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  1. ETNA goes online in its bid to secure funding from the Mayor of London

    Hot on the heels of receiving £12K from Richmond Council’s Community Fund, the ETNA Community Centre has launched an online crowdfunding campaign to help raise the money it needs to build a community café and kitchen with step-free access.

    ETNA’s Community Kitchen is in the running the Mayor of London’s Crowdfund London 2018 programme that allocates grants of up to £50K to popular projects. ETNA Director, Vanessa James, is hoping local residents will support their bid.

    “The Mayor’s Crowdfund looks for projects that are well supported in the community, so he wants to see people clicking through to our page, pledging to donate, and forwarding and sharing our project with others. We are asking residents to get behind this campaign so we can bring some mayoral funding to Richmond Borough.”

    Sian Morgan, ETNA’s Office Manager, is enthusiastic about the project.

    “The new space will offer affordable meals and a place to chat for all. We will also be able offer more classes such as Age UK’s ‘Man with a Pan’ – which aims to get older men into the kitchen. Having food and activity available at the ETNA centre is a great way to get people out of their homes and reduce social isolation.”

    ETNA has already raised £39k, and residents can pledge their support to the project now and donations will be taken if the campaign reaches its target of £97k by mid-December.

    In aid of The Holly Lodge Centre
    Hosted by the well-known TV and radio presenter, Adrian Mills
    On Friday 19th October, 2018, from 7.00-10.30 pm.
    At King’s House School, 68 King’s Road, TW10. 6ES.

    If you fancy a good night out and the chance to pit your wits against a bit of friendly competition, why not join us?
    You can come on your own and make up a table of six or bring your own team – we really don’t mind, as long as you come!

    Tickets are £18, including a drink and a light supper.
    Alcoholic and soft drinks will be available throughout the evening.
    To book visit
    For further information about this event, or the work of The Holly Lodge Centre, email or visit

  3. Richmond Film Society – screening of ‘I Got Life !’ (France) at 8:00pm on Tuesday, 16 October

    Richmond Film Society’s season continues at The Exchange on 16 October with ‘I Got Life !’, the French romantic comedy.

    A woman, whose personal circumstances have taken a turn for the worse, feels that she is being pushed to the margins of society when an unexpected meeting with an old flame from her youth reignites her lust for life and love. The result is a joyful, life-affirming and heart-warming menopause rom-com.

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

    Films are screened at The Exchange, the new community facility opposite Twickenham Station at 75 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BE. Its facilities include a very comfortable, tiered 285-seat theatre, lifts, disabled access, a bar and a café. On screening nights, the bar opens at 7:00pm and remains open after the film. Drinks can be brought into the auditorium and coffee, tea and snacks are also available.

    Films are shown at 8.00pm sharp on alternate Tuesdays (there are no trailers and no ads). For further information on membership or the films, please visit our website at or email

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

  4. Richmond upon Thames College celebrating Colleges Week during October

    From Monday 15 October to Friday 19 October 2018, Colleges Week, which is part of the ‘Love our Colleges’ campaign, is taking place again. It is designed to highlight the brilliant work colleges do day in and day out and to raise awareness for the decrease in college funding.

    Whether it is through top-class technical education, basic skills or lifelong learning, colleges help people of all ages and backgrounds to make the most of their talents and ambitions. Rooted in local communities, they are crucial in driving social mobility and providing the skills to boost local and regional economies.

    David Hughes, Chief Executive, Association of Colleges, said: “Every single day colleges like Richmond upon Thames College provide a world class education and transform the lives of millions of people. Colleges Week is an opportunity to celebrate the brilliant things that go on and a chance to showcase the brilliant staff that make it possible. It is simple, if we want a world-class education system then we need to properly invest in it.”

    Leading up to Colleges Week, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) hosts an Open Event on Saturday 13 October, 10am-2pm and another one on Wednesday 17 October, 5-8pm. These events are the perfect opportunity for prospective students to get to know their teachers and other students, find out more about the courses at RuTC and get a feeling for the college’s environment. Additionally, our principal Robin Ghurbhurun will hold talks throughout these dates informing about the college’s excellent results and future plans, such as the completion of the new campus at the end of 2019.

    Through these experiences, students, parents and the local community can get a sense of the important work colleges do and what big role they play in helping people of all ages and backgrounds to make the most of their talents and ambitions.

    For more information about Colleges Week and how to participate visit

    Book your open event at RuTC online now at,-subject-tasters-and-tours/college-open-events and be an active part of this year’s Colleges Week!

  5. FEEDING LONDON: The Forgotten Market Gardens of South West London

    A fascinating talk on Forgotten Market Gardens of South West London by local historian David Lawrie.

    Thursday 15 November 7.30pm
    ETNA Centre, 13 Rosslyn Road, Twickenham, TW1 2AR

    Think of a brawny young woman carrying a heavy basket on her head loaded with fruit and vegetables bound for market some 20 kilometres away and your imagination is immediately swept away to a hot, dusty country in a distant time and place. But this young woman is not where or when you think; she lived in Middlesex in the mid-nineteenth century and she carried all that local produce – in a basket on her head – all the way from Hanworth to Covent Garden Market.

    This talk will reveal the rapid and radical change of land use arising from London’s ever-growing population, from the desperate need to increase food production in the 1800s, to the demand for housing for the new ‘commuter classes’ in the 20th century. Through the stories of the great gardening dynasties of Middlesex, who developed horticultural expertise, built flourishing businesses and became major employers, and with sound recordings of living memories, we will trace the growth, peak and decline of the production of “Feltham Firsts”, “Hounslow Wonders” and “American Beauties”. All will be revealed!

