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  1. Over £2000 Raised at Charity Art Auction

    On Friday 9th June, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) was the venue for a special charity auction featuring the hidden work of the late artist, Desmond Jones.

    Desmond Jones studied at RuTC when it was known as Twickenham Art School in the 1940s.

    The auction, which was hosted by BBC Auctioneer Charlie Ross, raised £2575 and benefitted over 30 charities with a local or personal connection to the artist.

    Each charity chose a painting from which to receive funds raised at auction and over £1400 was raised in total which included a donation from the BBC Auctioneer Charlie Ross.

    Prior to this year’s auction, Desmond Jones’ artwork was exhibited at Orleans House from Friday 12th – Sunday 14th May which was attended by the Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, David Linette.

    Elaine Samuels, daughter of the artist, says “we had a really fun evening with a palpable buzz! The charming and outrageously extrovert, BBC celebrity auctioneer, Charlie Ross, was running about, driving the crowd to bid for the vibrant Desmond Jones paintings”.

  2. heathermoulson

    Poetry at The Adelaide, Teddington. Sunday 2nd July 6 till 8 pm. £2 entry, and please buy a drink at the bar.

    Come along and perform your poetry, or an old favourite, or just sit and listen. Hope to see you there.


    Wed 21 June 7.30am – 8.15am

    Celebrate midsummer by enjoying a free yoga session with Tina from
    Lotus and Lauren Yoga. It’s open to everyone so set your alarm clock
    early, bring along your yoga mat and join us there.
    Pleasure Ground, Marble Hill, Richmond Road, Twickenham, TW1 2NL

    The English Heritage Trust is a charity, no. 1140351, and a company, no. 07447221, registered in England.

  4. Richmond Film Society: Membership now open for Season 55

    Interested in World Cinema ? Then why not join Richmond Film Society for our forthcoming season of 15 films or just come along on the night to individual screenings.

    Following conclusion of our latest highly successful season in April, membership is now open for Season 55, which commences in September 2017. Films are shown at 8.00pm on alternate Tuesdays on a state-of-the-art screen in the Pete Postlethwaite Picture House at St Mary’s University, Waldegrave Road, TW1 4SX.

    The final selection of 15 films will be drawn from the following provisional list of 20 and details of the programme will be circulated once it has been finalised:

    – A Man Called Ove (Sweden)
    – After the Storm (Japan)
    – Chevalier (Greece)
    – Childhood of a Leader (UK – France)
    – Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia – Venezuela – Argentina)
    – Goodnight Mommy (Austria)
    – Graduation (Romania)
    – Julieta (Spain)
    – Letters from Baghdad (USA – UK – France)
    – Marshland (Spain)
    – Men and Chicken (Denmark)
    – Next to Her (Israel)
    – Outside the Law (France)
    – Paterson (USA)
    – Rams (Iceland)
    – Tabu (Portugal)
    – Tangerines (Estonia)
    – The Other Side of Hope (Germany – Finland)
    – The Salesman (Iran – France)
    – Toni Erdmann (Germany)

    For early subscribers, those signing up before 31 July 2016, the current membership fee of £60 per person will be maintained, an equivalent of £4 per film. After 31 July, the membership fee may rise. For full time students, membership is offered at the concessionary rate of £35 for the season. Tickets on the night are £6 (£4 concessions).

    Richmond Film Society was formed in 1963 and has since screened over 750 films. Our objective was, and remains, to bring our community the very best in World Cinema. Our seasons run from September to April and comprise 15 films of international repute, typically drawing an aggregate audience of around 1,000 members and guests.

    Film notes are provided for each screening and audience feedback is obtained via response slips. As affiliates of Arts Richmond, we also provide members with details of other local arts-related events.

    For further information on membership enrolment or the films, please email us on , telephone 020 8893 3503 or visit our website at  You can also follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter at

    Please come along and join us.

