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  1. Richmond Film Society – 8.00pm Tuesday 3rd October screening of ‘Rams’

    Richmond Film Society’s 55th Season continues at 8.00pm on Tuesday, 3 October with the screening of ‘Rams’, the acclaimed Icelandic tragicomedy . The film won multiple awards around the world, including the Un Certain Regard Award at Cannes 2015 and the Best International Feature Film at Zurich.

    “In a secluded Icelandic valley, estranged brothers Gummi and Kiddi are warring neighbours, competing with each other for the best ram prize that has become a symbol of their family feud. But when the spectre of the fatal scrapie disease threatens their remote farms, both brothers are faced with the prospect of a cull. Can these long-term enemies find common purpose when their ancestral stock and way of life are threatened?

    “Beyond farming, there is something special about sheep,” says writer-director Grímur Hákonarson, adding: “Most farmers I know have a stronger connection to sheep than to other domesticated animals.” This will ring true with anyone who saw Magali Pettier’s eye-opening British documentary Addicted to Sheep, to which this darkly comedic drama, by turns hilarious and heartbreaking, provides a deadpan Nordic riposte.

    Sigurður Sigurjónsson and Theodór Júlíusson are utterly convincing as the battling brothers whose alienation is expressed more through morosely bearded gesture than drunken buckshot dialogue. There’s real pathos in the possible loss of the pair’s livelihood, an emotion intensified by Hákonarson’s positioning of these antiheroes as men out of time, the last vestiges of an all-but-obsolete way of life. A wonderfully minimalist wheezing score by Atli Örvarsson lends a mournful solemnity to the proceedings, perfectly accompanying cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grøvlen’s imposingly chilly vistas.”

    Mark Kermode, The Observer

    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.

    1. I really like Sopa restaurant and feel sorry that so many people have stopped going there because they have stopped the BYO. Their drink prices are very modest compared with other restaurants and pubs, the food is superb and also well priced..I was sad to find the lovely staff a little demoralised last time we went there.. I do hope that we don’t lose this special Gem in Strawberry Hill..

  2. There’s a FREE morning of fun drop-in activities for dogs and their owners at Marble Hill Park from 9am-12 midday on Saturday 30th September. You can turn up and try agility, a tricks master class and even go for that rosette and earn a Kennel Club Good Citizen Bronze award. Run with the help of our resident trainers, Reality Dog Training. For information call 07717 720430 or mail kate.pitt@english-heritage.org.uk.

  3. Annual Honey Show and Competition
    Sunday 8th October 2017
    Twickenham & Thames Valley Beekeepers’ Association (Registered Charity. No.296439) are staging their annual Honey Show on Sunday 8th October at The T&TVBKA Apiary, 41 Whitton Road, Twickenham TW1 1BH.
    The competition is open to the public and includes classes for cakes, confectionery, preserves, fruit, veg, arts and crafts as well as honey, so bakers and gardeners are invited to show off their skills. Entry to the competition is free, and the entry forms and rules are available at http://www.twickenham-bees.org.uk/events.html
    The Association is open to the public on Sunday 8th October where the competition entries and results will be on display. There will be honey tasting and local honey, for sale, and tea and homemade cakes in the apiary garden.
    Tombola, Children’s activities and much more. The Cup presentation is at 3:50pm and the auction of prize winning honey, jams and cakes at 4pm
    This event promotes the work of Twickenham & Thames Valley Beekeepers’ Association and our staging of events such as our renowned winter beginner bee-keeping theory course and practical bee-keeper training during the summer.
    Information contact : Honeyshow@twickerbees.co.uk

  4. RuTC Celebrates Exceptional Achievements at Student Awards 2017

    On Thursday 7th September, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) celebrated the exceptional achievements of some its students at the annual awards ceremony at York House in Twickenham.

    Around 130 guests attended the ceremony including students, parents, staff and members of the local community such as Twickenham’s MP Sir Vince Cable and the Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, Councillor Lisa Blakemore. Before the awards began, guests were served canapés and drinks by RuTC catering students while they enjoyed looking at displays of work by students on Construction Crafts and Visual Arts courses.

    CEO and Principal of RuTC, Robin Ghurbhurun, hosted the awards alongside RuTC alumni member and founder of animation studio Blue Zoo, Tom Box, who spoke to the students about his journey since leaving the college in 1997. His advice to the students was to “work hard and do things outside of your comfort zone in order to succeed.”

