It’s £15 on the door but please book so we have some idea of numbers.

  3. Have you missed out on a Prudential Ride London ballot place?
    Don’t worry! You can still join by cycling for SPEAR:

    Prudential Ride London is the biggest road cycling event in the UK! You can be part of a team of SPEAR riders, raising money and awareness for rough sleepers and vulnerable individuals.
    The sponsorship target is £550 and we will help you every step of the way to ensure you can achieve it.
    We will not just support you in your fundraising but will have a SPEAR cheering point to spur you on during your ride.
    A small fee of £30 will secure you a place. To register please visit our website
    We look forward to having you!
    Twitter & Facebook @SPEARLondon

  4. Anonymous

    Marble Hill Open Day, 18 March
    Join our archaeologists at Marble Hill House as they dig to uncover hidden landscape gardens from 1752 loved by Henrietta Howard.
    Tours of the excavation (Duration 30 minutes)
    Maximum of 25 people per tour. Meet at the Grotto at
    11:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 15:00.
    Science in Archaeology Talks (Duration 30 minutes, with
    15 minutes for questions)
    13:30 Remote Sensing at Marble Hill (Paul Linford).
    14:30 An archaeobotanist’s encounters with trees – from Stonehenge to Marble Hill (Gill Campbell).
    15:30 The Archaeology of seashells – from beads to grottos (Greg Campbell).
    Find out what’s going on via the Marble Hill Blog:
    Follow us on Twitter @HE_Archaeology #MarbleHillHouse
    Join in our ‘Ask an Archaeologist’ live question and answer session on @HE_Archaeology between 13:00-14:00 on
    Friday 17 March.

  5. Richmond Film Society (RFS) continues their 54th Season on Tuesday, 14 March at 8.00pm with the screening of ‘Still Walking’, written and directed by the acclaimed Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda. ‘Still Walking’, released in 2008, took multiple awards worldwide including the award for Best Director at the Asia Film Awards.

    RFS has shown three of Koreeda’s films in the past, all of which were very well received. They are Afterlife (1998), I Wish (2011) and Like Father, Like Son (2013).

    “Yoshio Harada plays a retired doctor, an imperious, querulous old man, who lives by the seaside with his elderly wife: his two grownup, married children are coming for a visit. There is a daughter, who is close to the mother, and shares with her an exasperation with the cantankerous father and his ways; she’s continually urging her parents to come and live with her and her hearty, amiable husband. The son is Ryo (Hiroshi Abe) who has just married a widow, Yukari (Yui Natsukawa), and become a stepfather to her young boy – the father disapproves of the marriage as being somehow second best.

    There is a spectre at this feast. The oldest son, Junpei, was killed as a boy saving the life of a schoolfriend from drowning, and this boy has grown up to be a tiresome chump and a loser. From an obscure spirit of masochism, of strained politeness and also a strange need to punish this man for living while their beloved son has died, they insist on inviting him to tea, excruciatingly, every year, in the presence of their ¬children – and of course he cannot refuse. Ryo is angry at being made to feel second best, silently seething at all the fond anecdotes about how great Junpei was, and conceals from his father the fact of his own humiliation – that he is actually out of work at the ¬moment. The old man is of course angry and ¬depressed, and has remained in this condition for decades. Strangely, it is Ryo’s little stepson who the old man reaches out to, calling ¬himself the boy’s ‘grandpa’.

    …Of course, the notion of the “better” son dying is becoming a bit of a cliché in Hollywood, with the much-spoofed Walk the Line, but this is a higher order of storytelling, and this gentle, lovely film is impossible to watch without a lump in the ¬throat.”

    Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

    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.

  6. We don’t need a museum. Turn the hall into luxury housing, and provide social housing and sheltered housing for our elderly. There’s space too for a small school and support infrastructure.

  7. Richmond Film Society (RFS) continues their 54th Season on Tuesday, 28 February at 8.00pm with the screening of ‘The Club’, a Chilean drama directed by Pablo Larrain. ‘The Club’, released in 2015, took multiple awards worldwide including the Grand Jury Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival, and was nominated for a Golden Globe.

    Four catholic priests, now excommunicated, share a secluded house in a small coastal part of Chile where they are supposed to atone for their sins. Their routine is disturbed by the coming of a fifth man. The newcomer appears as an unwelcome reminder of their own former lives…

    “‘The Club’ gives us four ageing former priests living with a creepily serene nun in a back-of-beyond Chilean coastal town. At first this motley gang’s only vice seems to be greyhound racing as they take their dog to scruffy local tracks and make cash off the success of their trim mutt. But we soon realise something else is afoot: the men have all fallen foul of scandal, including paedophilia, and have been put to pasture out of harm’s way by their masters. When a new priest arrives to stay with them, a damaged homeless man arrives in his wake. The man screams accusations at the window, a tragedy occurs, and soon the church has sent a clean-cut emissary to find out what’s happening and maybe shut the place down for good. But, no, that’s not how chronic dysfunction works…

    As grey and moody as the weather on the horizon, ‘The Club’ is also as murky as Larrain’s unadorned, haunting visuals: in a series of interviews between the visiting interrogator and the priests he literally refuses to bring these men into focus. It’s a terrifically smart film as Larrain – whose last three films (‘No’, ‘Post Mortem’, ‘Tony Manero’) explored his country under the dictatorship of Pinochet – refrains from demonising his subjects while at the same making zero apologies for them. He’s more concerned with the complex web of lies and hypocrisy, much of it officially sanctioned.

    What’s most winning about ‘The Club’ is how Larrain manages to allude to the wider structures, behaviour and corruption of the church without ever making this claustrophobic, moody and very local story feel anything but crucial, thrilling and disturbing. It’s all built on a foundation of mystery and discomfort that keeps you thinking, worrying and guessing right to the final moments.”
    Dave Calhoun – Time Out

    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.

  8. 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:

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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

  15. 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!

    • Here is the web site for the concert

      The band’s music has just been recognised by the music industry and they have been featured in this month’s Prog Magazine, out globally now. Here is a web link to the feature, where their music is described as

      “Folk rock meets classical with a scientific edge”

    • Tomorrow is the special folk rock concert, with the Kindred Spirit Band, at All Hallow’s Church, Twickenham.

      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 drums and bass guitar and laced with jigs, reels and duelling improvisations.

      Here are comments about the band,

      “Honestly one of the best folk rock bands in activity in the UK”
      Progressive Rock& Progressive Metal Zine

      “ethereal quality you might find in early Moody Blues. It has that dramatic ‘Threshold of a Dream…’ feel about it… soulful flute and intricate acoustic guitars that embroider the surface. The finest crystal bell clear voice ripples seamlessly through the vision … dancing with flute and tortured violin… ”
      Neil Mach Adpontes

      You can buy tickets on line or on the door. Here are all the details with links to where you can hear the Kindred Spirit Band’s music:-

      The concert is helping with funding towards the good works carried out by this vibrant and friendly church and money from album sales is being donated to the excellent, local charity for the homeless, Spear.

  16. 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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