  5. Orleans House Galllery

    Equine Idyll in the Stables Gallery

    It is the final few days of the Equine Idyll exhibition in the Stables Gallery at Orleans House Gallery. The show is a joint exhibition of photographs and film projections by artists Bethe Bronson and Laura Marker exploring the history of the area and combining stop motion film with historical images from the Richmond Borough Art Collection.

    Catch it while you can!

    The exhibition is open 10.00am – 5.00pm until Sunday 4 June and admission is free.

  6. Mark De Novellis

    Looking for an exhibition venue? Deadline fast approaching!

    If you are interested in exhibiting in the Orleans House Gallery Twickenham-based Stables Gallery or Richmond-based Riverside Gallery, please click on the link for the submission pack:

    Exhibitors do not pay a fee to hire the gallery spaces, but must cover all exhibition costs including publicity material and private view costs.

    All submissions must be made by post to: 2018 exhibitions, Orleans House Gallery, Riverside, Twickenham, TW1 3DJ.

    The deadline for submissions is 16 June 2017.

  7. RuTC Student wins Best Learner Award at House of Lords

    On Thursday 25th May, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) A Level student Tjalle Rumley received the Committee of South London Principals Best Learner Award at the House of Lords.

    Tjalle, who is in his last year at RuTC studying A Levels in English Language and Literature, History and Geography, was chosen by RuTC staff for the award for overcoming his learning difficulties associated with Asperger’s Syndrome by displaying a genuine interest in his studies and playing an active part in enrichment activities.

    Tjalle has a positive outlook on college life and is described as a mature, thoughtful and dedicated student.

    Tjalle was accompanied at the awards by his mother and father and Deputy Principal, Curriculum and Student Services at RuTC, John O’Shea.

    John commented “all of our students at Richmond upon Thames College have worked incredibly hard this year and we are looking forward to this being reflected in their A Level grades and vocational assessments this summer.
    We are particularly proud of Tjalle’s achievements and ongoing commitment to college life and I congratulate him once again for this truly deserved Best Learner Award and wish him every success at Aberystwyth University and his future career. ” 

    Tjalle has also been awarded a scholarship to Aberystwyth University where he will study a BA in International Politics and History.

  8. RuTC hosts Q&A with Twickenham Parliamentary Candidates

    On Friday 26th May, staff and students at Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) attended a question and answer session with the Twickenham Parliamentary candidates Sir Vince Cable (Liberal Democrats), Dr Tania Mathias (Conservatives) and Dr Katherine Dunne (Labour).

    Staff and students from across the college attended the event including students studying A Level Government and Politics and Supported Learning students.

    One of the questions asked addressed what the candidates would do to improve the employability rate of people with learning difficulties. All of the candidates agreed that this was an issue that needed urgent attention and something that they would all look at addressing if they were elected for Twickenham.

    Other topics discussed included Brexit and the effect on business, university fees and the privatisation of the NHS.

    Robin Ghurbhurun, CEO & Principal of RuTC commented “this event was a great opportunity for our students to meet the local candidates and ask the questions that are most important to them and their future. It was particularly interesting to hear the candidates positive views on the importance of education and training for young people.”

  9. Local Schools Compete at Young Chef of the Year Competition at RuTC

    On Wednesday 3rd May, students from local schools Orleans Park in Twickenham, Acton High School in Ealing and Bishop Wand C of E School in Sunbury-on-Thames competed in the final of the annual Young Chef of the Year Competition at Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC).

    Eight teams competed in the first round in March which required the students to design a street food menu and serve it to staff and students at the college. The successful teams got through to the
    final in May who were from local schools Orleans Park, Acton High School and Bishop Wand C of E School.

    In the final round, students were given three hours to prepare their fine dining themed dishes alongside RuTC catering students which included a Chicken Pie Millefeuille by the winning team from Orleans Park.

    Commenting on the competition, Neal Hook, catering teacher at RuTC, says “it was a great opportunity for budding chefs to show their skills and learn from RuTC’s current catering students”.