    25 awards were given to students who were nominated by staff members and fellow students for their outstanding achievements from the last academic year. These included the Award for Construction Crafts which was won by Will Whitmore who is progressing on to the Level 3 Bench Joinery course at RuTC, the Award for Apprenticeships which was won by Jodie Head who is starting the next level of her Chartered Institute of Personal Development Diploma in September, the Award for Media which was won by Lesandra Salmon who is going to Arts University Bournemouth to study Film Production, and the Students’ Choice Award won by Gabriela Kozlowska who is going to University of the Arts London to study a degree in Graphics Branding and Identity.

    RuTC student Rory Walsh was presented the Principals Award for Exceptional Student of the Year for his selfless and humbling actions whilst helping the victims of the Grenfell Tower incident the night before his A Level English Language and Literature exam.

    CEO and Principal of RuTC, Robin Ghurbhurun, commented “this year’s Student Awards ceremony was a spectacular evening that gave the college an opportunity to recognise the outstanding achievements of our students. It was great to see so many guests celebrating what has been a fantastic year. We wish all of the students leaving us this year the very best of luck for the future.”

    RuTC proudly boasts the best results on all programmes in over 6 years, placing RuTC as one of the top colleges in the country.

  5. This Saturday there is a new Folk Festival happening just down the road, at the Cross Lances, Hanworth Rd. The Festival kicks off at 3pm with opportunities for visiting performers to play, four feature spots with Simon O’Grady (who plays guitar like Bert Janch and sings with a beautiful, mellow voice), Paula Tait (playing harp and singing with “the voice of an angel”), Peter London (a charismatic singer, guitarist and harmonica player with great original songs), the Rusty Rovers band and headlining from 9pm will be the exciting progressive folk rock band, “Kindred Spirit”, featuring electric violin, flute/sax, guitar, bass and drums. Find out all the details and how to perform here:-
    http://www.elainesamuels.co.uk/KindredSpiritBandFolkFestival.htm

  6. The Harlequins 2017/18 Home Fixture List:

    09/09/17, 15.00, Harlequins Vs Gloucester Tigers, Twickenham Stoop
    23/09/17, 13.00, Harlequins Vs Leicester Tigers, Twickenham Stoop

    06/10/17, 19.45, Harlequins Vs Sale Sharks, Twickenham Stoop
    14/10/17, 17.30, Harlequins Vs La Rochelle, Twickenham Stoop
    28/10/17, 15.00, Harlequins Vs Worcester Warriors, Twickenham Stoop

    10/11/17, TBC, Harlequins Vs Worcester Warriors

    03/12/17, 15.00, Harlequins Vs Saracens, Twickenham Stoop
    10/12/17, 13.00, Harlequins Vs Ulster, Twickenham Stoop
    30/12/17, TBC, Harlequins Vs Northampton Saints, Twickenham Stadium (Big Game)

    12/01/18, TBC, Harlequins Vs Wasps, Twickenham Stoop
    26/01/18, TBC, Harlequins Vs Scarlets, Twickenham Stoop

    09/02/18, TBC, Harlequins Vs Wasps, Twickenham Stoop
    23/02/18, TBC, Harlequins Vs Newcastle Falcons, Twickenham Stoop

    02/03/18, TBC, Harlequins Vs Bath Rugby, Twickenham Stoop

    06/04/18, TBC, Harlequins Vs London Irish, Twickenham Stoop

    05/05/18, TBC, Harlequins Vs Exeter Chiefs, Twickenham Stoop

    Buy your tickets online now at:https://tickets.quins.co.uk/PagesPublic/Home/home.aspx?tickets&soalready=X4yCXwGhNY7xSMD53VGJfPNAAFBedup5Uwhn3vH6PCg=

  7. A History of Marble Hill

    Come along to Twickenham Library to the launch of a month exhibition celebrating 115 years of Marble Hill as a Public Park.

    See rare photographs charting the history of Marble Hill since it became a public park in 1903.
    Learn about the story of its early years as part of the view from Richmond Hill;
    The people and organisations that have used it and loved it, and the events that brought the park to life.

    LAUNCH:

    Arthur Burrell Room, Twickenham Library, Garfield Road,
    Twickenham TW1 3JT 9th September, 11am-2pm
    Drinks reception at 11am

    OR JUST DROP IN:
    The Marble Hill Exhibition will be in Twickenham library foyer throughout September 2017.

    To RSVP contact Mica Benjamin-Mannix at Mica.benjamin-mannix@english-heritage.org.uk or Phone on: 020 8891 2130

  8. Help! River Crane Sanctuary community website;

    http://www.e-voice.org.uk/rcs/
    needs you to defend against developers’ attempts to build on/near our precious Green Space by the River Crane adjacent to Trafalgar School the Meadway.

    Latest application ref17/2759 Churchview Road
    Contact Sammi for more information via website and see article here if they print it…….may not be ill informed enough but then again…………..

