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  1. 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!

  2. 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

  4. 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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