    The food was judged on its appearance, taste and creativity by Robin Ghurbhurun, Principal and CEO for RuTC, Barbara Gilgallon, Chair of Governors for RuTC, James Unwin, Curriculum Manager
    for Hospitality and Catering at RuTC, and Sherwin Mauro, Professional Cookery student at RuTC and Commis Chef at Le Vacherin restaurant in Chiswick.

    Looking at the team’s work, Sherwin said “opportunities such as this competition will give young people more confidence and teach them how to work effectively as a team”.

    All students were presented with certificates and the winning team, Ella Bothamley and Marina Palladino from Orleans Park, received a trophy and £200 in vouchers to use for catering purposes at their school.

    To begin your career in catering and hospitality, apply for RuTC today.

  10. Also, if you are interested in Dance, you can buy some amazing “Dancer” paintings at the “Extraordinary Charity Art Auction”, on June 9th, which is taking place at Richmond Upon Thames College, where the artist, Desmond Jones was a student.

    This is also a chance for all art lovers to pick up a fabulous piece of art at a low price, since the work was previously hidden, is untested on the market and will have no reserve, yet is rapidly gaining respect and admiration from some big names!

    See the “Dancer” paintings here:-

    Find out why this auction is really extraordinary and getting attention:-

  11. RuTC Dance Students Perform their Version of Edward Scissorhands

    On Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th April, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) students studying a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance), performed their adaption of the Tim Burton classic, Edward Scissorhands.

    The students have been preparing for the production since a recent visit to the college from the choreographers from Sir Matthew Bourne’s dance company, New Adventures. During the session the students had the chance to learn some of the choreography from Bourne’s production of the Tim Burton film.

    The performance will contribute to the students’ final grades, and Hannah Fryer, dance teacher at RuTC, says “I am so proud of all of the students’ involved in the production of Edward Scissorhands. It’s great to see the students’ performances bring this amazing story to life!”

    To start your career in dance, apply for RuTC today.

  12. Extraordinary Charity Art Exhibition, May 12th – 14th, Orleans House, Twickenham

    For one weekend only there will be a once in a lifetime chance to see the vibrant and previously hidden art of the late Desmond Jones before it goes to the “Extraordinary Charity Art Auction”, at Richmond upon Thames College, on June 9th (which is going to be a big event taken by BBC Celebrity antiques expert, Charlie Ross).

    The Friday evening of the exhibition is an exclusive preview evening for representatives of the 39 charities involved in the auction, some of their ambassadors, his Worship, the Mayor of Richmond and many other dignitaries.

    The favourite painting of Vince Cable, one of the patrons supporting the exhibition and auction events, is the intriguing abstract “Sacrifice”, catalogue number 8, and one of Charlie Ross’ favourite paintings is “Venice”, catalogue number 1. See what your favourite painting is via the Desmond Jones Art catalogue here:-

    Admission to the exhibition is free and it will be open to the public:
    Saturday 10am – 5pm
    Sunday 10am – 3pm

    This is a chance to see the artwork up close, see what charities each painting is supporting, pick up an auction catalogue and book your place at the historic auction, in June. If you are an art lover, you will want to check this work out because it currently has no market value (because it has never before been publicly exhibited or sold) and there will be no reserve at the auction; so it will be an opportunity to obtain a piece of highly regarded work for a fraction of what it may turn out to be worth on the wider art market!

    More details:

  13. Richmond Film Society’s 2016/17 Season concludes on Tuesday, 25 April at 8.00pm with the screening of ‘Sing Street’, a musical comedy from John Carney. Carney also wrote and directed the internationally acclaimed ‘Once’ (screened by RFS in 2009), whose subsequent Broadway adaptation went on to win eight Tony awards.

    Conor is a schoolboy for whom things are not going well. Cracks are appearing in his parents’ marriage, whilst the family’s ailing finances dictate that he must move from his comfortable private school to a rough inner city establishment run by Christian Brothers, where he finds the welcome less than warm. Against this difficult backcloth, Conor finds consolation in music, guided by his older brother Brendan, a dope-smoking college dropout with a highly developed musical taste. Set in 1985, it is also the age of that new-fangled mind-blowing innovation, the “music video”.