    LBRuT page
    http://www.2.richmond.gov.uk/PlanData2/Planning_CaseNo.aspx?strCASENO=17/2759/FUL

  9. RuTC Raise Over £340 for Local Charity Challenge

    Over the last few months, staff and students at Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC), collected five pence pieces to help raise money for the One Million 5p Challenge set by the college’s chosen charity, Shooting Star Chase, the children’s hospice in Hampton.

    Over £250 was collected by RuTC which required staff and students across the college to fill 500ml plastic bottles with five pence pieces. Student Representatives placed bottles in various departments across the college and collected donations regularly. The total amount raised reached over £340 for the charity when Gift Aid was applied.

    The children’s hospice has set the challenge hoping to raise £50,000 from one million five pence pieces in order to employ a full-time senior nurse to work in their Hospice at Home team.

    As of mid-July, Shooting Star Chase have raised over £36,000, amounting to 73% of their target.

  10. Come to poetry at the Adelaide pub, Teddington on Sunday 6th August 6 till 8 pm. £2 entry, and please buy a drink at the bar.

    Come and share your poetry, or just sit and listen.
    All welcome

  11. BRING YOUR OLD PHOTOGRAPHS AND MEMORIES OF MARBLE HILL

    Outside the Marble Hill Cafe
    Thursday 13 July 4pm – 7pm
    Saturday 15 July 10am-1pm

    Have you got old photos, documents or memoriabilia about Marble Hill House and Park?

    English Heritage would like to put together an exhibition about how the public have used Marble Hill Park since its opening to the public in the early 1900s.

    But to do that, we need local people to bring us their contributions. We’ll have a team of volunteers ready to scan or photograph what you bring along, or record your memories. It shouldn’t take long – just drop in and we’ll record your items while you wait.

  12. Richmond Film Society: Next Season’s Programme Finalised

    If you’re interested in World Cinema, why not join Richmond Film Society for our forthcoming season of 15 films or just come along on the night to individual screenings ? Our programme, commencing in September, has now been finalised and comprises the following:

    19th September – Julieta (Spain)
    3rd October – Rams (Iceland)
    17th October – The Salesman (Iran – France)
    31st October – Chevalier (Greece)
    14th November – Tangerines (Estonia)
    28th November – Letters from Baghdad (USA – UK – France)
    12th December – The Other Side of Hope (Germany – Finland)
    16th January 2018 – Paterson (USA)
    30th January -Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia – Venezuela – Argentina)
    13th February – Graduation (Romania)
    27th February – Men and Chicken (Denmark)
    13th March – Outside the Law (France)
    27th March – Marshland (Spain)
    10th April – Toni Erdmann (Germany)
    24th April – A Man Called Ove (Sweden)

    Membership is now open and, for subscribers 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 are available on the night for non-members at £6 (£4 concessions).

    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. 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.

    Richmond Film Society was formed in 1963 and has since screened around 765 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. The 2017/18 season includes films from Estonia, Greece, Romania, Iceland, Colombia, Iran and USA.

    For further information on membership enrolment or the films, please email us on rfs@richmondfilmsoc.org.uk , telephone 020 8893 3503 or visit our website at http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk  You can also follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RichmondFilmSociety/ and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Richmond_Film

    Please come along and join us.

  13. RuTC Hosts Awards for Engineering Apprentices

    At the end of June, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) celebrated the achievements of apprentices on the ECITB Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship Project Control and Design Courses at an annual awards ceremony sponsored by engineering company Fluor, global engineering provider Jacobs and ECITB, the engineering training board.

    Janna Cooper, Curriculum Director for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), opened the ceremony reflecting on 80 years of RuTC and the success of the apprentices.

    Janna commented “We are incredibly proud of how hard our apprentices have worked this year. They have shown impeccable behaviour, superb attendance and great teamwork. They all truly deserve the awards they have received and we wish them every success in the future.” 

    ECITB sponsored the first award which celebrated the successful completion of the additional components. The award was handed out to all three apprentices, Ellis Styles, Dan Cooper and

    Spencer Boyle, by Senior Account Manager at ECITB, Dawn Thompson.

    The second award, the Mike Reynolds Apprentice of the Year, was sponsored by Fluor and was awarded to Ellis Styles by Project Control Manager at Fluor, Mike Rathge.

    A memorial plaque was also revealed for the late Mike Reynolds who worked with RuTC in the development of the college’s engineering apprenticeships. The plaque will be displayed in the college’s engineering department before moving into the new STEM block which is being built as part of the redevelopment of the college due for completion in 2018.

    The final award celebrated the HNC student of the year and was awarded to Jacob Collins by Tim Smith, Chief Engineer at Jacobs who sponsored the award.