    Tickets and more info:
    Facebook event page:

  6. Join us in Richmond this weekend for a morning or evening of yoga designed to align, strengthen and revive. Mention our introductory offer and your first session is just £5. All levels welcome, and we’re only a minute walk from Richmond station.

    Do you your body and mind some good this weekend. We look forward to welcoming you.

  7. Richmond Film Society – screening of ‘Goldstone’ (Australia) at 8:00pm on Tuesday, 2 October

    Richmond Film Society’s 56th Season continues at The Exchange on 2 October with ‘Goldstone’, Ivan Sen’s acclaimed Australian Outback crime thriller.

    A troubled and drink-sodden indigenous Australian detective rolls into the remote and desolate mining town of Goldstone to investigate the disappearance of a young woman. He finds himself confronted with endemic corruption from the local mayor, the Aboriginal land council and the mining boss, all of which places the young town-based cop on the horns of a moral dilemma – does he assist with the investigation or collude with the local ‘barons’ ?

    ‘Goldstone’ is stand-alone sequel to writer/director Ivan Sen’s previous feature, ‘Mystery Road’, which was screened by RFS in October 2016 and which is currently screening on Saturday nights on BBC4 in an adapted six part series. Once again, ‘Goldstone’ features detective, Jay Swan, although his personal circumstances have taken a turn for the worse. The pace of the film is, at times, slow but the director’s understated and restrained approach allows some powerful and convincing performances to breathe. The film was shot under very challenging conditions in the Outback settlement of Middleton, which has a population of three. It opened the 2016 Sydney Film Festival and went on to win ten awards.

    Season 56 Membership – £40

    Membership for the 16-film season is £40, representing an unbeatable bargain of £2.50 per film. The concessionary membership fee for full-time students is £25. As at 18 September, 198 members had joined or renewed for Season 56, which runs until 30 April 2019.

    Membership includes free admission to all screenings (including RFS’s additional Twickenham Festival Film in June 2019), free admission to the Christmas party, input into future film selection and details of other local arts-related events through our affiliation with Arts Richmond.

    For further information on membership enrolment or the films, please visit our website at If you are proposing to join on the night of our next screening on 2 October, please try and arrive early (and no later than 7:45pm) to allow time for applications to be processed before the start of the film at 8:00pm. Regrettably, we are unable to accept credit card or contactless payments – cheque or cash only.

    Non-member tickets are £5 (full-time students £3). Tickets can be purchased on the night (cash only), in advance from The Exchange’s Box Office (in person or by telephone on 020 8240 2399) or online at .

    Our Venue – The Exchange, the new community facility opposite Twickenham Station at 75 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BE. Its facilities include a very comfortable, tiered 285-seat theatre, lifts, disabled access, a bar and a café. Drinks can be brought into the auditorium.

    Films are shown at 8.00pm sharp on alternate Tuesdays (there are no trailers and no ads). All are very welcome, so do please come along and join us at The Exchange.

  8. Create, Explore, Play! The FREE Big Draw Event
    Sunday 7 October, 1-4pm

    Join us for The Big Draw, a free drop-in family event suitable for all ages. Discover more about the famous Victorian explorer Sir Richard Burton: a master of disguise, who could speak 29 languages and was an expert sword fighter.

    Learn to duel like a Victorian fencer, have your face painted like an animal from Burton’s travels, make your own spy glass and much more as we take over the Gallery for an afternoon of fun and creativity.

    More information at:

  9. Critically acclaimed biographer visits Turner’s House prior to first annual lecture on Turner’s World View

    The critically acclaimed biographer of J.M.W. Turner, Franny Moyle, stopped by the house he designed himself before giving the Turner’s House Trust’s inaugural lecture nearby at York House, Twickenham on Thursday 20th September.

    This was the first time she had seen his modest retreat in Sandycoombe Road since its recent award winning renovation. “The last time I came was pre-restoration when there were lodgers here”, she recalled, then went on to praise the house and how it had been curated for the public to enjoy, “So simple and well thought through. Just brilliant!”

    In her book “The Extraordinary Life and Momentous Times of J.M.W. Turner” she describes how Turner enjoyed living in the house which he had designed to be an “expression of quiet, elegant classicism”. On visiting it in person Moyle affirmed that the house represented “an important legacy, and is, of course an expression of Turner’s creativity. It brings us closer to the man”.

    Although many view Turner as a Victorian artist, Moyle’s talk demonstrated that he was very much a man of his time, which spanned both Georgian and Victorian eras. She illustrated through a range of paintings how Turner’s different styles were, like the man himself, sometimes complex and contradictory and used to evoke social turmoil and the ever present possibility of death by cholera, war or nature. From early on in his career he combined both romantic and classical stylistic elements to express both beauty and peace alongside agitation and awe on a sublime scale.

    Moyle proposed to the packed audience that Turner is one of the most important figures in Western art and reminded them of his many different artworks which had been underpinned by a consistent world view rooted in the transitive and turbulent era in which he lived.

    Turner’s House, Sandycombe Lodge, 40 Sandycoombe Road, St Margarets. Twickenham TW1 2LR is open from Wednesday-Sunday: 10-4pm Social Media Twitter: @TurnersHouse Facebook Instagram

  10. This is a repeat of a previous grumble, about estate agents using us as advertising:

    If you find that your street is festooned with “Let”, “Success” or “Sold By” signs, the chances are that the estate agent is breaking the law. The law is this:

    “The advertisement shall be removed within 14 days after the completion of a sale or the grant of a tenancy” That is from The Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (England) Regulations 2007.

    If you have any reason to think that (for example) Chase Buchanan are deliberately flouting this then is the email address to remind them to obey the law.

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