    Conor is also beguiled by Raphina, an attractive and enigmatic would-be model. In a desperate attempt to impress, he asks her to appear in his band’s music video and, most unexpectedly, she agrees. The only hitch is that Conor is not in a band; nor, indeed, does he actually play a musical instrument. Undeterred, he sets about forming a group with a ragtag bunch of fellow misfits and losers and they pour their heart into writing catchy but pretentious songs.

    Set in Dublin, the film is loaded with ’80s music and fashion nostalgia and features the Cure, the Jam, Joe Jackson, Spandau Ballet and others. Carney and his collaborators (who involved U2 and The Edge at the film’s developmental stage) also managed to come up with a number of impressive new tunes. Uplifting and highly entertaining, the film went on to win ten awards worldwide and was nominated for a Golden Globe.

    All are welcome. Admission is free to RFS Members. Tickets on the door for non-members are only £6 (students £4).

    Our 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. English Heritage is excited to announce that Marble Hill House now has its own Facebook Page.
    You can now keep up to date with the latest news and events, the progress of the Marble Hill Revived project, and the discoveries we make along the way!

    You can find it at:

    Please like, share and comment on the page!

    • martin habell

      Is it a Marble Hill whitewash? Excited as English Heritage is over its plans for Marble Hill House,most of us locals are bemused by the actual Application proposals…. at least those who can decipher the uncoordinated drawings or pick through the heaped reports. So we are to have haywains, cut out cows and peasant huts on the lawns in “destination play”, a massive restaurant expansion,marquees for weddings and a lot more sport fixtures. I am sure English Heritage can hear the turnstiles rattling already. Amazing that all this can be accomplished without, they say, any effect on parking and traffic.Well apparently that’s because the rules seem to allow English Heritage not to count it.
      You have to admire their confidence in the manipulation of information on a need to know basis.
      Those that have tried leafing through the faint tiny landscape drawings with a magnyfying glass are asking why everything should be so indistinct. Surely the changes to the landscape are the vital thing around a Grade I Listed Building the public should be shown in detailbefore approval. Unless of course a master tactician has advised dear old English Heritage that it it should not fess up to what its about clearly, but instead render all the information hard to follow so it will get in under the radar.
      We have been through the mill on the noise generation from the park time and time again, but there is no study in the application of noise or smell from public events to be found. Are we to look forward to our summer days trapped in our homes, with the best man’s jokes falling flat, the bride and groom argueing and the smell of curried smoke salmon wafting over us?
      Playing with the rules will only upset the locals, and as most people support the intent to save the house, it seems appauling to saddle Twickenham with Alton Towers.

  15. heathermoulson

    We would be grateful if you spread the word:

    Poetry at the Adelaide: Sunday 4th June
    6-8 pm

    Please come along, and perform your own poetry, or just come and listen!
    £2 entry, and please buy a drink at the bar.

    Twitter: @PerformPoetry

    The Adelaide
    57 Park Road
    Teddington TW11 OAU

  16. Richmond Film Society (RFS) continues their 54th Season on Tuesday, 11 April at 8.00pm with the screening of ‘Marguerite’ a comic drama directed by Xavier Giannoli. The film took four Césars in France in 2016, including best actress for its star Catherine Frot. Xavier Giannoli was a winner at the Venice Film Festival in 2015.

