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  1. “THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE”

    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

    RFS

    PS
    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.

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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!

  5. The Poppy Factory’s Carols at Christmas

    19:00
    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: http://www.poppyfactory.org/carols or call 020 8939 1872.

  6. 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

    RFS
    Richmond Film Society

    https://www.facebook.com/RichmondFilmSociety/

  7. ANYONE LISTENING TO THE BIRD SONG?

    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…..to 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 http://www.e-voice.org.uk/rcs/ and our flickr album

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

  8. 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
    RFS

    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 …

  9. 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

  10. 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……

  11. 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

    RFS

  12. 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:
    http://www.gigl.org.uk/recording-spreadsheet/ 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!
    http://www.voice.org.uk/rcs/
    Thanks to all Nature Lovers for taking time to stop and stare and hopefully also take Action!

  13. 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 richmondfilmsociety@btinternet.com or visit our website at http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk

    Please come along and join us.

  14. FILM SCREENING WITH DIRECTOR Q&A

    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 bit.ly/SPEARfilm17 and to book tickets from Eventbrite see http://bit.ly/SPEARhalfway

  15. 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 http://www.stjamespfa.co.uk

  16. TALES FROM CONCRETE JUNGLES
    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!
    https://environmenttrust.co.uk/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=179

    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.
    Website: http://www.theurbanbirderworld.com

    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!

    EVENT INFO & TICKETS
    https://environmenttrust.co.uk/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=179

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