    Mark Rogers, Curriculum Manager for Technology and Engineering at RuTC, commented “the apprentices have worked extremely hard in completing all the various elements and have been a credit to themselves and their employers.” 

    All of the apprentices who received awards on the day are predicted double distinctions, the highest possible grade.

  14. Celebrating 80 Years of RuTC

    Last night, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) celebrated its 80th Anniversary with a number of special guests including staff, governors, local businesses and the Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, Councillor Lisa Blakemore.

    The celebrations opened with a speech from Robin Ghurbhurun, Principal and CEO of RuTC, who spoke about life at the college since it opened as Twickenham Technical College and School of Art in 1937.

    Robin commented “it was great to see so many familiar faces join us to reflect on the colleges 80 years of history and look forward to its exciting future.”

    Guests were served with canapés and drinks from the college’s training restaurant, Merits, and there was a celebratory 80th Anniversary cake created by the catering team which was cut after the speech by the President of the Student Union, Hanifa Mohammed, and Vice President of the Student Union, Andreea Tatu.

    After the reception, guests were invited to enjoy the annual end of year Arts & Media Exhibition which celebrates the work of students on a variety of art and designs courses at RuTC. Rooms were opened throughout the art department for students to showcase the work they are most proud of from the year.

    Visitors also had the opportunity to purchase the artwork on display through our student-led entrepreneurial project, RICH Entrepreneurs.

    Part of the exhibition included an awards ceremony for the art department which celebrated a number of student achievements.

    A Level Architecture students were awarded for their involvement in designing way-finders for Heathfield Recreation Ground in Twickenham as part of the Richmond Council Friendly Parks for All project.

    Students studying the UAL Extended Diploma in Art and Design were presented awards by Lynne Reeves, Chair of the Friends of Turner House, for their product designs for a visitor centre. Jerusa da Silva, Hannah Shams and Jonas Sackey were the winners of these awards and Maisie Evans Winter and Zayneb Faik were also commended for their designs.

    Lynne spoke highly of the students work and commented “we continue to be impressed and delighted by the quality of the students’ response to the life and work of JMW Turner.”

    The final award of £100 art vouchers was presented by Steel and Industrial Managers Association (SIMA) to Level 2 Art & Design student Iranea Clarke whose design was chosen to be their new logo.

    The department also received a cheque of £500 which was used for photography equipment for the department.

  15. 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”.

  16. 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.

  17. SALUTE TO THE SUN
    SUMMER SOLSTICE YOGA

    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.

  18. 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 rfs@richmondfilmsoc.org.uk , telephone 020 8893 3503 or visit our website at http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk  You can also follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RichmondFilmSociety/ and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Richmond_Film

    Please come along and join us.

  19. 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.

  20. 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:http://www.richmond.gov.uk/gallery_2018_exhibition_submissions_pack.pdf

    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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.”

  23. 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.

  24. 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:-
    http://www.elainesamuels.co.uk/Desmond%20Jones%20Dancers.htm

    Find out why this auction is really extraordinary and getting attention:-
    http://www.elainesamuels.co.uk/Desmond%20Jones%20Art%20Auction.htm

  25. 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.

  26. 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:-
    http://www.elainesamuels.co.uk/Desmond%20Jones%20Art%20Catalogue.htm

    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:
    http://www.desmondjonesart.co.uk

  27. 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.

    1. 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.

  28. 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.

    Email: poetryperformance17@gmail.com
    Twitter: @PerformPoetry

    The Adelaide
    57 Park Road
    Teddington TW11 OAU

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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
    E: info@twickenhampractice.com

  32. 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 http://www.spearlondon.org/news/prudential-ride-london-cheering-point/
    We look forward to having you!
    Twitter & Facebook @SPEARLondon

  33. 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:
    https://www.historicengland.org.uk/marblehill
    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.

    https://content.historicengland.org.uk/content/docs/marble-hill-open-day-poster.pdf

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

    1. We need affordable homes, schools, a decent infrastructure, care facilties for the elderly next door to nursery schools. Put Lord True and Cllr Samuel in a museum for 1950s Tories.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

    http://www.richmond.gov.uk/home/services/arts/the_stables_gallery/stables_gallery_exhibitions/lose_your_mind.htm

  41. 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.


  42. 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!

    1. Here is the web site for the concert http://www.elainesamuels.co.uk/KindredSpiritBandSpecialEvent.htm

      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”

      http://teamrock.com/feature/2017-02-16/kindred-spirit-folk-with-a-progressive-twist

    2. 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:-

      http://www.elainesamuels.co.uk/KindredSpiritBandSpecialEvent.htm

      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.

  43. 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 http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk/

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