    Marguerite, Baronne Dumont may have married her husband Georges for his title (and he her for her money) but she genuinely loves him; and her horribly misplaced musical ambition is to make him proud. He, however, addresses her as “vous” throughout the story, and is having an affair with a mutual friend, using his temperamental motor-car “breakdowns” as excuses to miss her singing whenever possible. Her musical social circle are all too aware that Marguerite lacks any singing talent, but her neighbours enjoy her lavish hospitality; avant-garde poets and performance artists hijack her bizarre renditions for their own ends; and others simply haven’t the heart to break hers by telling her the truth, especially as she’s helping raise money for war orphans

    “Marguerite Dumont (Catherine Frot) is a grande dame of the 1920s Paris arts scene, the patron of a prestigious recital society, and a coloratura soprano of some note. There’s only one problem: that note could probably shatter double glazing. To say Marguerite can’t sing would be selling her short. Her vocal cords produce the kind of tones that would more often be heard from an orthopaedic bone drill.

    But like the blushing subjects of Hans Christian Anderson’s naked emperor, no-one can quite bring themselves to point it out. Her support of the arts is too generous, the concerts raise money for war orphans – and besides, why spoil the fun.

    At the start of Xavier Giannoli’s elegant comic drama, crowds are gathering at her country mansion for a private concert. The loudly miaowing peacocks wandering the grounds are an omen. A talented chamber orchestra and a promising young soprano from the city called Hazel (Christa Théret) are the warm-ups. But Marguerite’s oblivious massacring of the Flower Duet from Lakmé is the main event.

    “Did she always sing like that?” asks Lucien (Sylvain Dieuaide), a young journalist who’s sneaked inside to see if the rumours are true. “No,” grumbles a regular. “She’s come a long way.”

    …Frot won a César award (the French equivalent of a Bafta) for her beautifully calibrated performance, which skates addictively between loopiness and pathos. Early in the film, Lucien and his friend, an artist-provocateur (Aubert Fenoy), who run an ambiguously worded review of Marguerite’s recent recital in a Paris newspaper – and they in turn introduce her to Atos Pezzini (Michel Fau), a scandal-smudged opera divo who wincingly agrees to coach her for a public concert.

    Giannoli has a ball with Marguerite’s lack of talent. There’s a glorious sustained shot of Pezzini’s face as he hears her sing for the first time, and silently goes through the entire Kübler-Ross model of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and, finally, acceptance. But he also takes it deeply seriously: early 20th century Paris was, after all, the time of Dadaism and the classical avant-garde, and music no longer had to sound melodious to make its mark.”
    Robbie Collin, 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.

  17. Richmond Film Society (RFS) continues their 54th Season on Tuesday, 28 March at 8.00pm with the screening of ‘The Lesson’, a powerful Bulgarian drama written and directed by Kristina Grozeva and Peter Valchanov. The film garnered multiple awards from around the world.

    ‘The Lesson’ is a powerful portrayal of a teacher’s life as she goes to desperate lengths to preserve a roof ober her family’s head – thwarted at every turn…

    “Writer/directors Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov’s taut and at times unbearably painful tale of financial crisis in modern-day Bulgaria blends the humanist social-realism of the Dardenne brothers with a streak of borderline absurdist gallows humour – the jet black comedy of desperation.
    Margita Gosheva is furiously watchable as Nadezhda, the schoolteacher who sternly lectures her pupils on the immorality of thieving while being privately driven to thuggish loan sharks and worse by her own dire straits. Let down by a wastrel husband who has squandered the security of their house (an early scene echoes the horrific opening of 99 Homes), “Nade” needs cash to stave off an imminent auction. But the company for whom she translates documents shows no signs of clearing her back pay and a crescendo of clerical errors, jobsworth deadlines and talismanic car trouble drives her to the brink of distraction.
    Excellently capturing the tension between the controlling order of Nade’s personality and the spiralling chaos of her personal life, Gosheva dominates the screen, her expressive face leading us through a minefield of conflicting emotions toward battle-hardened resolve. The scene in which she is offered the chance to wipe the slate clean by apologising to her estranged father’s insufferable new girlfriend is worthy of early Mike Leigh, albeit with an even more cynical edge. A real-life news story validates the outlandish turns of the final act, but it is Gosheva who makes us believe in this neo-biblical parable of Job-like trials and godless tribulation.”

    Mark Kermode, The Observer

    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.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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:

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

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

  32. 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.

  33. 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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